Full Steam Ahead: Letter from the Editor

by Kimberly Krol

Sep 1, 2016
September 2016

In July, I stepped on board the Queen Mary 2 Remastered for a peek at the exciting renovations and changes aboard the iconic ship. Docked at Brooklyn’s Cruise Terminal, the ship offered picturesque views, proving the perfect backdrop for this month’s Editor’s Letter. Turn to page 36 for more updates on this ship and many others from your favorite cruise lines. Learn more about the Cunard cuisine on page 34.

It’s hard to believe September is already here and yet another summer travel season has wrapped. My summer travel took me to a variety of destinations, both domestically and abroad. It sure felt like I traveled to many more cities, as I spent a large chunk of time this summer putting together next year’s editorial calendar. It’s always a large undertaking, as we aim to offer a broad range of some of the world’s most popular and some lesser-known destinations. It seems odd to be thinking already about 2017, but, as always, we sail full steam ahead at GT, and we have a number of exciting changes to debut for you in just a few short months. Stay tuned.

Party with us on page 42 for a full recap of our annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards event, held this year at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Maybe some of the winners will inspire your 2017 travel planning. Then we’re off around the globe, visiting the Caribbean, Vienna, Houston, Toronto, Guangzhou, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and the Bordeaux region, and Fiji. For tips and tricks to figuring out the ins and outs of your preferred loyalty programs, check out page 38.

It’s time to turn my attention from our editorial calendar to the 2016 first- and business-class surveys, another massive job. Until next issue, I’ll spend my time checking in with all airlines to update our comprehensive charts detailing the premium cabin offerings available around the world, publishing in our Class Act Guide next month.

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