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Episode 38: Cruises: Trends, insider tips and issues

January 25, 2018 GMT
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It’s wave season, that time of year when cruise lines offer deals and promotions, and travelers look ahead to planning future cruise vacations.

In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” hosted by AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz, we take our podcast out of the studio and and onto a cruise ship in Miami. We’ll offer a look at trends and issues in cruising, along with some great insider tips and advice. The show features a panel discussion with editor at large Carolyn Spencer Brown; Miami Herald business editor Jane Wooldridge and Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald, who joined the show in his capacity as chairman of the Cruise Lines International Association.


This is the first part of a two-part show taped with a live audience aboard the Seabourn Sojourn, a cruise ship owned by Carnival Corp., which is a sponsor of this podcast.


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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