October 31, 2014

 

Sting relived his past as a cruise ship entertainer with an intimate performance aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 earlier this week. The show took place just two days after the Broadway debut of his first-ever musical, The Last Ship, now playing at the Neil Simon Theatre.

 

Set in his hometown of Wallsend in northeast England, the story is based on the icon’s childhood, which was spent in the shadows of the Swan Hunter shipyard—the same shipyard, in fact, where 15 of Cunard’s ships were built (including the Mauretania, one of the world’s biggest vessels). After the concert—during which he sang songs from the musical and a few greatest hits—the six-time Grammy winner took a few minutes to talk travel with T+L:

What’s the most memorable trip you’ve ever taken?
I am very fond of the Himalayas. I like Nepal and Kathmandu very much. It’s such a rich country, but it's not an easy country. You really have to enjoy the Indian subcontinent and I do. I like trekking and I can sleep on the side of the road where no one knows who I am. I walked up to the source of the Ganges and purified myself in the glaciers. It took a few immersions before I got really pure.

What are a few of your favorite hotels?
This is a difficult one. I love the Bulgari Hotel in Milan, and the Le Royal Monceau in Paris.

If you could cruise anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’ve always wanted to cruise up in the fjords of Norway. I like the cold and it would be a spectacular way to see the coastline. But I never have time!

Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

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