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Cruise Has Surprise Ending After Judge Orders Ship Seized Over Debts
The Crystal Symphony left Miami on Jan. 8, as scheduled, on a two-week cruise. On the way back, things took an unexpected turn.The ship was scheduled to arrive in Miami on Saturday, but mid-trip, a United States federal judge ordered the cruise ship seized over a lawsuit regarding unpaid fuel bills. The ship changed course for Bimini, in the Bahamas, according to a cruise tracker, rather than sail into the clutches of federal authorities.Those on the cruise were provided with an extra night of accommodations, and on Sunday, the passengers were taken by ferry to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Crystal Cruises said in a statement. The ferry ride, the company added, was “uncomfortable due to inclement weather.”
11 hours ago | A Luxury Travel Blog
Luxury travel news this week
Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive regular updates from A Luxury Travel Blog, please make sure you subscribe to our mailing list.Saudi Arabia to convert palaces to luxury hotelsSaudi Arabia crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud has launched Boutique Group. The new hospitality brand will manage and convert a collection of historic and cultural palaces in Saudi Arabia into ultra-luxury hotels. The company will revive the vibrant heritage and culture of Saudi Arabia to create a new and unique hospitality experience… [read more]Unique 71: The 71m superyacht concept by aviation specialists SkyStyleItalian design studio SkyStyle has revealed designs for a futuristic superyacht concept named Unique 71, characterised by a pointed bow and wraparound glass panelling… [read more]
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Top 5 art experiences in western India
India is a country with a rich tradition of art and culture. It has a long history that dates back to the time when civilization began in the Indus valley. With time many different arts form developed here. A luxury tour of India’s various unique art forms can provide you with important insights of its culture. In this edition, we focus on art forms of Western India – covering the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Here are the top 5 art experiences in the region to look out for:Sanganer and Bagru village artThe Sanganer village located near the city of Jaipur is famous for its high-quality handmade paper. The local artisans here are also experts in producing textiles with floral and block prints which are one of a kind. You will be amazed to know that it takes around one and a half day to craft one piece of Sanganeri saree. While exploring the Sanganer art also visit an ancient Digamber Jain temple almost 4000 years old situated in the village.
13 hours ago | A Luxury Travel Blog
Win a $10,000+ Los Angeles, CA theme park trip for 4!
Win a $10,000+ Los Angeles, CA theme park trip for four people! This amazing prize includes four tickets to Southern California‘s largest theme park in Anaheim, CA, courtesy of DirecTV, a digital satellite service serving the USA.The prize also includes roundtrip travel, a 3-night hotel stay, a $1,000 bank card, a guided tour, and a welcome gift. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the Grand Prize is $13,539.40. To enter, simply complete this form.The closing date for entries is 4th February 2022.IMPORTANT NOTICE:If you are reading this article anywhere other than on A Luxury Travel Blog, then the chances are that this content has been stolen without permission. Please make a note of the web address above and contact A Luxury Travel Blog to advise them of this issue.
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Travel news from France
Tourism numbers in France peaked at 90 million international visitors in 2019, just before the pandemic struck, and the total contribution of travel and tourism to France’s GDP was consistently at over 200 billion euros. This makes it the most visited country in the world, ahead of Spain (2nd) and the USA (3rd). Figures fell to 35 million in 2020, with hopes to reach 50 million in 2021. Despite the marked drop, there’s still been plenty going on in terms of tourism development. Here’s a round-up of some of the new things to look out for on your next visit.What’s new already – a re-cap of 2021 openingsParis welcomed the long-awaited and spectacular Bourse de Commerce’s Pinault Collection and the capital’s trendy Bercy finally saw the arrival of the Cinémathèque Française’s Musée Méliès. These newcomers were followed by the opening of the stunning Hôtel de la Marine and the rebirth of La Samaritaine Department Store.
