The magazine known for presenting stunning images from around the world, National Geographic Traveler is bringing its imagemakers to Celebrity Cruises. The two organizations have teamed up to bring noted photojournalists onboard for the line's "Celebrity Discoveries" series, one of the most extensive enrichment programs at sea, presenting up to four lecturers on every cruise, discussing topics ranging from world affairs and finance to art and music.
"National Geographic Traveler is legendary for offering rare insight into the world's most intriguing places," said Celebrity's Director of Entertainment and Cruise Programs Michael Thomas. "They are the perfect partner to enrich our guests' cruise experience as they travel to exciting and exotic destinations."
The three lecturers scheduled thus far include:
Daisann McLane -- Infinity, February 13 -- Journalist, traveler and photographer, McLane has been encouraging readers to explore the world and its cultures in unconventional ways for more than 20 years. A contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler, her column "Real Travel" appears in every issue of the magazine.
Pablo Corral -- Infinity, February 27 -- Corral is a photojournalist, publisher, and author of five photographic books, "Bare Earth," "Silent Landscapes," "Ecuador, From Magic to Horror," "Ecuador" and "Andes." A native of Quito, Ecuador, Corral's work has appeared in National Geographic, among other magazines.
Michael Melford -- Infinity, March 13 -- Photographer Melford first picked up a camera while studying engineering in college, and found photography the "perfect marriage" of his technical and creative sides. Melford works for numerous international magazines and advertising agencies and is best known for his location photography. He recently finished work on a book for National Geographic entitled Treasures of Alaska.
In partnership with the magazine, Celebrity also will introduce a National Geographic channel on its in-stateroom TV system to present some of what National Geographic considers its best programming. Celebrity guests will receive an exclusive subscription offer to National Geographic Traveler, as well as an opportunity to win a framed, limited edition National Geographic print.
Celebrity's ConciergeClass and suite guests will receive a complimentary book from the onboard lecturers, and an invitation to a private autograph session.