Cruise Radio

On this episode we check in with the cruise editor for TravelPulse.com and Vacation Agent Magazine, Theresa Masek, to give us a cruise rewind of 2014. We cover some of the big news that hit the headlines like Carnival LIVE, Quantum of the Seas, Margaritaville on Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean dining partnerships. Plus, we look ahead at new ships in 2015. Cruise vacations were great in 2014 and are just ramping up. Happy New Year! 

Direct download: CR_DEC_31_15_AU.mp3
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Earlier this month President Obama announced a new travel-friendly policy with Cuba. This a big step for the United States getting into Cuba since the embargo was put in place over 50 years ago.

With 11.6 million North Americans cruising in 2013, this could be huge for Cuba's economy.

I recently had a chance to sail on Costa Cruises' Costa Mediterreana to the Caribbean. Our 11-night voyage went to Nassau, Bahamas; the Dominican Republic, Tortola, Antigua, St. Maarten, and Freeport, Bahamas. We check in with the International Host aboard the ship and get some cruise passengers' thoughts. 

Direct download: CR_DEC_26_14_MIX_AU.mp3
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On this episode, Jason Leppert from Popular Cruising drops by to chat about the major differences between luxury cruises and a mass market cruises. Having never sailed on a luxury cruise before, this interview was very eye opening.

Travel expert Jason Coleman tackles some listener questions on what cruise is the “right” cruise for a family, tipping with infants, and suggestions for using a smartphone at sea.

Direct download: CR_DEC_19_Mix_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

Listener Joe Tolley from Charlotte, North Carolina just returned from a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing aboard the 2,974-guest Carnival Conquest, a Conquest-class cruise ship based currently based in Miami.

Joe talks with us about his family's cruise to Nassau, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk.

Stewart ChironThe Cruise Guy® has Cruise News:

  • Celebrity orders two new ships
  • Carnival offers longer itineraries
  • Norwegian partners with Margaritaville
  • Virgin cruises
  • New CEO Royal/Celebrity
  • Voyager of the Seas completes $80m refurbishment
Direct download: CR_DEC_12_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network just returned from a sailing aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Breeze where she participated in one of the cruise line's signature Carnival LIVE sailings. This particular sailing had country music/Top 40 group Lady Antebellum. Hear all the details of this sailing. 

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News:
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines staying in NOLA through 2018
  • New ultra luxury Seabourn ship ordered 
  • Costa Captain back in court - what's going on with the trial?
  • Did we see any black Friday sales that were totally WOW
  • Majesty of the Seas leaving Miami
  • We're seeing a lot of cruise ships canceling Belize lately because of weather - will we ever see a pier?
  • What is the world's busiest cruise port in 2014?
Direct download: CR_12_5_14_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

"The Canada/New England itinerary had been on our to-do list for several years. We chose this particular sailing because it started in Quebec City, and we really wanted to spend time there pre-cruise (instead of NYC). It also offered more stops in Canada than New England, though it did have the tradeoff of Saguenay/Gaspe vs Saint John NB. This was also our opportunity to book one of the highly desirable aft Caribe deck corner balcony cabins on Ruby Princess. And we wanted to sail during the fall for a chance to see some brilliant fall colors."

Kristin Ladewig from St. Louis, MO recently returned from a 10-night sailing aboard Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess. A sailing that started in Quebec City and ended in New York City. Kristin leaves no stone unturned on this detailed Ruby Princess review.

Direct download: CR_11_28_14_UPDATED.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

This week we are broadcasting aboard Royal Caribbean's brand new Quantum of the Seas. On this sailing we put all the brand new features to the test like the RipCord by iFly indoor skydiving, Northstar pod that takes you 300 feet above sea level, and the Seaplex, complete with bumper cars, roller skating, a trapeze school and more.

We also push technology to the test on this voyage where we link of with a listener via Skype to take a couple of questions about the ship, dining, and why someone should sail on it.

Royal Caribbean added to its portfolio of exclusive, groundbreaking onboard experiences that have never before been imagined at sea with a skydiving experience called RipCord by iFly, as well as the engineering marvel North Star, a glass observation capsule that gently rises more than 300 feet in the air to treat guests to dramatic 360-degree views.  More “firsts” including bumper cars, a circus school with flying trapeze and roller skating can be found inside SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea. There isn't much you can't do on Quantum of the Seas.

Direct download: CR_QUANTUM_11_20_14_AU.mp3
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This week we are broadcasting aboard Princess Cruises latest ship, Regal Princess. She was first launched May 2014 in Europe and is now spending the winter and spring in the Caribbean.

The 3,560-guest Regal Princess now begins her maiden season of Caribbean cruises out of Ft. Lauderdale. Among the special features found onboard the ship are a dramatic multi-story atrium serving as the social hub of the ship, offering a host of dining and entertainment options; an over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship; the Princess Live! Television studio; the largest pastry shop at sea; a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; Princess Watercolor Fantasy, a fountain and music show; the Night Sky Lounge, a new nighttime experience that enables guests to enjoy a chic and contemporary poolside nightclub under the stars, and balconies on all outside staterooms.

We talk to:

  • Gavin MacLeod, Captain Stubing
  • Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy
  • Rick Griffin and Sandi McKenna, Midlife Road Trip
  • Peter Knego, Maritime Historian
  • Phil Reimer, Canada.com
  • and more...
Direct download: CR_NOV_14_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sail the Columbia or Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest? These rivers are practically untouched and have some of the best scenery that America can offer, not to mentioned a ton of American history. 

This week we are broadcasting aboard the 88-guest SS Legacy, a coastal replica steamer that sails with UnCruise Adventures. Take a journey with us!

On this broadcast we talk to:

  • Captain off the SS Legacy, Captain Dano
  • Heritage Leader/Cruise Director, Ryan
  • Cruise Expert at About.com, Linda Garrison
  • Savvy Navigator, Jeff Ward
  • Editor of Popular Cruising, Jason Leppert
Direct download: CR_NOV_7_MIX_AU.mp3
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This is a not-to-miss episode as we chat with the folks at MTN Communications and talk about staying connected at sea. MTN just launched the website ConnectAtSea.com and it's a portal filled with great information when it comes to your cruise vacation. Whether you're just texting, Facebooking, calling or surfing the web - everyone has to be connected these days.

Brent Horwitz, Senior VP & General Manager, Cruise for MTN joins us to cover all bases about staying connected at sea. There is no stone left unturned in this interview.

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy stops by with Cruise News on: 

  • Quantum of the Seas is officially Royal Caribbean's and arrived in Southampton this week - how long until she heads westbound to the United States?
  • Holland America continues Dancing with the Stars through 2016
  • Disney Cruise Line itineraries have been announced for 2016 - anything new?
  • Have their been any cancelations or skipped ports overseas because of political unrest or ebola?
  • What's the latest talk from China? How's Hong Kong doing?

Listener Question

My wife and I want to go to Alaska on the Celebrity Solstice, when's the best time to go? Is it better to sail out of Seattle or Vancouver; we live in Ontario.

Direct download: CR_OCT_17_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EST