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Gamechangers: Cruises

Gamechangers: Cruises

Cruises are back, and they’re reimagining the seafaring experience for 2023. Whether you want to experience an ultra-luxury vessel, explore tricky-to-access locations, or invest in an eco-friendly voyage, our winners show just how cool cruising can be.

PONANT

Courtesy of PONANT

With its smaller-scale ships capable of docking in private ports and unique itineraries to some of the world’s most secluded coastlines, PONANT endeavors to go beyond the usual tourist routes. Critically, it offers this unique access without disrupting fragile natural ecosystems or local communities. As one of the world’s most impact-conscious cruise lines, PONANT is committed to reusing and reducing waste products (including carbon), supporting scientific research, and funding marine conservation projects around the world. Peruse PONANT’s collection of far-flung itineraries and discover a seafaring adventure you can feel good about, including nine brand-new trips highlighting Japan’s national parks, UNESCO spots, and bustling coastal cities.  

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Windstar

Courtesy of Windstar

When it comes to providing a more intimate and personalized cruising experience, Windstar sets the bar. Its fleet of small sailing and all-suite ships takes guests to lesser-visited destinations in over 60 countries, allowing them to uncover authentic travel experiences you simply won’t find on your average cruise vacation. After a day of exploring, Windstar’s dedicated hospitality teams welcome guests back with private yacht-style service and amenities, from a spa and swimming pool to gourmet meals created in partnership with the James Beard Foundation. 

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Celestia

With a vast archipelago comprised of more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia has so much to offer beyond Bali. Book a spot aboard the Celestia – a new seven-suite, hand-built phinisi yacht – and venture to some of the country’s most breathtaking destinations, including the Komodo National Park, the Spice Islands, and Raja Ampat – home to the richest marine biodiversity on earth. Owned by an Indonesian brother and sister duo, Celestia aims to give guests a true cultural immersion, including exceptional food courtesy of award-winning Chef Wayan Kresna Yasa (formerly of Blue Hill Stone Barns in New York), whose culinary creations fuse classical French cooking techniques with Southeast Asian flavors. 

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Seabourn

Courtesy of Seabourn

As a pioneer of ultra-luxury cruising, Seabourn provides a hospitality experience akin to some of the world’s top five-star resorts. Take a trip aboard the Seabourn Odyssey, a 458-passenger ship, and you’ll enjoy the highest ratio of space per guest in the cruise industry, including elegantly designed rooms with private balconies, perfect for a quiet morning coffee or breezy sundowner. New itineraries launching in 2024 include Greenland and Iceland, Antarctica, the South Pacific, and Seaborne’s first-ever visit to Kimberley Australia, a remote Northwestern region of the country known for its wild and beautiful coastline.  

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*Featured image courtesy of Celestia

The pool at @krallerhof is an elegant and inviting oasis, nestled within the beautiful surroundings of the Austrian Alps. It offers a serene retreat for guests to relax and unwind, with both indoor and outdoor options available. The pool area is meticulously maintained and features luxurious amenities, providing a tranquil escape for visitors to enjoy during their stay.

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Point Reyes: A coastal gem with diverse landscapes, wildlife, and stunning views. Perfect for hiking, beachcombing, and stargazing.

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The Busan Air Cruise, also known as the Sky Capsule Train, is a popular attraction in Busan, South Korea. This unique train ride takes passengers on a journey above the city, providing stunning panoramic views of Busan`s coastline, mountains, and urban landscape. The futuristic capsule-shaped cabins offer a comfortable and immersive experience, making it a must-try activity for visitors exploring Busan.

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"Checking into Estelle Manor, the closest thing to a Saltburn-esque staycation you`ll ever experience in the UK. Imagine a beautifully restored Jacobean manor on the cusp of the Cotswolds and nestled within 3,000 acres of Oxfordshire parkland, with extravagant interiors to match (expect bold artworks and intricate details around each corner), a Riviera-style pool to lounge by, and three different restaurant to sink your teeth into. The addition of the hotel`s new Eynsham Baths (an incredible spa modelled on traditional Roman baths) really takes the hotel up another notch, despite it already being in a league of its own." - @ginagoesto ...

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A scenic coastal drive in Africa.

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At The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, HaSalon is the spot for upscale, experiential dining. With an energetic atmosphere, exceptional service, and the freshest eats, HaSalon nails high-end, upbeat interactive dining. ...

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Atlantis Ibiza: Famous for its cliffs and coves, perfect for adventurous activities like cliff diving and snorkeling.

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Located in the historic center of Mexico City, @sohohousemexicocity offers a blend of luxury amenities. The pool area is meticulously designed with chic loungers, umbrellas, and lush greenery, creating an oasis in the heart of the bustling metropolis.

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"Known for its rugged mountains, Grand Teton National Park has a lot to offer for outdoor adventurers. With the airport located inside the national park, landed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is an experience.
It is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elk, wolves, black and grizzly bears. With glacial alpine lakes and mountain ranges all around, Grand Teton National Park is a treat for rock climbers, hikers and backpackers."

📍 Mormon Row
📍 Schwabacher Landing
📍 Delta Lake
📍 Hidden Lake falls

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Explore the fascinating world of Piedra Pómez in northwest Argentina! This lightweight volcanic rock is used in everything from construction to beauty products, while its unique formations create breathtaking landscapes that attract adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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