RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL BEGINS HERE
As a seasoned traveler, you know that experiencing the world in a joyful, meaningful way is accompanied by a deep sense of responsibility. Harnessing the immense power of travel has become so critical that the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization named this the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Let us show you how we can help achieve those global goals to protect, nurture and improve communities from every perspective.
With our vast connections, we can arrange excursions in ways that only promote responsible interactions with animals. A journey to Kenya with Micato Safaris takes you into protected lands with guides who are intimately familiar with the landscape, and we can introduce you to conservation programs such as The Giraffe Center and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
In Thailand, the experts at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort are dedicated to providing enriching and ethical excursions. Spend a day learning to care for elephants with their keepers (mahouts), go trekking on a daily forest walk and take part in a bathing ritual. While the ultimate ambition is to eliminate the practice of using elephants for entertainment, these conservationists are working closely with the local community and rescued elephants to reach this goal in a measured, sustainable way.
In many cases, low-impact viewing is the best way to experience wildlife. That includes strolling raised walkways to view fairy penguins on parade in Australia’s Phillip Island and spotting polar bears from a respectful distance on your Silversea expedition voyage.
Supporting Local Communities
Rethinking how you consume travel can make an enormous difference in local communities. Lend a helping hand to local projects, whether you only have a few hours to spare or several days. With Crystal Cruises®, even a simple day on shore can help transform lives with complimentary “You Care, We Care” excursions. Let us arrange your day preparing meals at a food bank or assisting with adult education lessons, among many other opportunities around the globe.
Preserving The Environment
No matter where you go, there are straightforward steps to protecting the environment and reducing waste. For example, you can minimize your use of plastic goods and dispose of them properly (in one year, Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles — a number that’s easily reduced with a reusable water bottle). You can also cut your showers to three minutes a day, particularly if water is a limited resource in your destination.
We also recommend offsetting the carbon dioxide output of flying, driving and cruising by investing in initiatives such as converting wind energy, replanting trees and building water-filtration systems — and choosing travel providers that do the same. Quark Expeditions offers carbon-neutral polar voyages and uses fuel-efficient vessels to minimize its own travel footprint.
Many of our preferred ecolodges are also making a difference. Let us arrange a stay at Mashpi Lodge, where its founders saved the surrounding cloud forest reserve from deforestation, built a hydroelectric plant and continue to rely on locally foraged ingredients. Luxury meets sustainability at Singita Grumeti in Tanzania, just on the border of the Serengeti. Here, solar geysers make hot water, energy-efficient lighting reduces emissions and community outreach programs create economic opportunities for locals.
Doing your part to help support responsible travel begins even before you step on a plane. We’ll provide you with need-to-know information about your destination, advising on etiquette tips, appropriate dress for places of religious and cultural importance and what gifts to bring your hosts (like yaqona root when visiting a Fijian village!).
Our ultimate tip: always be willing to seek out other travelers for their insights into sustainable practices, and be ready to share what you’ve learned along your travels. Every bit of education helps to make a difference in the world.
Hotels & Resorts
Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik: Elegance by the Adriatic
From the moment you step into the newly renovated lobby of Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik, where sea views shine through floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll become a part of history. This beloved landmark first opened its doors in 1913 and now begins a new chapter of its rich story.
The iconic hotel is perfectly positioned overlooking the Adriatic Sea, with its own private beach just steps from the UNESCO-listed Old City of Dubrovnik. For more than 100 years, this timeless treasure has drawn royalty and celebrities alike: Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor are among the many luminaries who have graced these doors, strolled through its tranquil gardens and lounged on its secluded shores.
Undiscovered on Santorini
On the northern tip of the island, look up from the Aegean Sea and the enchanting village of Oia seems to defy gravity. Carved into the volcanic cliffside is Canaves Oia Hotel — an esteemed member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ collection that reflects the region’s classical Cycladic architecture. Take in sweeping views of the caldera from your breezy suite or over cocktails on the poolside patio. An evening excursion on a private boat tour into Amoudi Bay reveals Oia’s legendary sunset as the sea, sky and cliffs blaze with color.
Holland in Bloom
A river cruise reveals a full bouquet of tulips, windmills and Old World wonders.
Since Dutch farmers planted their first tulip bulbs back in the 1500s, seeing Holland in spring has earned a spot as an essential travel experience. Perhaps the most iconic of all: the 70- acre gardens, located in the coastal town of Haarlem, where seven million flowers include 800 varieties of the country’s most famous bloom.
With Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Keukenhof is among the most anticipated stop on tulip-time voyages, in between visits to Kinderdijk’s slowly spinning windmills and Amsterdam’s museums filled with Dutch masters’ canvases. The Netherlands’ bouquet of treasures is brought to life through personalized experiences with a host of inclusive excursion options in every port.
O What An Adventure!
Live your best life on an O, The Oprah Magazine-inspired cruise with Holland America Line.
For Oprah Winfrey, her year of adventure meant seeing, tasting, experiencing and exploring the world’s most treasured sights. For you, it may mean challenging yourself with outdoor experiences that take your breath away. Or maybe it’s as simple as disconnecting from the everyday and reconnecting with yourself. Instagram fans were able to follow along with Oprah’s real-time experiences aboard a Holland America Line cruise to Alaska. Now you can kick off your own personal quest with upcoming O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life cruises. Join Oprah on one of these cruises:
- 7-Day Tropical Caribbean departing March 3, 2018
- 7-Day Alaska Roundtrip Seattle departing August 11, 2018
- 7-Day Eastern Caribbean departing October 28, 2018
Snapshots of Patagonia
Beauty floods your senses as you cross the vast landscapes of Patagonia, South America’s southernmost terrain before the land trails off into the end of the earth.
