Help! My Carnival cruise credit offer is sunk, and I can’t get a refund
Q: Last year, I paid a $750 deposit for three tickets on a Carnival cruise from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After the COVID-19 outbreak, Carnival canceled its cruises. Carnival refunded one of the deposits. It sent me a letter stating we had until May 2021 to decide whether to accept a full refund or reschedule a cruise and get $500 additional cruise credit.news.yahoo.com
Cancelled Again, No Carnival in Jamaica for April 2021
[KINGSTON, Jamaica] – Carnival in Jamaica 2021 has been cancelled due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizers of Carnival in Jamaica will forego the annual road march and activities for April 2021, until further notice. “After a number of consultations with the relevant stakeholders, we can now announce that Jamaica will not be hosting Carnival in Jamaica in April this year. Especially as we continue to see an increase in cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Minister Bartlett. One idea included introducing a bubble concept for Carnival in Jamaica 2021.sflcn.com
Two travel stocks and one ETF could ride reopening wave as U.S. hits 70 million vaccine doses, strategists say
The S&P 500 may be coming off a losing week, but travel and leisure stocks have run hot. Bets on the reopening trade as the U.S. passed 70 million vaccine doses have ignited a fire under these stocks. "Lido Advisors has taken a position in their Lido recovery portfolio in Las Vegas Sands," Sanchez told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Friday. Craig Johnson, chief market technician at Piper Sandler, says one stock could be a way to get exposure across the entire travel industry. He now sees the stock heading back to its former highs set in 2018 — a target that implies 35% upside.cnbc.com
Kia unveils 2022 Carnival as new SUV-inspired minivan with VIP lounge seating
Kia Motors is replacing its Sedona minivan with a new SUV-inspired model called the Carnival beginning in the second quarter of this year. The 2022 Carnival "multi-purpose vehicle," also known as a minivan, features a boxy exterior, large front grille and an overall design that looks more bold and rugged than the outgoing model. It features new front and rear signature lighting as well as Kia's new logo, which was announced earlier this year. The vehicle, which was unveiled Tuesday, features a host of new safety features as well as new sliding configurations for the second-row seating and an available "VIP Lounge Seating" with power controls and leg extensions much like a traditional reclining chair. "The Kia Carnival is here to disrupt a staid segment and proves once again what is possible when conventions are shattered," Kia Motors North America CEO Sean Yoon said in a release.cnbc.com
Premature Babies In ICU Celebrate Carnival Weekend In Superhero Costumes
BARCELONA, Spain — The parents of a set of premature babies had a special day at a Barcelona-based hospital’s intensive care unit after the babies were dressed up in their superhero costumes to celebrate the Carnival weekend. Carnival weekend is a Western Christian festive season that occurs before the liturgical season of Lent. “The families did not expect that since they didn’t know it was the Carnival day already,” Sanchez said. Since then, the Carnival weekend has turned into something of a tradition. The post Premature Babies In ICU Celebrate Carnival Weekend In Superhero Costumes appeared first on Zenger News.thewestsidegazette.com
Germany ekes some fun out of a quiet Carnival
A reveller stands in front of a political carnival float depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin fighting with opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the streets of Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Because of the coronavirus pandemic the traditional 'Rosenmontag' carnival parade are canceled but eight floats are pulled through the empty streets in Duesseldorf, where normally hundreds of thousands of people would celebrate the street carnival. But organizers in Duesseldorf, one of the German Rhineland's main Carnival strongholds, didn't want to let Rose Monday in 2021 go completely without the traditional caricatures of current events. “It's a small signal that we're alive,” float builder Jacques Tilly told the German news agency dpa. Another depicted the brain flying out of the head of an activist against coronavirus restrictions.
Brazil Carnival goes online with street parties banned
A woman dressed as a superhero and wearing a mask to curb the spread of the new coronavirus performs in the "Desliga da Justica" street band in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. Their performance was broadcast live on social media for those who were unable to participate in the carnival due to COVID restrictions after the city's government officially suspended Carnival and banned street parades or clandestine parties. “When everyone is immunized, we are going to have the biggest Carnival that Brazil has ever seen. One of the biggest street party associations, Blocos da Sebastiana, this year organized workshops on Carnival makeup and instruments and offered playlists of their music. “We would like to be partying on the street but we can’t.” said Rita Fernandes, president of Blocos da Sebastian.
Rio makes do as Carnival festivities are canceled
“It’s magic,” said Das Chagas, who has participated in the Carnival parade for the past 44 years. Eduardo Cerqueira das Chagas speaks with a customer in a store recently opened by the Uniao da Ilha samba school in Rio de Janeiro’s Ilha do Governador. “Do you have masks?” Das Chagas nods, pulling out a few different models. Samba schools — mostly rooted in working-class and favela communities — rely on an army of seamstresses, carpenters and artisans to realize their visions. Because, even without Carnival, Carnival is within us, it’s in our blood.”AdvertisementIonova is a special correspondent.latimes.com
A subdued year for Germany's Carnival, thanks to the virus
A carnival reveler is watched by public order guards at the "Alter Markt" where normally tens of thousands of revelers dressed in carnival costumes would celebrate the start of the street carnival in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. This year all carnival celebrations are banned due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)BERLIN – Germany’s renowned Carnival celebrations got underway Thursday but without any of their usual raucous revelry. One of Germany’s first superspreader events stemmed from a Carnival celebration in a town west of Cologne last February where many people came in contact with an infected man. Cologne festival committee President Christoph Kuckelkorn told Germany’s dpa news agency that Carnival could emerge from this year purified, returning closer to its roots from the increasingly commercial, excessive celebration it had become.
With Carnival scrapped, Rio’s Sambadrome hosts vaccinations
In a normal year, Rios Sambadrome would be preparing for its great moment of the year: the worlds most famous Carnival parade. But a week before what should be the start of Carnival, the pandemic has replaced pageantry. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)RIO DE JANEIRO – In a normal year, Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome would be preparing for its great moment of the year: the world’s most famous Carnival parade. Rio’s hotel occupancy rate normally reaches about 80% in the hot summer months and 100% during Carnival. It's now at roughly 50-60%, according to Alfredo Lopes, the president of Rio’s Hospitality Workers Union.
Carnival says 2022 cruise bookings are strong despite expected loss this year
Carnival is projecting a cruising comeback in 2022 based on advance bookings. Carnival Corp. says its 2022 cruise bookings are running ahead of 2019 numbers, a sign that guests will return once the pandemic has eased. Carnival halted sailings in March 2020 after numerous ships reported coronavirus outbreaks on board. The company expects to resume a limited amount of cruising in Europe later this month. The company says it also expects to report a loss its 2021 fiscal year, which ends in November.
Pandemic-era Mardi Gras: No big crowds, but plenty of cake
FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Mondo Kayo parades down Chartres Street during Mardi Gras, in New Orleans. The Mardi Gras season always starts on Jan. 6 and ends on Fat Tuesday, which this year falls on Feb. 16. The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc is a club that annually pays homage to the fallen French hero with a parade through the French Quarter on the official start of the Carnival season. In Mobile, Alabama, dozens of parades, balls and other events also have been canceled. The city on the Gulf of Mexico calls itself the birthplace of Mardi Gras since celebrations began there a few years earlier than in New Orleans.
S&P 500 ends at another record high as tumultuous 2020 ends
The benchmark S&P 500 index finished with a gain of 16.3% for the year, or a total return of about 18.4%, including dividends. And the S&P 500 rose or fell by at least 1% on twice as many days in 2020 than it did, on average, since 1950. The electric car maker jumped 743.4% in 2020 for the biggest gain in the S&P 500. All told, the S&P 500 set 33 record highs in 2020. The S&P 500 rose 24.03 points, or 0.6%, to 3,756.07, an all-time high.
Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Pfizer, Nikola, Carnival, FuboTV & more
Pfizer — Shares of Pfizer rose 2% after the drugmaker said it would supply the U.S. with 100 million additional doses of its Covid-19 vaccine by July. The U.S. government will pay $1.95 billion for the incremental doses, bringing the total paid to Pfizer to nearly $4 billion. Nikola — Shares of Nikola Corp. dropped nearly 10% after the company announced that it has ended its partnership with Republic Services to jointly develop electric garbage trucks. FuboTV — Shares of FuboTV lost more than 8% after a major run-up in shares recently. Chevron, Exxon, Diamondback Energy — Energy stocks rose as investors bet on cyclical sectors and oil futures rose.cnbc.com
Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Tesla, Dollar Tree, Carnival, Best Buy and more
Tesla – Shares of the electric vehicle company jumped more than 4% to hit a record high as investors continue to favor the stock. The company reported better-than-expected earnings amid strong online sales in the third quarter. Dollar Tree reported third-quarter earnings of $1.39 per share on revenue of $6.18 billion. The medical technology company reported earnings of $1.02 per share, topping estimates of 80 cents per share, according to Refinitiv. The apparel retailer reported quarterly earnings of 78 cents per share, beating the 45 cent consensus estimate, according to Refinitiv.cnbc.com
Travel companies cheer Pfizer Covid vaccine news as 'welcomed step' toward return in demand
Today's Pfizer news is a welcomed step in the right direction," Steve Kaufer, CEO of TripAdvisor, told CNBC over email. "This is a very positive development for the world, and, of course, our company and our brands, as well as the cruise industry. In the meantime, the cruise operators are working around the clock, setting up testing facilities for all crew and conducting simulated voyages with their new COVID protocols. Analysts also are wondering whether a new administration under the leadership of President-elect Joe Biden will result in different protocols for the cruise industry. Prior the Pfizer vaccine news, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson on the company's earnings call last Friday said, "We'll start to see meaningfully more bookings when those vaccines start to take effect."cnbc.com
PortMiami huge project spending list wins county OK
PortMiami huge project spending list wins county OKWritten by Jesse Scheckner on November 3, 2020AdvertisementPortMiami projects costing Miami-Dade more than $301.5 million won OKs just two days before commissioners OK’d waiving up to $285.5 million for cruise lines crushed by Covid-19. The priciest, a design-build deal with Suffolk Construction for Virgin Voyages’ Cruise Terminal V, is to cost $158.6 million – 9% under estimates. Shifting risk coverage from Suffolk to the county and changing the project’s scope without altering its “visual integrity” saved $17 million. Commissioners also OK’d a deal with Lemartec Corp. for berthing realignment and expansion at Carnival’s Terminal F. The $120.7 million is 38% below county pre-bid estimates. JVA Engineering Contractors will handle the roadway, part of a 30-year terminal and berthing deal with Norwegian that was OK’d last year.miamitodaynews.com
Judge in ocean pollution case won’t make it easy for Carnival to resume cruise operations
Judge Patricia A. Seitz said the cruise line giant has had continuous compliance issues. The company with nine brands and more than 100 cruise ships has also been accused of failing to establish an effective internal investigations operation. When she issues the order, Carnival will have to notify her 60 days before resuming operations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s No Sail Order for cruise ships is in effect through Oct. 31. Carnival announced on Oct. 12 that cruises scheduled for December from Port Miami and Port Canaveral remain in place “while Carnival evaluates options.”
Virus delays Rio's Carnival for first time in a century
A "quadra" or court, which this time of year is usually filled with Carnival performers practicing their dance moves, sits empty in the Unidos de Padre Miguel samba school, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, Sept. 24, said it has delayed its annual Carnival parade, saying the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazils continued vulnerability to the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Virus delays Rio's Carnival for first time in a century
The samba schools are community institutions, and the parades are just one detail of all that,” Luiz Antonio Simas, a historian who specializes in Rio’s Carnival, said in an interview. As the number of infections grew, the samba schools that participate in the glitzy annual parade halted preparations for the 2021 event. Nearly all of Rio’s samba schools are closely linked to working class communities. “Carnival is our life.”The last year Rio’s Carnival was suspended was 1912, following the death of the foreign relations minister. A statement from the agency Thursday provided no further clarity on the fate of the Carnival street parties.
