Style Week OC Celebrity Cruises Design Competition Recap

Celebrity Cruises had such a fun time being part of Style Week OC as one of its sponsors! A highlight was the fashion show at Irvine Spectrum on September 20 during which Celebrity Cruises hosted a design competition.

The Celebrity Cruises Design Competition partnered with the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and four students from FIDM were selected to create resort wear inspired by “Modern Luxury” which Celebrity strives for onboard its ships and four different destinations.

The destinations were Galapagos, Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean. Each contestant was assigned one of the destinations.

During the Irvine Spectrum runway show for Style Week OC, the designs were modeled for the runway and a panel of four judges scored the designs. The judges were Julie Gallego, Orange County Fashion Writer; Allison Sylvester, General Manager of Nordstrom Irvine Spectrum; Marilys Ward, Regional Team Manager of Celebrity Cruises; and Nick Verreos, Project Runway, Under the Gunn Winning Mentor, Celebrity Designer and Red Carpet Expert.

First down the runway was a colorful outfit ideal for a warm Caribbean day by designer Luar.

Celebrity Cruises Design Competition: Caribbean
Celebrity Cruises Design Competition: Caribbean

Next was Leetal Platt’s Galapagos-inspired design that featured a shirt reminiscent of sea turtles.

Celebrity Cruises Design Competition: Galapagos
Celebrity Cruises Design Competition: Galapagos

Being strutted down the runway next was the all-white resort wear design for Alaska by Leonides Garcia.

Celebrity Cruises Design Competition: Alaska Resort Wear
Celebrity Cruises Design Competition: Alaska

Vanessa Puccini’s emerald dress design with decadent accents inspired by Europe was modeled last.

Celebrity Cruises Design Competition: Europe
Celebrity Cruises Design Competition: Europe

The judges scores were tallied and designer Nick Verreos of Nikolai and Project Runway fame came out to announce the winner.

And the winner was…Leetal Platt for her Galapagos design! She was awarded $2,000 for winning the Celebrity Cruises Design Competition.

During the runway show, the gorgeous designs of Nikolaki were also displayed by models walking down the runway. There was also an Irvine Spectrum Runway Collection portion of the runway show where designs by various stores that can be found at Irvine Spectrum were modeled, ranging from the structured city style of Max Studio to the bohemian chic pieces of Kaitlyn.

Celebrity Cruises also had a booth set up at Irvine Spectrum before the runway show where we gave away gift bags and shared the fun and Modern Luxury that can be found on a Celebrity cruise.

Celebrity Cruises Signature Sangria Sweepstakes Official Rules

Celebrity Cruises Signature Sangria 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 Signature Sangria” (“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 4:30 p.m. on 9/28/14 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on 10/5/14 (“Sweepstakes Period”). All times are Pacific Standard Time or “PST.” 3. HOW TO ENTER: Sign into your Twitter account at www.Twitter.com or your Instagram account at www.Instagram.com (“Sweepstakes 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 Sweepstakes 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 of you with Celebrity Cruises’ Signature Sangria during the Golden Foodies in Newport Beach, California, on 9/28/14 (required portion of tweet); b.) where in the world you’d most like to drinking sangria (optional portion of tweet); and c.) the hashtag #CelebrityCruisesSangria. 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.) 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 of you with Celebrity Cruises’ Signature Sangria during the Golden Foodies in Newport Beach, California, on 9/28/14 (required portion of tweet); b.) where in the world you’d most like to drinking sangria (optional portion of tweet); and c.) the hashtag #CelebrityCruisesSangria. Your Instagram post must contain the specified #hashtag to be eligible for entry in this Sweepstakes. Limit of one (1) Entry per person or email address or Instagram account. 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 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”): an All-Clad Barbeque Set. 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 10/6/14 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 or via a comment on 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 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”), 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 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 Signature Sangria 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.

What to Pack for an Alaska Cruise

Style Week in Orange County continues so we’re doing another “What to Pack” cruise article in honor of it, this time for Alaska. Don’t forget to come visit Celebrity Cruises at Style Week OC!

