“Nick Cave: Feat.” Opens November 10 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Performances at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on April 6, 2018 to Showcase Hundreds of Nashvillians

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Nick Cave: Feat., a dynamic survey of the noted Chicago-based artist’s practice, on view in the Upper-Level Galleries November 10, 2017, through June 24, 2018. The exhibition contains an array of engaging works that are broadly accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds and, on a deeper level, speak to issues of identity, racial equity, and social justice. Cave will also direct the community-based project Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville, a monumental interdisciplinary performance work featuring local talent that will be presented twice on April 6, 2018.

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Artist Nick Cave (Photo courtesy of The Frist Center for the Visual Arts)

Nick Cave was born in Fulton, Missouri, in 1959. He received a BFA from the Art Institute of Kansas City and an MFA in fiber arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, outside of Detroit. Cave’s work has been featured in monographic exhibitions around the globe, at venues such as the Cranbrook Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and is housed in the permanent collections of many major institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Museum of Modern Art. Cave has received several prestigious awards, among them the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the Artadia Award, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the Joyce Award, and multiple Creative Capital Grants. He has lived and worked in Chicago since 1990 and is the Stephanie and Bill Sick Professor of Fashion, Body, and Garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.

Cave produces work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, and performance. “Cave’s creations, bursting with color and texture, are optical delights that can be enjoyed by everyone,” says Frist Center Curator Katie Delmez. “A closer look reveals that they also address racial profiling, gun violence, and civic responsibility.

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Nick Cave. Heard performance. © Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography

His trademark soundsuits, human-shaped sculptural forms composed of a variety of found and repurposed commonplace materials, were initially an artistic response to the beating of Rodney King by policeman in Los Angeles more than twenty-five years ago. “As an African American man, Cave felt particularly vulnerable after the incident, so he formed a type of armor that protected its wearer from profiling by concealing race, gender, and class,” says Delmez. The soundsuits are now part of an ongoing body of work in which items such as buttons, plastic hair-beads, domestic textiles, and vintage toys are upcycled into elaborate assemblages based on the artist’s own body. The series has become a collective army of resistance to profiling and violence, responding not only to police brutality but any crime motivated by hate—from the killing of Emanuel AME church members in Charleston to the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando.

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Nick Cave. Soundsuit, 2012. Mixed media, including beaded and sequined garments, fabric, metal and mannequin, 109 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography

Ten soundsuits (2011–2017), will be displayed runway-style in the first gallery of the exhibition. “The wearable sculptures—visually related to Mardi Gras Indian costumes, African ceremonial attire, and Tibetan folk attire—illustrate how Cave’s practice straddles the visual and performing arts,” says Delmez.

Along with themes of equity and human connectivity, Cave wants his art to spark viewers’ creativity and aspirations. This exhibition’s title, Feat., refers to the exceedingly hard work that goes into attaining success. It also references the terminology used to highlight performers in promotional materials—a nod to Nashville’s creative community.

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Nick Cave. Wall Relief, 2013. Mixed media, including ceramic birds, metal flowers, afghans, strung crystals, and gramophone, 97 x 74 x 21 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography

Through immersive installations, Cave intends to provide a space—away from chaotic contemporary life—where viewers’ imaginations can thrive. The runway of soundsuits will be surrounded by walls covered with thousands of shimmering buttons attached to dark fabric. These Button Walls (2013) are meant to suggest a starry night sky and memories of gazing at it with his six brothers as a child in rural Missouri. “Cave’s emphasis on the imagination is not to escape reality, but to create new ideas to help us navigate, maybe even improve, our condition,” says Delmez.

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Nick Cave. Blot (still), 2012. Blu-ray, EP1 of 5, with 2 artist proofs; 42 minutes, 57 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Nick Cave

Viewers may also feel enveloped by the life-size projection of the video, Blot (2012), which features a figure wearing black raffia soundsuit in constant motion against a stark white background. The endlessly morphing forms are open to personal interpretation, similar to blots on a Rorschach test.

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Nick Cave. Architectural Forest, 2011. Bamboo, wood, wire, plastic beads, acrylic paint, screws, fluorescent lights, color filter gels, and vinyl, 136 x 372 x 192 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography

The Architectural Forest (2011)—rarely on view since its creation—is a large-scale hanging installation with thousands of brightly colored beads and pseudo-psychedelic patterned strands of bamboo and is best appreciated by multiple viewpoints.

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Nick Cave. Rescue, 2014. Mixed media, including ceramic birds, metal flowers, ceramic Basset Hound, and vintage settee, 70 x 50 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography

The exhibition will conclude with densely assembled wall-mounted sculptures dripping with ceramic birds, painted metal flowers, beads, crystals, and other ornaments found in thrift stores—even antique gramophones. These works bestow value on memories and objects that may be overlooked by mainstream society, an underlying theme throughout Cave’s practice.

Through the exhibition Feat. and the accompanying performance Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville, Cave hopes to provide a transformative, inspirational, and empowering opportunity for all,” says Delmez.

Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville

April 6, 2018 — Schermerhorn Symphony Center

In conjunction with the exhibition, Cave will direct a months-long community engagement project that will culminate in two free public performances. These major events will feature live dance, music, soundsuits, spoken word and much more. Cave’s original compositions will engage Middle Tennessee’s increasingly multicultural population through ten social services organizations, including Conexión Américas and the Oasis Center. The performances will showcase local talent from performing arts organizations and universities, including dozens of professional and student dancers, musicians working in a range of genres, vocalists, poets, spoken word artists, and others. Continue reading

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Green Giant® Makes a Gigantic Debut in the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

The iconic vegetable brand joins the float line-up of the beloved holiday spectacle with a wonder-filled landscape showcasing the bounty of the fall harvest

Nature’s bountiful harvest will sprout anew in jolly good form this Thanksgiving as the iconic Green Giant® makes his New York City debut in the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. The spokesgiant of the beloved vegetable brand will be showcased for the first time aboard a new float featuring a remarkable landscape of nature’s finest vegetables. Just in time for the Thanksgiving meal, the Green Giant float will make its way through Manhattan delighting more than 3.5 million spectators lining the route and more than 50 million viewers nationwide. The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, from 9 a.m. – noon; in all time zones.

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With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event.

The Macy’s Parade has always reflected characters and brands that have significant and sustained pop culture relevance and the Green Giant is one of those figures of universal appeal,” said Jordan Dabby, vice president Partnership Marketing for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “The magicians of Macy’s Parade Studio have truly outdone themselves, bringing the majesty of the plentiful landscape to life in this visually stunning new float with the larger-than-life Green Giant himself, joining the harvest festivities,”

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The Jolly Green Giant debuts a new float in the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November. (Photo: Business Wire)

From the very first Thanksgiving celebration, vegetables have been synonymous with the holiday table and Green Giant vegetables have been a staple of this meal for more than 100 years. The new float depicts the harvest of fall delights including green beans, corn, and other vegetable crops in a stunning, rolling landscape where the Green Giant keeps watch. Featuring a replica of the Green Giant that’s more thangreengiant two-stories tall as he kneels to inspect the perfect ear of corn, the majesty of the fall harvest season is depicted in a glorious and delicious spectacle.

The Green Giant has been a classic character in American pop culture since his introduction by the brand in 1928. In 2016, as the brand celebrated the launch of a new line of Green Giant Veggie Swap-InsTM products that allow consumers to add more vegetables to their diet by providing great alternatives to white carbs, the beloved Green Giant character returned to nationwide prominence inspiring a new generation of families to eat Green Giant vegetables and start a more healthy lifestyle.

Green Giant is thrilled to join the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade line-up, helping us to reintroduce our jolly brand ambassador to a new generation of fans,” said Jordan Greenberg, vice-president & general manager, Green Giant. “With its incredible reach that captures the imagination of millions, our Macy’s Parade float is just the latest way in which Green Giant is cementing our place at the festive holiday table for generations of Americans.”

With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For 91 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons.

(For more information on the Macy’s Parade, please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.)

Neiman Marcus Promotes Emerging Fashion Design Talent Inspired By Norman Norell

Anthony Thomas Galante Debuts Exclusive Evening Look In Retailer’s Iconic Christmas Book

Neiman Marcus, in partnership with Norell Fragrances and The New School’s Parsons School of Design, announces Anthony Thomas Galante, the 2017 Norman Norell Design Award recipient, will debut his winning design in the 2017 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.

The award represents the culmination of the NORELL x PARSONS x NEIMAN MARCUS spring 2017 design course, challenging students to create an original look reflecting the legendary designer’s heritage. A first for both renowned institutions, the course allowed students to realize their design potential, taking their concepts all the way from the classroom to the luxury consumer.

