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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel, dba Cruise Holidays.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Special guests aboard cruise ships

Knowing that some cruise passengers want to use their vacation time not only to relax and play but to learn something new, many cruise lines offer enrichment programs with expert lecturers on art, history, the sciences, local culture and other topics. Sometimes, these special guests have so much star power that their presence alone is enough to make you choose a specific cruise.

For example, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, recently lectured on a segment of Holland America Line’s 2014 Grand World Voyage aboard ms Amsterdam. As the ship sailed from Durban to Cape Town, Tutu spoke about his role as the first black African to serve as archbishop of Cape Town and about his work on behalf of racial equality throughout the world.

Cunard Line’s flagship, the Queen Mary 2, is welcoming special musical guests during 2014, the ship’s 10th anniversary year. When the grand ship sails from New York on August 27, James Taylor and Band will be on board to serenade guests with two special concerts. The members of London’s National Symphony Orchestra and their conductor, Anthony Inglis, will board the ship for its September 8 departure from Southampton, England. Inglis has been known to ask passengers to form a choir and sing with the symphony, and even to invite a few to take a turn with the baton.

World-famous oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau is a frequent guest host on Paul Gauguin Cruises’ m/s Paul Gauguin. He shares his love of the world’s oceans with cruise guests through lectures, video presentations, and SCUBA dives into the deep blue water. The m/s Paul Gauguin’s special watersports platform takes guests down to sea level, making it possible to dive right from the ship.

Cruise ships are known for providing wonderful dining experiences and menus designed by award-winning chefs: but, on a Celebrity Cruises ship, you can meet a true celebrity chef. Beginning this July, 13 former “chef’testants” from the Award-winning television series “Top Chef” will sail on four Celebrity voyages: one each to Bermuda, Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean. Cruise guests will have the opportunity to meet the chefs; taste their dishes; watch them work in complimentary cooking demonstrations; and even learn from them in private cooking classes.

To learn about more opportunities to sail with special cruise guests, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.

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