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Gabrielle Giffords And Mark Kelly To Headline A Crystal Cruise

Gabrielle Giffords Cruise

First Posted: 03/14/2012 8:12 am Updated: 03/15/2012 3:22 pm

Following in the footsteps of celebrities and politicos before her, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will headline a cruise this summer.

Giffords, who will be joined by her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, will host a July sailing of Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity.

According to a press release from Crystal Cruises, it looks like only Kelly is scheduled to speak, but will be joined after his presentation by Giffords for a "special appearance" and photo op.

"We look forward to Mark sharing their incredible story of love, trials, and triumphs, live and in person with Crystal guests," said Bret Bullock, Crystal Cruises' vice president of entertainment, in the release.

The 12-day Mediterranean cruise embarks from Lisbon, Portugal July 25. It will call on ports in Gibraltar, Barcelona, Palamos, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Florence, Porto Venere and Rome. Rates start at $5,410

As of May 2012, voyages on the Crystal Serenity will be all-inclusive.

Just over a year ago, in January 2011, Giffords was shot in the head during a meeting with constituents. In January 2012, she resigned from her seat in the U.S. House Of Representatives.

Giffords follows Mary Matalin and James Carville as the next political figure to hop on the cruise bandwagon. Matalin and Carville also sail on the Crystal Serenity this month. But, if Kate Gosselin is a bit more your style, here's the rundown on other sea-faring celebrities.

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  • Barenaked Ladies

    In February 2011, the band <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/09/barenaked-ladies-norwegia_n_606136.html" target="_hplink">Barenaked Ladies hosted a Norwegian Cruise</a> called "Ships and Dip 4" aboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/08/norwegian-dawn_n_911108.html" target="_hplink">Norwegian Dawn</a>. That sailing was the fourth hosted by the band, which was joined by the band Guster. Jag Gundu/Getty Images

  • Guy Fieri and George Lopez

    According to <em>The Vancouver Sun</em>, George Lopez was given the title <a href="http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Cruise+line+looks+bump+board+factor/5555597/story.html" target="_hplink">"Curator of Comedy" for Carnival Cruise Lines</a>. Celebrity chef Fieri contributed Guy's Burger Joint to the cruise line. Harry How/Getty Images

  • Colbie Caillat, Train, Lifehouse etc.

    Music television station VH1 hosted an April 2011<a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2010/09/vh1-carnival-music-cruise-train-lifehouse-colbie-caillat/114375/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29" target="_hplink">sailing of a star-studded cruise</a> aboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/carnival-inspiration_n_910935.html" target="_hplink">Carnival Inspiration</a> dubbed "Best Cruise Ever." Acts included Train, Lifehouse, Colbie Caillat, The Script, Safetysuit, Alpha Rev, Mat Kearney, Thriving Ivory, Civil Twilight, One eskimO, and cover band Trailer Park Ninjas, <em>USA Today </em>reported. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images For Live In The Vineyard LLC

  • New Kids on the Block

    After selling out two cruises for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/06/new-kids-on-the-block-car_n_673376.html?ref=cruises" target="_hplink">Carnival in 2009 and 2010, NKOTB was greenlighted</a> for a May 2011 sailing on the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/08/the-carnival-destiny_n_1136857.html" target="_hplink">Carnival Destiny</a>. Michael Caulfield/Getty Images for AMA

  • Kid Rock

    <a href="http://news.travel.aol.com/2010/07/19/kid-rock-cruise/" target="_hplink">Kid Rock's 2011 "Chillin' the Most" cruise</a> was held in April onboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/carnival-triumph-cruise_n_909629.html" target="_hplink">Carnival Triumph</a>. The singer also hosted a 2010 and 2012 sailing, and is <a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2012/08/kid-rock-cruise-norwegian-ship/814618/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_hplink">set for a 2013 departure on the Norwegian Pearl</a>. Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images

  • KISS

    Glam rockers <a href="http://news.travel.aol.com/2011/05/17/kiss-cruise-set-to-rock-the-high-seas/" target="_hplink">KISS hosted a Carnival cruise</a> in October 2011. Dubbed "The Kiss Kruise," it was held aboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/08/the-carnival-destiny_n_1136857.html" target="_hplink">Carnival Destiny</a>. In October 2012, <a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2012/04/kiss-music-cruise-norwegian-ship/667934/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_hplink">KISS will host another cruise</a>, this time aboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/26/norwegian-pearl_n_981545.html" target="_hplink">Norwegian Pearl</a>. FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images

  • ZZ Top

    In December 2011, band <a href="http://news.travel.aol.com/2011/03/04/zz-top-to-headline-cruise/" target="_hplink">ZZ Top headlined a "Rock Legends Cruise"</a> on Royal Caribbean's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/28/liberty-of-the-seas_n_912618.html" target="_hplink">Liberty of the Seas</a>. Other acts were George Thorogood and The Destroyers, John Kay and Steppenwolf, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Foghat, Johnny Winter, Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws, Blackfoot, Pat Travers and SwampDaWamp.STEPHANE DANNA/AFP/Getty Images

  • Mary Matalin and James Carville

    <a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2011/11/james-carville-mary-matalin-cruise-crystal/563450/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29" target="_hplink">Matalin and Carville hosted a trans-Pacific cruise</a> aboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/crystal-serenity_n_943058.html" target="_hplink">Crystal Serenity </a>in March 2012, according to <em>USA Today</em>. Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press

  • Rascal Flatts

    Country music trip <a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2011/12/rascal-flatts-cruise-ship-concert/586964/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29" target="_hplink">Rascal Flatts performed</a> aboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/05/norwegian-spirit-cruise_n_919451.html" target="_hplink">Norwegian Spirit</a> in March 2012, when the ship docked in Cozumel, Mexico, reported <em>USA Today</em>. Rick Diamond/Getty Images

  • Kate Gosselin

    The reality TV star and real-life <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/09/kate-gosselin-to-host-royal-caribbean-cruise_n_1194136.html" target="_hplink">mother of eight will host an August 2012 cruise</a> aboard Royal Caribbean's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/28/allure-of-the-seas_n_912121.html" target="_hplink">Allure of the Seas</a>. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

  • Nobu Matsuhisa

    Japanese chef and restaurateur <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/26/nobu-matsuhisa-to-headline-a-crystal-cruise_n_1234010.html" target="_hplink">Nobu Matsuhisa headlined a May 2012 sailing</a> of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/crystal-serenity_n_943058.html" target="_hplink">Crystal Serenity</a>. Onboard, Matsuhisa will served as Executive Chef in Silk Road and the Sushi Bar, his restaurant with the cruise line. Luis Ascui/Getty Images

  • Don Shula

    Don Shula and Larry Csonka were headliners of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/don-shula-larry-csonka-to-headline-nfl-legends-cruise_n_1265128.html" target="_hplink">"NFL Legends" cruise in May 2012</a> aboard the Crystal Serenity. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Pepsi

  • Gabrielle Giffords And Mark Kelly

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/gabrielle-giffords-mark-kelly-to-headline-crystal-cruise_n_1344107.html" target="_hplink">Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly</a> appeared on a July 2012 sailing of the Crystal Serenity around the Mediterranean. Alex Wong/Getty Images

  • Garrison Keillor & "A Prairie Home Companion"

    Keillor and his radio crew will host the sixth "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/09/garrison-keillor-heads-cruise_n_1411942.html" target="_hplink">A Prairie Home Companion at Sea</a>" cruise in August. The Mediterranean cruise will be held aboard Holland America's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/19/holland-america-ryndam_n_969854.html?ref=cruise-ship-guides" target="_hplink">MS Ryndam</a>. Will Ragozzino/Getty Images

  • Taylor Armstrong

    Taylor Armstrong from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" will be hosting a wellness cruise in March called the <a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2012/08/taylor-armstrong-real-housewives-cruise/816320/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_hplink">Living Well and Loving It! Mexican Riviera Cruise</a> aboard Holland America's Zaandam, <em>USA Today</em> reports. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

  • Michael Jackson Tribute

    In November, <a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2012/08/michael-jackson-norwegian-cruise-ship/818504/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29" target="_hplink">a Michael Jackson tribute artist will return to the Legends in Concert show </a>on the Norwegian Epic, according to <em>USA Today</em>. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa, File)

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