The hottest cruise lines in the fourth quarter of 2021


Ship Technology has listed five of the top rated companies in Twitter-related cruise-related discussions, based on research from GlobalData’s Travel and Tourism influencer platform.

The top companies are the most featured companies in the Twitter discussions of 150+ cruise professionals tracked by GlobalData’s Travel and Tourism influencer platform in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2021.

1. Carnival Corporation & Plc – 458 mentions

Carnival Cruise Line (CCL), a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, is offering a second cruise to Greenland, pre-cruise testing by the cruise company and the company’s inauguration of the cruise terminal in the port of Dubai were some of the most popular discussions on Twitter about the Carnival Corporation in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Cruise Fever, a cruise blog dedicated to cruising tips and advice, shared an article on how CCL is adding a second cruise to Greenland due to high demand. The company announced a two-week cruise from Baltimore to Greenland in 2023 that sold out in 24 hours. The popularity of the cruise to Greenland led CCL to add another cruise on the Carnival Legend cruise ship in August 2023, the article said.

Carnival Corporation is a cruise company headquartered in Miami, Florida, USA. The company has a fleet of more than 80 ships from ten brands, including CCL, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Cunard.

2. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd – 282 mentions

A nine-month world tour announced by Royal Caribbean, the relocation of the cruise company’s three Oasis-class cruise lines for the next year, and Jamaica awaiting the company’s resumption of cruise service were some of the popular discussions about Royal Caribbean Cruises on the fourth Quarter.

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Gene Sloan, chief reporter for online media website The Points Guy, shared an article on Royal Caribbean announcing a nine-month trip around the world. The trip includes 65 countries that travel all seven continents for 274 days. It will tour more than 150 locations, starting in Miami on December 10, 2023 on the Serenade of the Seas with a capacity of 2,143 passengers. The trip ends in Miami on September 10, 2024.

The Royal Caribbean Group (formerly Royal Caribbean Cruises), headquartered in Miami, Florida, USA, is a cruise company with three cruise brands including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises. The cruise line operates 60 cruise lines to 800 destinations worldwide.

3. MSC Cruises – 185 mentions

MSC Cruises invited global artists to design the hull of the Euribia cruise ship, the relaunch of the company’s trading training platform and the return of the company’s entire fleet to sailing by the summer of 2022 were some of the discussions surrounding MSC Cruises in the fourth quarter.

Ken Muskat, MSC Cruises’ Chief Operating Officer shared an article on the cruise line inviting international artists to design the hull of their new liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered cruise ship Euribia. The ship is currently under construction at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint Nazaire, France. MSC Cruises plans to communicate its commitment to net zero operations through the design competition. The Euribia will carry 4,888 passengers and is expected to enter service as the cruise company’s second LNG-powered ship in 2023.

MSC Cruises is a cruise company headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It operates as a contemporary brand of the logistics and shipping company MSC Group. The group announced the launch of a luxury cruise brand called Explora Journeys in September 2019, due to start operations in 2023. MSC Cruises currently operates 19 modern ships, with the fleet expected to expand to 23 cruise ships by 2025.

4. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd – 127 mentions

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) resumes cruise service from Port Canaveral, the cruise operator maintains its 100 percent vaccination mandate for passengers, and new departures and 70 percent discounts on the company’s cruise deals were just some of the discussions that led to it that NCL is a trend in the fourth quarter.

Cruise Industry News, an online magazine focusing on the cruise industry, published an article on NCL’s resumption of cruise service from Port Canaveral on its Norwegian Escape cruise ship. The ship will sail the Eastern Caribbean and is the company’s eighth breakaway plus class ship to return to service. It will embark on a seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral, Orlando, stopping at key ports such as Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and Great Stirrup Cay.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, headquartered in Miami, Florida, USA, is a cruise company with a fleet of 28 ships and operates under the brands Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

5. Holland America Line Inc. – 87 mentions

Holland America Line’s (HAL) cruise ship Nieuw Statendam, which is returning to service, the Rotterdam cruise ship, which is starting the cruise company’s cruise service in the Caribbean, and the Koningsdam cruise ship, which sails on its first revenue cruise in 19 months, were some of them of the hot discussions about HAL in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Porthole Cruise and Travel, an online publication focusing on the cruise industry, published an article on the return of HAL’s Nieuw Statendam for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began. The ship sailed from Fort Lauderdale for a seven-day voyage to the western Caribbean with stops in Nassau, Bahamas, Ocho Rios and Port Royal, Jamaica, and Half Moon Cay, HAL’s private island in the Bahamas. The cruise line has also added a new Rotterdam ship to its fleet to serve the Caribbean.

Holland America Line is a cruise company based in Seattle, Washington, USA. The company is a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation. It has a fleet of 11 ships offering more than 500 cruises to 470 ports in 98 countries and territories.

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