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Amateur Traveler is an award winning audio travel show that focuses primarily on the question: "where should you go next and what should you see, do and eat there?". Amateur Traveler won its creator Chris Christensen a Travel+Leisure SMITTY award as the best independent travel journalist and a Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Award. It is also used to teach English at Oxford University.
 
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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…
 
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…
 
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