What Thanksgiving is Like Onboard Celebrity Cruises

Imagine a gourmet meal that rivals that of five-star restaurants. Now picture that meal with traditional Thanksgiving cuisine. In an opulent dining room. While sailing in the middle of the sea. This is what you’ll encounter when doing a Thanksgiving cruise with Celebrity Cruises.

Celebrity Cruises has long put a focus on cuisine and offers some of the best food at sea, so it only makes sense that we go all out for Thanksgiving.

Enjoy perfectly cut and carved turkey and a variety of side dish favorites — without having to worry about any of the prep or cleanup!

Instead, just relax and enjoy your vacation. Lots of businesses offer extra holiday vacation days so if that sounds like where you work, take advantage of that by booking a vacation over Thanksgiving. Invite your entire family, too — or escape them for some rest and relaxation.

Bookings are already open for Celebrity Cruises 2015 Thanksgiving sailings. These sailings sell out fast so planning a year in advance ensures you get your first choice of stateroom type and location. Visit us at www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or call us at 800-647-2251 to start planning your holiday cruise.

Shopping on Rodeo Drive…and the Champs-Elysées

Do It Here, Then Do It There…

If you love to shop, it’s hard to beat the shopping meccas of Los Angeles, California, and Paris, France. Here are the two shopping locations in these cities that you can’t miss. Visit one here in SoCal first, then take a cruise overseas and do more shopping in Paris.

Los Angeles Shopping: Rodeo Drive

Pretty much everyone has heard of Rodeo Drive thanks to the prevalence of Pretty Woman. However, not everyone – including many southern California residents – have visited Rodeo Drive as it can seem a bit daunting. Never fear, Rodeo Drive is easily accessible. Though you’ll have to pay for parking, there are plenty of parking lots along the road, particularly at the Santa Monica Boulevard end. Rodeo Drive is lovely to walk down as the buildings are pristine and there are manicured plants and flowers along the road. Veer off to Via Rodeo for an even more picture-perfect shopping street that is cobblestoned and car-free.

Contrary to popular belief, Rodeo Drive doesn’t only have shopping for the very rich. Yes, you’ll find Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Chanel, but you’ll also come across the more affordable brands of Guess?, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, and Brooks Brothers. And if you do want to shop in the high-end luxury stores, then you’ve most definitely come to the right street.

Paris Shopping: Champs-Elysées

The Champs-Elysées is such a famous street that there is even a song named after it and you may find yourself humming it long after you experience Paris’ most prestigious shopping boulevard. The Champs-Elysées starts from the Arc de Triomphe and extends all the way to the Place de la Concorde. Along the way you’ll find shopping nirvana.

For luxury shoppers, you’ll find the typical high end brand boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Tiffany and Co. However, you’ll also come across brands its less common to find storefronts for like Karl Lagerfeld, Balmain, and Peugeot. There are also shops for the more budget-conscious along the Champs-Elysées, including Abercrombie and Fitch, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Gap, and Sephora.

The Champs-Elysées is also lovely to walk down as it has wide, tree lined sidewalks and buildings with stately architecture reflecting past centuries.

Visit the Champs-Elysées in Paris

Celebrity Cruises has several northern Europe itineraries that make a port of call in Le Havre, which is the gateway port to Paris. After disembarking, you’ll be blissfully shopping in Paris within a couple hours. To find out more about our cruises to Paris, call 1-800-647-2251 or visit our Europe cruise itineraries that visit Paris.

 

Port of Call Spotlight: Copenhagen

With ancient castles, an eclectic history that incorporates Vikings and fairy tales, and a booming restaurant and beer scene, Copenhagen, Denmark is one of the premier destinations to visit along the Baltic Sea. During a northern Europe cruise that stops in Denmark, you can experience the history and grandeur of this beautiful port city.

