Today's Travel Update
The State Department still has a Level 4 Global Health Advisory travel warning.
Cruise - All
cruise lines cancelled sailings through the end of July. Princess,
Holland America, and Virgin Voyages cancelled cruises into the fall.
On a recent call to report earnings, Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley discussed the return to cruising. He predicted they will start with a few ships sailing from ports where most guests drive to the port.
Since the large Oasis-class ships only need to be 30% full to break
even and have more space, I think Royal Caribbean will follow Carnival’s
lead and launch with their largest ships. It’s still question as to
Universal Studios/ Disney World
- Universal Studios submitted plans yesterday requesting permission to
reopen on June 5th. Disney World has not submitted their plans yet.
Europe – The European Union extended the ban on non-essential travel through June 15th.
The Union is working on a plan to phase in travel. First, European
Union countries would ease restrictions so EU citizens could travel
between countries within the EU. However, Greece announced they will
reopen to tourists June 15th. Iceland will reopen its borders June 15th.
So that’s the latest. I still think Wait and See is the best course of action for 2020 travel.
For 2021, I recommend booking cruises now with a refundable deposit. I can always apply better promotions or rates before final payment.
I am making reservations for Hyatt Ziva and Hyat Zilara all
inclusive resorts this fall because they only require a credit card
guarantee. Full payment isn't due until 14 days before arrival and you
can cancel up to 24 hours before arrival. Plus it's a great deal and
these are great resorts.
cruises and Europe - I think it's important to wait until the borders
open and the ships sail before making reservations for 2020. I have made
cruise reservations for large ships in the Caribbean for December 2020
because the final payment date is in September.
think it’s important that you have the most information possible about
what your vacation will look like before you leave your home. Will
you have to wear a mask? Will you be quarantined upon your entry into
the country or back into the USA? What amenities will be restricted?
What ports will be open?