Tauck has expanded a policy implemented earlier this year on its European tours and cruises, now requiring all guests ages 12 and over be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The expanded vaccination requirement came into effect on 7 September 2021, and applies to all of Tauck’s tours and cruises worldwide.
Tauck’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, Jeremy Palmer, said the move comes as entry requirements have been evolving rapidly around the world.
“We’re seeing a steady increase in restaurants, museums and attractions requiring proof of vaccination,” said Palmer, “to the point where unvaccinated travellers won’t be able to fully participate in their Tauck journeys.
“It’s become clear that a universal vaccination requirement is the best way to ensure our guests enjoy all of the incredible experiences we build into our tours and cruises.”
Palmer added that over the past few months Tauck has safely hosted thousands of Tauck guests on more than 80 itineraries around the globe, earning high guest satisfaction scores along the way. He also anticipated that the company’s customers – 97% of whom are already vaccinated – would appreciate the simplicity of the new policy.
Tauck paused its operations due to COVID in March 2020, and began hosting guests again in January and February of this year on several departures of its “Wonderland: Yellowstone in Winter” itinerary. In the months since, Tauck has successfully resumed operating its tours and cruises in the US, Europe, Africa, Latin America and elsewhere.
Guests who are impacted by the policy change may take advantage of Tauck’s 2021 Flexible Booking Policy, which waives all change penalties when their booking is transferred to another Tauck trip operating in 2021 or 2022.
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