Cruise News Today — July 13, 2023 [VIDEO]

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Disney Treasure Construction Update 

Disney Cruise Line has given a construction update on the upcoming Disney Treasure, which is currently being constructed at Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.  

Most recently, the block of the navigational bridge was installed where shortly the captain and crew will command the ship.

In May, the bow of the Disney Treasure was mounted to the forward section of the ship with the help of a high-precision laser. The theater has also started being installed. 

The ship is making significant progress, as the first piece of steel was cut in January and Treasure is scheduled to sail in 2024. 

Disney’s private destination lighthouse point is also scheduled to open in mid-2024. 

Dominican Republic See Huge Numbers in 2023 

Cruise travel is surging in the Dominican Republic. 

Year to date, more than 1.2 million cruise guests visited the island. 

June alone saw 44 cruise calls and over 140,000 passengers, proving that 2023 could be a record-breaking year for cruise tourism in the Dominican Republic, potentially doubling the guest numbers from 2022.

Cruise ports in the DR include Amber Cove, Taino Bay, and La Romana. 

If you’re a fan of Hallmark Christmas movies, well, here is one for ya. 

The Hallmark Channel’s first-ever Christmas-themed cruise, set to sail in November 5 aboard Norwegian Gem. 

Onboard, guests will enjoy a world premiere screening of the new Hallmark Channel movie, “Countdown to Christmas,” and opportunities to interact with Hallmark stars. 

The ship will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring holiday crafts, Christmas movies, a sail away party, cookie decorating, karaoke, an Ugly Sweater contest, and wine tastings. 

The trip will include a visit to Nassau, Bahamas, with the ship returning to Miami on November 9.  It goes on sale next week. 

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