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Great Cruise and Travel Ideas: Visiting Polynesian Paradise Bora Bora,
UnCruise’s Coconut Cranberry Cookies, and Children of the Earth Share Hopes for World Peace

Celebrating Over 10 Years, Sophisticated Cruise Specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations provide exclusive offers, exceptional value & unparalleled service. For those planning a cruise, Crown Cruise Vacations President Ross Spalding and his team of travel and cruise specialists are experts at booking families, friends and individuals on their dream cruise vacations.

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Visiting Polynesian Paradise of Bora Bora

Excerpt: She made it look so easy. A few knots here, some stylish tucks here and there, a loop around the neck. And viola. A beautiful pareo, the sarong-like clothing worn by Polynesian men and women. Asking for volunteers from our group of cruise ship passengers, the Mama Ruta designer created four different sarong styles. That was quite impressive but what I found even more interesting was how the artists at Mama Ruta’s hand craft the colorful fabrics used to make the pareos. See more HERE.

UnCruise Adventures Shares Recipe for Coconut Cranberry Cookies

Excerpt: Part of the pleasure of cruising is the cuisine. Sometimes we get a chance to enjoy dishes that we may never have tried. Or we welcome old familiar standbys. On my cruise aboard the S. S. Legacy for UnCruise Adventures, one of our favorites was the cookies that were served every afternoon. Fresh baked and delicious, the cookies always seemed better than the ones I had at home. See more HERE.

Children of the Earth Share Hopes for World Peace

Excerpt: Standing like ancient druids, the round stones mark the hopes and dreams of children from different nations. Erected decades ago, the messages are even more important today.

“It was meant to be something positive, something that would stand here to remind the world that we all should be friends and live in peace,” tour guide Brenda said. See more HERE.

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A Note: Let’s Look Forward. Plan Ahead for Fun!

We might all be staying at home today, but down the road, we’ll all need that getaway. So let’s look forward and plan ahead for fun. There are some fantastic options out there for cruises and land vacations in the fall and for 2021. Let Crown Cruise Vacations help you plan ahead today!

Please note: Many of our cruise and vacation partners have made significant changes to upcoming cruises, tours and vacations. We know that trying to get good information can be a real challenge and we want to make sure you have the most up-to-date information on what is canceled and what isn’t.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to your Crown Cruise Vacations travel advisor and we will help guide you through this difficult period. See more about travel pauses HERE.

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DreamWorks Water Park

THE WORLD’S FIRST DREAMWORKS ANIMATION WATER PARK WILL OPEN ON MARCH 19

The largest indoor water park in North America will open at American Dream on March 19, along with the beginning of retail

American Dream, the unrivaled destination for style and play, is set to usher in its next chapter on March 19, 2020, with the highly anticipated opening of the world’s first and only DreamWorks Animation Water Park, and the celebration of American Dream’s first retail offerings. March will provide guests with endless opportunities to discover and explore American Dream.

“We can’t wait for guests to visit DreamWorks Animation Water Park and experience the completely unique, jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring destination that we have created,” said Don Ghermezian, Co-CEO of American Dream. “We also look forward to welcoming a new audience to the property with the introduction of retail, opening some of the largest flagship stores globally.”

The world’s first and only DreamWorks Animation Water Park will begin to preview its unmatched experiences on March 19. Guests will be introduced to this over-the-top water park, where the worlds of DreamWorks Animation’s most adored franchises are brought to life.

Swirl through your favorite ogre’s swamp on Shrek’s Sinkhole Slammer; find your inner champion with the Dragon Warrior Po at Kung Fu Panda’s Temple of Awesomeness; be among the first to hang-ten in the world’s largest indoor wave pool, the 1.5 acres of Far Far a Bay, inspired by Shrek’s magical kingdom . Whether you prefer to challenge the waves on one of two themed Surf’s Up Surf Riders, relax meeting more of your DreamWorks Animation friends on the Bubbly Lazy River or discover your own secret operation at the Penguins of Madagascar Play Zone, you can do it 365 days a year at American Dream. Not to be missed experiences coming later this year include luxury cabanas designed by Jonathan Adler, private party rooms, and so much more. Tickets for DreamWorks Animation Water Park will go on-sale Thursday, February 27, 2020 at www.americandream.com, with limited quantities available.

Fashion’s leading brands and a revolving, always-fresh collective of new shopping experiences will begin to open on March 19. The world’s largest retailers will open immersive flagship and specialty locations, including Aritzia, Zara, Sephora, H&M, UNIQLO, Primark, Ulta Beatuy, Old Navy, Morphe and much more. Retail will continue to open at American Dream throughout 2020, with The Collections, American Dream’s luxury atrium, opening in September 2020.

