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Sonya just returned from a four night sailing to Cozumel aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Freedom. She gives us a detailed review of the ship, food, Halloween night and entertainment. Carnival Freedom sails year-round from Galveston. 

Stewart has Cruise News on:

  • Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas arrives 
  • Another Quantum-class ship 
  • Carnival Miracle and Splendor China bound 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line add smoking area 

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

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Direct download: EPI347NOV515.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT

Howard and his family just returned from a Carnival Cruise Line sailing aboard Carnival Glory. Howard gives us a detailed review of Carnival Glory along with the food, entertainment, kids program, his first impressions and ports of call. Listen in on this Carnival Glory review. 

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

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Direct download: EPI346NOV215.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT

On this episode, we get a review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Sunshine from the perspective of Doug. Get a full Carnival Sunshine review and hear what this Fun Ship has to offer. 

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

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Direct download: EPI446OCT3015.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 9:40am EDT

Theresa just returned from a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Norwegian Getaway, a Norwegian Cruise Line ship that does seven-night Caribbean cruises from Miami, Florida. She leave no stone unturned in this Norwegian Getaway talking about embarkation, dining, staterooms, ports and pre-cruise. 

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

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Direct download: EPI344OCT2615.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Jonathon and his family just returned from a seven-night cruise aboard Carnival Pride to the Bahamas. Johnathon gives a full Carnival Pride review, from embarkation - the ship - to the ports. 
 
Cruise Guy has cruise news on:
 
  • Norwegian Escape delivered 
  • Norwegian Epic undergoing refurbishment 
  • Carnival Corp starting a China Cruise Line 
  • Two Celebrity ships undergoing refurbishments and removing two classic ocean liner venues

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

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Direct download: EPI343102315.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:39am EDT

On this episode, we get a review of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas from Scott. Scott and his family did a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing aboard Freedom and he covers every step of his cruise from embarkation to food to ports. Scott leaves no stone unturned on this Freedom of the Seas review. 

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

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Direct download: EPI342OCT1915.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

Jessica just returned from a five-night sailing aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Paradise on a five-night Western Caribbean sailing. She leaves no stone unturned on this review covering embarkation from the Port of Tampa, first impressions of Carnival Paradise, food, dining experience, entertainment and ports of call. 

Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 
  • Carnival Cruise Line heading to China 
  • Norwegian Escape moving Norwegian Bliss to China 
  • Princess naming their new ship 
  • Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic opening up 
  • Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas undergoing a refurbishment

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

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Direct download: EPI341OCT1515.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 8:54am EDT

Ted and his family just returned from a three-night Bahamas cruise aboard Disney Dream. This is their first Disney cruise, cruising strictly with Carnival previously. On this episode, Ted gives us a bow to stern run down of Disney Cruise Line and what the Disney experience is like, not only for him but his son. This is an excellent Disney Cruise Line review.

We tackle your questions on taking cruise shore excursions in the Med. We have listener questions about Barcelona, Rome and St. Petersburg, Russia. 

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

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Direct download: EPI340OCT1215.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

Janet gives us her review of Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas, a seven night Alaska sailing from Seattle. Janet talks about her Alaska cruise experience, her onboard experience, and her favorite Alaska ports in this Jewel of the Seas review. 
 
Stewart has cruise news on:
  • Hurricane causes major ship movies in Bahamas and Bermuda
  • Grand Cayman could see a new cruise pier
  • HAL raises gratuities 
  • Queen Mary 2 to undergo massive drydock in 2016
  • Carnival Crop unveils new high-speed shipboard WIFI 
  • Question: How safe is it to cruise during hurricane season?  

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

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Direct download: EPI339OCT915.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Today, we talk cruise etiquette with Vickie from Vancouver, an avid cruiser. She loves to cruise and being on board. After being fed up with how some cruise guests act on-board, she wrote an article on the ins and outs of cruise etiquette. She stresses that common courtesy goes a long way! 

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

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Direct download: EPI338OCT515.mp3
Category:Cruising -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

We talk about our trip down to Carnival Corp.'s new cruise pier in the Dominican Republic, Amber Cove. 
 
On this episode, Kris gives his family's account of their Northern Europe cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas. Kris did a 12-night Norway/Iceland cruise.  

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

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Direct download: EPI337OCT0115.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT

Richard just returned from a seven-night Florida-Bahamas sailing aboard Norwegian Gem from Manhattan. Being a NYC resident, Richard loves sailing from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal because it's a short walk from his house. Richard leave no stone unturned on this Norwegian Gem review and covers all the bases of this cruise ship. 

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

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Direct download: EPI336SEPT2815.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Mark just returned from a four night Western Caribbean sailing aboard Carnival Victory. On this sailing Mark stopped at Key West and Cozumel and had a day at sea. Hear a comprehensive Carnival Victory review. 

Stewart Chiron has cruise news on:
  • Carnival Cruise Line returns to Mobile, Alabama
     
  • Norwegian Escape update 
     
  • New cruise port Jamaica on the Southwest coast
  • Listener question:Is Istanbul still an issue for cruise ships - we are about to sail Celebrity in the Med.

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

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Direct download: EPI335SEPT2415.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 9:27pm EDT

Janet just returned from Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas, a five-night cruise from Bayonne, NJ to Bermuda. Hear Janet discuss the ship, Bermuda, and some first time cruise tips. Janet leave no stone unturned on this Liberty of the Seas review. 

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

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Direct download: EPI334SEPT2115.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

On this show, we get a review of Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas from Don. Don and his family did a seven-night Southern Caribbean cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cruise had an interesting twist when both a tropical storm and hurricane affected their sailing. Hear a comprehensive review of Adventure of the Seas. 

Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 
  • Carnival cutting lobster 
  • Norwegian Escape shipyard visit 
  • Norwegian changing daily service charge policy 
  • Celebrity Cruises add late night room service fee

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

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Direct download: EPI333SEPT1815.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 8:50pm EDT

Theresa Russell just returned from a seven-night Alaska cruise on Holland America Line's ms Amsterdam where she got to experience the beauty of Alaska. Hear a comprehensive review of this ship from a travel expert.

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

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Direct download: EPI332SEPT1215.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

Craig and his family just returned from a seven-night cruise aboard Carnival Pride from Baltimore. Hear a comprehensive review of Carnival Pride. 

We answer more of your shore excursion questions from CruisingExcursions.com. 

Stewart has cruise news on:

Carnival Liberty ends cruise in St. Thomas 
Royal Caribbean building a new cruise terminal in Miami 
Norwegian Escape conveyance 
New stores on Norwegian Escape
 
Listener question: How do I find out if a cruise line is going to have a reduced deposit sale?

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

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Direct download: EPI331SEPT1015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

Christine Duffy recently took the helm as President at Carnival Cruise Line, after leading up CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) for years. Christine stops by to talk about the happenings at Carnival Cruise Line including: Carnival Vista, Carnival Journeys, what trends the line is seeing and some of her favorites ships and burgers. 

