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On this episode, we get a review of Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas that stopped in Nassau and Perfect Day at CocoCay. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • Carnival Cruise Line updates SkyRide closure 
  • Royal Caribbean will double-dip at CocoCay 
  • Princess Cruises adds highspeed wifi to more ships 
  • Virgin Voyages releases more itineraries through 2021
  • Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship completed a milestone

Listener Question: When will my guaranteed room be assigned with Royal Caribbean. And once it's assigned, can I change it? 

Rob answers some shore excursion questions about Northern Europe and Mediterranean cruise itineraries. 

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

Stewart Chiron, America's Most Quoted Cruise Expert, stops by to share his thoughts on the Venice cruise ship ban, cruise line pricing, investing money in private islands in the Bahamas, and a look ahead at the cruise industry. 

Date: August 18, 2019

Direct download: CRR011AUG1819.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a 2019 review of Celebrity Equinox. This ship is currently sailing Caribbean cruises out of Port Everglades. This was a seven-night sailing to the Eastern Caribbean islands that went to St. Thomas, San Juan, Tortola, and St. Maarten. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news: 

  • Cruise line banning door decorations 
  • Carnival ship fails USPH inspection 
  • Florida port gets another cruise ship
  • Royal Caribbean waves BYE with big hand 
  • The largest vow renewal at sea could happen in 2020 

Listener Qs 

1. Booking through a travel agent versus direct through the cruise line?

2. Affordable parking at Port Canaveral?

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Direct download: EPI550AUG1419.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of a 12-night cruise in the Mediterranean from Venice from Barcelona. The ship was Holland America Line's ms Veendam. 

Date: August 11, 2019 

Direct download: CRR010AUG1119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of a four-night cruise to Bermuda on Carnival Sunrise. Sunrise is Carnival Cruise Line's second Sunshine-class ship that is spending the summer in New York City before repositioning to Florida in late 2019. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Half Moon Cay is getting a makeover 
  • Topher from Jack's Shack 
  • Royal Caribbean is going vegan 
  • Cruise Industry News released some mind-blowing numbers

Listener Question: What do you think is the best way to get from Miami’s airport to a Fort Lauderdale hotel? And can you recommend a hotel?

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Direct download: EPI549AUG0819.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On this rewind episode, we go answer your listener questions. Norwegian Cruise Line steakhouse, getting on a ship to take a tour without sailing, cruising with a disability, Royal Caribbean's The Key Program, and issues with New York travel insurance. 

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Date: August 4, 2019

Direct download: CRR09AUG319.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A review of Holland America's latest ship the Nieuw Statendam on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Propulsion issues slow down more Allure of the Seas sailings
  • Carnival lowers Faster to the Fun on two cruise ships 
  • Cruise over-tourism becoming a problem again
  • Princess Cruises rolls out their first jazz club
  • A brawl lands two arrested on a cruise ship  

Listener Questions

1. How strict is Carnival with boarding times at Port Canaveral? 

2. Suggestions for snorkeling in Nassau, Bahamas? 

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Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

What is it like sailing Cunard's Queen Mary 2. Sharon just returned from a seven-night sailing from New York City to Canada/New England and she talks about her sailing as a first-timer sailing Cunard Line. She discusses what it was like sailing Cunard line and how it differs from the mass market cruise lines that she is used to sailing. 

Date: July 28, 2019 

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

We get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's New Orleans based Carnival Valor on a cruise to Cozumel and Progresso, Mexico. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Carnival has crew gratitude video series 
  • Celebrity cruise ship lost power
  • Carnival Panorama completes sea trials 
  • MSC debuts new island in video 
  • Chair hogs go to court

Listener Question: How can I find cheap air for my European cruise?

Rob answers some European cruise excursion questions. 

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Direct download: EPI547JUL2519.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Joseph Farcus is a legend in the cruise industry. He designed every Carnival Cruise Line ship from 1977 to 2011, and stayed with Carnival Corporation until he retired in 2014.

Joseph recently published a book called Design on the High Seas, and he joins me to talk about the book and gives us a look behind the curtain.

He also discusses how he designed the signature Carnival funnel, why so many Carnival Cruise Line ships have neon and other questions.

Amazon link to Design on the High Seas

Date: July 21, 2019 

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

A review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Bliss on a seven-night cruise. We get a comprehensive review of this Breakaway-plus class ship from a guest who traveled solo. Bliss spends the summers in Alaska and winters sailing the Caribbean. 

We answer your travel insurance questions regarding sailing during hurricane season, the difference between credit card insurance and a regular policy, and the cut off line for buying a travel insurance policy. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Political unrest diverts cruise ships from San Juan
  • Allure of the Seas getting a massive makeover
  • Carnival is beefing up Bermuda calls 
  • Western Caribbean beaches are still struggling with seaweed
  • Tropical Storm diverts, extends, and shortens Caribbean cruises 

Listener Question: We are light sleepers, can you recommend a deck that we won't hear much noise from the engine, dining, or elevators? 

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Direct download: EPI546JUL1719.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We finally got a review of Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas. This cruise ship was launched in 2016 for the Asia and Australia market. Now the ship is spending the summer in Alaska. Scott and his family just returned from the ship and gave us a comprehensive review of this Quantum-class cruise ship. 

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Direct download: CRR06JUL1419.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Carnival Victory, a ship that sails three and four nights out of Miami, Florida. This was a three-night Bahamas cruise. Matt gives us a bow to stern overview of the ship and what he did in the Bahamas. In 2020, Carnival Victory will undergo a $200 million dry dock to become Carnival Radiance. 

Richard has cruise news: 

  • Toddler falls from Royal Caribbean ship balcony 
  • Royal Caribbean honors drinking pricing error 
  • Royal Caribbean ship heads to New Orleans 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line app goes fleetwide 
  • Carnival Cruise Line rolls out brunch menu to more ships
  • Carnival starts recycling soap by the end of July 2019

Listener Question: What cruise ship do we pick, Anthem of the Seas or Norwegian Bliss? 

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Direct download: EPI445JUL1119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A review of one of Royal Caribbean's Freedom-class cruise ships, Independence of the Seas. This was a four-night cruise out of Port Everglades over to Cozumel, Mexico. Mike gives a detailed review of the cruise and what the ship was like.

Sherry has cruise news on:

  • Carnival Panorama is one step closer to the USA 
  • A new cruise exhibit is on the Queen Mary in Long Beach 
  • Enchanted Princess will debut in exactly a year - where is it going? 
  • MSC Cruises is now including their gratuity in the price of the cruise fare

Listener Question: I bought the beverage package for an upcoming NCL sailing, and pre paid the 20% gratuity already. Am I going to be charged more when I am on the ship?

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Direct download: EPI544JUL0419.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Going behind the headlines on this week's cruise industry news.

  • Royal Caribbean's pricing error on the drink package, will they eventually make good on it?
  • Carnival Cruise Line changes their specialty dining program - what's going to be different?
  • A first for the cruise industry dry dock is going to happen with Carnival Vista on July 12.
  • And Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled their July 5 sailing because of unforeseen mechanical issues. 

Date: July 3, 2019

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Direct download: CRR05JUL319.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25am EDT

This week we go back to an interview that Matt and I did back in January 2012. This was when the cruise ship Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Italy. We interviewed a passenger who was on the ship at the time of sinking and he gave us a play-by-play of what actually happened. 

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

This week we get a review of Carnival Sunshine on a sailing that went to Grand Turk and Amber Cove. We get a comprehensive review of the food, shows, the layout of the cruise ship, and the ports of call. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival guests airlifted after a bus overturned in the Bahamas
  • Norwegian Cruise Line is stopping the open bar on two cruise ships
  • MSC Cruises gives more details on the new private island
  • Virgin Voyages details Rock Star Suites 
  • Listener Q: The ship casino on a California Coastal Cruise and reporting earnings. 