An Alaska cruise can be a tricky one to pack for. For starters, most Alaska cruises run between May and September when you’re thinking of summer shorts and tanktops. And while Alaska does get warm weather in the summer, if that’s all you pack for your cruise you’re definitely not going to be comfortable due to the changes in climate you’ll experience during your Alaska cruise and because of the different excursions you can do.

Packing for Alaska’s Changing Temperature

Pack layers for walking around Alaska port towns like Juneau.
Pack layers for walking around Alaska port towns like Juneau.

Layering is a must in Alaska. Port towns can be warm during the day then quickly turn chilly with cool evening breezes. In one day it can range from forty degrees up to eighty degrees. Be prepared by wearing breathable athletic-wear style layers with a light weight jacket (or bring one in your daypack — find one that packs up small or can roll up into a ball or bag for easy transporting. Make sure the jacket is also waterproof and has a hood as Alaska is prone to rain, particularly later in the summer. Warmer layers are also beneficial for when you’re enjoying an evening on the cruise ship balcony or deck and watching the sights of Alaska sail by.

Though they might not be the most fashionable item you could bring, convertible pants that zip off into shorts are very convenient during a trip to Alaska. Wear comfortable walking shoes when exploring the towns of Alaska and possibly sturdier shoes depending on an excursion you do.

Packing for Alaska Shore Excursions

Don't forget to pack for snow when going on an Alaska cruise.
Don’t forget to pack for snow when going on an Alaska cruise.

The excursions in Alaska range from kayaking to hiking glaciers to dog sledding. It’s a good idea to have a plan of what excursions you’ll be doing on your cruise so you can pack for your excursion accordingly, but just in case you decide last minute to sign up for an excursion once you’re on the ship here are some things you should pack in your bag.

  • Waterproof hiking boots or snow boots for any excursions that require traipsing through the snow covered mountains.
  • A hat and gloves for if you venture into the cool mountains.
  • A warm coat (or a thick wool sweater to wear under a lighter coat) in case you go glacier hiking, dog sledding, or partake in another snow- or ice-centric activity.
  • Water-resistant outerwear for any water based excursions.
  • Wool socks for snow activities. A pair of good hiking socks will also probably come in handy.
  • Polarized sunglasses to help prevent glare from ice and snow or the bright sun. (Alaska has daylight for up to 22 hours during the summer months!)
Water rafting in Alaska.
Water rafting in Alaska.

Pack smart for your Alaska cruise and you’ll be ready for any adventure that comes your way!

 

Official Rules for Celebrity Cruises Travel Style Sweepstakes

Celebrity Cruises Travel Style 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 Travel Style” (“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 5:00 p.m. on 9/20/14 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on 9/20/14 (“Sweepstakes Period”). All times are Pacific Standard Time or “PST.”

3. HOW TO ENTER: Sign into your Twitter account at www.Twitter.com or your Instagram account at www.Instagram.com (“Sweepstakes 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 Sweepstakes 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 of you using props (provided by Celebrity Cruises) for what your travel style is taken in front of the Celebrity Cruises logo wall in the Celebrity Cruises Pre-Runway Prize Lounge at the Style Week Orange County Celebrity Cruises Design Competition that is part of Style Week OC held in California on 9/20/14 (required portion of tweet); b.) what your favorite travel accessory is (optional portion of tweet); and c.) the hashtag #CelebrityCruisesStyle. 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.) 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 of you using props (provided by Celebrity Cruises) for what your travel style is taken in front of the Celebrity Cruises logo wall in the Celebrity Cruises Pre-Runway Prize Lounge at the Style Week Orange County Celebrity Cruises Design Competition that is part of Style Week OC held in California on 9/20/14 (required portion of tweet); b.) what your favorite travel accessory is (optional portion of tweet); and c.) the hashtag #CelebrityCruisesStyle. Your Instagram post must contain the specified #hashtag to be eligible for entry in this Sweepstakes. Limit of one (1) Entry per person or email address or Instagram account.
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 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 $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 9/21/14 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 or via a comment on 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 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”), 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 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 Travel Style 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.

