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Cruise and Maritime Voyages Introduces Free Air Deal on Best-Priced World Cruise



WHY IT RATES: Sail around the world in luxury and earn some extra incentives.—Donald Wood, Breaking News Senior Writer.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages is launching a free air deal from dozens of cities in the USA and Canada to embark on the line’s acclaimed world cruise. Travelers can kick-off 2020 by sailing around the world in 120 days, visiting captivating destinations in Portugal, Netherlands Antilles, Panama, Colombia, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, and much more.

Known as the “best-priced cruise to circumnavigate the globe,” travelers can take advantage of free round-trip air from the following gateways:

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—East Coast: Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.

—Midwest: Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Dallas, St Louis, Austin, Houston, and New Orleans

—West Coast: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix, and San Diego

—Canada: Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver

Here are details on this value-packed Free Air on World Cruise:

—120-night cruise, round-trip London, sailing onboard the Columbus

—Sailing from Jan. 6 – May 5, 2020

—From $13,999 for interior cabins

—From $18,669 for oceanview cabins

—Free RT Air Travel from above detailed gateways

—Includes all taxes and fees

Travelers will cruise in comfort onboard CMV’s classically designed, mid-sized Columbus cruise vessel sailing via the Azores and the Caribbean. Columbus will journey through the Panama Canal, call at islands of the South Seas, and head to New Zealand and Australia, before unveiling highlights of Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India.

Cruisers will discover the ancient sites of Egypt and Jordan and transit the Suez Canal to the Holy Land from where Columbus sails the Mediterranean homeward bound.

Showcasing 40 spectacular ports of call, travelers will make their bucket list dreams come true with visits to: London, United Kingdom; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Willemstad, Curacao; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Nuku Hiva, Papeete and Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Nuku’alofa, Tonga; Tauranga, Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand; Sydney, Hamilton Island and Yorkeys, Australia; Madang, Papua New Guinea; Yokohama and Kagoshima, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, China; Halong Bay, Vietnam; Penang, Malaysia; plus ports in Sri Lanka, India, Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Greece.

Guests will additionally enjoy destination experts and guest lecturers onboard to help make the most of every destination visited. Colombus features seven lounges and bars, two specialty coffee and tea shops, and two deck bars, giving guests ample choices to tailor their leisure time. The Dome Observatory, Nightclub and Palladium Show Lounge host nightly performances, and there is a large floor for ballroom dancing.

In addition to the inspired cruise itinerary and stateroom selected, this splendid world cruise includes delicious full board cuisine; afternoon teas and late-night snacks; captain’s Cocktail Party; self-service tea & coffee (6am to 10pm), big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes; daytime activities and leisure facilities; porterage of luggage, port to cabin; and port taxes.

For more information, reach out to your local travel agent.

SOURCE: Cruise and Maritime Voyages press release.

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Viking Extends Suspension of Cruising Through August 31



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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