(PRWEB) December 20, 2005
With more than 10 million Americans cruising annually, it was only a matter of time before celebrities joined the excitement. According to Cruising Cuisine for Home Entertaining, Inc., more celebrities were linked to cruises in 2005 than ever before.
“We think it is a sign of the times,” says Cruising Cuisine’s president Elena Vakhrenova. “Cruising reflects a style of life and entertaining that borders on celebrity for most people. There is a sense of ‘rich and famous’ on board today’s cruise ships and when ‘art imitates life’ with celebrity sightings on cruise ships, it’s a sure sign that something has gone mainstream,” says Vakhrenova.
Since 2003, Cruising Cuisine for Home Entertaining has been bringing cruise-inspired recipes, cooking lessons and private parties to cruisers on both the east and west coasts. Since publishing Cruising Cuisine for Home Entertaining ($29.95;), author and publisher Elena Vakhrenova has been a noted commentator on both the cruise industry and its culinary trends. She has appeared nationwide on both television and radio.
In 2005 the top 10 celebrities involved in cruise activities were as follows:
1. Regis Philbin
2. Kelly Ripa
During June 2005 Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa gave away free cruises to 1,000 contest winners and fans to join them on a week-long vacation at sea onboard “Live’s Pride of America Cruisin’ Reunion.” During the cruise, they did five shows from the NCL ship. Regis Philbin is also occasionally an invited speaker on Celebrity Cruise Line.
3. Mary Tyler Moore
Crystal Harmony Godmother and seven-time Emmy Award-winner Mary Tyler Moore, joined the ship on October 22, 2005 for one of the ship’s last voyages as part of the Crystal Cruises fleet. The star of television, stage and film christened Crystal Harmony in 1990.
4. Isabella Rossellini
In March 2005 Silversea Cruises published its new full-color Voyage Atlas with the lifestyle section that features images of Isabella Rossellini, Silversea’s new Ambassador. Isabella personally selected suites onboard cruise line’s ships that were customized and refurnished to her liking, and renamed The Rossellini Suite.
5. Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno, the only female performer to have won all four of the most prestigious show business awards, Oscar, Emmy, Tony and the Grammy, was the onboard lecturer for Celebrity’s Constellation on July 30 - Aug 16, 2005.
6. Carly Simon
Pop musician Carly Simon's PBS concert was recorded onboard Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and is currently airing on more than 100 stations. It marked the first time that a television special was taped during a transatlantic crossing.
7. Melania Trump
Melania Trump christened the world's largest gem, NCL's Norwegian Jewel at an official ceremony at the Port of Miami on November 5th.
8. Elaine Chao
In July 2005 U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao christened one of two Carnival Cruise Lines ships the Pride of America.
9. Mira Sorvino
Actress Mira Sorvino became a godmother to the Carnival Liberty in July 2005.
10. Princess Anne
Her Royal Highness Princess Anne christened 1,874-passenger P&O‘s cruise ship Aurora on April 27, 2005 with the words "May God bless this ship and all who sail in her."
Cruising Cuisine for Home Entertaining, Inc. publishes cookbooks (Cruising Cuisine for Home Entertaining, ISBN 0-9722422-0-1), provides presentations and cooking lessons and maintains a Website at http://www.cruising-cuisine.com A free monthly newsletter is available on the website and includes current recipes with pictures, upcoming events and local news. Readers can subscribe at http://www.cruising-cuisine.com/signup.asp. For more information please call 1-508-316-0489.