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Record Early Bookings for Silversea 2020 World Cruise

Silversea Cruises is reporting a record number of early bookings for its World Cruise 2020. Both past passengers and first-time cruisers are showing exceptional interest in the itinerary aboard the Silver Whisper, which will visit all seven continents on the 140-day voyage. In a sure sign that the ultra-luxury cruise segment is booming, the ship’s…

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Silversea Cruises is reporting a record number of early bookings for its World Cruise 2020.

Both past passengers and first-time cruisers are showing exceptional interest in the itinerary aboard the Silver Whisper, which will visit all seven continents on the 140-day voyage.

In a sure sign that the ultra-luxury cruise segment is booming, the ship’s top Owner’s Suites sold out immediately. Double-occupancy bookings for the category are in the range of $480,000.

Silversea’s World Cruise 2020 will visit more than 62 ports in more than 32 countries. It includes expedition experiences in Antarctica for the first time. And, it will call on 40 new destinations from the line’s 2018 and 2019 itineraries.

The cruise will also make history by crossing through both the Northern and Southern Fjords.

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“With larger cruise lines significantly reducing their capacity on World Cruises, Silversea is increasingly becoming the prime choice for world cruisers looking for real, in-depth destination experiences,” said Mark Conroy, Silversea’s managing director for the Americas. “With rates starting at $62,000 per guest, the record number of bookings for the 2020 World Cruise demonstrates a growing demand for once-in-a-lifetime, luxury travel experiences.”

The Silver Whisper can accommodate up to 382 guests on the World Cruise 2020. The cruise will include a selection of onboard events, as well as bespoke excursions and land programs.

Early booking offers include a $2,000 onboard credit per guest; roundtrip business-class air, Silver Shore baggage valet between home and ship; laundry service and unlimited Wi-Fi.

Silversea has recently announced that two new vessels will join its fleet. Silver Moon will make her debut in 2020. Silver Dawn is set for delivery in late 2021. Both will be sister ships to the line’s highly-regarded flagship, Silver Muse, which debuted in 2017.

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Passengers Being Evacuated as Zaandam, Rotterdam Finally Dock

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For the first time in almost a month, passengers aboard an illness-stricken Holland America ship put their feet on dry land this morning.

The Zaandam, with four dead aboard, nine confirmed coronavirus cases and 200 more that are sick, finally docked in Fort Lauderdale overnight after an arduous, frustrating journey in which the boat was turned away from a half-dozen ports on its South American itinerary.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finally relented and allowed the Zaandam – as well as its sister ship, the Rotterdam, which took on some of the Zaandam’s healthy passengers – to dock at Port Everglades late Thursday night.

According to the Associated Press, 14 critically ill people were removed from the Zaandam first and taken to Florida hospitals, followed by Florida residents and other passengers. Buses were taking people healthy enough to travel directly to the airport and directly to chartered flights, avoiding the terminal.

“This is a humanitarian situation, and the County Commission’s top priority is protecting our 1.9 million residents while providing a contained disembarkation option for people on board who need to get safely home,” Broward County Mayor Dale Holness said in a statement late Thursday.

Holland America initially said 45 people who were mildly ill would stay onboard the Zaandam until they recovered, but the docking plan released later Thursday indicated that 26 passengers and 50 crew members were ill. Two of the four dead had COVID-19.

Carnival Corp., which owns the Holland America Line, said the Coral Princess – its last ship carrying passengers to a U.S. port since the pandemic was declared – will arrive on Saturday with more than 1,000 passengers who have been isolating in their cabins, including 12 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

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