Cruise Radio (general)

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

‘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 sun set 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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Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm EDT

Princess Cruises is turning 50-years-old this year, and the Love Boat cast reunited on Pacific Princess to celebrate the anniversary this week. Our West Coast correspondent, Jason Coleman, checks in throughout this week's show to give us some highlights from the event. 
James and his wife just returned on a seven night cruise from Norfolk, VA to Bermuda aboard Carnival Splendor. James gives us a Carnival Splendor review plus what it was like sailing to Bermuda. 
Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 
  • Princess Cruises 50th anniversary 
  • Margaritaville price hike on Norwegian Escape
  • Grand Princess mechanical problems in Hawaii 
  • Broadway show Grease coming to two Royal Caribbean ships 
  • Social impact cruise line, Fathom, having a big sale. Is this to pick up slow bookings? 
Listener question from Roger: Should i be worried about my Med cruise next summer because of these travel warnings and the recent acts of violence in Paris?

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm EDT

Craig and his family just returned from a seven-night cruise aboard Carnival Pride from Baltimore. Hear a comprehensive review of Carnival Pride. 

We answer more of your shore excursion questions from 

Stewart has cruise news on:

Carnival Liberty ends cruise in St. Thomas 
Royal Caribbean building a new cruise terminal in Miami 
Norwegian Escape conveyance 
New stores on Norwegian Escape
Listener question: How do I find out if a cruise line is going to have a reduced deposit sale?

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

On this episode, we get cruise news on: 

  • Amber Cove cruise port 
  • Carnival ups Bermuda sailings 
  • Mobile sees cruise ships again 
  • Holland America tweaks internet plans 
  • Fathom announces first Cuba date
Dan from is here to answer your questions about travel insurance. Dan tackles questions about cancelation due to loss of a job, weather and how the process actually words. 
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

We get a review from listener, Tommy, about a cruise line out of West Palm Beach, Florida called Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. The interesting thing about this cruise line is that the ship used to belong to Carnival Cruise Line as Carnival Celebration. It was finally sold off after being transferred a couple times within the Carnival Corporation. 

 Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy, has cruise news:
Freedom of the Seas experiences engine fire 
Norwegian Cruise Line raises gratuities, again
MSC Cruises launches revamps loyalty program  
Crystal Cruises launches new ships, river boats, yachts and airline
Listener Question
What is the best way to handle a cruise price drop? 
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Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm EDT

Richard Branson is no stranger to the travel industry with airlines, hotels, space, trains, and now a cruise line. 

We headed to Miami for the announcement and got response from industry professionals and listened to public opinion. 

Also, we'll answer listener questions about Caribbean shore excursions in Cozumel, Nassau, and diving locations. 
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Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

We caught up with Carnival Cruise Line's Senior Cruise Director John Heald about the latest happenings at Carnival.

John chats with us about:

  • Carnival room service charges
  • Carnival LIVE concert program
  • Moving Carnival Magic to Port Canaveral
  • Carnival Pride goes back to Baltimore
  • And gets personal about his weight loss journey

Ship Review

Don Bucalo gives us a review of his sailing his seven night Alaska sailing from Seattle aboard Celebrity Solstice. As a first time Alaska cruiser, Don gives his thoughts on: the adventure, the ship, and what he did in Alaska. Don leaves no stone unturned on this Celebrity Solstice review. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

January has proven to be a busy month for the cruise industry with the reveal of Norwegian Cruise Line's upcoming Norwegian Escape, Carnival Cruise Line announcing a new smartphone app and brand new internet at sea packages, and New Orleans hitting one million cruise passengers. 

We were in New York City aboard Norwegian Breakaway when they revealed more details about the upcoming Norwegian Escape, like: a brew hall, tapas bar, new shows, and more. We get the overall response. 

Carnival Cruise Line just announced their new smartphone app that allows you to talk to other cruisers and keep track of your onboard spending. This app is aligned with other cruise line apps in the industry. On top of the app, Carnival announced internet packages aboard their ships for as little as $5 a day.

Adrian Greystone, Director of Guest Technology stops by the gives us the scoop on the new smartphone app.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Earlier this month President Obama announced a new travel-friendly policy with Cuba. This a big step for the United States getting into Cuba since the embargo was put in place over 50 years ago.

With 11.6 million North Americans cruising in 2013, this could be huge for Cuba's economy.

I recently had a chance to sail on Costa Cruises' Costa Mediterreana to the Caribbean. Our 11-night voyage went to Nassau, Bahamas; the Dominican Republic, Tortola, Antigua, St. Maarten, and Freeport, Bahamas. We check in with the International Host aboard the ship and get some cruise passengers' thoughts. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT