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Cox & Kings, The Americas Appoints New COO


Cox & Kings, The Americas has announced the appointment of Warren H. Chang as Chief Operating Officer.

Carnival Debuts Wearable Technology on Princess

During his opening keynote at CES 2017, Carnival Corporation’s CEO Arnold Donald unveiled The Ocean Medallion, an interactive, wearable device that allows passengers to personalize their cruise experience. Able to be worn as a pendant on a wristband or kept in a pocket, Ocean Medallion is uploaded with guests’ information preferences prior to their cruise, allowing for expedited embarkation and keyless entry into guests’ staterooms.

Spain’s Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine Reopens

On March 1, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, an exclusive, five-star hotel located in Spain’s Duero winegrowing region, will reopen after the winter season.

SAA Vacations Offers Limitied-Time Cape Town and Safari Package

South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations) is inviting travelers to celebrate the New Year with a more affordable trip to South Africa.

Check In and Work Out

Element Hotels, Marriott International, Inc.’s eco-friendly brand, is giving guests more ways to stay healthy and active while on the road through its partnerships with Your Trainer, MiiR Bikes and with the re-launch of the company’s kinetic bikes.

Virtuoso’s Picks For Hot Hotel Openings


Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Mexico Casa Estudio Bar at the Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya.

Discover Luxury at Water’s Edge

Sandals South Coast presents one of the most romantic settings in the Caribbean. Nestled within a quiet nature preserve in one of the most unspoiled areas of the island, this is an oasis made exclusively for two people in love.

The Port Canaveral Experience

It’s hard to believe Port Canaveral was once considered a “small” port that catered to older ships. The real Port Canaveral is a modern, sophisticated facility that home-ports four of the world’s largest ships—Carnival Magic, Disney Fantasy, Norwegian Epic and Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas—along with several other ships throughout the year.

Eye on the World: MGM National Harbor


Vegas meets Maryland in the form of the new MGM National Harbor (MGMNH) nestled on the banks of the Potomac River.

Apple Vacations Offers Free Whale-Watching Cruise

Apple Vacations is offering two complimentary tickets for a whale-watching cruise (value of $75) at participating resorts in Maui and Oahu.

Stacy Lowman Joins Cruise Planners in Newly Created Role

Stacy Lowman has joined Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, as the new director of training and development.

A Taste of Bordeaux Cruise FAM

FAMTrips.travel and AmaWaterways are inviting travel agents to discover the renowned vineyards and breathtaking landscapes of the France-Bordeaux region on an 8-day Cruise FAM departing April 20, 2017 or Aug.

New Year, New Cruise Ships, Amenities and Renovations


Here’s some of what to expect from the cruise industry in the coming year. The MS Elbe Princesse II CroisiEurope has announced the start of construction on the MS Elbe Princesse II, the third paddlewheel riverboat that will join the company’s fleet. This will be the second ship operating between Berlin and Prague on the Elbe and the Vltava Rivers.

Crystal Cruises to Host 2017 President’s Cruise to the Holy Land

Edie Rodriguez, CEO of Crystal Cruises, will host the line’s annual President’s Cruise this year aboard the Crystal Symphony when it sails from Rome to Dubai on Nov.

Aqua Expeditions Announces Exclusive Amazon and Mekong Sailings

Aqua Expeditions has announced two new river cruise voyages for 2017 where guests will have the opportunity to join the company’s founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, or consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, on its vessels on the Peruvian Amazon and the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Norwegian Bliss will Homeport in Miami


  Norwegian Cruise Lines announces the new build Norwegian Bliss will homeport in Miami. This morning at an event at the company’s corporate offices in Miami, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that its newly built ship, Norwegian Bliss, which begins sailing in 2018, will homeport seasonally in Miami.

Discover UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya


  Bird’s-eye view of the property (rendering). Recently, Recommend had the opportunity to attend a pop-up event showcasing the soon-to-open, adults-only UNICO 20˚87˚Hotel Riviera Maya. The pop-up event, which was set up in order to highlight what makes this property/brand unique, put the spotlight on the property’s exclusive mescal cocktails, its varied art, and custom-made bathroom amenities.

Discover UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya

Recommend had the opportunity to attend a pop-up for UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya recently, where we were able to discover what makes this property unique by experiencing a sampling of the soap bar that will be offered on property; taste the unique mescal drinks; take in the artwork that will be displayed throughout; and get a feel for the vibe for the property.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Michelle Fee


Think you know Michelle Fee, think again… There’s more to Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, than meets the eye, so we decided to ask her those comical, personal and telling questions to reveal the woman behind the suit.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Michelle Fee


Think you know Michelle Fee, think again… There’s more to Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, than meets the eye, so we decided to ask her those comical, personal and telling questions to reveal the woman behind the suit.


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