Cruise Radio (general)
We just returned from a 10-night sailing aboard Carnival Sunshine. This was a special Carnival Journeys sailing that gave a longer itinerary with out the beaten path ports of call and programming that was unique to 1987 - like throwback sea days with captain cocktail parties, the original menu from formal night, specials Q&A sessions with the captain and the famous midnight buffet. 

We talk with the Cruise Director Jaime Dee about the Carnival Journeys sailing and some of the on board programming and also seasoned cruise veteran Stormin' Norm. 
 
Get all the details about Carnival Journeys here. This is part one of a two part show. The next show will focus on the ports of call, dining, and entertainment. 
Direct download: EPI360DEC2315.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42am EST

On this episode Jason Leppert from Popular Cruising joins us for a comprehensive review of Disney Dream after an extensive refurb in November. Disney Dream went into dry dock to get a make over of some of the public areas and added the Star Wars area for the kids. Disney Dream does three and four night sailings out of Port Canaveral. 

Direct download: EPI359DEC1815.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

Jessica and her family just returned from a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing aboard Norwegian Star, a ship that sails seasonally from the port of Tampa. Being Jessica's first time aboard, she gives a comprehensive review of embarkation from Tampa, first impressions, staterooms, dining, entertainment and ports. 

Direct download: EPI358DEC1515.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

Rick joins us to give a comprehensive review of his Queen Victoria sailing in the Med. He goes into detail about what makes the ship the Queen Victoria so different, how the experience was and what keeps him sailing Cunard Line time after time. 

Direct download: EPI357DEC1115.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:52pm EST

Ben just returned from a two-night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. The world's largest cruise ship that spent some time in dry dock and Europe before coming back to her homeport of Port Everglades, Florida. On this episode been talks about his first impressions of Allure of the Seas, staterooms, entertainment and what the ship is like on sea days. Since this was a two day cruise, Ben tried to squeeze as much as he could while he was onboard. 

Direct download: EPI356DEC415.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

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?
Direct download: EPI355DEC315.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm EST

On this episode Tommy gives us his review of his latest cruise aboard Norwegian Pearl. This wasn't an ordinary cruise thought, it was a themed cruise put on by country superstars Florida-Georgia Line. Tommy gives his impressions of the cruise overall, the food, staterooms, and most importantly, entertainment. 

Direct download: EPI354NOV3015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:14pm EST

On this episode Lisa talks about her seven-night honeymoon cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas in the Mediterranean. Lisa chats with me about her first impressions of the ship, the food, entertainment, her stateroom and ports of call. 
 
Stewart Chiron has cruise news on:
  • QM2 made inaugural call to Amber Cove
  • New social impact cruise line, fathom, announces layout of new ship
  • Princess Cruises' Majestic Princess pre-China itineraries announced 
  • Do Black Friday cruise deals exist? 
  • Any booking advice for a black friday/cyber monday cruise deals?
Direct download: EPI353NOV2615.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18pm EST

Barry just returned from a seven-night Caribbean sailing aboard Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Summit round trip from San Juan. On this show Barry reviews embarkation, first impressions, stateroom, dining, entertainment and ports of call on this voyage. Barry gives us his candid thoughts on the ship and what he liked and didn't care for. 

We also talk to Cruising Excursion expert Shelly to get advice on what to do in Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Curacao. 
Direct download: EPI352NOV2215.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:41pm EST

We are on the island of Martinique, a region of France, located in the Southern Caribbean. Martinique is just getting back into the cruise business after a few years on the decline. The port will see 22 inaugural ship calls this years, including Anthem of the Seas and Carnival Sunshine.

We sit down with Roger Blum, a cruise consultant for the Tourism Department of Martinique to get a report card on the island. 

Stewart Chiron has Cruise News:
  • NCL first time back in Canaveral in three years 
  • Holland American releases Koningsdam reveal videos
  • 2016 Carnival Live continues - what musical acts revealed
  • New Celebrity suite perks
  • Royal Ordering a fifth quantum ship
  • What's latest on Carnival Vista?
Direct download: EPI351NOV1915.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST