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Hear weekly cruise ship reviews, cruise ports, money saving cruise travel tips and cruise line news that you can use for your next vacation. Be on the show! Email: doug@cruiseradio.net.


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421 MSC Divina Review + Cruise News | MSC Cruises


Thu, Feb 23, 2017


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


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420 Carnival Goes to Cuba, Cruise News, + Norwegian Sun Review | Norwegian Cruise Line


Thu, Feb 16, 2017


Tina gives us a Norwegian Sun review. She recently did a four-night repositioning 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 multimillion dollar dry dock

 



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419 Carnival Freedom Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Feb 09, 2017


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

 



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418 Celebrity Reflection Review, Lip Sync Battle + Cruise News | Celebrity Cruises


Fri, Feb 03, 2017


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 onboard, the ports of call and the 

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!


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417 Cruise Tipping Questions + Serenade of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Thu, Jan 26, 2017


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! 



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416 Ocean Medallion Technology + Crown Princess Review | Princess Cruises


Thu, Jan 19, 2017


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. 


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415 Carnival Vista Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Jan 12, 2017


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 onboard, and how to make the most out of your time onboard. 

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. 


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414: Norwegian Escape Review + Cruise News | Norwegian Cruise Line


Fri, Jan 06, 2017


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? 


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BONUS: Mediterranean Cruise Tips | European Travel


Mon, Jan 02, 2017


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/



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413: Koningsdam Review + Cruise News | Holland American Line


Thu, Dec 29, 2016


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


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Twas the Night Before the Cruise


Sat, Dec 24, 2016


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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412: Allure of the Seas Review, Group Shore Excursions + Cruise News | Royal Caribbean


Thu, Dec 22, 2016


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 

 



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BONUS: Disney Dream Review | Disney Cruise Line


Mon, Dec 19, 2016


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. 



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411 Carnival Victory Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Dec 15, 2016


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?


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410 Cruise Christmas Gifts, Celebrity Summit Review + Cruise News


Wed, Dec 07, 2016


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, roundtrip 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

 



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409 Norwegian Breakaway Review + Cruise News | Norwegian Cruise Line


Thu, Dec 01, 2016


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 


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408 Majesty of the Seas Review + Cruise Questions | Royal Caribbean


Wed, Nov 23, 2016


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 


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407 Grand Princess Review + Cruise News | Princess Cruises


Thu, Nov 17, 2016


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 


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406 Carnival Vista Christening Ceremony | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Nov 10, 2016


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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405 Viking Star Review, Your Passport + Cruise News | Viking Ocean Cruises


Thu, Nov 03, 2016


Ben just returned from Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Star. He sailed a four night repositioning 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 


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404 Norwegian Sky Review + Cruise News | Norwegian Cruise Line


Thu, Oct 27, 2016


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.


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403 Celebrity Solstice Review + Cruise News | Celebrity Cruises


Fri, Oct 21, 2016


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. 


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402 Carnival Vista Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Oct 13, 2016


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 onboard. 
 
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 

 



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401 Harmony of the Seas Review + Cruise Booking Advice | Royal Caribbean


Thu, Oct 06, 2016


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. 

Find our new show at RiverCruiseRadio.net, and please continue to share our show with your friends and clients. 



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400 Transatlantic Crossing + Cruise News | Cunard Line


Fri, Sep 30, 2016


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

Check out our newly launched podcast, River Cruise Radio on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, TuneIn or RiverCruiseRadio.net



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399 Carnival Freedom Review + America's Test Kitchen | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Sep 22, 2016


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.


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398 Oasis of the Seas Review + Cruise News | Royal Caribbean


Fri, Sep 16, 2016


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 


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397 Maximizing Inside Cabin Space + Pride of America Review | Norwegian Cruise Line


Thu, Sep 08, 2016


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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396 Celebrity Reflection Review + Cruise News | Celebrity Cruises


Thu, Sep 01, 2016


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


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395 Regal Princess Review + Cruise News | Princess Cruises


Thu, Aug 25, 2016


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


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394 Carnival Glory Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Aug 19, 2016


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? 


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393 Alaska Cruise Review + Cruise News | Holland America Line


Thu, Aug 11, 2016


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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392 Allure of the Seas Review + Cruise News | Royal Caribbean


Fri, Aug 05, 2016


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 homeported 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

 



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391 Norwegian Escape Review + Cruise Excursion Questions | Norwegian Cruise Line


Thu, Jul 28, 2016


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.


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390 Empress of the Seas Review + Cruise News | Royal Caribbean


Thu, Jul 21, 2016


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?



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389 Disney Fantasy Review + Cruise News | Disney Cruise Line


Fri, Jul 15, 2016


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. 

 



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388 Carnival Magic Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Jul 07, 2016


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


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387 Carnival Miracle Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Jul 01, 2016


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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386 Cruise News Update + Norwegian Jade Review | Norwegian Cruise Line


Fri, Jun 24, 2016


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


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385 Live from Fathom Impact Cruise | Fathom Travel


Fri, Jun 17, 2016


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. 



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384 Live from Alaska + Norwegian Star Review | Norwegian Cruise Line


Fri, Jun 10, 2016


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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383 Carnival Vista Live Broadcast |Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Jun 02, 2016


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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382 Celebrity Summit Review + Cruise News | Celebrity Cruises


Fri, May 27, 2016


We get a review of Celebrity Summit, as she recently did a eight-night repositioning 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?


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381 Broadcasting from ms Koningsdam | Holland America Line


Fri, May 20, 2016


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 onboard, 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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380 Carnival Sunshine Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, May 12, 2016


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

 



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379 Oasis of the Seas Review + Cruise Price Drops | Royal Caribbean


Thu, May 05, 2016


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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378 Carnival Splendor Review + Cruise Parking | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Apr 28, 2016


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. 

 



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377 Carnival Inspiration Review + World's Largest Cruise Ship | Carnival Cruise Line


Sat, Apr 23, 2016


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.  



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376 Norwegian Breakaway Review + Cruise News | Norwegian Cruise Line


Thu, Apr 14, 2016


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?



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375 Carnival Magic Review + New Ships in 2016 | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Apr 07, 2016


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 homeported 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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374 Freedom of the Seas Review + Cruise News | Royal Caribbean


Fri, Apr 01, 2016


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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373 Carnival Sunshine Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Mar 25, 2016


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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372 Disney Magic Review + Cruise News | Disney Cruise Line


Fri, Mar 18, 2016


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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371 Carnival Triumph Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Mar 10, 2016


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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370 Ruby Princess Review + Cruise News | Princess Cruises


Thu, Mar 03, 2016


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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369 Carnival Fascination Review + Trip Insurance Questions Answered | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Feb 26, 2016


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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368 Island Princess Review + Med Cruise Excursions | Princess Cruises


Fri, Feb 19, 2016


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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367 Norwegian Escape Review + Cruise News | Norwegian Cruise Line


Fri, Feb 12, 2016


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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366 Episode: Independence of the Seas Review + Carnival Announcement


Fri, Feb 05, 2016


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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365 Celebrity Constellation Review + Cruise News | Celebrity Cruises


Fri, Jan 29, 2016


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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364 Oasis of the Seas Review + Caribbean Shore Excursions | Royal Caribbean


Sat, Jan 23, 2016


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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363 Liberty of the Seas Review + Cruise News | Royal Caribbean


Fri, Jan 15, 2016


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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362 Carnival Breeze Review | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Jan 07, 2016


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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361 ms Westerdam Review | Holland America Line


Thu, Dec 31, 2015


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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A Carnival Cruiser's Night Before Christmas


Thu, Dec 24, 2015


‘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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360 Aboard Carnival Journeys Cruise | Carnival Cruise Line


Wed, Dec 23, 2015


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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359 Disney Dream Review + Star Wars Enhancements | Disney Cruise Line


Sat, Dec 19, 2015


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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358 Norwegian Star Review


Tue, Dec 15, 2015


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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357 Queen Victoria Review


Fri, Dec 11, 2015


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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356 Allure of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Tue, Dec 08, 2015


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 homeport of Port Everglades, Florida. On this episode been 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 onboard. 



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355 Carnival Splendor Review + Cruise News | The Love Boat


Fri, Dec 04, 2015


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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354 Norwegian Pearl Review | Norwegian Cruise Line


Mon, Nov 30, 2015


On this episode Tommy gives us his review of his latest cruise aboard Norwegian Pearl. This wasn't an ordinary cruise thought, 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, entertainment. 



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353 Vision of the Seas Review + Black Friday Cruise Deals | Royal Caribbean


Fri, Nov 27, 2015


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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352 Celebrity Summit Review + Caribbean Excursions | Celebrity Cruises


Mon, Nov 23, 2015


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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351 Martinique Cruise Port + Cruise News | Cruise Vacation


Fri, Nov 20, 2015


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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350 Carnival Miracle Review | Carnival Cruise Line


Mon, Nov 16, 2015


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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349 Norwegian Escape Review | Norwegian Cruise Line


Fri, Nov 13, 2015


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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348 Anthem of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Mon, Nov 09, 2015


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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347 Carnival Freedom Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Nov 05, 2015


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 


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346 Carnival Glory Review | Carnival Cruise Line


Mon, Nov 02, 2015


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. 



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345 Carnival Sunshine Review | Carnival Cruise Lines


Fri, Oct 30, 2015


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. 



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344 Norwegian Getaway Review | Norwegian Cruise Line


Tue, Oct 27, 2015


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. 



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343 Carnival Pride Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Oct 23, 2015


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


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342 Freedom of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Mon, Oct 19, 2015


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. 



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341 Carnival Paradise Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Lines


Thu, Oct 15, 2015


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


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340 Disney Dream Review + Med Cruise Excursions | Disney Cruise Line


Mon, Oct 12, 2015


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. 


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339 Jewel of the Seas Review + Cruise News | Royal Caribbean


Fri, Oct 09, 2015


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?  


