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cousteauOceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau to Join Crystal Cruises 2018 Sailings

The Cousteau family has had a long and storied association with the ocean dating back to the family’s legendary patriarch Jacques-Yves Cousteau, an explorer and filmmaker who pioneered marine conservation.

Cousteau’s son, oceanographic expert and environmentalist Jean-Michel, has continued the family tradition, dedicating his life to underwater exploration.

For those who’d love nothing more than to sit at the feet of this explorer and learn all about the ocean’s wonders, the opportunity has arrived.



Jean-Michel Cousteau has agreed to share tales from his lifetime of underwater adventures on three Crystal Cruises voyages to take place this spring, fall and winter. He will join one sailing each season aboard Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Esprit.

The voyages scheduled to feature Cousteau’s intriguing presentations (which undoubtedly will attract a packed house) are fittingly diverse.

He is scheduled to join Crystal Serenity’s March 12 Far East Vistas sailing from Manila to Singapore; the Crystal Symphony’s November 8 Amazon Discovery round-trip from Fort Lauderdale and finally the Esprit’s December 9 West Indies Yachting Explorer trip, which journeys round-trip from Marigot, St. Martin into the deep Caribbean.

“We are pleased to welcome Jean-Michel back on board this year to share his distinct perspectives on the wildlife and future of the oceans,” Keith Cox, Crystal vice president of entertainment, said in a statement. “Our guests relish the opportunity to learn from leading experts as they explore the world, and Jean-Michel is the foremost authority on the very oceans they sail, as he’s dedicated his life to conserving them.”

In addition to lectures tailored to the region of each sailing, Cousteau will offer interactive and engaging presentations about his father’s legend and his own legacy, as well as insights into ocean life that most captivates him, including the delicate balance of the roles of orcas and sharks.

The founder of the Ocean Futures Society, an organization whose mission is to inspire and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly toward the ocean, Cousteau will also share his conservation efforts with travelers.



Harmony Christened In Fort Lauderdale

by Daniel McCarthy

View of the Zipline, Ultimate Abyss and boardwalk.

After making its European debut earlier this year, Royal Caribbean’s mammoth Harmony of the Seas is setting up for its first North American season after a christening and naming ceremony at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale yesterday.

The ship’s godmother, Teach for America educator Brittany Affolter, was on hand to do the honors, pushing a button that sent a huge bottle of champagne down the ship’s zip line, cracking above Harmony’s Central Park.

The 23-year-old Affolter was chosen through an open call for submissions for a “Hometown Hero in Education.” Affolter, who works with low-income students in Miami-Dade and trains teachers, was picked from more than 1,000 submissions.

At the ceremony, chairman and CEO Richard Fain praised her as someone who “pours her all into transforming the lives of children.”

Fain also applauded Royal Caribbean’s decision to build a ship that is 20% more energy-efficient than its Oasis-class sister ships.

Among Harmony’s other innovations is the 10-story Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, a bionic bar with robot bartenders, an outdoor Central Park, two rock-climbing walls, a zip line, a skating rink and the first two-story Wonderland restaurant.

Harmony also features a DreamWorks Experience and more family options including character—Po from “Kung Fu Panda,” Shrek and Puss in Boots from “Shrek” and the Penguins from “Madagascar”—meet and greets onboard.

The ship will now sail seven-night Caribbean itineraries out of Port Everglades.

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