Cruise News Today — July 26, 2023 [VIDEO]

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NCL Free Cruise Winners Announced

Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed the 20 winners of its fourth-annual Giving Joy contest, which honors dedicated teachers across North America.

Each winner received a seven-day cruise for two, valid for sailings through 2024.

The top three grand prize winners also received invitations to attend the christening voyage of the Norwegian Viva next month. 

The winners: 

Ryan Price from Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy in California; 

Carolyn Reardon from James Otis Elementary School in Illinois

and Angelo Mirante from Lakewood High School in Washington.

The contest, which started in 2019, has awarded over 250 teachers free cruises and contributed over $350,000 to local schools and teachers.

Vaccinated Down Under in 2023

Our friend Scott at Disney Cruise Line Blog reports that you must have the vaccine if you want to sail Disney down under. 

This is by their local regulations, as all from AUS require the shot. 

Passengers must provide proof of vaccination and undergo COVID-19 testing before boarding or debarking the ship.

Disney Wonder will begin its first-ever deployment to Australia in October with a series of voyages. 

The cruise line assured guests that health and safety measures are being implemented per guidance from health authorities and medical experts. 

The protocols may change before the sailing date.

New MSC Group Ship Sails Northward

Explora Journeys’ brand new ship, Explora I, recently visited Barcelona, marking a milestone ahead of its inaugural voyage from Copenhagen, Denmark. 

While docked, a traditional crest exchange took place onboard. 

Recently delivered by Fincantieri in Italy, the Explora I is scheduled to embark on a seven-day maiden journey to Reykjavik, Iceland next Tuesday. 

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