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338 Cruise Etiquette Tips | Cruise Vacation


Tue, Oct 06, 2015


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 onboard, she wrote an article on the ins and outs of cruise etiquette. She stresses that common courtesy goes a long way! 



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337 Amber Cove Cruise Port + Brilliance of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Sat, Oct 03, 2015


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.  


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336 Norwegian Gem Review | Norwegian Cruise Line


Mon, Sep 28, 2015


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. 

 



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335 Carnival Victory Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Sep 25, 2015


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.


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334 Liberty of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Tue, Sep 22, 2015


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. 



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333 Adventure of the Seas Review + Cruise News | Royal Caribbean


Sat, Sep 19, 2015


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

 



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332 ms Amsterdam Review | Holland America Line


Mon, Sep 14, 2015


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.



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331 Carnival Pride Review + Shore Excursion Questions | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Sep 11, 2015


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?


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330 Interview with Carnival's President | Carnival Cruise Line


Mon, Sep 07, 2015


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. 



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329 Why Carry Travel Insurance + Cruise News


Fri, Sep 04, 2015


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. 


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328 Crown Princess Review | Princess Cruises


Mon, Aug 31, 2015


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, onboard dining, ship entertainment and Alaskan ports of call. 



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327 Carnival Conquest Review + Cayman Cable Car Concept | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Aug 28, 2015


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 guest per hour from ship to shore.


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326 Carnival Breeze Review | Carnival Cruise Line


Mon, Aug 24, 2015


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. 



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325 Carnival Triumph Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Aug 21, 2015


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


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324 Celebrity Millennium Review | Celebrity Cruises


Tue, Aug 18, 2015


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 onboard the ship and what to do expect when going on an Alaska cruise. 


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323 Norwegian Jewel Review + Cruise News | Norwegian Cruise Line


Fri, Aug 14, 2015


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


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322: Oasis of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Tue, Aug 11, 2015


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. 



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321 Carnival Sunshine Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Aug 07, 2015


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?


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320 Celebrity Reflection Review | Celebrity Cruises


Tue, Aug 04, 2015


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. 


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319 Royal Princess Review + Cruise News | Princess Cruises


Fri, Jul 31, 2015


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 


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318 Caribbean Cruise Excursions + Carnival Sunshine | Carnival Cruise Line


Tue, Jul 28, 2015


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. 


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317 Grand Celebration Review + Cruise News | Bahamas


Thu, Jul 23, 2015


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? 


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316 100 Cruises on Same Ship + Norwegian Gem Review | Norwegian Cruise Line


Mon, Jul 20, 2015


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. 



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315 Cruise News + Majesty of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Fri, Jul 17, 2015


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 


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314 Majesty of the Seas Part 1 | Royal Caribbean


Tue, Jul 14, 2015


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.


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313 St. Kitts, ShipMate App Update + Cruise News | Royal Caribbean


Fri, Jul 10, 2015


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. 


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312 Carnival Conquest Review + Port Canaveral Cruise Hotel | Carnival Cruise Line


Mon, Jul 06, 2015


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. 


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311 Carnival Sensation Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Lines


Fri, Jul 03, 2015


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


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310 Why Use a Travel Agent + Disney Wonder Review | Disney Cruise Line


Tue, Jun 30, 2015


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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309 Richard Branson Launches Virgin Cruises | Virgin Cruises


Wed, Jun 24, 2015


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. 


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308 Norwegian Getaway Review + Passport Questions |Norwegian Cruise Line


Mon, Jun 22, 2015


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.



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307 Pride of America Review + Cruise News | Norwegian Cruise Line


Thu, Jun 18, 2015


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?


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306 Carnival Legend Review + Cruise Deals App | Carnival Cruise Line


Tue, Jun 16, 2015


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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305 Crown Princess Review + Cruise News | Princess Cruises


Fri, Jun 12, 2015


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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304 fathom Feedback + Carnival Pride Review | Carnival Cruise Line


Tue, Jun 09, 2015


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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303 Carnival Corp Launches New Cruise Brand | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Jun 05, 2015


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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302 Norwegian Sky Review + Europe Family Travel | Norwegian Cruise Line


Mon, Jun 01, 2015


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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301 Norwegian Jade Review + Cruise News | Norwegian Cruise Line


Thu, May 28, 2015


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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300 Ruby Princess Review + Cruise News | Princess Cruises


Thu, May 21, 2015


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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299 Carnival Liberty Review + ShipMate App | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, May 14, 2015


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.

Want to cruise like a pro? Check out some money saving secrets that'll make the most of your cruise vacation with the Intelligent Cruiser here.



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298 MSC Divina Review + Cruise News | MSC Cruises


Wed, May 06, 2015


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 

Want to cruise like a pro? Check out some money saving secrets that'll make the most of your cruise vacation with the Intelligent Cruiser here.



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297 Carnival Dream Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Wed, Apr 29, 2015


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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296 John Heald Talks & Celebrity Solstice Review | Celebrity Cruises


Thu, Apr 23, 2015


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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295 Carnival Splendor Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Apr 16, 2015


Craig Kell from Chicago just returned from Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Splendor, a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing, roundtrip 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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294 Norwegian Gem Review + New Cruise Ships | Norwegian Cruise Line


Fri, Apr 10, 2015


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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293 Disney Magic Review + Cruise News | Disney Cruise Line


Fri, Apr 03, 2015


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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292 Carnival Orders 9 Ships + Enchantment of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Fri, Mar 27, 2015


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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291 Carnival Sunshine Repositioned + Carnival Freedom Review |Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Mar 20, 2015


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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290 Princess Cruises Partners with Oscar-Winning Composer Stephen Schwartz | BONUS


Fri, Mar 13, 2015


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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289 16 Cruise Tips + Virgin Cruises Cruise News | Royal Caribbean


Thu, Mar 12, 2015


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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288 Carnival Journeys + Norwegian Dawn Review | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Mar 05, 2015


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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287 Norwegian Epic Cruise Review & Caribbean Port Shopping | Norwegian Cruise Line


Thu, Feb 26, 2015


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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286 Carnival Freedom in Galveston - LIVE | Carnival Cruise Line


Tue, Feb 17, 2015


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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285 MSC Divina Review, Cruise News + Passport Question | MSC Cruises


Wed, Feb 11, 2015


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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284 Norwegian Breakaway Review + Cruise News | Norwegian Cruise Line


Wed, Feb 04, 2015


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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283 Quantum of the Seas Review |Royal Caribbean


Fri, Jan 30, 2015


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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282 Carnival Vista Revealed | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Jan 23, 2015


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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281 Norwegian Escape Reveal + New Carnival App | Carnival Cruise Line


Wed, Jan 21, 2015


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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280 Kathie Lee Gifford Wine Partnership + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Wed, Jan 14, 2015


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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279 Disney Fantasy Review + Cruise News | Disney Cruise Line


Fri, Jan 09, 2015


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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278 2014 Cruise Vacation Review + 2015 New Cruise Ships | Carnival Cruise Lines


Wed, Dec 31, 2014


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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277 Cruises to Cuba and Cruising Costa in the Caribbean | Cuba Travel


Fri, Dec 26, 2014


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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276 Listener Qs on Tipping + Difference in Cruise Vacations |Cruise Lines


Fri, Dec 19, 2014


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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275 Carnival Conquest Review + Cruise News |Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Dec 12, 2014


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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274 Carnival LIVE Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Dec 05, 2014


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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273 Ruby Princess Review | Princess Cruises


Fri, Nov 28, 2014


"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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272 Quantum of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Fri, Nov 21, 2014


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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271 Regal Princess Caribbean Shakedown | Princess Cruises


Fri, Nov 14, 2014


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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270 Broadcasting on a Pacific Northwest Cruise | Uncruise Adventures


Fri, Nov 07, 2014


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


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269 Staying Connected at Sea, Alaska Cruise Question + Cruise News


Fri, Oct 31, 2014


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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268 Ebola Virus Scare On Cruise + Cruise News


Fri, Oct 24, 2014


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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267 Star Princess Review + Cruise News | Princess Cruises


Fri, Oct 17, 2014


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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266 NCL Pride of America Review + MSC Cruises Packages | Norwegian Cruise Line


Fri, Oct 10, 2014


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 overnights 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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265 Carnival Sunshine Review, Cruise Week + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Lines


Fri, Oct 03, 2014


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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264 Disney Fantasy Review, Carnival Great Vacation Guarantee + Cruise News


Fri, Sep 26, 2014


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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263 Carnival Inspiration Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Lines


Fri, Sep 19, 2014


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. 



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262 Celebrity Solstice Review + a Loyal Cruiser Program | Celebrity Cruises


Fri, Sep 12, 2014


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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261 Quantum of the Seas + Pierside Tipping | Royal Caribbean International


Fri, Sep 05, 2014


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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260 Carnival Magic Review + Passport Question | Carnival Cruise Line


Fri, Aug 29, 2014


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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259 Allure of the Seas Review, Cruise Tipping + Cruise News


Fri, Aug 22, 2014


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?

More info: http://cruiseradio.net. 

 



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258 Panama Canal Turns 100 + Cruise News


Thu, Aug 14, 2014


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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257 Dancing with the Stars in Alaska | Holland America Line


Fri, Aug 08, 2014


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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256 Serenade of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Fri, Aug 01, 2014


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?

 



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255 Expedition Cruising | Silverseas Cruises


Fri, Jul 25, 2014


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?


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254 MSC Divina Review | MSC Cruises


Fri, Jul 18, 2014


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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253 Carnival Freedom Cruise Ship Review | Carnival Cruise Lines


Fri, Jul 11, 2014


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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252 Cruise Ship Lecturer + Cruise News


Fri, Jul 04, 2014


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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251 Review of Queen Mary 2 + Carnival Cruise Matre D Ken Byrne


Fri, Jun 27, 2014


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. 



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250 Carnival Fantasy Review | Carnival Cruise Lines


Fri, Jun 20, 2014


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. 



