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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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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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.

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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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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.

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Carnival Cruise Line Updates Guests On Itinerary Cancellations

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MIAMI, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
MIAMI, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Carnival Cruise Line is informing guests and travel agents that it has cancelled select itineraries for specific operations in 2021, as it implements its plans for the resumption of cruising in 2021, including cruise operations in February from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston and moving the inaugural sailing of Mardi Gras until April 24, 2021.

Mardi Gras will operate from Port Canaveral, and remains the most anticipated new ship to operate from North America in 2021.  It will be the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered ship in the Americas, and feature BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea.  Carnival will take delivery of the ship from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland later this month and eventually sail to the U.S. and

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Norwegian Cruise Line extends suspension of operations through Feb. 2021

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Norwegian Cruise Line announced on Wednesday that it will continue to suspend all cruise operations into through February of 2021, with some routes even suspended through March next year.

In a public statement, the cruise giant said that normal operations are now off the table “due to the current global environment” until Feb. 28, 2021 at the earliest.

Your health & safety is our number 1 priority — both on and off our ships. We have made the decision to further suspend…

Posted by Norwegian Cruise Line on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Customers who had an active reservation through March will

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Why Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Stocks Fell Today



Why Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Stocks Fell Today


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Why Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Stocks Fell Today

What happened

Cruise ship stocks sank on Monday, as alarmingly high COVID-19 case counts threaten to postpone the beleaguered industry’s recovery. By the close of trading, shares of Carnival (NYSE: CCL) (NYSE: CUK), Royal Caribbean (NYSE: RCL), and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NYSE: NCLH) were down 7.4%, 3.3%, and 3.4%, respectively.

So what

Even states that have previously been able to rein in the spread of COVID-19 have suffered a resurgence of the disease. Governors in New York and California have warned that their states’ hospitals could soon be overwhelmed. To avoid this nightmare scenario, they are enacting emergency measures, including the possibility of new stay-at-home orders.



Cruise ship stocks declined on Monday, as turbulent seas still lie ahead.


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Cruise ship stocks declined on Monday, as turbulent seas still lie ahead.

At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control

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Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry offers Black Friday deals on 2021 tickets

ST. IGNACE, MI – Star Line Ferry Mackinac Island Ferry is offering a couple different Black Friday deals to offer ticket savings to vacationers who want to start planning next summer’s adventures.

One of the ticket bundles includes rides on Star Line’s popular pirate boat, the Good Fortune.

For pricing and specific details, check the Star Line Black Friday deal page here.

The special pricing is available through Nov. 30.

Here’s how Star Line is describing the two Black Friday deals:

#1 Black Friday piratePASS Special, Buy One Get One Free

“Tickets are valid for Good Fortune departures leaving Mackinac Island mid-June through August OR for Good Fortune departures leaving Mackinaw City Sunday through Thursday after 2 p.m. Valid for the 2021 season. PiratePASS tickets include a one-way trip on the Good Fortune and a one-way trip on any Hydro-Jet Ferry from Mackinaw City. Tickets purchased during our Black Friday

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Why Cruise Line Stocks Jumped Again on Tuesday

What happened

Fresh off their vaccine-fueled share price rally Monday, cruise line stocks set sail again on Tuesday, with shares of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NYSE: NCLH), Royal Caribbean (NYSE: RCL), and Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL) rising 5.1%, 6.1%, and 9%, respectively, in 11:40 a.m. EST trading.

But what exactly is it that’s helping cruise stocks to power ahead this time?

An illustration of a cruise ship heading toward a partially submerged coronavirus particle

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So what

The easy answer is probably the right one. As of yesterday, American travelers now have a total of three high-profile vaccine candidates to potentially choose from, each of which boasts data showing it to be as much as 90% effective at staving off COVID-19 — or even higher. Additionally, Regeneron announced over the weekend that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization to its REGEN-COV2 treatment for patients who have already contracted the novel coronavirus, to help

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