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Travel Leaders Group, Royal Caribbean Team Up for Bahamas Offer

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To lend a helping hand to The Bahamas following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, Travel Leaders Group and Royal Caribbean International have teamed up to entice travelers back to the islands.

As part of the agreement, Travel Leaders and Royal Caribbean will reward passengers sailing to Nassau and/or Perfect Day at Coco-Cay in The Bahamas with up to $100 in onboard spending money.

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To earn the free credit, tourists must book their sailing through a travel agent affiliated with Travel Leaders Network, Nexion Travel Group, Tzell Travel Group, Protravel International and ALTOUR. In addition, the offer is combinable with most Royal Caribbean promotions.

“Our partners at Royal Caribbean have been absolutely extraordinary in their support for The Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian,” Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko said in a statement. “At Travel Leaders Group, we are committed to providing aid and fostering travel to The Bahamas, as well. This special offer from Royal Caribbean will help our tens of thousands of travel advisors promote Bahamas cruises to their clients.”

The gift of onboard spending money is part of the “Travel Helps The Bahamas” campaign being conducted by Travel Leaders Group, which also includes fundraising for humanitarian aid and a broad effort to encourage travel to The Bahamas.

Bonus spending money of $100 per stateroom will be offered for suite reservations, $50 per stateroom for balcony accommodations and $25 per stateroom for interior and ocean view rooms.

Reservations must be made between October 1-7 for cruise departures after October 18.

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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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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

“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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