|STATEMENT about West Maui, Hawaii & our Three Island Hawaii Adventure (18AUG23)|
We are deeply saddened about the wildfires that have caused so much loss of life and destruction to the special town of Lahaina in Maui. We cherish our relationship with the people and islands of Hawaii. It is a magical destination and one that is highly sought out by our guests for its natural beauty, culture and unparalleled experiences. We are closely monitoring the situation in Maui, which impacts the west side of the island.
Regarding your travel plans to Maui, please keep in mind that the state of Hawaii needs travelers as part of their recovery efforts. “In order to recover, we need to strike the proper balance of rebuilding and recovering by continuing to welcome visitors to our shores,” said Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association. “With the exception of Lahaina and West Maui area, the remaining resort destinations of Maui remain open, including Wailea, Kihei, Makena and Kahului.” According to Tapani Vuori, the general manager of the Maui Ocean Center, "An employed Maui is a resilient Maui. Many of our local businesses depend on the visitor community, and as that dwindles, the hardships on our island multiply.” The other islands in the state of Hawaii were not impacted by the fires and remain fully open for tourism.
As we continue to monitor the situation, we are actively reviewing the itineraries of our upcoming 2023 & 2024 departures. All 2024 departures are scheduled to operate as planned less the Lahaina visit. For 2023, in order to reduce the strain on West Maui’s local resources in the short term, we will not operate our November 7, 2023 Hawaii Three Island Adventure and we will try to reaccommodate those guests on 2024 departures. If any other adjustments need to be made to our 2024 published itineraries, we will advise guests closer to departure.
The AFC Policy regarding a vaccination requirement on United States programs expired Dec 31, 2022.
The AFC Policy regarding a vaccination requirement on INTERNATIONAL TOURS INCLUDING CANADA & EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISES expired April 30, 2023.