(Miami, FL – December 11, 2018) Silversea Cruises demonstrates its commitment to taking guests closer to the authentic beauty of the world with the introduction of accessibility-enhanced shore excursions. Through its partnership with Accessible Travel Solutions, a company devoted to expanding opportunities for disabled and senior travelers, the cruise line is offering new accessible excursions in nine destinations in the Caribbean and Central America, and additional shore excursions will be developed for the Mediterranean in 2019. The new partnership enables Silversea’s disabled and senior guests to travel deeper in each destination, offering immersive shore excursions that showcase a destination’s history, culture and natural beauty. The collection of shore excursions incorporates such enhancements as vehicles with wheelchair lifts or ramps; trips to sites and attractions that have step-free access, accessible restrooms, and routes that avoid steps; and guides who are experienced with accessibility issues. Following is a sample of some of the tours currently available in the Caribbean and Central America as part of the partnership with Accessible Travel Solutions: Accessible Pitons & Waterfalls — Castries, St. LuciaSt. Lucia’s natural wonders and cultural riches are unlocked during this fun, full-day exploration of the island. Highlights include a visit to the charming fishing village of Anse La Raye, a special stop to witness and photograph the majestic Pitons, and access to a step-free garden path in Soufrière’s Diamond Botanical Gardens – from which guests can admire its signature attraction, the Diamond Waterfall. Monkey Sanctuary & Iguana Hideout for Limited Mobility — Roatan Island, HondurasThis adventure is a fun way to experience fascinating Roatan wildlife and nature first-hand. Participants interact with playful primates at a local monkey sanctuary, browse crafts at a local flea market, pet-friendly iguanas at an iguana and marine wildlife park, and enjoy an inspiring scenic island drive. Accessible St. Kitts — Basseterre, St. KittsThe colorful, colonial charm and untouched natural beauty of St. Kitts can be easily appreciated during this accessibility-enhanced experience. Highlights include the chance to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Brimstone Hill Fortress, a visit to the historic Romney Manor, and a special stop to marvel at spectacular ocean and island vistas from the Timothy Hill Scenic Outlook. Accessible Mayan Experience & Scenic Drive — Cozumel, MexicoTraveling deeper to discover authentic Mayan culture is the focus of this tour. A comfortable, guided drive around Cozumel stops at a cultural center for a taste of ancient Mayan life, ceremonies and foods, including tortillas and chocolate. Then, a visit to the ruins of El Cedral offers a fascinating insight into the island’s oldest community. A tequila tasting and free time to relax on an accessible beach provide further immersion into the charm of this tropical isle. Accessible Grenada — St. George’s, GrenadaGrenada’s cultural and natural treasures are easily discovered on this enriching exploration of the Caribbean’s quintessential spice island. Participants savor the aromas of fresh nutmeg, cocoa and vanilla at a local spice market; visit a local nutmeg factory; learn about the origins of the spice trade at the historic Dougaldston Spice Estate; and complete their adventure with a panoramic drive through a tropical rainforest to experience the Grand Etang National Park. “We never stop searching for ways to unlock amazing deep travel experiences for our guests, while also delivering exceptional comfort and luxury,” said Adria Bono, Director of Shore Excursions for Silversea Cruises. “From up-close encounters with sea turtles in Grand Cayman to exploring UNESCO World Heritage-listed landmarks in San Juan, these new accessible experiences are sure to bring the world closer to our disabled and senior guests.” “Accessible Travel Solutions is excited to collaborate with Silversea Cruises to make cruise vacations more accessible and more enjoyable for all. We appreciate Silversea’s dedication to serving all guests regardless of their accessibility needs,” said John Sage, owner and founder of Accessible Travel Solutions. “With our first-hand accessibility knowledge and years of experience, we look forward to enabling Silversea’s guests to travel deeper to enjoy amazing onshore experiences.” About SilverseaSilversea Cruises, in which Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio serves as Executive Chairman, is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and with Silver Cloud recently joining the Expedition fleet, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of five new ultra-luxury ships. Browse Silversea’s new blog Discover and subscribe to receive the latest content directly into your inbox.
By Rahma Ouled CherifRabat – The governor of the Draa-Tafilalet region in eastern Morocco, Yahdih Bouchaab, chaired a meeting on Saturday to discuss actions to combat the leishmaniasis disease. Bouchaab stressed that the government should increase its efforts to decrease the number of people infected with the disease. Between 2004 and 2013, Morocco recorded 41,656 cases of leishmaniasis. In eastern Morocco, Errachidia, which saw a large population increase over the same period, registered 8,728 cases.Bouchaab called for close coordination between all territorial groups in the region, local authorities, and civil society to survey areas heavily affected by the disease to organize an awareness-raising campaign.Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease that tends to affect poor people. It is generally associated with malnutrition, population displacement, poor housing, and weak immune system. Most of the disease’ causal factors include perceived lack of financial resources.According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 700,000 to 1 million new cases occur annually, of which 20,000 to 30,000 do not survive the disease.Bouchaab’s meeting included a presentation on the general framework for joint work on tracking the program to combat leishmaniasis in Errachidia.The presentation referred to the action plan that focused in particular on the number of exposed and treated cases. Bouchaab stressed the need to raise awareness about the seriousness of the disease.The meeting included heads of the territorial groups in Errachidia, members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and representatives of the security services.