Fresh and exciting family entertainment will also join American Dream throughout Spring. Challenge your loved ones to a round of 18-holes at North America’s first and only Angry Birds Mini Golf course, experience ‘the city under the sea’ at New Jersey SEA LIFE® Aquarium or build to your heart’s content at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center New Jersey.

While March 19 is the next landmark chapter in American Dream’s ever-evolving story, the world-class destination ignites a sense of discovery and exploration, encouraging guests to return over and over again, delivering new and memorable experiences with each visit.

ABOUT AMERICAN DREAM
American Dream, developed by Triple Five Group, is an unrivaled destination for fantasy, fashion, food, family, and fun. For more information visit www.americandream.com or follow on Instagram @americandream.

ABOUT DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
DreamWorks Animation (DWA), a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, within NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, is a global family entertainment company with feature film and television brands. The company’s deep portfolio of intellectual property is supported by a robust, worldwide consumer products practice, which includes licensing, and location-based entertainment venues around the world. DWA’s feature film heritage includes many of the world’s most beloved characters and franchises, including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Trolls and The Boss Baby, and have amassed more than $15 billion in global box office receipts. DreamWorks Animation’s television business has quickly become one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers in more than 190 countries. Creating a diverse array of original content in a variety of formats and delivering deep, fully immersive worlds served up with compelling characters, the prolific studio has garnered 25 Emmy awards since inception in 2013.

ASHLEE KEATING, 360 MAGAZINE

ASHLEE KEATING

Pop Singer, Ashlee Keating can currently be heard on multiple streaming services with her new hit single “Bad Mistake,” an empowering up-tempo pop song with an urban melodic vibe that shows off Ashlee’s powerhouse vocals! The song is full of attitude, strength, and swag…

Her music video for “Bad Mistake” which was released on July 31st shows off her powerful vocals and amazing choreography.

A Billboard chart sensation, dancer, songwriter, and actress, Keating is a true multifaceted talent. A southern New Jersey native, she records and performs with some of the biggest names in the business. After opening for Demi Lovato, Keke Palmer, and others, she now headlines her own shows across the USA. Ashlee has worked with some of the industry’s best, including Grammy nominated Sean Douglas; the multi-platinum songwriter and producer who has created hits for such acts as Demi Lovato, Bebe Rexha, Fifth Harmony, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera.

Keating’s last single “Hurt Me So Good” skyrocketed up the Billboard Dance Charts debuting in December 2018 as the #2 breakout single on Billboard for the dance chart and by January 2019 broke the Top 10 peeking at #8. The single has already amassed over 1 million streams and over 300k views on YouTube.

Keating was born on September 9th, 1993 in New Jersey. At the age of six, she portrayed Gretl in the Broadway and national touring production of The Sound of Music. She was featured on the reality competition show “Star Search.” She started her music career with her holiday song “Ice Kingdom” that was elected to be a part of Coca-Cola’s “52 Songs of Happiness” campaign for up-and-coming artists. Only 52 artists from around the world were selected to be a part of the program. “Ice Kingdom” was also on Radio Disney’s top holiday songs list for 2014. Following that in 2015, she was a featured performer on ABC-TV in Philadelphia, PA for the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

TYLER JACOB Q×A

When did you realize that you wanted to be an artist/fashionista?

All my life I’ve had an attraction to doing things in a different way. I never wanted to look like someone else, never wanted to share my fashion secrets or my music because I had attached so much emotion in creating whatever piece it was or if were music it would never just be a song, for me. I was never like my friends and for a while that was a struggle for me internally. Sometimes I would even sacrifice my own desires to wear certain pieces in order to skip out on the ‘reading’ sessions. That still didn’t stop me from trying it sometimes though, I remember I would go to the nearest arts and crafts store which for me was ‘Michaels’ (laughs) and would go crazy getting little things to add to my clothes to make them different but then I would also go to Sam Ash, the Virgin Music Store, Guitar Center and I would feel like I was in heaven. No matter what, fashion and music have always been my life. Like I could sit in these stores for the rest of my life and be okay. That’s how much I loved creating and these stores gave me all the tools I needed.

