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Vickie joins us for a review of Princess Cruises' Royal Princess, a ship that first debuted in 2013 and has already been to dry dock. While in dry dock she underwent some much-needed modifications. We talk about the dining, the layout of the ship, tips for Royal Princess, and why you should always make your flight home after 12p (noon) on debark day. 

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Direct download: BONUS004JUL0117.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

A recent article from Skift.com mentioned that Carnival Cruise Line could be tinkering around with their VIFP loyalty program. Richard Simms, writer at Cruise Radio and Tommy from the Always Be Booked Podcast weigh in on the possible change and what could be revised from the current program. 
 
Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:
  • Carnival is lowering their internet packages if you pre-purchase it - what new rates will we see? 
  • Celebrity Cruises rolled out a new venue on their upcoming ship Celebrity Edge
  • Princess is adding their wearable technology to more ships in the next couple years
  • Royal Caribbean is rolling out a new non-refundable deposit program. A hotel brand is rolling out a cruise line - which hotel brand and what kind of vessels are we gonna see?
  • A hotel brand is rolling out a cruise line - which hotel brand and what kind of vessels are we gonna see? 

Do you like to panel/debate format? Let me know: doug@cruiseradio.net

Direct download: EPI439JUN2917.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On this episode, we get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Conquest on an eight-night Southern Caribbean sailing. 

Stewart has cruise news on:

  • A tropical storm has diverted a couple Carnival ships - any major disruptions? 
  • Cruise lines will keep sailings to Cuba - will we see any changes at all? 
  • Royal Caribbean is making changes to their cancellation policy
  • The first block of steel was laid for the upcoming Celebrity Edge. Would you consider this ship a game changer?
  • How is cruise pricing looking in 2017? Are the "deals" over? 

Would love to get your cruise review: doug@cruiseradio.net

Direct download: EPI438JUN2217.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This interview proves that not everyone books a cruise based on the itinerary. James and his wife just returned from a Western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas, and barely got off the ship! He gives us a comprehensive review of the ship, dining, entertainment on the ship, and the ports of call on this Caribbean cruise.  

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:

  • Carnival going to easy pay a payment option - how does this different from spreading your payments out?
  • The world's largest cruise ship completes construction milestone.
  • Pacific Princess is out of dry dock.
  • NCL changes Free at Sea promo for Haven guests.
  • Queen Victoria is out of dry dock. What refurbishments did she get?

Thoughts or comments? doug@cruiseradio.net 

Direct download: EPI437JUN1317.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Kerry just returned from a 14-night cruise aboard Celebrity Eclipse out of Miami. This sailing was a bit longer than he was used to but he had a wonderful time with so many ports and days at sea. Kerry covers his impressions of Celebrity Eclipse, the dining, his stateroom, and the exotic ports of call.  

Sherry has cruise news:

  • A new cruise ship will carry almost 7,000 passengers
  • New stateroom class for Carnival Horizon
  • Carnival has raised the prices on soda packages
  • MSC Cruises takes delivery of their newest ship
  • Fathom has sailed her last voyage as a cruise line

Share your cruise review on air: doug@cruiseradio.net

Direct download: EPI436JUN0817.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Did you know that maritime law requires a cruise ship to go into dry dock every five years? Neither did I. Disney Cruise Line's Disney Fantasy just got out of a two-week dry dock where she underwent massive renovations and was reimagined. Nancy Schretter was one of the first passengers onboard when the ship got back to Port Canaveral and goes into detail about the dry dock enhancements and how the ship is today. Also, we hear about Castaway Cay.  

Sherry has cruise news on: 
  • Carnival Cruise Line created the largest Guy Fieri hamburger at sea
  • Carnival is sailing to Bermuda from another Florida port in 2017
  • Holland America's upcoming ship is open for sailings 
  • Princess Cruises sets their 2018-2019 Mexico, America, and Alaska itineraries up
  • The Love Boat cast gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 

Suggestions or thoughts, email me: doug@cruiseradio.net

 

Direct download: EPI435MAY3117.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Ryan and Lauren just returned from an eight night Southern Caribbean cruise on Carnival Sunshine from Port Canaveral, Florida. They give us their thoughts of the ship, what they thought of the dining, the itinerary, and overall layout of Carnival Sunshine. Turns out you shouldn't believe everything you read in the online reviews.

Sherry Kennedy drops by to tell us five things we need to know about Carnival Cruise Line. One takeaway I got is that Carnival Cruise Line has the largest inside staterooms at sea. 
 
Email me your cruise reviews or questions: doug@cruiseradio.net

 

Direct download: EPI434MAY2517.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We caught up with former Tonight Show host and comedian Jay Leno, before he performed on a Carnival cruise ship in Cozumel, Mexico. Jay Leno gives me his thoughts on the ship, what he thinks of cruising, cars and some stories from the road. 

Matt Mitcham is the cruise director on Carnival Vista. We caught up with him on our sailing to find out a little about his background, how Carnival Vista has evolved over the past year, and what the partnership with Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle was like. Also, he preps us with dances for your next sailing. 
 
Ever wonder what the difference is between the Eastern and Western Caribbean? We discuss how both sides of the Caribbean differ and talk about our recent six-night Western Caribbean sailing to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. 
 
Email me your thoughts: doug@cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI433MAY1617A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic. This wasn't an ordinary Disney sailing though, this cruise was one of their Frozen cruises (from the popular Disney movie) and sailed to the Norwegian Fjords. We get a bow to stern review of the ship, the experience, and the ports of call.  

Stewart has cruise news on: 
 
Carnival extending sailings from Mobile 
Carnival Jubilee getting scrapped
Ovation of the Seas cruises canceled for an unscheduled dry dock 
Celebrity Constellation will head to dry dock 
HAL launches Navigator app 
 
Your feedback and reviews are always appreciated: doug@cruiseradio.net. 
Direct download: EPI432MAY1117.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Matt from Royal Caribbean Blog gives us five things we need to know about Royal Caribbean. 

Tony joins us this week to give his review of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas. 

Shelia and Jackie from CruisingExcursions.com give us some things to do when sailing in the Baltic and the Mediterranean. 

Send me your feedback: doug@cruiseradio.net 

Direct download: EPI431MAY317.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On this week's bonus episode, we sit down and have a conversation with former cruise line executive, Art Sbarksky. I first met Art on Norwegian Epic back in 2010, and we've seen each other all around the world since. Since retiring from the cruise industry, Art writes and reviews cruise ship. At last count, he has sailed 119 cruises.

