Among major international cruise lines, Celebrity Cruises stands out as a premium operator. Nine of its 10 sleekly modern 21st-century ships carry between 2,000 and 3,000 passengers, each large enough to qualify as a luxury resort at sea. Carrying five times more passengers than the more intimate boutique vessels sailed by the likes of Seabourn and Silversea, Celebrity provides the expansive facilities, numerous amenities and family activities of today’s largest ships while still delivering a lavish cruise experience at a reasonable price.
Modern luxuries and unique facilities distinguish a Celebrity cruise. Most strikingly, Celebrity’s ships come with an upper deck coated in a half-acre of Bermuda grass. These Lawn Clubs offer private cabanas and trimmed courts for croquet, golf putting and bocce ball. Passengers can order a picnic on the grass or, on two of the ships, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection, grill their own steaks and seafood at the patio café. In March, Celebrity Summit will become the second ship in the fleet to add a Rooftop Terrace featuring an outdoor movie screen and a surround-sound system.
Beyond the lawn, what sets Celebrity apart from other major cruise lines of its size is the sheer elegance of its ships (festooned with fresh flower displays and world-class artwork), dedicated European-style service, Canyon Ranch spas and cutting-edge cuisine — among the best on the big cruise lines — served in restaurants for every taste from healthy to gourmet. Dress codes? You can pack your tux and cocktail dress, but this year Celebrity undertakes a “modern luxury reboot,” replacing formal night with evening chic, in which designer jeans pass muster and even a sports coat becomes optional.
Celebrity’s fleet sails the waters of all seven continents each year, from Alaska to the Antarctic, Asia to Australia and the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. Celebrity’s original Millennium Class ships — Millennium, Infinity, Summit and Constellation — have been upgraded to offer the facilities found on its five newest, slightly larger Solstice Class vessels: Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette and Reflection. Celebrity’s one boutique ship, the 90-passenger Celebrity Xpedition, is designed to ply the Galapagos Islands exclusively, with facilities and amenities naturally far more limited than those of its big sisters. Celebrity Cruises also operates Azamara Club Cruises’ small luxury vessels.
While Celebrity is not an all-inclusive, all-suite cruise line, and passengers must pay gratuities and other shipboard extras along the way, it’s an excellent choice for those seeking to sail a middle course between a classy inn and a towering mega-resort — the best of both worlds, perhaps.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
The Rittenhouse has long stood out as one of Philadelphia’s finest hotels, centrally located in one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. Needless to say, I knew I was in for an afternoon of luxurious pampering when I hopped in my car and headed down I-95 from my suburban home to the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. As I drove through the seemingly endless roadwork on the highway, I realized just how long it had been since I’d driven this once-familiar route into the city as a result of the pandemic. Of course I was eager for the relaxation and bliss that was in my future, but it was also a welcome feeling to head back into Philadelphia for a moment of normalcy.
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Set to open in 2026, Rosewood San Francisco will be the last skyscraper developed in the downtown region for the foreseeable future. The projected 800-foot-tall property will host a hotel, residences, office and rental spaces. The brand’s third property in California will join Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.
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It’s not even 9a.m. in the sleepy fishing village of Rawai on Thailand’s famous Phuket Island, but already the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea swarm with local fishermen casting their lines and releasing their nets from the bows of rustic long-tail boats. The scents of lemongrass, incense and sweet pandan leaves season the air as the villagers slowly rise from their beachside bungalows to start their day. In just a few more hours, the fishermen will return with their catches, filling the stalls of the iconic Rawai Seafood Market with buckets of shellfish and displays of fresh filets. Visitors line up each afternoon for the catch of the day, selecting their fish with care before hauling their purchases across the well-worn road to the restaurants opposite the market to have the fish cooked for 100 Thai baht per kilo.