R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog


(Way) beyond customer service.

In 2013, when Japan made a final bid for the 2020 World Games, many non-Japanese speakers first heard the word “omotenashi.” According to the Japan Times, “Omotenashi is hard to define, but Japanese use it to describe what they believe is their unique approach to hospitality. It involves the subjugation of self in service ... Read More >

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Viva Robinson Crusoe.

This week, the staff here at R. Crusoe celebrates the 300th “birthday” of our namesake, Robinson Crusoe. On April 25, 1719, Daniel Defoe published his novel, a fictitious autobiography of Mr. Crusoe, who leaves the safety of his comfortable home in England and goes to sea. In the Pacific, he is shipwrecked and, as the ... Read More >

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Letter from Vietnam

by Brett Cumberland, R. Crusoe Managing Director

My wife, Anna, and I have just returned from hosting a remarkable Crusoe journey in Vietnam. Our co-hosts were Chef Thai Dang of Chicago’s own HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen and his wife, mixologist-par-excellence Danielle.

The tour centered on Vietnam’s vastly varied culinary offerings, and we ate our way through the ... Read More >

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Letter from Chile

by David & Patty Weber

David Weber, our former Managing Director and founder of R. Crusoe & Son, recently led his final Crusoe Hosted Journey accompanied by his wife, Patty. The Webers have been hosting journeys for years, globetrotting with small groups of travelers to Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and South America. Their experiences have had ... Read More >

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On the road with R. Crusoe.

This fall, R. Crusoe & Son has been on the move with several special interest groups. Where have we been, and what have we been up to?

SOUTHERN AFRICA Mid-October found us in Southern Africa with the IHG Owners Association Chairman’s Trip (see pictures of the journey here) whose members are a group of international ... Read More >

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Letter from South Africa.

We just returned from an incredible journey to Southern Africa. We’ve had a number of terrific adventures on the African continent, and each time we go, we wonder whether this time might not live up to our very high expectations.

We needn’t have worried. Our 16-day journey to South Africa, Victoria ... Read More >

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A duet to remember.

Last winter, Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led the world famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in its New Year’s celebration concerts. This was Maestro Dudamel’s debut conducting the Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s concerts, making him the youngest conductor ever to have held this honor.

R. Crusoe & Son was thrilled to be asked to ... Read More >

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T.R.’s take on East Africa.

Teddy Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president, cowboy, rancher, military commander, author, voracious reader, hunter, conservationist.

Roosevelt lived a life as grand and adventurous as anyone could imagine. He saw the world in (almost) ridiculous comfort accompanied by fascinating people, some with whom he traveled, others he met along the way.

After his stint in the White House, ... Read More >

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Captain Cook & Captain Bligh.

History is full of colorful explorers who pushed the edge of the proverbial envelope. One of our favorites is Captain James Cook, who zigzagged his way around the Pacific Ocean and was the first European to land on many of the islands in his path—the Society Islands, Fiji, the Cook Islands, Tonga, and ... Read More >

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The Crusoe family grows.

We love sending savvy travelers on unusual journeys, and we’re always thrilled to widen the growing R. Crusoe & Son circle.

We couldn’t ask for a greater compliment than of our travelers recommend us to their globetrotting friends and family.

In 2016, we came up with a new way to say thank you for the introduction. How? Each time ... Read More >

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