Cruise Radio

Holland America just announced a culinary partnership with America's Test Kitchen in New York City. We were there for the announcement and had a chance to talk to the President of Holland America and one of the hosts of America's Test Kitchen about the partnership. 

Heather recently returned from a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing about Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Freedom from Galveston, Texas. Heather gives us the details of her sailing and a bow to stern review.
Direct download: EPI399SEPT2216.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 5:44pm EDT

Don just returned from a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing on Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. Don gives us a detailed review the Oasis, what it's like sailing on the world's largest cruise ship, and some tips he learned along the way. 

Cruise News with Sherry Kennedy
  • Princess Cruises Raises Gratuities 
  • Carnival orders new ships
  • Royal Caribbean crew member dies in lifeboat drill
  • MSC delays private island to 2018
  • Fathom adds more Cuba sailings
  • Holland America adds another ship to Alaska in 2017 
Direct download: EPI398SEP1516.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT

We get tips on maximizing your inside cabin from CruiseTipsTV. CruiseTipsTV was born over a family dinner table conversation- they love to cruise and felt the had a secret to share. So, in 2013, they took the plunge and decided to try YouTube as their format for creating full ship video tour and cruise related tip videos. Their CruiseTipsTV and CruiseGear channels have grown to a library of over 200 videos, ranging from interactive vlogs and Q&A with our subscribers, to packing and fashion tips, using technology to enhance your cruise, and even food videos.

Ben and his wife just returned from a seven-night Hawaii cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America. Ben gives us a review of getting to Hawaii, the cruise, the islands visited, and his overall impressions of Pride of America. 
Direct download: EPI397SEPT0816.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

On this episode we get a review of Celebrity Reflection. Hear a comprehensive bow to stern review of the ship, stateroom, dining, and ports on this Med cruise. 
 
CruiseGuy has cruise news:
  • Carnival Imagination refurb 
  • Royal extends Empress again through spring 2017 
  • Carnival Vista swamps boats in Italy. 
  • $30m cocaine found on cruise ship in AUS
  • Carnival raises Faster to the Fun prices
Direct download: EPI396SEPT0116.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 6:57pm EDT

Rick gives his review of Princess Cruises' newest ship, Regal Princess. Here a bow to stern review along with his thoughts of the stateroom, dining, and level of service offered by Princess. 

Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 

  • Queen Mary 2 remastered 
  • Carnival's $500,000 donation to flooding victims in LA 
  • Carnival Miracle announcing a 14-night Alaska sailing from California 
  • Crystal Cruises attempts a Northwest Passage sailing 
  • Olympian mother's luggage gets blown up at cruise ship in Rio!
  • Royal Caribbean is extending Empress of the Seas' contract from Miami, again
Direct download: EPI395AUG2516.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT

On this episode we talk to Eric. Eric and his wife just returned from a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Glory. 
 
Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on:  
  • Ferry catches fire off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
  • Carnival extends contract with port of Baltimore
  • Carnival debuts new fee-based seafood venue on Conquest
  • Celebrity Adds Short Cruises Back to the Caribbean
  • Scary story with a happy ending for a Princess Cruise cruise guest
     
    Question: Are reduced deposit sales really worth it? 
Direct download: EPI394AUG1916.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

On this episode I give a review of my seven night cruise aboard Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam. This was an Alaska cruise that cruised the Inside Passage, as well as made calls in Glacier Bay, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Juneau. Hear what we did, how the ship is, and what Alaska is like. 

Sherry has cruise news on:
 
Delta suffers major computer outage on Monday, impacts a lot of cruise guests
Holland America is increasing the surcharge in all their specialty venues.
Princess ship had a technical glitch last week, impacted one port.
Cat in the Hat for President! 
Popular Disney movie coming to Disney Cruise Line as stage show
Direct download: EPI393AUG1116.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

On this episode Kathy gives us a review from Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. She just returned from a seven-night Caribbean sailing on one of the world's largest cruise ships. She has a comprehensive bow-to-stern review of this cruise ship homeported in Port Everglades. 

Sherry Kennedy joins us again with our weekly dose of cruise news" 

  • Carnival Live announcements
  • Carnival names new ship
  • More Margaritavilles at sea:
  • Royal Caribbean expands high-speed internet: 
  • Another cruise line bans balcony smoking

 

Direct download: EPI_392_AUG_4_16.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

We get a detailed review of Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, Norwegian Escape. John and his wife just returned from a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing. He gives a detailed review of the sailing, the itinerary, and what to do on Norwegian Escape. A lot of first time tips for cruisers considering Norwegian Escape.

Also we get your shore excursion questions answered by CruisingExcursions.com.
Direct download: EPI391JUL2716.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

On this show we get a review of Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas, a ship they recently put back in service after spending years with their European brand. Could this ship be coming back to do Cuba cruises? 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:

  • Lifeboat accident leads to crewmember death.
  • Carnival announced new itineraries for 2018 - but nothing too new. 
  • Celebrity Cruises is taking a ship out of the Med in 2017 - where is it going?
  • Any updates on Istanbul or ports of call in Turkey after the coup last weekend?

Listener Question:

Can we renew our passport one year early. And if so, would that give me 11 years until next renewal or will it still be 10 years from when I renew?

Direct download: EPI390JUL2016.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 8:14am EDT