Cruise Radio (general)

We get behind the scenes look of a cruise terminal and find out what happens on embarkation day, how luggage gets sorted, and what really makes tempers flare at boarding. 

Date: September 20, 2020

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Staff writer Richard Simms talks to us about the meeting that PortMiami had about the state of cruising, Carnival Cruise Line ships returning to service in November, and Norwegian Cruise Line delaying a cruise update. Matt Hochberg from Royal Caribbean Blog answers questions on how Royal Caribbean has changed its app to facilitate the future of cruising and brand loyalty programs. 

Date: September 13, 2020

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A Celebrity Edge review from March 2020. This was the last cruise before the cruise industry shutdown. Ashley gives a comprehensive review of Celebrity's newest cruise ship and what the onboard experience was like. 

Sherry has cruise news

  • Carnival's Brand Ambassador said they could be returning to sea sooner than people think
  • It's back to sea for one Carnival Corporation line
  • Royal Caribbean CEO weighs in on returning to service
  • Ghostship tours are a thing in the UK 
  • One cruise line settles lawsuit with crew members 

Question: Is it a good idea to sail on the first cruise post-dry dock? I’ve heard there could be plumbing issues and them still trying to put things together while the first sailing is going on.

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Steve is the host of the DCL Podcast, a show all about Disney Cruise Line. This week he answers our questions about sailing on Disney, Castaway Cay, dining onboard, sailing without kids, and a whole lot of other questions. 

Date: August 30, 2020

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A review of Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas. This was a nine-night cruise from Australia.

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Cruise port could remain closed until 2022
  • Two Carnival Corp ships find a new home
  • Carnival releases name of the upcoming ship 
  • Former Carnival ship awaits fate
  • Good news from MSC but also a delay  

Question: Is it okay to tip at the begging and the end of the cruise?

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Nancy Schretter returns this week from the Family Travel Network to answer some questions about cruising to Cozumel with small children, how to deal with food allergies on a cruise ship, and keeping your child safe in a balcony. Tommy Casabona stops by to give details about sailing from Fort Lauderdale with factoring in a little bit of pre-cruise fun. Sherr from CruiseTipsTV answers a question about the Yacht Club experience on MSC Cruises. 

Date: August 29, 2020

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Since MSC Cruises returned to cruising this past week, it's only appropriate to get a review of the MSC Meraviglia. Sheri and her family had an opportunity to sail the Yacht Club (ship within a ship concept) in the Mediterranean. We get a full review of one of MSC Cruises' newest ships. 

Sherry has cruise news

  • Cruises are officially underway in Europe and a couple was kicked off the ship 
  • Cruise line cleared of health incident 
  • Carnival Corp compromised by hackers 
  • Grand Cayman tells cruise ships no 
  • Carnival Corp gives a financial update 

Listener Q:  We are in the early planning stages of our 2022 summer cruise. We are older and do not like crowds and crazy traffic. What is easier to navigate - Port Canaveral or Fort Lauderdale? 

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In our series of exploring personalities within the cruise space, we speak with Bill Panoff. Bill started his career aboard a Carnival Cruise Line ship where he worked at sea for 13 years and then went launched Porthole Cruise Magazine, the largest cruise magazine in the world. 

Date: August 16, 2020

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Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network joins us to talk about her seven-night Mediterranean cruise on Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity. Crystal Cruises recently announced that they will not welcome guests back until 2021. 

Sherry has cruise news

  • Another round of cruise cancellations 
  • Crew members file a lawsuit against the cruise company 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line puts rumors to bed 
  • Recapping Royal Caribbean Group's Q2 earnings call
  • Med cruises were given the green flag for August 15

Listener Q: What is the difference between a Bahamas and a Bermuda cruise?

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We tackle your listener questions this week. Sherry Laskin joins us to break down using onboard credits on multiple sailings and the best way to remove canceled guests from a cruise.  Barbara lets us know the main differences between the cruise line vacation planner and a travel agent. Richard talks about cruise embarkation out of New York City. 

Date: August 9, 2020 

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We sit down with Carnival Corporation (CCL) CEO Arnold Donald on the current state of the cruise industry. We speak with Arnold about how cruising could look moving forward, what will really determine when the cruise ships can sail again, what the cruise industry resumption of service will look like, and vessels leaving the fleet. 

