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We get a review of Cuba cruise on Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas. This was a four night cruise to Cuba that also went to Nassau, Bahamas. If you've ever thought about taking a cruise to Cuba or have one booked, you'll want to listen to this review.  

Sherry has cruise news on:

  • Bahamas is cutting the cash supply off to the cruise lines 
  • Carnival Cruise Line is raising daily gratuities 
  • Princess Cruises makes an unexpected change to their traditional dining times? 
  • A tattoo studio is coming to one cruise line 
  • MSC Cruises is entering the ultra luxury market

Listener question:  I was just wondering if I should bring my own shampoo, body wash and conditioner or if the stuff that comes in your stateroom will be enough?

We also answer your shore excursion questions.

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Direct download: EPI508OCT2418.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Carnival Cruise Like in hiking gratuity rates effective December 1, 2018. Princess Cruises is changing traditional times and it has been met with pushback. Nassau, Bahamas will no longer pay the cruise lines to come to their island. Virgin Voyages will be the very first cruise line to have a tattoo parlor onboard. 

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Direct download: CRNOCT2118.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem on a 10-night Southern Caribbean sailing. We get a comprehensive review of the ship and the onboard experience. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival's latest ship refurbishment 
  • Carnival increasing the Faster to the Fun rate
  • Royal Caribbean increasing drink package
  • Florida man pretending to be homeland security on a cruise 

Question: I've got my first cruise in DEC. 2018 on Carnival Magic. I was just wondering if there are smoking sections on this ship?

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Direct download: EPI507OCT1718.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Cruise Radio News Brief - October 14, 2018. Carnival Cruise Line ditches the name "tender" for their ports that do not have a cruise pier. Royal Caribbean has named the first ship calling to Perfect Day at CoCo Cay. And MSC Cruises is bringing a ship to Miami to do Cuba sailings. 

Direct download: CRNOCT1418.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Fantasy on a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise. First debuting in 2012, she remains a popular choice for cruise fans out of Port Canaveral, Florida. 

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Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Cruise line increasing gratuities in December 
  • Carnival helps honeymooners who were robbed 
  • Carnival honored for supporting military members 
  • Royal Caribbean may have picked out their next ship name
  • Listener Question: Is Norwegian Cruise Line's free airfare promotion really worth it? 

Dan Skilken from TripInsurance.com stops by the answer some listener questions about cruising during hurricane season and other topics. 

  • Cruising and needing to fly home for an emergency
  • Booked a cruise and got deployment orders

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Direct download: EPI506OCT1018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Cruise Radio News Brief - October 7, 2018. Guests on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas were upset when women were running around dressed like Playboy bunnies. Carnival Corporation's chairman Micky Arison and wife are donating to disaster relief across the world. And Norwegian Cruise Line's free airfare promotion has expanded to Caribbean and Hawaii cruises. 

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Direct download: CRNOCT0718.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Port Canaveral based Oasis of the Seas. Oasis debuted as the world's largest cruise ship back in 2009, and it still more popular than ever. Kat and her husband went on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise and we get a detailed report of her trip, how the ship was, the ports of call, and some first time tips for sailing an Oasis-class ship. 

Richard has cruise news on:

  • Four Carnival Cruise Line ships are officially at their new homeports
  • Norwegian Cruise Line increases their drink package price, again 
  • Titanic II project started back up again 
  • Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line sending a ship to house workers in the Boston gas explosion
  • Listener Question: How does the Norwegian Cruise Line bidding for an upgrade program work?

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Direct download: EPI505OCT0418.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Cruise Radio News Brief - September 30, 2018. Two Carnival Cruise Line ships are repositioning to new homeports this weekend, a week after Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon repositioned. Grand Cayman could be in trouble if they don't step up there cruise docking situation. And more flooding means more cruise ship delays in Galveston. 

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Direct download: CRNSEPT3018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship Carnival Horizon made her Florida debut last week. We get a cruiser's review of the ship, find out how it stacks up against other ships in the Carnival fleet, and where Carnival missed the mark with Carnival Horizon. 

Richard has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival Vista is at her new homeport
  • The Port of Tampa reached a major cruise milestone 
  • Royal Caribbean has expanded their smartphone app 
  • Carnival says more staterooms is the future
  • Question: Would you suggest dining at Royal Caribbean's Wonderland restaurant for our anniversary dinner? 

You can watch the drone footage of Carnival Elation leaving Jacksonville here

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Direct download: EPI504SEPT2718.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Cruise Radio News Brief - September 23, 2018. Carnival Horizon celebrates the ship arriving in Miami, Florida in a big way. If you're a football fan you can sign up for a free Carnival Cruise Line sailing. And Venice is tired of guests sitting on their sidewalks. 

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Direct download: CRNSEPT2318.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Carnival Fantasy. This Carnival Cruise Line ship is currently the oldest ship in the fleet, and was the first Fantasy-class ship. This Western Caribbean cruise went to Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. 

Richard Simms has cruise news:

  • Carnival Horizon is officially at her new home
  • Carnival offers a new type of boarding photo
  • Guy's Burger Joint now offering new burgers
  • Could Norwegian Cruise Line prices be going up? 
  • New NCL ship deployments for 2020
  • Royal Caribbean eliminating in-room baby sitting

Simonne from Cruising Excursions answers questions based on your emails. We cover tours in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and an accessible tour for Mendenhall Glacier. 

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Direct download: EPI503SEP1918.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Cruise Radio News Brief - September 16, 2018. Disney Cruise Line could be home-porting in Miami if everything goes as planned. It's back to normal for the cruise lines impacted by Hurricane Florence. And the new Princess Cruises ship has arrived in Sydney for the season. 

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Direct download: SEPT1618.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Cruise Radio is being released a day early this week because of Hurricane Florence.

