Monthly Archives: May 2021

Posted In: Deck Plans

UnCruise Will Start Alaska Season This Week

Over the weekend UnCruise Adventures quickly modified three Pacific Northwest sailings after Washington State COVID protocols affected departure dates from Seattle. In place of a cancellation the company offered guests an alternative itinerary out of Juneau, covering guest airfare and hotels. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: Ex Fida Bona

More and more people are getting vaccinated across the United States each day, and countries across the globe are starting to reopen for American travelers who are vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. As reported by the New York Times on April 25, 2021, tourists from America who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit the European Union over the summer. This is exciting news for all of us that have been waiting anxiously to begin traveling again. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: Point-to-Point

Next week, Los Angeles and San Francisco will become the poster children for the vaccine movement. After leading most of the United States in new coronavirus cases at the end of 2020, in four months, both cities are down to the under two-percent threshold that places them in California’s lowest-risk Yellow Tier. The risk for being infected with COVID-19 in these cities is becoming increasingly unlikely. Their daily infectivity rates for the virus are now less than 2 cases per 100,000 for those tested. Read the rest of this entry »

A Lesson From “The Running of The Nags”

Whether you follow horse racing or not, or even if you could not care less about another sports analogy, this past Saturday featured the 147th running of The Kentucky Derby. For you non-sports fans, this is a horse race held in Louisville, KY where much of the pre-race TV viewing comments are focused on the women’s hat selections in and around the track.

The odds-on favorites, where all smart betters placed their bets, were Essential Quality and Hot Rod Charlie. Rumor had it that one horse-racing aficionado placed a $2.5 million bet on Essential Quality. One would think he knew what he was doing. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: Publishers Corner

The Usual Suspect

Visit any of the forums frequented by travel professionals and you get a sense of how the bogey man might look. Variations on a theme betray our greatest fears, often summed up in a phrase like “I lost a sale to the internet.”  It appears “the internet” is stealing our sales. With nothing but 1’s and 0’s spinning in his eyes the monster’s algorithms apparently foil us time and again. What chance do we have against a dispassionate mind capable of manipulating trillions of trips a second?

Wait. I’m thinking what we have here is a case of mistaken identity. Like the characters in  the movie “The Usual Suspects” the Internet often looks like a culprit, but the identity of the real criminal is a bit more surprising.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: Editorial Musings

The signs are here. In most areas of the country, local jurisdictions are relaxing restrictions and beginning to reopen. Are we over it? Is it just like it was in May of 2019? Not even close, but we are slowly moving to the (and man I hate this phrase) our new normal. Some cruises are sailing right now in parts of the world. France is opening the doors to the vaccinated. Here in Maryland, there are more vaccines than people wanting them. Signs are pointing in the right direction, and I have an idea about how to get your clients dreaming about travel once again. Read the rest of this entry »