Holland America Line Retains Title as Top Alaska Cruise Line in the 2020 AFAR Travelers’ Awards

Bookings are open for 2021 and 2022 Alaska Cruises and Land+Sea Journeys

SEATTLE, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Maintaining its status as the number-one cruise line for explorations to The Last Frontier, Holland America Line was named the top pick for Alaska cruises in the 2020 AFAR Travelers’ Awards. This is the third time the cruise line has won the Alaska category in the award’s five-year existence.

The 2020 AFAR Travelers’ Awards are voted on by AFAR readers who select the cruise lines that capture their imagination and inspire their travel plans. All of the winners are featured online at afar.com/travelersawards and in the January/February 2021 print edition of AFAR magazine.

“The readers of AFAR are some of the most discerning travelers in the world, and to be awarded best in Alaska is a tremendous honor that validates all of the expertise that goes into crafting the perfect Alaska experience

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Carnival Cruise Line sets date for inaugural sailing of its largest-ever ship

Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ship to date has a date for its first voyage.

The Mardi Gras will set sail on April 24, 2021, the cruise line announced Thursday. It had previously been scheduled to debut in February 2021.

The ship will be the first operating in the Americas to run on liquefied natural gas and it will include eye-popping amenities like a roller coaster, according to Carnival. The coaster, named BOLT, will be the first roller coaster at sea. It will encircle the upper decks and offer views from 187 feet above the water line.

The coaster, named BOLT, will be the first roller coaster at sea. It will encircle the upper decks and offer views from 187 feet above the water line.

The coaster, named BOLT, will be the first roller coaster at sea. It will encircle the upper decks and offer views from 187 feet above the water line.
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ROYAL CARIBBEAN SAILING FIRST CRUISE SINCE COVID-19 SUSPENSION 9 MONTHS AGO

The name is a homage to Carnival’s original ship, the TSS Mardi

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Second ship sets sail under cruise pilot programme, Singapore News & Top Stories

Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas yesterday became the second ship to start cruises to nowhere from Singapore, with stepped-up safety protocols to keep Covid-19 at bay.

It follows Genting Cruise Line’s World Dream, which launched Singapore’s first cruises to nowhere on Nov 6 amid the pandemic.

These round-trip cruises without ports of call are taking place under a pilot programme announced in October.

Royal Caribbean will have up to two cruises a week, departing on Mondays and Thursdays, with tickets starting at $374 per person for a three-night cruise.

The first voyage, a four-night cruise carrying more than 1,300 people, left yesterday at 9pm. Its second, a three-night cruise leaving at 9pm on Monday, will carry more than 1,700 passengers.

The Quantum of the Seas can serve up to 2,000 guests at full capacity during the pandemic, half of its usual of over 4,000 passengers.

“We want to

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Brenda Cochrane: Scottish reality TV star ‘cheats death’ in cruise ship accident

Scottish reality TV star, Brenda Cochrane, has said that she has spent two years suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after falling into a 35-foot chasm beneath the stage on a cruise ship.

Brenda, from Uddingston in Lanarkshire, shot to fame after winning TV talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1989 singing Frank Sinatra’s hit New York, New York.

Her first album went gold in 1990 and she spent the next thirty years touring the world with her music.

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Brenda fell after an accident on stage during rehearsals.

She was booked to perform on the Princess Regal cruise ship in 2017 when the incident happened.

While the vessel was docked at Copenhagen, she was rehearsing

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Holland America Line Retains Title as Top Alaska Cruise Line in the 2020 AFAR Travelers’ Awards | State News

Bookings are open for 2021 and 2022 Alaska Cruises and Land+Sea Journeys

SEATTLE, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Maintaining its status as the number-one cruise line for explorations to The Last Frontier, Holland America Line was named the top pick for Alaska cruises in the 2020 AFAR Travelers’ Awards. This is the third time the cruise line has won the Alaska category in the award’s five-year existence.

The 2020 AFAR Travelers’ Awards are voted on by AFAR readers who select the cruise lines that capture their imagination and inspire their travel plans. All of the winners are featured online at afar.com/travelersawards and in the January/February 2021 print edition of AFAR magazine.

“The readers of AFAR are some of the most discerning travelers in the world, and to be awarded best in Alaska is a tremendous honor that validates all of the expertise that goes into crafting the perfect

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7 Best Cruise Stocks Seeking to Set Sail Again in 2021

When investors consider cruise stocks, there is a very short list of pure-play equities available. That’s because the industry itself is highly consolidated and capital-expenditure heavy, meaning a higher barrier to entry. In fact, the industry’s major players — there are only three — own multiple sub-brand cruise lines. They control three-quarters of the field. Yet, regardless of industry landscape, investors remain curious about how to play these stocks today. To no one’s surprise, cruise stocks have been battered this year. Revenues have declined massively and market capitalization has plummeted across the board.  But drugmakers like Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) have also recently released good news about their Covid-19 vaccine efficacies. As such, both travelers and investors have reason for cautious optimism.  Additionally, up until Oct. 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had mandated a No Sail Order for cruise ships. Now, though, cruise lines are only
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Why Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Carnival Corporation Stocks All Just Popped

What happened

Cruise line stocks surged out of port Thursday, with shares of Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL) rising 5.3% in 11:50 a.m. EST trading, Norwegian Cruise Line Holding (NASDAQ:NCLH) up 8.9%, and industry leader Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK) leading the pack — up 10.3%.

And yet, while all the stock price moves are positive, it would not be accurate to say that all the news is positive today.

Three cruise liners lined up abreast in port.

Image source: Getty Images.

So what

At first glance, it appears that Wall Street is the big catalyst behind today’s move.

This morning, Bank of America raised its price targets on the two smaller players in the cruise industry — Norwegian Cruise and Royal Caribbean. The former received a hike to $25, reports StreetInsider.com today, and the latter a hike to $60. But here’s the thing: Despite raising its price target on Norwegian nearly 40% and doubling its price target on Royal Caribbean,

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Carnival Cruise cancels more cruises due to ongoing pandemic

Carnival Cruise Line announces it is canceling more sailings due to the pandemic.

The cruise line says itineraries from Port Canaveral, Galveston, and Miami scheduled for February are now canceled.

Carnival also announced its newest ship named ‘Mardi Gras’ will not sail its inaugural sailing until April 24, 2021.

Carnival’s cancelations come as Norwegian canceled all the sailings thru the end of February and the majority of its March voyages.

Celebrity Cruises will not sail until at least March to sail with Regent Seven Seas not sailing until April.

Royal Caribbean Group also canceled all sailings through the end of February, with the exception of a handful of Royal Caribbean cruises in Asia, which will be open to local residents only.

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Milwaukee’s cruise ship port is taking a big step forward. A new lease guarantees Pearl Mist visits through 2030.

Milwaukee’s role as a Great Lakes cruise ship destination is taking a big step forward.



a small boat in a body of water with a city in the background: Pearl Mist, a Great Lakes cruise ship, is docked near Discovery World in Milwaukee.


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Pearl Mist, a Great Lakes cruise ship, is docked near Discovery World in Milwaukee.

A new agreement guarantees that the Port of Milwaukee will be a turnaround location for the Pearl Mist cruise ship from 2021 through 2030 — with an option for the cruise line to extend that service to 2040.

 The lease was approved Thursday by the city Board of Harbor Commissioners. It also needs Common Council approval.

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It provides priority docking rights at Pier Wisconsin, the downtown dock immediately east of Discovery World, to Guilford, Connecticut-based Pearl Seas Management (USA) LLC.

The lease guarantees the Pearl Mist will use the pier for turnaround operations at least five times annually.

That means

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Norwegian Cruise Line Is Running Out of Beach Sand to Draw Lines In

It seems as if every time Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) draws a line in the sand, a big wave comes in and washes it all away. The country’s third-largest cruise line operator pushed out the restart date for its sailings on Wednesday. Again. 

Norwegian Cruise Line won’t be welcoming passengers on revenue-generating journeys until March at the earliest, a cruel reminder that investors were premature in cheering on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention replacing its “No Sail” order with a conditional one back in late October. Requirements for Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK), and Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL) to build out testing labs, amp up safeguards, and run a few trial sailings on each ship have proven to be challenging obstacles in returning back to business.

A snorkler wearing a safety mask makes an X with her arms.

Image source: Getty Images.

Ignoring the rough waters

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