Cruise Radio (general)

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 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 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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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 stops by to tackle your questions on some of the most popular shore excursions in the Caribbean this year. 
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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? 
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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

‘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 EST