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Disney Fantasy Review, Carnival Great Vacation Guarantee + Cruise News

September 30th, 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 now 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 Lines. 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 – howd 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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Carnival Inspiration Review + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Lines

September 17th, 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 its affecting cruise passengers. 

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Celebrity Solstice Review + Loyal Cruise Website

September 12th, 2014

Jason Leppert is the editor-in-chief of PopularCruising.com and just returned from a seven-night sailing aboard Celebrity Solstice. A Celebrity Cruises ship that was launched in August 2008 and does seasonal sailings 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.

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Carnival Magic Review + Passport Questions Answered

August 29th, 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. Listen and learn! 

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Allure of the Seas Review, Tipping + Cruise News

August 22nd, 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. It's no holds barred on this Allure of the Seas review!

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Panama Canal Turns 100 + Cruise News

August 14th, 2014

The path between the two seas, the Panama Canal, turns 100 years old on August 15, 2014. Al and Sunny Lockwood are a pair of intrepid retirees who lovingly documented their 17-day cruise through the Panama Canal. The subtitle, “Savoring 5,000 Nautical Miles and 500,000 Decadent Calories,” says it all; while Sunny documents the practical details, historical facts and unexpected encounters of their cruise, Al reviews the desserts and delicacies — luxuries large and small — served aboard their 1,200 passenger ship. Aimed at travelers who may be veterans of life, but first time cruisers. Sunny joins us on the broadcast to talk about the book

Stewart Chiron has Cruise News:

  • Quantum of the Seas floated out
  • NCL "more-inclusive" packages for 2015
  • Unlimited free internet to Regent
  • Carnival Corp developing a Haitian island
  • Princess orders third Royal-class ship
  • Regal Princess goes for Godparents for upcoming christening
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Dancing with the Stars in Alaska, Holland America’s ms Westerdam

August 8th, 2014

On this show we head to Southeast Alaska to tape a broadcast aboard Holland America's ms Westerdam for a very special Dancing with the Stars themed cruise. You'll learn all about Dancing with the Stars at Sea and a just what is a Holland America Alaska cruise like. This is my second one and it was just as captivating as the first!

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Serenade of the Seas Review + Cruise News

August 1st, 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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Expedition Cruising + Cruise News

July 25th, 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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MSC Divina Review + Cruise News

July 18th, 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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