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A review of an 11-night cruise on Princess Cruises' Regal Princess. This was a Baltic cruise that sailed from Copenhagen with an overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • Carnival Mardi Gras launched delayed and Carnival Radiance postponed 
  • Two cruise lines join forces to develop healthy protocols 
  • New EU cruise guides recommend masks and no buffets 
  • Royal Caribbean delays its new ship 
  • P&O Cruises has sold Oceana 

Listener Question: We have a couple of cruises coming up see that California is having COVID trending the wrong way. Our final payment is due July 14.  While our deposit loss would be minimal because we booked the early saver,  would we get credit for the cruise if it cancels? - Howard

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Aside from wearing masks on a cruise ship, buffets at sea have been another hot button topic. Royal Caribbean first said they would not have one, and then backpedaled. Norwegian Cruise Line had a computer glitch that issued everyone extra loyalty points - will they honor or take away? Staff writer Richard Simms weighs in on both topics. 

Date: July 5, 2020

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A preview of what casinos at sea may look like after sailing a five-hour gambling trip. A look at what we saw with protocols and safety procedures. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • Carnival Corporation sells off a cruise ship during the shutdown
  • Cruise ships head to the West Coast of North America
  • MSC Cruises starts construction on a new class of ship 
  • An Asian cruise line will be the first major cruise line to resume sailing 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line cancels the remainder of Alaska 2020 sailings 
  • Carnival Cruise Line rescues a distressed vessel 

Listener Question: The map shows three cruise docks in Cozumel, how will I know where Carnival Vista is going to dock. - Kayla 

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We answer your listener questions on this weekend's episode of Cruise Radio Rewind. What is the best way to get from San Pedro cruise port to Los Angelos airport? Is an overnight stay on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California worth it? Where can we find an affordable hotel somewhere near Port Canaveral? If the cruise line books my air, does it protect me if my flight is delayed? 

Date: June 28, 2020 

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A review of Carnival Conquest on a seven-night cruise from Port Miami. This sailing went to the Eastern Caribbean with stops in Amber Cove, Grand Turk, San Juan, and St. Thomas. 

Sherry has cruise news: 

  • More cruise lines announced cancellations 
  • Nassau, Bahamas could get strict on cruise passengers 
  • Rapid covid testing could be coming to a cruise line near you
  • Carnival Corporation announced the sale of six cruise ships 
  • Another cruise line is bringing two ships to Port Canaveral

Listener Question: What are the top three things to do in Ketchikan, Alaska? We are in our early 30s and very active. - Ellie

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Masks, social distancing, modified or no buffets, elevators, casinos, there are a lot of potential deal-breakers when it comes to cruising as the industry ramps up again. Cruise Radio Staff Writer Richard Simms and Host of the Always Be Booked Podcast, Tommy Casabona weighs in. 

Date: June 21, 2020

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A Panama Canal cruise review aboard Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess. This was a roundtrip voyage from Port Everglades. Mary first sailed Caribbean Princess back in 2005, she compares and contrasts the vessels over the past 15 years. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • Norwegian Cruise Line cancels additional sailings
  • Bankrupt cruise ship goes to auction 
  • Carnival Cruise Line crew member head home
  • CDC implements a color system for cruise ships 
  • The second Virgin Voyages ship is floated out

Listener Q: On a cruise ship, would a medical plastic face shield that flips up and stays in place (only for eating) be better and more comfortable than a face or cloth mask? 

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We get a detailed review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Joy. Joy was first launched for the Asian market, in 2018, the cruise line announced that the ship would move from Asia to North America. The first North American cruise season, the ship sailed Alaska and then the Mexican Riveria. 

Date: June 14, 2020

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A 2020 review of MSC Grandiosa. This was a Mediterranean cruise that was cheaper than a lot of his other vacation options. 

Sherry has cruise news

  • Royal Caribbean announces delays and cancellations 
  • Good news for 3,000 Carnival Cruise Line crew members
  • A cruise line will be sailing from Port Canaveral for the first time 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line talks masks, buffets, and muster drills 
  • You must test negative for COVID-19 to come to Alaska

Listener Q: What is the best way to go about seeing how booked a cruise is before we sail?

