Cruise Radio (general)

Brad and his wife just returned from a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. Normally a Disney and Carnival cruiser, Brad shares his first experience on Royal Caribbean. Hear a bow to stern review of this mega cruise ship. 

I'm a huge fan of ShipMate App. It lets you do a cruise countdown, check out reviews, cruise ship photos, maps, and more. Within the past year they added a cruise price drop alert letting people know when their cruise fare drops. I talk to the founder of ShipMate App to give us the details on this. 

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Tina and her two kids just returned from a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Splendor, one of Carnival Cruise Line's Fun Ship. On this seven night sailing they hit the eastern Caribbean and got a complete run of the ship. Hear her thoughts on everything from embarkation to excursions, and everything in between. 

Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival Magic officially in Port Canaveral (with Guy's BBQ Joint)
  • Empress of the Seas cancels seven more sailings - what's wrong? 
  • MSC details more of MSC Seaside - what will we see? 
  • Koningsdam is officially on her inaugural sailing 
  • Fathom makes inaugural call in DR

We check in with Go Port Canaveral and get the latest information on Port Canaveral, the dollar parking increase at the port, and pre- and post-cruise hotels. 


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Jason just returned from a shipyard tour of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas. An Oasis class ship that will launch in May and head to Florida this fall. Hear what it's like to go to a shipyard, what Harmony of the Seas has different, and Jason's impressions of this monster ship! 

JT and his wife just returned from Carnival Cruise Line cruise aboard Carnival Inspiration to Mexico. The ship was recently refurbished to receive Carnival's Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades and back in service. We get a bow to stern review.  

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On this show we get a review of Norwegian Breakaway, but not just a normal sailing, Markus stayed in the Haven. The Haven is NCL's ship within a ship concept. We get a review of the ship, the Haven, entertainment, food, ports, and what Markus thought of this once in a lifetime cruise experience. 
Cruise Guy has cruise news on:
  • Carnival Vista completes sea trials
  • Royal Caribbean's newest ship delivered 
  • 5 more ships for Carnival Corp confirmed
  • Fathom's Cuba problem
  • MSC orders 4 more mega ships. Nearly a dozen new ships in next few years 
Listener Question

Listener Q: We leave in 16 days and I just realized that marriage license has my name from my previous marriage on it and maiden name on birth certificate of course and then my married name now is on my drivers license so I don't know if that's OK?

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Sherri from Sherman's Travels linked up with us this week to give us a 2016 outlook of the cruise industry and what new ships are coming out. Find out where people are going, if travel alerts are keeping people out of Europe, what new destinations are emerging, and where people are sailing. 

We get a review of Carnival Magic from Galveston, Texas (she'll be homeported in Florida starting April 20, 2016). This was the first sailing after her Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade, which included Guy Fieri's Burger Joint and BBQ restaurant. Hear a comprehensive review of Carnival Magic. 
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We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, a ship that is based in Port Canaveral, Florida doing seven-night Caribbean voyages. On this Western Caribbean sailing, Mark got to experience the Ben and Jerry's Suite and gives us the full run down of entertainment, dining, and activities. 
Stewart has Cruise News:
  • Norwegian Joy entertainment detailed 
  • Royal raising grats on May 1
  • Carnival details Vista brewery
  • Cruise passenger tries to swim to cruise ship 
  • Port Canaveral raises parking fee 
Listener Q: 
I booked through the cruise line and found a lower price on Expedia. Should the cruise line still honor the Expedia price?


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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. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm EST

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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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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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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