Overall, the Seven Seas Mariner can accommodate 700 guests and 445 crew members.
Wealthier guests staying in the Master Suite (the almost $200,000 ticket, that is) will ride out the journey in a 2,002 square-feet suite that has luxurious features like a crystal chandelier and a private butler.
The suite will also have two bedrooms and balconies, two and a half bathrooms, and a shared living room.
Hungry for a fine dining dinner? Head to one of Seven Seas Mariners’ four restaurants, which include a steakhouse, an Italian eatery, and French establishment.
But if you’re in the mood for a more casual night, you can grab dinner at the Pool Grill …
… or hang around one of the four bars and lounges.
And don’t forget about the classic cruise ship amenities, like a pool, sports deck ….
… library, and coffee shop.
“For our guests, the 2024 World Cruise represents so much more than just a cruise vacation – it’s a return to a normality,” Montague said.
The Las Vegas Strip’s newest hotel officially opened on June 24: the $4.3 billion Resorts World Las Vegas.
The hotel was developed by Malaysia-based Genting Group and its official opening could not have come at a more fortuitous time as people begin traveling again.
“A brand-new Las Vegas opening like Resorts World can drive increased visitation,” Barry Jonas, managing director of Truist Securities, told Katie Young and Contessa Brewer for CNBC. “As many customers looking to trial the new property also like to visit multiple properties during their stay.”
Any Las Vegas aficionado will know that a crowd-pleasing Las Vegas Strip hotel must have plenty of food, gambling, pool, and drinking options.
Luckily, Resorts World offers all four, often with a tech-forward twist.
Let’s take a look inside.
Behind the flashy Resorts World sign lies a well-known hospitality company: Hilton.
In February 2020, the hospitality giant partnered with Resorts World Las Vegas to introduce three Hilton brands to the resort.
The three Hilton brands – Hilton Hotel and Resorts, LXR, and Conrad – make an appearance throughout the 3,500-room hotel.
The hotel has 236 rooms under Hilton’s luxury segment, LXR.
Guests staying in these rooms will have their own entrance and lobby, and upgraded rooms, suites, and villas ranging from 550 square feet to a whopping 7,000 square feet.
Then there’s the Conrad segment, which includes 1,496 rooms and suites spanning from 550 square feet to 2,800 square feet.
Finally, the majority of the rooms – 1,774, to be exact – are made up of “Las Vegas Hilton at Resorts World” rooms ranging from 400 square feet to 3,300 square feet.
Besides Hilton, Resorts World has a long list of partnerships with recognizable names, such as the Kardashian-Jenner family in the form of a pop-up Kardashian Kloset, the family’s online clothing and accessory resale site.
Not interested in raiding the celebrity powerhouse family’s closet?
Resorts World also has a two-floor, 70,000-square-foot shopping venue for guests in need of retail therapy.
Besides the Kardashian family and Hilton partnerships, the hotel is also working with food ordering and delivery platform Grubhub.
Guests can use the Grubhub app or scan the Grubhub QR codes located throughout the resort, to order food or retail items.
From there, the charge can be placed on the guests’ room or credit card.
But that’s not the only tech-forward feature of the modern hotel.
It’s 2021, so of course, Resorts World has cryptocurrency capabilities.
Resorts World has partnered with Gemini – a cryptocurrency platform founded by Tyler Winklevoss and Cameron Winklevoss – to turn the property into “one of the most crypto-friendly resorts on the Las Vegas Strip,” according to a press release.
Like more modern hotels, Resorts World also uses mobile check-ins, an artificial intelligence concierge, and digital keys.
The resort even has a tunnel that connects it to the Las Vegas Convention Center via Tesla cars.
Now, let’s take a look at Resorts World’s theater, which has space for 5,000 live entertainment fans or convention attendees.
The theater houses one of the biggest stages on the Vegas Strip, according to the resort.
In total, the stage spans 64 feet deep and 196 feet wide, totaling 13,550 square feet.
So far, headliners at the massive theater are set to include A-listers like Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, and Luke Bryan.
The property will also have 250,000 square feet worth of meeting spaces and ballrooms for folks headed to Sin City strictly for work purposes.
Moving right along to everyone’s favorite part: the food.
Las Vegas has always been known for its bustling food and buffet scene, among other Vegas attributes.
