Cruise Radio (general)

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas. This sailing left Miami, Florida and headed for Nassau, Bahamas and Royal Caribbean's private island Coco Cay, Bahamas. We get a full review of the ship, the dining, entertainment on board, a glimpse into a day on Coco Cay, and some overall thoughts. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on: 

  • Sad news on a Princess Cruise in Alaska last week.
  • Carnival Cruise Line gave Mobile, Alabama some great news
  • New report shows norovirus is down on cruise ships
  • Norwegian Cruise Line is testing a surcharge on another restaurant
  • Bookings now open for Norwegian Sun
  • Listener question on Carnival Cruise Line specialty dining. 

 

Link Mentioned: Unscripted interview on Always Be Booked Podcast

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Mitchell just returned from Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream where he did a five-night honeymoon Bahamas cruise. Mitch is a seasoned cruiser and his wife has only been on one voyage prior to this sailing. We hear his thoughts on planning the cruise, dining, Castaway Cay, and the public areas aboard Disney Dream. One special feature on this cruise is that it stopped in Castaway Cay twice.

Cruise Critic just released their Cruiser's Choice Destination Awards for 2017. The award highlights the most popular cruise ports in every region. Ashley stops by to give us some of the highlights.

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:

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Show thoughts or suggestions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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One of the things seasoned cruisers complain about on a regular basis is “out of control” kids who seem to have absolutely no adult supervision whatsoever, and a disturbing video posted to YouTube seems to take this behavior to new heights. We talk to travel agent Scott Lara and contributor Richard Simms on their thoughts.

Read the article: https://cruiseradio.net/kid-jumps-cruise-deck-railing-pool/  

We talking to travel agent Scott Lara and contributor Richard Simms on their thoughts. 

Thoughts? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net

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We get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic this week. Craig and his family just returned from a seven-night Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona. We get a full review of the dining options, entertainment offered on Norwegian Epic, and his initial thoughts of the ship. 
 
Sherry has cruise news:
  • Norwegian Cruise Line just made some announcements
  • Carnival's third Vista-class is underway 
  • Carnival hosts first social media powered bbq
  • Royal Caribbean is testing a new drink program that is aligned with the other cruise lines
  • Norwegian Cruise Line is ditching their Second City comedy partnership

Cruise lately? Come share your review. doug@cruiseradio.net

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Dr. Kris did a six night on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. We get a full review of one of the world's largest cruise ships, talk about the dining experiences, and the Western Caribbean ports of call. 
 
We get your Mediterranean cruise questions answered by CruisingExcursions.com. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:
  • Carnival Cruise Line did their first sailing to Cuba
  • Galveston, Texas shows off their updated Cruise Terminal 2
  • All four Disney ships recently earned perfect marks on their health inspection
  • Do we know the name of Royal Caribbean's next ship? 
     
    Question: My husband and I are looking at sailing this fall - is there really a cheaper week to cruise? 
     
    Question: If you were to put Carnival and NCL ships side by side, what are the major differences...we have two kids (5 and 9) and trying to find the best choice for adult fun while keeping the kiddos entertained. 
     
    Show thoughts or comments? Doug@cruiseradio.net
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Vickie joins us for a review of Princess Cruises' Royal Princess, a ship that first debuted in 2013 and has already been to dry dock. While in dry dock she underwent some much-needed modifications. We talk about the dining, the layout of the ship, tips for Royal Princess, and why you should always make your flight home after 12p (noon) on debark day. 

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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A recent article from Skift.com mentioned that Carnival Cruise Line could be tinkering around with their VIFP loyalty program. Richard Simms, writer at Cruise Radio and Tommy from the Always Be Booked Podcast weigh in on the possible change and what could be revised from the current program. 
 
Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:
  • Carnival is lowering their internet packages if you pre-purchase it - what new rates will we see? 
  • Celebrity Cruises rolled out a new venue on their upcoming ship Celebrity Edge
  • Princess is adding their wearable technology to more ships in the next couple years
  • Royal Caribbean is rolling out a new non-refundable deposit program. A hotel brand is rolling out a cruise line - which hotel brand and what kind of vessels are we gonna see?
  • A hotel brand is rolling out a cruise line - which hotel brand and what kind of vessels are we gonna see? 

Do you like to panel/debate format? Let me know: doug@cruiseradio.net

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We caught up with former Tonight Show host and comedian Jay Leno, before he performed on a Carnival cruise ship in Cozumel, Mexico. Jay Leno gives me his thoughts on the ship, what he thinks of cruising, cars and some stories from the road. 

Matt Mitcham is the cruise director on Carnival Vista. We caught up with him on our sailing to find out a little about his background, how Carnival Vista has evolved over the past year, and what the partnership with Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle was like. Also, he preps us with dances for your next sailing. 
 
Ever wonder what the difference is between the Eastern and Western Caribbean? We discuss how both sides of the Caribbean differ and talk about our recent six-night Western Caribbean sailing to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. 
 
Email me your thoughts: doug@cruiseradio.net
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On this week's bonus episode, we sit down and have a conversation with former cruise line executive, Art Sbarksky. I first met Art on Norwegian Epic back in 2010, and we've seen each other all around the world since. Since retiring from the cruise industry, Art writes and reviews cruise ship. At last count, he has sailed 119 cruises.

Art and I talk about:
 
The value of cruising 
His tenure at Crystal Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line 
Freestyle cruising 
Cruise ships in Alaska
Norwegian Bliss in Alaska 
Lifeguards on cruise ships
 
What do you think of these bonus episodes? Whatever your thoughts are, let me know. You can always email me, doug@cruiseradio.net. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
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On this week's bonus episode, we get some tips and an overview of some Med cruise ports. Vickie shares her pre-cruise thoughts, getting over there, and how to make the most out of your time in Europe. 

Read about Vickie's journeys on her blog: http://www.vickiecruises.com/

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
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