By Jackie Roseboom
The Nerdel Company is devoted to making children and adults all over the world more aware of healthy choices, such as eating better and physical fitness. Developed by a team including doctors, nutritionists, chefs, fitness professionals, educators and entertainment experts, the company aims to address the issues of childrens obesity, hunger, fitness and health in an educational and entertaining way.
Celebrity has introduced its Nerdel program on the brand-new Celebrity Silhouette, which debuted in Europe this summer, and plans to launch the program on most of its other ships by Oct. 15. The educational and playful Nerdal company offers an interactive program featuring activities themed around healthy choices and starring a puppet named Nerdel, known for his endearing, lovable personality.
“We are truly honored to be working with Celebrity Cruises,” Dr. Marc Kesselman, chairman and CEO of The Nerdel Company, said. “It’s a wonderful match to join forces with a vacation company that leads the industry in engaging onboard experiences, to bring the highest quality of children’s programming and edutainment to Celebrity’s upscale brand.”
Live puppet performances, puppet workshops, children’s puppet performances and lessons on the art of puppeteering will be at the core of Celebrity’s onboard Nerdel activities for “Shipmates” (ages three to five) and “Cadets” (ages six to eight) spending time in Celebrity’s Fun Factory. Children also will have the opportunity to explore The World of Nerdel, which includes a custom-designed Celebrity Cruises activity book with crossword puzzles, word searches, matching games, coloring and more. The World of Nerdel also offers Celebrity’s young guests the opportunity to explore their musical side through custom-designed and standard sing-along songs. Activities onboard will also include a video by the “Chef Mangel” (pronounced Mahn-gell) puppet, followed by a fun and healthy pizza-making class.
“We know our guests’ vacation time is precious, which is why we focus on delivering a luxurious, relaxing and fun experience onboard,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, senior vice president of hotel operations. “By teaming with Nerdel and The Nerdel Company to offer unique and engaging games and activities, we are hoping to play a part in instilling wellness-focused values in children by empowering them with the knowledge that they need to make better nutritional choices and take charge of their physical fitness, from an early age.”
The World of Nerdel also has a land-based component that children can continue to enjoy after their vacation. With an iPad application, an interactive website (nerdel.com) and animated presentations, Nerdel can continue to play a positive part in Celebrity’s youngest guests’ continued learning about how to make healthy choices. Parents will no doubt be happy about this new addition.
For more information about cruises on Celebrity featuring Nerdel, or to book a your next Celebrtiy Cruise visit celebritycruises.com or contact your travel agent.