Go Bicycling in Santa Barbara…and Amsterdam

Do It Here, Then Do It There…

If you’re a Southern California resident who loves to cycle around town, then you’ll love heading up to Santa Barbara one weekend and renting a bicycle to explore the extremely bike-friendly downtown. But don’t stop there…take your cycling prowess all the way to Amsterdam, a European cruise port city that also caters to bicyclists.

Biking in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara, California

The main street in Santa Barbara is State Street, which runs right through the middle of downtown. State Street is home to cafes, restaurants and shops with wide sidewalks and pretty buildings, and it also happens to accommodate bicycles with plenty of bike racks to lock up your bikes as you explore the town. The side streets around Santa Barbara are also pretty to bike around with lots of trees, peeks of the ocean, and cute little bungalow-style houses.

Be sure to also stop at the historic Santa Barbara Courthouse and take the elevator to its roof for gorgeous views of Santa Barbara and the surrounding hills and Pacific Ocean.

Several services offering hourly bike rentals are available near State Street along Cabrillo Boulevard or you can strap your own bike to your car and bring it with you.

Cycling Around Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands Bicycles
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Travelers to Amsterdam will find a bustling city full of historic sites, such as the Van Gogh Museum and Ann Frank House. The city also has a scenic canal lazily drifting through the middle of it. One of the best ways to spend a day in Amsterdam is to explore the sites (which you can do via an Amsterdam shore excursion) and then rent a bicycle and spend a couple hours biking along the canal. Take a break to grab a cup of coffee in one Amsterdam’s many cafes or enjoy a beer at the famous Heineken Museum. You won’t need to worry about your bicycle – there are plenty of bike racks around the city to park it. Bikes are treated practically like cars in Amsterdam because cycling to get around is so prevalent, so don’t be surprised if you hear some honking…coming from a bicycle!

If you’re interested in cruising to Amsterdam, check out Celebrity Cruises’ excellent Northern Europe itineraries that stop in Amsterdam or contact your local travel agent.

If You Love Pinot Provence, You’ll Love Murano Onboard Celebrity Cruises

Find French Cuisine in OC at Pinot Provence…then at Sea with Celebrity Cruises

Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa has a name that evokes thoughts of walks through vineyards in France, and though the acclaimed restaurant won’t transport you to France, it will provide you with a sumptuous atmosphere, French cuisine, and an excellent glass – or bottle – of wine. Pinot Provence is located in the Westin Plaza and if you’re a SoCal resident who hasn’t dined there yet, you should definitely get yourself seated at a table at Pinot Provence sometime soon (the upcoming Orange County Restaurant Week is a great time to do so). You’ll find yourself dining on award-winning cuisine that includes the likes of lamb cassoulet, maple leaf duck breast, escargots Provençal, frog legs, and an array of gourmet seafood dishes. As you dine, you’ll enjoy a rustic chic ambiance with stellar service.

Murano Restaurant Onboard Celebrity Cruises

Tableside flambe at Murano Restaurant.
Tableside flambe at Murano Restaurant.

If you love Pinot Provence – or it sounds like the type of place you would love to dine at – then you also won’t want to miss out on experiencing Murano Restaurant…but you’ll have to head out to sea to do so. Murano is a luxurious restaurant onboard select Celebrity Cruises ships that offers a fine dining setting with high-end French cuisine.

Fine dining, gourmet French cuisine, and fun socializing at Murano Restaurant.
Fine dining, gourmet French cuisine, and fun socializing at Murano Restaurant.

Celebrity Cruises has a number of sailings that stop in ports of France and the chefs onboard pull ideas for Murano’s menu from the traditional cuisine of France while adding contemporary twists to dishes in order to keep diners pleasantly surprised and provide a memorable dining experience.  Try the phyllo baked Anjou pear with Roquefort cheese for an appetizer and the Châteaubriand or Loup de Mer for your main course. There is also a caviar, cheese, and dessert course. You may even order an item that is flambeed tableside for some fine dining entertainment.