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

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Direct download: EPI330SEPT715.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:29am EDT

On this episode, we get cruise news on: 

  • Amber Cove cruise port 
  • Carnival ups Bermuda sailings 
  • Mobile sees cruise ships again 
  • Holland America tweaks internet plans 
  • Fathom announces first Cuba date
Dan from TripInsurance.com is here to answer your questions about travel insurance. Dan tackles questions about cancelation due to loss of a job, weather and how the process actually words. 
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI329SEPT315.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

Vicki stops by the share her Alaska cruise review aboard Crown Princess. She goes into detail about embarkation from the Port of Seattle, her impressions, stateroom, on-board dining, ship entertainment and Alaskan ports of call. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI328AUG2615.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

John and his family just got back from a five-night Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Conquest. A ship based out of Port Everglades that does five to eight-night sailings. John gives us a complete review of Carnival Conquest, including the kids program that his daughter took part in. 

A lot of cruise lines pass Grand Cayman by, because it's a tender port and it would take too long to offload thousands of guests. A company in Grand Cayman has an idea that would eliminate the tender operation. It stems from a cable car concept and will move 20,000 guests-per-hour from ship to shore.
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI327AUG2515.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

Bobby and Linda just returned from an eight-night Caribbean sailing aboard Carnival Breeze from Miami. This Carnival ship was launched in 2012 and has a dozen dining and entertainment options, including a lot of Carnival's Fun Ship 2.0 features. Bobby leaves no stone unturned on this Carnival Breeze review. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI326AUG2415.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

Sonya just returned from a sailing out of Galveston on Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Triumph, a five-night Mexican cruise. Sonya gives us a full Carnival Triump review about the staterooms, post-Fun Ship 2.0 dining, entertainment and ports. 

Stewart Chiron has cruise news on:
  • Escape float out
  • Princess new venue
  • Disney changes alcohol policy 
  • Thoughts on Houston not being a cruise terminal anymore
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI325AUG1915.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Noam just returned from a seven-night southbound sailing aboard Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Millennium from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, Canada. 

Noam talks about the excursions on his Alaska cruise, all about the dining on-board the ship and what to do expect when going on an Alaska cruise. 
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI324AUG1415.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Theresa just returned from an 18-night repositioning sailing aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jewel from Houston to Seattle. Hear a comprehensive Norwegian Jewel review.

Theresa Norton-Masek has cruise news:

  • New class of service for Royal Caribbean
  • Carnival WIFI soon to go fleetwide
  • Houston loses cruise ships, again
  • Hawaii seeking consultants to boost cruise business
  • Norwegian Cruise Line extending Seattle
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI323AUG1215.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Kerry and his wife just returned from a seven-night cruise aboard one of the largest cruise ships in the world, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. On this sailing they did a Western Caribbean itinerary that included a stop at Royal Caribbean's private island Labadee, Haiti. 

Hear a comprehensive review of Oasis of the Seas from a guy who is no stranger to the Oasis-class ships. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI322AUG1115.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

Greg and his wife just returned from a five-night Bahamas cruise aboard Carnival Sunshine. The cruise went to Nassau, Freeport and Carnival's private-island Half Moon Cay. 

On the episode, Greg gives us a comprehensive Carnival Sunshine review - with no stone unturned. 
 
Theresa Norton-Masek from Travel Pulse has cruise news:
  • Norwegian Cruise Line announced some big news earlier this week: (Epic heading to Port Canaveral, talks of Cuba and heading to Asia)
  • Princess Cruises debuting the The Voice at sea 
  • Celebrity offering evening excursions in the Caribbean 
  • Royal Caribbean earnings call, sticking with last minute no-discounting?
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI321AUG715.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:51pm EDT

Jason and his family just returned from an 11-night Eastern Mediterranean sailing aboard Celebrity Reflection.

He shares his pre-cruise thoughts, how embarkation was, his first impressions of Celebrity Reflection, stateroom, dining, entertainment and port thoughts. Find out why Jason choose Celebrity Cruises for his last cruise. 
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI320AUG415.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 1:29pm EDT

Eric just returned from a sailing aboard Royal Princess and shares his trip with us. Eric leaves no stone unturned in this review, covering his pre-cruise thoughts, embarkation, stateroom, dining, entertainment and how the ship was during sea days. 
 
Theresa Norton-Masek from TravelPulse has Cruise News:
 
  • Costa Cruises orders two massive cruise ships
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines parts ways with Celebrity Chef 
  • Princess Cruises gets new specialty venue 
  • Carnival Corporation reaches agreement on ADA lawsuit
  • Kathy Lee Gifford debuts new wine on Carnival Splendor in NYC 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI319JUL3115.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

We took a weekend trip down to Carnival Sunshine in Port Canaveral, Florida and talked to the Cruise Director Ryan. This is Ryan's second week on the job as he's filling in for the original Cruise Director Jamie D. We also chat with a passenger about their Carnival Sunshine experience. 

The summer is heating up with Caribbean shore excursions and we talk about cruise excursions in St. Thomas, Aruba, Barbados and St. Vincent. 
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI318JUL2815.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

We get a review from listener, Tommy, about a cruise line out of West Palm Beach, Florida called Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. The interesting thing about this cruise line is that the ship used to belong to Carnival Cruise Line as Carnival Celebration. It was finally sold off after being transferred a couple times within the Carnival Corporation. 

 Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy, has cruise news:
 
Freedom of the Seas experiences engine fire 
Norwegian Cruise Line raises gratuities, again
MSC Cruises launches revamps loyalty program  
Crystal Cruises launches new ships, river boats, yachts and airline
 
Listener Question
 
What is the best way to handle a cruise price drop? 
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI317JUL2315_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm EDT

We talk to a couple from Florida who have done 100 cruises on the same ship from Port Canaveral, Florida. They tell us why they have been on the ship 100 times, what keeps them coming back, and if they plan to cruise elsewhere. 

Josh the Cruise Director from Carnival Sensation drops by the talk about Carnival Sensation and what makes it so appealing. 

A listener gives us a review of their eight-night Florida/Bahamas cruise on Norwegian Gem. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: CR_JUL_20_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:47pm EDT

We turn the tables this week and I get interviewed about my recent sailing aboard Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas. I talk about pre-cruise thoughts, dining, entertainment, the ship, and the private island Coco Cay and Nassau, Bahamas. 

Cruise Guy has cruise news on:
  • fathom going to Cuba (I will play the NPR clipping)
  • Royal cutting Dynamic Dining from ships 
  • Norwegian going a la carte on specialty 
  • Cunard NYC event 
  • Celebrity's new female captain 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: CR_JUL_16_15_MIX_AU_EDIT.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Royal Caribbean recently announced that Majesty of the Seas will stay with the Royal fleet and undergo extensive renovations in 2016. Part of those renovations include a waterslide, additional dining venues, kid programs, and complimentary high-speed internet. 

We sit down and talk with the Cruise Director and Hotel Director of Majesty of the Seas and get their takes on the ship, renovations, their jobs, and what makes this Bahamas-bound ship so appealing to thousands of guests every week. 
 
Next week will be a special review of the ship.
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: CR_JUL_13_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 10:27pm EDT

We answer a listener question about what to do when visiting St. Kitts this summer. 

ShipMate App has a new update that puts all your cruise, port, and ship information in one stream (like Facebook).  We talk to creator Mike Jirout about the update.
 
Plus, cruise news on Carnival Vista floating out, MSC Cruises to base ship in Cuba, Norwegian ending Nickelodeon agreement, Celebrity adds value added pricing structure, and Royal Caribbean keeping Majesty of the Seas. 
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: CR_JUL_9_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

We answer a question about a pre-cruise hotel in Port Canaveral, Florida. We talk with the General Manager of Radisson Resort at the Port to find out about the property and what it offers. During the interview, a rocket took off and it was super cool to be a part of that. 

