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AmaWaterways Announces Loyalty Appreciation Cruises for 2021

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WHY IT RATES: Loyalty cruises began in 2019, and AmaWaterways will continue to honor repeat cruisers with these special sailings. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer


It’s the month of love, and AmaWaterways is sharing a special gesture of love with its most loyal past guests, as the award-winning luxury river cruise line today unveiled its third annual Loyalty Appreciation Cruise 2021 lineup.

Repeat guests, their traveling companions and those booking additional staterooms to travel with the past guest on the same departure will all be eligible to take advantage of AmaWaterways’ exclusive loyalty savings and special events on a selection of sailings from August through December.

This includes the choice of special bonus savings in the form of free economy airfare, $1,000 off per person or a reduced 10 percent single supplement*.

“Ama means love and love is at the heart of everything we do at AmaWaterways. It has been an honor to show our heartfelt gratitude to past guests through our Loyalty Appreciation Cruises, which we launched for the first time in 2019,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “During these cruises, we hope fellow guests see some familiar faces and make new lifelong friends as they enjoy specially curated experiences designed to ensure that each river cruise is even more memorable than the last.”

Sailing along the Danube, Mekong, Moselle, Rhine and Rhône rivers onboard AmaWaterways’ innovative ships, returning guests will be celebrated on the following 2021 Loyalty Appreciation Cruises:

—Magna on the Danube onboard AmaMagna – Departing August 4, 2021, and sailing between Vilshofen, Germany and Budapest, Hungary

—Riches of the Mekong onboard AmaDara – Departing September 6, 2021, and sailing between Kampong Cham, Cambodia and My Tho, Vietnam

—Rhine & Moselle Fairytales onboard AmaLucia – Departing October 5, 2021, and sailing between Amsterdam, Netherlands and Basel, Switzerland

—Gems of Southeast Europe onboard AmaBella – Departing November 14, 2021, and sailing between Budapest, Hungary and Giurgiu, Romania

—Colors of Provence onboard AmaKristina – Departing December 2, 2021, and sailing between Lyon, France and Avignon, France

The 2021 Loyalty Appreciation Cruises will provide returning guests with their choice of exclusive savings – all combinable with the benefits of AmaWaterways’ past guest Privilege Rewards Program.

Onboard celebrations are planned to ensure special recognition to returning guests, treating them to itinerary-exclusive events and unique excursions in various ports of call.

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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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“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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