POP ICONS ADD ZEST TO ANY CRUISE, so it’s no wonder cruises with popular-culture themes are proliferating. In fact, pop culture now rules the deck on every voyage with Disney Cruises and its roaming crew of stars from Pixar, Marvel, Disney and Star Wars productions. Disney’s deck parties, 3-D movies and Broadway-style shows are designed for families, as are the staterooms, which feature split baths and extra space and storage. On select 2020 itineraries in the Caribbean, passengers can enjoy a Star Wars Day at Sea featuring a throng of Star Wars characters; and on many five-night cruises from Miami, a Marvel Day at Sea brings aboard stunt shows, movie marathons and a chance to cavort with the likes of Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America. Disney Cruises to Alaska are headlined by Pixar Pals at Sea programs put on by the characters of Toy Story, The Incredibles and Monsters, Inc. and highlighted by an all-hands-on-deck Super Hero Shuffle.
Norwegian Cruise Line fords a similar stream of popular art with a special round-trip New York- to-Bermuda Comicon cruise May 3–10, 2020, on Norwegian Encore. Passengers will sail with a host of legendary comic-book and animated video heroes in full regalia, topped off by a three-day party in Bermuda.
Another major aspect of pop culture is music, and cruise lines are ready to rock, especially Royal Caribbean. Its Rock Legends Cruise VIII, Feb. 27–March 2, 2020, from Fort Lauderdale brings aboard 20 artists to perform some 60 shows in three venues. Among the top draws: Roger Daltrey, Uriah Heep, Elvin Bishop, UFO and Johnny Lang. That’s followed by The 80s Cruise, March 8–15, 2020, on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, a round-trip Miami voyage featuring concerts day and night with the likes of Berlin, Patty Smyth and the B-52s.
Fans of country music are in luck, too, with a special Caribbean cruise Jan. 25–Feb. 1, 2020, on Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam. There will be line dancing, cornhole tournaments (bean-bag tossing) and meet-and-greet opportunities with the country stars who perform along the way, including the Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Owen, Tracy Lawrence and Pam Ellis.
There’s even a pop cruise for fans of classical music. Ponant Cruises lures members of the Boston Pops aboard to celebrate American composers on a Montréal-to-Boston sailing of Le Champlain Oct. 19–27, 2020. This cruise features concerts, chamber music and piano works by Gershwin, Copeland, Barber and Ellington.
And finally, for pop TV devotees, there’s a Golden Girls at Sea cruise aboard the Celebrity Infinity, complete with a cheesecake party, bar crawl, bingo binge, fancy-dress fest and karaoke night at the Rusty Anchor. This pop party at sea sets sail Feb. 24, 2020, with stops in Key West and Cozumel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.