After much uncertainty, the two Holland America Line cruise ships that had been denied access to multiple ports have approved to start the process of docking and disembarking sick passengers and crew members in Florida.
According to NBCNews.com, the Broward County Commission in Fort Lauderdale is expected to approve a plan to allow the Zaandam and Rotterdam ships to dock at Port Everglades on Thursday afternoon.
The covid-19-test-kits-to-ship-unable-to-dock.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>Rotterdam is scheduled to dock at 1 p.m. local time and the Zaandam will dock at 1:30 p.m.
The Holland America vessels arrived off the coast of Fort Lauderdale early Thursday morning with around 230 passengers and crew members who experienced flu-like symptoms. There have been four deaths on the Zaandam and at least eight confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Previously, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine said they would not allow the Zaandam and its sister ship, the Rotterdam, to dock in the state due to concerns about the strain the coronavirus patients would have on the region’s medical facilities.
The Rotterdam was sent on March 22 to rendezvous with the Zaandam to deliver supplies and COVID-19 testing kit, but both vessels were left stranded at sea as ports turned them away. The Zaandam has been at sea since March 7.
United States President Donald Trump intervened earlier this week when he told the Florida Governor to do what was right for humanity, as there were Americans dying on the ships.
The tentative deal to permit the ships to dock in Florida had been reached with the Carnival Corporation, which owns the Holland America Line, on Thursday morning.
Earlier this week, the United States Coast Guard announced all cruise ships would be covid-19-cases-to-remain-at-sea.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>forced to stay at sea indefinitely and treat any passengers and crew members with coronavirus offshore.
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Uniworld’s ‘Heroes Among Us’ European Cruise Giveaway Open for Nominations
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is inviting its travel advisor partners and River Heritage Club Members to nominate the “unsung heroes” of their communities for a chance to win a free, seven-night European river cruise.
25 honorees will be selected by the Uniworld executive management team to receive their complimentary cruises, which consist of one stateroom for themselves and a guest on any seven-night 2021 or 2022 Uniworld, or U by Uniworld, European river cruise (excluding Portugal).
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“In these extraordinary times, Uniworld would like to celebrate the unsung heroes who make it possible for us to be home because they aren’t,” said Uniworld CEO, Ellen Bettridge. “We want to express our eternal debt of gratitude to these essential workers who are keeping us healthy, in body and spirit: the doctors and nurses, bus drivers and mail carriers, delivery people and grocery clerks, volunteers and first responders who have forged on despite their risk.”
Uniworld’s past guests and travel advisor partners are encouraged to enter on behalf of an exceptional everyday hero who, according to Bettridge, “has left a lasting impression by putting the needs of their community first during this COVID-19 pandemic.”
Nominations are being accepted online now through July 31, 2020, and the winners will be notified by August 5. Simply fill out the form with your nominee’s name, and their occupation or role in the COVID-19 response efforts, as well as your reasons for nominating them. You can also upload a photo or video to make your submission stand out.
For more information, visit uniworld.com/en/heroes-among-us/.
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