Cruise Radio (general)

‘Twas the night before the cruise, when all through the house
Everyone was packing; have you seen Mom’s blue blouse?

The kids’ luggage was set by the back door with care,
In hopes that they’d remembered to pack formal wear.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of waterslides danced in their heads.

In the morning we got up and got coffee and fraps,
And we got to the terminal without needing a map.

When we got on the ship we avoided the clatter,
We sprang to the buffet to load up a platter.

Away to Guy’s Burgers we flew like a flash,
Next to the pools of kids making a splash.

The sun on the breast of the blue ocean waves
Made me think of a drink, which I started to crave.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a goofy British man who was holding a beer.

At the site of him, someone beside me yelled,
And I knew in a moment it must be John Heald.

More rapid than eagles the cruisers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and began to exclaim:

“Now Sunshine! now, Glory! now, Pride and Sensation!
On, Magic! On, Conquest! on Spirit and Elation!

To the Caribbean and to three ports of call;
Now cruise away, cruise away, cruise away all!”

Some cruisers stood by and waved their goodbyes,
As the ship’s horn blew and the sunset in the skies.

So up to the lido deck the cruisers they flew,
With cameras in hand to capture the view.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the deck
The pouring of juice and some orange triple sec.

As I signed my receipt and left an extra tip,
Up came John Heald to the top of the ship.

He was dressed in his swimsuit, ready for the slides,
And he looked quite happy, with a pep in his stride.

A bag full of sunscreen he had flung on his back,
With a Guy’s burger inside, in case he needed a snack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
But his chest won the contest for being too hairy!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
For he’d just heard the sketch for the comedy show.

As the senior cruise director of the whole Carnival fleet,
He would shake the hand of every cruiser he’d meet.

He had a broad face and he loved the food at the deli,
And in the mornings he room serviced toast with some jelly.

He was funny and kind, a right jolly old man,
And I laughed when I saw him get a bit too tan.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know his skin would go red.

He spoke not a word, but went back to his work,
As he wrote up the Fun Times for our day in Grand Turk.

He planned out the bingos, the trivias, the shows,
And made sure to list when the ship’s bars would close.

He then sprang to the mic, to his team gave a shout,
And away they all flew, the crew so devout.

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere we sailed out of sight,
“Happy cruising to all, and to all a good-night!”

Direct download: NITE_BEFORE_CRUISE_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT

This week we get a detailed review of Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Reflection in the Mediterranean. 

Stewart has cruise news on:

  • Carnival Corporation's record-breaking earnings quarter and what it means for you. 
  • Royal Caribbean excursion accident has 12 cruisers dead
  • Norovirus outbreak on a cruise ship and by the numbers 
  • Saint Maarten welcomes cruise ships back after hurricanes
  • Carnival Fascination will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line announces 2019 cruise ship deployments 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

 

Direct download: EPI464DEC2017_FINAL.mp3
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Greg gives us a review of the Carnival Cruise Line Tampa-based Carnival Paradise. This four night cruise went to Havana, which is one of Carnival's select Cuba voyages. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

Shelly from Cruising Excursions answers your questions on Mediterranean cruise shore excursions. 

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Direct download: EPI463DEC1217.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Scott just returned from a four-night Bahamas cruise on Carnival Conquest. You'll want to hear this review from a seasoned cruise, but first time sailing Carnival Cruise Line. 

Sherry has cruise news:

Listener Question: Going to the Western Caribbean next summer on Royal Caribbean and trying to decide between a passport card and a passport book - are there any advantages of one over the other?  Carl - Detroit 

Question or comment? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Direct download: EPI461NOV3017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:46pm EDT

This week we are down in the Eastern Caribbean on Holland America Line's ms Eurodam to do a post-hurricane assessment. Two of our ports of call include St. Thomas and Grand Turk. This is the cruise ship's first time back to the two islands since being back in the Caribbean. 

  • We talk with a local in St. Thomas
  • Jack, the owner of Jack's Shack in Grand Turk 
  • Cruise Director Nick on Holland America's Eurodam
  • Bruce Parkinson from OpenJaw.com 

Comments or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Resources mentioned

 

Direct download: EPI460NOV2117.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Ed has over 1,100 sea days with Carnival Cruise Line and lets me ask him a list of questions submitted by you the listener. 

Sherry has cruise news: 

 
Question: 
 
We're taking our first family cruise in 2018 and need help with selecting a balcony stateroom. The wife and I usually get an inside stateroom but with four of us, we're gonna need more room. I'm wading through a dozen different balcony room categories. How do I know which one will be big enough? We're torn between Oasis and Harmony of the Seas. - Thomas, Davenport 
 
Questions or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

 

Direct download: CREPI459NOV1717.mp3
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We sit down and have a casual chat with John Heald, Senior Cruise Director and Brand Ambassador with Carnival Cruise Line. John talks about everything from weight loss struggles at sea to taking some of your listener questions. This was taped when sailing aboard Carnival Fascination in mid October.  

Sherry Kennedy answers some of your cruise questions on:

  • Finding a better cruise deal and how to secure it
  • Does it pay to stay loyal to one cruise line 
  • Passport renewal deadlines

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Direct download: EPI456OCT2617.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Victory on a Western Caribbean sailing from Miami. The ports of call on this sailing were Key West and Cozumel. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:

  • Cruise lines update the public on the state of the Caribbean islands impacted by this year's hurricanes
  • FEMA charters Carnival Fascination
  • New Guy Fieri sit-down venue coming to Carnival Horizon.
  • Carnival Conquest gets an adults-only area.
  • Royal Caribbean set to return to St. Thomas
  • Royal Caribbean details upcoming ship

Questions or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Direct download: EPI455OCT1817.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This is a news brief with Senior Cruise Director John Heald about Carnival Cruise Line chartering of one of their ships to FEMA to help in Hurricane relief because of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. I'm currently sailing aboard Carnival Fascination.

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Direct download: CRBONUS006.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12am EDT

We talk with Adolfo Perez at Carnival Cruise Line about the latest refurbishment of Carnival Elation and why they are spending so much money on these ships that are 20 years old.

Richard Simms joins us with commentary about the beverage package increase with Norwegian Cruise Line and how it compares to the other packages out there. 

Tim gives us a review of his eight-night sailing on Caribbean Princess. 

Direct download: EPI454OCT1217.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT