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Captain Dan Blanchard weaves together narrative stories about his time on the sea, supporting sustainable travel, industry news, travel tips, and real conversations about creating adventure at any age. This is a place for a community of nature lovers, intrepid travelers, and industry experts sharing their love of this fascinating planet. This is a place to fill your heart and your head with travels in nature, hear interviews with people around the world and the movement behind Dan creating h ...
 
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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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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-…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
Ever dreamed of being a National Geographic nature filmmaker? Captain Dan talks one on one with long-time filmmaker and creator of Diving Deep, Mimi DeGruy. An extraordinary and breathtaking movie that highlights our oceans, our connection to them, and the need for ongoing sustainability around our oceans. The movie chronicles the exciting life of …
 
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…
 
We get a preview of the first cruise to return to the sea from the UK in 14-months. Journalist Dave Monk just returned from a four-night sailing. He discusses the protocols onboard, what dining, the buffets, and the mask situation are like onboard. Sherry Laskin has cruise news on: Royal Caribbean gets permission to cruise A tone of optimism from c…
 
Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy stops by to unpack the latest developments from the CDC as well as the state of Florida's lawsuit against the agency. Sherry has cruise news on: Judge speaks on State of Florida vs CDC lawsuit Royal Caribbean has made some changes for summer cruises Alaska cruise bill passes in the Senate, next up is the House Carnival…
 
Ever felt the call of the wild and wanted to capture iconic travel images like the pros? Hear from professional travel photographers John and Lisa Merrill on their experiences from growing from amateur to pro, with a lot of adventure along the way. Listen in for tips and tricks for everything from DSLR cameras to iPhones and how to combine your uni…
 
As cruise lines prepare to resume sailings again, we are getting more and more questions about ships, destinations, casinos, and news ships that will be debuting over the next few years. Sherry has cruise news: Good news for cruisers who don't want to wear a mask at the beach. Carnival Cruise Line Cancels sailings through July 31, 2021. Norwegian C…
 
To avoid going completely insane during the industry shutdown, I decided to take a land cruise across America. Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network interviews me about the road trip to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and the Petrified Forest National Park. If you're looking for cruise news this week, be sure to check out the daily Cruise Rad…
 
We answer your cruise questions: what type of cabin should I book? How do I know what cruise line to pick? Should I buy the stateroom upgrade? Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy stops by the unpack the CDC lawsuit and what is happening in Washington DC and Atlanta with the cruise industry. Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net Want daily cruise ne…
 
Dan joins international travel writer and slow traveler from the other side of the world for a chat about creating personal growth and healing through travel and international experiences. If you are a traveler at heart, you'll love this fun bite-size travel story conversation. Find out how to unplug, and unpack in countries around the world for yo…
 
Travel insurance is more important than ever now. And policies have changed during the pandemic. Some items that used to be covered may not be covered, as well as certain clauses have been put in place. And finally, what you should you know and consider before booking your next travel insurance policy. Sherry has cruise news: The CDC has raised its…
 
We talk in detail about Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas. This is one of Royal Caribbean's first ships sailing for US residents. Where are the quiet spots, how does it manage passenger flow and any special spots that stick out. Sherry has cruise news on: The CDC has changed some rather important guidance. Florida is heated and things could get…
 
A review of Royal Caribbean's former cruise ship Empress of the Seas that took place on the vessel's very last sailing with the company. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: Carnival Cruise Line has canceled more sailings. Phase two guidance was released from CDC, what did we learn? Norwegian Cruise Line is taking its ships offshore, following Royal Cari…
 
We compare and contract cruise vacations to all-inclusive resorts. What is the difference between the two? How are they similar? We get a full over of everything from the stay, dining, excursions, and the overall experience itself. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: Two more Royal Caribbean ships open up for US Bookings A cruise industry trade group st…
 
