Cruise Radio

 We tackle your listener questions on this week's episode.

  • What is the difference in food between Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean in the buffet and main dining rooms?
  • How does Carnival's Players Club and Royal Caribbean's casino program stack up against each other? 
  • We have a late flight leaving New York City and looking for suggestions on how to spend the day in Manhattan and the best option to getting to Newark on a budget. 

Send your questions to doug@cruiseradio.net.  

 

Date: February 23, 2020

Direct download: CRR037FEB2320.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We get a review of Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Equinox. This was a seven-night cruise down to the Eastern Caribbean from Port Everglades. This cruise went to San Juan, St. Thomas, Tortola, and Nassau. Sarah gives us a bow to stern to review of the ship and the ports. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on

  • Holland America guest getting coronavirus 
  • Princess Cruise guests start heading home and redeploy Sapphire Princess 
  • Scarlet Lady was delivered to Virgin Voyages 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line ship gets $100 million refurbishment 
  • Royal Caribbean starts on new development in the Caribbean

Listener Question: What is a family-friendly safe activity we could do in Cozumel, Mexico? 

Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: EPI576FEB2020.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We answer your listener questions about bidding for an upgrade on Norwegian Cruise Line. Details on cruise line apps. Is it really cheaper to book a cruise as a group? What to do in Antigua. And a suggestion for Naples, Italy. 

Email your questions to doug@cruiseradio.net

Date: February 16, 2020

Direct download: CRR036FEB1620.mp3
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We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. This was an eight-night cruise to their private destination Labadee, San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We get details about the ship and ports of call on this Eastern Caribbean cruise. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • A cruise was cut short of an outbreak that wasn't coronavirus related
  • A port finally accepted the displaced Holland America ship
  • Royal Caribbean ship has coronavirus scare
  • Carnival Cruise Line has started showcasing Mardi Gras 
  • There's a Disney Cruise Line ship at a new homeport 

Listener Question: Looking for a non-crowded family-friendly beach club in Cozumel. 

Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: EPI575FEB1320.mp3
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Heather gives us a review of Carnival Victory. This was a four-night cruise to Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas. In Spring 2020, Carnival Victory will head to Cadez, Spain for a massive makeover to become Carnival Radiance. 

We get the details on Carnival Cruise Line food, service, the overall experience. 

Orlando Ashford, President of Holland America Line stops by to talk about the Culinary Council, the changes at Holland America over the past few years, and some insight into the renovations at Half Moon Cay. 

Date: February 9, 2020

Direct download: CRR035FEB0920.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Coronavirus is all over the news where both travel and cruising are concerned. This week we talk week with cruise industry analyst Stewart Chiron about the impacts on the industry and how cruise lines are being proactive. 

Travel insurance could play a factor in the coronavirus cancellations and delays. We answer some of the dozens of emails we relieved about this outbreak. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • A Princess Cruise ship was impacted with the deadly coronavirus 
  • Carnival announces new officers for Carnival Radiance 
  • Carnival adds another transatlantic voyage in 2021
  • Disney Cruise Line launches a website detailing their new destination 
  • Holland America Line brings on a new chef 
  • Royal Caribbean opened a new section at Perfect Day at Cococay

Listener Q: Is Royal Caribbean's The Key program worth it? - Julie from Layton, Utah 

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Direct download: EPI574FEB0620.mp3
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We recently had a chance to check out MSC Cruises brand new Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. This is MSC's new private destination in the Bahamas that was developed exclusively for MSC Cruise guests. We speak with the General Manager of the island and MSC Cruises COO Ken Muskat. And staff writer Richard Simms asks some questions about the new private island. 

Date: February 2, 2020

Direct download: CRR034JFEB0220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Chris gives us a review of Norwegian Crusie Line's brand new Norwegian Encore. This was a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival Mardi Gras floated out of dry dock 
  • Cruise ships are canceling voyages because of coronavirus
  • There's a lawsuit against a major cruise line 
  • A new cruise port has opened in Jamaica 
  • A man goes overboard on Oasis of the Seas

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Direct download: EPI573JAN3020_1.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Carnival Horizon review to the Western Caribbean. Hear this detailed ship review that involves a submarine excursion in Cozumel. 

Sherry has cruise news on:

  • Carnival Mardi Gras is closer to float out 
  • A cruise line is starting service in the Great Lakes
  • Celebrity Apex now has a godmother 
  • Princess Cruises returns to Kangaroo Island after the wildfires 
  • The ultimate retirement cruise 

Listener Question: Best place to go ship spotting in Port Canaveral? 

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Direct download: EPI572jan2320.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EST

An Alaska review of Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas. This was a seven-night cruise and it happened to be the very last voyage of the 2019 Alaska cruise season. 

Date: January 19, 2020

Direct download: CRR033JAN1920.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A 2020 review of Sky Princess. This ship belongs to Princess Cruises' Royal-class and made its North America debut in December 2019. We get a full review of this ship that is sailing from Port Everglades this winter and spring. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Royal Caribbean canceled five cruises 
  • Holland America canceled one 
  • Carnival Corporation donates to Australian wildfires 
  • Carnival Cruise Line adds two transatlantic cruises in 2021

Listener Q: What can we do in Los Angeles as a port stop? 

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Direct download: EPI571JAN1620.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We tackle your question. Parking at PortMiami versus an offsite lot. How strict is Carnival Cruise Line when it comes to their cancelation policy? How to get around Bermuda when there for three days. And what is the best time to embark the ship on cruise day? 

Date: January 12, 2020

Direct download: CRR032JAN1219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A review of Royal Caribbean's Miami-based Symphony of the Seas. This was a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise. Get this very detailed review from this first-time Royal Caribbean cruise passenger. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Pricing glitched caused ultra-low cruise fares
  • Norwegian Cruise Line ditches water bottles
  • Cruise ship stuck in Caribbean port
  • Norwegian raises room service
  • January 2020 cruise ship dry dock schedule

Listener Q: How can we see the donkeys on Grand Turk? 

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Direct download: EPI570JAN0920.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We tackle your listener questions on this week's show.

  • What is there to do in St. Thomas for first-time cruisers?
  • How do we get from West Palm Beach to Port Miami?
  • What are the major differences between Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Gem?
  • Breaking down the Norwegian Cruise Line dining program

Date: January 5, 2019

Direct download: CRR031JAN0419.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

A review of MSC Meraviglia. This is one of MSC Cruises Meraviglia-class ships that is now sailing seasonally from Port Miami. Hear how this stacks up against other cruise ships sailing from Miami and what it's really like. 

Richard has cruise news on

  • Another cruise line raises gratuities
  • Celebrity Cruises is dropping a surcharge
  • A man went overboard on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship 
  • Princess launched what they are calling their "best sale ever" - is it a good deal? 
  • MSC cruise ship hits the dock in Italy

Listener Question: What happens if we don't use up all our onboard credit on Harmony of the Seas? 

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Direct download: EPI569JAN0220.mp3
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