Sherry has cruise news

  • Cruise lines cancel sailings until November 1, 2020
  • MSC relaunching with instant testing, masks, and dining rules
  • Norwegian Cruise Line is reclaiming loyalty points from canceled cruises 
  • Carnival addresses rumors of selling two of its cruise lines

Listener Q: Looking for a Port Canaveral hotel with a free shuttle preferably for the cruise port, on the beach or an extremely short walk to one and breakfast?

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Over a dozen cruise ships have been sold off throughout the cruise industry shutdown, with more likely to come. But what happens to cruise ships once they are sold? What do they do with the equipment? How long does the deconstruction process take? Maritime historian and journalist Peter Knego drops in to answer our questions. 

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. 

Last Look: Carnival Fantasy Remembered: https://cruiseradio.net/last-look-remembering-carnival-fantasy/

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

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

 

Date: August 2, 2020 

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A 2020 review of Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Gem. this was a 10-night cruise from New York City that went to the Southern Caribbean. 

Sherry has cruise news

  • First major cruise line sailed from Europe 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line extends suspension
  • Carnival Fantasy ends her final voyage 
  • Cruise line debuts new safety drill 
  • Cruise line refund policies could soon change
  • CDC wants cruise passengers to help restart cruises

Listener Q: Is the FCC refundable back to cash if needed? 

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published 28 questions to the general public. We read the questions and tell you how you can respond with your answers. 

You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2020-0087 by any of the following methods listed below. CDC does not accept comments by email.

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Maritime Unit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, MS V18-2, Atlanta, GA 30329.

Date: July 25, 2020

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PJ shares his experience of being on the last Disney Cruise Line ship before the industry shutdown. This is a seven-night review of Disney Fantasy that went down to the Eastern Caribbean with a stop at private island Castaway Cay.  

Sherry has cruise news

  • CDC extending the No Sail Order, again 
  • Carnival is almost done with crew repatriation 
  • Grand Bahama Island on two-week lockdown
  • Carnival Inspiration heads to the scrapyard 
  • Two former Holland America ships find a new home 
  • Update on two new cruise ships 

Listener Q: Can I transfer my future cruise credit and onboard credit to a travel agent — if so, what are the steps? 

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Cruise expert Stewart Chiron drops by the answer some listener questions. Matt Hochberg from Royal Caribbean Blog answer questions on Royal Caribbeans "Lift and Shift" program and the difference between a Quantum and Quantum Ultra class ship. 

1. When a ship is said to be 130,000-tons, what does that mean? 

 
2. We are seeing cruise lines like Princess move a lot of inventory on the West Coast in the coming years -- could that be a sign of what's to come with so many Caribbean islands having different protocols post-Pandemic?
 
3. What's up with all the Fantasy-class ships leaving the fleet? A lot of use cruisers, myself included, love the smaller 2,000 passenger vessels. Do you think it has to do with them not having aft balconies? 
 
4. Do ships that sail in China have the same rules as the US and the Jones Act? Does the ship or at least part of the ship need to be built in China in order to sail throughout the country?
 
5. When we see cities like Key West fighting the cruise lines to limit capacity and ship size, is that a vocal minority or does Key West really not place any value on us cruise passengers? It is offensive, given my family spend over $1000 there in February on a half-day fishing charter and jet skis.
 
Date: July 19, 2020
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A review of Carnival Cruise Line's ship Carnival Sunrise for a Canada/New England itinerary. This ship used to be Carnival Triumph before it underwent a $200 million renovation in 2019. The ship splits time between New York, Virginia, and Florida. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on

  • This could be the end for Carnival Fantasy
  • Key West looking to ban large cruise ships 
  • Florida based cruise line extends cruise suspension 
  • Carnival CEO shares optimism in an earnings call 
  • The caribbean island makes masks mandatory for visitors 

Listener Question: What do all the added taxes and fees go to when you buy a cruise? Sometimes they are 25% of the cruise fare. - Steve

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We talk to the granddaughter of the architect of the SS United States. At one time, this ship broke the speed record and went across the Atlantic Ocean in three days. 

