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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
I have two things to report this week that could have a significant
impact on the restart of international travel.
First, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, new cases
of COVID-19 reached an all-time peak in the U.S. on January 11 and have
plunged since then.
As seen on Worldometers.info, the 7-day moving average of new cases in
the US was 254,862 on January 11 and has since fallen by 33% to to
171,283 as of January 26. Click
to see current stats and follow in the future.
Similarly, the 7-day moving average of new cases in Canada peaked on
January 9 at 8,885 and has fallen 40% to 5,325 as of January 26. Click
to see Canada's numbers.
It's important to recognize that the peak and decline happened before
the rollout of vaccines had any significant impact. With multiple
vaccines now approved and the delivery of vaccinations expected to
accelerate, perhaps the battle against COVID-19 has reached the turning
New mutations in COVID-19 have raised the possibility that vaccines may
someday have to be tweaked to be effective against new strains, as flu
shots are, but according to Anthony Fauci, America's chief medical
adviser for Covid-19, "We don't need to do that right now."
The chief science advisor of Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. government's
expedited search for development and delivery of a vaccine, has said
that every American who wants a vaccine will be able to get one by June.
Health officials in Canada have said that all Canadians who want a
vaccine will receive one by September. Even if those dates slip a bit
due to vaccine delivery glitches, the end of the tunnel is in sight.
The reopening of the international travel industry will occur on a
country-by-country basis and it is not yet clear whether vaccinations
will be required to travel.
Qantas Airways of Australia has said that once a COVID-19 vaccine
becomes widely available, it may require passengers to have proof of a
vaccination before allowing them to fly internationally. Korean Air and
Air New Zealand have echoed the comments and have stated that they
expect some countries will require proof of vaccination from incoming
international visitors. United has stated that it might require its own
employees to be vaccinated.
Just last week, UK-based Saga Cruises announced they will require all
guests to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before
sailing. Saga sells exclusively in the UK and caters exclusively to a
50+ clientele. With sailings suspended until May 4th
said they believe all passengers booked on future cruises will have
ample opportunity to get inoculated, but any passenger who wishes to
change their cruise plans may select a different sail date or choose to
get a full refund.
Saga Cruises' new policy will enable a safe, early and economical return
to service. Passengers will not have to worry about catching COVID-19
onboard and the cruise line will avoid the costly measures needed to
prevent COVID-19 cases onboard and quarantine and care for passengers
infected with COVID-19.
Moreover, destination countries that have not yet distributed vaccines
to their citizens can welcome Saga Cruises without the risk of admitting
potentially infected passengers.
As of today, no other cruise line has announced a vaccine requirement
for its guests but Norwegian and Regent Seven Seas have just announced
they will require all crew members to be vaccinated before boarding
their ships. I would not be surprised to see more cruise lines and
countries adopt a vaccination requirement until the threat from COVID-19
has substantially subsided.
Either way, we will let you know in this newsletter when travel
restrictions in the U.S. and other countries are removed.
Europe is the most popular region for guided vacations. In this
newsletter, I've rounded up the best Europe discounts and deals
available to Vacations To Go customers from the world's top tour
Many of these specials expire this week, so call right away if you see a
deal you like. Just click the links for itineraries, departure dates and
Save 10%, plus receive an extra $200 per couple discount. Book by
Save 10%, plus receive an additional $300 per couple discount. Book
by January 29.
Save 7.5%, plus get $200 per couple in additional discounts. Receive an
extra $200 per couple discount off airfare. Book by January
Save up to $800 per couple. Plus, receive an additional $200 per couple
discount off many departures. Book by January 29.
Save $200 per couple. Receive an additional $200 per couple discount off
airfare. Book by January 29.
Save $100 per couple. Receive an additional $200 per couple discount off
airfare. Book by January 29.
Companion flies for free from select gateways on Ireland trips. Book
by February 12.
Save 10% on most departures.
Save 10% on Ireland and Britain trips.
Here are this week's Top 10 Tours
. All prices are per person,
based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
7 days with Trafalgar. Begins in Amsterdam and ends in Paris. Save
. Starting at $1,836. Departures from April 12 through September
The Magic of the Italian Lakes
8 days with Cosmos. Begins and ends in Milan. Save $100 per couple.
Plus receive an extra $200 per couple discount off airfare.
at $1,299. Departures from May 2 through October 10, 2021.
The Irish Pub Tour
8 days with CIE Tours. Begins and ends in Dublin. Companion flies for
. Starting at $1,545. Departures from June 5 through October 16,
Fall Colors of New England
10 days with Costsaver. Begins and ends in Boston. Starting at $1,633.
Departures from September 24 through October 8, 2021.
Charms of the South
9 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Memphis
and New Orleans. Save up to $3,000 per couple.
$1,999. Departures from March 27 through December 12, 2021.
9 days with Insight. Begins in Trogir and ends in Split. Save 10%,
plus receive an additional $200 per couple discount.
$2,090. Departures from April 30 through October 8, 2021.
London & Paris
8 days with Collette. Travels between London and Paris. Save up to
$600 per couple.
Starting at $2,499. Departures from April 7 through
December 26, 2021.
8 days with Collette. Begins in Scottsdale and ends in Las Vegas.
Save up to $400 per couple.
Starting at $2,799. Departures from
April 7 through October 22, 2021.
The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River
9 days with CroisiEurope. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel. Starting
at $3,007. Departures from April 3 through October 20, 2021.
Harmony of Central Europe
13 days with Luxury Gold. Begins in Prague and ends in Warsaw. Save
10%, plus receive an additional $300 per couple discount.
at $4,945. Departures from May 11 through September 14, 2021.
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