According to various published reports, females make up merely 2–3 percent of ship captains worldwide. So it’s no wonder guests on board a cruise or yachting expedition feel surprised to find a woman in charge of their sailing ship. San Diego native Christiana Virgilio, captain of BIG EAGLE with Fraser Yachts for 17 years, has grown used to people stopping her to ask for access to the captain, never expecting she is the one who helms the ship. “Whenever someone asks me to speak with the captain,” she said, “I always smile, then say, ‘Sure, how can I help?’”
Hailing from Italy, Capt. Serena Melani, the new master of EXPLORA I (the first ship of Explora Journeys’ luxury fleet that launched this summer) was the world’s first female captain to bring a cruise ship out of a shipyard in 2020. She looks back at the beginning of her career as challenging. “It was difficult to find my first job on board a ship, and I can still remember being the only woman on board. Today, I’m thankful to see there are more and more opportunities open to women in the industry,” she said.
Windstar Cruises’ Capt. Belinda Bennett agrees change is afoot but points out it has been slow sailing. From remote Saint Helena, a 47-square-mile island and a British Overseas Territory, she not only reigns as Windstar’s first (and only) female captain, currently in charge of Wind Spirit, but she also boasts honors as the first Black woman to work as a captain on a cruise ship. “I’ve run into both racism and sexism over the years, but I have never let it be an issue. It’s not my problem, it’s theirs,” she said, noting she’s refused to be broken, never fearing working harder than her male colleagues. “Don’t be afraid to come to sea,” she advised water- loving women considering a career as a captain. “You get to see the world and be paid for it.” She urges would-be female captains to “work hard, be strong and don’t let anything deter you.”
Whether it's the people, the craic (fun) or the coasts, travelers always find something to love about the island of Ireland. What fills your heart?
Everyone loves a good Christmas tree, but these iconic hotels around the world take it one step further with designer-styled trees illuminating lobbies and public spaces, wowing all who enter. From Lela Rose to Louis Vuitton, don’t miss these ultra-luxury trees redefining tree decorating as we know it.
As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
The highly anticipated GT Tested Reader Survey has more reason to celebrate in 2024 than ever before. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our GT Tested Reader Survey awards, with many of the winning brands earning milestone accolades for years of dedicated and consistent service.
Corsica with steep, gray cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean and sandy beaches attracting summer visitors, is a French-governed island sometimes confused with Sardinia and Sicily, Italian islands to the south. Fortunately, all three islands share the same love for good wine, food and sun-splashed beaches.
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If you’re ready to do a little holiday catch-up with your besties, make a beeline for Conrad New York Downtown. The lobby metamorphosed into a holiday forest of heavenly scented, decorated Virginia Spruce trees. Make your first stop ATRIO Barista Station in the lobby for a complimentary hot spiced apple cider (until Dec. 3) or hot chocolate (Dec. 22–24).