Date: July 12, 2020 

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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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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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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 

Direct download: CRR42APR520.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI583APR0220.mp3
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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 

Direct download: CRR040MAR2920.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI582MAR2720.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI581MAR2620.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Direct download: CRR041MAR2220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI580MAR20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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 

Direct download: CRR040MAR1520.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm EDT

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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Direct download: EPI579MAR1220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Direct download: CRR039MAR0820.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI578MAR0520.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Direct download: CRR038MAR01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Direct download: CRR037FEB2320.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Direct download: CRR036FEB1620.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI575FEB1320.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI574FEB0620.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Direct download: CRR034JFEB0220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Direct download: CRR033JAN1920.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Direct download: CRR032JAN1219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

Direct download: CRR031JAN0419.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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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Direct download: EPI569JAN0220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This month we've seen a lot of cruise cancellations and delays. We answer questions on the delays and recouping lost money. Dan Skilken from TripInsurance.com answers questions regarding the Carnival Cruise Line ship Mardi Gras that has been delayed and canceled eight sailings, and Carnival Glory. This is great to know about sailing in the future.

Sherry Laskin stops by with cruise news

  • Carnival increases drink package price 
  • Royal Caribbean homeports new ship in the Mediterranean 
  • Details on Virgin Voyages special onboard credit offer 
  • Asbestos found on three cruise ships

Listener Question: I am blind and wanting to cruise again for the first time in years. What does Carnival Cruise Line offer in terms of menus for the visually impaired? 

Date: December 29, 2019

Direct download: CRR030DEC2919.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A detailed review of Carnival Panorama. This is Carnival Cruise Line's latest ship that debuted in Long Beach, California in December 2019. We cover the new ship from bow to stern and give details on all the new spaces added to the ship. 

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Direct download: EPI568DEC2619.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Cruise industry analyst Stewart Chiron joins us to talk about the accident involving Carnival Glory and Carnival Legend in Cozumel, Mexico. We also talk about the shipyard delay of Mardi Gras and how it's impacting guests and Carnival Corporation's end of the year earnings call. 

Date: December 22, 2019

Direct download: CRR029DEC2219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:49am EDT

We are onboard Carnival Cruise Line's brand new ship, Carnival Panorama. This was on the inaugural cruise that went from Long Beach, California to Ensenada, Mexico. 

Date: December 14, 2019

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Direct download: CRR028DEC1519.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:58pm EDT

A review of Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess. This was a repositioning cruise from Canada to Port Everglades. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Carnival Panorama christening 
  • Royal Caribbean deadly accident 
  • Virgin Voyages completes sea trials
  • Guy's Burger Joint now serving breakfast
  • Sky Princess christened in Port Everglades 

Listener Q: Gratuities and how to deal with them?

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Direct download: EPI566DEC1219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

MSC Cruises opened its private island Ocean Cay Marine Reserve on December 5, and we talk all things new island with Ken Musket, COO of MSC Cruises USA. 

Plus, a brief chat with a passenger who was on board MSC Meraviglia with us, and his experience. 

Date: December 8, 2019 

Direct download: crr027_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get the latest cruise news from Sherry Laskin. Some sound bytes from Vanna White on her thoughts of being the godmother of Carnival Panorama. And Are Cyber Monday cruise deals really worth it? We break it down. 

Date: December 1, 2019 

Direct download: CRRDEC0119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:43pm EDT

This is a review of Celebrity Cruises recently refurbished Celebrity Summit. This was a seven-night Southern Caribbean cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico. We get a detailed bow-to-stern review of the cruise ship and the ports of call. 

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Direct download: EPI564NOV2819.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Art Sbarsky is a retired cruise industry executive who spent years working for Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Crystal Cruises. We caught up with him in the Observation Lounge on Norwegian Encore. 

You can listen to Art Sbarsky’s last interview with us here (click the link): http://traffic.libsyn.com/cruiseradioshow/BONUS3APR3017.mp3 

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Direct download: CRRNOV2419A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Sherry Laskin stops by with her weekend update. We talk about Carnival Cruise Line switching up its soda selection from Coke to PepsiCo. Also, MSC Cruises delaying the grand opening of their private island again. And we talk about a travel insurance story that a listener sent in. Dan Skilken from TripInsurance.com stops by to help unpack the story and what could have been done differently. The devil is in the details of travel insurance policies. 

Date: November 17, 2019

Direct download: CRR024NOV1719.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a three-night review of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream. This sailing left out of Port Canaveral, Florida and went to Disney's private island Castaway Cay and Nassau, Bahamas. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • MSC Cruises delaying their private island
  • Carnival Cruise Line letting you finance your cruise 
  • Celebrity Cruise ship running aground 
  • The founder of Royal Caribbean passing away 
  • A well known Carnival Cruise Line captain passing away

Listener Question: Will cruise lines reimburse you if it rains during your excursion? 

