IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME coming, and we are now thrilled to showcase another issue of our magazine for our loyal readers and subscribers. It took longer than we anticipated, but finally, here is the summer issue of Cruise & Travel Lifestyles for your enjoyment and perusal.
Although we delayed our publication, we have been working for months on our content – often with bated breath. When would we publish? Would our editorial be relevant? What should we include? As we became more and more comfortable that we would soon see the return of more travel with improved health and safety measures, we decided to press the restart button!
We know many cruise ships have returned to sailing on the oceans, rivers and seas of the world, carrying guests who are delighted to be back on the waves or enjoying a leisurely journey down a picturesque river.
I suspect many of you have made travel plans for this year, and for 2022 and 2023! Bookings are booming, and we may now have to book our trips further out than ever. There is substantial pent-up demand, with so many of us ready to hit the highway, stay at a hotel or resort and sail off into a dreamy sunset – we are overdue. There is tremendous interest in family and multigeneration vacations, and no wonder, given all we’ve been through these last 16 months. Bucket list vacations and more exotic countries also appear in the Top Ten list of what to do and where to go next – another result of so many of us missing out on trips and the opportunity to make travel plans over the last year.
Having had my second vaccine, I’m ready to fly to Greece in late July to sail around the Greek Isles and to Cypress (my 99th country!) on Silversea’s stunning new Silver Moon. In September, I plan to cruise from London on the revitalized Star Legend, one of three motor yachts in the Windstar fleet and I’m feeling confident knowing that these cruise lines require all guests and crew to be fully vaccinated.
Making travel plans again is exciting and I can’t wait to resume my explorations of some of the world’s most beautiful places. Many of you must feel the same way! We’re hoping this issue, which covers Egypt and Europe and some of my personal favourites – Turkey and Italy – as well as several Canadian cruises, and a review on Cruising’s Comeback, will tantalize and inform and have you eager to connect with your preferred travel advisors. They want – and frankly, they need – your business and will be a fountain of knowledge as you begin to navigate this new world of travel. From explaining the Canada travel app to ensuring that you have all the necessary documents for wherever you may be going and easing any anxieties that crop up, your travel advisor will be your best guide and without doubt, a source of terrific vacation options.
Stay safe and well,
Originally published in Cruise & Travel Lifestyles Summer 2021 issue.