The ship is on a two-week Canada/New England sailing, which embarked from Bayonne, N.J., on Sept. 21 and is due to return there on Saturday. In response to the outbreak which the CDC said affected 14.5% of passengers and 1.5% of crew onboard a beefed up cleaning and disinfection plan has been put in place on the ship. The CDC is also working with the cruise line on how to deal with “active cases” and cleansing procedures for when the ship returns to Bayonne. Through its Vessel Sanitation Program, the CDC said it would send an epidemiologist and an environmental health officer to meet the ship and do a health assessment, as well as to monitor sanitation procedures. The predominant symptoms of the gastrointestinal illness are vomiting and diarrhea. “Those affected by the short-lived illness have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship,” said Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. “At Celebrity Cruises we have high health standards for all our guests and crew. During the sailing, we are taking a number of steps to prevent the transmission of the illness, including implementing enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols, and using special cleaning products and disinfectants that are proven to kill norovirus to clean throughout the ship. These activities will continue as the sailing proceeds,” Martinez explained. Ill passengers on the current sailing were confined to their cabins to prevent further spread and will be compensated for their lost vacation time, she added. Martinez said an “extensive and thorough sanitizing onboard the ship and within the cruise terminal,” would also take place in Bayonne to prevent the illness from affecting the ship’s next sailing also on a Canada/New England itinerary, embarking Saturday. Passengers booked on that sailing who are uncomfortable taking the cruise for reasons “related to personal health or otherwise,” will be able to reschedule their cruise, Martinez said. Norovirus is a common illness, affecting as many as 300 million people worldwide, Martinez noted.
5 Easy Steps to Becoming a Successful Celebrity Mom
Here are six truths about olive oil that will hopefully add clarity to your next bottle you purchase. TRUE OR FALSE? Olive oil isn’t good for frying food False: It does have a high smoking point, meaning it can go up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The reason why a lot of people do not fry, deep fry, with olive oil is because its expensive. TRUE OR FALSE? Oil that isn’t first cold-pressed is just the leftover oil True: The first press is the cold press, meaning its without heat or chemicals, and its extra virgin meaning, it is the premium olive oil that you want to buy. Anything else is a pure olive oil or its a leftover olive oil.” TRUE OR FALSE? Cooking olive oil destroys its health benefits True: It does destroy some of the health benefits. It definitely does because of the heat … but what we do in the Mediterranean is we will cook with a little bit of olive oil and then well actually add a drizzle of fresh olive oil on top … to keep those benefits. TRUE OR FALSE? You should store olive oil in the refrigerator False: Unless you live in an extremely humid, hot place you might want to do that, but other than that in a cool dark place, just like you would with wine. TRUE OR FALSE? Never buy oil that looks cloudy True: Thats actually not so good. Those are unfiltered and what happens is they dont last as long. So you definitely want to buy one thats nice, and clear. Youre always going to find them mostly in a darker bottle, but if you dont, it should be a nice dark green olive oil –and then have extra-virgin on the label.” TRUE OR FALSE?
Celebrity chef Cat Cora debunks common olive oil myths
Post to Facebook Celebrity to host ‘American Idol’ finalists at sea on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1fLPMgX Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! 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 to host ‘American Idol’ finalists at sea Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:34 p.m. EDT October 3, 2013 “American Idol” runner-up Blake Lewis will appear on a Celebrity cruise. (Photo: Handout) SHARE 8 CONNECT 43 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Celebrity Cruises is launching a series of concerts, Q&A sessions and autograph signings by finalists from past seasons of the popular Fox TV show American Idol. On the line’s Christmas cruises in the Caribbean, two American Idol singing artists will perform on each sailing. The lineup includes runner-up finalists Bo Bice (fourth season) and Blake Lewis (sixth season), as well as Elliot Yamin, who placed third in the show’s fifth season and whose self-titled album debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Billboard 200. Also appearing onboard will be Kimberly Caldwell (second season), Melinda Doolittle (sixth season), Matt Giraud (eighth season) and Mikalah Gordon (fourth season). The Caribbean holiday sailings include week-long cruises on the Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Silhouette; a five-day cruise on the Celebrity Constellation; a 10-day cruise on Celebrity Equinox; and a 14-day sailing on the Celebrity Eclipse. The Reflection sails from Miami, the Summit from San Juan and the other ships from Fort Lauderdale. The cruise line scheduled the artists as part of its partnership with Las Vegas-based Nite Raiders entertainment, Celebrity officials said.
5. Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate. Piazza instructs wannabe celeb moms to start monetizing early. “Break your mommy news with a trusted celebrity news outlet and then begin negotiating for every single milestone in your mommy life,” she shares. “That starts with the first bump shots, goes through the baby shower, the exclusive announcement of the birth, the first reveal of the baby, and then the first birthday. These are all events that a celebrity can be paid between $5,000 and $100,000 for depending on the baby.” . Jessica Alba rocks the red carpet solo. (WireImage) And the haggling doesn’t stop then. Stacy Jones, the CEO of marketing company Hollywood Branded Inc., explains that women control most of the household budget, and as a result plenty of companies are willing to pay out big bucks for a spokeswoman that can influence non-famous moms. “New partnership opportunities exist from everything from diapers to clothing lines to food products to toys, retail stores, automotive manufacturers, theme parks, family vacations, and more,” Jones says. “The sky is the limit!” Better yet, take a cue from Alba, mother of Honor and Haven, and start a mommy-related business. The “Little Fockers” actress co-founded the Honest Company of nontoxic baby and household products, just like the former “Punky Brewster” opened a store (now online only) that sells children’s clothing, The Little Seed. “In that case,” Marwick says, “you’re literally capitalizing on the fact that you’re a mom by saying this is going to be the cornerstone of a business I’m building The hook there that makes it legitimate for her to have a business like this is the fact that she is a mom and she’s concerned about her kids.