Thursday, April 02, 2020

March 15, 2020  PORT ST. MAARTEN – Celebrity Edge cruise ship, described as the new home of modern luxury cruising, last week Thursday March 12, on its scheduled port call, Port St. Maarten was part of Celebrity Edge’s making history cruise of an all-female bridge and on-board leadership team.

Master of the Ship is Captain Kate McCue, the first American female cruise ship captain, was accompanied by 26 other women representing 16 different countries.

Port St. Maarten Management and the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau as part of this historic moment provided the all-female bridge and on-board leadership on behalf of the country with ‘welcome to the destination’ packages.

It was the first time in maritime history with respect to the all-female bridge and on-board leadership team setting sail on Sunday, March 8, commemorating International Women’s Day.

Celebrity Edge sailed out of Port Everglades, Florida on a seven-day Caribbean sailing last week. 

Back in 1988, few maritime training institutes opened their doors to female students. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) was in the vanguard of United Nations specialized agencies that forged a global programme known as the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector.

The programme put in place an institutional framework to incorporate a gender dimension into IMO's policies and procedures, with resolutions adopted to ensure access to maritime training and employment opportunities for women in the maritime sector. Today, IMO's Women in Maritime programme is still going strong after 30 years of activities.

The revolutionary Celebrity Edge has a passenger capacity of 2,900+ (double occupancy) or total guests of 3,373; and carry’s a crew complement of 1,377 from 72 different countries. 

Celebrity Edge is the first of the Edge-class cruise ship from Celebrity Cruises.  The vessel was delivered in October 2018 and made her maiden voyage on December 9, 2018 during a 15-day transatlantic crossing to Port Everglades Terminal in Florida.

Celebrity Edge has a gross tonnage of 130,818; is 1,004 feet long; beam of 128 feet and a draft of 28 feet; 15 decks.

Additional Edge-class vessels will join the sister ship in 2020, the Celebrity Apex, and two additional ships in the Edge Series will follow in 2021 and 2022.

Celebrity is one of five cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL).

February 23, 2020 PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Lizzo was named entertainer of the year and “Just Mercy” won best motion picture, best actor and best supporting actor Saturday at the NAACP Image Awards, as the show that recognizes entertainers of color ladled honors on the film that was snubbed by bigger shows throughout awards season. “We are such a beautiful people, this is just a reminder of all the beautiful things that we can do,” said Lizzo as she accepted the night’s last and biggest award, leaping and dancing off the stage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as the show ended.

February 21, 2020  LOS ANGELES (AP) — WarnerMedia’s new streaming service will debut with some extra “Friends.” The company announced Friday that the entire original “Friends” cast will reunite for an unscripted special that will be available on HBO Max when the service debuts in May. A reunion has been long-sought by fans of the NBC series, which ended its 236-episode run in 2004. HBO Max will also carry every episode of the sitcom, which has proved enduringly popular, including with young audiences who discovered the show when it was available on Netflix. The show made Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer into household names and won six Emmy Awards.

February 23, 2020 SAO PAULO (AP) — When dancer Camila Prins entered Sao Paulo’s Carnival parade grounds, a costume of feathers clinging to her sinuous body, she fulfilled a dream of feminine beauty nearly three decades old.  Prins says she first realized she wanted to be a woman at a Carnival party at age 11, when, like the other boys, she was allowed to dress like a girl as part of the burlesque festivities. Now, in the final minutes of Saturday, she became the first transgender woman to lead the drum section of a top samba school in either of the renowned Carnival parades put in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  Prins, 40, was hand-picked to be “godmother” of the Colorado do Brás samba school’s drum section, an iconic role fought over by dozens of models and TV celebrities. Her duty was to dance infectiously for 65 minutes in front of the drummers, using her legs to drive their rhythm while judges assessed the school’s parade.

MIAMI (AP) — Vin Diesel says it’s the spirit of Paul Walker that motivates him to continue starring in the “Fast and Furious” saga. Diesel and the cast spoke of the memory of their late screen partner at a special event surrounding the upcoming release of the franchise’s ninth chapter, “F9: Fast and Furious 9.” The recent death of Kobe Bryant reminded Diesel of the loss of his friend. “I can’t make a ‘Fast’ without Pablo in my thoughts, in my everyday activity, in my approach to every scene,” Diesel said, invoking his affectionate nickname for Walker. “His spirit must live in this saga, because his spirit, in so many ways, is what drives me to continue the saga.”