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New Atlas Ocean Line to Operate Five Ships by 2023

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Atlas Ocean Voyages, a new “luxe adventure” cruise line launching in mid-2021 with the 196-passenger World Navigator, will add four additional vessels by 2023.

The ships are being built by Atlas Ocean’s Portuguese parent company, Mystic Invest Holding Group, at the shipyard West Sea, in Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

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World Navigator’s inaugural season is open for reservations, offering 10 itineraries ranging from seven to 15 nights throughout the Holy Land and Eastern Mediterranean, Western Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

“We’re happy to expand our fleet to five Luxe-Adventure cruise ships to sail under the Atlas Ocean Voyages brand,” said Alberto Aliberti, president of the Fort Lauderdale-based line. “The immediate and positive response from the travel advisor community and early sales of World Navigator’s inaugural 2021 season has played an important part in our decision to increase our capacity.”

World Navigator is currently under construction. World Traveller and World Seeker are scheduled to launch in 2022, and World Adventurer and World Discoverer will launch in 2023.

Atlas Ocean ships will each have 98 suites and staterooms, all with an ocean view and most with a private veranda. Fares include alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, standard Wi-Fi, gratuities, meals and snacks and shore excursions in select ports on every itinerary.

The polar-class ships will be equipped with state-of-the-art hybrid engines, shore-side plug-in power systems and a hybrid-electric jet propulsion system that ensures the ships won’t damage polar ecosystems when stationary.

“The four additions to our Luxe-Adventure fleet will allow us to significantly expand our collection of global adventures and offer more group and charter opportunities to meet growing demand,” said Brandon Townsley, vice president of sales and trade partnerships. “We welcome all travel advisors to join the Luxe-Adventure movement and register as an Atlas Advisor at AtlasOceanVoyages.com.”

For more information, call 844-442-8527 or visit www.AtlasOceanVoyages.com.

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Cruise Ship Denied by Two Caribbean Ports Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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An MSC Cruises ship was turned away from at least two ports in the Caribbean on Tuesday after a crew member fell ill amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to The New York Times, MSC Meraviglia was denied from docking in both Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands after port authorities learned that a crew member from the Philippines was ill. However, the Associated Press reported that the employee was believed to be sick with the common seasonal flu.

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“In an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the government has denied permission for the cruise ship to call on Grand Cayman as previously scheduled,” Dwayne Seymour, health minister of the Cayman Islands, said in a statement.

The cruise line expressed frustration over the repeated denial, claiming that the ill crew member and all passengers on the ship had passed a health screening prior to embarking.

“The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, via direct connection in Istanbul,” MSC Cruises said in a statement to the Times. “He developed symptoms of common flu and tested positive to Type A influenza after he visited the ship’s 24/7 Medical Center while already on board. He has no other symptoms.”

The ship, which is carrying more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, is in the midst of a 15-day roundtrip sailing from Miami that had included scheduled stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Belize and Honduras.

MSC Meraviglia isn’t the first ship to be turned away from port amid fears of the spreading coronavirus and likely won’t be the last. Tuesday’s unexpected hiccup comes just one week after MSC Cruises updated MSC Bellissima’s Grand Voyage itinerary to Asia.

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