Blog2021-05-23T11:43:55-07:00

What does the EU’s new Covid-19 recommendations mean for US travelers?

On Monday, the European Council passed a recommendation which removed the US from the "Safe Country List." Tourists from countries on the "Safe Country List" are allowed to enter the EU regardless of their vaccination status. This reverses a June recommendation which allowed any US tourist to visit the EU. What does this change mean for US travelers? The new recommendation states ONLY vaccinated US travelers should be allowed to enter any EU country ......

By |August 31st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on What does the EU’s new Covid-19 recommendations mean for US travelers?

EU to consider new Covid restrictions on US travelers

Let's talk about Covid-19 coronavirus doodle illustration dialog speech bubbles with icon. The European Union is set to consider new Covid-19 travel restrictions on US travelers as US cases soar. The US growth rate hit 507 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the first two weeks of August. The EU’s own guidelines set a limit of 75 per 100,000. The EU guidelines also require that the trend of new infections in a country ......

By |August 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on EU to consider new Covid restrictions on US travelers

Should I put off international travel until 2022? Probably yes.

Travel is back. Several cruise lines are experiencing record bookings. Land tours sales are rising. Vaccinations are making many of us feel safe traveling again. So why are we getting more questions from our readers wondering if they should travel outside of the US. Over the last couple of months our advice has changed. Airlines aren’t reliable First, air reservations have become unreliable. Airlines, especially American Airlines, has been cancelling flights and leaving customers ......

By |August 23rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Should I put off international travel until 2022? Probably yes.

Why I use a travel agent and you should too!

Let’s be clear, as a travel agency owner, I book my own travel. BUT, I use the same tools, resources and contacts that I use to book my clients travel. Here is why those resources are so valuable and only available from some travel agencies. Here’s my story: We had booked a Crystal cruise of the Bahama islands in April. The cruises were promoted and sold as a vaccinated guests only sailing of the ......

By |August 21st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why I use a travel agent and you should too!

EU airlines are going green or at least greener

The EU is taking bold steps to reduce greenhouse gases created by the airlines. This is part of the ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative approved by the European Commission (EC) which requires EU-based airlines to use at least 2% of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025, 5% by 2030 and then rise to 20% by 2035. Ultimately it would increase to 63% by 2050. In addition, airlines would be require to re-fuel during aircraft turn-arounds in ......

By |July 26th, 2021|Categories: Environment|Comments Off on EU airlines are going green or at least greener

Venice bans large cruise ships sailing through the city

After years of protests and discussion, the Italian government has issued its bans on cruise ships sailing through Venice’s Giudecca Canal. These ships dwarf the ancient city and create waves that erode underwater walls & undermine the supports holding up the city. Cruise ships have long been sailing through Venice on the Giudecca Canal passing St Marks Square and several historic cathedrals. Ban on most cruise ships starts August 1 Starting August 1, 2021, ......

By |July 21st, 2021|Categories: Cruises, Venice|Comments Off on Venice bans large cruise ships sailing through the city

5 reasons why cruise fares are so high!

You may have noticed a significant rise in the price of cruise fares recently. We’ve been watching them rise since the resumption of sailing began over the last couple of months. There are several reasons for this increase and we’ll cover them all below. 1) Increased demand For most of us, its been nearly 18 long months of no cruise sailings and no vacations. This absence of cruises & vacations has caused demand to ......

By |July 21st, 2021|Categories: Cruise Lines, Cruises|Comments Off on 5 reasons why cruise fares are so high!

Travel bookings are reaching all-time highs

After nearly 18 months of quarantining, Americans are ready to travel again and boy are they booking reservations. Pent-up demand is boosting bookings to near record highs for many companies. Since Americans haven’t traveled for over a year, they have funds available to book those dream and bucket list vacations. As Europe opens up, river cruises start sailing again, cruise lines are re-starting their fleets, and airlines are near capacity, it is not surprising ......

By |June 30th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Travel bookings are reaching all-time highs

Sports vacation packages for 2022/23

Cruises aren't for everyone. That's why we offer so much more. Not everyone wants to go on a cruise for their next vacation. Our clients have a vast array of interests ranging from culinary, wine, history, architecture, adventure, romance and sports. Many of you may be sports aficionados and may not realize that we offer vacation packages for many major sports events. In 2022 this list includes: Champion League Final Daytona 500 Indy 500 ......

