Eat Italian Cuisine at Home in OC, then Sail to Italy

If you want to be in Italian food heaven, dine on the cuisine in both Orange County and at sea.

Orange County Top Italian Restaurants

First…make sure you brush up on your Italian food eating skill by hitting up some of Orange County’s best Italian restaurants, including these gems:

Il Fornaio: This upscale Italian restaurant in Irvine provides a casual elegant dining ambiance with traditional dishes.

Cucina Enoteca: Inventive twists on Italian cuisine favorites await you at this lively eatery in Newport Beach.

Café Lucca: If you need a quick Italian bite, head to Café Luca in Orange for cheese, pastries, sandwiches and a delicious glass of wine.

Dine in Italy and at Sea

Second…book a cruise to Italy. With Celebrity Cruises you can choose from a variety of Mediterranean cruises that stop in numerous Italian ports of call. While in those ports, dine on some authentic Italian cuisine. Try pizza while in port in Naples, spaghetti Bolognese in Rome, Veal Parmesan in Florence, and Lasagna in Sicily. Plus some amazing Italian wines.

Back onboard the ship you can dine on more Italian in Celebrity Cruises’ Tuscan Grille restaurant. Tuscan Grille is a Italian-inspired steakhouse that blends traditional cuisine of Italy with contemporary influences crafted by creative chefs. For pasta, choose from penne primavera, mushroom ravioli, lobster linguine alfredo, and more. On the steak side of things there is grilled New York steak, Black Angus ribeye, and filet mignon to name a few.

The ambiance on Tuscan Grille is modern and warm with comfortable seating ideal whether you’re dining as a family or as a twosome. Tuscan Grille is onboard the following ships: Eclipse, Solstice, Silhouette, Constellation, Equinox, and Reflection.

To book your Celebrity cruise to Italy, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or call your local travel agent.

Don’t Miss Out on Celebrity Cruises’ 123go Deal!

If you’ve had an inkling thought that you should get yourself on a cruise in 2015 and explore the world this year, now is the time to book. For only a couple more weeks, Celebrity Cruises is offering its much-loved 123go deal and you don’t want to miss out on its great savings.

What makes 123go such a special offer? A couple things.

First, you get to tailor your savings for what is most important to you and which will ultimately save you the most off the total cost of your vacation. 123go lets you pick from three different options: free gratuities for two (this saves you the daily gratuities fee that is standard on cruises — up to a $32.90 savings per day), free beverage packages for two (the Classic Beverage Package, which includes beer, wine and spirits and is usually $110 per day for two people), or up to $300 shipboard credit (use it toward spa treatments, shore excursions and more purchases onboard).

Second, 123go is valid on last minute summer cruises departing in August (plus other ones sailing until August 2016), so you can book now and be sailing around Alaska or Europe in just a little over one month’s time!

For more information and terms and conditions on the 123go deal, click here.

So what are you waiting for? Find your perfect cruise at www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or speak with your local travel agent.

Photo Tour: Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class of Ships

When Celebrity Cruises first debuted Celebrity Solstice, the first ship in its Solstice Class, travel history was made. It was the first ship to have a real grass lawn at sea plus the first to have a hot glass show onboard. In addition to providing industry firsts, the ship is also — simply put — beautiful. Five ships later and the Solstice Class continues to provide beauty and a casual elegance with an emphasis on innovation, pampering, and fun.

The Lawn Club on Celebrity Cruises
The Lawn Club
Sanctuary at the Lawn Club
Sanctuary at the Lawn Club

You’ll find food and drinks galore on the Solstice-class ships.

Martini Bar
Martini Bar
Qsine: Innovative and Unique
Qsine: Innovative and Unique
Great service can be found onboard Celebrity Cruises from stateroom stewards to sommeliers.
Great service can be found onboard Celebrity Cruises from stateroom stewards to sommeliers.
The Mediterranean ambiance of Blu.
Chic Mediterranean Ambiance in Blu Restaurant
French cuisine at elegant Murano
French cuisine at elegant Murano

Relax at Canyon Ranch SpaClub onboard the Solstice-Class of ships.

Spa onboard Celebrity Cruises
Spa onboard Celebrity Cruises
Relax at Canyon Ranch SpaClub onboard Celebrity Cruises.
Relax at Canyon Ranch SpaClub onboard Celebrity Cruises.

Sail comfortably in one of the modern staterooms or luxurious suites.

Concierge Class Stateroom on Celebrity Cruises.
Concierge Class Stateroom on Celebrity Cruises.
Celebrity Cruises Reflection Suite
Reflection Suite
Celebrity Cruises Penthouse Suite
Penthouse Suite with Butler
Penthouse Suite Balcony
Penthouse Suite Balcony
Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Suite
Celebrity Suite
Celebrity Cruises Signature Suite
Signature Suite
Aqua Class Veranda Stateroom onboard Celebrity Cruises
Aqua Class Veranda Stateroom

To book your dream Celebrity Cruises Solstice-Class cruise, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or speak with your local travel agent.