Art and I talk about:
 
The value of cruising 
His tenure at Crystal Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line 
Freestyle cruising 
Cruise ships in Alaska
Norwegian Bliss in Alaska 
Lifeguards on cruise ships
 
What do you think of these bonus episodes? Whatever your thoughts are, let me know. You can always email me, doug@cruiseradio.net. 

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

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: BONUS3APR3017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This show is dedicated to Jeff. Rest in peace, my friend. 

Brad and his wife just returned from a Hawaii sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America. Pride of America spends the whole year sailing the Hawaiian islands on seven-night voyages. Brad gives us pre-cruise information, what it was like getting to Hawaii, the whole cruising experience, and the excursions he did. 

Stewart Chiron has cruise news on:

  • Carnival debuting Dr. Seuss-themed water park 
  • Norwegian Bliss entertainment is revealed 
  • Norwegian add lifeguards 
  • Royal Caribbean on first Cuba cruise - any word on how it's going?
  • Silversea’s Silver Muse recently christened - what makes this the most luxurious ship in the world?

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

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI430APR2717.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

This week Ben review's Carnival Carnival Line's newest and hottest cruise ship, Carnival Vista. Ben sailed on a six-night Western Caribbean cruise that went to Cozumel, Ocho Rios, and Grand Cayman. We get a comprehensive review of the ship, what he did once on board, the cruise ship dining, and entertainment. Ben also touches on some cool excursions he did while in the Western Caribbean.

If you have a gluten free allergy, chances are you have to be very careful with what you eat - and being on a cruise is no exception. Lauren has a gluten allergy and joins us to talk about what it's like sailing with a gluten free allergy and how the cruise lines accommodate her. 
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI429APR2017.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Today's bonus episode is a review of Holland America's ms Westerdam on a seven-night Mexican Riviera voyage. Bruce bought his girlfriend onboard, who was a first-time cruiser. We discuss the dining, entertainment, ports of call, stateroom, and how his girlfriend liked her very first cruise to Mexico!

Direct download: BONUSAPR1617.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review from Richard on his seven-night Florida-Bahamas cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. We discuss everything from embarkation, first impressions of this ship, food, the entertainment and ports. This is the first time Richard has sailed with Royal Caribbean, so he has a lot to say!
 
Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 
  • United Airlines incident - could this happen to us cruising? 
  • Carnival making aft pools kid friendly 
  • Caribbean Princess has resurfaced after a massive dry dock 
  • Majestic Princess not going to be in Asia year round 
  • What's the cruise climate in Europe for this summer - are there any good deals to be had? 

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

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI428APR1217.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess cruise. Caribbean Princess is having a major dry dock renovation in April 2017, but this episode was too detailed not to air. We get a comprehensive review of the dining, the public areas, the ABC islands, and what the vibe on the ship was like during this sailing.
 
Stewart has cruise news on: 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line is launching all inclusive cruising in Europe this week, could we see that come to the U.S. anytime soon? 
  • Cuba 33 more Cuba cruise 
  • Florida couple celebrates 200th cruise on Carnival Cruise Line. 
  • Majestic Princess delivered in Europe - when are we gonna see another ship from Princess?  
  • Holland America Line drops Acapulco - what caused this?
  • Cunard Line's Queen Victoria is getting a massive renovation. 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI427APR0517.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review from a four-night sailing on Carnival Cruise Line's Fantasy-class Carnival Imagination. The ship recently underwent a dry dock, getting some Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements like Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar and others. Sherri gives us a comprehensive review. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on:

  • Carnival Breeze is going into dry dock soon - what will she get? 
  • Carnival Elation recently scored 100 percent on a health inspection - what is a USPH inspection? 
  • Princess Cruises and Holland America have a sale where they are paying your tips - is this the same as NCLs ongoing sale? 
  • Royal Caribbean detailed their 2018 itineraries - anything stick out?
  • Celebrity is bringing the cruise experience to a city near you? 

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

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI426MAR2817.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Getaway on a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing out of Miami, Florida. This sailing went to Honduras, Cozumel, and Costa Maya, Mexico. Harvest Caye was on the itinerary but the weather caused them to skip the destination and spend an extra day at sea. 

Sherry Laskin has cruise news on:
  • Virgin Voyages starts construction on their first cruise ship
  • Norwegian Crusie Line details a new class of ships 
  • Norwegian raises their daily surcharge 
  • Carnival expands the Fun Hub app to more ships 
  • You can now cruise to the Titanic 

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

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI425MAR2317.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Port Canaveral-based Oasis of the Seas. Launched as one of the world's largest cruise ships, Oasis is now sailing from Central Florida. Tommy gives us a comprehensive review of this eastern Caribbean cruise.


Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on:
  • Celebrity Cruises new class of ship
  • Carnival Horizon completes another milestone 
  • Holland America makes some enhancements on six ships, plus a new venue 
  • Discuss two spring breakers jet skiing in the way of Carnival Magic over the weekend 
  • And talk about a cruise ship getting to close to land 

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

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI424MAR1617.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 5:32pm EDT

We get a review of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder from Port Canaveral, Florida. Hear about the ship, dining, entertainment, and the two ports of call. Also on this episode, we also talk in detail about Disney private island Castaway Cay. 

Stewart Chiron has cruise news on: 

  • Royal Caribbean's new ship announcement
  • Private island Coco Cay building a pier
  • MSC debuts RFID technology
  • Carnival Splendor technical issues 

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

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Direct download: EPI423MAR817.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Tommy returned from a sailing from Miami, Florida on Carnival Splendor. This special cruise is what Carnival Cruise Line coins as Carnival LIVE, meaning there is a special performance taking place during the sailings. Guests are invited to attend with a ticket purchase. We get a review of the ship, the ports of call, and the Carnival LIVE performance on this sailing by country singer Sam Hunt. 

Direct download: BONUS003MAR117.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas. Now coined the World's Largest Cruise Ships, Harmony is based in Port Everglades offering seven-night Caribbean sailings. 
 
Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on:
  • Royal Caribbean adds lifeguards
  • Carnival Sensation gets multi-million dollar refurbishment 
  • Norwegian Pearl also just got out of dry dock 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line adding new entertainment 

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

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI422MAR0217.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

MSC Divina certainly gets mixed reviews. Hear our latest review of MSC Cruises from a couple who spent seven nights on MSC Divina. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival adds 13 longer sailings
  • Disney Cruise Line reveals new itineraries for 2018
  • Holland America raises daily tips
  • Princess Cruises debuting Ocean Medallion class on fourth ship
  • NCL dropping the prices of bottled water cases

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

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI421FEB2317.mp3
Category:MSC Cruises -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

Tina gives us a Norwegian Sun review. She recently did a four-night re-positioning cruise from Vancouver to San Diego. She shares her experience on the cruise, the dining, entertainment, and what she thought of Norwegian Sun overall.  
 
Terry Thornton works with planning and itineraries with Carnival Cruise Line. He joins us to talk about Carnival going to Cuba this summer, what we can expect on the sailings, and details the itineraries. 
 
We get a soundbyte from Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford on their new partnership with The Oprah Magazine and her Alaska sailing she's doing on the ms Eurodam this summer. 

Cruise Guy has news on:

Carnival Cruise Line going to Havana, Cuba 
Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas briefly shut down by the Coast Guard 
MSC Cruises bringing more ships to America and the response 
Carnival Dream undergoing a multi-million dollar dry dock 
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI420FEB1617.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

On this episode, we hear from Kelli about her recent trip aboard Carnival Freedom. This four-night sailing from Galveston, TX was a Cozumel plus sailing, meaning that it had extra time in Cozumel. Kelli gives us a bow to stern review of Carnival Freedom, plus goes into detail about the dining and her time ashore in Cozumel. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival Ecstasy gets major refurbishments 
  • Carnival expands popular seafood shack 
  • Royal Caribbean opens up more Cuba sailings with overnight stays
  • MSC Cruises celebrates another milestone

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

 Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI419FEB816.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 1:03pm EDT

John and his wife just returned from a Caribbean cruise aboard Celebrity Reflection. On this episode, we get a full blown review of Reflection, including thoughts on the stateroom, dining options, entertainment on-board, and the ports of call.

Carnival Cruise Line recently partnered up Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle. NFL superstar Tony Gonzalez drops by to talk about his experience on the show and give some tips for guests who wants to do Lip Sync Battle Carnival. 
 
Sherry Kennedy has this week's cruise news:
  • Carnival announces the homeport for Carnival Horizon - where is she going and what kind of itineraries will we see?
  • NCL changes the loyalty program - any major changes?
  • Royal Caribbean now doing onboard scuba certifications - how does this program work?
  • Princess invites you to take a bed home!

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

 Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI418FEB217.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 11:46pm EDT

We answer some of your questions about cruise ship tipping. We cover the tipping process, if you should remove your tips when traveling with an infant, and who you need to be careful when tipping. Sheri from CruiseTipsTV tackles all your questions.

Kris recently returned from Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas, a 13-night cruise in the Baltic. Kris recounts his experiences, talks to us about the dining and food, as well as ports. This sailing on had one sea day and the itinerary sounds fabulous! 

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

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI417JAN2617.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 9:55am EDT

We dropped in on the conference with the President of Carnival Corporation, Arnold Donald, to discuss their new Ocean Medallion they are launching on Princess Cruises. This wearable device is designed to enhance your cruise experience. 

Later in the show, we get a review of Princess Cruises' Crown Princess on a west coast sailing. Scott gives us a bow to stern review of his sailing to the Mexican Riveria. 

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

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Direct download: EPI416JAN1916.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 9:31am EDT

We get a review of Carnival Vista, Carnival Cruise Line's newest and most innovative ship. Hear all about the dining options, what to do on-board, and how to make the most out of your time on-board. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on:
  • Carnival Cruise Line calling to Princess Cays starting in 2007
  • Norwegian Bliss will seasonally homeport in Florida 
  • Staggered check-in being rolled out to more cities 
  • Holland America ship gets perfect health inspection score 
  • Wave season update: top three cruise sales happening in January. 

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

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
Direct download: EPI415JAN1217.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:02pm EDT

On this episode we get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Escape. Hear a detailed review of this massive ship, the dining options, entertainment, and staterooms. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival Corporation's announcement on their new digital technology rolling out on Princess Cruises 
  • Royal Caribbean wants to send you onboard and pay you to take pictures 
  • Listener question: Can we bring a power strip on the ship? 
  • Listener question: Should I prepay my tips? 

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

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Direct download: EPI414JAN816.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 8:10pm EDT

On this week's bonus episode, we get some tips and an overview of some Med cruise ports. Vickie shares her pre-cruise thoughts, getting over there, and how to make the most out of your time in Europe. 

Read about Vickie's journeys on her blog: http://www.vickiecruises.com/

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

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Direct download: BONUS002DEC2216.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Marcia just returned from Holland America Line's newest ships, ms Koningsdam. Koningsdam, a ship that debuted earlier this year, is now based in Port Everglades after her European summer season. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Star Wars at sea returns 
  • Boss takes 800 employees on cruise 
  • Fathom DR sailings now stopping in Cuba 
  • Royal Caribbean told, "the ship is too big to dock here!"
  • Listener question: getting a cruise refund before final payment

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

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Direct download: EPI413DEC2916.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 6:00pm 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!”

 

Direct download: NITE_BEFORE_CRUISE.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

On this episode, we get a review of Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, one of the largest ships in the world, based in Port Everglades, Florida. Hear all about Ben's seven-night Western Caribbean cruise. 

Sheila from Cruising Excursions joins us to give us the benefits of booking a group shore excursions. Turns out booking a shore excursion with a group is cheaper than booking on your own. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival getting a new cruise ship
  • Norwegian Cruise Line launching another $50 deposit sale 
  • Norwegian opening Cuba cruises up 
  • Carnival Liberty back at the Space Coast 
  • MSC Seaside counts down to Florida 

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

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Direct download: EPI412DEC2116.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

On this week's bonus episode we get a review of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream on a four-night Bahamas sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida. Hear a review of Disney Dream, Castaway Cay, and the food, along with entertainment aboard Disney Cruise Line. 

Direct download: BONUS001DEC1916.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

Craig gives us a review of his four-night sailing from Miami Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Victory. Hear a bow to stern review of Carnival Victory. 

Sherry has cruise news:

  • Carnival orders another Vista-class cruise ship 
  • Carnival testing new dining policy
  • More cruise lines going to Cuba - who now?
  • Cruise line give Christmas gifts in the Caribbean 
  • NCL released their 2018 and 2019 cruise scheduled - anything noteworthy?

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

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Direct download: EPI411DEC1516.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 8:55am EDT

We talk to Sheri from CruiseTipsTV and she shares the top 10 Christmas gifts for cruisers in your life. 

Later in the show, we get a review of a seven-night cruise aboard Celebrity Summit, round-trip San Juan. 

Plus, Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on:

  • Carnival will sail from the Port of Tampa a bit longer 
  • Princess Cruises got in a little trouble for pollution 
  • Royal Caribbean made it into the book of world records 
  • Carnival testing a new embarkation procedure

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

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Direct download: EPI410DEC816.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

We get a comprehensive review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway from Richard Simms today. Richard just returned from a seven-night Florida-Bahamas cruise on Breakaway from New York City. He leaves no stone unturned on this review. 

