Ep. 96 CruizeCast Cruise

Get details about our first CruizeCast cruise for listeners and fans. We discuss itinerary, pre-cruise activities, ship amenities, pricing, and a possible hairy-chest contest. Meet the hosts and join in the fun!

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:13pm CST
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Ep. 95 Carnival For Veteran Cruisers

We're back with a new episode all about what it is like for a veteran cruiser to try Carnival Cruise Line for the first time.  Does it live up to its reputation (both good and bad)? See what Jason thought.  

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:06pm CST
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Ep. 94 Azamara Cruise Line Profile and News

We are back with a new episode that details the upscale cruise line, Azamara. Find out all about the food, staterooms, entertainment, itineraries and much more! Our long absence means we have lots of cruise news and CruizeCast updates.  

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:04pm CST
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Ep. 93 Cruising Italy

This week is all about cruising in Italy. We discuss Italian cruise ports, the major sites and cities, and ideas for pre or post cruise side trips.  Get planning advice for Rome, Venice, Florence, Ravenna, Naples, Ferrara and Padua with specific ideas for how to incorporate those destinations into your cruise. Cruise news features a newly named ship for Carnival, a new ship order for Norwegian and the sentencing of the Costa Concordia crew.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:53pm CST
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Ep. 92 Carnival Cruise Line

This week we discuss and detail Carnival Cruise Lines. We talk about the specifics to Carnival that might surprise you, things that you'll love, and the things about Carnival that some people find controversial.  We provide tons of tips, suggestions and ways to enhance and get the most out of your Carnival Cruise vacation.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:00pm CST
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Ep. 91 Cruise Ship Specialty Restaurants

This week we discuss the growing trend of specialty restaurants at sea. We highlight our favorites, honorable mentions, least favorites and restaurants we'd love to try in the future. Cruise news features big moves for Carnival, both in leadership and ship deployment.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:04pm CST
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Ep. 90 Relaxing Greek Cruise Ports

This week we discuss the laid-back Greek cruise ports of Katakolon and Corfu. We give details on the best attractions and things to do in each port with a little history. Food recommendations, shopping tips and touring advice are all highlighted.  Of course, we give complete details on how to see the sites completely on your own. Cruise news features RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com and their recent cruise announcement.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:45pm CST
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Ep. 89 Norwegian Breakaway and Cruise News

We return this week with lots of cruise news featuring another new ship for Royal Caribbean, a pair of refurbishments from Carnival, ocean cruising for Viking and an odd situation at Celebrity.  Jason and his father give a live ship review of the Norwegian Breakaway with details on entertainment, dining, ship features and much more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:48pm CST
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Ep. 88 Luxury Cruising with Silverseas

Jason and guest, Darlene, discuss the tangible differences in luxury cruising, specifically Silverseas Cruise Line. We learn about the food options, staterooms, inclusions, and all the information you need to determine if luxury cruising is for you. Jason also interviews cruise director, Don Fluke, for an insider's perspective. Our news includes a new ship for Galveston.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:13pm CST
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Ep. 87 New Cruise Ships and Refurbishments

This week we detail and discuss the newest ships coming on the scene as well as the extensive refurbishments taking place. The ships we discuss are the Norwegian Breakaway, Quantum of the Seas, Carnival Sunshine, Disney Magic, and Royal Princess. We talk about the features we are most excited about and what we are looking forward to.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:17pm CST
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Ep. 86 Holland America Eurodam Cruise Review

Mike Faust from CruiseCurrents.com joins us to review Holland America's Eurodam. He details dining options and quality, staterooms, daily entertainment and nightly shows. Cruise news features some exciting announcements from Princess Cruise Lines and a peak at upcoming announcements from two cruise lines.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:26pm CST
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Ep. 85 Top 5 Favorite Cruise Ports

James and Jason break down each of their top five favorite cruise ports in the world with highlights and suggestions. Cruise news features sea trials for some new ships and the Oasis class in Europe.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:15pm CST
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Ep. 84 Jason's Return: Cruise Hodgepodge

We discuss a little bit of everything this week as Jason addresses some of the news topics which occured during his vacations. Our correspondent, Mark, provides a short review of the Azamara Quest and gives details from Cruise Shipping Miami, including a visit aboard the Carnival Breeze.  Cruise news features a Viking River ship coming to the Mississippi, new European itineraries for Celebrity and safety upgrades for Carnival.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:17pm CST
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Ep. 83 Would You Stop Cruising?

