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Cruise Radio News Briefs — May 4, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Texas Port Holds Cruise Rally, Crew Members Receive Vaccinations

A day after Carnival Breeze and Vista arrived in the Port of Galveston, the port hosted a rally to demonstrate how important cruising is to the Texas economy. Speakers included Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy, Galveston Mayor Dr. Craig Brown, and the port’s CEO and Director Rodger Rees.

Nearby, crew members from both ships received COVID-19 vaccinations from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. 

Carnival is hoping to resume passenger operations in the U.S. by early July.

STORY: ‘We Need to Start Sailing Again’ Says Carnival Cruise Line Exec at Galveston Port Rally

MSC Seaside Resumes Sailing

And MSC Cruises officially has two ships now sailing in the Mediterranean.

MSC Seaside joined MSC Grandiosa at sea this past Saturday, beginning a schedule of seven-night cruises in Italy and Malta. Starting in June, the voyages will include a private beach experience in Taranto exclusively for MSC Seaside guests.

Eight more ships, including new flagship MSC Seashore, are set to join Seaside and Grandiosa for European cruises this summer. 

STORY: MSC Seaside Resumes Cruises in the Mediterranean

Norwegian Launches Teacher Contest

And finally, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the relaunch of its ‘Norwegian’s Giving Joy’ contest in recognition of educators throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The line is asking for nominations of teachers who demonstrate a passion for teaching and bringing joy to their students. People can then vote for their favorite nominees. The top 100 educators will win a seven-night cruise for two, and one grand prize winner will be awarded with a $25,000 donation for the school where they teach. 

You can nominate a teacher and vote at nclgivingjoy.com. 

STORY: Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Teacher Appreciation Contest

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