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Crystal Cruises Announces Reduced Deposits for Select 2020 European Summer Voyages



WHY IT RATES: Guests aboard select Crystal Cruises can save with the cruise line’s reduced deposits this summer. – Mackenzie Cullen, Editorial Associate

Making it easier than ever to plan a luxury cruise to the Mediterranean, Crystal Cruises is offering reduced deposits of $100 for a dozen Crystal Serenity sailings and one Crystal Symphony sailing in 2020.

The select voyages range from seven to 13 nights from April through August and explore some of the most coveted locales along the French and Italian rivieras, Dalmatian Coast, Spanish Coast, Greek Isles and Western Europe.

Crystal Serenity

—April 21, 2020 (12 nights), Rome to Monte Carlo

—May 3, 2020 (7 nights), Monte Carlo to Venice

—May 10, 2020 (12 nights), Venice to Barcelona

—May 31, 2020 (7 nights), Rome to Venice

—June 14, 2020 (12 nights), Athens to Barcelona

—July 3, 2020 (7 nights), Rome to Monte Carlo

—July 10, 2020 (9 nights), Monte Carlo to Venice

—July 31, 2020 (9 nights), Rome to Barcelona

—August 9, 2020 (7 nights), Barcelona to Monte Carlo

—August 16, 2020 (7 nights), Monte Carlo to Rome

—August 23, 2020 (7 nights), Rome to Barcelona

—August 30, 2020 (13 nights), Barcelona to Québec City

Crystal Symphony

—August 19, 2020 (13 nights), Amsterdam to Barcelona

The reduced deposit promotion is valid for all new bookings made during Crystal’s current Book Now Savings window, which launches today and runs through March 4, 2020, allowing guests to take advantage of the best possible fares on Crystal’s all-inclusive luxury with the added incentive of the low deposit.

The $100 deposit is just a fraction of the standard deposit of 25 percent of the cruise fare. The final payment requirement of 120 days prior to sailing remains the same during the promotion.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888-799-2437 or visit

SOURCE: Crystal Cruises press release.

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Cruise Ship Denied by Two Caribbean Ports Amid Coronavirus Outbreak



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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