Holidays 2021: TravelSupermarket reveals the best value locations for next year

Holidays this year may happen later than usual due to ongoing travel restrictions and bans in the UK and abroad. While most holidaymakers usually take a summer break in July and August, many are looking at September and October breaks. Holiday price comparison site, TravelSupermarket looked at the bookings made on its site over the past month to identify what the most popular future depart month is and what destinations are the best value for money.


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Although October 2020 is the most popular future departure month to search for a package holiday, many are being more cautious and actually booking in April and May 2021.

Emma Coulthurst from TravelSupermarket said that the pandemic has changed people’s attitudes towards booking a holiday.

She said: “Who would have thought that the most popular times to book a holiday in May 2020 would be in a year’s time.

“But that is what the pandemic is currently doing to people’s booking patterns.

“Quarantines and the current FCO restriction on anything but essential travel mean that people are holding back on booking for this year compared with next year”.

TravelSupermarket also looked at all the prices and clicks on its site to see which destinations were the best value for holidays in Easter and May next year.

And it may not come as a surprise to most, but Spain is the best value.

Despite the country being hit hard by the coronavirus, it still remains a cheap favourite among travellers.

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Majorca, Malta, the Costa del Sol, Ibiza and Menorca are the top five best value package holiday spots.

Meanwhile, Lanzarote, Zante, the Algarve, the Costa Blanca and Gran Canaria make up the next five.

Those looking for self-catering may want to look at destinations in Turkey, with hot posts like Marmaris and Antalya being the best value.

Ms Coulthurst added: “We know that there is a pent-up desire to travel.

“We’re seeing people searching for holidays later in the year, October being the most popular month to look for a holiday.

“As the picture becomes clearer on the exact health protocols put in place at airports and on airlines and whether our Govt and countries will let us travel, more people are likely to book for this year.

“Currently, though, we’re seeing more Brits hedging their bets on holidays next year.”

Ms Coulthurst also said that cheap package holidays may be the best bet if you want to make sure your money remains protected.

She continued: “There are some really good prices out in the market, if you’re prepared to take the leap and book.

“It is nearly always a lot cheaper to go away at Easter than it is at May half term as a family as the weather is not as reliable but the money which you save can make it attractive.

“A package holiday is financially protected under ATOL and the Package Travel Regulations 2018.

“This means that if anything goes wrong with your holiday, you will be looked after and be entitled to your money back if the holiday doesn’t go ahead.”

The travel expert also said that while package holidays are reliably cheap and offer great value for money, people’s attitudes may change due to the coronavirus.

She concluded: “All-inclusive has been Brits’ favourite package holiday board type for a few years now.

“However, with the pandemic, self-catering options are likely to become more popular”.

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Portugal holiday: Do you have to self isolate if you go to Portugal? UK on brink of deal

Portugal is a popular holiday destination for Britons. Government officials are in talks with Portugal to create an air-bridge which would enable Britons to enjoy a summer holiday abroad. takes a look at what this means for you and your holiday plans.

Portugal declared a state of emergency on March 18.

As of April 30, the Portuguese Government announced the transition to a state of public calamity and the implementation of a three-stage de-escalation plan to gradually ease current confinement and mobility measures.

Starting from May 4, each stage of the plan will last two weeks.


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The Foreign Commonwealth Office travel advice page reads: “As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

“Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.

“If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.

“Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.”

However, the Government is now in talks with Portugal about creating an air bridge which would enable holidaymakers to avoid having to self-isolate upon their return.

The air bridge would allow people to visit the country without quarantining for 14 days upon their return which will be the rule from June 8.

It was revealed this week a restriction-free travel deal could be brokered with the Portuguese before any other country when the blanket quarantine measures are eventually relaxed.

Other countries including Greece have expressed interest in striking a similar deal to enable UK visitors this year.

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Currently, from June 8 all visitors from countries outside the UK must self-isolate for 14 days.

Failure to comply with these rules risk a fine of £1,000.

This risk and the global pandemic will likely prevent many Britons from travelling abroad.

However, the Government is working on plans to ultimately relax its restrictions in favour of more focused “air bridges” which would allow Britons to travel to and from countries with low coronavirus rates and avoid quarantine.

The quarantine in place for other countries will be reviewed at the end of June and then every three weeks after that time.

Portugal has confirmed 31,007 cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began, of which, 1,342 people have died.

This is just a fraction of neighbouring Spain’s figures at more than 280,000 infected and 27,155 dead.

