CRUISING HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY over the past century, first providing travelers with a means of transportation and then ushering in a new era that attracted leisure travelers looking for variety in the midnight buffets and activity on the shuffleboard courts. The new generation of cruisers takes cruising to an entirely new realm, where passengers split their time on and off the boat for an equal mix of time on the water and on the shore.
In Peru, Aqua Expeditions’ Aria Amazon takes up to 32 passengers deep into the Peruvian Amazon and the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to explore the unspoiled rainforest as passengers spend their days off the boat and nights on board. Small-group excursions cap out at eight passengers per guide; the highly experienced naturalist guides provide insight as the group enters deep within the rainforest for nature hikes, medicinal plant walks and even encounters with local tribes of the Amazon rainforest.
The latest in land and sea offerings is something known as the “cruise tour.” Cruise tours are land tours typically undertaken before or after the cruise itself to bring passengers deeper into the interior of a destination. Many cruise tours bring passengers to places that are mainly accessible by cruise ship, like the Galápagos Islands and Antarctica, but all of them offer guests the chance to get off the boat and explore some of the world’s most amazing destinations.
Princess Cruises offers four unique cruise tours of Alaska, each including a seven-day cruise with options to extend before or after for anywhere from three to 10 nights. The three- to six-night cruise tour proves the most popular option, as it includes up to four nights in the Denali area with a stay at the exclusive Princess Wilderness Lodge where guests can sleep among the wildlife (caribou, moose, wolves, bald eagles) in the comfort of a luxury lodge with all the amenities. Guests travel directly from the cruise port via the Direct-to-the-Wilderness program, or Princess Alaska rail service, and can choose from optional excursions even once at the lodge, from flightseeing tours to jetboat safaris along the Nenana River.
In Europe, Classic Journeys combines the best of cruise touring with river cruising, as it recently launched its European River Cruises. Each eight-day cruise brings no more than 18 guests on board with a Classic Journeys guide who takes care of the group’s needs on the ship but also takes them to off-the-beaten path experiences on land. From meeting local olive oil makers in Portugal to cooking with Michelin- starred chefs along the Rhône River, the bespoke adventures on land complement the luxury experiences enjoyed back on the ship.
Expansion plans involving a new 14-gate concourse at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California must clear environmental review before moving forward.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower opened following full renovations to its 280 guestrooms and public spaces. The property is the second Hyatt Regency in Spain. The hotel sits in a Barcelona skyline landmark, a 29-story tower topped with a glass dome that provides travelers with 360-degree views and an unparalleled dining experience.
Opened this past November, Osaka Excel Tokyu Hotel rethinks the classic Japanese business hotel format in a delightful way. While the basic design concept is rooted in generations-old Japanese aesthetics, its wow factor comes from the interior designers’ approach of filtering them through a kaleidoscope. This effect is accomplished with ornate hexagonal lamps, carpeting with geometric shape motifs and pops of happy gold and blue hues. The lobby adds to that with a whimsical, but sophisticated mix of artwork and decorative ornaments, with a color palette and ornamentation that extends to 364 private rooms and suites throughout 17 floors.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
In an age where airlines continually look for new ways to increase connectivity and offer passengers more options, a new agreement gives United Airlines passengers the ability to book spots on 68 Vistara-operated flights to 26 destinations in India. The agreement goes into effect Feb. 28.
Reconnect with nature and step outside your comfort zone at Palmaïa, The House of AïA. The new Riviera Maya resort focuses on inner exploration and a respect for nature, offering visitors an array of experiences promoting self-discovery and spiritual wellness.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Qatar Airways is expanding this year, adding eight new destinations to its network. The list includes: