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Dear Vacations To Go Singles Customer,
When I last wrote, I reported that international vacation travel had
virtually ceased due to COVID-19, and that is still the case.
Most cruise lines and river cruise operators have rolled their
suspensions of service forward until the end of June or July and
additional suspensions are inevitable. At this point, no one knows for
certain when cruises and river cruises will resume operations.
Cruise lines continue to work with local and national governments and
health authorities around the world to develop enhanced procedures for
the screening of guests, the sanitation of vessels and onboard medical
care and treatment. As soon as there is a consensus on the changes that
will be adopted by the cruise lines, I will let you know.
Beyond ships and riverboats, most popular tourist hotels and resorts
worldwide are shuttered, either by government order or for lack of
The resorts we represent in Mexico, the Caribbean and the Bahamas will
likely be among the first to reopen, due to the low number of COVID-19
cases reported in those destinations and warm and humid climates that
may help to slow the spread of the virus.
Most of these countries are still restricting foreign tourists and I
will let you know when they open their borders.
Many airlines around the world are receiving governmental bailouts in
some form and will likely emerge from this crisis intact but much
smaller, for quite some time.
The drastic reduction in flights will mean that "getting there" for some
international vacationers will require a connection instead of a
nonstop, or two connections instead of one, but the prices are truly
incredible and cancellation penalties are being waived or reduced in
Having said all that, I believe the first, small steps back to normalcy
have been taken.
New cases of COVID-19 have peaked or are peaking in many U.S. states,
Canadian provinces and countries around the world, at least for now, and
many governments have begun to ease restrictions on movement and
Getting back to work will breathe life into the travel industry, filling
rooms in domestic hotels and seats on domestic flights. This may happen
in fits and starts, but I have confidence that our public health
officials and federal, state and local leaders will work together to be
sure this is done with attention paid to the health and safety of us
It is a process that will begin soon and proceed slowly.
For international vacationing to return, countries must lift their bans
on non-essential international travel AND drop the self-quarantine
requirements that now exist in most countries for incoming visitors.
This will take longer and evolve on more of a country-to-country basis,
when two countries are ready to receive visitors from the other, without
The entire world will not drop these requirements at the same time,
international vacation destinations will come back online at their own
Between now and my next newsletter, I'm going to take a look at the
discounts and deals that are available right now for travel in the
It'll be a small peek at what may be in store when you are ready for
your own re-entry to the world of travel.
Vacations To Go
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