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All-Inclusive Atlas Ocean Voyages Opens Inaugural 2021 Season

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The new Atlas Ocean Voyages is offering travel agent commissions of 15 percent and consumer savings of up to $2,000 for the inaugural season of its 196-passenger World Navigator, which is scheduled to begin sailing on July 17, 2021.

The “Luxe-Adventure” brand revealed its inaugural season will include 10 itineraries, ranging from seven to 15 nights throughout the Holy Lands and the Mediterranean and Black seas. The World Navigator will call at a total of 66 unique destinations.

To mark the inaugural deployment, Atlas Ocean Voyages is offering travel advisors an additional 3 percent bonus commission for a total of 15 percent.

The bonus commission and consumer savings are combinable and applicable for all new bookings made from Jan. 2 through March 31, 2020, aboard all inaugural sailings. Fares are based on double occupancy; applicable for first and second berths; and subject to availability.

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“Atlas Ocean Voyages is offering a 3 percent inaugural bonus commission, on top of our standard 12, for an elevated commission total of 15 percent,” said Brandon Townsley, vice president of sales and trade partnerships. “We greatly appreciate travel advisors for their indispensable role in creating unforgettable, personalized, and exciting vacations. Small is the new big, and our small and understated elegant World Navigator will deliver big returns for our travel advisor partners.”

Travelers are offered early-booking savings up to $2,000 per stateroom or suite, 50-percent-reduced deposit, and an additional 5 percent savings for sailing consecutive voyages.

World Navigator’s inaugural voyage departs from Valletta, Malta, to Athens (Piraeus), Greece. The 11-night itinerary includes Zakynthos, Olympia (Katakolon), Elafonisos, Chania, Sitia, Lindos (Rhodes) and Mykonos/Delos, Greece, as well as Noto (Syracuse), Italy; and Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey.

Subsequent voyages include the July 28 seven-night voyage from Athens and calls at Ephesus; Nessebar, Bulgaria; Bucharest (Constanta), Romania; and two nights in Odessa, Ukraine. An optional excursion is a two-day overland tour to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The following nine-night voyage, departing Aug. 4, circumnavigates the Black Sea, with calls at Novorossiysk, Russia, from where guests have the option to visit Moscow; Batumi, Georgia; and Sinop and Amasra, Turkey. The voyage features an overnight in Sochi, Russia and concludes with an overnight in Istanbul, Turkey.

Next are three nine- to 15-night Holy Lands voyages. All itineraries feature overnights in Jerusalem (Haifa) and Masada (Ashdod).

The World Navigator then will sail two seven-night Mediterranean voyages, departing Sept. 18 and Sept. 25, followed by a 17-night transatlantic departing Lisbon on Oct. 4, and concluding with an overnight in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Atlas Ocean Voyages is an all-inclusive, casually elegant cruise brand. The World Navigator has 98 suites and staterooms, all with an ocean view and most with a private veranda. Fares include accommodations, gratuities, meals and snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and one or more free shore excursions.

For more information, call 844-442-8527 or visit www.AtlasOceanVoyages.com.

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Cruise Ship Denied by Two Caribbean Ports Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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An MSC Cruises ship was turned away from at least two ports in the Caribbean on Tuesday after a crew member fell ill amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to The New York Times, MSC Meraviglia was denied from docking in both Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands after port authorities learned that a crew member from the Philippines was ill. However, the Associated Press reported that the employee was believed to be sick with the common seasonal flu.

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

“In an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the government has denied permission for the cruise ship to call on Grand Cayman as previously scheduled,” Dwayne Seymour, health minister of the Cayman Islands, said in a statement.

The cruise line expressed frustration over the repeated denial, claiming that the ill crew member and all passengers on the ship had passed a health screening prior to embarking.

“The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, via direct connection in Istanbul,” MSC Cruises said in a statement to the Times. “He developed symptoms of common flu and tested positive to Type A influenza after he visited the ship’s 24/7 Medical Center while already on board. He has no other symptoms.”

The ship, which is carrying more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, is in the midst of a 15-day roundtrip sailing from Miami that had included scheduled stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Belize and Honduras.

MSC Meraviglia isn’t the first ship to be turned away from port amid fears of the spreading coronavirus and likely won’t be the last. Tuesday’s unexpected hiccup comes just one week after MSC Cruises updated MSC Bellissima’s Grand Voyage itinerary to Asia.

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