We get a review of MSC Cruises' newest ship to the Caribbean MSC Seaside. This was a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise. 

Matt from Royal Caribbean Blog fills us in on the ship that is taking shelter from Hurricane Florence in Florida. 

Action News Meteorologist Greg Dee answers some hurricane questions on tracking these storms, how rough it gets in the ocean, and a couple pieces of advice for cruising during hurricane season. 

Richard Simms has cruise news on:

  • Carnival Cruise Line's steakhouse price hike 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line's hull art for the upcoming Norwegian Encore 
  • Nassau trying to improve their port, again 
  • Listener question: First-time cruiser on Carnival, should I purchase the beverage package.  

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Direct download: EPI502SEP1218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:54am EDT

Cruise Radio News Brief - September 9, 2018. The tropics are on pretty active with potential hurricanes impacting the southeast. A Windstar Cruises' ship broked down in Buzzards Bay on Friday. And the Carnival Cruise Line airship (blimp) tour marches on. 

Direct download: CRNSEP0918_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. This was a seven-night Alaska cruise from Seattle. 

Richard Simms has cruise news on:

  • Flooding at the port of Galveston
  • Carnival Cruise Line dismissed a dining rumor
  • Carnival Corporation christened their largest ship to day 
  • Norwegian Sun has wrapped up their Cuba season 
  • Carnival guests could soon be paying more to sail out of Port Canaveral 
  • Listener question on the best time to embark a cruise from New York City

 

 

Direct download: EPI510SEP080518.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Weekend Cruise News Brief - September 2, 2018. A woman was airlifted off a Carnival Cruise Line ship over the weekend. Grand Cayman does not want a cruise pier, and they mean business. And other cruise lines said they will not be removing automated gratuities. 

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Direct download: CRNSEP0218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's ship Carnival Breeze.

Sherry has cruise news: 

  • Little French Key burns (off the island of Honduras) 
  • Carnival Horizon hits a pier in New York City
  • Carnival launches a blimp that's currently on tour 
  • Royal updates their beverage policy
  • Holland America's new ship completes sea trials 
  • Question on cruise line price drops
Direct download: EPI500AUG3018.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Weekend Cruise News Brief - August 26, 2018. Royal Caribbean is changing the way you interact with their customer service department. Carnival's brand ambassador gave an update on Carnival's limit on the CHEERS! drink package, and a good future for the cruise industry. 

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Direct download: CRNAUG2618.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Disney Cruise Lines' Disney Magic. This was a one way sailing from Rome to Barcelona. We get a full review of the Disney cruise experience and an overall review of the cruise ship. 

Stewart has cruise news on: 

  • Woman jumps off Norwegian Star 
  • Carnival Cruise Line announces new port of mega ship
  • Princess Cruises names new ship 
  • Woman sues cruise line because she lost trivia

Plus, Dan from TripInsurance.com answers some of your listener questions on travel insurance. 

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Direct download: EPI499AUG2418.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Weekend Cruise News Brief - August 19, 2018, Oasis-class ship could be heading to the Gulf Coast. MSC Cruises sprung a leak. And Carnival Cruise Line adding to their onboard prizes. 

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Direct download: CRNAUG1918-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise review of Carnival Miracle. John gives us a bow to stern review of this sailing from Tampa, Florida. 

Richard Simms has cruise news: 

  • Royal Caribbean bans emotional support animals 
  • Carnival cruise ship has technical issue 
  • Three Norwegian Cruise Line ships get refurbished 
  • Celebrity Edge announces new entertainment options 
  • Listener question on where to find a solo cruise website 

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Direct download: EPI498AUG1618.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Weekend Cruise News Brief - August 12, 2018. Royal Caribbean is changing their online check-in program. Carnival Cruise Line is making two disembarkation changes.  Three Norwegian Cruise Line ships got a total makeover. And a couple got booted from a Holland America Line cruise ship. 

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Direct download: CRNAUG1118.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's newly refurbished Mariner of the Seas. Don recently took a three-night Bahamas cruise that stopped in Nassau, Bahamas and the cruise line's private island Coco Cay. We get a detailed review of CoCo Cay, a construction update, and what it was like sailing this newly refurbished cruise ship. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • A Carnival crew found unresponsive 
  • The talk of passenger fuel surcharges as the price of oil increases 
  • Princess Cruises has a burger available on land 
  • Royal Caribbean had the largest movie premiere at sea

Listener questions on: 

  • Bringing two bottles of wine onboard 
  • ATM onboard cruise ships 
  • Getting to St. John from St. Thomas 

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Direct download: EPI497AUG0918.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Your cruise news brief for August 5, 2019. Grand Cayman is experiencing record cruise passengers and opposition for the new cruise pier, a crew member from Holland America went overboard, Celebrity Edge has completed her first round of sea trial, Harmony of the Seas debuts in Netflix film, Carnival kids read record Dr. Seuss words, and deck by deck analysis of Carnival Sunrise. 

You can watch the analysis here.

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Direct download: CRNAUG518.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Matt gives us a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Escape. This was a seven-night cruise from New York City to Bermuda. We get a comprehensive review of Norwegian Escape, the dining venues, entertainment, and the nightlife offered onboard. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival Cruise Line's $200M announcement of Carnival Sunrise
  • Carnival is doing away with public health forms at embarkation
  • Princess Cruises reveals details about Sky Princess
  • Royal Caribbean is updating their booking policy 
  • Cruise ship employee kills a polar bear on an excursion

Cruise Critic stops by the give us a recap of their 2018 Cruisers' Choice Destination Awards. 

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Direct download: EPI496AUG218.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Carnival Cruise Line just announced that Carnival Triumph will transform into Carnival Sunrise. During this 60-day, $200 million renovation, the ship is going to get a slew of new venues, just like Carnival Sunshine did back in 2013. We talk with Gus Antorcha, Chief Operating Officer at Carnival Cruise Line about the refurbishment, and contributor Richard Simms stops by to give some insight. 