We get a listener review of Carnival Conquest on an eight-night Caribbean sailing from Port Everglades. We learn about the ship, stateroom, dining options, ports, and first time tips. 

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: EPI312JUL615.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT

Listener, Andy, just got back from a four-night Bahamas cruise on Carnival Sensation. The cruise left from Port Canaveral, Florida and stopped at Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas.

Theresa Norton-Masek, Cruise Editor of TravelPulse.com has cruise news on:

  • Cruise passengers killed in floatplane accident
  • Carnival Corporation orders three mega ships
  • Coin Ceremony completed on Carnival Vista 
  • Walking Dead theme cruise sailing in January
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: CR_JUL_2_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:21am EDT

Jason joins us fresh off his Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder, straight from Alaska. Hear a bow to stern review.

We recently received a listener email telling us that we need to educate the listeners more on using travel agents, so we got Vincent Dowling from Enchanted Memories Travel on the phone to tell us why we should use a travel agent.

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Direct download: CR_6_30_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Richard Branson is no stranger to the travel industry with airlines, hotels, space, trains, and now a cruise line. 

We headed to Miami for the announcement and got response from industry professionals and listened to public opinion. 

Also, we'll answer listener questions about Caribbean shore excursions in Cozumel, Nassau, and diving locations. 
 
Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: CR_JUN_23_15_MIX_AU_EDIT.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

Listener, Richard, gives us a Norwegian Getaway review after returning from his seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing out of Miami.

Plus, travel expert Jason Coleman and answers listener questions about U.S. Customs and Immigration, passport stamps, and seasickness medication.

Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
 
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Direct download: CR_JUN_22_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On this episode, we get a comprehensive review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America from Theresa Russell. She shares her Hawaii cruise experience, what is was like sailing on a U.S. flagged ship, and what the Hawaiian Islands were like. 

Cruise News

  • Norwegian revamps their dining package
  • Cruises to nowhere ending
  • Recapping Carnival's no bottle policy 
  • HAL Noordam rescues sightseeeing boat
     
    Listener question:
     
    A Villa on Carnival's private island Half Moon Cay for 8 people is $499.99. The villa itself holds 18 people. Every person over 8 is required to pay $49.99 per person.
    We have 11 people in our party total - I am confused why we have to pay extra if the villa itself is designed for 18 people in the first place. Any ideas?
     
    Thoughts or reviews? Email me: doug@cruiseradio.net 
     
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Direct download: CR_JUN_19_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 6:30pm EDT

On this episode, we talk to listener Marcy who just returned from an eight night cruise aboard Carnival Legend in Alaska. The cruise started in Vancouver and ended in Seattle. Marcy gives her full Carnival Legend review. 

We talk  to the creator of one of the newest cruise apps out there, Cruise Deals, an iPhone app that monitors cruise prices drops. You can find price drops reduced as much as 80%. Find the app by searching Criuse Deals in the app store.

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Direct download: CR_JUN_15_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:55pm EDT

On this show, Vickie gives us a review of Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess on her recent California Coastal cruise. We get to hear about the ship, staterooms, dining, and ports of call.

Angie Keilhauer is a talented acoustic musician we came across on Carnival Legend last year in Tampa. Since then she’s been spotted by some big names in country music like Kenny Chesney and is going big places! She’s currently off the ship and on tour and checks in with us.


Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on:

  • Carnival’s ban on water bottles
  • New Norwegian Cruise Line dining plans
  • Fall cruise trends for 2015
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Direct download: CR_JUNE_11_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 11:16pm EDT

On this episode, Sherry Laskin joins us to talk about a cruise she took aboard Carnival Pride earlier this year from Tampa to the Western Caribbean. Sherry gives us all the details on this Carnival Pride review.

Recently, Carnival Corporation announced the start up of a new brand called 'fathom.' The brand is centered around social impact and has created quite the buzz on social media and on the message boards. Stewart Chiron The Cruise Guy joins me this week to tackle and answer some of the response.

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Direct download: CR_JUNE_8_15_MIX_AU_EDIT.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 9:36pm EDT

Carnival Corporation has launched a tenth cruise brand called fathom. The brand category, called social impact travel, will offer an impactful travel experience and work alongside locals to tackle community needs.

Fathom is purpose built, starting with one ship, and allowing guests to immerse themselves in local culture and economic development.

Based out of Miami with a 700-passenger cruise ship, the first destination will be the Puerto Plata region of the Dominican Republic. This area is known for both beauty and poverty, which is where fathom steps in.

On this show, we talk to:

  • Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation
  • Tara Russell, President of Fathom
  • Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy
  • Nancy Schretter, from the Family Travel Network
  • James Shillinglaw, TravelPulse.com
  • Ben Souza, Cruise Fever
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Direct download: CR_JUN_4_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT

On this episode, Jeff from Tampa gives us a comprehensive review of his latest four-night Bahamas sailing aboard Norwegian Sky from Miami.

Jeff covers his impressions of Norwegian Sky; the stateroom, food, entertainment, and what he did in Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas.

Last week, we had Nancy Schretter on from Family Travel Network about her review of Norwegian Jade. Listener, Jessica, emailed in to ask a couple questions about sailing Europe with her family – so Nancy is back to answer those questions.

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Direct download: JUNE_1_15_MIX_AU_EDIT.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

On this episode, Nancy Schretter stops by to give us her Norwegian Jade review. She just returned from a 10-day cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean.  

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news:

  • Allure of the Seas dry dock complete
  • NCL reverse food only in dining room policy
  • Three queen meet up in Liverpool
  • Queen Elizabeth 2 left to rot
  • New guesses on Carnival Corp. announcement
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Direct download: CR_MAY_27_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 8:57pm EDT

Thanks for 300 amazing shows!

Ben Souza and his wife just returned from a four-night Alaska sailing on Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess. This was a special sailing that started in Vancouver, BC, stopped in Ketchikan, and ended in Seattle, Washington. 


Ben gives us a bow to stern Ruby Princess review, leaving no stone unturned. 

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on: 
  • Norwegian Dawn grounding in Bermuda
  • Drowning aboard Norwegian Gem  
  • Celebrity Cruises' new Caribbean overnight itineraries 
  • Disney heading back to Miami, NYC, and Galveston 
  • Speculation of Carnival Corp. upcoming announcement in NYC
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Direct download: CR_MAY_20_15_AU.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 12:48am EDT

Carrie McLaren and her family recently returned from a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Liberty that went to St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. On this show, Carrie gives us a full Carnival Liberty review, leaving no stone unturned.

Mike Jirout is the creator of the ShipMate App, an awesome smartphone app that encourages you to get excited about your cruise vacation. Recently, Mike added a fare watch feature that allows you to monitor your cruise fare regardless of who you purchased it through.

Some listeners have saved over $150 per person and have gotten that returned as an on-board credit.

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Direct download: CR_MAY_13_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 8:29pm EDT

Howard just returned from a seven-night Bermuda cruise on MSC Divina. Not only was it a Bermuda cruise, it was a Bermuda cruise spent in the MSC Yacht Club - MSC Cruises' ship within a ship feature. Hear this full MSC Divina review. 

Stewart Chiron The Cruise Guy has Cruise News on:

  • Norwegian Cruise Line charging for room service
  • Norwegian Sky goes all-inclusive alcohol in 2016
  • MSC Divina returns to Miami
  • Cunard's Royal meet up
  • Cruise port in New Zealand turns down Ovation of the Seas
  • Princess puts 2017 new build in China 
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Direct download: CR_MAY_6_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:MSC Cruises -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

Tiffany and her husband just returned from a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Dream out of New Orleans. Tiffany drops in to give us her Carnival Dream review, leaving no stone unturned. She covers her pre-cruise thoughts, embarkation, first impressions, stateroom, food, entertainment, and how the sea days were.

Stewart Chiron The Cruise Guy has Cruise News on:

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Direct download: CR_APR_29_15_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 7:05pm EDT

We caught up with Carnival Cruise Line's Senior Cruise Director John Heald about the latest happenings at Carnival.

John chats with us about:

  • Carnival room service charges
  • Carnival LIVE concert program
  • Moving Carnival Magic to Port Canaveral
  • Carnival Pride goes back to Baltimore
  • And gets personal about his weight loss journey

Ship Review

Don Bucalo gives us a review of his sailing his seven night Alaska sailing from Seattle aboard Celebrity Solstice. As a first time Alaska cruiser, Don gives his thoughts on: the adventure, the ship, and what he did in Alaska. Don leaves no stone unturned on this Celebrity Solstice review. 

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Direct download: CR_APRIL_23_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

Craig Kell from Chicago just returned from Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Splendor, a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing, round-trip from Miami.

This was, also, a Carnival LIVE sailing, where Craig got to experience the band Journey perform in the ship's main theater in St. Thomas.

Cruise News

  • Carnival charging for some room service items
  • Norwegian Cruise Line charges delivery fee on two ships
  • Ovation of the Seas to homeport in Sydney, Australia 
  • Big animal statue on Anthem of the Seas
  • Carnival Magic moving to Florida from Galveston 
  • Carnival LIVE Summer/Fall 2015 Concert Series revealed 

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Direct download: CR_APR_15_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT

Listener Tommy lives in NYC and just took a 9-night Eastern Caribbean sailing aboard Norwegian Gem. On this sailing they hit San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, USVI; Philipsburg, St Maarten; and Tortola.

Tommy gives his first impressions of the ship, and reviews Freestyle Dining, his stateroom, entertainment, ports, and gives his final thoughts of Norwegian Gem. He leaves no stone unturned on this Norwegian Gem review!

Plus, we talk upcoming cruise ships!

Upcoming Ships 2015/2016

  • Anthem of the Seas
  • Viking Star
  • Norwegian Escape
  • Carnival Vista
  • Holland America's Koningsdam

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Direct download: CR_APR_9_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT

Carissa, her husband and four kids just returned from a 7-night Caribbean cruise on the Disney Magic out of Port Canaveral. This is her family's third Disney cruise. In this episode Carissa gives a bow to stern review of Disney Magic's embarkation process, first impressions, staterooms (she had both interior and ocean view), dining, entertainment, Castaway Cay, and some first time advice for guests considering sailing Disney.

Hear this comprehensive Disney Magic Review!

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has Cruise News on: 

  • Recap Carnival's 9 new ships story
  • NCL testing room service fee
  • New HAL ship goes to Port Everglades
  • Carnival Pride back in Baltimore, again after Fun Ship 2.0
  • St. Maarten to undergo a massive redevelopment project
  • Anthem of the Seas status

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Direct download: CR_APR_2_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

Listener Don and his wife just returned from Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas to Nassau, Bahamas and Coco Cay. Don gives us a comprehensive review of the ship, dining, entertainment, and more. 

Cruise Guy has Cruise News on: 

  • More cruise lines canceling after Tunesia
  • New Holland America Line entertainment
  • Royal Caribbean shaking things up in China and Alaska
  • Carnival Sunshine seasonally leaving Port Canaveral

Resources Mentioned: 

Listener Question: Do you need a passport for a cruise within the USA that starts and ends in a different port? The short answer is yes, you do. Stewart goes into more detail.

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Direct download: CR_MAR_27_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 10:37am EDT

It was recently announced that Carnival Cruise Line is repositioning Carnival Sunshine to New York City, seasonally June - Oct. 2016. Terry Thornton is the Senior VP of Itinerary Planning for Carnival and talks to us about the move, the itineraries, and the future of Carnival Magic. 

Jason Leppert joins us to give us a review of Carnival Freedom, his latest six-night Western Caribbean cruise from Galveston, Texas. Jason gives us a comprehensive review of dining, public areas, entertainment and staterooms of Carnival Freedom.  

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Direct download: CR_MARCH_20_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT

Princess Cruises today announced a first-of-its-kind cruise industry partnership with three-time Oscar winner and composer of Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell; Stephen Schwartz. The cruise line’s new relationship with such a major creative talent from Broadway and Hollywood includes a multi-year agreement to oversee the creative development of four new musicals to debut across the fleet over the next several years.  
 
During his 40-year career, Schwartz has won four Grammy's, three Academy Awards for “Best Song” and “Best Score” for Pocahontas and “Best Song” for The Prince of Egypt, and has been nominated for six Tony Awards. He is the only songwriter in Broadway history to ever have three shows run more than 1,900 performances. 

On this episode from New York City, we talk with Broadway celebrity Stephen Schwartz and Love Boat television personality Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing).  

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Direct download: PRINCESS_NYC_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 11:25am EDT

On this episode, Ben Souza from CruiseFever drops by to talk about 16 cruise hacks that every cruise vacationer should know. Ben covers everything from onboard dining, before you cruise tips, drinking on your cruise, and excursions. 

Cruise Guy stops by with Cruise News on Virgin Cruises lawsuit, Royal Caribbean's new ships Anthem of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas, Holland America's upcoming ship, Viking River Cruises heading to the Mississippi River, and Carnival Cruise Line moving more ships. 

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Direct download: CR_MAR_12_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 12:12pm EDT

Is the journey about the final destination – or the actual journey itself? Carnival Cruise Line answers that question with the launch of a new cruise program that encompasses longer voyages with destination immersion. Senior vice president of itinerary planning, Terry Thornton is on the show to tell us all about Carnival Journeys.

Matthew Clark and his family just returned from a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Dawn out of New Orleans. Matt gives us a bow to stern review of Norwegian Dawn and the Western Caribbean itinerary.

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Direct download: CR_MAR_5_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Listener Kabir just returned from a sailing aboard Norwegian Epic, taking him on a seven-night jaunt around the Western Caribbean. Kabir gives us a full Norwegian Epic review, including embarkation, the stateroom, dining options, entertainment, and shares his tips and secrets.

Bill Panoff, president and CEO of Fort Lauderdale-based PPI Group, began his career as a cruise director and went into cruise publishing. Bill took his company a step further and now has over 60 port shopping lecturers. No one knows cruise port shopping like Bill. He joins us to answer a listener question about Caribbean port shopping.

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on:

  • Carnival Vista itineraries
  • Norwegian Cruise Line tipping increases
  • New venue for upcoming Holland America ship
  • Disney adds Star Wars themed cruises
  • Captain of Costa Concordia sentenced

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Direct download: CR_FEB_25_2015_AU.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

To welcome Carnival Freedom to Galveston, Texas on Valentine’s Day, Carnival Cruise Line teamed up with Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that supports military families. During the event aboard the ship Carnival Cruise Line gave over 1,000 military members a free concert by country star Martina McBride, dinner in the main dining room, and a full evening of entertainment onboard the ship.
 
