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Cruise News: New Regent Ship + More

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Huge news: Regent Seven Seas Cruises is building a new uber-luxe ship, the 738-passenger Seven Seas Explorer (hitting the high seas in summer 2016). Specific details have yet to be released, but one thing is certain: the all-suite, all balconied cabins will range in size from 300 to 1,500 square feet; there’s going to be an outpost of Canyon Ranch spa on board; and the art collection will be worthy of the Met.

Also making waves this week?

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Beauty Road Test: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, $26

Pros: Clinique’s iconic primrose yellow lotion has been an industry favorite for the last 45 years. This August it’s getting even more “dramatically different” with new ultra-moisturizing ingredients (hyaluronic acid, glycerin, urea). I don’t want to get too “Science Speak” on you, but let me tell you: they work.

Cons: None. They even recently released a travel-size tube! My tip: apply a thick layer before every flight. You'll need it.

Verdict:  Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy of Clinique

Packing: Hotel CEO Jeremy Goring's Favorite Toiletries

Jeremy Goring's favorite travel products

Family-run for more than a century, the Goring ($$$$), in London, gained international fame when Kate Middleton prepped there for her wedding; it later received a Royal Warrant—the palace’s official endorsement. We asked the ever-dapper CEO Jeremy Goring how he maintains his regal glow when traveling.

Molton Brown Protecting Vitamin Lipsaver Lip Balm ($18). “We stock their products in our rooms; the lip balm is stellar, too.”

Lab Series Multi-Action Face Wash ($19). “After a day’s surfing, this gets the sand out of my skin.”

Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment ($3.50). “Soothes bumps and bruises.”

Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 ($27). “Great for stepping off the plane into any climate—beach or ski slope.”

Dermalogica Shine Therapy Shampoo ($8). “Super gentle, without any added fragrances.”

Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant ($18). “Smells fresh, and it’s alcohol-free.”

G.B. Kent & Sons Badger Shaving Brush (from $88). “They, too, have a Royal Warrant, so you know they’re good.”

Photo by Sam Kaplan

Cruise News: New Princess Ship and Hong Kong Terminal

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The past week has been a big one for cruising:

Last week in Southampton, England, a very pregnant Duchess of Cambridge (née Kate Middleton) christened the new 3,600-passenger “Royal Princess” ship from Princess Cruises. She said: “May God bless her and all who sail in her!” before cutting a ribbon that sent a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne scurrying towards the bow (godmothers for previous Princess ships have been equally glamorous, from Audrey Hepburn to Diana, Princess of Wales, who named the first Royal Princess in 1984). Life on board is decidedly royal-worthy, with private poolside cabanas and SeaWalk, a glass-bottomed walkway that extends 28 feet beyond the top deck.

In other news: Hong Kong just opened its new state of the art cruise terminal. The $1 billion, Norman Foster-designed space will allow mega ships to dock in Hong Kong (the first to pull in: Royal Caribbean’s 3,000-passenger Mariner of the Seas). Our favorite part of the terminal? The rooftop garden, where you can picnic with locals while taking in a prime view of the Hong Kong skyline.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy of Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

Beauty Road Test: Kjaer Weis Organic Mascara

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Kjaer Weis Organic Mascara, $38

Pros: The Land o’ Lashes is typically strewn with synthetic polymers and plastic tubes that are relegated to the landfill every few months. Enter Italy-made Kjaer Weis Mascara, with a certified organic formula and re-fillable metal packaging that’s actually glamorous.

Cons: My only beef? I love it so much that I’ll now be forced to buy refills at $24 a pop, instead of my cheapie drugstore brand. But if every time I pull out the sleek tube I feel like Grace Kelly—which I do—it’s worth it, wouldn’t you say? 

Verdict:  Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy of Kjaer Weis

New York Icon: Bemelmans Bar

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T+L drops in on Bemelmans, New York’s iconic Upper East Side watering hole.

Its clientele has included Harry Truman, Jackie Kennedy, and Cyndi Lauper (who sang impromptu with the house band last year), but one of the most celebrated locals at Bemelmans Bar, in the Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, was Ludwig Bemelmans himself. In 1947 the Madeline author and illustrator lived rent-free upstairs while he painted scenes of Central Parkon the bar’s walls. (Years later skilled art restorers used countless slices of wet Wonder Bread to sop up the decades of nicotine buildup on the murals.) Today the bar is a hangout for scenesters of every age. Case in point: after Hurricane Sandy, the leather banquettes were so filled with electricity-deprived fashionistas that it was deemed the “Uptown Boom Boom Room.” Some places never lose their spark.

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Beauty Road Test: Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm, $36

Pros: New from Tatcha: an impeccably-designed glass vial of lip balm, made with antioxidant-rich camellia oil (a onetime favorite of Oshima Island geishas, apparently) and…..wait for it…24-karat gold.

Cons: The 24-karat gold leaf layer is uber-pretty, but because it’s layered on top of the balm, it will rub away completely after a few uses. Fortunately, the remaining balm is lovely on its own. Those geishas knew their stuff!

Verdict:  Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy of TATCHA

Cruise News: Passenger Bill of Rights

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The vast majority of cruises are fabulous—and without incident. But this week, in the (literal) wake of a fire on Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas, Cruise Lines International Association released big news: a freshly-signed "Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights." As a cruiser, your rights are tenfold. You have:

  1. The right to disembark a docked ship if essential provisions such as food, water, restroom facilities and access to medical care cannot adequately be provided onboard, subject only to the Master’s concern for passenger safety and security and customs and immigration requirements of the port.
  2. The right to a full refund for a trip that is canceled due to mechanical failures, or a partial refund for voyages that are terminated early due to those failures.

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Cruise News from Viking and Windstar

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Big news from Viking River Cruises: they’re launching an ocean-going line. Viking Ocean Cruises’ first vessel, the 928-passenger Viking Star, sets sail in 2015. A few on-board perks we’re looking forward to? Verandas in every category of stateroom; an infinity pool cantilevered off the stern, and a Scandinavian spa, replete with a (yup) “snow grotto.”

In other cruise news, Windstar Cruises' new all-suite yacht, 212-guest Star Pride, has just released its 2014 itineraries. On the docket: the Aegean, Adriatic, Black Sea, and French Riviera. Needless to say, my bags are packed.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy of Viking Cruises

Beauty Road Test: Adventuress Sunscreen Swipes

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The Product: Adventuress Sunscreen Swipes; 24 for $24

Pros: As a sunscreen-addict whose go-to brands have leaked all over my bag on more than one occasion, I love the concept of a highly-portable (indeed, swipe-able!) sunscreen. The latest from Adventuress is an SPF 30, protects against UVA and UVB rays, and even has a little finger pouch for easy application. It left my skin looking dewy and feeling protected (and no, I didn’t burn).

Cons: Each packet contains enough sunscreen for your face but not much else. They’re also probably not the most eco-friendly things in the world, as you pitch them in the garbage after one use. But they sure are convenient!

Verdict:  Packable—especially if you don't have a lot of room in your bag.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy Adventuress

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