Fits and Starts

Here it comes in fits and starts, the return of travel. Beginning in late June a British cruise line will send out a ship capable of holding 3,647 passengers  and … just sail around, not stopping anywhere. More wandering than cruising.

China says it is processing visa requests from vaccinated individuals, but only from those who have been vaccinated with a Chinese-made vaccine, which are not available or approved in much of the world.

And the Icelandic government announced today that from tomorrow, visitors who can prove vaccination will be welcomed into the country with no test or quarantine. If you time it right, just before the coming big volcanic eruption, maybe you can trade where you’re stuck now for being stuck in Iceland.

The Difference Between Canadians and Americans

Here’s a photo that says a lot about how Canadians and Americans are treating the virus. Top is a Maid of the Mists ship, one of a fleet of sightseeing ships that set out for Niagara Falls from the New York side. Bottom, the Hornblower, is a Canadian counterpart.

Via the Monocle Minute.

New 3QD Column Today

Take a moment if you can to read my monthly travel column at 3 Quarks Daily, posted this morning. It’s about a quirky little cruise way off the map, out to the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean.

In Transit

I like the going, the getting there. Unless I’m desperately tired, I like the anonymous feel of places like the Felixstowe Seafarer Centre in this short video from UK director Eleanor Mortimer. Places like this affirm that you’re out there, on the road.

When you can block out eight minutes for yourself, have a look:

 

New Fun Ship

I’ve been less than kind to the cruise ship vacation industry before, but here’s one cruise that has got to be rockin’. Ladies and gentlemen, the North Korean ferry, the Mangyongbong, seen here in Vladivostok.