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CDC requires Covid-19 test for inbound passengers

Let's talk about Covid-19 coronavirus doodle illustration dialog speech bubbles with icon. 3 Day Advance Testing Requirement Starting January 26, 2021, the CDC will require all passengers traveling to the US to get tested for Covid-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of a negative test result to the airline before boarding a flight. This applies to foreign and US travelers abroad flying into the ......

By |January 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on CDC requires Covid-19 test for inbound passengers

Azamara Cruises sold by Royal Caribbean to private equity group

Azamara Cruises announced today that the Royal Caribbean Group has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Azamara to Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm. Azamara expects to close the sale during the first quarter of 2021. The line was sold for $201 million. Sycamore Partners will acquire Azamara's three ships. The sale will allow Royal Caribbean to focus on its three remaining brands - Royal Caribbean, Celebrity (a premium line) and Silversea (an ......

By |January 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Azamara Cruises sold by Royal Caribbean to private equity group

Cruise ship refurbishments & stats

Updated: January 11, 2021 How recently a cruise ship has been refurbished is an important factor to many seasoned cruisers, especially if you are investing a significant amount in your cruise vacation. It can be very disappointing to find a ship with stained or worn carpets and beat up furnishings. Many cruisers prefer a ship that is no more than a few years from its last refurb. So here is a guide so you ......

By |January 11th, 2021|Categories: Celebrity Cruises, Cruise Lines, Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Paul Gaugin Cruises, Ponant, Regent Seven Seas, Ritz-Carlton, Silversea|Comments Off on Cruise ship refurbishments & stats

Silversea Cruises will become more all-inclusive in 2022

Starting in April 2022 & continuing in 2023, Silversea Cruises will start including one free shore excursion in each port as well as round-trip airfare. Each port will have a variety of free shore excursions that guests can choose from. Shore excursions  will range from easy walking to more active excursions, and will vary to include options like culinary or wine visits, as well as historic tours. Silversea will also offer bespoke "Silversea Selected" ......

By |December 16th, 2020|Categories: Silversea|Comments Off on Silversea Cruises will become more all-inclusive in 2022

2021 Cruise Wave Season Specials

As 2020 sails into the sunset, we all look forward to 2021 when we can begin to start cruising again. As many of you know, "Wave Season" start the end of December and runs into March. During "Wave Season" the cruise lines offer some of their best deals. With cruise lines shut down for a year, demand is high. Its even higher than the same time in 2019. The reason? People are have cooped up ......

By |December 16th, 2020|Categories: Celebrity Cruises, Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea|Comments Off on 2021 Cruise Wave Season Specials

Alaska Airline’s new safety music video

During this era of Covid-19, it is understandable that travelers have concerns about the safety of their health. Alaska Airlines has created a light-hearted up-beat video to allay some of those fears. The "Safety Dance" video features a cast of all Alaska Airlines employees. Warren Fu was the director of the video. He's done videos for other artists like, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, HAIM and Dua Lipa. The video covers a variety of safety ......

By |December 15th, 2020|Categories: Airlines|Comments Off on Alaska Airline’s new safety music video

Norwegian Cruises to install continuous air disinfection and purification system

Oceania's Marina Norwegian Cruise Line today announced a partnership with AtmosAir Solutions to install continuous disinfection air purification systems across its 28 ship fleet for its three brands, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The new air filtration system technology will feature continuous active COVID disinfection through bi-polar ionization in the air and on surfaces, an all-natural solution with no harmful chemicals, radiations or by-products. One of the ......

By |December 7th, 2020|Categories: Cruise Lines, Cruises, Norwegian, Oceania|Comments Off on Norwegian Cruises to install continuous air disinfection and purification system

What are “non-comm” or “non-commissionalbe” (NCF or NCCF) fees

COMPONENTS OF A CRUISE FARE​ When you receive a quote or purchase a ticket for a cruise, there normally up to 5 components to the price: 1) Room or Voyage fare (the cost or fare for the stateroom/cabin) 2) Non-commissionable fees (NCF) 3) Governmental taxes and fees 4) Gratuities (optional, but depends on the cruise line) 5) Travel insurance (optional) WHAT DOES NON-COMMSSIONABLE FEES MEAN? The most confusing component is “non-commissionable fees.” What does ......

