Both cruises are organized by New Jersey-based Alice Travel where the celebrity chef’s photo is prominently displayed on the homepage. One is in January on the Celebrity Reflection, the second, though not yet finalized, will most likely be in July 2014 on Royal Caribbean, ABC News reported.
Vice president of Alice Travel, Phyllis Loverdi, has been organizing the Paula Deen cruises for four years and said the scandal has only sold more tickets.
“People are calling and saying they want to support her, even people who have never been on a cruise before. They’re saying they definitely want to go,” Ms. Loverdi told ABC.
The Celebrity Reflection cruise sets sail from Miami on Jan. 18 for a seven-night cruise through the Eastern Caribbean, ABC reported.
“She has sailed with our brands a couple of times, but as host of group cruises, and each time, the groups were booked through a specific travel agency, not through Royal Caribbean,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
The operator of the January cruise, Celebrity Cruises, expressed the same sentiment, Time reported.