Those of us in travel have wondered what would happen when we started to look forward to 2021. We have all been somewhat pleasantly surprised at the number of 2021 bookings taking place. Certainly, there are people who pushed their vacations to 2021 when they were cancelled this year but tour operators and cruise lines are seeing a big increase in reservations for next year. I just booked some couples on a cruise for next May and many of the room categories are already sold out. Uniworld, my favorite river cruise company, announced that they are way ahead in 2021 bookings. If you are thinking of a tour or a cruise next year, get it under deposit. I would suggest you try to get a refundable deposit and travel insurance so that you are not disappointed.
The next time you fly, you will undoubtedly see changes in the way you interact with TSA. A lot of the changes are designed to allow TSA officers to do their jobs with less touchpoint. Changes include:
- You will now be able to bring up to 12 ounces of liquid hand sanitizer though TSA.
- TSA will no longer handle a boarding pass. You will scan it yourself and hold it up so the officer can see it without touching it.
- You will be required to keep an appropriate amount of distance between others passing thr0ugh checkpoints.
- TSA officers will be wearing masks, and while not an absolute requirement for passengers, you will be encouraged to do so as well. You may be asked to lower the mask for security confirmation.
- Any carry on food will now need to be placed in a clear plastic bag and then placed into the bin separately. (TSA Precheck members will be able to keep food in their bag.)
The release says that the TSA has already started to implement the changes and will continue to roll them out at airports nationwide by mid-June.
Did you know? Even before the pandemic occurred, the airlines had to abide by the 24 Hour Cancellation Policy. The Department of Transportation says airlines must let travelers hold a reservation at the quoted fare for 24 hours without payment or allow a purchased reservation to be canceled within 24 hours without penalty and with a full refund. All airlines operating to, from, and within the U.S. must comply with this rule. The clock starts ticking on the 24 hours as soon as you purchase the ticket.
We are returning to Ireland next May. I have included this video of one of the entertainment venues we’ll attend. This is a bit lengthy so watch what you’d like. It is a recording of a live broadcast so it will take a few minutes to load. Very fun!
Lastly, this may not be the Memorial Day weekend we were hoping for, but please take a moment to remember all those who served and sacrificed for all of us.
January 24- February 8, 2021 Panama Canal Cruise This is a full transit 15 day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco. We will visit Cartagena, Columbia; Panama Canal Full Transit; Fuerte Amador (Panama City); Puntarenas, Costa Rica; San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragu; and Cabo San Lucas before disembarking in San Francisco. Taking deposits.
April,6-17, 2021 Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with Sant’ippolito! Join us as we fly to the Sicilian Capital of Palermo. where we will spend 2 nights exploring the city. There will be an opportunity to take optional tours to Cefalu, Monte Pellegrino, and the goal market. We will then travel to Taormina by way of Agrigento to visit the Valley of the Temples. Once in Taormina we will take a walking tour of the Corso Umbreto and on to the Piazza for a panoramic view of the bay. The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an optional trip to Mt. Etna and Savoca, home of the “Godfather”. We will then cross the Straits of Messina and on to Calabria. Here you will have an opportunity to visit your family villages located outside Cosenza. After a stay in Calabria we head to Matera, Alberabello, and San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure. Taking deposits!
May 9, 2021 Shades of Ireland One of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stone, and visit a family farm. Our last night’s stay is in a castle.
May 30, 2021 Uniworld River Cruise Paris and Normandy This cruise begins and ends in Paris. Some of the highlights of this river cruise are a visit to the home and gardens of Claude Monet, the Normandy beaches, the American cemetery, Honfleur. See the spot where St. Joan of Arc was martyred in Rouen, take an excursion to Versailles, and finish with a panoramic tour of Paris.
July 17, 2021 Alaska Cruisetour: Join us as we take an 11 day southbound cruise tour. We will fly into Fairbanks, visit Denali Wilderness Lodge, Denali McKinley Lodge, and then take the train to our cruise ship for a 7 night southbound cruise. Experience the Hubbard Glacier, cruise throughGlacier Bay National Park, and visit Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.
September 10, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers. We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from Frankfurt. Taking deposits now!
October 9, 2021 National Parks of America Join us as we fly into Scottsdale Arizona. We will then make our way up to Lake Powell, stopping on our way in beautiful Sedona, AZ. We’ll enjoy a scenic breakfast cruise on Lake Powell and then be on our way to the Grand Canyon where we’ll have time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Next up are Bryce and Zion National Parks. Next, we’ll take time to enjoy the Temple Square and visit the Salt Lake Temple, home to the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. We are then off to Jackson Hole Wyoming and the spectacular Grand Tetons. Enjoy a traditional chuck wagon barbecue. Our next stop-Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at Old Faithful! From Yellowstone, we’ll cross the Big Horn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Old Sioux Nation. Our last stop will be in Rapid City to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore.
February 11, 2022 South American and the Chilean Fjords This 18 day cruise will begin in Buenos Aires for a two night stay. We will then travel to Montevideo, Uruguay. Enjoy a day at sea before arriving Puerto Madryn where we will learn of this city’s Welsh heritage. After another day at sea we will arrive in the Falkland Islands and Port Stanley. Come face to face with penguins as you explore the rugged beauty of these islands. We will then sail the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet. Our next port is Ushuaia where we can enjoy the tranquility of this end of the world city or visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. From there we will sail to Punta Arenas. We’ll cruise the Amalia Glacier and the Chilean Fjords before arriving at Puerto Montt where we will discover the Germanic traditions and scenic landscape dominated by the Osorno volcano. Our last two days will be spent in Santiago, Chile before boarding our plane for the return to the U.S.