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Luxury travel news this week: Coronavirus update

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to subscribe, please click here). This will also alert you to any other posts on the blog. Should you wish, you can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the icon again and selecting ‘unsubscribe’. Coronavirus may change your vacation plans, but it doesn’t have to ruin them Howard Clauser had big plans to visit the Galápagos Islands this week. But then the coronavirus outbreak happened and he needed a vacation rescue. “The tour operator canceled my trip,” says Clauser, a retired English teacher from Chicago. “I didn’t know what to do. I wasn’t ready to go home.” How to save his hard-earned vacation? That’s a common question as travel bans go into effect and flights, cruises and hotel reservations get canceled. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, the answer depends on where you are – and more importantly, who you are… [read more] How HNW travel companies are ‘finding ways to do their bit’ After all, it is mostly predicated on persuading people to fly thousands of miles emitting tonnes of carbon as they go, before they are able to embrace them with their particular form of luxury. Given the growing strength of feeling about the perils facing our planet, those of us who are still susceptible to the lures of foreign travel need to think more deeply about what can be done to mitigate the damage… [read more] The private jet industry wants its own coronavirus bailout As Congress considers a bailout package worth more than $50 billion for airlines, private luxury flight services want lawmakers to know they, too, want a piece of that money. The National Business Aviation Association, which represents private and corporate jet companies… [read more] It’s still not safe to board cruise stocks again It’s been a little more than a week since I wondered if it was safe to hop back on the cruise line stocks. Carnival Cruise Line (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK), Royal Caribbean International (NYSE:RCL), and Norwegian Cruise Line (NYSE:NCLH) were trading 62% to 67% below their 52-week highs, and it seemed as if there would eventually be a good time for opportunistic investors to play bottom-feeders and start nibbling on the lines… [read more] Under coronavirus house arrest? Here’s what travellers can do to satisfy their travel cravings The world is suffering from a problem that doesn’t have a solution yet and seems like it will definitely take some more time. To control the deadly Coronavirus from spreading further, the world population has been asked to stay at home for their own good as well as others’ safety. Almost all schools, colleges, offices, malls, gymnasiums, swimming pools and cinema halls across the globe have been ordered to shut down with immediate effect. Staying at home might be one of the best things for a lot of people but can you imagine the life of a traveller who is used to being on the go… [read more] We really enjoy hearing from our readers and would love to hear your views on any of these stories! Please click on the comments below and share your thoughts. Thank you. Have a story you’d like to share? Please contact us for details.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. One job that I’ve put off for about 30 years is sorting out my old format photographs from long gone holidays. They are falling out of albums that need some repairs. It’s a job that will bring back memories.

    As to my digital photos that’s far worse as they are on CDs, in cyberspace and on USBs. Its going to take some sorting but at last I’ve got the time.

  2. I’m a huge fan of cruises. I’m expecting some fantastic special offers and big reductions when it’s safe to travel again. What worries me is that some cruisers will have lost confidence after the lockdowns on cruises. On the positive side for the cruise companies most passengers will be wanting a balcony in case the worst happens. I wouldn’t buy those cruise company shares yet.

  3. I though the private jet industry were doing well. “Trip volume for Magellan, it reported, is up 70 percent in the first two weeks of March”. I know regular flights and airliners are suffering the blow big time and they do need bailing out otherwise when this coronavirus crisis does ease off, nobody will be able to travel because there will be no public aviation companies left. ‘Coronavirus house arrest’, that’s a good way of putting it. It’s actually a good time to travel online, to take virtual tours and make bucket lists and think of your future plans without setting anything in stone, so to speak. I think it will help keep our spirits up to do that too.

  4. As things shut down for the Coronavirus, I think it’s important to remember that these precautions are to protect the long-term of the travel industry’s future. It’s also maybe a wake-up call to remind ourselves how lucky we are to be able to travel anywhere in the world. Even now with lockdowns and cancellations, I’m seeing different things about the various regions of the world I never before considered. There is generosity out there and I hope it stays after all of this is over.

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