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About Cruise Radio

If this is your first time on the site, thanks so much for dropping in. If you’re looking for unbiased cruise vacation information, you’ve come to the right place.

What is Cruise Radio?

Founded in 2009, Cruise Radio — along with sister podcast Cruise Radio News — has become a trusted resource for travelers. The website features news, reviews and original content which can’t be found anywhere else, while the weekly podcast offers insider tips, interviews and reviews from actual passengers whose cruising experiences can help listeners decide what ships, activities and shore excursions are right for them.

The podcast has also broadcast live from ships around the world, giving listeners an experience that is the next best thing to being there themselves!

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A key element of Cruise Radio is listener participation, and that’s where you come in. Folks planning a vacation love nothing more than hearing about the experiences of others.

So whether you went on an amazing shore excursion, had an unforgettable meal in a specialty restaurant or wound up sleep deprived because your cabin was directly under a bowling alley, we want to hear about your cruise experiences… and more importantly, so do our listeners! Email me: doug [at]

Raid The Archives!

Looking for information on a specific ship? Want to find out what items people always forget to pack? No matter what cruise-related topic you want information on, you’ll find it among our thousands of articles and hundreds of podcasts. To browse our extensive library of articles, simply use the drop menu on the left-hand side of the page to search for the category you’re interested in or type a few words (such as “packing list” or “Carnival Vista” into the search bar.

To access the podcast archive, simply click here.

Meet The Team

Doug Parker, Executive Producer

Doug is the creator, producer and voice of Cruise Radio. With over a decade of on-air experience, his personality and interview style have turned Cruise Radio into a popular resource for cruise lovers and a trusted industry resource. When not aboard a ship, Doug can be found planning his next voyage, running, hiking, and road-tripping out west in his camper.

Sarah Bretz, Editor

Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015. She’s been on eight cruises so far, and her favorite onboard activities include trying out the water slides, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, eating lots of food, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her over on her Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.

Richard Simms, Staff Writer

Richard is the executive editor of and the author of several novels. Given his love of eating, drinking and gambling, it’s astonishing how long it took him to discover the joys of cruising. While he has more Twitter handles than most people have limbs, you can most easily reach him at @howrudeareyou.

Heather Fasching, Contributor

Heather is a writer and cruise addict. She enjoys introducing others to cruising and keeping readers stocked with the best cruise travel tips. She loves to explore new ports of call and always tries to sail on a different ship if she can (although she’s not picky). Heather loves cruises so much that she even decided to get married on one. Follow her on Instagram at @heathercruises.

Chris Owen, Contributor

Chris is a travel writer from Orlando Florida charged with sharing frank, inside information on cruise vacations with travelers. Certified a Master Cruise Counselor by the Cruise Lines International Association, Chris can be found via the popular travel blog,

Nancy Schretter, Contributor

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

Stewart Chiron, Contributor

Stewart is one of the world’s most quoted cruise industry experts. He’s a regular contributor on trends and deals for leading news organizations, like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, WGN, Good Morning America, CNBC, Travel Channel and CNN.  Email: [email protected]

Sherry Laskin, Contributor

Sherry has been active in the cruise industry since 1995 and created Cruise Maven website in 2007 out of her love of cruising. An advocate for slow travel, Sherry explores the world only on cruise ships, river ships, road trips and trains. Sherry collects cookbooks, tests her culinary ability, and planning her next trip.

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