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.
With more companies around the world becoming more environmentally friendly, American Airlines recently announced it committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This move will sharpen the company’s strategy for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and aligns its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
Now is the time to get out of the house, soak in the sun and try something new. From bread making to learning the latest TikTok dance, Americans picked up new hobbies since the COVID-19 pandemic. As travel gets busier, keep the momentum going with paddle boarding that can travel with you anywhere in the world.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel picks up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Okinawa with us.