WHAT A DIFFERENCE a year makes! As I prepared my letter for last November’s issue, our first-ever Cruising Issue, it had been years since I’d last cruised. Now, as I prepare for final sign-off on this November issue, I reminisce about the two cruises I’ve been on in the past year, and I’m washed with nostalgia for the experiences and memories each brought.
What makes cruising such big business? Based on my two different experiences — one a river cruise on the Danube for New Year’s Eve and one a luxury cruise in the Caribbean on a larger ship — I can draw some of my own conclusions. One cannot overlook the ease of unpacking once yet seeing multiple destinations. Cruises are good for a wide range of family types; my New Year’s Eve river cruise with my fiancé in Europe was perfect for us, while the all-inclusive ocean cruise I took with my mom suited us nicely. You can please most members of the family with a cruise. Planned itineraries and offered excursions take some of the headache out of putting together your own trip, and with dining included, people can budget funds for other activities. I could go on about the benefits of cruising, but I’ll let the articles on the following pages entice you instead. As you can tell from my GT Tested reviews of U River Cruises and Seabourn, I had more words to write than room on the page.
To depart from the subject of cruising briefly, I need to offer a little update to my letter from last month. I wrote about the subject of haunted tourism just a few days before departing for Savannah, a well-known haunted destination. On a tour of the haunted Sorrel-Weed House I saw a ghost. While not necessarily a believer before, I am now. I know what I saw was paranormal activity, and it only bolstered the sentiment expressed in our October issue: Haunted tourism is and will continue to be popular for good reason, and there’s a bounty of it to be explored further.
Where do we cruise in this issue? Sail away with us to Colombo, İzmir, Miami, Cartagena, Nassau, Roatán, Dubai and Croatia. Prepare for the holiday season with a look at Christmas market cruises on page 70, and use Katie McElveen’s feature story on page 40 to determine which cruise line is right for you.
Celebrate with us next month as we announce the winners of our 16th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards. Until then, happy sailing!
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
In May this year, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. In celebration, Taipei’s annual Pride Parade was especially festive, with 170,000–250,000 people in attendance — a record number for what was already the biggest pride parade in Asia.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts plans to open a new hotel and private residences in New Orleans in late 2020. The first Four Seasons property in New Orleans is slated to open inside the World Trade Center, adjacent to Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center. The World Trade Center is currently undergoing renovations, with plans including a new podium and public spaces. The hotel plans feature four food and beverage outlets, retail space, a spa, rooftop pool and meeting and event spaces.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
American Airlines now provides a passport-scanning feature on its mobile app. American Airlines is the first airline to offer a service of this kind. The passport chip-scanning feature transmits passport information to the airline, so passengers do not need a customer service agent to recheck their passports when arriving at the airport for international flights.