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Carnival Corporation Brands to Resume Bahamas Sailings

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Carnival Corporation & plc has announced its cruise brands are returning to the Bahamas for regular guest sailings for the first time since Hurricane Dorian tracked over the islands earlier this month.

The company confirmed that Nassau and its private island destinations in the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, sustained a minimal impact from the storm.

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Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line are scheduled to complete more than 250 sailings to the country through the end of 2019, Carnival Corporation announced Friday.

Carnival Cruise Line has returned to the region with scheduled visits to most Bahamian ports of call, including more than 40 planned calls to Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, for the remainder of September. Through the end of the year, the brand will make an estimated 204 calls on eight different ships.

Princess Cruises has 19 sailings scheduled to the Bahamas through the end of this year. The brand will make its return to the country when Crown Princess arrives on October 9, followed by sailings on Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess and the new Sky Princess. The latter will launch next month and begin calling on Princess Cays by December.

Finally, Holland America Line will return on October 21 when ms Zuiderdam calls on Half Moon Cay. The brand has 46 scheduled cruises to the Bahamas across seven of its ships through the end of 2019.

“One of the all-time favorite destinations for our guests for many years are our ports of call in the Bahamas and it is important to spread the word that much of the country had no or little impact and is open for business and eager to provide great vacation memories,” said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation, in a statement.

“Cruise tourism is a vital economic driver for the Bahamian people so we are excited to let travelers know the Bahamas welcomes them with open arms,” he added. “For those in the Bahamas who have been impacted, our hearts continue to be with them, and we will continue to do our part in providing relief aid and supporting our long-time partners and friends as they work to recover and begin the rebuilding process.”

Carnival Liberty and Carnival Pride both made stops in Freeport, Grand Bahama this week to deliver relief supplies, including water, generators, chain saws, prepared meals and medical supplies to assist residents in Dorian’s wake.

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Viking Extends Suspension of Cruising Through August 31

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Viking has further suspended operations through Aug. 31, 2020. The company initially announced it would stop cruising on March 11.

“We were the first cruise line to announce a temporary suspension of operations. We have continued to evaluate the situation, responding accordingly,” Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen wrote in a May 28 post on the company website. “While restrictions related to COVID-19 are beginning to ease in some countries, travel remains complicated. Therefore, we have made the decision to extend our temporary suspension of operations through Aug. 31, 2020.”

The company is offering 125 percent credit to passengers booked on canceled voyages. “It is fully transferable, allowing you to gift it to someone with whom you would like to share the joys of travel. It can be applied within the next 24 months to any river, ocean or expedition cruise,” Hagen wrote. “If you are unable to use your voucher by the expiration date, simply return your expired voucher to Viking, and we will send you a refund equal to the original amount paid to Viking.”

For more details on credits and refunds, click here.

Hagen said the company is developing new safety protocols and taking care of its crew members.

“We have always had the highest standards for health and cleanliness—and are now developing additional protocols to make traveling with Viking even safer. We will be sharing more information about this very soon,” he wrote. “Also, during this time of non-operation, we are further training our crew and preparing our fleet to welcome you onboard again. Since our first announcement, many of you have expressed concern for our crew, and I want to reassure you that we are continuing to take good care of them.”

Hagen said he is seeing signs of hope in Europe. “I am delighted to note that in the past couple of weeks, hope has emerged here in Europe. In Switzerland, restaurants and shops opened two weeks ago, and I must admit it was a great treat to go to my favorite Italian restaurant the other day. Last week, I had my first day in the office – with a mask and proper distancing. It now also looks as though the local borders in Europe are starting to open up.”

Viking plans to launch the ocean ship Viking Venus Early next year and, in 2022, will welcome new expedition vessels, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, that will sail the Arctic, Antarctic and North America’s Great Lakes, and a modern river vessel, Viking Mississippi.

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