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ANTHONY THOMAS GALANTE FOR NORELL NEW YORK Navy Hand-Sequined Silk Georgette Gown [Credit Courtesy of Neiman Marcus]

Galante, a 2017 Parsons graduate from Marengo, Illinois, designed a hand-sequined silk georgette gown. Demonstrating both a respect for the designer’s legacy and an eye for innovation, Galante drew inspiration from Norell’s classic style, reinterpreted with a modern twist.

Galante’s winning look was selected by a noted committee of judges, including photographer, Michael Avedon; designer and author, Jeffery Banks; Parsons Dean of Fashion, Burak Cakmak; Neiman Marcus Fashion Director, Ken Downing; Fashion Group International President & CEO, Margaret Hayes; Parlux Fragrances, Ltd. President & Fashion Group International Chairman, Parlux Fragrances, ; CR Fashion Book Editor, Ray Siegel; and designer, Jason Wu.

The great opportunity to research Norman Norell and the brand’s extensive heritage was such a highlight of my time at Parsons. To have my Norell-inspired gown go from concept to sketch to sample, to then being highlighted in the Christmas Book and sold from the Neiman Marcus flagship store in Dallas, feels more special than I ever could have imagined,” said Galante.

Redefining the future of fashion can only be realized with a complete understanding and appreciation of fashions past,” says Downing. “I was taken with Anthony’s ability to capture the vocabulary, the emotion, and embrace the true craftsmanship of Norman Norell; these are marks of a great talent.”

We are excited to revive the spirit of Norell’s iconic fashion through this incredible partnership with Neiman Marcus, as we celebrate the success of the newly-introduced Norell Fragrance Collection, and realize the dreams of this talented rising fashion designer,” said Loftus.

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Norell Blushing Fragrance Gift Set [Credit Courtesy of Neiman Marcus]

Galante’s award-winning Norell-inspired hand sequined silk georgette gown will be available for purchase by special order in the 2017 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book retailing for $2,500.00, alongside the new Norell Blushing fragrance ($150). Galante’s winning look will also be featured in the Neiman Marcus Downtown Dallas flagship store.

Neiman Marcus Presents The 91st Edition Of Iconic Christmas Book As They Celebrate 110 Years

Fantasy Gifts Include a New Year’s Eve Celebration Above Times Square, One-of-a-Kind 7.2-Carat Emerald & Zambian Experience with Stephen Webster, Ryder Cup Experience with Jim Furyk and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited-Edition Dawns

The Neiman Marcus 2017 Christmas Book with its legendary Fantasy Gifts were unveiled by the luxury omni-channel retailer in Dallas. The 91st edition of this renowned book continues Neiman Marcus’ unmatched tradition of offering a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even the wildest of dreams come true.CB17-276-001-1_WEB.indd

The arrival of the Christmas Book marks the official start of the holiday shopping season. This year’s edition carries on the Neiman Marcus tradition of presenting a refined selection of items across a broad range of categories for everyone on your holiday shopping list. With a new collection of Fantasy Gifts certain to satisfy even the most indulgent appetites, the Christmas Book features exceptional and distinctive gifts and experiences, including an aerial photo session with Gray Malin, a pampering experience in Paris with Sisley, and a bespoke handbag collection and Parisian experience with Olympia Le-Tan. This year’s “Yours & Mine” Fantasy Gift is a pair of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited-Edition Dawns in two color options.

From hundreds of submissions we received, we are thrilled to now present the final ten Fantasy Gifts for 2017,” said Jim Gold, President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Neiman Marcus Group. “These gifts will exceed expectations through exceptional experiences and one-of-a-kind objects that only Neiman Marcus can curate!

First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.

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To mark the 110th anniversary of Neiman Marcus, a user-generated content campaign was launched via social media as a way to showcase customers’ memories on the cover of the iconic Christmas Book. Over 17,000 submissions were received from customers across the globe; 1,500 images are featured on the cover. The retailer is also incorporating a digital component that allows customers to submit, search, and share their images as part of an online mosaic.

We can think of no better way to celebrate the holidays and our 110th anniversary than putting our customer’s front and center,” said Yujin Heo, Vice President, Creative, Neiman Marcus.

