Los Angeles Food and Wine Recap: Modern Luxury Lounge and Gin

This past weekend was the Lexus Grand Tasting Event at the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival and – as all those who attended know – it was a blast! If you weren’t able to attend, keep it in mind for next year. There were cooking demonstrations, dozens of wineries plus some breweries, local restaurants, and even celebrity chefs signing cookbooks. At the Celebrity Cruises booth, we turned our space into a Modern Luxury Lounge.

Celebrity Cruises Modern Luxury Lounge at Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival.
Celebrity Cruises Modern Luxury Lounge at Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival.

Nolet’s Gin was our partner for the cocktails and they mixed up a refreshing elderflower and strawberry cocktail and a lemonade-inspired cocktail that were a huge hit with attendees. The line was over a dozen people deep at one point and definitely gave the mixologists a speed workout of pouring cocktails!

Nolets Gin Mixologists getting cocktails ready.
Nolet’s Gin Mixologists getting cocktails ready before the event begins.

In addition to pouring gin, we had a “Gin and Grin” photo op. Participants chose where in the world they most wanted to be drinking gin from three different locations: Africa, Australia, and England. We then provided them with a few props for the country they chose and took a picture.

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It was great fun seeing everyone dress up and all the pictures can be found on our Gin and Grin Pinterest board.  Participants could also post their picture on Twitter or Instagram for the chance to win a $100 VISA gift card.

We also provided attendees of the event a chance to win a Caribbean cruise for two. Check out some of our top Caribbean sailings by clicking here.

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Hope to see you at our next event: Style Week Orange County! We’ll leave you here with some more  images from the Lexus Grand Tasting Event at the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival.

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Attendees starting to gather for a cooking demonstration at Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival.
Attendees starting to gather for a cooking demonstration.

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Barnes and Noble had a booth setup with top cookbooks at Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival.
Barnes and Noble had a booth setup with top cookbooks.

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Gin and Grin with Celebrity Cruises Sweepstakes Official Rules for Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Gin and Grin with Celebrity Cruises Sweepstakes
Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN PRIZE. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE ONE’S CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. ELIGIBILITY: The “Gin and Grin with Celebrity Cruises” (“Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Celebrity Cruises Inc. (“CCI” or “Sponsor”). Sweepstakes is open only to residents of California, 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, electronic media firm, and their immediate family members (spouses and parents, children and siblings and their spouses, regardless of where they live) and those living in the same household (whether related or not) of such employees, officers and directors are not eligible. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law.

2. TIMING: Sweepstakes begins at 11:30 a.m. on 8/23/14 and ends at 3:30 p.m. on 8/24/14 (“Sweepstakes Period”). All times are Pacific Standard Time or “PST.”

3. HOW TO ENTER: Sign into your Twitter account at www.Twitter.com or your Instagram account at www.Instagram.com (“Sweepstakes Websites”). You must have a Twitter or Instagram account in order to participate; there is no fee to open an account. Your participation on Twitter or Instagram must comply with the Terms of Service posted on the website for each. This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter or Instagram. If you choose to enter via a mobile phone, standard message and data rates may apply and entrants should contact their wireless provider for pricing plan details.

STEPS TO ENTER VIA TWITTER:
a.) Once logged into your Twitter account, follow the links and instructions to become a follower of Celebrity Cruises at www.Twitter.com/celebritysocal.
b.) From your own account, mention @CelebritySoCal and include in the tweet (”Entry”) a.) a photo of you using props (provided by Celebrity Cruises) for one of the locations you’d most like to be drinking gin in the world taken in front of the Celebrity Cruises logo wall in the Modern Luxury Lounge at the Lexus Grand Tasting Event that is part of the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival held in California on 8/23/14 and 8/24/14 (required portion of tweet); b.) where in the world you’d most like to drinking gin (optional portion of tweet); and c.) the hashtag #CelebrityCruisesGinGrin. Your tweet must contain the specified #hashtag to be eligible for entry in this Sweepstakes. Limit of one (1) Entry per person or email address or Twitter account.
c.) As part of your Entry specified in 3b, you must include a photograph of yourself alone or with others to enter. If the photograph includes other people, you must obtain prior permission to submit the photograph from all other people included and the person’s parent or legal guardian if the person is a minor in his or her state. Also optional, the photograph may include a caption in English, not to exceed the maximum number of characters in compliance with Twitter’s Terms of Service. Further Photograph Requirements:
c1) Photograph must be an original, unpublished picture.
c2) Photograph must be in a file format and file size that is in compliance with Twitter’s Terms of Service.