Before the Martina McBride concert, Carnival Cruise Line presented Operation Homefront with a $100,000 check to help military families throughout the country.
 
We were broadcasting live from the lido deck (pardon the wind), overlooking 1000's of military men and women. 
 

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Direct download: CR_FREEDOM_2_19_15_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:21am EDT

Ben Souza, from CruiseFever, just returned from a two-night Bahamas cruise aboard MSC Divina. On this cruise Ben got to take part in the MSC Cruises experience and share what it's like.

In this episode, Ben does a bow to stern review of MSC Divina, including: food, entertainment, cabins, service, the ship, and Nassau, Bahamas.

Stewart Chiron The Cruise Guy has Cruise News:

  • Cunard ships meet in Long Beach and San Francisco
  • Carnival Vista is heading to PortMiami in Florida
  • Steel cut for the fourth Oasis-class ship
  • Royal Caribbean has been offering free wifi on Quantum of the Seas as a testing stage
  • Viking River Cruises Ocean brand, Viking Star completed sea trials

Listener Question: We are going on a spring break cruise from Port Canaveral and are getting conflicting reports from friends and the cruise line – do we need a passport or not? 

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Direct download: CR_FEB_11_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:MSC Cruises -- posted at: 4:47pm EDT

Craig Storm and his wife just returned from a two-night cruise to nowhere, thanks to a 40th birthday gift from his parents. Being a first time cruiser, we ask Craig a lot of questions about his experience, if he had any preconceived notions about cruising the Norwegian Breakaway and the overall cruise experience.

Craig goes into detail about the dining aboard Norwegian Breakaway, the food options, entertainment, things to do aboard the ship and gives tips for cruisers considering Norwegian Breakaway.

Theresa Masek from TravelPulse.com has Cruise News on:

  • Carnival Corp aired their Super Bowl commercial and used content from a JFK speech -  why?
  • The old Carnival Celebration, now operating as the Grand Celebration, didn't quite make it out of port - what happened?
  • Is it still considered wave season? - any deals to be had
  • Royal Caribbean's Dynamic Dining issues 
  • Carnival Cruise Line changing their loyalty program

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Direct download: CR_FEB_5_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

Don Bucolo and his wife just returned from Royal Caribbean's brand new Quantum of the Seas, based in Bayonne, NJ - for now.

This cruise ship has it all; from almost two dozen dining venues, indoor skydiving, robotic bartenders to bumper cars. This is one ship you'll want to take a cruise vacation on! 

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Direct download: CR_JAN_29_15_AU.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

On January 22, 2015, all the details of Carnival Vista were revealed at Lincoln Center in New York City. The ship has a lot offer like a brewery on board, a skyway, a brand new water park, more dining options like a Lobster Shack and more! The food part alone made my mouth water!

On this episode, we talk to:

  • John Heald, Sr. Cruise Director of Carnival
  • Jim Berra, Chief Marketing Officer of Carnival
  • Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy
  • Journalists at the event

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Direct download: CR_JAN_23_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 7:25pm EDT

January has proven to be a busy month for the cruise industry with the reveal of Norwegian Cruise Line's upcoming Norwegian Escape, Carnival Cruise Line announcing a new smartphone app and brand new internet at sea packages, and New Orleans hitting one million cruise passengers. 

We were in New York City aboard Norwegian Breakaway when they revealed more details about the upcoming Norwegian Escape, like: a brew hall, tapas bar, new shows, and more. We get the overall response. 

Carnival Cruise Line just announced their new smartphone app that allows you to talk to other cruisers and keep track of your onboard spending. This app is aligned with other cruise line apps in the industry. On top of the app, Carnival announced internet packages aboard their ships for as little as $5 a day.

Adrian Greystone, Director of Guest Technology stops by the gives us the scoop on the new smartphone app.

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Direct download: CR_JAN_22_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Kathie Lee Gifford, former spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Line, returned to Carnival on Sunday to introduce her GIFFT Collection of wines at a tasting event for cruise guests on Carnival Breeze at PortMiami. The wines are now available for sale fleetwide on Carnival's 24 ships.

Hear about the Kathie Lee Gifford wine partnership.

On this show, we talk with:

  • Kathie Lee Gifford
  • Eddie Allen, VP of Beverage Ops
  • Emile, Onboard staff
  • Matt, Cruise Director
  • Cruise passengers

Stewart ChironThe Cruise Guy® has Cruise News:

  • Venice lifting bans on big cruise ships
  • Royal Caribbean makes a specialty venue complimentary on Quantum of the Seas
  • Carnival Freedom heading to Galveston, big festivities planned
  • Undercover Boss of Norwegian Cruise Line leaves company
  • Holland America Line rescues distressed sailors
  • Princess Cruises positions another ship to Australia
  • Status update on Anthem of the Seas

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Direct download: CR_JAN_15_14_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Jason Leppert returns to talk about his latest family vacation aboard Disney Cruise Line's Disney Fantasy. Jason discusses his experience aboard Disney Cruise Line, what it's like traveling during the holiday season on Disney, and goes into detail about the dining experiences.

Hear his Disney Fantasy review on this episode. 

It's officially Wave Season - that means there are a lot of great cruise deals to be had. In fact, 75% of cruise bookings this year will be made over the next couple months. We have added a Cruise Deal page at the top navigational bar of the website or you can click here.

Stewart ChironThe Cruise Guy® has Cruise News:

  • Snow to be featured on upcoming Norwegian Escape
  • Carnival Miracle up next for a multimillion dollar renovation
  • Royal Caribbean delays Dynamic Dining concept fleetwide
  • Carnival Cruise Line dropping the "S"
  • Pearl Seas possibly heading into Cuba
  • Carnival doing away with EA Sports Bar after three years
  • Oceania cruise ship fire - get caught up on the details

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Direct download: CR_01_09_15_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

On this episode, we check in with the cruise editor for TravelPulse.com and Vacation Agent Magazine, Theresa Masek, to give us a cruise rewind of 2014. We cover some of the big news that hit the headlines like Carnival LIVE, Quantum of the Seas, Margaritaville on Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean dining partnerships. Plus, we look ahead at new ships in 2015. Cruise vacations were great in 2014 and are just ramping up. Happy New Year! 

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Direct download: CR_DEC_31_15_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Earlier this month President Obama announced a new travel-friendly policy with Cuba. This a big step for the United States getting into Cuba since the embargo was put in place over 50 years ago.

With 11.6 million North Americans cruising in 2013, this could be huge for Cuba's economy.

I recently had a chance to sail on Costa Cruises' Costa Mediterreana to the Caribbean. Our 11-night voyage went to Nassau, Bahamas; the Dominican Republic, Tortola, Antigua, St. Maarten, and Freeport, Bahamas. We check in with the International Host aboard the ship and get some cruise passengers' thoughts. 

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Direct download: CR_DEC_26_14_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

On this episode, Jason Leppert from Popular Cruising drops by to chat about the major differences between luxury cruises and a mass market cruises. Having never sailed on a luxury cruise before, this interview was very eye opening.

