About Us

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Hi, I’m Doug Parker, the creator of Cruise Radio and Cruise News Today

I took my first cruise in 1997 on Carnival Fantasy and have been hooked ever since (thanks mom and dad!).

How Cruise Radio started

From anchoring news at a radio station to chasing cruise ships around the world, life has been nothing short of an adventure. 

I attended Florida State College, where I worked on a mass communication degree until landing a job in radio at age of 20. For the next decade, I worked at different radio stations in Florida. 

Fueled by a passion for news and a constant stream of cruise questions from friends, I felt a calling toward a greater purpose. 

In 2009, I took the opportunity to purchase the domain CruiseRadio, transforming it into a hub for advice in written, audio, and video formats.  

In June 2009, I launched Cruise Radio. Five years later, I left my radio job to devote myself full-time to my passion project. 


In 2018, I launched Cruise News Today, a daily two minute audio and video news brief of the top three cruise industry stories and stock quotes. 

Cruise Radio remains a go-to source for reliable information and accuracy.  

While cruising holds a special place in my heart, I love all types of travel. I can be found on the slopes, going to concerts, and exploring the National and State Parks with my camper.

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Meet the Team

Experienced. Insightful. Reliable. Meet the journalist who keep you informed with the latest cruise news. 

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With over 100 cruises under his belt, Doug’s passion for cruising is contagious. As the host of the Cruise Radio podcast, Doug Parker is a trusted voice in the cruise industry, known for his engaging interviews, industry insights, and informative coverage

Doug has contributed to major news outlets such as CNN, FOX, USA Today, Newsweek, Condé Nast Traveler, Yahoo News, and The New York Times.


Richard is the the staff writer and a weekly contributor. Given his love of eating, the water, and casinos, it’s astonishing how long it took him to discover the joys of cruising. Richard covers a lot of features and editorials on the site. 

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Frank is a travel journalist with a decade of experience writing about hospitality, cruise, and air travel. He’s traveled extensively by land, sea, and air and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Marriott, Hyatt, Disney, and Carnival Corp. His work has also appeared in major international and industry news titles on three continents.



Andrea is an experienced corporate communications professional. She has covered various travel and transportation companies, including cruise lines, marine cargo ops, and transportation technology startups. A few times a year she likes to escape to sunny destinations or visit a new amusement park.

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Stewart is one of the world’s most quoted cruise industry experts. He regularly contributes to trends and deals for leading news organizations, like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, WGN, Good Morning America, CNBC, Travel Channel, and CNN. Follow him on Twitter at @CruiseGuy.

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Nancy of Family Travel Network is an award-winning travel journalist and editor contributing to several radio shows. Nancy has spoken about family travel at numerous travel industry conferences and has been widely quoted in major newspapers, magazines, and other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @kidtravel.

Editorial Process

Cruise Radio is committed to providing accurate, informative, and engaging content about the cruise industry. To achieve this goal, we have a strict editorial process in place. We strive to maintain a strict policy of objectivity and fairness in our reporting, presenting all sides of an issue in a balanced way

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