Celebrity Cruises To Launch Ship-wide Gaming

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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 4 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celebrity Cruises to launch ship-wide gaming Cruise Log Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:50 p.m. EDT September 26, 2013 Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free app. (Photo: Celebrity Cruises) Alaska SHARE 81 CONNECT 67 TWEET 4 COMMENTEMAILMORE For those who want to play poker at the pool and slots at dinner, Celebrity Cruises has teamed with Las Vegas-based Cantor Gaming for a cruise industry first mobile gaming you can access ship-wide. Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free application, Cantor Mobile Casino, to their smartphones or tablets via the ship’s Wi-Fi. PHOTO GALLERY: Tour a Celebrity ship After creating a “virtual wallet” at the ship’s casino desk to activate and fund their accounts, cruisers will be able to choose from games including slots, table games and video poker to play anywhere onboard. One caveat: The ship needs to be in international waters. “This state-of-the-art technology allows guests to play outside of the action-filled casino, whether relaxing by the pool, or waiting for their partner to get ready for their night of onboard dining and drinks, and will be an excellent addition to the edgy entertainment we offer onboard,” said Celebrity Cruises’ senior vice president of operations Greg Purdy, in a prepared statement. The Cantor gaming app is compatible with Apple and Android devices. The new technology will be installed on Celebrity’s five Solstice-class ships and four Millennium-class ships in coming months, Celebrity officials said. Fran Golden is the Experience Cruise expert blogger and a contributing editor of Porthole Magazine. She is the co-author of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away.

‘Funniest Celebrity in Washington’: VIPs still rally to fundraiser despite little aid to charity

Unlike previous years, he drew no salary in 2009. In 2010, he was paid $4,225; in 2011, it was $21,559. (Tax forms for 2012, when there was no Funniest Celebrity event, were not available.) Joe the Plumber Wurzelbacher performs at Funniest Celebrity in 2009. (Dan Zak / The Washington Post) Doug White, a scholar of philanthropic practices, said that well-run charities aim for a 75-25 ratio, where the larger number goes to the charitable mission and the smaller sum to operating costs and expenses. For big galas and seated dinners, costs shouldnt exceed 40 percent. (At Funniest Celebrity, patrons get sandwiches and one free cocktail; theres usually a B-list comic paid a few hundred dollars to perform.) The larger problem, White said, is the perception among ticket buyers and celebrities who lend their name and time that most of the money goes to charity. But White also faulted beneficiaries for not doing more research before signing on. Charities are taught to say thank you and nothing more. Its unfortunate. One Funniest Celebrity-branded show was a winner for charity: a 2010 Baltimore event benefiting the University of Maryland Childrens Hospital that grossed $50,000. But in that case, Siegels 501(c)3 was not involved; he was simply contracted to round up talent and the charity controlled all the money, organizer Phyllis Rabinowitz said. Michele S.

Celebrity Cruises heads to St. Barts

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 Cruises heads to St. Barts Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 10:37 a.m. EDT September 27, 2013 A view of St. Barts. (Photo: leonardo.com) SHARE 14 CONNECT 48 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Celebrity Cruises passengers will soon have opportunity to spot real celebrities as the cruise line introduces new sailings to the posh Caribbean island of St. Barts. Celebrity will visit Gustavia, the capital of the French island, for the first time in November 2014 with the 2,170-passenger Celebrity Constellation, according to spokeswoman Tavia Robb. St. Barts (also known as St. Barths) is a popular vacation spot for music moguls, supermodels and movie stars, among others. Jetsetters are sometimes spotted (and photographed) on the island’s white-sand beaches, hanging out on extravagant yachts, shopping in designer boutiques, dining in gourmet eateries and lounging at fancy resorts.