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American Cruise Lines Enters 20-Year Agreement With Vicksburg



American Cruise Lines has signed a 20-year agreement with the city of Vicksburg, Miss., in which the company will make a financial contribution to improve and beautify the docking facility.

American will pay the city of Vicksburg a per-passenger fee, and the line will receive priority docking for its ships along a section of the Vicksburg riverfront.

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“American Cruise Lines has a long history on the Mississippi River, and I’m pleased to have formalized this agreement which will enhance one of our city’s main entryways – all at no cost to the taxpayer,” said Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Jr.

American Cruise Lines’ ships have visited Vicksburg for many years, but this is the first agreement of its kind between Vicksburg and the line.

“American Cruise Lines is thrilled to have reached a deal with Vicksburg that will keep us contributing to the city’s economy in even more visible ways,” said Charles B. Robertson, President and CEO of American Cruise Lines. “Through Mayor (George) Flaggs’ foresight and drive, our boats will be in as often as four times per week and will bring thousands of tourists to the city.”

In addition to the passenger fees and investment in the waterfront, American will provide shuttle services for its guests, transporting them throughout the community.

American is now the country’s largest cruise line with a fleet of 13 small U.S.-built ships. The line has doubled its capacity on the Mississippi in the past two years, with four ships cruising there in 2020, and more new ships coming in 2021 and beyond.

The company operates more than 10 Mississippi River itineraries from February to December each year.

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Resumes Sailings Mother’s Day Weekend



Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced today that it’s extending the suspension of all sailings through May 6, 2020, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Its ship, the Grand Celebration, is now scheduled to resume operations on Friday, May 8, 2020, with the expectation that it will be able to welcome passengers aboard just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend.

Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, stated, “At Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always our top priority. While we understand that this news is disappointing for many of our valued guests, we believe that further suspension is necessary to ensure their continued safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in communication with all guests booked on a canceled sailing, as well as with our travel advisor partners, and we are offering a 125-percent Future Cruise Credit for all guests booked on a canceled sailing. We wish everyone the very best at this time and look forward to providing you a better way to getaway again soon.”

The Caribbean carrier’s updated “Sail with Ease” policy automatically issues a 125-percent Future Cruise Credit for guests who have two-night cruise and ‘Cruise & Stay’ bookings that need to be canceled due to the extended COVID-19-related suspension. Affected guests need only call customer service at (800) 374-4363 to transfer their booking to any future sailing date through December 31, 2021.

While the cruise line is encouraging guests to opt for the incentivized Future Cruise Credit, those who would prefer their money back are entitled to receive a 100-percent refund of the two-night cruise or ‘Cruise & Stay’ package price, including taxes, fees, charges and any pre-paid amenity or package.

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