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Cruising is in the news again with the recent no-sail order extension by the Centers for Disease Control. Travel and tourism has been hit hard during this global pandemic, but no form of travel has been devastated quite like cruising. I’m not going to discuss whether I think the no-sail order is good or bad. What choice did anyone responsible for public health have at the time the initial decision to pause passenger sailing was made? Experts call this a “novel coronavirus” for a reason, it’s new. We still don’t have a complete understanding of what it is and how it works, but one thing is for certain, it spreads easily. Close quarters with lots of people seem to help it move around. If you’ve been on a cruise before, you can see the challenge here.

Is it Possible to Sail Safely at This Time?

The short answer is, maybe. Personally, I do not see a return to “normal” mass market cruising in the absence of a vaccine. But there are finally some examples that point to the possibility that a limited and well planned re-start of some cruises can be accomplished safely. MSC Cruises appears to have found a path forward. The fundamentals of MSC’s plans are:

Universal health screening of guests prior to embarkation that comprises three comprehensive steps: a temperature check, a health questionnaire and a COVID-19 swab test. Depending on the screening results and according to the guest’s medical or travel history, a secondary health screening or testing will take place. Any guest who tests positive, displays symptoms or a temperature will be denied boarding. Following guidelines from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, guests traveling from countries categorized as high risk will be required to take a molecular RT-PCR test, to be done within 72 hours prior to joining the ship. All crew members will be tested for COVID-19 prior to embarkation as well as regularly during their contract.

Elevated sanitation and cleaning measures supported by the introduction of new cleaning methods and the use of hospital-grade disinfectant products.

Social distancing will be enabled through the reduction of the overall capacity of guests on board, allowing for more space for guests, approx. 10 m² (about 108 sq. ft.) per person based on 70% overall capacity. Venue capacity will be reduced, activities will be modified to allow for smaller groups and guests should pre-book services and activities to manage guest numbers. When social distancing is not possible, guests will be asked to wear a face mask, for instance in the elevators. The face masks will be provided daily to guests in their staterooms and will be available around the ship.

Enhanced medical facilities and services with highly qualified staff trained, the necessary equipment to test, evaluate and treat suspected COVID-19 patients and the availability of free treatment at the onboard Medical Center for any guest with symptoms. Dedicated isolation staterooms will be available to enable isolation of any suspected cases and close contacts.

Ongoing health monitoring will be conducted throughout the cruise. Guests and crew will have their temperature checked daily either when they return from ashore or at dedicated stations around the ship to monitor the health status of every guest and crew member. During this initial phase of operations, as a further enhanced measure of protection and to avoid risks to the health of guests and their fellow cruisers, guests will only go ashore as part of an organized MSC Cruises’ excursion. This means that MSC Cruises can protect their health while ashore with excursions that will be delivered with the same high standards of health and safety on board. MSC Cruises will ensure that transfers are properly sanitized and that there is adequate space. Tour guides and drivers will also undergo health screening and will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

A contingency response plan will be activated if a suspected case is identified, in close cooperation with the national health authorities. The suspected case and close contacts will follow isolation measures and may be disembarked according to local and national regulations. 

Obviously, if you can successfully board a ship with no infections, and keep guests from being exposed during their trip, you can cruise without spreading Covid. Whoa! Why didn’t anyone else think of that?!

© 2019 – Marshall Jackson

My Thoughts on Going Forward with Cruising in the USA

Testing is key. A vaccine and herd immunity are key to resumption of most cruises. However, I think there is a way forward on a limited basis in the meantime. Frequent, rapid result testing will be the key to resumption of some cruises, and frankly, a restoration of all travel (more on that in a future post). Want people to feel comfortable traveling? Give them reasonable assurance that they aren’t being exposed to the virus. How do you do that? Testing, and not the kind that you have to wait a week for results.

Focus on the private islands as you re-start. Limiting guest and staff contact with potential exposure is paramount. The absolute best way to do this? Focusing on “private island” destinations. The majority of staff at these islands travel with the ship that’s visiting. There are some “local” staff, but the numbers are small enough that cruise lines can easily manage their testing protocols. Furthermore, guests enjoy these experiences.

Have a backup plan. No matter how much testing you perform, and how great you are at managing things, somehow, some way, somebody is going to test positive for the virus after you’ve left port. Hands down, I think the biggest driver of “fear” of getting on a cruise for most people will be the idea of being left out at sea with no way home. It is imperative that cruise lines have iron clad processes in place to isolate and care for positive cases on board, evacuate sick guests, and safely disembark healthy guests upon returning to port.

We Will Cruise Again

My last cruise was in February. I celebrated my 50th birthday with friends, and my wife and I remained on the ship for two additional cruises following the “birthday cruise.” I’m so glad we did. That trip also coincided with my last commercial airline flight (February 17th). As you know, things started “hitting the fan” shortly thereafter. While I have my doubts that I sail again in 2020, I’m watching things closely. I think it’s most likely to be 2021 before cruises set sail again, but if cruise lines and the governing authorities can work out a plan like MSC in Europe, I think it’s possible that at least a few cruises could set sail late this year.

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Published Date: Sat, 03 Oct 2020 13:30:33 +0000

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Why Choose Luxury Trailer over an RV

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Even though trailers are technically a type of recreational vehicle or RV, people prefer to refer to them as a totally different thing. Well, if you think of it, you can see the logic – RVs have an engine that powers them while trailers have to be pulled by hitches. Of course, trailers and RVs have a lot in common, but the terms are not really interchangeable, hence shouldn’t be used this way.

While serving the same lofty purpose – to travel and enjoy the great outdoors having the comforts of home with you – trailers and RVs differ in many ways, and at this point, we’re getting closer to the long-standing dilemma of whether trailers are better than RVs or vise versa. There is no accounting for taste and as you have probably already guessed, both types of recreational vehicles have their pros and cons, as well as lots of devoted fans. So, which one is right for you? Let’s try to answer this question!

Is Popularity the Key?

It’s in human nature to do a bit of research before investing money, so the majority of people are sincerely interested to know which type of recreational vehicle is in high demand. Indeed, popularity is a good sign, which suggests that a certain product fulfills the expectations of a large number of users.

Travel trailers are arguably the most popular variant of RV’s on the market, and for a good reason. According to experts from Caravan Woods, they are versatile, fuel-efficient, easy to maintain, and, what’s most important, affordable. Four reasons, in fact, so far – and that’s just for starters. These hi-tech wonders come in endless sizes and with many amazing extras such as garages, rooftop patios, bay windows, fireplaces, offices, hideaway beds, expanding sides, and lowering roofs.

What’s more, today you have an opportunity to become an owner of a fully customized trailer, and the best thing of all is that even the most luxurious variant will cost you just a small fraction of what you would pay for a classic RV with similar amenities and functionalities. Should we wonder that more and more people opt for such an advantageous option?

Types of Trailers

Popularity is key, but on the other hand, something that works for other people doesn’t necessarily will work for you. That’s why it is very important to know your needs, set your priorities, squeeze them into your budget, and start looking for available options. Let’s take a look at the major types of trailers and their characteristics.

Travel Trailer

the most common type of RV, it features a broad range of designs to suit every lifestyle. A compact sweet home at heart, it can be towed by a car, SUV, or pick-up truck

Fifth Wheel Trailer

the most spacious RV available, it is towed by pickup trucks using a ‘fifth wheel’ hitch, hence the name. Comes in different sizes and can accommodate up to 8 people thanks to high ceilings and a split level design

Hybrid Trailer

the most affordable variant, it is a mix between a hard-sided travel trailer and a tent camping trailer. It is also lighter than other types and can be towed by the majority of minivans and SUVs.

Camping (or Pop-Up) Trailer

the most lightweight, this hard worker is compact in size and can be towed by virtually any car. Still, it provides plenty of living space and options such as hot water, refrigerator, air conditioning, and washrooms.

Truck Camper

the most compact, this type of RV is a perfect solution for anyone who owns a pickup truck. Designed to sit in the truck bed, it is easy and economical, at the same time providing the full benefits of a trailer including amenities as toilets, showers, kitchen facilities, and air conditioners

Toy Hauler

the most adventurous model, it does exactly what it says on the tin and allows you to bring your ‘toys’ to your favorite off-road destinations. Whatever your outdoor hobby, you can always take it with you as this hauler has enough room for an ATV, canoe, snowmobile, motorcycle, as well as a dirt bike and jet skis.

Why Luxury Trailer is a Wiser Choice Than an RV

As you can see, the offering of trailers is so diverse that you can easily find your perfect fit once you define your requirements. Are you plotting to take a year off and travel the world? Or is it going to be an unforgettable holiday or weekend? Are you a family of six or it’s just you and your loved one? There is no need to lower your sights as whatever your plans and ambitions, there is a model able to cater directly to your needs.

If you wonder why trailers and not self-powered RVs, here you have it – top reasons why a customized trailer is a far better choice.

Affordability and Reduced Costs

To start with, travel trailers are far less expensive to buy and as already mentioned, the most luxurious version fully tailored to your personal wishes will cost you a tiny part of what you would have to pay for a similarly styled RV. In addition to that, they are far less pricey when it comes to ownership and operation costs. Financing is a very important side of the story, right?

Versatility

Self-powered RVs are divided into three classes – A, B, and C, but if you are not a celebrity or lucky dude who inherited a fortune, chances are you won’t be able to afford a vehicle that suits your needs, at least not without a huge hole in your family budget. The diverse offering of trailers lets you pick the model that perfectly matches your desires, the size of your family, and your budget.

Fuel-Efficiency

Perhaps twenty years ago, it wasn’t a big deal, but today, fuel consumption is a significant factor for any vehicle. Of course, a trailer will add to the fuel consumption of your SUV, but it can’t be ever compared to that of a smaller RV.

If you are planning to hit the road and looking for an appropriate vehicle, a luxury trailer can be your sure bet. Not only will you get a fully tailored to your needs model at an affordable price, but also the one that nobody else has.

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Even though trailers are technically a type of recreational vehicle or RV, people prefer to refer to them as a totally different thing. Well, if you think of it, you can see the logic – RVs have an engine that powers them while trailers have to be pulled by hitches. Of course, trailers and RVs have a lot in common, but the terms are not really interchangeable, hence shouldn’t be used this way.

While serving the same lofty purpose – to travel and enjoy the great outdoors having the comforts of home with you – trailers and RVs differ in many ways, and at this point, we’re getting closer to the long-standing dilemma of whether trailers are better than RVs or vise versa. There is no accounting for taste and as you have probably already guessed, both types of recreational vehicles have their pros and cons, as well as lots of devoted fans. So, which one is right for you? Let’s try to answer this question!

Is Popularity the Key?

It’s in human nature to do a bit of research before investing money, so the majority of people are sincerely interested to know which type of recreational vehicle is in high demand. Indeed, popularity is a good sign, which suggests that a certain product fulfills the expectations of a large number of users.

Travel trailers are arguably the most popular variant of RV’s on the market, and for a good reason. According to experts from Caravan Woods, they are versatile, fuel-efficient, easy to maintain, and, what’s most important, affordable. Four reasons, in fact, so far – and that’s just for starters. These hi-tech wonders come in endless sizes and with many amazing extras such as garages, rooftop patios, bay windows, fireplaces, offices, hideaway beds, expanding sides, and lowering roofs.

What’s more, today you have an opportunity to become an owner of a fully customized trailer, and the best thing of all is that even the most luxurious variant will cost you just a small fraction of what you would pay for a classic RV with similar amenities and functionalities. Should we wonder that more and more people opt for such an advantageous option?

Types of Trailers

Popularity is key, but on the other hand, something that works for other people doesn’t necessarily will work for you. That’s why it is very important to know your needs, set your priorities, squeeze them into your budget, and start looking for available options. Let’s take a look at the major types of trailers and their characteristics.

Travel Trailer

the most common type of RV, it features a broad range of designs to suit every lifestyle. A compact sweet home at heart, it can be towed by a car, SUV, or pick-up truck

Fifth Wheel Trailer

the most spacious RV available, it is towed by pickup trucks using a ‘fifth wheel’ hitch, hence the name. Comes in different sizes and can accommodate up to 8 people thanks to high ceilings and a split level design

Hybrid Trailer

the most affordable variant, it is a mix between a hard-sided travel trailer and a tent camping trailer. It is also lighter than other types and can be towed by the majority of minivans and SUVs.

Camping (or Pop-Up) Trailer

the most lightweight, this hard worker is compact in size and can be towed by virtually any car. Still, it provides plenty of living space and options such as hot water, refrigerator, air conditioning, and washrooms.

Truck Camper

the most compact, this type of RV is a perfect solution for anyone who owns a pickup truck. Designed to sit in the truck bed, it is easy and economical, at the same time providing the full benefits of a trailer including amenities as toilets, showers, kitchen facilities, and air conditioners

Toy Hauler

the most adventurous model, it does exactly what it says on the tin and allows you to bring your ‘toys’ to your favorite off-road destinations. Whatever your outdoor hobby, you can always take it with you as this hauler has enough room for an ATV, canoe, snowmobile, motorcycle, as well as a dirt bike and jet skis.

Why Luxury Trailer is a Wiser Choice Than an RV

As you can see, the offering of trailers is so diverse that you can easily find your perfect fit once you define your requirements. Are you plotting to take a year off and travel the world? Or is it going to be an unforgettable holiday or weekend? Are you a family of six or it’s just you and your loved one? There is no need to lower your sights as whatever your plans and ambitions, there is a model able to cater directly to your needs.

If you wonder why trailers and not self-powered RVs, here you have it – top reasons why a customized trailer is a far better choice.

Affordability and Reduced Costs

To start with, travel trailers are far less expensive to buy and as already mentioned, the most luxurious version fully tailored to your personal wishes will cost you a tiny part of what you would have to pay for a similarly styled RV. In addition to that, they are far less pricey when it comes to ownership and operation costs. Financing is a very important side of the story, right?

Versatility

Self-powered RVs are divided into three classes – A, B, and C, but if you are not a celebrity or lucky dude who inherited a fortune, chances are you won’t be able to afford a vehicle that suits your needs, at least not without a huge hole in your family budget. The diverse offering of trailers lets you pick the model that perfectly matches your desires, the size of your family, and your budget.

Fuel-Efficiency

Perhaps twenty years ago, it wasn’t a big deal, but today, fuel consumption is a significant factor for any vehicle. Of course, a trailer will add to the fuel consumption of your SUV, but it can’t be ever compared to that of a smaller RV.

If you are planning to hit the road and looking for an appropriate vehicle, a luxury trailer can be your sure bet. Not only will you get a fully tailored to your needs model at an affordable price, but also the one that nobody else has.

The post Why Choose Luxury Trailer over an RV appeared first on Travel Experta – Family Travel Blog.

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Sourced From: feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheTravelExperta/~3/GH3xGbHi5mA/why-choose-luxury-trailer-over-an-rv.html
Published Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:37:50 +0000

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Why Choose Luxury Trailer over an RV

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Even though trailers are technically a type of recreational vehicle or RV, people prefer to refer to them as a totally different thing. Well, if you think of it, you can see the logic – RVs have an engine that powers them while trailers have to be pulled by hitches. Of course, trailers and RVs have a lot in common, but the terms are not really interchangeable, hence shouldn’t be used this way.

While serving the same lofty purpose – to travel and enjoy the great outdoors having the comforts of home with you – trailers and RVs differ in many ways, and at this point, we’re getting closer to the long-standing dilemma of whether trailers are better than RVs or vise versa. There is no accounting for taste and as you have probably already guessed, both types of recreational vehicles have their pros and cons, as well as lots of devoted fans. So, which one is right for you? Let’s try to answer this question!

Is Popularity the Key?

It’s in human nature to do a bit of research before investing money, so the majority of people are sincerely interested to know which type of recreational vehicle is in high demand. Indeed, popularity is a good sign, which suggests that a certain product fulfills the expectations of a large number of users.

Travel trailers are arguably the most popular variant of RV’s on the market, and for a good reason. According to experts from Caravan Woods, they are versatile, fuel-efficient, easy to maintain, and, what’s most important, affordable. Four reasons, in fact, so far – and that’s just for starters. These hi-tech wonders come in endless sizes and with many amazing extras such as garages, rooftop patios, bay windows, fireplaces, offices, hideaway beds, expanding sides, and lowering roofs.

What’s more, today you have an opportunity to become an owner of a fully customized trailer, and the best thing of all is that even the most luxurious variant will cost you just a small fraction of what you would pay for a classic RV with similar amenities and functionalities. Should we wonder that more and more people opt for such an advantageous option?

Types of Trailers

Popularity is key, but on the other hand, something that works for other people doesn’t necessarily will work for you. That’s why it is very important to know your needs, set your priorities, squeeze them into your budget, and start looking for available options. Let’s take a look at the major types of trailers and their characteristics.

Travel Trailer

the most common type of RV, it features a broad range of designs to suit every lifestyle. A compact sweet home at heart, it can be towed by a car, SUV, or pick-up truck

Fifth Wheel Trailer

the most spacious RV available, it is towed by pickup trucks using a ‘fifth wheel’ hitch, hence the name. Comes in different sizes and can accommodate up to 8 people thanks to high ceilings and a split level design

Hybrid Trailer

the most affordable variant, it is a mix between a hard-sided travel trailer and a tent camping trailer. It is also lighter than other types and can be towed by the majority of minivans and SUVs.

Camping (or Pop-Up) Trailer

the most lightweight, this hard worker is compact in size and can be towed by virtually any car. Still, it provides plenty of living space and options such as hot water, refrigerator, air conditioning, and washrooms.

Truck Camper

the most compact, this type of RV is a perfect solution for anyone who owns a pickup truck. Designed to sit in the truck bed, it is easy and economical, at the same time providing the full benefits of a trailer including amenities as toilets, showers, kitchen facilities, and air conditioners

Toy Hauler

the most adventurous model, it does exactly what it says on the tin and allows you to bring your ‘toys’ to your favorite off-road destinations. Whatever your outdoor hobby, you can always take it with you as this hauler has enough room for an ATV, canoe, snowmobile, motorcycle, as well as a dirt bike and jet skis.

Why Luxury Trailer is a Wiser Choice Than an RV

As you can see, the offering of trailers is so diverse that you can easily find your perfect fit once you define your requirements. Are you plotting to take a year off and travel the world? Or is it going to be an unforgettable holiday or weekend? Are you a family of six or it’s just you and your loved one? There is no need to lower your sights as whatever your plans and ambitions, there is a model able to cater directly to your needs.

If you wonder why trailers and not self-powered RVs, here you have it – top reasons why a customized trailer is a far better choice.

Affordability and Reduced Costs

To start with, travel trailers are far less expensive to buy and as already mentioned, the most luxurious version fully tailored to your personal wishes will cost you a tiny part of what you would have to pay for a similarly styled RV. In addition to that, they are far less pricey when it comes to ownership and operation costs. Financing is a very important side of the story, right?

Versatility

Self-powered RVs are divided into three classes – A, B, and C, but if you are not a celebrity or lucky dude who inherited a fortune, chances are you won’t be able to afford a vehicle that suits your needs, at least not without a huge hole in your family budget. The diverse offering of trailers lets you pick the model that perfectly matches your desires, the size of your family, and your budget.

Fuel-Efficiency

Perhaps twenty years ago, it wasn’t a big deal, but today, fuel consumption is a significant factor for any vehicle. Of course, a trailer will add to the fuel consumption of your SUV, but it can’t be ever compared to that of a smaller RV.

If you are planning to hit the road and looking for an appropriate vehicle, a luxury trailer can be your sure bet. Not only will you get a fully tailored to your needs model at an affordable price, but also the one that nobody else has.

The post Why Choose Luxury Trailer over an RV appeared first on Travel Experta – Family Travel Blog.

By: Marina Villatoro
Title: Why Choose Luxury Trailer over an RV
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Published Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:37:50 +0000

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