LIVING OCEANS FOUNDATION GIVES TEACHER A CLASSROOM AT SEA

On January 13thMEGAN BERKLE, a high school biology teacher from Huntington Park, California, joined the KHALED BIN SULTAN LIVING OCEANS FOUNDATION to survey coral reefs of the GAMBIER ISLANDS, FRENCH POLYNESIA.  The research is part of the FOUNDATION’S GLOBAL REEF EXPEDITION, a six-year journey to map and evaluate coral reef habitats around the world.

The M/Y Golden Shadow. Research vessel supporting the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation's coral reef research in French Polynesia during 2012 and 2013.  (PRNewsFoto/Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation)

The M/Y Golden Shadow. Research vessel supporting the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation’s coral reef research in French Polynesia during 2012 and 2013. (PRNewsFoto/Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation)

Founded by HRH PRINCE GENERAL KHALED BIN SULTAN of Saudi Arabia, the KHALED BIN SULTAN LIVING OCEANS FOUNDATION was incorporated in California as a 501(c)(3), Public Benefit/Private Operating Foundation in September 2000. With its headquarters in Washington, DC, the LIVING OCEANS FOUNDATION is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of oceans of the world, and champions their preservation through research, education, and a commitment to Science Without Borders®

Miss Berkle is the third educator to join the LIVING OCEANS FOUNDATION at sea. For over 2 weeks she will be aboard the research vessel Golden Shadow as part of the foundation’s CREW (CORAL REEF EDUCATOR ON THE WATER) PROGRAM. The program gives teachers hands-on experience of marine research and conservation, and inspires them to convey their knowledge and passion to their students.. Continue reading

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! PRESENTS TODAY’S BIGGEST HITS ON ‘NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! VOL. 45’

The world’s best-selling, multi-artist album series, NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC!, (www.nowthatsmusic.com) has again gathered today’s biggest hits for NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! VOL. 45, to be released FEBRUARY 5.  NOW 45 will be available on CD and for download purchase from all major digital service providers.

The world's best-selling, multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, has gathered today's biggest hits for NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 45, to be released February 5. NOW 45 will be available on CD and for download purchase from all major digital service providers. NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 45 features 16 major current hits from today's hottest artists, plus four free up-and-coming "NOW What's Next" New Music Preview tracks. www.nowthatsmusic.com.  (PRNewsFoto/EMI Music / Sony Music Entertainment / Universal Music Group)

The world’s best-selling, multi-artist album series, NOW That’s What I Call Music!, has gathered today’s biggest hits for NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 45, to be released February 5. NOW 45 will be available on CD and for download purchase from all major digital service providers. http://www.nowthatsmusic.com. (PRNewsFoto/EMI Music / Sony Music Entertainment / Universal Music Group)

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! VOL. 45 features 16 major current hits from today’s hottest artists, including FLO RIDA, KE$HA, NE-YO, PITBULL featuring TJR, CALVIN HARRIS featuring FLORENCE WELCH, The Script featuring will.i.am, MAROON 5, PHILLIP PHILLIPS, ED SHEERAN, TAYLOR SWIFT, KELLY CLARKSON, P!NK, ONEREPUBLIC, ONE DIRECTION, IMAGINE DRAGONS, and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, plus four free up-and-coming “NOW What’s Next” New Music Preview tracks.
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‘NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL LOVE SONGS’: A BOUQUET OF 18 ROMANTIC HITS FROM TODAY’S TOP ARTISTS, JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Gathering 18 unforgettable love songs from today’s top artists, NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL LOVE SONGS is a romantic bouquet from the hugely successful NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! SERIES, which has collectively scanned more than 86 million CD and digital copies in the U.S.  A perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, NOW LOVE SONGs will be released on CD and digitally on January 22.