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Direct download: EPI562NOV1319.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A 10-night review of Princess Cruises' Crown Princess. This was a Southern Caribbean cruise. Crown Princess is one of the ships that now features the Ocean Medallion program. 

Sherry has cruise news:

  • Carnival Panorama is heading to North America 
  • PortMiami is getting a train station 
  • MSC Cruises makes two announcements 
  • A cruise ship has a $200,000 mattress 

Listener Question: THoughts on getting an air BNB in Miami? - Leah 

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Direct download: EPI561NOV0619.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Sharon returned to Freeport Bahamas shortly after it reopened to cruise ship traffic after Hurricane Dorian. She was traveling on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Grand Celebration on a two-night cruise to Freeport from Palm Beach. We get a first-hand account of what Grand Bahama Island is like after suffering the wratch of Hurricane Dorian in early September. 

Date: November 3, 2019

Direct download: CRR222NOV319.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

This is a review of an eleven-night cruise on Celebrity Eclipse from Vancouver to Hawaii. This cruise had five sea days upfront then four ports in a row with a couple of overnights. 

Date: October 27, 2019

Direct download: CRR21OCT12019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Rachelle and her family just returned from one of the very last cruises of the 2019 Alaska season. She sailed on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jewel with her family of five, and they all stayed in The Haven. The Haven is Norwegian's ship within a ship concept. Hear what it's like cruising in The Haven and sailing Alaska. 

Date: October 20, 2019 

Direct download: CRR020OCT2119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Guests onboard Norwegian Spirit missed five ports in Northern Europe because of bad weather and the guests onboard did not appreciate it. Even though the weather is beyond the cruise lines control, these guests were no thrilled and staged a riot in the ship's main atrium. After hours of protesting, Norwegian Cruise Line eventually gave them a 25% future cruise credit.

Matt Rogers is currently sailing on Norwegian Spirit and we get the details live on location. And Stewart Chiron, American's Most Quoted Cruise Expert stops by the give details of the cruise contract. 

Date: October 13, 2019

Direct download: CRREPI019OCT1319.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A review of a family who sailed on MSC Cruises' MSC Seaside on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise. A couple of things make this interview unique. AJ and his wife are both legally blind, and they stayed in the yacht club with their two children. The also missed a port of call because of political unrest in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We get the details of the sailing and see if MSC has improved their North American experience over the years. 

Date: October 6, 2019

Direct download: CRR018OCT0619.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A 2019 review of Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. This is a nine-night Canada/New England itinerary from Bayonne, New Jersey. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Carnival Corporation details two new Bahamas projects 
  • Cruises ship rescues stranded boaters sinking yacht
  • Caribbean island tightens passport requirements
  • Norwegian Cruise Line eliminates all plastic water bottles
  • Disney Cruise Line returns to this gulf coast port
Listener Question: When a cruise line has a problem and gives guests a 50% FCC. What are the terms for that? 
 

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Direct download: EPI554SEPT1919.mp3
 
Direct download: EPI556OCT0319.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Pros and Cons of our Canada/New England cruise aboard Carnival Sunrise. The ports of call on this sailing were Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; Portland, Maine; and Boston, Massachusetts. 

Date: September 29, 2019

Direct download: CRR017SEPT2919MIX_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A review of a nine-night Baltic cruise on Norwegian Getaway. Getaway was launched in 2014 with Norwegian Cruise Line. The ship underwent a renovation in early 2019 to get some new enhancements like Norman's Pour House bar and a Starbucks. 

Date: September 22, 2019 

Direct download: CRR016SEPT2219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a back to back review of two Princess Cruise ships. Coral Princess and Ruby Princess. These were loyalty program building cruises for these guests. Princess Cruises accepts the number of cruises or cruise days sailed for their loyalty program. They started their voyage in Los Angelos, sailed to Vancouver, and then to Seattle on two different ships. Hear their experience. 

Date: September 15, 2019

Direct download: CRR015SEPT1419.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A review of Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Reflection. This is a Solstice-class ship that was launched in 2012. Reflection sails seasonally in North America and Europe, depending on the time of year. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on

  • Carnival returns to Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line tests a new program 
  • New data shows the cheapest time to book a cruise 
  • Upcoming Princess cruise ship completes milestone

Listener Question: What are the pros and cons of booking my airfare through the cruise line?

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Direct download: EPI553SEPT1219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A review of Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas on a 10 night Eastern Caribbean cruise. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • Disney names new ship 
  • Norwegian ends a Florida cruise in another state
  • More hybrid-powered cruise ships 
  • This cruise is over 200+ days 

Listener: Can I make my flight on time embarkation morning? 

Answering your travel insurance questions during hurricane season.  

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Direct download: EPI552SEPT0419.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A detailed review of a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Carnival Fascination, a ship that is based year-round out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Date: September 1, 2019

Direct download: CRRAUG3119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A seven-night Western Caribbean cruise review aboard Norwegian Breakaway. Since Breakaway was first launched in 2013, she has been all over the world. As of August 2019, she is based in Miami, Florida. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Carnival Cruise Line guest that rolled off the pier in St. Thomas 
  • Royal Caribbean refurbishing their Freedom of the Seas 
  • Princess Cruises has a new stage show 
  • Pier repairs are forcing Carnival Sunrise to use a new pier in NYC

Listener Question: Buying the drink package when only one of us drinks. 

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Direct download: CR552AUG2919.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We talk go off the record with a cruise ship crew member to find out what life is like below deck, how gratuities are really distributed, and how they get paid. 

Date: August 25, 2019

Direct download: CRR012AUG2519.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On this episode, we get a review of Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas that stopped in Nassau and Perfect Day at CocoCay. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news

  • Carnival Cruise Line updates SkyRide closure 
  • Royal Caribbean will double-dip at CocoCay 
  • Princess Cruises adds highspeed wifi to more ships 
  • Virgin Voyages releases more itineraries through 2021
  • Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship completed a milestone

Listener Question: When will my guaranteed room be assigned with Royal Caribbean. And once it's assigned, can I change it? 

Rob answers some shore excursion questions about Northern Europe and Mediterranean cruise itineraries. 

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Direct download: EPI551AUG2419.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Stewart Chiron, America's Most Quoted Cruise Expert, stops by to share his thoughts on the Venice cruise ship ban, cruise line pricing, investing money in private islands in the Bahamas, and a look ahead at the cruise industry. 

Date: August 18, 2019

Direct download: CRR011AUG1819.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a 2019 review of Celebrity Equinox. This ship is currently sailing Caribbean cruises out of Port Everglades. This was a seven-night sailing to the Eastern Caribbean islands that went to St. Thomas, San Juan, Tortola, and St. Maarten. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news: 

  • Cruise line banning door decorations 
  • Carnival ship fails USPH inspection 
  • Florida port gets another cruise ship
  • Royal Caribbean waves BYE with big hand 
  • The largest vow renewal at sea could happen in 2020 

Listener Qs 

1. Booking through a travel agent versus direct through the cruise line?

2. Affordable parking at Port Canaveral?

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We get a review of a 12-night cruise in the Mediterranean from Venice from Barcelona. The ship was Holland America Line's ms Veendam. 

Date: August 11, 2019 

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On this rewind episode, we go answer your listener questions. Norwegian Cruise Line steakhouse, getting on a ship to take a tour without sailing, cruising with a disability, Royal Caribbean's The Key Program, and issues with New York travel insurance. 

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Date: August 4, 2019

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What is it like sailing Cunard's Queen Mary 2. Sharon just returned from a seven-night sailing from New York City to Canada/New England and she talks about her sailing as a first-timer sailing Cunard Line. She discusses what it was like sailing Cunard line and how it differs from the mass market cruise lines that she is used to sailing. 

Date: July 28, 2019 

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We get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's New Orleans based Carnival Valor on a cruise to Cozumel and Progresso, Mexico. 

Sherry has cruise news on

  • Carnival has crew gratitude video series 
  • Celebrity cruise ship lost power
  • Carnival Panorama completes sea trials 
  • MSC debuts new island in video 
  • Chair hogs go to court

Listener Question: How can I find cheap air for my European cruise?

Rob answers some European cruise excursion questions. 

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Joseph Farcus is a legend in the cruise industry. He designed every Carnival Cruise Line ship from 1977 to 2011, and stayed with Carnival Corporation until he retired in 2014.

Joseph recently published a book called Design on the High Seas, and he joins me to talk about the book and gives us a look behind the curtain.

He also discusses how he designed the signature Carnival funnel, why so many Carnival Cruise Line ships have neon and other questions.

Amazon link to Design on the High Seas

Date: July 21, 2019 

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