Cruise Radio (general)

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. 
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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, 
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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:

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‘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!”


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On this episode we are sailing on the ms Adonia with Fathom Travel to the Dominican Republic. Fathom is Carnival Corporation's 10th cruise line. Find out what Fathom is, what the ship is like, and what travelers on the ship are experiencing. It's not for everyone, but perfect for someone. 

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We are broadcasting from Alaska where Holland America Line is opening up a new part of their Mount McKinley Chalet called Denali Square. We're live at the event. 

Hear a review of a Baltic cruise aboard Norwegian Star. Learn all about how Norwegian does things on a Europe cruise. 

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On this episode we are broadcasting aboard Carnival Vista on her second cruise. Currently she's sailing in the Med but will come to the Caribbean in November. 

We chat with:
  • Cruise guests
  • Brand Ambassador, John Heald 
  • Cruise Director, Matt Mitchem 
  • Colin, RedFrog Brewery Brew Master 
  • Lynn and Cele Seldon, expert cruise reviewers

Listen and learn all about this new Carnival Cruise Line ship!

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We get a review of Celebrity Summit, as she recently did a eight-night repositioning cruise from San Juan, Puerto, Rico to Cape Liberty, NJ. Hear all the details about this cruise from embarkation, port stops in Bermuda, dining, entertainment, to disembarkation. 

Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 
  • Harmony inaugural
  • New Oasis class ship ordered
  • Disney announces new sailings in 2017
  • Carnival Vista med season underway
  • Kdam christened

Listener Question

With another Oasis-class ship coming to Florida, will pricing still be at a premium?
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We are broadcasting from Holland America's brand new ms Koningsdam. Hear about the new public spaces, what the ship has to offer, the venues, and all the other new hardware onboard, all while managing to stick to their traditional ways. 

On this show we talk to: 
Vanessa Lee, gives us thoughts of the ship 
Cruise Director, Johnathon 
Hotel Director, Ronald 
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Walter and his family just returned from a nine-night Carnival Journeys cruise aboard Carnival Sunshine. Carnival Sunshine once was Carnival Destiny until Carnival Cruise Line gave the ship a complete overhaul in 2013. Hear this bow to stern review of Carnival Sunshine. 
Stewart has cruise news on:
  • First US cruise to Cuba complete
  • Harmony of the Seas officially delivered to Royal Caribbean 
  • NCL expanding highspeed wif
  • CCL ditches George Lopez
  • Kdam christening next wk in Netherlands 
  • Princess Cruises adds a new suite class


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