By: Casey Carr
A Year of Gratitude
In 2019, Sharon Carr Travel celebrated our 50th Anniversary, and we spent the year looking back on five decades sending Texans around the globe, and looking forward to five decades more. On February 2nd of 2020, my 2nd son was born, and a few days later what turned out to be my last group overseas in 2020, departed for Israel. I took a few weeks of leave, and emerged into a world that had completely changed.
By mid-March we were canceling reservations through May & June, and would cancel thousands more throughout Summer and into Fall. I am very proud of our devoted staff; Julie, Robby, Ivette, Bianca, Jill, Kirsten, and of course Sharon. During this time they worked tirelessly processing cancellations & refunds, living in quarantine and sometimes enduring hold times of 8+ hours until every reservation was resolved.
We are grateful to our partners in the travel industry – Airlines, Tour Companies, Cruise Lines & more – who bent or broke every rule & policy possible to do the right thing for our clients, most of them at great financial sacrifice.
2020 was the most challenging year we have ever faced or are likely to ever face again. We lost some close friends to Covid, most recently our beloved friend & client Nancy Martin. We felt the same pain that so many around the world did in 2020, and of course, the travel industry was hit especially hard.
We were fortunate. We were in a good position to survive something like this, only by the skin of our teeth, but many others were not. Many stalwarts in the travel industry, decades old companies like ours have had to close their doors. This is true of too many industries to count, but as 2020 comes to a close, we have so much to be grateful for.
Our timelines & TV’s were filled with examples of people behaving badly in 2020. But here in the real world we mostly saw people being very good to each other, extraordinary kindness, generosity, patience, fellowship and support from our friends and neighbors.
Our relationships with all of you grew. So many of you called us throughout the year just to checkin, talk about a brighter future, make plans for trips after this is all over. Thinking back to March, quarantine, empty shelves, mass cancellations, we all shared the same experience and bonded over it. We are so grateful for your patience and calm during those months while we worked to resolve everything.
Our relationships with our own friends and families grew, for the same reasons. We talked more, played more games at home, checked in on each other, had staycations, road trips, group zoom parties, we learned to bake together. In April my wife and I started a movie club with four friends. All of these experiences brought us closer together.
By July the #KLUVWorldTour was able to return, and we managed to safely send many of you on self-contained vacations to beautiful destinations in the Caribbean and right here in the USA. We sought out wide open spaces in Jackson Hole & Yellowstone, Sedona & the Grand Canyon and Montana’s Glacier National Park to name a few. We have an incredible slate of trips planned for the #KLUVWorldTour in 2021, with more in the works. I haven’t been in studio to see the sweet faces of the morning show since March, but that will come back soon.
Afterall, 2021 marks 50 Years On-Air for Sharon Carr Travel, stretching all the way back to 1971 when my dad & Ron Chapman schemed to fill the empty seats that Braniff had going out to Honolulu every week. The original flyer for that trip hangs in our office – a week at the Sheraton Waikiki, flights included, for $294. I look at it sometimes to remind me of our core mission. Sharon, Ron & Dad wanted to provide trips to listeners that they may have never considered possible, at a price that makes it possible. We carry that on into 2021, and Sharon is busy finalizing a return to the Sheraton Waikiki to commemorate 50 Years!
The Vaccine is here! As I have said before, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of this news to the travel industry, and everyone expects a dramatic rebound. Even as recently as this week we are seeing a substantial uptick in phone calls, business travel returning, people planning their vacations for Spring & Summer and even booking cruises. There are other indicators that a rebound is nigh, the day after the first vaccine was announced the number one search on google was travel.
There are bargains to be had, but they are happening right now, for travel now and into Spring. There are incredible deals on beach vacations in Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii and other destinations. You will continue to see these deals until the rebound is at full steam, I predict sometime between Spring & Summer.
So buckle up for an amazing 2021! Don’t be afraid to get the vaccine, I am so excited to take it I don’t care if they have to inject it into my eyeball. Lets get back to living and exploring the world.
