BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-AMC, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Concho Resources, Theratechnologies

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Futures tracking the S&P 500 were flat on Wednesday on doubts about more fiscal stimulus following an impasse in Washington and ahead of the next batch of quarterly bank earnings after JPMorgan kicked off the season on an upbeat note. .N

At 7:15 ET, Dow e-minis 1YMc1 were down 0.07% at 28,566. S&P 500 e-minis ESc1 were down 0.18% at 3,498.5, while Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQc1 were down 0.05% at 12,088. The top three NYSE percentage gainers premarket .PRPG.NQ: ** Genesis Healthcare Inc <GEN>, up 32.3% ** Capital Senior Living Corp <CSU>, up 13.8% ** Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp <MNR>, up 10.3% The top three NYSE percentage losers premarket .PRPL.NQ: ** Enzo Biochem Inc <ENZ>, down 10.7% ** J Jill Inc <JILL.K>, down 9.8% ** Sos Limited

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Nile cruises sail again, forced to navigate river full of challenges

Oct 14, 2020

The cruise ship Amwaj (Wave) set sail Oct. 1 from Luxor to Aswan with a group of American, Swiss and British tourists on the very first trip on the Nile River since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of the tourism sector. The floating hotel was the first to obtain the required license from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to get back on track, following the announcement that cruises would be allowed to resume work bearing restrictions this month.

“For us, resuming the cruises for tourists has been like giving the kiss of life to a dying person,” Mohamed Rabie, manager of Amwaj, told Al-Monitor. “We are very honored to be the first cruise ship on the Nile to start operating. We do not have many guests on board yet, but for next week the numbers are increasing.” 

Rabie said eight passengers and

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EMBARK navigates partnership to resume operations for Oklahoma River Cruises

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EMBARK successfully arranged a contract amendment with long-time partner Hornblower Marine Services (HMS), to restore partial operations of Oklahoma River Cruises through a public-private partnership.

Owned and managed by the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA)/EMBARK, ferry operations and maintenance of the cruisers have been contracted to HMS since the fall of 2007. 

The long-standing relationship proved advantageous, as an agreement was reached, providing that HMS lease the boats to run river tours, cocktail cruises, and private charters.

“With transit, resiliency and dependability is key, regardless of the mode,” said Jason Ferbrache, EMBARK Administrator. “HMS has provided that dependability for Oklahoma River Cruises for over ten years and now with the furtherance of the public-private partnership will demonstrate resiliency with a return to service.

HMS CEO Matt Miller says the strong partnership between EMBARK and HMS created an opportunity for the continuation

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BioHiTech Receives Additional Food Waste Digester Order from Princess Cruises Valued at Approximately $300,000

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — BioHiTech Global, Inc. (“BioHiTech” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: BHTG), a sustainable technology and services company, announced today it has received an additional purchase order for its Revolution Series™ food waste digesters from Princess Cruises, valued at approximately $300,000.

BioHiTech expects to deliver these digesters for installation on Princess Cruises’ newest ship, the Enchanted Princess during the fourth quarter of 2020. Utilization of the Revolution Series digesters, equipped with BioHiTech’s proprietary data analytics platform, is part of Princess Cruises’ comprehensive plan to limit food waste, achieve safe onboard disposal, and improve associated environmental outcomes.

“We continue to see sales momentum for our digesters in the cruise industry and this latest order from Princess Cruises represents their consistent commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship,” said Frank E. Celli, CEO of BioHiTech Global.  “Each new ship installation further demonstrates our

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Mystic Cruises buys Vasco da Gama, first CMV ship to be auctioned

Portugal-based Mystic Cruises is the buyer of Vasco da Gama, the first of five vessels operated by insolvent Cruise & Maritime Voyages that are being auctioned this month.

The 630-cabin Vasco da Gama was auctioned by CW Kellock & Co on October 9. The sale price has not been disclosed.

Mário Ferreira, chairman of Mystic Invest, parent company of Mystic Cruises — and Seatrade Cruise Personality of the Year 2020 — called the acquisition an ‘opportunity to grow the company’s fleet and to better position it for the expected uptake of the market after the COVID-19 pandemic.’

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He said, ‘Our focus is on smaller cruise ships, under 1,000 passengers, to create a more personalized, safe and intimate cruise experience for our guests,’ adding, ‘We believe that this segment of the market is better placed to answer to what cruisers will expect in the near future.’

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BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE-Walt Disney, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Amazon, Micron

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The S&P 500 and the Dow opened lower as a pause in Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine trials weighed, while the Nasdaq rose ahead of major events scheduled for Apple and .N

At 9:35 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was down 0.16% at 28,790.77. The S&P 500 .SPX was down 0.13% at 3,529.58 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was up 0.03% at 11,879.838. The top three S&P 500 .PG.INX percentage gainers: ** Walt Disney Co <DIS.N>, up 4.2% ** Micron Technology Inc <MU.O>, up 3.3% ** EOG Resources Inc <EOG.N>, up 2.8% The top three S&P 500 .PL.INX percentage losers: ** Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd <RCL.N>, down 9.5% ** Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd <NCLH.N>, down 6.2% ** Fastenal Co <FAST.O>, down 5.1% The top three

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Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruises suspends Australia, New Zealand cruises through year end

Royal Caribbean Group (RCL) said Tuesday it’s Royal Caribbean International cruise line has decided to suspend all sailing departing from Australia and New Zealand through Dec. 31. Separately, the company’s Celebrity Cruises line will be suspending its full 2020/2021 Winter program in Australia and Asia, while the Azamara line will be suspending its 2020/2021 Winter sailings throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America. As a result, the company said it has repatriated over 44,000 employees to their home countries. Meanwhile, the company said the Singapore government has approved pilot cruises to start in December. The company said its 2021 bookings have continued to improve over the last two months, although they are still below pre-COVID-19 levels, while pricing for 2021 bookings is relatively flat. Separately, the company said it has not been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of any intention to extend the

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Cruises to nowhere: More than 6,000 bookings in five days, Singapore News & Top Stories

Phones have been ringing off the hook at the offices of Genting Cruise Lines, with the company receiving more than 6,000 bookings for its “cruises to nowhere” in just five days.

Each of these bookings is likely for at least two people. A total of 23 Genting Cruise Lines sailings, each with a maximum capacity of 1,700 passengers, are scheduled for next month and December.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced last Thursday that round-trip cruises without ports of call will take place under a pilot programme.

Under it, only two cruise lines – Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International – can take to the seas.

Without disclosing specific numbers, Royal Caribbean International also said that the demand has “exceeded expectations”.

A spokesman said bookings are up 500 per cent compared with the past two weeks. Its first sailing on Dec 1, which is capped at about 1,000 guests,

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Carnival Cruise Line cancels cruises through November


Cruisers disembark from the Carnival Sensation at PortMiami on Monday, March 9, 2020, one day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised all Americans to avoid cruise ships because they are exceptionally dangerous for COVID-19 spread.

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Less than two weeks after Carnival Cruise Line said it would begin to restart cruises from PortMiami and Port Canaveral on Nov. 1, on Monday the company canceled all cruises through the end of November.

Cruises are currently banned in the U.S. through Oct. 31 after the White House blocked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from extending its “no-sail” order until February 2021 as it had planned. The industry first shut down passenger cruises in mid-March amid COVID-19 outbreaks on several ships.

Carnival Cruise Line was the only major cruise company that said it intended to restart limited cruising Nov. 1. All others previously canceled

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P&O Cruises Accepts Delivery of Delayed Iona from Meyer Werft

Iona on her sea trials – courtesy Meyer Werft


The Maritime Executive

10-12-2020 02:37:59

P&O Cruises accepted delivery of its newest cruise ship, the Iona, on October 9 after a long pause due to the global pandemic. Built at Meyer Werft in Germany, the Iona is one of the first LNG-powered cruise ships in the world and also the largest ever built for the U.K. market.

The Iona had been due for delivery in the spring of 2020 with her maiden voyage planned for May. As the pandemic spread across Europe, Meyer Werft arranged for the ship to complete its conveyance on the Ems River from Papenburg to Bremerhaven before the increased restrictions due to the virus. While work was slowed in March by precautions related to the health and safety of the shipyard workers and contractions completing the outfitting,

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