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Azamara Launches Its 2020 Discovery Sale



Azamara has launched its 2020 Discovery Sale on select voyages.

From January 17-20, bookings on select sailings from June 8, 2020 – September 10, 2020 include a $500 onboard credit.

Guests can also save up to 40% on their trip when combining Axamara’s Discovery Sale with the cruise line’s 2020 Save Up to 40% Offer.

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Example sailings include:

The 18-night Spitsbergen & Norway voyage, departing on July 8, 2020. This adventurous Norwegian itinerary provides a taste of Scandinavian culture as the ship sails through numerous fjords where guests can scale glaciers, including the million-year old Briksdal. By adding a pre- and post-voyage land program, guests will also have the opportunity to explore Moscow for four nights.

The 9-night Amalfi to Dalmatian voyage, departing on August 20, 2020. Setting sail from Rome, this itinerary includes medieval walking tours of Kotor and kayaking along the Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik. By adding a pre- and post-voyage land program, guests can add a three-night land program in Milan, Varenna, Verona, and Lake Como.

The 15-night Rivers of Western Europe voyage, departing on September 10, 2020. This itinerary allows guests to explore the European cities of Bordeaux, Porto, Lisbon and Seville, and famous villages such as Barcelos. By adding a pre- and post-voyage land program, guests can spend four days exploring Spain’s Basque Country.

Azamara’s three cruise ships, Azamara Journey, Azamara Questand and Azamara Pursuit, will all be participating in these voyages.

For the full list of applicable sailings, visit the website here.

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Cruise Ship Failed Its Health Inspection With 44 Violations



Amidst the increased scrutiny due to the coronavirus, the Princess Cruise Line ship Regal Princess has become the first vessel in 2020 to fail a health inspection.

The inspection took place on Feb. 5, according to Inspectors say the Regal Princess had 44 violations and scored just 77 out of 100 possible points. Any score below 86 is considered failing. The Carnival Fantasy received a score of 77 last year.

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Ships must undergo two unannounced inspections per year by a team from the United States Public Health Department’s Vessel Sanitation Program. The inspectors spend eight hours combing the ship.

Among the violations on the Regal Princess were:

– Two fruit flies were noticed in the Horizon Court buffet

– The glass-washing machine was out of service at the time of the inspection

– At the International Cafe, “the power cables under the right espresso machine were soiled with more than a day’s accumulation of debris

– A food employee was observed with fingernails extending approximately 10mm from the ends of his fingers. Dark debris was observed on the underside of several fingernails

– A child in a diaper was observed in the swimming pool. This facility was not designed for children in diapers. The child was removed from the facility

The Regal Princess can hold more than 3,500 passengers. Like any other ship, it must submit an action plan showing that the violations were corrected. Another unannounced inspection will then take place.

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