“It’s a No Go For Carnival in Jamaica 2020” say Organizers
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett confirmed that Carnival in Jamaica organizers will forego its annual road march and related activities until April 11, 2021. The road parade originally scheduled for Sunday, April 19 was first postponed to Sunday, October 25, due to the threat of the spread of the novel coronavirus. This will allow us the time to do what we need to do to have a safe and enjoyable Carnival in 2021,” said Chairman of the Carnival in Jamaica stakeholders committee, Kamal Bankay. A revised Carnival in Jamaica calendar, including all the major fetes will follow in the coming days.sflcn.com
Norwegian Cruise Line CEO: 'We expect to sail sometime in 2020'
Norwegian Cruise Line hopes to resume sea trips this year, despite a global coronavirus pandemic that has rocked the industry. CEO Frank Del Rio on Thursday told CNBC's Jim Cramer that his cruise company is consulting with government officials and public health experts to ensure its fleet is safe for crew and passengers to board. "We expect to sail sometime in 2020," he said in a "Mad Money" interview. Norwegian could resume cruise operations as soon as July 1, according to information a spokeswoman shared with The New York Times earlier this week. The liquidity gave Norwegian the "encouragement and confidence to go forward," Del Rio said.cnbc.com
Jim Cramer says there is a key difference between the 'coronavirus recession' and Great Recession
Cramer pointed out a big contrast in the underlying causes of the current economic downturn, which he called a "coronavirus recession," and the last recession. The economic downturn of the late 2000s, the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s, was triggered by a financial breakdown. The Saudi sovereign wealth fund revealed that it bought 43.5 million shares of the American cruise company. Carnival also said it sold nearly $2 billion worth of senior notes with a 5.75% coupon and expects to close on another $4 billion in senior notes with a 11.5% coupon, both due in 2023. In the case a company goes into bankruptcy, the senior notes, or bonds, are prioritized for payback.cnbc.com
Haiti police exchange fire with troops near national palace
PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haitian police officers exchanged gunfire for hours Sunday with soldiers of the newly reconstituted army outside the national palace, in a dangerous escalation of protests over police pay and working conditions. At least three police officers were wounded, fellow officers told The Associated Press. As the afternoon wore on, uniformed officers joined their colleagues in the street outside the palace, firing at the military base with semi-automatic pistols and rifles. Uniformed police officers told an AP journalist that the wounded men were fellow officers. The uniformed officers spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.
Man on cruise ship goes overboard
The Carnival Dream departed Galveston, Texas, Thursday on a four-day cruise when a guest went overboard. GALVESTON, Texas - The Coast Guard is searching for a 26-year-old man who was reported overboard from a Carnival cruise ship Thursday evening. The Carnival Dream departed Galveston, Texas, Thursday on a four-day cruise when the guest went overboard, Carnival said in a statement to CNN. A 22-year-old man with autism was on a cruise to Mexico with a nonprofit organization that works with disabled adults when he climbed over a deck rail and went missing, according to the cruise line. Days earlier, a 26-year-old man went overboard from a ship 35 miles south of the Florida Keys, sparking search and rescue efforts.
Carnival cruise ship fails health inspection, sets worst score in ship's history
Associated PressMOBILE, Ala. - A Carnival cruise ship failed its health inspection after posting the worst score in the ship's 29 year history. The Carnival Fantasy scored a 77 out of 100 during its inspection on July 18. A score below 85 is considered unsatisfactory. Among a number of issues, AL.com reports health inspectors found flies in the food, brown water coming out of shower hoses and improper sneeze guards. In a statement to Cruiseradio.net, the Miami-based company said The results for Fantasy are not reflective of our robust standards and dedicated commitment to our guests health and safety.