Resorts World is no different, and the property will have over 40 food and drink options.
Let’s start off with Famous Foods Street Eats, a 24,000-square-foot food hall with 16 stalls. Several of these stalls include Asian-inspired options and restaurants with Michelin Plate or Bib Gourmand recognition.
There’s even a speakeasy inside the food hall.
But don’t fret if a food hall isn’t your scene.
Resorts World has a whole list of other food and drink options.
This includes Genting Palace, an “old-world glamour” Cantonese eatery …
… sushi and teppanyaki hotspot Kusa Nori …
… vegan ice cream from Craig’s, an iconic Los Angeles eatery …
… and RedTail, a game bar with food options.
Speaking of which, what would a Las Vegas resort be without bars?
Resorts World also has several drinking spots, including Starlight on 66 with views of the city, Nashville-transplanted Dawg House Saloon and Sportsbook, and the “most technologically advanced nightclub in Las Vegas,” Zouk Nightclub.
There’ll even be a champagne-forward Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge with live music and DJs.
Like Resorts World’s theater, Zouk Nightclub and the hotel’s other club, Ayu Dayclub, will have recognizable headliners or residents like Zedd, Tiësto, Jack Harlow, and Madison Beer.
Now moving on to the casino. The 117,000-square-foot space is filled with all the classic gambling options, such as 1,400 slot machines, 30 poker tables, and 117 table games.
Resorts World’s casino even has cashless options, including “cashless wagering.”
Think “tap-(or scan)-and-go,” but on a slot machine or at a table game.
If you’ve been gambling indoors for a bit too long, go unwind at the 5.5-acres worth of pools, including everyone’s favorite, an infinity pool.
The seven pools also have what Resorts World calls the “largest pool deck in Las Vegas,” as evidenced by the rendering below.
And when it’s time for some rest and relaxation from all the Vegas chaos, head to the 27,000-square-foot spa.
If these amenities all sound pretty enticing to you, you’re not alone.
“We were waiting, optimistic that things would get better when we opened,” Scott Sibella, president of Resorts World Las Vegas, told CNBC. “But here we are at 100% [capacity] and everything’s going well in Las Vegas, and we’re excited to be part of that.”
“Revenge vacation” season is now moving full speed ahead, and while many travelers are racing to book a trip after a year of being stuck at home, the mayor of one tropical island is asking airlines to slow down: Maui, Hawaii.
“I have been talking with different airlines and … we’re asking for just a pause, if you want to use that term,” Maui County mayor Michael Victorino said during a press conference on June 29. “We don’t have the authority to say stop, but we’re asking the powers to be to help us.”
In recent weeks, the number of tourists flocking to Hawaii has sometimes surpassed 2019’s travel levels. And from July 1 to July 5, over 170,000 people traveled to the state, according to Hawaii’s travel data. As a result, the Kahului Airport in Maui has hit “overcapacity” with bottlenecks throughout the airport, according to Victorino.
In late June, Victorino also met with “airline executives” to potentially cut back on airlift to the airport, Rick Daysog reported for Hawaii News Now.
“The people of Maui County have lacked sufficient time to prepare for the sudden, large influx of tourism, even as health restrictions remain in place,” Brian Perry, a spokesman for Victorino, told Hawaii News Now. “Many of our hospitality-related businesses are still struggling to fully staff their operations to provide a high quality of customer service.”
“People are choosing to come to Hawaii not only because of its wonderful resources and people, but because there really isn’t a lot of choices,” Victorino said, citing that other international travel destinations currently have closed borders.
Some of these tourists also aren’t using “good common sense and [are] going into areas where they’re not supposed to,” therefore needing the island’s emergency services for rescuing, Victorino said.
The cruise industry is one of the last sectors to try and regain its pre-pandemic activity following the huge disruption caused by the pandemic. According to Donald, its efforts are largely being welcomed by customers eager to get back on the water.
Diplomats spend their whole careers living and traveling overseas. They have to immediately immerse themselves in a wide range of places around the planet. These ambassadors and attaches deftly manage to cross borders and cultures. I had to learn a lot of these nuanced navigational skills during my 12 years as an American diplomat. So let me share a few of their tricks and tradecraft to try out on your next trip.
