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Cruise Ship Alters Itinerary Due to Norovirus Outbreak

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One of the travel companies hit the hardest by the coronavirus outbreak is Princess Cruises, which is now dealing with a second ship carrying sick passengers.

According to The New York Times, the Caribbean Princess vessel was denied entry to a port in Trinidad & Tobago after at least 299 passengers and 22 crew members have become sick due to “an abundance of caution.”

Passengers feeling ill have been treated by the ship’s medical team and tested for the coronavirus, but no cases have been identified on board, according to the cruise line’s official website. The vessel is instead dealing with a norovirus outbreak.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the Caribbean Princess was on a 14-day voyage that departed on February 2, but it has been forced to skip the remainder of its stops and sail back to Port Everglades, Florida, on Thursday.

“This is a highly unusual development, and we share the disappointment of our guests,” Princess Cruises said in a statement. “However, the health and safety of our guests and crew is our top priority, and in working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was decided out of an abundance of caution, in this specific instance, to discontinue the cruise.”

At the time of the outbreak, the ship was carrying 4,196 passengers and crew members, with the cruise line offering impacted travelers a 50 percent refund and a future credit valued at 50 percent of their voyage due to the alterations in the itinerary.

The Caribbean Princess is currently scheduled to undergo a full norovirus outbreak cleaning after passengers disembark in Florida. Following the clean-up efforts, the ship is then expected to depart for its next voyage on February 16.

Princess Cruises is also dealing with the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which remains quarantined in Japan. Health officials revealed 60 more confirmed cases of coronavirus onboard, including at least 23 Americans, bringing the total to at least 135 passengers infected.

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New Crystal Program Offers Lower Deposits Good Through 2022

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Crystal’s just-launched Crystal Assured Savings program lets travelers make a $500 deposit by June 30, 2020, for an additional 2.5 percent savings on any seven-night or longer voyage through 2022. Travelers have until March 31, 2021, to select their preferred voyage.

The extra savings range from $50 for over $6,000, depending on sailing and category. The offer is good on any ocean, river, expedition or yacht cruise.

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Travel advisors will earn commission on the deposit as well as locking in new bookings for the future with full commission, less applicable savings.

“Our travel partners are part of the Crystal family, and we remain dedicated to supporting their business and working with them through these unprecedented times,” said Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “The Crystal Assured Savings program equips them with an honest, simple tool – and meaningful savings for their clients – to continue to grow their luxury business and share the Crystal Experience with travelers who are looking to explore the world at a later date.”

The additional savings of 2.5 percent are on top of other Crystal special savings that may apply including two-for-one fares, Book Now Savings, Crystal Society Savings, Early Final Payment Savings, Back-to-Back Savings, Combination Voyage Savings and available future cruise credits.

“The Crystal Assured Savings is a win for our clients, given the array of opportunities to lock in savings on Crystal’s incredible luxury experiences now, as they look ahead to traveling again in the future,” said Eric Maryanov, president of All-Travel in Los Angeles. “Likewise, the program presents a wonderful chance for travel advisors to stimulate business during today’s uncertain environment, while also building a strong foundation for tomorrow that will keep their businesses growing. With Crystal Assured Savings, Crystal is making it possible for the travel community to stay connected and inspired beyond the challenges we are currently facing, and helping advisors weather the storm.”

Another advisor agrees. “There is no better time to start planning a Crystal vacation, with so many savings opportunities available to both new and returning guests. … Crystal’s new program helps ensure that we all sail through this time together,” said Leah Bergner, senior travel advisor for Coastline Travel Advisors in Orange County, Calif.

Terms and conditions for Crystal Assured Savings can be found here.

This post was published by our news partner: TravelPulse.com | Article Source

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