Hello Dear Reader,
The latest issue of Travel + Leisure just hit the stands with the “World’s Best Awards 2018”. While we might not all be able to afford the #1 hotel in the world–the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Indonesia, we can still visit the best cities, islands, and watch for specials on the best cruise lines!
Speaking of specials!!! Viking Cruise Lines was voted the #1 cruise company in the world in the “large” ship category–not mega-ship, they carry about 930 passengers. If you are a refgular cruiser, you will be interested to know that they beat out Crystal, Regent, Cunard, and Oceania, all fabulous cruise lines!
Consider joining me to find out what makes them so special on January 31, 2018 on an 8-day cruise to Cultural Cuba. I am attaching a link so you can see all details. It is pretty fabulous!
Even if you can’t stay at the Four Seasons, you can visit the top city in the world on the survey, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico or Oaxaca, Mexico, second place. The best island? Java, Indonesia and second, Bali, Indonesia.
Destination spas? #1 in the U.S., Mii Amo, Sedona, AZ, #6 Lake Austin Resort Spa.
How do you get there? Domestic Airlines: #1 Virgin America, Jet Blue, Alaska, & 4th, Southwest. International: Singapore Airlines #1, Emirates, Qatar, Japan Airlines.
Car Rental Companies: #1 National, Enterprise, Hertz, Alamo.
Mega-Ships: #1 Cunard, Disney, Princess, Holland America, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean.
Best U.S. city to visit: #1 Charleston, SC, New Orleans, Savannah, Santa Fe, & NY City. Sorry, Houston.
Islands: #1 Hilton Head, SC, Golden Isles–Jekyll, Little St. Simons, Sea Island,St. Simons, #3 Kiawah, SC.
Hawaiian Islands: #1 Maui, Kauai, Big Island.
European Cities: #1 Florence, Rome, Istanbul, Porto, Portugal, Seville, & Barcelona.
One of the best ways to see much of Europe is by river cruise. Pretty much no one ever gets sea sick and as one captain told me, “If the ship sinks, just step off onto the bank!”. These small ships make for a very intimate and warm experience with less than 200 passengers and lots of amenities included. One of my favorite trips is to the Christmas markets along the Danube or Rhine rivers. It truly puts you in the Christmas spirit and if you are lucky, you will have some snow!
Have a lovely day!