NO MODERN CRUISE LINE can match Cunard Line’s legacy at sea, dating back to 1840 and its trans-Atlantic steamboat days. Cunard operated the first passenger ship lit by electricity, the first with an indoor swimming pool and the first to offer an around-the-world voyage, in 1922. During World War II, its ocean liners transported more than 2 million service personnel, prompting Churchill to credit Cunard with shortening the war by a full year. Cunard was not only the first line to carry passengers on regularly scheduled trans-Atlantic passages, but today it is the only cruise line to do so.
Cunard’s crossings as well as its other voyages are distinguished by its traditional British cruising style, focusing on the elegance and mystique of ocean travel. Jackets are required even on informal nights. Professional librarians staff vast onboard libraries. Nannies attend to the kids. “Gentlemen Dance Hosts” abound. Cunard’s vessels are designed as ocean liners with Edwardian- and Victorian-inspired interiors, not as contemporary cruising ships. In keeping with the old-fashioned, more leisurely style, Cunard passengers can expect a lineup of renowned lecturers, Shakespearean actors, West End theatrical performers and a full scones-and-clotted-cream afternoon tea in the Queens Room, complete with Cunard’s renowned White Star service.
Cunard’s three ships, the Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2, each carry slightly more than 2,000 passengers. The largest, Queen Mary 2, accommodates just half as many passengers as today’s mega-ships, but it is nearly as long and almost as heavy. That means there’s ample space for everything one would need on a trans-Atlantic or world cruise, from the world’s largest floating bookshop and library to the first full-scale planetarium at sea — not to mention the industry’s only pet lodgings, featuring two kennel masters, an exercise area and room service.
Cunard delivers a formal but leisurely luxury cruise experience, a rarity these days, but the line is introducing new itineraries in a push to expand its passenger base to include more Americans, Canadians and Australians. While Cunard has scheduled 22 seven-night trans-Atlantic cruises in 2018, the newly expanded Queen Elizabeth will be dispatched first to Australia and Japan for the cherry blossom season and then, for the summer of 2019, to Alaska, where Cunard has not ventured in more than 20 years. Meanwhile, passengers can book a special Voyage du Vin on the Queen Victoria departing June 1, 2018, for tastings of Iberian wines; A Journey of Genealogy trans-Atlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2 Nov. 4, 2018, with Ancestry.com on board; or, if you’re quick, a Dec. 8, 2017, QM2 trans-Atlantic crossing with The New York Times’ puzzle editors celebrating the 75th anniversary of the NYT’s own version of the crossword puzzle.
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.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
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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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.
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.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
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.