Travel expert, Jason Coleman, tackles some listener questions on what cruise is the “right” cruise for a family, tipping with infants, and suggestions for using a smartphone at sea.

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Direct download: CR_DEC_19_Mix_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Listener Joe Tolley from Charlotte, North Carolina just returned from a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing aboard the 2,974-guest Carnival Conquest, a Conquest-class cruise ship based currently based in Miami.

Joe talks with us about his family's cruise to Nassau, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk.

Stewart ChironThe Cruise Guy® has Cruise News:

  • Celebrity orders two new ships
  • Carnival offers longer itineraries
  • Norwegian partners with Margaritaville
  • Virgin cruises
  • New CEO Royal/Celebrity
  • Voyager of the Seas completes $80m refurbishment

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Direct download: CR_DEC_12_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network just returned from a sailing aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Breeze where she participated in one of the cruise line's signature Carnival LIVE sailings. This particular sailing had country music/Top 40 group Lady Antebellum. Hear all the details of this sailing. 

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News:
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines staying in NOLA through 2018
  • New ultra luxury Seabourn ship ordered 
  • Costa Captain back in court - what's going on with the trial?
  • Did we see any black Friday sales that were totally WOW
  • Majesty of the Seas leaving Miami
  • We're seeing a lot of cruise ships canceling Belize lately because of weather - will we ever see a pier?
  • What is the world's busiest cruise port in 2014?

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Direct download: CR_12_5_14_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

"The Canada/New England itinerary had been on our to-do list for several years. We chose this particular sailing because it started in Quebec City, and we really wanted to spend time there pre-cruise (instead of NYC). It also offered more stops in Canada than New England, though it did have the tradeoff of Saguenay/Gaspe vs Saint John NB. This was also our opportunity to book one of the highly desirable aft Caribe deck corner balcony cabins on Ruby Princess. And we wanted to sail during the fall for a chance to see some brilliant fall colors."

Kristin Ladewig from St. Louis, MO recently returned from a 10-night sailing aboard Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess. A sailing that started in Quebec City and ended in New York City. Kristin leaves no stone unturned on this detailed Ruby Princess review.

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Direct download: CR_11_28_14_UPDATED.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

This week we are broadcasting aboard Royal Caribbean's brand new Quantum of the Seas. On this sailing, we put all the brand new features to the test like the RipCord by iFly indoor skydiving, Northstar pod that takes you 300 feet above sea level, and the Seaplex, complete with bumper cars, roller skating, a trapeze school and more.

We also push technology to the test on this voyage where we link of with a listener via Skype to take a couple of questions about the ship, dining, and why someone should sail on it.

Royal Caribbean added to its portfolio of exclusive, groundbreaking onboard experiences that have never before been imagined at sea with a skydiving experience called RipCord by iFly, as well as the engineering marvel North Star, a glass observation capsule that gently rises more than 300 feet in the air to treat guests to dramatic 360-degree views.  More “firsts” including bumper cars, a circus school with flying trapeze and roller skating can be found inside SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea. There isn't much you can't do on Quantum of the Seas.

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Direct download: CR_QUANTUM_11_20_14_AU.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

This week, we are broadcasting aboard Princess Cruises latest ship, Regal Princess. She was first launched May 2014 in Europe and is now spending the winter and spring in the Caribbean.

The 3,560-guest Regal Princess now begins her maiden season of Caribbean cruises out of Ft. Lauderdale. Among the special features found onboard the ship are a dramatic multi-story atrium serving as the social hub of the ship, offering a host of dining and entertainment options; an over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship; the Princess Live! Television studio; the largest pastry shop at sea; a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; Princess Watercolor Fantasy, a fountain and music show; the Night Sky Lounge, a new nighttime experience that enables guests to enjoy a chic and contemporary poolside nightclub under the stars, and balconies on all outside staterooms.

We talk to:

  • Gavin MacLeod, Captain Stubing
  • Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy
  • Rick Griffin and Sandi McKenna, Midlife Road Trip
  • Peter Knego, Maritime Historian
  • Phil Reimer, Canada.com
  • and more...

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Direct download: CR_NOV_14_14_AU.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sail the Columbia or Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest? These rivers are practically untouched and have some of the best scenery that America can offer, not to mentioned a ton of American history. 

This week, we are broadcasting aboard the 88-guest SS Legacy, a coastal replica steamer that sails with UnCruise Adventures. Take a journey with us!

On this broadcast, we talk to:

  • Captain off the SS Legacy, Captain Dano
  • Heritage Leader/Cruise Director, Ryan
  • Cruise Expert at About.com, Linda Garrison
  • Savvy Navigator, Jeff Ward
  • Editor of Popular Cruising, Jason Leppert

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

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Direct download: CR_NOV_7_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This is a not-to-miss episode as we chat with the folks at MTN Communications and talk about staying connected at sea. MTN just launched the website ConnectAtSea.com and it's a portal filled with great information when it comes to your cruise vacation. Whether you're just texting, Facebooking, calling or surfing the web - everyone has to be connected these days.

Brent Horwitz, Senior VP & General Manager, Cruise for MTN joins us to cover all bases about staying connected at sea. There is no stone left unturned in this interview.

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy stops by with Cruise News on: 

  • Quantum of the Seas is officially Royal Caribbean's and arrived in Southampton this week - how long until she heads westbound to the United States?
  • Holland America continues Dancing with the Stars through 2016
  • Disney Cruise Line itineraries have been announced for 2016 - anything new?
  • Have their been any cancelations or skipped ports overseas because of political unrest or ebola?
  • What's the latest talk from China? How's Hong Kong doing?

Listener Question

My wife and I want to go to Alaska on the Celebrity Solstice, when's the best time to go? Is it better to sail out of Seattle or Vancouver; we live in Ontario.

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Direct download: CR_OCT_17_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

For years, the cruise industry has asked boarding passengers to fill out a health questionnaire, primarily to help stop the spread of norovirus. In light of the Ebola concerns, cruise lines today began asking more pointed questions about whether they’ve had contact with a person with Ebola or someone who helped care for such a patient, according to the CLIA. Theresa Norton Masek is the editor-in-chief of Vacation Agent Magazine and cruise beat writer for TravelPulse.com, she joins us and talks about the ebola virus scare last week on a cruise.

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy stops by with Cruise News on: 

  • After we recorded last week, the Carnival Magic wasn't allowed into Cozumel because of the hospital worker on board who handled ebola - what was the status on this cruise?
  • 102 year old Miami Bar to be featured on upcoming Norwegian Escape
  • Bermuda got hammered by a hurricane last weeknd, what's the status and are cruise ships finding new temporary ports?
  • Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas getting closer - anything new during her second round of sea trials?
  • Royal Caribbean earnings call this week

Listener Question

I want to ask a question and I cant seem to get a straight answer from different sites on the internet,when sailing from New Orleans to Mo Bay Jamaica....Is it possible to see Cuba? The reason I ask is back in 08 we were on the conquest from Galveston to Mo Bay and overheard some people saying that they seen the lights of Cuba as we passed at night. Was that true?

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Direct download: CR_OCT_24_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

On this episode, Jason Leppert, editor of Popular Cruising joins us to talk about his latest experience aboard Princess Cruises' Star Princess, a cruise ship based seasonally on the West Coast. Jason gives us a full review of the itinerary and a bow to stern review of this 950' cruise ship. This Star Princess review includes: dining, entertainment, ports, embarkation, public areas, and first time thoughts.