Inspired by recent news stories, we answer the question: what could keep us from cruising in the future? We take an indepth look at the Carnival situation, as well as other factors that could influence our cruise decisions. Our cruise news features details of new ships from Norwegian and Princess.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:28pm CST
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Ep. 82 Azamara Cruise Director Interview

This week Jason interviews the cruise director of the Azamara Quest, Tony Markey.  Tony talks about his experiences with Azamara, life on the sea, and the future of Azamara. Cruise news features stories from Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, as well as Dancing with the Stars on Holland America and the Grammys on Norwegian. 

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:01pm CST
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Ep. 81 A Day in Athens: Cruise Port Itinerary

Continuing with our popular Mediterranean Cruise Port series, this week we tackle Athens, fully highlighting an itinerary which includes detailed information on how to take public transportation into the city, see the sites we think are the best, and travel back to the cruise port. We include attraction and restaurant information with a little history thrown in for good measure. 

Cruise news features stories from Windstar and Carnival. We also discuss a listener question about the summer placement of cruise ships in the United States.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:43pm CST
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Ep. 80 Carnival Triumph, Disney Cruise Value & Tipping Changes

This week we interview a passenger from the Carnival Triumph and get the true scoop about exactly what happened on that ill-fated cruise.  We discuss the penetration of the news story in popular consciousness and the possible future impact. A letter from a listener provokes a conversation about the value of Disney Cruise Line, and we delve into the recent changes in tipping policies, inspired by news from Royal Caribbean.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:31pm CST
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Ep. 79 Cruise Onboard Activities

We discuss all the different optons normally offered by cruise lines throughout the day and highlight some of our favorites.  Our cruise news includes the recent news from the Carnival Triumph, the naming of Project Sunshine and the best large cruise ship as named by Conde Nast. 

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:23pm CST
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Ep. 78 Azamara Quest Cruise Preview

Jason tells us all about his upcoming South America cruise on the Azamara Quest including itinerary, a ship preview and the cruise line. Cruise news features an in-depth discussion of the new drink packages and the controversy surrounding them, the Zumba fitness program on Celebrity and Norwegian and the new video of the Carnival Sunshine.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:47pm CST
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Ep. 77 Tales of a Long-Time Cruiser

We hear what it has been like to cruise for the past 35 years, including the changes in the cruise industry, some cruising favorites and what might keep someone cruising for that long. Our cruise news features Norwegian going public, the Cake Boss on the Norwegian Breakaway and Dive-In Movies on Carnival.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:06am CST
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Ep. 76 Recent Cruise Deals: Value or Not?

With the recent wave season cruise deals including free drink packages and upgrades, we dissect whether or not we think the deals are worth the extra fare. Cruise news includes a Carnival delay, the year anniversary of the Concordia tragedy and fireworks on Norwegian.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:15pm CST
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Ep. 75 US Cruise Home Ports

This week we break down all of the United States cruise home ports and share our favorite things about each of them.  Cruise news features stories from Carnival's all-inclusive packages and a new European port for Royal Caribbean.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 8:46pm CST
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Ep. 74 Viking River Cruise Review

This week our new co-host, Jason Leppert from PopularCruising.com, shares his recent experience on board the Viking Freya. He gives details on ports in Austria, Hungary and Germany along the Danube and explains how river cruising differs from ocean cruising. Our news features the newest Oasis-class ship including name speculations, and recently announced expanded children's and teen programs on the Royal Princess.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:38pm CST
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