The Foreign Minister told Reuters Portugal had requested additional information after the British quarantine decision.

It said: “Given the relevant reciprocal interests, the foreign ministry is confident that it will be possible to agree a solution that meets these interests, especially concerning the coming summer season.”

Several airlines have announced tentative plans to ramp up their operations from July.

Ryanair confirmed on Tuesday it would operate around 1,000 flights a day predominantly around northern Europe from July 1 which is equivalent to 40 percent of its total schedule.

Easyjet is due to resume flights from UK airports from June 15, but the only international route will be between Gatwick and Nice, France.

Travel company TUI is planning to resume flights to main holiday destinations in Europe by the end of June.

British Airways has said it is planning a “meaningful return to service” in July, subject to restrictions being eased. and Jet2holidays have announced plans to resume flights and holidays on July 1.

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Holidays 2020: Britons could be jetting off to these destinations in time for summer

Holidays have been put on hold and lockdown measures around the world persist. Now, there seems to be a glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel, as popular airlines gear up to restart flights and the government works to develop relationships with countries which will make international travel safer after the pandemic.


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Yet, with varying border restrictions around the world, the future of travel looks uncertain for Britons.

Luckily, Jon Thorne, Director of User Satisfaction at Skyscanner, shared an insight into some of the destinations which Britons may be able to get back to in time for summer.

The UK government recently revealed plans to impose a mandatory 14-day quarantine on people entering the UK from abroad.

However, those rules will not apply to those arriving from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

This, Mr Thorne says, will make those neighbouring countries “attractive propositions for British travellers planning summer adventures.”

He also highlighted how potential “travel bubbles” could mean more European getaways in the near future.

“Officials at Heathrow Airport, the UK’s largest airport, have called on the government to open travel bubbles between the UK and other nations, most likely European and Schengen countries,” he explained.

“This would remove the need for quarantine and allow for more control over international movement.”

The UK government is in talks with other countries about the potential of opening up travel routes where cases of infection are low and controlled.

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“As they look ahead to the summer, nations around the world are discussing new travel alliances,” continues Mr Thorne.

“These ‘travel bubbles’, also called ‘travel corridors’ aim to allow passage between two or more countries without the need to quarantine.

“Three Baltic states, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia recently announced Europe’s first travel bubble.

“However, anyone entering from outside of these three nations will still need to quarantine for 14-days.”

Many European countries have already voiced their desire to welcome back British tourists as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Spanish Government officially confirmed that the country’s 14-day quarantine rule for international holidaymakers arriving into the country will cease on July 1, with Britons included.

Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez told people to “start planning their holidays” as national tourism would begin, followed by international holidays in July.


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He added: “There will be a tourist season this summer.

“Spain needs tourism and tourism needs security at origin and security at the destination.

“From now, foreign tourists can plan their vacations in our country.”

For travellers who hope to start planning their next escape, Mr Thorne says current cancellation policies on offer from travel providers could be key.

“Safety, is of course, paramount in many people’s minds,” he said.

“Many travellers are taking advantage of the airlines and hotels who are offering their most flexible cancellation policies ever and booking international travel for later this year and early next.”

He added that while there will undoubtedly be concerns regarding the virus moving forward, travel operators are working to ensure the safety of holidaymakers and staff.

“While it’s impossible to remove airborne pathogens completely, airlines have been finding new and better ways to keep the air onboard their flights clean for decades,” he added.

“It’s not just coronavirus that HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters combat.

“Heathrow airport, the UK’s largest airport, is using thermal cameras to detect travellers with higher than normal temperatures, a symptom of COVID-19. The technology and measures being taken at airports across the world are far more stringent and advanced than ever before.

“Airports and airlines are still asking travellers to bring their own face masks, an important thing to consider when packing for your trip.”

Airlines including easyJet, Ryanair and Jet2 have all outlined plans to resume holidays as of July, with new hygiene measures in place for passengers and crew.

Airports, such as Heathrow are also trialling safety measures to test and trace passengers who show symptoms of COVID-19.

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Covid 19 coronavirus: How to ease your kids back into school

After eight weeks of pillow forts, pyjama days and daytime movies, going back to school is a shock to the system – for children and parents. The kids are learning to pack a school bag again and the adults are re-learning the art of putting together a daily lunchbox. Everyone is adjusting to the familiar and unmissed madness of the morning rush.