NOW That's What I Call Love Songs (PRNewsFoto/EMI Music / Sony Music Entertainment / Universal Music Group)

NOW That’s What I Call Love Songs (PRNewsFoto/EMI Music / Sony Music Entertainment / Universal Music Group)

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL LOVE SONGS is a romantic audio valentine, setting the mood for amore with 18 major hit ballads by today’s top artists, including BRUNO MARS‘ “Just The Way You Are,” KATY PERRY‘s “The One That Got Away,” P!NK‘s “Please Don’t Leave Me,” THE WANTED‘s “Glad You Came,” CHRISTINA PERRI‘s “jar of hearts,” TAYLOR SWIFT‘s “Ours,” JASON MRAZ‘s “I Won’t Give Up,” TRAIN‘s “Marry Me,” THE SCRIPT‘s “For The First Time,” THE FRAY‘s “Heartbeat,” COLDPLAY‘s “Fix You,” THE FRAMES‘ “Falling Slowly,” ONEREPUBLIC‘s “All This Time,” ALEX CLARE‘s “Too Close,” KELLY CLARKSON‘s “Dark Side,” GAVIN DEGRAW‘s “Not Over You,” DEMI LOVATO‘s “Give Your Heart A Break,” and LADY GAGA‘s “Yoü And I.”

The NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! SERIES is a joint venture from EMI MUSIC NORTH AMERICA, SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, and UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP.  NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! VOL. 45 will be distributed by EMI MUSIC NORTH AMERICA.  (NOW and NOW That’s What I Call Music! are registered trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.)

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CRYSTAL’S LUXURY TRAVEL PLANNING FORECAST FOR 2013 & 2014: A YOUNGER CLIENTELE. SHORTER VOGAGES. STRONGER BOOKINGS. BROADER SELECTION OF DESTINATIONS.

Luxury travelers take note: CRYSTAL CRUISES is kicking off 2013 with an emphasis on a younger clientele, shorter cruises, stronger 2013 bookings, a broader collection of ultra-luxe cruise destinations and savings. In 2013, CRYSTAL SYMPHONY and CRYSTAL SERENITY will visit 226 ports of call in 62 countries, while 2014 brings 194 ports in 68 countries.

Crystal Cruises' 2013 savings offers include multiple deals for Mediterranean sailings.  Pictured here, Crystal Serenity in Portofino.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Cruises’ 2013 savings offers include multiple deals for Mediterranean sailings. Pictured here, Crystal Serenity in Portofino. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

With new Book Now fares available now and guaranteed only through February 28, 2013, the company is offering up to $1500 off Asia, $1500 off Europe, $1600 off New England/Canada, $1700 off South America, $1000 off Holiday sailings, and more.

Other new promotions include:
REDUCED SOLO TRAVEL FARES on 12 voyages in Asia, Mediterranean, Baltic and South America – as low as 110% for sole occupancy staterooms.
KIDS SAIL FREE on select July and August Western and Northern European cruises, in a third berth when sharing a stateroom with two adults.

Booking early reaps great benefits – in savings, third berth capacity, airfares, etc.,” says JACK ANDERSON, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING & SALES.  “When our last round of Book Now fares expired on December 28, we raised rates on 25 cruises in 2013 and seven in 2014.  By the end of December, we had over 70% of our targeted revenue on the books for 2013.  The word is out that these extraordinary fares for our ultra-luxury cruises are not guaranteed forever.”

Also significant, many more 2013 cruises are 10 days or less (almost half!), including a 250+% increase in shorter European cruises. Additionally, Crystal’s wildly successful Fall 2012 series of short Getaways are returning for 2013 with more options to more destinations.

CRYSTAL GETAWAYS:  As little as 5 days, 9 voyages in Asia, Australia/New Zealand, New England/Canada and Alaska start as low as $1,470 per person.

More than 70% of our Getaways guests are new to Crystal and, on average, almost 10 years younger,” says Anderson.  “Some are time-crunched professionals.  Some are combining with land stays.  All in all, they’ve been blending in well with guests on more extended cruise vacations and are raving about their Crystal experience.”

Also worth noting for 2013:
— More than 50% increase in shipboard overnight stays in port on embarkation days – to better enjoy the destination and ease the travel experience.
— 25% more port days than 2012.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.