Crystal Cruises to Return to Antarctica for Ultimate 2013 White Christmas — and New Year’s 2014– Cruise

Crystal Cruises is planning a magical winter wonderland holiday for 2013 with a new Antarctica 2013 Christmas/2014 New Year’s cruise.  In addition to three days sailing Antarctic waters, the December 21, 2013 Buenos Aires-Valparaíso voyage aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony sails through Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Falkland Islands, Drake Passage, Cape Horn, and the Chilean Fjords, with multiple excursions to the Antarctic continent. Generous booking savings are available until August 30 for the unique voyage — the only one of its kind for 2013 and 2014.

Crystal Symphony in Antarctica.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Symphony in Antarctica. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal is one of the few cruise lines permitted to sail to Antarctica, due to the strict environmental regulations, for which Crystal has incurred extra cost and planning efforts.

We are always very environmentally conscious of the destinations we visit,” says Anita Hodson, Crystal’s director of nautical and port operations.  “We’re thrilled to be able to meet the new standards required to bring guests to this spectacular region this year.

Holiday Decorations aboard Crystal Crusises' Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony

Holiday Decorations aboard Crystal Crusises’ Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony

Guests can fly, hike, and zodiac over and on the icy continent, viewing Air Force homes, penguin breeding grounds, and the gorgeous glacial scenery of King George and Ardley Islands.  Extremely-limited Crystal Adventures also explore more of Antarctica, taste local specialties, and overnight at the Chilean Eduardo Frei Antarctic Base (INACH).

The 18-day cruise is filled with opportunities to explore nature in all ports, from seeing volcanoes, waterfalls, humpback whales, and marine elephants to kayaking the Strait of Magellan and visiting working farms in the Falklands and Patagonia – as well as to explore wine, cuisine, and culture in major South American cities.  Onboard speakers include an Antarctic expedition book author, climate change researcher, shark conservationist, and CBS News correspondent.

The itinerary visits Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Puerto Madryn, Port Stanley, Ushuaia (overnight), Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt, and Valparaíso.  As guests’ warm and cozy home for the holidays, Crystal Symphony will be luxuriously decorated throughout, offering abundant space to celebrate with gourmet Christmas feasts, a champagne New Year’s gala, religious services, junior cruiser events (including Santa), and more.

Similarly decked-out and celebratory Crystal Serenity will spend the 2013 holidays cruising the tropics, with a round-trip Miami voyage also departing December 21, and calling in Turks & Caicos; Curaçao; Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia; Roatan Island, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and Key West, Florida.

All-inclusive cruise fares begin at $9,740/person for South America and $7,430/person for the Caribbean and include $600 and $800 per person in savings, respectively, if booked by August 30.

The renowned Crystal Experience has been voted “World’s Best” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler for 19 years and Travel + Leisure for 17 years, more than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history.

The Best of Miami Fashion Week 2013: Part Three

By Phillip D. Johnson

Runway and Other Images photographed by Sheldon Baldie and Inta G. Waylett/Staff Photographers

Other Images Provided by Miami Fashion Week/A Sobol-Perry Fashion Production, Inc. Event

INTERNATIONAL DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: CARLOS MIELE

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Over the year, Carlos Miele has become a mainstay of the semi-annual New York Fashion Week shows (formerly) at Bryant Park and now at Lincoln Center; so his absence this past February was very much felt and noticed. Rest assured he didn’t take a break from the runway. Instead he was in Miami at Miami Fashion Week 2013 being honored as the International Designer of the Year where he was the featured collection on the first night of the week’s events. To say that he hasn’t lost a step would be an understatement. His 2013 Fall/Winter collection, as always, had a strong eveningwear section but it was his ever-expanding daywear designs that were the story of this showing. Standout pieces included his brown alligator and sable coat, his “bondage” dresses paired with sharp shouldered motorcycle jackets and jodhpur-style trousers that are perennial pieces in and of themselves. In addition to building an internationally successful business, Brazilian-born and -based, Miele strongly believes in giving back to his community. He developed the Atelie Alta Costura (High Fashion Studio) Project to train the Sao Paolo community’s unemployed women — as well as other unemployed women in other parts of Brazil–in becoming efficient in the details that makes his designs so special (patchwork, embroidery, crochet, lace work, intricate knitted adornment). Once trained, he, in turn, employs these women to create his collections, thus addressing a business need while breeding a new era of self-sufficiency in these women. His collections can be found at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys and at other prestigious department stores around the globe.

 

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

Carlos 2013 Miele Fall/Winter Collection (Images provided by Miami fashion Week/a Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Event)

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Australian Underwear Brand Cocksox® Celebrates Seven Year Anniversary with Seven Deadly Sins Ad Campaign

How do you celebrate seven sinful years as one of the top international boutique men’s underwear line? If we’re talking about Cocksox®, the infamous underwear and swimwear brand from Australia, you do so by creating an anniversary campaign the likes of which few has ever seen, of course!

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We started out with one red underwear brief listed on eBay, almost as a dare,” laughs Nadiah Christensen, Cocksox® Creative Director, “And now look, seven years later Cocksox® is bigger and better than ever.”

