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Disney has updated their policy regarding facial coverings.


We are adapting our health and safety guidelines based on guidance from health and government officials, and will require Cast Members and Guests ages 2 and up, to wear face coverings in all indoor locations at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort as of July 30 regardless of vaccination status. At Walt Disney World Resort, this includes upon entering and throughout all attractions and in enclosed transportation vehicles, including shuttles, buses, monorails and at Disney Skyliner.



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Yachtsman Steakhouse will soon be stoking the flames of their oak-fired grills so we can again savor their premium, grain-fed steaks or the dry-aged Duroc pork chop served with heritage grits, broccoli rabe, and apple-cognac gastrique.


In addition to the great steaks and chops, the Chilled Admiral’s Tower for Two (Maine lobster, snow crab, tuna tartare, jumbo shrimp, mussels, scallop ceviche, and charred octopus salad) is back as well as the signature creamy Lobster Bisque and the delicious Yachtsman’s Chocolate Cake for Two with dark chocolate mousse, chocolate decadence cake, mixed berry curd, peanut butter crunch, and mousse.


Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort opens August 5, 2021 and reservations are open.

We will soon be able to sample the delicious small plates and dishes inspired by the flavors of Spain at Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood. Guests can enjoy tapas with some of these small plates – Charred Octopus, Pan con Tomate, and the delish Flight of Four Pinxtos. The signature Chuletón Bone-in Rib Eye with tomatoes, onions, and choice of two sides – is on the menu along with Char-grilled Steak with olive oil-potato purée, forest mushrooms, date jam, and sherry vinaigrette and the Rioja-braised Chicken with grapes, sherry vinegar, and roasted tomato bomba rice. The dark chocolate “Café con Leche” Choux is the perfect sweet ending.


Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort opens August 5, 2021 and reservations are open.


Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood

Starting August 5, Guests can reel in some delicious seafood at Columbia Harbour House at Magic Kingdom Park! Seafood favorites are back, including the Lobster Roll and Trio Platter with a combination of fried fish, fried shrimp, and chicken strips served with hushpuppies and french fries or green beans. Guests craving something other than seafood can try the Lighthouse Sandwich (hummus with tomato and broccoli slaw on multigrain bread) now comes with french fries or the Harbour Salad – a mix of greens, shredded cheddar, apples, onion, apple cider vinaigrette, and topped with chicken strips.

Fun animal murals and mosaics at Pizzafari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park are the colorful backdrop to a delicious quick meal beginning August 2, 2021. Pizza rules in this jungle but Guests can also order a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich, Green and Grains Salad, and an adorable “Spaghetti and Meatball” Cupcake. Kick back with a refreshing Blue Lagoon with blue curaçao beverage syrup, lemonade, and gummy worms – also available with a glow cube.

More detail have been shared for the much-awaited fireworks show debuting in Epcot.


“Harmonious” illuminates our shared humanity, bringing to life the vision of EPCOT through a celebration of our world and its promise. Over the years, cultures from around the world have provided inspiration for Disney films and music. In “Harmonious,” a global community of musical artists has come together and reinterpreted those familiar stories and songs in their own voice, honoring their respective cultures. Collectively, they contribute to a unique experience that could only happen at EPCOT, a place where the impossible becomes possible through the power of human imagination and the magic of Disney.


The show moves through three distinct chapters, inviting us to gather on the shores of World Showcase Lagoon, celebrate the countries and cultures of the world, and ultimately unite to create a bright tomorrow. “Harmonious” begins with a sunrise, and as the world awakens around us, we set out on a journey that takes us across the globe. It’s a dazzling and diverse feast for the eyes and ears, from the South Pacific home of “Moana” and a Middle-Eastern interpretation of “Aladdin” to “The Jungle Book” in India, China’s legend of “Mulan,” the European nations that inspired “Brave” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and so much more.


“Harmonious” will make its grand debut on October 1 as part of the launch of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” marking the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.


photo credit: Disney Destinations


Disneyland Resort


The State of California strongly recommends that all Guests be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the Disneyland Resort. Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) while indoors, including on many attractions and in enclosed transportation vehicles, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings remain optional for all Guests in outdoor common areas.


Universal Orlando Resort


The Universal Orlando Resort has released updated safety guidelines for guests.

