Submitted by Hopes & Dreams Travel – May 2020
The face of travel may look a lot different in 2021! People will travel again but the process will look different – much like September 11 events forever changed air travel, but helped to better ensure safety. We believe that going forward, cruises and tours will greatly enhance their safety protocols. We are hearing about some of the options that cruises may look to implement going forward: smaller sailing capacity on the larger ships, filling each ship to only 50-70% of their occupancy, increasing onboard medical staff, having unsold cabins serve as potential quarantine areas in the event of any future outbreak, taking temperatures and conducting health checks daily, extreme cleaning measures taking place a few times each day and hourly in certain public areas of the ships. Nothing has been officially decided but these are some of the discussions and safety reviews that are happening now.
One thing that we hope people may feel more comfortable with is traveling closer to home, within the U.S. and Canada for 2021. There are so many incredible travel options right here! What destinations do you still have on your list? Perhaps a visit to Tennessee or the Smokey Mountains? A New England fall foliage tour? A train trip through the Canadian Rockies? Or sailing on the Columbia River in our own backyard with only 70-80 guests on a small ship?
For 2021, Hopes & Dreams Travel is offering a couple of group trips that may interest you. First, we are planning to reschedule our Cannon Beach group for next spring as well as our Holland America Alaska group for June of 2021. Here are two new trips that we are offering as well:
April 30 – May 06, 2021
Canadian Rockies By Rail and Coach From Vancouver To Calgary, With Round-trip Panorama transfers.
Explore the majestic Canadian Rockies by train with two days in GoldLeaf rail service on the Rocky Mountaineer train from Vancouver to Kamloops to Banff. Then spend some time sightseeing in Banff as well as 2 days/nights in Lake Louise. Next we will make our way to Calgary for some sightseeing and an overnight before flying back to Seattle.
Prices start from approximately $4,899 per person based on double occupancy, or $6,750 per person for single occupancy for this 8 day/7 night journey. This trip includes GoldLeaf rail service on the Rocky Mountaineer, tours from Vancouver to Calgary, 7 hotel nights, taxes and porterage, touring by bus and train, airfare from Calgary to Seattle and round-trip Panorama transfers. Trip will be escorted with a minimum of 16 people. Hold your spot with $1,000 per person deposit payable by check. Travel Insurance is additional.
October 23 – 30, 2021
7 Nights on the ss Legacy UnCruise – Rivers of Wine & History Round-trip Portland, OR With Optional Transportation From Panorama
Join us for an adventure on the Columbia River in October 2021! We will sail round-trip Portland on the ss Legacy, which holds just 86 guests. Ports include Astoria, Hood River, then we will pass through the Bonneville locks, and up to the Snake River with a side trip to Walla Walla. The cruise will also include a stop at the Maryhill Museum, as well as some wineries in Walla Walla and the Willamette Valley, with food and wine pairings and events along the way. UnCruise offers included excursions and amazing landscapes from sea to river on this unique journey. There’s no better way to discover the natural treasures of Washington and Oregon than from the decks of a small ship.
Prices start from approximately $4,920 per person based on double occupancy, which includes cruise fare, port charges, and taxes. Additional savings are available if you have previously cruised with UnCruise. Gratuities, travel insurance and transfers to/from Portland are additional. Call today for more details, or if you simply want to add your name to the list of people who are interested! You can then decide by June or July if you would like to put a deposit on any trip.
To contact Hopes & Dreams Travel, you can leave a message at x5112, or call 253-931-0909. You can also email us at Hopesanddreamstravel@gmail.com. We look forward to helping you with group or individual bookings when you are ready to travel again!