Be ready for the worst
The first thing a diplomat does when planning a mission is to prepare for what could go wrong. I’ve found that too few regular travelers take the time to consider this crucial step. So before you head out on a trip, explore recent risks and consider what you would do in the event of a crisis.
The State Department has a decent overall guide to the latest threats. But, honestly, you are better off reading some of the news from the country. Don’t let it overwhelm you, but even if you don’t speak the language, use an online translator to get a sense of what’s happening with security, politics, and major upcoming events. Also, make sure you set up an alert to notify you of major news stories in the countries where you will be traveling.
Always have a back up
My second piece of advice is to pack extras. It can be hard to know exactly how easy it will be to locate your essentials when you’re traveling or how difficult, expensive it is to acquire. Figure out which are the must-have items – from cables to razors – and make sure you travel with a backup. This also goes for clothes. Packing an extra day or two comes in handy when you’re delayed or need to extend the trip. An extra pair of socks made my return from Nepal substantially less stinky, after the King commandeered our plane in Kathmandu.
Ditch the guidebook and talk to locals
Even in the past, I never liked the published guidebooks and with so much information online these days, you really don’t need one. They end up sending you to a lot of places that are crowded with other tourists. To get a sense of what you’re missing out on, try reading a guide to your town. Once you’ve seen the highlights in the book, use that as a jumping off point to research, read reviews, and actually talk to people who live in the place.
Let me expand on the last point. Traveling is a great excuse to reach out to someone. It could be someone who works in your field, a local organization related to something you’re interested in, or even their embassy.
Send this connection an email, “Hey, I’m going to be traveling to your country. Appreciate any insights or recommendations you can share.” It’s amazing how many people welcome the chance to share a few suggestions about their home with visitors from other countries. You’ll also often be surprised by the opportunities that arise from those personal connections.
Look, and talk, like a local
If you don’t want to stick out as a tourist or at the very least aim to be less of a target for hawkers or unsavory opportunists, then try to blend in. One of the best ways you can project savviness is by carrying a local newspaper or magazine. It will give pickpockets and peddlers pause.
Speaking of local, it’s a good idea to learn a few phrases of the language before you go. Using a greeting when you enter a store or a taxi helps to also project a level of familiarity with your surroundings and respect for their culture.
It’s also worthwhile to spend a little time learning about some of the major linguistic differences, which tend to explain a lot about how the world can be viewed through various lenses. In Spanish, for instance, there is no word for “compromise.” While in the Niarafolo language of Northern Ivory Coast, there is no word for yesterday or tomorrow. That can be useful information to know before you go.
Keep an open mind
Too many times on our trips we are myopically focused on getting from point A to point B. One of the best parts of being in a foreign country is the chance to experience a whole different way of life. Take in the unique smells, sounds, and rhythms.
Henry David Thoreau was fond of sauntering. It’s a kind of experiential walking, where you are taking in the small, subtle elements. This is one of my favorite things to do, wandering streets and often making exceptional, unexpected discoveries.
Diplomats are undoubtedly some of the world’s best travelers. While you may not be able to spend as long or go as far on the road, there is a lot to be gained by deploying some of the same tactics. It may help keep you out of trouble and also to see less-discovered side of the country.
Perhaps the last diplomatic lesson is to remember that travel is a two-way road. You are experiencing a new place and people. But, they too are exposed to a bit of your country through your presence. So, be a good ambassador.
Space Perspective sets itself apart from other companies with its balloon design, named Spaceship Neptune. And technically, the Spaceship Neptune will still stay inside the confines of our atmosphere (but more on that in a bit).
This balloon – which is as big as a football stadium – will then shuttle Spaceship Neptune passengers up 100,000 feet.
The balloon will accompany a pressurized and spacious cabin with reclining seats, creating a comfortable traveling experience for its passengers, according to the company.
Spaceship Neptune’s cabin will be built to accommodate up to eight passengers, not including the pilot, on a six-hour-long trip.
The journey starts at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center before sunrise so passengers can view the rising sun from above Earth, Nikki Ekstein reported for Bloomberg.
The journey will begin with a two-hour climb above 99% of the atmosphere.
Along this six-hour journey, passengers will have access to breakfast, drinks, a bathroom, livestream-capable WiFi, and anti-glare windows for photography, according to Bloomberg and Space Perspective.
