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We talk with former cruise line executive Art Sbarsky about the cruising industry restart and talk shop about moves the cruise lines are doing to earn extra revenue. Richard Simms has cruise news: It's been a long 16 months but a lot of ships are back into service The UK greenlights international cruises The CDC and Florida lawsuit drags on — has i…
 
Cruise News Briefing - July 28, 2021. Carnival Cruise Line resumes cruises to Alaska. Icy Strait Point welcomes its first cruise ship since 2019. Royal Caribbean Group partners with the Alaska Travel Industry Industry Association Foundation to give grants to Alaskan tourism businesses and community organizations. Cruise line stocks were down for CC…
 
Cruise News Briefing - July 26, 2021. A U.S. appeals court overturned its decision to reinstate the CDC’s Conditional Sailing Order for cruise ships sailing from Florida. Celebrity Equinox has set sail from Port Everglades. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has resumed cruises from the Port of Palm Beach. Cruise line stocks were down on Friday for CCL, …
 
Cruise News Briefing - July 23, 2021. Four more cruise ships are set to sail from the Port of Seattle to Alaska this coming week. Seabourn Odyssey made a port call in St. Kitts on Thursday, marking the first time the port has welcomed a cruise ship since last year. Scotland has lifted its ban on cruise ships, and is now welcoming those sailing with…
 
This week we get a review of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas. This was a four-night cruise that called to private island Perfect Day at CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas. Freedom is one of the Royal Caribbean was one of the ships that conducted a simulated voyage so it could allow more unvaccinated guests to board, most of them being families with …
 
Cruise News Briefing - July 22, 2021. For the first time in nearly two years, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship called to Sitka, Alaska with revenue passengers. Disney Cruise Line has its eye on Port Everglades for a cruise port in the 2023-2024 season. Cunard Line is starting a series of Grand Voyage cruises starting as early as October. Cruise line s…
 
Cruise News Briefing - July 21, 2021. MSC Meraviglia has successfully completed her test cruise. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has announced an initiative to offer free cruises to essential workers. Carnival Cruise Line will continue to sail with at least 95 percent vaccinated passengers until at least October. Cruise stocks were up on Tuesday for C…
 
Cruise News Briefing - July 20, 2021. Carnival Cruise Line announced that seven additional cruise ships will sail by Fall 2021, bringing a total of 15 vessels returning to service. Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas is the next cruise ship to depart on a test cruise from Florida. A Regent 2024 World Cruise sold out in less than three hours. Crui…
 
This week are sailing on the first Carnival Cruise Line ship from Florida. This was a six-night Eastern Caribbean cruise from PortMiami to Amber Cove and private island Half Moon Cay. We speak with: Carnival Cruise Line President, Christine Duffy Brand Ambassador John Heald VP of Beverage Operations, Eddie Allen Thoughts or questions? doug@cruisera…
 
Cruise News Briefing - July 14, 2021. The Cayman Islands has announced its reopening plan for international visitors. An American Cruise Lines river ship has run aground in the Cumberland River. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has sued the state of Florida over its vaccine passport ban. Cruise line stocks were down for CCL, RCL, and NCLH.…
 
Cruise News Briefing - July 13, 2021. Carnival will be requiring travel insurance on cruises from Florida. American Cruise Lines has cut an Alaska cruise short and canceled another following three COVID-19 cases onboard. Crystal Cruises’ first expedition ship is en route to her first homeport. Cruise line stocks were down on Monday for CCL, RCL, an…
 
Just back from Celebrity Cruises' first ship revenue sailing back from the United States that took place aboard Celebrity Edge. This was a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing to Mexico and Nassau, Bahamas. In this show we talk about how cruising is different, how is it the same, and what are the major changes. Thoughts or questions? doug@cruisera…
 
Cruise News Briefing - July 8, 2021. Silversea Cruises is turning one of its luxury ships into an expedition vessel. After being on the ship for 30 days, Carnival crew members may now be allowed to come ashore in the United States and in ports of call. Luxury line Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced a new 132-night world cruise for 2024. Cruise…
 