23 hours ago | A Luxury Travel Blog
The ultimate resorts to have worldwide sun, sea and fun
By now I’m positive we all have the Lenny Kravitz feeling where we sing to ourselves “I wanna fly awaaaay….”. With Fiji opening up again, Maldives being a solid option throughout the whole Covid crisis and many other destinations looking for ways to welcome visitors again, it’s time to find out where you need to be if you really want to enjoy some proper sun, sea and fun. Remember, some destinations might still be off the table for people coming from certain areas, but this works both ways and globally the local tourism has seen a surge so always check before booking that next holiday. But if you get a green light and the travel gods are in your favour, you really want to consider one of the below destinations.
Jan 22, 2022 | The NY Times
Passenger Exposed Buttocks and Threw a Can During Flight, Prosecutors Say
A passenger who refused to wear a mask on a flight from Dublin to New York pulled down his pants and exposed his buttocks, threw a can at a passenger and put his cap on the captain’s head and told him, “Don’t touch me,” prosecutors said in a case unsealed on Friday.After the Delta flight from Dublin to John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jan. 7, the passenger, Shane McInerney, 29, of Galway, Ireland, was charged with intentionally assaulting and intimidating a crew member, prosecutors said. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison, prosecutors said.On Saturday, Mr. McInerney’s lawyer, Benjamin Yaster, declined to comment on the charges. Mr. McInerney made an initial appearance in federal court in Brooklyn on Jan. 14 and was released on a $20,000 bond, prosecutors said.
Jan 22, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
6 romantic Valentine’s stays in Northern Ireland
This year, why not embrace each other and the giant spirit of Northern Ireland at the same time in the country’s wide selection of ultra-romantic hideaways? Choose from quiet hotels and snug cottages with log burners to cosy self-catering apartments and glamping pods all offering romantic backdrops and Valentine’s Day inspiration.Here are six new and refurbished places that are bound to fuel your passion.The Rabbit Hotel & RetreatBurrow away with your significant other in the tiny village of Templepatrick in County Antrim, just a 15-minute drive from Belfast. Relaxation is at the heart of everything at The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat. Celebrate on a long weekend with a date night dinner for two, revel in the luxurious Relaxation Burrow spa facilities enjoy a rose petal turndown and even a bottle of bubbly in your room.
Jan 22, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
Win a romantic getaway for two to Paris!
To celebrate director Joe Wright’s highly-anticipated musical epic CYRANO, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM is sending one lucky winner and a guest to the iconic setting of the film — Paris!The lucky winner and guest of their choice will experience the following on their romantic escape..To enter, answer a simple question and complete this form.The closing date for entries is 4th February 2022.Only legal residents of the USA aged 21 or over are eligible to win. Full terms and conditions can be found on the above link.Good luck!If you’d like to be notified of other competitions like this one in the future, be sure to subscribe to our mailing list.
Jan 22, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
Accor welcomes 2022 with a diverse array of spectacular new properties
Accor is pleased to reveal some of its newest properties and upcoming destinations that guests and world travelers can look forward to visiting in 2022 and beyond, including a number of new luxury hotels. Many of the world’s most exciting destinations – such as London, Doha, and Moscow – will welcome multiple new Accor hotels this year, while several Accor brands have sought out exotic, unexpected or new horizons to explore, such as Pangkalan Bun in Indonesia; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Casco Viejo in Panama City.One of the most anticipated openings of the year is Raffles London at The OWO. This architectural masterpiece, located at the historic Old War Office – the iconic Whitehall building inhabited by Britain’s most famous statesmen and spies, from Winston Churchill to Ian Fleming – is in the final touches of a monumental transformation to create 120 rooms and suites, 85 unique branded residences and 11 destination restaurants and bars. Meanwhile, in northwest England, Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village will open as a beacon of hospitality in Liverpool. With more than 220 rooms among 16 stories, the new flagship hotel will stand out as the tallest and one of the most attractive gathering spots for tourists and locals in this vibrant city of music, culture and outstanding pubs.