By |June 29th, 2021|Categories: Golf, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sports vacation packages for 2022/23

Understanding travel restrictions in the age of Covid

Understanding the current state of COVID travel restrictions is one of the top questions we get nowadays. The rules change frequently and are not consistent even within regions. To work through this confusion, we use a program called Sherpa to help guide our clients through this maze. The information is current at the moment the report is provided, but conditions can change at any time so you'll need to re-check the information prior to ......

By |June 22nd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Understanding travel restrictions in the age of Covid

CDC lifts cruise restrictions for cruises requiring guest vaccinations

Celebrity Edge to be first ship to sail from a US port The CDC has approved the Celebrity Edge to be the first ship to be able to sail from Fort Lauderdale with paying guests. This makes the Edge the first ship with revenue paying passengers to receive CDC approval to sail since the pandemic began. The CDC authorized 7-night Caribbean cruises on the Edge starting June 26. CDC outlines two paths for cruise ......

By |May 27th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on CDC lifts cruise restrictions for cruises requiring guest vaccinations

Europe prepares to open its borders – to vaccinated tourist

Europe is beginning the process of opening its borders to vaccinated US residents in time for the summer vacation season. The re-opening process which has been agreed to by EU member states (after being recommended by the European Commission), must now be adopted by the European Council. Yes, it is a convoluted process but the goal is to open the borders quickly. Which vaccines are EU approved? The proposal will allow fully vaccinated tourist ......

By |May 26th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Europe prepares to open its borders – to vaccinated tourist

Alaska cruises set to resume this summer – Surprise!

Sailings to start in July Surprise! Alaska cruises will be sailing this summer! Thanks to a federal law (H.R. 1318) signed into law by President Biden, the cruise lines will be able to sail to Alaska between US ports without the need to stop in Canada. Last year Canada closed its ports to cruise vessels in response to the international Covid-19 pandemic. This effectively prohibited the sailing of Alaska cruises because of an obscure ......

By |May 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Alaska cruises set to resume this summer – Surprise!

TSA REAL ID deadline pushed back to October 2021

You'll be denied boarding on a plane without a REAL ID or a passport Updated: April 27, 2021 ​The federal requirements to have a “Real ID” compliant drivers license in order to board a plane or enter a federal building that requires an ID has been pushed back to May 3, 2023. The implementation date has been delayed again in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. After May 3, 2023, anyone who doesn’t have a ......

By |April 27th, 2021|Categories: Real ID|0 Comments

The case for mandating Covid-19 vaccinations to board a cruise ship.

Should Covid-19 vaccinations be mandated for all guests & crew? One small UK-based cruise line has already done it. Saga Cruises now requires all crew and guests to have proof of a Covid19 vaccination. No vaccination, no boarding – that simple! The Washington Post reported Saga Cruises’ position this way, “We have made the decision not to allow a guest to travel with us if they choose not to receive the vaccine.” He went ......

By |January 27th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The case for mandating Covid-19 vaccinations to board a cruise ship.

Biden Administration issues series of orders on international travel

The Biden Administration has issued several orders aimed at reducing the spread of Covid-19 from foreign countries. The executive order follows on the CDC's orders the previous week which requires all travelers, including US citizens, to obtain a negative Covid-19 test no more than 3 days prior to entering the US from foreign countries. The new executive order will also require those arriving to self-quarantine for 10 days. In addition, the executive order requires ......

By |January 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Biden Administration issues series of orders on international travel

Azamara Cruises buys the Pacific Princess

Princess Cruises has sold the Pacific Princess to Azamara Cruises. The Pacific Princess is the same "R-Class" ship as the other three ships in Azamara's fleet. The ship started service in 1999 as part of Renaissance Cruises. It was later acquired by Princess cruises in 2002. The ship holds 670 passengers. It will be renovated before entering service with Azamara to reflect the tones and touches as found on its sister ships. The ship, ......

By |January 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Azamara Cruises buys the Pacific Princess

CDC requires Covid-19 test for inbound passengers

Let's talk about Covid-19 coronavirus doodle illustration dialog speech bubbles with icon. 72-hour 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 72-hours 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 U.S. This ......

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 ultra-luxury ......

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 ......

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
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