Week 04–1, August 2021
“Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.” 〜 Jason Mraz
By LuxPin Team
◆ AirlineRatings.com analyzes 385 airlines, taking into account their safety, in-flight product, and now, COVID-19 procedures, to rate them according to a seven-star system. Here are the world’s safest airlines this year, according to AirlineRatings.com.
◆ She’s also the subject of a new National Geographic documentary that premiered this summer. The fascinating story of the 85-year-old conservationist and photographer Valerie Taylor is now the subject of the documentary “Playing with Sharks” now available on Disney and is part of National Geographic’s six-week summer event, SHARKFEST available on National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD.
◆ Are the extra space and next-level service worth the pricey ticket? Here is what it looks like to fly first class on various U.S. airlines, how flying first class is different from business class and economy, and how the benefits change (in some cases, dramatically) when you book first class on a long-haul international flight.
◆ In August, Hilton announced it’s expanding its all-inclusive portfolio with the brand-new Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort. Located between the Bay of Banderas and the Sierra Madre Mountain on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, the new 444-room hotel comes with a whopping 14 restaurants and bars, two infinity pools, and the peace of mind that you don’t need to pack anything but a bathing suit and a smile.
◆ New York City’s famous Grand Central Oyster Bar is poised for a grand reopening. The Grand Central Oyster Bar has been serving seafood to commuters, locals and tourists for over 100 years and was forced to close its doors for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, the Oyster Bar announced that it will make its re-debut on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
◆ In late July, Samsung unveiled “Waterfall-NYC (2021),” an art installation in partnership with the district in the heart of Times Square. The waterfall clocked in at 350-feet and used four vertical screens taking up some 11,639 square feet of space when combined.
◆ The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, which has acted as an Airbnb, crisscrossed the nation, and even hired a few lucky fans for a dream job experience, is joining the rideshare revolution with Lyft. According to the iconic meat brand, it’s teaming up with Lyft to “spark miles of smiles by trading Lyft XL rides for free Wienermobile trips in the nation’s hottest rideshare cities.”
◆ For the next few weeks, a gigantic Ferris Wheel will be right in the middle of Times Square allowing tourists and locals alike to take in a whole new vantage point of the famous Theater District as they soar 110 feet — or 11 stories — up off the ground. And while it won’t be high enough to see the tops of the nearby skyscrapers, riders will get a glimpse into some of the action happening around Times Square.
◆ Canada has officially begun welcoming travelers from the U.S. again after almost 16 months of non-essential travel restrictions. Private stays from websites like Vrbo are still incredibly appealing to people who want to take a Canadian vacation that still lets them avoid crowds.
◆ Disney is celebrating our favorite royals with the first-ever World Princess Week, starting on Aug. 23. Disney kicked off the celebration with new details about “The Princess and the Frog” attraction that will replace Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park and Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
◆ Disney World’s newest attraction isn’t just out of this world, it’s 220 miles above it. On Friday, the theme park announced that its newest EPCOT restaurant, Space 220, will welcome its first visitors in mid-September. An immersive fine dining experience, the restaurant will make visitors feel like they’re sitting at a restaurant near the International Space Station.
◆ Ketchikan is a beloved fishing destination, but the outdoor adventures it offers don’t end there. Many who saw Ketchikan as a cruise passenger’s day trip took the time to get to know it for what it really is: an outdoor adventure destination in its own right.