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Norwegian Says Vacation Demand Is Strong Amid Pandemic

Norwegian Cruise Line is optimistic about sailing in 2021 after suspending its operations throughout 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The encouraging news came as the cruise line released its third-quarter earnings report on Monday while also providing a business update on its operations.

While Norwegian said its booking volumes remain below historical levels, it is still seeing demand for future cruises, particularly in the second half of 2021 and beyond. 

The bookings are below historical ranges for the first half of 2021, as expected because of the pandemic, but the second half of the year is in line with normal levels. The company saw record bookings in September and October, demonstrating pent up demand for future cruises.

The cruise line also said that its full-year pricing is on track with pre-pandemic levels despite the impact of the virus on its operations, which included future cruise credits that were doled out to travelers for canceled bookings at the height of the health crisis.

As of Sept. 30, the cruise line had $1.2 billion in advance ticket sales, which included $0.85 billion in future cruise credits.

The news of demand for vacations follows the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Framework for Conditional Sailing Order that now permits cruise ship passenger operations to sail in U.S. waters under certain conditions.

These conditions include the implementation of COVID-19 testing for crewmembers and building of laboratory testing for guests and crew in the future, simulated voyages to test a cruise ship operator’s ability to mitigate COVID-19 risk, certification for ship operators the meet specific requirements, and phased returned to passenger sailing to reduce COVID-19 transmission risk to the crew, guests, and communities visited.

Previously, the CDC issued a No-Sail Order the prevented cruise operations from sailing in U.S. waters through Oct. 31.

President and CEO Frank Del Rio called the new Framework for Conditional Sailing Order a “step in the right direction on the path to the safer and healthier resumption of cruising in the U.S.”

Del Rio continued: “While we have a long road of recovery ahead of us, we are encouraged by the continued demand for future cruise vacations, especially from our loyal past guests, across all three of our brands.”

While things are looking up for Norwegian, it reported a decrease in revenue to $6.5 million compared to $1.9 billion in 2019 based on the suspension of its operations throughout the quarter. Adjusted net losses for the quarter were $638.7 million.

To mitigate the impact of the pandemic, Norwegian has taken a number of steps to stop the cash bleed, including reducing its operating and capital expenditure. The company also extended workforce furloughs and 20% salary reductions for shoreside crewmembers.

The company had a total debt of $10.9 billion as of Sept. 30 and cash and cash equivalents of $2.4 billion. Cash burn for the third quarter was about $150 million per month with an expected cash burn for Q4 of about $175 million per month, which Norwegian

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“Jennifer Fairgate” Died Mysteriously In a Norwegian Hotel

Photo credit: Courtesy of Netflix
Photo credit: Courtesy of Netflix

From Marie Claire

Spoilers for Unsolved Mysteries ahead. Content warning: gun violence, brief reference to suicide. One of the most confounding episodes of Unsolved Mysteries‘ volume two focuses on an unidentified woman who might have been a sex worker, a criminal, a spy—or something else entirely. Despite extensive research and investigation, very little is known about the unknown woman, who called herself “Jennifer Fairgate” or “Jennifer Fergate”—it’s difficult to make a determination from her signature—other than the fact that she used that name to checked into room 2805 of an upmarket Norwegian hotel, Oslo Plaza Hotel, and was found dead after three days. (You can see a clip here.)

Who was “Jennifer Fairgate”?

On May 31, 1995, a young woman, dressed in black and with a short, stylish haircut, checked into the Oslo Plaza Hotel. Despite it being a premier luxury hotel in the city, she didn’t provide a credit card or any form of identification, only signing in under the name “Jennifer Fairgate” (believed by some to be “Fergate”). A hotel employee said there was a man with her, and indeed a “Lois Fairgate” was scheduled to be staying with her—but he disappeared after check-in.

Three days later, security came to get a credit card from her. The room had had a “Do Not Disturb” sign outside for two days. After the knock, the man heard a gunshot. He ran to get assistance. The room was left unattended for 15 minutes.

What happened to “Jennifer Fairgate”?

When police arrived at the scene, the woman was in bed with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. She was holding the gun in an odd position, and there was no gunpowder residue on her hand. There were more bullets in her luggage—unusual for someone who is aiming to die by suicide, the episode noted—and the room was double-locked on the inside, but an intruder would have had a few minutes to be able to leave the room, if such a person existed. Then again, there were no signs of a struggle.

An investigation of the woman’s luggage made the case more confusing. She had no identification on her: no passport, no license, no keys, no cosmetics, no toiletries except for a men’s perfume, very little by way of clothing. All the tags on her clothes had been removed, much like in the case of the Somerton Man (1948), found mysteriously on a beach in Australia without identifiers of any kind.

Jennifer Fairgate was not her real name. She’d provided an address that did not exist and a fake profession. There were not many entrances to the room using her keycard, and none before her death (although that doesn’t necessarily cover entrances without a keycard or exits). She apparently spent significant time outside the room and called Belgian numbers from the room while she was there. Investigators searched, fruitlessly, for her family. She was determined to be in her early 20s, but the

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