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249 Cruise Dining, American Cruise Lines + Cruise News


Fri, Jun 13, 2014


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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248 Carnival Liberty Eastern Caribbean Review | Carnival Cruise Lines


Fri, Jun 06, 2014


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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247 Grandeur of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Fri, May 30, 2014


Listener Janet Heaton just returned from a seven-night sailing on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas from the port of Baltimore. Janet talks about embarking from Baltimore, first impressions, public areas, the food, stateroom, entertainment, outdoor areas and the ports.

Cruise Guy has cruise news on MSC Cruises ordering two more ships, Norwegian Jewel out of drydock, Carnival heading to Mexico year-round, Holland America Line dumping two ships, and Disney Cruise Lines heading to Hawaii in 2015. 



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246 Carnival Ecstasy Review | Carnival Cruise Lines


Fri, May 23, 2014


Sherry Laskin returns to the show to talk to us about her recent sailing on Carnival Ecstasy, a Fantasy-class ship that currently does year-round sailings from Miami, Florida to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean. Sherry goes into detail about the food, entertainment, stateroom, thoughts and impressions of Carnival Ecstasy.

Cruise Guy has cruise news on the latest Princess Cruises' ship Regal Princess, Carnival Cruise Lines resigning for another year in Jacksonville, Florida, why we should always use a travel agent, Royal Caribbean laying the keel for Oasis 3, and the announcement of Oasis 4. 



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245 Carnival LIVE Concert Experience on Carnival Ecstasy


Fri, May 16, 2014


This week we are broadcasting aboard Carnival Esctasy for Carnival LIVE. In case you're unfamiliar with Carnival LIVE, it's a concert series of sorts held aboard Carnival Cruise Line Fun Ships. The artist flies to the port, performs on board the ship and disembarks before the cruise ship leaves for the next port of call. On this sailing we got to hear award winning country artist Martina McBride, who is just one of the many acts performing as part of Carnival LIVE. 



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244 Freeport Bahamas Beach Excursion + Cruise News


Fri, May 09, 2014


This week, listener Sarah Phillips checks in with a little gem she found on her recent trip to Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Lucayan Resort. Sarah talks about her experience at the resort as a cruise passenger and if it's worth paying the money to venture over to.

Cruise Guy has cruise news on Carnival Liberty in Port Canaveral, Norwegian Breakaway getting stuck in NYC, MSC Divina going to Europe in 2015 and Regal Princess. Listen and learn!



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243 Queen Mary Cruise Ship + Things to do in Galveston | Cunard


Thu, May 01, 2014


Cruise historian Barry Vaudrin joins us to talk about the Queen Mary, a once famous cruise liner turned hotel in Long Beach, CA. Barry will share with us some history of the cruise ship, things to do and some ghost stories surrounding the historic liner.

Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network gives us some things to do in Gavleston, Texas pre and post-cruise. 



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242 Cruise Resources, Cruise Tipping Etiquette + Cruise News


Fri, Apr 25, 2014


Jason Leppert from PopularCruising joins us to talk about cruise resources to research your next cruise; whether you're a first time cruiser or seasoned cruiser, you'll learn some new sites here.

We had a listener question on Facebook about cruise tipping eqiquette and whether or not a cruise guest should take tips off because they don't eat in the main dining room.

Also, Cruise Guy gives us this weeks cruise news reguarding Royal Caribbean heading to China, Carnival Freedom heading to Galveston, Norwegian Cruise Line revamping their Ultimate Dining Package and a listener question. 



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241 Explorer of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Fri, Apr 18, 2014


Listener Janet gives her review of her latest five-night Bermuda sailing aboard Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. Hear a review of the ship, food, entertainment and her recap of things to do in Bermuda.

Cruise Guy has cruise news on Carnival LIVE, Royal Caribbean sending another ship to Australia, plus the latest Harris poll shows cruise interest is down. 



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240 Celebrity Century Review | Celebrity Cruises


Fri, Apr 11, 2014


Dr. Kris just returned from a seven-night California Coastal cruise on Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Century. This cruise had a rather unique itinerary with no sea days and ports in California and Mexico. Dr. Kris gives us his review of the ship, the dining, entertainment, ports and his impressions of the ship. Celebrity Century is in her last year of service, set to retire in April 2015.

A big question I get is what to do in Rome for the day? Cruises are usually docked in Civitavecchia (port closest to Rome) for a good 12 hours, but some of that time is ate up in getting to Rome. Sherry Laskin from CruiseMaven.com joins us to gives some sights to see in Rome.

Plus Cruise Guy joins us for Cruise News. 



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239 Ship Mate App, Viking River Cruises Longships + Cruise News


Fri, Apr 04, 2014


Mike Jirout from the popular ShipMate App joins us to talk about the cruise travel app with almost a million downloads, available on both iOS and Android market.

Jason drops by to share his latest venture on Viking River Cruises; looks like Viking placed a world record, again!

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise travel news you can use. 



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238 Norwegian Getaway Review | Norwegian Cruise Lines


Fri, Mar 28, 2014


We are aboard Norwegian Getaway for the inaugural sailing from her new home in Port Miami. We hear from guests onboard the ship, journalists, and give you a run down of activities, entertainment and dining options. Listen and learn about Norwegian Getaway!



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237 Carnival Sunshine Review | Carnival Cruise Lines


Fri, Mar 21, 2014


Listener Sarah joins us this week to give a comprehensive review of Carnival Sunshine, a ship that recently underwent a $155-million dollar transformation.

Bill Panoff, editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine checks in with us about some new things in the publication, MSC Cruises has some big news, and Cruise Guy has our weekly cruise news. 



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236 CSM 2014 - Cruise Travel, Family Travel, & Windstar Cruises


Sat, Mar 15, 2014


We are broadcasting from Cruise Shipping Miami this week at the Miami Beach Convention Center, an annual cruise conference with over 10,000 delegates from around the world. We talk with MSC Cruises, Windstar Cruises, family travel, Guy Harvey stops by the booth, and Cruise Guy. 



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235 Oasis of the Seas Review + How to Be the World's Smartest Traveler


Fri, Mar 07, 2014


Listener Tanya Warpula joins us to give her review of Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas - one of the world's largest cruise ships. Hear all about the ship as she gives a detailed review. Travel expert Chris Elliott just released a new book called "How to Be the World's Smartest Traveler" and he joins us today to talk all about the book and gives us some helpful travel information. Listen and learn!



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234 Canada New England Cruise with Holland America


Fri, Feb 28, 2014


This week we are sailing aboard Holland America Line's ms Eurodam as we sail on a 10-night Canada New England cruise. We talk to the key staff members on the cruise ship, passengers and our tour guide in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Listen and learn!



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233 Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess Review | Princess Cruises


Fri, Feb 21, 2014


We are cruising for a cause this week as we're sailing on Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess on a 5-night Western Caribbean cruise. Princess Cruises has teamed up with the American Heart Association this sailing as we're cruising for a cause! On board are celebrities, cooking, and fitness classes promoting good heart health. On this show we talk to some of those involved, along with the Cruise Director and passengers. 



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232 Norwegian Pearl Review | Norwegian Cruise Line


Sun, Feb 16, 2014


Nancy Schretter with the Family Travel Network reviews her seven-night Western Caribbean sailing aboard Norwegian Pearl. Hear a detailed review about the ship, the dining options, entertainment venues, kid's program and the itinerary. Listen and learn! 



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231 Celebrity Constellation Review + Cruise News | Celebrity Cruises


Fri, Feb 07, 2014


Listeners Carter and Kristie from Central Florida join us this week to review Celebrity Cruises' recently refurbished Celebrity Constellation. The couple gives us a run down of the ships, dining options, entertainment and some been-there done-that tips for the cruise ship.

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy stops by with cruise news on Disney Cruise Line's new internet packages, Carnival's new entertainment program, Royal Caribbean's profits, and the dreaded norovirus. Listen and learn! 



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230 Princess Cruises' Grand Princess Review + Cruise News


Fri, Jan 31, 2014


Listener Shon Ford just returned from a voyage aboard Princess Cruises' Grand Princess. Shon goes into detail about the ship, food, entertainment and some tips for wanting to try out Princess Cruise Lines and Grand Princess.

Cruise Guy has cruise news on Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, remodeling of Ocho Rios cruise pier and free internet offered on one cruise line!



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229 Carnival LIVE, Cruise Line Concert Series


Fri, Jan 24, 2014


Starting in April, Carnival LIVE concerts give guests the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive onboard performance by a diverse roster of popular music artists. The concerts will take place on board eight Carnival ships that call in the following ports: Cozumel, Mexico; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Catalina Island, California. 

Artists will join the ship in port, perform in the main show lounge, and then debark following the show. Carnival has booked 49 performance dates for the 2014 concert series, including artists such as Chicago, Daughtry, Foreigner, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, REO Speedwagon, STYX and Trace Adkins.



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228 Disney Wonder Review + Pre/Post Cruise Kennedy Space Center


Sat, Jan 18, 2014


This week we get a listener review of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder.

Plus, we talk to Andrea Farmer with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Center down at Port Canaveral. Andrea talks to us about the space program, space center, the orbiter on display and why Kennedy Space Center is such a great cruise opportunity.



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227 Allure of the Seas Review + Cruise News | Royal Caribbean


Sat, Jan 11, 2014


Listener Theresa gives us her review of her latest sailing on Allure of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship! Theresa breaks down the public areas, rooms, what it's like on sea days and the dining.

Cruise Guy stops by with cruise news on Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Queen Mary 2, and a new cruise port at Port Canaveral. 



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226 Carnival Glory Review + Top Cruise Stories of 2013


Sat, Jan 04, 2014


On this show editor-in-chief of Vacation Agent Magazine, Theresa Norton Masek, joins us to give us some of the top cruise stories of 2013. 