STEPS TO ENTER VIA INSTAGRAM:
d.) Once logged into your Instagram account, follow the links and instructions to become a follower of Celebrity Cruises at www.Instagram.com/celebritycruisessocal.
e.) From your own account, mention @CelebrityCruisesSoCal and include in the Instagram post (”Entry”) a.) a photo of you using props (provided by Celebrity Cruises) for one of the locations you’d most like to be drinking gin in the world taken in front of the Celebrity Cruises logo wall in the Modern Luxury Lounge at the Lexus Grand Tasting Event that is part of the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival held in California on 8/23/14 and 8/24/14 (required portion of post); b.) where in the world you’d most like to drinking gin (optional portion of post); and c.) the hashtag #CelebrityCruisesGinGrin. Your Instagram post must contain the specified #hashtag to be eligible for entry in this Sweepstakes. Limit of one (1) Entry per person or email address or Instagram account.
f.) As part of your Entry specified in 3e, you must include a photograph of yourself alone or with others to enter. If the photograph includes other people, you must obtain prior permission to submit the photograph from all other people included and the person’s parent or legal guardian if the person is a minor in his or her state. Also optional, the photograph may include a caption in English, not to exceed the maximum number of characters in compliance with Instagram’s Terms of Service. Further Photograph Requirements:
f1) Photograph must be an original, unpublished picture.
f2) Photograph must be in a file format and file size that is in compliance with Instagram’s Terms of Service.

Photograph submitted via Twitter or Instagram may NOT include: (a) any copyrighted material including but not limited to images, copy, trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive building exteriors), look-alikes of celebrities or other public or private figures living or dead, or profanity, nudity or material deemed offensive to the Sponsor; (b) false or defamatory statements about any person or any third party; (c) third party trademarks which suggest affiliation with any trademark owner without permission of such owner or that dilute the value of any trademark; (d) act which is dangerous or harmful to person or property or suggests/depicts any person to undertake a dangerous activity; or (e) obscene, indecent, violent, sexually explicit, abusive, discriminatory, racially inflammatory or other morally or legally objectionable depictions of material, in the opinion of the Sponsor. If an Entry includes any of the prohibited elements listed above, the Entry will be disqualified, along with the entrant who submitted it. Sponsor reserves the right to modify or reject any Entry, in their sole discretion, that does not meet the above criteria. Once submitted, an Entry cannot be modified. BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, ENTRANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HIS/HER ENTRY MAY BE POSTED ON SPONSOR’S WEBSITE AND EDITED, IN SPONSOR’S DISCRETION.

Entries generated by script, macro or other automated or mechanical means will be void. Any attempt by any participant to submit more than the stated number of entries by using multiple or different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that participant’s entries and that participant may be disqualified. The collection of Entry registration information by Sponsor is subject to its privacy policy found at www.celebritycruises.com. By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrants agree that Sponsor shall have the right to use all personal information provided to Sponsor in accordance with the Privacy Policy posted on the Sweepstakes Websites.

4. USE OF ENTRIES: Entries become property of Sponsor and none will be returned or acknowledged except as provided herein. Submission of an Entry grants Sponsor and its agents an unlimited, worldwide, perpetual license and right to publish, use, edit, adapt, modify and/or publicly perform the Entry in any way, in commerce and in any and all media worldwide now known or hereinafter developed, without limitation and without notice or consideration of the entrant.

5. PRIZE and Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): a $100.00 Visa® Gift Card. Terms and conditions on gift card apply. Any expenses not mentioned above are the winner’s responsibility. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.

6. WINNER will be selected in a random drawing to be conducted on or about 8/25/14 by Sponsor whose decisions are final on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Winner will be notified by Sponsor via Direct Message on Twitter to the account provided at the time of entry or via a comment on winning photo post on Instagram within three (3) days following the random drawing. Then the winner will be required to complete a Prize Acceptance/Address Verification Form, which must be returned within five (5) days of the date on the notification or an alternate winner will be selected.