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Direct download: BONUS15JUL3118.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 7:15am EDT

Your cruise news brief for July 29, 2018. Carnival Cruise Line has added keyless embarkation to another port, Nassau is warning people about eating the conch, Disney Cruise Line is going green, Celebrity Edge has officially started sea trial, and finally, Hawaii is back open to all cruise traffic after the volcano eruption this past spring.

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Direct download: CRNJULY2918.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of a 10-night cruise on Regal Princess. This was a repositioning cruise that started in New York City and ended in Port Everglades, Florida. Jim gives us a bow to stern review of the ship and what it's like sailing solo on Regal Princess.

Sherry has cruise news: 

  • Follow up to the Norwegian Joy $50 million refurbishment 
  • The Grinch tried to steal Carnival Spirit earlier this week
  • Royal Caribbean issues a San Juan update
  • Princess Cruises places an order for two mega ships 
  • Celebrity Cruises cuts steel for next ship 
  • Warning for cruisers in Nassau - don't eat the conch
  • Listener question: spending the day at Princess Cay
  • Take the Carnival trivia challenge here

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Direct download: EPI495JUL2518.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Your cruise news brief for July 22, 2018. Norwegian Cruise Line is banning straws at sea, Virgin Voyages cut the steel for their second ship, two crew members fell off a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, and Carnival Liberty made an unexpected stop off the coast of Florida. 

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Direct download: CRNJULY2218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week we get a seven-night review of Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. Adventure of the Seas is currently in Bayonne, NJ for the summer. She's doing alternating sailings to Canada/New England and Bahamas/Florida cruises. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on: 

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Direct download: EPI494JUL1918.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Your cruise news brief for July 15, 2018. Norwegian Cruise Line has extended the option for two additional Project Leonardo-class vessels, Royal Caribbean has a minor delay in the Perfect Day at CoCoCay project, Virgin Cruises shows us the progress of their upcoming ship, and Carnival Horizon breaks a St. Jude fundraising record. 

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Direct download: CRN2JUL1518.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Krista and her family just returned from a four-night cruise on Carnival Imagination out of Long Beach. Her family took this cruise because they wanted to go to California. The cruise went to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico. We get a comprehensive review of the ship, itinerary, and her first time taking a Carnival Cruise since they implemented the new boarding process. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Tragedy on a zip line in the Caribbean
  • Norwegian Bliss add new go-kart pricing 
  • Carnival changing their military cancellation policy 
  • St. Maarten photo opp lands cruisers in hot water 
  • Hurricane Chris update 
  • Listener question: Cruising to Alaska without passports 
  • Listener question: How is onboard credit distributed 

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Direct download: EPI493JUL1218.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Your cruise news brief for July 8, 2018. Royal Caribbean has altered an itinerary because of Tropical Storm Beryl. Carnival Cruise Line goes back into another West Coast port. Norwegian Cruise Line added a new package to their newest ship.

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Direct download: CRN001JUL082018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a seven-night Western Caribbean review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Breakaway-class ship Norwegian Getaway. We get a comprehensive review from this first time Norwegian Cruise Line guest.

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival Cruise Line going to another West Coast port
  • Carnival rescuing an NCL crew member that went overboard
  • Holland America ditching another cruise ship 
  • Cruise line helping fund a Statue of Liberty museum 

Listener Q: Where does the crew tips go when you hand them over directly?

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Direct download: EPI492JUL0518.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

John gives us a review of his seven-night cruise on Celebrity Equinox from Port Miami. He and his wife were in a concierge-class balcony stateroom. Hear his overall thoughts of the ship, dining venues, on board, entertainment, and ports of call during this seven-night Eastern Caribean sailing. Also the perks of booking a future cruise while on your current sailing. 

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Direct download: BONUS15JUL218.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On this episode, we hear a review of an eight-night cruise on Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Sunshine. This sailing went to Grand Turk, Aruba, and Curaçao. We get a comprehensive bow to stern review of this cruise ship that was launched in 1996.

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Direct download: EPI491JUN2818.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's brand new Symphony of the Seas, currently (as of 2018) the world's largest cruise ship. We get a comprehensive review of the staterooms, dining, public areas, and what it's like sailing Royal Caribbean for the first time - and does it hold a candle to Disney Cruise Line. You may be surprised. 

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Direct download: BONUS14JUN1518.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Hear a three-night review of Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas to Bahamas. These short cruises are known as booze cruises because they are done over the weekend and attract a younger crowd. Although Dante was skeptical taking this as his first Royal Caribbean cruise, he was surprised. 

Sherry has cruise news on:

  • Cruise was slapped with a $14,000 data roaming bill 
  • Technical issue delays Carnival Magic and cancels a port of call 
  • A refurbished Royal Caribbean ship now calls Florida home
  • Royal Caribbean purchases major stake in luxury cruise line 
  • Brand new cruise ships left in 2018 

Listener question on changing your set dining time. 

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Direct download: EPI490JUN2118.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic. This is a very polarizing ship, folks either love it or hate it. Steven gives us his thoughts of the ship, the experience he had, and a comprehensive review. 

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Direct download: BONUS13JUN1718.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Splendor. This was a seven-night cruise from LA. We talk about the ship, the ports of call, and the entertainment offered. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news: 

  • FEMA chartered a cruise ship for hurricane relief in 2017, and didn't make the most out of it. 
  • Holland America's upcoming ship now has a Godmother
  • Carnival will position one of their ships to a new homeport next year.
  • Disney Cruise Line is heading to Canada
  • Hawaii cruises are slowly starting to reinstate canceled itineraries. 

