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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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This week Richard Simms gets us caught up on this week's cruise news. Another Carnival Cruise Line ship has issues John Heald gets dumps a bunch of cruise line news Celebrity Cruises' changes its vaccination policy Norwegian Cruise Line resumes sailing from the Gulf Coast Virgin Voyages donates 100s of cabins on Scarlet Lady NCL cancels sailings fr…
 
Brian and Deb just returned from the first sailing that Norwegian Cruise Line did from Port Canaveral. This was a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise that included St. Thomas, Tortolla, and Norwegian's private island Great Stirrup Cay. Richard Simms has cruise news: One of the big guys at Royal Caribbean is stepping down after 33 years World's lar…
 
Mark just returned from a seven-night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. This was a cruise that went down to the Bahamas with a brief stop in Florida. Departing out of the New York City metro area, Mark shares his thoughts, his first impressions, and what it was like being a first-time cruiser on Royal Caribbean. Thoughts or questio…
 
We catch up with Holland America Line's President about the brand new ms Rotterdam and speak with Seth Wayne, Holland America Line's brand ambassador. Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net Want daily cruise news? Subscribe to the Cruise Radio News podcast feed. Get in-depth cruise news and industry insight at www.cruiseradio.net.…
 
Travel insurance policies have changed over the cruise industry shutdown. In some areas larger than others, especially when it comes to a test yielding a positive test result. Dan Skilken, President of TripInsurance.com joins us to break down what has changed, and what hasn't over the course of the pandemic. Richard has cruise news: A recording-bre…
 
A review of Carnival Cruise Line's newest mega-ship Mardi Gras. This was a seven-night Western Caribbean sailing from Port Canaveral. This is a special interview because our guest is legally blind and his wife is blind. We go into detail about Carnival's special needs department and how the line accommodates ADA requests. Richard Simms has cruise n…
 
A review of Princess Cruises Majestic Princess. This ship was built for Asia and has been sailing in the region since 2017, until the pandemic. In the summer of 2021, Majestic Princess start sailing Alaska, and then was repositioned to Los Angeles. Next summer, the ship will head back to Alaska offering seven-night voyages to the last frontier. Ric…
 
A review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Encore. This ship was launched in 2019 and only sailed a couple of months before the cruise industry shutdown. William and his family sailed this seven-night cruise to Southeast Alaska from Seattle. Richard has cruise news on: Grand Turk could see cruise ships by the end of 2021 More Carnival Corporatio…
 
A review of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas. This was a four night cruise to Perfect Day at CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas from Miami, Florida. Richard Simms has cruise news. Listener Q: What is the best cruise to take to see if I even like cruising? Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net Want daily cruise news? Subscribe to the Cruise Radi…
 
On this episode with talk with Tom McAlpin, CEO and President of Virgin Voyages. Virgin's newest ship Scarlet Lady is finally home in PortMiami where she is about to start sailing revenue cruises on October 6. Sheri Griffiths from CruiseTipsTV stops by to give her first impressions of Scarlet Lady. Richard Simms has cruise news: The State of the In…
 
Kirk just returned from a seven-night Alaska cruise on Celebrity Millennium from Seattle, Washington. We get a full review of sailing Alaska in 2021 and if cruising to the last frontier is different. Richard Simms has cruise news: Carnival backtracks on pierside pre-cruise testing Royal Caribbean pulls a cruise ship from China, moves to the US Prop…
 
Carter and his wife recently returned from a cruise aboard one of MSC’s newer ships, MSC Meraviglia. In this interview, they talk to us about the boarding process, dining, entertainment, and how MSC has adjusted things since COVID. They also detail their experience on MSC’s private island in the Bahamas, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Richard Simms …
 
In August, Daniel and his eight-year-old daughter took a four-night cruise aboard Disney Dream — their first cruise in 20 months. He joins us on the show to discuss how embarkation differed from the last time he sailed, the dining experience, the entertainment quality, and the sailing’s double-dip at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay. Thoughts o…
 
For those who love to travel, now feels like a time to get out there more than ever before! There is no magic bullet to when normal will be "normal" but we can talk plenty of travel stokes in the meantime with two adventurers who've been around the world. In this latest episode, Captain Dan talks with Trave Bell, a guy who's made a lifestyle out of…
 
In the episode, we interview Kerry about his seven-night Western Caribbean cruise aboard Norwegian Gem. This was the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to depart Florida since the shutdown in March 2020. Kerry also discusses what life was like on board during the seven-night voyage and the kind of health protocols the company has in place. We also le…
 
Cruise writer Dave Monk recently took one of Virgin Voyages’ first revenue sailings ever out of Portsmouth, England. Sailing a four-night “cruise to nowhere” aboard the line’s first ship, Scarlet Lady, he had plenty of time to explore and check out its various offerings. In this interview, he offers his impressions of this trip vs. his first time o…
 
Today we get a review of Celebrity Equinox. This is Celebrity Cruises' second cruise ship sailing from Florida. The cruise was a seven-night sailing to the Eastern Caribbean. This was a last-minute cruise for John and his wife, booking just a week before the ship set sail. We get a comprehensive review of the ship, the itinerary, and health protoco…
 
Ashley Kosciolek from The Points Guy, and Doug answer listener questions about Carnival Cruise Line's newest mega-ship Mardi Gras. Richard has cruise news on: The latest in the Florida and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) lawsuit Disney Cruise Line returning to sailing Mardi Gras completes inaugural voyage Carnival Cruise Line changes health p…
 
A sneak look at Carnival Cruise Line's maiden voyage of Mardi Gras, the ship that holds the same name as the company's first vessel in 1972. Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net Want daily cruise news? Subscribe to the Cruise Radio News podcast feed. Get in-depth cruise news and industry insight at www.cruiseradio.net.…
 
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 …
 
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