All guests are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and local directives to wear face coverings while indoors across Universal Orlando Resort. Face coverings are optional while outdoors. They also encourage all guests to keep a safe distance between travel parties, and they remain focused on maintaining the highest cleanliness and sanitization standards.

Each guest must confirm the following before visiting:

You are not feeling sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms such as Fever and/or

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • You have not been in contact with someone with known or suspected COVID-19 symptoms

  • You are not under any self-quarantine orders

If the guest cannot confirm all of the above, they must refrain from visiting.

For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html, and you can see a complete overview of the updated guidelines and FAQ’s by visiting https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/terms-of-service/reopening-safety-info.


Universal Studios Hollywood


The State of California strongly recommends that when you visit Universal Studios Hollywood you be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, obtain a negative COVID-19 test result prior to visiting, or wear a face covering. Guests who are not fully vaccinated should wear a face covering during their visit. All guests, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings indoors.


SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment


SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego, along with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Williamsburg are recommending that guests wear facial coverings while indoors regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings that fit within the CDC guidelines are considered appropriate for guests when experiencing the parks in indoor locations.


In the World News


Mexico


After months of anticipation and a thrilling opening countdown, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya is OPEN!


Come discover your newest go-to for incredible family vacations, filled with guest-favorite Nick-inspired experiences, water park thrills, world-class dining and drinks, and so many ways to make memories with all your favorite Nick characters.


It’s time to redefine family vacations. The brand-new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya is taking adventure to new levels in one of the world’s top-rated destinations! Chase thrills on 21 epic water slides and wild rides at a six-acre water park, AquaNick®. Hang with SpongeBob, Dora, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more of your favorite Nickelodeon characters.


Unwind in oceanfront swim-up suites and Nick-inspired villas, like the exclusive Pineapple Suite, Turtle Lair Suite and Suite Kahuna. Make a morning in as unforgettable as a day filled with activities. You will also indulge in delicious dining and top-shelf cocktails across six Gourmet Inclusive® restaurants and world-class bars.



AMResorts®


AMResorts® has shared an important update regarding Dreams® Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa.

Upon reopening September 1, 2021, Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa will undergo a name change to Dreams Aventuras Riviera Maya for a fresh, elevated appeal representative of the newly enhanced resort while also retaining recognition to the Riviera Maya destination.

An extensive renovation project is currently underway to elevate the overall property experience and deliver the Dreams brand Unlimited-Luxury® signature concept that guests have come to know and expect.



New York City


The Broadway League announced today that the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theatres in New York City will require vaccinations for audience members, as well as performers, backstage crew, and theatre staff, for all performances through October 2021. Masks will also be required for audiences inside the theatre, except while eating or drinking in designated locations.


Under the policy, guests will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine in order to attend a show and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the theatre with their valid ticket. “Fully vaccinated” means the performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.


Theatre owners and operators will begin notifying ticket holders for performances through October 31, 2021, with reminder messaging planned to ensure awareness of the new policies. For performances in November 2021 and beyond, theatre owners anticipate a review of policies in September, and may include a relaxation of certain provisions if the science dictates.


Exceptions are being made for children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination. These guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time.


France


Visitors to France will need a Covid-19 pass to ride up to the top of the Eiffel Tower or to visit other cultural and tourists sites around France. Workers will scan QR codes on digital health passes or check for vaccine certificates.


Spain


Spain welcomes all travelers coming from the USA. In order to enter into Spain, you do not need to show any health certificate. That is, you can travel regardless having any vaccination, diagnostic or recovery certificate.

However, please bear in your mind that before traveling to Spain (even in transit) you must have the QR code which is obtained from filling in the Health Control Form (FCS in Spanish) available in Spain Travel Health (SpTH).


As of June 26th, masks will not be mandatory in outdoor areas as long as the social distance can be respected. However, masks will be mandatory indoors or in enclosed spaces, including public transport. Social distancing of 1.5m is still expected.



United Kingdom


As of August 2, 2021, any fully vaccinated, U.S. traveler will be able to visit England and Scotland without having to quarantine. Both doses of a FDA approved vaccine need to be received to eliminate the 10 day quarantine as well as having to test on day 8 of their visit. They will still be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival in England and Scotland, and they will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test on day 2 after arrival. Vaccinated U.S. travelers will also need to provide proof of U.S. residency.


photo credit: Adventures by Disney

Cruise News


Celebrity


At this time Celebrity Cruises will be altering 2021 and 2022 sailing on various ships to ensure they are crafting nothing but stunning, healthy, and carefree vacation options for all of guests. This means some of the itineraries and ship assignments will need to be modified, while a few others will need to be canceled.


