Pre-Cruise Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport-Cruise Port

By: Scott Lara Scott is a contributing guest while Doug is away on his seven-night Alaska cruise.  For many years, my wife Marty and I would just drive from our home in Jacksonville, Florida to Port Everglades the morning of our cruise to catch the ship. Never again. Traffic on I-95 can hold you up for […]

Royal Caribbean Gives Short Sailing Options from Florida

By: Sarah Phillips Need a break from work or weather woes? Royal Caribbean announced the perfect solution this week. Royal Caribbean will have five revitalized ships offering three-, four- and five-day sailings from four Florida ports for a quick getaway. From Miami, Majesty of the Seas will continue to offer year round three- and four- […]

Carnival Announces Cruise Check-In Service at Miami Airport

Great news for Carnival Cruise Line passengers flying into MIA and cruising out of Miami or Port Everglades. Passengers who are flying into MIA can now check-in for their cruise at Concourses “D” or “H” on the day of their sailing, this first reported by Travel Pulse. The airport check-in counters are open from 8am […]

Florida Ports to Re-Open Monday, New Orleans Prepares for Isaac

(UPDATE 2:00pm) It’ll be business as usual today as three Florida cruise ports are scheduled to re-open after being shut down over the weekend. Port Miami, Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) and Tampa all were closed by the Coast Guard over the weekend as Tropical Storm Isaac made its way over Key West and into the Gulf […]

Two More Florida-based Carnival Ships Earn Perfect Health Scores

Two more Carnival Cruise Lines ships – Carnival Freedom and Carnival Imagination – both earned 100 percent scores on their recent United States Public Health (USPH) inspections. According to the company, “The unannounced inspections, which are conducted twice each year and required for any cruise ship with an international itinerary calling on a U.S. or […]

Carnival Glory: Disembarkation day + thoughts of ship

We woke up this morning and the ship was docked. Around 7 am they started letting self-assist folks get off the ship and then at 7:45 they started the folks in the zones that checked luggage. I realized that I didn’t pack everything last night so I wound up stuffing a bunch of stuff in […]

Bad news piles up in cruise industry

News this week brought especially negative news about an industry that prides itself on a highly positive experience for their customers.  Especially troubling about these bad news reports is that these events were spread out over a number of lines.   That they were not isolated to one line, could chip away further at the industry’s […]

Episode: Aboard The Celebrity Solstice 2010

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”Aboard the Celebrity Solstice” artist=”Cruise Radio” social=”false” ]Doug, Matt, and Stewart Chiron “The Cruise Guy” are down in Port Everglades this week to interview the keys players aboard the gorgeous Celebrity Solstice.  Listen…’s like you’re there! Be sure to follow us on Twitter at CruiseRadio.

Hotel Review: Port Everglades Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza Hotel  | 455 State Road 84 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida THIS HOTEL IS FOR YOU, IF:  you’re sailing out of Port Everglades and desire luxury rooms, complimentary shuttle service, interior corridors, and a restaurant/lounge on premises.   There are many great things to be said about the Crowne Plaza Airport/Cruise Port.  It’s brand […]

Oasis of the Seas Video

This is the worlds largest cruise ship coming into Port Everglades in South Florida last week. It’s amazing!