Jan 22, 2022 | Nomadic Matt Blog
NM+ Update: Mexico Edition
In this exclusive Nomadic Matt Plus update, I share my travel plans for my upcoming trip to Mexico as well as some other big life updates!
Jan 22, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
Is now the best time to book your flights?
Wherever you plan on travelling in 2022, it could just be that now is the best time to book your flights. The delta and omicron variants have brought about significant volatility in flight prices but it could just be that we are currently experience low prices that might not be around for much longer.Cheap faresAfterall, ticket costs are significantly reduced currently, says global booking platform Skyscanner, due to the uncertainty surruonding global travel restrictions with. Their research showed fares are down by over 70% in some casescompared with pre-pandemic prices, so now could be the time to book yourself a bargain.One of the biggest price differences noted was flights from the UK to Faro in Portugal with return flights starting from just £42, 71% down when compared to prices in July 2022. Flights to the population Spanish destination of Malaga have fallen by 75% compared to the same month in 2019, with average costs of return flights now just £30. Other bargains have included Ryanair’s new route from Manchester to Menorca, which will start operating twice a week from May, selling at just £29.99 return. easyJet slashed 25% off its prices with a sale this month, offering thousands of reduced flights starting from just £14.99.
Jan 22, 2022 | The NY Times
English Island Seeks a Landlord-King Who Likes Solitude, Seals and Beer
Overseeing a small island dominated by a castle, seals and a pub, an English council is searching for a new king or queen.Claimants to the ancient throne, carved from old oak and soaked in the beer of coronations past, can apply for the job through the local government’s website.The job listing, posted this week by the Barrow Borough Council in Cumbria, is technically seeking someone to run the pub on Piel Island, half a mile off England’s northwestern coast. Winters are wet, travel is limited and an eccentric tradition of naming a king survives at the island’s old pub.“We’re not talking about St. Lucia or the Hawaiian islands,” said John Murphy, a 73-year-old resident of nearby Walney Island, and the guide of walking tours of the area for four decades. “We’re talking about a small and very isolated island in the north of England.”
Jan 21, 2022 | Atlas Obscura
Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz, Pennsylvania
At the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, bread is historic, salted, and loopy. The establishment is the first commercial pretzel bakery in the United States. And it just so happens that the Sturgis family is the oldest pretzel baking family in the country, as well. In 1861, German immigrant Julius Sturgis was a spry 26 when he purchased a stone house at 219 E. Main Street in the little town of Lititz. The building, which dates to 1784, soon became both the Sturgis family home and their bakery. There, Julius twisted the first pretzels in the country. His recipe is apparently timeless—it's still used today.
Jan 21, 2022 | Atlas Obscura
How a Big Mac Became a 'Historical Artifact' in Iceland
In 2012, when moving out of his house, Hjörtur Smárason found in his garage a pair of old, mice-chewed roller blades, tools, boxes, and an untouched bag of food from McDonald’s, still in its paper bag. It had been sitting there for three years after Smárason purchased one last McDonald’s meal, a Big Mac and fries, on the day before the three outlets of the fast food chain in Iceland closed their doors in 2009. Surprisingly to him, the bag was in immaculate condition. Even the mice had left it alone.Smárason says that he was reluctant to open the bag at the time, remembering the decomposed sandwich that once spent an entire summer at the bottom of his child’s school backpack. But upon opening the sack, “it looked like I bought it just 15 minutes earlier,” he says. “And the same with the fries, it all looked almost new. Just turned cold on the way home.”
