Cruise Radio for the cruiser who…

Are you one of those people who can't get enough cruising? Not just "cruising" on ships, but knowing about cruising?

If so, check out Cruise Radio?

Having spent five years of my career in radio, and having a new iPad that still needed exploring, I was at least curious. So I went to the Apple Store and downloaded the app, for 99 cents. Getting an idea for today's blog made it more than a good investment. With a little instruction from my partner in cruising and in life, I was even able to tune in to Cruise Radio. Yes, on the iPad.

I didn't listen for a long time — there were things to do, like write this — but long enough to find out that:

• The $150 million Carnival "promised" Mexico it would spend on Mexican ports was only a "possibility" and that it had to include Calica, the Mayan port that vehemently rejected previous attempts, and Puerto Cortez.

• Captain Patrick Dahlgren, the youngest cruise captain anywhere and one of our interview subjects from more than a year ago, has left and returned to the helm of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas since we met him (the Cruise Radio interview was less than compelling).

Miami considers itself the mother of all cruise ports (or "Cruise Capital of the World") and has a lead of 400,000 passengers on Port Everglades, which in the words of Cruise Radio's reporter "isn't much" of a difference.

There were some flaws. The station tends to be parochial at times — it's based in Jacksonville and sometimes sounds like it caters to south Floridians (after all, Miami is the CC of the W). And my iPad kept losing the audio after two or three minutes, causing me to "unlock" it, an annoying flaw that even my partner couldn't solve.

But I'll go back to Cruise Radio. Hey, I invested 99 cents in it!

Carnival Valor
6 nights
May 6, 2012
Miami (return): Key West, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios
Inside: $399
Cost per day: $66

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