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Episode 39: Cruises, part 2: Trends, insider tips and issues

January 31, 2018 GMT
Cruise ships are docked at PortMiami, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Cruise ships are docked at PortMiami, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Cruise ships are docked at PortMiami, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Cruise ships are docked at PortMiami, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Cruise ships are docked at PortMiami, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Thinking about taking a cruise? Give a listen as experts discuss trends, issues and insider tips.

This episode of “Get Outta Here,” hosted by AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz, airs the second half of a discussion with CruiseCritic’s Carolyn Spencer Brown, Miami Herald business editor Jane Wooldridge and Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald, who participated in his capacity as Cruise Lines International Association chairman. The podcast was taped aboard the Seabourn Sojourn, which is owned by Carnival Corp., a sponsor of this podcast.

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New episodes of “Get Outta Here!” are published every Wednesday. Host Beth J. Harpaz is travel editor for The Associated Press, a volunteer Big Apple Greeter and a licensed tour guide in her native New York City. She recently completed a quest to visit all 50 states.

Before becoming travel editor, where most of the news - thank goodness - is about happy people going on nice vacations, Beth covered politics, disasters and all manner of mayhem for the AP. And not to reveal her age, but she also worked for several newspapers way back in the 20th century and even wrote three books.

She does not own wheeled luggage but instead carries her belongings around the world in an ancient backpack and various tote bags.

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