Style Week Design Competition Before and After: Sketches and Runway

We just finished up two incredible rounds of our Celebrity Cruises Design Competition for Style Week OC. We partnered up with designers at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) who created eight amazing outfits inspired by Celebrity Cruises ships and vacations. We’ve displayed them all below with the original sketch, the outfit modeled during Style Week OC fashion shows at Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum, and an image of the part of the ship or world that inspired the outfit. We lead and end the photo montage with the two winning designs. Tell us your favorite outfit at the end! 

Fashion Island Celebrity Cruises Design Competition Styles

Outfit #1

Designer: Francesca Lake (Winner!)

Inspiration: Luminae Restaurant, the exclusive restaurant that is only accessible by Suite Class guests sailing with Celebrity Cruises.

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Luminae Restaurant
Luminae Restaurant

Outfit #2

Designer: Ali Jawad

Inspiration: Liquid Lounge, an onboard lounge that provides cool drinks and a circus-like ambiance with acrobatics and swimming performances happening around you while you sip your cocktail.

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Enjoy a drink at Liquid Lounge or one of the other fun lounges and bar onboard Celebrity Cruises.
Enjoy a drink at Liquid Lounge or one of the other fun lounges and bar onboard Celebrity Cruises.

Outfit #3

Designer: Peivand Mirzaie

Inspiration: The Galleria and Qsine Restaurant. The Galleria is where you can do shopping while cruising, then head to dinner at Qsine, a unique restaurant with creative entrees and food presentations.

Peivand Mirzaie (Fashion Island)

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Qsine Restaurant
Qsine Restaurant
Shopping in the Galleria
Shopping in the Galleria

Outfit #4

Designer: Lilit Markosyan

Inspiration: Celebrity Lawn Club, a real-grass area on the ship where you can enjoy al fresco dining, a drink while sitting on the grass enjoying the sunshine, or even a game of bocce ball.

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Enjoy a glass of wine on the Celebrity Lawn Club.
Celebrity Lawn Club

Irvine Spectrum Celebrity Cruises Design Competition Styles

Outfit #5

Designer: Danny Godoy

Inspiration: Southern France Sonata and Mediterranean Cruise — Take a river cruise down the Sonata River followed by a transatlantic Mediterranean cruise.

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Cruise to the Greek Islands.
Cruise to the Greek Islands and other hot spots in Europe during a Mediterranean Celebrity cruise.

Outfit #6

Designer: Duston Jasso

Inspiration: Rhine Medley, Scandinavia, and Russia Vacation Package — Experience a river cruise and an ocean cruise all one one great itinerary.

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Sail to Copenhagen and other ports during a Scandinavian and Russian cruise.
Sail to Copenhagen and other ports during a Scandinavian and Russian cruise.

Outfit #7

Designer: Nahal Shad

Inspiration: Africa Safari and Europe Cruise — Go on an exciting safari Nairobi before flying to London to board a cruise through Europe.

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London, England — a gateway port to some of Europe’s best cruises.

Outfit #8

Designer: Marly Kluge (Winner!)

Inspiration: Amazon and South America cruise — Cruise down the mighty Amazon on a river expedition and then switch to the gorgeous Celebrity Infinity ship to sail around South America.

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The winning outfit on the right with host Nick Verreos (left) presenting winner Marly Kluge (middle) with her $2,000 prize at Irvine Spectrum.
The winning outfit on the right with host Nick Verreos (left) presenting winner Marly Kluge (middle) with her $2,000 prize at Irvine Spectrum.
Sail to Buenos Aires and other South America destinations with Celebrity Cruises.
Sail to Buenos Aires and other South America destinations with Celebrity Cruises.

Which Celebrity Cruises Design Competition style was your favorite? Share with us in the comments below! 

Craft Beer Experiences at Home and with Celebrity Cruises

Drink it Here, Then Drink it There…Craft Beer Edition

Book a Celebrity Cruises vacation and you have three ways to enjoy craft beer.

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Enjoy Craft Breweries in SoCal Before Your Trip

First, drink it in Southern California before you leave for your trip — which you’re probably already doing since the region is home to so many excellent craft beers.

A few favorite places in Southern California to try new microbrews include:

Stone Brewing Company: Head down to Escondido to try some of Stone’s famously hoppy IPAs in a garden setting.

Bootlegger’s Brewery: Located in Fullerton, this brewery is known for its creative brews, which you can try in the tasting room. Plus, Bootlegger’s welcomes your dog companion into the tasting room, too.

