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Destination: Cruising 101 – June 15, 2013

June 17, 2013

Time to hit the high seas or a river cruise.  Cruising 101 has all the answers to the most frequently asked questions.  Are you new to cruising or a seasoned cruiser?  We have updates, tips and great info.

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Cruising 101 – Segment one – Cruise Critic

Cruising 101 – Segment two – Cruise Critic

Cruising 101 – Segment three – Royal Caribbean & MSC Cruises

Cruising 101 – Segment four – Scenic River Cruises & Staying Healthy



Destination:  Cruising 101 
June 15, 2013 on WDUN AM 550   from 2-3pm

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Who doesn’t want to go on a cruise?  The amazing “wow” effect of the ship, the delicious food to sample each day, action packed shows, nightlife, movies, activities both relaxing and exhilarating, and all of this fun on the beautiful blue sea!  A cruise is like no other vacation!

But, if you are new to cruising there are many questions you may have.  And, even the seasoned cruiser will be challenged to keep up with new ships, amenities and exciting destinations.

Tune in to our destination:  Cruising 101 for the answer to questions about cruising and having fun on the seas… and rivers too!

Questions like:

  • What’s it like to take a cruise?
  • What’s included in a cruise?
  • What activities does the cruise line offer?
  • What’s the difference in room choices?
  • Is cruising expensive?
  • Where can I go on a cruise?
  • How many days is the cruise?
  • What ports will I see?
  • Can I get off the ship?
  • Do I need a passport?
  • Are there tips for choosing a cruise line?
  • Are there ways to save  money on my cruise?
  • Do I need a travel agent to reserve a cruise?
  • What is river cruising?
  • What makes one cruise line different from another cruise line?

Our guest will answer these questions and many more.

Colleen McDaniel Photo - Cruise CriticColleen McDaniel is managing editor of Cruise Critic, overseeing the site’s team of writers.  A former editor at The Virginian-Pilot and The Rocky Mountain News, McDaniel is an expert in cruising and travel. She has been quoted by media outlets across the country, including the Miami Herald, the Tampa Bay Times and Tech News Daily.

Cruise Critic, is a critically acclaimed interactive online community for avid and first-time cruisers who want up-to-date and well researched resources about cruising.  Cruise Critic is 3.8 million visitors/month strong viewing Cruise Critic for resources that cover the world of cruising from planning to what’s new.   Visitors can depend on them for objective reviews, features and destination stories.

Since its inception in 1995, Cruise Critic has earned the status of being the most influential cruise site on the Web, and an innovator of consumer-oriented cruise travel news.

Visit Cruise Critic for the most innovative consumer cruise resource offering:

  • Daily polls (tracking consumer trends)
  • Virtual Cruises
  • Cruise Videos
  • Shipyard Visits
  • Photo Essays
  • The Hurricane Zone (chronicling storm-related information during the season)
  • Gift Central (a holiday oriented gift depot of unique finds for cruisers)
  • Comprehensive Cruise Vacation Planning Guide

Also joining us is:

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Barbara Cobas is Director, Onboard Sales & Buriness Development support  for Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line.

Barbara started her journey in the travel industry at a young age working in her father’s travel agency for more than 8 years from stamping brochures to booking air for his 4 store fronts located in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.

After graduating from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) with a Spanish and Business degree travel was already in her blood and she joined Royal Caribbean International working shipboard in the Guest Activities Department.   After 2 wonderful years (and meeting her future husband) shipboard she put her legs back on land and Barbara joined Royal Caribbean’s Shoreside Training & Development team training their Customer Service, Groups and Individual Reservations teams.

Shortly thereafter she spent 7 years working in Hotel Operations supporting everyone from Activities Managers to Marketing & Revenue Managers and even Hotel Directors across the RCI fleet.  In August 2012, Barbara joined the RCI Sales organization overseeing their shipboard Onboard Sales team and internal Business Development Support team.  In her personal time, Barbara and her husband are actively involved with the Best Buddies organization in South Florida.

We will also talk with:

Carlos Rubiano is Specialist, Business Development with MSC Cruises USA, where he assist the cruise line  offer a truly international experience in the Caribbean, Northern Europe, Mediterranean and beyond.

MSC Cruises draws upon their rich Mediterranean heritage to offer a truly international experience.  The fourth largest and fastest-growing cruise line in the world, their fleet encompasses 12 magnificent vessels.  They offer a diverse array of departure ports and shore excursions as they sail year-round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in North Europe, the Caribbean, South America South Africa, and now, the Red Sea.

A family owned cruise line offers a signature Kids 11 & Under Sail Free program all year long.  Onboard, you’ll discover a cosmopolitan atmosphere with the opportunity to meet travelers from around the world.

Great Mediterranean cuisine is what they are also known for as well as great international entertainment.  The Yacht Club, their ship-within-a-ship, offers luxury suites complete with Butler service, opulent 24-hour Concierge lobby, lounge, pool and bar, dining room and complimentary wines and spirits.  Discover the style and spirit of the Mediterranean from beginning to end.


An MSC ships sets sail.

And, our last guest will be:

Rick Galizio is Sales Manager Eastern United States for Scenic River Cruises.  Based in Sarasota Florida Rick has over 30+ years of experience in the travel and tourism industry.  His love for travel started at the early age of 13 when he saved his money for a school trip to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; that’s where he caught the bug and was hooked.

Traveling with his high school German teacher who eventually left teaching and opened Angersbach International Tours (A.I.T.Tours) Gerhard Angersbach became a mentor to Rick and nurtured his love of travel.  During and after his University studies Rick spent many holidays and summers working for A.I.T. Tours guiding student tours to Europe.    No stranger to the river cruise industry.  Rick started his career at Iceland Air and over the years has worked with some of the top Tour operators, Cruise lines and Wholesalers.   A lover of art history as well as Old World Cultures, Rick has a passion for travel …………

Scenic River Cruises is a private, Australian-owned company with staff from all around the world.  Scenic River Cruises offers touring programs to exotic domestic and international destinations.  They provide the ultimate cruise experience.

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Co-host on our show will be Doc Bill with Sapelo Island Birdhouses.

Join us so you’ll be prepared and ready to set sail!

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