ALCATRAZ CRUISES IS AWARDING LOCAL SCHOOLS AN OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY FOR FREE FIELD TRIPS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2017

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In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary and to help educate local school groups about Alcatraz’s fascinating history, Alcatraz Cruises is awarding local school groups with the opportunity to apply for complimentary field trips in the first quarter of 2017. Program details:

–       Only school groups within the city and county of San Francisco are eligible

–       One group per school with a maximum of 30 guests

–       Field trip dates are available for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only, from January 10 to February 23, 2017

–       Round trip transportation between the school and Alcatraz Landing will be provided via a motorized cable car

–       Complimentary boxed lunches will be provided

–       One complimentary photo per person

To apply and for more information, visit alcatrazcruises.youcanbook.me. Schools that are awarded the gift of history from Alcatraz Cruises will be contacted directly.

Visit www.alcatrazcruises.com for more information about Alcatraz tours and to purchase tickets, up to ninety days in advance

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Alcatraz Cruises is the National Park Service concessioner of ferry service to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of America’s 407 National Park sites. Alcatraz Cruises hosts nearly 1.5 million visitors annually.  Alcatraz Cruises designed, built and operates the first hybrid ferry in the United States.  The Hornblower Hybrid’s revolutionary design has reduced fuel consumption by 75% and has already begun to be implemented in other parts of the country.  For more information visit:www.alcatrazcruises.com.

It’s not too late to make plans for Taiwan’s iconic Lantern Festival

Displaying Lantern Festival 3.jpgAs the Year of the Rooster fast approaches, it’s time to start making plans to visit Taiwan for the most festive celebration of the year…the Annual Lantern Festival.

In order to share the wealth of this decades old tradition, the festival is held in alternating cities. In 2017, visitors will be welcome to Yunlin Province to celebrate from February 11-19.

Displaying Lantern Festival 1.jpgNoted as one of the best festivals in the world, according to the Discovery Channel, the Lantern Festival started in 1990 as a collaboration between the tourism bureau and local government. The celebration is held on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar calendar and its purpose is to share traditional folklore.

While the festival is designed to pay tribute to local customs, it is a stimulating site of lights, technology and modern innovation. Guests are treated to a main stage of world-class entertainment, but the beauty is really discovered from the mass of artistic light displays, which include traditional lanterns and over-the-top thematic monuments.

Displaying Lantern Festival 2.jpgFor convenience sake, visitors will want to book accommodations in Yunlin County, which is located at the central-south part along the western coast of Taiwan and at the north tip of Jianan plain, bordering Nantou County in the east, Changhua County in north with Zhoushui River as watershed, Chiayi County in the south with Beigang River as watershed. Suggested accommodations can be found here: https://www.hotels.com/de1725831/hotels-yunlin-county-taiwan/

For more on the 2017 Lantern Festival, visit: http://www.taiwan.net.tw/2017TaiwanLantern/index_en.html

HORNBLOWER CLASSIC CABLE CARS INTRODUCE HOLIDAY NIGHTS AND SIGHTS HOLIDAY TOURS

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Hornblower Classic Cable Cars is featuring a holiday tradition aboard a San Francisco classic with its Holiday Nights and Sights tours.

The 70-minute tour aboard one of the Classic Cable Cars includes a festive journey to view the city’s sights and lights; complimentary Santa hat; blankets on loan to stay warm; and a jolly driver who will facilitate a round of Christmas Carols.

Priced at $39 per adult (16+) and $29 for children (age 5-15), the special holiday tour is available until December 23, 2016. Tours are available at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm Sunday-Thursday. Guests will check in at Taylor and Jefferson Streets, across from the famous Fisherman’s Wharf sign, 2766 Taylor Street.

Reservations are required for individuals and groups and can be made by calling (844) 922-2532 or in person at 2766 Taylor Street, San Francisco.

ALCATRAZ CRUISES’ BRINGS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICES AND AVAILABILITY FOR ALCATRAZ TICKETS

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For those that want to visit San Francisco’s notorious Alcatraz Island, planning ahead is a must.  As the official website for Alcatraz Tours, www.alcatrazcruises.com provides the guaranteed lowest price for Alcatraz tickets, which are only $35.50 per person for adults/juniors (12-61).

