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AmaWaterways Promotes Alex Pinelo to New Position



AmaWaterways has promoted Alex Pinelo to the newly-created position of vice president, national accounts. A 20-year travel industry veteran, Pinelo joined the river cruise line a year ago as director, Latin American sales. His most recent position was director, national accounts. Prior to joining AmaWaterways, Pinelo served as vice president of key accounts for Norwegian Cruise Line.

This new promotion recognizes Pinelo’s senior-level leadership role in his short time thus far with AmaWaterways.

“AmaWaterways places tremendous value on the close relationships we have built with our national account partners,” said Gary Murphy, co-owner and vice president of sales.

“Alex’s wealth of experience, his energy and enthusiasm, and especially his ability to educate and motivate our travel agent partners has proven instrumental in leading our sales team and travel partner to improve their sales results consistently.”

Pinelo’s promotion comes at a pivotal time for the line in terms of growth.

AmaWaterways will introduce three new ships in 2019, a first in the history of the company. They include the AmaMagna, the line’s new flagship. She’ll be nearly twice the width of traditional European river cruise ships, offering more space, amenities and larger accommodations than the rest of the fleet. Additionally, the line will introduce AmaMora, sister ship to AmaLea and AmaKristina, which will sail the Rhine river. AmaDouro, sister to AmaVida, will sail on the Douro River in Portugal, a region steadily increasing in popularity.

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US Citizens Advised Against Taking Asian Cruises For Now



Amidst the quarantines and concerns over the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak, tourists have been seeking confirmation whether traveling by cruise is safe or not. Recently, the State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns U.S. citizens against traveling by cruise to or within Asia.

According to the CDC, it is recommended “that travelers reconsider cruise ship voyages to or within Asia. For most travelers, cruise ship travel is voluntary and should be rescheduled for a future date.”

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The advice stems from the numerous quarantines and restrictions due to the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak, including the two cruise ship quarantines and a ship not allowed to disembark for several days earlier this month. Most cruise lines that sell to U.S. residents have already redeployed their ships that had been sailing in Asia.

The State Department said the outbreak is “a dynamic situation and U.S. citizens traveling by ship may be impacted by travel restrictions affecting their itineraries or ability to disembark or may be subject to quarantine procedures implemented by the local authorities.”

The State Department also went on to say that, despite the U.S. government evacuating hundreds of its citizens from Asia over the previous weeks, “repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities.”

While it is encouraged for cruise-goers to avoid traveling Asian itineraries, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that cruising in other areas of the world is a “manageable risk.

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