Week 02–1, June 2021
“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” 〜 Benjamin Disraeli
By LuxPin Team
◆ In honor of the “Friends” reunion special that recently aired on HBO Max, Celebrity Cruises announced a new itinerary specifically curated for the ultimate “Friends” fans in partnership with FANA World Travel. On May 15, 2022, the Celebrity Equinox will set sail with 500 fans for “The One When They Went On a Cruise.”
◆ The billionaire will become an astronaut this summer on Blue Origin’s first crewed flight. The billionaire founder of Blue Origin, who is stepping down from his role at Amazon on July 5, will be one of the passengers aboard the first crewed test flight of New Shepard, the private spaceflight company’s reusable suborbital rocket designed for space tourism.
◆ Passengers arriving from “red-list” countries like Brazil and Turkey will be among those sent to a separate terminal. A previously closed terminal at London’s Heathrow Airport has been reopened in order to accommodate travelers arriving from high-risk countries.
◆ The Musée Carnavalet in Paris is dedicated to documenting the city’s history with an eclectic mixture of artifacts. After a five-year closure and €58 million renovations, the Musée Carnavalet is finally set to welcome visitors again starting May 29 — just in time for France’s reopening to international tourists on June 9.
◆ With locations in Brussels, Shanghai, and Málaga, Spain, the Centre Pompidou’s first North American museum is scheduled to open in Jersey City in 2024. When Paris’s iconic Centre Pompidou closes its doors in late 2023 for a three-year renovation, there will be a new place to experience its museum collection — more than 3,600 miles away. The famed French institution is set to open its first North American outpost in a bit of an expected location: Jersey City, New Jersey.
◆ In honor of National Get Outdoors Day on June 12, Under Canvas is showing its gratitude for these frontline heroes by helping them go on a well-deserved vacation. Under Canvas, which offers glamping experiences near some of the most iconic national parks and monuments in the U.S., is launching a new version of its Pay What You Can program — and this time, the focus is on essential workers.
◆ The world’s newest cruise line, Explora Journeys, aims to launch its first of four new ships in 2023, the Explora I, and send it to both iconic destinations like the South of France and Iceland as well as more off-the-beaten-path ports including Bozcaada, Turkey; Kastellorizo, Greece; and the Lofoten Islands of Norway.
◆ Few people have visited both the North and South Poles, but Hurtigruten Expeditions — a cruise company focused on adventure travel — is making it easier for intrepid travelers to explore both snowy landscapes on one jam-packed itinerary. Hurtigruten recently unveiled details of its two new Pole-to-Pole voyages, which will take cruisers to a number of bucket-list destinations along the way.
◆ This immersive theater experience is way off-Broadway — in the waters between New York and Bermuda on the Norwegian Gem. With New York City theaters reopening to full capacity in September and big ships hitting the high seas again this summer, both industries are looking ahead to a more hopeful future — and they’re coming together in The Broadway Cruise, which will set sail next spring, complete with performers and creators on board and special performances from Tony Award winners Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth.
◆ Italy’s Santo Stefano, situated inside a protected marine park between Rome and Naples, will follow in the footsteps of California’s Alcatraz. It was once a prison. The jail closed in 1965 and the property was abandoned, but the Italian government is now hoping an $86 million makeover will transform it into a vibrant tourist destination in the style of Alcatraz.
◆ On June 12, the iconic museum’s Alison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals will make its re-debut to the public with a major redesign and more than 5,000 specimens — including a 632-carat emerald — to marvel at.
◆ In recent months, a new kind of Van Gogh exhibit has been taking over cities across the U.S., offering an experience that combines the artist’s most classic works with modern technology that brings visitors into the painting. On June 10, the “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibit will make its New York City debut in its largest venue to date, and producers have enlisted A-list Broadway talent to help them bring the experience to life.
◆ The Caribbean island of Curaçao is lifting all on-island coronavirus-era restrictions just in time for summer travel — and is celebrating with free hotel nights for tourists.
◆ At least eight major acts will take over a stage in Central Park. New York City is planning a blockbuster “Homecoming” concert in August to celebrate its return to normalcy after a lengthy shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
◆ Following the tradition of Europe’s great flower shows, such as London’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (which started in 1913), Manhattan’s Meatpacking District will be decked out with a million blooms during the first-ever L.E.A.F. Festival of Flowers on June 12 and 13.