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Direct download: EPI543JUN2719.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Tommy was on the very last cruise ship into Cuba. He talks about what it was like being there when the Cuba ban was announced and also gives us a review of Norwegian Sky. Norwegian Sky sails year-round from Miami, Florida. 

Tommy is the host of the Always Be Booked podcast. 

Direct download: CRR3JUN2219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week we discuss the new features added to Carnival Mardi Gras, get a review of Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam, interview a travel insurance expert about medivac coverage, and get cruise news with Sherry Laskin. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Guest being kicked off a Norwegian Cruise Line ship 
  • Carnival Vista having more technical issues
  • Disney cruise ship being revamped 
  • Port Canaveral wins port award
  • Listener Q: Is the NCL free airfare promotion really worth it? 

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Direct download: EPI542JUN2019.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week on Cruise Radio Rewind we put together a panel to compare the drink packages between Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, and Royal Caribean. Tommy Casabona from the Always Be Booked podcast and writer Richard Simms are my guests to discuss the beverage packages.

Let me know your thoughts: doug@cruiseradio.net

Direct download: CRR002JUN1619.mp3
Category:CRR -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

 A review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Sunrise. This ship just underwent a $200 million renovation and is now sailing from New York City for the Summer and Fall of 2020. We get a comprehensive review of the new staterooms, food venues, and entertainment on the ship. 

Sherry has cruise news: 

  • A woman went overboard on Norwegian Cruise Line's Epic over the weekend in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Carnival Cruise Line ship rescues stranded fishermen 
  • Carnival Panorama added to Faster to the Fun pricing 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line's Getaway just got new features 
  • Cruise ships are heading to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo

Listener Q: I'm wondering how many actually swim or sit by the pool on an Alaskan cruise? - Sue 

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Direct download: EPI541JUN1319.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Piloting a ship is a dangerous job that requires a lot of training. We sit down and have a chat in studio with river pilot Captain Eric Bryson. Captain Bryson answers our questions on what it's like making that leap from the PILOT boat to the cruise ship, navigating mega ships, and the training required. This interview originally aired in spring 2011. 

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

We get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Pearl. This was a 13-night transatlantic cruise from New York City to Amsterdam.

Since the cruise was so long, we were able to find out what the ship was like during multiple sea days with no stone left unturned.

Sherry has cruise news: 

  • Cruises to Cuba are officially canceled
  • MSC Cruise ship crashed into a dock in Venice over the weekend
  • Carnival Cruise Line got slapped with a big fine for violating probation
  • Another Celebrity Cruise underwent a refurbishment

Listener Q: What is the weather like in Alaska in July?

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

We get a very detailed review of Celebrity Edge this week. Kerry and his wife just sailed a 14-night back-to-back Eastern and Western Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Cruises' newest vessel. 

Sherry has cruise news: 

  • Carnival Sunrise christened in New York City
  • Big news for Port Canaveral and Disney Cruise Line
  • Carnival blimp is back in the airport to celebrate summer
  • Carnival Splendor spent an extra night in Long Beach because of technical issues

Listener Q: Is Royal Caribbean's The Key program worth it for a three-night cruise on Mariner of the Seas? Also, how is the traffic in Port Canaveral on embarkation day?

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

Carnival Cruise Line christened Carnival Sunrise on Thursday, May 23 in New York City. We were at the christening celebration and have interviews from the scene. 

On this episode we hear from: 

  • Kathie Lee Gifford, former spokeswoman for Carnival Cruise Line 
  • Carnival Brand Ambassador John Heald 
  • The Flying Scotsman, Carnival Sunrise Cruise Director 
  • Writer Richard Simms

For more check out the Cruise Radio YouTube Channel, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

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Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:12pm EDT

We get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's Spirit-class ship, Carnival Legend. This was a seven-night sailing to Alaska that left from Seattle, Washington. We get a detailed review of the Carnival Alaska cruise experience, what the ship was like, and why this class of ship is so popular.