As we’ve heard one billion times now, these are unprecedented times. So take a breath, slow down and give yourself a break. Here are five tips on how to take this one step at a time.

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1. Go easy on yourself

As Tom Papa says, you’re doing great! Mornings when you’re hustling a kid out the door are always busy, rushed and stressful. Saying no to playing with your kid after two months of leisurely mornings sucks, so take it easy on both of you – don’t worry about the toothpaste on their chin or the mismatched socks. It doesn’t matter if the lunchbox is full of packaged food while you get back into the swing of things. Fed and dressed is enough for this week.

2. Don’t project your worries on to them

Feeling anxious? That’s catchy. Negative emotions are just as contagious as positive ones, so if you’re feeling a bit weird about your kid returning to school, keep a lid on it. They may be champing at the bit to see their friends again and there’s no need to dampen that enthusiasm. Children are well attuned to adult emotions, so resolve to keep your anxiety away from them.

If your child is experiencing feelings of worry around being in crowds again – if they seem withdrawn, they’re not sleeping well, if they have physical manifestations such as tummy aches or they’re old enough to express their concerns vocally – talk to them with empathy and honesty. It’s vital to acknowledge that their feelings are valid – this has been one of the strangest times of all of our lives – and that’s discombobulating for the best of us.

3. Ease back into the routine

It’s such a cliche but it’s true. Kids thrive on routine. Structure is safe and reassuring and helps them to understand the boundaries. But routine went out the window at midnight on March 25, when suddenly we were all up in each other’s grills, 24/7. How do you enforce getting dressed when you’re not leaving the house all day? What’s the use of set meal times when you’re staring into the fridge twice an hour?

Now we’re heading out into this new world, routine must return – but slowly. Perhaps this week you focus on getting back to reasonable bedtimes and next week you enforce daily bed-making. There’s no need to rush it.

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Safest countries to visit once travel bans are lifted – but will they let you in?

Holidays are not necessarily at the top of most people’s priority lists at present, but many are still taking the time to plan and dream about their next holiday abroad. While current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice states that travelling abroad is not permitted unless it is “essential”, Ryanair’s recent plans to begin flights as early as July has sparked hope for some Britons looking for a holiday. But like many other airlines, plans to restart operations cannot go ahead until FCO advice changes.


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Home Secretary Priti Patel announced on Friday that from June 8 the UK Government will be enforcing 14-day quarantine rules for travellers flying in from abroad, further darkening the outlook of the travel and tourism sector.

Other countries such as Spain, New Zealand and China are also imposing such quarantine measures, with some already in place. 

The new rules could put an end to weekend breaks in Andalusia, and cheap, week-long package deals in Benidorm as customers face the reality of having to book off potentially weeks to accommodate for a short break.

But for those looking ahead to the distant future of travel, these are the locations that may well be the safest.

Travel risk expert Lloyd Figgins spoke exclusively to about the safest places to visit once lockdown has been lifted, and the risks to consider when you travel.

Mr Figgins is Chairman of the Travel Risk & Incident Prevention (TRIP), which is an independent think-tank dedicated to improving knowledge, education and awareness of travel risk management.

He’s also the author of The Travel Survival Guide and often provides commentary in the media.

“We need to look at infection rates of the countries you’re travelling to,” he began.

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He continued: “But not just infection rates. You need to have a look at the health system of the country that you’re visiting and what strain that may also be under due to infection rates.

“When we look at those countries who have not necessarily been impacted in the same ways, you would be looking at places like Singapore, you would be looking at Australia, you would be looking at New Zealand where they’ve had much lower infection rates.

“And certainly lower fatality rates.”

Mr Figgins warned that those countries with lower case rates may be unwilling to allow Britons to visit so soon.

He added: “The problem with those countries is that they want to keep their citizens as safe as possible so they’re unlikely to let people from infected countries or badly impacted countries travel to their shores.

“And that is the problem that we have.”

But the travel risk expert was also hopeful, explaining that there were some “badly impacted countries” that would be opening to tourists soon.

He added: “However, we are seeing some of those countries that were badly impacted opening up.

“Italy will be opening its borders very shortly. We are seeing Greece is opening some of its tourist attractions.

“Where you have these economies that are reliant on tourism, they are very keen to get the sights and resorts open as quickly as possible.

“But the one thing that we must bring into this equation is that everybody has their own individual risk appetite. You will always get your early adopters who will jump on the first aircraft they can when they’re allowed to, but for a lot of people consumer confidence in travel is very, very low at the moment.

