By Judy Newell
ResortPass Expands to Caribbean and Mexico
ResortPass, a hotel booking platform that provides travelers day passes for use of luxury hotel amenities without the commitment of an overnight stay, has made its international debut. Created in 2016, ResortPass is currently in over 70 US cities and has now expanded into the Caribbean and Mexican markets.
ResortPass says it’s ideal for those who want the opportunity to experience multiple resorts during their trip or for those who want to experience resort amenities while staying in a vacation rental.
ResortPass prices start around US$25 for access to pools, hot tubs, the beach, spas, fitness centers, the property’s Wi-Fi, and more. Top-tier day passes range up to US$150 or more for private cabañas, which often include food and drink services. Each partner offers various packages created by hotels and resorts themselves. Higher-tiered passes can include cabañas with TVs and lounge chairs, cocktails, personal servers and more.
With this expansion, ResortPass now has luxury resort partnerships in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts, Sint Maarten, Jamaica, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Los Cabos. Current resort partners within Mexico include Thompson Beach House, Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, and Viceroy Los Cabos in Mexico.
Norwegian Cancels All Asia Summer Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced it would cancel all voyages in Asia across its three cruise brands through the summer months due to the coronavirus outbreak, and it will temporarily remove the company’s ships from the region.
Through the end of the third quarter, 40 voyages have been canceled or modified—4 voyages on Norwegian Cruise Line, 10 on Oceania Cruises, and 6 on Regent Seven Seas Cruises have been affected.
The Norwegian Spirit accounts for 21 of the canceled Asia voyages, and the ship will be redeployed to the eastern Mediterranean for the summer. The ship just underwent a US$100 million refurbishment.
The cruise line said that among the key factors in the decision were “uncertainty surrounding port entry and berthing availability in destinations through the region and consumers’ reluctance to travel to Asia.” Any passengers or crew members who have traveled to China, Hong Kong, or Macao in the past 30 days, regardless of nationality, will not be allowed to board a cruise.
Norwegian and Royal Caribbean International cruise lines had both previously announced they would bar passengers holding passports from China, Hong Kong, or Macao. These measures are in addition to screening and other preventative protocols adopted by the trade association Cruise Lines International Association, which represents about 90 percent of the ocean going cruise ships in the world.
Customer refunds, incentive compensations, and redeployed voyages are expected to mean a financial hit for Norwegian. Many cruise lines have canceled Asia voyages, though most of the cancellations are just through the spring.
Princess Cancels 20 Sailings
Princess Cruises has canceled 20 sailings on 3 cruise ships due to the coronavirus outbreak in China.
The cruise line said that the reason for the cancellations are the current port restrictions and closures and lack of predictability regarding port availability in their Southeast Asia itineraries going forward.
Princess Cruises has canceled the following sailings:
- Diamond Princess sailings through April 20, 2020
- Majestic Princess sailings through April 2, 2020
- Sapphire Princess sailings through June 11, 2020.
All guests booked on these cruises will receive a full refund in the original form of payment of their cruise fare, Princess Air, pre- and post-cruise hotel packages, prepaid shore excursions, and other prepaid items, with taxes, fees, and port expenses. Since the cruises have been cancelled so close to departure, guests will also receive a Future Cruise Credit.
Italian Experience: Tuscan Spa & Truffle Hunting, starting from US $830 per person.
Spend five days and four nights on this adventure with the possibility of extending your stay.
See the best of Italy with a car rental from Florence or Rome to the amazing Villa San Paolo, located just 2.5 miles from San Gimignano. Overlooking San Gimignano’s medieval towers, this 4-star property is surrounded by olive groves in the picture-perfect Tuscan countryside.
The location is also perfect for the active exploration of the surrounding area with its many medieval towns, castles, and vineyards. This package includes breakfast everyday, a guided truffle hunting experience, wine tasting in Chianti, and one spa entrance at Villa San Paolo.
Words of the Wise and Well-traveled
“When you walk with someone, something unspoken happens. Either you match their pace, or they match yours.”—Sidney Poitier
Three Island Discovery
Discover the islands of Moorea, Huahine, and Bora Bora
This package includes round-trip international air from select California cities, interisland airfare, three nights at the InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa, four nights at the Lapita Village Huahine, three nights in a Lagoon View Overwater Bungalow at the Le Meridien Bora Bora, free daily breakfast for two, three excursions, plus added romantic amenities for honeymoon clients.
Package based on departure from select California cities, using promotional fares with limited availability.
- Daily American breakfast for two
- Captain Taina’s full-day Glass-Bottom Boat and Snorkeling Tour with motu picnic lunch on Moorea
- Lagoon cruise and motu picnic on Huahine
- Pure snorkeling excursion by Reef Discovery on Bora Bora
- Added amenities for honeymoon clients on Moorea, Huahine, and Bora Bora
- Private driver and restaurant reservations of your choice on your final night in Tahiti before international flight home
- Business class lounge access upon departure from Papeete
- Personal concierge service while in Tahiti
- Welcome flower lei, all transfers and baggage handling.
- Round-trip international airfare from select California gateways
- Round-trip interisland air transportation on Air Tahiti.
Valid travel dates are through March 31, 2021. Reservations must be booked by March 31, 2021. This is a value vacation: 10 nights from US$4,350 per person, with airfare included.
Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She custom designs journeys that are tailored to suit your interests, abilities and budget. Please contact Judy for further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949 300 3682; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, Car. a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website www.perfectjourneys.net.
Sources: Travel Agent Central, USA Today, Cruise Fever, Tahiti.com