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Travel News: Airlines Remove Change Fees

One of the biggest announcements in the travel industry over the last week has been the four largest airlines removing change fees. This is in addition to many other regional airlines that have already reduced or removed change fees over the past several months.

For years, the only airline known for never charging change fees was Southwest Airlines.

Recently, due to the Covid crisis, JetBlue announced they would remove change fees through February 28, 2021.

But the four largest airlines were still not willing to waive their change fees – until now!

On August 30, United Airlines announced that they are eliminating change fees on all standard Economy and Premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, effectively immediately. In addition, travelers will not be limited in the number of times they change their flights.

Delta is also ditching change fees. On August 31, on the heels of United’s elimination of change fees, Delta announced that they too would be making travel with them more flexible and allowing travelers to change and cancel their travel plans with no extra fees.

American Airlines also announced on August 31 that they are making it more flexible to travel with them by dropping change fees for First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy, and Main Cabin tickets for all domestic and short-haul international flying, effective immediately.

Alaska Airlines also joined the no-change-fee club. The airline announced on September 1 that they were eliminating change fees permanently on all domestic and international tickets.

This is all very good news for travelers! As a reminder, every airline has certain rules and policies around the change fees, so make sure you check with each airline for all of the fine print.

Activities on the Norwegian Encore

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Norwegian Encore, is undoubtedly one of the coolest ships ever created. Let’s take a closer look at this exciting new ship, and highlight some of the innovative activities that make the Norwegian Encore stand out in a crowd.

Check out this short video from the Norwegian Encore’s inaugural sailing in November 2019:

 

Encore Speedway
Zoom around hairpin turns in excess of 20mph as you race for the checkered flag on a thrilling, two-level race track in the middle of the ocean.

Laser Tag
Get ready for an open-air laser tag battle of galactic proportions under the stars with family, friends, or fellow cruisers.

Galaxy Pavillion
Step inside a virtual world, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Immersive virtual reality experiences, thrilling simulator rides, and interactive video walls are just the beginning.

Favorite All-Inclusive Resort Brands

You may notice that here at Must Love Travel, we are often recommending all-inclusive resorts from specific resort brands. There are a few reasons we do this.

First and most importantly, it is because we find these resort brands are consistently providing amazing vacation experiences for our clients. The feedback is very positive, and many of our clients become so in love with a certain brand, they end up being loyal and only wanting to book that brand.

That leads to another reason we love certain resort brands — they all offer multiple resorts located throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, and even into Central America and Europe. This gives you the option to visit many places, trusting that your resort experience will be consistent, wherever you go.

Our Travel Advisors inspecting AMResorts in Punta Cana

The reason we are able to confidently recommend these brands is that we have researched, trained, toured, and personally stayed at all of these resorts. As Travel Advisors, we go on what we call “FAM trips”. FAM stands for “Familiarization”, meaning we are familiarizing ourselves with a specific resort brand in a certain destination. Our days are spent touring and inspecting resorts! That’s right, we will get on the bus at 7am, and may inspect as many as 8 or 9 resorts per day. At each resort, we inspect several different room categories, public spaces, spas, pools, children’s areas, and beaches.
I will share brief descriptions of our top resort brands below, and will also include the last time our Must Love Travel Advisors attended in-person site inspections. 

The last reason that we recommend these resort brands is because we have a personal relationship with each one of them. We have Business Development Managers who send us updated information, provide webinars and training, organize our FAM trips, offer our agency special promotions and deals, all while providing amazing customer service. We also have relationships with local representatives of each brand.

Let’s take a closer look at some of our favorite resort brands. And when you are ready to plan your next vacation, trust that your Must Love Travel Advisor will confidently recommend a resort that is perfect for your family.


AMResorts is a collection of ​all-inclusive ​luxury resort​ brands​ that offers sun-soaked beaches, elegant accommodations, a world-class spa, gourmet dining, unlimited premium drinks, and many other pampering amenities.​ ​AMResorts are located throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and even Europe. AM Resorts has nine different resort brands with a combination of Adult-Only and Family-Friendly options.
Must Love Travel Advisors most recent in-person site inspection – April 2019 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Karisma Resorts is a collection of all-inclusive luxury resort brands known for their unique Gourmet Inclusive experience, located throughout the Caribbean and Mexico. Karisma Resorts has nine different resort brands with a combination of Adult-Only and Family Friendly options.
Must Love Travel Advisors most recent in-person site inspection – December 2019 in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Sandals Resorts are all-inclusive luxury resorts located throughout the Caribbean, and they specialize in romance. Sandals Resorts are best for couples looking to spend time together and reconnect. Sandals Resorts were also some of the first to offer professionally trained personal butlers for their guests.
Must Love Travel Advisors most recent in-person site inspection – November 2019 in the Bahamas

Must Love Travel Director Laura touring Beaches Turks & Caicos

Beaches Resorts are all-inclusive luxury resorts located on two islands in the Caribbean, and they focus on multi-generational family vacations. They have two resorts in Jamaica, and their most popular resort is located in Turks and Caicos. Beaches Resorts offer children’s activities and programming for every age group, including babies, and partner with the Sesame Street characters.
Must Love Travel Advisors most recent in-person site inspection – December 2019 in Turks and Caicos

 

Must Love Travel Advisors touring Moon Palace Jamaica

Palace Resorts are all-inclusive resorts located throughout the Caribbean and Mexico. There is a combination of family-friendly resorts, and resorts for Adults-Only. The focus is on FUN at Palace Resorts!
Must Love Travel Advisors most recent in-person site inspection – January 2020 in Jamaica

 

 

All of our 2020 FAM trips scheduled after January 2020 were cancelled due to Covid. We are in the processing of rescheduling, so you can rest assured that as soon as we can, we will be back out there researching for you!

The History of Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa is a blend of a tropical beach vacation with just the right amount of Disney magic. But do you know the history of this beautiful Resort? Check it out!

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa is located in Ko’Olina, which is on the beautiful island of O’ahu, Hawai’i. ​The creation of Aulani was centered around a hand in hand collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineers and local artisans and cultural experts. Aulani was inspired by the natural wonders and rich traditions of Hawai’i and was designed to celebrate the beauty, history, and welcoming spirit of the island.​

​Aulani sits on 21 oceanfront acres​ in Ko’Olina​, nestled between verdant mountains and serene ocean waters. ​You​ are​ removed from the crowds of Waikiki, yet close enough to enjoy the wonders of the island​ of O’ahu.​

“Ko Olina” means “Place of Joy.” Part of an original royal land division, Ko Olina was once a sacred area for Hawaiian monarchs and leaders to rest and unwind. Today, the area is an inviting vacation destination for those seeking relaxation.

“Aulani” means “messenger of a chief.” ​As a guest of Aulani, you will have the opportunity to discover the legends of the Hawaiian islands.

Imaginatively designed to embrace time-honored traditions, Aulani Resort offers an array of Hawaiian-inspired experiences, including:

  • Contemporary Hawaiian art and design throughout the Resort
  • World-class entertainment, including fireside storytelling, movie nights under the stars, and visits from Disney Characters
  • Hawaiian activities and crafts, including hula and lei-making classes
  • Island excursions, from surf lessons to hiking and more

If you are looking for a luxurious beach vacation, and just can’t get enough of that Disney magic, Aulani Resort is the perfect vacation.

A closer look at Dreams Resorts and Spas

We often look at individual Resorts to give you an idea of what each resort offers. Today I want to take a more overall look at the Dreams Resorts & Spas. Each resort is unique in some way, but overall as a Resort brand, the Dreams Resorts are known and loved in the travel industry as being a consistent and positive vacation experience.

Dreams Resorts & Spas ​are a collection of 18 family-friendly Resorts, each offering a high level of luxury in ideal beachfront settings throughout Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, and Curacao.

​Every Dreams Resort includes Unlimited-Luxury​,​ where everything is included:

  • Limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required
  • Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits
  • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
  • 24-hour room and concierge services
  • Pool and beach wait service
  • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water, and beer
  • Daily maid service
  • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment
  • Theme parties, oceanfront bars, and entertainment venues
  • No wristbands required
  • All taxes and​ gratuities
  • Free Wi-Fi

Spacious rooms and suites, graciously appointed and luxuriously equipped provide a picture-perfect vacation experience with welcoming service and romantic inclusions. ​Choose from oceanfront suites, suites with swim-up access to the pool, or even private pools.