Jan 21, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
Denver food halls deliver mile-high cuisine
Denver has turned into a food town for many reasons, including being a central air hub where visitors want to explore. One result is the vibrant food hall scene, the most expansive per capita in the U.S. Far beyond just sustenance, you can find unique and artistic mixes of food adventures, shopping, and fun activities. In the center of the city and the surrounding communities, they offer a culinary combination and adventure worth exploring no matter where you travel around Denver. Food halls give patrons unrivaled choices that fit every taste preference and serve as destinations.Stanley MarketplaceThis is more than a food hall housed in a hanger area from the old municipal airport in the northeast part of town. It is a shopping and activity destination with 50+ venues on site plus a group banquet/meeting area and outdoor beer garden. Because of the size of the hangar complex, you can expect a number of indoor and outdoor entertainment and community events on a regular basis. For mental diversion, they have their own virtual reality arcade. There are some sit-down dining options on two levels as well as outside. In the interior, chairs and tables are scattered around, which allows you to take your food and drink and window shop while dining. A great drink and food pairing are getting a real Mexican beer from Cheluna, then adding a small plate, Mexican specialties from Comida. 
Jan 21, 2022 | Atlas Obscura
Inside the Decades-Long Effort to Build a Barbecue Trail
After more than 25 years, Helen’s Bar-B-Q has a reputation that extends far beyond Brownsville, Tennessee. Six days a week, Helen Turner rises in the morning dark to tend the oak and hickory logs, which take hours to burn down to embers. Sometimes her husband, who is now retired, lends a hand, but for the most part, she is accustomed to manning the pit alone. By the time customers roll in, the hog skin has acquired a formidably blackened bark and the collagen has all but liquified, leaving meat that shreds with the lightest touch.The Southern Foodways Alliance started the Southern BBQ Trail two decades ago to document the legacy of barbecue giants like Turner. Currently, through the organization’s free app, SFA Stories, readers can search through barbecue oral histories recorded in Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. Other states, including Texas, Kentucky, and South Carolina, are all in progress. The collection functions as a map for culinary roadtrips, much like the organization’s tamale trail in the Mississippi Delta or the boudin trail in Louisiana. It’s a guide for finding great food, as well as a record of America’s intangible cultural heritage for future generations.
Jan 21, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
Win a luxury cruise on the River Severn!
There’s nothing better than escaping the stresses and strains of daily life, and a holiday in the UK is just the solution, whether a trip to the seaside, a walking holiday in a National Park, or even a cruise on one of the UK’s waterways.English Holiday Cruises operate trips along the River Severn, beginning at Gloucester’s Historic Docks. They have packages available for between two and seven nights. Each trip includes a pre-cruise hotel stay, food, accommodation and daily excursions to places such as WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre and Tewkesbury Abbey. English Holiday Cruises is a family business that owns and operates the Edward Elgar Hotel Boat, the largest capacity inland hotel boat in the UK and accredited a four-star quality rating by Visit England.
Jan 21, 2022 | Atlas Obscura
Stobs Camp in Hawick, Scotland
Due to its extraordinary level of preservation, Stobs Camp is an internationally important First World War site. This rather bleak and exposed Scottish hillside was chosen for its remote location. For many years, it was shrouded in secrecy.The military training camp at Stobs was established in 1902 and became important at the outbreak of WWI. After hosting a series of Officers' Training Corps, it became an internment camp for various "aliens" and then a prisoner of war camp. The detainees were mostly German. In addition to captured military personnel, thousands of civilians from Britain's German communities were detained in prison camps during the war.
Jan 21, 2022 | Atlas Obscura
Shrine of the Stations of the Cross in San Luis, Colorado
A deep history of Hispanic heritage runs throughout the San Luis Valley in Colorado, and this is perhaps most evident at the Shrine of the Stations of the Cross in San Luis.Constructed in the 1980s and dedicated in 1990, the Spanish-Moorish style adobe church was created by parishioners of the Sangre de Cristo Parish in San Luis, Colorado, crafted as an act of love and good faith. The shrine also resides atop a mesa and was designed as a place where any faith was welcome to fellowship. Inside, wooden pews line the sanctuary as brilliant white walls evoke a sense of reflection and meditation.
Jan 21, 2022 | Atlas Obscura
Stadsbank van Lening (City Bank of Lending) in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Banks and pawnshops have been a staple of society for centuries. Nowhere is this more clear than at the city bank in the center of Amsterdam, where an office has been in continuous use since 1614. While the inside is modern, the outside remains true to 17th-century architecture, especially when looking at the text above the door. The text translates to: "Have you not money, nor goods, pass this door by. Have you the latter, and miss you the first, come to me. Give pawn, I give you money. Why should I support you? Or is it not enough that you live off me? But if you demand your pawn back, you must take care in time, that you repay my sum, with interest. Thus I help you and me, and show the auditors of my secrets, the grave of the forgotten loansharks."
Jan 21, 2022 | A Luxury Travel Blog
Private jet journeys from Four Seasons
In late 2021, leading luxury hospitality company Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced its first Private Jet journeys taking flight in 2023. More recently, more opportunities to enjoy a five-star experience in the sky have been unveiled, with three more journeys in 2023, as travellers look to resume plans to explore the world.The seven expertly curated itineraries set to take flight in 2023 will allow Four Seasons passengers to seamlessly explore a collection of remarkable destinations while enjoying the benefits of private travel. Newly added journeys include:Timeless Encounters March 2023 – March 26 – April 18, 2023Kona, USA – Bora Bora, French Polynesia – Sydney, Australia – Bali, Indonesia – Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, Thailand – Taj Mahal, India (day trip) – Dubai, UAE – Prague, Czech Republic – London, England
Jan 21, 2022 | Atlas Obscura
Musée d'Art et d'Industrie Paul Charnoz in Paray-le-Monial, France
In 1993, a pair of houses next to a former tile factory were converted into a museum celebrating the long tradition of tile-making in Paray-le-Monial. Among the exhibits at the Musée d'Art et d'Industrie Paul Charnoz (Museum of Art and Industry Paul Charnoz) are two great masterpieces, monumental frescoes made for the world fairs in Paris of 1889 and 1900, each awarded with the first prize.Paul Charnoz was born in 1845 in the city of Metz. He learned about ceramics while working with his father Jules Charnoz, who was a director at the Boch Brothers ceramic factory in Dresden. In 1872, Charnoz married Marie Grudzinska Gralfigny, a Polish countess, in Dresden. The couple liked Paray-le-Monial as a place to raise their children, especially because of the local Jesuit school, and decided to settle there and open a business. Paray-le-Monial's ceramic factory opened in 1877 and soon became famous for its tiles.
Jan 21, 2022 | Atlas Obscura
The Museum Where Everything Is on Display
The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen—the most visited-museum in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam—was founded in 1849. Over the next century and a half, its collection grew to more than 151,000 works of art, including masterpieces by household names like Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, Hieronymus Bosch, and Peter Paul Rubens, all of it valued at €8 billion (about $9 billion). But as is the case for museums around the world, Boijmans’ galleries can only accommodate a fraction of these vast holdings, meaning that for most of its history the majority have been stored out of sight.Sjarel Ex, the museum’s director since 2004, always thought that was a shame.
Jan 21, 2022 | Atlas Obscura
The Wood Cake House in Toronto, Ontario
This home in Toronto's Seaton Village neighborhood is completely covered in thousands of coins, corks, glass beads, and small wooden pucks called “wood cakes.” And if that wasn’t enough, the unique decor carries over onto the homeowner’s car, which is known as the "bug mobile" and you can often find parked out front.After suffering a career-ending spinal injury in 1994, homeowner Albino Carreira was looking for something to keep him occupied while he recovered. He started small by decorating his mailbox with small glass beads. When the mailbox was covered, Carreira put some decorations on the house's porch. You might say things have escalated since then. The front of the house, the walkway leading to it, the front porch and garden, the sides of the house, and even the backyard and garage are covered in unwanted toys and knick-knacks.
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