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Majesty of the Seas Part 1

July 14th, 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 we get a review of the ship.
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St. Kitts, ShipMate App Update + Cruise News

July 10th, 2015

We answer a listener question about something 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), so we talk to creator Mike Jirout about the update.
Plus cruise news on Carnival Vista floats 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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Carnival Conquest Review + Port Canaveral Cruise Hotel

July 6th, 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 apart 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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Carnival Sensation Review + Cruise News

July 3rd, 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 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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Why Use a Travel Agent + Disney Wonder Review

June 30th, 2015

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

We recently got 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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Richard Branson Launches Virgin Cruises

June 25th, 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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Pride of America Review + Cruise News

June 20th, 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 Hawaii islands were like. 

Cruise News

  • Norwegian revamps their dining package
  • Cruises to no where ending
  • Recapping Carnival's no bottle policy 
  • HAL Noordam rescues sightseeeing boat
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Carnival Legend Review + Cruise Deals App

June 16th, 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 a full Carnival Legend review. 

We talk  to the creator of one of the newest cruise app out there, CruiseDeals, 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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Crown Princess Review + Cruise News

June 11th, 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 calls.

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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Carnival Corp Launches New Cruise Brand

June 5th, 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 purposed 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, Family Travel Network
  • James Shillinglaw,
  • Ben Souza, Cruise Fever
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