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I know that, for any type of travel to any destination, knowledge equals safety, and traveling safely truly makes one a Smart Traveler. With a lifetime of knowledge in the travel industry, and with a focus on the cruise segment of the travel industry, I am here to share my knowledge with you, and, hopefully, that will equal the guidance you seek to help you make decisions that will keep you safer when traveling, help you to pay the least possible for the cruise you want, and help YOU become a Smart Traveler!
Peter Coloyan Sr.
President, Smart Traveler
With the recent announcement that over 120 countries have not yet administered any Covid vaccines, and the unknown efficacy of the existing vaccines on variants that have arisen from multiple countries worldwide, including Brazil, England and South Africa, the prospect of a "back to normal" cruise calendar is uncertain.
Canada has extended its no-cruise policy for one year, and despite a measure of success with mitigation efforts on Europe cruises since July of 2020, the industry is still facing an uncertain future. CLIA (the Cruise Lines International Association - the cruise industry association which represents most cruise lines) member cruise lines, which had hoped to resume cruises sailing from US ports back on September 15, 2020, has annonced members' "best practices" for future cruises departing US ports, once allowed. Outside of the USA, some cruises resumed sailing months ago, based on the local laws and guidance provided by government health authorities.
(From CLIA) CLIA members have agreed to adopt multiple layers of protocols informed by the insights and guidance of leading experts in health and science, including but not limited to:
So, is it Safe to Cruise?
In a word - NO! At least, not everywhere - yet! I have sailed on more than 120 cruises on over 90 ships, and have toured another 60 or so ships. After sailing (or even a cruise ship tour) I have often pointed out to the cruise lines' management certain problem areas / policies that I have encountered onboard that may compromise health and/or safety for cruise passengers. In conjunction, I have made suggestions on how to improve and/or minimize/eliminate the negative consequences that these discovered issues may have. Unfortunately, because changes always come with increased costs, most of my suggestions have fallen on deaf ears - until now?
Since there is now an effective vaccine for Covid-19, I, and my family, will be looking forward to cruising again, but only from, and to, ports with significant Covid vaccine acceptance and distribution, and only on ships strictly adhering to the above listed protocols! But, for those who have any kind of underlying health issue like diabetes, asthma, heart disease, COPD, etc. and/or are over 65 years old, I would HEARTILY suggest refraining from cruising at this time! If you are not in the high risk group, I would still wait until worldwide "control" of Covid is attained!
I certainly do not enjoy putting out these recommendations! But,because of the former US leadership, which failed to do anything to contain Covid, I cannot, in good faith, suggest that there is a normalcy to cruising from US ports at this time, or any time soon! We must trust facts and science implicitly, and to do otherwise is putting lives at risk. Until Covid-19 is under control worldwide (and, hopefully, eradicated), dealing with an annual vaccine for protection may be the "new normal" for the cruise industry, and life in general. I am happy to see the measures cruise lines have taken so far to handle safety for Covid-19, but, just as scientists had been warning that this Coronavirus pandemic was a matter of when, not if, that is the same guidance given for the next one - it is not "if", it is "when" will it occur. Cruise lines must be ready the next time!
Many of the changes I promoted last year to ensure passenger safety, and which I discussed with several cruise lines' management, have been adopted, and are included in these new protocols. For avid cruisers, the cruise news is getting better, but we're just not there - YET!
Several suppliers and destinations have temporarily suspended operations amid COVID-19 concerns.
The following suppliers have suspended cruise, tour, and/or package operations, with plans to resume operations on the dates listed below:
Abercrombie & Kent: Operations have resumed. Abercrombie & Kent is continuing to assess future travel operations on a destination by destination basis around the world. If your upcoming travel plans are affected, an A&K Travel Consultant will contact you or your travel professional to discuss postponing your journey, approximately 30-45 days prior to departure.
AmaWaterways River Cruise: May 1, 2021
Aqua Expeditions: Now Sailing
Avalon Waterways: May 1, 2021
Avanti Destinations: March 31, 2021
Azamara: July 1, 2021
Carnival Cruise Lines: Dates vary by itinerary. To check the status of your sailing, visit “Check the Status of My Sailing”.
