Explore The Wonders At The Bottom Of The World: Seabourn Launches New Excursions To The South Pole

Seabourn, one of the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise lines, is launching new pre-cruise experiences taking guests to the South Pole on select Antarctica & Patagonia itineraries during the 2016-2017 season. Guests bound for the Great White Continent aboard Seabourn Quest can extend their adventure with two new travel packages that also travel to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including: Polar Quest & Patagonia and Polar Quest, Tierra del Fuego & Iguazu Falls.

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Seabourn launches two new travel packages for guests bound for the Great White Continent. Aboard Seabourn Quest guests on select Antarctica & Patagonia itineraries during the 2016-2017 season can extend their adventure to the South Pole through an ongoing partnership with UNESCO. (PRNewsFoto/Seabourn)

Seabourn has made its reputation for offering guests astonishing experiences in places that are beyond the ordinary, and there are few travel opportunities less-expected or out-of-the-ordinary than a visit to the South Pole,” said Robin West, Senior Manager, Expedition Planning and Operations for Seabourn.These experiences will be the icing on the cake for guests bound for Antarctica aboard Seabourn Quest over the season ahead.

Both of the pre-cruise packages include stays at Union Glacier Camp in the southern Ellsworth Mountains, one of a few private seasonally occupied camps in Antarctica. Operated by renowned land-based tour operator Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE), the full-service camp offers spacious, double-occupancy sleeping tents; freshly prepared gourmet cuisine; and a spectacular setting for activities from scenic excursions to technical climbs and ski tours.

There are many memories waiting to be made and much for guests to enjoy on the new pre-cruise experiences on Seabourn Quest in Antarctica & Patagonia this season, including:

POLAR QUEST & PATAGONIA (14 NIGHTS/15 DAYS) – In addition to a transantarctic flight and landing at the South Pole, this overland journey takes guests on an exploration of breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site Torres del Paine National Park that encompasses 450,000 acres of forests, rivers, lakes and virgin pampas in southernmost Chile. Choose from a variety of included excursions providing daily opportunities to explore the various environments, including vivid blue ice pools, raw glacial moraines and abundant wildlife from guanacos to Andean condors. Package rates start at $50,999 per person based on double occupancy; pre-cruise departure December 4, 2016 followed by Seabourn Quest sailing December 19, 2016.

POLAR QUEST, TIERRA DEL FUEGO & IGUAZU FALLS (16 NIGHTS/17 DAYS) – In addition to a transantarctic flight and landing at the South Pole, guests will join a select company of intrepid explorers en-route to one of the world’s most remote and unspoiled destinations: the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazu Falls National Park on the border of Brazil and Argentina. From Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina, guests will witness an immense complex of waterfalls. Explore the falls and its surroundings from extensive walkways or take options such as inflatable boats or helicopter tours. Package rates start at $53,999 per person based on double occupancy; pre-cruise departure December 26, 2016 followed by Seabourn Quest sailing January 12, 2017.

Seabourn is consistently ranked among the world’s top travel choices by professional critics and the discerning readers of prestigious travel publications such as Departures, Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. Its stylish, distinctive cruising vacations are renowned for:

  • Five intimate ships with just 104 or 229 suites
  • Unique itineraries visiting must-see cities and hidden gems where larger ships cannot follow
  • Intuitive, gracious service provided by a staff passionate about pleasing our guests
  • Spacious all-suite accommodations with sweeping ocean views – many with verandas
  • Gourmet dining experiences as fine as the best restaurants anywhere
  • Open bars throughout the ship and fine wines poured with lunch and dinner

Seabourn is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, AIDA, P&O Cruises UK and P&O Cruises Australia. Seabourn is a brand of Carnival Corporation and plc. It has formed a partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to help protect World Heritage, and also supports the Ocean Conservation & Tourism Alliance, dedicated to education and promotion of best practices for protecting the marine environment.

For more information or reservations about Seabourn’s Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia voyages, contact a professional travel advisor, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.

The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden Launches New Brand Campaign & Omni-Channel Beauty and Wellness Services

The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden, has announced its new brand campaign. Formally known as Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, the debut of a new contemporary name and logo marks the introduction of new products, services, and experiences, as well as an omni-channel business expansion to offer guests the best in beauty and wellness, both in and outside of its salon and spa locations.