“I think it’s imperative the industry takes these small steps in order to try and get that consumer confidence back.”

The TRIP Group was established in 2017 and now has more than 500 member organisations worldwide including Corporations, NGOs, Government Departments, Higher Education and Travel & Tourism.

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These must-have luggage items will protect future passengers – but don’t get caught out

Flights may be grounded around the world right now as individual countries pursue varying levels of lockdown, however, there is some hope ahead as airports and airlines begin to put forward ideas for resuming travel while ensuring passengers stay safe. Experts have suggested precautions travellers can take themselves, as well as the airlines.


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Having been trapped in lockdown for nine weeks now, many Britons are eager to jet off as soon as possible, according to data from Skyscanner.

The travel experts found that more than a quarter of the nation remain confident in air travel, saying they will travel “more than ever”.

Meanwhile, operators such as Wizz Air have already resumed some flights, and Irish-carrier Ryanair says it plans to resume 40 percent of operations by July.

However, future fliers should consider packing some vital items in their luggage before they board.

Myles Quee, Travel Expert at Send My Bag spoke exclusively with to shed some light on how travellers can take health and hygiene into their own hands.

“Handwashing is the most effective method for stopping the spread of the disease. In airports there are potential hazards of passing the infection by handling or touching surfaces that have come into contact with someone carrying the virus – it can live on plastic and steel surfaces for up to 72 hours,” he warned.

However, when seated on a long flight, hand washing may not be as easy as it is at home.

Luckily, Myles has a solution.

“Passengers need to be extra vigilant and well-armed with hand sanitiser to ensure their hands are washed regularly and thoroughly.

“Provided the bottle is below 100ml, it can also be boarded on the plane in your hand luggage.”

Though large bottles of hand sanitiser can be packed in hold luggage, which may be helpful for travellers jetting off on long-haul holidays, they are not allowed through security.

“Airlines have strict rules on the amount of liquids allowed in hand luggage. Where possible you should carry liquids in your checked-in luggage,” adds Myles.

“You can carry smaller bottles of liquid up to 100ml provided the containers can collectively be stored in a single, transparent, sealed plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm by 20cm.

“Only one such bag can be carried on board per person, and the bag must be shown to airport security.

“Containers larger than 100ml are not permitted even if only partly full. The exception to these rules are essential medicine or baby food or milk.

“However, airport staff might need to investigate the liquid in the containers at the security point.”

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Some airlines may also have their own specific rules pertaining to hand luggage, as Myles points out: “Always check the airline’s luggage restrictions before leaving for the airport, and make sure hand luggage complies.”

Along with hand sanitiser, many airlines are now making face masks mandatory for both passengers and crew.

“Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s CEO, has already announced that they will be compulsory for the airline’s crew and passengers as it plans to restore up to 40 percent of its flight schedule from July,” continues Myles.

“Along with temperature checks on arrival and departure, face masks have been shown to be among the most effective measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in air travel.

“The virus is spread as droplets in the air, and the likelihood of transmission between an infected person to other passengers can be reduced with a face mask.

“However, they are not foolproof as they can be contaminated by other people’s coughs and sneezes, or when putting them on or removing them.

“Some have also speculated that they create a false sense of security, causing the person wearing it to become less alert to other possible transmission risks.”


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Alongside Ryanair, Wizz Air has also released a new safety video which instructs passengers to wear a face-covering at the airport and onboard.

Wizz Air has also revealed that it will be handing over disinfecting wipes to passengers as they board, giving them the opportunity to personally sanitise their seat area.

“Household cleaning wipes can also help to reduce the chance of transmission, but must be used in one direction as wiping them back and forth could just spread germs more widely,” warns Myles.

He suggests packing your own supply when travelling with airlines who may not offer them for free.

He adds: “Tissues will also be important for travellers to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing. Once used the tissues should be quickly disposed of, so handkerchiefs are not recommended as an alternative.”

Most airlines currently flying are not offering their usual food service, although British Airways, for example, is offering pre-packaged food on its repatriation flights.

Despite the sealed snacks, Myles warns that customers should take some extra precautions.

“Food hygiene is also essential to containing the spread of the virus,” he says.

“Bringing your own straw means you won’t have to worry about coming into contact with a glass which you can’t reliably prove is completely clean.”

The future of air travel remains largely uncertain, though main transport hubs, including Heathrow Airport, are working hard to trial out efficient methods for ensuring the health and hygiene of travellers and staff.

