We are back with a new episode all about what it is like to cruise Carnival AFTER you've already grown to love cruising on other lines. Does it live up to its reputation (both good and bad)? Find out how this popular cruise line compares from someone who really knows their cruising, our co-host Jason.
This week we discuss and detail Carnival Cruise Line. We talk about the specifics of Carnival that we think you'll love, things that might surprise you, and those things that some people consider to be controversial. This episode is full of tips and suggestions to help you get the most out of your Carnival Cruise vacation, along with enough information to help you decide if this line is right for you.
This week we give the "CruizeCast treatment" to the Greek ports of Corfu and Katakolon. We provide detailed touring information, tips on dining and shopping, all with a little bit of history thrown in. Find out what is so appealing about these relaxing ports: one, the gateway to the ancient Olympics and the other, a great shopping and eating destination. Our cruise news features our friend at www.royalcaribbeanblog,com and his recent cruise announcement.
Katakolon Express- http://www.katakolon-express.com/
This week we discuss luxury cruising, specifically Silverseas, with Jason and our guest, Darlene. They detail the tangible differences of a luxury line including dining, staterooms, and inclusions. Jason also interviews Silver Spirit cruise director, Don Fluke, who gives us an insider's perspective of the cruise line. Cruise news features a new ship for Galveston.
With all the negative cruise press recently, we decide to tackle the things that might convince us to consider not cruising in the future. We look at cruise line specific issues including the recent Carnival drama. Our cruise news features new information about upcoming ships from Norwegian and Princess, a new dress code for Cunard, as well as the aforementioned Carnival woes.
This week we answer listener questions related to children in the main dining room, drunks on cruise ships and traveling in Europe. Our cruise news features stories about themed cruises plus some policy changes regarding children on Norwegian and MSC.
This week we discuss which ships are the best to sail if you don't want to spend anything extra on board. Which ships have the best included food, entertainment and amenities? Which ones represent the best value? While we disagree somewhat in our answers, you're sure to find the conversation interesting. Our cruise news features how Carnival plans to solve the problem of "chair hogs", a new CEO for Celebrity, and our thoughts on a lady who wore a bathrobe for her entire cruise.
This week we look at the large variety of drink packages offered on the mainstream cruise lines. We also talk about the rules and regulations for what beverages you can actually bring on the ship. Cruise news features the resignation of Celebrity CEO, Dan Hanrahan, and the coming revitalization of the Piraeus port in Greece.
This week we scour old Cruise Travel magazines to find out what has remained the same in cruising since 1980, and what has changed. Price, staterooms and ship size are all discussed, but you might be surprised by what we found. Our cruise news features Carnival's new loyalty program with details on the new levels and point system.
Find the issues of Cruise Travel on google books here
Silverseas Ship Collides with Commercial Vessel
Norwegian Breakaway to Feature Outdoor Promenade with Restaurants and Bars
Royal Princess to Feature Expanded Buffet and Pastry Shop
Listener Johnathan suggests we talk about the detailed costs of cruising
Marian, the TravelShopGirl and Deb Gordon, our MEI Travel Agent provide much needed advice
The Cost of the Cruise Itself
When to book, rebooking, fave seach engine www.cruise.com lets you select discounts like military, regional, and senior. Higher prices when kids are out of school; watch out for unusual holidays. Don't assume one line will always be cheaper, although Carnival and NCL are usually cheaper than Royal Caribbean. Upgrades can be automatic if cruise is not selling or requested if sailing with RCI or Celebrity and the price drops after final payment.
11 or 12 dollars per person per day. Refer to our episode on tipping and a listener guide to tipping
Airfare or gas for driving, hotel, parking and transfers. Parking for $4.50 per day in Miami
Parking for $12 per day in New Orleans
Can range from $5 up to $75. Our favorites include Palo, Qsine, Bistro on 5
Soda Packages are usually $7 per day and Alcoholic Drink Packages range up to $50
Other controllable costs
Gambling, spa services, shopping
Cozumel- Nachi Cocom Falmouth, Jamaica- Hilton Rose Hall St. Thomas- Coki Beach and
San Juan- Flavors of San Juan
European Excursions- Episode on pricing, A Day in Rome, A Day in Barcelona, A Day in Venice,
A Day in Naples
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