Welcome to ShermansTravel Buzz, where we'll be offering short and sweet travel tidbits. Enjoy and bon voyage!
Border Reopenings & Cruise COVID Updates
After nearly two years, Australia has officially reopened its borders to vaccinated travelers. Meanwhile, France will no longer require travelers to take a COVID-19 test to enter the country. (Instead, you just need to show proof of vaccination.) Vietnam is also said to welcome back tourists around mid-March (though proof of vaccination is required).
Several large cruise lines have also loosened restrictions on mask-wearing. Royal Caribbean will drop its indoor mask requirement starting 2/25, while Carnival Cruise Line will lift mask mandates on most onboard settings as of 3/1. Norwegian Cruise Line will also ditch the mask mandate on 3/1 (though it's worth noting that masks must still be worn indoors on Europe NCL sailings).
Atlas Ocean Voyage Performs World's First Legal Wedding in Antarctica (Book Yours Now!)
Atlas Ocean Voyages, a luxe expedition cruise line, has officially performed the first-ever legal wedding in Antarctica. Click here to learn more and book this one-of-a-kind wedding package, which is aptly named "Happy Ever Atlas."
Win A Holland America Cruise to Alaska
Holland America Line is celebrating their love of The Last Frontier by giving away ten week-long Alaska sailings. As part of the contest, participants must share their love of Alaska – as well as why they want to travel there – in 250 words or less. The cruise line's "Love Letter to Alaska" sweepstakes is open to residents of the U.S. (including D.C.) and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are at least 21 years of age. Enter by March 15 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
Catch Up on Zzz's This Sleep Awareness Week
Several hotels are celebrating National Sleep Awareness Week (March 14-20) with one-of-a-kind amenities and offerings. Lake Nona Wave Hotel in Orlando will debut a new room category filled with innovative sleep technology (including an AI-powered bed!), while The James New York - NoMad in NYC has launched a specially curated Insomnia Cart filled with rejuvenating products (think: air purifiers, eye pillows, and weighted blankets) to help you get some shut-eye. Meanwhile, wellness-seekers will especially appreciate a visit to Tierra Luna Spa at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. The spa's rejuvenating Celestial Circadian Ritual is designed to promote a relaxing and restful night's sleep.
Dubai is Named The World's Busiest Airport (Again)
Dubai International Airport has been named the world's busiest airport for international travel for the eighth year in a row. An estimated 29.1 million passengers traveled through here in 2021 alone.
Introducing Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will begin voyages on March 1. This innovative two-night journey is a dream come true for Star Wars fans of all ages. Guests aboard the new Halcyon starcruiser will have the chance to complete a lightsaber training course and visit Black Spire Outpost inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Don't miss the Crown of Corellia Dining Room, which serves up out-of-this-world dishes that double as edible works of art.
The Ranch Malibu Heads to Italy
The Ranch Malibu, a well-loved luxury health retreat, will open in Italy in May 2022. Palazzo Fiuggi Medical Retreat will incorporate signature offerings from The Ranch Malibu, including gourmet cuisine, chic interiors, innovative health and wellness facilities, and ample fitness classes and activities. The 20-acre hilltop oasis is about an hour from Rome. The property, which will host just 25 guests per week, offers seven-night-long retreats.