Cruise News Briefing - July 3, 2021. Royal Caribbean has offered a ship to house emergency workers as they continue to work at the site of a collapsed condo building in Surfside. Freedom of the Seas set sail on its first passenger cruise in 15 months. Luxury brand Crystal Cruises returns to sea today sailing a seven-night cruise from Nassau, Bahama…
 
Cruise News Briefing - July 2, 2021. Royal Caribbean says that all of their Florida sailings are sold out for the next two months. Carnival’s brand ambassador John Heald was denied entry into the US because of a UK travel ban. Virgin Voyages takes delivery of its second ship Valiant Lady. Cruise line stocks were flat for CCL, RCL, and NCLH.…
 
This week we broadcast from Celebrity Cruises' first ship to sail from the United States in 15-months, Celebrity Edge. Royal Caribbean Group CEO Richard Fain joins us on the program, along with Stewart Chirson the Cruise Guy. Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net Want daily cruise news? Subscribe to the Cruise Radio News podcast feed. Get in-…
 
Cruise News Briefing - July 1, 2021. Two cruise ships called in Cozumel, Mexico for the first time in 15 months. Carnival has removed the Casino Bar from two ships, and announced the buffet situation onboard. Port Canaveral has revealed its ship restart summer schedule. Cruise line stocks were up on Wednesday for CCL, RCL, and NCLH.…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 30, 2021. Costa Maya welcomed its first cruise ship back after 15 months. Disney Cruise Line has delayed the test cruise for Disney Dream due to “inconsistent COVID-19 test results.” A federal judge has granted the CDC an extension to respond to Florida’s lawsuit. Cruise line stocks were down for CCL, RCL, and NCLH.…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 29, 2021. Carnival Cruise Line has announced major additions to its HUB smartphone app. Royal Caribbean has announced which venues will be off-limits to unvaccinated cruisers on Freedom of the Seas in July. MSC Grandiosa sailed from Barcelona this past weekend, marking the reopening of the port to international cruise tr…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 28, 2021. Celebrity Edge is the first major cruise ship to sail from a U.S. port in 15 months. Carnival Cruise Line shows drone footage of the pier they are using this summer in Bimini Island in the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line gear up for summer sailings with three ships starting this Friday, Saturd…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 25, 2021. Two positive cases have been reported on Adventure of the Seas, but Royal Caribbean’s protocols appear to have worked. MSC Cruises has announced the name of its newest Seaside EVO class ship. Carnival Corporation has revealed that it lost about two billion dollars during the second quarter. Cruise line stocks w…
 
This week we talk to Nick who just returned from the very first Royal Caribbean sailing open to U.S. guests from Nassau, Bahamas. He details the process of flying to the Bahamas from Florida, the health protocols in place both in port and onboard, and how the cruising experience compared to pre-COVID times. Richard has cruise news: The state of Flo…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 23, 2021— AM UPDATE. Carnival Cruise Line announced on Wednesday morning that they will be receiving two cruise ships. The first ship will be from Italian brand Costa Cruises, and then vessel from German-brand AIDA Cruises. The vessels will enter service in 2022 and 2023. The new-to-Carnival cruise ships are expected to …
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 23, 2021. Florida’s Governor is speaking out over the state’s win in the lawsuit against the CDC. Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas has returned from its first simulated voyages and initial reports are that it went well. Canada’s cautious approach to cruising during the pandemic could have a lasting negative impact o…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 22, 2021. We are learning more about what is going on during Royal Caribbean’s two-night simulated test cruise aboard Freedom of the Seas. Holland America Line announced restart plans for both the east coast and west coast. Carnival Cruise Line and Guy Fieri partner to bring Guy’s Burger Joint to your door. Cruise line s…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 21, 2021. Two more cruise ships set sail with U.S. cruisers over the weekend, one setting off on its maiden voyage with guests. MSC Cruises has made it clear that if you cruise unvaccinated, you will have to buy a mandatory travel insurance policy from the cruise operator. Three Carnival Corporation (CCL) brands — Carniv…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 18, 2021. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has updated cruise guidance for guests who plan to embark a ship. Royal Caribbean breaks ground on new terminal in Galveston, Texas. Cozumel, Mexico has received its first major cruise ship since the industry shut down last March. Port Canaveral shows off a SpaceX photo with…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 17, 2021. Royal Caribbean International cut the steel on its upcoming Icon-class cruise ship at a shipyard in Finland on Wednesday. Two cruise ports in Alaska welcome cruise guests this past weekend, making it the first stop since 2019. A new study from Expedia shows that cruise vacations remain strong from summer 2021 t…
 
