FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Norwegian Gem Norwegian Cruise Lines

Mar 1, 2008
2008 / March 2008

Arrival/Check-in: When our cab pulled up alongside what looked like a long, incongruously clean, white, city apartment block docked near the end of Barcelona’s extensive port, a porter greeted us, pulled our luggage out of the trunk and tagged it. Inside the terminal, registration took mere minutes and we were on our way to cruise along with 2,400 other passengers on a 12-day Western Mediterranean itinerary aboard the Norwegian Gem. (28/30)

Guest Quarters: Our balcony stateroom was cheerful and pristine, with gleaming light wood cabinets, a small couch beside our comfortable queen bed (and sumptuous duvet), flat-screen TV, deep shelves for our clothing and a small desk with a computer hookup. Large mirrors on both sides of the room expanded the bright space. I had brought a hairdryer. No need. Everything was provided. The bathroom was well designed for a small space, with terrific water pressure in the shower. A small safe was available for securing those jewels you might want to sport in the luxurious restaurants and nightclubs onboard. Gloriously, only the captain’s voice was allowed to break in on each room’s intercom and we began to look forward to his updates each evening as we set sail for the next day’s adventure. (30/30)

Services/Amenities: Norwegian Cruise Lines pioneered “freestyle” cruising: no set seating time or plan for dining. With 12 restaurants and 11 bars and lounges, you can eat where you want, when you want. Reserve a table for yourself and your special someone or join a group and meet your fellow passengers. Your choice. Not hungry? You can play tennis, practice golf swings, play basketball, bowl, rock-climb … or go to a lecture, a dance class, an exercise class, relax in the spacious spa and, yes, play bingo (I did, for the first time) … read in the library, join a card game in the game room or head for the casino. Then there are the evening shows. It’s almost exhausting to plan your day. One huge thumbs up to NCL: Every public room has a hand-cleaning station with a cheerful attendant to “suggest” you cleanse your hands. (39/40)

The Experience: Visiting 10 ports on a 12-day itinerary requires discipline. Forget the Spinnaker Lounge on nights before docking at 6 a.m. if you plan to explore/walk for eight hours onshore. This captain runs a tight ship!

Total Score: (97/100)

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Sep 30, 2022

Where to Go in 2023: International

It’s never too early to plan that next big trip. Look ahead to 2023 with travel inspiration from these international destinations.

Why the Future of Business Travel Might Look Different

Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.

Daily
Sep 30, 2022

10th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival

Tickets are now available for the 10th annual South Beach Seafood Festival, taking place this fall, Oct. 19–22. The region’s best seafood and South Florida’s top chefs and restaurants will be the focal point.

Daily
Sep 30, 2022

New Luxury Glamping Accommodations and More from Lovango Resort

Lovango Resort + Beach Club is the first newly built resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands in more than 30 years and prepares to return for its second season. Welcoming guests back Dec. 20, the resort will sport some new accommodations and guest experiences.

The State of Sustainability in Global Business Travel

Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.

Daily
Sep 29, 2022

Michelin-Star Da Vittorio Launches Reverie Saigon in Vietnam

The world-renowned Italian fine-dining group with eight Michelin stars to its name, Da Vittorio debuts its new two-story restaurant, Da Vittorio Saigon in the hotel Reverie Saigon. The new restaurant reshapes Vietnam’s high-end culinary industry through its blending of contemporary and sophisticated design with traditional Italian food.

eFlyer News
Sep 28, 2022

More than 20 New Hyatt Hotels Coming to Latin America, Caribbean in 2024

Hyatt recently announced plans to open more than 20 luxury and lifestyle hotels and resorts in Latin America and the Caribbean through 2024. Some of these new openings include expansion of Hyatt brands into new markets.

TAP Air Portugal: 77 Years Young

TAP Air Portugal, or rather Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, was founded 77 years ago, March 14, 1945, and flew its first commercial flight September 19, 1946, inaugurating service from Lisbon to Madrid, Spain, aboard a Douglas DC-3.

eFlyer News
Sep 28, 2022

Ulysses, a New Hotel by Ash, Opens in Baltimore

Hotelier Ash welcomes its fourth hotel, Ulysses, to its collection. Situated in Mount Vernon, Baltimore, the 116-room hotel features an all-day café and late-night drinking parlor. The new hotel lies within the historic, nine-story Latrobe Building, a former 1912 apartment building with an early Italian Renaissance design. The hotel earns its name, Ulysses, from a ship that brought Bavarian immigrants to Baltimore at the turn of the century. The name also pays homage to James Joyce’s legendary and revolutionary novel and to the Greek hero, Odysseus.