It’s true. Cruising is becoming cool again. If you’re debating a cruise this year, here are five experiences you might want to hold out for.
Watch the World Go By on the Tallest Screen at Sea
Hurtigruten, while not a household name like Carnival or Royal Caribbean, has quite a lot going for it with its world’s first hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship and green, state-of-the-art technology. The latest innovation it boasts is the new, tallest LED screen at sea, which displays the passing views to travelers indoors. The screen faces the three all-glass elevators, spanning 10 decks with its 4K Ultra-HD visuals.
Sail Along with Underwater Views
Ponant’s Le Champlain sets sail in the Caribbean next year with a new itinerary that takes guests around Central America, including stops at Belize’s Blue Hole, Guatemala and the Yucatan Peninsula. What really makes the experience stand out, though, is Le Champlain’s underwater Blue Eye lounge, which allows you to watch out for passing underwater sea life from cruise ship comfort.
Marvel and Star Wars Days at Sea
If you’re a Disney, Star Wars or Marvel fan, you’ll be glad to know Disney Cruise Lines is bringing back its popular Star Wars and Marvel Days at Sea, but only for limited sailings. You’ll want to book the 2020 Caribbean itineraries soon to guarantee your spot cruising alongside your favorite characters, from Darth Vader and Kylo Ren to Iron Man and Captain America.
Nearly 150 Days at Sea
If you really can’t get enough and think you’d like to spend more than a third of your year at sea, you can always book the newly announced 146-day World Cruise: Extraordinary Destinations from Seabourn. It sets sail in 2020, crosses three oceans, stops at 62 ports and visits 36 countries on five continents.
Taking Tech to the Next Level
If your main cruising complaint is it’s difficult to stay connected while you’re at sea, you’ll love the changes Princess Cruises is making over the next year. It’s dedicated to expanding its “best WiFi at sea” to more than half its fleet, so you can stream, post and text with ease. Other tech improvements the cruise line is making include a mobile app which allows you to track and chat with fellow cruisers and an app that allows you to order drinks from the ship’s bars, wherever, whenever.
In the western state of Jalisco, Guadalajara boasts some incredible Mexican culture, including historical landmarks, idyllic neighborhoods, fun shopping, dining and live mariachi music. Paint the town read with very little green (or multicolored peso, in this instance) and explore Guadalajara cheaply.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
The Christmas season is serious business in Ecuador with much of the population practicing traditional Roman Catholic beliefs. Though Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 25, the day before might hold more cultural significance. Christmas Eve is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, or the Pase del Nino Viajero – The Passing of the Traveling Child.
Oaxaca is, without a doubt, a city so impressive one must experience it firsthand to understand its splendor. It is an incomparable place that will leave you in awe of its cultural wealth, a place that invites you to experience the extraordinary. In this light, Posadas celebrates the opening of Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca, an irresistible option for enjoying this magnificent state in an exclusive and fascinating way.
Between indulgent holiday food, visiting friends and family and skipping the gym to stay cozy at home, the holiday season can wreak havoc on your diet. By all means, enjoy that Christmas cookie and pumpkin pie, but before you go back for your second or third slice, consider adding these foods into your diet during the holiday season to avoid burnout.