Sherry has cruise news: 

  • Half Moon Cay gets new additions 
  • Harvest Cay opens to cruise ship guests 
  • Fathom cruise line going away in 2017
  • Celebrity Cruises cuts steel on new class of ships 
  • MSC Seaside is floated out of dry dock where construction continues 

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

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Direct download: EPI409NOV3016.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:11am EDT

Kathy shares her review of Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas. One one Royal Caribbean's smallest ships based in Port Canaveral, Florida. She sailed with a first-time cruiser on a four-night sailing to the Bahamas and private island CoCo Cay. Hear this detailed review from Kathy. 

Today we are joined by Sheri from CruiseTips TV to answer some listener questions on: 

  • Sailing with your cell phone and avoiding data charges 
  • How to NOT gain weight at sea
  • Booking your next cruise while on your cruise
  • What is a guarantee cabin 

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

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Direct download: EPI408NOV2316.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 7:55am EDT

Scott gives us a review of Princess Cruises Grand Princess, a 10-night Alaska cruise that his family took this past summer, round-trip San Fran.

He gives us a detailed look at Alaska, the Grand Princess, and what to expect when sailing Princess Cruises. 

 
Sherry has cruise news on: 
 
  • Carnival swapping ships in the Caribbean
  • Carnival Fantasy arriving in Mobile, Alabama 
  • Work has begun on the new Princess Cruises 
  • Harmony of the Seas christened in Port Everglades 
  • Port Everglades go to mobile passport control 

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

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Direct download: EPI407NOV1716.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 6:46pm EDT

This week we are broadcasting aboard Carnival Cruise Line's newest and largest ship, Carnival Vista from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City. We talk to Carnival's Senior Cruise Director John Heald, Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy, and other guests around the ship. 

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Direct download: EPI406NOV0916.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 5:20am EDT

Ben just returned from Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Star. He sailed a four night re-positioning cruise from New York City to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ben gives us a full review of what to expect on Viking Ocean Cruises, how they differ from other ships operating in the Caribbean, and shares his experience. Viking Star is in the Caribbean for 13 cruises this season offering longer Southern Caribbean sailings. 

We hear from Steven Fox with Passport Photo Creator, a cool new app that lets you take your passport photo on your own terms. You can learn more at PassportPhotoCreator.com.
 
Cruise News: 
 
New passport rule in effect effective November 1 (no more glasses in photos)
Steel cut for Norwegian Bliss 
Carnival Cruise Line adding another ship to Florida
Port Canaveral preparing for the arrival of Oasis of the Seas 

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

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Direct download: EPI405NOV0316.mp3
Category:Viking Ocean Cruises -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

Today we get a review of Norwegian Sky. Norwegian Sky is currently sailing three- and four-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas with stops at the private island Great Stirrup Cay, Freeport, and Nassau. The ship introduced an exciting new concept starting in January 2016 where alcohol is included in the cost of the cruise. We get a full review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sky.

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:

  • Mobile, Alabama is gearing up for a new cruise ship - it's been a while since we've seen a ship there.
  • Princess Cruises' Royal Princess showed the new hull art of Royal Princess, what did they do to it?
  • Disney Cruise Line released some new schedules, which includes a new port - what are we gonna see?
  • Fathom laid out how much good they have done over the past six months - what are some of the numbers?
  • Listener Question: If we take advantage of a future cruise credit on our current sailing, will my travel agent get credit for it? She has been working very hard for me to rob her of a booking.

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

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Direct download: EPI404OCT2716.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Paul just returned from an Alaskan cruise on Celebrity Solstice from Seattle, Washington. Not being a seasoned cruiser, he didn't know what to expect on the sailing. Paul leaves no stone unturned on this detailed review of his Alaskan cruise and what he experienced. 

 
Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:
  • Virgin Cruises details more information about their cruise line that is set to debut in 2020, what did we hear? 
  • Freeport, Bahamas remains closed because of Hurricane Matthew in early Oct., what is the status? 
     
  • Carnival Vista wins ship of the year - when she gets to the US, what kind of itineraries will she run? 
     
  • Saying goodbye to a legend in St. Maarten. 

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

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Direct download: EPI403OCT2016.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT

On this episode we get a comprehensive review of Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship, Carnival Vista. Nancy covers Carnival Vista from bow to stern and talks about some of the best places to dine on-board. 
 
Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:
  • Royal Caribbean details news class of cruise ships 
  • Carnival updated room decorating policy 
  • Norwegian offering reduced deposits on all sailings 
  • Holland America bans balcony smoking 

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

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Direct download: EPI402OCT1316.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's newest and largest ship, Harmony of the Seas. Tyler and his wife just returned from a Med cruise aboard Harmony and gives us a full review of the ship. Tyler gives a comprehensive review of Harmony of the Seas. 

Travel Expert Sherry Kennedy drops by and tell us when to book our cruise to get the best deal. She tells us why we should book our cruise early and not wait until last minute, and a trick of the trade that she has been using for the past two decades booking cruises. 

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

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Direct download: EPI401OCT0616.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 10:01pm EDT

Jason joins us to share his transatlantic crossing experience aboard the Queen Mary 2, which was recently remastered and remodeled to the tune of over $100-million. Hear this detailed and comprehensive review of the Queen Mary 2. 

Cruise Guy has cruise news on:

  • NCL celebrates 50 years 
  • Cruise TV programming coming to Saturday morning TV 
  • Celebrity Solstice getting refurb
  • Carnival announced two new ships for China market

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

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Direct download: EPI400SEPT2916.mp3
Category:Cunard Line -- posted at: 8:52pm EDT

Holland America just announced a culinary partnership with America's Test Kitchen in New York City. We were there for the announcement and had a chance to talk to the President of Holland America and one of the hosts of America's Test Kitchen about the partnership. 

Heather recently returned from a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing about Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Freedom from Galveston, Texas. Heather gives us the details of her sailing and a bow to stern review.
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI399SEPT2216.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 5:44pm EDT

Don just returned from a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing on Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. Don gives us a detailed review the Oasis, what it's like sailing on the world's largest cruise ship, and some tips he learned along the way. 

