Friday, May 1, 2020

May 2020 Travel Update

The State Department still has a Level 4: Do Not Travel Warning.

All Inclusive Resort Vacations

Mexico has extended their border closure to tourists until May 31, 2020. Jamaica has a self-quarantine requirement.  One main issue is the flights. US airlines virtually shut down these routes when the Level 4 Travel Warning was issued. This caused the resorts to close.  I expect we’ll need to see some lifting of that warning before flights resume and the resorts reopen.

Cruises  - Basically, all cruise lines suspended their sailings through at least mid-June and Alaska sailing through June 30th.

  • Azamara, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean suspended cruises through June 11th. Alaska sailings are suspended through July 1st.
  • Carnival suspended cruises through June 26th and Alaska sailings are suspended through July 1st.
  • Cunard has suspended cruises through July 31st  for Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria and through September 8th  for Queen Elizabeth.
  • Disney Cruise Line suspended Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy sailings through June 18th, Disney Magic sailings through July 2nd, and all Alaska/Vancouver sailings through June 30th.
  • Holland America suspended all sailings through June 30th and cancelled all one way Alaska sailings and cruise tours for the season.
  • Norwegian suspended sailings through June 30th.
  • Princess suspended sailings through June 30th and cancelled all one way Alaska sailings and cruise tours for the season.
  • Regent Seven Seas suspended sailings through June 30th.
  • Seabourn suspended sailings through June 30th.
  • Uncruise suspended all sailings through the 3rd week of May.
  • Viking suspended all river and ocean cruises through June 30th.

It is important to mention that 2021 cruises are filling up and prices are rising quickly. As cruises get cancelled, people are rescheduling for next year. If you are considering cruising in 2021, I highly recommend placing a refundable deposit on a cabin now. I’d be happy to help you do that. Email me to get started.

When do I think the cruises will sail again? It’s hard to imagine that all cruise lines and all ships will be ready to sail in mid-June. Carnival and Princess this week began a massive operation to sail the majority of the crew remaining on board home. They somehow have to get them all back to be ready to sail in June.

If the travel ban is lessened AND the ports agree to accept cruise passengers, I think we may see some very limited sailings from Florida or Texas this summer because Florida and Texas are lifting their stay at home orders.  I am personally booked on cruises in July, October, November and December. Time will tell.

Disney World

Oh -  the clickbait articles on Disney World have been plentiful! Right now, Disney World is closed indefinitely.  Reservations are being cancelled three weeks in advance. This week, they cancelled reservations arriving May 17th – 23rd.  Florida has loosened the stay at home restrictions so re-opening is possible. I think the big questions are: What will the experience be?  Will people still want to pay the same price to visit without shows, parades, fireworks, and potentially character meet and greets?

Europe Travel

The European Union has floated ideas that some limited tourism may be allowed in the fall. However, they have also said that US residents may not be allowed to enter the European Union since the US is now has the most COVID infections.

We have been posting “virtual vacations” to help scratch that travel itch:





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