Visit the newly launched Cruise Radio YouTube channel

Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Get in-depth cruise news and industry insight at www.cruiseradio.net.

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Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder on a seven-night Bahamas cruise from Galveston, Texas. This cruise was a special cruise because it was their first time cruising Disney and their first time cruising ever! How did it stack up? We get a comprehensive review from this family. 

Sherry has cruise news: 

Shelly from Cruising Excursions stops by to give answer some of your questions on Northern Europe shore excursions. 

Listener question on cruising during hurricane season and excellent prices. More tips from Sherry can be found here

Cruise Radio YouTube channel

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

Get in-depth cruise news and industry insight at www.cruiseradio.net.

Direct download: EPI487JUN0618.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Kris recently returned from one of the first guest sailings aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, Norwegian Bliss. The cruise went from Miami, Florida through the Panama Canal and ended on the west coast. We get a review of this newest ship, including the Haven experience, food, entertainment, and all the things to do outdoors like the go karts and laser tag. 

Sherry has cruise news on:

  • Carnival ship delayed from Tampa for two days
  • Royal Caribbean ship is out of dry dock with the new skypad 
  • Virgin Cruises reveals more inside spaces
  • Hawaii cruises still impacted by volcano eruptions 
  • Disney Cruise Line rolls out new itineraries 

Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Direct download: EPI487MAY3118EDIT.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We're broadcasting live for the christening and naming ceremony of Carnival Cruise Line's 26th ship, Carnival Horizon. 

Godmother Queen Latifah, Chef Guy Fieri, Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott, along with a couple thousand guests were in attendance.

Horizon Cruise Director Mike Pack stops by, Tommy from Always Be Booked, and we get some audio clips from Guy Fieri after the ribbon cutting of the Pig and Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse.  

Carnival Horizon coverage:

Emails or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On this bonus episode we get a review of Rick's Queen Mary 2 crossing from New York City to Southampton, England. We get a unique perspective of this crossing and why they are loved by so many cruisers. 

Questions or thoughts? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Sherry Kennedy answers some of the most popular questions we get about beaches in Grand Cayman, how the hospital onboard the cruise ship works, and others. 

Michelle sent us a listener question about buying trip insurance for her upcoming cruise now, but adding the airfare later. Dan from TripInsurance.com stops by the answer her question and gives us things to look out for if you ever file a trip insurance claim. There's a lot of "gotchas" to look out for. 

Questions or comments? Email: doug@cruiseradio.net 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We are aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, Norwegian Bliss to test out all the new offerings. Norwegian has really upped the game with Norwegian Bliss bringing onboard go karts, laser tag, interactive shows, food options, and lots of observation areas which makes it perfect for Alaska. 

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

Get in-depth cruise news and industry insight at www.cruiseradio.net.

Direct download: EPI484MAY1118.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We talk with Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador John Heald about the newest cruise ship Carnival Horizon, ask him some of your questions and find out what's new. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on:

  • Carnival Cruise Line extends contract with Florida port
  • Longest cruise in the world happening in 2019
  • Alaska cruise season is officially underway 
  • Listener Q: How do you call home when in cruise ports?

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

More cruise news and insight at www.cruiseradio.net.

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Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 6:19am EDT

We get a review of Carnival Horizon. Carnival Horizon is the newest and largest ship of Carnival Cruise Line. Debuting in April 2018, Horizon has 16 dining options and over a dozen bars to choose from. Plus, a lot of activities inside and out. 

Be sure to check out our trip reports from the journey. Read all of them here.

Questions or comments? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net

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Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week we get a review of MSC Meraviglia, a ship that was introduced by MSC Cruises in 2016. Dr. Kris gives us a comprehensive review of the ship, his thoughts on the layout, the ports of call, and how the service was sailing MSC Cruises in the western Mediterranean.

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on: 

  • A cruise ship hitting the pier in Honduras 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line's Bliss being delivered 
  • Carnival Cruise Line cutting back on the use of straws 
  • Listener Question: The best way to stay in touch with family when docking in port. 

Thoughts or comments? Email: doug@cruiseradio.net 

More cruise industry news and insight at www.cruiseradio.net.

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Category:MSC Cruises -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On this week's episode of Cruise Radio, we are broadcasting straight from Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship, Carnival Horizon. 

We discuss Horizon's differences from Carnival Vista and the new barbecue smokehouse and brewhouse onboard with Carnival's president Christine Duffy. Eddie Allen, the Vice President of Beverage Operations joins us to talk about the brewery onboard, as well as some of Carnival's most popular cocktails. 

Chris Owen from Chris Cruises also stops by to discuss his first impressions of the ship and help answer some listener questions.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:37am EDT

On this bonus episode, we get a review from Joe on his 12-night Baltic cruise on Holland America's Zuiderdam. Plus we answer some of your shore excursion questions. 

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

In-depth cruise industry news and coverage at https://cruiseradio.net

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Chris recently returned from a five-night Western Caribbean cruise aboard the newly refurbished Disney Magic. We chat about Marvel Days at Sea, the newly refurbished ship, and her overall thoughts on this Disney Cruise Line ship. 

Sherry has cruise news on:

Listener Question:

My husband and I are divorced and I want to take my son on a cruise for his 14th birthday. His father was cool with him going, and is now is being a jerk and saying he won't sign for him to go. Do you have any suggestions or is there a way around this? 

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

Find cruise news and industry insights at https://cruiseradio.net

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Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of the newly refurbished Carnival Elation. In fall 2017, the ship underwent a massive refurbishment that added close to 100 balcony staterooms, Vista Suites, a Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, and other Fun Ship enhancements. 

Sherry has cruise news on:

Listener Question:  My husband and I are cruising this summer and are debt free. We have one credit card but it's only for emergencies. I'm reading where the cruise line puts a hold on debit cards on embarkation day. Is there another option instead of handing over my bank card? Shannon - Johnsontown, PA

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

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Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Pearl on a cruise out of New Orleans. 

