As countries globally begin their vaccine drives, travel restrictions are slowly being lifted for travel by air-- but that is not the case for cruise ships.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced it will make face masks mandatory on all forms of transportation within the United States, including aboard cruise ships and inside cruise terminals across the country.
While our primary concern is ensuring the safety and well-being of all our travelers, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t itching to get back out on the high seas.
When will the Great Cruise Shutdown end? That’s the question cruise fans in North America have been asking for months as they await the day when they can get back to vacation on the high seas. American Cruises are proposing an early 2021 re-opening. And we should be expecting most brands to be sailing again by this or next year as we can see in this article.
New guidance from the CDC on rules and regulations for US cruising are right around the corner and may be announced any day now. Nonetheless, we can for sure expect new restrictions to be implemented.
As of Tuesday, February 2 2021, the Indiana-based river line American Queen Steamboat Company and sister brand Victory Cruise Lines became the first North American cruise brands to announce that passengers will need to show proof of being vaccinated for COVID‑19 before stepping on a vessel once cruising resumes.
Until the vaccine becomes available, the lines will implement a wide range of previously announced anti-COVID-19 health measures that include pre-cruise testing of all passengers and crew for the illness and a mask mandate onboard-- and we can currently expect that these restrictions will not be lifted and replaced by the vaccine.
But no worries! The health and safety of the cruisers is always in all cruise lines main priority. The lines have expressed that passengers who are unable to receive a full two-shot dose of currently available COVID-19 vaccines in time for an upcoming cruise will be able to rebook at no cost!
Whether you have to decide on what cruise line will be the most beneficial for you and your family, or you need more insight and planning tips for the new cruise regulations, we’re here to help! Give us a call today and Let’s Get Busy Livin’!
We may have tendencies of forgetting things as time passes, but we can assure you one thing you will never forget is your first backpacking experience. Packing your life and soul into a backpack and delving into the unknown for days, weeks or months is an indescribable experience.
We’re more than happy to share with you a list of five great destinations perfect for backpacking the globe for the first time!
Thailand is one of the best spots to go for first-timers as it is budget friendly, and full of adventure! Thailand is one of the most popular backpacker routes so you will be in the perfect location to meet backpackers alike.
Thailand is full of path adventure as well as some of the most famous beach destinations. Whether you are there for the world-class beaches in the south or for the mountain villages in the north, Thailand will not disappoint!
Vietnam is an amazing place for first-time backpackers who really want to dive deep into culture and nature while staying on a tight budget.
Though Vietnam may feel outside of your comfort zone, the truth is that there’s already an established tourist trail that hits all the main sites in Vietnam.
The main sites on Vietnam’s tourist trail include places like Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, and the Mekong Delta-- and because Vietnam is still an emerging destination for travelers, the types of people you meet there will always be intrepid and interesting.
Peru is most famous for being home to the historic hilltop city of Machu Picchu, an impressive complex of temples and supporting infrastructure located on a remote and beautiful hill in the Andes.
In Peru you’ll be able to get by with just a few Spanish words, as the local population in popular tourist areas will usually be familiar with communicating with visitors!
Among the historic sites in India are the Golden Temple of Amritsar, the Taj Mahal in Agra and the historic forts, including the spectacular Amber Fort which is in Jaipur.
With such a massive population, it can for sure get overwhelming to adventure through India, therefore we absolutely recommend being prepared. Nonetheless India’s variety of cultures and foods will for sure be a beautiful experience to enjoy on your own.
In Puerto Rico you will find unforgettable things to do during your solo trip! There is plenty on the island to enjoy solo, from visiting El Morro at the Viejo San Juan to hiking through El Yunque National Forest.
Puerto Rico is a beautiful caribbean island with crystal clear waters, and amazing food. A walk by “La Placita” will leave you amazed-- and hopefully with new local friends.
Wherever your heart guides you, we are sure it will be the right journey for you to embark on your first solo trip. Send us a message today to learn more about all of these amazing places and Let’s Get Busy Livin!
Traveling is fun, whether you’re sure of your destination, or it’s a surprise trip, we are confident you will find harmony, and great cultural experiences that you won’t regret wherever you’re headed… But what if we told you we hold the secret of places you can share this adventure with a loved one?