 

Top Europe Cruise Ports Southern Californians Will Love 

If you’re looking to plan a Caribbean cruise, but aren’t sure which cruise ports are a must to have in the many European cruise itineraries, we’re here to help. Here are three Europe cruise ports Southern Californians will love.

Naples

Pizza in Naples
Pizza in Naples

Southern Californians have a wide range of activities to spend their day doing thanks to a variety of vibrant cities, chill beach towns, and outdoor activities. A cruise stop in Naples, Italy will also provide multiple choices for how to spend your day. If you’re looking for the city life, stay in Naples and meander down its bustling roads. Explore the shops lining the squares and streets,  and be sure to try the pizza. For a historic way to spend the day, opt for an excursion to Pompeii, the ancient city that was preserved in ash after a volcano eruption thousands of years ago. Those who love charming beach towns will enjoy traveling down the Amalfi Coast to the nearby coastal town of Salerno — one of the prettiest seaside villages in the world. In addition, just like Southern California has an island playground with Catalina Island, Naples is a short distance from the island of Capri, where you can enjoy hikes and sail boat rides. If you love natural phenomenons, be sure to check out the Blue Grotto, a cave accessible by boat which is a lit with an iridescent blue hue.

Barcelona

The interior of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
The interior of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Barcelona, Spain is a cosmopolitan European city known for cuisine, beaches, and a distinct culture (sound familiar, Southern Californians?). When your cruise ship docks in Barcelona for the day, get ready for a whirlwind day of sights, sounds, and flavors. Wander down the massive boardwalk to see the sparkling ocean then venture into the city center along the famous street Las Ramblas where you can do shopping and stop in one of the many cafes to try Barcelona’s famous tapas, an assortment of delicious appetizer-type dishes. Other must-dos in Barcelona include visiting the Sagrada Familia cathedral and other works done by the architect Gaudi, and taking in a flamenco show to see the style of dance Barcelona is known for.

Santorini

Oia, a cliffside village in Santorini.
Oia, a cliffside village in Santorini.

If you live in Southern California you probably love the ocean and beaches and Santorini has both, but with a different twist than you’re used to in SoCal. Santorini is a small Greek island that overlooks the ocean from a stunning cliff made from a powerful volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. This cliff is called the caldera and from it you can see incredible views of the surrounding sea and the partially submerged — and still active — volcano that Santorini forms a crescent around. On the other side of Santorini you’ll find the beaches, most of which are made up of black tinged sand thanks to the remnants of volcanic rock and ash found in Santorini’s earth. The beaches look very different from what you’re used to back home, but they’re still ideal for a day of relaxation and fun in the sun.

Which of these Europe cruise ports do you most want to visit?

 

Hike Torrey Pines in SoCal…then Cinque Terre in Italy

Do It Here, Then Do It There…

If you’re looking for a hike with incredible ocean views in Southern California, head to Torrey Pines. Overseas, you’ll find ocean-facing, cliffside trail magic in Italy’s Cinque Terre.

SoCal Hiking at Torrey Pines

Hiking in Torrey Pines
Hiking in Torrey Pines

Let’s start close to home with Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. While it’s an easy spot to get to for San Diegans, Torrey Pines is also an easy day trip for Southern Californians who live in Orange County or Los Angeles. Torrey Pines is located in the small city of Del Mar, just north or La Jolla. Parking is available for a small fee at the top of the hill Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located on next to the park’s museum, though entrance to the trails and the museum is free.

Torrey Pines has five main walking trails, each of varying difficulty. Guy Fleming Trail is an easy loop trail with stunning views of the Pacific for half the loop and you’ll hike through rare Torrey Pine trees for the other half. Razor Point Trail provides views of the ocean the entire time and has a steeper incline. The aptly named Beach Trail will take you all the way down to the beach, though be warned it’s a steep climb back to the top.

Whichever Torrey Pines trail you choose, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views of the SoCal coastline.

Hiking in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre. Photo courtesy of Daniel Stockman via Flickr.

Cinque Terre, on the other hand, consists of one long trail, but it feels like four different trails as it connects five tiny villages that perch on rugged coastline next to the sea. Cinque Terre is located about 60 miles north of Pisa and the five towns are (in order of south to north) Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare. Each village has its own unique look and charm and hikers often start in Riomaggiore and hike to Monterosso al Mare, which takes up a good portion of the day. There is also a train connecting the towns if you’re short on time and only want to hike half of the trail.

