A Florida judge refuses a CDC request to keep its COVID-19 vaccine rules for cruise ships, and says his decision is about the ‘use and misuse of governmental power’

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sued the CDC in April over its strict rules for cruise ships.

  • A Florida judge blocked a CDC request to extend its COVID-19 restrictions for cruise ships.
  • CDC rules requiring 95% of travellers to be jabbed before sailing become nonbinding on July 18.
  • The District Judge said his decision was “about the use and misuse of governmental power.”
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A federal judge has blocked a request from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to maintain COVID-19 restrictions on Florida cruise ships.

Florida District Judge Steven Merryday said in the court filing on Wednesday that his decision was “not about what health precautions against COVID-19 are necessary or helpful” but “about the use and misuse of governmental power.”

The CDC had appealed an earlier ruling by Merryday in June that would turn strict CDC rules about cruise liners into nonbinding guidelines for Florida ships from July 18.

The legal battle started in April, when the state of Florida sued the CDC over its stringent rules for the cruise industry, called a Conditional Sailing Order (CSO), which the CDC introduced in October 2020. The CDC had “singled out” the industry, which “as a result, is on the brink of financial ruin,” the state said in the filing.

Under CSO rules added in May, cruise ships can only set sail normally when at least 95% of people on board, including the crew, are fully vaccinated. If not, ship operators must take volunteers on “test” cruises to show they can mitigate COVID-19 transmission.

Merryday said in Wednesday’s court order that the CDC’s “dark allusions” about the prospect of COVID-19 transmission on cruises ignored “state and local health authorities, the industry’s self-regulation, and the thorough and costly preparations and accommodations by all concerned to avoid ‘transmission’ and to confine and control the ‘transmission,’ if one occurs.”

The pandemic has hit the cruise industry hard since its outbreak last year. Cruise ship giant Carnival reported a $2.9 billion net loss in the third quarter of 2020, it said in an earnings filing.

The CDC issued a no-sail order in March 2020 after some ships served as incubators for the disease, resulting in passenger infections and deaths.

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From Tesla to Workhorse, here are the 50 most popular stocks among retail investors on Robinhood

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Robinhood is hugely popular among day traders, putting it at the center of the GameStop frenzy

Robinhood has been the poster child of the commission-free trading movement that has drawn a new generation of investors into the stock market, and its user base skews heavily to Millennial and Gen Z investors. From iconic companies like Apple, to upstarts looking to disrupt whole industries, here are the top 50 stock picks among Robinhood users.

50. Workhorse

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Workhorse, the Loveland, Ohio-based electric-vehicle maker, has become a retail favorite among other auto manufacturers, like Lordstown Motors and Canoo.

49. Boeing

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Shares of the plane-maker have rallied more than 12% so far this year.

48. Zynga

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The mobile-gaming company sees more than $1 billion in sales opportunity if it expands beyond mobile games to consoles and computers, Bloomberg reported.

47. Uber

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Shares of the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company have been barely changed so far this year.

46. United Airlines

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The airline slumped amid the COVID-19 pandemic but has turned around as air travel picks back up.

45. SPDR S&P 500 ETF

A number of value stocks have been surging on the S&P 500 in 2021.
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The ETF tracking the benchmark index has risen about 15% so far this year.


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The chip and graphics card producer has rallied more than 50% year-to-date.

43. General Motors

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The automaker is among a slew of others in the industry that retail traders have rallied behind.

42. Coca-Cola

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Shares of the Atlanta-based beverage company have rebounded from a slump earlier this year.

41. Vanguard S&P 500 ETF

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The exchange-traded fund has rallied 14% so far this year.

40. Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Cruise Line

The cruise industry was hit hard amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but shares of cruise operators are on the rebound as the world reopens.

39. Ideanomics

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Ideanomics, a small company focused on sustainability, has rallied alongside other meme stocks like GameStop this year.

38. Virgin Galactic

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The space tourism company has been a focus among Reddit retail traders for months. Shares soared in May after the company announced its successful test flight.

37. FuelCell Energy

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The Danbury, Connecticut-based company creates “clean, efficient and affordable fuel cell solutions,” according to its website.

36. AT&T

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The media and telecommunications company based in Dallas is among retail-trader favorites on Robinhood.

35. Moderna

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Moderna shares have rallied in recent days since the pharmaceutical company announced its COVID-19 vaccine should work against the Delta variant.

34. Starbucks

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The popular Seattle-based coffee maker recently added oat milk-based drinks to its menu.

33. Twitter

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The social-media site has been a hub for retail traders exchanging ideas this year.

32. Advanced Micro Devices

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Advanced Micro Devices, a semiconductor company, is frequently mentioned on Reddit investing threads like Wall Street Bets.

31. Canopy Growth

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The Canadian cannabis company is one of a handful of its kind that are among retail-trader favorites.

30. Facebook

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The social media behemoth is now worth more than $1 trillion after a federal judge dismissed antitrust lawsuits against the company.

29. Tilray

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The Canadian cannabis company has seen a lot of Reddit hype as retail investors look to position themselves for the possibility of legalization in the US.

28. Coinbase Global

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Coinbase was the first major cryptocurrency exchange to go public on April 14.

27. Bank of America

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Shares of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank have rallied about 36% so far this year.

26. OrganiGram

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The Canadian cannabis company is one of several retail traders have hyped up.

25. Alibaba

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Shares of the Chinese e-commerce company have fallen about 2.6% this year.

24. Netflix

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The streaming site recently launched an e-commerce store to sell items from popular shows like “The Witcher.”

23. Snap Inc.

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Shares of the social site have rallied about 35% so far this year.

22. Delta Airlines

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The airline is among several others that struggled during the pandemic but has begun to rebound.

21. Churchill Capital Corp IV

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Shares of the special-purpose acquisition company have nearly tripled in price since going public earlier this year.

20. Palantir

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Palantir CEO Alex Karp said the surveillance company is a favorite stock pick because the company respects the intelligence of the retail-trading community.

19. GoPro

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The maker of wearable cameras has rallied 38% so far this year.

18. Zomedica

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The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company is focused on helping meet the needs of veterinarians, according to its website.

17. GameStop

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GameStop was recently added to the Russell 1000 Index, a list of the largest companies based on market capitalization, thanks to its epic rally pushed by retail investors.

16. Carnival

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The cruise line industry shuttered amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but operators like Carnival are making a comeback as the pandemic recedes.

15. Aurora Cannabis

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Aurora is another Canadia cannabis company that retail traders have flocked to amid excitement over potential legalization in the US.

14. Pfizer

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The pharmaceutical company has surged in popularity, largely thanks to the production of its COVID-19 vaccine.

13. Nokia

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Nokia has been looped into the basket of meme-stocks, like GameStop and AMC, that have gripped retail-traders attention this year.

12. Plug Power

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Plug Power, based in Latham, New York, is focused on creating hydrogen fuel cells to power vehicles.

11. American Airlines

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The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline has rallied about 35% year-to-date.

10. Amazon

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The e-commerce giant is among the biggest companies in the world with a $1.7 trillion market capitalization.

9. Microsoft

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Microsoft is among the largest companies in the world with a $2 trillion market capitalization.

8. Disney

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Shares of the media and entertainment conglomerate have dropped about 3% so far this year.

7. NIO

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The Chinese electric-vehicle maker has rallied more than 600% in the past year.

6. General Electric

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Shares of the long-time company have been on the rise this year, rallying about 25%.

5. Ford

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The legacy automaker garnered attention earlier this year when President Joe Biden floored one of its electric trucks.

4. Sundial Growers

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Sundial, among other Canadian cannabis companies, is a favorite among retail traders.

3. AMC Entertainment

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AMC Entertainment became a retail-trader favorite earlier this year, and led a rally in memes last month amid renewed interest in meme stocks.

2. Apple

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The iPhone maker is the most valuable company in the world with a market cap of more than $2 trillion.

1. Tesla

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Tesla’s Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has captured retail-trader attention in both his company and in the realm of cryptocurrencies.

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A major cruise line says its customers’ private information may have been accessed during a data breach

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Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship in March 2020.

Carnival Corp says its guests’ and employees’ personal data may have been impacted in a data breach first discovered on March 19, a company spokesperson told Insider in an email statement on Friday.

In response to the breach, Carnival “shut down the event,” informed regulators, and called on a cybersecurity company to look into the attack. The investigation later found that information on guests, crew members, and employees with Carnival Corp and several of its brands – Carnival, Holland America, Princess, and “medical operations” – were impacted by the “third party access to limited portions of its information technology systems,” according to the spokesperson.

Personal information like Social Security and passport numbers, addresses, and health data may have been accessed during the breach, the Associated Press reported.

However, “there is evidence indicating a low likelihood of the data being misused,” the spokesperson told Insider. Carnival has since contacted the people who may have been affected by the data breach, and has created a call center to field any questions.