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The 2017 Christmas Book features over 780 holiday gifts across 300 pages. Nearly fifty percent of the items are under $250, with the least expensive item being $9 (Omy Coloring Book, page 264) and the most expensive priced at $1.6 million (New Year’s Eve at The Knickerbocker Hotel Fantasy Gift, page 140).

A portion of every Fantasy Gift will be donated to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, bringing art-enriching experiences to youth nationwide. Stanley Marcus once said, “art enhances the quality of people’s lives.” His philosophy lives on through the foundation and Neiman Marcus is proud to continue its long legacy of giving back. Every single dollar of the Paper for Water Fantasy Gifts will go directly to the organization to fund clean water for communities in need.

Ten percent of proceeds from the Love to Give Collection also featured in the 2017 Christmas Book, benefit youth arts education programs in Neiman Marcus communities across the country. An additional $50,000 from online sales will go to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. The Love to Give Collection offers items perfectly priced for gifting ($20 – $295), and include product from various categories such as beauty, children, and home. Vendors include, but are not limited to, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Yves Saint Laurent, Nest Fragrances, Kim Seybert, and Sugarfina.

NORELL FRAGRANCES PARTNERSHIP

Another exciting portion of the Christmas Book highlights Neiman Marcus’ partnership with Norell Fragrances and The New School’s Parsons School of Design. Through this partnership, Neiman Marcus Fashion Director, Ken Downing, was part of a committee of judges that selected Anthony Thomas Galante as the recipient of the 2017 Norman Norell Design Award. His winning design, a hand-sequined silk georgette gown, with inspiration drawn from Norell’s classic design, is featured on page 105 of the Christmas Book.

The 2017 Christmas Book Fantasy Gifts include:

EXPERIENCE CHAMPAGNE AND CREATE PERSONALIZED CUVÉE WITH ARMAND DE BRIGNAC

Travel to Champagne with Armand de Brignac – tend the vineyards, sample the reserves, stroll the private cellars, and finishing your own cuvée.

Experience Champagne And Create Personalized Cuvée With Armand De Brignac: Travel to Champagne with Armand de Brignac – tend the vineyards, sample the reserves, stroll the private cellars, and finishing your own cuvée.

Kick things off with a first-class trip for four to Paris and a stay at Rosewood’s Hôtel de Crillon with a 12-course dinner at L’Ecrin. Next, a private car will take you to meet with the 13th-generation winegrowing family behind Armand de Brignac. Tend the vineyards, sample the reserves, stroll the private cellar, and help create your own cuvée. End the day with a helicopter flyover of Champagne’s villages and vineyards. Then, spend the night at Domaine Les Crayères, a majestic chateau, with a dinner at the three-Michelin-star L’Assiette Champenoise before enjoying Paris for one more glorious day and night. The fun doesn’t end there. Delivered to your door: 12 bottles of each of the five Armand de Brignac champagnes to savor until your bespoke bottles are ready. And when the time comes, 24 bottles of the personally finished cuvée, each inscribed with the giftee’s name.

One Armand de Brignac experience is offered by Pencils of Promise, which will retain any profits from the sale of this Fantasy Gift for its charitable initiative that provides educational opportunities for children in the developing world. Gift limited to one experience. ($150,000; page 127)

GRAY MALIN AERIAL PHOTO ADVENTURE

Go up, up, and away with fine-art photographer Gray Malin. Famous for his sunny, saturated aerial scenes, Malin will host a private one-hour helicopter jaunt for two over the beaches of Los Angeles and Malibu. Malin will click away at the agreed-upon scene, then have a post-flight Champagne toast with Malin to replay the day just shared. In a few weeks, select an edited photograph for Malin to print, sign, frame, and send – and perhaps to inspire dreams of new adventures. Hotel room provided for the two-night stay.

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Gray Malin Aerial Photo Adventure: Capture shots from a helicopter during a private one-hour flight over Los Angeles and Malibu with fine-art aerial photographer Gray Malin. Enjoy two nights in Santa Monica and a post-flight toast with Gray.

With the purchase of the Gray Malin experience, $5,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one experience. ($35,000; page 129)

MADAME ALEXANDER DOLLS FOR A YEAR AND DOLLHOUSE BY KIDKRAFT

Your gift begins with a December delivery of eight darling dolls by Madame Alexander and a limited-edition Grand Anniversary Dollhouse by KidKraft. For the following 11 months, another doll comes – everyone from Wonderland’s curious Alice to the ruby-slippered girl from Kansas and her little dog, too. Storybook heroes, princesses, European royalty… imagine the diverse and delightful conversations they’ll inspire in the meticulously designed dollhouse – complete with accessories and furniture. The best is saved for last: the final doll will be customized, first collaborate with a top Madame Alexander designer and then choose the doll you want and how you want it to look.

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Madame Alexander Dolls For A Year And Dollhouse By KidKraft: The gift that keeps giving – a dream year of dolls by Madame Alexander and a custom-made Grand Anniversary Dollhouse by KidKraft. Collaborate on the design of your final, customizable doll.

With the purchase of the Madame Alexander gift, $500 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to ten packages. ($8,000; page 130) Continue reading

Crystal Cruises Announces Expanded Collection Of 2017 & 2018 ‘Crystal Getaways’

More Convenient Global Ocean Escapes Added To Suit Any Travel Schedule

In its continued commitment to offer luxury travelers more choices, Crystal Cruises has unveiled an expanded selection of Crystal Getaways – abbreviated voyages derived from longer existing itineraries – for both 2017 and 2018. New to the roster of Getaways are eight shortened segments of Crystal Serenity‘s 2018 World Cruise voyages, exploring Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, South America, the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and the Caribbean. The global voyages range from four to 17 days in length, providing busy travelers options for luxury vacations with reduced investment of time and funds.

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Crystal Getaways are perfectly suited to modern luxury travelers, whose calendars are packed but who relish opportunities to discover new cultures and adventures,” says Carmen Roig, Crystal’s Senior Vice President Of Marketing And Sales. “These shortened itineraries help our guests make the most of their travel time, with the same standard of Crystal’s award-winning luxury and enriching experiences, at a fraction of the fare of the full voyage.”

Combined with existing 2017 Crystal Getaways exploring the Arabian Coast, South Africa and the Caribbean, the newly added 2018 itineraries round out a total of 15 abbreviated worldwide journeys. Guests can discover the glamour of the United Arab Emirates and the wilds of the African savannah; the bustling marketplaces and sacred temples of Vietnam and the famous giant pandas of Chengdu; the crystalline waters of Fiji and waterside jungles of Phuket; and the biological wonders of the Galapagos Islands and colorful culture of Chile. The new collection of Crystal Getaways includes:

2017

  • November 22, Dubai to Abu Dhabi, 4 days, Crystal Symphony
  • November 26, Abu Dhabi to Mahé/Victoria, 5 days, Crystal Symphony
  • December 1, Mahé/Victoria to Port Louis, 8 days, Crystal Symphony
  • December 6, Fort Lauderdale to Barbados/Bridgetown, 8 days, Crystal Serenity
  • December 9, Port Louis to Maputo, 7 days, Crystal Symphony
  • December 14, Barbados/Bridgetown to Charleston, 6 days, Crystal Serenity
  • December 16, Maputo to Cape Town, 6 days, Crystal Symphony

2018

  • January 30, Honolulu to Sydney, 17 days, Crystal Serenity
  • March 15, Hong Kong to Singapore, 14 days, Crystal Serenity
  • March 28, Singapore to Colombo, 12 days, Crystal Serenity
  • April 6, Valparaíso to Lima, 6 days, Crystal Symphony
  • April 9, Colombo to Mumbai, 6 days, Crystal Serenity
  • April 12, Lima to Colón, 7 days, Crystal Symphony
  • April 23, Aruba to Fort Lauderdale, 7 days, Crystal Symphony
  • May 26, Honolulu to Vancouver, 8 days, Crystal Symphony

All-inclusive cruise fares for Crystal’s 2017 and 2018 Crystal Getaways abbreviated voyages start at $940 per person. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

Miami Beach Welcomes Beach Lovers with Special Travel Offers this Winter Season

Travelers in Need of a Tropical Getaway to Escape Cold Weather Will Enjoy Discounts from Destination Hotels, including Dream South Beach, Loews, The Gale and More.

As vacationers look forward to warm-destination getaways this fall and winter, Miami Beach is helping sun seekers find their seasonal beach escape with exclusive travel deals and offers. Now through the end of the year, beach-lovers can get ready to pack their bags thanks to discounts of up to 25 percent off* at several area hotels, including Dream South Beach, Loews Miami Beach, Mondrian South Beach, Gale South Beach, W South Beach and more.

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Travelers looking for a tropical getaway to escape cold weather will enjoy discounts from Miami Beach hotels.

