Ukraine war having little impact on most Europe bookings, Travel Leaders Network says
2022-03-08

As of the end of last week, the war in Ukraine was largely just affecting bookings to Eastern Europe, not the rest of Europe, according to Roger Block, president of Travel Leaders Network. Speaking Monday on a webinar with VisitBritain’s Gavin Landry, Block said the network conducted an informal poll a few days prior. There […]

READ MORE
‘We stand for peace.’ Carnival Corp. will drop Russia from itineraries
2022-02-28

Carnival Corp. became the first cruise company to come out against Russia, declaring “We stand for peace.” The comment, made on Twitter Saturday, came with an announcement that Carnival Corp.’s brands will modify their itineraries this week “in light of recent attacks by Russia in Ukraine.” While other lines — including Norwegian Cruise Line, Atlas […]

READ MORE
Advice For Planning Your Next Cruise
2022-02-21

If you, like me, have decided to book your dream cruise vacation to sail in the wide-open sea, that’s terrific! Cruising comes packed with once-in-a-lifetime adventures and new experiences to enjoy with your friends and family. It’s natural to feel eager about your new vacation and excited to get out there to explore that big, […]

READ MORE
Major lines opt in to CDC’s voluntary Covid program for cruising
2022-02-21

One hundred and ten cruise ships from 18 cruise lines, including the three largest U.S. brands, officially enrolled in the CDC’s voluntary Covid-19 Program for Cruise Ships operating in U.S. waters, the agency reported late on Jan. 18. Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Group both opted in, while Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings reconfirmed its Jan. 14 […]

READ MORE
‘Ultraluxe,’ the tip-top of luxury travel, expands as travelers seek exclusivity
2022-02-15

Private planes. Resort buyouts. Whole-ship charters. It’s the upper end in the world of luxury travel, something Virtuoso calls “ultraluxe,” and it’s been growing in popularity. “What really tipped us off was all the increase for private villas,” said Misty Ewing Belles, Virtuoso’s managing director of global public relations. “Villas were the first piece of […]

READ MORE
Returning cruisers continue to spend aboard ships like never before
2022-02-07

The revenue train has not slowed down onboard cruise ships. During Royal Caribbean Group’s fourth-quarter earnings call on Friday, executives said that revenue per passenger cruise day was up 10% from record 2019 levels, driven by strong onboard revenue. Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings both began reporting unexpectedly high onboard spending trends […]

READ MORE
Puerto Rico drops testing rule for vaccinated U.S. visitors
2022-02-02

Effective Feb. 2, Puerto Rico is eliminating the Covid-19 testing requirement for entry for vaccinated visitors traveling from the U.S. who are age 5 and older. Unvaccinated travelers still have to present a negative Covid test result (molecular or antigen are accepted) taken within 48 hours of travel. Unvaccinated visitors who do not present a […]

READ MORE
Carry-On Luggage Sizes: Size Restrictions by Airline
2022-01-31

Every airline has a strict set of rules to follow when it comes to carry-on luggage. These days, it’s rare for airlines to allow passengers to check bags for free – at least in economy class. So, the best way to avoid those fees is to stick to carry-on luggage. That said, you’ll usually need […]

READ MORE
Advisors’ creative solutions for getting their clients tested before travel
2022-01-31

“Covid-19 testing” has become one more item advisors need to add to their pre-departure checklists for clients. In fact, it’s one of many. I recently asked Avril Winkle, owner of Destinations Travel Services in Sterling, Ill., how much more work a single booking takes now, as opposed to pre-pandemic. “Oh my gosh,” she said. “Lots […]

READ MORE
The pandemic has changed travelers, and hotels need to adjust
2022-01-24

LOS ANGELES — As the Americas Lodging Investment Summit gets underway, a report released Monday from the American Hotel and Lodging Association suggests many of the hot topics at the conference will remain the same as six months ago. The 2022 State of the Hotel Industry indicates optimism for a continued recovery, although uncertainty over […]

READ MORE