Friday, June 23, 2006

NBA Trophy Goes to Sea ...

Heat Prize On Whirlwind Tour: The Miami Heat’s NBA Larry O’Brien Championship trophy embarks on a big hoop-big whoop cruise-ship tour this weekend, chaperoned by Heat owner Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation chairman and CEO. The three-continent, 18,000-mile marathon kicks off Sunday, June 25, when Arison displays the trophy aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,794-passenger Carnival Valor in Miami. On Monday, June 26, Arison and the trophy board a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Genoa for Costa Cruises’ new 3,000-passenger Costa Serena and Costa Concordia, and Carnival Cruise Lines’ 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor, all under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard. Next comes Hong Kong for a two-day cruise to Shanghai aboard the 1,000-passenger Costa Allegra departing June 30, marking the Costa Asia product debut. Arison and the trophy then return to Italy for Costa Concordia’s inaugural with a July 4 Genoa to Rome one-nighter featuring Andrea Bocelli in concert and supermodel Eva Herzigova as godmother. The trophy eventually goes on permanent display at Miami's American Airlines Arena.