New Adventures in Store for 2021 and Beyond

The world still needs time to heal, but there is universal optimism among the travel community that safe and responsible international travel is on the horizon. That’s the key takeaway from the two-day “Ready, Set, Grow” virtual conference Largay Travel hosted this past January. More than 100 advisors and suppliers exchanged updates on the current state of travel and what’s in the immediate future. Our preferred partners shared the COVID protocols their companies are enacting, along with some truly inspired itineraries that will show you the world in ways you never imagined.

The last year has been trying in so many ways, and it was revitalizing to think about the prospects of seeing friends old and new across the globe. Travel dreaming has sustained us throughout, and we’re getting so close to making those dreams a reality. If you are ready to travel now or want an escape to look forward to, reach out to your advisor. While we will continue to keep you updated on the latest requirements for travelers flying into the U.S., from COVID tests to quarantines, we’re brimming with exciting travel ideas we can’t wait to share.

We heard about Tauck’s new 84-passenger ms Andorinha that will cruise Portugal’s Douro River, bringing guests through the golden countryside and fairytale cities of the region with a glass of the valley’s best wines in hand. We learned of the three new river cruise ships Ama Waterways will introduce and the company’s return to the Nile, of Uniworld’s cruise and rail itinerary in Northern Italy that will include an overnight at Burano in the Venetian lagoon. There are options for private versions of Natural Habitat Adventures’ revealing national parks tours. There’s rapid COVID testing on Quark Expeditions vessels with results in 30-60 minutes, and self-cleaning ships on Lindblad Expeditions, introduced before the pandemic but oh so important now.We heard about waived single supplements on certain Ponant sailings and a four-category upgrade Presidents Day sale from Oceania, and about the possibility of Galapagos sailings in the spring on several cruise lines.

We’re excited for the opening of Paradero Todos Santos, set on a 160-acre farm in a pueblo magico with 300 years of history in Baja California Sur. The experience is unlike anything you’ve seen around Los Cabos before, and our travelers will be welcomed with VIP treatment. We can’t wait to get to Xigera Safari Lodge in Botswana, a 12-suite love letter to the African bush powered by renewable energy.

 

We’re excited about 12-passenger small group Nordic adventures with 50 Degrees North, visiting Kenya’s Mbulia Hills Conservancy with Big Five, new villas at Rocco Forte’s Verdura Resort in Sicily and so much more. We’re excited about seeing the world again, and getting you out there safely and responsibly. If you’re ready to talk about how to do that, contact Stefany at: (917) 653-9346 or stefany@largaytravel.com and or info@dmctraveltailor.com.

Wave Season and what it means for you

By now you’ve probably noticed that it’s cold outside. And now that the holidays are over, all this winter weather has long since lost its charm. Either you need to get away to somewhere warm immediately, or you’re already looking forward to spring break or summer vacation. Fortunately, cruise lines are eager to get you on board and offer some amazing specials during “wave season,” the first quarter of the year. Whether you prefer river cruising, small ocean ships or larger ocean liners with tons of onboard activities, book in time and there are great savings to be had. Then you can close your eyes and dream of warm sand and blue skies as you trudge through the snow.

Rivers

With AmaWaterways, book by March 31 and receive an additional $100 per person savings on select cruises that are already marked down anywhere from $250 to $1,000 per person. Book select airfare-included European sailings with Avalon Waterways by Feb. 20 and save up to $3,000 per couple. Reserve a Crystal cruise (river or ocean) by March 31 and you’ll have your choice of $400 per person off cruise fare, $500 per person air credit or $600 per person to spend onboard. For river itineraries with Tauck, pay deposit by Feb. 28 on a departure between March 1 and Aug. 31 to take advantage of $890 per person economy class airfare, $1,490 per person in premium economy or $3,490 per person in business class. The offer also applies to all European land tours and Treasures of the British-Irish Isles and St. Petersburg and the Baltic Sea ocean cruises. Uniworld is offering up to 30 percent on select 2018 sailings, and up to 20 percent off several of its U by Uniworld cruises aimed at 21-45-year-olds for bookings made by the end of March. Viking has two-for-one pricing with air included on select Waterways of the Tsars and Grand European Tour departures this year and next if you book by Jan. 31.

Small ships

Azamara Club Cruises is reducing cruise fare by 50 percent for the second passenger in a cabin on certain sailings for Club Oceanview or higher categories if reserved by Feb. 28. Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Hurtigruten is offering savings of up to $1,250 per person for bookings made by Feb. 28 (March 31 for select Norway sailings). Cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage on Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner and you could get a three-category upgrade if you reserve by March 1. Seabourn’s Alaska incentive will double your shipboard credit to $600 per suite on some Virtuoso Voyages booked by March 13. Deposit by March 15 with Silversea and get up to $1,000 per suite onboard credit plus an upgrade on select sailings all over the world. Save $450 per couple on select seven-night or $600 per couple for 14-night Alaska journeys with UnCruise Adventures reserving by Feb. 28 and receive $100 shipboard credit as well. With Zegrahm Expeditions, new guests booking by Jan. 31 will save 5 percent and past guests will save 10 percent on select 2019 departures with supplemental solo traveler fees waived.

Large ships

Book an ocean view or higher stateroom with Celebrity by Feb. 28 and have your choice of a drink package, wireless internet, prepaid gratuities or $150 onboard credit for the first two guests and 50 percent reduced cruise for the third and fourth passengers in a cabin. Receive up to $500 per cabin to spend onboard and 10 percent on shore excursions when booking a verandah or higher with Holland America on select Land + Sea Journeys by Feb. 28 (shore excursions must be booked by March 15). Plus, suites also receive prepaid gratuities. Princess’ anniversary sale runs through Feb. 14, and in that time you can take advantage of up to $600 per cabin credit and free specialty dining, with deposits as low as $100 per person. Royal Caribbean is offering savings of up to 30 percent and $100 per person credit with opportunities for upgrades and prepaid gratuities through Jan. 31. Past guests of Cunard can reduce their deposits by 50 percent, while all guests can enjoy upgrades, complimentary gratuities and free drinks (in Grill Suites) when booking by Feb. 28.

To maximize your savings and benefits, contact Stefany, Co-Founder/Dream Travel Designer of DMC Travel Tailor at (917) 653-9346 or email her at info@dmctraveltailor.com.