Sherry has cruise news: 

Listener Question:
 
I am booked on an upcoming Carnival cruise through reduced deposit promotion. Did a dummy booking and my cruise went down $125. I called Carnival and they could not find that price. What would you do?- Jean 
 
Questions or review? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

 

Direct download: EPI488MAR2918.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Hear a review of Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Silhouette. A seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing from Fort Lauderdale. 

Sherry has cruise news:

Listener Question 

What happens to your luggage when they check it at the pier? 

Question or cruise review? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 

 

 

Direct download: EPI477MAR2218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Jon gives us a review of his family's seven-night Bahamas cruise on Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Pride from Baltimore. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:

  • Norwegian Cruise Line announces a new PortMiami terminal 
  • Virgin Cruises gives us more details on their upcoming ship 
  • Princess Cruises is testing their version of paid priority embarkation 
  • Disney Cruise Line details the look of their upcoming ships

Listener Question: My husband don't want to get a passport. Help! 

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

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Princess Cruises Royal Princess. This was a 10-night Southern Caribbean itinerary out of Port Everglades.

Simone from Cruising Excursions drops by to answer some of your listener questions on Baltic itineraries.

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:

  • Cruise lines pull some excursions from the Cozumel itinerary.
  • Details of the new Holland America food partnership.
  • Carnival Horizon officially has a Godmother.
  • Bahamas Paradise Cruises details their upcoming ship.
  • Celebrity Cruises details new dining venues on the upcoming Celebrity Edge

Question or comments? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net

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Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Tim and his wife just returned from a five-night sailing on Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Liberty. Hear a review of this Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral. 


Stewart has cruise news on: 

  • Recent updates to Princess Cays 
  • Carnival Cruise Line adding more Cuba sailings in 2019 
  • Carnival Corporation's new WiFi hardware blows away competitors 

Cruise Awards

Cruise Critic recently revealed their 2018 Cruiser's Choice awards. These awards are voted by members of the site's cruising community. Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor of CruiseCritic.com stops by to share a few of the winners with us. You can get a rundown of all the winners by clicking here

 
Listener Questions: 
  • What is the status of Princess Cruises' Ocean Medallion program? 
  • Why does every Carnival Cruise Line ship always stop in Nassau, Bahamas?
 
Questions or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net  
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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Adam and his wife just returned from a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise on MSC Seaside. We get a bow to stern review on the newest cruise ship from MSC Cruises. He talks about what he liked and disliked on MSC Seaside.

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Category:MSC Cruises -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT

We get a review of a Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic.

Stewart has cruise news on:

  • Symphony of the Seas completes sea trials. What's next? 
  • NCL Bliss also floated out - details?
  • What happened on Carnival Legend in AUS?
  • Carnival is debuting three new shows on Horizon.
  • Norwegian expanding Cuba cruises from Miami. 
Listener Q from Lori:
 
Cruise newbie here. What is the best way to book the cruise? Travel agent? On their site? Or thru one of the discount cruise sites?
 
Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 
Direct download: EPI473FEB2218.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:05am EDT

We speak with Terry Thornton, VP Port Operations for Carnival Cruise Line, about what it took to get the Eastern Caribbean back operational after the 2017 hurricane season. Terry also touches on the 20 Carnival ships that are in the Caribbean, and plans for future itineraries. 

Writer Richard Simms just returned from a 10-night Eastern Caribbean cruise and he gives us an update from a cruise guest standpoint and his thoughts on the island. 

Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On this episode, we hear a review of Enchantment of the Seas from Kathy, who took a 60 friends onboard for a three-night Bahamas sailing. She talks about the dining, her grand suite, the amenities onboard, and their surprise sea day.

Sherry Has Cruise News On:

Listener Question: What's the quickest way to disembark Oasis of the Seas? We are worried that it will be a mess with nearly 6,000 other cruisers trying to get off at the same time. - Phil, Tampa

Questions or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We are broadcasting aboard Carnival Magic this week for John Heald’s 11th Annual Blogger’s Cruise. We ask John all the questions you sent in. Plus, we talk with two guests on the cruise about sailing the ship.

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

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Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 1:41am EDT

A lot of cruise ships have been making the news lately with failing USPH inspections. This week we had a chance to talk with CDR Aimee Treffiletti, Chief of the CDCs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Vessel Sanitation Program. We get a behind the scenes look at the USPH inspections and what's involved when they make the unexpected appearance onboard the ship. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on: 

Thoughts or comments? Email: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Escape. Plus, Stewart has our weekly dose of cruise news and industry insight. 

Dan from TripInsurance.com answers questions on picking the right travel insurance policy.

Stewart has cruise news on: 

  • Vista and Breeze fail USPH inspection. 
  • Jumper on Carnival Triumph 
  • Norwegian Epic heading to San Juan 
  • Cruise stock prices are on the rise!
  • Celebrity Edge floats out 

Listener Question: Booking a future cruise and not knowing who you are going to bring.  

Thoughts or suggestions? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.

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Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a Western Caribbean cruise review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Breeze from Galveston. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news: 

  • Carnival charging for late-night room service and ditching debarkation day room service. 
  • Two cruise ships are heading to NYC in 2019
  • Celebrity Cruises is releasing Celebrity Edge ahead of schedule 
  • Star Princess gets a major refurb 

Listener Qs: 

What are the highlights of transiting the Panama Canal? - Nicholas, SD 

Will my travel agent get mad if I ask her to adjust my price drop? I know she makes her money on commission. I feel bad.  - Cindy, CT

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

Direct download: EPI468JAN1818.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Some brief thoughts on the Norwegian Breakaway sailing through the major 'bomb cyclone' winter storm in early January. We talk to ABC Action News Meteorologist Greg Dee to give us some insight on how powerful these winter storms can become at sea.
 
Nick and his family just returned from the very first sailing on MSC Cruises' brand new MSC Seaside. 
 
Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on:
  • Cruise executive paychecks revealed 
  • Cruise line paid $25M for 90-day FEMA charter 
  • Celebrity Cruises hikes gratuities on heels of Royal Caribbean hike 
  • MSC launching child finder application 
Listener Questions 
  • What to expect when staying on deck one. 
  • Do cruise lines gradually release staterooms or all at one time? 
Thoughts or comments? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
Direct download: EPI467JAN1118MIX.mp3
Category:MSC Cruises -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

When the Norwegian Breakaway sailed through a winter storm, some passengers say things got rough. We speak to one of the people who just disembarked, as well as cruise expert Stewart Chiron, to find out if this was an unusual sailing or to be expected this time of year. 

What are your thoughts? Let us know: doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

We talk with Terry Thornton, VP of Itinerary Planning with Carnival Cruise Line. He brings us behind the curtain and explains to us about cruise ship deployments, the new destination Carnival is building in Freeport, Bahamas, and where he would like to see a new cruise port open up. 

Also, I answer some follow up questions asked after our Carnival Vista interview last week. 

Thoughts or comments? Email me! doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Vista. This sailing was an eight-night Southern Caribbean cruise out of Miami, Florida. Ports of call included Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, and Aruba. 

Stewart has cruise news on: 

  • Royal Caribbean gratuity increase
  • MSC star-studded christening 
  • Carnival expands their easy-pay program 
  • Norwegian unveils new app 
  • What should we look for in 2018?
Listener Question: How do I know what cruise will have fewer kids, is it the cruise line itself, the ship, or the time of year? David, CA
 
Comments or suggestions? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
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Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT

This week we get a detailed review of Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Reflection in the Mediterranean. 

Stewart has cruise news on:

  • Carnival Corporation's record-breaking earnings quarter and what it means for you. 
  • Royal Caribbean excursion accident has 12 cruisers dead
  • Norovirus outbreak on a cruise ship and by the numbers 
  • Saint Maarten welcomes cruise ships back after hurricanes
  • Carnival Fascination will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line announces 2019 cruise ship deployments 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Greg gives us a review of the Carnival Cruise Line Tampa-based Carnival Paradise. This four night cruise went to Havana, which is one of Carnival's select Cuba voyages. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

Shelly from Cruising Excursions answers your questions on Mediterranean cruise shore excursions. 

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Direct download: EPI463DEC1217.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Richard shares his seven-night review of Norwegian Cruise Line's New York City based Norwegian Breakaway. This cruise hit Orlando, private island Great Stirrup Cay, and Nassau, Bahamas. Being this is his fifth time sailing Norwegian Breakaway, Richard offers a unique perspective. 

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news:

  • Norwegian Cruise Line named Godfather of upcoming ship
  • Carnival Cruise Line hikes drink package 
  • Carnival adds news menu items, takes some away
  • MSC Seaside is delivered and more ships announced 
  • Princess Cruises names fourth Royal-class ship 

Listener Question:

When will St. Maarten be 100 percent recovered? Steve - Dallas

Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

 

Direct download: EPI462DEC0717.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Scott just returned from a four-night Bahamas cruise on Carnival Conquest. You'll want to hear this review from a seasoned cruise, but first time sailing Carnival Cruise Line. 

Sherry has cruise news:

Listener Question: Going to the Western Caribbean next summer on Royal Caribbean and trying to decide between a passport card and a passport book - are there any advantages of one over the other?  Carl - Detroit 

Question or comment? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:46pm EDT

This week we are down in the Eastern Caribbean on Holland America Line's ms Eurodam to do a post-hurricane assessment. Two of our ports of call include St. Thomas and Grand Turk. This is the cruise ship's first time back to the two islands since being back in the Caribbean. 

  • We talk with a local in St. Thomas
  • Jack, the owner of Jack's Shack in Grand Turk 
  • Cruise Director Nick on Holland America's Eurodam
  • Bruce Parkinson from OpenJaw.com 

Comments or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Resources mentioned

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Ed has over 1,100 sea days with Carnival Cruise Line and lets me ask him a list of questions submitted by you the listener. 

Sherry has cruise news: 

 
Question: 
 
We're taking our first family cruise in 2018 and need help with selecting a balcony stateroom. The wife and I usually get an inside stateroom but with four of us, we're gonna need more room. I'm wading through a dozen different balcony room categories. How do I know which one will be big enough? We're torn between Oasis and Harmony of the Seas. - Thomas, Davenport 
 
Questions or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:46am EDT

This week we are in New York City for the reveal of Royal Caribbean's big announcement that is claiming to revolutionize the way cruise vacations are booked and taken. 

Anthem of the Seas Review

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's NYC-based Anthem of the Seas on a Canada/New England itinerary. Kabir details the food, entertainment options, and that accommodations on the ship, along with the ports of call. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news: 

Listener Questions: 

1. What is the difference between ship's time and local time? 

2. How to contact the ship if there is an emergency and need to connect with a stateroom. 

Question or comment? doug@cruiseradio.net 

 

 

 

Direct download: EPI458NOV0817.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We talk to Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri about his partnership with Carnival Cruise Line and the launch of the new sit down restaurant on Carnival Horizon, Guy's Pig and Anchor Smokehouse/Brewhouse. Plus, he answers some of your cruise and Guy's Burger Joint questions.

Sherry has cruise news on:

  • The first cruise line that goes adults-only
  • Disney Cruise Line is returning to the west coast
  • Carnival Cruise Line is showcasing digital artwork on Carnival Horizon
  • 23 countries. 40 ports. 90 days. Hear about this world cruise!  