Top Thing to Do in Copenhagen

  • The Little Mermaid Statue – this famous statue overlooking the sea is inspired by the story The Little Mermaid written by Hans Christian Andersen, who lived in Copenhagen.
The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen.
The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen.
  • Nyhavn – Hans Christian Andersen fans will also enjoy visiting the quaint seaside neighborhood of Nyhavn, where you can see the building Hans Christian Andersen once lived in during which he wrote some of his beloved fairy tales.
  • Kronberg Castle and Fredensborg Palace (You can see both of these on the Celebrity Cruises Castles of North Zealand shore excursion.)
  • Tivoli Gardens – Wander through gorgeous gardens plus have fun on rides – including a 100 year old roller coaster – and enjoy live music during your time at Tivoli Gardens.
Tivoli Garden in Copenhagen
Tivoli Garden
  • Frederikssund Viking Village – Learn about the Vikings reign in Copenhagen at this unique attraction, which has been built to reflect a true Viking village that you can walk through and learn via hands-on activities. Frederikssund Viking Village is a hit with both kids and adults.
  • National Museum – Art and history lovers will enjoy spending time in Denmark’s National Museum, located in a former palace and which features artifacts and artwork from the Stone Ages through to modern times.

To find a cruise to Copenhagen that works with your schedule, call us at 1-800-647-2251 or visit our Copenhagen cruise itineraries.

 

Why You Should Leave SoCal for a Holiday at Sea

Thanks to the warm sunshine and peaceful ocean, Southern California can be a great place to spend the holidays. This may make it hard for SoCal residents to want to leave when they often have extra days off around the holidays that they can use to enjoy this gorgeous region they live in. If this sounds like you, here are a few reasons why you may want to leave SoCal behind and head out to sea on a cruise for the holidays.

Similar Warm Weather – Which You Happen to Love During the Holidays

Heading to the Caribbean or South Pacific over the holidays might be too much of a weather switch for those northeastern and Midwest folks in our country. No snow on Christmas? They can’t wrap their heads around it. But for southern Californians, excellent weather during December is par for the course so experiencing sunshine on a cruise will be just like having it at home – only you’ll be in a much more exotic locale!

Avoid Playing Holiday Host

If you have relatives in colder parts of the country who are looking to escape the winter cold this holiday season with their extra vacation days and keep hinting at your guest bedroom, you have an excuse not to play host. “Sorry, I’d love to have you here for the holidays, but I’m actually going to be sailing around the Caribbean!” Now doesn’t that have a better ring to it than hosting tiresome houseguests?

A Capella Singers on board Celebrity Solstice
Be entertained onboard instead of having to cater to houseguests over the holidays.

No Delayed Flights Due to Blizzards

Air travel is easier from SoCal over the holidays. Yes, the airports are still crowded and busy, but you don’t have to worry about your plane being delayed from taking off from LAX because of a snowstorm. Hint: This tactic only works if you avoid layovers in northern states prone to snow and ice freezes.

You Don’t Have to Give Up the Ocean

If you’re used to being by the ocean for the holidays, a cruise is excellent because you’re literally surrounded by salt water for the majority of your vacation. While in port you can also do beach and ocean excursions – and if you’re sailing to the Caribbean or another tropical destination you’ll actually be able to enjoy your time in the water because the current won’t be so cold like it is here in SoCal in the winter.

If you’re interested in a holiday cruise (or escaping on a cruise at another time of year) give us a call at 1-800-647-2251 or visit us at www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal. And don’t forget to ask us if we have any special SoCal resident deals going on!

WOW Food and Wine Festival Recap

Even 95 degree heat couldn’t keep wine and food lovers away from the WOW Food and Wine Festival this past Sunday. The event was held at the Honda Center, home of the Ducks hockey team, but the icy floor of that sport seemed a long way away under the SoCal sun.

View of sunny Anaheim behind part of the Celebrity Cruises booth at WOW Food and Wine Festival.
View of sunny Anaheim behind part of the Celebrity Cruises booth at WOW Food and Wine Festival.

Luckily, there was plenty of water and even iced coffee and tea drinks from the Keurig booth to keep attendees cool while they meandered around the Honda Center’s Grand Terrace and sipped wine from West Sonoma Coast Vintners. Inside the adjacent restaurant (delightfully air conditioned!) food was served from the Grand Terrace and other local restaurants. Cuisine ranged from a delicious cold tomato soup purée to curry to donuts.

