On PR Newswire: Summer Travel News on Cruises, Destination Hotspots & More
With thousands of news releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. As travel resumes for the summer of 2021, here are some press releases detailing what cruise lines and travel-booking sites are offering and forecasting this summer.
Viking (www.viking.com) announced today (May 6) that it will restart operations in the Mediterranean with new ocean voyages for vaccinated guests beginning this summer. Offered as part of Viking’s Welcome Back collection, Viking Venus and Viking Sea will homeport in the Maltese capital city of Valletta — a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site — and sail two different 11-day roundtrip itineraries in the Mediterranean. As a result of strong demand, Viking also announced it is adding more sailing dates this summer for its Welcome Back voyages around Iceland and Bermuda.
Summer travel searches are heating up, with searches up as much as 70% month over month (as of the last seven days). As pent-up demand for travel takes flight, Kayak is releasing its “Return to Travel” Hacker Guide focused on where to go as restrictions ease. Whether you’ve been living the digital nomad lifestyle for the last year or it’s your first trip since the pandemic started, Kayak’s 2021 Travel Hacker Guide aims to help you navigate where to go, what’s open, and how to craft that perfect out-of-office message for some much-needed time away.
Meredith Corp.’s PARENTS announces the top 20 U.S. getaways for families in this year’s Family Travel Awards. Selected by a panel of judges including editors and experts in the field, the 2021 winners offer safe, affordable, and fun outdoor experiences for all ages. Providing trip-planning inspiration for when the time is right, PARENTS’ Family Travel Awards 2021 is available on Parents.com/TravelAwards and in the June issue of PARENTS magazine, available now.
Carnival Cruise Line Provides Update on Possible Restart Plan from Select U.S. Homeports, Notifies Guests of Cruise Cancellations
Carnival Cruise Line today (May 11) notified its guests and travel advisor partners of cancellations for additional sailings as it works toward plans for a possible July restart in the U.S. on select ships. Carnival hopes to begin operating sailings on three ships from Florida and Texas, including Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze from Galveston, and Carnival Horizon from Miami. Further, if Carnival can find a solution to allow cruise ships to visit Alaska, Carnival Miracle will assume some of Carnival Freedom’s departures from Seattle. Given that there is still some uncertainty in our ability to operate these cruises, guests booked on those sailings who wish to make alternate summer vacation plans may cancel without penalty by May 31 and receive a full refund.
Despite ongoing vehicle production delays and a potential gas shortage, Americans are prepared to hit the road again, according to the latest survey by Hankook Tire America Corp. The most recent Hankook Gauge Index revealed how Americans are resuming regular driving habits and their growing optimism about travel plans ahead of the upcoming summer season.
And here some of this week’s other newsworthy releases:
The global pandemic has changed our personalities, according to a new study by Oracle. The representative survey of 2,000 U.S. consumers found that the circumstances created by COVID-19 have made many people feel smarter and more open to new experiences, but also more conscientious and disconnected from their personal relationships.
With the arrival of a rare 70-vintage vertical collection of Chateau Petrus in the newly re-built cellar of the Stonehouse restaurant at the famed San Ysidro Ranch resort, the reconstruction of one of the world’s most renowned restaurant wine collections has been completed. The Petrus collection at the award-winning Stonehouse represents the most extensive restaurant offering of Petrus in the U.S.
Today (May 12), Mars Food announced Ben’s Original products are now available in new packaging at retailers throughout the U.S. The new packaging is the brand’s next step in its ambition to create a more inclusive future while maintaining its commitment to producing the world’s best rice.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.