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Celebrity Cruises Appoints First Female Galapagos Captain

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For the first time in cruise industry history, a female captain will navigate the rich archipelago of the Galapagos.  A native of Ecuador, Nathaly Albán will command the exclusive Celebrity Xploration, which was recently revitalized.

With a total of 12 years’ experience sailing around the Galapagos, Captain Albán has worked on several vessels in the region, first joining the Celebrity family in 2006 as third officer aboard the 100-guest Celebrity Xpedition.  Continuing the line’s dedication to advancing the role of women in leadership, Nathaly’s appointment follows that of Celebrity Summit‘s Captain Kate McCue.

Albán was only one of six women in her graduating class at La Escuela de la Marina Mercante Nacional in Ecuador.  Prior to graduating, she held a variety of positions in the maritime industry, most notable serving in the FLOPEC Tanker Fleet of the Ecuadorian Navy.  After graduating, Albán worked on several ships in the region.

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When asked how it feels to be named captain, Albán said “It is a great honor and privilege – I’m overwhelmed with positive emotion. I told my family many times that I would be wearing white one day and be the first woman to serve as a captain of a ship in the Galapagos, now it’s happening and I’m committed to delivering the very best experience for all guests onboard.”

Nathaly Albán will begin her new role on Celebrity Xploration this month.

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Peek Inside Celebrity Edge’s State-of-the-Art Spa

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Celebrity Cruises has revealed renderings of The Spa on their upcoming ship Celebrity Edge, and it is massive. And beautiful. The nature-inspired space was created by world-renowned designer Kelly Hoppen, and comes in at 22,000 square feet.

Design & Inspiration

To create a luxurious, natural environment, Celebrity worked closely with Hoppen to create a concept called SEA, inspired by the Sea, Earth, and Air.

Blended essences fill the air as soon as guests walk in, and the Relaxation Lounge is a peaceful start to the spa experience before treatments begin.

“As we curated The Spa journey with Celebrity, the inspiration behind this revolutionary concept was to connect guests with nature while delivering distinctive sensory experiences, uncompromising service, and a wealth of new wellness choices that are exclusive at sea,” said Glenn Fusfield, President and CEO, One Spa World, LLC. “We’ve created a concept that not only evolves spa and wellness but sets the new standard.”

Spa Offerings

Celebrity teamed up with the leading authorities in their fields to harness cutting-edge technological and therapeutic innovations for a spa experience like no other. There are over 124 treatments to choose from, including signature offerings such as the Ocean Spa Wave Massage, Hot Mineral Body Boost, Thousand Flower Detox Wrap, and more that travelers will probably recognize.

The Spa aboard Celebrity Edge will also feature a lineup of first-at-sea and brand-first amenities and treatments for guests, including:

  • The next evolution of the Persian Garden that’s across the line’s current fleet, called the SEA Thermal Suite. It will feature eight different experiences: the Hammam, Salt Room, Steam Room, Rainfall Water Therapy Room, Float Room, heated tile loungers, infrared sauna, and Crystalarium. Those staying in AquaClass will receive complimentary access to this suite.

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  • The first line of ELEMIS BIOTEC facials ever offered on a Celebrity ship
  •  A specialty treatment table collection, including:
    • Spa Wave MLW Amphibia Table – water filled cushions adapt to each visitor’s body for prime comfort, as well as customizable color therapy lighting
    • WellMassage4D Table – this award-winning treatment table uses breakthrough technology to deliver a deeper massage
    • MLX Quartz Table – Warm crystals mold and shape around the body, releasing muscle tension and promoting deeper relaxation
  • Ideal Image Ocean, The Advanced MedSpa offering esthetic services like wrinkle treatments and fillers
  • Celebrity is partnering with Kérastase, one of the world’s most advanced luxury haircare brands for the first ever Kérastase Institute at sea

  • The Barber offers traditional hot shaves and fresh cuts for men
  • The Fitness Center will feature hot yoga, Technogym Group Cycle, Fitness on Demand, cardio boxing, and the first Bungee Fit and Peloton bikes ever offered at sea

Celebrity Edge will spend her inaugural season sailing alternating 7-night cruises in the western and eastern Caribbean, before heading to the Mediterranean with a range of 7-11 night cruises in 2019. Bookings for cruises aboard Edge are now open, as well as reservations for the spa.

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Celebrity Cruises Partners With Forbes Travel Guide

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Celebrity Cruises has entered into a travel partnership with Forbes Travel Guide. The line partnered with the company to tap into their 60 years of expertise, as Celebrity continues to refine its guest experience.

Celebrity is the first cruise line to secure a fleet wide partnership with Forbes Travel Guide. Integrating its vast experience assessing and verifying service and facilities at the finest hotel and resorts in the world, Forbes Travel Guide now shares the same standards of luxury service to support Celebrity.

For 25 years, Celebrity’s commitment to world-class service has been their calling card, and the main reason guests continue to cruise with the line year after year.

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For information on Celebrity’s commitment to excellent service, visit celebrity cruises.com/about-us/our-distinction.

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Carnival Cruise Trades Teen Dream Vacation For Snapchat Handle

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When Darian Lipscomb was 9 years old, he went on his first cruise and, like most of us, fell in love with the experience. Now, his love of cruising in general — and Carnival Cruise Line in particular — has paid off in a big way… as in he and his family are going to be taking a dream vacation aboard the line’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon!

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What Carnival Wanted In Exchange

It turns out that after Lipscomb’s cruise, he was flying high. “I wanted to share it with my friends,” the Prospect, Virginia told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. So in 2012, he went on Snapchat and created the handle @CarnivalCruise on which to share pics of his amazing trip. As it turns out, the folks at the cruise line had more than a passing interest in obtaining that particular Snapchat handle for themselves… so they went looking for Darian.

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The next thing you know, flyers featuring Shaquille O’Neal, aka Carnival’s recently-appointed “Chief Fun Officer” — began popping up around town saying, “Hey, Prospect, does anyone know Darian?” But the real surprise came when the now-15-year-old… well, we’ll let him tell the story!

“I answered the door,” the now-15-year-old told the paper, “walked outside and saw my name on a big truck! I was really surprised!” The next thing you know, he’d traded the Snapchat handle so that he and his family could be booked on a trip to Barcelona to be among the first passengers to sail aboard the Carnival Horizon!

“We thought this would be a fun way to claim our handle and reward a superfan at the same time,” says Robyn Fink, Director of Consumer Public Relations for Carnival. “We’re so excited to give Darian and his family this once-in-a-lifetime seagoing experience!”

This will be the teen’s fourth cruise, and it will all be chronicled on Carnival’s social media… including, of course, the Snapchat account which started it all.

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