THE DESTINATION GAZETTE-SUMMER
I hope you and your family are doing well and in good health.
Summer has arrived!
The latest big
news in the travel industry was the 27 EU member states added the United
States to its safe travel list. There has been huge, pent-up
demand for travel throughout Europe. Although we will be able to
enter these countries (with all of the proper protocols), we must also
be aware of what can be expected after we arrive at the airport and
require a pre-arrival entry form which must be filled out online before
required in many indoor venues, on public transportation, and in some
cases also outside. Please check country specifics as N95 masks
may be required indoors while cloth masks can be worn outdoors.
*Many museums and
other venues require reservations in advance. Also, restaurants
have indoor dining capacity restrictions and therefore require advanced
*Please check the
CDC, individual U.S. Embassy, tourist office websites and reopen Europe.
Below please find
a list of several EU member states which have recently opened up to U.S.
Republic, Germany, Switzerland (6/28), Denmark, Portugal and Spain.
On July 19, fully
vaccinated U.S. travelers will be able to visit Ireland without a
pre-departure Covid 19 test or quarantine.
Also, there is great news for the
cruise lines and Alaskan businesses! Princess Cruises, Holland
American Line, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises will set
sail for Alaska in July 2021. Also, Norwegian Cruise Line will
sail for Alaska in August 2021.
On 05/17/21, Italy
opened its door to U.S. travelers. U.S. air carriers, American,
United and Delta added flights to Italy with corona virus testing.
Please check each carrier for the restrictions and protocols.
France will open to U.S. travelers on 06/09/21. U.S.
travelers must have a "Health Pass" which is tied to either being fully
vaccinated or to have a negative Covid 19 PCR test. More details
about the "Health Pass" on the French Embassy for the United States
website. Spain will welcome all fully vaccinated U.S. travelers
Cruises will commence with sailings July 2021 on select itineraries to
Portugal and France, as well as, the Rhine River. Uniworld
Boutique River Cruises will begin sailings in Italy on 06/18/21, in
France on 06/27/21, in Peru on 09/01/21 and in Egypt on 09/25/21.
There are a number
of destinations in the Caribbean, as well as, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii,
Iceland, Costa Rica, Belize, Greece, Croatia, the Seychelles, the
Maldives, Egypt and several other international destinations which have
welcomed, or soon will welcome, U.S. citizens. Also, this summer,
Royal Caribbean and Celebrity will sail from ports in the Caribbean,
Bermuda, Greece and Cyprus. Norwegian Cruise Line
returns to service this summer with sailings from Greece, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
Luxury cruise lines, Crystal, Viking and Seabourn will also have a
series of departures sailing from Greece, Iceland or Bermuda. These cruise sailings are only
available to adult guests who have been fully vaccinated against
COVID-19 and those under the age of 18 with negative test results.
Line and the Holland America Line will operate their land tours from
Alaska. Among the 2021 summer options will be 6 and 7 night
escorted tours with a tour director and 5 and 6 night explorer tours
with staff but no director in Kenau, Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks
with service on Alaska Railroad rail cars. Denali Rail tours, from
Anchorage or Fairbanks, of 1 to 6 nights, include up to four nights at
Denali National Park and travel by rail or a combination of rail and
Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center is open and additional properties
will open for guests starting May 28 including Holland America Line's
McKinley Chalet Resort at Denali National Park and Preserve and the
Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge overlooking the Kenai River.
include an eight hour Tundra Wilderness Tour at Denali; the Portage
Glacier Cruise near Anchorage and Riverboat Discovery excursion in
Fairbanks. Optional add-ons include flightseeing around Denali and
river rafting that can be booked at the hotels.
Please note proof
of being fully vaccinated against COVID 19, Covid-19 test requirements, health
declarations, screenings and in some cases, the purchase of
in-destination travel insurance will be required in order to travel. If you are ready to plan your
next adventure, please contact me as the requirements are like the ocean
and ever changing.
"...my soul is full of longing
the secret of the sea.
the heart of the great ocean,
Sends a thrilling pulse through me."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow