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.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
Escape to Italy’s Gavi region and settle in for one of the new experiential summer stay offerings within the peaceful setting of Locanda La Raia. The intimately proportioned, 12-room boutique mansion hotel is located between the cities of Milan and Genoa. The setting? A 180-hectare estate comprised of vineyards, meadows and forests of chestnut trees, elderflower and acacia, all of which provide a habitat for birds and wildlife.
The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua recently announced the final phase of a $100 million resort-wide transformation, set to be unveiled by the end of 2022. Located across 54 acres of pristine, wide-open space overlooking Honokahua Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua is a sanctuary for guests seeking a luxurious escape.
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Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.
The best food tours go beyond reliving a newly arrived traveler of having to figure out which restaurant or bar to hit first. They also provide context in explaining how a destination’s crops and cuisine tie in with a place’s historical events and different populations. During a vacation in Iceland, 20-year veteran tour guide and proud Madeira native Jaqueline Freitas was reminded of this when she put herself in the hands of a savvy Reykjavik guide leading a street food tour.