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Norwegian Jewel Finally Docks in Honolulu

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel was finally allowed to dock in Honolulu on March 22 after being turned away from several ports due to coronavirus fears. Passengers embarked the ship on Feb. 28 in Sydney, Australia, and were last able to disembark in Fiji on March 11.

The ship’s 2,000 passengers will undergo enhanced medical screening before disembarking on March 23. About 1,000 crew members will remain aboard. The Norwegian Jewel previously was allowed to dock in Honolulu Harbor on March 18 to refuel and restock on food and supplies, but passengers were not allowed to disembark.

There are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 on the ship, the cruise line said in a statement.

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The passengers will be transferred from the ship to chartered planes.

“A detailed plan is being developed with Norwegian Cruise Line that keeps passengers isolated to avoid any potential strain on Hawaii’s resources, while also addressing the well-being of the cruise line passengers who have been at sea for a very long time,” said Jade Butay, director of the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT). “Because of the additional precautions we are taking in response to the COVID-19 crisis, it will take some time to transport these passengers safely to their chartered planes, and we thank the public for its cooperation and understanding.”

In its statement, HDOT said the Norwegian Jewel experienced propulsion problems that require repairs that cannot be made with passengers onboard. That prompted the state to allow the passengers to disembark.

Norwegian Jewel was the last vessel in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet with guests aboard at sea. All ships will soon be berthed in ports around the world until the temporary sailing suspension is lifted.

Cruise ships are on a 30-day pause in operations that took effect March 14. The Norwegian Jewel was already underway and had not planned to travel to the United States.

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European Waterways Barge Cruises Are Ideal for Family Vacations

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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.

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

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