Listener Craig Kell gives us his review of his seven-night Western Caribbean sailing aboard Miami-based Carnival Glory.



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225 Carnival Dream Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Sat, Dec 28, 2013


Scott Lara recently returned from a seven-night Caribbean cruise from Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Dream. Scott gives us a comprehensive review of the ship and shares some inside secrets on Carnival Dream.

Cruise Guy joins us with cruise news. 



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224 Disney Dream Review + Cruise News | Disney Cruise Line


Sun, Dec 22, 2013


Listener Tanya Warpula from Austin, TX gives us a comprehensive review of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream out of Port Canaveral. She recently returned from a three-night Bahamas sailing.

Cruise Guy has cruise news on: Viking River Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, American Cruise Line and a Costa Concordia update. 



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223 Brilliance of the Seas Review + Jacksonville Celebrates 10 Years


Wed, Dec 18, 2013


Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network joins us to give her review of her recent sailing aboard Royal Caribbbean's Brilliance of the Seas. Hear all about the cruise ship, dining options, entertainment and ports of call.

Plus, Jacksonville, Florida celebrates 10 years in the cruise ship industry and we were there! 



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222 Carnival Cruise Lines - Dr. Seuss at Sea


Wed, Dec 11, 2013


Carnival Cruise Lines announced a partnership with Dr. Seuss enterprises that will incorporated characters, Seuss themed events and dining aboard the Carnival Fun Ships. We were there during the announcement in New York City and have the scoop, as well as info on their newest dining options, American FEAST and American Table. Hear all about Seuss at Sea!



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221 Royal Princess Review + Cruise News | Princess Cruises


Tue, Dec 03, 2013


Kristin Ladewig from St. Louis gives us a comprehensive review of Princess Cruises' Royal Princess. She discusses dining options, entertainment, rooms and public areas.

Plus, your weekly dose of cruise news with Cruise Guy. 



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220 MSC Divina On Location Broadcast


Tue, Nov 26, 2013


This week we are broadcasting aboard MSC Divina in South Florida. An MSC Cruises ship that's new to the port of Miami. MSC Divina will be in Port Miami year-round offering guests 7-night roundtrip Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises. Hear our complete review from executives, passengers and journalists. 



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219 Carnival Sunshine Ship Christening in New Orleans


Tue, Nov 19, 2013


This week we are broadcasting from Carnival Sunshine's christening event in New Orleans, LA.

Carnival SUnshine will be homeported in New Orleans until April and will offer seven-day Caribbean service. Hear from the CEO, the godmother herself, passengers and journalists about their thoughts on Carnival Sunshine. 



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218 Carnival Miracle Alaska Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Nov 14, 2013


On this show we talk to Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network. Nancy gives us her review of her 7 night sailing on the Carnival Miracle.

Stewart Chiron joins us with cruise news.



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217 Cruise Etiquette + Cruise News


Wed, Nov 06, 2013


On this show we talk to Fran Golden, contributor to USA Today, about cruise etiquette.

Plus, Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy drops by with cruise news.



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216 Royal Princess Review + Gavin MacLeod Joins Us | Princess Cruises


Wed, Oct 30, 2013


Doug is broadcasting from Princess Cruises' brand new Royal Princess as it makes its first US inaugural sailing from the Caribbean.

A very special guest drops by. The Love Boat captain, Captain Stubing, joins us. Yes, Gavin MacLeod drops by the Cruise Radio broadcast booth!



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215 Emerald Princess Review + Cruise News | Princess Cruises


Thu, Oct 24, 2013


Listener Vickie Bowne from Vancouver gives her review of her recent sailing on Princess Cruises' Emerald Princess.

Cruise Guy stops by with this week's cruise news on Carnival, Windstar, Norwegian Cruise Line, Seabourn and the government shutdown. 



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214 Carnival Magic Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Oct 17, 2013


Listener Sonya from Houston gives us her review of Carnival Magic's 7-night Western Caribbean sailing.

Cruise Guy is here with cruise news.



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213 Carnival Victory Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Oct 10, 2013


Listener Ed McDonough joins us to give us his review of his five night sailing on Carnival Victory. Hear all about the ship and the ports of call.

Plus, Stewart Chiron has this week's cruise news. 



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212 Shore Excursions, The Love Boat + Cruise News


Thu, Oct 03, 2013


Shore Excursions Group answers questions about using a third party shore excursion company.

Maritime historian Peter Knego joins us to talk about the Love Boat, or as you may know it, the Pacific Princess.

Cruise Guy is here with cruise news. 



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211 Carnival's Vacation Guarantee, S.S. Legacy Review + Cruise News


Wed, Sep 25, 2013


We talk to a VP at Carnival Cruise Line and he gives us the full run down of Carnival's new "Vacation Guarantee."

We talk to the editor of World of Cruising Magazine and he reviews UnCruise Adventures' new 88-guest S.S. Legacy Review + Cruise News. 



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210 Floating Costa Concordia & Cruise News


Wed, Sep 18, 2013


Adam Coulter from Cruise Critic UK is on the scene at Giolio, Italy where they are raising Costa Concordia. We'll get all the details from him on how it went.

Cruise Guy is here with cruise news. 



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209 Disney Wonder Review, Sheraton Nassau + Cruise News


Tue, Sep 10, 2013


We talk to listener Matt from Boca Raton, Florida on his review of Disney Wonder in Southeast Alaska.

Scott gives us his review of the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and Casino.

Plus Cruise Guy has cruise news. 



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208 Carnival Breeze Review + Chair Hogs


Wed, Sep 04, 2013


Listener Marcy gives us her full review of her 8-night Southern Caribbean sailing aboard Carnival Breeze, roundtrip from Miami, Florida.

We answer a listener question on deck chair hogs and get your reaction. Plus, Cruise Guy is here with cruise news. 



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207 Norwegian Sky Review + Cruise News


Wed, Aug 28, 2013


Listener Kristin from St. Louis gives us her review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sky, a cruise ship offering three and four-night sailings to the Bahamas from Miami. A listener question is answered about travel insurance and a recent canceled cruise.

Cruise Guy is here with cruise news.

 



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206 Rome On Your Own Tips + Cruise News


Tue, Aug 20, 2013


We talk to Teresa Crofton, a tour guide in Rome. Nancy Schretter gives us good family tips for Rome, and answers a listener question regarding pickpocketing and what travel insurance will cover.



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205 Jewel of the Seas Review + Cruise News


Tue, Aug 13, 2013


Listener Larry from Illinois gives us his full review of Royal Caribbean's 2,500-guest Jewel of the Seas. Larry goes into detail about the ships public areas, aft balcony stateroom, ports and flying in and out of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Cruise Guy has cruise news. 



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204 Cruise Port Safety + Cruise News


Tue, Aug 06, 2013


Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network joins us with information on staying safe in cruise ports -- especially against pickpockets!

We have a travel insurance question about strikes in Europe and Cruise Guy is here with cruise news. 

 



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203 Carnival Sunshine Review; Questions Answered


Thu, Aug 01, 2013


Part two of our Carnival Sunshine episodes. We dive into Carnival Sunshine this week and give reviews of the 25 branded public areas, get more guests reviews, take some of your phone calls, and speak with the cruise director Kevin Noonan.

Don't forget to check out episode 202, our first broadcast from Carnival Sunshine. 



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202 Carnival Sunshine Review LIVE Pt. 1


Wed, Jul 24, 2013


We are aboard the newly transformed Carnival Sunshine this week. We talk to Carnival CEO, hear passenger reviews, and info on the new Carnival Sunshine.

This is part one of a two part broadcast. Follow along on social media at #CCLSUNSHINE.



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201 Grandeur of the Seas Review + Cruise News


Mon, Jul 15, 2013


Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network talks about her recent sailing aboard Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas. The ship recently underwent a six week dry dock after a fire onboard in late May.

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

  • Carnival new safety trial
  • Grand Cayman has low passenger counts
  • Carnival Faster to the Fun on more ships
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas back in service
  • Latest on Costa Concordia
  • Purchasing frequent flyer miles 

 

 



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200 Alaska Trip Insurance Questions + DWTS Cruise Review


Wed, Jul 10, 2013


Thanks for 200 amazing episodes!

We talk to Dan Skilken, ceo of Trip Insurance, he talks to us about a recent new tool that gives local alerts to your destination and answers common travel insurance questions. 

Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network talks to us about her latest sailing with Holland America and their Dancing with the Stars cruise voyage last month. 

Cruise Guy joins us with cruise news. 



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199 Celebrity Solstice Alaska + Cruise Fare Monitor


Tue, Jul 02, 2013


This week we are joined by Austin, Texas listener Tanya who was on a seven-night sailing aboard Celebrity Solstice in Alaska. Hear her review of Celebrity Solstice and what it was like cruising in Alaska. Read her blog and see her photos here.

We also chat with the creators of Cruise Fare Monitor, Jay and Ivy. This is a unique service that caught our eye and it saves you money on your next cruise booking.

 



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198 Royal Princess Review, Salmon in Alaska + Cruise News


Tue, Jun 25, 2013


On this episode we talk to Theresa Masek, editor-in-chief of Vacation Agent Magazine to get her review of Princess Cruises' new Royal Princess. We also speak to author and photographer Amy Gulick about her latest book Salmon in the Trees and get great photo tips. Plus, CruiseGuy with cruise news. 



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197 Un-Cruise Adventures Alaska LIVE


Sat, Jun 22, 2013


Doug is sailing aboard the 60-passenger Wilderness Adventurer in southeast Alaska. Hear what it's like to Un-Cruise! 



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196 Cruise Photo Tips + Norwegian Breakaway


Thu, Jun 13, 2013


This week we talk to Craig Zabransky with StayAdventurous. Craig will give us some photo tips for your next vacation.

Plus, a passenger review from Norwegian Breakaway.



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195 ShipMate App, Travel Insurance + Cruise News


Thu, Jun 06, 2013


On this show we talk to Michael Jirout, founder of ShipMate App, a free cruise app that has all the bells and whistles. Dan Skilken, CEO of TripInsurance.com answers your questions about losing a passport while traveling overseas and how a death in the family can affect your trip.



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194 Royal Caribbean Ship Fire


Wed, May 29, 2013


The Royal Caribbean ship fire is the big talk of the week. This week we talk to a passenger who was aboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas when a fire started just off the coast of the Bahamas. Plus, more experts join us.



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193 Carnival Sensation Review + Cruise News


Tue, May 21, 2013


This week we interview listener Ted Demos from Indianapolis about his recent back-to-back sailing on Carnival Sensation from Port Canaveral, Florida. Hear about his onboard double header experience with his family.

Cruise Guy joins us for Cruise News.



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192 Norwegian Breakaway Broadcast LIVE


Tue, May 14, 2013


This week we are broadcasting aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's brand new Norwegian Breakaway, a 4,000-passenger ship that sails year-round from NYC. Hear reviews and details on the entertainment, food options and kid's program.



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191 Norwegian Breakaway Christening Recap + Cruise News


Wed, May 08, 2013


This week we talk to Simon and Tim, co-hosts of CruiseChat; they were aboard Norwegian Breakaway for the big christening event in New York City. Hear all about the ship and their first impressions.

Plus, Cruise Guy with Cruise News.



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190 Norovirus Information + Cruise News


Tue, Apr 30, 2013


On this show we talk about Norovirus and how to protect yourself, we also have cruise news with Cruise Guy.



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189 Norwegian Epic Review + Cruise News


Tue, Apr 23, 2013


This week we get a full review of Norwegian Epic plus cruise news from Stewart Chiron The Cruise Guy.



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188 Windstar Cruises Review + Cruise News


Thu, Apr 18, 2013


On this show we have Jim Work sharing his latest cruise on Windstar Cruises' Wind Surf, along with Cruise Guy with Cruise News.



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187 Royal Princess Preview + Cruise News


Tue, Apr 09, 2013


This week we talk to Maritime Historian and Journalist Peter Knego about his recent journey to a European shipyard to check out Princess Cruises' upcoming Royal Princess.

Stewart drops by with Cruise News.



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186 Coral Princess Review + Cruise News


Tue, Apr 02, 2013


This week we talk to Editor-in-Chief of World of Cruising Magazine, Simon Veness. Simon gives us a full review of his latest sailing aboard Princess Cruises Coral Princess, sailing the Panama Canal.

Cruise Guy joins us with news.



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185 Carnival Fascination Review + Cruise News


Tue, Mar 26, 2013


This week TJ Macy from Atlanta, Georgia joins us to give us a review of his recent sailing aboard Carnival Fascination, plus Cruise Guy is here with Cruise News.



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184 Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights, Titanic 2 + Cruise News


Tue, Mar 19, 2013


This week maritime attorney Jim Walker joins us to talk about the proposed cruise passenger Bill of Rights and what they are. Cruise Critic UK gives their take on Titanic 2 and Cruise Guy is here with Cruise News.



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183 Cruise Shipping Miami 2013


Thu, Mar 14, 2013


This week we are broadcasting from the Miami Beach Convention Center at Cruise Shipping Miami, a popular cruise industry conference. We interview CEOs, travel writers, and dig into the news of the week.



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182 Titanic 2, Hoax or Happening?


Thu, Mar 07, 2013


This week we talked to Senior Editor at Cruise Critic, Dan Askin, all about Titanic 2. Is it a hoax or is this ship really going to be built? Dan gives us the details from the press conference in New York City.

Cruise Guy has Cruise News.



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181 Windstar Cruises Expansion + Cruise News


Wed, Feb 27, 2013


This week we talk to Windstar Cruises CEO, Hans Birkholz, he'll share details about their acquisition of three motorized yachts.

Cruise Guy stops by with Cruise News.



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180 Queen of the Mississippi + Cruise News


Wed, Feb 20, 2013


On this week’s show we talk to Simon Veness, Editor in Chief of World of Cruising Magazine. Simon share his seven-day St. Louis to Memphis experience on American Cruise Lines' Queen of the Mississippi.

Also, Cruise Guy drops by with Cruise News.



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179 Carnival Triumph Revealed + Travel Insurance Questions Answered


Sat, Feb 16, 2013


This week we talked to cruise passengers that were aboard Carnival Triumph as it was stranded at sea for five days. Cruise Guy joins us, travel writer Chris Owen, and Dan Skilken from TripInsurance.com.



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178 Farewell Carnival Destiny; Live in PortMiami


Wed, Feb 06, 2013


Carnival Destiny has officially left Miami and now enroute to a 49-day, $155-million dollar dry dock. Hear from passengers and the Cruise Director about Carnival Sunshine.



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177 Celebrity Solstice Review, President of CLIA + Cruise News


Wed, Jan 30, 2013


This week we get a review of Celebrity Solstice from listener Jim Work, talk to the President of CLIA, and get Cruise News from Cruise Guy.



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176 Disney Fantasy Listener Review + Cruise News


Wed, Jan 23, 2013


This week Dr. Kris from San Diego gives us his review of Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship Disney Fantasy, plus he shares how travel insurance saved him a lot of money with a pre-cruise incident, plus Cruise News.



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175 Remembering Costa Concordia + Cruise Critic Weighs In


Tue, Jan 15, 2013


This week we remember Costa Concordia as it sank off the Tuscan Coast January 13, 2012. We talk to passengers from the accident, CruiseCritic.com's Senior Editor and a Public Affairs Officer from CLIA.



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174 Pride of America Review in Hawaii + Cruise News


Tue, Jan 08, 2013


This week Simon Veness, editor in chief of World of Cruising joins us to share his latest voyage aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Hawaii-based Pride of America.

Cruise Guy stops by with our weekly Cruise News.



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173 Saving Money on Future Cruises + Cruise News


Thu, Jan 03, 2013


This week we talk to Chris Owen about his latest article on Saving Money on Cruises in 2013.

Stewart Chiron, the Cruise Guy, stops by with Cruise News.



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172 Norwegian Dawn Review + Cruise News


Wed, Dec 26, 2012


On this episode we talk to Shon Ford, AKA “CruiseMan3000,” he shares his latest seven-night sailing on Norwegian Dawn out of Boston, plus Cruise Guy with Cruise News.



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171 Celebrity Reflection Live Cruise Ship Broadcast


Thu, Dec 20, 2012


This week we around aboard Celebrity Reflection, taking her for a test ride. Hear from passengers, media and top to bottom reviews.



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170 Carnival Breeze Naming Ceremony in Miami, Florida


Wed, Dec 12, 2012




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169 Carnival Glory Review + Cruise News


Fri, Dec 07, 2012


On this episode we talk to listener Sara Phillips from Delaware about her latest sailing on the newly refurbished Carnival Glory, complete with Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades.

We get our fill of Cruise News with Theresa Norton-Masek, Cruise Editor for TravelPulse.com.



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168 Silverseas' Silver Spirit Review + Cruise News


Wed, Nov 28, 2012


On this show, Editor in Chief of Vacation Agent Magazine, Theresa Norton Masek tells us all about Silver Seas Silver Spirit and travel writer Chris Owen checks in with his take on the misunderstanding regarding The "Drag Stars At Sea" cruise aboard Carnival Glory PLUS Stewart Chiron The Cruise Guy has your cruise news.



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167 Navigator of the Seas Review + Cruise News


Wed, Nov 21, 2012


This week we talk to listener Eden Kendall, as she gives her review of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas. Plus, Cruise Guy is here with Cruise News. 



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166 Celebrity Eclipse Mediterranean cruise + Cruise News


Sat, Nov 17, 2012


This week listener Carter checks in with his latest sailing aboard Celebrity Cruise's Solstice-class Celebrity Eclipse in the Mediterranean. Also, Cruise Guy is here with Cruise News. 



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165 Listener Call-in Questions + Cruise News


Thu, Nov 08, 2012


This week travel writer Chris Owen is front and center taking your questions and calls. Also, Cruise Guy is here with our weekly dose of Cruise News. 



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164 Hurricane Sandy, NASA Visit + Electronic Trip Insurance


Fri, Nov 02, 2012


New travel insurance coverage that also covers electronics, a trip down to NASA, the lastest post-Hurricane Sandy coverage, plus Cruise News with the Cruise Guy. 



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163 Disney Dream Review + Cruise News


Wed, Oct 24, 2012


Listener Yvonne shares her family's latest cruise on the Disney Dream and gives a full review.

Cruise Guy is here with Cruise News. Be sure to check out our past episodes.



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162 Things to do in Puerto Rico + Cruise News


Thu, Oct 18, 2012


Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network calls in from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Cruise Guy is here with news. 



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161 International Travel Tips + St. Thomas, BVI Fun


Wed, Oct 10, 2012


Travel writer Mark Orwoll joins us with international travel trips, John from Cruise-Addicts checks in from St. Thomas, and Cruise Guy with news. 



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160 Listener Cruise Questions Answered + Cruise News


Fri, Oct 05, 2012


We field your questions this week regarding cruise resources and family travel.

Cruise Guy is here with cruise news. 



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159 Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Review + Cruise News


Thu, Sep 27, 2012


Hear what it's like to sail across the Atlantic ocean aboard the Queen Mary 2, from New York to Southampton.

Cruise Guy is here with Cruise News. 



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158 Broadcasting from Acapulco; is Mexico Safe?


Sat, Sep 15, 2012


We broadcast from Acapulco, Mexico, a city that was once booming with cruise ships but turned ghost town after a string of violence in Mexico. Hear how they are cleaning the town up and what there is to do.

Also, Cruise Guy is here with Cruise News. 



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157 Large Cruise Ship Alternatives, Airfare Advice + Excursion Website


Wed, Sep 12, 2012


We talk to travel maverick Mark Murphy about cruise alternatives and airfare savings.

