Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Victor Tiffany Named Senior VP of Hospitality

 Hollywood, Fla. – Victor Tiffany has been named Senior Vice President of Hospitality for Gaming Operations of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.  The newly-created position puts Tiffany in charge of operations at all food and beverage outlets, nightclubs and hotels of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla.  He also oversees food and beverage operations and entertainment venues at the five Seminole Tribe casinos in Hollywood, Coconut Creek, in Immokalee near Naples, on the Brighton Seminole Reservation north of Lake Okeechobee and on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation south of Lake Okeechobee.

Through a strong focus on new product development and customer service, Tiffany will be responsible for leisure and entertainment operations including the development of new restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and retail at all seven Seminole casinos.  He will report to Larry Mullin, Seminole Gaming COO.

Tiffany comes to Seminole Gaming from Echo Entertainment Group in Sydney, Australia, where he was head of hospitality, overseeing all casino leisure and entertainment operations at the casinos since 2009.  His recent Sydney, Australia project, The Star, included the development of the Marquee Sydney nightclub with the Strategic Group, along with The Darling, a new 5-star boutique hotel, and Australia’s 2012 best new restaurant, Momofuku Seiobo with chef David Chang.

Prior to his assignment in Australia, Tiffany worked with the Nobu Group, where he opened several restaurants including the first Nobu on Hudson Street in New York City and at the Shore Club on Miami Beach. He also worked with Tarsadia Hotels and oversaw the development and launch of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, Calif.  From 2002 to 2007, he served as the vice president of food and beverage for the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., where he was a member of the opening team.  He also launched its nightclubs, bars and restaurants with chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay and Michael Mina.

Tiffany is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

About Seminole Gaming
With more than 13,000 slot machines and live table games, the Seminole Tribe operates the largest gaming enterprise in Florida and one of the top gaming entities in the country.  Seminole Gaming employs more than 10,000 people and generates a multi-billion dollar annual economic impact.  The Seminole Tribe has long been recognized for innovation in its gaming and other businesses. It opened the first high-stakes bingo hall and casino in the United States in 1979.  That facility was the forerunner of the Indian Gaming movement throughout North America. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Celebrity Cruises Introduces New Vacation Apps

MIAMI – August 12, 2013 – To bring vacation planning out of the realm of daydreaming and into the palms of consumers’ hands, Celebrity Cruises is introducing a suite of easy-to-use mobile apps allowing travelers to digitally immerse themselves in the line’s modern luxury vacation experiences in all seven continents.
After downloading Celebrity’s free mobile vacation apps onto iPads or Android tablets, consumers will find – literally at their fingertips – the next-best thing to actually being on the cruise, with content including:
·        Breathtaking videos and rich imagery of Celebrity’s worldwide destinations
·        Authentic depictions of the modern, upscale experiences found on every Celebrity ship
·        Profiles of Celebrity’s Shore Excursions, designed to make the most of every guest’s time on land in every destination
·        Detailed itineraries and maps of the array of Celebrity Cruisetour vacations, which offer the best of both land and sea
·        Interactive ship deck plans with the capability to zoom in on specific suites, staterooms or venues to reveal the highlights of each
·        Must-sees, hidden gems and other tips curated exclusively for Celebrity by the editors of Travel + Leisure
·        Up-to-date pricing on Celebrity vacations
Celebrity’s new vacation apps can be downloaded from celebritycruises.com/mobile.  
The new vacation apps are launching just one week after Celebrity introduced its innovative app, “Cruise Lingo,” which makes it easy for vacationers to speak local languages by accessing authentic local phrases and relevant information from their smartphones or tablets.
About Celebrity Cruises:
Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises' 11 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Europe and South America. Celebrity is one of five cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL). For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, visit www.celebritycruises.com, or call your travel agent.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Royal Caribbean International Celebrates Dual Milestones

Keel Laying and Steel Cutting Ceremonies Held for new Quantum Class
MIAMI, August 2, 2013 – Excitement was in the air at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, today, as Royal Caribbean International marked two important milestones in the development of its Quantum class of ships. Quantum of the Seas, scheduled to be delivered in the autumn of 2014, received its first block as the keel was officially lowered and put into place. In conjunction, Anthem of the Seas, Quantum’s sister-ship, had its first piece of steel cut, signaling the first step in the ship’s construction.

“Today is a very special day in the development of our new Quantum class, as we are now two steps closer to delighting guests around the world with Quantum cruising,” said Adam Goldstein, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “It’s incredibly rewarding to see Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas coming together so well, and today we not only honor these two very important milestones, but also recognize the years of hard work and dedication from the team developing these ships.” 

The keel laying marks an important milestone in the development of Quantum of the Seas as it signifies the beginning of the ship’s physical construction. During the ceremony, a 430-ton block measuring 59-ft by 75-ft (18 x 23 meters) was lifted into the building dock with an 800-ton crane. Newly minted coins were placed under the keel which then stays in place until the end of construction. Once the ship is nearing 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 and then to its Captain and crew when she is at sea.

The groundbreaking Quantum class ships will debut new unprecedented features, such as RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea; the North Star, an engineering marvel that transports guests more than 300 feet above the ocean; transformative venues, such as The Sea-Plex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever, including the industry’s first-ever Virtual Balcony staterooms, which offers expansive, real-time views of the ocean and exciting destinations for interior staterooms.

The Quantum class will debut in autumn 2014 with Quantum of the Seas, followed by her sister-ship Anthem of the Seas in spring 2015.  Quantum ships span 16 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms.  More information on Quantum of the Seas is available at RoyalCaribbean.com/QuantumoftheSeas.

Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 40-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry firsts never-before-seen at sea.  The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities found only on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike.  Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL), the cruise line sails 21 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, South America, the Far East, and Australia and New Zealand.  World renowned for its friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service, delivered by every staff and crew member, Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 10 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards.

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