Star Princess is scheduled to remain based in San Francisco, operating cruises to Mexico and Hawaii.

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy stops by with Cruise News on: 

  • Cruise passenger quarantined with ebola relation  
  • Norwegian Escape reveal
  • Carnival Vista construction officially underway
  • Princess Cruises has a slew of celebrities for their upcoming christening of Regal Princess
  • A lot of new enhancements to Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, you may be surprised
  • Norwegian Jewel back in Houston

Listener Question

Joe Tolley in Charlotte, NC: Offsite parking in Miami, I've read some horror stories, should we suck it up and pay the 20 clams/day at the port?

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Direct download: CR_OCT_17_14_Mix_AU.mp3
Category:Princess Cruises -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

On this episode, Jason Leppert, editor of Popular Cruising joins us to talk about his latest experience aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America, a cruise ship based year-round in the Hawaiian islands. Jason gives us a full review of the itinerary, the ship, dining venues and entertainment aboard the ship.

Finally, a cruise that over-nights in different ports!

MSC Cruises has launched Inclusive Experiences, a new pricing structure in which guests choose an “experience” based on their own personal preferences and amenities desired while cruising. Valued at up to $700+ per person, guests have the option of selecting from four different experience categories — Bella, Fantastica, Aurea, and MSC Yacht Club — ranging from a la carte to all-inclusive amenities. As a positioned industry expert, Theresa Masek, editor-in-chief of Vacation Agent Magazine, chats with us about the packages and gives her thoughts.

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Direct download: CR_OCT_10_14_MIX_AU.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

Listener Rick from Jacksonville, Florida returns to Cruise Radio to gives us a complete Carnival Sunshine review. Rick gives us his impressions of the ship, the food, entertainment, ports, and some first time cruise tips for Carnival Sunshine.

Emily Kaufman has been a leading expert in travel since her first television appearance in 1996. She currently contributes to The Today Show as a frequent guest, was the travel contributor to Good Morning America, is currently the travel contributor on The Steve Harvey Show, and regularly appears as the travel expert in top 25 TV markets across the country including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more offering practical travel tips and advice. Emily stops by this evening to give us some fall cruise travel advice.

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News:

  • Carnival returning to Cabo for the first time with Carnival Miracle
  • Carnival adds steak in dining room for fee
  • A college student falls to his death off the mast of Carnival Ecstasy
  • Free private dining restaurant will debut on Norwegian Escape
  • Princess Cruises debuting a Princess at Sea app aboard Regal Princess
  • We're tracking Quantum of the Seas - what is she doing now?   

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Direct download: CR_OCT_3_14_Mix.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Carter and his wife are from Central Florida and just returned on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing aboard Disney Fantasy. Carter joins us to give us a bow to stern review of Disney Fantasy, leaving no stone unturned. Carter covers embarkation, first impressions, the stateroom, dining, entertainment, how the outside of the ship handles itself on sea days, and some first time cruise tips for Disney Cruise Line. You won't want to miss this Disney Fantasy Review.

Jim Berra is the Chief Marketing Officer for Carnival Cruise Lines and joins us to talk about Carnival's Great Vacation Guarantee. Basically if you think the sailing stinks, Carnival will fly you home and refund the cost of the cruise. Turns out you have a better chance of dating a supermodel than using the Great Vacation Guarantee.

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News:

  • Carnival Corp earnings were released – have they finally recovered from their past financial issues?
  • Royal Caribbean's new ship - Quantum of the Seas completed it’s conveyance – how'd it go?
  • Norwegian Escape keel laid – what exactly does this mean?
  • Princess to participate in 2015 Rose Parade
  • Oceania increasing daily gratuities to $16 per person, per day
  • Cabo San Lucas – how is recovery after the hurricane?

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Direct download: CR_SEPT_26_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Listener, Marcy Bucy, from California joins us to give us her review on her latest sailing aboard Carnival Inspiration, a three-night Mexico cruise her family recently took out of Long Beach. Marcy gives us a bow-to-stern review of Carnival Inspiration and talks about the Cheers Beverage program and Faster to the Fun. 

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on:

  • Royal Caribbean is busy over in Europe cutting steel and getting Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, and their upcoming ship that they just cut the steel on. 
  • Carnival's Vacation Guarantee 
  • Holland America named their new ship - let me guess, it ends in dam? 
  • Last week we talked about NCL buying a couple new cruise lines - anything new on that front? 
  • Houston cig and liquor tax and how it's affecting cruise passengers. 

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

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Direct download: CR_SEPT_19_14_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

Jason Leppert is the editor-in-chief of PopularCruising.com and just returned from a seven-night sailing about Celebrity Solstice, a Celebrity Cruises ship that was launched in August 2008 and does seasonal sailing in Alaska. She is currently the largest ship sailing the Alaskan waters. Jason gives us a comprehensive bow to stern review of Celebrity Solstice, the themed Top Chef cruise he was sailing and what it's like living the Celebrity life.

Listener Questions

1. Lauren W. - East TN

We are first time cruisers and would like to know how to pick out our cabin? There are WAAAAAY to many options out there. Any suggestions for a good starting point? 

2. GeeWhiz_ on Twitter
Might go on Holland America New England/Canada cruise next year. Should we go in September or October?

Loyal Cruiser Website

Loyal Cruiser is a consumer facing company dedicated to ensuring the cruise passenger is rewarded for their travel. This simple centralized loyalty program for cruisers is straightforward and easy to understand. We talk to the CEO of LoyalCruise.com, Baron Forbes, to learn all about the company.

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Direct download: CR_SEPT_12_14_AU.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 9:55pm EDT

Theresa Masek, the Editor-in-chief of Vacation Agent Magazine joins us today to talk about her recent shipyard tour of Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas. Theresa gives us 10 awesome new features aboard the upcoming cruise ship.

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News:

  • Norwegian Cruise Line purchases Prestige
  • Princess Cruises reveals a trendy night club on upcoming Regal Princess
  • Plans for a new pier in Venice - how is this going to play with the cruise ship ban?
  • Oasis of the Seas Europe bound - but back next month - what is she doing over there and why is the Europe stint so short?
  • Latest from Quantum of the Seas 

Listener Question

Submitted to Facebook:

We were unloading our car at PortMiami a few weeks ago and had four bags total - I gave the porter a dollar for each bag and he told me this wasn't sufficient and the charge was $2 per bag. I went ahead and paid the $2 per bag because I didn't want my bag to wind up on the wrong ship! What are the tipping guidelines for curbside porters on embarkation day?

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Direct download: CR_SEPT_5_14_Mixdown.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Houston-based listener, Sonya Sherow, just returned from a seven-night sailing aboard Carnival Magic, a Carnival Cruise Lines ship based year-round. Sonya gives us a comprehensive review of Carnival Magic, including: embarkation from Galveston, Texas, first impressions of the ship, public areas, stateroom, food, entertainment and the ports of call on this Western Caribbean cruise.

We also tackle three listener questions on how much does a passport cost, how long does it take to get your passport, and ground transportation options between the Miami International Airport and PortMiami. http://www.cruiseradio.net.

