Thursday, 9 Jul 2020


Virgin Voyages Extends Suspension of Sailings to October

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak worldwide, Virgin Voyages announced it has once again been forced to push back its inaugural season, this time until at least October 16. According to Cruise Critic, Virgin Voyages revealed that passengers who booked travel on impacted Scarlet Lady sailings would be eligible for a 100 percent […]

Fairmont Mayakoba in Riviera Maya Plans to Reopen in June

WHY IT RATES: Fairmont Mayakoba will continue to provide updates on its reopening plan. —Codie Liermann, Associate Editor Every day brings new developments related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and as we navigate through these uncertain times and challenging circumstances, we do so with the safety of our loyal and valued guests and employees as […]

More Than 100,000 Cruise Ship Crew Members Remain Stuck at Sea

More than 100,000 cruise ship crew members remain stranded at sea more than two months after the industry temporarily suspended operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by the Miami Herald. The newspaper’s analysis found that at least 578 crew members of various ships have contracted COVID-19 while at sea and […]

Scenic scraps summer tours and cruises

Scenic Group joined the growing list of companies canceling their summer travel season because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The company has suspended operations for river cruises and land tours through Aug. 31 for the Scenic, Emerald and Evergreen brands. Sailings on luxury expedition ship Scenic Eclipse have been halted through the end of September.  “Our […]

Startup uses wireless sensors to help hotels save on energy costs

As cash-strapped hotels gear up for a post-pandemic recovery, one company is selling properties on an energy-efficiency system that promises to save both money and the environment.   Launched in late 2016, Singapore-based SensorFlow touts a “smart building management solution” for hotels’ heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, which can account for about 60% to […]

Cruise Lines Prepare for Return but CDC No-Sail Order Still in Place

The financially battered cruise line industry is hoping for a return to the seas in short order, with some churning out itineraries that begin in a month. The problem—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still has a no-sail order in place that is effective through July 24 due to the spread of the […]

Crisis nearly derailed plan to sell agency

Don and Karen Wood, the owners of Gold Key Travel in Longmont, Colo., were ready to retire and sell their agency this year. The husband-and-wife team have worked at the agency — founded by Don’s mother, the late Muriel “Mitzi” Wood, in 1966 — since 1979. Their son Eric, the agency’s president, told them in […]

Oceania Cruises Launches “Ultimate Sale” With Fares Starting at $999

In an optimistic sign for the cruise industry, Oceania Cruises launched “The Ultimate Sale” featuring major price reductions with fares starting at $999 per guest for inside staterooms and $1,399 for veranda staterooms. The company currently has set July 1 as the target date to resume cruising after the COVID-19 pandemic. Savings are offered on […]

Uniglobe virtual conference

Uniglobe Travel Center (UTC) was set to go to Walt Disney World for its annual conference from May 31 to June 2 at the Coronado Springs Resort. But like nearly every other event, the conference was canceled in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Some have opted to refocus their efforts on 2021 conferences. Others have […]

Tour operator Intrepid cancels all trips through September

Citing uncertainty about when the Covid-19 pandemic will ease enough for borders to reopen, Intrepid Travel has suspended all trips through September. The company announced the extended closure in a letter from CEO James Thornton, in which he also asked customers to take a 110% future travel credit instead of a refund to help support […]