Miami Heat NBA Championship Trophy to Set Sail

Miami Herald June 23, 2006 – The NBA championship trophy is taking a cruise.

Micky Arison, owner of the Miami Heat and CEO of Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise operator, will escort the trophy across three continents covering more than 18,000 miles.

The tour begins Sunday aboard the Carnival Valor while the ship is docked at the Port of Miami-Dade. Then, on Monday, Arison will take the trophy on a trans-Atlantic flight from Fort Lauderdale to Genoa, Italy, for a look at cruise ships under construction in nearby Sestri.

The next stop is Hong Kong, where the trophy will board the new 1,000-passenger Costa Allegra for a two-day cruise to Shanghai. Arison will return the trophy to Italy for the inaugural celebration of another Costa ship, the Concordia, which sets sail from Genoa to Rome on July 4. Festivities include a performance by world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli.

The tour will continue to other cruise-ship destinations, which have yet to be determined, before finally settling in at Miami’s American Airlines Arena.