Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 128
Need to Know
THE TRAVEL TIPS,
Istanbul's Ortaköy Mosque.
"I always try to use whatever light
source I have in my favor. When I took
this photo at London's Origin Coffee,
the afternoon sun was coming in from
a large window to my left. When you
photograph anything that's moving,
such as the water here, you need to
set a fast shutter speed. For this, I shot
at 1/160 of a second."
- Nanna Dís, from "Shoreditch
Nonstop," page 50
V I RT U O S O L I F E
from Coral Gables, Florida.
"The city is clean, safe, and full
of energy, with great service
at hotels and restaurants.
I would strongly recommend
Turkey to travelers."
UNPACK YOUR SNACKS
After a gradual, yearlong
rollout, the TSA's enhanced
screening procedures are officially in place. New rules mean
that staff can ask you to remove snacks and powders from
your bag during screening too -
so make sure they're organized
and easily accessible. Travelers
with TSA PreCheck are exempt
from these restrictions, making
now a good time to enroll if
you haven't already. It just got
easier: As of this summer, you
can sign up for PreCheck at
Staples stores around the U.S.
VIRGIN GALACTIC FLIES
AGAIN Virgin Galactic's successful test flights of the VSS
Unity this spring are the space
tourism company's first rocketpowered launches of its spacecraft since the loss of the VSS
Enterprise in October 2014. The
milestones mark the final phase
of test flights - the company will
soon relocate from Mojave, California, to Spaceport America
outside Truth or Consequences,
New Mexico, with the aim of
becoming the first commercial
spaceline to fly passengers into
VIP TREATMENT AT SEA
Did you know that Virtuoso
travelers have access to
Virtuoso Voyages, a program
that gives cruisers an array of
complimentary benefits on
700-plus sailings every year?
The experiences - only available when booking through
a Virtuoso travel advisor -
include invite-only welcome
receptions on the ship, onboard
credits, and exclusive shore excursions, from private-car-anddriver tours in multiple ports
(including the Amalfi Coast) to
opulent, multicourse lunches at
The Oberoi, Mumbai.
(COFFEE SHOP) NANNA DÍS, (TURKEY) ROBERT HARDING/ALAMY
COMEBACK Despite the U.S.
State Department's current
Level 3 ("reconsider travel")
advisory for Turkey, which
stemmed from events including a terrorist attack in 2015
and a failed government coup
the year after, foreign visits to
the country increased by 23
percent in 2017. Royal Caribbean International, Regent
Seven Seas Cruises, and
other lines recently announced
they're returning to Turkey in
2019, with port calls scheduled
in Kusadasi and Istanbul. "I
had an amazing experience
on a recent trip to Istanbul,"
says Enrique R. Felgueres Jr.,
a Virtuoso agency executive