Your business is more important to us than ever. We are well known for planning group tours, cruises, honeymoons and everything in between but even if you are just booking a flight, car, hotel, homestay, villa etc., please give us a call or email
Remember it doesn’t cost anything to use a travel expert!
In the meantime, below is a teaser for all we have upcoming:
Any of these trips that interest you, please let us know below with your name and email and we will get right back to you. Some of these are still in negotiation, but we can take your name and alert you with details when they are open for reservations, you’ll be the first to know.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all of you, on behalf of all of us at Sharon Carr Travel!
|Trips – UPDATED 12/14/2020||Dates||# Days||Status|
|NCL Greece||June 21-July 1, 2021||11 days||Ready to book|
|Spring Break Caribbean Cruise||March 6-13, 2021||8 days||On request|
|Uniworld Tulips Cruise||March 24 – Apr 2, 2021||10 days||Ready to book|
|Italy & Italian Lakes||May 1-8, 2021||8 days||10 seats remaining|
|Oceania Greece-Istanbul to Athens||July 30-Aug 9. 2021||10 days||Ready to book|
|South Africa Safari -Sharon Carr host||May 22-30, 2021||9 days||8 seats left|
|England/Wales With Highclere Castle||Aug 8-15, 2021||7 days||2 seats remaining|
|NCL Bliss Alaska||June 5-12, 2021||8 days||Ready to book|
|Oberammergau Passions Play tour||Aug of 2022||9 days||Pending|
|KTBB Ireland||May 12-20, 2021||8 days||10 seats remaining|
|Rocky Mountaineer Train Tour||Sept 30-Oct 6, 2021||7 days||20 seats remaining|
|Eastern Canada/Niagara Falls||Oct. 2-8, 2021||8 days||20 seats remaining|
|Tanzania Safari||Nov 12-20, 2021||10 days||15 seats remaining|
|Finland & Northern Lights||Dec 2-9, 2021||8 days||Ready to book|
|Uniworld Vietnam/Cambodia-Sharon Carr host||Nov 5-17, 2021||13 days||5 cabins remaining|
|Southern Italy & Sicily||Fall 2021||9 days||Pending|
|Uniworld Christmas Markets Cruise||Dec 4-12, 2021||9 days||Ready to book|
|Tauck Morocco Tour||10/31-11/9/21||10 days||Ready to book|
|HAWAII – KVIL/KLUV CELEBRATES 50 YRS||TBA – 2021||Pending|
|KTBB Uniworld Burgundy/Provence||Oct 9-17, 2021||8 days||Ready to book|
|Uniworld River Cruise Bordeaux||May 9-16, 2021||8 days||Ready to book|
|Uniworld River Cruise Castles on Rhine||May 23-30, 2021||8 days||Ready to book|
|Uniworld River Cruise Paris & Normandy||June 20-27. 2021||8 days||Ready to book|
|Uniworld River Cruise Enchanting Danube||June 27-July 4, 2021||8 days||Ready to book|
|Uniworld River Cruise Portugal & Lisbon-Duoro||July 25-Aug 4, 2021||11 days||Ready to book|
|Uniworld River Cruise Delight Danube & Prague||July 26-Aug 4, 2021||10 days||Ready to book|
|Uniworld River Cruise Venice & Swiss Alps||Oct 24- Nov 4, 2021||12 days||Ready to book|
|Azamara Scotland – Military Tatoo||Aug 3 – 16, 2021||14 days||Pending|
|Oceania NYC-Montreal||Oct 21-31, 2021||10 days||Ready to book|
|Oceania Tropical Retreats – Miami-Miami||Feb 19-26.2022||7 days||Ready to book|
|Oceania transatlantic – Miami to Rome||Mar 19-Apr 4, 2022||16 days||Ready to book|
|Oceania Italy||Apr 14-21, 2022||7 days||Ready to book|
|US Rocky Mountaineer-Rockies to Red Rocks||15-Aug-21||Pending|
|Dates do not always reflect travel days|