Venture into a wilderness so remote, so unspoiled that it feels as if you’re one of the only people ever to breathe the crisp air that fills these wide-open expanses. Here, your views are of sprawling lowlands known as pampas, jagged granite peaks capped with snow and the milky blue sheen of glacier-fed lakes.
On an escorted journey with Butterfield & Robinson, you’ll become a part of this land as you hike through lenga forests and canter on horseback alongside gauchos who deftly point out shy wildlife and photo-worthy vistas. Although this is nature in its rawest form, each day is effortless as guides lead the way and porters whisk your belongings between luxurious accommodations.
Artist in Residence in San Jose del Cabo
Step into the heart of San José del Cabo on an art walk that takes place in the downtown Gallery District every Thursday between November and June. Under the setting sun, you’ll see the beauty that lies within this laid-back haven of colonial architecture and modern galleries lining cobblestone streets as you mingle with locals and culturally curious visitors. Sip champagne (or tequila!) while perusing spaces exhibiting original paintings, sculptures and other works of art, often accompanied by the artists themselves.
An easy drive from downtown delivers you to where the jungle meets the sea and another artistic escape awaits: One&Only Palmilla perfectly blends outdoor bliss with the region’s blossoming art scene. Here, artist-in-residence Tanya Talamante works closely with the resort to engage and inspire each and every guest. The Tijuana native was drawn to the aesthetic vibe of Los Cabos more than two decades ago and has since founded an art school and studio where guests can enjoy private workshops led by local artists.
Wherever inspiration may strike, we’ll ensure you have an artful stay in Los Cabos with Island Destinations.
Embrace the Mediterranean lifestyle with golfing, dining and spas in Spain’s Costa del Sol.
Along a beautiful stretch of southern Spain’s Andalucía region — aptly named Costa del Sol — you can follow your passions under nearly year-round sunshine while enjoying plenty of opportunities to rest, re-energize and reconnect with your loved ones.
Riding in GPS-loaded buggies is just one of the privileges for golfers at Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa. The 72-par course consistently ranks as one of the top golf destinations in Spain. If your iron accuracy doesn’t quite compare to the pros, get a lesson at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy. Others can indulge in their own leisurely days next to three pools or under an umbrella at the exclusive beach club before cooling off in the spa’s unique snow cabin.
Spa-goers find instant healing with a menu of holistic therapies at Six Senses Spa. Located in the beachfront Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa in Marbella, the spa specializes in personalized wellness programs, from an Indian-inspired head massage to the soothing heat of a hammam. Then join your loved ones over a celebratory meal of black cod with miso at Spain’s first Nobu restaurant or an avant-garde gastronomic adventure from the mind of Michelin-starred chef Dani García.
Winter Escapes in the Caribbean
In the immediate aftermath of the Caribbean hurricanes, cruise lines took the lead to swiftly transport travelers to safe havens and deliver much-needed supplies to island residents. While the recovery efforts are ongoing, the cruise lines quickly revised itineraries to ensure travelers enjoy what they love most about their winter Caribbean cruise vacation: turquoise waters lapping gently against white sands, charming towns with delicious local delicacies and an amazing array of activities both in the water and on land.
If a beach resort vacation is what you yearn for, we’re pleased to share a wonderful range of options. In Nassau, Bahamas we love the sophisticated surrounding of One&Only Ocean Club. And on the laid-back Out Islands, we’ve welcomed The Cove Eleuthera into our exclusive hotel collection.
At Grace Bay Club in Turks and Caicos, you can relax beachside on canopied day beds or embark on water sport adventures. Or let us reserve your getaway to COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos on your own private island.
Whether you’re a windsurfing enthusiast or seeking stress-free relaxation with your family, Aruba is calling. Everyone will love kid-oriented programs at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, while the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino offers world-class golfing and complimentary daily spa entry.
Your personal slice of paradise awaits in Jamaica whether you choose to cruise or fly. We can book your stay at Round Hill Hotel and Villas — on a 110-acre enclave, this Montego Bay resort offers thoughtful services from dedicated villa staff, making it ideal for families and couples alike.
Or let us take you to the northern tip of St. Lucia, where Cap Maison Resort & Spa creates an idyllic setting for romance atop an oceanfront bluff. Or travel southward to Jade Mountain, standing over a 600-acre beach — where the fourth wall of your suite has been removed to experience the Pitons in all their beauty.
Contact us today and we’ll ensure your vacation is packed with complimentary privileges, ranging from shipboard credits and prepaid gratuities to breakfast, resort credits and other VIP amenities.
How to Protect Your Vacation
We always stay on top of the latest news and ensure your experience is seamless at every step. With the right travel insurance plan, you can rest assured that your out-of-pocket costs are protected — whether you’re facing potentially severe weather, lost luggage or a medical situation. Let us plan your vacation, including dealing with all the what-ifs, and we’ll get you on your way to a trip of a lifetime.