This beach-wide initiative to offer specialty discounts and deals this upcoming season is a testament to how our local Miami Beach hotel community is rolling out the welcome mat and working to help tourists de-stress with that coveted warm weather vacation to escape the cold,” said Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) and General Manager of Dream South Beach. “We are preparing for a very strong season and look forward to welcoming vacationers and making it easier for them to escape to our beautiful city, Miami Beach, that is truly like no other place in the world.”

Beach lovers can select from a variety of Miami Beach hotel discounts that will be sure to warm them up this season, including:

  • Dream South Beach: Travelers can book the Beach Lovers promotion and receive a 25 percent discount on room rates with a complimentary resort fee that includes luxury lounge chairs, beach towels and in-room Wi-Fi.
  • Loews Miami BeachExperience an enhanced oceanfront escape and book three nights to receive a $75 resort credit per stay and daily buffet breakfast for two.
  • AC Hotel Miami BeachGet away to warm weather and enjoy up to 20 percent off on advance bookings for stays now through December 22.
  • Courtyard Miami Beach/South Beach: Go art deco this winter season at a historical landmark, just minutes from the beautiful beaches and premier shopping on South Beach, with up to 20 percent off advance bookings for stays now through December 22.
  • Mondrian South BeachSoak up the sun in the heart of Miami Beach and experience the iconic Ocean Drive, Espanola Way and Lincoln Road with up to 15% off the best available rate.
  • Gale South BeachLuxury service, hospitality perks and complimentary food and beverage offerings await travelers with up to 15 percent off the best available rate.

For more information and updates on additional Miami Beach hotel offers and discounts this winter season, download the Miami Beach Information App at www.miamibeachapi.com/app/.

*All offers are subject to availability and blackout dates, as noted by each individual property.

U.S. News & World Report Reveals the 2017-18 Best Winter Vacations

Rome named No. 1 winter destination in the world; Dubai takes the No. 2 spot

U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hotels, Best Cruise Lines and Best Travel Rewards Programs, today released its annual rankings of the Best Winter Vacations. The rankings highlight 20 global destinations to explore during the year’s coldest months. U.S. News also ranks the Best Affordable Winter Vacations, the Best Winter Family Vacations and, for the first time, the Best Christmas Vacations.

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Rome tops the overall Best Winter Vacations list this year, considered a popular choice by both travelers and U.S. News editors alike. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, comes in at No. 2. With scenic beaches and a warmer climate, Honolulu-Oahu follows at No. 3, with No. 4 Quebec City and No. 5 Auckland, New Zealand rounding out the top five. Rome is also a top option for the budget-savvy traveler – it comes in first on the Best Affordable Winter Vacations list.

New this year, U.S. News highlighted the best places to visit for a holiday vacation, from places rich in festive traditions to destinations amplifying a quirky Christmas spirit. Prague takes the No. 1 spot, followed by Vienna and Taos, New Mexico, at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

While many people stay home for the holidays, other travelers like to take advantage of their time off and look to escape to somewhere new,” said Gwen Shearman, travel editor at U.S. News. “U.S. News’ Best Winter Vacations offer a variety of family-friendly and affordable getaways for every traveler, whether that’s a winter wonderland or tropical oasis.

The Best Winter Vacations are part of the Best Vacations rankings from U.S. News’ Travel channel. For Best Vacations, U.S. News analyzed more than 300 destinations using a methodology that combines travelers’ opinions with expert and editor analysis. Each destination is scored in 10 categories, from sights, culture and food to nightlife, adventure and romance, offering a comprehensive evaluation of each destination.

Best Vacations also includes rankings of the best destinations in the USA, Europe, Mexico, Canada, Africa and The Middle East, Central and South America and Australia and The Pacific.

2017-18 U.S. News & World Report Best Winter Vacations Rankings

Best Winter Vacations
1. Rome
2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3. Honolulu-Oahu
4. Quebec City
5. Auckland, New Zealand

Best Winter Family Vacations
1. Orlando-Walt Disney World
2. Anaheim-Disneyland
3. Branson, Missouri
4. Honolulu-Oahu
5. Whistler, British Columbia

Best Affordable Winter Vacations
1. Rome
2. Quebec City
3. Auckland, New Zealand
4. Seville, Spain
5. Costa Rica

Best Christmas Vacations
1. Prague
2. Vienna
3. Taos, New Mexico
4. London
5. New York City