Beachwood Brewing: This brewery has a socal vibe and serves up some excellent beers made onsite — plus you can pair them with some of the BBQ food that Beachwood is also known for. Choose from two locations: Seal Beach or Long Beach.

Drink Some Brews While Onboard

Next, drink it onboard your Celebrity Cruises ship during your vacation. The onboard Gastrobar pours over 40 different kinds of boutique beers and serves gastropub-style food as well. The onboard lounge, Michael’s Club, also has a selection of craft beers that you can enjoy in an upscale, comfortable environment.

Enjoying a pint of craft beer at Michael's Club onboard Celebrity Cruises.
Enjoying a pint at Michael’s Club onboard Celebrity Cruises.

Try Some New Beers While in Port

Third, try some local beers while in port. This is easier to do depending on the itinerary you choose.

Alaska cruises stop in Juneau, home to Alaskan Brewing Company; Skagway, where Gold Rush Brewery is located; and Anchorage, where you can visit Anchorage Brewing Company. These breweries have tasting rooms and tours of the beer making facilities that you can take.

In Europe, opt for a Baltic Sea cruise as opposed to the Mediterranean to get your fill of good beer. Baltic cruises stop in beer-cenric ports like London, England; Rostock (Berlin), Germany; Zeebrugge, Belgium; and Copenhagen, Denmark. A highlight for many beer lovers during a Baltic cruise is a stop in Amsterdam where you can tour the massive and interactive Heineken brewery — not exactly a craft beer, but still a bonus for beer lovers while cruising.

To book your dream beer oriented cruise, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or speak with your local travel agent.

Celebrity Cruises Design Competition for Style Week OC — See the Outfits!

It was a fashionable Saturday at Fashion Island in Newport Beach this past weekend thanks to Style Week OC.

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Celebrity Cruises is an official sponsor for Style Week OC and we were excited to be part of the VIP party that evening in the middle of the courtyard by Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales in Fashion Island, plus be a big part of the Fashion Show that evening.

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The Fashion Show was hosted by Nick Verreos of Project Runway fame and consisted of top fashions being walked down the vibrant runway by a bevy of models. The highlight, though, was the Celebrity Cruises Design Competition. We partnered up with FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) to have four of the institution’s students design resort wear inspired by different parts of Celebrity Cruises’ ships. At the end of the runway show, one outfit (and its designer) would be declared the winner by a panel of judges and get a $2,000 prize.

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First was a vibrant yellow shirt and pant set designed by Peivand Mirzaie and inspired by the Shopping Galleria and Qsine Restaurant onboard Celebrity ships.

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Up next was Francesca Lake’s elegant and modern design, which pulled elements from the Luminae dining room that is part of the Suite Class onboard Celebrity’s ships.

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A long, sleek Lawn Club inspired garment was next down the runway, designed by Lilit Markosyan, which was followed by a fun, boxy Liquid Lounge inspired dress by  Ali Jawad.

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After the Celebrity Cruises Design Competition, more styles came down the runway.

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Then it was time to hear the judges decision.

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The winner was Francesca Lake with her Luminae inspired pantsuit!

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Want to be part of more of the Celebrity Cruises #StyleWeekOC fun? Head to Irvine Spectrum this Saturday to see another Style Week OC Fashion Show. This time it will feature the fashions of stores at Irvine Spectrum plus FIDM designs inspired by Celebrity Cruises’ itineraries.

Guess the Wine at Style Week OC Sweepstakes

Guess the Wine at Style Week OC Sweepstakes

Official Rules

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

  1. ELIGIBILITY: The “Guess the Wine at Style Week OC 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.
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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 wine sampled at Style Week OC on 9/12/15 at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California (required portion of tweet); b.) which cruise destination you’d most like to be drinking the wine (optional portion of tweet); c.) the hashtag #red or #white (optional portion of tweet); and d.) the hashtag #CelebrityBlindTasting. 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.

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  3. WINNER will be selected in a random drawing to be conducted on or about 9/14/15 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.
  4. 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.
  5. WINNER LIST: For the winner’s name, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Guess the Wine at Style Week OC Sweepstakes, 1080 Caribbean Way, Miami, Florida 33132-2096 or email SoCalEvents@celebrity.com.
  6. SPONSOR: Celebrity Cruises Inc., 1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, Florida 33132.

More Caribbean Overnights in Port with Celebrity Cruises

Experience the Wonders of the Caribbean in Daylight and at Night

Why not escape to a tropical oasis in the Caribbean this winter that lets you experience multiple islands and only have to unpack once, plus gives you a taste of both the daytime and nighttime culture and ambiance of the Caribbean? You can now do so thanks to our new overnight itineraries in the Caribbean.