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Direct download: CR_8_29_14_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Kerry Stange joins us this week to give us a comprehensive review of Royal Caribbean largest cruise ship Allure of the Seas. Kerry and his wife recently returned from a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing. Kerry goes into detail about embarkation out of Terminal 18 in Port Everglades, first impressions of Allure of the Seas, the stateroom, dining venues, entertainment, and ship experience.

Listener Question:

I am looking for direction on the issue of tipping. We no longer use the Dining Room for our meals. We take our meals in the buffet or specialty restaurants. We are generous with our gratuities at these venues for good service. A large portion of the tipping schedule is for dining room personnel, a service we do not use. What would be your recommendation in dealing with this discrepancy? We are told the gratuities are still circulated amongst all cruise personnel? Do we lessen the amount of tipping collected less the dining room portion?

Cruise Guy has Cruise News on:

  • Cunard announces major makeover for Queen Victoria
  • What's the status on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas? 
  • Carnival Pride is going to operate unique voyages starting October 2015, what are we gonna see? 
  • CEO of CLIA recently released some norovirus figures - how accurate was this report and what was she trying to prove?

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Direct download: CR_8_22_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Happy 100th Birthday to the Panama Canal! To celebrate, Sunny Lockwood joins us to chat about a book that she and her husband wrote called Cruising Panama’s Canal. An interesting read about how a horrifying life accident turned into a trip of a lifetime.

We answer a listener question about Carnival Sunshine, transportation from the Orlando International Airport to the cruise pier at Port Canaveral, and what to do on the ship.

Cruise Guy has Cruise News and talks about Carnival’s new island in Haiti, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas floated out, Regal Princess’ Godparents from the Love Boat, Norwegian Cruise Line’s more-inclusive package, and a third Royal-class Princess ship on the way. For show notes and book link check out http://cruiseradio.net.

 

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Direct download: CR_8_15_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

This week, we are broadcasting from Southeast Alaska on Holland America Line's ms Westerdam. Along with cruising in Alaska, we are aboard a special Dancing with the Stars themed cruise, with some of the biggest names from ABC's hit television show Dancing with the Stars, both past and present seasons, like: Carson Kressley, Emma Slater, Tristin MacManus, Sabrina Bryan and more. We will talk to Carson Kressley, Emma Slater, the cruise director aboard the ms Westerdam, the onboard travel expert, some passengers and give you our take on the Alaskan cruise and the Dancing with the Stars theme cruise. Sit back, there's a lot of Alaska and star power in the episode!

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Direct download: CR_8_8_14_AU.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

This week, we chat with listener, Don Harlem, who just returned from a 12-night Med cruise on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas, roundtrip Barcelona. Don gives us a full review of Serenade of the Seas, including: his pre-cruise stay, embarkation from Barcelona, first impressions of the ship, stateroom, dining, entertainment, ports, and his overall thoughts of Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas.

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News:

  • Hollywood actors telling cruise ships to stay away from Italy
  • Going, going, gone! So long Costa Concordia
  • Carnival Magic going to operate a series of four-six day cruises in Winter 2015, does this show a demand in the TX markets?

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

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Direct download: CR_AUG_1_14_AU.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Jason Leppert from PopularCruising.com recently returned from an 18-night expedition cruise on Silverseas Cruises vessel Silver Discover. His voyage started him out in Asia, he made his way up Russia's eastern coast and to remote parts of Alaska. Jason goes into detail about sailing from the Far East, what his expedition ship was like, the atmosphere surrounding the cruise, ports that stick out and his overall thoughts.

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News:

  • Two more ships for Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Norwegian Cruise Line enforcing no smoking policy 
  • Costa Concordia status
  • Celebrity Silhouette is having propulsion issues
  • Steel is cut on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer 
  • Is Florida losing it's homeport advantage?

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

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Direct download: CR_7_25_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

On this episode, we talk to Jason Cohen about his latest cruise on MSC Cruises MSC Divina, a cruise ship that sails from Miami seasonally.

We break down why it's important to have travel insurance. 

Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News:

  • Carnival changes smoking policy
  • Carnival staying in NOLA for another five years
  • AIDA ship gets missile debris on deck 
  • Atlantic City wants cruise ships  
  • What is all this hype about Tampa and the skyway bridge? 
  • Question: Since marijuana is legal in Washington state now, is it still illegal to bring on an Alaska sailing embarking from Seattle, Washington?

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Direct download: CR_7_18_14_AU.mp3
Category:MSC Cruises -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

This week, we are broadcasting aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Freedom, a ship that is based in Port Everglades (moving to Galveston in 2015). We are on an 8-night Southern Caribbean sailing this week. During a recent dry dock Carnival Freedom received Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements and the Seuss at Sea program, including Bookville, a Dr. Seuss character breakfast, parades, story time and photo opportunities. On top of Dr. Seuss, guests will also take part in Guy Fieri's signature Burger Joint, the BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Pub and Alchemy Bar. So much to do in so little time! 

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Direct download: CR_7_11_14_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Mickey Live is known across a variety of cruise ships for his unique ways of onboard lectures. Mickey isn't using your typical overhead projector or marker board to teach cruise passengers, he uses modern day technology like GPS and his cutting edge photography skills. 

Stewart Chiron stops by with Cruise NewsCosta announces Costa Concordia to be removed in July, 11 lbs of cocaine found on Carnival Liberty in Port Canaveral, small fire on Holland America's Westerdam, cruise parking in Galveston starts sparks lawsuit, American Cruise Lines launches new river boat, and low water levels in Europe are getting river cruisers stuck!

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Direct download: CR_7_4_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

On this show, we talk to listener Barry who just returned from a sailing aboard Queen Mary 2, on a seven-night transatlantic sailing between New York and Southhampton. Get a full review of this ocean liner.

Also, Carnival Cruise Line's senior matre d, Ken Byrne, gives us his background, the details of his job, and what he loves about it. 

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

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Direct download: CR_6_27_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This week, listener Ashley joins us about her recent sailing on Carnival Fantasy, a five-night Bahamas cruise from Charleston, South Carolina. Hear a detailed review of Carnival Fantasy, her thoughts on dining, entertainment, the ports, and public areas of the cruise ship.

Plus, Cruise Guy has cruise news on: could Royal Caribbean be leaning towards play-to-play entertainment, shipyard fire causes damage to Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas, is the Mexican Rivera region making a comeback, and Holland America Line heading back to Bermuda in 2015.

We'll also answer a listener question about Carnival's all-you-can-drink "Cheers" program and the Faster to the Fun program. 

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

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Direct download: CR_JUN_20_14_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

On this show, we talk to Jason Leppert of Popular Cruising about cruise ship dining, how its evolved through the years along with some tips and suggestions for your next cruise ship dining experience. Plus Cruise Guy has cruise news about Princess Cruises' newly launched Regal Princess, Holland America Line overhaul, a new Game of Thrones shore excursion offered by Holland America, and more discussion about norovirus and where else it's found. Susan Shultz, Director of Sales for American Cruise Lines, stops by to talk to us about American Cruise Lines, their new ships, and what's new on the horizon for the small river cruise company. 

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Direct download: CR_6_13_14_AU.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01pm EDT

On this show, we are broadcasting aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Liberty. We will talk to the Cruise Director, Shore Excursions Manager about Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos. We also talk with some cruise passengers and the owner of Jack's Shack in Grand Turk. 

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Direct download: CR_JUNE_6_2014_AU.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:00am EDT