I TRUST YOU’LL ENJOY our Cruising Issue, a topic we didn’t focus on when we launched Global Traveler 16 years ago. Like cruising, we changed a great deal over the past years. Where we once turned up our noses at taking that typical cruise, we have come to learn cruising not only has its place in our travels, but it can hold a special place.
About 10 years ago I took the family, with their plus-ones, on a Christmas cruise with Celebrity Cruises, since then embarking on three more with Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as trans-Atlantic crossings on the Queen Mary 2. The GT team has enjoyed many other ocean and river cruises; be sure to read their reviews on these pages.
The rise of river cruising is astounding — there is even talk about overcrowding on some rivers. I hope to take a river cruise in the spring and am reviewing the many itinerary options. Expedition cruises offer a wonderful way to experience places like the Antarctic or the Galápagos. This segment also enjoys substantial growth, including the likes of Ponant, fairly new to the American market.
With so many available cruising styles and ports of call, destinations like Hawai’i and Mexico find it challenging to keep pace. Avid travelers collect destinations and experiences, reveling in doing what others have not done. Traveling to Lanai, I was surprised to learn how many people have never been there, even those who frequently travel to Hawai’i or even live in Honolulu. I stayed at the Four Seasons; please look for my upcoming Golf column and GT Tested review of the property. (A side note: I do not recommend flying through Honolulu unless you have TSA PreCheck. The lines were ridiculously long, and nobody seemed to care or help. Without TSA PreCheck, I may have missed my flight.)
Our next issue announces the results of the 16th annual GT Tested Reader Survey, which will award some perennial favorites (which hung on hard for their top spots) and some new favorites. The Peninsula Beverly Hills will host the event Dec. 11 at its poolside rooftop venue, and we are hoping for warm weather just in case a guest decides to topple in, as happened a few years ago. The property says no one fell in the pool before or since, so we hold a proud record. Our winners prefer to make a splash to celebrate!
Until next month, peruse these pages and plan your cruise … and to those of you who say, “We don’t cruise,” find a voyage to meet your expectations and personality.
Mahalo nui loa!
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
The airline industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations, route capacity reductions and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP, Singapore Airlines and AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, launched a Farm-to-Plane initiative to bring the world’s freshest inflight produce to Singapore flights from Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
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.
While we may be physically restricted as to where we travel, that doesn’t stop the wandering spirit from feeling the need to explore. With the rise of virtual tourism, we can do just that — explore, but from home.
As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
For the next several weeks, we are compiling the thoughts and experiences of our staff, writers and readers about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a travel publication, we’ve all been affected during these difficult times, as have many of our clients, friends, partners and more.