On the Ground: Because it was a late flight, I avoided the stress of dealing with the usual traffic from Manhattan to JFK. And as expected, only a few people stood in line for Saga Club check-in. I had checked in online, so I just needed to drop off my suitcase at the counter. It was taken care of without any delays, and I headed straight to the security line.
Pre-Flight: I was directed to the Galleries Lounge to briefly relax before my flight. Overall, the space was clean, with multiple counters offering different light snacks and drinks. Although I was not too hungry, I grabbed a few pieces of fruit and a soft drink and made some calls. I was excited about my first trip to Iceland and ready for my surprisingly short flight — a little more than five hours. Right at boarding time, I walked to my gate, eager to start my adventure.
In-Flight: The seats were spacious in business class, although they only reclined and did not lie flat. There were plenty of entertainment options as well as WiFi. I was ready to eat my dinner and take a quick nap. I ended up skipping the Parma ham and blue cheese starter. Although I expected some seafood options for the main course, I was delighted with my Indian chicken breast entrée. I reclined my seat and rested under the warm blanket while watching two consecutive movies and staying in contact with the world 30,000 feet below.
◆ You can stay connected the entire time you’re on board.
◆ I highly recommend Icelandair’s stopover promotion. Plus, the duty-free purchase of alcohol during your stay is smart and cost-effective.
◆ Book your flight earlier in the day if possible. Otherwise, you arrive early in the morning and your hotel may not accommodate an early check-in.
◆ Look for Icelandair Hotels throughout the island for clean, comfortable and convenient locations.
Recently renovated Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa launched its Halona Kai Beer Garden pop-up series, bringing Maui brews to meet Maui views and celebrate the summer season. Sip a cold Maui beer or seltzer while taking in the breathtaking views of the island. The beer garden will be offered three times a week, 5–9 p.m.
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.
Love to laugh and travel? Join Just For Laughs in Cancún presented by Pollen Presents Nov. 3–7. This festival event brings together the relaxing accommodations of a 5-star resort and laugh-out-loud funny comedy sets for a long, unforgettable escape.
A handful of historic towns in Texas Hill Country reinvented themselves as upscale food, wine and culture destinations. Fredericksburg is the shining star among them, transcending its historic German underpinnings to the point where it’s drawing a more cosmopolitan group of visitors, including many from outside Texas.
In an exclusive partnership, Lufthansa Group teams with Viking Cruises to offer the cruise line’s travelers direct, non-stop flights from the New York City area to Malta (MLA), beginning June 30. Flights will operate three times weekly on Lufthansa’s Airbus A350-900, departing from Newark Liberty International Airport.
Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Margaritaville announced the launch of a new resort brand, St. Somewhere. The brand will embody the carefree escapism of the Margaritaville brand, with a luxury twist. Slated to debut in fall 2021, the property will be located on Isla Holbox, Mexico, with other locations to open subsequently.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel begins to pick up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Panama City with us.