Published September 7, 2017
Travel During Hurricane Irma
Please be advised that the Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory discouraging all travel to Guadeloupe, Sint Maarten, Puerto Rico, Saint-Barthemely, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla and Antigua, Barbuda and the Florida Keys due to adverse and dangerous weather conditions caused by Hurricane Irma. Additionally, Canadians are being told to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. As Hurricane Irma continues to travel up the eastern coast, more areas may be impacted by these warnings and it is extremely important to monitor conditions before considering travel to affected areas.
We have also been notified by our friends at Oceania Cruises that they will be closing their offices in Miami in advance of Hurricane Irma the afternoon of Thursday September 7, 2017. However, Oceania’s website will remain active as will their remote call center for booking or managing existing reservations.
For more information, please monitor the Government of Canada’s website for up-to-date travel advisories at https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories as well as local news agencies for the latest news on weather conditions.
Our thoughts and concerns are with the people affected by this horrific hurricane and we at CruisePlus encourage all those that will be or currnetly are affected to monitor local new outlets and follow the directions of local emergency services.
Published July 26, 2017
Enhanced Security for U.S. Bound Flights
As of July 19th, 2017, flying into the United States could take significantly longer as new enhance security measures have been put in place affecting all flights bound for the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security has indicated that it deems it necessary to implement these enhanced security measures for all flights bound for the United States and as a result, delays clearing security could be an issue.
Travelers are being advised to arrive at airports a minimum of 2 hours prior to scheduled departures to allow for the extra time it will take should additional screening be required.
Here are some of the new security measures you need to be aware of should you be flying into the U.S. from this point forward:
- All personal electronics should be charged as anything larger than a smart phone will be subject to further inspection and will be required to be powered cycled
- Protective cases and coverings for all electronic devices should be able to be easily removed and easily inspected and powered cycled. Any device not able to be accessed or power cycled will not be allowed past the security checkpoint
- It is advised that all metal objects (including coins, keys, belts with buckles, etc…) be removed and placed in the provide bins ahead of screening to expedite the security process and prevent triggering of alarms.
- Random selections of passengers and those that trigger alarms may be subjected to further screening that may include partial or full body pat downs, inspection of carry-on luggage, full body scans and even swabbing for explosive trace
- Travelers wearing head coverings (either for fashion, religious reasons or cultural custom) should be prepared to remove said coverings for X-ray screening and may be subject to further physical screening (which may be conducted in a private room if requested). Pat downs of head coverings will be carried out as wells as hand swabs to determine if there has been exposure to explosives.
- Homeland Security has also indicated that more canine screening will also be implemented under these new measures
For further information CruisePlus suggests that travelers flying into the U.S. visit the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) website http://www.catsa.gc.ca/breezethrough to stay up to date on potential changes to the enhanced security measures.
For even more information on travel advisories world-wide, please visit the Canadian Government’s official travel page https://travel.gc.ca/ for alerts and advisories.
*please note that the above information is to be taken as advice only and any information that is inaccurate or outdated. or any action taken by the reader based on the information provided, is not the responsibility of CruisePlus Management LTD.