From there, passengers will get two hours to take in the view – which includes a glimpse of Earth’s curvature – before beginning the two-hour descent back down to Earth’s water, where a ship will await to bring passengers back to shore, according to a diagram on Space Perspective’s website.
There will also be research equipment aboard the Spaceship Neptune.
Wannabe space tourists who want a break from Earth’s land can now reserve their chance to visit the edge of our planet in late 2024.
Space Perspective previously offered private presale tickets, but they all sold out, according to the Bloomberg report.
Plus, you’ll be working with experienced hands.
The co-founders and CEOs of Space Perspective, Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, have worked on many space-related projects. This includes serving as “human spaceflight” technical advisors to Elon Musk, according to a press release.
Looking for proof of concept? The company’s Neptune One, an unmanned test vehicle, successfully launched from the Space Coast Spaceport, next to NASA’s Space Center, on June 18.
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The latest shortage hitting the American West? Water. And while Chick-fil-A sauce and semiconductors are important for a functioning economy, this year’s historic drought in the West could affect-and we do mean this-literally everything.
The state of play: California Gov. Gavin Newsom has put 41 counties under a state of emergency in an attempt to drastically limit water use. Some scientists say the region is facing the worst drought in centuries.
Who’s getting hit the hardest?
Anyone who eats food. The water levels of 1,500+ reservoirs in California are 50% lower than normal at this time of year, per Jay Lund, co-director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC-Davis. This means huge cuts to the water that farmers in the state use to produce over 25% of the country’s food supply.
Your morning breakfast of Blue Diamond almond milk and habanero BBQ almonds could be impacted. California accounts for 80% of the US’ almond supply, but because of shrinking water allocations, some farmers are simply bulldozing those notoriously thirsty almond trees.
Anyone who uses electricity. Officials are predicting the water level of Lake Oroville, the Beyoncé of California lakes, to hit a record low in August. If that happens, they would need to shut down a major hydroelectric power plant, putting extra strain on the electrical grid during the hottest part of the summer.
Anyone who is a fish. In April, California officials announced they’d be driving 146 truckloads of 15+ million young salmon to the Pacific Ocean because the fish wouldn’t be able to swim in the dangerously shallow, warm waterways connecting the state’s Central Valley to the ocean.
Anyone who dislikes wildfires.Five of the six largest wildfires in modern California history happened during the 2020 wildfire season, killing 30+ people. Experts say the current conditions are much worse.
Bottom line: This drought could have devastating consequences for the state’s agriculture, wildlife preservation, and tourism industries. #BoatSummer in California is not looking good.
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With the travel industry poised to boom thanks to rising coronavirus vaccination rates, scammers could very well target would-be travelers in the coming months, spoiling many long-awaited vacations.
Two senators are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to do more to protect tourists from scammers, as travel is slated to spike along with coronavirus vaccination rates. United States Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Steve Daines of Montana sent a letter to the FTC on Thursday asking the commission to bolster protections for travelers and expressing “concern” over reports detailing a proliferation of travel scams.
“While the FTC posts advisories pertaining to travel scams, we believe that more must be done to protect consumers,” the senators wrote. “Travel reservations made on fraudulent websites can be costly and stressful for travelers, and it is critical to ensure that Americans understand how to recognize travel scams and their recourse options should they fall victim to these scams.”
Payments company Flywire found that 7 out of 10 frequent travelers say they’ll likely spend more on travel in 2022. But more tourists also means more scammers looking to prey on travelers. Travel scams could take the form of fraudsters disguised as booking agents or counterfeit tickets being sold online. The FTC’s website warns consumers of rental-listing rip-offs, timeshare tricks, and sweepstakes swindles.
In their letter, the senators also included four specific questions addressed to acting FTC chief Rebecca Kelly Slaughter about the commission’s coordination with the Department of Justice, any additional measures needed to “better protect consumers,” data around travel scams, and “additional resources” that the organization may need to better address travel scams.
The FTC did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for further comment.
This isn’t the first time that Klobuchar has crossed party lines on the issue of tourism. She introduced the Protecting Tourism in the United States Act in February, along with Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri.
Read the entire letter from Klobuchar and Daines here: