Eye on Travel — Silver Moon in Greece — July 31, 2021

This week’s broadcast of Eye on Travel arrives from the Mediterranean aboard Silversea’s new ship, the Silver Moon, as it sails as a result of Greece. Peter is joined by Harry Theoharis, the Minister of Tourism of Greece, who talks about the country’s strategic plan to reopen, and why Greece was ready to welcome vaccinated tourists back in Could, in advance of the relaxation of the continent. Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Team, is also on board and addresses the quick and extended expression public wellness and economic devastation as effectively as the route to recovery. And considering the fact that we’re in Greece, there’s no improved time or position to converse about the Gods — with Kenneth Davis, creator of Never Know Considerably About Mythology. There’s all this and extra on this week’s Eye on Vacation, broadcasting from the Silver Moon.



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Harry Theoharis, Minister of Tourism of Greece, shines a light on all the perform that went on guiding the scenes so that Greece could open up to vaccinated travelers and so that cruising could resume. He speaks about functioning with the country’s overall health specialists to build policies and protocols that will keep absolutely everyone protected and healthful. He also talks about how they labored with the individual ports and imagined each and every achievable problem and produced treatments in get to be certain the ports could handle nearly anything they encountered. He then speaks about the challenges the state faced when reopening like the massive-scale coordination endeavours that were essential and the dread quite a few folks still experienced and how they capitalized on the tools offered to them to convert fear into treatment. He notes that Greece is getting excess steps to guarantee travelers feel safe when they come this sort of as offering health care treatment for readers should really they exam beneficial for COVID-19 in Greece, and he also can make it apparent that Greece is remaining vigilant with implementing the recent principles. He states Greece is not concerned to punish all those who are not abiding by them and continues to encourage vaccinations. He shares his hope that travel reciprocity with the U.S. could be on the horizon quickly. 


Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, speaks about the devastating impression that the pandemic has experienced across all areas of the cruising business from the ships themselves to the modest corporations the cruise lines count on to present an enriching experience for their visitors. Fain also notes that no a single understood how to cope with COVID-19 in the beginning and how amazed he is with how people have been able to work alongside one another subsequent a time period of confusion in the commencing of the pandemic. Royal Caribbean even teamed up with competitor, Norwegian Cruise Traces, and a team of authorities in purchase to effectively employ the recommended style and design and procedural variations needed on board ships. He also speaks about how the cruise industry has been a model of how to manage the crisis employing a mixture of science, doing work together, and earning positive to preserve the distribute of COVID-19 down by determining and isolating circumstances as needed. 


Paul Brady, Article content Editor at Journey + Leisure, speaks about how good it feels to be in Greece after once again and notes how standard it feels irrespective of the new protocols in location and owning to have on a mask in some places. He encourages people today who are wondering about traveling to just take the leap as there are a lot less vacationers than typical, and he says that motels are actually economical. He also advises people who may perhaps not be capable to take as lots of excursions to make them lengthier and more impactful when they can. Brady thinks this tumble will be a good indicator of what will transpire as we head into the winter season months and into upcoming yr. He also notes that he sights the volume of paperwork required to travel abroad appropriate now may perhaps be a barrier for numerous people, and he hopes to see it streamlined in buy to really encourage much more individuals to journey internationally yet again.


Dr. Despina Ignatiadou, Head Curator at the Sculpture Selection at National Archaeological Museum, talks about what tends to make the Countrywide Archaeological Museum special in a nation that is total of museums and artifacts. Not only is it the oldest museum in Greece, but with about 11,000 reveals on show and hundreds of hundreds far more in the museum’s shop rooms, it is also the greatest. Dr. Ignatiadou and her crew continuously rotate particular reveals to permit as a great deal as probable to be observed. Some discoveries from within the museum’s shop rooms incorporate portraits and objects that have been pieced together to kind a greater object. Dr. Ignatiadou’s favourite discovery is the significant statue of a youth that was discovered in the sanctuary of Poseidon. Dr. Ignatiadou then discusses the lots of good reasons why so lots of statues usually never have heads and how unusual it is to find a head that matches a overall body of a statue. 


Melissa Douglas, British Journey Author and Blogger dependent in Athens, arrived to Athens from the U.K. in 2017 to be a digital nomad and journey all-around the environment. It turns out that she appreciated Athens so considerably that she made the decision to remain and now normally finds herself homesick for Greece even when checking out the U.K. Her beloved portion of Athens is what lies further than the classic tourist locations and in the outlying neighborhoods that all have distinctive personalities. She also discusses the globalization of the metropolis and how another person can obtain wonderful Middle Eastern foodstuff around the Agora. Douglas also features some of her concealed gems for breakfast, lunch and supper that all place a Mediterranean twist on typical favorites. 


Kenneth Davis, Creator of Really do not Know Substantially About Mythology, defines the term fantasy as sacred tales that are produced to describe what can not be observed. These myths had been crucial to day-to-day existence in Ancient Greece and produced up significant sections of the Greek perception method. It was rare someone would make a selection with out consulting a myth or bigger staying like the Oracle at Delphi. According to Davis, the effect of the Ancient Greeks and their mythology is unbelievably vital as it served as a blueprint for the rest of Western civilization. He also discusses the lessons we can understand from mythology and the risks it can maintain these days. Then, Davis clarifies how the Greek Gods, though impressive, had been very human-like in that they were fallible, bold, and in some cases lusty. And he also discusses the transitional interval when individuals began to want to be higher than the Gods and the threat in that mentality that can continue to be seen in modern day mythologies that have been made. He even further speaks about some of the travel myths that folks experience now. 


Mary Jean Tully, Owner of Tully Luxury Journey, clarifies what travel businesses have been enduring in the earlier 16 months. Having many shoppers on Crystal Cruises, she recounts when outbreaks transpired and how her group dealt with it. She says it was panic of the mysterious that drove so quite a few clients to inquire for refunds and attempted to draw out of their journey options. Tully’s encounter has verified that cruise lines have figured out from the errors at the commence of the pandemic. Tully also talks about taking her vaccine in Canada and how the United States is now not recognizing some European vaccine manufacturers. 


Roberto Martinoli, President and Main Govt Officer of Silversea Cruises, talks about how content the crews were being to be ready to go back again and do what they really like. He describes how the cruise line follows the CDC tips and EU Healthful Gateways carefully in regards to all of their insurance policies and where by they can enter. Each crew member on each individual ship is vaccinated and he tells us how this specific ship’s crew was vaccinated in Greece. The individual cruise is not sailing at capacity and Martinoli suggests that with recommendations modifying so a lot, it started with the intent to sail at a decreased capacity but now that is improved. His cruise on-board restrictions contain sporting a mask inside and getting vaccinated at the beginning and conclude of the excursion. Martinoli carries on to describe how travellers do not need to be escorted when touring the destinations. Silversea Cruises is opening a new route in Iceland and he characteristics this new products to the country’s opening up to guests as effectively as the escalating curiosity in the region. Martinoli compares Silversea guidelines to other cruise strains and more talks about the concerns with refunding passengers in the earlier at the wake of the pandemic. He tells us that he’s discovered that cruises are almost certainly the most secure alternative in vacation and that a continuous dialogue with the community governments has built it that way. He shares that his cruises are offering out and employs the 4-month cruise as an example.


Doug Lansky, Journey Author & Keynote Speaker, converses with Peter about current traveling developments as the planet enters a submit-pandemic era. Lots of metropolitan areas are dealing with overcrowding concerns and transportation charges are soaring because of to substantial need. Some consumers are selecting to expend their income on staycations at resorts by their residences, which contributes to further overcrowding. Lansky also speaks about how the pandemic impacted his long lasting dwelling in Sweden and how it in contrast to other nations in Europe. He’s psyched to journey once more, but he warns of the additional difficulty that a necessary PCR examination can insert to a vacation strategy.


By Amanda Morris for PeterGreenberg.com