Years from now, when future generations look back at 2020, this year will no doubt be remembered as a challenging rollercoaster ride complete with loop-de-loops and more downs than ups. Despite this ride continuing through the summer season, humanity is persevering and we are seeing headway being made and positivity on the tracks ahead. While we have seen many regions around the world improve, we are also watching with trepidation what is happening in others. Positive news about a vaccine is also starting to develop, which is probably the best news we have had in months!
Some places including the European Union, French Polynesia, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands and others are starting to lift restrictions on their economies and thankfully are starting to open their borders and allow tourism to restart. At the same time, we are all watching with great concern what is happening just south of the border and what can be described as wave 1.2 causing record high reports of new cases. As a global community, we are not out of the woods yet, and need to continue to be vigilant in protecting our health and the wellbeing of our loved ones.
Even though the near future of travel remains uncertain, we at Craig Travel, remain ready to help you start experiencing our world when the time is right. While we all wait, tending to our gardens and enjoying our warm Canadian summer, let’s also start to dream and plan for future adventures. Watch for our emails and check our website often in the coming months, as we will be launching some of our annual favourites, plus exciting new journeys for you to experience and enjoy in 2021 and beyond.
Coming soon will be a newer journey exploring the treasures of the Caucasus, as well as the newly rescheduled Antarctic Cruise, now in 2022, with Adventure Canada. In the works are some brand new journeys to Canada’s East Coast including a delightful tour of the Maritimes and a cruise circumnavigating Newfoundland with early booking savings of over $1,000 per person if booked by October 31, 2020. Be sure to pre-register to be the first to receive the brochure once details become available.
Incredible savings and special offers remain available on many excellent cruise lines. Seabourn is promoting their “Sensational Suite Savings” until September 30. Holland America has also extended their recent offers until September 30 with a choice of three early payment options, which include free on board spending money or a cruise discount. Special offers are in place on our Alaska, Denali and the Yukon and our Inside Passage cruise next summer. AmaWaterways is offering free roundtrip air to Europe on select 2021 cruises. There is a chance for great savings and bonuses, but the time to take advantage of these is now! As we all know, when travel fully opens up, the demand will be very high, prices will go up and availability will be very low with smaller groups and reduced capacity in place to keep everyone safe.
We have been working hard and fast at processing the remaining refunds to clients whose journeys have been cancelled. We have completed virtually all refunds on departures scheduled through the end of August and will continue diligently until all refunds are complete. We thank you for your patience, support and the overwhelming kindness you have shown in your words of gratitude. We are truly fortunate to have you, such wonderful members of our Craig Travelling Family.
Our new “Book with Confidence” policy will allow fully refundable deposits on most journeys until 95 to 60 days prior to departure. Protecting your travel investment is of the utmost importance to us, and you! We are also developing a set of features to make your travel safer. These may include a variety of different measures including smaller group sizes, more social distancing, temperature checks, masks, sanitation regimens, and of course diligent hand washing.
We all need to continue to do our part to ensure a safe world now and in the future. The world awaits and we cannot wait to share it with you!
Craig Travel President