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Post to Facebook Celebrity to host ‘American Idol’ finalists at sea on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1fLPMgX Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 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 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 8 CONNECT 44 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.

Celebrity Summit returns to Bayonne port with 321 aboard ill with norovirus

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(JOURNAL PHOTO) More than 300 passengers and crew members on a cruise out of Bayonne became ill on a two-week trip and required treatment when they returned Saturday. The Centers for Disease Control said 307 of the 2,112 passengers and 14 of the 952 crew members were sickened by a norovirus while on the Celebrity Summit, which had sailed from the Cape Liberty Cruise Port on Sept. 21. None had to be hospitalized, and over-the-counter medicines administered on the ship sped recovery time, Royal Caribbean officials said. Celebrity Summit arrived at Cape Liberty on Saturday and we conducted an extensive and thorough sanitizing on board the ship and within the cruise terminal as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to help prevent any illness from affecting the next sailing, said Cynthia Martinez, spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean, which owns Celebrity Cruise Lines. The norovirus is common on cruise ships, Bayonne Health Officer Vincent Rivelli said. The CDC describes the norovirus as being highly contagious and can spread from person to person, by contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The symptoms are stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea. A resident of the Alexan City View Apartments, near the cruise port, expressed concern about the outbreak. I was worried that the sickness would spread to the residents, said Arthur Muse. Muse said he hoped the cruise line company would release more information about the outbreak, considering the increased traffic at the port.