Cruise Radio

We get a review of Disney Magic. One of Disney Cruise Line's older cruise ships. This was a repositioning cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami, Florida. 

Carnival Cruise Line Brand Ambassador John Heald answers some questions.  

Dan Skilken from TripInsurance.com talks to us about WOW airline that just went out of business and how that impacts travelers without travel insurance. Also, the recent Oasis of the Seas incident and how the guests who had air and hotel were covered. 

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A Carnival Horizon 2019 review. This was an eight-night Southern Caribbean cruise from Port Miami. 

A chat with Holland America Line's president, Orlando Ashford. Also a couple of sound bytes from Carnival's Brand Ambassador John Heald. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival Cruise Line's new TV game show 
  • Excel suites that are going to debut on Carnival Mardi Gras 
  • People getting banned for destroying an elevator 
  • Royal Caribbean halting Sky Pad after an incident and a $10M lawsuit 
  • Listener Q: How much does it cost to use a travel agent?

Watch the Carnival Horizon review on YouTube

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Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

By request, a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Manhattan-based Norwegian Gem. This was a 10-night Southern Caribbean cruise that went to St. Thomas, San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Lucia and Antigua. We get a bow-to-stern comprehensive review of this sailing as well as details about the cruise ship. 

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Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A review of Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, currently the World's Largest Cruise Ship (as of Spring 2019). This was a seven-night Western Caribbean review. Matt gives us all the details on the sailing, dining, entertainment, and public spaces on this mega cruise ship. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on: 

  • Norwegian Cruise Line will no longer be making towel animals 
  • Crane falls onto Oasis of the Seas while at dry dock 
  • Carnival debuts Carnival Panorama waterpark 
  • Cruise lines take advantage of April Fool's Day 
  • Listener Question: Do you have any Celebrity Reflection tips?

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Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:10am EDT

A review from Norwegian Cruise Line's latest ship Norwegian Bliss. This was a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise to Miami that went to Tortola, St. Thomas, and Nassau. 

Did Viking sail into the storm knowing that bad weather was on the radar? Action News Meteorologist Greg Dee to let us know how forecastable these storms in the North Sea area.

Listener questions about Northern Europe shore excursions. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on: 

  • Viking Ocean Cruises incident in the North Seas during rough weather
  • A famous cruise ship is getting sued because of a bed bug problem in 2018
  • Celebrity Summit is sailing again after a massive refurbishment
  • Princess Cruises confirms two more new cruise ships

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Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week we get a review of Celebrity Silhouette on a 10-night Southern and Eastern Caribbean cruise. We get a bow to stern review of this cruise ship and what it was like sailing Celebrity Cruises. 

Sherry has cruise news on:

  • New cruise terminal is officially underway in Port Canaveral
  • Norwegian Cruise Line is increasing gratuities on April 1, 2019
  • Norwegian Sky just got back from a three-week dry dock
  • Royal Caribbean previews Perfect Day at Cococay
  • Holland America cuts steel for third Pinnacle-class ship

Listener question: Curious your thoughts on a question we have been wrestling with since the Carnival Vista: how does tipping work in the specialty dining areas? Do you tip 15%-20% like a normal restaurant? - Drew

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Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Regal Princess from a first time Princess Cruises' guest. This was a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival Freedom's massive refurbishment 
  • Carnival Cruise Line is canceling is all stops to Antigua
  • Disney Cruise Line purchased the land for a new destination in the Bahamas
  • Royal Caribbean loses the case involving a guest that had a fatal heart attack onboard
  • Carnival Cruise Line pulls out of Antigua

Listener question: Bringing a minor on a cruise - is there any documentation required?

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Gina Kramer from Cruise Critic just returned from Royal Caribbean's newly refurbished Navigator of the Seas. She gives us a review of the new spaces and what changes the ship saw during the $115-million dry dock. 

Andrew is onboard the brand new MSC Bellissima and checks in with us on the inaugural cruise. 

Sherry has cruise news: 

  • A scary night for Norwegian Escape
  • Second entree cost on one cruise line 
  • Princess Cruises rescues a pilot and passenger from a plane that crashed in the Caribbean Sea 
  • Carnival Cruise Line has a new food partnership with Emeril Lagasse
  • Listener question: day pass resorts in Bermuda 

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Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line isn't your typical cruise line. They have two cruise ships based in Palm Beach, Florida and do two-night cruises to Freeport, Bahamas. One of their ships is an old Carnival Cruise Line ship (Carnival Celebration) and the other is an old Costa Cruises ship (neoClassica). Today's review is of the Grand Classica.

We learn how is compares to mass market cruise ship, are the procedures the same, and what the experience was like. 

Action News Meteorologist Greg Dee answers a question about the high winds that caused a cruise ship delay in New York City.

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Norwegian Cruise Line ship was cut short due to high winds 
  • The port of Nassau will get a new cruise pier 
  • One cruise line made gratuities mandatory and then reversed it 
  • Navigator of the Seas is out of dry dock and ready to sail from Port Miami
  • Carnival Cruise Line adds new dessert menu

Listener question on tipping luggage handlers at the pier. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A seven-night Bahamas review of Carnival Pride. Walter took this cruise for his 15th wedding anniversary and booked a suite. We get a full review of this Spirit-class ship, entertainment, and dining. Plus, their port stops in Nassau, Princess Cay, and Freeport, Bahamas. 

