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Marcia just returned from Holland America Line's newest ships, ms Koningsdam. Koningsdam, a ship that debuted earlier this year, is now based in Port Everglades after her European summer season. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Star Wars at sea returns 
  • Boss takes 800 employees on cruise 
  • Fathom DR sailings now stopping in Cuba 
  • Royal Caribbean told, "the ship is too big to dock here!"
  • Listener question: getting a cruise refund before final payment

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI413DEC2916.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

‘Twas the night before the cruise, when all through the house
Everyone was packing; have you seen Mom’s blue blouse?

The kids’ luggage was set by the back door with care,
In hopes that they’d remembered to pack formal wear.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of waterslides danced in their heads.

In the morning we got up and got coffee and fraps,
And we got to the terminal without needing a map.

When we got on the ship we avoided the clatter,
We sprang to the buffet to load up a platter.

Away to Guy’s Burgers we flew like a flash,
Next to the pools of kids making a splash.

The sun on the breast of the blue ocean waves
Made me think of a drink, which I started to crave.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a goofy British man who was holding a beer.

At the site of him, someone beside me yelled,
And I knew in a moment it must be John Heald.

More rapid than eagles the cruisers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and began to exclaim:

“Now Sunshine! now, Glory! now, Pride and Sensation!
On, Magic! On, Conquest! on Spirit and Elation!

To the Caribbean and to three ports of call;
Now cruise away, cruise away, cruise away all!”

Some cruisers stood by and waved their goodbyes,
As the ship’s horn blew and the sunset in the skies.

So up to the lido deck the cruisers they flew,
With cameras in hand to capture the view.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the deck
The pouring of juice and some orange triple sec.

As I signed my receipt and left an extra tip,
Up came John Heald to the top of the ship.

He was dressed in his swimsuit, ready for the slides,
And he looked quite happy, with a pep in his stride.

A bag full of sunscreen he had flung on his back,
With a Guy’s burger inside, in case he needed a snack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
But his chest won the contest for being too hairy!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
For he’d just heard the sketch for the comedy show.

As the senior cruise director of the whole Carnival fleet,
He would shake the hand of every cruiser he’d meet.

He had a broad face and he loved the food at the deli,
And in the mornings he room serviced toast with some jelly.

He was funny and kind, a right jolly old man,
And I laughed when I saw him get a bit too tan.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know his skin would go red.

He spoke not a word, but went back to his work,
As he wrote up the Fun Times for our day in Grand Turk.

He planned out the bingos, the trivias, the shows,
And made sure to list when the ship’s bars would close.

He then sprang to the mic, to his team gave a shout,
And away they all flew, the crew so devout.

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere we sailed out of sight,
“Happy cruising to all, and to all a good-night!”

 

Direct download: NITE_BEFORE_CRUISE.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

On this episode, we get a review of Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, one of the largest ships in the world, based in Port Everglades, Florida. Hear all about Ben's seven-night Western Caribbean cruise. 

Sheila from Cruising Excursions joins us to give us the benefits of booking a group shore excursions. Turns out booking a shore excursion with a group is cheaper than booking on your own. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival getting a new cruise ship
  • Norwegian Cruise Line launching another $50 deposit sale 
  • Norwegian opening Cuba cruises up 
  • Carnival Liberty back at the Space Coast 
  • MSC Seaside counts down to Florida 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI412DEC2116.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

On this week's bonus episode we get a review of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream on a four-night Bahamas sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida. Hear a review of Disney Dream, Castaway Cay, and the food, along with entertainment aboard Disney Cruise Line. 

Direct download: BONUS001DEC1916.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

Craig gives us a review of his four-night sailing from Miami Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Victory. Hear a bow to stern review of Carnival Victory. 

Sherry has cruise news:

  • Carnival orders another Vista-class cruise ship 
  • Carnival testing new dining policy
  • More cruise lines going to Cuba - who now?
  • Cruise line give Christmas gifts in the Caribbean 
  • NCL released their 2018 and 2019 cruise scheduled - anything noteworthy?

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: EPI411DEC1516.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 8:55am EDT

We talk to Sheri from CruiseTipsTV and she shares the top 10 Christmas gifts for cruisers in your life. 

Later in the show, we get a review of a seven-night cruise aboard Celebrity Summit, round-trip San Juan. 

Plus, Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on:

  • Carnival will sail from the Port of Tampa a bit longer 
  • Princess Cruises got in a little trouble for pollution 
  • Royal Caribbean made it into the book of world records 
  • Carnival testing a new embarkation procedure

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: EPI410DEC816.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

We get a comprehensive review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway from Richard Simms today. Richard just returned from a seven-night Florida-Bahamas cruise on Breakaway from New York City. He leaves no stone unturned on this review. 

Sherry has cruise news: 

  • Half Moon Cay gets new additions 
  • Harvest Cay opens to cruise ship guests 
  • Fathom cruise line going away in 2017
  • Celebrity Cruises cuts steel on new class of ships 
  • MSC Seaside is floated out of dry dock where construction continues 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI409NOV3016.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:11am EDT

Kathy shares her review of Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas. One one Royal Caribbean's smallest ships based in Port Canaveral, Florida. She sailed with a first-time cruiser on a four-night sailing to the Bahamas and private island CoCo Cay. Hear this detailed review from Kathy. 

Today we are joined by Sheri from CruiseTips TV to answer some listener questions on: 

  • Sailing with your cell phone and avoiding data charges 
  • How to NOT gain weight at sea
  • Booking your next cruise while on your cruise
  • What is a guarantee cabin 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: EPI408NOV2316.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 7:55am EDT

Scott gives us a review of Princess Cruises Grand Princess, a 10-night Alaska cruise that his family took this past summer, round-trip San Fran.

He gives us a detailed look at Alaska, the Grand Princess, and what to expect when sailing Princess Cruises. 

 
Sherry has cruise news on: 
 
  • Carnival swapping ships in the Caribbean
  • Carnival Fantasy arriving in Mobile, Alabama 
  • Work has begun on the new Princess Cruises 
  • Harmony of the Seas christened in Port Everglades 
  • Port Everglades go to mobile passport control 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI407NOV1716.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 6:46pm EDT

This week we are broadcasting aboard Carnival Cruise Line's newest and largest ship, Carnival Vista from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City. We talk to Carnival's Senior Cruise Director John Heald, Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy, and other guests around the ship. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: EPI406NOV0916.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 5:20am EDT

Ben just returned from Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Star. He sailed a four night re-positioning cruise from New York City to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ben gives us a full review of what to expect on Viking Ocean Cruises, how they differ from other ships operating in the Caribbean, and shares his experience. Viking Star is in the Caribbean for 13 cruises this season offering longer Southern Caribbean sailings. 

We hear from Steven Fox with Passport Photo Creator, a cool new app that lets you take your passport photo on your own terms. You can learn more at PassportPhotoCreator.com.
 
Cruise News: 
 
New passport rule in effect effective November 1 (no more glasses in photos)
Steel cut for Norwegian Bliss 
Carnival Cruise Line adding another ship to Florida
Port Canaveral preparing for the arrival of Oasis of the Seas 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI405NOV0316.mp3
Category:Viking Ocean Cruises -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

Today we get a review of Norwegian Sky. Norwegian Sky is currently sailing three- and four-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas with stops at the private island Great Stirrup Cay, Freeport, and Nassau. The ship introduced an exciting new concept starting in January 2016 where alcohol is included in the cost of the cruise. We get a full review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sky.

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:

  • Mobile, Alabama is gearing up for a new cruise ship - it's been a while since we've seen a ship there.
  • Princess Cruises' Royal Princess showed the new hull art of Royal Princess, what did they do to it?
  • Disney Cruise Line released some new schedules, which includes a new port - what are we gonna see?
  • Fathom laid out how much good they have done over the past six months - what are some of the numbers?
  • Listener Question: If we take advantage of a future cruise credit on our current sailing, will my travel agent get credit for it? She has been working very hard for me to rob her of a booking.

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: EPI404OCT2716.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Paul just returned from an Alaskan cruise on Celebrity Solstice from Seattle, Washington. Not being a seasoned cruiser, he didn't know what to expect on the sailing. Paul leaves no stone unturned on this detailed review of his Alaskan cruise and what he experienced. 

 
Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:
  • Virgin Cruises details more information about their cruise line that is set to debut in 2020, what did we hear? 
  • Freeport, Bahamas remains closed because of Hurricane Matthew in early Oct., what is the status? 
     
  • Carnival Vista wins ship of the year - when she gets to the US, what kind of itineraries will she run? 
     
  • Saying goodbye to a legend in St. Maarten. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI403OCT2016.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT

On this episode we get a comprehensive review of Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship, Carnival Vista. Nancy covers Carnival Vista from bow to stern and talks about some of the best places to dine on-board. 
 
Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:
  • Royal Caribbean details news class of cruise ships 
  • Carnival updated room decorating policy 
  • Norwegian offering reduced deposits on all sailings 
  • Holland America bans balcony smoking 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI402OCT1316.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's newest and largest ship, Harmony of the Seas. Tyler and his wife just returned from a Med cruise aboard Harmony and gives us a full review of the ship. Tyler gives a comprehensive review of Harmony of the Seas. 

Travel Expert Sherry Kennedy drops by and tell us when to book our cruise to get the best deal. She tells us why we should book our cruise early and not wait until last minute, and a trick of the trade that she has been using for the past two decades booking cruises. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI401OCT0616.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 10:01pm EDT

Jason joins us to share his transatlantic crossing experience aboard the Queen Mary 2, which was recently remastered and remodeled to the tune of over $100-million. Hear this detailed and comprehensive review of the Queen Mary 2. 

Cruise Guy has cruise news on:

  • NCL celebrates 50 years 
  • Cruise TV programming coming to Saturday morning TV 
  • Celebrity Solstice getting refurb
  • Carnival announced two new ships for China market

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI400SEPT2916.mp3
Category:Cunard Line -- posted at: 8:52pm EDT

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.
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
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 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
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. 
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
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

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
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? 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
 
 
 
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.

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
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 home-ported 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

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
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.

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
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?

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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

Hear a review of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Fantasy. 

Sherry Kennedy joins us for cruise news: 

  • World's most lux cruise ship christened - details? 
  • Florida port welcomes two millionth cruise pax - what port and details? Royal
  • Caribbean offered free cruise to good samaritan 
  • Holland America ship rewarded for rescue at sea
Listener Q:
 
Recently divorced and going on a cruise next month. What kind of documentation will I need? I booked this cruise when I was still married. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: EPI389JUL1416.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

Duncan gives us a review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Magic, a ship that was launched in 2011 and it now in Florida year-round by way of Galveston, TX. Don't miss this comprehensive review. Part 2 of the review will come in a couple weeks where Chris Owen reviews his seven-night sailing. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:
  • Carnival starting staggered embarkation in two more ports
  • NCL Changes carry on beverage policy
  • Norwegian Breakaway sets record in Canadian port
  • Royal Caribbean near-drowning
  • MSC details new ship

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: EPI388JUL416.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

We get a review of Carnival Miracle on a seven night Mexican Rivera cruise out of Long Beach, CA. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on: 

  • Royal Caribbean coming to Miami with Oasis-class ship 
  • Plane buzzes Norwegian Breakaway off coast of Bermuda
  • Montego Bay gets $100m investment for upgrades (a way to get business back that Falmouth took?)
  • What's the latest with Istanbul after terrorist attack?
  • Ovation of the Seas christened - but for China only! 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: EPI387JUN3016.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:53pm EDT

On this episode, we get a detailed review of Norwegian Jade. 

Plus Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 

  • Royal Caribbean upgrades
  • Norwegian upgrades
  • Norwegian's private island upgrades
  • Queen Mary 2 remastered
  • Faster passport re-entry program arriving to Port Everglades

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI386JUN2516.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:11pm EDT

On this episode, we are sailing on the ms Adonia with Fathom Travel to the Dominican Republic. Fathom is Carnival Corporation's 10th cruise line. Find out what Fathom is, what the ship is like, and what travelers on the ship are experiencing. It's not for everyone, but perfect for someone. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: EPI385JUN1716.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26pm EDT

We are broadcasting from Alaska where Holland America Line is opening up a new part of their Mount McKinley Chalet called Denali Square. We're live at the event. 

Hear a review of a Baltic cruise aboard Norwegian Star. Learn all about how Norwegian does things on a Europe cruise. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Direct download: EPI384JUN916.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 12:32am EDT

On this episode, we are broadcasting aboard Carnival Vista on her second cruise. Currently she's sailing in the Med but will come to the Caribbean in November. 

We chat with:
  • Cruise guests
  • Brand Ambassador, John Heald 
  • Cruise Director, Matt Mitchem 
  • Colin, RedFrog Brewery Brew Master 
  • Lynn and Cele Seldon, expert cruise reviewers

Listen and learn all about this new Carnival Cruise Line ship!

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI383JUNE216.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 7:07pm EDT

We get a review of Celebrity Summit, as she recently did a eight-night re-positioning cruise from San Juan, Puerto, Rico to Cape Liberty, NJ. Hear all the details about this cruise from embarkation, port stops in Bermuda, dining, entertainment, to disembarkation. 

Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 
  • Harmony inaugural
  • New Oasis class ship ordered
  • Disney announces new sailings in 2017
  • Carnival Vista med season underway
  • Kdam christened

Listener Question

With another Oasis-class ship coming to Florida, will pricing still be at a premium?
 
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Direct download: EPI382MAY2616.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 10:05pm EDT

We are broadcasting from Holland America's brand new ms Koningsdam. Hear about the new public spaces, what the ship has to offer, the venues, and all the other new hardware on-board, all while managing to stick to their traditional ways. 

On this show we talk to: 
 
Vanessa Lee, gives us thoughts of the ship 
Cruise Director, Johnathon 
Hotel Director, Ronald 
 
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Direct download: EPI381MAY1916.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 3:01am EDT

Walter and his family just returned from a nine-night Carnival Journeys cruise aboard Carnival Sunshine. Carnival Sunshine once was Carnival Destiny until Carnival Cruise Line gave the ship a complete overhaul in 2013. Hear this bow to stern review of Carnival Sunshine. 
 
Stewart has cruise news on:
  • First US cruise to Cuba complete
  • Harmony of the Seas officially delivered to Royal Caribbean 
  • NCL expanding highspeed wif
  • CCL ditches George Lopez
  • Kdam christening next wk in Netherlands 
  • Princess Cruises adds a new suite class
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Direct download: EPI380MAY1216.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:54am EDT

Brad and his wife just returned from a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. Normally a Disney and Carnival cruiser, Brad shares his first experience on Royal Caribbean. Hear a bow to stern review of this mega cruise ship. 

I'm a huge fan of ShipMate App. It lets you do a cruise countdown, check out reviews, cruise ship photos, maps, and more. Within the past year they added a cruise price drop alert letting people know when their cruise fare drops. I talk to the founder of ShipMate App to give us the details on this. 

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Direct download: EPI379MAY416.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Tina and her two kids just returned from a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Splendor, one of Carnival Cruise Line's Fun Ship. On this seven night sailing they hit the eastern Caribbean and got a complete run of the ship. Hear her thoughts on everything from embarkation to excursions, and everything in between. 

Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival Magic officially in Port Canaveral (with Guy's BBQ Joint)
  • Empress of the Seas cancels seven more sailings - what's wrong? 
  • MSC details more of MSC Seaside - what will we see? 
  • Koningsdam is officially on her inaugural sailing 
  • Fathom makes inaugural call in DR

We check in with Go Port Canaveral and get the latest information on Port Canaveral, the dollar parking increase at the port, and pre- and post-cruise hotels. 

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Direct download: EPI378APR2816.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT

Jason just returned from a shipyard tour of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas. An Oasis class ship that will launch in May and head to Florida this fall. Hear what it's like to go to a shipyard, what Harmony of the Seas has different, and Jason's impressions of this monster ship! 

JT and his wife just returned from Carnival Cruise Line cruise aboard Carnival Inspiration to Mexico. The ship was recently refurbished to receive Carnival's Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades and back in service. We get a bow to stern review.  

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Direct download: EPI377APR2216.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:12pm EDT

On this show, we get a review of Norwegian Breakaway, but not just a normal sailing, Markus stayed in the Haven. The Haven is NCL's ship within a ship concept. We get a review of the ship, the Haven, entertainment, food, ports, and what Markus thought of this once in a lifetime cruise experience. 
 
Cruise Guy has cruise news on:
  • Carnival Vista completes sea trials
  • Royal Caribbean's newest ship delivered 
  • 5 more ships for Carnival Corp confirmed
  • Fathom's Cuba problem
  • MSC orders 4 more mega ships. Nearly a dozen new ships in next few years 
 
Listener Question

Listener Q: We leave in 16 days and I just realized that marriage license has my name from my previous marriage on it and maiden name on birth certificate of course and then my married name now is on my drivers license so I don't know if that's OK?

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Direct download: EPI376APR1416.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 7:59pm EDT

Sherri from Sherman's Travels linked up with us this week to give us a 2016 outlook of the cruise industry and what new ships are coming out. Find out where people are going, if travel alerts are keeping people out of Europe, what new destinations are emerging, and where people are sailing. 

We get a review of Carnival Magic from Galveston, Texas (she'll be home-ported in Florida starting April 20, 2016). This was the first sailing after her Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade, which included Guy Fieri's Burger Joint and BBQ restaurant. Hear a comprehensive review of Carnival Magic. 
 
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Direct download: EPI375APR615.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, a ship that is based in Port Canaveral, Florida doing seven-night Caribbean voyages. On this Western Caribbean sailing, Mark got to experience the Ben and Jerry's Suite and gives us the full run down of entertainment, dining, and activities. 
 
Stewart has Cruise News:
 
  • Norwegian Joy entertainment detailed 
  • Royal raising grats on May 1
  • Carnival details Vista brewery
  • Cruise passenger tries to swim to cruise ship 
  • Port Canaveral raises parking fee 
Listener Q: 
 
I booked through the cruise line and found a lower price on Expedia. Should the cruise line still honor the Expedia price?
 
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Direct download: EPI374MAR3116.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 9:07pm EDT

Tommy just returned from a eight-night Southern Caribbean aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Sunshine. Hear a comprehensive review of this recently remodeled ship.

Stewart has cruise news: 

  • Carnival Corp approved Cuba
  • Empress of the Seas canceled six sailings
  • Norwegian Gem turned away from St M cause of Noro
  • Holland America expands Mexico sailings
  • Man sues Disney over missing thumb
  • Carnival Triumph heads to New Orleans after four years

Listener question about a canceled sailing. 

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Direct download: EPI373MAR2316.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT

Rae from Johnson City, TN gives us a review of here three-night sailing aboard Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic to Nassau, Bahamas and the private island of Castaway Cay. Hear a first hand comprehensive review. 


Stewart has cruise news:
  • Carnival Magic gets Guy's BBQ Joint 
  • NCL reveals more of Harvest Caye 
  • Man threatens to jump off docked cruise ship in FLL 
  • Harmony of the Seas starts sea trials 
  • MSC new chef partnership/venue for Seaside 
 
Listener Q from Chrissy Johnson in Bristol, CT:
 
We are getting married in December but I already booked my cruise under my madien name. How does it work when i get to the ship and my passport and booking name is wrong?
 
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Direct download: EPI372MAR1716.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:14pm EDT

Nelson and his family just returned from a Western Caribbean sailing aboard Carnival Triumph where they stayed in a Grand Suite. Nelson gives his family's review of embarkation to debarkation and everything in between. You don't want to miss this comprehensive review. 
 
Cruise news:
  • Disney 2 New Cruise Ships
  • Carnival Magic out of dry dock, getting ready for Florida next month 
  • Royal Caribbean jumper
  • Oasis class ship going to Japan? 
  • Norwegian releases 2017-18 deployments, anything big? 
Listener Q: Why are so many of our favorite ships heading to Asia? 
 
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Direct download: EPI371MAR1016.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 5:05pm EDT

Jason just returned from a seven-night sailing aboard Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess, following a massive dry dock. The dry dock was to refit the ship with new entertainment and dining areas. Jason gives us a comprehensive review of the upgrades and new experiences. 
 
Stewart has cruise news on:
  • Anthem of the Seas returns again 
  • Carnival Fantasy gets Guy's Burger Joint and more upgrades, now sailing from MIA
  • Carnival magic getting fun ship before moving to FL from GAL.
  • Pride of America
  • NCL changes - dining and beverage package increase and later Escape departure 
  • NCL changes up entertainment, moves million $ quartet.
  • Carnival increases value of CHEERS! beverage package, now drinks up to $50

Listener Q: What's the latest update on Empress of the seas. When will she be sailing - anything special or reason to sail her?

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Direct download: EPI370MAR216.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

Jason just returned from a five night sailing from Carnival Fascination, a Carnival Cruise Line Fantasy-class ship. Jason gives us a review of his Bahamas cruise along with how the food, entertainment and overall experience was. 

Dan Skilken from TripInsurance.com returns to answer some of your listener questions. 
 
1. I recently sailed Carnival Breeze and came down with bronchitis, between breathing treatments, anti-biotics and doctor visits I was billed $1300 and fighting with my insurance company to pay even through I bought the policy through Carnival. How would a trip insurance policy differ?  Jeff from Tampa 
 
2. Once again I should have listened to you. All the flights are canceled out of CT and I'm stuck driving 20 hours to Miami because I paid over $2000 for this cruise and I'm NOT missing it. How would've trip insurance help me in this scenario. Chrissy from Bristol
 
3. What benefit would trip insurance do for me if I have excellent heath care through my employer? Donna from Tennessee
 
4. I have never booked travel insurance because I've read on message boards where the claim got appealed. How often does this happen? Linda from AZ
 
5. How are rates calculated on a travel policy? I am 65 and retired and traveling to the Med this spring for a 12 night cruise. My only coverage is Medicare with a supplemental health policy. Richard in Sumter, SC. 
 
6. We are getting emails from Carnival about the Zika virus and are sailing isn't until next February. Are there limitations with Zika virus and purchasing travel insurance? I know it's a way out but want to be safe!! 
 
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Direct download: EPI369FEB2516.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

On this episode we get a review from Vickie on a Med cruise aboard Island Princess, one of the smaller Princess Cruises ships. 

Shelly from CruisingExcursions.com stops by to answer your questions on Med excursions. 

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Direct download: EPI268FEB1816.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 7:54pm EDT

Tina just returned from Norwegian Escape where she did a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship. She gives us a comprehensive review. 

 
Theresa Norton-Masek has cruise news on:
  • Anthem of the Seas safely back in port 
  • Princess Cruises changes their hull on all ships 
  • Carnival Inspiration out of dry dock with Fun Ship 2.0 
  • Carnival reveals 3,500 itineraries through April 2018
  • How is Harmony of the Seas shaping up?
  • Carnival Vista update

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Direct download: EPI367FEB1116.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 8:40pm EDT

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas on this four night Western Caribbean sailing to Cozumel. Hear this comprehensive review of the onboard experience. 

John Heald talks to us about the new Carnival Cruise Line partnership with Operation Homefront and country music superstar Carrie Underwood. 

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Direct download: EPI366FEB516.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29am EDT

Kristin just returned from a five night Western Caribbean sailing aboard Celebrity Constellation from Port Everglades - stopping in Key West and Cozumel. We get a detailed review from embarkation to disembarkation and everything in between. 
 
Cruise Guy has cruise news 
  • More cruise lines canceling Turkey 
  • Protests in Labadee causing cancelations 
  • New Holland America ship passed sea trials - what's next?
  • So we've seen a lot of refurbs over the years, and it looks like Norwegian and Princess are next in line - what are we gonna see? 
  • Norwegian Getaway leaving Miami and heading to Europe - when is this going to happen?
  • Carnival reduced deposit sale - is it big?

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Direct download: EPI365JAN2715.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 10:09pm EDT

Howard and his wife just returned from a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing about one of the world's largest cruise ships, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. Hear this comprehensive review of what it's like living the suite life. 

Shelly from CruisingExcursions.com stops by to tackle your questions on some of the most popular shore excursions in the Caribbean this year. 

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Direct download: EPI_364_JAN_23_16.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

Kris and his family just returned from Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas on a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise out of Galveston, Texas. Kris leaves no stone unturned talking about his sailing - from his impressions of this Freedom Class ship to the dining to activities offered. 

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on:
  • Carnival Inspiration is going into dry dock next week for a massive three week long renovation - what are we gonna see?
  • Celebrity changes branding - what are we seeing?
  • MSC Cruises has partnered up with Samsung - what does the partnership include?
  • NCL new island Harevest Cay behind schedule - why?
  • Windstar Star Pride grounded and caused cancelations - what exactly happened here? 

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Direct download: EPI363JAN1516.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 1:51pm EDT

On this episode, Jeff gives us a Carnival Breeze review. Jeff just returned from a eight night Eastern Caribbean sailing. He gives us an overview of Carnival's newest Fun Ship that was launched in 2012. 

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on:
 
NCL changes branding 
NCL stiffens cancelation penalties - thoughts?
MSC new island 
Port Everglades sets new passenger record
Princess orders new ship  
Carnival giving guests option to get their room made up once or twice a day - they are calling it Comfort Matters. 
  
Listener Question
 
I just saw where Disney pulled out of Greece and Turkey - I am booked on Carnival Vista over the summer with calls in both those countries, should I be worried that we won't visit? 

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Direct download: EPI_362_JAN_6_16.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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