Travel Operations In The Age Of Pandemics
We have all learned a valuable lesson over the past few months and that is that change is the only thing that never changes. Today we find ourselves reacting to the many changes brought about by COVID-19. For JR Travel Advisors some of the changes affect us, as Travel Advisors, and for you the Traveler, there are many changes that could affect your plans.
With only a few exceptions cruising remains shut down for the remainder of 2020. Royal Caribbean, Princess, Norwegian, MSC, and Carnival are now booking cruise departures beginning in November 2020 with more scheduled in January and February 2021. If you have a Future Cruise Certificate (FCC) from a canceled cruise you can now apply them to any cruise departing in 2021 and in some cases 2022.
If you don't have an FCC we strongly recommend holding off booking any Alaska or Europe cruises until early 2021 to make sure the cruise lines are in fact back to full operations. Also, be aware that the ports advertised for Caribbean cruises are subject to change up the last minute due to possible virus outbreaks. Because of this we strongly recommend you only book excursions with the cruise line.
Many of the All-Inclusive resorts are back open at this time. However, understand that does not mean that your experience will meet your expectations. You may find that not all restaurants, shops, shows, and excursions will be operating at the resort or in the surrounding area. Also, be prepared for a very limited number of flight options to get to and from the resort.
ESCORTED OR SELF-GUIDED TOURS
This travel option is also in the early stages of re-starting operations. Availability will be dependent on what is happening in your destination with the virus and could change at any time.
JR TRAVEL ADVISORS TRAVEL RESEARCH, ADVICE AND BOOKINGS
At this time we are focused on serving our current and/or past clients. If you are located in the North Georgia Mountains we are happy to meet with you wherever and whenever it would be comfortable for you. This includes our Blue Ridge Office, Your Place, Starbucks, or Cabin Coffee. We are compliant with all required safety measures as long as required.
If you are located elsewhere we can arrange a Zoom Meeting or phone conversation by appointment.
We are only accepting new clients who have been referred to us by an established client or member of the Mountain Network Referral Group based in Blairsville.
We will only search and book flights that are part of a complete package which includes at least 5 nights on a cruise or at a resort or hotel.
Meetings in the Age of Pandemic's
When you are ready to start planning a vacation again it is always best to meet face to face. However, you may still have some health concerns.
We have found, an excellent solution where we can meet face to face without ever leaving home, We can do that by using the Zoom application which you can access on a PC, iPad, or Smartphone. We can meet with you at a time that works for you using Zoom.