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.
As I arrived at the Air Canada check-in counter, the helpful staff directed me to the security checkpoint. Once through the line, and a bit strapped for time, I walked quickly to my gate, where an extremely kind concierge service member greeted me. She asked how my trip was and said she had been watching for me so she could assist me with boarding early to ensure a calm and easy departure. She assisted me earlier that week when I processed through security from Toronto to London, so it was nice closing my trip with a friendly face. She escorted me onto the plane and to my seat in the beautiful Signature Class cabin of the Boeing 787-8, introducing me to the flight attendant who would be directing cabin staff during my flight. I thanked the concierge for her hospitality throughout my journey.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
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Meliá Hotels International announced the expansion of its ME by Meliá, Gran Meliá and Paradisus brands in 2021.
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Tropicana Las Vegas launched its first-ever Holiday in Paradise outside in Tropicana Plaza to help spread holiday cheer this year. Through Jan. 3, more than 25,000 lights will cover the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard, alongside a 20-foot Christmas tree and a tropical forest of 25 palm trees and Christmas trees. The free experience for all ages also includes a 10-foot-tall, live poinsettia photo wall, holiday music and a pop-up bar serving winter-themed cocktails, hot cocoa and more.
As more destinations around the globe reopen to travelers, we are ready to get back to one of our favorite activities. Join us over the next several weeks as we take you to places around the world saying #WelcomeBacktoTravel. Take a visual journey through Portugal with us.
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The first Six Senses in the Americas arrives early next year with the opening of Six Senses Botanique in Brazil. In the Mantiqueira area, 2.5 hours from São Paulo and 3.5 hours from Rio de Janeiro, Six Senses Botanique will sit amid 700 acres of lush, mid-tropical Atlantic forests.