You can leave the SoCal hiking trails behind and spend a day in Cinque Terre during a Celebrity Cruises Mediterranean cruise that stops in the port of Genoa, located about a 90 minute drive north of Cinque Terre. Click here for some excellent itineraries that have such a stop.

What to Pack for a Mediterranean Cruise

In honor of Style Week OC, we’ve rounded up our top tips for what to pack for a Mediterranean cruise.

Sailing around the Mediterranean is a blissful way to spend a vacation. While in port you’ll experience the romance and prestige of the area and see stunning views and historic sites. You’ll want to make sure you pack your suitcase right so you can best enjoy your time on and off the ship while on your Mediterranean Cruise. Here are our top picks on what to pack for a Mediterranean cruise.

Attire for on the Ship

Dining al fresco on Celebrity Cruises.
Dining al fresco on Celebrity Cruises.

The Mediterranean Sea is usually calm with warm breezes at night if you’re sailing in summer, though those breezes might get a little cooler during the fall and spring. Bring a light cardigan or stylish jacket to wear when enjoying time on the ship’s outdoor areas like the Lawn Club on Celebrity’s Solstice-class of ships.

A smart pair of slacks with a nice shirt for the men and a maxi dress or sundress for the ladies work perfect for dinner, whether eating in the main dining area or the specialty restaurants. You’ll also want to pack a suit or cocktail dress if participating in the fun and festive formal nights onboard the ship.

Formal evening on Celebrity Cruises is a fun excuse to dress up in your fanciest attire.
Formal evening on Celebrity Cruises is a fun excuse to dress up in your fanciest attire.

When enjoying the ship during the day you probably already know to pack a swimsuit, but don’t forget to stick in some pool cover-up attire, too. It can be a long, uncomfortable walk back to your hotel room if you’re covered up in only a towel — and it eliminates the option of stopping somewhere along the way for an afternoon treat or drink in one of the lounges.

What to Wear While in Port

Wear easy, breezy and comfortable outfits for touring the Mediterranean while in port during your cruise.
Wear easy, breezy, and comfortable outfits for touring the Mediterranean while in port during your cruise.

While in port, you’ll want to wear comfortable clothes that are practical for touring a city but don’t make you totally stick out like a tourist. Lightweight linen pants work well for bottoms. For tops, women should remember that many churches in the Mediterranean require female visitors to have their shoulders covered in order to enter the church, so if you are wearing a tanktop stick a light scarf in your day pack so you can drape it over your shoulders if needed.

Most importantly, pack comfortable walking shoes. Many of the streets in the Mediterranean are made up of uneven cobblestones and flip flops or heels aren’t going to cut it for long. Many outdoor clothing outfitters have a wide selection of walking shoes and you may be surprised to find that some even look quite stylish.

The Mediterranean is also known for its sunshine so don’t forget to pack your sunglasses or a hat to shield your eyes from the glare of the sun.

Most importantly, pack a good camera — you want to make sure you remember all the beautiful sites you saw in the Mediterranean and the fun you had while on the cruise ship.

 

Style Week OC: Runway Shows, Wine & Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises SoCal’s Next Event is Going to Be a Stylish One

This month on Saturday, September 13 and Saturday, September 20, Celebrity Cruises will be hosting a lounge at Style Week Orange County. Stop by  our “Modern Luxury” Lounge and sample a variety of vintages from our wine partner, Jackson Family Wines. We’ll also be giving away keepsake stemless Celebrity Cruises wine glasses and you can sign up for the chance to win a Caribbean cruise for two.

What’s Your Travel Style?

In addition, on September 20, we’ll have a photo wall set up where you can dress up in our props to showcase what your travel style is. Take fun pictures and then post them to Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card.

