Published for the Travel Agents of Suffolk County
TASC - Wed., June 9th
Virtual meeting at 6:00pm
on Zoom featuring presenter Thierry Vuolo with
Oceania Cruises
Meeting ID: 815 028 9809

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Dear Members,

After enduring a cold, rainy Memorial Day weekend, lets hope the weather warms and the sun finally returns.

It pains me to say that we are back to a virtual meeting for June. Due to the unavailability of suppliers to host the meeting for a live presentation, the TASC board decided to return it's June meeting back to Zoom. We felt this was better than trying to fill the time with trivia games.

However, on a positive note, we were able to give you a presenter for our virtual meeting. Thank you to Thierry Vuolo with Oceania Cruises for agreeing at this late date to step up.

If any sponsors would like to sign on for our July meeting or September through November meetings, please contact me or Fran Raupp directly. We would really prefer to go back to holding live dinner meetings.

I would like to thank Gavin Simmons with Sandals who gave last month's presentation and to those members and suppliers who continue to support us.

TASC would like to wish all our Dads a very Happy Father's Day, Enjoy!

Susan Bonesso
Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.
           -- George Carlin

Attention suppliers, you may contact our Programs Director, Fran Raupp at
to book your program.
The 2021 TASC Trade Show is scheduled for Thursday, October 28, 2021.
We plan to hold it at the newly re-branded Holiday Inn Islip Airport East (formally the Radisson) located at the LIE-Exit 63 & North Ocean Avenue in Holtsville.
As the date gets closer we will provide new details as they come available.
Suppliers may contact our Trade show chairperson Jeaneane
De Cicco at for further details.
Current Industry Affairs (CIA)
New CDC guidance enables passengers and crew on ships with 95% vaccination rates to forego wearing masks or physical distancing while onboard.

Legislation has been passed to temporarily exempt large cruise ships sailing in Alaska from compliance with the Passenger Vessel Services Act. However, they are still waiting for the CDC to lift its ban on large ship cruising. Several cruise lines have announced they will be taking bookings for Alaska cruises including Carnival, Celebrity, Holland-America, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Silversea.

Southwest Airlines is scheduled to start daily non-stop service from Islip to Nashville beginning June 7th.

For current travel openings and restrictions for the Caribbean, go to:
Summer Cruises Returning

The following cruise lines have announced cruises which are open to US & Canadian citizens.

Celebrity Cruises
The Celebrity Millennium will launch Caribbean cruises from St. Maarten on June 5.
The Celebrity Apex will sail Mediterranean cruises from Athens, Greece, on June 19.
Vaccines: Required for adults; children under 18 must produce proof of a negative Covid test. 

Celestyal Cruises
Celestyal Cruises will launch two ships on sailings in the Greek Islands, beginning May 29th from Piraeus, Greece.
Vaccine requirements: Currently, cruisers need to either provide proof of vaccination, Covid-19 immunity or a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure from the U.S. and within 72 hours of cruise embarkation.

Crystal Cruises
The Crystal Symphony will launch 10-day cruises from Antigua on Aug. 5.
The Crystal Serenity will offer Bahamas-only itineraries from Nassau beginning July 3.
Crystal Expedition Cruises' Crystal Endeavor will offer 10-day Iceland circumnavigations starting July 17.
Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Norwegian Cruise Line
The Norwegian Jade will launch 7-day cruises from Athens beginning July 25.
The Norwegian Joy will offer weeklong cruises from Montego Bay, Jamaica, on Aug. 7. CANCELLED
The Norwegian Gem will sail from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, starting Aug. 15. CANCELLED
Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Royal Caribbean International
The Adventure of the Seas will sail 7-day cruises from Nassau, Bahamas beginning June 12.
The Vision of the Seas will launch from Bermuda 7-day cruises beginning June 26.
The Jewel of the Seas will homeport from Limassol, Cyprus on 7-day cruises to the Greek islands beginning July 10.
Vaccines: Required for adults; children under 18 must produce proof of a negative Covid test.

The Seabourn Ovation will operate seven-day cruises in Greece and Cyprus from Athens, beginning July 3. 
Vaccines: required for all passengers. 

Silversea Cruises
The Silver Moon will launch 10-day cruises from Athens beginning June 18.
Vaccines: required for all passengers.

The Viking Orion will operate eight-day Bermuda sailings from Hamilton in June.
The Viking Sky will homeport in Reykjavik and offer eight-day Iceland cruise in June.
Vaccines: Required for all passengers. 

Windstar Cruises
The Star Breeze will sail from Philipsburg, St. Maarten and the Wind Star from Athens, both on June 19. The Wind Spirit will launch in Tahiti on July 15 and the Wind Surf on Aug. 8 from Barcelona.
Vaccines: required for all passengers.

Attention All Committee Chairpersons
Any outstanding bills for your committees MUST be submitted no later than our next general meeting on June 9th to Treasurer Ginny DeFeo. 
TASC would like to send get well wishes to
Past President Barbara Chicollo who was recently hospitalized. Cards may be sent to her at:
424 Addison Place, Medford, NY 11763
Your TASC board has a new email address: TASCEMAIL@OPTIMUM.NET
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Supplier Rep Updates

We would like to welcome several new supplier reps that have recently been assigned to the Suffolk County area.

Apple Leisure Group/Travel Impressions
Richelle Nicoletta,

Carnival Cruises
Grace Ambrosia,

Celtic Tours
Rose Christopher,

Collette Vacations
Tracy O'Neill,

Holland America
Ann Hall,

Oceania Cruises
Thierry Vuolo,
Maggie De La Cruz,

Regent Seven Seas
Amelie Dubois,

Royal Caribbean
Molly Paolini,

Kimberly Daino,

Seabourn Cruises
Ann Hall,

Vacation Express
Deborah Tortoriello,

Executive Board
Susan Bonesso
Vice President
Fran Raupp
Liz Henn
Ginny DeFeo
Director Owner
Will Porrier
Director Affiliate
Gavin Simmons
Director Agent
Jeffrey Austin
Past President
Garrett Simulcik

Rogers Travel

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