Cruise Radio (general)

On this episode, Jason Leppert from Popular Cruising drops by to chat about the major differences between luxury cruises and a mass market cruises. Having never sailed on a luxury cruise before, this interview was very eye opening.

Travel expert, Jason Coleman, tackles some listener questions on what cruise is the “right” cruise for a family, tipping with infants, and suggestions for using a smartphone at sea.

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: CR_DEC_19_Mix_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sail the Columbia or Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest? These rivers are practically untouched and have some of the best scenery that America can offer, not to mentioned a ton of American history. 

This week, we are broadcasting aboard the 88-guest SS Legacy, a coastal replica steamer that sails with UnCruise Adventures. Take a journey with us!

On this broadcast, we talk to:

  • Captain off the SS Legacy, Captain Dano
  • Heritage Leader/Cruise Director, Ryan
  • Cruise Expert at About.com, Linda Garrison
  • Savvy Navigator, Jeff Ward
  • Editor of Popular Cruising, Jason Leppert

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: CR_NOV_7_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This is a not-to-miss episode as we chat with the folks at MTN Communications and talk about staying connected at sea. MTN just launched the website ConnectAtSea.com and it's a portal filled with great information when it comes to your cruise vacation. Whether you're just texting, Facebooking, calling or surfing the web - everyone has to be connected these days.

Brent Horwitz, Senior VP & General Manager, Cruise for MTN joins us to cover all bases about staying connected at sea. There is no stone left unturned in this interview.

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy stops by with Cruise News on: 

  • Quantum of the Seas is officially Royal Caribbean's and arrived in Southampton this week - how long until she heads westbound to the United States?
  • Holland America continues Dancing with the Stars through 2016
  • Disney Cruise Line itineraries have been announced for 2016 - anything new?
  • Have their been any cancelations or skipped ports overseas because of political unrest or ebola?
  • What's the latest talk from China? How's Hong Kong doing?

Listener Question

My wife and I want to go to Alaska on the Celebrity Solstice, when's the best time to go? Is it better to sail out of Seattle or Vancouver; we live in Ontario.

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: CR_OCT_17_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

For years, the cruise industry has asked boarding passengers to fill out a health questionnaire, primarily to help stop the spread of norovirus. In light of the Ebola concerns, cruise lines today began asking more pointed questions about whether they’ve had contact with a person with Ebola or someone who helped care for such a patient, according to the CLIA. Theresa Norton Masek is the editor-in-chief of Vacation Agent Magazine and cruise beat writer for TravelPulse.com, she joins us and talks about the ebola virus scare last week on a cruise.

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy stops by with Cruise News on: 

  • After we recorded last week, the Carnival Magic wasn't allowed into Cozumel because of the hospital worker on board who handled ebola - what was the status on this cruise?
  • 102 year old Miami Bar to be featured on upcoming Norwegian Escape
  • Bermuda got hammered by a hurricane last weeknd, what's the status and are cruise ships finding new temporary ports?
  • Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas getting closer - anything new during her second round of sea trials?
  • Royal Caribbean earnings call this week

Listener Question

I want to ask a question and I cant seem to get a straight answer from different sites on the internet,when sailing from New Orleans to Mo Bay Jamaica....Is it possible to see Cuba? The reason I ask is back in 08 we were on the conquest from Galveston to Mo Bay and overheard some people saying that they seen the lights of Cuba as we passed at night. Was that true?

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: CR_OCT_24_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

Carter and his wife are from Central Florida and just returned on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing aboard Disney Fantasy. Carter joins us to give us a bow to stern review of Disney Fantasy, leaving no stone unturned. Carter covers embarkation, first impressions, the stateroom, dining, entertainment, how the outside of the ship handles itself on sea days, and some first time cruise tips for Disney Cruise Line. You won't want to miss this Disney Fantasy Review.

Jim Berra is the Chief Marketing Officer for Carnival Cruise Lines and joins us to talk about Carnival's Great Vacation Guarantee. Basically if you think the sailing stinks, Carnival will fly you home and refund the cost of the cruise. Turns out you have a better chance of dating a supermodel than using the Great Vacation Guarantee.

