Ship Technology has listed five of the companies that trended the most in Twitter discussions related to cruise, using research from GlobalData’s Travel and Tourism Influencer platform.

The top companies are the most mentioned companies among Twitter discussions of more than 150 cruise experts tracked by GlobalData’s Travel and Tourism Influencer platform during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2021.

1. Carnival Corporation & Plc – 458 mentions

Carnival Corporation’s subsidiary Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) adding a second cruise to Greenland, pre-cruise testing launched by the cruise operator, and inauguration of the Dubai harbour cruise terminal by the company were some of the popular discussions on Twitter around Carnival Corporation in Q4 2021.

Cruise Fever, a cruise blog providing tips and advice on cruising, shared an article on CCL adding second cruise to Greenland due to high demand. The company announced a two-week cruise to Greenland from Baltimore in 2023, which was sold out within 24 hours. The popularity of the cruise to Greenland prompted CCL to add another cruise on the Carnival Legend cruise ship in August 2023, the article highlighted.

Carnival Corporation is a cruise operator headquartered in Miami, Florida, US. The company has a fleet of more than 80 vessels across 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-long world voyage announced by Royal Caribbean, redeployment of the cruise operator’s three Oasis class cruise ships next year, and Jamaica awaiting resumption of cruise services by the company were some of the popular discussions on Royal Caribbean Cruises in Q4.

Gene Sloan, senior reporter at online media website The Points Guy, shared an article on Royal Caribbean announcing a nine month-long world voyage. The trip will cover 65 countries sailing across all seven continents for 274 days. It will tour more than 150 locations beginning in Miami on 10 December 2023 on the 2,143-passenger capacity Serenade of the Seas. The voyage will conclude at Miami on 10 September 2024.

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, US, Royal Caribbean Group (previously Royal Caribbean Cruises) is a cruise company that has three cruise brands including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Silversea Cruises. The cruise line operates 60 cruise ships to 800 destinations globally.

3. MSC Cruises – 185 mentions

MSC Cruises inviting global artists to design the hull of the Euribia cruise ship, relaunch of the company’s trade training platform, and the company’s entire fleet returning for sailing by summer 2022 were some of the discussions around MSC Cruises in Q4.

Ken Muskat, chief operating officer of MSC Cruises, shared an article on the cruise line inviting global artists to design the hull of its 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 contest. Euribia will have the capacity to carry 4,888 passengers and is expected to begin operations in 2023 as the cruise line’s second LNG-powered ship.

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

4. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd – 127 mentions

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) resuming cruise service from Port Canaveral, the cruise operator retaining its 100% vaccination mandate for passengers, and new sailings and 70% discounts on cruise deals offered by the company were some of the discussions that caused NCL to trend in the fourth quarter.

Cruise Industry News, an online magazine focused on the cruise industry, shared an article on NCL resuming cruise services from Port Canaveral with its Norwegian Escape cruise ship. The ship will sail across the Eastern Caribbean and will be the company’s eighth Breakaway Plus Class ship to re-enter service. It will depart from Port Canaveral in Orlando on a seven-day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean, stopping at important ports such as Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, and Great Stirrup Cay.

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, US, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is a cruise company with a fleet of 28 ships and operating 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) Nieuw Statendam cruise ship returning to service, the Rotterdam cruise ship starting the cruise operator’s Caribbean cruising services, and the Koningsdam cruise ship sailing on its first revenue cruise in 19 months were some of the trending discussions on HAL in Q4 2021.

Porthole Cruise and Travel, an online publication focused on the cruise industry, shared an article on HAL’s Nieuw Statendam returning to service for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The ship sailed from Fort Lauderdale on a seven-day western Caribbean trip that includes stops at Nassau, Bahamas, Ocho Rios and Port Royal, Jamaica, and Half Moon Cay, HAL’s private island in the Bahamas. The cruise line also added a new ship Rotterdam to its fleet to serve the Caribbean region.

Holland America Line is a cruise operator based in Seattle, Washington, US. 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.