Across Canada we are seeing signs of change - spring is coming early, promising signs of a new future are in the air and, most important, travel dreams are growing into plans. We are thrilled to hear from many of our travellers calling or writing to share that they have had their first vaccination and are excited to get their travel plans back on track. We’re excited too!
Each week, we are seeing more countries opening to international travellers, airlines restarting flights, tour operators advising of new safety protocols and cruise lines gearing up for the pent up demand. Cruise lines have now seen well over a year of cancelled cruises and thus thousands of future cruise credits have been issued to cruisers whose plans were disrupted. These credits now need to be used prior to their expiration. This means that for quite some time there will be a shortage of space. For land journeys, similar interest will mean high demand as travellers make up for lost opportunities.
Next weekend is Easter and this brings to mind our 2022 series of European tours and river cruises including the historic Passion Play in Oberammergau. As of last week, we are almost 60% sold out. If you were booked on one of these programs pre-pandemic and chose to cancel at the start of the pandemic, but now wish to re-book, I strongly suggest you confirm your space soon. Our books are open on a first-come-first-serve basis for these tours and many have limited space.
Once again, I remind you to take advantage of our Book with Confidence policy, which is still in effect on most of our journeys. Under this policy, for peace of mind, your deposit is fully refundable up to 60 days prior to departure (see individual journeys for exact dates). Grab the space while it is available knowing that your travel investment is protected.
Keep in mind our Early Booking Bonuses are available on many departures. If travel in late fall 2021 sounds good to you, perhaps a journey to Tuscany October 2021, Morocco October 2021 or Peru November 2021 are for you. Each offers an early booking bonus. Take advantage of the savings! It is all outlined at craigtravel.com.
I invite you to peruse our website often. We are launching new 2022 and 2023 tours and cruises all the time. Happy, healthy spring!
Craig Travel President