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Red Door Spa Logo (PRNewsFoto/THEALUMRUN)

The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden is a beauty and wellness innovator for those who want to look and feel their best, unlocking a philosophy in women it calls “smart gorgeous.” The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden‘s impact and legacy continue as the spa introduces new concepts and technologies that incorporate advanced art and science.

Inside The Red Door Salon & Spa, guests will experience renovated locations and a new treatment menu with a wide range of services – from quick beauty touch-ups to total mind/body rejuvenation. Programs like the Red Door More Massage Membership Program, which offers guests the opportunity to customize a wellness regimen, are complemented by new introductions leveraging The Red Door’s renowned technical expertise. Among the first of many innovations, the day spa is introducing therapeutic manicure and pedicure services, and Elizabeth Arden PRO Renewal, a new, ultra-active, cosmeceutical-grade facial.

Outside of its spa locations, The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden announces the launch of The Red Door At Work, which integrates its Manicube brand, acquired in late-2015, into the brand’s new omni-channel division. The Red Door At Work offers working professionals the quick convenience of beauty and wellness services – nails, hair styling, and massage – in corporate offices and is currently available in New York City, Chicago, Boston, and launching soon in Washington, D.C. Click here for more information.

In addition, The Red Door launches “Events by The Red Door.” Initially available in the New York, Boston, and Chicago markets, Events by The Red Door will create unique and memorable social experiences for small group parties of six or more and for large scale corporate events, such as employee appreciation occasions, client entertaining, and product launches. Events by The Red Door is available in homes, retail locations, offices, as well as in private event spaces at The Red Door Salon & Spa locations.

The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden is also rolling out The Red Door Academy, an advanced training and education program for operations management and the brand’s service providers in facial services, hair removal, massage therapy, nail care, and hair styling and coloring. The Red Door Academy ensures the brand’s technicians have access to cutting edge products and treatment protocols to deliver exceptional experiences through impeccable guest service and expertise. The program is led by Cornelia Zicu, Chief Creative Officer, in the face, nail, and body disciplines, and top hair experts Ben Stewart, National Creative Director, and Timothy Wandrey, National Style Education Director.

These substantial introductions are the first in a line of upcoming launches, which will include new programs, products, and services in the brand’s facial line up, its growing hair salon business, and in hair removal services. Additionally, The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden is developing mobile technology enhancements which, in early 2017, will enable consumers to seamlessly book services at The Red Door Salon & Spa, The Red Door At Work, or small group events while serving as a platform for additional cross-channel benefits like loyalty programs and gift cards.

Elizabeth Arden created the spa experience over a century ago based on her philosophy that beauty and wellness can work in harmony to enrich lives. This vision rings true today as we take The Red Door to the next level,” said Todd Walter, Chief Executive Officer. “Focusing on meeting our guests’ needs never stops, and our guests now live and work in an always-on society. The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden is redefining the spa experience to better meet their needs and lifestyle. Taking exceptional care of our guests is our passion, and it’s exciting to continue innovating to create more seamless beauty and wellness experiences.”

New Exhibition “Visions And Revisions: Renwick Invitational 2016” Opens Sept. 9 At The Smithsonian American Art Museum

Renwick Gallery Showcases Contemporary Artists Steven Young Lee, Kristen Morgin, Jennifer Trask and Norwood Viviano

Visions and Revisions: Renwick Invitational 2016 presents the work of Steven Young Lee, Kristen Morgin, Jennifer Trask and Norwood Viviano, four artists who take innovative approaches to their chosen mediums and who share a fascination with themes of transformation, ruin and rebirth. Their visual sensibilities draw upon sources ranging from traditional Asian pottery to vintage Americana, and from the romance of the Victorian Era to the algorhythmic precision of the computer. Visions and Revisions” is the seventh installment of the biennial Renwick Invitational.

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(The Renwick Gallery is the Smithsonian American Art Museum‘s branch for contemporary craft and decorative arts. The Renwick is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free.)

The Renwick Invitational is an opportunity to celebrate emerging and mid-career artists, honoring the next generation of makers and taking the pulse of what’s happening in the field today,” said Betsy Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “We are delighted to showcase these four exceptional artists and to bring their works onto the national stage of the Renwick Gallery.”