The kids will enjoy ​The Explorer’s Club​, and the Teens will enjoy the Core Zone Teens Club, both providing supervised day and evening activities. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind that the staff is Red Cross certified. Activities range from climbing walls, water sports, waterslides, and indoor and outdoor activities. There is even a supervised beach campfire at select Dreams Resorts.

 

 

All of the Dream Resorts are beautiful​ and​ provide a lovely setting for a wedding, honeymoon, romantic getaway, or family vacation.​ ​So to sum up — Dreams Resorts are perfect for everyone!

Book Future Travel with Peace of Mind

The Travel Industry is slowly starting to reopen. Many Caribbean islands are welcoming back travelers, airlines are starting to offer more flights, and domestic travel is at an all-time high!

Now is a great time to book future travel, as many cruise lines, all-inclusive resorts, and tour operators are offering amazing deals for travel in 2021, all with very flexible change and cancellation policies.

Take a look at how some of our favorite suppliers are protecting your future travel plans to offer complete peace of mind when booking your next vacation. Contact your Must Love Travel Planner for complete booking details.

Cruising

All of the major cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, Carnival, Viking, AmaWaterways, and more…) have announced Flexible Booking and Cancellation Policies. This allows you to book your future cruise now, with the ability to move your sail date, sometimes as close as 15 days prior to sailing.

All-Inclusive Resorts

Many of our favorite All-Inclusive Resort brands have announced flexible “Peace of Mind” policies, along with detailed Cleaning Standards for current and future vacation dates.​ ​Some of our favorite brands are Karisma Resorts, who will allow you to change travel dates or cancel up to 48 hours before arrival (*new bookings). and AMResorts, who have implemented an impressive CleanComplete Verification 360-Degree Safety & Hygiene Protocols, elevating their standards of quality and cleanliness. 

Walt Disney World

The Walt Disney World Resort has offered incredibly flexible change and cancellation policies to existing reservations. For existing and new bookings, you have until 7 days prior to arrival to change your dates without penalty.

When the Theme Parks and Resorts reopened in July, Disney implemented a thorough checklist of new policies and procedures to keep guests safe. As the Resorts and Theme Parks have now been open for a few months, it’s clear Disney has been doing a great job of keeping their guests safe and happy, and with plenty of Disney Magic.

Welcome to AmaWaterways

If you aren’t familiar with River Cruising, you are in for a surprise! River Cruising is very different from Ocean Cruising. The ships are small, making the onboard experience more intimate and boutique. You will visit incredible cities and villages in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

If you are new to River Cruising, a great place to start is AmaWaterways. Take a few minutes to enjoy the video below, giving you a wonderful overview of River Cruising, and how AmaWaterways connects with their guests so that every mile of your river cruise experience becomes one of your most cherished memories.

 

Want to learn more about river cruising with AmaWaterways? Contact your Must Love Travel Planner today!

A Closer Look at Secrets Cap Cana Resort and Spa

Perfectly situated in the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana you will find Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa, located on Juanillo Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic.

As Travel Planners, we have the pleasure of constantly touring beautiful All-Inclusive Resorts all over the Caribbean. We do this to learn more about each Resort, the area, the island…as much information as we can to help provide our clients with the best recommendations for their vacations.

I had the pleasure of personally touring Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa, and I was completely blown away by the level of luxury and class that Secrets Cap Cana offers. But what really blew me away was the BEACH. We actually went down and walked on the beach because it was so large and so stunning, which is not very common on resort tours, as we usually only look at the beach from a distance.

Whether you are a couple looking for romance or a group of friends looking to have fun together, and you want an amazing Adult-Only, All-Inclusive resort experience on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic, Secrets Cap Cana is a perfect choice.

Let’s take a closer look at Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa. And if this inspires you to book your own tropical vacation, contact your Must Love Travel Planner! We are always happy to help plan your dream vacation.