The show must go on for cruise lines, whether the CDC likes it or not. If Nassau, Bahamas or Bermuda isn't your cup of tea, you can head further south. Some positive news from the White House regarding the future of travel in general. More summer cruise for UK cruisers. It was touch and go for an American river cruise ship late last week A close ca…
 
This week we catch up with Sherry Laskin with a busy week of cruise news. Sherry has news on: The first major cruise line sailing from the United States will now require a vaccination More uncertainty for the already struggling Alaska cruise season Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings drops the ax on June 2021 sailings A scary incident aboard a MSC cruis…
 
What have you been doing since the cruise industry shutdown? We catch up with listener Tommy to see what he's been doing and what are some of the first things he'll do once he gets back to sea. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: One cruise line is looking to homeport in Cozumel. And speaking of Cozumel, a gulf coast port is about to receive a big ship.…
 
In this episode, Dan takes us back to the early days of creating an adventure brand, and how important connection, family, friends, and nature has been in his life. He's joined by six seasoned adventure travelers, who have also traveled aboard the small adventure boats of UnCruise Adventures. They take a trip down memory lane sharing top travel sto…
 
Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy catches us up to date with some of the decisions the cruise lines have made over the past few months and what the landscape is starting to look like as we start to move into the spring and summer 2021 cruise season. Sherry has cruise news: Two more cruise lines delay sailings into 2021 The U.S. Transportation Committe…
 
Carnival Cruise Line released return-to-cruise protocols, then hours later it was rescinded. We break down what the rules initially said and why they were quickly taken down. Some of the protocols touched on gaming, swimming, and onboard activities. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: More cruise line cancellations Vaccines are paving the way for future…
 
A review of Seabourn Sojourn on an 11-night sailing from Vancouver, BC to Anchorage, Alaska on a luxury cruise line. Find out what the difference is between a regular Alaska cruise and taking the luxury route. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: Norwegian Cruise Line cancels sailings through June 1, 2020 Nassau, Bahamas says cruise ships could start doi…
 
We get a review of a cruise aboard Norwegian Epic. This was a seven-night sailing from Rome that hit all the popular ports of call. We learn what it is like sailing Norwegian Cruise Line in Europe and how it differs, if at all, from sailing in the Caribbean. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: Carnival reveals details about a space onboard the upcoming …
 
What will be some of the pros and cons of being the first cruise ship back to sea. Staff writer Richard Simms weighs in on what guests will have to look out for and what we know so far about the return-to-cruise process. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: Two US-based river cruise lines will now require the COVID vaccine for crew and guests. Carnival C…
 
We get a review of Princess Cruises' Sky Princess. This was a 14-night cruise that consisted of a back-to-back seven-night to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, stopping at all the popular islands. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is getting closer to having all crew members vaccinated Carnival Cruise Line delays a few …
 
Over the past few weeks, we've spent quite a bit of time talking about the health and safety protocols that are going to be put in place when sailing resumes. But one thing we haven't really discussed is what the port situation will be like and how it will impact cruising. Joining me to dive into this a little deeper is staff writer Richard Simms. …
 
JoAnna Haugen has spent decades working in travel around the world as a writer and editor with magazines and adventure brands. She finds her space at the intersection of sustainable travel, environmental conservation, and community-based advocacy efforts. In this episode, Captain Dan dives into the inspiration behind her life in travel, running her…
 
An Alaskan cruise on the Alaska Marine Highway System this past fall. How much is this like a real cruise ship? We find out. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: Two more cruise lines have announced cancellations Popular cruise director trades sea for land The ruling on banning large cruise ships could be overturned European brands adds new ship during s…
 
Is the cruise industry getting a fair shake by media outlets? We discuss a land-side outbreak that received minimal coverage while the cruise industry continues to get hammered. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: Carnival Cruise Line cancels more cruises in 2021 Cruise ships are starting to make their way back to the west coast Viking Cruises announces…
 