Plus, we talk to the founder of Zweeno.com, a cool do it yourself cruise site that connects cruise passengers with excursion companies and transfer companies. 



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156 Carnival Dream Cruise Director + Cruise News


Wed, Sep 05, 2012


John Shallo checks in from Carnival Dream where he is interviewing the Cruise Director.

Cruise Guy drops by with Cruise News. 



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155 Queen of the Mississippi Christening Broadcast


Tue, Aug 28, 2012


Doug is aboard American Cruise Lines' Queen of the Mississippi for her christening, a brand new paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River. Hear about the voyages set and one of the new authentic paddlewheelers on the mighty Mississippi River. 



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154 Broadcasting in Alaska on Holland America's Oosterdam


Wed, Aug 22, 2012


Doug is aboard Holland America's ms Oosterdam, on a seven-night Alaska voyage, roundtrip Seattle. Hear a full review of the Alaska experience, the ship and ports of call. 



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153 Cruise Questions Answered: Listener Call-in Show


Wed, Aug 15, 2012


We field your questions about travel insurance, family travel, and cruise port questions.

Dan Skilken from Trip Insurance, Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network and travel writer Chris Owen all weigh in. 



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152 Cruise Ship Tracking Website + Port Parking Tips


Tue, Aug 07, 2012


Creator of CruiseCal.com is with us showing off the features of it's ship tracking.

Plus, cruise port parking tips and cruise news. 



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151 6 Ways to Save Money on a Cruise + Cruise News


Tue, Jul 31, 2012


Paul Motter from CruiseMates.com gives us six ways to save money on a cruise.

Cruise Guy is back with more cruise news. 



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150 Holland America Line Maasdam Review + Cruise News


Wed, Jul 25, 2012


Hear a review of Holland America's ms Maasdam, a smaller but popular ship in the HAL fleet.

Also, Cruise Guy is here with cruise news. 



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149 Carnival Glory Canada/New England Cruise Broadcast


Tue, Jul 17, 2012


Doug is aboard Carnival Glory on a five-night Canada/New England sailing out of Boston. Hear about the ports of call, what there is to do and the luxury of sailing out of New England.

Cruise Guy drops by with Cruise News. 



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148 Gaining Weight on a Cruise + Cruise News


Wed, Jul 11, 2012


Health coach Nicole La Placa gives us ways to stay fit at sea and how NOT to gain weight.

Cruise Guy gives us Cruise News. 



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147 Mediterranean Port Advice + Barcelona Tips


Wed, Jul 04, 2012


Carnival's Senior Cruise Director John Heald gives us his favorite places to go when in the Mediterranean.

Nancy from the Family Travel Network is aboard along with travel writer Art Sbarsky to talk about Barcelona. 



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146 Carnival Breeze Fun Ship 2.0 Review


Thu, Jun 28, 2012


This week we tackle even more features on the Carnival Breeze, Carnival Cruise Line's newest vessel. Hasbro the game show, Playlist productions, the ship's captain, John Heald, and the Punchliner Comedy Brunch. 



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145 Carnival Breeze Review with Family Travel Network


Fri, Jun 22, 2012


Hear all about Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship Carnival Breeze. We talk to the CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network, and hear passenger reviews. 



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144 Maritime Post-Costa Concordia + Consumer Response


Thu, Jun 14, 2012


We are down in Resolve Marine Group at their brand news $6.5-million cruise ship train facilty.

Vicky Garcia from Cruise Planner joins us with cruise ship safety.

Cruise Guy gives us Cruise News. 



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143 Third Party Shore Excursion Company + Cruise News


Tue, Jun 05, 2012


Behind the scenes look at what makes a cruise port cruise ship ready.

Excursion company Viator stops by and talks about their promise to get you back to the ship or they pay to get you to the next port.

Cruise Guy is here with cruise news. 



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142 ms Veendam Review + Cruise Secrets Revealed


Wed, May 30, 2012


Paul Motter from CruiseMates.com reveals cruise ship secrets, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line is here, and a review of Holland America's ms Veendam. 



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141 Carnival Conquest Review + Ship Shoreside Power


Thu, May 24, 2012


Mike Watts of Cochran Marine talks shoreside power, a review Carnival Conquest, and Cruise Guy drops in with cruise news. 



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140 Oceania Riviera Review + Cruise News


Wed, May 16, 2012


Theresa Norton Masek gives us a review of Oceania Cruises' newest ship Oceania Riviera.

Cruise Guy is here with cruise news. 



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139 Carnival Breeze Construction, PortMiami Director + Cruise News


Tue, May 08, 2012


An executive talks to us from Carnival about new venues revealed on Carnival Breeze.

PortMiami port director Bill Johnson drops by with news of new ships from Miami and cruise news. 



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138 Cruise3Sixty Broadcasting in Fort Lauderdale


Wed, May 02, 2012


Hear what is to come with the cruise industry, cruise ships and what is trending looking ahead to 2013 as we broadcast from the largest cruise conference in the world. 



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137 Listener Questions: Travel Insurance, Booze and Cruise News


Wed, Apr 25, 2012


The experts are in to tackle your questions on bringing booze on a cruise, what is a "pre-existing" condition in travel insurance, and more.

Cruise Guy is here with Cruise News.  



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136 - More Additions to Carnival's Fun Ship 2.0 + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Tue, Apr 17, 2012


Director of Product Development for Carnival joins us to talk about some more Fun Ship 2.0 announcements. Hear about a Holland America ms Maasdam sailing and Cruise Guy is here with cruise news. 



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135 Disney Fantasy Review + Cruise News


Tue, Apr 10, 2012


Cruise Expert Fran Golden just returned from the inaugural sailing on the Disney Fantasy, she gives us a full review. Hear about the entertainment, dining and night-life for adults. 



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134 Carnival Ship Detained in Galveston + Cruise News


Mon, Apr 02, 2012


Maritime Lawyer Jim Walker weighs in on the Carnival ship that got detained in Galveston, TX -- tied to Costa Concordia.

Cruise Guy is here with cruise news. 



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133 In Amsterdam aboard Viking River Cruises


Wed, Mar 28, 2012


Doing is in Amsterdam broadcasting aboard the brand new Viking Odin.

Peter Greenburg from CBS News, jounalist Ralph Grizzle, Fran Golden, and others stop by. 



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132 Panama Canal Sailing + Cruise News


Wed, Mar 21, 2012


Doug is with the Captain of Holland America' ms Zuiderdam transiting the Panama Canal. Learn all about the canal.

Cruise Guy is here with cruise news. 



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131 Cruise Shipping Miami 2012


Thu, Mar 15, 2012


Doug is at the Miami Beach Convention Center for one of the largest cruise conferences around. He talks with Cruise Critic, American Cruise Lines about their paddlewheeler, and gets cruise news. 



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130 Goodbye Carnival Destiny, Hello Sunshine | Carnival Cruise Line


Wed, Mar 07, 2012


Lania Rittenhouse, VP of Product Development for Carnival talks about the transformation Carnival Destiny will be undergoing in 2013 to become Carnival Sunshine. 



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129 ms Zuiderdam Broadcast


Wed, Feb 29, 2012


Doug broadcasts from Holland America's ms Zuiderdam on a 10-night Panama Canal sailing. He interviews key staff members, passengers and crew. Get a comprehensive review. 



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128 MSC Poesia broadcast + Cruise News | MSC Cruises


Thu, Feb 23, 2012


We link up with Doug aboard MSC's Poesia and he talks to some passengers to get their take on this ship based seasonally out of Fort Lauderdale. We also get a dose of our weekly cruise news from Cruise Guy. 



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127 - Listener Questions on Travel Insurance + Cruise Trends


Wed, Feb 15, 2012


We answer more of your listener questions relating to travel insurance, the CEO of Hotwire gives us some cruise trends post-Costa Concordia, and Cruise Guy drops by with cruise news. 



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126 Norovirus Information + Celebrity Equinox Cruise Ship Review


Sat, Feb 11, 2012


We talk to our medical correspondent Ed McDonough about norovirus, get a review of Celebrity Equinox and Cruise News. 



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125 - Listener Questions + Cruise News


Wed, Feb 01, 2012


Journalist and consumer advocate Chris Elliott is back answering your questions, plus Cruise Guy is here with cruise news. 



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124 Maritime Lawyer, Salvage Operations + Cruise News


Mon, Jan 23, 2012


Costa Concordia continues to dominate the news. We speak with a maritime lawyer about possible law suits and a maritime salvage expert on how they will remove the sunken Costa Concordia. 



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123 Survivor of Costa Concordia Ship Sinking Speaks


Tue, Jan 17, 2012


A passenger who was on the doomed Costa Concordia speaks to us in detail about the events leading to the ship sinking. Cruise Guy gives his thoughts and news on the event. 



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122 Titanic Memorial Cruise + Allure of the Seas Review


Mon, Jan 09, 2012


We learn about the 100th anniversary cruise of the Titianic and a listener review of Allure of the Seas. Cruise Guy drops by with Cruise News. 



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Staying Safe at Sea


Fri, Jan 06, 2012


Maritime attorney Jim Walker gives us six tips for staying safe at sea. This is a re-air from a previous episode but thought it was a good time to remind everyone. 



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121 New Builds for 2012 + Carnival Triumph Review | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Jan 05, 2012


We hear from Theresa Norton-Masek from Vacation Agent Magazine about the new builds to look forward to for 2012, a listener review from Carnival Triumph, and cruise news. 



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120 Jewel of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Thu, Dec 29, 2011


Listener Lisa gives her review of Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas, travel writer Chris Owen stops by the answer listeners questions, and Cruise Guy gives us cruise news. 



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119 Carnival Liberty, Fun Ship 2.0 Broadcast


Sun, Dec 25, 2011


Doug is aboard Carnival Liberty testing out Carnival's brand new Fun Ship 2.0 renovations. Hear passenger reviews, crew, and journalist reactions. 



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118 Cruise Director, ms Eurodam Review + Cruise News | Holland America


Mon, Dec 12, 2011


Doug talks to the Cruise Director aboard Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas, get a review of Holland America's ms Eurodam and Cruise Guy with cruise news. 



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117 Falmouth, Jamaica, Norwegian Peal Review + Cruise News | Norwegian Cruise Line


Sat, Dec 10, 2011


Nancy Schretter gives her review of Falmouth, Jamaica - an up and coming cruise port.

Simon Duval gives his review of Norwegian Peal and Cruise Guy has cruise news. 



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116 Rick Steves Travel Tips & Norwegian Sun Review | Norwegian Cruise Line


Mon, Nov 28, 2011


Rick Steves calls us about his travel tips, listener Joe Tolley gives his review of Norwegian Sun and Cruise Guy is here with Cruise News. 



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115 Broadcast Mazatlan, Mexico


Wed, Nov 23, 2011


We broadcast from Mazatlan, Mexico to find out if Mexico is really safe. We have all the details. 



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114 Carnival Magic/Galveston, TX Broadcast | Carnival Cruise Line


Tue, Nov 15, 2011


Broadcasting from Galveston, Texas aboard Carnival Magic's inaugural US sailing. Maroon 5 concert and all things Galveston and Carnival Magic. 



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113 CruiseOne & Cruises Inc. National Conference


Thu, Nov 10, 2011


We are broadcasting aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas for the 2011 national conference. Hear the benefits of using a travel agent, company execs and Cruise Guy with cruise news. 



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112 Carnival Fascination Review + Onboard Art Shows | Carnival Cruise Line


Thu, Nov 03, 2011


We get a passenger review of Carnival Fascination, speak about on board art auctions, and Cruise Guy with cruise news. 



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111 Reveal of Carnival Liberty Fun Ship 2.0 | Carnival Cruise Lines


Mon, Oct 24, 2011


Doug is aboard Carnival Liberty in PortMiami for the day testing out the new Fun Ship 2.0 features. He talks to John Heald, DJ Irie, and the Cruise Guy. 



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110 Live Broadcast Aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas


Wed, Oct 19, 2011


We are aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship. Hear passenger reviews and the CEO of Royal Caribbean. 



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109 Alaska Cruise Tips


Fri, Oct 14, 2011


If you've never been to Alaska, this is a good starting point. We talk to all of the Alaska experts and they show us how to plan your trip there. 



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108 Carnival's Fun Ship 2.0 Announcement in New York City


Tue, Oct 04, 2011


Broadcasting from NYC with Carnival Cruise Lines as they reveal their upcoming Fun Ship 2.0 initiative.

We talk to Carnival CEO, Guy Fieri, and comedian George Lopez. 



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107 Bermuda Cruise, Pre-Cruise Tips + Cruise News


Wed, Sep 28, 2011


Listener Jade joins us this week with a review of her latest Bermuda cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas.

Paul Motter is here with pre-cruise tips, and Stewart Chiron is back with Cruise News.



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106 Carnival Dream Review + Cruise News


Fri, Sep 23, 2011


Listeners give us a full review of Carnival Dream, plus Cruise Guy is here with Cruise News. 



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105 Throwback Carnival Destiny Review, Jones Act Laws + Cruise News


Thu, Sep 15, 2011


We get a review from the old Carnival Destiny.

A maritime lawyer explains the Jones Act.

Cruise News



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104 Majesty of the Seas Review , Carnival Hotel Director + Cruise News


Thu, Sep 08, 2011


Hotel Director Kevin Thorogood from Carnival Destiny chats with us, we get a review of Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas and Cruise Guy is here with Cruise News. 



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103 Pride of America Review | Norwegian Cruise Line


Wed, Aug 31, 2011


We talk Solstice-class with Celebrity Cruise Line's CEO, hear about a vampire theme cruise, get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America, plus Cruise Guy is here with Cruise News. 



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102 Weather Channel + Riding Out Hurricane Irene Experience


Fri, Aug 26, 2011


We talk to Jennifer Nittoso from the Weather Channel, a vacationer riding Hurricane Irene out down in the Bahamas, plus Cruise Guy with Cruise News. 



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101 Emerald Princess Baltic Review | Princess Cruises


Thu, Aug 18, 2011


Listener Jason Coleman gives his review of Emerald Princess in the Baltic.

Chuck Flagg gives tips for talking cheap at sea, and Cruise News. 



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100 Family Cruise Travel and Weather While Cruising


Wed, Aug 10, 2011


Thanks for 100 episodes!!

The experts are all here answering more of your questions. We hear from the Family Travel Network, travel writer Chris Owen, The Weather Channel, and Cruise Guy. 



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099 Hurricane Season w/ Weather Channel + Cruise News


Thu, Aug 04, 2011


We talked with a meteorologist from The Weather Channel about the tropics and get Cruise News. 



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098 Solo Cruising Advice


Fri, Jul 29, 2011


Ever thought about solo cruising? It's not as bad as you think. We talk to two journalists who give us the ins and outs of solo cruising. Turns out that one isn't the lonliest number!



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097 Tips for Planning a Mediterranean Cruise


Wed, Jul 20, 2011


This week we speak to Nancy Schretter with the Family Travel Network about planning and taking a Mediterranean cruise as a family.

Travel expert Chris Owen drops by to share some tips for a Mediterranean cruise. 



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096 Explorer of the Seas Review | Royal Caribbean


Wed, Jul 13, 2011


One of the former navigational officers from the legendary SS United States talks about that experience and his new book, "One with the Sea: An Inspiring Rags-to-Riches Saga of the Son of an Irish Immigrant."

Hear a listener review of the Explorer of the Seas and Cruise News.



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095 Maasdam Review | Holland America Line


Thu, Jul 07, 2011


Charles Robertson, President and CEO of American Cruise Lines joins us this week to talk about their small ships and the upcoming launches. 

Listener Christine Lacombe talks about her recent trip aboard Holland America Line's recently renovated ms Maasdam, plus Cruise News. 



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094 Oasis of the Seas: Behind the Scenes | Royal Caribbean


Wed, Jun 29, 2011


Over the weekend, Cruise Line International Association hosted us aboard Oasis of the Seas to talk about their environmentally friendly 'Save the Waves' program.

Rich Pruitt, Associate Vice President of Environmental Programs, Royal Caribbean International gave us a tour of Oasis and sits down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with us.

Marine Scientist/Author Dr. Ellen Prager talks about the impact of cruise ships on the environment and her new book Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Ocean's Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter.



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093 Cruise Line Smoking Policies + Charleston, SC Cruise Debate


Tue, Jun 21, 2011


We interview Byron Miller, Vice President of PR for the South Carolina Port Authority. Find out why the lawsuit being placed against Carnival Cruise Lines is so frivolous.

We tackle cruise line smoking policies in Cruise News. 



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092 What is a River Pilot + Staying Healthy on a Cruise


Tue, Jun 14, 2011


St. John's River harbor pilot, Captain Bryson joins us this week to talk about the duties of a harbor pilot and anwers your questions. 

Health and fitness blogger Meghann Anderson talks to us about eating healthy at sea.



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091 Charleston vs. Cruise Lines + Cruise Embarkation Tips


Wed, Jun 08, 2011


Could Charleston eventually try to throw a lawsuit against the cruise lines? This week we interview Michelle Sinkler, Program Director with Coastal Conservation League, an environmental activist group in Charleston, SC. 

Doug talks about his article he wrote on 8 tips for stress-free cruise embarkation and covers cruise news.



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090 Sneaking Alcohol on a Cruise & the Norovirus


Mon, May 30, 2011


Our medical correspondent Ed McDonough joins us to talk about all things Norovirus. 

Paul Motter from Cruise Mates talks about an article he wrote, "How to Sneak Alcohol on a Cruise Ship."  

Stewart Chiron, "The Cruise Guy"discusses the explosion in the port of Gibraltar effecting Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas. The MSC Opera was detained in Southampton last week after it recently completed its dry dock repairs, find out why. Also, Royal Caribbean is heading back to Japan. Get the scoop.



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089 Behind the Scenes of a Cruise Terminal


Mon, May 23, 2011


This week, Cruise Terminal Supervisor Gloria Tomkins talks about the Jacksonville cruise terminal. Hear just what it takes to turn a ship in a matter of hours; there is a lot more than you think. Stewart Chiron" The Cruise Guy" joins us with our weekly cruise news.



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087 Carnival Magic Part 2 | Carnival Cruise Lines


Thu, May 12, 2011


Still sailing on our 9-nt voyage on the Carnival Magic we're able to sit down with the senior cruise director John Heald. Also, hear passenger reviews about the ship, public spaces, and the new Carnival style.



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086 Carnival Magic Part 1 | Carnival Cruise Lines


Tue, May 03, 2011


This week we broadcast aboard the brand new Carnival Magic on the 9-nt inaugural voyage from Venice, Italy to Barcelona.

Hear interviews from the President and ceo of Carnival Cruise Lines, the godmother, and the ships designer.

 



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085 Reporting on Falmouth, Jamaica


Wed, Apr 27, 2011


This week we link up with Natalie Aroyan via satellite aboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas. She talks to us about the brand new port in Falmouth, Jamaica.

Stewart Chiron The Cruise Guy® catches up on this week's cruise news: new renovations to the Grand Princess, assisted living case on a Celebrity Cruises, cab transportation issues in Great Victoria Harbour, and if other cruise lines are going back into Egypt.



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084 Cruise3Sixty


Thu, Apr 21, 2011


This week Doug broadcasts down in Fort Lauderdale from the cruise event of the year, Cruise3Sixty.

Hear interviews with the Jamaica tourist board, crew members from the ships, and journalists.

Special thanks to M Silver Assoc. for making our broadcast possible.