I have always been a magnet to everything that dealt with the arts. But my biggest passion was singing and even though I’ve been singing since the age of 5, I didn’t know that I wanted to pursue being a singer until my 9th grade year in high school. This is why after graduating I ran straight to NYC all by lonesome (giggles) to pursue music. I was way to young to be running off to the Big Apple as a teen with a part time job at the GAP, making minimum wage. New York City was a monster and I’m not going to lie it almost ate me alive. But only after 6 months of being there, thankfully, so many doors opened for me and it was an amazing feeling to be carefree and pursue music with no walls or barriers. NYC was giving me all the life and opportunities needed in order to grind and continue to grind even when I had not a dollar to my name and had to sing on the train with my friends for food. That part never made me feel sad because I never knew how ‘low’ I was because I never had LOW thoughts, I knew that where I was, was temporary and only for the sole purpose of learning the lessons needed to be successful and to grow and to evolve. Crazy thing is I never felt bad for it, it felt so good to grind for my money while doing what I love. I looked at singing on the trains as my stage per say for that chapter in my life. Today, I have experienced so many different things which I won’t even dive into but it has given me a different appreciation for life.

As of late, I am in the studio recording my album and will be performing in Manhattan, Monday, February at 7PM
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1.

What inspired your new album?

I had a full album done and ready to go and visuals that my fiancé (Michael Mann) had helped me out with for my release but after the tragedy that happened I no longer connected to the old music. I have so much more to say and so much pinned up aggression that I knew my only healthy escape would be to express it on my debut album. Which will be entitled, Steven my birth name.

It symbolizes me going back to my roots to find myself again.

How’s life after losing a loved one?

Life after losing a loved one has been very up and down for me. As of recent, I’ve drowned myself in work because I know that is where I’m safest right now. When you know yourself and you want better you keep yourself away from danger. Right now dead time is danger for me so I’m always moving. My heart is in constant pain but I’m learning to live with it. It is a battle I have yet to conquer but I know with time I’ll be fine.

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Niall Horan Kicks off US Tour Tonight!

NIALL HORAN BRINGS FLICKER WORLD TOUR TO U.S. AND CANADA

Run Launches Tonight At Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion In Texas And Includes Two-Night Stand At Los Angeles Greek Theatre In August

Horan’s Chart-topping Debut Album, Flicker, Includes Platinum Hits This Town And Slow Hands Plus Current Single On The Loose

Tonight, Niall Horan kicks off the U.S. and Canadian leg of Flicker World Tour 2018 with a concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX. The outing will include shows at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA (August 7 & 8), Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO (August 20) and the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY (September 12). Country superstar Maren Morris will support. She is featured on Seeing Blind, a track from Horan’s debut solo album, Flicker. See below for itinerary. Tickets are available at http://www.niallhoran.com.

Flicker (Capitol Records) entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 and topped the iTunes Top Albums chart in 61 countries. It includes the Platinum-certified hit singles This Town which has sold more than three million track equivalent units globally and Slow Hands, which went straight to No. 1 in 44 countries and topped Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart. On The Loose, the album’s opening track, is Horan’s current single. The accompanying video, which was directed by Jake Jelicich (Martin Garrix, Dua Lipa), was praised by Rolling Stone as a mesmerizing visual accompaniment to the witchy, Fleetwood Mac-style vibes of On the Loose. View the official video HERE and check out Horan’s alternate version of the song HERE.

Finally Free a new original song from Horan is the first single from the soundtrack to the animated adventure Smallfoot, opening in theatres on September 28 with an all-star cast led by Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya and Common. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, a Zaftig Films production, Smallfoot will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The Smallfoot soundtrack will be released on September 21.

Horan, who has sold over 70 million records as part of the all-conquering One Direction, was the winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist, claimed the American Music Award for Best New Artist and kicked off 2018 by winning Best New Pop Artist at the iHeart Radio Music Awards.

Niall Horan 2018 North American Tour

Date | City | Venue

7/18 | The Woodlands, TX | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

7/20 | Dallas, TX | Dos Equis Pavilion

7/21| Rogers, AR | Walmart AMP

7/23 | Nashville, TN | Ascend Amphitheater

7/25 | Cincinnati, OH | Riverbend Music Center

7/26 | Tinley Park, IL | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

7/28 | Tulsa, OK | BOK Center

7/30 | Salt Lake City, UT | USANA Amphitheatre

7/31 | Nampa, ID | Ford Idaho Center Arena

8/2 | Auburn, WA | White River Amphitheatre

8/4 | Mountain View, CA | Shoreline Amphitheatre

8/5 | Irvine, CA | FivePoint Amphitheatre

8/7 | Los Angeles, CA | Greek Theatre

8/8 | Los Angeles, CA | Greek Theatre

8/17 | Chula Vista, CA | Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

8/18 | Las Vegas, CA | The Pearl Concert Theater

8/20 | Morrison, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre

8/22 | Kansas City, MO | Starlight Theatre

8/23 | St. Paul, MO | Minnesota State Fair

8/25 | Maryland Heights, MO | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