Cocktails in SoCal, Cocktails Onboard Celebrity

Drink It Here, Then Drink It There

Southern California may be known for its craft beer scene and local wineries, but it also has some great cocktails in its midst.

Chilled Martini Onboard Celebrity Cruises

From the speakeasy inspired cocktails at Noble Experiment in San Diego to the creative craft cocktails at 320 Main in Seal Beach to rare liquor at the Chestnut Club in Santa Monica, the perfect cocktail to fit your mood isn’t far away in SoCal.

If you love cocktails, then you’ll also feel at home onboard Celebrity Cruises with its array of cocktails ranging from the simple to the extreme.

Martini Bar

Martini Bar & Crush

The Martini Bar & Crush on Celebrity Cruises is the place to be. With a frost-covered bar and a location close to the main dining room, it’s the place to meet and mingle with other cruisers and get a delicious cocktail. Choose from a massive menu of specialty martinis, ranging from tart to sweet to bitter, depending on your preference. You’ll also be impressed with the skills of the bartenders as they swirl, shake, and pour your drinks — sometimes more than one at a time!

Michael's Club

Michael’s Club

Michael’s Club is a private lounge onboard and is a good reason to book a suite when sailing with Celebrity Cruises as it’s exclusively for guests in Celebrity, Signature, Royal, Penthouse,  and Reflection Suites. Sip a premium whiskey on the rocks or have the bartender make you something special, all while enjoying a comfortable setting that is reminiscent of a great mansion library. There is also a large-screen TV and a concierge ready to help you make dinner reservations or help with anything else you may need in Michael’s Club.

Celebrity’s latest foray onto the cocktail scene is World Class Bar, which just debuted on Celebrity Eclipse and is in the process of being added to all the Solstice-Class ships. World Class-certified mixologists will create unique and innovative cocktails that will get your taste buds hopping.

Eat It Here, then Eat It There: Unconventional Restaurants in OC and at Sea

Eat it Here, Then Eat it There…

If you enjoy thinking outside of the box when it comes to your dining experiences, you don’t have to search too far in Orange County to find a unique, unconventional restaurant. From eating chicken drumsticks in a stadium while watching knights and horses spar in an arena at Medieval Times in Buena Park, to the line dancing adjacent fun of the Ranch Restaurant and Saloon in Anaheim,  you’ll have a fun, memorable time eating at OC’s unconventional restaurants. So why not take it one step further and have a unique dining experience at sea while cruising to exotic destinations?

Qsine Restaurant Onboard Celebrity Cruises
Qsine Restaurant Onboard Celebrity Cruises

Qsine Restaurant onboard Celebrity Cruises is truly unique – you won’t find anything quite like it on land or at sea. The menu and ambiance of Qsine was created by a James Beard featured Master Chef and it is a meal you won’t soon forget.

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Your dining experience at Qsine begins with an iPad. That’s right – you’ll have your own personal iPad to use during the meal to swipe and slide your way to figuring out what you want to order.

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When it comes to ordering at Qsine, keep an open mind. You may see items that you haven’t heard of before or see food pairings you never would have thought had any business being served together. You’ll soon find that your taste buds beg to differ. With inventive twists on favorite recipes and experimentation with different textures, the food you eat at Qsine is likely to be a fun surprise.

Strawberry Fields at Qsine
Strawberry Fields at Qsine

The presentation is also likely to get a surprised smile from you. Qsine doesn’t just stick to bowls and plates. Your meal might come out looking something like this:

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The smaller portions of each dish at Qsine also means you get to try a wide range of tastes. It’s sure to be an adventure for your senses.

Qsine is onboard the following ships: Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Silhouette, and Celebrity Summit. To book a cruise on one of these cruise ships, contact your local travel agent or visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal.

Back on land, you can find more unique restaurants in Orange County by attending the Golden Foodies in September. For tickets to this exclusive event, click here.

Top 10 Reasons the Grass is Greener with Celebrity Cruises

Best Reasons to Cruise on Celebrity — From a Southern California Perspective

If you like the reasons you’re about to read, be sure to also read up on Go Big, Go Better, Go Best with Celebrity Cruises which gets you a free perk on your cruise — such as a free beverage package that includes alcoholic beverages for your whole cruise!

Reason #1: The Lawn Club – The grass is literally greener on Celebrity Cruises — yes, it’s real grass covering half an acre on our Solstice-class ships! Sink your toes in and experience the great outdoors.

The Lawn Club on Celebrity Cruises
The Lawn Club

Why Southern Californians Will Love #1: We don’t get to see real grass much in Southern California. Therefore, it’s even more special for us to be lounging on perfectly manicured, bright green grass — especially if sailing at sea!

Reason #2: Private, Spacious Verandas – More veranda staterooms than any other premium line.

Celebrity Cruises Veranda
Celebrity Cruises Veranda

Why Southern Californians Will Love #2: It’s no secret that Southern Californians take advantage of the sunny weather and generally love being outdoors, so being able to immediately access the fresh air upon waking in your stateroom is a huge plus when cruising.