Listener questions about a passenger with mobility issues and how accessible the private island with a wheelchair. Also about being lactose intolerant and cruising. 

With Norwegian Breakaway heading to the Baltic next year, we've been getting a lot of shore excursion questions on Northern Europe. Shelly from CruisingExcursions.com stops by to answer your Baltic cruise questions. 

Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Direct download: EPI457NOV0117.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We sit down and have a casual chat with John Heald, Senior Cruise Director and Brand Ambassador with Carnival Cruise Line. John talks about everything from weight loss struggles at sea to taking some of your listener questions. This was taped when sailing aboard Carnival Fascination in mid October.  

Sherry Kennedy answers some of your cruise questions on:

  • Finding a better cruise deal and how to secure it
  • Does it pay to stay loyal to one cruise line 
  • Passport renewal deadlines

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Direct download: EPI456OCT2617.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Victory on a Western Caribbean sailing from Miami. The ports of call on this sailing were Key West and Cozumel. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:

  • Cruise lines update the public on the state of the Caribbean islands impacted by this year's hurricanes
  • FEMA charters Carnival Fascination
  • New Guy Fieri sit-down venue coming to Carnival Horizon.
  • Carnival Conquest gets an adults-only area.
  • Royal Caribbean set to return to St. Thomas
  • Royal Caribbean details upcoming ship

Questions or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Direct download: EPI455OCT1817.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This is a news brief with Senior Cruise Director John Heald about Carnival Cruise Line chartering of one of their ships to FEMA to help in Hurricane relief because of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. I'm currently sailing aboard Carnival Fascination.

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:12am EDT

We talk with Adolfo Perez at Carnival Cruise Line about the latest refurbishment of Carnival Elation and why they are spending so much money on these ships that are 20 years old.

Richard Simms joins us with commentary about the beverage package increase with Norwegian Cruise Line and how it compares to the other packages out there. 

Tim gives us a review of his eight-night sailing on Caribbean Princess. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Don gives us a full recap of his Cuba cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line from Port Miami. 

Comedian Tommy Davidson stops by to talk about the new season of Vacation Creation featuring Carnival Corporation. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Sarah shares her six-night Western Caribbean cruise review aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Vista from Miami. This Caribbean sailing went to Cozumel, Ocho Rios, and Grand Cayman. This was Sarah's first time cruising in three years. 

Tommy Casabona from the Always Be Book Podcast weighs in on cruisers complaining about itinerary changes due to the recent hurricanes. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news: 

  • Key West reopens since Hurricane Irma 
  • Carnival Fascination is temporarily repositioning to Florida 
  • Cunard Line is ordering new cruise ship 
  • NCL donates money to hurricane relief 
  • Listener question on cruise prices during hurricane season. 
Comments or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 
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Jessica and her family just returned from a sailing on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, but this wasn't a normal sailing! Her cruise got extended because of Hurricane Irma. Jessica gives us her review of the ship, the itinerary, and her thoughts on sailing one of the world's largest cruise ships. 

Stewart has Cruise News on: 

  • Eastern Caribbean update? (latest on the islands)
  • FEMA charters cruise ships for national guard workers 
  • Carnival says Grand Turk isn't quite ready to receive cruise ships. 
  • Carnival Fascination delivers supplies to St. Maarten. 
  • Work beings on fourth Princess Royal-class ship - details? 

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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We get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic. Plus, Jake Williams from the Canceled series on YouTube talks about his latest project, Carnival Cruise Line's forgotten Pinnacle-class ship. 

Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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We have an information-packed bonus episode this week as we get wall to wall coverage of Hurricane Irma and those impacted by the storm.

We talk with Sherry Kennedy from CruiseMaven.com about the efforts that Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line are doing to send their ships to rescue stranded vacationers.

Simon Duvall from Cruiseline.com gives us an island assessment of the Eastern Caribbean islands of St. Thomas, St. John, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Grand Turk, and others that were in the path of the storm.

We also link up with a guest who is currently onboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, sailing a seven-night western Caribbean cruise. Due to Hurricane Irma, the ship has been forced to extend its sailing and will be returning to Port Canaveral a few days late. We get a glimpse of life onboard and how everyone is holding up.

Matt from Royal Caribbean Blog stops by to answer some questions about the cruise contract and passenger bill of rights during hurricanes, he chats with us about where cruise ships go during the storm, and what Royal Caribbean used Enchantment of the Seas for during the storm.

John Heald aired a Facebook Live video on Saturday evening to people impacted and in the way of Hurricane Irma.

Becky Smith is a travel agent who is rebooking a lot of clients who were scheduled to sail this past week. Becky chats with us about the reasons to use a travel agent (especially during hurricane season), how the cruise lines are compensating guests that are impacted by the storm, what particulars travel insurance would cover in a hurricane, and what you should know about booking a cruise during hurricane season.

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On this episode, we talk with Cruiseline.com Community Manager Simon Duvall about Hurricane Irma and which Caribbean islands have been impacted so far.  

We touch on what a travel insurance policy might cover in a natural disaster situation like this.

Also a review from Ford of a western Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Victory.

Cruise News:

  • Carnival Corporation donates to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
  • Port Canaveral is building a new pier
  • Carnival Horizon to have Teppanyaki specialty restaurant

 Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net

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We finally get to talk to an executive at Carnival Cruise Line and ask him some questions we've been dying to know about booking and other things. This is a pull the curtain back type of interview with Adolfo Perez.

We answer a listener question about buying cruise line stock and where to ship watch out of Port Canaveral if you want to stay there pre- or post-cruise. 

We'll also tackle some of your shore excursion questions with CruisingExcursions.com. 

Comments or suggestions? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net

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We talk to cruise ship architect, Joe Farcus. Joe has been designing ships for Carnival Cruise Line and Carnival Corporate brands for over 30 years. We had a chance to talk with him about some of his past work and how he designs the cruise ship. 

Note: If you've been listening to Cruise Radio for over six years, you have have heard this interview back in April 2011. It has been one of the most listened to episodes over the past few years so I wanted to make it a bonus episode. 

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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This week we get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America. Tommy Casabona stops by from the Always Be Book podcast to talk this past week's solar eclipse. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news: 

  • Carnival extending their sailings to Cuba 
  • Carnival is testing a new port day menu
  • Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas has dreaded technical issues 
  • San Juan is seeing record cruise traffic 

Thoughts or review? Email me doug@cruiseradio.net.

EDITED TO REMOVE TROPICAL STORM STORY ON AUG 24.

 

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We get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Triumph on a five-night western Caribbean cruise. Not only was this his first time on Carnival, but it was his first cruise ever. The review gives a neat perspective from someone who experienced the world of cruising for the very first time.


Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:
  • New details on Norwegian Bliss

  • Royal Caribbean names upcoming ship - details?

  • Carnival ship missed a port because of propulsion issues - what happened?

  • The Bahamas wants cruisers to spend more money.

  • A class action cruise lawsuit is in the works - but this lawsuit isn't against the cruise lines. Check your phone number here.

Listener questions: 
  • Is it possible to share a wifi package among friends?  - Diane from Fargo
  • How does the disembarkation process work with getting back to the airport?  - Heather from Seattle

Questions or have a review? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net

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We get a review of a 10-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem. Craig gives us the details of the Norwegian Gem, what he thought of the ship and what he did on his Caribbean ports of call. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival's Senior Cruise Director celebrates 30 years with the company 
  • Captain Kirk to NCL: Save the Dolphins! 
  • Carnival LIVE adds another performer for the fall 
  • Why one cruise line is hiking cruise prices 
  • Celebrity Cruises adds another female captain 

Listener Questions

  • Room locations 
  • Using Norwegian Cruise Line's bidding system

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

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We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas. This sailing left Miami, Florida and headed for Nassau, Bahamas and Royal Caribbean's private island Coco Cay, Bahamas. We get a full review of the ship, the dining, entertainment on board, a glimpse into a day on Coco Cay, and some overall thoughts. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on: 

  • Sad news on a Princess Cruise in Alaska last week.
  • Carnival Cruise Line gave Mobile, Alabama some great news
  • New report shows norovirus is down on cruise ships
  • Norwegian Cruise Line is testing a surcharge on another restaurant
  • Bookings now open for Norwegian Sun
  • Listener question on Carnival Cruise Line specialty dining. 

 

Link Mentioned: Unscripted interview on Always Be Booked Podcast

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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Mitchell just returned from Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream where he did a five-night honeymoon Bahamas cruise. Mitch is a seasoned cruiser and his wife has only been on one voyage prior to this sailing. We hear his thoughts on planning the cruise, dining, Castaway Cay, and the public areas aboard Disney Dream. One special feature on this cruise is that it stopped in Castaway Cay twice.

Cruise Critic just released their Cruiser's Choice Destination Awards for 2017. The award highlights the most popular cruise ports in every region. Ashley stops by to give us some of the highlights.

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:

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Show thoughts or suggestions? doug@cruiseradio.net 

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One of the things seasoned cruisers complain about on a regular basis is “out of control” kids who seem to have absolutely no adult supervision whatsoever, and a disturbing video posted to YouTube seems to take this behavior to new heights. We talk to travel agent Scott Lara and contributor Richard Simms on their thoughts.

Read the article: https://cruiseradio.net/kid-jumps-cruise-deck-railing-pool/  

We talking to travel agent Scott Lara and contributor Richard Simms on their thoughts. 

Thoughts? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net

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We get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's Baltimore based Carnival Pride, on a seven night exotic Caribbean cruise. We get a run down of the ship, what makes Carnival Pride so unique, and how to deal with curve balls thrown your way during your cruise. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on: 

  • Sad news out of St. Maarten's famous airport beach - what happened? 
  • Does Royal Caribbean have big plans for Independence of the Seas?
  • Royal Caribbean sending another ship to Cuba
  • This world cruise in 2020 lasts 131 nights

Answered a listener question about pre-paying gratuities and why it sometimes works out in your favor. 

Share your review: doug@cruiseradio.net

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We get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic this week. Craig and his family just returned from a seven-night Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona. We get a full review of the dining options, entertainment offered on Norwegian Epic, and his initial thoughts of the ship. 
 
Sherry has cruise news:
  • Norwegian Cruise Line just made some announcements
  • Carnival's third Vista-class is underway 
  • Carnival hosts first social media powered bbq
  • Royal Caribbean is testing a new drink program that is aligned with the other cruise lines
  • Norwegian Cruise Line is ditching their Second City comedy partnership

Cruise lately? Come share your review. doug@cruiseradio.net

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Dr. Kris did a six night on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. We get a full review of one of the world's largest cruise ships, talk about the dining experiences, and the Western Caribbean ports of call. 
 
We get your Mediterranean cruise questions answered by CruisingExcursions.com. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:
  • Carnival Cruise Line did their first sailing to Cuba
  • Galveston, Texas shows off their updated Cruise Terminal 2
  • All four Disney ships recently earned perfect marks on their health inspection
  • Do we know the name of Royal Caribbean's next ship? 
     
    Question: My husband and I are looking at sailing this fall - is there really a cheaper week to cruise? 
     
    Question: If you were to put Carnival and NCL ships side by side, what are the major differences...we have two kids (5 and 9) and trying to find the best choice for adult fun while keeping the kiddos entertained. 
     
    Show thoughts or comments? Doug@cruiseradio.net
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