Known around the world for their enhancing men’s underwear and very sexy imagery, the Seven Deadly Sins campaign has a very different look from previous Cocksox® campaigns. Stark white backgrounds and eye-popping visuals tell the tale of each of the sins. Sydney based photographer Elvis Di Fazio came on board to shoot models Rogan Richards and Steve Williams to create the fantastic, stylized sins for Cocksox®. Continue reading

Crystal Unveils Entire 2015 Through Early 2016 Itineraries

From Ambodifotatra to Aomori and Belawan to Burgas, Crystal Sets New Sights

Sailing to all seven continents, ultra-luxe global cruise specialist Crystal Cruises (http://www.crystalcruises.com) has revealed its complete and comprehensive collection of cruises for 2015 through Winter/Spring 2016.  In 2015, Crystal will celebrate its 25th anniversary with 64 voyages calling in 248 ports in 79 countries — with its most ever maiden calls. Crystal Symphony begins 2016 immersed in South America and Antarctica, while Crystal Serenity kicks off the year with a grand Panama Canal cruise that precedes a new World Cruise. Crystal’s 2015/early 2016 Cruise Schedule is available for savoring – and planning – at www.crystalcruises.com.  Pricing details, with compelling, limited-time Book Now fares, will be released on August 31, 2013, when the 2015/16 cruises will be available for booking.

Amsterdam at night, where Crystal has new cruises to and from in 2015.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Amsterdam at night, where Crystal has new cruises to and from in 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Until now Crystal had only released itineraries through spring 2015, which include a dazzling Asia series and a 108-day “Silver Celebration” World Cruise circumnavigating the globe round-trip from Miami. Continue reading

Fashion Show Review: Michael Kors 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Images by Getty for Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week

Michael Kors (Women') 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Michael Kors (Women’) 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Michael Kors 2013 (Men's) Fall/Winter Collection

Michael Kors 2013 (Men’s) Fall/Winter Collection

For Spring/Summer 2013, Michael Kors looked to the California desert, resulting in a winning collection and a masterful ad campaign. For Fall/Winner 2013, it was all about the “Bright Lights, Fast City….Urban athleticism meets uptown polish…An attitude based on speed, edurance and glamour” and yes, it was yet another winning collection from the modern master of American sportswear. What’s not to love about electrifying colors (neon orange, taxicab yellow and royal blue) merged with bonded cotton, parachute fabric, rubberized cotton and cashgore (a blend of cashmere and angora) setting the tone with edgy, pulsating energy? Add the sumptuous camouflage mink stoles (and killer olive/black camo mink coat) and dogstooth check print pieces and what you have is an ode to urban city living that Kors does so very well. As always, his coats, jackets and other outerwear pieces are outstanding.

Michael Kors (Women') 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Michael Kors (Women’) 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Michael Kors (Women') 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Michael Kors (Women’) 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

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Crystal Cruises Wins an Unprecedented 18th World’s Best Award from Travel + Leisure Magazine

For a record 18th consecutive year, Crystal Cruises was voted the “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” in the Travel2940010820657_p0_v2_s260x420 + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards Readers’ Survey.  Recognized as a T+L Hall of Fame winner, Crystal is the only vacation experience – cruise line, hotel or resort – to have been voted #1 every year since the awards’ inception. Crystal Cruises’ 2013 World’s Best Score of 90.10 is one of the line’s highest ever scores.

Thousands of jet-setting readers rated cruise lines on service, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and value, culminating in the overall score, which is published at www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest and in the magazine’s August issue.

To win this prestigious award once is a tremendous honor.  To win this award for 18 years is humbling — a testament to the passionate dedication, professionalism, and creativity of our extraordinary staff,” says Crystal Cruises President Gregg Michel. “Never resting on our laurels, each year we thoughtfully refine our Crystal experience with new entertainment choices, design enhancements, culinary attractions and shore-side options.  Consistent throughout is authentically warm service, exceptional quality, superior choices and unwavering attention to detail.  We are inspired to continuously improve our service to each discriminating guest.

Innovative features like restaurants with cuisine by Nobu Matsuhisa, ultimate wine experiences, tech concierges, and over-the-top Crystal Adventures in all seven continents distinguish the Crystal experience.  In recent years, Crystal has invested more than $100 million in the Extreme Ship Makeovers of its luxurious and spacious ships, added a broad menu of all-inclusive fine wines and premium spirits, introduced one-of-a-kind boutique excursions, debuted several dazzling new shows and launched an intimate professional Magic Castle at Sea performance series on every cruise.

Crystal Cruises(TM) European-trained waiters stand at the ready to serve.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Cruises(TM) European-trained waiters stand at the ready to serve. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity sail on worldwide itineraries of seven to 100+ days. Shorter new “Getaways” enable time-strapped travelers to enjoy Crystal Cruises for as little as five days.

Further attesting to the consistency of its ratings, Crystal Cruises was voted top in its category by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine for a record 19 years, as well as numerous distinguished consumer, travel agent and media polls and environmental awards worldwide.