Cruise News with Sherry Kennedy
  • Princess Cruises Raises Gratuities 
  • Carnival orders new ships
  • Royal Caribbean crew member dies in lifeboat drill
  • MSC delays private island to 2018
  • Fathom adds more Cuba sailings
  • Holland America adds another ship to Alaska in 2017 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI398SEP1516.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT

We get tips on maximizing your inside cabin from CruiseTipsTV. CruiseTipsTV was born over a family dinner table conversation- they love to cruise and felt the had a secret to share. So, in 2013, they took the plunge and decided to try YouTube as their format for creating full ship video tour and cruise related tip videos. Their CruiseTipsTV and CruiseGear channels have grown to a library of over 200 videos, ranging from interactive vlogs and Q&A with our subscribers, to packing and fashion tips, using technology to enhance your cruise, and even food videos.

Ben and his wife just returned from a seven-night Hawaii cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America. Ben gives us a review of getting to Hawaii, the cruise, the islands visited, and his overall impressions of Pride of America. 
 
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Direct download: EPI397SEPT0816.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

On this episode we get a review of Celebrity Reflection. Hear a comprehensive bow to stern review of the ship, stateroom, dining, and ports on this Med cruise. 
 
CruiseGuy has cruise news:
  • Carnival Imagination refurb 
  • Royal extends Empress again through spring 2017 
  • Carnival Vista swamps boats in Italy. 
  • $30m cocaine found on cruise ship in AUS
  • Carnival raises Faster to the Fun prices

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

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Direct download: EPI396SEPT0116.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 6:57pm EDT

Rick gives his review of Princess Cruises' newest ship, Regal Princess. Here a bow to stern review along with his thoughts of the stateroom, dining, and level of service offered by Princess. 

Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 

  • Queen Mary 2 remastered 
  • Carnival's $500,000 donation to flooding victims in LA 
  • Carnival Miracle announcing a 14-night Alaska sailing from California 
  • Crystal Cruises attempts a Northwest Passage sailing 
  • Olympian mother's luggage gets blown up at cruise ship in Rio!
  • Royal Caribbean is extending Empress of the Seas' contract from Miami, again
Direct download: EPI395AUG2516.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT

On this episode we talk to Eric. Eric and his wife just returned from a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Glory. 
 
Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on:  
  • Ferry catches fire off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
  • Carnival extends contract with port of Baltimore
  • Carnival debuts new fee-based seafood venue on Conquest
  • Celebrity Adds Short Cruises Back to the Caribbean
  • Scary story with a happy ending for a Princess Cruise cruise guest
Question: Are reduced deposit sales really worth it? 

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

Find in-depth cruise news and ship reviews at https://cruiseradio.net
 
 
 
Direct download: EPI394AUG1916.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

On this episode I give a review of my seven-night cruise aboard Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam. This was an Alaska cruise that cruised the Inside Passage, as well as made calls in Glacier Bay, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Juneau. Hear what we did, how the ship is, and what Alaska is like. 

Sherry has cruise news on:
 
Delta suffers major computer outage on Monday, impacts a lot of cruise guests
Holland America is increasing the surcharge in all their specialty venues.
Princess ship had a technical glitch last week, impacted one port.
Cat in the Hat for President! 
Popular Disney movie coming to Disney Cruise Line as stage show.

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Direct download: EPI393AUG1116.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

On this episode Kathy gives us a review from Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. She just returned from a seven-night Caribbean sailing on one of the world's largest cruise ships. She has a comprehensive bow-to-stern review of this cruise ship home-ported in Port Everglades. 

Sherry Kennedy joins us again with our weekly dose of cruise news" 

  • Carnival Live announcements
  • Carnival names new ship
  • More Margaritavilles at sea:
  • Royal Caribbean expands high-speed internet: 
  • Another cruise line bans balcony smoking

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

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Direct download: EPI_392_AUG_4_16.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

We get a detailed review of Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, Norwegian Escape. John and his wife just returned from a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing. He gives a detailed review of the sailing, the itinerary, and what to do on Norwegian Escape. A lot of first time tips for cruisers considering Norwegian Escape.

Also, we get your shore excursion questions answered by CruisingExcursions.com.

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

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Direct download: EPI391JUL2716.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

On this show we get a review of Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas, a ship they recently put back in service after spending years with their European brand. Could this ship be coming back to do Cuba cruises? 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:

  • Lifeboat accident leads to crewmember death.
  • Carnival announced new itineraries for 2018 - but nothing too new. 
  • Celebrity Cruises is taking a ship out of the Med in 2017 - where is it going?
  • Any updates on Istanbul or ports of call in Turkey after the coup last weekend?

Listener Question:

Can we renew our passport one year early. And if so, would that give me 11 years until next renewal or will it still be 10 years from when I renew?

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

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Direct download: EPI390JUL2016.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 8:14am EDT

Hear a review of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Fantasy. 

Sherry Kennedy joins us for cruise news: 

  • World's most lux cruise ship christened - details? 
  • Florida port welcomes two millionth cruise pax - what port and details? Royal
  • Caribbean offered free cruise to good samaritan 
  • Holland America ship rewarded for rescue at sea
Listener Q:
 
Recently divorced and going on a cruise next month. What kind of documentation will I need? I booked this cruise when I was still married. 

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

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Direct download: EPI389JUL1416.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

Duncan gives us a review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Magic, a ship that was launched in 2011 and it now in Florida year-round by way of Galveston, TX. Don't miss this comprehensive review. Part 2 of the review will come in a couple weeks where Chris Owen reviews his seven-night sailing. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news:
  • Carnival starting staggered embarkation in two more ports
  • NCL Changes carry on beverage policy
  • Norwegian Breakaway sets record in Canadian port
  • Royal Caribbean near-drowning
  • MSC details new ship

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

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Direct download: EPI388JUL416.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

We get a review of Carnival Miracle on a seven night Mexican Rivera cruise out of Long Beach, CA. 

Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on: 

  • Royal Caribbean coming to Miami with Oasis-class ship 
  • Plane buzzes Norwegian Breakaway off coast of Bermuda
  • Montego Bay gets $100m investment for upgrades (a way to get business back that Falmouth took?)
  • What's the latest with Istanbul after terrorist attack?
  • Ovation of the Seas christened - but for China only! 

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Direct download: EPI387JUN3016.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:53pm EDT

On this episode, we get a detailed review of Norwegian Jade. 

Plus Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 

  • Royal Caribbean upgrades
  • Norwegian upgrades
  • Norwegian's private island upgrades
  • Queen Mary 2 remastered
  • Faster passport re-entry program arriving to Port Everglades

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

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Direct download: EPI386JUN2516.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:11pm EDT

On this episode, we are sailing on the ms Adonia with Fathom Travel to the Dominican Republic. Fathom is Carnival Corporation's 10th cruise line. Find out what Fathom is, what the ship is like, and what travelers on the ship are experiencing. It's not for everyone, but perfect for someone. 

