The Perfect Honeymoon: A European Cruise

Summer is just around the corner which means wedding season is almost here. If you’re one of those lucky in love couples getting married this summer, you may be so busy planning the perfect center pieces and reception menu that you haven’t even had a chance to think about the honeymoon yet. We’re here to make it easy for you: a Europe cruise is one of the most amazing honeymoons you can do. Here’s why:

Stress-Free
You don’t want to be arguing over travel logistics such as accommodations, driving through Europe’s winding roads, or hauling luggage all over the place. Instead, you want to just be focused starting your life together in perfect harmony. A cruise makes it easy to travel together. You only have to unpack once and then while you’re being transported to each amazing new destination you can explore the ship, take in shows, dine in romantic restaurants or get a couples massage. There’s no worrying about how to get anywhere. You also don’t need to worry as much about budget since meals and entertainment are included (some specialty restaurants and onboard activities are extra but they’re still a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay on land).

Sumptuous Accommodations

Celebrity Cruises Veranda
Celebrity Cruises Veranda

Have an oceanview every day from a veranda stateroom. Sip wine or coffee together on your own personal balcony and watch the scenery sail by. You can up the romance factor of your stateroom by upgrading to a suite or staying in an AquaClass stateroom, which gets you special access to the spa relaxation room and other spa amenities, including exclusive access to Blu, a romantic onboard specialty restaurant with an emphasis in fresh, natural ingredients.

Cruise Date Nights
Every night is a romantic date night onboard a cruise. After you spend the day exploring a gorgeous port of call, put on your finest and hit the martini bar for a pre-dinner drink. After dinner, take in a show at the onboard theater. As newlyweds, you also want to make sure you don’t miss out on the Newlywed game, hosted by the cruise director, and which is usually a recipe for fun and laughter. Later on, don some suits, grab a glass of wine and enjoy a soak in the relaxing hot tubs onboard.

To book your dream Celebrity Cruises honeymoon visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or speak with your local travel agent.

SoCal Residents Will Love Celebrity Cruises’ Onboard Entertainment

Southern California locals generally love to have fun, whether it’s outside soaking up the warm sunshine or indoors wine tasting or enjoying some California cuisine with some local ingredients. Because of the type of activities Southern Californians enjoy, they’ll also love the type of onboard entertainment Celebrity Cruises has.

Outdoor Space

If you live in southern California, you likely enjoy spending time outdoors in the temperate weather. Celebrity Cruises also makes it easy to enjoy the weather, particularly on the Solstice-class ships, which feature the Lawn Club, the first real-grass area at sea. Sit on the massive lawn that is on the top deck and enjoy a glass of wine while you sit on a blanket or grab some new friends and play a game of bocce ball on the grass. You can also take in hot glass show next to the Lawn Club on the Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox.

Live Shows

Both San Diego and Los Angeles have world-class theaters, comedy clubs, and plays, and one of the locations is usually easy for most southern Californians to get to, meaning seeing shows is part of the fun of living in SoCal. Celebrity Cruises has a wide range of performances onboard its ships, including popular comedians, magicians, singing groups, Broadway-style shows and more. You can also have some interactive fun by participating in the always entertaining Newlywed game.

Wine Appreciation

Celebrity Cruises puts a huge focus on wine onboard its ships, which is great for southern Californians who often spend weekends wine tasting in Malibu, Temecula, or the Santa Ynez Valley. While onboard Celebrity ships you can participate in wine-focused CelebrityLife classes that let you take a wine 101 course, try wines from all around the world, and do food and wine pairings – all under the guidance of the well-trained onboard sommeliers.

If you love the southern California lifestyle, you’ll love sailing with Celebrity Cruises and experiencing the onboard entertainment.

 

How to Pick the Best Europe Cruise for You

Having trouble picking the perfect Europe cruise itinerary? We’re here to help. Read on for itinerary recommendations based off of what you love to do.

You Love Learning About Ancient Cultures: Eastern Mediterranean Itinerary

Ephesus
Ephesus

Visit the ancient lands of the eastern Mediterranean on an itinerary that takes you to the Acropolis in Greece, Ephesus in Kusadasi, and Pompeii in Italy. Along the way, you’ll stop at other appealing ports of call where you can visit museums and other ancient sites to learn about the cultures of the area.

You Love Relaxing on the Beach: Adriatic Itinerary

Santorini Beach
Santorini Beach

Experience the beaches of the Adriatic when your ship visits the gorgeous Croatian ports of Split and Dubrovnik. These itineraries often also stop at the sundrenched Greek isles of Mykonos and Santorini as well. You’ll be able to lounge on the shoreline and swim in the salty seas to your heart’s content.

You Love City Life: Baltic Itinerary

London
London

Sailing along the Baltic means stopping in cosmopolitan cities such as London, England; Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; and several other hot spot European cities. You’ll have the opportunity to stroll along charming squares and boulevards, do some high-end shopping, visit top museums, and more.

You Love Trying New Foods: Western Mediterranean Itinerary

Dine on international cuisine
Dine on international cuisine

Sail away on an itinerary that stops at multiple ports in the south of France, including Marseille and Nice, where you can dine on gourmet French cuisine. Then enjoy the tapas in Barcelona, Spain, and Italian food comforts in Rome and Florence, Italy.

To book your Europe cruise go to www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or contact your local travel agent.

Hike Canyons in Palm Springs…and a Glacier in Alaska

Do it Here, Then Do it There…

Southern California is close to some impressive hikes, including some desert ones in Palm Springs. When you’re ready for the other side of the spectrum from desert landscape, head to the icy glaciers of Alaska for some memorable hiking.

Do it Here: Hike a Canyon in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is home to the Indian Canyons, a collection of trails that showcase the stark desert landscape that has a remote beauty filled with cacti and other indigenous plants. Visitors can choose from three different trails:

Palm Canyon: This one gets its name from the California Fan Palm tree that grows along it, which provides a pop of green color to the mostly rocky terrain. The trail leads to a stream, and is also a popular place for horseback riding.

Andreas Canyon: This hike also has California Fan Palm trees along with a surprising abundance of plant life thanks to the creek that runs along parts of the trail. History culture buffs will also enjoy being able to see mortars in the rock that were used to prepare food by those who lived in the area centuries ago.

Murray Canyon: Those who want to do a longer hike can head south from Andreas Canyon to this trail that also flourishes in greenery. Murray Canyon is home to farmland and often has less people along the trail than the other two, making for a more peaceful experience.

Hiking Indian Canyons costs $9 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 62 and older, and $5 for children ages six through 12. The entrance is located at 38520 S Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

Do it There: Hike a Glacier in Alaska

Hike a glacier in Alaska.
Hike a glacier in Alaska.

After you’ve hiked the canyons of Palm Springs, experience a different setting for a hike by doing a glacier hike in Alaska during an Alaska cruise. Take a helicopter to the Juneau Icefields and traverse over one of its glaciers by foot. Or while in Skagway, strap on some snowshoes and trek to Laughton Glacier.

In addition to hiking glaciers, you’ll majestically sail past some when cruising the Inside Passage and sailing past the impressive Hubbard Glacier on certain itineraries. Celebrity Cruises has a number of Alaska cruises, including ones that conveniently leave from San Francisco or Seattle. To find the Alaska cruise that’s best for you, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or talk to your local travel agent.

Say Cheese with Celebrity Cruises at Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert Sweepstakes Official Rules

Say Cheese with Celebrity Cruises at Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert Sweepstakes
Official Rules

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

1. ELIGIBILITY: The “Say Cheese with Celebrity Cruises at Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert Sweepstakes” (“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 10:00 a.m. on 3/28/15 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on 3/28/15 (“Sweepstakes Period”). All times are Pacific Standard Time or “PST.”

3. HOW TO ENTER: Sign into your Twitter account at www.Twitter.com (“Sweepstakes Website”). You must have a Twitter account in order to participate; there is no fee to open an account. Your participation on Twitter must comply with the Terms of Service posted on the website. This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. 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:
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.) your guess as to the type of cheese sampled at the Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert held in California on 3/28/15 (optional portion of tweet); b.) where in the world you’d most like to be eating cheese (required portion of tweet); and c.) the hashtag #SayCheeseCelebrityCruises. 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.) Optional: As part of your Entry you may opt to include a photograph of yourself alone or with others. 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.

Photograph Requirements:
• Photograph must be an original, unpublished picture.
• Photograph must be in a file format and file size that is in compliance with Twitter’s Terms of Service.

Photograph 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 Website.

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 4/2/15 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 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”), 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: Say Cheese with Celebrity Cruises at Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert 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.

 

OC Restaurant Week Launch Party Recap

Did you have a chance to dine out during OC Restaurant Week last week? If so, hopefully you enjoyed your dining experience and perhaps even found a new favorite eatery. If you attended the Launch Party on February 28, then deciding on a favorite would be a lot harder.

From ahi tuna tacos to short ribs and gourmet peanut butter and jelly to cupcakes, there was a large variety of delicacies. Over thirty restaurants provided samples of their food for attendees to try. Popular Orange County restaurants such as Maro Wood Grill, Slapfish, Shades Restaurant, and the Cellar. We’re looking forward to sampling more restaurants at the Golden Foodies Awards in September in Newport Beach! Stay tuned for ticket information for that event and how Celebrity Cruises will be involved.

The OC Restaurant Week Launch Party took place at the gorgeous Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach. The event space had lovely views of the Pacific ocean.

Celebrity Cruises provided a wine lounge and we partnered up with Jackson Family Wines who poured three of their labels: Cambria, Byron, and Carmel Road. To pair with the wine, we provided cheese samples as part of our “Guess that Cheese” contest. Attendees could try the cheese and tweet their guess for a chance to win a Visa gift card. The cheese ended up being…Fontina!

In addition to wine, we talked to people about the wonderful world of cruising. If you’d like to learn more about cruising, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal. Then get together with your family at one of Orange County’s stellar restaurants to discuss and start planning your next trip!