Cruise with a Celebrity

February 22, 2002

One cruise industry mini-trend that’s been spotted post-September 11 is the resurrection of the “celebrity” cruise in which so-called mega-stars sail on various voyages as an added attraction for passengers. Of all the names of star-folk who will be sailing this spring and summer that cross our desk, just one, however, stands out. QE2, which has for years offered a number of theme cruises on its transatlantic voyages, has signed up Monty Python’s John Cleese -- who also starred in “A Fish Called Wanda” -- as the headliner for its British comedy voyage.

Otherwise, most celebrities hired by cruise lines to entertain passengers are clearly geared for the more traditional -- we mean more senior -- passenger demographic. QE2 itself, beyond the Cleese comedy voyage, trumpets such star power as John Davidson (remember “Hollywood Squares”?), Petula Clark and Herman’s Hermits. On Star Princess transpacific inaugural, guests can meet television’s Robert Conrad, whose latest starring gig was a guest spot on “Just Shoot Me.” On a 10-day Panama Canal trip, Royal Princess has loaded up with stars of yore: fitness entrepreneurs Jack and Elaine LaLanne, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and one-time MGM star June Allyson.