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.
ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: Climbing along the coast, I was trying to snap pictures of the cool-blue Puerto Vallarta waters outside my car window (I know, it never works) when we started winding along stone walls draped in jungle-like foliage. Annoyed my view was blocked, I looked around to see where we were just as we were parking at Hotel Mousai — I audibly gasped. The all-glass, chic and incredibly grand entrance was so well-secluded, it somehow snuck up on me.
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Emirates added Seychelles (SEZ) to its list of recent flight resumptions, including Stockholm (ARN) and beefing up services to the Maldives (MLE). Emirates resumed Seychelles services Aug. 1, alongside the country’s re-opening to international tourists.
ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: Arriving in Singapore is an easy affair as there are plenty of taxis for the 15-minute ride from Changi Airport, with little traffic. Coming into the circular drive of the famed Raffles hotel, you take in the view of this historic 1887 property. The equally famed doormen, dressed in traditional Sikh livery, greet guests and help with any requests.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
The United Arab Emirates announced all inbound travelers are required to carry proof of a negative COVID-19 test to show upon arrival. This requirement will be upheld by all the country’s airports and applies to residents and tourists alike.
Take Five at Saint Lucia’s famed Jade Mountain. The resort’s deal allows guests booking the signature Sky, Star or Moon sanctuary to receive their fifth night free, an offer valued at a savings of more than $1,200. The offer is valid for travel through Dec. 19. Learn more and book.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
Looking for a romantic getaway? At Couples Resorts in Jamaica, travelers can earn up to $500 in instant cash credits when booking a stay of five nights or more with the Couples Comeback offer. The offer is valid at all properties for bookings through Sept. 30. Travel by Aug. 31 for $500 in cash credits and Sept. 1–Dec. 24 for $400 in cash credits. Guests who provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will receive a $100 resort credit. Book online.