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A 2020 review of Norwegian Sky. This was a four-night cruise out of PortMiami that went to Nassau, Bahamas, and a scheduled stop at Great Stirrup Cay (which unfortunately was missed because of weather). A new entertainment option was rolled out this week involving cruise directors, we talk with the creators. Richard Simms has cruise news: A handful…
 
Staff writer Richard Simms talks to us about the meeting that PortMiami had about the state of cruising, Carnival Cruise Line ships returning to service in November, and Norwegian Cruise Line delaying a cruise update. Matt Hochberg from Royal Caribbean Blog answers questions on how Royal Caribbean has changed its app to facilitate the future of cru…
 
A Celebrity Edge review from March 2020. This was the last cruise before the cruise industry shutdown. Ashley gives a comprehensive review of Celebrity's newest cruise ship and what the onboard experience was like. Sherry has cruise news: Carnival's Brand Ambassador said they could be returning to sea sooner than people think It's back to sea for o…
 
A seven-night Western Caribbean review of Norwegian Cruise Line's ship Norwegian Escape. The vessel was launched in 2015 and offers Caribbean service from the east coast. Sherry has cruise news: Popular Carnival Cruise Director announces retirement Another Carnival ship steams towards the scrapyard Carnival Corp CEO optimistic about North American …
 
A review of Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas. This was a nine-night cruise from Australia. Sherry has cruise news on: Cruise port could remain closed until 2022 Two Carnival Corp ships find a new home Carnival releases name of the upcoming ship Former Carnival ship awaits fate Good news from MSC but also a delay Question: Is it okay to tip at…
 
Nancy Schretter returns this week from the Family Travel Network to answer some questions about cruising to Cozumel with small children, how to deal with food allergies on a cruise ship, and keeping your child safe in a balcony. Tommy Casabona stops by to give details about sailing from Fort Lauderdale with factoring in a little bit of pre-cruise f…
 
Since MSC Cruises returned to cruising this past week, it's only appropriate to get a review of the MSC Meraviglia. Sheri and her family had an opportunity to sail the Yacht Club (ship within a ship concept) in the Mediterranean. We get a full review of one of MSC Cruises' newest ships. Sherry has cruise news: Cruises are officially underway in Eur…
 
In our series of exploring personalities within the cruise space, we speak with Bill Panoff. Bill started his career aboard a Carnival Cruise Line ship where he worked at sea for 13 years and then went launched Porthole Cruise Magazine, the largest cruise magazine in the world. Porthole Cruise Magazine Digital: https://bit.ly/3atTJ9I Cruise Control…
 
Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network joins us to talk about her seven-night Mediterranean cruise on Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity. Crystal Cruises recently announced that they will not welcome guests back until 2021. Sherry has cruise news: Another round of cruise cancellations Crew members file a lawsuit against the cruise company No…
 
We tackle your listener questions this week. Sherry Laskin joins us to break down using onboard credits on multiple sailings and the best way to remove canceled guests from a cruise. Barbara lets us know the main differences between the cruise line vacation planner and a travel agent. Richard talks about cruise embarkation out of New York City. Dat…
 
We sit down with Carnival Corporation (CCL) CEO Arnold Donald on the current state of the cruise industry. We speak with Arnold about how cruising could look moving forward, what will really determine when the cruise ships can sail again, what the cruise industry resumption of service will look like, and vessels leaving the fleet. Sherry has cruise…
 
Over a dozen cruise ships have been sold off throughout the cruise industry shutdown, with more likely to come. But what happens to cruise ships once they are sold? What do they do with the equipment? How long does the deconstruction process take? Maritime historian and journalist Peter Knego drops in to answer our questions. Peter also shares deta…
 
A 2020 review of Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Gem. this was a 10-night cruise from New York City that went to the Southern Caribbean. Sherry has cruise news: First major cruise line sailed from Europe Norwegian Cruise Line extends suspension Carnival Fantasy ends her final voyage Cruise line debuts new safety drill Cruise line refund policies c…
 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published 28 questions to the general public. We read the questions and tell you how you can respond with your answers. You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2020-0087 by any of the following methods listed below. CDC does not accept comments by email. Federal eRulemaking Port…
 