Modern Luxury Runway Fashions

The Celebrity Cruises Modern Luxury Lounge will be set up from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on both Saturdays (this will be during the FIDM “Fabulous!” Benefit on September 13 and the Shopping Parties event on September 20). Starting at 7 p.m. on both Saturdays will be the Style Week OC Runway Show, which Celebrity Cruises also will have a fashionable and fun presence in. We’ve partnered up with the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM) to have a select group of their students create resort wear gowns that evoke “Modern Luxury”. The students will be scored by a panel of judges that include local fashion experts and Celebrity executives and one student’s design will be deemed the winner.

Tickets and Locations

Orange County Style Week will be held in the Neiman Marcus / Bloomingdale’s courtyard at Fashion Island in Newport Beach on September 13 and at the Irvine Spectrum Center on September 20. Tickets are required for the September 13 event and can be purchased by calling FIDM at 949-244-7977. Admission is free for the September 20 event and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Top Hikes in Los Angeles

The weather in Los Angeles makes you want to get out and enjoy it on a daily basis. Luckily, there are many hikes in LA that make it easy to do just that. Here are three of the top hikes in LA.

Runyon Canyon: The 3-mile Runyon Canyon loop takes you through the hills above Hollywood. You’ll get great views of the city, including the Hollywood sign and Sunset Boulevard. This trail is great for beginner hikers and is a popular one so go for great views, not peace and quiet. It’s especially amazing at sunset.

Solstice Canyon Hike: Located in the rustic woods of the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu, the Solstice Canyon hiking trail takes you through nearly six miles of the mini mountain range. You’ll get a good workout while seeing old stone ruins along the trail and a waterfall.

Griffith Park: For one of the best possible views of the Hollywood Sign, put on your hiking shoes and head to Griffith Park. You’ll find signs for the Griffith Park Observatory and Hollywood Sign trail leading you to the top of the hill from which you’ll be nearly right in front of the famous Hollywood Sign and will be able to see incredible 360 degree views beyond it. The hike itself is a little over four miles and is of moderate difficulty in some parts though most of it is pretty easy.

When you’re looking more for peace and quiet than scenic lookout points, head to a different part of Griffith Park on the Bronson Canyon Trail. This will take you to and through the Bronson Cave tunnel. It is a quick hike to do as it’s less than a mile long.

Ready to hike elsewhere? Check out Celebrity Cruises SoCal for specials on cruises all around the world.

Why Your First Cruise Should Be to Alaska

Thinking of going on a cruise but a bit daunted by all the choices out there? For a novice cruiser the sheer number of ships and itinerary options around the world can have you overwhelmed and deciding to stick with your vacation status quo. Cruising can be a game changer though when it comes to how you vacation – and how much you vacation – and it’s something everyone should try. We’re here to make picking your first cruise easy for you by telling you that you should go on an Alaska cruise for your intro to cruising. Here’s why.

Ease of Flights

Alaska is easy to get to. If you live in (or near) Southern California, flights are usually pretty affordable to Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, two of the top ports for sailings to depart from.

Lots of Action

For those who are concerned about getting bored being on a ship at sea, you don’t need to worry with an Alaska cruise. Most itineraries stop in a new port almost every day and on the days you’re not in port, you’re sailing past stunning coastline and through majestic fjords and glaciers. You’ll be able to watch natural wonders pass by from the comfort of your stateroom balcony or the ship’s many decks – while sipping a hot chocolate or tasty cocktail.

In port, you’ll have the chance to do a variety of activities made hassle-free by the ship’s shore excursions. Book your excursion onboard or before you leave for your trip and get ready for kayaking, fishing, dog sledding, hikes, and a plethora of other activities. Your shore excursion will pick you up straight from the ship and deposit you back to your ship before it departs for the next port.

The Ship

Most cruise lines designate their newest, best ships for the Caribbean or Mediterranean, but in Alaska you can sail on an award-winning ship that is trendy, modern and only six years old: the Celebrity Solstice. The debut ship of the Celebrity Solstice class of ships, the Celebrity Solstice has sumptuous suite options onboard, world class dining and wine lists, and sophisticated entertainment. It is the perfect way to see Alaska — in the lap of Modern Luxury. Click here to see a list of Alaska sailings onboard the Solstice.

If you sailed to Alaska on the Celebrity Solstice for your first cruise, what activity would you most be excited to do or site to see?

 

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