(Press Release)_Los Angeles (November 17, 2017) – Viking today announced it has signed on as presenting sponsor of Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which will make its North American debut tomorrow in New York City, giving guests a chance to experience an up-close and personal look at the history, fashion and culture of post-Edwardian England – as well as the iconic country home – that were featured in the Emmy Award-winning series. Viking became a household name with its sponsorship of the celebrated series MASTERPIECE during the years Downton Abbey aired on PBS, and this new partnership builds on the company’s continued commitment to enriching cultural programming. Viking’s current and past partnerships include Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey; National Geographic and its first fully scripted global anthology series, “Genius;” the Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl; The Metropolitan Opera; the BBC; Oslo’s the Munch Museum; St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre; and others. The limited engagement exhibition opens in Manhattan on November 18 and will run through April 9, 2018.
“Our guests are curious explorers who enjoy being immersed in the cultures of the world, and many of them first learned about Viking and our destination-focused small ship cruises while watching Downton Abbey,” said Richard Marnell, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Viking. “We are pleased to partner with this enriching new exhibition as a natural extension of our longstanding relationship with MASTERPIECE, Highclere Castle and the Carnarvon family.”
Viking, a national sponsor of MASTERPIECE since 2011, also offers its guests a Privileged Access experience at Highclere Castle, the setting of the popular series. The Oxford & Highclere Castle pre- or post- trip extension is available for guests on select river and ocean cruise itineraries. The Privileged Access extension was co-created by Karine Hagen, Viking’s Senior Vice President, with her dear friends and owners of the iconic home, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. The extension provides guests with an exclusive three-day experience in the rolling hills of England’s countryside with a champagne welcome and tours of the estate. Speaking about the Oxford & Highclere Castle extension, Lady Carnarvon said, “Through my long friendship with Karine, I am delighted to welcome Viking guests here for special tours, and I hope to meet many more of them in the future.”
Created by NBCUniversal International Studios, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is the first-ever fully immersive experience set inside the world of the multi award-winning global television phenomenon. Visitors will be transported on an incredible journey through the grand home of Downton Abbey as the exhibition peers into the world of the Crawleys and those that served them below stairs. From Mrs. Patmore’s hectic kitchen and the gossip-fueled servants’ quarters, to the family’s glamorous dining room and Lady Mary’s bedroom, fans will get the chance to walk through some of the series’ most recognizable and beloved sets and more than 50 of the show’s official costumes worn by their favorite actors.
The highly-anticipated multi-city tour will open its doors at 218 W 57th Street (between Broadway and 7th Ave) in New York City for a limited engagement before traveling throughout the U.S. Tickets are available to purchase at www.downtonexhibition.com. The exhibition will open daily between 10 am and 8 pm, including on holidays. VIP packages and private hire options are also available. Additional U.S. locations will be announced at a later date.
(Press Release)_PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., November 15, 2017 – Panama City Beach will host a variety of family-friendly events throughout November and December as part of Beach Home for the Holidays, including its 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop. Tens of thousands of visitors are estimated to head to Panama City Beach for the December 31 event, which features a countdown, fireworks, and 10,000 inflatable beach balls being released from nets stretched over the streets of Pier Park. The 8 p.m. Beach Ball Drop gives young revelers the chance to experience the fun before they head to bed and let their parents continue the celebration.
More entertainment and live music will follow during the build up to midnight, when a dazzling fireworks display will accompany the lowering of a giant LED-lit beach ball to signify the beginning of 2018. Standing over 80 feet tall in the center of Pier Park, Panama City Beach’s Celebration Tower, which was unveiled last year, will support and lower the LED-lit beach ball as the New Year approaches.
“We can’t wait to celebrate the start of 2018 with one of the most family-friendly New Year’s Eve events in the country,” shares President and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach Dan Rowe. “Our New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop gives guests of all ages the chance to celebrate, with activities timed to coincide with both little one’s bed times and adults seeking late night fun.”
Panama City Beach’s New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop is just one of the many exciting events taking place during the destination’s Beach Home for the Holidays. Families looking to create new holiday traditions can also visit Panama City Beach during Thanksgiving weekend for a collection of festive activities illuminating the spirit of the season including the annual Christmas tree lighting, carol-themed concerts, appearances from Santa, s’mores and fireworks shows.
For more information on Panama City Beach’s New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop, visit https://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/events/new-years-eve-beach-ball-drop/.
Wouldn't it be cool to have a business card that said, "Adventurist"? In fact, Shay Mitchell does.
The "Pretty Little Liars" actress and avid traveler is the first "Adventurist" for Royal Caribbean, appointed to experience adventures you can have onboard and off Royal Caribbean ships and cruises. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it, right?
These videos tell you more, along with this from the Royal Caribbean press release:
"Royal Caribbean International is teaming up with award-winning actress and avid traveler Shay Mitchell to be the brand's Adventurist ̶ an adventure adviser and storyteller for the world's most adventurous cruise line. In addition to embarking on inspirational journeys with the brand and sharing her experiences, Shay will collaborate with Royal Caribbean experts to develop a series of destination experiences for the ultimate Caribbean cruise, to be revealed this fall. As a seasoned traveler, Shay will personally set sail on board one of Royal Caribbean's adventure-packed ships this month to begin shaping the new, Shay-recommended adventures.
"I've always had a love for travel, and am fortunate to have been able to explore some of the most amazing places around the world, learning quickly that the journey is as important as the destination," said Shay. "I'm thrilled to take what I have learned from my own travels and dive in with Royal Caribbean to develop the ultimate Caribbean adventure for travelers like me, who are always seeking something new and craving deeper connections to the destinations they visit."
"It's in Royal Caribbean's nature to seek and deliver the unexpected – the adventures and experiences that make travelers' jaws drop, their adrenaline rise and their memories unforgettable," said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. "When we started to think of who could perfectly embody what vacationing with us is all about in our newly created Adventurist role, Shay was someone who rose to the top immediately. She personifies who we are and our spirit – the spirit to 'Come Seek.' The ideas that Shay brings to the table will help create an adventure in the Caribbean that will redefine what many think of as a cruise vacation and inspire the next generation of cruisers."
"A star in one of TV's most popular dramas, "Pretty Little Liars," Shay's adventurous spirit has led her to visit some of the world's most inspiring destinations, from hot-air ballooning over Morocco to skydiving in Dubai. She's become an expert at seeking out authentic experiences, sharing them with her following of more than 17 million across several social media platforms, including her immersive YouTube series – Shaycation – which debuted in 2015 and gives viewers an inside look at her wanderlust-inducing explorations.
"Consumers can follow Shay's adventure with Royal Caribbean this year on her Instagram (@shaymitchell), Snapchat (@officialshaym), Facebook (@officialshaymitchell) and YouTube channel (@shaymitchell), and by following the hashtags #ComeSeek and #Shaycation."
Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Spectrum of the Seas, keel laying ceremony took place at the Neptun Werft shipyard in Rostock, Germany this week. During the ceremony, newly minted coins were placed under the keel and will stay in place there until the end of the ship’s construction. Once the ship is near to completion, the coins are retrieved and presented to the ship’s Captain and crew to be placed onboard the ship. According to maritime tradition, the coins are said to bring luck to the ship during its construction process and then to its Captain and crew when she is sailing out at sea.
It wasn't your typical Saturday at North Palm Marina. The parking lot was crowded with high-octane Lamborghinis in just about every color. Word has it the owners were enjoying a party boat. One thing for sure, boaters up and down the Intra-Coastal were stopping on the water to snap photos. Just another day in paradise, right? (Photo by NBPL).
Doris Italian Market & Bakery locations in Coral Springs, Sunrise, Boca Raton, North Palm Beach and Pembroke Pines are holding a cheesy contest that only the sharpest will win. Throughout the month of November, customers can guess the weight of a gigantic provolone cheese on display at any of the Doris locations. The customer that is closest to the exact weight of the cheese will receive a $100 Doris gift card and one pound of the cheese. One winner from each location will be chosen.
(Press Release)_MIAMI (October 25, 2017) — Carnival Cruise Line announced today that the massive LED “Dreamscape” atrium sculpture on the new Carnival Horizon will feature colorful, custom-designed artwork created by patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® when the 133,500-ton ship debuts in Europe in spring 2018.
The eye-catching, three-deck high centerpiece in Carnival Horizon’s atrium will feature 33 different artistic creations from patients of St. Jude, one of Carnival’s largest charitable partners.
The announcement was made at Carnival’s Day of Play, an annual event held for children and their families at St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee. The theme of this year’s event was Carnival Playtime and kids and their families enjoyed popular games like Sorry! Guess Who, and Yahtzee inspired by Hasbro, The Game Show, featured on board Carnival ships. Face-painting, arts and crafts, and Carnival-themed giveaways were also offered.
Designed by Techno Media, Dreamscape is a uniquely designed, 24-foot funnel-shaped centerpiece that debuted on Carnival Vista and is comprised of more than 2,000 flexible LED tiles that have been customized for the shipboard environment. Each day, technicians on board program the rotating artwork based on the time of day, port or occasion.
(Press Release)_MIAMI, FL October 25, 2017 – Azamara Club Cruises®, the cruise line known for its Destination Immersion® programming, today revealed its 2018-19 sailings for the brand’s newest addition, Azamara PursuitSM. The Azamara Pursuit, announced in September, joins sister ships Azamara Quest® and Azamara Journey® in providing guests with one-of-a-kind curated experiences and access to some of the most exotic destinations around the globe.
“We’re thrilled to announce Azamara Pursuit’s voyages,” said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “By expanding our destination offerings, guests will be able to experience even more regions of the world and revisit regions we haven’t been to in some time now.” Building on the Azamara brand promise, Pimentel continued, “Like its sisters, Azamara Pursuit will take guests to the most uniquely curated destination experiences.”
Azamara Pursuit will increase the brand’s destination offerings by 40% and will add 61 more destinations. Guests will also stay longer and experience more with 48 late nights and 26 overnights. Guests will get to experience some of the most unique destinations worldwide, including 15 maiden calls:
(Press Release)_MIAMI, Fla. – October 18, 2017 – Brightline, the only privately funded express intercity passenger rail system in the country, has earned the “Eagle Award” for the Fort Lauderdale Station by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Florida East Coast Chapter. The innovative transportation company received the prestigious honor and its contractor and subcontractors received four additional awards at the 2017 ABC Awards dinner Friday, October 13 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.
“The Brightline Fort Lauderdale Station is a new landmark destination for the City of Fort Lauderdale,” said Mike Reininger, Executive Director of Florida East Coast Industries, Brightline’s parent company. “It is an honor to be recognized with this award from the construction community, and I thank the ABC Florida Chapter for their enthusiastic support of Brightline. I must applaud all of our partners and teammates who helped us make this project a reality.”
“The Brightline Fort Lauderdale Station will be a transportation hub, transforming downtown Fort Lauderdale and changing what many thought was possible in South Florida,” said Peter M. Dyga, President & CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter. “I salute the Brightline Fort Lauderdale Station construction team as they have put our industry in the transportation spotlight.”
The station, located along NW 2nd Avenue between Broward Boulevard and NW 4th Street, spans 60,000 square feet in the “Flagler Village” area and is already revitalizing the northern area of downtown. Plans for new developments in close proximity to the station, including housing, commercial and hotel, have been announced.
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