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Cruise and Maritime Voyages Offers Free Air and Hotel for Holiday Sailings



WHY IT RATES: Travelers will not pay for their air travel to Phoenix, Arizona, when flying from Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Montana’s Bozeman Airport. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer

Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) is making the December holidays even sweeter with free air, free hotel and free transportation to port offers that cruisers simply won’t want to miss. On its Treasures of the Sea of Cortez Christmas Cruise, December 18-29, 2019, and its New Year Cruise, December 29, 2019, to January 9, 2020, CMV is offering free roundtrip air travel to Phoenix from Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Montana’s Bozeman, plus deluxe motorcoach transportation from Phoenix to Puerto Penasco where Treasures of the Sea of Cortez cruises depart. The deal is valid for all new bookings made by October 15, 2019.

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CMV’s Holiday Sailings Deal Includes:

—Treasures of the Sea of Cortez cruise program and accommodations category selected

—Free roundtrip air travel to Phoenix from Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Montana’s Bozeman

—Free one-night stay at Crown Plaza Phoenix

—Free roundtrip deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach transportation to the cruise port in Rocky Point from Phoenix

—All shipboard gratuities

—Immersive and enriching lecture series throughout the cruise

—House beer and wine included with lunches and dinner onboard

For Arizona market: CMV is offering free deluxe motorcoach transportation from Phoenix or Tucson to Mexico’s beautiful Penasco, and a free night’s stay pre-cruise at the seaside Penasco del Sol Hotel.

The new cruise offers travelers an authentic and memorable way to explore the splendid Sea of Cortez with the introduction of its new 12-day soft expedition cruise program that is part of CMV’s new “Voyages of Exploration” collection.

CMV’s new Treasures of the Sea of Cortez welcomes travelers to experience an unparalleled ecosystem and breathtaking nature infused with the incredible Mexican cultural essence.

Guests will embark in the beautiful seaside town of Puerto Peñasco also known as “Rocky Point” and sail along to Topolobampo, gateway to the Sierra Madre mountain range and Copper Canyon, a series of canyons larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Next, they can take some time to play on the coastal boardwalk of Mazatlan, and then relax and rejuvenate alongside the glitterati in the trendy resort town of Cabo San Lucas. From there the cruise heads on to the pristine beach town of La Paz, visited by Hernan Cortez back in 1535.

Later, adventurers can enjoy time in Bahia Loreto, a destination brimming with active waterborne fun, such as kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and diving. The cruise takes guests next to Santa Rosalia, a popular whale-watching haven, and then on to the Guaymas with its stunning beaches, desert, and mountains. Rounding out this outstanding soft expedition, the cruise sails back to Puerto Penasco.

This unique voyage will be performed by the acclaimed Astoria vessel with her handsome profile and a traditional walk around the promenade deck. The Portuguese-registered Astoria is a classic beautifully restored oceangoing cruise ship carrying just 550 guests and offers a wide selection of very well appointed and comfortable public lounges and cabin accommodation spanning eight passenger decks.

The deal is available for departures on select dates in December 2019 rates starting at $1,599 per person. This flash sale deal is valid on new bookings made by October 15, 2019.

SOURCE: CMV 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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