Cruise Radio

Cruise Radio

Doug Parker gives weekly cruise news, ship reviews, money saving tips, answers your travel questions, and helps you make the most of your cruise vacation.


March 23, 2023 34 min

Adam, his three-year-old daughter, and his father-in-law took a cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas out of Bayonne, New Jersey, this past December. The cruise visited Florida and the Bahamas. He goes over why Anthem is the perfect ship for chilly winter weather, what their experience was with the entertainment, how his daughter liked the kids' club, and what they did during their day at Royal Caribbean's private isla...

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A 2023 review of Carnival Luminosa. This was a three-night sailing from Brisbane, Australia with no ports, otherwise known as a cruise to nowhere. A frequent Carnival Cruise Line cruiser, John gives us the details about the ship and his initial thoughts on the refurbishment that Luminosa underwent following its transfer from Costa Cruises. 

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Daniel and his family took a five-night sailing in December aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Encore to what was planned to be a Western Caribbean sailing. The voyage was modified because of strong winds and it wound up having three sea days and two ports of call, Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Nassau, Bahamas. We get a comprehensive review of The Haven experience on Norwegian Cruise Line. 

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Getting you caught up on this week in the cruise industry.

Staff writer Richard Simms has cruise news on:

  • Royal Caribbean changing room service from twice to once
  • Death on a Carnival Cruise Line ship in which the FBI is involved 
  • Royal Caribbean detailing its Royal beach Club in Nassau, Bahamas 
  • Disney Cruise Line giving details about its Lighthouse Point opening soon 
  • Norwegian Cruise Line skipping a port over port congestion...
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A review of Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Valor. 

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In this episode, we get a review of a four-night voyage to Bermuda aboard Carnival Magic out of Norfolk, Virginia.

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A review of Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas from Cruise Tips TV. This was a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral.  

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Kabir recently took an eight-night Caribbean cruise aboard Virgin Voyages' ship Valiant Lady out of PortMiami. He goes over what sets this cruise line apart from others, how the food and entertainment were on board, and what he did in each port of call.

Richard has cruise news on:

  • Carnival's oldest ship is back in service after a two-week dry dock
  • Royal is making something free that once had a cost attached
  • That pesky rock sli...
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Kristin and her husband Scott recently took a seven-night western Caribbean cruise out of Miami aboard MSC Cruises’ newest ship, MSC Seascape. Hear what they thought of their cabin, the food on board, the entertainment, and how they ended up with an extra day at MSC’s private island, Ocean Cay.

Richard Simms has cruise news on

  • Royal Caribbean Group (RCL) is moving the financial needle in the right direction 
  • Carnival Cruise ...
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Kevin, his wife, and their two-year-old son took a Thanksgiving cruise aboard Carnival Horizon to Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. He shares their thoughts on their Grand Suite stateroom, the dining on board (including the Thanksgiving feast!), the kids’ club, and more.

Richard has cruise news:

  • Cruise line cancels sailing over food and drink technical issues
  • Smoking in Mexico could land you in jail or a $550 fine
  • Protests...
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We get a five-night review of Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Beyond. The ship debuted in the Spring of 2022 and sailed its inaugural sailing in November 2022. This sailing went to Mexico, calling at Cozumel and Costa Maya. 

Richard has cruise news: 

  • Two changes at Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Nassau, Bahamas, admits they were wrong when it comes to cruise passengers 
  • Carnival Corporation makes changes to the internet 
  • Another ship floa...
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On this episode, we get a review of a seven-night cruise aboard Norwegian Breakaway out of Florida to the western Caribbean. Adam goes over the experience his family — including two kids — had on the ship, plus gave details on Norwegian Cruise Line's private destination in Belize, Harvest Caye.

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On this episode, we get a review of a special seven-night 'The Love Boat' themed cruise aboard Princess Cruises' newest ship, Discovery Princess out of Los Angeles. We hear details on the food, entertainment, and all of the special activities that took place with the cast of 'The Love Boat.'

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A review of Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas to Southeast Alaska that sailed from Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Richard Simms has cruise news: 

  • Carnival raises gratuities and internet prices
  • Norwegian Cruise Line cuts back on turndown service and eliminates cabin stewards 
  • Ship goes to dry dock mid-cruise
  • Norwegian restarts testing for select guests  

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Review of Carnival Pride in Northern Europe and the Baltic. 

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The top cruise news stories of 2022 and a question about visiting St. Thomas. 

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A review of MSC Cruises Seashore from PortMiami that was taken in summer 2022. 

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A review of Carnival Celebration's first passenger voyage: a two-week transatlantic crossing from the UK to Miami with seven sea days in a row. 

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Why you need to travel with trip insurance in 2023. Richard Simms has cruise news. 

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A review of Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas from Bayonne, NJ. 

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