Emma Sanger discusses the celebrities shortlisted as Best Cruise Celebrity in the Cruise International Awards

Celebrity, how the meaning has changed over the years, diluted even.
Emma SangerYears ago the celebrity tag would be the name given to Film stars, Pop stars and Sport stars. Now with the introduction of Reality TV, it seems that any Tom, Dick or Harry can be described as a ‘Celebrity’ we seem obsessed with it and The Cruise Industry have taken the opportunity to involve these people in their publicity, launch and naming celebrations. In fact the prestige around the identity of the Celebrity involved really does seem to carry some weight.

Here are the nominations for Cruise Celebrity of the Year

HM The Queen-Cunard

The Queen was in Southampton in October and this lady needs no introduction. The Ceremony was full of Pomp and Circumstance, with VIPs and dignitaries in attendance. The Queen attended the Ceremony to launch her namesake the Queen Elizabeth. Of course the Queens connection with Cunard goes back years. She was present as a girl when the original Queen Elizabeth was launched, and then went on to launch the QE2 and the Queen Mary 2.

Cheryl Baker-Cruise Today

Cheryl Baker presents this monthly magazine series dedicated to the increasingly popular world of cruising. Cruise Today looks at the latest ships, reports from popular ports of call and looks at life on board a cruise ship. Cheryl was propelled to stardom with Bucks Fizz. The group romped to victory at the 1981 Eurovision with their song Making Your Mind Up.

John Barrowman-Princess Cruises

Torchwood star John Barrowman’s first-time cruise in the Caribbean was on-board Caribbean Princess. The star joined the ship and experienced everything the Cruise had to offer. He mingled with guests and embraced the full experience. In fact he loved the ship so much he only got off once during the voyage, preferring the ship to the Caribbean islands.

Dame Shirley Bassey-P&O Cruises

Britain’s much loved performer, Dame Shirley Bassey DBE renamed Adonia in May at a ceremony at Southampton’s Mayflower Terminal.  Dame Shirley released Hush Heath Balfour rose wine as she announced to 500 guests “I name this ship Adonia, may God bless her and all who sail her”. Celebrations continued with afternoon tea and a musical theme of Dame Shirley’s iconic songs “Goldfinger” and “Big Spender.

Derren Brown-P&O Cruises

Derren Brown, the renowned illusionist, will be performing his fantastic mind reading show on Arcadia’s three night cruise which departs on 12 December 2011. Derren Brown, who was once coined as the “scariest man in Britain”, will perform two interactive shows in The Palladium whilst on board Arcadia. Derren Brown first shot to fame during the release of the Channel 4 show, ‘Derren Brown: Mind Control’ in 2000

Christine Hamilton-Viking River Cruises

Christine Hamilton took a Russian river cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow with Viking Cruises and loved every minute of it according to her blog. Christine is a British television personality and author, and the wife of former MP Neil Hamilton. A larger than life character, she is most famous for her defense of the allegations of corruption and ‘cash for questions’ made against her husband whilst he was an MP.

Sophia Loren-MSC Cruises

Where to start with this lady? A film star icon who captures the elegance of the by gone years. She is godmother to a number of MSC Cruise ships and is synonymous with the Cruise line. MSC Cruises changed the name of its latest new build ship from MSC Fantastica to MSC Divina. During the ceremony, the ship was renamed MSC Divina, in honour of the fleet’s godmother, actress Sophia Loren, a family friend of MSC president Gianluigi Aponte. Sophia said “One evening I was chatting to Gianluigi about wishes and desires and I mentioned my own dream of having a ship named after me, He immediately suggested ‘Divina’ in place of ‘Fantastica”

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