Celebrity Cruises Suites: Which One is Perfect for You?

Celebrity Cruises has a variety of suites to pick from to make your Celebrity cruise even better. Travelers who live in Southern California will especially love the Modern Luxury Celebrity Cruises offers. Pick and choose the suite that’s best for you based off of your interests and what type of vacation you’re hoping to have. Here’s a guide to Celebrity Cruises’ suites for Southern Californians to help you figure out what suite is best for you.

The ocean is your happy place

Celebrity Cruises Signature Suite
Signature Suite

Stay in the Signature Suite to fully experience the expansive sea and ocean views you’ll encounter on your Celebrity cruise. The Signature Suite has high ceilings with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean and a veranda leading out to salty sea breezes. Even your bathroom has a sea view, along with a Hansgrohe cantilever shower and balcony tubs with a rain shower. The Signature Suites are also located in a special part of the ship that only Signature Suite guests have access to — providing a peaceful area of the ship where you might even forget you’re not currently drifting on a wave on your surfboard.

You love the glitzy side of LA

Celebrity Cruises Penthouse Suite
Penthouse Suite

The Penthouse or Royal Suite is for you. You’ll feel like a celebrity staying in the Penthouse Suite with its 24/7 butler service, in-room dining service, and a veranda with a whirlpool. You’ll also feel like a VIP with a complimentary dinner in one of the elite specialty restaurants onboard and your own personal bar in your suite set up with a bottle of vodka and scotch along with some mixers — think of it like bottle service…in the middle of the ocean. Music lovers will especially love the Penthouse Suite, which has a separate living area with a baby grand piano.

You love checking out SoCal’s luxury restaurant and spa scene

Celebrity Cruises AquaClass Suite
AquaClass Suite

Stay in an AquaSpa suite, which gives you unlimited access to the Persian Garden and Relaxation Room in the onboard spa. You also get dining priority in the exclusive Blu restaurant, which is only accessible by guests staying in suites. Blu focuses on healthy cuisine while not compromising on flavor. AquaClass Suites also comes with 24/7 butler service.

You seek out SoCal’s hipster neighborhoods

Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Suite
Celebrity Suite

Feel like your stateroom is your own personal coffee shop with complimentary cappuccinos delivered to your suite from the onboard Cafe al Bacio when you stay in a Sky Suite or Celebrity Suite. Plus you’ll have butler service to help you pack and unpack and arrange shore excursions, spa and other appointments. This leaves you with more time to explore the ship and plan what off-the-beaten-path sights you’ll find in each port.

You’re Always Looking for Kid-Friendly Activities in SoCal

Celebrity Cruises Reflection Suite
Reflection Suite

Traveling with your family? Check out the massive Reflection Suite, which has two bedrooms. Stick the kids in one room and enjoy the luxury of having your own bedroom while on vacation. Each guest will also receive a premium beverage package, unlimited Internet access for up to six devices, a complimentary dinner night out in one of the specialty restaurants and 24/7 butler service. The Reflection Suite is also located in an exclusive area of the ship only accessible by those staying in certain suites.

To learn more about Celebrity Cruises suites or to book your next cruise, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal or call 800-647-2251.

Golden Foodies Recap: Sangria and Savory Cuisine in OC

It’s always fun to be around the best of the best of the culinary world and Celebrity Cruises got to mingle with the elite restaurateurs, chefs and bakers in Orange County at the Golden Foodies Awards at the end of last month. The Golden Foodies celebrates the food industry of Orange County and held its fourth annual award ceremony on September 28 at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach.

Golden cupcakes with golden Champagne in a Celebrity Cruises glass at the Golden Foodies.
Golden cupcakes with golden Champagne in a Celebrity Cruises glass at the Golden Foodies.

The evening began with a marketplace of booths where those invited to the event were able to mingle and sample food from the restaurants up for a Golden Foodies award. Succulent sliders, savory scallops, artisan bread, farm to table delicacies and even coffee ice cream floats were served up. In addition, wineries, distilleries and breweries were at the event to serve up drinks alongside the food – including Celebrity Cruises.

We poured our Signature Sangria for Golden Foodies attendees, which is a white sangria made with an abundance of fruit. It was a refreshing hit on the hot fall night in Southern California. The Celebrity Cruises Signature Sangria is served onboard our ships.

Celebrity Cruises Signature Sangria at the Golden Foodies.
Celebrity Cruises Signature Sangria at the Golden Foodies.

Soon after the sun set it was time for the awards. Everyone filed into the banquet room where we were met with tables full of golden goodies: gold covered cake pops, cupcakes and more.

Yummy golden treats at the Golden Foodies.
Yummy golden treats at the Golden Foodies.

The host for the evening was comedian Frances Dilorinzo. She got the crowd engaged with jokes and banter and then the awards portion started. Award presenters included reality stars like Vicki Gunvalson and Heather Dubrow from the Real Housewives of Orange County and Vince Ferragamo, former quarterback for the LA Rams.

The big winner for the night was Chef Michael Rossi of the Ranch Restaurant, who won the coveted Golden Chef award. For a full list of Golden Foodies winners (and nominees), click here.

Want to try Celebrity Cruises Signature Sangria while sailing around the world? Call us at 800-647-2251 or visit www.CelebrityCruises.com/SoCal to begin planning your next dream vacation.

Port of Call Spotlight: Ketchikan, Alaska

If you’re planning to sail away on an Alaska cruise you should make sure your cruise itinerary stops in Ketchikan. Known for its nature and animal-themed activities plus charming downtown area, the port of Ketchikan may end up becoming a highlight of your cruise.

Ketchikan is located on the southern coast of Alaska and has a vibrant history. You’ll see remnants of the Native Alaskan tribes that used to reside in Ketchikan – and have descendants that still do. The totem poles you’ll see all over the town are one such example. You can learn more about the history and mythology of totem poles in Ketchikan at Potlach Park.

When the fishing and mining industries took off in Ketchikan in the early 1900s, a red light district also became prominent in the town. Today, all that’s left of the red light district is Dolly’s House, a museum that showcases this infamous time. Today when you amble along the picturesque boardwalk that takes you through the former red light district along Creek Street, you’ll find quaint little shops in wooden buildings propped up on pilings that stand tall right over Ketchikan Creek. The creek is home to salmon, otters, and seals during the summer months.

You’ll hear a lot about salmon while in Ketchikan as the town is known for its salmon farms and provides opportunities to fish for salmon yourself. So popular and prevalent is Ketchikan’s salmon that the town is nicknamed the “Salmon Capital of the World.” You can sign up for excursions that take you out on a boat to prime salmon fishing spots and let you ship home any salmon you catch.

If you’re looking for some nature excursions, Ketchikan has many options. Misty Fjords is nearby and you can boat to it or take a seaplane over the snowcapped mountains that have icy waterfalls trickling down their sides into the seawater below. Those who love to hike can head to Deer Mountain, a strenuous 3-mile hike from Ketchikan. For those who want some wildlife with their scenic views, sign up for an excursion to nearby Tongass National Forest, where you’ll be enveloped by a thick forest within which you may discover a black bear or two.

If you’re interested in visiting Ketchikan during a cruise, check out some of Celebrity Cruises’ top Alaska itineraries. Celebrity Cruises has many sailings that conveniently depart from San Francisco or Seattle, helping to make an Alaska cruise an ideal fit for first time cruisers as well as veteran cruisers.

 

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.

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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.

 

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