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The latest cruise news with staff writer Richard Simms. And a review of MSC Cruises's World Europa. 

 

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A review of the Norwegian Jewel in Alaska. The cruise went from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seward, Alaska (the port city for Anchorage). Amy provides a comprehensive review of the seven-night one-way cruise she and her husband experienced.

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A review of Carnival Pride from Norfolk to the Bahamas and Grand Turk. This sailing was originally suppose to cruise from Baltimore, but because of the bridge accident in Baltimore Harbor this past March, the embarkation port was changed to Norfolk, Virginia. 

Carnival Pride sailed to Grand Turk, private-destination Princess Cays, and Freeport, Bahamas. 

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Ross joins us to discuss his seven-night Western Caribbean cruise from the Port of Miami. This cruise went to Cozumel, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mahogany Bay, Honduras; and Mexico. This was his first time sailing on a Carnival Cruise Line after sailing Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises.

 

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Here's a nine-night review of Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas. This ship belongs to the Freedom class of Royal Caribbean and was launched in 2007. The cruise went to the Eastern Caribbean and Bermuda, departing from Cape Liberty in New Jersey. Kurt provides a comprehensive review covering the entire ship from bow to stern.

Staff Writer Richard Simms has cruise news on a fire aboard Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas, Carnival Corporation bringing in $92 million for Q2 2024, Carnival signing a 10-year agreement with the port of Seattle, and double loyalty points for a cruise line. 

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This is a review of a Bermuda cruise onboard Norwegian Joy. Norwegian Joy was recently overhauled to remove spaces while making room for new venues. Tommy Casabona from the Always Be Booked Podcast talks about his experience onboard, what he thought of the entertainment offerings onboard, and what it's like sailing out of New York City when living in there. 

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A review of Margaritaville at Sea Islander. This is the new cruise ship from the late Jimmy Buffett's successful Margaritaville brand.

Doug Parker and staff writer Richard Simms discuss the week's top news stories, including a woman who got an expensive bill from the infirmary after she got seasick, a cruise ship getting seized in Italy for being too dirty, a world cruise delayed for the fourth time, Greece looking to cap cruise passengers, and the SS United States getting evicted from its pier in Philadelphia.

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This week's show Doug and Richard Simms have cruise news on the woman who got banned from Carnival Cruise Line for refilling water bottles, an Alaska cruise port trying to limit passengers even more, Carnival pulling back the $25 slot play credit on the VIFP program, Disney Cruise Line's new private island Lookout Cay, and initial thoughts of Margaritaville at Sea Islander out of Tampa. 

We get a review of a seven-night cruise to Southeast Alaska on Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam out of Vancouver. This went to Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, and Ketchikan, Alaska. 

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The latest cruise industry news includes Carnival Cruise Line absorbing P&O Cruises Australia, the Villa Vie Odyssey world cruise facing a third delay this week, an Alaska cruise port is set to limit cruise passengers in 2026, refunding a Carnival cruise, and the story of a teen who left his parents on a Caribbean island because they wouldn't stop shopping.

We also cover the major renovation of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Joy in early 2024. Joining us is Chris Gray Faust, Executive Editor of CruiseCritic.com, who shares her insights from her recent Bermuda cruise on the newly refurbished NCL Joy. 

Chris discusses her experience and highlights the new features, including a revamped thermal suite, an expanded Vibe Beach Club, new cabins in the Observation Lounge, and solo staterooms.

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In this Cruise Radio episode, Doug Parker talked with Kevin about his five-night Royal Caribbean cruise on Mariner of the Seas.

Kevin detailed the embarkation, his stateroom, and dining experiences, including the Windjammer marketplace and free options like Sorrento pizza.

They enjoyed Cozumel and CocoCay, although a balloon excursion on Perfect Day was canceled due to wind. Kevin was impressed with the easy departure process with facial recognition and gave tips for first-time cruisers.

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In this episode of Cruise Radio, Doug Parker and Richard Simms shared their experiences and insights on Carnival Firenze.

They started with embarkation stories on the Carnival Firenze and discussed the ship's design and amenities.

They also covered dining options, detailing the variety of food available on board, from the Italian restaurant and teppanyaki to Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse.

Entertainment was also a topic, with mentions of shows and trivia games.

The episode included tales from ports of call like Puerto Vallarta and Cabo, and ended the intereview with a conversation about drink packages and the benefits of VIP status.

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In this episode of Cruise Radio, host Doug Parker welcomed guest Craig, who recounted his seven-night journey on Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess.

He detailed his onboard experiences, including exceptional dining at a seafood restaurant, entertainment from shows to comedy acts, and the lively music scene across the ship's bars.

He shared his casino visits, the relaxed sea days with activities like art auctions, and the engaging kids' programs.

Craig also talked about the port stops in Princess Cays, San Juan, and Saint Thomas.

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Kurt and his wife did a back-to-back cruise on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas in the Mediterranean last fall. 

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A review of an eight night Key West and Bahamas cruise on Carnival Glory from New Orleans. 

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Daniel reviews MSC Cruises's ship Meraviglia, which is homeported in Brooklyn, New York City, and sails Caribbean and Bahamas cruises. This is MSC Cruises' first ship that sails year-round from New York City. 

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A review of Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas in a Sky Suite. 

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A seven-night Western Caribbean cruise review of Carnival Jubilee. Staff writer Richard Simms is here with cruise news.

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A review of Harmony of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ship that is currently sailing from Galveston, Texas to the Western Caribbean. 

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A Southern Caribbean review of Carnival Vista after its dry dock. Dan Skilken, President of TripInsurance.com stops by to answer some listener questions on the Norwegian Cruise Line guests being stranded in Africa and medical conditions on a cruise ship. Staff writer Richard Simms drops by with cruise news. 

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A review of Celebrity Infinity.

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A review of a nine-night Southern Caribbean cruise aboard the ms Rotterdam that included a stop at the ABC islands, and Carnival Corporation's private island Half Moon Cay. 

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A Southern Caribbean review of Norwegian Viva from San Juan, Puero Rico. 

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A review of Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas from Kevin. Kevin's family took a three-night weekend cruise to The Bahamas from Port Canaveral on this Oasis-class ship. Staff writer Ricahrd Simms has cruise news. 

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Will gives us a review of Carnival Spirit. This was a seven-night cruise to Southeast Alaska from Seattle, Washington. Richard Simms has cruise news. 

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A review of Celebrity Silhouette during a transatlantic crossing. Staff writer Richard Simms has cruise news.

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Full review of Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas. 

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Joe reviews his family's seven-night cruise on Carnival Jubilee from Galveston to the Western Caribean. 

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Angie has a review of her seven-night cruise aboard Holland America Line's ms Eurodam. Staff writer Richard Simms has cruise news. 

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Royal Caribbean Icon of the Seas review from a preview cruise with around 5,000 guests onboard. Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, stops by the talk about the new resort Celebration Key. 

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A review of MSC Meraviglia to the Bahamas and Florida. 

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A review of Carnival Vista during a Caribbean review. We are also answering your travel insurance questions. 

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Sheldon took an Eastern Med cruise on Celebrity Apex last fall and gives us a comprehensive review of his sailing and trip. 

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A seven-night review of Carnival Venezia cruise out of New York City to the Bahamas. Plus, this week's cruise news. 

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Scott gives us a review of Virigin Voyages' Scarlett Lady from PortMiami. 

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Cruise news with staff writer Richard Simms. 

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