Here’s a list of some of our favorite places that are just better to visit with a person who you really care about because of their sheer beauty and the typically romantic activities that are on offer:
Château du Rivau:
9 Rue du Château, 37120 Lémeré, France
A genuine medieval castle at the heart of a UNESCO world heritage site, with botanical arts in a 6ha Garden, contemporary sculptures and a peaceful restaurant. This medieval private castle is animated by more than 380 art-objects.The remarkable gardens offer amazing flower collections all around the year, of bulbs, iris, peonies, roses, lavender, dahlias, ornamental grasses and vegetables. Rivau gardens are Conservatory of Fragrant Roses and Conservatory of Vegetables that are used in our restaurant. The castle and gardens are suitable for the whole family, adults will be interested in botanic, history and contemporary art and kids will be transported in a fairytale like environment. It is the perfect place to declare your love with an “I love you”.
Rabot Estate Soufriere Post Office Jalousie, St. Lucia
At Ladera Resort you will be able to create unforgettable moments that will last a lifetime. The adults-only resort is Uniquely located on a lush volcano ridge 1,000 feet above the Caribbean Sea, each luxurious suite boasts its own private heated plunge pool and an “Open Wall” design, without a fourth wall, allowing for breathtaking panoramas of the Majestic Pitons and deep blue Caribbean Sea. Many go to this magical destination to enjoy an escape and enjoy their privacy.
Suswa Mara Triangle, Kenya
This luxury all-inclusive lodge accessible only by plane is 280 km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. This amazing resort you won’t get enough of features sundecks with reserve views, the stylish furnished tents feature free Wi-Fi, butler service, minibars, and tea and coffee making facilities. All have safes, fans and binoculars. Massages are available in-room for that perfect evening with your sweetheart! In addition to meals and drinks, game drives and airfield transfers are included in this memorable trip. There's an infinity pool, a bar, and an outdoor lounge around a fire pit, as well as Hot air balloon rides. There is no further explanation needed now as to why this would be a charming and romantic place to go with a loved one.
Main Street, Oía 847 02, Greece
Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands, a dream honeymoon (or proposal!) destination. It is a great place for those who want beauty, romance, and beaches. It’s filled with deep blue water, and admired for its sheer beauty. It is a great place to watch the sunset from a waterfront while enjoying the charms of your companion.
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
There are many destinations that are celebrated for the romance factor and are continually finding their way onto lists for those looking to set the right mood. Italy will for sure, always be one of the cities that allow couples to get closer, without the distraction of everyday life. Le Siren house has breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, and the village of Positano makes this an unforgettable place to spend a holiday filled with charm.
There are places that are considered to be “romantic”, and there are other places that are best to visit with your significant other as they surpass romantic expectations; they’ll become experiences you’ll want to tell only to your best friends!
As always, if you’re ready to hear about more of our favorite places you can have an amazing experience with your loved one, I’m sure we have a few more secrets to share… Give us a call today and Let’s Get Busy’ Livin!
Staycation, Friendcation, Baecation, -- These are some of the many travel buzzwords going around. Sometimes, it’s hard to keep track of the difference, such as in: backpackers vs. glampackers.
If you’re unsure about which type of traveler you are, whether you love to shop during trips or you’re the type to shy away from the shopping malls, you’ve come to the right place to find out.
Backpacking is more than just carrying a bag of your necessities and setting off into the wild. Backpackers are individuals who follow the low-cost and independent approach to traveling. Their goals are to see the world from different angles and interact with people along the way—these are central to their self-identification while on vacation.
Backpackers welcome and embrace challenges. They want to be out of their comfort zone abroad and seek to understand other cultures and people better by traveling. Are you the type to soak the experience internally? -- Or would you rather enjoy a luxurious stay while searching to get the most value-for-money traveling package?
Glampackers are the more polished group of travelers. They wouldn’t mind burning some cash for 5-star accommodation or exquisite food. They travel without sacrificing comfort, space, and style.
Backpackers deeply immerse themselves in the local experiences. They often eat local cuisine, have a proper conversation with the locals and learn more about their culture. Whereas Glampackers travel as a career break, a tour, or a meant vocational purpose.
And with the many uses of it-- Let’s not forget the socials! Backpackers will usually allocate a SIM card at their destination to receive important and efficient phone calls or texts only. While Glampackers often have the need to keep up with their instagram profile everyday, hence why they have to pack many outfits to keep the OOTD pictures going.
We hope with these contrasts you’re able to identify, and find a category for yourself that fits all your traveling needs and desires. And if you’re ever in doubt, we can for sure help; give us a call or email us today and Let’s Get Busy Livin’ !