Cruise Radio

We speak with Terry Thornton, VP Port Operations for Carnival Cruise Line, about what it took to get the Eastern Caribbean back operational after the 2017 hurricane season. Terry also touches on the 20 Carnival ships that are in the Caribbean, and plans for future itineraries. 

Writer Richard Simms just returned from a 10-night Eastern Caribbean cruise and he gives us an update from a cruise guest standpoint and his thoughts on the island. 

Thoughts or questions? 

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On this episode, we hear a review of Enchantment of the Seas from Kathy, who took a 60 friends onboard for a three-night Bahamas sailing. She talks about the dining, her grand suite, the amenities onboard, and their surprise sea day.

Sherry Has Cruise News On:

Listener Question: What's the quickest way to disembark Oasis of the Seas? We are worried that it will be a mess with nearly 6,000 other cruisers trying to get off at the same time. - Phil, Tampa

Questions or comments? 

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We are broadcasting aboard Carnival Magic this week for John Heald’s 11th Annual Blogger’s Cruise. We ask John all the questions you sent in. Plus, we talk with two guests on the cruise about sailing the ship.

Thoughts or questions? Email me: 

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A lot of cruise ships have been making the news lately with failing USPH inspections. This week we had a chance to talk with CDR Aimee Treffiletti, Chief of the CDCs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Vessel Sanitation Program. We get a behind the scenes look at the USPH inspections and what's involved when they make the unexpected appearance onboard the ship. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on: 

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We get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Escape. Plus, Stewart has our weekly dose of cruise news and industry insight. 

Dan from answers questions on picking the right travel insurance policy.

Stewart has cruise news on: 

  • Vista and Breeze fail USPH inspection. 
  • Jumper on Carnival Triumph 
  • Norwegian Epic heading to San Juan 
  • Cruise stock prices are on the rise!
  • Celebrity Edge floats out 

Listener Question: Booking a future cruise and not knowing who you are going to bring.  

Thoughts or suggestions? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.

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We get a Western Caribbean cruise review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Breeze from Galveston. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news: 

  • Carnival charging for late-night room service and ditching debarkation day room service. 
  • Two cruise ships are heading to NYC in 2019
  • Celebrity Cruises is releasing Celebrity Edge ahead of schedule 
  • Star Princess gets a major refurb 

Listener Qs: 

What are the highlights of transiting the Panama Canal? - Nicholas, SD 

Will my travel agent get mad if I ask her to adjust my price drop? I know she makes her money on commission. I feel bad.  - Cindy, CT

Thoughts or comments? Email me: 

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Some brief thoughts on the Norwegian Breakaway sailing through the major 'bomb cyclone' winter storm in early January. We talk to ABC Action News Meteorologist Greg Dee to give us some insight on how powerful these winter storms can become at sea.
Nick and his family just returned from the very first sailing on MSC Cruises' brand new MSC Seaside. 
Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on:
  • Cruise executive paychecks revealed 
  • Cruise line paid $25M for 90-day FEMA charter 
  • Celebrity Cruises hikes gratuities on heels of Royal Caribbean hike 
  • MSC launching child finder application 
Listener Questions 
  • What to expect when staying on deck one. 
  • Do cruise lines gradually release staterooms or all at one time? 
Thoughts or comments? Email me: 
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Category:MSC Cruises -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

When the Norwegian Breakaway sailed through a winter storm, some passengers say things got rough. We speak to one of the people who just disembarked, as well as cruise expert Stewart Chiron, to find out if this was an unusual sailing or to be expected this time of year. 

What are your thoughts? Let us know: 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

We talk with Terry Thornton, VP of Itinerary Planning with Carnival Cruise Line. He brings us behind the curtain and explains to us about cruise ship deployments, the new destination Carnival is building in Freeport, Bahamas, and where he would like to see a new cruise port open up. 

Also, I answer some follow up questions asked after our Carnival Vista interview last week. 

Thoughts or comments? Email me! 

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We get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Vista. This sailing was an eight-night Southern Caribbean cruise out of Miami, Florida. Ports of call included Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, and Aruba. 

Stewart has cruise news on: 

  • Royal Caribbean gratuity increase
  • MSC star-studded christening 
  • Carnival expands their easy-pay program 
  • Norwegian unveils new app 
  • What should we look for in 2018?
Listener Question: How do I know what cruise will have fewer kids, is it the cruise line itself, the ship, or the time of year? David, CA
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