Watch Carnival Pride Tour here


Sherry has cruise news on:

  • Norwegian Cruise Line having issues with Epic 
  • Royal Caribbean ordering another mega cruise ship 
  • A cruise ship was turned away from Cuba
  • Carnival Cruise Line renews vows across their whole fleet
  • Royal Caribbean 

Listener Question: What to do in Belize? 

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Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week we get a review of a four-night sailing on Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas. This was a quick sailing to Cozumel over Super Bowl weekend. We also learn the importance of having travel insurance. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival's new destination in the Bahamas
  • Princess Cruises putting a waterpark on one of their ships
  • More Virgin Voyages news
  • A Celebrity cruise ship just got a major makeover 
  • Listener question comparing Caribbean itineraries and ships.

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Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a detailed review of MSC Cruises MSC Seaside. This was a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing to the Eastern Caribbean. The cruise stopped at San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Nassau. This review is from a first time MSC cruiser and packed with great information about the cruise line, the service onboard, and the ship itself. 

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Category:MSC Cruises -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A review of Carnival Cruise Line's New Orleans based Carnival Dream. This was a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise. 

Sherry has a cruise on: 

  • Carnival updates app
  • Carnival new dining plan 
  • Royal Caribbean names their new ship and it's headed to the US
  • Holland America christening 
  • Virgin Voyages reveal more cabin information 

Action News Meteorologist drops by to talk about sea fog and the issues it caused in Tampa with Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas. 

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Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Meteorologist Greg Dees answers the question on why Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line always miss their private island because of weather. And lightning in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Colleen McDaniel from Cruise Critic joins us to talk about the big winners in their 2018 Editors' Picks Awards. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on:

  • Itineraries for Carnival Cruise Line's new Carnival Mardi Gras
  • Princess Cruises private destination Princess Cays caught fire 
  • Virgin Voyages is rolling gratuities into the cruise fare 
  • Princess announces the largest balconies at sea 

Shelly from CruisingExcursions answers some listener questions on some cruisers sailings to Rome, Athens, Mallorca, and Mykonos. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Celebrity Infinity this week. This week's guest is a seasoned cruiser but his first time sailing on Celebrity Cruises. This four-night cruise left from Port Everglades and went to Key West and Nassau, and had one sea day. 

Dan Skilken from TripInsurance.com answers a question about a cruise guest who almost got stuck in Mexico needing emergency surgery. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on:

  • The kid who jumped off a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and lived to tell the story. 
  • Virgin Voyages releases rock star cruise suites. 
  • MSC Cruises gives us more details about their upcoming island Ocean Reserve Cay.

Dan Skilken from TripInsurance.com answers a question about a cruise guest who almost got stuck in Mexico needing emergency surgery. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

 A full review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sky. This ship is one of Norwegian's smaller cruise ships and sails year-round from Miami, Florida. Matt did a back-to-back sailing on this one so he sailed a four-night and then a three-night sailing. The itinerary on the cruise included Cuba, Nassau, Bahamas and the cruise line's private island of Great Stirrup Cay. 

To catch up on this week's cruise news please check out the Cruise Radio News feed by clicking here or by typing in Cruise Radio News where you listen to your favorite podcast. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Bonus Cruise Radio episode. Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas had to end their cruise a day early after a norovirus outbreak of almost 500 guests onboard. We talk to a guest who just returned from the ship and gives us a play by play of what happened during the sailing. Also we talk to a Commander at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention who heads up the Vessel Sanitation Program.

Video on the return of Oasis of the Seas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8OvqRq3SvU&t 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:50am EDT

We get a Carnival Elation review from Tony and Jenny. Carnival Elation is a Fantasy-class ship that underwent a massive dry dock in 2017 to add another deck, more dining options, and refurbishing all the existing staterooms. This was a five-night Bahamas cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, and Half Moon Cay. 

Sherry has cruise news:

  • Mexican cruise destination rocked by violence 
  • 2018 Norovirus report released
  • Carnival Cruise Line reverses room service charge 
  • Venice is now charging day visitor tax 
  • 100-year-old woman celebrates a birthday on a cruise ship
  • Carnival Cruise Line captain and crew honored for rescue 

Listener questions:

  • How much does the sky suite on Celebrity Edge cost? 
  • My dining time is during sail away - what happens?

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Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess. Caribbean Princess was launched in 2004 and carries just over 3,100 guests. This review is of a back to back cruise doing Eastern and Western Caribbean.

Sherry has cruise news on:

  • One cruise line issued their guests a warning about Nassau, Bahamas 
  • Carnival Cruise Line signed a contract to get faster internet at sea
  • St. Maarten ended 2018 with a record-breaking cruise day
  • Carnival's float made a debut in the 2019 Rose Parade
  • Royal Caribbean is testing a new program in their casino on Harmony of the Seas 

Listener question: Do you have any free beach recommendations for Grand Turk. We are taking our first cruise in February.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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