August 31, 2020
As our country and others around the world slowly start to reopen, we are prayerfully confident that the time is coming when it will be safe to travel again and experience more of God’s glorious creation. We know the desire for exceptional, faith-enriching experiences is as strong as ever because more than 82% of the 8,000 Christian travelers we surveyed told us as much. We can’t wait to get back into the world as well!
While 66% are eager to explore destinations closer to home, others are dreaming of Alaska, the Caribbean and Israel. You can read all the survey results by clicking here
Information For Cruises
We have cruises coming in 2021 and 2022, and you can book one of these sailings
online or by calling us at 800 247 1899
between 8:30AM and 5:00PM PT Monday through Thursday or between 8:30AM and 12:00PM PT on Friday.
Cruise lines are working together and leading the way with groundbreaking innovations to keep passengers safe. Some of the protocols we will see when cruising resumes are enhanced sanitation stations and testing options for guests and staff. Most cruise lines are updating their process for safety drills to be done virtually instead of by gathering groups on deck. Cruises may have a reduced passenger count to help maintain social distancing. Imagine the spaciousness available onboard for those eager to return to the sea.
Cruise lines are already known for being hypervigilant and acutely focused on cleaning, with hand sanitizing stations throughout. Travelers can expect this to increase (including sterilization robots
!). Self-serve buffets and beverages are likely to become a thing of the past to minimize shared touch points. Cruise companies may also begin sanitizing luggage and scanning passengers’ temperatures prior to boarding. You can read about specific cruise line updates here:
Information For Israel Tours
The skies in Israel are beginning to open up, and Israelis are now able to travel to “green countries”. Within the next few weeks, a plan is also being put into place to welcome tourists from “green countries” to Israel. When group travel tours resume, they will do so with enhanced safety and sanitation protocols to ensure a healthy travel experience.
Israel is continuing to slowly lift its coronavirus-related restrictions, and we praise God with our friends there. Through all of this, Israel has proven it is well equipped to handle crises, both medically and with tourism.
We remain in consistent contact with the Israel Ministry of Tourism for travel updates and are in close contact with a number of our key network providers in Israel to discuss and prepare for the future. If you are as eager as we are to return to Israel in 2021, you can see all our upcoming Israel tours by clicking here
Information For Airlines
Major airlines have updated their boarding and seating procedures to ensure passenger safety, and most require masks for both passengers and crew. At this time, a number of airlines are keeping middle seats unoccupied to promote social distancing. Deep sanitation of airplanes occurs every 24 hours and surface cleaning after every flight. At the airport, hand sanitizer stations have increased throughout, and places like ticket counters, baggage drops and gate areas have six-foot-distancing reminders. This helpful post
breaks down the new policies from individual airlines. The links to specific airlines are below:
Information for TSA
Hand sanitizing stations have been increased throughout the security line, and lines are often marked to increase the distance between individuals at security checkpoints. TSA officers wear facial protection, and travelers are encouraged to wear face masks to each checkpoint. In the future, we may even see coronavirus-sniffing dogs
TSA officers no longer handle tickets, and passengers are responsible for scanning their boarding passes and holding up their IDs for review. All frequently touched surfaces are routinely cleaned and disinfected. Be advised: Reduced staffing and new procedures may make the security process lengthier. You can read more about the updates here:
Information for Hotels
Hotels are increasing cleaning frequency and reducing overall capacity, following guidelines introduced by the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Major hotel companies like Hilton, IHG and Marriott implemented these recommendations by adding virtual check-ins and checkouts, front-desk partitions, distancing floor markers and updated elevator and dining instructions. This blog post takes a look
at some ways hotels will continue innovating and adapting to ensure guest safety.
Postponing or Cancelling Reservations
If Inspiration postpones or cancels your event:
If your event is postponed until a later date, you may easily transfer your reservation to the future dates.
If the new travel dates don’t work in your schedule, you may transfer your reservation to any other Inspiration event without additional fees.
If your event is completely canceled and not rescheduled, all funds previously paid to Inspiration will be returned in the original form of payment. We ask that you be patient and allow 2–3 weeks for the refund process.
If you would like to cancel your reservation:
- If you choose to cancel your reservation, terms will apply. If you cancel and then change your mind before the event travels, we will rebook you to the same event with no additional fees.
The Final Word
Please know we are eager to answer questions or assist you with making reservations for future events. We will also continue to keep you informed on updates from cruise lines and Israeli authorities on this page. You can reach us by calling 800 247 1899 between 8:30AM and 5:00PM PT Monday through Thursday or between 8:30AM and 12:00PM PT on Friday.
The current situation is still evolving, and Inspiration will continue to post updates as needed. Please know that Inspiration’s global network of partners, suppliers and vendors is closely monitoring all developments for the latest updates to take appropriate actions. Our dedicated team is committed to the safety and care of our guests.
Thank you for allowing us to stand with you.