Celebrity Cruises To Launch Ship-wide Gaming

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A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 3 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 77 CONNECT 64 TWEET 3 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.

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29 and Dec. 14, 2014, are round-trip from Fort Lauderdale and also include calls at Royal Caribbean’s private beach resort at Labadee, Haiti; San Juan; St. Croix; and St. Maarten. An eight-day cruise embarking Jan. 16, 2015, will visit all but St. Maarten. Fares are from $899 per person, double occupancy. The 11-year-old Celebrity Constellation was the first of Celebrity Cruises’ four older Millennium Class ships to undergo a top-to-bottom overhaul to make it more like the line’s newer Solstice Class ships, a process the line called “Solsticizing.” What’s new on the vessel? USA TODAY’s Gene Sloan offers a photo tour. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen Originally unveiled on May 12, 2002, the 91,000-ton, 2,034-passenger Celebrity Constellation was in dry dock for 15 days in 2010 to receive its “Solsticizing” makeover. Among Solstice Class features added to the ship: A Tuscan Grille steakhouse; Bistro on Five creperie; ice-topped Martini Bar; Cafe al Bacio coffee house; and Cellarmasters wine bar. Celebrity Cruises The Seaside Cafe on the back of the ship. Celebrity Cruises The back of the ship also is home to a pool and whirlpool. Celebrity Cruises The Celebrity Constellation’s adults-only Solarium offers a lap pool, waterfalls and thickly padded lounge chairs. Celebrity Cruises An iconic area of the Constellation that remains after its 2010 makeover is the Grand Foyer, which features an onyx staircase, marble floors and the first panoramic ocean-view glass elevators at sea. Celebrity Cruises Added during the overhaul, Cafe al Bacio is a centrally-located, European-style coffee house that serves specialty coffees, liqueurs and freshly baked pastries. Celebrity Cruises Also added in 2010, the ship’s new Gelateria dishes Italian ices and gelati in the afternoon and evenings. Celebrity Cruises The new Bistro on Five creperie offers a mix of sandwiches, salads, crepes and desserts in a casual atmosphere. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen The most spacious lodging option on the Celebrity Constellation is the 1,432-square-foot Penthouse Suite, which includes a separate dining and living room; foyer; baby grand piano; butler’s pantry; motorized draperies, lights and security system; two interactive audio/visual entertainment systems with televisions, DVDs, and VCRs; music center; Internet station and a 1,098-square-foot balcony area with its own whirlpool. Celebrity Cruises The bedroom in the Penthouse Suite features two beds that convert into a queen-size bed and an extra dressing room with vanity. Celebrity Cruises The bathroom in the Penthouse Suite has a whirlpool tub and separate shower. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen A step down from the Penthouse is the Royal Suite, which measures 538 square feet, not including a 195-square-foot balcony area. The suite features floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors; separate living room with dining and sitting area; two entertainment centers with plasma-screen televisions and VCR or DVD player; and an Internet station. Celebrity Cruises The bedroom of the Royal Suite includes a walk-in closet. Celebrity Cruises A large bathroom is attached to the bedroom of the Royal Suite and includes a tub with whirlpool jets and a stall shower. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen Slightly smaller than a Royal Suite are the Celebrity Suites, which measure 467 square feet. Each of the suites features floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows; a separate living room with dining and sitting areas; two entertainment centers with televisions and VCR or DVD player; a music center; and an Internet station. Celebrity Cruises The bedrooms in Celebrity Suites include walk-in closets with vanity tables. Celebrity Cruises Fullscreen The bathrooms in Celebrity Suites include a tub with whirlpool jets and a glass-enclosed sitting area.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown responded Tuesday by signing legislation that would raise fines and jail time to the maximum threshold for a misdemeanor up to a year in jail and $10,000 for a first offense. The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition But the law is opposed by more than the celebrity-hungry shutterbugs. The Motion Picture Association of America and the California Newspaper Publishers Association have joined legal analysts and reporters concerned that the law may be overly broad and interfere with legitimate news gathering and other legal activities. I expect this law to be challenged the first time prosecutors take a photographer to court, says Lou Virelli, a constitutional law professor at Stetson University in central Florida. RECOMMENDED: How much do you know about California? Take our quiz. The law targets any person who intentionally harasses the child or ward of any other person because of that persons employment. It further specifies that harassment means knowing and willful conduct directed at a specific child that seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes the child and that serves no legitimate purpose and that includes recording an image or voice. These provisions worry education reporter Andrea Johnson, who writes for the Minot Daily News in North Dakota. She often covers childrens issues and notes that there are already many privacy protections in place for most children. It is very easy for parents to get riled up over privacy concerns when a new law passes. I am concerned that this might spread to other states, fanned by parents who have growing concerns over the privacy rights of their own children, she says. Its hard enough to do our jobs without having new restrictions such as the requirement to get written permission from parents for legitimate interviews with their children, Ms. Johnson adds. Legal challenges to the statute are likely, says Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Reporters and paparazzi will claim it infringes on their First Amendment rights, she says via e-mail. There are already laws on the books that prohibit stalking and assaults of celebrities and everyone else.