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We discuss picking and booking a cruise ship stateroom. Every person has a different strategy when it comes to booking a stateroom. Cruise Radio Staff Writer Richard Simms and Always Be Booked Podcast Host Tommy Casabona weigh in on the cruise ship cabins. 

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We get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star. This was a seven-night cruise that sailed round trip from Venice. 

Richard has cruise news:

  • Norwegian's return-to-cruising health details 
  • Canada extending its cruise ship ban 
  • Carnival Cruise Line doubling down on thermal imaging cameras
  • River cruising is back 
  • So is ocean cruising in Asia 

Listener Question: Hardcore Royal Caribbean cruise and tinkering with the idea of sailing Norwegian Cruise Line. With Norwegian doing the five free perks with any booking, is that a good deal? 

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Where is my cruise refund? That is a question that is being asked by thousands of people. Are the cruise lines really doing the best they can or are they holding on to your money until the last minute possible? After all, the Fair Credit Bill Act The FCBA has set strict guidelines for creditors to follow that protect consumers. 

Date: May 31, 2020

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A back-to-back review of Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas. This was a three and four-night cruise that went to Nassau, Bahamas, and Perfect Day at CocoCay. We learn about the recent Mariner refurbishments and what it's like sailing two cruises in a row. 

Sherry has cruise news: 

  • Australia extending their cruise ship ban
  • Royal Caribbean backtracks on no buffets. 
  • Royal Caribbean gave us a financial update 
  • We start starting to see where the first cruise ships may sail from 
  • Virgin Voyages has delayed their inaugural cruise - again 

Listener Q:

Our Alaska cruise was canceled and now looking at next July. The prices 20% higher for the same time next year. Should we book now and monitor the prices or wait until they figure out when the boats will sail again before booking? - Jessica
 

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Cruise Director Kabir returns this week to discuss your questions about life at sea. Some of the questions he tackles is what a cruise director's day is like, is there a hookup culture onboard the ship, social distancing, and speculation on what it could be like as we resume cruising. 

Date: May 24, 2020 

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We get a review of Holland America's Zuiderdam. This was a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing. This cruise went to Grand Turk, San Juan, and the private island Half Moon Cay. 

Sherry has cruise news:

  • The Bahamas could welcome cruisers back as early as July 
  • Massive layoffs across multiple cruise lines 
  • Disney Cruise Line has extended its cancellation
  • Carnival Breeze made it to Southampton to disembark crew
  • Norwegian Cruise Line has extended their Peace of Mind policy

 

Listener Question: What itinerary has the best beaches for relaxing? We are looking into sailing Mardi Gras in 2021. I have to choose between Costa Maya, Roatan, and Cozumel or San Juan, Grand Turk, Amber Cove. - Sandy

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Royal Caribbean hinted this week that they could be getting rid of its cruise ship buffets once they start sailing again.

The cruise industry is going through a financial nightmare right now. They are all in a zero revenue environment. Norwegian Cruise Line recently had its first-quarter earnings call late last week, we break down the findings. 

Date: May 17, 2020

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We talk to a cruise director who was onboard a cruise ship during the COVID outbreak. Our guest chats with us what it was like being onboard when the cruise industry shutdown and how he had pivot as they attempted to get cruisers home. 

Sherry has cruise news

  • Grand Cayman isn't ready to take back cruise ships 
  • Marine firm launches a project to keep ships clean
  • A video could show the future of cruising 
  • Norway-based cruise company will return to service in June
  • Norwegian Cruise Line opens sailings through 2023 

Listener Question: How early can I drop by bag off at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal? 

Hear Cruise Director Kabir's podcast here

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Cruise lines are doing a phased-in approach when it comes to return-to-service. In this episode, we discuss how the landscape and policies are changing with the post-COVID. We answer some listener questions on what to look for when buying a policy and how to rebook your policy if your vacation got canceled.

Find more information about travel insurance policies here.

Date: May 10, 2020

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We get a review of Carnival Inspiration. This was a short four-night cruise out of Long Beach, California to Ensenada and Catalina Island with only one sea day. Carnival Cruise Line sails two Fantasy-class ships out of Los Angeles, Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Imagination. 

Sherry has cruise news

  • Carnival is shooting for a new return-to-service 
  • An investigation has been launched into Carnival Corporation
  • Royal Caribbean and Celebrity are doing what it takes to get the crew members home. 
  • Two cruise terminals are delayed over uncertainty. 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings had some good news by mid-week

Listener Question: We are debating on taking Queen Mary from New York to Southampton. Can we survive by eating in the pub and buffet only wearing shorts on board -- or will we go hungry? 

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This is a 58-night cruise aboard Princess Cruises Island Princess (sister ship to the Coral Princess). This ship was launched back in 2003 and is one of the cruise line's smaller ships. 

An interesting angle with this sailing is that COVID-19 events were happening around the world. So they were experiencing in real-time what changes were being made as the globe was continuously learning about coronavirus. 

Date: May 3, 2020

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A review of a seven-night cruise on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas from San Juan, Puerto Rico. This cruise went down to the Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Carnival sends 10,000 crew members home
  • Disney Cruise Line extends its cancellation
  • How Norwegian Cruise Line is weathering the financial storm 
  • The new Cruise Terminal 3 in Port Canaveral is close to opening 
  • Ship designers are pivoting when it comes to future cruise concepts

Listener Question: If I reach platinum status on day three of my cruise, when will I get the perks? 

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Staff writer Richard Simms joins us to talk about the details of Norwegian Cruise Line's extension of their suspension of cruises. A company has an idea of putting mobile ICU units in cruise ports across the Caribbean. Norwegian Holdings and Royal Caribbean bolster liquidity. 

Listener Question:

  • Should we use a travel agent? 
  • What is the status of Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras inaugural season?

Date: April 26, 2020

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We get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jewel. Part of the Jewel-class of vessels, the ship carries 2400 guests and 93,500-tons. This was a cruise down under, leaving from Sydney to Auckland. We get all the details of the cruise, itinerary, and how to approach this bucket list trip. 

Sherry has cruise news

  • The White House tapped travel execs to help open the county for tourism
  • CDC gave guidance on what cruise lines need to do in order to sail again
  • Carnival Cruise ships take on a new mission
  • Royal Caribbean has extended its cancellations
  • Could a part of NCLH be for sale?

Listener Question: What advantages does an aft balcony have over a normal balcony, aside from the obvious?

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We are answering your questions this week, covering everything from cruise price drops, casino offers, drink packages, to how to use onboard credit. 

Special guests this weekend: 

  • Sherry Laskin, CruiseMaven.com 
  • Matt Hochberg, Royal Caribbean Blog 
  • Becky Smith, Becky's Travel Biz

Date: April 19, 2020 

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We get a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise review from a family who sailed aboard Carnival Vista. The sailing was from Galveston, Texas and went to Mahogany Bay, Belize City, and Cozumel. Here how Carnival Vista compares to a most recent sailing on Carnival Horizon. 

Sherry has cruise news

  • Carnival Cruise Line extends its pause in operations 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line is downsizing a Free at Sea perk 
  • CDC extends No Sail Order for cruise ships for 100-days 
  • Royal Caribbean founder passes away 
  • One cruise line has detailed their new sanitation policies and procedures

Listener Question: I'm getting a divorce and getting my name back to my maiden name ASAP!! I booked the cruise under my married name last year.  What is involved in changing the name with the cruise line from married to maiden? 

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Already we are getting a glimpse of how differently cruising will be moving forward.

Staff writer Richard Simms discuses how cruising will change once the cruise industry starts back up again and we move past COVID-19.

Date: April 13, 2020

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Cruise industry analyst Stewart Chiron joins us to talk about the Centers for Disease Control's decision. We discuss the financial status and how the cruise lines are raising money to keep them afloat until the return to business. 

We also discuss where the cruise ships will go when they start sailing again. 

Date: April 12, 2020

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Disney Fantasy first entered service in 2012. We get a detailed review of a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the vessel. This ports of calls on this cruises we St. Thomas, Tortola, and Disney's private island Castaway Cay. 

