It’s no secret Virgin Voyages’ ship Scarlet Lady made her way to the United States after a successful preview season in the United Kingdom. Virgin Voyages stands out from other cruise lines in many ways. From the modern rooms, all-inclusive dining options and passengers having to be at least 18 years of age, the cruise line invites cruise-loving adults to experience the future of sailing on its first smart ship.
Passengers, or Sailors as Virgin refers to guests, will download their own Sailor App to access onboard experiences from beginning to end. The app curates a personalized experience for Sailors while alleviating the stress that comes with planning other cruise vacations.
As soon as Sailors have a reservation number, they can log into the app to start the Ready to Sail process of uploading passport documentation and completing the Voyage Well COVID health and safety questionnaires. Once set, passengers can pre-book dining times, reserve seats for entertainment experiences and catch a glimpse of scheduled happenings to plan out their time on board.
Scarlet Lady offers more than 20 eateries to choose from. The Sailor App allows guests to wait in line through a virtual queue, providing more time to relax and explore while practicing social distancing. Once a table is ready, the app alerts Sailors to arrive at their chosen restaurant. The smart app can also be used to order food, fresh towels, water, ice, laundry and maintenance to their cabin door. While basking in the sun, guests can have food ordered to their current location. Through a partnership with Moët & Chandon, a shake to the phone while the app is open will reveal a secret button that can be pressed for a bottle of Moët & Chandon Impérial to be delivered anywhere on board.
Park and resort management company Xanterra Travel Collection announced its Book Your Bucket List sale, offering travelers savings of up to 30 percent off national park experiences. Available Nov. 23–30, the sale grants travelers access to luxury resorts, tours and cruises at discounted rates.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Hotel Chicago West Loop is Chicago’s first hotel to bring street art inside, and to every guestroom. The dual-purpose property doubles as an art gallery, and launched its “Annex Murals” exhibit in 2018 with 15 hand-painted rooms boasting the work of some of Chicago’s most celebrated urban artists, including Asend, JC Rivera and Eloo. Today, all 116 rooms at the hotel have been painted with street murals, becoming some of the most distinctive lodging spaces in the city.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
Zürich changes shape as the holiday approaches, becoming a winter wonderland full of busy markets, fondue chalets, candle dipping at Bürklipatz and light installations. For the first time ever, Zürich will also feature a pop-up hotel experience Nov. 26–Dec. 26.