By |November 24th, 2020|Categories: Cruises, Money|0 Comments

Celebrity announces new “Always Included” pricing program

Celebrity Cruises has announced a new approach to cruising called ‘Always Included,’ putting an end to confusing promotions, complicated add-ons and limited time offers. Starting Tuesday, Nov. 17th, every Celebrity Cruises vacation will include Wi-Fi, drinks and tips, simplifying the luxury vacation experience. “Everything we do at Celebrity is driven by the desire to redefine what today’s luxury looks and feels like, with experiences modern travelers want. With the launch of our Edge Series ......

By |November 11th, 2020|Categories: Celebrity Cruises|Comments Off on Celebrity announces new “Always Included” pricing program

A Seine river cruise from Paris through the French countryside

A river cruise along the third-longest river in France, Seine, offers a fulfilling experience of history, art, food, and wine. Rising at Dijon, in the north-east of France, the river flows 775 km through the picturesque countryside, passing by many fascinating towns and cities until it finally empties into the English Channel. The highlight of the river cruise is Paris, the famed capital where you can experience wondrous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and ......

By |October 17th, 2020|Categories: France, River Cruises|Comments Off on A Seine river cruise from Paris through the French countryside

French river cruises on the Rhône and Saône

Lyon, France Rhône River Passing through many of France’s elegant cities and eye-catching landmarks, the Rhône River offers a rich historical experience. Starting from the Rhône Glacier in the Swiss Alps – at the magnificent capital Lyon – it flows through the south-eastern region of Provence before emptying into the Mediterranean near Arles. Wonder at the grandeur of Lyon – its many cobblestone streets and medieval architecture give you an authentic taste of ......

By |October 14th, 2020|Categories: Countries, River Cruises|Comments Off on French river cruises on the Rhône and Saône

River cruising on the Danube

Passau, Germany on the Danube River Ranking below the river Volga in Russia, the Danube holds the title of Europe’s second-longest river. This magnificent stream of water flows gracefully through 10 countries – connecting some of Europe’s most renowned cities. A journey across the Danube provides an amazing way to experience the historical, natural, and cultural beauty of the gorgeous European landscape. Budapest, Hungry on the Danube River Starting with Hungary’s ......

By |October 6th, 2020|Categories: Germany, Hungry, River Cruises|Comments Off on River cruising on the Danube

The magical river cruises of Germany – the Rhine, Moselle & Main Rivers

Burg Eltz, Germany The Rhine, Main, and Moselle rivers offer a magical tour of Germany’s history and cultural elegance. The best way to take in the captivating beauty of the vintage German towns, historic castles, and elegant vineyards is through an amazing river cruise. Each river provides its own set of scenic attractions and adventures that will take you back in time. Rhine Besides being one of the longest rivers in Europe, the ......

By |October 5th, 2020|Categories: Germany, River Cruises|Comments Off on The magical river cruises of Germany – the Rhine, Moselle & Main Rivers

Why should I take a river cruise?

From time to time, regular ocean cruisers ask whether a river cruise might be right for them. These are typically seasoned ocean cruise travelers who are looking for something a bit different. I tell them river cruises are a great option to consider. Here’s 10 reasons why: Fewer fellow passengers - Most river cruise ships hold only 100 - 200 passengers, unlike ocean cruise ships which hold between 3,000 – 5,000 guests. On a ......

By |October 1st, 2020|Categories: River Cruises|Comments Off on Why should I take a river cruise?

What’s included on a river cruise? Is it all-inclusive?

One question that always comes up about river cruises is "What's include in the cruise price?" Well it depends on the river cruise line. Some river cruises are more all-inclusive than other. It is a way for some cruise lines to differentiate themselves. It is also a way for some lines to offer a lower price, or for the unsuspecting, the appearance of a lower price. So before booking a river cruise, be sure ......

By |September 24th, 2020|Categories: River Cruises|Comments Off on What’s included on a river cruise? Is it all-inclusive?