RESORT OVERVIEW

Perfectly situated in the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana, Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa brings the highest level of luxury to the crystal blue waters and magnificent sugar-sand Juanillo Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. Luxe and superior, Secrets Cap Cana is the epitome of luxury with 457 suites adorned with sophisticated Caribbean furnishings, gourmet dining, top-shelf spirits, 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bar, and close proximity to the unique pleasures of Cap Cana – a protected harbor marina, a renowned fishery, thrilling excursions, and Punta Espada golf course, designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Preferred Club Bungalow Oceanview

When staying at Secrets Cap Cana, you will be treated to Unlimited-Luxury at one of the 457 nonsmoking suites offering such amenities as 24-hour room service and a daily refreshed mini-bar. Enjoy the view with suites overlooking either tropical views, pool views, or a gorgeous white sand beach.

 

Upgrade your experience by booking a Preferred Club suite! The Preferred Club suites are surprisingly affordable and offer upgraded amenities including:

  • Personalized check-in and check-out with concierge service
  • Preferred status and amenities
  • Preferred Club Lounge
  • One private, Preferred Club pool
  • Upgraded bath amenities
  • Pillow menu
  • Upgraded mini-bar and room service menu
  • Daily continental breakfast service and lunch at the Rosewater Restaurant
  • Pool concierge & bar service
  • Afternoon hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, exquisite desserts and fine liquors in the lounge
  • Complimentary newspaper in room every day by request
  • Oceana restaurant open for a la carte breakfast for Preferred Club guests only. (Based on occupancy levels)
  • Preferred Club private beach area

Preferred Club Oceanview

DINING

Portofino – Italian Cuisine

Secrets Cap Cana offers ten gourmet dining options – seven à la carte restaurants (two of which are located on the beach), one buffet, one grill, and a café, where reservations are never required. Secrets Cap Cana provides a culinary adventure serving regional favorites from around the world in a fresh interpretation. You will also find 6 bars and lounges, serving top-shelf spirits and premium brand domestic and international beverages, ranging from swim-up to a music lounge.

As part of the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury, guests of Secrets Cap Cana will have the chance to ​”​Sip, Savor & See​”​ at all Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now, and Sunscape Resorts & Spas in the region. Enjoy dinner and live entertainment at participating sister properties including sipping complimentary cocktails, savoring delicious cuisine at the restaurant of your choice, and the opportunity to see that evening’s entertainment.

ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT

Secrets Cap Cana offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities, water sports, and entertainment, including:

Beach volleyball • Pool tables • Aerobics • Dance classes • Spanish classes • Big screen movies on the beach • Golf nearby • Water aerobics • Non-motorized water sports • Introductory scuba lesson in the pool • Sailing • Windsurfing • Kayaks • Fishing • Snorkeling • Hobie cats • Indoor theatre featuring live shows and nightly entertainment • Nightly outdoor entertainment • Theme nights • Weekly cocktail reception with executive team • Theme nights weekly by the theater (pool and beach if weather permitting)

SECRETS SPA BY PEVONIA

Couples Massage

The world-class Secrets Spa by Pevonia will offer innovative treatments that combine both indigenous and modern techniques for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Offering a variety of body treatments, massages, and facials to invigorate the senses, stimulate the body, and refresh the mind. Spa ​services include:

  • Massage room for couples offering relaxing hydrotherapy tub
  • Single rooms for massage therapies with a private washroom and hydro massage shower
  • Salon offering hair wash stations and haircut and styling services
  • Outdoor Common Area
  • Hydrotherapy areas with a dynamic pool & iced plunge pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room

A closer look at Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Ideally located on its very own peninsula, Sandals Grande St. Lucian is often described as the “closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard.” Cradled to the west by Rodney Bay – boasting the calmest waters in all of Saint Lucia – and to the east by the majestic Atlantic Ocean, this magnificent resort showcases awe-inspiring panoramic views of the ocean, mountains, and the island of Martinique’s distant shores.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian is home to 311 magnificently furnished rooms and suites offering ocean views on both sides of the resort, including exquisite over-the-water honeymoon butler bungalows. Choose a Rondoval Suites to experience tropical elegance and seclusion with your own private pool, whirlpool, and hammock, or choose a Lagoon swim-up room with direct pool access from the patio.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian offers exchange privileges with Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa in St. Lucia and Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia. You can enjoy access to even more luxurious amenities and a total of Twenty-seven Five Star Global Gourmet options to choose from. 

