New luxury dive-focused cruise itineraries from AdventureSmith Explorations allow you to cruise Indonesia in a brand-new way.
Step aboard Aqua Blu, a small ship that previously served as a private yacht for an aristocratic European family. Aqua Blu was refurbished in 2019 and now offers 15 suites for 30 guests. AdventureSmith Explorations hosts travelers aboard Aqua Blu for eight- and 13-day diving itineraries starting at $7,525.
Smaller sister ships include Ombak Putih, serving 24 guests, and Katharina, serving only 14 guests. Itineraries these ships sail include Sailing Indonesia: The Undiscovered Frontier, a 14-day excursion around Sulawesi; and Sailing Indonesia: Bali, Komodo and Flores, a five- or eight-day cruise starting at $2,100.
“Travel by small expedition cruise ships in this region is growing, and for good reason,” said Todd Smith, founder and president, AdventureSmith Explorations. “The myriad itineraries showcasing endemic wildlife, underwater wonderlands, traditional local cultures and intriguing history present an expanse of options sure to delight travelers looking to sail into remote areas.”
Smith offers a word of advice when choosing your Indonesia cruise: “Determine how you imagine engaging with the new worlds you will visit. What’s most important to you? History, culture, wildlife, activities? Then hone in on those itineraries that come closest to your ideas. For example, Flores, Komodo and Bali cruises embrace volcanoes, rainforests, waterfalls, white-sand beaches and explorations of traditional lifestyles in quiet coastal villages. Raja Ampat cruises in the Coral Triangle delight snorkelers in an underwater paradise and birding enthusiasts on jungle-clad karst islands.”
IMAGINE SETTING SAIL IN AN EXOTIC, far-flung destination, just you and your family or group of friends aboard a private yacht. The sun warms the deck, a soft breeze dances off the water, and an über-attentive crew caters to your every whim while the personal chef whips up the finest of the local cuisine with all of your culinary preferences top of mind. All the while, the captain navigates the yacht into secluded coves; to pristine, seemingly undiscovered beaches; or even to the hottest spots along the coast for a night out on the town.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
My husband, friends and I visited Parkway Bakery & Tavern on a recent trip to New Orleans. The restaurant is one of the most well-known for the city’s signature sandwich, the po’ boy. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so we arrived close to when it opened and braved the already-long line.
A survey conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by American Hotel & Lodging Association found 44 percent of Americans are planning overnight vacation or leisure travel in 2020, with interest for road trips, family events and long weekends high. Of those expectant travelers, 68 percent say they are likely to stay in a hotel in 2020.
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.
The Rwanda Development Board announced commercial flights will be welcomed back to the country starting Aug. 1.
WELCOME TO THE EIGHTH ANNUAL Leisure Lifestyle Issue, celebrating the best in leisure travel. This year is a bit different because many of us haven’t traveled as we have in the past, but instead of writing about what we’ve missed in 2020, I’m looking forward to what will be possible in the rest of the year and beyond.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
WHAT A YEAR ... AND IT’S ONLY JUNE (or already June, depending on how you look at it). “Leisure lifestyle” may seem like an oxymoron in 2020, but as an optimist and travel enthusiast, I’m still determined to live the rest of this year to the fullest (or as full as possible, given the ongoing COVID-19 situation) — with travel at the forefront — and there’s no better way to do that than with a strictly leisure vacation.