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CruisePlus Compass

When we think of a traditional compass, we think of the tool that adventurers use in charting new paths as they explore new lands and make new discoveries. With that in mind, what better name to call our travel blog than the CruisePlus Compass; helping to guide you on your own journeys and to act as your travel companion with invaluable advice about the world we live in. Your adventure awaits!

29 Sep

CruisePlus Update – September 29

Greetings from beautiful Nanaimo, where we are enjoying a lovely fall day.  With fall in the air, many of us are longing for our winter vacations that are likely to be just a dream this year.  As this virus situation continues to wreak havoc, please continue to be safe. Here are some updates from this week… First off – Canada has extended the obligation to self-quarantine through October 31st.  I’d love to see us have access to rapid testing that would allow us to avoid this measure.  We are still under an...

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22 Sep

CruisePlus Update September 22

Hi, everyone, we hope you have had a great week! We are all working away, some trying to juggle the return to school and all of the changes that it has inspired this year.  At the same time, concerns about managing our health and economy are increasing.  But, there is some good news. The Healthy Sail Panel set up by Royal and Norwegian have put a proposal forward to the CDC.  It encompasses 74 points and can be easily found online. Click here for full information Cruising has resumed for some...

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16 Sep

CruisePlus Update September 16, 2020

If you are in the lower part of BC or AB, you may well be covered in smoke.  Our gorgeous coastline has virtually disappeared into the haze and many of us are trying to avoid being outdoors.  Yuck!  We can’t wait for this to be over and feel so much for our neighbours to the south that are dealing with the actual fires. CruisePlus Heads Up!  Do you have an FCC?  Don’t forget to use them by the book by date – for many this is December 31, 2020! Covid – 19 has...

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16 Jun

June 16th, 2020 Travel Update

A few thoughts from Dave at CruisePlus We started in the travel business in a very different world, back in 1991 when we began by chartering ships. Over the beginning years, we chartered 13 full ships, booking approx. 15,000 passengers on mainly Pacific Northwest sailings. This was a risky business, as we had to fill every bed on the ship on our own – but we managed to make it work every time.  Sometimes it was a squeaker!  We thought that our formula in the industry was our only path until one day...

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4 Jun

CruisePlus Update (June 4, 2020)

Hello, everyone!  We hope this finds you well. I’m not sure how everyone else is feeling, but this last few weeks have been tough on most of the people I know.  We’ve found it more difficult not have our friends, and the weight of bad news has been a heavier burden. In particular the news out of the US has been so tough to watch; likely we all have friends or family there. Best wishes to you if you are feeling the same; we hope that you are able to visit with...

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3 Jun

CruisePlus Update (May 27)

Another week goes by with a bit more optimism in our world of travel.  Most cruise lines and land operators believe we will see some departures in late 2020, but most feel like 2021, 2nd quarter and on is where we will see more normalcy. At this point, that’s looking like good news and let’s hope they are right! Destinations opening up very soon include Greece and Italy, amongst quite a number.  All destinations and accommodations, as well as air lines are busy formulating and formalizing safety plans if they have not already...

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29 Apr

April 29 Update

We hope you are happy and safely tucked in at home whenever possible. So here we all are, many weeks later and if you are like our team, it’s starting to feel like a movie we wish was over. But there is also so much to appreciate, and we are trying to focus on the positives. In many instances, that includes being able to have conversations with our lovely clients. Many of you are choosing this time to be extra kind, and we truly appreciate you!  We hope that you are also...

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13 Mar

Covid-19 Travel Update

We are all in this together! (and we are here for you) What we know now: All cruise lines have suspended operations in US ports as of March 14th and Canada is preparing to shut ports for an extended period of time, currently for ships of more than 500 passengers. Additionally there are advisories against international travel. Cruise bookings that fall during this suspension will be cancelled automatically, and each cruise line will publish their policy regarding refunds and or credits. You may have already received notification of this. Additionally, many of the...

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22 Aug

Silver Muse Tour: Viewing & Lunch in Vancouver

In July of 2019, CruisePlus Travel & Tours guest blogger Peter Frinton, who most recently reviewed his cruise with brother Dave on Seabourn’s Sojourn, embarked on a tour of Silversea’s Silver Muse while she was docked in Vancouver. This exclusive, invite-only, tour provided Peter with the opportunity to experience the service, décor, onboard amenities and food first-hand. The following is Peter’s impressions of his visit to the Silver Muse courtesy of Silversea Cruises. First Impressions - Silversea Pushes the Envelope For those that aren’t familiar, Silversea Cruises is a luxury cruise line...

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