Loup de Mer at Murano.
Loup de Mer at Murano.

Perhaps best of all, this gourmet dinner will only set you back $25, a small fraction of what you’d pay for a similar dining experience on land. It’s one of the many perks of life at sea that you’ll encounter during a Celebrity cruise. After dining at Murano, you’ll leave feeling full and blissfully satisfied by your meal, and — if your cruise stops in the Marseille port of call in France — ready to explore the Provence countryside that Pinot Provence back at home makes you dream of. If you’re interested in booking a Celebrity cruise and experiencing the culinary delights of Murano or the gorgeous landscape of Provence in France, visit us at www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or contact your local travel agent to book your cruise.

Best Burgers in SoCal

Living in SoCal means living by some excellent burgers. Here are a few of the best burgers you can eat in Southern California.

Slater’s 50/50
It’s all in the name. Slater’s 50/50 is a Southern California restaurant chain that has rapidly grown in popularity thanks to that percentage in its name, which refers to its beloved hamburger patty that is 50% beef and 50% bacon. Their slogan is “burgers by design” and that rings true with the over 40 toppings — which doesn’t even include the myriad of cheese and sauce choices — you can add to your hefty beef and bacon patty, including Fritos, peanut butter, pickled beets, and grilled pineapple. You can also choose what kind of bread (try the bacon pretzel bun!) and patty you want to customize your burger with. In addition to the 50/50, Slater’s offers Carne Asada, beef only, chicken, veggie, turkey, Portabello mushroom, and a meat of the month for patty options. If building your own burger sounds too overwhelming, you can pick from Slater’s specialty burger menu instead, which already has gourmet burger ingredients expertly put together. Slater’s has a sports bar atmosphere with plenty of TVs hung up and comfortable, inviting tables. Slater’s 50/50 has numerous locations around SoCal. Try the Huntington Beach location, which has a fun, beachy atmosphere. There are two others centrally located in Orange County in Lake Forest and Anaheim, plus locations in San Diego, San Marcos, Rancho Cucamonga, and Pasadena.

Rocky’s Crown Pub
Rocky’s Crown Pub is located in the Crown Point neighborhood of Pacific Beach (PB), one of the beach communities of San Diego known for its bars and party atmosphere. However, Crown Point has a more laidback atmosphere compared to lively Garnet Street in PB and the vibe inside cash-only Rocky’s reflects that. Walk in and you’ll find a simple room of wooden tables, lined with a bar on one side and a few televisions on the wall. Some open windows are in the front of the bar but they don’t do much to lighten the place up. It’s a dive bar through and through. And oh yeah – this dive bar cooks up incredible hamburgers. Rocky’s Crown Pub only has hamburgers on its menu — always a good sign you’re in for something special. They’re served one way with tomatoes and lettuce on the side and the option of cheese. Ketchup and mustard bottles are already on the tables. In a world of gourmet burgers, it’s the simplicity that makes Rocky’s stand out — and the flavorful, juicy, cooked-to-perfection patty.

Stout
Sometimes your basic burger won’t cut it, and that’s when you head to Stout in Los Angeles. Stout specializes in two things: craft burgers and craft beers. The burger part of the menu features creative options with toppings and patty fillings ranging from roasted tomatoes to Fig jam to prosciutto plus a variety of artisan cheeses, including Brie and aged cheddar. It’s hard to go wrong with the eatery’s namesake, the Stout Burger, which features Stout’s ground in-house beef topped with rosemary bacon, caramelized onions, tomatoes, horseradish cream, blue cheese, and emi gruyere. Stout also serves organic chicken and veggie burgers. Recommended beer pairings on the menu for each burger adds to the fun of eating at Stout. Stout has three locations in Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Studio City.

