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Luxury travel news this week

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to subscribe, please click here). This will also alert you to any other posts on the blog. Should you wish, you can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the icon again and selecting ‘unsubscribe’. ‘Oh my God, look at that ship!’: massive cruise liners collide off Mexico Two Carnival Corp cruise ships collided on Friday in the port of Mexico’s Caribbean resort of Cozumel, the luxury cruise operator said, crushing the stern of a 952-foot-long (290-meter) vessel and leaving passengers stunned at the loud impact. One person was lightly injured while evacuating a dining room on the massive ship named Carnival Glory, according to Carnival, the world’s largest cruise operator… [read more] Meet the artist who designed a hotel room that’s difficult to stay in The bed is difficult to get onto and has barely enough space to squeeze around. The bathroom door doesn’t shut, and gets in the way when you reach for the toilet roll dispenser. This may sound like a pretty typical TripAdvisor review. But if you stay in the hotel bedroom created by Christopher Samuel, don’t rush to post a scathing review. He has actually designed it to be as annoying as possible (while remaining just about habitable)… [read more] Private jet comes within 10ft of hitting drone mid-air in ‘UK‘s joint closest near-miss’ A private jet came within 10ft of colliding with a drone in what is reported to be the joint closest near-miss in UK airspace. The Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft was flying into Luton Airport when it almost hit the device at 4,000ft, a report by the UK Airprox Board said. The jet’s pilot reported seeing the drone, which was black and “appeared to have some sort of light source at the front”, according to the report… [read more] Japan is developing 50 luxury hotels to cash in on the 40 million visitors it expects next year Tourism to Japan has increased exponentially in recent years. The country was host to 31 million international tourists in 2019. That’s nearly five times more than it was in 2011 — and it’s expected to reach 40 million in 2020, the Economist reported. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics alone is expected to draw 10 million tourists… [read more] Photo of the Week: Kyoto, Japan New York’s Billionaires’ Row named the world’s most exclusive street New York’s Billionaires’ Row, 57th Street in Manhattan, where most of the city’s super-tall luxury residential towers are located, was ranked the most exclusive residential location by two global leading brokerages. The street, which is the address for luxury developments such as 432 Park, One57, Central Park Tower and the Steinway Tower, among others, has registered 41 residential transactions over $25 million in the last five years, at an average sales price of $38.5 million… [read more] We really enjoy hearing from our readers and would love to hear your views on any of these stories! Please click on the comments below and share your thoughts. Thank you. Have a story you’d like to share? Please contact us for details.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. The hotel room designed to make everything difficult is brilliant creative thinking. The more people who stay in it and get the feel of being disabled the better. Taking it one step further should every education admin area have one classroom designed like this? At an early age kids would get to feel what it’s like to be disabled. They might grown up discriminating less against the disabled.

  2. It is incredible that in this high-tech age of automation and sat nav that one huge cruise ship should crash into another moored ship. It’s like a story from a supermarket car park.

    At the end of the day I suppose mooring up in harbour is a job best left to humans. At that point human error becomes possible.

  3. Only a few weeks ago I’m sure that I read that Japan was going to have a shortage of accommodation for next year’s Olympics. Now I’m reading about how many luxury hotel rooms will be appearing. Is this private enterprise rapidly reacting to demand? Or was the report I read not up to date with recent events?

  4. We read a lot about these massive and hugely expensive cruise liners on here but I don’t ever recall a collision. Don’t think I’ve seen anything in the news about collisions ever either. You’d imagine that would be next to impossible with the way things are scheduled and planned and the technology these days. I read that article though and it seems like it was an issue when docking primarily because of the high winds and the strength of the ocean at the time. Thank goodness nobody was seriously injured as that could have been a lot worse than it was by the sound of it.

  5. These drones – as amazing as the tech may may – seem to have caused a lot of problems already. It’s probably mostly idiots not abiding by the rules and regs and doing silly things but near misses and planes being grounded because of drones too close or actually within the airspace makes you wonder how safe they are for day to day non commercial use.

    I think I saw this story before about Japan being short on rooms for tourists for the Olympics. That’s a pretty big goal though to develop 50 luxury hotels within the space of months. I’ll be impressed if they manage the full amount.

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