Celebrity To Host ‘american Idol’ Finalists At Sea

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celebrity Summit passengers sick with stomach bug Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:59 p.m. EDT October 2, 2013 Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Summit. SHARE 9 CONNECT 34 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE More than 300 passengers and crew on the Celebrity Summit have been hit with a stomach bug identified as norovirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ship is on a two-week Canada/New England sailing, which embarked from Bayonne, N.J., on Sept. 21 and is due to return there on Saturday. In response to the outbreak which the CDC said affected 14.5% of passengers and 1.5% of crew onboard a beefed up cleaning and disinfection plan has been put in place on the ship. The CDC is also working with the cruise line on how to deal with “active cases” and cleansing procedures for when the ship returns to Bayonne. Through its Vessel Sanitation Program, the CDC said it would send an epidemiologist and an environmental health officer to meet the ship and do a health assessment, as well as to monitor sanitation procedures. The predominant symptoms of the gastrointestinal illness are vomiting and diarrhea. “Those affected by the short-lived illness have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship,” said Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez.

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Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celebrity to host ‘American Idol’ finalists at sea Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:34 p.m. EDT October 3, 2013 “American Idol” runner-up Blake Lewis will appear on a Celebrity cruise. (Photo: Handout) SHARE 7 CONNECT 43 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Celebrity Cruises is launching a series of concerts, Q&A sessions and autograph signings by finalists from past seasons of the popular Fox TV show American Idol. On the line’s Christmas cruises in the Caribbean, two American Idol singing artists will perform on each sailing. The lineup includes runner-up finalists Bo Bice (fourth season) and Blake Lewis (sixth season), as well as Elliot Yamin, who placed third in the show’s fifth season and whose self-titled album debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Billboard 200. Also appearing onboard will be Kimberly Caldwell (second season), Melinda Doolittle (sixth season), Matt Giraud (eighth season) and Mikalah Gordon (fourth season). The Caribbean holiday sailings include week-long cruises on the Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Silhouette; a five-day cruise on the Celebrity Constellation; a 10-day cruise on Celebrity Equinox; and a 14-day sailing on the Celebrity Eclipse. The Reflection sails from Miami, the Summit from San Juan and the other ships from Fort Lauderdale. The cruise line scheduled the artists as part of its partnership with Las Vegas-based Nite Raiders entertainment, Celebrity officials said. Fran Golden is the Experience Cruise expert blogger and a contributing editor of Porthole Magazine. She is the co-author of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call.

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