ADMITTEDLY, I HAVEN’T CRUISED MUCH. But after reading through the articles in this month’s issue, our first-ever Cruising Issue, that’s a fact I know I need to change. There truly is something for everyone in the world of cruising, a theme we tried to highlight on the following pages. From large-ship cruises, which Richard Newton delves into further on page 40, and sailing cruises like Katarina Line, reviewed on page 19, to river cruises — check out Uniworld’s recent transformation on page 82 — and smaller, luxury cruises (for example, on Silversea Cruises, page 36), whatever type of cruiser you deem yourself, there’s an option for you.
My first cruise was in 1999/2000, when I was 16 years old. My parents planned Christmas with family in Clearwater, Florida, before embarking on a New Year’s cruise to celebrate the millennium. Of course, at that age, I thought it was horrible my parents were keeping me from my friends on the holiday, but I ended up having the time of my life. I made tons of new friends, I was never bored with the endless activity options available, and I thoroughly enjoyed my first time snorkeling in Grand Cayman. There was a bit of magic in the air as the bell chimed midnight on Y2K and I was surrounded by the darkened expanse of the ocean, the twinkling stars overhead and the celebratory cheers from our fellow passengers.
I spared you the awkward teenage photos from that first cruise, but in a nod to the many different types of cruising available around the globe, opted for this one from Alcatraz Cruises. On a windy San Francisco day, my friend and I braved the breeze to explore the infamous prison. You never know what worldwide excursion or tour is going to send you adrift.
Fittingly, almost 20 years later, I will ring in the upcoming New Year on a cruise — just one of a different ilk. I embark on my first river cruise Dec. 27, with U by Uniworld. We’ll first visit the famous Christmas markets in Regensburg and Passau before anchoring in Vienna, where we’ll welcome 2019, and then hit up Melk, Bratislava and Budapest for more holiday fun. A different kind of cruising experience, but I’m sure it will yield equally fond memories.
It’s now time to set sail with this issue, with ports of call in Montréal, Lisbon, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Venice, Cochin, the Caribbean and Cozumel. We even make a trans-Atlantic crossing aboard Cunard’s iconic Queen Mary 2 on page 70.
Join us next month as we announce the 2018 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the survey! Until then, ahoy, mateys!
Princess Premier, a new add-on recently launched by Princess Cruises, offers cruise-goers unlimited WiFi, premium/top-shelf beverages, photos and more. The new offer builds off the popular Princess Plus add-on to bring guests a more comprehensive bundle and savings of more than 50 percent when all the amenities are purchased separately.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Recently, NoMo SoHo and its ownership, real estate and investment firm Sapir Corp Ltd., launched a curated NFT program, making NoMo SoHO the first hotel in the United States to offer guests an innovative way to book stays using blockchain technology.
From Aug. 9 to 17, Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, will vibrate to the sound of the world’s favorite Elvis Presley tunes as Elvis Week 2022 gets underway. This year’s event will be a fun-filled mashup of tributes, concerts, special events and celebrity appearances, including actress Barbara Eden, who starred with Elvis in the 1960 film Flaming Star and became a household name for her lead role in the long-running television series I Dream of Jeannie.
Whether you prefer a villa on the beach or an ultra-luxe suite downtown, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Los Cabos.
What happens when three of the six French nationals residing in San Antonio get together? If they happen to be from a long line of proud French gourmands from three different regions of the country, they take what they know and make it something proudly Texan, while still adhering to their separate and collective culinary roots. That’s exactly what happened as a result of those three — Executive Chef Laurent Réa of Strasbourg, Philippe Placé of Chartres, and Jérôme Sérot of Lyon — meeting 20 years ago.
With a network of more than 450 independent luxury advisors, Travel Edge, the North American leader in luxury travel, released a report on its findings for travel trends in 2022. No doubt the pandemic can be blamed as the main culprit behind many of these changing trends in travel, with travelers attempting to regain moments lost over the last two years.
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Nobu Barbuda is underway in the Caribbean, the newest installation to the Nobu Hospitality portfolio. The Nobu restaurant, all conceived by actor Robert DeNiro, debuted in 2021, and Nobu Barbuda’s first beach club opened this year.