“As part of its ongoing operations, the company is continuing to review security and privacy policies and procedures and has been implementing changes as needed to enhance our information security and privacy program and controls,” the spokesperson said.

Carnival saw two ransomware attacks in August and December of 2020, the company reported in April.

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Seabourn’s luxury 140-day world cruise that costs at least $67,000 is selling fast – see what the 2023 trip will be like

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The Seabourn Sojourn.

  • Seabourn opened bookings for its “2023 World Cruise: Extraordinary Discoveries” trip on February 12.
  • The 140-day cruise will bring passengers to 61 destinations across 32 countries.
  • Some suites have already sold out, and demand is up compared to Seabourn’s 2020 to 2022 world cruises.
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Customers are scrambling to book Seabourn’s 2023 world cruise after the luxury cruise line debuted the 140-day trip earlier this month.

Seabourn Cruise Line – owned by Carnival – first began accepting bookings for its “2023 World Cruise: Extraordinary Discoveries” on February 12. Since then, the cruise’s penthouse spa and premium suites have sold out, a Seabourn spokesperson told Insider in an email statement.

And now, the cruise line is seeing more demand for the 2023 world cruise than it saw for its 2020, 2021, and 2022 world cruises from the same selling cycle.

This high demand for Seabourn’s future cruise signals a potential wider trend in travel. World cruises could become more popular after the COVID-19 pandemic is over because of pent up demand for travel. Similarly, when Oceania Cruises debuted its 2023 world cruise starting at $41,600 per person¬†on January 27, the 180-day trip sold out within a day.

“Despite the challenges the world faces today, travelers are clearly bullish on the future and are embracing these new opportunities to travel the world,” Bob Binder, president and CEO of Oceania Cruises, said in a statement after its 2023 global cruise sold out.

Keep scrolling to see Seabourn’s 2023 sailing and some of its global destinations.

Seabourn’s global cruise aboard the Seabourn Sojourn will be setting sail from Miami, Florida on January 6, 2023.

The Seabourn Sojourn.
The Seabourn Sojourn.

The cruise will then bring passengers across the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Ocean to its final stop in Barcelona, Spain on May 27, 2023.

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Walvis Bay, Namibia.

In total, the 140-day cruise will hit 61 destinations across 32 countries and six continents.

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Cape Verde.

These destinations focus on places that “guests are likely not familiar with, but will love being able to explore,” Tim Littley, Seabourn’s senior director of global itinerary planning and product development, said in the press release.

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The Conflict Islands in Papua New Guinea.

In total, the cruise will dock overnight in 10 cities and will have extended stays at 16 ports.

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The Seabourn Sojourn.

Along the way, cruisers will get to see classic hotspots like Sydney, Australia, Cape Town, South Africa, and Lima, Peru.

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Lima, Peru.

The ship will also stop at “small hidden gems” like the Easter Island, Seychelles, and Papua New Guinea.

The Easter Island.

Does 140 days out at sea seem too long for you? Potential cruisers who can’t hang around for the full trip can instead book one of Seabourn’s segmented stays for between 21 to 81 days.

Casablanca, Morocco.

However, guests who book the full cruise will receive a list of perks, including unlimited laundry and internet.

Barcelona, Spain.

Source: Seabourn

Rooms aboard the 229-suite ship start at $67,000 for an ocean view suite. This price then skyrockets to $190,000 for a stay in the owner’s suite.

The Owners Suite.

Source: Seabourn

The ship has several amenities to keep passengers entertained while out at sea, including a card room, a salon, a gym, a club, and bars.

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The Seabourn Sojourn.

And no luxury cruise is complete without a few pools, including whirlpools.

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The pool deck.

Hungry at sea? The Sojourn has several dining options, including an eatery by famed chef Thomas Keller.

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Thomas Keller’s The Grill aboard a different ship, the Seabourn Quest.

Seabourn also debuted another 2023 sailing – the 49-day “Grand Voyage: Grand Americas, Amazon, and Antarctica” – the same day as its world cruise.

The Seabourn Sojourn.

These sailings may seem far into the future, but planning for 2023 was a strategic move.

The Seabourn Sojourn.

Many Seabourn customers have been asking for cruising options “further
into the future,” Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn, said in the press release.

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The aft pool.

“With the 2023 World Cruise and Grand Voyage, we open options well into 2023 for future planning,” Leibowitz said in the press release.

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The Dravuni Island in Fiji.

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