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Princess Cruises Launches Spring on Sale Event

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One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises, has launched its Spring on Sale cruise event, offering savings up to 40 percent off on sailings from March-April 2020 including destinations like Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, Hawaii and the California Coast.

The sale runs now through January 21, 2020.

In addition, the sale also offers fares from $1 for the third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom.

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Examples of cruises offered in this sale include:

Caribbean Cruises – seven-day roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale onboard Regal Princess, departing March 15, 2020 – interior fares from $509; balcony fares from $749

Mexican Riviera Cruises – seven-day roundtrip from Los Angeles onboard Royal Princess departing March 21, 2020 – interior fares from $469; balcony fares from $699

California Coastal Cruises – seven-day roundtrip from Los Angeles onboard Royal Princess departing March 28, 2020 – interior fares from $549; balcony fares from $699

Panama Canal Cruises – a 15-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles onboard Coral Princess departing April 6, 2020 – interior fares from $999; balcony fares from $2,439

Hawaii Cruises – a 15-day cruise roundtrip from Los Angeles onboard Emerald Princess – interior fares from $1,049; balcony fares from $1,649

Getaway Cruises – three-days from Los Angeles to Vancouver onboard Emerald Princess departing May 14, 2020 – interior fares form $249; balcony fares from $429

A 10 percent non-refundable deposit is required for all Spring on Sale cruise bookings.

The Spring on Sale cruise event starts at 12 am PST on January 7, 2020 and runs through 11:59 p.m. PST on January 21, 2020, and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Bermuda and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older. More details and offer exclusions can be found at www.princess.com.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.

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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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