Special Caribbean Cruise Rates for SoCal Residents

Here in Southern California we may be secretly snickering with glee over our gorgeous weather while other areas of the country are experiencing subzero temperatures, but guess what we don’t have right now? Warm ocean water. Plus, let’s face it, you’re not about to go lie on the beach anytime soon with all the tourists who are doing so before the temperatures hit the 80s again. So what’s a surf and sand lover to do? We have an idea: take advantage of our special Southern California resident rates on sailings to the Caribbean that depart between January and April 2015. You could be swimming in 75 degree water by as early as next week!

These resident rates are only good until January 23, 2015, so don’t delay on planning your ideal Caribbean cruise. Here are the sailings you can get this great deal on with the special resident rates listed. You’ll be getting a discount of $100 per person (which is reflected in the pricing below).

  • 4-night Caribbean sailings starting at $299 per person.
  • 7-night Southern and Eastern Caribbean sailings starting from $399 per person.
  • 10-night Caribbean sailings starting from $899 per person.

Want something exotic? This 7-night southern Caribbean itinerary departs from gorgeous San Juan, Puerto Rico and has stops in exotic ports of call that include St. Croix, St. Kitts, Dominica, Grenada, and St. Thomas. You’ll be able to hit up the lush, beautiful beaches of the island or take a stroll around colorful port cities where you can shop or grab a tropical drink.

Need a longer itinerary so you can really relax and rejuvenate? This 10-night Caribbean sailing onboard the Celebrity Equinox – part of our award-winning Solstice-class of ships – stops in St Thomas, St Kitts, Barbados, Dominica, and St Maarten. It’s also an easy cruise to get to as it sails from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, just 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale airport, which has daily direct flights from all over the country.

Just looking for a quick getaway? The 4-night Bahamas cruise sails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to fun, friendly Nassau in the Bahamas and to Key West, Florida, before returning to Fort Lauderdale. Snorkel or paddleboard in Nassau and explore Key West aboard the Conch Train or trolley for a couple days of excitement without having to take off much time from work.

These special resident rates are not combinable with any other promotions. Call us at 1-800-647-2251 to book or to find out more information.

If You Love Anqui…You’ll Love Silk Harvest

Anqui is one of Orange County’s best Asian fusion restaurants and if you haven’t been yet, you should definitely check it out. Located in Costa Mesa, it features a trendy interior with rich red hues and sumptuous lighting. The ambiance combined with the gourmet Asian food that has an emphasis on Vietnamese cuisine with a California flair makes it a stand out player on the OC culinary scene. Already eaten at Anqui and love it? Then we have news for you, you’ll also love Silk Harvest onboard Celebrity Cruises.

Silk Harvest Restaurant Onboard Celebrity Cruises
Silk Harvest Restaurant Onboard Celebrity Cruises

You might not think of cruising as the best location to try new restaurants, but at Celebrity Cruises we strive to provide specialty restaurants onboard our ships that match the caliber of what you’ll find on land. One such eatery is our Asian-inspired Silk Harvest restaurant, which is located on two of our award-winning Solstice-class ships: the Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Solstice.

The first thing you’ll notice upon entering Silk Harvest are the panoramic windows offering views of the glistening sea sailing by. Next, you’ll appreciate the minimalist design that is just the right mix of traditional and trendy Asian décor. The high level of service is immediately apparent. You’ll be seated and expertly waited on for your entire meal.

Dine on Sushi and More at Silk Harvest onboard Celebrity Cruises
Dine on Sushi and More at Silk Harvest

At Silk Harvest, your server will encourage you to try a variety of courses to share with your dining partner(s). The menu consists of soups, sushi, hand rolls, noodle dishes, prime cuts of beef and other meat, and more cuisine that blends together tastes and spices from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese influences. A variety of sake is available for you to complement your meal with, or you can choose a bottle of wine to enjoy from Celebrity’s vast wine list onboard the Solstice-class ships. On Celebrity Cruises food and wine take precedence and Silk Harvest helps elevate the onboard dining experience to something truly memorable for passengers.

If you’re interested in taking a break from Southern California restaurants (as great as they are!) and setting sail for cuisine at sea, check out the itineraries of the Equinox and Solstice and choose the one that is perfect for you. Then call us at 1-800-647-2251 to book your cruise and reserve your specialty restaurant spot at Silk Harvest.

“What’s Your SoCal Modern Luxury?” Twitter and Instagram Contest!

SoCal Modern Luxury Contest

Living in southern California comes with its perks. There’s plenty of access to gorgeous beaches, a gourmet gastropub or five-star restaurant on seemingly every street corner, high end shopping, and of course…the world of Hollywood. Many opportunities to experience ‘Modern Luxury’ abound in SoCal, but we want to know — what’s your idea of SoCal Modern Luxury.

Follow us on Twitter or Instagram, then tweet or Instagram a picture of what SoCal Modern Luxury means to you with an optional caption plus the hashtag #CelebritySoCalMLContest and mention our handle to be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card. For the official rules, click here.

Celebrity Cruises SoCal Travel Agent Contest

Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Cruises SoCal Travel Agent Sweepstakes

Official Rules

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

1. ELIGIBILITY: The “Celebrity Cruises SoCal Travel Agent” (“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 12:00 a.m. on 1/1/15 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on 12/31/15 (“Sweepstakes Period”). All times are Pacific Standard Time or “PST.” One winner will be chosen each month for a total of 12 winners; the monthly splits will be as follows: 1/1/15 – 1/31/15, 2/1/15 – 2/28/15, 3/1/15-3/31/15, 4/1/15-4/30/15, 5/1/15-5/31/15, 6/1/15-6/30/15, 7/1/15-7/31/15, 8/1/15-8/31/15, 9/1/15-9/30/15, 10/1/15-10/31/15, 11/1/15-11/30/15, 12/1/15-12/31/15.

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 for Twitter. 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 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/CEL_SoCalTrade.
b.) From your own account, mention @CEL_SoCalTrade and include in the tweet (”Entry”) a.) Why you love selling Celebrity Cruises (required portion of tweet); b.) The post must include the words “I love selling Celebrity Cruises because…” somewhere in it (required portion of tweet); c.) the hashtag #CelSocalTravelAgent. Your tweet must contain the specified #hashtag to be eligible for entry in this Sweepstakes.

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 $50.00 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 each month by Sponsor whose decisions are final on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Each month’s winner will be selected from the eligible submissions for each calendar month during the sweepstakes on or about the 2nd day of the following month. There will be a total of 12 winners, one each month. 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: Celebrity Cruises SoCal Travel Agent 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.

Make a New Year’s Resolution…to Cruise

How a Cruise Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

This year make your New Year’s resolutions fun – and easier to stick to – by planning them around a cruise. It may seem taking a vacation won’t help you keep a New Year’s resolution, but if your goal for the New Year is to start taking better care of yourself or making more time for family — two common New Year’s resolutions — than a cruise can help you do just that.

Wellness in the New Year

Spa onboard Celebrity Cruises
The spa onboard Celebrity Cruises.

Thanks to an onboard spa, healthy dining options, and a myriad of fitness opportunities onboard, a cruise can be an excellent path to wellness.

Celebrity Cruises has partnered up with Canyon Ranch to offer a full-service spa onboard each of our ships. From therapeutic massages to acupuncture to relaxing facials, manicures, wraps, and more, the spa onboard Celebrity Cruises will help to get your body and mind primed for a healthier way of living.

We also have spa-focused cuisine onboard our ships where you can get fast, but healthy eats at the nutritious eatery outside the spa entrance. On the Solstice-class ships, we take this one step further with the specialty restaurant, Blu, which focuses on fresh, organic meals that have an emphasis on nutrition without compromising on good taste. Those staying in Aqua-class suites onboard the Solstice-class ships have priority for reservations in Blu (and special access to the spa!).

For fitness onboard, you can jog around the outdoor track where you’ll be able to enjoy views of the ocean while getting your heartbeat up. There is also a full gym with cardio machines and weights. Classes such as Pilates and yoga are also offered onboard.

Spending More Time with the Family

Create family memories on a cruise.
Create family memories on a cruise.