Action News Meteorologist Greg Dee gives us an update on all the questions we've been receiving about Bermuda cruises and the first named storm of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on:

  • Carnival Cruise Line ship comes to the rescue
  • Royal Caribbean just announced a major refurbishment 
  • A retired fisherman came to the rescue of the tragic plane crash in Alaska that killed six 
  • Nassau is considering changing their cruise ship dumping laws

Listener Question: Anytime dining on Norwegian Cruise Line.

And we answer some of your shore excursion questions with CruisingExcursions.com. 

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Direct download: EPI538MAY2319.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Review of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas and the grand opening of The Perfect Day at Coco Cay from Tommy. Tommy is the host of the Always Be Booked cruise podcast. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Plane crash that killed six cruise guests 
  • Celebrity Cruises getting adding new dining concepts 
  • Royal Caribbean brings another ship to the Caribbean 
  • Carnival Cruise Line swaps out a lot of ships 
  • New transportation option to Port Everglades and Miami 

Listener question: Have you ever gone on a cruise at the end of December and is the ship decorated for Christmas? Also, how’s the weather in Nassau I’m afraid I wasted $$ on an excursion and it won’t be warm enough. - Sierra

Watch the Carnival Sunrise video tour here

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Direct download: EPI537MAY1619.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a seven-night review of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas. This went to the ABC islands and sailed roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Princess Cruises raising gratuities
  • Cruise ship quarantined because of the measles outbreak
  • Royal Caribbean laying the keel for an upcoming ship 
  • The financial impact of the Oasis of the Seas dry dock accident in April 

Listener Question: How easy is it to get to LAX from Long Beach. We are in the planning stages of our upcoming cruise and trying to figure out if an Uber is cheaper than a Carnival transfer. We are a family of 4. 

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Direct download: EPI536MAY1019AUPH.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a first look at Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship to the Alaska market, Norwegian Joy. This was the very first passenger sailing in North America and we covered a lot of ground.

With 18 dining options, go-karts, laser tag, a virtual reality gaming complex; Footloose, the musical, and other shows - it was a very packed sailing. 

Norwegian Joy is the sister ship to Norwegian Bliss (launched in 2018). Many people don't know that Joy was launched first in 2017, but was purpose-built for the Chinese market. 

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Direct download: BONUS16MAY0519.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Breeze. This ship was launched in 2012 and currently sails year-round from Port Canaveral, Florida. This was a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise that went to Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas, and Amber Cove. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Another cruise line hikes gratuities 
  • Carnival Sunrise is now sailing from the east coast 
  • We could see another world's largest cruise ship 
  • Mobile passport is now adding an optional fee 
  • A unique partnership with MSC Cruises 

Listener question: I have a question about the Carnival loyalty program. I currently have 22 nights with Carnival, making me red level. You need 25 nights to reach gold level, which I will receive in the MIDDLE of my next cruise. When does my gold status activate? 

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Direct download: EPI535MAY0219.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A review of Norwegian Getaway, a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship that is currently based in Manhattan. 

Sherry has cruise news: 

  • Norwegian Cruise Line has a new cruise ship on the west coast
  • Disney Cruise Line has a new captain 
  • 911 operators were fired after calling in sick to cruise 
  • Carnival Corporation in hot water of environmental issues
  • Nassau warns visitors not to rent scooters and bikes

Listener Question: How soon is Faster to the Faster on sale for Carnival Cruise Line? 

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Direct download: EPI534APR2519.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI533APR1819.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI532APR1119.mp3
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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Direct download: BONUSAPR2019.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI531APR0319.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI530MAR2819.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI529MAR2119.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI528MAR1419.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI527MAR0719.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI526FEB2819.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI525FEB2119_1.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI524FEB1419.mp3
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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Direct download: BONUS_FEB_11_2019.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI523FEB0719.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI522JAN3119A.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI521JAN2319.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI520JAN1719.mp3
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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Direct download: BONUSNOROJAN1319.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI519JAN1019.mp3
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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Direct download: EPI518JAN0319.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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