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American Cruise Lines Plans to Restart Operations June 20

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American Cruise Lines confirmed plans to relaunch sailing on June 20 in the Pacific Northwest and June 28 on the Mississippi River.

The 180-passenger American Song will operate on the Columbia and Snake rivers at 75 percent capacity to allow for social distancing. The Mississippi River cruises will be operated by the 190-guest American Harmony, also at 75 percent capacity.

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American Cruise Lines is a U.S.-flagged and -crewed operation with small ships that are exempt from the CDC’s no-sail order now in effect through July 24 or until the coronavirus outbreak is no longer considered an emergency.

The company said all its ships are voluntarily sailing at 75 percent capacity; although even at capacity, they are still under the 250 passenger and crew limit for the CDC rule.

American said it is also eyeing a restart in the summer as soon as late June or July for Alaska cruises on the 175-passenger coastal ship American Constellation.

The company has listed the many new protocols and procedures that will go into effect with the resumption of cruising. They include a touchless boarding and check-in process, hourly sanitation rounds to clean touchpoints such as railings and elevator buttons, the availability of personal protective equipment, luggage sanitation before loading on the ship and no buffets.

Pre-boarding screenings will be conducted in a medical tent with respirations, oxygen and temperature checks. COVID-19 testing will be performed as needed, and the ships will carry COVID-19 quick test kits.

Isolation rooms will be created and made available as necessary. An allotment of staterooms aboard each ship to be sanitized and kept unoccupied unless they become necessary for isolation purposes.

The line has an Outbreak Management Plan in place to respond to confirmed COVID-19 cases onboard. American also coordinates care with shoreside medical facilities and evacuation plans in place from every port of call.

American’s ships have independent HVAC air systems with no shared ductwork in cabins and lounges. “Air conditioning ducting is cited as a source of virus transmission; our ships have no shared ducting between rooms or public spaces,” the company said.

Guests will have the same housekeeper for the duration of the cruise. There will be daily sanitation of all touchpoints in staterooms, including doorknobs, light switches, sink, balcony railing and thermostat. A disposable cover will be applied to each TV remote control prior to guest boarding.

All dining tables will be used only once during each meal service. There will not be multiple seatings at any table during any meal.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be kept behind transmission barriers and passed to guests individually.

For the complete list of American Cruise Lines’ new protocols, click here.

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Uniworld’s ‘Heroes Among Us’ European Cruise Giveaway Open for Nominations

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is inviting its travel advisor partners and River Heritage Club Members to nominate the “unsung heroes” of their communities for a chance to win a free, seven-night European river cruise.

25 honorees will be selected by the Uniworld executive management team to receive their complimentary cruises, which consist of one stateroom for themselves and a guest on any seven-night 2021 or 2022 Uniworld, or U by Uniworld, European river cruise (excluding Portugal).

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“In these extraordinary times, Uniworld would like to celebrate the unsung heroes who make it possible for us to be home because they aren’t,” said Uniworld CEO, Ellen Bettridge. “We want to express our eternal debt of gratitude to these essential workers who are keeping us healthy, in body and spirit: the doctors and nurses, bus drivers and mail carriers, delivery people and grocery clerks, volunteers and first responders who have forged on despite their risk.”

Uniworld’s past guests and travel advisor partners are encouraged to enter on behalf of an exceptional everyday hero who, according to Bettridge, “has left a lasting impression by putting the needs of their community first during this COVID-19 pandemic.”

Nominations are being accepted online now through July 31, 2020, and the winners will be notified by August 5. Simply fill out the form with your nominee’s name, and their occupation or role in the COVID-19 response efforts, as well as your reasons for nominating them. You can also upload a photo or video to make your submission stand out.

For more information, visit uniworld.com/en/heroes-among-us/.

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