Passengers arriving at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 will be automatically screened for raised temperatures through thermal imaging cameras in a trial programme.

However, Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye has added that a “globalised standard” is key to help revive the aviation industry.

He suggests that in order to stimulate air traffic, only “low risk” passengers should be allowed to fly.

“Unless we get people flying again we can’t get the UK economy moving again because the UK’s exports, and also because they come in through a supply chain, come on passenger planes through Heathrow,” Mr Holland-Kaye said on BBC News.

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Cruise lines prepare for restart dates but some customers face a long wait – full list

Cruise lines have been hugely impacted by the coronavirus crisis, having been thrust into the spotlight in the early days of the virus due to a number of passengers on major cruise lines becoming sick. Since then governments and health bodies have warned against cruise holidays, with the US Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issuing a no-sail ban. However, cruise lines remain positive about the future.


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As countries globally begin to loosen lockdown in varying degrees, a number of major cruise lines have updated their return to sea dates.

This is good news for travellers who have holidays booked with some cruise lines, however other cruise-lovers could be waiting some time.

Here is a full list of when some of the UK’s favourite cruise holiday providers will be taking to the seas again.

Carnival Cruise

Carnival Cruises is currently planning a phased return to service which is anticipated to begin on August 1.

The following ships will be resumed to service:

Galveston: Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista

Miami: Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation

Port Canaveral: Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation.

Unfortunately, all other cruises will be cancelled until August 31, Carnival Spirit Vancouver-Honolulu cruise on September 25 and the Honolulu-Brisbane transpacific cruise on October 6.

The cruise line is also putting in place new travel restrictions, denying boarding to all guests over the age of 70 who do not have a note from their physician confirming they are fit to sail.

Guests who have a history of chronic or severe medical conditions, or those who have been hospitalised recently, will also not be allowed to sail.

Celebrity Cruises

Though Celebrity Cruises initially proposed restarting sailings as on June 12, the company has pushed back this date to August 1.

As a result, Celebrity Cruises has extended its Cruise with Confidence policy.

This allows customers to change any departure date up to September 1 2020, up to 48 hours prior to sailing, and receive a Future Cruise Credit for the amounts paid toward their cruise fare.

The cruise line is also denying boarding for all guests with one or more severe chronic medical conditions as specified by the CDC.

Any person over 70 must have a written letter from a qualified physician certifying they are safe to sail.

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Cunard is anticipating a restart date of August 1 for the Queen Mary 2 ship and the Queen Victoria ship, and September 9 for the Queen Elizabeth ship.

Queen Elizabeth’s Alaska season has been cancelled until September 8, 2020.

The line has initially hoped to restart sailings on May 16.

Guests who were due to sail between April 11 and May 15 will automatically receive a 125 percent future cruise credit which can be redeemed against any new booking, on any voyage sailing before the end of March 2022.

Disney Cruise

Disney currently plans to resume sailings from July 31.

Sailings onboard Disney Dream are planned to go ahead from July 31.

Sailings aboard Disney Fantasy from August 1 and Disney Wonder on August 3.

Meanwhile, Disney Magic will set sail on August 5.

Guests currently booked on affected sailings will be offered the choice of a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing within 15 months of their original sail date or a full refund.


Fred.Olsen has suspended all ocean and river sailings for an indefinite period of time, therefore have no set date for when holidays will resume.

Customers are advised to stay up-to-date with the company website.

The cruise line has launched a ‘Booking Reassurance Guarantee.’

Those with a 2020 cruise booked, can now transfer to any 2020, 2021 or 2022 sailing, as long as you give at least 14 days’ notice.


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Marella Cruises

Marella Cruises has specified a preliminary start date for July 1.

This was pushed back from a planned restart date on June 1.

Passengers are being offered a refund credit for the full value of their holiday, alongside a separate booking incentive of up to 20 percent.

Passengers who do not wish to sail are able to apply for a refund.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises plans to restart sailings from July 11.

Guests who were booked onto a cruise before this date, or who hope to reschedule their cruise, can do so using the cruise line’s Flexible Cruise Programme.

This allows guests who have already booked, either directly or through a travel agent, to reschedule their cruise to any departure date up until 31st December 2021.

For those booked on a cruise only basis this change can be made up to 48-hours prior to original cruise departure, and for those booked on a Fly Cruise product 96-hours prior to departure.

