When it comes to monikers, San Francisco, the “City by the Bay,” might well be called the “City That Never Sleeps.” In the past 6-8 months, hoteliers, restaurateurs and museum curators have worked feverishly on new and refurbished options for the summer and fall high seasons. The big news is the long-awaited May 14 reopening of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), tripling gallery space in an eye-catching building addition by Oslo-based Snøhetta.
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Sometimes, when our magazine pages are finally off to the printer, I wonder how we managed to get everything done in time; from story assignments, to sourcing photos, to ad sales, to design and layout - not to mention all the behind the scenes administrative stuff. It truly takes a team to get it all done, and there is great comfort in knowing that together we create a product to be proud of, and one that helps so many travel agents meet the needs of their clients.
FOUR SEASONS LANDAA GIRAAVARU
Although many choose to relax in the Maldives after traveling to nearby India or Sri Lanka, I had wondered if the destination was worthy of a visit on its own. The moment I touched down at the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru in the Baa Atoll, a 44 acre UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, after my 40 minute seaplane from Malé and took in the utter gorgeousness my answer was unequivocally - Yes. Think a lush tropical island with crystalline turquoise water, sugary sand beaches, coral reefs and a spectacular spa delightfully isolated in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It’s ideal for couples, friends and families alike with activities aplenty for all.
Alaska is gearing up for a big tourist season. With 30 large cruise ships carrying a projected one million passengers calling this year, expect to see new ports, new docks, new excursions-and more luxury ships.
Ships scheduled for the 2016 season for the first time include: Crystal Serenity, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, Princess’s Island Princess, Holland America’s Maasdam and Nieuw Amsterdam and Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner.