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Back-to-normal trade gets boost from Moderna vaccine trial

MSN: Travel and leisure stocks climbed ahead of the opening bell on Wednesday after early data from a Moderna Inc. coronavirus vaccine trial raised hopes for a return to normalcy. Airlines, cruise ship operators and hotels were among the biggest premarket gainers after results published late Tuesday showed the vaccine produced antibodies in all patients tested in the initial safety trial. American Airlines Group Inc., Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, United Airlines Holdings Inc. and Carnival Corp. rose more than 6%.

Ruby Princess inquiry: NSW Health made ‘serious mistake’ when assessing travel history of passengers

Guardian: New South Wales Health made a “serious mistake” in using an out-of-date arrival form template for the Ruby Princess when it docked in Sydney, the special inquiry into the cruise ship that resulted in a Covid-19 cluster has heard. Commissioner Bret Walker SC on Wednesday heard the first of two days of closing submissions that come after more than a dozen days of hearings since April.

Cruise Critic readers speak out: Short cruises unacceptable, ventilation changes needed

Cruise Critic: Air and ventilation changes, as well as routine COVID-19 testing, regular temperature checks and embarkation procedures that deny boarding to those who have flu-like symptoms are the changes that Cruise Critic readers would most like the cruise lines to implement. Conversely, Cruise Critic readers, most of whom have taken more than 10 cruises — are not willing to cut their vacations short and accept cruises that are less than a week long, with fewer port calls. They also dislike the idea of fewer amenities and reduced turndown service in the cabins, as well as dividing passengers into small groups centered around age.

Quotable: Getting people moving again — in a mask

“From an economic recovery standpoint we need to get people moving gain, and the best placed way to do that in a healthy and safe way is for folks to wear mask. We think travel businesses should encourage the wearing of masks. Many are and we’ve been very clear that we should follow cdc guidance with regards to wearing masks. All we can do is continue to throughout our industry, focus on the best way to bring jobs back, and the best way to get people moving again.”Tori Barnes, U.S. Travel Association executive vice president of public affairs and policy

Charter cruises pivot to 2021 Las Vegas concert packages

Cruise Critic: Faced with uncertainty over what safety requirements will be in place next year, one charter company is taking a gamble and offering a version of its live music program in Las Vegas instead. Entertainment Cruise Productions (ECP) had already rescheduled several jazz cruises from early 2021 to 2022 because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The two Las Vegas shows -- Jazz: Live in Las Vegas and The Smooth Jazz Cruise: Live in Las Vegas -- will take place at the Encore Resort on the Strip.

Top reasons to book a cruise to a private island after the pandemic

Eat Sleep Cruise: With the cruise lines firming up resumption of service plans, it appears the goal is for cruises to begin sailing again sometime this fall. Cruisers like us are eager to get back to sea. As you begin to plan your next cruise, we highly suggest you pick a cruise that stops at a cruise line private island. Find out why with our top 5 reasons to book a cruise to a private island after the pandemic.

Comment: People may tell Covid-19 to ‘sod off’

Travel Weekly UK: Basically, in society we rely on social conscience and peer group pressure to enforce most laws. And although I see this working for enforcing the wearing of facemasks at airports and on flights, when thousands of pounds and a family holiday is on the line people may start bending the rules. How many people returning to the UK in the last couple of weeks have actually quarantined themselves for 14 days. I’m sure we all know a few who have not. I’m not immune, and I’m not telling everybody to sod off with their Covid-19 restrictions. But I fear that, soon, many people will be.

Consumer engagement with travel sites dips with resurgence of COVID-19 cases

COMSCORE: After a catastrophic month of April 2020 for travel brands, we started to see signs of improvement in travel site visits and bookings. Thus far in 2020, May improved vs. April, and June also improved vs. May. However, as news began to intensify in June 2020 about rising COVID-19 cases following state reopenings, we began seeing erosion in our travel site engagement metric. Coronavirus news has only gotten worse over the past couple weeks, and the time consumers are spending on travel sites (engagement) has continued to decline into July of this year.