These 7 classic vessels are switching brands as some lines downsize



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Don’t look now, but your favorite cruise ship may soon be sailing for another line.

Even as some cruise brands sell vessels to cut costs during the coronavirus crisis, others are scooping up the ships to upgrade their fleets.

Two classic Holland America ships that the line recently removed from its fleet as part of a downsizing move, for instance, have been sold to U.K.-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines (yes, the line has a dot in its name after Fred; Fred. is short for Fredrik).

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Long called Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the two former Holland America ships that are switching brands soon will be sailing

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Tribes see ballot collection as a lifeline in Indian Country



Janet Davis, an enrolled member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, stands alongside Pyramid Lake between Nixon, Nev. and Sutcliffe, Nev. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. As a tribal council member, Davis hopes the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t reverse recent progress to expand access to voting on rural reservations like the Pyramid Lake Paiute’s and supports lifting limits on ballot assistance to allow tribal members to collect and return ballots on behalf of their neighbors. (AP Photo/Sam Metz)


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Janet Davis, an enrolled member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, stands alongside Pyramid Lake between Nixon, Nev. and Sutcliffe, Nev. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. As a tribal council member, Davis hopes the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t reverse recent progress to expand access to voting on rural reservations like the Pyramid Lake Paiute’s and supports lifting limits on ballot assistance to allow tribal members to collect and return ballots on behalf of their neighbors. (AP Photo/Sam Metz)

NIXON, Nev. (AP) — Many older people living on the expansive Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation in northern Nevada relied on the tribe’s senior services van to get to the grocery store or the doctor before the coronavirus pandemic ended that option.

Now, tribal officials worry how elders and others who don’t have cars or can’t travel on their own will get to the post office to return their

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Dubai, UK flyers contributed max Covid-19 importations in India: IIT Study

New Delhi, Sep 27: Travellers from Dubai and the UK were primary sources of COVID-19 importations into India, according to an analytical study done by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mandi.

According to the research, which has been published in the Journal of Travel Medicine, COVID-19 got induced into Indian states mainly due to international travels.

The study has also found that infected cases from Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh played less role in spreading the disease outside their communities. Whereas infected people in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, and Karnataka played a significant role in the local transmission, and some of them caused interstate transfer too.

“We tracked the spread of COVID-19 and its diffusion from the global to national level and identified a few super spreaders who played a central role in the transmission of the disease in India. The COVID-19 spread in phase one

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50 Best Trips For Solo Female Travel (And Why Now Is The Time To Go)

A global pandemic might not seem like the most ideal time to go on vacation, but solo female travel is on the rise. Witness the explosion in interest that Overseas Adventure Travel has seen: More than 24,000 single travelers have booked trips for 2021, with women-only departures growing in popularity. According to the company, the increase is in large part due to the hearty appetite of Americans aged 50-plus for traveling solo, especially women. “We see solo women, in particular, with a passion to meet and bond with the local people. It’s life-changing,” says CEO and president Brian Fitzgerald.

And according to research by the travel company Cox & Kings, solo travel could be among the first segments to come back as the travel sector starts to recover. Around a quarter of the company’s recent bookings have come from those traveling alone, says Sue Livsey, senior manager, who reports that

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A Maldives resort is looking for a ‘Barefoot Bookseller’ to run its island bookshop for 6 months



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  • A resort in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi, is hiring a “barefoot bookseller” to run its on-site bookshop for six months starting in mid-October.
  • The bookseller will manage the store, run creative writing workshops, and write blog posts documenting their island experience on social media.
  • The resort is calling the job “the ultimate vacancy for a desert island bibliophile.”
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that “travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19” and says “staying home” is the best way to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus to others.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A luxury resort in the Maldives is looking to hire someone to run its on-site bookshop for six months.

Soneva Fushi is an eco-resort located on the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives, an island nation in South Asia.

After being closed

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Norwegian Has Already Priced In A Recovery (NYSE:NCLH)

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The cruise lines have proven to be a battleground area in the stock market since the COVID outbreak began. For obvious reasons, travel and leisure stocks have been pummeled, but cruise lines in particular are exposed to COVID risk due to the inherently close quarters guests are subjected to.

We’ve seen massive rallies and selloffs in the stocks in the group become the norm, including Norwegian (NCLH), as you can see below.

Shares in Norwegian have carved out a channel between $13 and $19, give or take, in the past few months, following a spike to $27 in June. We find the stock at just about the midpoint of that channel now, so I won’t opine on the near-term direction of the stock, as anything could happen. However, longer term, I have some concerns about the group in general, and it appears to me Norwegian may be priced

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J.J. Watt to face off against brothers in Texans-Steelers game

Sunday’s Texans game in Pittsburgh has plenty of story lines, including a historic family matchup.

For only the second time since 1927, a trio of brothers will play in the same game. (The Edmunds brothers did so in 2019.)

Eldest brother J.J. will face younger brothers Derek and T.J., who play for the Steelers.

Competition is nothing new for the family.

“They were doing some sort of sport,” said Connie Watt, the boys’ mother, “and as soon as they finished one, they’d run to get another ball.”

‘We had a full on hockey net,” said TJ.

“A legitimate hockey net with pucks and big sticks,” added Derek.

“We’d shoot actual pucks in the basement,” said TJ, and the boys recalled leaving marks on their parents walls.

All three are excited for Sunday’s unique opportunity.

“Just to have all of us playing in the NFL was really cool,” said J.J., “to

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Travellers from Dubai, UK main COVID-19 sources to India: IIT Study



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Travellers from Dubai and Britain played a crucial role in spreading Covid-19 in the early phase and were the primary sources of the importations of the disease into India, said a study by the researchers at Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi (IIT-Mandi).

In this study, the research team used the travel history of infected patients from January 30 to April 6 as the primary data source and a social network was created depicting the spread in the early phase of the pandemic.

The research, published in the Journal of Travel Medicine, was conducted by Sarita Azad, Assistant Professor, School of Basic Sciences at IIT Mandi, along with her student Sushma Devi.

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“When a pandemic like Covid-19 subsides, a good research work serves as a record for the future,” Azad said in a statement.

“In this

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Wander Woman launches website and travel magazine at their virtual third anniversary celebrations

Wander Woman, a community for female travellers, connects and inspires people by arranging regular trips across the globe. The founder, Sabira Mehrin, was one of the winners of the 2020 Diana Award. Their virtual anniversary celebrations concluded on September 21.

The event consisted of panel discussions with renowned personalities including Monsurul Aziz, Head of Brand Marketing, Nagad, Mehruba Reza, Head of TARA, BRAC Bank, Mariam Javed Juhi, Head of City Alo, Mahzabin Ferdous Sharna, Executive Director of Concito PR and CEO of WEDO and Rehnuma Insan, Lawyer and Travel Blogger.

The event was a new step for the group as they launched their website (www.wanderwomanbd.com), following the announcement of their first ever travel magazine, Travelogue. The magazine features stories, suggestions and opinions of female Bangladeshi travelers across the world.

Wander Woman also arranged that flagship entrepreneurial event, Wander Ventures, which showcased unique products and services by the Wander Woman community

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GO NZ: The 65 travel goals every Kiwi should have ticked off their list

You might have stood at Cape Reinga watching the point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea, but have you visited the southernmost point of the North Island?

Have you seen the sunrise on an East Coast maunga, and the sunset over a West Coast beach?

Have you taken a photo of that Wānaka tree, or seen a kiwi in the wild on Rakiura?

Though we might not be able to tick off our international travel wish lists for a while, now is our chance to come up with a new list of travel goals, focused squarely on our own country.

Tomorrow’s special issue of Travel magazine, in partnership with 100% Pure New Zealand, features the 65 Kiwi travel goals every New Zealander should put on their wish list. It covers every region in the country and features some old favourites (Hobbiton, Waiheke, Queenstown) as well as some hidden

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