Miami – (February 19, 2010 ) – The Caribbean has always carried a mystique of being a great place to stumble upon hidden treasure. Celebrity Cruises has designed a way to offer guests on an upcoming cruise the opportunity to do just that – by way of their own personal possessions.
One of the many ways that Celebrity designs its cruise vacations for discerning travelers is by providing experiences that enrich them. The cruise line is living up to that promise by bringing art historian, TV personality and syndicated newspaper columnist known affectionately to fans and followers as "Dr. Lori" to Celebrity Equinox's March 29, 2010 itinerary.
During the cruise, guests will have the opportunity to have their antiques' values approximated, at no charge. Celebrity Life, Celebrity's onboard programming line-up, exemplifies the cruise line's focus on discerning travelers who enjoy enriching and inspiring experiences such as Dr. Lori's engaging presentations. Overall, Celebrity Life offers guests the opportunity to explore their tastes and enhance their knowledge, through three areas of focus: "Savor," with a culinary and wine emphasis, "Discover," with an educational/entertainment/language-learning focus, and "Renew," with a spa/wellness concentration. As another way of creating experiences designed to appeal to the specific tastes and interests of its guests, who have expressed an interest in antiques and insightful, engaging presentations, Celebrity is partnering with Dr. Lori as part of Discover's "Beyond the Podium" series. As seen on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," the "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," Fine Living Network, FamilyNet, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Daytime, Retirement Living TV, and Comcast TV, Dr. Lori is an award-winning TV personality and TV talk show host with a Ph.D. in art history.
A certified fine art and antiques appraiser, Dr. Lori also is a nationally syndicated columnist with columns carried in 86 publications, an editor of several lifestyle magazines, and an author with 30 books to her credit. During the "Celebrity Equinox Presents Antiques Appraisals by Dr. Lori" cruise, Dr. Lori will offer guests her expert opinion on the likely origin and value of their personal items, using her signature presentation style: relaxed, interactive, intelligent, humor-focused engagement.
Guests planning to sail on the March 29, 2010 voyage of Celebrity Equinox are encouraged to bring personal items onboard for the duration of the cruise. Once onboard, the daily in-stateroom newsletter will offer information about the times and locations of Dr. Lori's presentations. Space is available on the March 29 cruise, "Celebrity Equinox Presents Antiques Appraisals by Dr. Lori." The 11-night "Ultimate Caribbean" cruise will sail roundtrip out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with stops at George Town, Grand Cayman; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Roatan, Honduras; and Cozumel, Mexico. For more information, interested travelers should visit Celebrity Cruises website.
Dr. Lori does not appraise antique and collectible stamps, coins, currency, musical instruments (or guns or other weapons, which are prohibited from being brought onboard). Items that are extremely fragile, that may be difficult to carry, or that are particularly subject to damage from exposure to an ocean-going environment should not be brought onboard. Celebrity Cruises will not carry or otherwise handle these personal items for its guests. Each guest brings such items onboard at their own risk.
Guests who have larger items, fragile items, or items they otherwise wish to leave at home, can bring a clear color photo and Dr. Lori will use it to give them an idea of what the item is worth.
Celebrity Cruises is designed for discerning cruisers, with modern, sophisticated environments, impeccable service, enriching and inspiring onboard programs, and world-class cuisine. The ultimate in premium cruising, Celebrity sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, Canada/New England, Europe, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, and year-round in the Caribbean and the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity also offers immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska, Canada, Europe and South America. Celebrity's mega-series of honors include being named the top mega-ship line in Condé Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Awards (November 2009). Celebrity's fleet currently consists of nine ships. Its $3.7-billion investment in building five stylish Solstice Class ships between 2008-2012 represents the largest newbuild commitment for a single brand in industry history. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111.