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083 The Weather Channel


Tue, Apr 12, 2011


Jennifer Nittoso,  Meteorologist at The Weather Channel answers listener questions about tsunamis, rogue waves, the Bermuda Triangle, and hurricanes.

Stewart Chiron The Cruise Guy® catches us up on this weeks Cruise News. Get caught up on Celebrity Cruises opening up in the Asian market, the Carnival Magic's godmother, and Crystal Cruises' new stand-by program.



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082 Queen Victoria Ceremony + Cruise News | Cunard Cruise Line


Tue, Apr 05, 2011


Doug went down to Port Canaveral this week to board the Queen Victoria as it made its maiden voyage into central Florida.  He sits down with the ship's master, Captain Rynd.

Lobster shell golf balls? We came across this story and had to get to the bottom of it. We talk to the inventors Dr. David J. Neivandt and Dr. Bob Bayer. Cool concept!

Stewart Chiron catches us up on this weeks Cruise News.



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081 Does Freeport Suck? + Cruise News


Tue, Mar 29, 2011


Doug just returned from Freeport, so find out all about Freeport, Bahamas and what it's really like down there. Comedian Happy Cole joins us, as well a local conch diver.

Stewart Chiron catches us up on this week's Cruise News.



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080 Cruise Shipping Miami 2011


Tue, Mar 22, 2011


This week Doug broadcasts down at the Miami Beach Convention Center for Cruise Shipping Miami (an industry trade show).

Doug will interview Captain Dan Blanchard from Innersea Discoveries, the CEO of MeetOnCruise.com, and John Atkin, a professional ship photographer.

Matt is in the studio and will goes live to Jaxport where they just celebrated their 1,000,000 cruise passenger.



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078 Sail Smart + Cruise News


Tue, Mar 08, 2011


On this episode, travel writer Chris Owen joins us to discuss one of his recent articles "10 ways to save money on a cruise without being a cheapskate."

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy joins us with Cruise News. Hear about: Princess Cruises relocating their ship, Crown Princess, to Texas; get an Egypt update on the ports of call; Carnival Cruise Lines pulling out of Mazatlan; and get the low down on fuel surcharges.



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077 Ship Designer, Joe Farcus + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line


Tue, Mar 01, 2011


This week we sit down and talk with Carnival Cruise Line's Ship Architect & Designer, Joe Farcus. Joe tells us what goes into ship design and the upcoming Carnival Magic.

Stewart Chiron, the Cruise Guy, updates our Cruise News. Hear about NCL pulling out of Mazatlan, more ships going to St. Kitts, more delays because of fog, and the drug bust in the port of Montego Bay.



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076 Oceania's Marina + Cruise News | Oceania Cruises


Wed, Feb 23, 2011


This week we are joined by Jim Work and Bob Miller, both Luxury Cruise Counselors who were recently on the inaugural cruise Oceania Marina. Hear all about the ship from their point of view.

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy joins us with this weeks Cruise News.  Hear about the new port in Falmouth, Jamaica, Savannah, Georgia's port movement, hear about the ships delayed because of the gulf-coast fog last week, and more on the pirate attacks.



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075 Carnival Fascination Review | Carnival Cruise Lines


Thu, Feb 17, 2011


This week we sail aboard the 2,052-guest Carnival Fascination. A Fantasy-class ship homeported in Jacksonville, Florida.  Don't miss exciting interviews from: Hotel Director, Chef, Maitre d, and passengers. Be sure to listen to our whole catalog! 



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074 MSC Cruises CEO


Tue, Feb 08, 2011


This week we talk with Rick Sasso, the CEO of MSC Cruises USA.



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073 Disney Dream Experience | Disney Cruise Line


Wed, Feb 02, 2011


Managing Editor Nancy Schretter, from the Family Travel Network talks to us about family travel aboard the Disney Dream.

Travel Writer Chris Owen from Galdling.com and Fox Business offers tips for those considering a Dream cruise.

Stewart Chrion The Cruise Guy® catches us up on this weeks Cruise News. Hear the updates on Egypt, the SS United States being sold, Royal Caribbean and NCL new ships orders.

AT&T is also releasing a package perfect for the cruises. To find out all about this Cruise Ship Passport package check out the Cellular at Sea website here.



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072 Cruising 2.0 | Royal Caribbean


Tue, Jan 25, 2011


This week we interview writer Paul Motter from CruiseMates and Fox Business about "Defining Cruise 2.0." He explains how cruising has changed over the years.

Ralph Grizzle talks to us about the Allure of the Seas.

Holland America's master chef Rudi Sodamin tells us about their new Culinary Council.

Stewart Chiron The Cruise Guy® stops by with this weeks Cruise News.

AT&T is also releasing a package perfect for the cruises. To find out all about this Cruise Ship Passport package check out the Cellular at Sea website here.



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071 Cruise Ship Safety


Tue, Jan 18, 2011


This week we talk with maritime legal expert Jim Walker about Staying Safe at Sea.

Travel Writer, Chris Owen talks to us about -- What to expect in 2011, when it comes to cruising.

Stewart Chrion The Cruise Guy® catches us up on this weeks Cruise News. Featuring the meeting of the three Cunard Queens, the Disney Dream, and ships pulling out of the West Coast.



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070 Cellular at Sea


Tue, Jan 11, 2011


Over the past year we have received a lot of emails asking about Cellular at Sea.  Jim McKenna with Wireless Maritime Services answers all the questions. 

Stewart Chrion stops by with some Cruise News.



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069 The CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line


Wed, Jan 05, 2011


This week we interview the CEO of Norwegian Cruise Lines, Kevin Sheehan. Mr. Sheehan talks to us about the recent filming of CBS' Undercover Boss.

Our next scheduled Twitter #CruiseChat is going to be Tuesday, Jan. 11 @ 2 pm.



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068 Brilliance of the Seas Passenger


Thu, Dec 30, 2010


Jose Pantago was aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas on his honeymoon.  Early morning on December 12, 2010 the ship hit some bad weather off the coast of Egypt which caused the ship to rock back and forth. 

Carrie, social media expert and cruise advocate talks about Cruise Chat (#cruisechat).  Track #cruisechat on Twitter every other Tuesday.



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067 Norovirus Questions Answered


Thu, Dec 23, 2010


Our medical correspondent, Ed McDonough answers all the questions concerning norovirus.

Cruise Guy drops by the catch us up on Cruise News. 

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065 Travel Scams


Sat, Dec 11, 2010


Mark Orwoll from Travel+Leisure Magazine talks about travel scams that can happen anywhere.



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064 Celebrity Eclipse Review | Celebrity Cruises


Thu, Dec 02, 2010


This week are are aboard the brand new Celebrity Eclipse.  This is the third Solstice-class and is over the top remarkable! There is plenty of great interviews in this episode.

We have interviews with:

  • President and CEO, Daniel Hanrahan
  • TV Personality, Geoff Edwards (RIP)
  • Master Chef, Jacques Van Staden
  • Passengers


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062 Carnival Splendor


Fri, Nov 12, 2010


Earlier this week the Carnival Cruise Line's ship "Carnival Splendor" suffered an engine fire which left the ship helpless at sea until the US Navy and the tugs arrived.  We chat with two passengers from that sailing and Cruise Expert Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy. 

Guest Line Up:

Stewart Chiron: The Cruise Guy® America’s most quoted cruise expert. Contributor to ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, WGN, Good Morning America, CNBC, Travel Channel and CNN

Amber Haslerud: A passenger from Southern California who was on the ship with her mother.  She recalls her story.

Marquis Horace: LA resident who was on the seven night journey. He chats about his stateroom, the announcements made and how the crew kept the passengers informed of all the happenings aboard the vessel.

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061 Holland America's ms Eurodam


Thu, Nov 11, 2010


This week Doug and Matt are aboard Holland America Lines ms Eurodam. Hear their full review of the ship.



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060 Holiday Travel Tips


Wed, Nov 03, 2010


Stewart Chiron talks about The Allure of the Seas.

AOL Travel Editor, Beth Caulfield, offers travel tips for the holidays and highlights some useful apps for your mobile device.



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059 Norwegian Sun


Thu, Oct 28, 2010


As of October 16, 2010, the Norwegian Sun is home-ported in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Last weekend there was a ceremony and we were aboard to capture all the magic.

Joining us in this episode is the Captain, the Hotel Director and Stan Payne, the CEO of Port Canaveral.



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058 Live from Key West


Tue, Oct 19, 2010


This week Doug is down in Key West broadcasting from Pier B at Mallory Square.

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy talks about his rendezvous with some Queens in Southampton, England.

The Carnival Freedom Cruise Director joins Doug chatting about all things Carnival Freedom.

A street performer from Mallory Squares talks with us about performing daily in Key West at the Sunset Celebration.



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057 World's Largest Cruise Night


Mon, Oct 11, 2010


This week we are talking to Tracey Gallagher about Cruise Month and the World's Largest Cruise Night. You've seen her on the Travel Channel, Travel correspondent for MSNBC, and has appeared as an expert on Oprah, CNN, Extra, Inside Edition, KTLA, Later Today, Livin’ It Up with Ali and Jack, and  Ananda Lewis and now Cruise Radio.

Sherry Laskin and Chris Owen, both Travel Writers and Agents join us on board the ship to cover all the misconceptions of cruising and all about the World's Largest Cruise Night. 



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056 Aboard the Celebrity Solstice


Sat, Oct 09, 2010


While Doug is partying on The Solstice...guess who's back in the studio......................that's right....Matt......but he's not bitter.

Enjoy.....cuz this is a good one.



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055 European Vacation


Fri, Oct 01, 2010


Doug chats with Sherry Laskin (aka @cruisemaven) about her trip to, and all around Europe...and did we mention she doesn't fly.  It's nothing but ships, trains, and automobiles for Sherry.

Matt speaks with Mike Peluso about cruising with an infant. He and his wife Michele were aboard the Costa Atlantica with their baby boy, Aldo.

...and Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy has news and hot deals.



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