Sandals Grande St. Lucian is approximately 6 miles Northwest of the city of Castries, on a causeway between Pigeon Island and Rodney Bay. The resort will provide transfers from both the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) , approximately 40 miles (1 hour 30 minutes) away, and George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU), which is 6 miles (20 minutes) away.

Contact your Must Love Travel Planner for more information on Sandals Grande St. Lucian or any other exquisite Sandals Resort.

Enjoy great savings on a Walt Disney World vacation package this fall and holiday season!

Walt Disney World is open and ready to welcome you back to the Magic! If you are excited to get back to the Most Magical Place on Earth to enjoy the fall or holiday season, or you just want to experience the parks with lower crowds, now is a great time to go!

This past week, Disney released 3 separate offers, all with deep discounts on hotels and park tickets. Let’s take a look at the details of each offer, all of which are available for stays most nights September 4 through December 25, 2020, when you book through December 25, 2020.

With Disney’s new “Magic is Here” offer, you can save up to $500 on a 4-night/4-day Walt Disney Travel Company room and ticket package at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts can save up to $500, select Moderate Resorts can save up to $250, and select Value Resorts can save up to $100.

If you’re a resident of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia, you can save up to 30% on Rooms at select Disney Resort Hotels. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts can save up to 30%, select Moderate Resorts can save up to 25%, and select Value Resorts can save up to 20%. Proof of residency is required at check-in.

If you’re a Florida Resident, you can save up to 35% on Rooms at select Disney Resort Hotels. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts can save up to 35%, select Moderate Resorts can save up to 30%, and select Value Resorts can save up to 25%. Florida Residents must provide proof of residency at check-in.

Florida Residents also receive additional savings on Theme Park Tickets with the “Disney Magic Flex Ticket”. Keep in mind, the dates these tickets can be used is very limited. 2-Day Tickets cost $130 plus tax and must be used by September 30, 2020. 3-Day Tickets cost $174 plus tax and must be used by December 18, 2020 (blackout dates apply). 4-Day Tickets cost 195 plus tax and must be used by December 18, 2020 (blackout dates apply). “Disney Magic Flex Tickets” are valid for Florida Residents only. When using these tickets, proof of residency is required to enter each park.

As a special bonus, you’ll enjoy added peace of mind when booking any of these offers! If your plans change, any Disney-imposed change and cancellation fees will be waived up to the date of check-in for reservations with arrivals through December 31, 2020. See Important Details.

Contact your Must Love Travel Planner to book your next Disney vacation!

Adventures by Disney – Italy

Do you have Bucket List travel dreams? I sure do – and I was able to check a big one off my list after experiencing Italy with Adventures by Disney.

Any time you travel outside of the country, it can be a bit intimidating. Disney takes that fear away, as they meet you right outside of Customs at the airport. They even had my luggage ready for me!

We were whisked away to our 5-star hotel, The Gran Melia in Rome, where we met our 2 Adventure Guides. Every Adventures by Disney Tour includes 2 Adventures Guides – a local expert, and an American guide. Together they make the entire experience seamless.

Our tour started right away, with special backstage passes at the Coliseum. We were allowed onto the actual stage where the gladiators fought. It was incredible!

All along the way, you are given backstage, front-of-the-line, VIP passes everywhere you go. The highlight of Rome for me was getting a special after-hours, private tour of the Vatican Museum, which concluded with a private tour of the Sistine Chapel. And Shhhhhh don’t tell anyone, but they even let us take pictures (normally this is forbidden!).

After Rome, we took off for Tuscany, which is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to. Don’t get freaked out by being on a bus – it is an AWESOME bus, and the Guides do a great job of keeping everyone entertained on the longer stretches. Although, there are hardly any long rides. Everything is always broken up with more Adventures. For example, on our drive to Tuscany, we stopped for lunch at the medieval town of Orvietto and had a beautiful lunch on the top of the countryside.

Checking in to our Tuscan Hotel was a dream. They had a private courtyard waiting for us, with delicious food and prosecco. We all nibbled on cheese and enjoyed our wine while our Adventure Guides got us checked in to the hotel.

The highlight of my entire Tuscan Adventure was the day spent at Sara’s Farm. We received a special tour, met some of Sara’s lovely family members, enjoyed a private pasta-making class with Sara, and wined and dined outdoors while enjoying a delicious lunch and wine tasting, all while overlooking the rolling hills of Tuscany. It was just delightful!

Venice began with a Gondola ride, which was made even more special with the addition of a singer and accordion player, who were right in my Gondola. It was so beautiful!

If you want to feel completely immersed in the culture, and experience everything like a VIP rock star – Adventures by Disney is the best!

Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, by AMResorts

Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts offer each guest the highest level of luxury with the Endless Privileges experience in unique boutique havens. Providing the utmost attention to detail, each resort boasts unmatched lavish accommodations filled with unique design elements and exquisite views, and an array of personalized services.

Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts are characterized by unequaled holistic and wellness experiences combined with socially responsible practices, expressive architecture, and exceptional service in harmonious, natural environments.

There are 4 Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, located in 3 Caribbean destinations:

Mexico

 

  • Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya
  • Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun

Dominican Republic

  • Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana 

Jamaica

  • Zoëtry Montego Bay Jamaica

If you are looking to completely unwind and recharge, Zoëtry Resorts and Spas are a perfect choice!

Seven Seas Marina at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

If you are looking for a unique, and surprisingly affordable, way to experience the Walt Disney World Resort, consider renting a private boat! Private boat rentals are available at both the Epcot Area and Magic Kingdom Area Resorts. I recommend renting a boat from one of the Magic Kingdom Resorts, as there is so much more to see on the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake.

The Seven Seas Marinna at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort offers multiple types of small boat rentals for 2 – 10 guests. The 8 – 10 passenger boats can also include a driver if you’d prefer to just sit back and enjoy the experience. 

I recently spent one-night after a Disney Cruise at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and we decided we did not want to do a park but rather spend the day simply enjoying our Resort and all it has to offer.  After a few hours at the pool, we decided to rent a 2-person Sea Racer from the Seven Seas Marina and spent about an hour and a half exploring the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake.

This was a very special way of seeing the Monorail Resorts on the Seven Seas Lagoon, but my favorite was sailing past Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and exploring Bay Lake. If you aren’t familiar, Bay Lake sits behind the Contemporary Resort and is where Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground is located.

We were able to get an up-close look at the new Cabins built for Copper Creek at Wilderness Lodge. You can see these Cabins from the water taxi, but it was nice to take it at our own pace and get really close.

There’s plenty of active fish and game warden’s out on the lakes at all times, making sure everyone is staying safe. And when that giant ferry comes through, they certainly make sure all of the smaller boats stay out of the way!

Our hour and a half experience cost about $80, and was worth every penny! It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon outside of the parks. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

View of Grand Floridian from the water

Domestic Travel: Flying American Airlines

The Travel Industry is currently in an extremely fluid state, where the rules change often, sometimes overnight. In an attempt to stay on top of it all, we’re going to take a closer look at current policies and keep you posted as guidelines and travel restrictions continue to evolve.

Today we’ll take a closer look at what you will experience when flying domestic on American Airlines. Keep in mind, this was one person’s experience on a short 1.5-hour flight. Longer flights may have different procedures in place.

This information was documented on August 7 – 10, 2020.

Airport #1: Reagan National Airport (DCA)

Airport #2: T.F. Green Airport (PVD)

At TSA Security, there were markers on the ground for social distancing in line. Masks are required and worn by all TSA employees. Liquids were allowed to remain in your bags when going through screening. The airports were quiet. Not all of the shops and restaurants were open. (For my New Englanders out there, rest assured that Dunkin Donuts WAS OPEN!)

At the American Airlines gate, social distancing signs were present, but seats were not spaced or blocked off. These flights were not full, so passengers waiting were able to space themselves out. Boarding was slower and in smaller groups.

Hand sanitizer was given to every passenger. There was no food or beverage service onboard. The flights were not full, so once onboard, passengers were able to move their seats to give everyone their own row. This may not be possible on all flights, as many American flights have been full. Masks are required the entire time you are boarding, in-flight, and deplaning.

 

 

 

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