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Carnival Sunshine Repositioned + Carnival Freedom Review

March 23rd, 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 S 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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16 Cruise Tips + Cruise News

March 14th, 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 ship 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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Princess Cruises Partners with Oscar-Winning Composer Stephen Schwartz

March 14th, 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 Schewart. 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 Grammys, 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 Swartz and Love Boat television personality Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing).  

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Carnival Journeys + Norwegian Dawn Review

March 5th, 2015

Matthew Clark and his family are from Pittsburg, PA and took a well deserved winter cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn, on a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise. Matt gives a bow to stern review, covering: embarkation, suite life, dining, entertainment, ports, and first timer tips!

Hear this Norwegian Dawn review!

Carnival Cruise Line just announced Carnival Journeys, a series of longer than normal cruises that offer destination immersion and onboard enrichment. Terry Thornton, VP of Itinerary Planning for Carnival Cruise Line is on the show to talk to us about Carnival Journeys and answer questions I have.

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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review & Caribbean Port Shopping

February 26th, 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. Bill joins us to answer a listener question about Caribbean port shopping.

Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise vacation 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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Carnival Freedom in Galveston

February 17th, 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 to help military families throughout the country.
 
We were broadcasting live from the lido deck (pardon the wind), overlooking 1000s of military men and woman. 
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MSC Divina Review

February 11th, 2015

Ben Souza from CruiseFever just returned from a two-night Bahamas cruise aboard MSC Divina. On this cruise Ben got to experience 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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Quantum of the Seas Review

February 2nd, 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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Carnival Vista Reveal in New York City

January 22nd, 2015

Hear the Carnival Vista reveal live from New York City with Senior Cruise Director John Heald and the Senior VP of Guest Operations, Mark Tamis. 

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Norwegian Escape Reveal + New Carnival App

January 20th, 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.

We were in New York City aboard Norwegian Breakaway when the revealed more details about the upcoming Norwegian Escape, like 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 on board spending. This app is aligned with other cruise line apps in the industry. But 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 un the new smartphone app.

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