As we head into the first quarter of 2017, tickets are now available for purchase up to 90 days in advance.  (Note: While other entities do indeed sell tickets for Alcatraz Island Tours, there are many unauthorized resellers that offer tickets at inflated prices. Alcatraz Cruises cannot be responsible for tickets bought from other sources.)

In addition to the opportunity to book tickets up to 90 days in advance of the desired tour date, visitors to Alcatraz will enjoy the added benefit of complimentary access to the current art installation “Shortening: Making Irrational Rational.”  The exhibit is on display in the New Industries Building and will be available for viewing through February 2017, from 11 am to 2 pm daily with the purchase of a regularly priced ticket.

How to Get to Alcatraz

Passengers may purchase and print tickets online at http://www.alcatrazcruises.com.  Tickets can also be purchased by calling 415-981-ROCK (7625) or from the ticket booth at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

Ticket Prices (from now though March 12, 2017)

                                    Adult               Junior             Child               Senior             Family**

                                    18+                  12-17               5-11                 62+                  2A & 2C

Day Tour                  $35.50            $35.50            $21.75            $33.50            $107.50

Night Tour                $42.50            $41.50            $25.25            $39.50            n/a

** Family Pack consists of 2 Adults and 2 Children.  Please call 415 981-ROCK (7625) to book the Family Pack as it is not available for purchase on-line.  Prices and schedules subject to change without notice.

Two of San Francisco’s “Loftiest” Hotels Offer Holiday Bed & Breakfast Packages: Special Deals from Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco – A Hilton Hotel

Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco – A Hilton Hotel recently introduced their Holiday Bed & Breakfast Packages. Ideal for those that want convenient access to shopping, theater productions and the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink, both Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco – A Hilton Hotel are your home away from home during the holidays.

Featured from November 21, 2016 through January 1, 2017, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s Holiday Bed & Breakfast Package starts at only $179 per night for a Standard King Room. Based on double occupancy, this offer is available for two people and includes accommodations and breakfast buffet for two in the hotel’s Urban Tavern restaurant.

Also featured from November 21, 2016 through January 1, 2017, the Parc 55 San Francisco’s Holiday Bed & Breakfast Package starts at only $179 per night for a Standard King Room. Based on double occupancy, this offer is available for two people and includes accommodations and breakfast for two in the hotel’s Cable 55 restaurant.

In addition to exploring the vibrant Union Square neighborhood to view the spectacular holiday decorations, guests can enjoy shopping at the city’s largest selection of retail stores, outlets, boutiques and department stores; ice skating at the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink; taking in a holiday production at one of the many neighborhood theaters; visiting Santa Claus at Macy’s; enjoying The Nutcracker at the War Memorial Opera House; taking a ride on San Francisco’s legendary Cable Car; or just drifting the streets of Union Square, which will be all decked out for the season.

Cityscape – San Francisco’s Newest Viewing Lounge

One of the best suggestions for those visiting the city, is to check out the new Cityscape San Francisco Lounge, located on the Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s 46th floor. The viewing lounge welcomes guests from 5:00 p.m. to Midnight every day of the week. Featuring breathtaking, 360-degree panoramic views of the entire Bay Area and San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks, Cityscape offers small plates and appetizers, signature cocktails, wines by the glass, a variety of beers on tap, fine spirits and the best, most coveted viewing platform in the city. Designed as one of the top “must see” attractions in San Francisco, Cityscape is the quintessential destination for those that want to experience the city’s most dynamic views and enjoy the “lay of the land” as guests are treated to sights that can only be seen from the vantage point of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s tower one.

For more information about and reservations for Hilton San Francisco Union Square, please visitwww.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com or call (415) 771-1400. For more information about and reservations for Parc 55 San Francisco, visit www.parc55hotel.com or call (415) 392-8000.

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About Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hilton San Francisco Union Square is a high-energy, world-class hotel that features stunning views and international sophistication.  The hotel is steps from world-class shopping and under-the-radar locales rich with the history of theatre and jazz. Additionally, the hotel is convenient to the Powell Street cable car line, Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District, City Hall and the Civic Center. Featuring 1,919 guest rooms and 151 suites with city views, the hotel is home to a contemporary fitness center, one of the city’s only outdoor heated swimming pools and an array of food and beverage outlets with artisanal flare and modern atmospheres. Dining options include the grab-and-go marketplace, Herb N’ Kitchen, The Lobby Bar with signature hand crafted cocktails, gastropub Urban Tavern with international offerings and the 46th floor Cityscape Lounge with 360-degree panoramic views of the Bay Area and San Francisco’s most popular landmarks. As the West Coast’s largest hotel, the property boasts 134,500-square-feet of meeting and event space, including a 30,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, for scalable meetings from startups to Fortune 500 companies. For more information, please visit www.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world’s travelers. With more than 570 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests’ evolving needs. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton HHonors program. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app.  Begin your journey at www.hilton.com and learn more about the brand by visiting news.hilton.com or following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Hilton San Francisco Union Square Opens Cityscape San Francisco Lounge

Hilton San Francisco Union Square opens Cityscape San Francisco Lounge, located on the hotel’s 46th floor. Open to the public on September 12, the viewing lounge will welcome guests from 5:00 p.m. to midnight every day of the week.

Featuring breathtaking, 360-degree panoramic views of the entire Bay Area and San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks, the Cityscape lounge offers small plates and appetizers, signature cocktails, wines by the glass, a variety of beers on tap, fine spirits and the best, most coveted viewing platform in the city.

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Designed as one of the top “must see” attractions in San Francisco, Cityscape is the quintessential destination for those that want to experience the city’s most dynamic views and enjoy the “lay of the land” as guests are treated to sights that can only be seen from the vantage point of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s tower one.

“No two days look the same from Cityscape, where San Francisco weather flows over the ever changing skyline,” said Lenny Gumm, general manager, Cityscape. “What doesn’t change are the 360-degree views enjoyed through 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and the great food and drinks to enjoy with them.”

Lenny Gumm is a veteran bar and lounge manager in which he’s held positions with several local watering holes, including Hotel Rex, One Market Restaurant, Temple Nightclub, DOSA Restaurant, La Urbana and the Four Seasons.  His goal has been to learn as much as possible about spirits and cocktails, and to focus on providing genuine hospitality.  While Bar Manager at DOSA, he partnered with Old World Spirits to create a one-of-a-kind signature gin produced solely for the restaurant. Lenny has also participated in local events with CUESA, SF Chefs, 7×7, and San Francisco Magazine.

In addition to general public access for individuals, couples and small parties, Cityscape also offers private corners of the lounge for groups of 20 in the Bay Section with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge as well as the entire space for up to 350 guests for a total buy out of the lounge. Special menus will be arranged and groups will enjoy the exclusivity of their own reserved space and VIP service.

Some of the highlights from the locally-inspired menu include:

  • Avocado Hummus with farmer’s market vegetables, unfiltered olive oil and lavosh
  • Spiced Cucumbers with sesame, crushed chile, scallion and burnt peanut
  • Ahi-Salmon-Hamachi Poke with sweet onion, inamona jus, micro wasabi and lotus root crisps
  • Dungeness Crab with spicy giardineria, natural tobiko and grilled brioche
  • Cheese and Charcuterie with beet pickled egg, quince, grain mustard and lavosh

Signature cocktails include:

  • Nob Hill Manhattan
  • Noe Valley Old Fashioned
  • Pacific Heights – Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac, Cointreau and squeeze of lemon
  • Presidio – Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila, St. Germain, ruby red grapefruit and lime

For more information, please visit www.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com or call (415) 771-1400.

About Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hilton San Francisco Union Square is a high-energy, world-class hotel that features stunning views and international sophistication.  The hotel is steps from world-class shopping and under-the-radar locales rich with the history of theatre and jazz. Additionally, the hotel is convenient to the Powell Street cable car line, Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District, City Hall and the Civic Center. Featuring 1,919 guest rooms and 151 suites with city views, the hotel is home to a contemporary fitness center, one of the city’s only outdoor heated swimming pools and an array of food and beverage outlets with artisanal flare and modern atmospheres. Dining options include the grab-and-go marketplace, Herb N’ Kitchen, The Lobby Bar with signature hand crafted cocktails, gastropub Urban Tavern with international offerings and the 46th floor Cityscape Lounge with 360-degree panoramic views of the Bay Area and San Francisco’s most popular landmarks. As the West Coast’s largest hotel, the property boasts 134,500-square-feet of meeting and event space, including a 30,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, for scalable meetings from startups to Fortune 500 companies. For more information, please visit www.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world’s travelers. With more than 570 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests’ evolving needs. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton HHonors program. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app.  Begin your journey at http://www.hilton.com and learn more about the brand by visiting news.hilton.com or following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

San Francisco’s Redwood Room Introduces New Indian Summer Menu… And It’s “Hot”

FullSizeRender (2)The Clift’s historic, yet trendy, Redwood Room is an exceptionally elegant and modern San Francisco bar. Bathed in all-out glamour, the sexy lounge features an enormous etched-glass, back-lit bar and the original redwood paneling, which, as legend has it, was carved from a single redwood tree. The Starck-designed lounge furniture is complemented by an ever-changing collection of digital artwork displayed on plasma television screens that hang throughout the room. Guests are also treated to a selection of gourmet, tapas-style menu items along with delicious, hand-crafted cocktails. As a further enhancement and to complete the mood, visitors enjoy music that has been curated by well-known, native San Francisco DJs along with world-class talent Thursday through Saturday nights.

So, what’s new on this sizzling summer menu?

Check this out…

Five new cocktails:

CocktailKING’S LEMONADE – Woodford Reserve Rye, Lemon Juice, Basil Syrup, Strawberries

CLIFT PAINKILLER – Bacardi 8 Rum, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Cream Of Coconut, Nutmeg

SANDÍA AMARA – Avion Silver Tequila, Aperol, Watermelon & Lime Juice, Agave, Chili-Salt Rim

RASPBERRY SOUR – Grey Goose Vodka, Lime Juice, Ginger Syrup, Raspberries, Chambord Float (my personal favorite)

COOL DESIRE – Absolut Elyx Vodka, Passion Fruit, House-Made Mint Syrup, Veuve Clicquiot

New food items:

TacosNori Salted House made Potato Chips – Kennebec Potato Chips seasoned with Nori Komi Furikake

Tuna Poke Taco’s – Sashimi Grade Tuna, Sesame Oil, Scallions, Furikake Seaweed, Soy Sauce

Mushroom Spring Rolls & Black Truffle Aioli – Shitake and Cremini Mushroom, Shallots, Chives wrapped, fried and served w/ a Black Truffle Aioli

Mini 4505 Corn Dogs & House made Ketchup and Pickled Mustard Seeds – Local 4505 Bacon-Studded Hot Dogs Dipped in Corn Meal Batter and served w/ Housemade Ketchup and Mustard

Honey Compressed Watermelon, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Feta Cheese, Mint – Rooftop Honey-infused Watermelon w/ Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Mint, Organic Feta, Aged Balsamic

Cheers ~

For more information, visit https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/originals/originals-clift-san-francisco/eat-drink/redwood-room

PACIFICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES KOPS & KIDS EVENT

“Pacifica will be the host site for the Kops & Kids annual family event,” according to Pacifica Chamber of Commerce CEO Vickie Flores.

Designed to educate and entertain children of all ages, Kops & Kids offers families an opportunity to meet first responders and take an up close look at the emergency vehicles they operate. The FREE event will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10am-3pm at Sea Bowl Bowling Center (www.seabowl.com), 4625 Coast Highway, Pacifica, CA.

In addition to interacting with police officers, fire fighters, rescues personnel and members of the Armed Forces, attendees will be able to view police cars and motorcycles, fire trucks, military equipment, rescue vehicles, police dogs and emergency helicopter. As an added bonus, children are invited to bowl for free onJune 18 at Sea Bowl Bowling Center as well.

For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce office at (650) 355-4122 or visitwww.pacificachamber.com.

For those who want to make a weekend out of the festivities, Pacifica offers six lodging options in the low budget to moderate price range and all are within a short drive to Sea Bowl Bowling Center and within walking distance to Pacifica’s beaches.

Four properties are located at Rockaway Beach. The largest with 97 guest rooms is the Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel, a full-service hotel situated on Rockaway Beach with spacious accommodations, beautiful ocean views, a swimming pool and the upscale Moonraker restaurant. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Pacifica provides very comfortable accommodations with ocean views and a complimentary hot Express Start Breakfast Bar, which has an outdoor deck overlooking beautiful Rockaway Beach Cove. Offering a dash of Victorian charm is the pet-friendly Pacifica Motor Inn and adjacent to Nick’s Restaurant is theSea Breeze Motel, which is very convenient for those looking to dance the night away at Nick’s.

Situated across from Linda Mar Beach is another full service hotel called thePacifica Beach Hotel. Under new ownership, the hotel now includes several remodeled rooms, offering spectacular ocean view rooms, Jacuzzi tubs, indoor swimming pool and the new Peruvian Restaurant, Puerto 27. Further north near Sharp Park isAmericas Best Value Inn, which is a short walk from the Pacifica Pier and the Sharp Park golf course.

Accommodations:

America’s Best Value Inn Pacifica: (877) 784-6835/www.pacifica-bestvalueinn.com

Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel: (650) 355-6300/www.bestwesternlighthouse.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites: (650) 355-5000/www.hiexpresspacifica.com

Pacifica Beach Hotel: (650) 355-9999/www.pacificabeachhotel.com

Pacifica Motor Inn: (800) 522-3772/www.pacificamotorinn.com

Sea Breeze Motel at Rockaway Beach: (650) 359-3903

Travel Tip:  For more information about Pacifica, log onto VisitPacifica.com.

Background: Pacifica. California

The natural beauty and unparalleled serenity of Pacifica, California has attracted travelers to this coastal gem for more than 100 years. Located just 15 minutes south of San Francisco, Pacifica feels worlds away but is convenient to some of the most vibrant, international communities on the West Coast.  Easily accessible from Highway 1, Pacifica’ rich cultural heritage and bohemian personality make it a unique destination worth discovering.

Pacifica’s ethereal beauty is enhanced by its Mediterranean style weather. Refreshing temperatures range from 15-20 degrees cooler than the central coast, drawing visitors to Pacifica’s shoreline to ‘cool’ off during the hot summer months with its natural air-conditioning and attractive oceanfront accommodations.  Likewise, Pacifica’s equally-appealing winter travel season provides a dramatic setting for those interested in off-season values and romantic departures.

Of the many diversions, Pacifica boasts some of the most breathtaking panoramic vistas atop a wide range of hiking trails and walking adventures along the expansive beaches dotting the destination’s shoreline.  Additionally, the destination features a range of recreational options, including surfing, boating, scuba, fishing and paragliding, birding, cycling, golf, tennis, archery and horseback riding.

According to the National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast, Pacifica is known to be the fourth richest area in the world for marine mammal life.

For more information about the destination of Pacifica, California, please visit http://visitpacifica.com.

ALCATRAZ INTRODUCES NEW ART INSTALLATION FROM NELSON SAIERS

Alcatraz, best known for the historic federal penitentiary and occupation by the Indians of All Tribes, also has a long tradition of welcoming artists to provoke thought about freedom and incarceration.  Starting in mid-July, the National Park Service and Nelson Saiers—artist and math Ph.D.— are opening an installation called“Shortening: Making Irrational Rational.”  The exhibit will be installed in the New Industries Building, which will be open from 15 July, 2016 to 15 January, 2017, 11 am to 2 pm daily.  Access to the exhibit is included in the ferry price and can be purchased at Alcatrazcruises.com.

Shortening: Making Irrational Rational incorporates properties of the number Pi, prison vernacular and NFL football jerseys to weigh in on the “irrationally” long prison sentences given for minor, nonviolent drug offenses and the need to shorten those sentences.  The installation will show the first 200 digits of PI on 100 NFL football jerseys.

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In prison, long sentences are often referred to as “football numbers” because the duration in years resembles numbers on a football jersey.  An irrational number is one that never ends nor repeats—like the vast majority of numbers, Pi has this property.  The number on the football jerseys that was formed by truncating Pi’s infinitely long string of digits down to its first 200 is rational.  Hence, by shortening Pi we have turned it from an irrational to rational number and by analogue by shortening these “irrationally” long prison sentences we will be making them “rational.” The jerseys will be “hung out to dry” (they will be attached to hemp line with clothes pins), which is an appropriate description of society’s unfair treatment of these offenders. The choice of Pi (and its inherent relation to the circle) also points to the cyclical nature of prisons and poverty.

While there have been some recent reforms, the United States (with only 4.5% of the world’s population) incarcerates approximately 22% of the world’s prisoners, leading the world’s incarceration rate, an ironic statistic for the “Land of the Free.” It costs the country over $74 billion—some of which goes to private prisons with quotas.  Despite being closed for over 50 years, Alcatraz is the most visible and recognizable prison in the USA, attracting media coverage, filmmakers and tourists.

“The Rock” is best known as an inescapable island designed to imprison military and federal convicts. It was viewed as a place that would protect us from villains who would not abide by society’s laws. Unfortunately, today’s highly privatized and oversubscribed prison system imprisons many for durations that are disproportionate to the crimes they have committed. Most of these are not career criminals but often people with few options who made bad decisions—after becoming felons, they often have no options and the cycle continues. This highly visible and striking installation, in the unique context of Alcatraz, would shine a powerful lens on the issue.

Other elements of the installation are designed to give visitors an opportunity to learn more about this storied venue.  The first 200 digits of Pi include the number 85 which is shown on a Chicago Bears’ jersey.  It turns out 85 was the prison number of Al Capone who rose to infamy as boss of the famous Chicago Outfit. Native American activism plays an important part of Alcatraz’s storied history and one that Saiers chose to highlight by painting over the derogatory word “Redskin” on Washington football jerseys.

For more information about the exhibit and to book access to Alcatraz Island, please visit www.alcatrazcruises.com.

Alcatraz Cruises is the National Park Service concessioner of ferry service to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.  Alcatraz Cruises hosts nearly 1.5 million visitors annually.  Alcatraz Cruises designed, built and operates the first hybrid ferry in the United States.  The Hornblower Hybrid’s revolutionary design has reduced fuel consumption by 75% and has already begun to be implemented in other parts of the country.  For more information visit: www.alcatrazcruises.com.

Nelson Saiers is an artist based in New York City. Saiers previously worked in finance, where he managed a hedge fund. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia at the age of 23. Saiers lived through wars in Ethiopia and Afghanistan and uses his math-based art to address life’s mysteries. For more on his artwork, visit www.nelsonsaiers.com.

CruiseCompete Releases June 2016 CruiseTrends™ Reports Data – Insight Into “What is Trending” With Consumers for Ocean and River Cruises

CruiseCompete has released its CruiseTrends™ report for the month of June 2016. This report is sponsored by © EyeforTravel Ltd.

We have mined our wealth of data to provide information on the most popular cruise trends among consumers, including the top ships, lines and travel dates for premium, luxury and river cruising.

The CruiseTrends™ report for June 2016 is detailed below. To see more topics and data, please visit CruiseCompete’s pressroom or click here to see the entire June 2016 report.

Most Popular Cruise Lines
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each cruise line in the given month)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Carnival Cruise Lines
2. Luxury: Oceania Cruises
3. River: Viking River Cruises

In second place is Royal Caribbean International for premium/contemporary, Cunard for luxury and American Cruise Lines for river. More…

Most Popular Cruise Ships
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each ship)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Oasis of the Seas
2. Luxury: Queen Mary 2
3. River: America (changed from Viking Ingvi last month)

Next in popularity are Allure of the Seas for premium/contemporary, Oceania Riviera for luxury and Emerald Waterways Ships for river. More…

Most Popular Cruise Regions
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each region)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Caribbean
2. Luxury: Europe
3. River: Europe

Next in popularity are North America for premium/contemporary, Mediterranean for luxury and North America for river. More…

Most Popular Cruise Departure Ports
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each departure port)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Miami, Fla.
2. Luxury: Southampton, U.K. (changed from New York, N.Y last month)
3. River: Amsterdam, The Netherlands (changed from Budapest, Hungary last month)

Next in popularity are Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for premium/contemporary, New York, N.Y for luxury and Budapest, Hungary for river. More…

Most Popular Cruise Ports Visited
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each port visited during cruise itineraries, excluding departure ports)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Nassau, Bahamas
2. Luxury: Kotor, Montenegro (changed from Bora, Bora, French Polynesia last month)
3. River: Cologne, Germany

Next in popularity are Cozumel, Mexico for premium/contemporary, Mykonos, Greece for luxury and Vienna, Austria for river. More…

Most Popular Countries Visited
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each country visited during cruise itineraries, excluding countries of departure)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Mexico
2. Luxury: United States
3. River: Germany

Second are Bahamas for premium/contemporary, Italy for luxury and Austria for river. More…

Most Popular Cabin Types
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each cabin type)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Inside (changed from Balcony last month)
2. Luxury: Balcony
3. River: Balcony (changed from Outside last month)
More…

Number of Cabins Requested
(Based on most popular number of cabins per request)
1. Premium/Contemporary: 1
2. Luxury: 1
3. River: 1

Second are 2 cabins for premium/contemporary, 2 cabins for luxury and 2 cabins for river. More…

Most Popular Cruise Itinerary Lengths
(Based on most requested itinerary lengths)
1. Premium/Contemporary: 7 nights
2. Luxury: 7 nights
3. River: 8 nights

Second are 5 nights for premium/contemporary, 10 nights for luxury and 7 nights for river.
More…

Most Popular Sailing Months Requested
(Based on the most requested months)
1. Premium/Contemporary: July 2016 (changed from May 2016 last month)
2. Luxury: July 2016
3. River: September 2016 (changed from July 2016 last month)
More…
Other data available at the June 2016 CruiseTrends™ report:
• Number of cabins requested
• Most popular cruise itinerary lengths
• Travel insurance requested
• Cruise line past passenger status requested
• Booking window of time

This cruise trend information is available monthly from CruiseCompete and can be insightful, especially for financial analysts and travel writers. To see 12-months of cruise trend data, please click here: http://www.cruisecompete.com/cruise_trends.php.

For purposes of the CruiseTrends™ report, cruise lines recognized as premium or contemporary are grouped together as premium/contemporary. The CruiseCompete CruiseTrends™ report is sponsored by © EyeforTravel Ltd.

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Note to Editors About CruiseCompete

CruiseCompete has been the premier online cruise marketplace since 2003 (see media praises). Consumers come to CruiseCompete to research and book cruise vacations and have received 14 million quotes since 2003. They can compare offers from trusted travel agents, see consumer reviews of agents and agencies responding, then contact travel agents directly for more information and to book cruises. CruiseCompete is a member of the Family Travel Association, the leading authority and resource for family travel information and is home to the 2016 Family Friendly Cruise Travel Planner at Travel Resources.

CruiseCompete CruiseTrends™ offers monthly stats for an inside look at consumer trends and what consumers want in cruise vacations.

CruiseCompete takes top honors in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 60 Best Apps and Websites for Travelers” with an honorable mention. The Wall Street Journal praised CruiseCompete as “Best Cruise Travel Site,” The New York Times says, “… independent travel agents compete to offer you the best deal,” and follows similar praise from Travel + Leisure, Kiplinger and The Washington Post. The Street says, “Score luxury cruises at bargain prices.”

For more information, please visit http://www.cruisecompete.com/ or http://www.cruisecompete.com/group_cruises/

CruiseCompete is an Iowa limited liability company and is not a travel agency nor owned by a travel agency.