Treasure hunters take a cruise

A ship sailing to the Caribbean in search of hidden treasure is hardly a new
idea.

This time, however, the booty found
will stay firmly in the hands of the owners.

Celebrity Equinox are putting on an
11-date cruise at the end of March, and on-board guests can take along
collectibles to be valued by US television star and antiques expert, Dr. Lori.

“I conduct antique appraisals all
over the country for major corporations, home and garden shows and all
different folks and now we’re partnering with Celebrity to bring collectibles
to the seas.

“My presentations are both humorous
and informative and during those on board I’ll appraise people’s objects as
well as teaching them a little bit about art and antique collecting. I have a
lot of fun and get to meet wonderful folks – their objects tell us a little bit
about them,” she said.

Daily Show

The television star appears on such
shows as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Tonight Show, and she says
that Celebrity thought that the cruise would be a fun way to add a new
dimension to their Celebrity Life onboard television programme.

The eleven-night cruise visits
Grand Cayman briefly on 31 March, before heading off to Cartagena, Colon,
Puerto Limon, Roatan and Cozumel and then returning to the home port of Fort
Lauderdale. Dr. Lori said that the lengthy cruise would enable all of the 2,850
guests to get their stuff appraised.

Appraisal is limited to guests on
the cruise and residents of any destination will not be able to take items to
the ship for appraisal.

Exceptions

The television expert explained
that there is no limit on what cruise guests could bring on board – with a few
notable exceptions.

“From soup to nuts people can bring
anything they like but we do discourage them from bringing weapons!”

The TV star has visited the Caribbean many times and she said she is looking forward
to visiting Cayman in particular.

“There’s nothing like a sea turtle
in Cayman. There are so many treasures that you see in the Caribbean,
particularly underwater but we’re also going to concentrate on the art and
architecture and history. We typically see a lot of types of antiques on our
programmes and souvenir pieces can also be evaluated,” she said.

Fun

Dr. Lori concluded that on vacation
people want to have fun and enjoy themselves and that is reflected in the
non-traditional antiques appraisal event of the cruise. She noted that the
first objects d’art were rather familiar ones to anyone who has ever wandered
down a lonely beach and spotted something exotic glinting in the evening sun.

 “If you go back and look at the history of
collecting what people don’t always realise that we first started collections
with seashells and things from our travels.

“So the idea of putting together an
expert in collecting with your travels is an obvious way to look at it,” said
the antiques expert.