7. GENERAL TERMS: Any prize notification or prize returned as undeliverable will be awarded to an alternate. Prize can be substituted at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Prize is not transferable. Taxes are the winner’s responsibility. Prize acceptance constitutes permission (except where prohibited) to use winner’s name and likeness, address (city and state), photograph, voice, prize information and/or biographical information and any statements made by entrant regarding the Sweepstakes or the Sponsor for publicity, trade, advertising or promotion purposes at any time or times, worldwide and on the World Wide Web, without additional compensation, notice, review or approval. By participating, entrant agrees (a) to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor which shall be final in all respects; and (b) to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter”) and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors (collectively “Releasees”), Instagram, LLC (“Instagram”) and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors (collectively “Releasees”), from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including, without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death that may occur in connection with, preparation for, or participation in the Sweepstakes, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any Sweepstakes-related activity, including travel and including, without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage. Releasees are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, illegible or postage-due entries or Internet technical, hardware, software, telephone, or transmission failures of any kind, which may limit a person’s ability to enter the Sweepstakes. Releasees are not responsible for any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from entering or downloading any materials in the Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend advertising the Sweepstakes on the Internet should a computer virus, unauthorized intervention or other cause corrupt the integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant found to be disrupting the operation of the Sweepstakes or its web site. If the integrity of the Internet portion of the Sweepstakes is compromised in any manner, Sponsor reserves the right to modify Sweepstakes and randomly select a winner from valid entries received that are unaffected by the problem. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any online entrant, entrant will be deemed the individual named on the online entry form. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or website. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY ALTER OR DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW AND SHALL NOTIFY THE APPROPRIATE STATE AND/OR FEDERAL AUTHORITIES OF SUCH ATTEMPTS. Submission of any digital computer materials containing malicious computer code, viruses, bugs, worms or any other intentionally destructive or harmful computer materials is also a violation of the law and in addition to automatically disqualifying the entrant, will be subject to any prosecution or claim the Sponsor determines is warranted. By participating, entrant agrees that, in the event of a dispute regarding this Sweepstakes (a) any and all claims, rights or causes of action will be litigated solely in a court of competent jurisdiction in the County of Miami Dade, State of Florida; and (b) these Official Rules shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, with the exception of Florida conflict-of-law provisions.

8. WINNER LIST: For the winner’s name, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Gin and Grin with Celebrity Cruises Winner’s Name, 1080 Caribbean Way, Miami, Florida 33132-2096 or email SoCalEvents@celebrity.com.

9. SPONSOR: Celebrity Cruises Inc., 1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, Florida 33132.

 

Special Cruise Offer Just for California Residents

Southern Californians, it’s time to book that cruise if you want a fantastic deal. Right now, Celebrity Cruises has special resident rates for those in California and what makes this deal even better is that you can combine it with our Pick Your Perk promotion.

The California Resident Rates can save you up to $300 on your stateroom. These resident rates are good on most of Celebrity’s Caribbean cruises. The Pick Your Perk deal lets you choose between four great offers:

  • Up to $600 off your cruise when booked with Celebrity’s Choiceair.
  • Free Classic Beverage package, which includes wine and spirits.
  • Free Gratuities for two.
  • Onboard Credit of up to $300.

Here are a couple itinerary examples of the amazing sailings you can use this deal combo on:

  • Ultimate Caribbean Cruise: This 11-night itinerary is ideal for those who want to see the world as it stops in ports of call in Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Mexico and Grand Cayman. Plus, you’ll sail on the Celebrity Equinox, which is part of Celebrity Cruises’ award-winning Solstice-class of ships.
  • Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise: This 14-night cruise gives you a taste of the lush, gorgeous islands of the Southern Caribbean. You’ll stop in Aruba, Curacao, Bonair, St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten, all while sailing on the Celebrity Solstice-class ship, the Celebrity Equinox.

To find out if the sailing and departure date you’re interested in is part of the Resident Rates and Pick Your Perk deal, call us at 1-800-647-2251 and find out how much you can save. Do it soon, though — this offer ends August 31!

 

 

Visit Farmers Markets in Santa Monica…and Barcelona

Do It Here…Then Do It There…

Lush red tomatoes, crispy kale, juicy strawberries, unfiltered honey…there’s no telling what kind of delicious – and often healthy – delicacy you’ll find at a farmers market. In Southern California, farmers markets often seem like a dime or dozen though they dramatically differ in size and scope. One of the top farmers markets in Los Angeles is the Santa Monica Wednesday Farmers Market. While attending farmers markets at home are convenient since they’re close and you have a fridge to put everything into when you get home, visiting farmers markets abroad, like La Boqueria in Barcelona, is also a fun and cultural way to spend a couple hours while traveling.

At Home Farmers Market: Santa Monica’s Wednesday Farmers Market

Santa Monica is lucky as it is home to four farmers markets, but its major one is the Wednesday Farmers Market. As the self-explanatory name signifies, this farmers market takes place each Wednesday and has been running since 1981. It stretches down Arizona Avenue and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It is one of the largest grower only Certified Farmers Markets in the country and offers a diverse range of produce plus free-range beef and chicken, herbs, local flowers and jams.

Another fun foodie aspect of the Wednesday Farmers Market in Santa Monica is that each week it has a featured restaurant. That restaurant then has a prominent booth at the farmers market where it has a special menu with its cuisine available to order.

Abroad Farmers Market: La Boqueria in Barcelona

La Boqueria market is a centuries old marketplace in Barcelona that dates back the early 13th century. Back in 1217 it sold meat from stalls near the city gate; today the market has one of the widest array of offerings of any farmers market in the world. You can enter La Boqueria from the popular street of La Rambla between the cross streets of Carrer del Carme and Carrer de l’Hospital. The Liceu metro stop will get you within a block of the entrance.

Inside the market you’ll find over one hundred stalls with bright and bountiful fruits and vegetables and a plethora of other foods. There are also fresh juice stands, meat and fish stands, pizza, and even restaurants serving fresh ingredients. One great thing about La Boqueria for visitors? It is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. So even if you’re just in Barcelona for the day during a port of call on a cruise, it will likely be open while you’re exploring the city.

To check out the Celebrity Cruises sailings that visit Barcelona, click here. Barcelona is also a popular embarkation and disembarkation port so you can do a pre- or post-tour in Barcelona for a few days to really experience the city.

Family Tour Challenge Shore Excursions: Why Southern Californian Families Will Love Them

Wondering how to entertain the whole family while in port during a cruise? Celebrity Cruises has you covered with our new Family Tour Challenges, which incorporate in sightseeing in select ports with friendly competition and activities. Your family will have the chance to compete against other families in activities like treasure hunts or learn new skills such as sailing. Southern California families will especially love these dynamic new shore excursions. Here’s why:

Social Excursions: The Family Tour Challenges incorporate in a group activity that involves the whole family and gets you talking, laughing, and having fun together. Southern Californians are social creatures and you’ll love the interactive dynamic of these shore excursions.

Active Events: With the beach to the west and mountains to the east, there’s a plethora of ways to stay active in Southern California and the Family Tour Challenge Shore Excursions also offer ways to stay active. Family Tour Challenges include a Flamenco dance-off in Barcelona, Spain; a treasure hunt through Palma, Spain; gondoliering in Venice, Italy; Douro River sailing in Porto, Portugal; Bermuda Gold Cup sailing; races at Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece; and a rain forest treasure hunt in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Shorter Tour Time: In Southern California, we like to go at our own pace. The Family Tour Challenges are often shorter in duration than other shore excursions, meaning you get a fun and educational way to see a destination, but then still have time to see the port of call in your own way on your own time.

Other benefits of doing a Family Challenge Shore Excursion (or any shore excursion through Celebrity Cruises)? You get to be first off the ship, which means more time in port for your family; there’s no cancellation penalty so you can easily change your plans, always a plus when accommodating multiple family members; and you are guaranteed to be back to the ship before it departs for the next port – or your transportation costs will be covered.

Book your fun family cruise today! Call us at 800-647-2251 or click here.

Eat It in SoCal…Then Cook with the Chef Onboard Celebrity Cruises

If you love cooking and food, you’ll love Celebrity Cruises’ Top Chef Signature Sailings, which feature popular “chef’testants” of the hit TV show conducting cooking demonstrations and other events onboard select cruises. For Southern Californians, these sailings can even provide a taste of home as SoCal is the location of some restaurants by Top Chef participants sailing with Celebrity Cruises. Today, we’re recapping the SoCal restaurants of chef’testant Brooke Willliamson for you and letting you know how you can meet her onboard.

