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Royal Caribbean Group Launches New Program to Assist Travel Advisors

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The Royal Caribbean Group announced Tuesday it has launched a dedicated program created to assist thousands of travel agents and advisors in the United States deal with the impact of the coronavirus-outbreak.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>coronavirus outbreak.

The program, dubbed RCL Cares, will offer a variety of services to help educate coronavirus-places-to-love-and-more.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>travel partners as they navigate government benefits available to agents and advisors in America, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories.

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Royal Caribbean’s services include one-on-one assistance and access to critical resources about recovery benefits available under the CARES act. While the RCL Cares program will not provide legal advice, it will offer a resource desk to provide educational material and answer questions.

“This is perhaps the most challenging time the travel industry has seen, and we want to do all we can to support those who have supported us throughout our history,” Royal Caribbean Group CEO Richard Fain said in a statement. “Our travel partner community is hurting, and help can’t come too soon.”

“Any piece of legislation can be challenging to understand, and we want our travel advisors to receive all the financial assistance available to them,” Fain continued. “While our ships are idle, we have resources that can be redirected to helping our travel partners so that they will be fully ready and able to charge ahead when we return to service.”

To access the RCL Cares program, advisors and agents must visit CruisingPower.com, where they can access highlights of the CARES Act, FAQs, Small Business Association resources and tips.

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to impact cruise lines, several of the top companies in the industry have extended the suspension of all voyages, including Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, Disney, Seabourn and more.

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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.

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