For ships departing from Miami, MSC will deny guest with one or more severe chronic medical conditions as set out by the CDC.

Anyone over the age of 70 will be required to carry a note from a qualified physician confirming they are safe to travel.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is due to take to the seas from August 1, with all holidays cancelled up to July 31.

The cruise line has launched Peace of Mind, a temporary policy which allows new and existing individual and group bookings in non-chartered sailings embarking from May 15, 2020 through and including September 30, 2020 to cancel their booking up until 48 hours from the start of their holiday date and receive a 100 percent future cruise credit.

P&O Cruises

P&O has laid out a new planned restart date for July 31.

P&O Cruises Australia plan to restart on September 1.

Customers with P&O Cruises holidays booked to depart prior to and including 15 May 2020 are being offered a 125 percent Future Cruise Credit to be used for a future cruise sailing any time before the end of March 2022.

Guests must book by 31 December 2021 in order to qualify.

Princess Cruises

Princess has cancelled most of its cruises, as well as Alaskan cruise tours, until Autumn 2020.

This includes all routes in Europe, the Caribbean, New England/Canada, Asia, Australia, Hawaii and French Polynesia.

Customers will automatically be issued with a “default compensation offer” relating to their specific cruise.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean has announced it will not set sail until August 1.

“We are working with our guests to address this disruption to their vacations, and we are genuinely sorry for their inconvenience,” said the cruise line.

The cruise line will deny boarding for all guests with one or more severe chronic medical conditions as specified by the CDC.

Boarding will also be denied to any person aged 70 or older unless they have a note from a physician stating they are fit to sail.

TUI River Cruises

The new line was initially due to set sail in March 2020, however, this date has been pushed back to November 26 2020.

Customers who no longer wish to sail can apply for a refund, or contact TUI to discuss other options.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages has pushed back its inaugural Scarlet Lady sailing date to October 17.

The ship was initially supposed to take to the seas on her maiden voyage to the Caribbean from Miami in April 2020.

Those booked on a cruise that has been cancelled can opt for the following:

Affected customers can opt for 200 percent in Future Voyage Credit which can be applied to another sailing, rather than a refund. This is double the value of a Sailor’s existing booking.

Sailors can also receive up to $500 in onboard credit, if they rebook before June 30, 2020.

Alternatively, Virgin is offering a 100 percent refund, plus 25 percent Future Voyage Credit on the value paid to use for a future booking.

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Holidays 2020: Dr Hilary warns people not to fly – ‘it’s too early’

After months of lockdown restrictions, many Britons are hopeful for holidays this summer following the announcement that major airlines, including easyJet, could be taking to the skies as early as June. However, Dr Hilary Hones has warned Britons not to fly, suggesting it is “too early”.


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Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, the doctor said that he had concerns about people “easing of lockdown too quickly.”

This came just after budget airline easyjet announced plans to resume flights from mid-June.

“easyJet just announced they might be some flights to Europe as early as the middle of next month. I would not,” warned Dr Hilary.

“You can’t socially distance or be safe in an aeroplane cabin.

“I’m sorry, I know the tourism industry and the aviation industry are absolutely decimated by this but I think as a doctor obviously health comes first.

“So I think it’s a bit too early, just be patient people.”

He added that travelling internationally is “a big risk”.

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From June 15, services will be operating from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Belfast, and Isle of Man in the UK.

A minimal number of international routes will also go ahead.

Flying will resume in France from Nice, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon and Lille, as well as from Geneva in Switzerland, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, and Barcelona in Spain.

However, easyJet assured that the safety of its passengers and staff was a top priority.


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The airline will be following in the footsteps of Wizz Air and Ryanair who have both implemented safety measures onboard.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, commented: “I am really pleased that we will be returning to some flying in the middle of June.

“These are small and carefully planned steps that we are taking to resume operations.

“We will continue to closely monitor the situation across Europe so that when more restrictions are lifted the schedule will continue to build over time to match demand while also ensuring we are operating efficiently and on routes that our customers want to fly.

“The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority which is why we are implementing a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks.

“These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard in June.”

Wizz Air resumed a number of flights from London’s Luton airport in May, meanwhile Ryanair has suggested it will restart up to 40 percent of its schedule in July.

Both airlines are asking passengers and staff to wear face masks for the duration of their journey.