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News:

  • Carnival Corp earnings were released – have they finally recovered from their past financial issues?
  • Royal Caribbean's new ship - Quantum of the Seas completed it’s conveyance – how'd it go?
  • Norwegian Escape keel laid – what exactly does this mean?
  • Princess to participate in 2015 Rose Parade
  • Oceania increasing daily gratuities to $16 per person, per day
  • Cabo San Lucas – how is recovery after the hurricane?

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: CR_SEPT_26_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Kerry Stange joins us this week to give us a comprehensive review of Royal Caribbean largest cruise ship Allure of the Seas. Kerry and his wife recently returned from a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing. Kerry goes into detail about embarkation out of Terminal 18 in Port Everglades, first impressions of Allure of the Seas, the stateroom, dining venues, entertainment, and ship experience.

Listener Question:

I am looking for direction on the issue of tipping. We no longer use the Dining Room for our meals. We take our meals in the buffet or specialty restaurants. We are generous with our gratuities at these venues for good service. A large portion of the tipping schedule is for dining room personnel, a service we do not use. What would be your recommendation in dealing with this discrepancy? We are told the gratuities are still circulated amongst all cruise personnel? Do we lessen the amount of tipping collected less the dining room portion?

Cruise Guy has Cruise News on:

  • Cunard announces major makeover for Queen Victoria
  • What's the status on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas? 
  • Carnival Pride is going to operate unique voyages starting October 2015, what are we gonna see? 
  • CEO of CLIA recently released some norovirus figures - how accurate was this report and what was she trying to prove?

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: CR_8_22_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Happy 100th Birthday to the Panama Canal! To celebrate, Sunny Lockwood joins us to chat about a book that she and her husband wrote called Cruising Panama’s Canal. An interesting read about how a horrifying life accident turned into a trip of a lifetime.

We answer a listener question about Carnival Sunshine, transportation from the Orlando International Airport to the cruise pier at Port Canaveral, and what to do on the ship.

Cruise Guy has Cruise News and talks about Carnival’s new island in Haiti, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas floated out, Regal Princess’ Godparents from the Love Boat, Norwegian Cruise Line’s more-inclusive package, and a third Royal-class Princess ship on the way. For show notes and book link check out http://cruiseradio.net.

 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: CR_8_15_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

Jason Leppert from PopularCruising.com recently returned from an 18-night expedition cruise on Silverseas Cruises vessel Silver Discover. His voyage started him out in Asia, he made his way up Russia's eastern coast and to remote parts of Alaska. Jason goes into detail about sailing from the Far East, what his expedition ship was like, the atmosphere surrounding the cruise, ports that stick out and his overall thoughts.

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News:

  • Two more ships for Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Norwegian Cruise Line enforcing no smoking policy 
  • Costa Concordia status
  • Celebrity Silhouette is having propulsion issues
  • Steel is cut on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer 
  • Is Florida losing it's homeport advantage?

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
 
Direct download: CR_7_25_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Mickey Live is known across a variety of cruise ships for his unique ways of onboard lectures. Mickey isn't using your typical overhead projector or marker board to teach cruise passengers, he uses modern day technology like GPS and his cutting edge photography skills. 

Stewart Chiron stops by with Cruise NewsCosta announces Costa Concordia to be removed in July, 11 lbs of cocaine found on Carnival Liberty in Port Canaveral, small fire on Holland America's Westerdam, cruise parking in Galveston starts sparks lawsuit, American Cruise Lines launches new river boat, and low water levels in Europe are getting river cruisers stuck!

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: CR_7_4_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

On this show, we talk to listener Barry who just returned from a sailing aboard Queen Mary 2, on a seven-night transatlantic sailing between New York and Southhampton. Get a full review of this ocean liner.

Also, Carnival Cruise Line's senior matre d, Ken Byrne, gives us his background, the details of his job, and what he loves about it. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: CR_6_27_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT