Celebrity Cruises Turns Up the Heat with Cruise Industry’s First-Ever Glassblowing Feature

MIAMI, Nov. 30 — Talk about a “hot spot”: Celebrity Cruises’ new Celebrity Solstice will introduce an industry first. Celebrity will collaborate with the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass to bring the captivating art of glassblowing to sea when the Museum’s “Hot Glass Show” debuts on Celebrity Solstice in December 2008. Through Celebrity’s alliance with The Corning Museum of Glass, the premier authority on glass and glassmaking history, the Hot Glass Show will provide live demonstrations and a narrated performance of glassblowing, designed to engage, educate and inspire cruisers about the art, history and science of glass.

“We’re confident our guests will be awestruck by what we’re offering with The Corning Museum of Glass,” said Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Dan Hanrahan. “The museum’s surveys repeatedly show that live glassmaking demonstrations rank as one of the top reasons more than 340,000 people visit the museum each year. Now, it’s also a compelling reason to sail on Celebrity Solstice.”

Located on the ship’s upper deck within a custom-designed, outdoor glassmaking studio, the Hot Glass Show will present the history and craft of glassblowing, from its ancient origins to its current countless uses. Three resident “gaffers”–highly skilled glassblowing artists–will educate and entertain cruisers with live glassmaking shows, lectures and workshops. Celebrity Cruises’ microsite, www.cruisecelebritysolstice.com, offers a sneak peek at The Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Show on Celebrity Solstice.