Tips for flying with pets onboard

We've traveled around the world with our pets. In fact our pets have flown more air miles than many people. But it is important to understand the right way to fly with your pets. Here are some of the tips we've learned over time: Check with your vet Ask your vet if it is OK to fly with your pets. Your pets may have illnesses, conditions, or be of an age which might making ......

By |September 17th, 2020|Categories: Pets|Comments Off on Tips for flying with pets onboard

The problem with travel polls

Travel polls will steer you in the wrong direction I just received my latest issue of Travel + Leisure featuring "The World's Best Awards 2020," and it reminded me about a I call I had with one of my clients a couple of months ago. They had read another poll and based on the results wanted to try a different cruise line that was highly rated in that poll - this would have led ......

By |July 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Croatia is the first EU country to open to US tourists

New health requirements ​Croatia has become the first member of the European Union (EU) to open its borders to US citizens. Visitors will be required to bring documentation of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival, proof they have a hotel reservation or accommodations and complete a travel registration document prior to arriving. The travel registration form requires visitors to declare their reason for the trip and provide proof they have ......

By |July 15th, 2020|Categories: Health, Security, Visas|0 Comments

Royal Caribbean & Norwegian form joint group to develop coronavirus plan

Celebrity Edge New task-force created Two cruise industry powerhouses announced the formation of a new joint effort to develop a response to coronavirus. Royal Caribbean Group (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara & Silversea) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (Norwegian, Oceania & Regent Seven Seas Cruises) announced the blue-ribbon task force will be headed by Mike Leavitt, former Utah governor, and Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.  Other panel ......

By |July 9th, 2020|Categories: Celebrity Cruises, Health|0 Comments

Silversea Cruises takes delivery of the Silver Origin

Purpose built for the Galapagos Islands (Courtesy - Silversea Cruises) On June 3rd, the Silver Origin was added to ultra-luxury Silversea Cruise's fleet. This ship was purpose built to serve the 19 islands which make up the Galapagos Archipelago located about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. This elegant 100-guest ship will cruise the Galapagos year-round. Discovering the islands ​You don't visit the Galapagos to lay on the beach, you go ......

By |June 9th, 2020|Categories: Silversea|0 Comments

Passport Office Is months behind. What you should do!

Send in your new or renewal passport application NOW! The U.S. passport office stopped regular operations in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Since that time, the office continues to accept applications and it will cash your check immediately. However, you application just gets added to the backlog of millions of passport applications sitting and waiting to be processed. If you need a new or renewed passport in the next 6 - 8 ......

By |June 8th, 2020|Categories: Passports|0 Comments

My 20 steps cruise lines should take when they re-open

I love cruising and have enjoyed it for over 25 years. I’ve walked through the awe inspiring ancient ruins of Pompeii. I’ve seen buildings and art I read about as a child in school. I’ve walked down paths that have been traveled for thousands of years. I’ve seen amazing landscapes, forests and gardens. I’ve come close to wild monkeys in a Buddhist temple and sloths slowly moving in Costa Rica. I’ve learned about the ......

By |May 13th, 2020|Categories: Health|0 Comments

What’s Included On A Luxury Cruise?

Are luxury cruises all-inclusive? What's included varies by cruise line Ever wonder what the difference is between upscale luxury cruise lines? You aren't alone. Luxury cruises aren't all the same. Most aren't truly all-inclusive. In fact they are very different. ​Regent Seven Seas offers the most all-inclusive fares, while you might be surprised to learn that Cunard offers the least. These different pricing strategies allow guest to choose the cruise line that most closely ......

By |May 9th, 2020|Categories: Luxury|0 Comments

Cruise bookings up over 2019 as everyone wants out of quarantine

Across the board, we are seeing cruise bookings for 2021 up 9% - 15% over 2019 levels as people are anxious to escape home and live life again. Cruise lines are offering early booking savings on most cruises which further entices the home weary. Swiss bank UBS analysts reported on March 31 an increase of 9% in year over year bookings while a more recent report from Cruise Compete showed a whopping 40% increase ......

By |April 16th, 2020|Categories: Cruises, Health|0 Comments
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