There are a lot of reasons to love cruising, and for many travelers, the huge array of fun activities, food and experiences remains the big attraction. But what if you want to focus on, say, golf or hanging out with sports legends from your favorite teams? You can do that, too, thanks to an abundance of sports-themed voyages on the horizon. Even better, most such cruises abound with perks like tickets and exclusive access to sold-out events, celebrity meet-and-greets, social gatherings with other fans and the chance to try cool new tech advances.
Uniworld Cruises, for instance, partnered with Butterfield & Robinson to offer cycling itineraries on select sailings along the Rhine and Danube rivers. Daily cycle excursions not only showcase spectacular scenery but also offer extras like handlebar-mounted tablets preloaded with route maps, expert guides and a support vehicle.
Uniworld isn’t the only cruise line to partner with experts. Working with PerryGolf, Azamara offers golf cruises to 25 countries each year including Japan, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland and Saudi Arabia. Golfers arrive at each course to find their carts or caddies ready to go; an onboard manager coordinates details. July sailings offer the added bonus of two days at the British Open, the oldest golf tournament in the world. Another option is Kalos Golf, leading golf cruises in Normandy, the Caribbean, the British Isles and other destinations on a wide array of chartered ships.
Sports enthusiasts who would rather spectate than participate have a world of options, as well. Windstar Cruises’ Grand Prix voyage not only takes fans to the Monaco Grand Prix races but also into the pits with a Formula One expert. Passengers also enjoy themed events, Q&A sessions with a former driver and lots of swag.
Chartered vessels offer a way for superfans to spend time with the stars of their sport; upcoming cruises include five days with professional wrestling star Chris Jericho aboard Norwegian Pearl and a four-night, player-studded “tailgate at sea” for fans of the San Francisco 49ers.
As the travel industry finds itself in the midst of the first peak travel season since the beginning of the pandemic, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts commissioned a survey of more than 1,200 U.S. consumers to learn more about business travel habits, learning 65 percent of Millennials, aged 25–44 years old, and 59 percent of Gen Z, ages 18–24 years old, prefer to work for a company offering frequent travel or flexible blended travel as a perk. Blended travel is the combination of business travel with leisure travel.
Lovango Resort + Beach Club is the first newly built resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands in more than 30 years and prepares to return for its second season. Welcoming guests back Dec. 20, the resort will sport some new accommodations and guest experiences.
The world-renowned Italian fine-dining group with eight Michelin stars to its name, Da Vittorio debuts its new two-story restaurant, The Reverie Saigon. The new restaurant reshapes Vietnam’s high-end culinary industry through its blending of contemporary and sophisticated design with traditional Italian food.
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Desolation Hotel, named for the Desolation Wilderness near which it resides, opened in August 2022 in South Lake Tahoe. Immersed in the scenic alpine beauty of the Sierra Nevada range and inspired by preservationist John Muir, this dog-friendly hotel commits to supporting the local Tahoe community, leading in sustainable hospitality and helping guests enjoy the natural experiences the region offers.
Hotelier Ash welcomes its fourth hotel, Ulysses, to its collection. Situated in Mount Vernon, Baltimore, the 116-room hotel features an all-day café and late-night drinking parlor. The new hotel lies within the historic, nine-story Latrobe Building, a former 1912 apartment building with an early Italian Renaissance design. The hotel earns its name, Ulysses, from a ship that brought Bavarian immigrants to Baltimore at the turn of the century. The name also pays homage to James Joyce’s legendary and revolutionary novel and to the Greek hero, Odysseus.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
The Alida Savannah recently launched two new limited-time room offers. The Spirits of Savannah offer, now available for booking, includes overnight accommodations, two tickets to the Grave Encounters Ghost Tour, two specialty drinks at The Trade Room, The Lost Square or Rhett, and a detailed map of the city.