I’m so excited about what’s to come in 2023! So many new and exciting products and services to suit everyone’s travel desires. Here’s just my shortlist. I can’t possibly list all the ships and hotels and flight routings, but I think you’ll agree these are some great choices picked for you.
United Airlines is now offering 3 new routings from New York for the summer of 2023 – Malaga Spain, Stockholm, Sweden, and Dubai, UAE. United flies to more destinations across the Atlantic than all other U.S. carriers combined. Maybe the WorldCup has you wanting to visit Qatar. You can also combine with UAE or Saudi Arabia!
And for Bay Area residents, we will have SFO-Rome nonstop starting in May! Italy is the most popular request for Europe. This will make traveling to Italy so easy now!
Delta will have nonstop from Atlanta to Cape Town! Usually, we connect in Europe. But this opens up easy US connections to amazing South Africa. Those safaris are calling!
Hotels and Resorts:
Have you heard of or stayed at Kona Village in Big Island, Hawaii? It was a well-loved Hawaii resort when I first joined the industry 25 years ago. It distinguished itself with individual hales and it was an all-inclusive resort in Hawaii! However, it was closed after a hurricane and was never reopened. The grounds have now been completely renovated and rebuilt and will become a Rosewood property, still named Kona Village. On sale from July 2023 onwards. It will still be stand-alone individual 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom suites. But it will not be an all-inclusive resort. Check it out here! https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/kona-village/overview
Four Seasons resort is opening two new spaces on the West Coast of Mexico. They now have luxurious camping tents experience in Punta Mita. And a brand new Four Seasons Tamarindo resort in a secluded nature reserve! You can read about them here: https://www.fourseasons.com/openings-and-enhancements-news/
Whether it’s guided tours or custom-tailored trips, I have the right partnerships to help you explore the world. I’m particularly excited about these itineraries:
South Korea is a trending country for all K-pop culture. This Classic Korean itinerary will take you to all the interesting places in the island nation.
Iceland Diamond Circle: most first-time visitors are familiar with the Golden Circle of Iceland. This one explores the Diamond Circle, which is the northeast area of Iceland and combines some of Iceland’s most stunning natural attractions with coastal views looking towards the Arctic Circle…all without the crowds elsewhere in Iceland.
This has been a trending small cruise option in the last 8yrs.
Now, more and more brands are adopting this idea to take you to more places in a more intimate setting. Ponant and Sea Dream have been around for some time. Ritz Carlton’s first yacht, the Evrima, has begun its inaugural sailing in Oct and has received rave reviews. https://www.ritzcarltonyachtcollection.com/ Four Seasons has plans to follow with new yachts too.
Explora Journeys is a brand-new cruise line with new ships, new itineraries, and experiences.
A must for those looking for a pampering sail. They start sailing in July 2023 in Northern Europe and Iceland. https://explorajourneys.com/us/en/ships/ships-highlights
While not new, Crystal Cruises, after stalling for 2yrs due to financial troubles, have new ownership! And it’s with A&K, the luxury travel provider worldwide. A&K has taken over the Crystal ships and I can’t wait for you to experience them. It’s open for reservations now with special incentives. https://www.crystalcruises.com/
Of course, we also have brand new Disney Wish and currently the largest ship at sea: Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas which just started sailing this year. Many other familiar names like Celebrity, Princess, and Norwegian will unveil new ships in 2023 and 2024 as well.
It’s an exciting time. So many new experiences to try. Which one will you pick? Put your thinking cap on this holiday with your friends and family and let’s plan an epic vacation for you in 2023!
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