The final show of 2020 brings the year full circle. We talk with a handful of cruisers and industry experts on the positives that came from the proverbial year from hell. Carnival Cruise Line's Brand Ambassador John Heald, Sheri from Cruise Tips TV, Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network, Matt from Royal Caribbean Blog, Cruise Radio Staff W…
 
We talk about seven of the hottest ships debuting in 2020. Sherry has cruise news: Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras was officially delivered Royal Caribbean sells two cruise ships Royal Caribbean gives $40 million in loans to travel agents The bitcoin cruise ship is headed to the scrapyard Costa Cruises debuts a new cruise ship Listener Question: …
 
Jeannette Ceja is the founder of Jet Set with Jeannette, a place to engage in travel. Jeannette is a bilingual travel journalist, TV host, and global public speaker who speaks about diversity inclusion as a woman and Latina. In this episode, Jeannette chats with Captain Dan about her love of travel, her inspiration to transform the industry from a …
 
Norwegian Cruise Line Holding's CEO Frank Del Rio has been tossing the idea of all cruise guests receiving an immunity passport. Basically, you would have to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to cruise. Is that legal? Are cruise lines allowed to do that? We discuss. Sherry Laskin has cruise news: Carnival Panorama is headed back to North America Virgin …
 
A seven-night review of Norwegian Epic from San Juan, Puerto Rico that was taken in early 2020. Sherry has cruise news: Carnival delays dry dock for three ships Carnival Breeze comes back to Florida Royal Caribbean debuts contact-tracing bracelet First Royal Caribbean back has a COVID scare Norwegian goes fleet-wide with clear air units Listener Qu…
 
Most of us just accept the cruise contract and go on with our cruise vacation. But did you know there are some items buried in the ticket contract, otherwise known as the Contract of Carriage? We break down nine surprises you may find hidden in your long cruise ticket contract. Sherry has cruise news: Royal Caribbean has officially started cruising…
 
A review of Norwegian Jade. This was not your average Norwegian Cruise Line sailing. The annual Star Trek cruise went to where no man has gone before. We get a comprehensive review of the cruise ship, the theme cruise, and the ports of call this ship went. Sherry has cruise news: The first ship to permanently return to Miami during the shutdown has…
 
Host Dan Blanchard joins two avid female travelers who have both succeeded in male-dominated travel and maritime occupations, who also happen to be part of his family. Both females and minorities are making inroads into previously exclusive male-dominated fields and are excelling. Join Captain Dan Blanchard, his daughter Captain Denee Blanchard and…
 
A seven-night review of Carnival Panorama. As of 2020, this is the newest Vista-class cruise ship for Carnival Cruise Line. The seven-night Mexican Riveria cruises sailed from Long Beach, California. We get a detailed review from embarkation, the sailing experience, to the ports of call that were visited. Sherry has cruise news: SeaDream Yacht Club…
 
A review of Celebrity Equinox for a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise. This was the last sailing the Equinox did before the shutdown. We get a review of the ship, the onboard experience, and what it was like sailing on the last voyage before the shutdown. Richard has cruise news: Carnival Cruise Line removed cruises longer than seven-nights off …
 
A 2020 review of Norwegian Breakaway to the Eastern Caribbean. This was a seven-night honeymoon cruise was from PortMiami. On top of it being the start of a new life, this was the husband's first time ever on a cruise ship. We get a comprehensive review of the ports of call, the dining, entertainment, and the overall cruise experience. Richard has …
 
Ron Peck, the Port of Seattle Tourism Director, has a long history in travel and tourism. With a background in sales and marketing, he has worked with several well-known travel brands leading them through growth and recovery. Find out more about what the Port of Seattle plans to do to boost tourism, what areas we can all support for the return of t…
 
Courtney left her corporate job to explore the world and never looked back. She began guiding outdoor trips around the world, then set her sights on creating her own business. Hear stories of travel inspiration, tips for becoming a guide, and what it's taken to start and scale an outdoor business. This female founder has a lot of experience and is …
 
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