8/26 | Noblesville, IN | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

8/28 | Clarkston, MI | DTE Energy Music Theatre

8/29 | Cuyahoga Falls, OH | Blossom Music Center

8/31 | Bristow, VA | JiffyLube Live

9/2 | Allentown, PA | The Great Allentown Fair

9/5 | Toronto, ON | Budweiser Stage

9/7 | Darien Center, NY | Darien Lake Amphitheater

9/8 | Mansfield, MA | Xfinity Center

9/11 | Camden, NJ | BB&T Pavilion

9/12 | Wantagh, NY | Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

9/14 | Hartford, CT | XFINITY Theatre

9/15 | Holmdel, NJ | PNC Bank Arts Center

9/17 | Raleigh, NC | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

9/19 | Charlotte, NC | PNC Music Pavilion

9/20 | Alpharetta, GA | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

9/22 | Tampa, FL | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds

9/23 | West Palm Beach, FL | Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds

PENTATONIX

Three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Pentatonix have launched a pre-order for their forthcoming release – PTX PRESENTS: TOP POP, VOL. I – out April 13th via RCA Records. Pre-order here.

Pentatonix has sold nearly 10 million albums in worldwide consumption and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold out shows across the globe. Their YouTube channel boasts more than 14.6 million subscribers, yielding over 3.1 billion video views. Their 2015 self-titled album is certified gold after debuting #1 on Billboard’s 200.

Additionally, nine of their albums reached the top 10 on Billboard’s 200 chart (two albums reaching #1) and received multiple RIAA certifications for multi-platinum, platinum and gold selling albums and singles. Most recently, “Mary, Did You Know?” and “Hallelujah” were certified platinum, while the Pentatonix original, “Can’t Sleep Love,” was certified gold. The group has had two holiday specials on NBC, released their tour documentary – On My Way Home – in 2015 and appeared in the feature film, Pitch Perfect 2.

Most recently, Pentatonix released a deluxe version of their certified platinum 2016 holiday album A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe and wrapped their sold-out A Pentatonix Christmas Tour in December.

North American Tour Dates:

ABOUT LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT
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Album Pre-order links:
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Those who pre-order the album will receive “Havana” and “New Rules x Are You That Somebody?” instantly.

The quintet’s arrangement of “New Rules x Are You That Somebody?” mashes up the Dua Lipa hit with the Aaliyah classic. Watch the music video here. Additionally, the video for the Pentatonix cover of Camila Cabello’s “Havana” has surpassed 10 million views.

In concert with the album’s pre-order launch, tickets for the group’s 39-city North American tour are available today at 12pm local time. All fans who purchase tickets online through May 31, 2018 will receive a digital download of PTX PRESENTS: TOP POP, VOL. 1.

To purchase tickets visit www.ptxofficial.com, LiveNation.com or the Live Nation app.

JAGUAR XE SV PROJECT 8 SEDAN

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) has revealed the most powerful, agile and extreme performance Jaguar road car ever produced – the 200mph1, 592HP Jaguar XE SV Project 8 sedan.

 

Following the successful F-TYPE Project 7 of 2014, the XE SV Project 8, the second Collector’s Edition by SVO, is a hand-built four-door sedan with supercar performance – designed to thrill driving enthusiasts, with an extraordinary combination of explosive power, dynamic agility and all-wheel-drive traction. No more than 300 examples will be created for global sale, each to be assembled at the SVO Technical Center in Coventry, England.

 

“SVO’s raison d’être is to produce halo vehicles that push the boundaries in terms of luxury, performance and all-terrain capability. Project 8 is a great example of what happens when enthusiastic designers, engineers and manufacturing specialists are given the opportunity to create an extreme performance sports car without compromise,” said John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director. “Project 8 will be assembled by hand in the new SVO Technical Center, and we’re confident that our enthusiastic and demanding clients will love driving Project 8 as much we do!”

 

The Project 8 exclusively features the most powerful version of the Jaguar Land Rover 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 gasoline powertrain. The 592HP power unit, which has a Titanium Variable Active Exhaust, is complemented by a standard All Wheel Drive (AWD) system4 and motorsport-derived aerodynamics to deliver a 200mph top speed and 0-60mph in 3.3sec1, making Project 8 the fastest accelerating Jaguar yet.

 

Fundamental to the performance of the most track-focused car SVO has ever produced, Project 8 features a number of purposeful modifications to the lightweight aluminum body panels of the award-winning Jaguar XE sports sedan.


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