Cruise Radio

Houston-based listener, Sonya Sherow, just returned from a seven-night sailing aboard Carnival Magic, a Carnival Cruise Lines ship based year-round. Sonya gives us a comprehensive review of Carnival Magic, including: embarkation from Galveston, Texas, first impressions of the ship, public areas, stateroom, food, entertainment and the ports of call on this Western Caribbean cruise.

We also tackle three listener questions on how much does a passport cost, how long does it take to get your passport, and ground transportation options between the Miami International Airport and PortMiami.

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Direct download: CR_8_29_14_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

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?

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Direct download: CR_8_22_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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


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

This week, we are broadcasting from Southeast Alaska on Holland America Line's ms Westerdam. Along with cruising in Alaska, we are aboard a special Dancing with the Stars themed cruise, with some of the biggest names from ABC's hit television show Dancing with the Stars, both past and present seasons, like: Carson Kressley, Emma Slater, Tristin MacManus, Sabrina Bryan and more. We will talk to Carson Kressley, Emma Slater, the cruise director aboard the ms Westerdam, the onboard travel expert, some passengers and give you our take on the Alaskan cruise and the Dancing with the Stars theme cruise. Sit back, there's a lot of Alaska and star power in the episode!

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Direct download: CR_8_8_14_AU.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 11:30pm EST

This week, we chat with listener, Don Harlem, who just returned from a 12-night Med cruise on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas, roundtrip Barcelona. Don gives us a full review of Serenade of the Seas, including: his pre-cruise stay, embarkation from Barcelona, first impressions of the ship, stateroom, dining, entertainment, ports, and his overall thoughts of Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas.

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

  • Hollywood actors telling cruise ships to stay away from Italy
  • Going, going, gone! So long Costa Concordia
  • Carnival Magic going to operate a series of four-six day cruises in Winter 2015, does this show a demand in the TX markets?

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Direct download: CR_AUG_1_14_AU.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 12:00am EST