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Summer holidays 2020: How Greece is planning to restart tourism in JUNE

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has announced that the Greek tourist season will kick off next month, where hotels can reopen and tourists can start to visit their desired location. Mr Mitsotakis said that the tourism period will begin on June 15.


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Greece, which implemented an early and strict lockdown to avoid strain on their healthcare system, has recorded impressively low figures for Covid-19.

Greece has been praised for its handling of the pandemic, recording 166 coronavirus related deaths and only 2,850 confirmed cases.

“The tourism period begins on 15 June, when seasonal hotels can reopen,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address.

He added: “Let us make this summer the epilogue of the [Covid-19] crisis.”

The announcement came as the EU tourism minister agreed to do “whatever it takes for the quick and full recovery of European tourism”.

Greece’s tourism industry is one of the nation’s main sources of income.

According to the tourism ministry, Greece last year had 33 million visitors and tourism revenue of 19 billion euros.

The Greek prime minister said that direct international flights to the country’s tourist destinations would resume gradually from July 1.

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Holidaymakers from the UK and other countries would not be quarantined but would have to undergo coronavirus tests.

Although it is not clear who would be offered the tests and if they will be available for everyone.

Mitsotakis said that the country’s prompt response to the virus would be a “passport of safety, credibility and health” to attract visitors.

Currently, holidaymakers from the UK hoping to travel abroad this summer will be forced to a 14 day quarantine on their return under British government plan.


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To encourage tourism, Greece is also making travel cheaper by temporarily reducing value added tax (VAT) on all transport including flights, bus journeys and rail travel to 13 percent from the current 24 percent.

Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis said a list of nations resuming flights to Greece would be announced by the end of May.

Bulgarians and Northern Europeans including Germans will be among the first visitors to Greece, the minister said, in addition to Israelis and Cypriots.

Theocharis added that 600 beds would be specifically set aside for coronavirus care on Greek islands, which are traditionally among the country’s top travel destinations.

Greece isn’t the only country hoping to boost their tourism season this year.

Nearly 84 million people visited Spain in 2019, and around 18 million of those were from the UK.

The country’s transport minister Jose Luis Abalos told Spanish broadcaster TVE that they hope to start tourism activity from late June.

Spain’s decision to enforce a two-week quarantine on travellers into the country is likely to be mirrored by the UK.

Spain, like Greece and other countries around the world imposed one of the harshest lockdowns, going so far as to prevent people from exercising outdoors.

Italy also said that all airports could reopen on June 3 for national and international flights.

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Google Maps: Mysterious sighting sparks supernatural concerns in Florida – what is this?

Google Maps Street View allows users across the world to navigate the world with a click of a button. From visiting the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building, Street View enables viewers to travel the world. It also has been known to uncover some of the world’s most mysterious sightings like this scene in Florida.


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Many users scour the website to try and find weird and wonderful occurrences that spark all kinds of conspiracy theories and supernatural concerns.

One occurrence was spotted in a desolate area of Florida, just outside of the notorious Bermuda Triangle.

A Google Maps user reported the mysterious “UFO” sighting onto Reddit.

Even when zoomed in, it’s hard to identify exactly what the object is.

It’s multicoloured with an oval shape, but a stitching issue with Google Maps means you can’t see the entire shape and half of it is cut off.

The object was spotted in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which is located in southern Florida.

This is an area just outside of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Bermuda Triangle has long been associated with mysterious aircraft and bizarre sightings with some users claiming that they have seen aliens.

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One Reddit user described this sighting as a “UFO sighting” because it is almost impossible to identify how far away the object is from the camera.

However another user suggested that it was simply a “butterfly” and that it only sparks supernatural concerns because half of the object is missing, meaning it is hard to identify it.

There is no instant explanation of what the object actually is and a user on Reddit suggested than an insect scientist should answer the question.

What makes the scene so off is that the object is cut in half because of the way Street View stitches together different stills of a landscape.


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The camera took one image as the object was beginning to pass into frame and then took an adjacent shot after the object had flown along and the two images were joined together.

This isn’t the first time something strange has been spotted on Google Maps.

One particular bizarre sighting took place in Austria where a house appears to be glowing.

This strange scene sparked “supernatural debates on website Reddit.

The house appears to have an odd shaped object glowing on top of it.

Colours of yellow and blue can be seen radiating the top of this house.

The user who posted this to the site wrote: “Found this UFO looking thing while scrolling around.”

However sometimes when viewing something in satellite mode, Google can often face trouble and it appears that it could be a bright light reflecting something off of the roof.”

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