Feel like you’re working more than ever before? This is a common tale thanks to the increase in technology in the workplace, which makes it even harder to disconnect from work after getting home thanks to the ease in which you can check email on your phone or be contacted by texts. It can seem that quality family time is always being interrupted by a ding or vibration from your phone. Taking a vacation from work is one of the best ways to leave the daily grind for a bit and reconnect with your family, and a cruise is one of the most family-friendly vacations there is.

On a Celebrity cruise, kids and teen clubs onboard and entertainment for all ages eliminate potential for boredom. In port, there are a variety of shore excursions that you and your family can do which will get you all having fun and building lasting memories together.

Plus, if you travel somewhere like Europe, you have the excuse of telling coworkers you’ll be international so your phone and data plan won’t work. Before you get total disconnection anxiety, don’t worry – there are international plans and Celebrity Cruises ships have Internet onboard with computers you can use to check-in with work, but your coworkers don’t need to know that!

Start Planning for Your Resolutions

You can also make both of these your goals for the New Year and cross off accomplishing two resolutions with just one trip. Now doesn’t keeping your New Year’s resolutions with a cruise sound way more fun than getting a gym membership on January 1 that you’ll only end up using a few times? If so, start planning your cruise now and pick the Celebrity Cruises itinerary that is best for you or call us 1-800-647-2251 to find out more about our cruises.

Celebrity Cruises Define Your SoCal Modern Luxury Contest Official Rules

Celebrity Cruises Define Your SoCal Modern Luxury Contest
Official Rules

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

1. ELIGIBILITY: The “Celebrity Cruises Define Your SoCal Modern Luxury” (“Contest”) is sponsored by Celebrity Cruises Inc. (“CCI” or “Sponsor”). Contest 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: Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. on 1/1/15 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on 3/31/15 (“Contest Period”). All times are Pacific Standard Time or “PST.” One winner will be chosen each month for a total of three winners; the monthly splits will be as follows: 1/1/15 – 1/31/15, 2/1/15 – 2/28/15, 3/1/15-3/31/15.

3. HOW TO ENTER: Sign into your Twitter account at www.Twitter.com or your Instagram account at www.Instagram.com (“Contest 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 Contest 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 that defines what SoCal Modern Luxury means to you (required portion of tweet); b.) The post must include the words “My Modern Luxury” somewhere in it (required portion of tweet); c.) An explanation of what the Modern Luxury picture means to you (optional portion of tweet); c.) the hashtag #CelebritySoCalMLContest. Your tweet must contain the specified #hashtag to be eligible for entry in this Contest.
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 that defines what SoCal Modern Luxury means to you (required portion of tweet); b.) The post must include the words “My Modern Luxury” somewhere in it (required portion of tweet); c.) An explanation of what the Modern Luxury picture means to you (optional portion of tweet); c.) the hashtag #CelebritySoCalMLContest. Your tweet must contain the specified #hashtag to be eligible for entry in this Contest.
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 Contest, 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 Contest 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 by a panel of three judges determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Two judges will be the same each month: Celebrity Cruises Regional Marketing Manager, Cynthia Rose, and Celebrity Cruises Team Manager for L.A. and Palm Spring, Marilys Ward. The third judge each month will rotate and will be announced prior to the judging. The judges will select a winner from the eligible submissions for each calendar month during the contest on or about the 15th of the following month. There will be a total of three winners, one each month. The judges’ decision is final and binding. Winners will be notified by Sponsor via Direct Message on Twitter to the account provided at the time of entry or via a comment on the 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 Contest 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 Contest, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any Contest-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 Contest. 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 Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend advertising the Contest on the Internet should a computer virus, unauthorized intervention or other cause corrupt the integrity or proper conduct of the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant found to be disrupting the operation of the Contest or its web site. If the integrity of the Internet portion of the Contest is compromised in any manner, Sponsor reserves the right to modify Contest 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 Contest 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 CONTEST 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 Contest (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: Celebrity Cruises My Modern Luxury 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.

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