PJ shares his experience of being on the last Disney Cruise Line ship before the industry shutdown. This is a seven-night review of Disney Fantasy that went down to the Eastern Caribbean with a stop at private island Castaway Cay. Sherry has cruise news: CDC extending the No Sail Order, again Carnival is almost done with crew repatriation Grand Bah…
 
Cruise expert Stewart Chiron drops by the answer some listener questions. Matt Hochberg from Royal Caribbean Blog answer questions on Royal Caribbeans "Lift and Shift" program and the difference between a Quantum and Quantum Ultra class ship. 1. When a ship is said to be 130,000-tons, what does that mean? 2. We are seeing cruise lines like Princess…
 
A review of Carnival Cruise Line's ship Carnival Sunrise for a Canada/New England itinerary. This ship used to be Carnival Triumph before it underwent a $200 million renovation in 2019. The ship splits time between New York, Virginia, and Florida. Sherry Laskin has cruise news on: This could be the end for Carnival Fantasy Key West looking to ban l…
 
A review of an 11-night cruise on Princess Cruises' Regal Princess. This was a Baltic cruise that sailed from Copenhagen with an overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: Carnival Mardi Gras launched delayed and Carnival Radiance postponed Two cruise lines join forces to develop healthy protocols New EU cruise guides recom…
 
Aside from wearing masks on a cruise ship, buffets at sea have been another hot button topic. Royal Caribbean first said they would not have one, and then backpedaled. Norwegian Cruise Line had a computer glitch that issued everyone extra loyalty points - will they honor or take away? Staff writer Richard Simms weighs in on both topics. Date: July …
 
A preview of what casinos at sea may look like after sailing a five-hour gambling trip. A look at what we saw with protocols and safety procedures. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: Carnival Corporation sells off a cruise ship during the shutdown Cruise ships head to the West Coast of North America MSC Cruises starts construction on a new class of shi…
 
We answer your listener questions on this weekend's episode of Cruise Radio Rewind. What is the best way to get from San Pedro cruise port to Los Angelos airport? Is an overnight stay on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California worth it? Where can we find an affordable hotel somewhere near Port Canaveral? If the cruise line books my air, does it pr…
 
A review of Carnival Conquest on a seven-night cruise from Port Miami. This sailing went to the Eastern Caribbean with stops in Amber Cove, Grand Turk, San Juan, and St. Thomas. Sherry has cruise news: More cruise lines announced cancellations Nassau, Bahamas could get strict on cruise passengers Rapid covid testing could be coming to a cruise line…
 
A Panama Canal cruise review aboard Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess. This was a roundtrip voyage from Port Everglades. Mary first sailed Caribbean Princess back in 2005, she compares and contrasts the vessels over the past 15 years. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: Norwegian Cruise Line cancels additional sailings Bankrupt cruise ship goes to au…
 
A 2020 review of MSC Grandiosa. This was a Mediterranean cruise that was cheaper than a lot of his other vacation options. Sherry has cruise news: Royal Caribbean announces delays and cancellations Good news for 3,000 Carnival Cruise Line crew members A cruise line will be sailing from Port Canaveral for the first time Norwegian Cruise Line talks m…
 
We get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star. This was a seven-night cruise that sailed round trip from Venice. Richard has cruise news: Norwegian's return-to-cruising health details Canada extending its cruise ship ban Carnival Cruise Line doubling down on thermal imaging cameras River cruising is back So is ocean cruising in Asia Lis…
 
Where is my cruise refund? That is a question that is being asked by thousands of people. Are the cruise lines really doing the best they can or are they holding on to your money until the last minute possible? After all, the Fair Credit Bill Act The FCBA has set strict guidelines for creditors to follow that protect consumers. Date: May 31, 2020…
 
A back-to-back review of Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas. This was a three and four-night cruise that went to Nassau, Bahamas, and Perfect Day at CocoCay. We learn about the recent Mariner refurbishments and what it's like sailing two cruises in a row. Sherry has cruise news: Australia extending their cruise ship ban Royal Caribbean backtrack…
 
We get a review of Holland America's Zuiderdam. This was a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing. This cruise went to Grand Turk, San Juan, and the private island Half Moon Cay. Sherry has cruise news: The Bahamas could welcome cruisers back as early as July Massive layoffs across multiple cruise lines Disney Cruise Line has extended its cancellati…
 
Royal Caribbean hinted this week that they could be getting rid of its cruise ship buffets once they start sailing again. The cruise industry is going through a financial nightmare right now. They are all in a zero revenue environment. Norwegian Cruise Line recently had its first-quarter earnings call late last week, we break down the findings. Dat…
 
We talk to a cruise director who was onboard a cruise ship during the COVID outbreak. Our guest chats with us what it was like being onboard when the cruise industry shutdown and how he had pivot as they attempted to get cruisers home. Sherry has cruise news: Grand Cayman isn't ready to take back cruise ships Marine firm launches a project to keep …
 
Cruise lines are doing a phased-in approach when it comes to return-to-service. In this episode, we discuss how the landscape and policies are changing with the post-COVID. We answer some listener questions on what to look for when buying a policy and how to rebook your policy if your vacation got canceled. Find more information about travel insura…
 
We get a review of Carnival Inspiration. This was a short four-night cruise out of Long Beach, California to Ensenada and Catalina Island with only one sea day. Carnival Cruise Line sails two Fantasy-class ships out of Los Angeles, Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Imagination. Sherry has cruise news: Carnival is shooting for a new return-to-servic…
 
This is a 58-night cruise aboard Princess Cruises Island Princess (sister ship to the Coral Princess). This ship was launched back in 2003 and is one of the cruise line's smaller ships. An interesting angle with this sailing is that COVID-19 events were happening around the world. So they were experiencing in real-time what changes were being made …
 
A review of a seven-night cruise on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas from San Juan, Puerto Rico. This cruise went down to the Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. Sherry has cruise news on: Carnival sends 10,000 crew members home Disney Cruise Line extends its cancellation How Norwegian Cruise Line is weathering the financial storm The new Cruise Term…
 
Staff writer Richard Simms joins us to talk about the details of Norwegian Cruise Line's extension of their suspension of cruises. A company has an idea of putting mobile ICU units in cruise ports across the Caribbean. Norwegian Holdings and Royal Caribbean bolster liquidity. Listener Question: Should we use a travel agent? What is the status of Ca…
 
We get a review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jewel. Part of the Jewel-class of vessels, the ship carries 2400 guests and 93,500-tons. This was a cruise down under, leaving from Sydney to Auckland. We get all the details of the cruise, itinerary, and how to approach this bucket list trip. Sherry has cruise news: The White House tapped travel…
 
We get a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise review from a family who sailed aboard Carnival Vista. The sailing was from Galveston, Texas and went to Mahogany Bay, Belize City, and Cozumel. Here how Carnival Vista compares to a most recent sailing on Carnival Horizon. Sherry has cruise news: Carnival Cruise Line extends its pause in operations Nor…
 
Cruise industry analyst Stewart Chiron joins us to talk about the Centers for Disease Control's decision. We discuss the financial status and how the cruise lines are raising money to keep them afloat until the return to business. We also discuss where the cruise ships will go when they start sailing again. Date: April 12, 2020…
 
Disney Fantasy first entered service in 2012. We get a detailed review of a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the vessel. This ports of calls on this cruises we St. Thomas, Tortola, and Disney's private island Castaway Cay. Sherry has cruise news: Carnival successfully raised funds to help weather the financial storm CDC released new guid…
 
We have a chance to talk with maritime historian, journalist, and filmmaker Peter Knego. Peter shares the experience of going to the cruise ship graveyard in Alang, India, where cruise ships are cut up and sold for scrap metal. We also get details of what it's like being one of the last people on board the ship before it disappears forever. Peter a…
 
We get a review of Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. This cruise left Miami, Florida and went to the Bahamas. Sherry Laskin has cruise news on: More cruise lines extending their suspension Carnival Cruise Line cancels sailings into the summer Celebrity Cruises launched a new ship in a unique way The first ship to act as a hospital has arrived…
 
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