An Update On The World Of Travel
There’s still a lot of uncertainty around the world and particularly in our neck of the woods about when borders will open and what travel will look like in the future. In all reality, none of us know how this will pan out or when we’ll be able to get back to travelling the world.
At Ultimate Cruising, we’re monitoring the situation very closely as you can imagine. We are in regular talks with cruise lines, airlines, AFTA, Tourism Boards and our fellow travel colleagues so that we have a good handle on where we are at and what we can reasonably expect. We receive regular updates on where each state is at, travel bubbles being considered and indicative time periods on when (for example) airlines are expecting to resume flying again – albeit subject to change. We also receive lots of communication from various cruise lines on what new safety measures and procedures have been put in place.
It has saddened us to watch the effect of this pandemic on our travel friends – people and companies that we have forged long-standing relationships with and that we hope to be able to support again once we get through this pandemic.
There are some positives to come out of this, however. Aside from the heightened appreciation of being able to travel where we want when we want, we’ve seen a huge amount of effort and upgrades go in particularly for cruise lines. Increased sanitation measures, improved medical facilities on board, more flexible booking and cancellation policies to name just some. Our relationships with our suppliers have become stronger as we negotiate this together and it has been incredible to see how the industry has pulled together in undoubtedly the toughest time we’ve seen.
We’re proud to say that we are still standing and we aren’t going anywhere! We’re expecting that when the borders open, there will be a surge in people wanting to travel and that seats (and cabins) will be heavily booked. We’re putting tentative bookings in place for those who are waiting patiently to get out and travel again and want to be sure they don’t miss out. We have details of the special offers available, the special Sail Safe procedures implemented and which cruise line is offering what special cancellation/amendment considerations.
So while there isn’t any definitive dates offered as to when travel will resume, we are determined to get through this and we are looking forward to booking you on your next adventure! We will keep you posted as it unfolds. Stay safe and we hope to see you again soon.