Celebrity Cruises Vacation Planning Zone at the WOW Food and Wine Festival
Celebrity Cruises Vacation Planning Zone at the WOW Food and Wine Festival

Celebrity Cruises partnered up with Hartford Family Winery (Hartford wines are served onboard Celebrity Cruises) who was on hand to pour their wines. In addition we provided attendees with opportunities to win prizes through a cruise giveaway, prize wheel, and Twitter and Instagram “Travel Style” contest. Celebrity also had a relaxing Vacation Planning Lounge for anyone who wanted to learn more about sailing the world with Celebrity Cruises.

Attendees dressed up in their Celebrity Cruises "Travel Style."
Attendees dressed up in their Celebrity Cruises “Travel Style.”

Are you interested in learning more about where Celebrity cruises to and what life is like onboard? Visit us at www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or call us at 1-800-647-2251.

Why LAX Makes Celebrity’s 123go! Deal Excellent for SoCal

Celebrity Cruises’ 123go! deal just got INCLUSIVE! The 123go deal gives you the option of picking a perk for your cruise; the three perks available are:

  • Free Classic Beverage Package (includes alcohol!)
  • Free Gratuities
  • Up to $300 to Spend Onboard per Stateroom

Typically with the 123go! promotion, you only get to pick one perk, unless traveling to Europe in which case you get to pick TWO perks. Now, however, for a limited time you can get ALL THREE perks to any of our cruise destinations if you book your cruise in a concierge class stateroom or higher.

This is a fantastic deal if you live in SoCal and here’s why: LAX. 

In addition to gorgeous weather and proximity to the ocean, living in SoCal has the added benefit of meaning you’re close to LAX, the Los Angeles International Airport and one of the biggest airports in the nation. The scale of LAX and the large number of airlines that fly in and out of it each day equates to prices to fly overseas that are often lower than other, smaller airports.

What does this mean for you and the 123go! Inclusive deal? Use the money you save flying out of LAX to upgrade to a Concierge level suite on your cruise so you get all three perks of the promotion.

Or, if just getting two of the perks is important to you, simply find a cheap flight out of LAX to Europe. Here’s a hint for that: You don’t always necessarily need to fly straight to the port city from which your cruise is departing. Europe is home to budget airlines that enable you to sometimes find a connecting flight to your final destination for under $100. So, for example, if your cruise departs from Barcelona, you could find an excellent flight deal from LAX to London (which is actually quite common to find!) and then jump on a budget airline to Barcelona.

Celebrity Cruises also works closely with select airlines to be able to incorporate in air to our cruises for some great air and cruise package deals and LAX is one of the airports we often have excellent air specials for that are often better than you’ll find anywhere else, so call us first at 1-800-647-2251 to check what it would be for you to fly out of LAX to your dream cruise destination — and get the 123go! deal in the process!

Weekend Fun at WOW Food and Wine Festival

We are so excited for our last big event of 2014 — WOW Food and Wine Festival in Anaheim, California this Saturday, November 8. We would love for you to come out and see us there!

WOW is short for West of West as this food and wine festival celebrates the winemakers of the west Sonoma coast. Though Sonoma is located in northern California, WOW has a SoCal twist thanks to a partnership with Orange Coast Magazine (who know how to throw a good party!). Over 25 wineries will be pouring their creations at the WOW Food and Wine Festival. Local restaurants will also be in attendance so festival attendees don’t go hungry.

Celebrity Cruises will also be pouring wine at our booth as we’re partnering up with Hartford Family Wine. In addition, we’ll have a prize wheel where you can instantly win fun prizes, plus a photo booth where you can dress up in your favorite travel style and take a picture. Share the picture on Twitter or Instagram for the chance to win a $100 VISA gift card. You can also enter to win a 7-night cruise for two to the Caribbean while visiting our booth at WOW.

During the festival there will also be a sommelier challenge and a meet and greet session that gives attendees the chance to mingle with Grape Radio hosts and wine bloggers for Orange Coast Magazine.

The WOW Food and Wine Festival is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (with VIP entrance starting at 10 a.m.) at the Grand Terrace of the Honda Center in Anaheim. Click here to purchase tickets.

Celebrity Cruises Travel Style Sweepstakes for WOW Food and Wine Festival

Celebrity Cruises Travel Style Sweepstakes for WOW Food and Wine Festival

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