Reason #3: In-Depth Destination Experiences – 290 sought after worldwide destinations including the best of Europe, plus overnight stays in 53 must-see cities.

Explore destinations all over the world with Celebrity Cruises
Explore destinations all over the world.

Why Southern Californians Will Love #3: Talk to a handful of residents in Southern California and chances are most of them will be well-traveled. It will be a long time before you run out of new destinations to visit with Celebrity Cruises.

Reason #4: Globally Inspired Cuisine – A culinary journey with 12 distinctive restaurants with menus crafted by a Michelin-starred chef.

Silk Harvest Restaurant Onboard Celebrity Cruises
Silk Harvest Restaurant Onboard Celebrity Cruises — Check out that ocean view!

Why Southern Californians Will Love #4: Southern California has some of the best restaurants in the world and has an ever evolving culinary scene. You’ll find a wide variety of cuisine onboard Celebrity Cruises, too.

Reason #5: Suite Class – The Suite Class experience features personal butlers, a private restaurant, an exclusive lounge, and the ultimate in luxurious amenities and services.

Celebrity Cruises Penthouse Suite
Penthouse Suite with Butler

Why Southern Californians Will Love It: The Southern California lifestyle often feels luxurious in and of itself (hello beautiful weather and proximity to A-list celebrities!) and you can continue that luxury lifestyle with the Suite Class onboard Celebrity Cruises.

Reason #6: Superlative Service – A guest to staff ratio of nearly two to one.

Great service can be found onboard Celebrity Cruises from stateroom stewards to sommeliers.
Great service can be found onboard Celebrity Cruises from stateroom stewards to sommeliers.

Why Southern Californians Will Love #6: Southern California is crowded and there’s generally no getting around it meaning you may often find yourself waiting for service — you won’t need to do much waiting on Celebrity Cruises with the two to one guest to staff ratio.

Reason #7: Sexy, Stylish Spaces – Creative architects and designers have infused Celebrity ships with a modern style that rivals any boutique hotel.

The Mediterranean ambiance of Blu.
Chic Mediterranean Ambiance in Blu Restaurant

Why Southern Californians Will Love #7: The “Modern Luxury” style that is found onboard Celebrity Cruises gives off a trendy, but laidback ambiance…just like Southern California.

Reason #8: Entertainment – 18 new shows in 18 months.

Fun Entertainment Onboard Celebrity Cruises
Fun Entertainment Onboard Celebrity Cruises

Why Southern Californians Will Love #8: From Broadway shows to movie premiers to surf competitions, we love being entertained in Southern California, and you’ll be able to find an array of entertainment onboard Celebrity’s ships as well.

Reason #9: The Perfect Partners – The first Authorized Apple Specialist at sea plus Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Bravo’s Top Chef, and more.

Celebrity Cruises Top Chef at Sea
Celebrity Cruises Top Chef at Sea

Why Southern Californians Will Love #9: Admit it Southern California…we love brand names! You’ll find a lot of them onboard Celebrity Cruises.

Reason #10: Awards & Recognition – Celebrity has a long list of awards.

Celebrity Solstice in Alaska
Award-Winning Celebrity Solstice in Alaska

Why Southern Californians Will Love #10: We are the land of the Academy Awards after all, so it’s no secret we love a good award, and Celebrity Cruises has some of the best in the industry!

To learn more about why the Grass is Greener with Celebrity Cruises, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or call your local travel agent.

Plus, don’t forget to enter our #GrassIsGreener sweepstakes! You’ll be entered for the chance to win a cruise and other great prizes. Click here to find out more information and to enter.

The Grass is Greener in SoCal…and at Sea with Celebrity Cruises

This past Thursday, we showed southern California why the “Grass is Greener” on Celebrity Cruises. In the process, we made things a bit greener in SoCal, too!

LLP Grass is Greener Reception

We turned concrete into a natural wonder by covering the wide steps at the Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel in Costa Mesa with grass. The grass covered oasis culminated in a dining area that was decorated with “Modern Luxury” in mind. Casual, yet sophisticated. Elegant, yet fun.

LLP Grass is Greener Reception

It was a fun afternoon of good eats, refreshing drinks and talk of why the Grass is Greener with Celebrity Cruises — the first of which is that Celebrity Cruises literally has grass onboard it ships, which you can enjoy when you sail on the Solstice-class ships.

LLP Grass is Greener Reception

LLP Grass is Greener Reception

LLP Grass is Greener Reception

The Lawn Club onboard Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice-class features a half-acre of real grass on a top deck of the ship. You can lounge on the grass, play bocce ball, or sip a cool drink under the sunshine while cruising through the sea.

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Depending what ship you’re sailing on, the Lawn Club is also adjacent to a hot glass show, al fresco dining, and several fun bars.

Dine outdoors at Lawn Club Grill.
Dine outdoors at Lawn Club Grill.

To book a cruise on a Solstice-class ship and experience the Lawn Club for yourself, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or speak with your local travel agent.