Cruise Radio (general)
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 EST

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 EST

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. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:54pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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?
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:09pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

Kris and his family just returned from Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas on a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise out of Galveston, Texas. Kris leaves no stone unturned talking about his sailing - from his impressions of this Freedom Class ship to the dining to activities offered. 

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on:
  • Carnival Inspiration is going into dry dock next week for a massive three week long renovation - what are we gonna see?
  • Celebrity changes branding - what are we seeing?
  • MSC Cruises has partnered up with Samsung - what does the partnership include?
  • NCL new island Harevest Cay behind schedule - why?
  • Windstar Star Pride grounded and caused cancelations - what exactly happened here? 
Direct download: EPI363JAN1516.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:51pm EST

On this episode Jeff gives us a Carnival Breeze review. Jeff just returned from a eight night Eastern Caribbean sailing. He gives us an overview of Carnival's newest Fun Ship that was launched in 2012. 

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on:
 
NCL changes branding 
NCL stiffens cancelation penalties - thoughts?
MSC new island 
Port Everglades sets new passenger record
Princess orders new ship  
Carnival giving guests option to get their room made up once or twice a day - they are calling it Comfort Matters. 
  
Listener Question
 
I just saw where Disney pulled out of Greece and Turkey - I am booked on Carnival Vista over the summer with calls in both those countries, should I be worried that we won't visit? 
Direct download: EPI_362_JAN_6_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Connie and her husband just returned from Holland America's ms Westerdam on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing. They are no stranger to Holland America Line with their five star mariner status. Connie chats with us about her Thanksgiving sailing, how impressions of Holland America, what draws her back to the cruise line time after time and the ports of call she experienced during her cruise. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST