I love a C word as much as
the next news hog, but good golly, Pumpkins, this summer’s travel headlines
could use with a wider alphabet. The 3 C’s dominating (enough mistress!) the
news -- Crystal Cruises and Cuba – are
risking major celebrity overexposure. (I mean who can handle another grinny picture
of Jennifer Aniston? Poor thing. Forever labeled as the Brad dumpee.)
But I digress. Point is that
aside from some stinky Caribbean seaweed, a smelly resort meltdown in Bahamas
and a German attack on GDS systems, the last 2 months have been usurped by a cruise
ship and a communist island. Oh, and lest I forget, Dave McCaig leaving ACTA. And
Brad Miron leaving TravelBrands (although I doubt many of you know who Brad is.
More of a backroom guy. As opposed to Dave, who loved being a front man. Or a
front, as some might say.)
Of course it’s no surprise
that Cuba is front and centre, dahrlings. The crumbling of a 50-year U.S.
embargo is reshaping the Caribbean tourism industry faster than you can say que
And the Crystal story is big.
The manifestation of Edie’s dream of ‘the little luxury line that could’ must have
her C spot just a quiver. I know mine is just thinking about all those big toys: Ocean ships. River vessels. Luxury yachts. A Dreamliner…oh wait, another
one. That powerhouse of a woman makes Donald Trump look media-shy.
What can one say, dahrlings,
but Viva Cuba! Viva Crystal! Turismo o muerte!