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AmaWaterways Wins Big at 2020 Travvy Awards

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There were many winners in the cruise categories during the 2020 edition of the Travvy Awards, but few took home as many trophies as AmaWaterways.

The river cruise company dominated this year’s award ceremony and ended the night with five gold statuettes, cementing AmaWaterways position as one of the most influential brands in the travel industry.

AmaWaterways walked out of New York City’s Gotham Hall with the first-place trophies in four Best River Cruise Line categories, including Africa/Egypt, Asia, Europe and Overall.

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In addition, the cruise line won gold for the Best River Cruise Ship with the AmaMagna.

“To be recognized by our valued travel advisor partners who are fundamental in the success of AmaWaterways is an incredible honor,” AmaWaterways co-founder Kristin Karst said. “Starting the new year and new decade with these awards is a testament to our entire team who work tirelessly to ensure our guests have unforgettable river cruise vacations.”

“We are grateful for the trust the travel advisor community continues to place in us, and we look forward to welcoming them and their clients onboard in 2020 and beyond,” Karst continued.

The success at the 2020 Travvy Awards comes days after AmaWaterways’ AmaKristina became the first river cruise ship to earn a Green Award certification, which recognizes a high standard of safety, quality and environmental performance.

As for the Travvy’s, the award ceremony has become an important part of the industry thanks in part to the winners being selected by travel advisors and agents. In total, over 290 Travvy statuettes were handed out to the winning destinations, hotels/resorts, cruise lines, tour operators and car rental companies that delivered the highest quality experiences.

Check out the full list of 2020 Travvy Awards winners.

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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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