Chef Brooke Williamson: Top Chef Runner-Up and Owner of the Tripel, Hudson House, and Playa Provisions

The Tripel Overview

With creative twists on American comfort foods like sweet potato tater tots and pretzel bun burgers, the Tripel is a gastropub that doesn’t skimp on flavor. It’s also a hit with beach bums as its located close to the surf of Playa del Rey Beach.
Address: 333 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey
Phone: 310-821-0333

Hudson House Overview

Hudson House is an American pub located in Redondo Beach. It has modern, loft-style décor and delicious eats that will put a pleasurable smile on your face like mac n’ goat cheese and brown sugar pork ribs.
Address: 514 North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach
Phone: 310-798-9183

Playa Provisions Overview

With a unique setup and friendly ambiance, Playa Provisions welcomes people to both its high-end dining area and its walk-up deli and ice cream counter. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick sandwich, a sweet dessert, or some gourmet seafood fare, Playa Provisions has you covered. Think of it as four establishments in one (libation lovers will also love the whiskey bar in the back).
Address: 119 Culver Boulevard West, Playa del Rey
Phone: 310-683-5019

Meet the Chef!

Love these SoCal restaurants? Then you’ll want to meet Brooke Williamson, the co-chef and co-creator of them, onboard the award-winning Celebrity Solstice on its August 15 sailing around Alaska. The 7-night itinerary visits the popular Alaskan port cities of Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. You’ll also sail Alaska’s Inside Passage and Tracy Arm Fjord and stop in Victoria, British Columbia. Best of all for Southern California residents, the cruise departs from Seattle, Washington, which is an easy flight from LAX and often has great flight deals. This sailing is selling out fast so get your ticket today and get ready to learn cooking tips from Brooke Williamson.

Celebrity Cruises Modern Luxury Lounge at Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Sip Gin and Enter to Win a Prize with Celebrity Cruises at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival
Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

Celebrity Cruises SoCal is getting ready for our next big event and we can’t wait! This month we’ll be at the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival, where we’ll have a special Celebrity lounge set up, cocktails being poured, and chances to win prizes.

About the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

With exposure to over 2,500 of Los Angeles’ food and drink aficionados per day, Celebrity Cruises will be in excellent company at the Fourth Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival on August 23 and 24, as part of the ticketed Lexus Grand Tasting. Creating a Modern Luxury Lounge Experience inside the sound stage most recently used for Mad Men, this culinary and cultural event unites the country’s top celebrated chefs for a city-wide epicurean extravaganza. The Modern Luxury Lounge will feature a Celebrity Cruises Cocktail and engage guests with the most recent Celebrity Cruise Destination brochures, suite updates, and promotions, including a chance to win a Caribbean cruise for two and some serious Celebrity swag!

The cocktail being poured in the Modern Luxury Lounge will be using Nolet Gin. Try this perfectly crafted liquor on the rocks or mixed in as part of the Elderflower Blush, a creative cocktail perfect for a summer’s day and which we also serve onboard our ships.

We’ll also have a photo stage set up. Choose props for where in the world you most want to be drinking gin and snap you picture. Share it on Twitter or Instagram for the chance to win a $100 VISA gift card.

It will be a fun time and we hope you come and “GINdulge” yourself. For tickets, visit the Los Angeles Food and Wine Tickets page and look for the Lexus Grand Tasting event on Saturday the 23rd or Sunday the 24th.

Just Announced! Celebrity Cruises Signature Event Sailings

Want to go to one of the premier events of the world, but worried it’s going to be too much of a headache to plan a trip around? Well, Celebrity Cruises is here to make it easy for you. We’ve put together a collection of “Signature Event Sailings” in 2015 and 2016 that sail to destinations all around the world right when a special event is happening — and we’ll help you get VIP access to the event.

From the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, we’ve got you covered; get ready for an unforgettable experience. Here’s a list of all the events these Signature Sailings go to and the date they depart; click on the link for the sailing to find out more information:

Anzac Day: 100th Anniversary Commemoration in Turkey: April 22, 2015

Cannes Film Festival: May 11, 2105

Redentore Festival in Venice: July 5, 2015

The British Open in Edinburgh: July 15, 2015

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro: Jauary 31, 2016

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong: January 31, 2016

All the world’s a stage — and we’ll bring you straight to some of the most exciting acts.

Along the way to these special events, you’ll sail on a world-class, innovative Celebrity Cruises ship. You’ll have access to five-star dining while onboard, wines from around the world and daily and nightly entertainment before retiring for the night to your sumptuous stateroom.

Which Celebrity Cruises “Signature Event Sailing” do you most want to sail on?