With four small 684-passenger ships and two mid-sized 1,250-passenger vessels, Oceania Cruises is set to call on more than 370 ports in 2017, hitting the high points in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific and Alaska while touching on destinations the bigger ships pass by. More than a hundred of its sailings next year feature new itineraries, and Oceania will call on many ports for its first time ever, ranging from Rijeka, Croatia, to Húsavík, Iceland.
Oceania is noted for its relaxed country club style, friendly service and, above all, its gourmet food. It competes well with true luxury lines — offering Canyon Ranch SpaClub facilities, casinos and suites with butler service — but it is priced well below its high-end rivals. While fares do not include gratuities, shore excursions or liquor and wine, Oceania levies no additional charge at its fine specialty restaurants.
Several cruise industry executives created Oceania as a less pricey but quite elegant alternative to the all-inclusive luxury lines. It emerged as a leading premium operator focused on relaxed cruising (with no formal nights) that delivers a mix of marquee and exotic destinations while maintaining top-notch dining aboard. Its first three 684-passenger ships, Insignia, Nautica and Regatta, were extensively refurbished in 2014 and joined by a nearly identical vessel, Sirena, this year. All four small ships are decorated in “country house” style, with spa, casino, golf facilities, deck games, jogging areas and cabaret entertainment, along with four open-seating restaurants.
Oceania’s two larger 1,250-passenger ships, Marina (launched in 2011) and Riviera (launched in 2012), are more spacious and sail 25 percent faster. Both ships contain more amenities, as well, most notably a Culinary Center (in association with Bon Appétit) consisting of 24 hands-on workstations. Both ships also feature Jacques Pépin’s first restaurant at sea, the aptly named Jacques.
In fact, Oceania is nothing if not a cruise line for foodies. Jacque Pépin has been the line’s culinary director from the beginning. Oceania’s specialty restaurants boast gourmet quality, and the two bigger ships feature not only Pépin’s signature restaurant and the Bon Appétit Culinary Center but also several even more intimate culinary delights, including, in association with Wine Spectator magazine, La Reserve Wine Bar.
In 2017 passengers aboard Marina will have a chance to indulge in Oceania’s gourmet sailing experience to the hilt on the annual Jacques Pépin Cruise. Departing London June 2 on a 10-day cruise, this galleon for gourmets will call on 10 ports in Northern Europe, from France to Denmark. Passengers will be hosted by Pépin himself, who promises to serve special menus, lectures and cooking demonstrations along the way.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.