- Celebrity Cruises Secures Rights to Air 2012 Olympic Games -
It’s estimated that more than one-billion people will tune in for this year’s Olympic Games in the host city of London, and Celebrity Cruises has arranged the rare opportunity for guests sailing on its modern luxury fleet to be among them.
From the eagerly anticipated Opening Ceremony July 27 to the celebratory Closing Ceremony August 12, Celebrity will broadcast ‘live’ via satellite the swimming, diving, gymnastics, rowing, cycling, track & field, and basketball events, in addition to airing daily compilations of highlights from all 26 sports featured in the Games of the XXX Olympiad. On Celebrity ships sailing in North America, the Olympic Games events initially airing live also will be re-broadcast during more convenient times of day for guests to enjoy.
Whether sailing on Celebrity Constellation in Scandinavia and Russia; in Iceland and the Fjords on Celebrity Eclipse; in the Eastern Mediterranean on Celebrity Equinox; in the Adriatic on Celebrity Silhouette; in the Mediterranean from Venice on Celebrity Solstice; in Bermuda on Celebrity Summit; or in Alaska on Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Century, Celebrity’s guests can stay on top of the Olympic Games while vacationing.
Celebrity Cruises guests will be able to view the Olympic Games within the comfort of their stylish staterooms and suites, or in several hip bars and lounges on every Celebrity ship (with the exception of Celebrity Xpedition, which sails year-round in the Galapagos Islands). The specific locations and event times will be listed within each Celebrity ship’s daily newsletter.
The Celebration of Olympic Games Begins
More than 130 events across the UK are scheduled, with over 25,000 artists from all 204 nations represented in the Paralympic and Olympic Games to take part in 12-week nationwide spectacular. The festival showcases the world’s best music, theater, dance, visual art, literature, film and fashion in towns and cities across the UK. More then ten million people are expected to attend.
To mark the London 2012 Festival opening, and the arrival of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay to the shores of the largest natural lake in England, French street arts company Les Commandos Percu brings a spectacular outdoor show, “On The Night Shist”, to Lake Windermere in Cumbria. Created especially for the London 2012 Festival by the French pyrotechnic experts and musicians, the show will see streams of color and light blaze across the skies alongside the magic of music, dance and fire, with performances by specially selected UK artists.
Olympic Games Are a Celebration Of World Peace
A number of the opening events also celebrate the theme of Olympic Truce, which has been an inspiration for the London 2012 Festival program. The Olympic Truce, central to the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC, encourages nations to cease hostilities and set aside conflict during the Olympic Games. In their place nations will celebrate humanity, noble competition, and peaceful gathering for sport, thus living up to the values of the Olympic movement. In 2011 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution urging the nations of the world to observe the Olympic Truce during the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London. This ancient tradition has inspired the program for the opening day of London 2012 Festival.
Peace One Day, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the idea of one day a year free of conflict and war, organized “Peace One Day – Global Truce Countdown 2012″ for Northern Ireland’s “London 2012 Festival” major opening concert on 21 June, marking the three-month countdown to Global Truce on Peace Day, 21 September 2012. Taking place at Ebrington Square, a former Parade Ground in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the free event featured stars including Pixie Lott, Imelda May, Newton Faulkner, Guillemots and Wonder Villains. The concert was produced by Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley and ambassador Jude Law.
The festival promises to be an extraordinary prelude to this summer’s Olympic Games, promoting British pride, the arts, the spirit of competition, and world peace in a manner befitting the values of the Olympic Movement.
Happy cruising. Andrew Kruglanski, Cruisin Susan Cruise Blog.
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