Cruise Radio (general)

Tommy just returned from a eight-night Southern Caribbean aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Sunshine. Hear a comprehensive review of this recently remodeled ship.

Stewart has cruise news: 

  • Carnival Corp approved Cuba
  • Empress of the Seas canceled six sailings
  • Norwegian Gem turned away from St M cause of Noro
  • Holland America expands Mexico sailings
  • Man sues Disney over missing thumb
  • Carnival Triumph heads to New Orleans after four years

Listener question about a canceled sailing. 

Direct download: EPI373MAR2316.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT

Rae from Johnson City, TN gives us a review of here three-night sailing aboard Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic to Nassau, Bahamas and the private island of Castaway Cay. Hear a first hand comprehensive review. 


Stewart has cruise news:
  • Carnival Magic gets Guy's BBQ Joint 
  • NCL reveals more of Harvest Caye 
  • Man threatens to jump off docked cruise ship in FLL 
  • Harmony of the Seas starts sea trials 
  • MSC new chef partnership/venue for Seaside 
 
Listener Q from Chrissy Johnson in Bristol, CT:
 
We are getting married in December but I already booked my cruise under my madien name. How does it work when i get to the ship and my passport and booking name is wrong?
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:14pm EDT

Nelson and his family just returned from a Western Caribbean sailing aboard Carnival Triumph where they stayed in a Grand Suite. Nelson gives his family's review of embarkation to debarkation and everything in between. You don't want to miss this comprehensive review. 
 
Cruise news:
  • Disney 2 New Cruise Ships
  • Carnival Magic out of dry dock, getting ready for Florida next month 
  • Royal Caribbean jumper
  • Oasis class ship going to Japan? 
  • Norwegian releases 2017-18 deployments, anything big? 
Listener Q: Why are so many of our favorite ships heading to Asia? 
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Category:general -- posted at: 5:05pm EDT

Jason just returned from a seven-night sailing aboard Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess, following a massive dry dock. The dry dock was to refit the ship with new entertainment and dining areas. Jason gives us a comprehensive review of the upgrades and new experiences. 
 
Stewart has cruise news on:
 
  • Anthem of the Seas returns again 
  • Carnival Fantasy gets Guy's Burger Joint and more upgrades, now sailing from MIA
  • Carnival magic getting fun ship before moving to FL from GAL.
  • Pride of America
  • NCL changes - dining and beverage package increase and later Escape departure 
  • NCL changes up entertainment, moves million $ quartet.
  • Carnival increases value of CHEERS! beverage package, now drinks up to $50

Listener Q: What's the latest update on Empress of the seas. When will she be sailing - anything special or reason to sail her?

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

Jason just returned from a five night sailing from Carnival Fascination, a Carnival Cruise Line Fantasy-class ship. Jason gives us a review of his Bahamas cruise along with how the food, entertainment and overall experience was. 

Dan Skilken from TripInsurance.com returns to answer some of your listener questions. 
 
1. I recently sailed Carnival Breeze and came down with bronchitis, between breathing treatments, anti-biotics and doctor visits I was billed $1300 and fighting with my insurance company to pay even through I bought the policy through Carnival. How would a trip insurance policy differ?  Jeff from Tampa 
 
2. Once again I should have listened to you. All the flights are canceled out of CT and I'm stuck driving 20 hours to Miami because I paid over $2000 for this cruise and I'm NOT missing it. How would've trip insurance help me in this scenario. Chrissy from Bristol
 
3. What benefit would trip insurance do for me if I have excellent heath care through my employer? Donna from Tennessee
 
4. I have never booked travel insurance because I've read on message boards where the claim got appealed. How often does this happen? Linda from AZ
 
5. How are rates calculated on a travel policy? I am 65 and retired and traveling to the Med this spring for a 12 night cruise. My only coverage is Medicare with a supplemental health policy. Richard in Sumter, SC. 
 
6. We are getting emails from Carnival about the Zika virus and are sailing isn't until next February. Are there limitations with Zika virus and purchasing travel insurance? I know it's a way out but want to be safe!! 
 
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Category:general -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

On this episode we get a review from Vickie on a Med cruise aboard Island Princess, one of the smaller Princess Cruises ships. 

Shelly from CruisingExcursions.com stops by to answer your questions on Med excursions. 

Direct download: EPI268FEB1816.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:54pm EDT

Tina just returned from Norwegian Escape where she did a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship. She gives us a comprehensive review. 

 
Theresa Norton-Masek has cruise news on:
  • Anthem of the Seas safely back in port 
  • Princess Cruises changes their hull on all ships 
  • Carnival Inspiration out of dry dock with Fun Ship 2.0 
  • Carnival reveals 3,500 itineraries through April 2018
  • How is Harmony of the Seas shaping up?
  • Carnival Vista update

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm EDT

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas on this four night Western Caribbean sailing to Cozumel. Hear this comprehensive review of the onboard experience. 

John Heald talks to us about the new Carnival Cruise Line partnership with Operation Homefront and country music superstar Carrie Underwood. 
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Category:general -- posted at: 12:29am EDT

Kristin just returned from a five night Western Caribbean sailing aboard Celebrity Constellation from Port Everglades - stopping in Key West and Cozumel. We get a detailed review from embarkation to disembarkation and everything in between. 
 
Cruise Guy has cruise news 
  • More cruise lines canceling Turkey 
  • Protests in Labadee causing cancelations 
  • New Holland America ship passed sea trials - what's next?
  • So we've seen a lot of refurbs over the years, and it looks like Norwegian and Princess are next in line - what are we gonna see? 
  • Norwegian Getaway leaving Miami and heading to Europe - when is this going to happen?
  • Carnival reduced deposit sale - is it big?
Direct download: EPI365JAN2715.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:09pm EDT

Howard and his wife just returned from a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing about one of the world's largest cruise ships, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. Hear this comprehensive review of what it's like living the suite life. 

Shelly from CruisingExcursions.com stops by to tackle your questions on some of the most popular shore excursions in the Caribbean this year. 
Direct download: EPI_364_JAN_23_16.mp3
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