Suspensions:

  • Celebrity Eclipse sailings departing January 3, 2022 through April 17, 2022

  • Celebrity Infinity sailings departing December 13, 2021 through March 23, 2022

  • Celebrity Solstice sailings September 26, 2021 through December 19, 2021.

Itineraries with the port of Limassol, Cyprus will be replaced with a visit to Dubrovnik for sailings July 31, 2021 through September 18, 2021.


Celebrity Solstice, photo credit: Celebrity Cruises


Norwegian Cruise Line


Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, officially commemorated its highly-anticipated cruise comeback with a double debut: Norwegian Jade was not only the first of its 17-ship fleet to welcome guests after 500 days, she also made NCL history as the first vessel to homeport in Athens (Piraeus).


Until November 2021, guests sailing aboard Norwegian Jade’s immersive Greek Isles itinerary will wake up in a new destination every day, able to spend eight-to-nine hours exploring some of Greece’s most picturesque islands including luxurious Crete, bustling Mykonos, historical Rhodes and the iconic blue and white Santorini.


Norwegian Jade’s deployment in Athens is part of a long-term strategy to further increase the brand’s presence in Europe, one of the line’s most popular cruise destinations. Through 2023, the Company plans to position nine ships in the region, with Norwegian Dawn, Epic, Escape, Getaway, Gem, Jade and Star scheduled to sail in Greece.


Norwegian Jade is the first ship to recommence voyages as part of the Company’s larger restart efforts. On August 7, 2021, Norwegian Encore will be the first ship to return to service from the U.S., when she debuts in Seattle for her inaugural season of Alaska cruises. The fleetwide redeployment will continue in partnership with local governments and are guided by the robust protocols of the Company’s SailSAFE™ health and safety program, which at its cornerstone includes that all crew and guests must be fully vaccinated to embark for voyages through October 31, 2021. Working with the leading experts of the SailSAFE Global Health and Wellness Council, the robust protocols will regularly be evaluated and modified as needed, making science-based decisions to protect guests, crew and the destinations it visits. As protocols evolve and additional information becomes available, updates will be published at www.ncl.com/sail-safe.


The cruise line’s Peace of Mind cancelation policy remains in effect for cruises with embarkation dates through October 31, 2021. Guests booked on these sailings have the flexibility to cancel their cruise 15 days prior to departure and receive a full refund in the form of a future cruise credit which may be applied to any sailing through December 31, 2022.


Holland America and Princess Cruises


Holland America Line kicked off its Alaska season with Nieuw Amsterdam setting sail July 24th, and Princess Cruises followed with Majestic Princess sailing on July 25th. Each line will operate ten cruises sailing out of Seattle through September. This marks the return to cruising and Alaska for both lines, which combined have more than 125 years of experience bringing cruisers to The Great Land. Historically, one in two guests who cruise to Alaska sail on Princess or Holland America.


Both cruise lines have been homeporting out of the Port of Seattle for more than 20 years. Operationally, each ship visit directly contributes more than $364,000 to the local economy in provisioning (fuel, food, flowers, piano tuning, supplies), port taxes, and spending during a full season.


Disney Cruise Line


Kick back and relax! The Rainforest Room, located at Senses Spa & Salon on Disney Cruise Line ships, is open to Guests, and recently changed its operation to accommodate the latest health & safety guidelines.


For sailings on the Disney Magic in the UK, the Rainforest Room is available for one travel party at a time and accommodates up to five Guests during each 45-minute session. Reservations can be made on board the ship.


For sailings on the Disney Dream in the United States, the Rainforest Room is available for one travel party at a time, accommodating up to 10 Guests for each 1 hour and 45 minute session. Guests can make reservations while on board the ship.


Physical distancing guidelines will be in place. Contact the Senses Spa & Salon once onboard the ship for more information.


The Rainforest Room features a steam room, sauna, aromatherapy showers and more. Guests are provided with fruit-infused water, body scrubs and a soothing environment, perfect for relaxing and unwinding.



photo credit: Disney Destinations



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