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

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Direct download: EPI385JUN1716.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26pm EDT

We are broadcasting from Alaska where Holland America Line is opening up a new part of their Mount McKinley Chalet called Denali Square. We're live at the event. 

Hear a review of a Baltic cruise aboard Norwegian Star. Learn all about how Norwegian does things on a Europe cruise. 

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Direct download: EPI384JUN916.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 12:32am EDT

On this episode, we are broadcasting aboard Carnival Vista on her second cruise. Currently she's sailing in the Med but will come to the Caribbean in November. 

We chat with:
  • Cruise guests
  • Brand Ambassador, John Heald 
  • Cruise Director, Matt Mitchem 
  • Colin, RedFrog Brewery Brew Master 
  • Lynn and Cele Seldon, expert cruise reviewers

Listen and learn all about this new Carnival Cruise Line ship!

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Direct download: EPI383JUNE216.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 7:07pm EDT

We get a review of Celebrity Summit, as she recently did a eight-night re-positioning cruise from San Juan, Puerto, Rico to Cape Liberty, NJ. Hear all the details about this cruise from embarkation, port stops in Bermuda, dining, entertainment, to disembarkation. 

Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 
  • Harmony inaugural
  • New Oasis class ship ordered
  • Disney announces new sailings in 2017
  • Carnival Vista med season underway
  • Kdam christened

Listener Question

With another Oasis-class ship coming to Florida, will pricing still be at a premium?
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI382MAY2616.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 10:05pm EDT

We are broadcasting from Holland America's brand new ms Koningsdam. Hear about the new public spaces, what the ship has to offer, the venues, and all the other new hardware on-board, all while managing to stick to their traditional ways. 

On this show we talk to: 
 
Vanessa Lee, gives us thoughts of the ship 
Cruise Director, Johnathon 
Hotel Director, Ronald 
 
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Direct download: EPI381MAY1916.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 3:01am EDT

Walter and his family just returned from a nine-night Carnival Journeys cruise aboard Carnival Sunshine. Carnival Sunshine once was Carnival Destiny until Carnival Cruise Line gave the ship a complete overhaul in 2013. Hear this bow to stern review of Carnival Sunshine. 
 
Stewart has cruise news on:
  • First US cruise to Cuba complete
  • Harmony of the Seas officially delivered to Royal Caribbean 
  • NCL expanding highspeed wif
  • CCL ditches George Lopez
  • Kdam christening next wk in Netherlands 
  • Princess Cruises adds a new suite class
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI380MAY1216.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:54am EDT

Brad and his wife just returned from a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. Normally a Disney and Carnival cruiser, Brad shares his first experience on Royal Caribbean. Hear a bow to stern review of this mega cruise ship. 

I'm a huge fan of ShipMate App. It lets you do a cruise countdown, check out reviews, cruise ship photos, maps, and more. Within the past year they added a cruise price drop alert letting people know when their cruise fare drops. I talk to the founder of ShipMate App to give us the details on this. 

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Direct download: EPI379MAY416.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Tina and her two kids just returned from a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Splendor, one of Carnival Cruise Line's Fun Ship. On this seven night sailing they hit the eastern Caribbean and got a complete run of the ship. Hear her thoughts on everything from embarkation to excursions, and everything in between. 

Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival Magic officially in Port Canaveral (with Guy's BBQ Joint)
  • Empress of the Seas cancels seven more sailings - what's wrong? 
  • MSC details more of MSC Seaside - what will we see? 
  • Koningsdam is officially on her inaugural sailing 
  • Fathom makes inaugural call in DR

We check in with Go Port Canaveral and get the latest information on Port Canaveral, the dollar parking increase at the port, and pre- and post-cruise hotels. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI378APR2816.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT

Jason just returned from a shipyard tour of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas. An Oasis class ship that will launch in May and head to Florida this fall. Hear what it's like to go to a shipyard, what Harmony of the Seas has different, and Jason's impressions of this monster ship! 

JT and his wife just returned from Carnival Cruise Line cruise aboard Carnival Inspiration to Mexico. The ship was recently refurbished to receive Carnival's Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades and back in service. We get a bow to stern review.  

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI377APR2216.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:12pm EDT

On this show, we get a review of Norwegian Breakaway, but not just a normal sailing, Markus stayed in the Haven. The Haven is NCL's ship within a ship concept. We get a review of the ship, the Haven, entertainment, food, ports, and what Markus thought of this once in a lifetime cruise experience. 
 
Cruise Guy has cruise news on:
  • Carnival Vista completes sea trials
  • Royal Caribbean's newest ship delivered 
  • 5 more ships for Carnival Corp confirmed
  • Fathom's Cuba problem
  • MSC orders 4 more mega ships. Nearly a dozen new ships in next few years 
 
Listener Question

Listener Q: We leave in 16 days and I just realized that marriage license has my name from my previous marriage on it and maiden name on birth certificate of course and then my married name now is on my drivers license so I don't know if that's OK?

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI376APR1416.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 7:59pm EDT

Sherri from Sherman's Travels linked up with us this week to give us a 2016 outlook of the cruise industry and what new ships are coming out. Find out where people are going, if travel alerts are keeping people out of Europe, what new destinations are emerging, and where people are sailing. 

We get a review of Carnival Magic from Galveston, Texas (she'll be home-ported in Florida starting April 20, 2016). This was the first sailing after her Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade, which included Guy Fieri's Burger Joint and BBQ restaurant. Hear a comprehensive review of Carnival Magic. 
 
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Direct download: EPI375APR615.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, a ship that is based in Port Canaveral, Florida doing seven-night Caribbean voyages. On this Western Caribbean sailing, Mark got to experience the Ben and Jerry's Suite and gives us the full run down of entertainment, dining, and activities. 
 
Stewart has Cruise News:
 
  • Norwegian Joy entertainment detailed 
  • Royal raising grats on May 1
  • Carnival details Vista brewery
  • Cruise passenger tries to swim to cruise ship 
  • Port Canaveral raises parking fee 
Listener Q: 
 
I booked through the cruise line and found a lower price on Expedia. Should the cruise line still honor the Expedia price?
 
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Direct download: EPI374MAR3116.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 9:07pm EDT

Tommy just returned from a eight-night Southern Caribbean aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Sunshine. Hear a comprehensive review of this recently remodeled ship.

Stewart has cruise news: 

  • Carnival Corp approved Cuba
  • Empress of the Seas canceled six sailings
  • Norwegian Gem turned away from St M cause of Noro
  • Holland America expands Mexico sailings
  • Man sues Disney over missing thumb
  • Carnival Triumph heads to New Orleans after four years

Listener question about a canceled sailing. 

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Direct download: EPI373MAR2316.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT

Rae from Johnson City, TN gives us a review of here three-night sailing aboard Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic to Nassau, Bahamas and the private island of Castaway Cay. Hear a first hand comprehensive review. 


Stewart has cruise news:
  • Carnival Magic gets Guy's BBQ Joint 
  • NCL reveals more of Harvest Caye 
  • Man threatens to jump off docked cruise ship in FLL 
  • Harmony of the Seas starts sea trials 
  • MSC new chef partnership/venue for Seaside 
 
Listener Q from Chrissy Johnson in Bristol, CT:
 
We are getting married in December but I already booked my cruise under my madien name. How does it work when i get to the ship and my passport and booking name is wrong?
 
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Direct download: EPI372MAR1716.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:14pm EDT

Nelson and his family just returned from a Western Caribbean sailing aboard Carnival Triumph where they stayed in a Grand Suite. Nelson gives his family's review of embarkation to debarkation and everything in between. You don't want to miss this comprehensive review. 
 
Cruise news:
  • Disney 2 New Cruise Ships
  • Carnival Magic out of dry dock, getting ready for Florida next month 
  • Royal Caribbean jumper
  • Oasis class ship going to Japan? 
  • Norwegian releases 2017-18 deployments, anything big? 
Listener Q: Why are so many of our favorite ships heading to Asia? 
 
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Direct download: EPI371MAR1016.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 5:05pm EDT

Jason just returned from a seven-night sailing aboard Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess, following a massive dry dock. The dry dock was to refit the ship with new entertainment and dining areas. Jason gives us a comprehensive review of the upgrades and new experiences. 
 
Stewart has cruise news on:
  • Anthem of the Seas returns again 
  • Carnival Fantasy gets Guy's Burger Joint and more upgrades, now sailing from MIA
  • Carnival magic getting fun ship before moving to FL from GAL.
  • Pride of America
  • NCL changes - dining and beverage package increase and later Escape departure 
  • NCL changes up entertainment, moves million $ quartet.
  • Carnival increases value of CHEERS! beverage package, now drinks up to $50

Listener Q: What's the latest update on Empress of the seas. When will she be sailing - anything special or reason to sail her?

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Direct download: EPI370MAR216.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

Jason just returned from a five night sailing from Carnival Fascination, a Carnival Cruise Line Fantasy-class ship. Jason gives us a review of his Bahamas cruise along with how the food, entertainment and overall experience was. 

Dan Skilken from TripInsurance.com returns to answer some of your listener questions. 
 
1. I recently sailed Carnival Breeze and came down with bronchitis, between breathing treatments, anti-biotics and doctor visits I was billed $1300 and fighting with my insurance company to pay even through I bought the policy through Carnival. How would a trip insurance policy differ?  Jeff from Tampa 
 
2. Once again I should have listened to you. All the flights are canceled out of CT and I'm stuck driving 20 hours to Miami because I paid over $2000 for this cruise and I'm NOT missing it. How would've trip insurance help me in this scenario. Chrissy from Bristol
 
3. What benefit would trip insurance do for me if I have excellent heath care through my employer? Donna from Tennessee
 
4. I have never booked travel insurance because I've read on message boards where the claim got appealed. How often does this happen? Linda from AZ
 
5. How are rates calculated on a travel policy? I am 65 and retired and traveling to the Med this spring for a 12 night cruise. My only coverage is Medicare with a supplemental health policy. Richard in Sumter, SC. 
 
6. We are getting emails from Carnival about the Zika virus and are sailing isn't until next February. Are there limitations with Zika virus and purchasing travel insurance? I know it's a way out but want to be safe!! 
 
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Direct download: EPI369FEB2516.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

On this episode we get a review from Vickie on a Med cruise aboard Island Princess, one of the smaller Princess Cruises ships. 

Shelly from CruisingExcursions.com stops by to answer your questions on Med excursions. 

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Direct download: EPI268FEB1816.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 7:54pm EDT

Tina just returned from Norwegian Escape where she did a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship. She gives us a comprehensive review. 

 
Theresa Norton-Masek has cruise news on:
  • Anthem of the Seas safely back in port 
  • Princess Cruises changes their hull on all ships 
  • Carnival Inspiration out of dry dock with Fun Ship 2.0 
  • Carnival reveals 3,500 itineraries through April 2018
  • How is Harmony of the Seas shaping up?
  • Carnival Vista update

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Direct download: EPI367FEB1116.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 8:40pm EDT

We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas on this four night Western Caribbean sailing to Cozumel. Hear this comprehensive review of the onboard experience. 

John Heald talks to us about the new Carnival Cruise Line partnership with Operation Homefront and country music superstar Carrie Underwood. 

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Direct download: EPI366FEB516.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29am EDT

Kristin just returned from a five night Western Caribbean sailing aboard Celebrity Constellation from Port Everglades - stopping in Key West and Cozumel. We get a detailed review from embarkation to disembarkation and everything in between. 
 
Cruise Guy has cruise news 
  • More cruise lines canceling Turkey 
  • Protests in Labadee causing cancelations 
  • New Holland America ship passed sea trials - what's next?
  • So we've seen a lot of refurbs over the years, and it looks like Norwegian and Princess are next in line - what are we gonna see? 
  • Norwegian Getaway leaving Miami and heading to Europe - when is this going to happen?
  • Carnival reduced deposit sale - is it big?

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Direct download: EPI365JAN2715.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 10:09pm EDT

Howard and his wife just returned from a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing about one of the world's largest cruise ships, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. Hear this comprehensive review of what it's like living the suite life. 

Shelly from CruisingExcursions.com stops by to tackle your questions on some of the most popular shore excursions in the Caribbean this year. 

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Direct download: EPI_364_JAN_23_16.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

Kris and his family just returned from Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas on a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise out of Galveston, Texas. Kris leaves no stone unturned talking about his sailing - from his impressions of this Freedom Class ship to the dining to activities offered. 

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on:
  • Carnival Inspiration is going into dry dock next week for a massive three week long renovation - what are we gonna see?
  • Celebrity changes branding - what are we seeing?
  • MSC Cruises has partnered up with Samsung - what does the partnership include?
  • NCL new island Harevest Cay behind schedule - why?
  • Windstar Star Pride grounded and caused cancelations - what exactly happened here? 

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Direct download: EPI363JAN1516.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 1:51pm EDT

On this episode, Jeff gives us a Carnival Breeze review. Jeff just returned from a eight night Eastern Caribbean sailing. He gives us an overview of Carnival's newest Fun Ship that was launched in 2012. 

