Conde Nast Traveler November 2021

Condé Nast Traveler magazine is filled with the travel secrets of celebrated writers and sophisticated travelers. Each monthly issue features breathtaking destinations, including the finest art, architecture, fashion, culture, cuisine, lodgings, and shopping. With Condé Nast Traveler as your guide, you'll discover the best islands, cities, spas, castles, and cruises.

United States
Conde Nast US
8 期号


editor’s letter

I’ll be honest: When I got my second shot of the Pfizer vaccine at a hospital in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, last February, I thought we’d be in better shape come fall. Most of us did, probably. But even as the Delta variant, underwhelming vaccination numbers, rising caseloads, and ever-changing regulations keep us mired in a degree of uncertainty, I think it’s important to remember that we are not back at square one. People call it the coronacoaster for a reason, and while this latest plunge might be a bit stomach-churning, the end of the ride is still getting closer. And, importantly, because we do have vaccines now and a better if still imperfect understanding of how to manage COVID-19 than we did a year and a half ago, travel is possible…


Last year, we kicked off our annual Readers’ Choice Awards by acknowledging that, with voters stuck at home, the 2020 list was a unique testament to the most enduring things in travel. Last year’s winners were properties and places, airlines and cruise ships, that travelers yearned for when traveling wasn’t possible. Fast-forward 12 months, and our 34th annual RCA list reflects the ways the world of travel has begun to welcome back guests. For even while restrictions remain in place and uncertainty about the future persists, we are traveling again. Borders have reopened. Cruises are getting passengers safely back on certain seas. Flight routes have been reinstated. So the following pages are filled with what you, the greatest and most discerning travel critics out there, longed for when you couldn’t…


MEGA SHIPS (More than 4,000 passengers) 1 Norwegian Cruise Line 88.812 Royal Caribbean International 87.683 MSC Cruises 84.43 LARGE SHIPS (2,500 to 4,000 passengers) 1 Disney Cruise Line 94.012 Celebrity Cruises 88.583 Cunard 87.734 Princess Cruises 87.185 Holland America Line 86.876 MSC Cruises 84.977 Royal Caribbean International 84.858 Marella Cruises 84.019 Carnival Cruise Line 82.7710 Norwegian Cruise Line 82.7711 P&O Cruises 82.3312 Costa Cruises 78.48 MEDIUM SHIPS (500 to 2,500 passengers) 1 Viking Ocean Cruises 94.942 Crystal Cruises 93.543 Seabourn 93.334 Regent Seven Seas Cruises 92.685 Oceania Cruises 91.796 Silversea Cruises 90.607 MSC Cruises 90.518 Cunard 88.989 Hurtigruten 88.6310 P&O Cruises 88.5711 Azamara 88.3912 Holland America Line 87.0313 Celebrity Cruises 84.2614 Carnival Cruise Line 83.5815 Royal Caribbean International 83.2016 Princess Cruises 83.0417 Norwegian Cruise Line 81.62 SMALL SHIPS (Fewer than 500 passengers) 1 Lindblad Expeditions 96.182 Paul Gauguin Cruises 95.513 Regent…


UNITED STATES Large Cities 1 Chicago 90.222 New York 88.833 New Orleans 86.734 Boston 85.095 San Francisco 83.716 Washington, D.C. 83.457 San Diego 83.298 Portland, Ore. 80.809 Honolulu 80.5410 Nashville 80.52 UNITED STATES Small Cities (population under 175,000) 1 Aspen 92.732 Charleston, S.C. 91.523 Alexandria, Va. 90.164 Santa Fe 89.575 Greenville, S.C. 88.646 Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. 87.427 Key West, Fla. 85.898 Savannah 85.159 Jackson, Wyo. 82.2810 Newport, R.I. 81.82 REST OF THE WORLD Large Cities 1 Tokyo 96.442 Osaka 95.833 Kyoto 94.554 Singapore 94.555 Istanbul 93.676 Mérida, Mexico 93.387 Marrakech 93.188 Porto, Portugal 92.789 Bangkok 92.6510 Seoul 92.50 REST OF THE WORLD Small Cities (population under 175,000) 1 San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 93.882 San Sebastián, Spain 91.523 Salzburg, Austria 88.344 Siena, Italy 86.135 Dubrovnik, Croatia 85.986 Bruges, Belgium 84.447 Cambridge, United Kingdom 84.448 Reykjavik, Iceland 82.009 Galway, Ireland 81.8210 Kralendijk, Bonaire 81.35 PHOTOGRAPHS: SONIA…


UNITED STATES THE NORTHEAST 1 Twin Farms, Barnard, Vt. 98.042 Wentworth by the Sea, New Castle, N.H. 96.933 Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 95.314 The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine 94.985 The Mansion at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, Brewster, Mass. 94.806 Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Stowe, Vt. 94.307 The Lodge at Spruce Peak, Stowe, Vt. 94.278 Winnetu Oceanside Resort, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. 94.179 Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, N.Y. 93.5510 Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, R.I. 93.4111 Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, Harwich, Mass. 93.0412 Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, Maine 92.7513 Cliff House Maine, Cape Neddick 92.5614 Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, Vt. 92.4815 Ocean House, Watch Hill, R.I. 91.3416 Lake Placid Lodge, N.Y. 91.0617 The Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown, N.Y. 91.0618 Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, Lake…


1 Seven Stars in Kyushu, Japan 95.772 Rocky Mountaineer, North America 95.143 The Ghan, Australia 93.904 Belmond British Pullman, Europe 92.075 Eastern & Oriental Express, A Belmond Train, Asia 86.856 Palace on Wheels, India 86.077 The Pride of Africa – Rovos Rail, Africa 84.078 El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo, Europe 83.799 Belmond Royal Scotsman, Europe 83.7410 Belmond Andean Explorer, South America 81.7411 Inca Rail, South America 81.5612 Belmond Hiram Bingham, South America 80.4213 Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, Asia 80.1914 Royal Canadian Pacific, Canada 75.4515 Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Europe 75.00 89% of you said you had travel plans that were affected by COVID-19 last year…