These days, the show’s the thing at sea as well as on land. Cruise lines are increasingly mirroring the best Broadway, the Las Vegas strip and the theaters of London offer, with stellar shows featuring the latest in technological enhancements. Cruise ship versions may be a bit abridged, with smaller casts and stages, but show tickets are cheaper (usually free), and parking is not a problem.
Big ships are making the biggest splash. The high-water mark in onboard entertainment is well-represented on Royal Caribbean International’s newest vessel, Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise liner, accommodating up to 5,497 guests per sailing. Harmony of the Seas offers plenty of scintillating options. Passengers can catch a Broadway production of Grease with original choreography and costumes in the 1,380-seat Royal Theater; attend the only ice show offered in the cruise industry, where state-of-the-art video techniques and special effects recreate the roundthe- world adventures of Jules Verne; or visit the AquaTheater, the largest and deepest freshwater pool at sea, where flying acrobats and daredevil divers put on yet another spectacle.
Other big cruise lines present equally ambitious performances. Carnival Cruise Line employs massive LED screens and 3D projections to enhance its musical productions which include elaborate tributes to Motown, Jerry Lee Lewis and Billy Joel. Norwegian Cruise Line offers “cirque” entertainers and complete dining services under “the only Big Top at Sea,” as well as routines performed in smaller venues by The Second City comedy troupe. And Disney Cruise Line regales families with programs and interactive deck parties featuring Disney characters as well as big shows based on its cinematic successes, including Toy Story and Aladdin.
For those seeking a touch of class, passengers on Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 can enjoy musical performances from the National Symphony Orchestra in the largest ballroom at sea, attend Shakespearian plays offered by the cast of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, enjoy stellar shows in the Planetarium or partake of live “Blue Note Jazz at Sea” performances.
The smaller luxury lines are not being completely upstaged, either. Silversea Cruises has introduced seven new shows. A salute to operatic arias fills some evenings; a tribute to the British Invasion of rock bands another. For a more intimate evening of entertainment, Crystal Cruises hosts “Magic Castle at Sea” performances for audiences of just 25 that focus on world-class, close-up magic acts.
From supper-club artistry to blockbuster productions, the latest in entertainment is no longer a pleasure one must forgo when heading out to sea.
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.
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.
The Rittenhouse has long stood out as one of Philadelphia’s finest hotels, centrally located in one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. Needless to say, I knew I was in for an afternoon of luxurious pampering when I hopped in my car and headed down I-95 from my suburban home to the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. As I drove through the seemingly endless roadwork on the highway, I realized just how long it had been since I’d driven this once-familiar route into the city as a result of the pandemic. Of course I was eager for the relaxation and bliss that was in my future, but it was also a welcome feeling to head back into Philadelphia for a moment of normalcy.
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GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
As a native of the Philadelphia region, I’m quite familiar with the drive in and out of the City of Brotherly Love. Even as the city’s skyline continually transforms, my favorite views of Philadelphia have always been along Boathouse Row, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art rising in the background, before looping around the museum to the flag-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Home to many of Philadelphia’s incredible and world-renowned museums, the Fairmount neighborhood is fittingly aesthetically pleasing and practically synonymous with fine art.
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.
Set to open in 2026, Rosewood San Francisco will be the last skyscraper developed in the downtown region for the foreseeable future. The projected 800-foot-tall property will host a hotel, residences, office and rental spaces. The brand’s third property in California will join Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.