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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

Direct download: CRR050MAY3120.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI590MAY2920.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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 

Direct download: CRR050MAY2420.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI590MAY2120.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Direct download: CRR049MAY1720.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:26am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI589MAY1420.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Direct download: CRR048MAY1020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI588MAY0720-1.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Direct download: CRR047MAY0320.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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