This week we get a review of Celebrity Millennium. This was the first North American cruise for Celebrity that was open to residents of the United States. The cruise took an interesting turn when two guests onboard the ship tested positive. Luckily, all turned out good and in the end, it proved that the protocols the cruise line has in place worked…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 16, 2021. Another Viking ocean cruise ship has resumed sailings in Bermuda. Royal Caribbean's latest ship Odyssey of the Seas canceled its first cruise because of crew members testing positive. MSC Splendida has resumed sailings in the Mediterranean, making it MSC’s fifth ship to resume service. Cruise stocks were down o…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 15, 2021. The CDC and the State of Florida have not come to an agreement concerning the CDC’s Conditional Sailing Order. In a few weeks, Belize is set to welcome its first cruise ship in 15 months. Virgin Voyages has announced Resilient Lady’s inaugural winter season schedule. Cruise stocks were down for CCL, NCLH, and R…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 11, 2021. Royal Caribbean’s new ship Odyssey of the Seas has arrived in her homeport of Port Everglades for the first time. Another Royal Caribbean ship, Adventure of the Seas, has arrived into Nassau, Bahamas ahead of her summer sailings from the island port. And finally, Princess Cruises has announced a new service on …
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 10, 2021. Carnival Cruise Line’s new ship, Mardi Gras, was refueled with liquefied natural gas in Port Canaveral for the first time. Disney Cruise Line has released an update to its Navigator smartphone app ahead of its UK Staycation sailings. In honor of World Oceans Day on Tuesday, Norwegian Cruise Line donated $25,000…
 
We check in with Stewart Chiron who is sailing aboard Celebrity Millennium this week from St. Maarten. This is the first cruise open to U.S. residents. We get a glimpse of life at sea, what it's like cruising in 2021, and what about the buffets? Staff writer Richard Simms also discusses Celebrity Cruises' new vaccination policy. Richard has cruise …
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 9, 2021. Carnival released its protocols for Texas sailings on Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze. Carnival Cruise Line has announced who the cruise directors will be on four ships sailing from the U.S. this summer. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has begun a vaccination program for the crew that will be working aboard Gran…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 8, 2021. MSC Cruises has announced its U.S. return with Caribbean and Bahamas sailings on two ships out of Florida. Norwegian Cruise Line has announced additional U.S. deployments for summer and fall 2021, and is sticking with its vaccination mandate. Carnival Cruise Line said they still plan on sailing from Galveston th…
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 7, 2021 — AM Update. Carnival Cruise Line has announced that they are announcing the first two ships to restart cruising in July with Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze, while Carnival Horizon waitS patiently. Both Texas ships will require guests to be fully vaccinated. Cruise line stocks open in the green for CCL, RCL, …
 
Cruise News Briefing - June 4, 2021. Carnival’s new ship Mardi Gras is arriving in Florida this morning. MSC Cruises will be returning to Spain at the end of June. Royal Caribbean has announced it will be constructing a new cruise terminal at the Port of Galveston. And a campaign to limit cruise ships and passengers in the Alaskan city of Juneau ha…
 
This week we’ve put together a very special episode of Cruise Radio to honor and celebrate the life of ‘The Love Boat’ actor Gavin MacLeod, who passed away on May 29 at the age of 90. Best known as Captain Stubing. You’ll hear from a variety of individuals in the cruise industry who were personally impacted by MacLeod throughout the years, and have…
 
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