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on:
 
NCL changes branding 
NCL stiffens cancelation penalties - thoughts?
MSC new island 
Port Everglades sets new passenger record
Princess orders new ship  
Carnival giving guests option to get their room made up once or twice a day - they are calling it Comfort Matters. 
  
Listener Question
 
I just saw where Disney pulled out of Greece and Turkey - I am booked on Carnival Vista over the summer with calls in both those countries, should I be worried that we won't visit? 

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Direct download: EPI_362_JAN_6_16.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Connie and her husband just returned from Holland America's ms Westerdam on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing. They are no stranger to Holland America Line with their five star mariner status. Connie chats with us about her Thanksgiving sailing, how impressions of Holland America, what draws her back to the cruise line time after time and the ports of call she experienced during her cruise. 

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Direct download: EPI361DEC3115.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 12:00pm 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 sun set 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: 8:27pm EDT

We just returned from a 10-night sailing aboard Carnival Sunshine. This was a special Carnival Journeys sailing that gave a longer itinerary with out the beaten path ports of call and programming that was unique to 1987 - like throwback sea days with captain cocktail parties, the original menu from formal night, specials Q&A sessions with the captain and the famous midnight buffet. 

We talk with the Cruise Director Jaime Dee about the Carnival Journeys sailing and some of the on board programming and also seasoned cruise veteran Stormin' Norm. 
 
Get all the details about Carnival Journeys here. This is part one of a two part show. The next show will focus on the ports of call, dining, and entertainment. 

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Direct download: EPI360DEC2315.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 8:42am EDT

On this episode, Jason Leppert from Popular Cruising joins us for a comprehensive review of Disney Dream after an extensive refurb in November. Disney Dream went into dry dock to get a make over of some of the public areas and added the Star Wars area for the kids. Disney Dream does three and four night sailings out of Port Canaveral. 

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Direct download: EPI359DEC1815.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT

Jessica and her family just returned from a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing aboard Norwegian Star, a ship that sails seasonally from the port of Tampa. Being Jessica's first time aboard, she gives a comprehensive review of embarkation from Tampa, first impressions, staterooms, dining, entertainment and ports. 

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Direct download: EPI358DEC1515.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

Rick joins us to give a comprehensive review of his Queen Victoria sailing in the Med. He goes into detail about what makes the ship the Queen Victoria so different, how the experience was and what keeps him sailing Cunard Line time after time. 

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Direct download: EPI357DEC1115.mp3
Category:Cunard Line -- posted at: 1:52pm EDT

Ben just returned from a two-night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. The world's largest cruise ship that spent some time in dry dock and Europe before coming back to her home-port of Port Everglades, Florida. On this episode, Ben talks about his first impressions of Allure of the Seas, staterooms, entertainment and what the ship is like on sea days. Since this was a two-day cruise, Ben tried to squeeze as much as he could while he was on-board. 

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Direct download: EPI356DEC415.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Princess Cruises is turning 50-years-old this year, and the Love Boat cast reunited on Pacific Princess to celebrate the anniversary this week. Our West Coast correspondent, Jason Coleman, checks in throughout this week's show to give us some highlights from the event. 
 
James and his wife just returned on a seven night cruise from Norfolk, VA to Bermuda aboard Carnival Splendor. James gives us a Carnival Splendor review plus what it was like sailing to Bermuda. 
 
Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 
  • Princess Cruises 50th anniversary 
  • Margaritaville price hike on Norwegian Escape
  • Grand Princess mechanical problems in Hawaii 
  • Broadway show Grease coming to two Royal Caribbean ships 
  • Social impact cruise line, Fathom, having a big sale. Is this to pick up slow bookings? 
Listener question from Roger: Should i be worried about my Med cruise next summer because of these travel warnings and the recent acts of violence in Paris?

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Direct download: EPI355DEC315.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm EDT

On this episode, Tommy gives us his review of his latest cruise aboard Norwegian Pearl. This wasn't an ordinary cruise, though. It was a themed cruise put on by country superstars Florida-Georgia Line. Tommy gives his impressions of the cruise overall, the food, staterooms, and, most importantly, the entertainment. 

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Direct download: EPI354NOV3015.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 4:14pm EDT

On this episode, Lisa talks about her seven-night honeymoon cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas in the Mediterranean. Lisa chats with me about her first impressions of the ship, the food, entertainment, her stateroom and ports of call. 
 
Stewart Chiron has cruise news on:
  • QM2 made inaugural call to Amber Cove
  • New social impact cruise line, fathom, announces layout of new ship
  • Princess Cruises' Majestic Princess pre-China itineraries announced 
  • Do Black Friday cruise deals exist? 
  • Any booking advice for a black friday/cyber monday cruise deals?

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Direct download: EPI353NOV2615.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 11:18pm EDT

Barry just returned from a seven-night Caribbean sailing aboard Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Summit round trip from San Juan. On this show Barry reviews embarkation, first impressions, stateroom, dining, entertainment and ports of call on this voyage. Barry gives us his candid thoughts on the ship and what he liked and didn't care for. 

We also talk to Cruising Excursion expert Shelly to get advice on what to do in Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Curacao. 

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Direct download: EPI352NOV2215.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 6:41pm EDT

We are on the island of Martinique, a region of France, located in the Southern Caribbean. Martinique is just getting back into the cruise business after a few years on the decline. The port will see 22 inaugural ship calls this years, including Anthem of the Seas and Carnival Sunshine.

We sit down with Roger Blum, a cruise consultant for the Tourism Department of Martinique to get a report card on the island. 

Stewart Chiron has Cruise News:
  • NCL first time back in Canaveral in three years 
  • Holland American releases Koningsdam reveal videos
  • 2016 Carnival Live continues - what musical acts revealed
  • New Celebrity suite perks
  • Royal Ordering a fifth quantum ship
  • What's latest on Carnival Vista?

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Direct download: EPI351NOV1915.mp3
Category:Cruising -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

We get a review from Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Miracle from Peter Knego. Peter just returned from a seven-night Mexican Riviera sailing and goes into full detail about the ship, dining, entertainment, ports and his thoughts. Hear this comprehensive Carnival Miracle review. 

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Direct download: EPI350NOV1415.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Brand new ship alert! We are broadcasting aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Escape. There are over a dozen dining venues, tons of partnerships like Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and more. We give you a comprehensive Norwegian Escape review. 

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Direct download: EPI349NOV1215.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:32am EDT

This week we are broadcasting from Royal Caribbean's brand new Anthem of the Seas. This ship is hands down the smartest ship in the world! From robotic bartenders, indoor skydiving and bumper cars. Hear a comprehensive Anthem of the Seas review. 

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Direct download: EPI348NOV815.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT