WILTON, CT — Tauck has announced that it plans to resume full operations of all remaining 2021 itineraries during August and September.
These include Danube and Rhine river cruises, land tours in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, and itineraries in far-flung destinations ranging from Morocco to Machu Picchu. In all, Tauck expects to operate more than 80% of its pre-pandemic portfolio of tours and cruises this year, with a full return of all itineraries slated for 2022.
“The challenges of the past 15 months have been unprecedented in our 96-year history< said CEO Dan Mahar. “But the loyalty of our guests and travel advisors, the skill, dedication and hard work of our employees, and our bedrock philosophy to always do the right thing have brought us to this day. We’re humbled and grateful and we’re incredibly excited to move forward.”
Tauck has begun operating an increasing number of tour and cruise departures in the U.S. and elsewhere over the past weeks. Earlier this month, it announced the August resumption of select land tours and cruises in Europe, its cruises in the Galapagos Islands and its guided safaris in eastern and southern Africa. However, the company had yet to confirm restart plans for the bulk of its 2021 itineraries until now.
Newly added to Tauck’s restart plans for August are several itineraries in Italy, land tours in Switzerland, the company’s popular ‘A Week in…Ireland’ tour, and its exploration of Jordan and Egypt. Tauck will also resume operations on the Rhine with its Aug. 25 departure of ‘The Romantic Rhine’ river cruise. The balance of Tauck’s 2021 tours and cruises, including the company’s popular river cruises on the Danube and its other journeys on the Rhine, will begin operating in September.
Although the restart marks an exciting milestone for the company, Mahar added a note of caution.
“To date, the world’s return to travel has gone very, very well and we have great cause for optimism. However, some restrictions remain in place for destinations like the U.K. and Canada, and we know that as our industry recovers there will be twists and turns along the way. We’re as prepared as possible but we know that the best attitude is to expect the unexpected and to stay flexible,” said Mahar.
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