Tag Archives: vacation travel

CDC Issues New Guidance On “Simulated Voyages”

USA Today reports: The return of passenger-filled cruise ships sailing in U.S. waters is in sight. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released additional guidance for cruise ships with instructions for trial voyages with volunteer passengers meant to take place in advance of sailings that include paying passengers. “With the issuance of these next two phases, cruise …

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CDC “Committed” To Resuming Cruises By Mid-Summer

CNBC reports: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “committed” to the resumption of cruise industry passenger operations in the United States by mid-summer, it said on Wednesday, announcing some new steps to speed approvals. “If a ship attests that 98% of its crew and 95% of its passengers are fully vaccinated,” the agency said in a …

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EU Pressured To Institute Digital Vaccine Passports

The Washington Post reports: Ahead of Europe’s summer holiday season, some top destinations such as Greece and Spain are pushing the European Union to introduce digital “vaccine passports” to ease entry for visitors — and their tourism cash. But what some countries see as a path toward reopening has been viewed by others, led by France and Germany, as a …

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UK Theme Park Chain Banned Those With Irish Names

Reuters reports: A British chain of holiday parks was until recently using an “undesirable guest list” to stop people with Irish surnames from making bookings, an anti-discrimination watchdog said on Tuesday. The list used internally at Pontins and obtained by The I newspaper included surnames commonly found in Ireland and within the Irish diaspora in Britain, such as Doherty, Gallagher, …

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Royal Caribbean First To Debut Fully Vaccinated Cruise

USA Today reports: Royal Caribbean’s newest ship “Odyssey of the Seas” is set to debut in May with departures from Israel with all passengers and crew over the age of 16 vaccinated. “In conjunction with Israel’s health and tourism authorities, Royal Caribbean will be the first to offer fully vaccinated sailings, where both crew and guests above the age of …

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SURVEY: Only 16% Have Booked Vacations For 2021

Reuters reports: Of the 16 percent who have booked trips, more than one-fourth of those are people aged 18 to 24. Twenty-one percent of those respondents are millennials, and only 10 percent are 41 to 56. Nineteen percent of those planning a trip said they have already been vaccinated, and 21 percent said they plan to get vaccinated “whenever I …

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Canada Renews US Border Closure For Another Month

The Washington Post reports: Americans hoping to travel to visit their northern neighbors might not be able to this year. Canada’s border closure to nonessential travel has been extended until Dec. 21, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in a tweet on Friday. Border conditions were set to expire on Saturday if they were not renewed. Canada’s border closed on …

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Cruise Industry Issues Guidelines For “Safe Sailing”

USA Today reports: The cruise line industry, which has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, submitted a report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday with dozens of recommendations on how to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on ships. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian’s Healthy Sail Panel submitted the 66-page report in response to a …

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Court Boots Suit Against Cruise Line Over COVID Risk

Reuters reports: A federal judge dismissed lawsuits by Grand Princess cruise ship passengers who sued for emotional distress caused by their fear of exposure to COVID-19, saying that allowing their cases to proceed would “lead to a flood of trivial suits.” Judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles said in Tuesday’s ruling that allowing passengers to collect damages based on potential …

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Segway Ends Production Of Its Namesake Vehicle

USA Today reports: Segway, which boldly claimed its two-wheeled personal transporter would revolutionize the way people get around, is ending production of its namesake vehicle. The Segway PT, popular with tourists and police officers but perhaps better known for its high-profile crashes, will be retired on July 15, the company said in a statement. The transportation revolution that inventor Dean …

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Cruise Lines: No Travel From US Ports Until Sept 15th

From the Cruise Lines International Association: “Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations. The current No Sail Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on 24 July, and although we had hoped that cruise …

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100,000 Cruise Workers Still “Trapped” Aboard Ships

Complex reports: It’s been two months since the cruise industry closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than 100,000 workers are still trapped on ships, with many going unpaid. According to the Miami Herald, crew members don’t know when they’ll be able to go home. While cruises allowed most passengers to disembark the ships, employees have been left …

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Carnival Cruise Line To Resume Limited Service Aug. 1st

CNBC reports: Carnival Cruise Line announced plans Monday to resume service beginning Aug. 1, despite concerns from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that cruise ship travel “exacerbates the global spread of Covid-19.” Carnival Cruise Line, which is owned by Carnival Corp., said it advised travel agents on Monday that eight of its ships will return to service on …

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CDC Issues Indefinite “No Sail” Order For Cruise Ships

Note the cultist adoration in this CDC press release: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today the extension of a No Sail Order for all cruise ships. “We are working with the cruise line industry to address the health and safety of crew at sea as well as communities surrounding U.S. cruise ship points of entry,” said …

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CDC Finds Live Virus On Cruise Ship 17 Days Later

The New York Daily News reports: Coronavirus stays on surfaces far longer than first thought — with traces found in cabins on the stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship 17 days after they were abandoned, according to alarming new research. The potentially deadly bug was previously understood to live two to three days on some surfaces — but the new report …

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Major Cruise Lines To Suspend Operations For 30 Days

The Observer reports: Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise lines announced temporary suspensions of their operations in an effort to help quell global spread of the novel coronavirus. The announcements by the two companies follow similar moves on Thursday by competitors Princess, Disney, and Viking cruise lines, and suspensions earlier Friday by Carnival Corp.-owned Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises. Norwegian said …

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Princess Cruises CEO Announces 60-Day Travel Pause

Cruise Industry News reports: Princess Cruises announced will temporarily and voluntarily pause all ship operations for 60 days, calling it a proactive response to the unpredictable circumstances evolving from the global spread of COVID-19 and in an abundance of caution. The company will voluntarily pause global operations of its 18 cruise ships for two months (60 days), impacting voyages departing …

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ITALY: Captain In Cruise Ship Disaster Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison

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One Million Moms Vs Hotwire

I’ve changed the headline because you-know-who is already wailing about this ad. Just in via email: Joe, Hotwire.com is in hot water with conservative families over their newest commercial. Consumers should be aware of the offensive ad because there are many other travel sites to choose from if parents are warned about this indecent ad. The commercial is about a …

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Open Thread Thursday

Tell us about your favorite summer getaway.

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