Celebrity Cruises: May 1, 2021
The Apex Transatlantic sailing departing May 1, 2021, has been cancelled.
The 2021 Europe Season sailings on Edge and Constellation departing May through October 2021 have been cancelled.
CIE Tours: May 1, 2021
Club Med: Dates vary by location
Club Med Sandpiper Bay: Now Open
Club Med Cancún Yucatán: Now Open
Club Med Punta Cana: Now Open
Club Med Turkoise: Now Open
Club Med Val Thorens Sensations: February 28, 2021
Club Med Peisey-Vallandry: February 28, 2021
Club Med Valmorel: February 28, 2021
Club Med Pragelato-Vialattea: December 19, 2021
Club Med Ixtapa Pacific: December 11, 2021
Club Med Columbus Isle: December 11, 2021
Collette: Dates vary by itinerary. To check the live status of your tour, visit https://reservations.gocollette.com/tour-status.
2021 departures to China will not operate.
The 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play has been postponed and rescheduled to begin in May 2022.
Cosmos: May 1, 2021
Costa Cruises: Dates vary by ship
Costa Deliziosa: May 29, 2021
Costa Diadema: June 4, 2021
Costa Favolosa: June 6, 2021
Costa Firenze: May 30, 2021
Costa Fortuna: June 5, 2021
Costa Fascinosa: June 7, 2021
Costa Luminosa: June 6, 2021
Costa Magica: May 29, 2021
Costa Pacifica: May 28, 2021
Costa Smeralda: June 1, 2021
Costa Toscana: December 26, 2021
Costsaver: February 28, 2021
All Australia and New Zealand trips have been suspended until June 30, 2021
Crystal Cruises: Dates vary by cruise type
All voyages aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity: July 1, 2021
All voyages aboard Crystal Esprit: August 1, 2021
River voyages aboard Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel: June 1, 2021
Expedition voyages aboard Crystal Endeavor suspended through August 2021
Cunard: Dates vary by ship
Cunard has (temporarily) stopped selling all cruises 8 days and longer which call upon a U.S. port and depart January 1 through November 1, 2021, any impacted voyages visiting Canadian ports, and all voyages due to sail through June 21, 2021. For those who are currently booked on one of these cruises, they ask for your patience to receive further information from Cunard on whether your cruise is impacted. There is no action required from you at this time.
Queen Elizabeth sailings: June 4, 2021
Queen Mary 2 sailings: May 28, 2021
Queen Victoria sailings: May 17, 2021
Disney Cruise Line: June 1, 2021
Disney Magic: August 10, 2021
Select sailings longer than 7 nights have been cancelled.
Emerald Waterways: June 1, 2021
Asia river cruises and stand-alone land tour bookings suspended through May 31, 2021
G Adventures: April 30, 2021
Globus: May 1, 2021
Holland America Line: May 1, 2021
Cruises of 8 days or longer that call in the U.S. cancelled until November 1, 2021
As Holland America Line continues to review and assess its plans around the Canadian Transport Ministry’s Interim Order that closed Canadian ports and waters to passenger vessels, the company is extending its pause of cruise operations to now include all sailings that depart from or conclude in a Canadian port in 2021. This will include several Alaska, three Canada/New England and two Pacific Coastal cruises in summer and fall of this year. It also includes all Land+Sea Journeys.
Mediterranean cruises for the following ships have been cancelled:
Volendam through early June (between Venice and Civitavecchia [Rome], Italy)
Westerdam through early June (roundtrip from Venice or between Venice and Piraeus [Athens], Greece)
The following ships will be leaving the Holland America Line fleet: Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam, and Veendam. Holland America Line’s newbuild Ryndam will be renamed to Rotterdam. Guests who are currently booked on a cruise aboard these ships will be contacted by Holland America Line with more information.
Hurtigruten: Dates vary by ship and location
Norwegian Coastal Voyages: Sailings have resumed, but a number of itineraries through February 2021 have been cancelled. Please visit https://www.hurtigruten.com/practical-information/coronavirus-update/sailings-and-cancellations/ to check the status of your departure.
Antarctica Expedition Cruises have been cancelled through March 2021.
Select Expedition Cruises between April and July 2021 have been cancelled. Multiple Norway & North Cape Expeditions on MS Trollfjord in 2021 and 2022 have been cancelled. Please visit https://www.hurtigruten.com/practical-information/coronavirus-update/sailings-and-cancellations/ to check the status of your departure.
Insight Vacations: Dates vary by location
All Europe and Britain itineraries have been suspended until February 28, 2021
Intrepid Travel: May 1, 2021
Kensington Tours: For those traveling before March 31, 2021, Kensington’s Destination Experts will be in direct contact to discuss the options available to you and provide the latest updates regarding the destination you are traveling to.
Lindblad Expeditions: Sailings resumed on September 20
Luxury Gold: Dates vary by location
All Europe and Britain itineraries have been suspended until February 28, 2021
Monograms: May 1, 2021
Some domestic departures for the U.S. market have continued
MSC Cruises: Dates vary by ship
MSC Armonia: April 30, 2021
Tampa cruises from November 11, 2020 – April 27, 2021 have been cancelled
MSC Bellissima: November 22, 2020
MSC Divina: April 30, 2021
Miami departures from January 29, 2021 – August 22, 2021 have been cancelled
New York departures from September 3, 2021 – October 31, 2021 have been cancelled
MSC Fantasia: April 4, 2021
MSC Grandiosa: March 20, 2021
MSC Grandiosa has resumed sailing with guests who are residents in Schengen countries only.
MSC Lirica: October 31, 2020
MSC Magnifica: February 13, 2021
MSC Magnifica will start sailing on October 19 for guests who are residents in Schengen countries only.
MSC Meraviglia: April 30, 2021
All 2020 & 2021 New York cruises have been cancelled
MSC Musica: March 22, 2021
MSC Opera: March 9, 2021
MSC Orchestra: January 31, 2021
MSC Poesia: April 28, 2021
MSC Preziosa: March 21, 2021
Grand Voyages departing March 27 through April 14, 2021, have been cancelled
MSC Seaside: March 28, 2021
Orlando (Port Canaveral) departures to the Caribbean and The Bahamas have been cancelled through December 31, 2020
Miami departures from October 31, 2020 – March 20, 2021 have been cancelled
MSC Seaview: March 10, 2021
Grand Voyages departing March 13 through March 28, 2021, have been cancelled
MSC Sinfonia: April 4, 2021
MSC Splendida: November 14, 2020
Norwegian Cruise Lines: June 1, 2021
Oceania Cruises: June 1, 2021
Paul Gauguin Cruises: June 6, 2021
Ponant: If you have a cruise booked and are concerned that it may be cancelled, please contact the Ponant Reservations Department immediately via 1-888-400-1082 or email USReservations@ponant.com.
Princess Cruises: May 15, 2021
As a result of the Canadian Transport Ministry’s Interim Order that closed Canadian ports and waters to passenger vessels, the company has found it necessary to cancel the following voyages:
Alaska seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruises, sailing between Vancouver, B.C. and Anchorage (Whittier)
Pacific Coastals that start or end in Vancouver, B.C.
Canadian Adventure sailing roundtrip from Southampton, UK
8-day and longer cruises to and from the U.S.: November 1, 2021
Japan cruises: June 25, 2021
Australia and New Zealand cruises: June 1, 2021
The Island Princess 2021 World Cruise sailing from North America and the Pacific Princess 2021 Circle South America sailing from Australia have been cancelled
Pacific Princess, Sun Princess, Sea Princess, Star Princess, and are leaving the Princess Cruises fleet. Due to the imminent departure of these ships from the fleet, the following sailings have been cancelled:
Pacific Princess sailings from June 28, 2021 through March 28, 2022
Sun Princess sailings from December 28, 2020 through August 14, 2021
Sea Princess sailings from December 23, 2020 through November 9, 2021
Star Princess sailings from December 21, 2020 through May 3, 2021
Quark Expeditions: May 1, 2021
Regent Seven Seas Cruises: June 1, 2021
The Full 2021 World Cruise has been cancelled
Rocky Mountaineer: April 2021
Royal Caribbean International: May 1, 2021
The above date excludes sailings onboard Quantum of the Seas in Singapore and Spectrum of the Seas in China.
Alaska sailings departing April 25 to October 14, 2021 aboard Quantum of the Seas have been cancelled.
Scenic Luxury Cruises: June 1, 2021
Seabourn Cruises: Dates vary by ship
Seabourn has reviewed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Framework for Conditional Sailing and is seeking additional clarification to fully understand the requirements. While they wait further information, they have (temporarily) stopped selling all cruises eight days and longer which call upon a U.S. port and depart January 1 through November 1, 2021. For those who are currently booked on one of these cruises, they ask for your patience to receive further information from Seabourn on whether you cruise is impacted.
As a result of the Canadian Transport Ministry’s Interim Order that closed Canadian ports and waters to passenger vessels, the brand is cancelling its 2021 Alaska/British Columbia departures. The cancellation announcement applies to a total of 19 voyages scheduled aboard Seabourn Odyssey in summer 2021 between Vancouver, Canada and Juneau, Alaska, including one Pacific Coast voyage at the end of the season.
Seabourn Odyssey: November 6, 2021
Seabourn Encore: May 29, 2021
Seabourn Ovation: May 1, 2021
Seabourn Quest: May 10, 2021
Voyages longer than 7 days calling on a U.S. port cancelled from July 22, 2021 – November 6, 2021.
Seabourn Sojourn: May 24, 2021
Seabourn Venture: December 1, 2021
Silversea Cruises: Dates vary by ship
Silver Cloud: May 5, 2021
Silver Dawn: November 9, 2021
Silver Explorer: May 28, 2021
Silver Moon: May 4, 2021
Silver Muse: June 3, 2021
Silver Origin: May 1, 2021
Silver Shadow: May 15, 2021
Silver Spirit: May 5, 2021
Silver Whisper: June 20, 2021
Silver Wind: November 20, 2021
Star Clippers: Dates vary by ship
Royal Clipper: May 1, 2021
Star Flyer: May 22, 2021
Star Clipper: September 11, 2021
Tauck Tours: April 1, 2021
The 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play has been postponed until 2022. Tauck will be reaching out to affected travelers to discuss itinerary changes.
Trafalgar: February 28, 2021
All Australia and New Zealand itineraries have been suspended until March 31, 2021
Universal Orlando Resort: Open since June 5, 2020
Universal Studios Hollywood: Closed until further notice
Notice: Any ticket purchased for a date during park closure will automatically be changed to one valid until December 16, 2021.
Select CityWalk venues are now open for limited operations from 12-8pm daily. Individual venue hours may vary.
Uniworld: January 1, 2021
Viking Ocean Cruises: June 1, 2021
Viking River Cruises: June 1, 2021
Virgin Voyages: Dates vary by ship
Scarlet Lady: May 9, 2021
Valiant Lady: November 14, 2021
Windstar Cruises: Dates vary by ship
Wind Spirit: June 10, 2021
Star Breeze: June 19, 2021
Star Legend: July 4, 2021
Wind Star: June 19, 2021
Wind Surf: June 29, 2021
Star Pride: July 14, 2021
Australia: Australia has barred all non-residents and non-Australians from entering the country.
Bahamas: A negative COVID-19 test and Travel Health Visa Application are required to enter the country.
Brazil: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Brazil. Brazil requires all air travelers to provide a Traveler’s Health Declaration and negative COVID-19 test. Land and sea borders are closed until further notice.
Canada: All non-essential travel to Canada is restricted. Air travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test for entry.
China: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for China. A negative COVID-19 test is required for entry. Entering travelers must quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
Costa Rica: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for Costa Rica. Air travelers must provide proof of medical insurance policy and complete an online Health Pass.
El Salvador: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for El Salvador. Travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 test for entry. Travelers who have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa within the last 30 days are not allowed entry.
European Union: United States citizens on non-essential travel are restricted from entering most European Union countries.
French Polynesia: Effective February 1, 2021, travel to French Polynesia is temporarily suspended for tourists from all origins until further notice.
India: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for India. All travelers entering India must quarantine upon arrival.
Indonesia: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Indonesia. Valid visas/residence permits and a negative COVID-19 test are required for entry.
Israel: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for Israel. Non-citizens and non-residents are barred from entering the country.
Japan: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for Japan. Non-essential travel to Japan is not permitted.
Malaysia: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for Malaysia. U.S. citizens are not permitted to enter the country. All travelers to Malaysia are required to quarantine for 14 days and undergo COVID-19 testing.
Mauritius: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution advisory for Mauritius. A negative COVID-19 test is required for entry.
Mexico: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for Mexico. Nonessential travel across the Mexico-U.S. land border has been temporarily restricted.
New Zealand: Non-citizens and non-residents are barred from entering the country.
Panama: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for Panama. A negative COVID-19 test is required for entry.
Peru: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for Peru. A negative COVID-19 test is required for entry. Many lockdown measures are in place throughout Peru.
Trinidad and Tobago: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for Trinidad and Tobago. Nationals and non-nationals are barred from entering the country.
Russia: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Russia. Foreign nationals are not permitted entry into Russia.
Saudi Arabia: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for Saudi Arabia. Only travelers with residence permits and valid entry/exit visas are permitted to enter. The Saudi government is not issuing tourist and other category visas at this time.
Seychelles: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution advisory for Seychelles. Cruise ships are not permitted entry into Seychelles waters until further notice. U.S. citizens are barred from entering the country. Travelers from approved countries must provide a negative COVID-19 test for entry.
Singapore: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution advisory for Singapore. Short-term visitors are not allowed entry unless they have a valid approval letter. Permanent residents returning to Singapore will be issued a Stay-Home Notice.
South Africa: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for South Africa. Travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 test for entry.
Thailand: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution advisory for Thailand. Travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 test for entry.
United Arab Emirates: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for the United Arab Emirates. Travelers entering the United Arab Emirates must have a tourist visa and proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
United Kingdom: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for the United Kingdom. Travelers to the United Kingdom must provide journey and contact details, and most visitors are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Effective August 6, The United States Department of State has lifted its Global Level 4 Health Advisory, which advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. The Department is returning to its previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with Levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions), in order to give travelers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html for more information. The Department continues to recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.
Vietnam: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution advisory for Vietnam. U.S. citizens and all foreigners are not permitted to enter the country.
Zimbabwe: Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for Zimbabwe. A negative COVID-19 test is required for entry.
In light of recent concerns in the travel industry regarding the Coronavirus, Passport Online has created a repository of the latest travel advisory updates from our suppliers for your convenience. We will continue to review and modify this list as we receive updates.
Abercrombie & Kent
African Travel, Inc.
Coronavirus Travel Update for Africa
Well-Being is Our Top Priority – Travel with Confidence
Avalon Waterways Travel Update and Peace of Mind Policy
Avalon Assurance – Health and Safety
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Advisory
Azamara Cruise with Confidence Policy
Onboard Health Protocols
Carnival Cruise Line
Voluntary Suspension of Cruising
Celebrity’s Cruise with Confidence Program
CIE Tours International
Club Med Coronavirus Updates
Safe Together – Club Med Main Guidelines and Hygiene Measures
Travel Alert – COVID-19 Update
Tour Status and Payment
Cancel for Any Reason – Travel Protection Plan
The Traveling Well Experience – Our Commitment to Your Well-being and Enjoyment
Cosmos Travel Update and Peace of Mind Policy
On-Trip Assurance – Health and Safety
Updates on Cancellations and Fleet Activities
Travel Safely with Costa
Costsaver Coronavirus Travel Update
We Are Committed to Your Wellbeing – Travel Hygiene Measures
Coronavirus Advisory Alerts
Crystal Confidence: Book with Peace of Mind
COVID-19 Travel Health Advisories
Cunard Book with Confidence Policy
Travel Advisory Waiver Policy
Delta Vacations Travel Protection Plan
Disney Cruise Line
G Adventures Coronavirus Travel FAQs
Travel with Confidence Safety Policy
Globus Travel Update and Peace of Mind Policy
On-Trip Assurance – Health and Safety
Holland America Line
Coronavirus Travel Advisory
Holland America Line Cruise with Confidence Policy
Impacted Cruise Dates
Covid-19: Updated information from Hurtigruten
Book Your Hurtigruten Cruise with Confidence
Safer Together – Health and Safety on Board
Insight Vacations Travel Update
We Are Committed to Your Well-Being – Hygiene Standards and Protocols
Intrepid Travel Coronavirus Customer Information
COVID-19 Safe – Health and Safety Guidelines
Kensington Tours Book with Confidence Policy
Luxury Gold Travel Update
We Are Committed to Your Well-Being – Hygiene Standards and Protocols
Monograms Travel Update
On-Trip Assurance – Health and Safety
Itinerary Updates due to COVID-19
MSC’s Cruise Assurance Program
MT Sobek Updates on COVID-19
Adventure Confidently – Travel Well with MT Sobek
Norwegian Cruise Line
Suspended Sailings Information
Norwegian’s Peace of Mind Policy
Health & Safety Program
Oceania Coronavirus Statement
Oceania Cruises Travelers Assurance Program
Information on Impacted and Cancelled Cruises
Cruise with Confidence Policy
Your Health & Safety is Our Priority
Quark Expeditions Book with Confidence – Lifetime Rebook Guarantee
Explore with Peace of Mind – Health and Safety
Regent Seven Seas
Travel Health Advisory
Regent Reassurance Policy
New Enhanced Health & Safety Protocols
COVID-19: Keeping You Updated
Rocky Mountaineer Temporary Rebooking and Cancellation Policy
Our Health & Safety Procedures
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean Health and Travel Alerts
Royal Caribbean Cruise with Confidence Policy
Seabourn Travel Update
Traveling and Staying Healthy – Enhanced Procedures and Protocols
Information on Itinerary Changes
Silversea’s “Cruise with Confidence” New Cancellation Policy
Tauck Travel Policy Update
An Update for Guests Attending the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play
Coronavirus Travel Update
Trafalgar Book with Confidence Now Policy
We Are Committed to Your Wellbeing – Enhanced Hygiene Protocols
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Studios Hollywood
Viking Ocean Cruises
Changes Affecting Itineraries
Viking Ocean Cruises Risk-Free Guarantee Booking Policy
Viking River Cruises
Changes Affecting Itineraries
Viking River Cruises Risk-Free Guarantee Booking Policy
An update on our upcoming sailings: Details for impacted sailings
Set Sail Safely
Travel Health Advisory and Travel Assurance Booking Policy
Health & Safety – Our Commitment to You
Q? - I prefer just walking off my cruise ship and exploring on my own to taking bus tours, I have been on several ocean cruises, and it has been a great money saver, but next year, I am doing a Europe river cruise, and I was curious as to how it would be there? Thank you, Jean Impellitier, Fort Lauderdale, FL
A! - Most river cruise excursions in Europe are walking tours since many attractions are very close to the river, which was, and is, the lifeline of any European city. Walking tours will require varying levels of fitness as defined by each river cruise line for their excursions, and in many historic European towns there are cobblstone streets. For those with mobility issues, slower paced tours are usually available.
Thank you, Jean, for your great question!
Mister Cruise - Peter E Coloyan, Sr.
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Mobility issues and river cruises: For river cruise excursions that involve bus travel, you will be required to store mobility aids beneath the bus in the luggage hold, and climb the steps onto the coach. In Europe, excursions are often included in the price of a river cruise, and, if included, you’ll be wasting money if you can’t join them due to an inability to climb the stairs of a coach..
One of the best things about a European river cruise, regardless of whether it's on the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, or any other river, is the scenery continually passing by as seen from the ship. Historic castles, vineyards, and beautiful vistas often fill both banks of the river as your ship cruises by!
Accessible, or not?: There is a river cruise somewhere in the world for those with most any disability or mobility issue. Plus, new river cruise ships are launched every year, with more, and better, accessibility. So, don't think you can't go just because today there may not be exactly what you want where you want it. It may be coming next month, or next year! As river cruising grows in popularity, the options for accessible river cruising will expand - and we will help you every step of the way!
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