Sherry has cruise news

  • Carnival successfully raised funds to help weather the financial storm
  • CDC released new guidelines if your cruise ship is caught in a COVID-19 outbreak
  • Both Holland America's ships and Coral Princess successfully made it back to Florida 
  • Three ships were ordered by the state to leave the port
  • Cruise lines are having virtual events to help pass the time until we can cruise again
 
Listener Q: Cruising after a wedding and a new name. 
 

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We have a chance to talk with maritime historian, journalist, and filmmaker Peter Knego. Peter shares the experience of going to the cruise ship graveyard in Alang, India, where cruise ships are cut up and sold for scrap metal. We also get details of what it's like being one of the last people on board the ship before it disappears forever. 

Peter also shares details about his collection of relics he's salvaged from the doomed ocean liners and some of his thoughts on modern-day cruising. 

MidShipCentury.com: https://www.midshipcentury.com/

The Sands of Alang documentary: https://www.midshipcentury.com/the-sands-of-alang

 

Date: April 5, 2020 

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We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. This cruise left Miami, Florida and went to the Bahamas. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on

  • More cruise lines extending their suspension
  • Carnival Cruise Line cancels sailings into the summer 
  • Celebrity Cruises launched a new ship in a unique way 
  • The first ship to act as a hospital has arrived in New York City
  • We learn how much it costs to keep Carnival Corporation's ship afloat while they are laid up 
Listener Question: We received $3200 in future cruise credit because our upcoming Carnival cruise was canceled. The cruise we are eyeing now is only $1587 with taxes included.  I'm confused - what happens to the unused $1600?
 

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We could all use a break right now, so we try something a little different.

I want you to imagine your dream cruise ship.

What would it be like? Where would you sail? What dining venues would it have? What would your stateroom be like? Remember, this is your dream cruise vacation so nothing is off-limits. 

Tommy Casabona takes us through his mind and talks to us about a dream cruise he just returned from. The cruise went to San Juan, St. Thomas and Aruba. 

Remember, this cruise really did not happen. We are only having fun here. 

Date: March 29, 2020 

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This is a 2020 review of Carnival Magic. This is a Carnival Cruise Line Dream-class ship that is currently sailing out of Port Everglades. The ports of call were Nassau, Bahamas; Grand Turk, and Amber Cove. 

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Sheri from Cruise Tips TV stops by to discuss ways to pass the time until our next cruise. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on

  • Royal Caribbean's new start-up date
  • Seattle pausing 2020 cruises 
  • Carnival Radiance delayed 
  • Cruise line financial sustainability 

Listener questions: 

  • What is the Jones Act? 
  • What should I bring to kill germs on my cruise?

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Cruise industry analyst Stewart Chiron weighs in on cruise ships being used as floating hospitals. Travel industry bailouts - should cruise lines be involved? How could the industry shut down impact future cruise ship launches and christenings? How vital are travel agents when it comes to kickstarting the cruise industry again. And will they ever homeport more than one ship in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Date: March 22, 2020

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We talk to a cruise passenger who was the last ship to sail after the announcement was made that the cruise industry was taking a voluntarily 30-day suspension.  

Sherry has cruise news on

  • San Juan turning away cruise ships 
  • A Norwegian Cruise Line ship finally finds a home 
  • Cruise ship moves from Alaska to Mexico

Listener Questions

  1. Do we take the refund or the future cruise credit? 
  2. Where are all the ships going during the shutdown?

We have more follow-up questions from our segment with Dan Skilken from TripInsurance.com. 

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Cruise industry analyst Stewart Chiron joins us to talk about the current state of the cruise industry, their financial outlook, and how long it could take to rebound once the industry reopens. 

Dan Skilken of TripInsurance joins us to answer listener questions about cancellations over coronavirus (COVID-19).

Date: March 15, 2020 

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A review of Norwegian Joy in Alaska. This was a round-trip cruise from Seattle, Washington. 

Sherry has cruise news

  • The State Department's latest travel advisory 
  • Cruise lines relaxing their cancelation policies
  • Carnival skips Grand Turk this week  
  • Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady arrives in PortMiami 
  • Royal Caribbean and Celebrity offer first responder cruises 

Listener question: We're sailing Royal Caribbean for the first time and receiving onboard credit. Is there anything that I can not use the onboard credit for? - Mark 

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Cruise Industry Analyst Stewart Chiron joins us once again to answer a listener question about how cruise lines protect themselves against financial risk. Staff writer Richard Simms gives us five reasons why this might be the perfect time to buy cruise line stocks. 

Date: March 8, 2020

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A review of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas. 

Richard has cruise news on

  • Carnival Cruise Line skipping some Western Caribbean ports of call
  • Royal Caribbean’s CEO declaring coronavirus sucks
  • A cruise line’s data being hacked
  • Daily gratuities being raised on a cruise line yet again
  • Virgin Voyages canceling their New York City stop

Listener Question: What is my Carnival Cruise Line stock shareholder benefit on a seven-night cruise?

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On this week's rewind, we bring on a meteorologist to discuss the different types of sea fog and why the Caribbean is so windy this winter. Cruise industry analyst discusses the dip in cruise line stocks over the past week, coronavirus hysteria in the Caribbean, and the outcome of the two Carnival Corporation ships in Asia. 

Date: March 2, 2020

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We get a review of Azamara Club Cruises' ship Azamara Journey. This was a 17-night Panama Canal sailing. We discuss the ship, onboard features, and the ports of call. 

Rob from CruisingExcursions.com answers your listener shore excursion questions. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Carnival Magic heading to Norfolk
  • Carnival Elation experiencing technical issues
  • Scarlet Lady heading to New York City 
  • Princess Cruise ship fails its health inspection 
  • Cruise ship comedian breaks quarantine and flies home

Listener Question: Transportation options in Vancouver, Canada for our Alaska cruise? 

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 We tackle your listener questions on this week's episode.

  • What is the difference in food between Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean in the buffet and main dining rooms?
  • How does Carnival's Players Club and Royal Caribbean's casino program stack up against each other? 
  • We have a late flight leaving New York City and looking for suggestions on how to spend the day in Manhattan and the best option to getting to Newark on a budget. 

Send your questions to doug@cruiseradio.net.  

 

Date: February 23, 2020

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We get a review of Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Equinox. This was a seven-night cruise down to the Eastern Caribbean from Port Everglades. This cruise went to San Juan, St. Thomas, Tortola, and Nassau. Sarah gives us a bow to stern to review of the ship and the ports. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on

  • Holland America guest getting coronavirus 
  • Princess Cruise guests start heading home and redeploy Sapphire Princess 
  • Scarlet Lady was delivered to Virgin Voyages 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line ship gets $100 million refurbishment 
  • Royal Caribbean starts on new development in the Caribbean

Listener Question: What is a family-friendly safe activity we could do in Cozumel, Mexico? 

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We answer your listener questions about bidding for an upgrade on Norwegian Cruise Line. Details on cruise line apps. Is it really cheaper to book a cruise as a group? What to do in Antigua. And a suggestion for Naples, Italy. 

Email your questions to doug@cruiseradio.net

Date: February 16, 2020

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We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. This was an eight-night cruise to their private destination Labadee, San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We get details about the ship and ports of call on this Eastern Caribbean cruise. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • A cruise was cut short of an outbreak that wasn't coronavirus related
  • A port finally accepted the displaced Holland America ship
  • Royal Caribbean ship has coronavirus scare
  • Carnival Cruise Line has started showcasing Mardi Gras 
  • There's a Disney Cruise Line ship at a new homeport 

Listener Question: Looking for a non-crowded family-friendly beach club in Cozumel. 

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Heather gives us a review of Carnival Victory. This was a four-night cruise to Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas. In Spring 2020, Carnival Victory will head to Cadez, Spain for a massive makeover to become Carnival Radiance. 

We get the details on Carnival Cruise Line food, service, the overall experience. 

Orlando Ashford, President of Holland America Line stops by to talk about the Culinary Council, the changes at Holland America over the past few years, and some insight into the renovations at Half Moon Cay. 

Date: February 9, 2020

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Coronavirus is all over the news where both travel and cruising are concerned. This week we talk week with cruise industry analyst Stewart Chiron about the impacts on the industry and how cruise lines are being proactive. 

Travel insurance could play a factor in the coronavirus cancellations and delays. We answer some of the dozens of emails we relieved about this outbreak. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • A Princess Cruise ship was impacted with the deadly coronavirus 
  • Carnival announces new officers for Carnival Radiance 
  • Carnival adds another transatlantic voyage in 2021
  • Disney Cruise Line launches a website detailing their new destination 
  • Holland America Line brings on a new chef 
  • Royal Caribbean opened a new section at Perfect Day at Cococay

Listener Q: Is Royal Caribbean's The Key program worth it? - Julie from Layton, Utah 

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We recently had a chance to check out MSC Cruises brand new Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. This is MSC's new private destination in the Bahamas that was developed exclusively for MSC Cruise guests. We speak with the General Manager of the island and MSC Cruises COO Ken Muskat. And staff writer Richard Simms asks some questions about the new private island. 

Date: February 2, 2020

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Chris gives us a review of Norwegian Crusie Line's brand new Norwegian Encore. This was a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival Mardi Gras floated out of dry dock 
  • Cruise ships are canceling voyages because of coronavirus
  • There's a lawsuit against a major cruise line 
  • A new cruise port has opened in Jamaica 
  • A man goes overboard on Oasis of the Seas

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Carnival Horizon review to the Western Caribbean. Hear this detailed ship review that involves a submarine excursion in Cozumel. 

Sherry has cruise news on:

  • Carnival Mardi Gras is closer to float out 
  • A cruise line is starting service in the Great Lakes
  • Celebrity Apex now has a godmother 
  • Princess Cruises returns to Kangaroo Island after the wildfires 
  • The ultimate retirement cruise 

Listener Question: Best place to go ship spotting in Port Canaveral? 

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An Alaska review of Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas. This was a seven-night cruise and it happened to be the very last voyage of the 2019 Alaska cruise season. 

Date: January 19, 2020

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A 2020 review of Sky Princess. This ship belongs to Princess Cruises' Royal-class and made its North America debut in December 2019. We get a full review of this ship that is sailing from Port Everglades this winter and spring. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Royal Caribbean canceled five cruises 
  • Holland America canceled one 
  • Carnival Corporation donates to Australian wildfires 
  • Carnival Cruise Line adds two transatlantic cruises in 2021

Listener Q: What can we do in Los Angeles as a port stop? 

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We tackle your question. Parking at PortMiami versus an offsite lot. How strict is Carnival Cruise Line when it comes to their cancelation policy? How to get around Bermuda when there for three days. And what is the best time to embark the ship on cruise day? 

Date: January 12, 2020

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A review of Royal Caribbean's Miami-based Symphony of the Seas. This was a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise. Get this very detailed review from this first-time Royal Caribbean cruise passenger. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Pricing glitched caused ultra-low cruise fares
  • Norwegian Cruise Line ditches water bottles
  • Cruise ship stuck in Caribbean port
  • Norwegian raises room service
  • January 2020 cruise ship dry dock schedule

Listener Q: How can we see the donkeys on Grand Turk? 

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We tackle your listener questions on this week's show.

  • What is there to do in St. Thomas for first-time cruisers?
  • How do we get from West Palm Beach to Port Miami?
  • What are the major differences between Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Gem?
  • Breaking down the Norwegian Cruise Line dining program

Date: January 5, 2019

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A review of MSC Meraviglia. This is one of MSC Cruises Meraviglia-class ships that is now sailing seasonally from Port Miami. Hear how this stacks up against other cruise ships sailing from Miami and what it's really like. 

Richard has cruise news on

  • Another cruise line raises gratuities
  • Celebrity Cruises is dropping a surcharge
  • A man went overboard on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship 
  • Princess launched what they are calling their "best sale ever" - is it a good deal? 
  • MSC cruise ship hits the dock in Italy

Listener Question: What happens if we don't use up all our onboard credit on Harmony of the Seas? 

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