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Holland America Line Rolls Out New EZpay Feature



Holland America Line has introduced a new EZpay feature that will give guests more flexibility when paying for their cruise over time.

The cruise line announced Wednesday that the new feature will spread out guests’ cruise balance into equal, interest-free monthly payments leading up to final payment. Guests can opt out at any time without penalty.

Following the initial deposit, EZpay will charge a supplied credit card once a month to pay for the cruise balance in full by the final payment deadline. There are no additional fees. Guests can even choose the date of the monthly charge.

Holland America Line will send confirmation following each payment. Guests can add extra funds to a payment and, afterward, the remaining balance will be recalculated into equal amounts.

Nearly all of Holland America Line’s worldwide itineraries are eligible for EZpay as long as they are not within the final payment deadline, the cruise line said.

Guests looking to take advantage of EZpay can request it when booking through a travel advisor or a representative for the cruise line. You can sign up at any point prior to final payment.

“We continually look for ways to enhance our guests’ experience even before they step foot on one of our ships and EZpay allows the flexibility to pay off their cruise at their own pace,” said Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford in a statement. “Cruising is the best vacation value there is and EZpay makes it possible for our guests to book their dream vacation now and conveniently budget it over an extended period of time.”

Earlier this month, Holland America Line launched a free mobile app allowing guests to personalize their cruise experience from anywhere on the ship.

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European Waterways Barge Cruises Are Ideal for Family Vacations



European Waterways offers the perfect solution to socially distant family travel in Europe.

As the coronavirus pandemic begins to wane and countries begin to reopen their borders to international travelers, families are expected to look to travel to reconnect with one another, and European Waterways is ready for the surge, offering the ideal opportunity for families to explore on private, chartered river barges.

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Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways, says that he is already observing increasing interest.

This isn’t surprising seeing as how these vessels offer ideal accommodations for families, with room for anywhere between six and 20 passengers. Guests can cruise Europe’s canals and smaller waterways as well as the less-populated countryside.

“Cruising with European Waterways has always been about taking ‘the path less traveled,’ so much of our outdoor activities already take our guests away from crowded tourist attractions to the more exclusive, less populated settings,” said Banks. “Until travel returns to normal, we are further committed to providing a safe and healthy onboard environment for our guests, with pre-cruise checks for all on-board and the implementation of more stringent cleaning procedures, among other policies.”

Social distancing will likely be the norm for a while in Europe and around the world, and these barges offer the chance to enjoy scenery while still remaining safe.

For the most part, meals are served on board by the master chef and cruises feature exclusive private tours of castles, aristocratic estates and vineyards, plus other excursions, tailored to avoid the crowds.

L’Art de Vivre is the ideal barge for a family vacation. The eight-passenger vessel once carried supplies during World War One. Now, the boat has been completely modernized and cruises the Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy, France.

Family-friendly excursions include a visit to the Caves of Arcy-sur-Cure, which features some of the oldest cave paintings in the world, a medieval castle under construction using traditional methods at the Chateau Guedelon; the age of the dinosaurs in Cardo Land; and the fun and wildly eclectic artwork on display at the Fabuloserie Art and Sculpture Museum.

Family charters can also incorporate activities such as tennis, ice-skating and mini-golf as well as kayaking, quad biking and horseback riding.

European Waterways’ Family Charters are available throughout France, the U.K., Ireland, Scotland and Italy.

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