Vaccinated Older Americans Are Eager to Travel | #vacation | #seniors | #elderly
On Cape Cod, Massachusetts, “demand is very high” for home rentals, says Annie Blatz, sales manager for three branches of Kinlin Grover Vacation Rentals, the largest rental agency on the Cape. She adds that it’s led to an extreme shortage of available rentals, exacerbated by some property owners taking their homes off the market so they can “move into their second homes, because they think the Cape is safer and they can work remotely from here.”
One exception to the desire for only domestic travel: Mexico, which has drawn Americans with its lack of restrictions on incoming travelers — no quarantines, no testing necessary. Arrivals need only complete a health form. The Mexican state of Quintana Roo, home to Cancun, saw 578,143 arrivals in February, down from about 1.7 million in February 2020. But that’s despite the CDC’s advising Americans, “Avoid all travel to Mexico,” its highest warning level. Because all passengers coming or returning to the U.S. from Mexico are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, many Mexican hotels are offering testing for their international visitors. (If you’re considering international travel, check the CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination before planning your trip.)
Cruise lines are drawing vaccinated travelers with the reassurance that their fellow passengers will also all be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Royal Caribbean has a vaccine requirement for its Caribbean cruises, which kick off in June. Crystal Cruises, which plans to start cruising the Bahamas in July, will also require that everyone aboard be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before departure, with no exceptions. The cruise line told Travel Weekly that 4,000 cabins were booked within 24 hours of its itineraries going on sale on March 18 — the biggest booking day in company history.
Starting July 1, the river cruise line American Queen Steamboat Company will require all guests and crew members on its cruises to be vaccinated (the same goes for its sister company, Victory Cruise Lines) and to get tested for COVID-19 before boarding. That’s encouraged travelers like Richard Reiff, 70, and his wife, Pat, 71, who were vaccinated in February. They’ve booked a July trip with American Queen along the Ohio River, and another trip, from Chattanooga to Memphis along the Mississippi River, for the fall. They might have considered taking these cruises without the vaccine mandate, considering that they are vaccinated themselves, Reiff says, but “that makes us even more confident that we’ll be OK.”