Cruise Radio

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?

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

Listener, Marcy Bucy, from California joins us to give us her review on her latest sailing aboard Carnival Inspiration, a three-night Mexico cruise her family recently took out of Long Beach. Marcy gives us a bow-to-stern review of Carnival Inspiration and talks about the Cheers Beverage program and Faster to the Fun. 

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on:

  • Royal Caribbean is busy over in Europe cutting steel and getting Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, and their upcoming ship that they just cut the steel on. 
  • Carnival's Vacation Guarantee 
  • Holland America named their new ship - let me guess, it ends in dam? 
  • Last week we talked about NCL buying a couple new cruise lines - anything new on that front? 
  • Houston cig and liquor tax and how it's affecting cruise passengers. 

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Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:30pm EST

Jason Leppert is the editor-in-chief of and just returned from a seven-night sailing about Celebrity Solstice, a Celebrity Cruises ship that was launched in August 2008 and does seasonal sailing in Alaska. She is currently the largest ship sailing the Alaskan waters. Jason gives us a comprehensive bow to stern review of Celebrity Solstice, the themed Top Chef cruise he was sailing and what it's like living the Celebrity life.

Listener Questions

1. Lauren W. - East TN

We are first time cruisers and would like to know how to pick out our cabin? There are WAAAAAY to many options out there. Any suggestions for a good starting point? 

2. GeeWhiz_ on Twitter
Might go on Holland America New England/Canada cruise next year. Should we go in September or October?

Loyal Cruiser Website

Loyal Cruiser is a consumer facing company dedicated to ensuring the cruise passenger is rewarded for their travel. This simple centralized loyalty program for cruisers is straightforward and easy to understand. We talk to the CEO of, Baron Forbes, to learn all about the company.

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Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 9:55pm EST

Theresa Masek, the Editor-in-chief of Vacation Agent Magazine joins us today to talk about her recent shipyard tour of Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas. Theresa gives us 10 awesome new features aboard the upcoming cruise ship.

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

  • Norwegian Cruise Line purchases Prestige
  • Princess Cruises reveals a trendy night club on upcoming Regal Princess
  • Plans for a new pier in Venice - how is this going to play with the cruise ship ban?
  • Oasis of the Seas Europe bound - but back next month - what is she doing over there and why is the Europe stint so short?
  • Latest from Quantum of the Seas 

Listener Question

Submitted to Facebook:

We were unloading our car at PortMiami a few weeks ago and had four bags total - I gave the porter a dollar for each bag and he told me this wasn't sufficient and the charge was $2 per bag. I went ahead and paid the $2 per bag because I didn't want my bag to wind up on the wrong ship! What are the tipping guidelines for curbside porters on embarkation day?

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Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 12:00am EST