Road Trip, Day 5

~ The Empire State Road Trip, hosted by the prestigious Harbor Hotel Collection ~ Cover photo: 1000 Islands Hotel, courtesy Gerry Barker Our visit to Watkins Glen and the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel seemed all too short. Even though we had almost two days to explore the area, and packed a lot in, it didn’t seem nearly enough. We had hoped to squeeze in the nearby Corning Glass Museum and the Hawk Meadow Mushroom farm, but they’re …

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Road Trip, Day 4

~ The Empire State Road Trip, hosted by the prestigious Harbor Hotel Collection ~ Cover photo: Cascade Cavern, courtesy Gerry Barker It’s day four on our Empire State Road Trip, and our mission today – should we decide to accept it – is hit the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. We accept it, gladly. Our first stop is the Blue Pointe Grill, the main dining room at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, where we’ll get breakfast and Pam …

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Road Trip, Day 3

~ The Empire State Road Trip, hosted by the prestigious Harbor Hotel Collection ~ Cover photo: Hector Falls, courtesy Gerry Barker It’s Day Three of our Empire State Road trip, and that means we’re saying good-bye to Chautauqua and setting a course for our next destination, Watkins Glen and the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. To get there, we’ll be traveling east on I-86 for just over 150 miles. Watkins Glen is a charming village, population just under …

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Road Trip, Day 2

~ The Empire State Road Trip, hosted by the prestigious Harbor Hotel Collection ~ Cover photo: Graycliff, a Frank Lloyd Wright house, courtesy Gerry Barker It’s day two of our visit to Celoron, New York, and the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel – time to hit the road and discover what awaits on this first part of our Empire State Road Trip. First up is a hearty breakfast at the hotel’s Lakehouse dining room. Hearty is right – whether …

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Road Trip, Day 1

~ The Empire State Road Trip, hosted by the prestigious Harbor Hotel Collection ~ Cover photo: Chautauqua Harbor Hotel Pinch me. Are we really taking a trip after 15 lo-o-ong months of COVID lockdown? Ouch! I guess we are! There’s no escaping that feeling of unreality, nor the sheer joy of traveling again, that both Pam and I felt as we headed up I-95. With U.S. ports still locked down, we are setting aside sailing for the …

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Martinique Travel Show

The French island of Martinique staged its first-ever virtual Travel Show this week, welcoming more than 1,000 virtual guests and exhibitors to discover this picturesque “Island of Flowers” and “Rum Capital of the World,” located in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies. Among the topics drawing the most interest was the status of the cruise industry. In her keynote address, “The State of the Cruise Industry in the Caribbean,” Lisa Cummins, senator and Minister of International …

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Disney Reveals Newest Cruise Ship ~ the Disney Wish

April 29, 2021: Today, Disney pulled the curtain back on their newest ship, Disney Wish, and judging from the what they spotlighted, it will be everything a family could “wish” for in a cruise vacation. Known for their story-telling and immersive experiences, Wish will take that to a whole new level when it sets sail in the summer of 2022. The video session, led by Cruise Director Ashley Long, with help from Mickey, Minnie and other Disney …

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Seatrade Cruise Virtual, Industry Experts and Cruise Executives Share State of Cruising

Seatrade Cruise Virtual, the cruise industry’s premier event, just concluded, and as the name implies, it was held online as the world continues to deal with the COVID pandemic. Over the course of three days, industry experts and cruise executives shared the state of where cruising is today and a look ahead to what guests can expect when cruising restarts on a wide scale. Each day focused on a different topic: Day one was “Health and Safety”; …

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Seatrade Cruise Virtual – Expedition Cruising

Participants the world-over “zoomed” together March 8-9 for “Seatrade Cruise Virtual – Expedition Cruising” to learn more about one of the cruise industry’s fastest-growing segments. The keynote session, “The State of the Expedition Cruise Industry,” brought together five leaders who provided insight into where it stands and where it’s going. Moderated by the Seatrade News Editor Anne Kalosh, she asked the panelists why expedition cruising is booming. One reason, cited by Roberto Martinoli, president and CEO of …

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Seatrade Global — Premier Event for Cruise Industry — Virtual Event With Upbeat Discussion

“The good news is there is still a strong desire for cruise vacations. Del Rio noted their Oceania brand has had its highest holiday sales ever, while the 2023 Regent Seven Seas world cruise sold out in a week.” HOME_Normally, reporting from Seatrade Global would carry a Miami dateline. But in the upside down year of 2020, the premier event for the cruise industry is being held virtually this week. So speakers, vendors, participants and press are …

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