With 43 itineraries offering overnights, Celebrity Cruises now offers more overnight stays in port in the Caribbean than any other cruise line. Why is this so special? An overnight in port gives you the opportunity to spend the day at your leisure with no rush at the end of it to get back to the ship. Stay out as long as you wish before heading back to your comfortable stateroom at the ship docked in the harbor.

You can also experience the allure of the Caribbean after dusk with an evening excursion or dinner in port. Or before dusk, head to a romantic beach and catch the sunset. While sunsets from the deck of the ship are lovely to behold, it’s nice to experience different types while on your cruise and a Caribbean beach sunset is sure to be unforgettable.

Some of the cruise ports you can stay overnight in while sailing around the Caribbean include Willemstad, Curacao; Cartagena, Colombia; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Oranjestad, Aruba. More time on land and no extra cost of a hotel room? Sounds like a win.

Check out these Caribbean itineraries that include an overnight stay in port and then give us a call to book or speak with your local travel agent.

 

Golden Foodies Nominees with Celebrity Cruises Twist

It’s that time of year again – time for the Golden Foodies nominees to be announced! We always love seeing some of our favorite restaurants get honored at this yearly Orange County awards show.

In honor of the Golden Foodies nominees, we’ve put together a list of which Celebrity Cruises restaurants would fit into each category and why. If one of your favorite restaurants wins an award at the Golden Foodies Awards on September 27, check this list to see which Celebrity Cruises onboard restaurant it is most like – and then get yourself onboard our ships to experience it firsthand.

Celebrity Cruises Restaurants for Golden Foodies Awards Categories

Best Sushi

Qsine – try the sushi lollipops at this eatery that specializes in unique menu items and food presentation.

Best Italian

Tuscan Grille – Dine on entrees inspired by the Tuscany region of Italy.

Best French

Murano – Try French cuisine with a modern twist at Murano.

Best Asian

Silk Harvest – Dine on a variety of Asian cuisine at this onboard restaurant with gorgeous views from the floor to ceiling windows.

Best Mediterranean

Blu — Head to Blu for a Mediterraenan ambiance and globally inspired cuisine, including Mediterranean dishes.

Best Wine

Wine Cellars – Learn about wine from the onboard sommeliers plus pour your own tastings from the state-of-the-art wine dispensaries.

Best Dessert

Cafe al Bacio and Gelateria – Try a variety of European desserts, including gelato.

Best Cocktails

Martini Bar & Crush– Choose sweet, tart or traditional cocktails expertly mixed at the Martini Bar, centrally located on the ship with a fun, icy bar top.

Best Steak

Lawn Club Grill – Cook your own steak at this open-air eatery by Celebrity’s beautiful real-grass Lawn Club.

Best Seafood

Luminae – This exclusive restaurant just for suite guests has excellent seafood entrees on a nightly basis.

 

 

 

 

Diner en Blanc Los Angeles with Celebrity Cruises

A recap of the epic pop-up picnic

Celebrity Cruises is excited to be an official partner of the exclusive Diner en Blanc, an elegant picnic that pops up at surprise locations all around the world.

Setting up tables at Diner en Blanc in LA.
Setting up tables at Diner en Blanc in LA.

Guests must wear all white and bring their own white tables, chairs and place settings. Part of the fun is decorating the tables with extravagant details — all in white.

A wash of white in Pershing Square in downtown LA.
A wash of white in Pershing Square in downtown LA.

Guests don’t know where the event will be until they get there — they get told hours before Diner en Blanc starts where to meet, and then they’re bussed to the event. In the case of Diner en Blanc Los Angeles 2015, the event happened in Pershing Square in downtown LA.

Here are more pictures from the fun:

Celebrity Cruises butlers greeting guests with Champagne.
Celebrity Cruises butlers greeting guests with Champagne.
Diner en Blanc guests could take their picture with Celebrity Cruises' Grass is Greener lady.
Diner en Blanc guests could take their picture with Celebrity Cruises’ Grass is Greener lady.
Getting ready for dinner.
Getting ready for dinner.
The tables are set up and a napkin twirl means it's time to eat!
The tables are set up and a napkin twirl means it’s time to eat!
Diner en Blanc Los Angeles...definitely a night to remember.
Diner en Blanc Los Angeles…definitely a night to remember.

Guests were able to enter to win a table setting contest that had a prize of a European Celebrity cruise. If you’re interested in booking your own Celebrity cruise, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal.