Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 9, 2016
June 9, 2016
Filling a need:
A Mexican company plans to unveil a "clothing optional" cruise ship next year. The Azamara Quest will set sail along the Adriatic Sea from Sep 26-Oct 03, 2017, departing and culminating in Venice, Italy, and stopping in several ports in Croatia and Slovenia. The London Daily Mail reports passengers will be able to enjoy a luxurious program with exclusive amenities including clothing-optional areas, private playrooms, adult-orientated entertainment, provocative theme nights, culinary experiences and "sensual staterooms."
Meanwhile, the Norwegian Cruise Lines will be doing it's second annual zombie-themed cruise later this year for fans of "The Walking Dead." The Walker Stalkers, who organize various sci-fi and horror fan conventions around the world each year, will be running the cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl, and some stars of the show, like NORMAN REEDUS, CHANDLER RIGGS and EMILY KINNEY will be aboard for the fun.
Makeup artists will also be on board to help people transform themselves into the undead for theme nights and costume contests.
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
MUHAMMAD ALI won't be laid to rest until tomorrow, but people are already cashing in on the fighter's death. The champ's "Missing" passport just hit the auction block on ebay and features stamps from London, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and more, while Bonhams.com listed the fighter's replacement passport, as well.
So far, the original document has a top bid of $7,100, while the alternate is expected to rake in up to $35-thousand dollars. (Lee)
Meanwhile, tickets to the Muhammad Ali memorial in Louisville, KY, tomorrow, sold out quickly yesterday morning. The box office at the KFC Yum! Center opened nearly two hours early, since lots of people were already in line, and the 15-thousand available free tickets were gone and the windows closed in just over an hour.
Quotable: "It's the first time people have paid KNOWING Ali was going to be flat on his back."
--"The surprising part is that DON KING hasn't taken over and added a matinee." (both from Dr Don Carpenter)
ESPN reports the 2 pm service Friday will also be streamed on the venue's outdoor video screen.
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