These artists are united by a love of physical materials in a time when many objects are disappearing in favor of a virtual world,” Atkinson said. “In their own way, they each engage in an ongoing dialogue with an idyllic past and how to make sense of it for the present moment, examining what we choose to carry with us and what we leave behind as we remake ourselves time and again.”

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(Top Left) Steven Young Lee, Jar with Landscape and Gold Butterflies, 2015, porcelain, cobalt inlay, glaze, decals. Collection of Tom Rossiter and Nathalie Ribon-Tourre. Image courtesy Duane Reed Gallery (Top Right) Kristen Morgin, Piano Forte, 2004, unfired clay, wood, wire, salt, cement, glue. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Purchase (Bottom Left) Jennifer Trask, Burgeon, 2012, Found 18th & 19th century Italian gilt wood fragments, 22K & 23.5 K gold leaf, antler, bone, teeth (various), epoxy resin. Private collection. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Storm Photo (Bottom Right) Norwood Viviano, Mining Industries: Downtown Boston (Boston), 2015, rapid prototyped pattern kilncast glass, mirrored glass, fabricated steel and transparency. Collection of the artist, courtesy of Heller Gallery, New York. Photo by Tim Thayer/Robert Hensleigh, courtesy Heller Gallery, NY

The exhibition includes more than 70 objects showcasing a range of early and new works by each artist and will be on view Sept. 9 through Jan. 8, 2017. Nora Atkinson, the museum’s Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, organized the exhibition. The artists were selected by Atkinson; Suzanne Ramljak, curator of exhibitions at the American Federation of Arts and editor at Metalsmith; and Anna Walker, the Windgate Foundation Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Craft at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Lee’s porcelain works combine traditional Asian forms, inlay techniques and glazes with Western motifs and pop-culture references. His process often allows the clay forms to sink under their own weight in the kiln, creating dramatic “broken” silhouettes that can never be replicated. The resulting vessels embody equal parts mastery and chance, and reflect Lee’s own inquiries into the nature of perfection, the construction of identity and balancing tradition with personal expression.

Morgin’s unconventional trompe l’oeil ceramic sculptures and assemblages explore nostalgia, obsolescence and the American dream. Her works, ranging in scale from recreations of full-size cars and orchestral instruments to tiny knick-knacks and toys, appear as found objects but are in fact raw, unfired clay. Substituting paint and collage for the gloss of traditional ceramic glazes, Morgin achieves a garage-sale aesthetic in which thrift-store heroes like Popeye and Mighty Mouse preside and vintage playthings find new meaning. The sculptures represent a poignant investigation of the value of the old in a world intent on the new, invoking a sense of bygone innocence, loss and isolation.

Trask combines unexpected materials such as bone, butterfly wings, resin, metal and antique frame fragments to create jewelry and large-scale sculptures. Her lifelong fascination with biology, archaeology and anthropology inform lavish works celebrating the splendor of the natural world and exploring the ongoing tension between its wild and domesticated spheres, while visually recalling 17th-century Dutch vanitas paintings and Victorian wonder cabinets. Animal remains–antler, horn, teeth, tusk and bone–feature prominently in Trask’s work, evoking cycles of death, transformation and rebirth.

Viviano explores the rise and fall of American cities and industry through glass and metal sculptures. He combines data from LiDAR scan technology, antique maps and historical census data, and employs techniques as varied as bronze casting, kiln-fusing, glass blowing and 3-D printing to map fluctuations of growth and decline as industry and other forces exert pressure on populations. His work engages not only the geography but also the history of a place, imbuing each object with layers of information to tell stories of how urbanization, immigration and industry shape both personal and shared histories.

A series of free public programs will accompany the exhibition. Three of the artists discuss their work at the Renwick: Viviano Thursday, Oct. 13, at noon, Morgin Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. and Trask Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. Atkinson will present a gallery talk on the four artists Friday, Oct. 21, at noon. Additional information about programs is available online at www.americanart.si.edu/calendar.

An accompanying catalog co-published with D Giles Limited, London, includes a foreword by Broun and essays by Atkinson, Ramljak and Walker. It will be for sale in the museum’s store and online ($34.95, softcover). The Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation Endowment provides support for the “Renwick Invitational.” The Cohen Family’s generosity in creating this endowment makes possible this biennial series highlighting outstanding craft artists who are deserving of wider national recognition.