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Ebola Virus Scare On Cruise + Cruise News

October 23rd, 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 wk, 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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Star Princess Review + Cruise News

October 17th, 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 maybe 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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NCL Pride of America Review + MSC Cruises Packages

October 10th, 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 spends multiple nights in different ports!

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

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

October 4th, 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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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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