Tom Drake’s Cruise and Travel News

Tom Drake’s Cruise and Travel News

In this daily podcast, veteran stand-up comedian and longtime "ship act" Tom Drake will tell you what he thinks when he reads all of today’s cruise and travel industry news. Tom has made people laugh on cruise ships worldwide for over 28 years, and he has seen it all. Now, Monday thru Friday, he offers an unfiltered view of what is happening in the cruise and travel business. If you don’t have the time to read all of the day’s stories about travel, Tom does that for you and reports it as only a funny guy from "Jersey" can!

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Tom Drake’s Cruise and Travel News
January 28, 2022. Are cruise line bosses getting paid by the word these days?

Here are the stories the "GURU" is talking about today!

The Holland America Group is reorganizing under new boss Josh Weinstein. Former Carnival Corp. boss Donald joining the board at Salesforce. Port Everglades boss talks about the search for diversity. Miami Marathon will make getting to the port tomorrow a marathon.

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Jan 28, 2023 6:01 AM
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Tom Drake’s Cruise and Travel News
January 27, 2022. Did Southwest Airlines bite off more than they could fly over Christmas?

Here are the stories the "GURU" is talking about today!

DOT investigating Southwest for deceptive practices. Russian cruise ship takes out pier in Turkey. Ahhh... Norwegian Jade South African itineraries a huge success. American River Cruises taking the Jazz to Napa!! Free of Putin, Swan Hellenic floats out another ship!

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Jan 27, 2023 8:01 AM
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January 26, 2022. Mexico can't stop the shooting but they can stop you from smoking!

Here are the stories the "Guru" is talking about today!

Mexico bans smoking outdoors!

The new Celebrity Ascent will have two Greek brothers as co-Captains!

High winds are keeping the Norwegian Gem parked in NYC!

American Queen Voyages exercising their culinary chops!

Vancouver ready for a record 2023 Alaska season!

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Jan 26, 2023 10:01 AM
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Tom Drake’s Cruise and Travel News
January 25, 2023. NCL brings back traditional boat drill. Royal Caribbean still going the "easy way"

Here are the stories that the "Guru" is talking about today!

Oceania's Riviera will head to Asia for the first time. NCL believes in safety first when it comes to safety drills. Hotel Industry needs the Feds to let them import more housekeepers! Norwegian Breakaway skipping Corfu in order to visit the original site of the Olympics!

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Jan 25, 2023 10:01 AM
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January 24, 2022. Is Carnival Going Outside Its Lane with 14 Day Cruises?

Here are the stories Tom is taking about today!

Cunard will add a Rocky Mountaineer train ride to its QE Alaska itinerary. The Port of Aqaba unveils its new cruise terminal. Royal Caribbean's Michael Bayley amazed by current record breaking bookings! Carnival Cruise Line will offer 14 day cruises in 2024. NYC Mayor Adams will use the Brooklyn cruise terminal to house migrants instead of a cruise ship.

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Jan 24, 2023 10:01 AM
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January 23rd Podcast. One Year Later, Crystal Creditors Still Waiting for Some Money!

Here are the stories Tom is talking about today!

Crystal Cruises creditors hoping to get paid someday. Seabourn Venture going into emergency dry dock with busted stabilizers. Virgin guests will be see the new Jennifer Lopez movie first! Celebrity Ascent is now floating in the water! New Zealand's Bio-foul Czar thinks that the pandemic wet docks might have fueled the biofouling!

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Jan 23, 2023 10:01 AM
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January 21, 2023. Wash Your Hands! Norovirus has returned to sea!
            Here Are The Stories Tom is Talking About Today! 
                                Saturday, January 21, 2023

HERE WE GO! Norovirus returns. Wash Your Hands! MSC Seascape state of the art engines are in a sate of no-go. Holland America will have separate are to gamble and fill your lungs with smoke! Delta bringing back the dessert cart! Virgin consolidates theirhotel options!

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Jan 21, 2023 9:01 AM
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Podcast for January 20th. Do you care if your cruise line is trying to save the planet?

Here are the stories Tom is talking about today!

MSC Cruises ready to tell the world they are sustainable. High Winds keep the Carnival Sunshine from Costa Maya. NCL borrowing a few more million! Holland America has the newest slot for the oldest guests! NCL Holdings will report 5 billion in revenue in 2022!

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Jan 20, 2023 9:01 AM
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Tom Drake’s Cruise and Travel News
Podcast for January 20th. Do you care if your cruise line is trying to save the planet?

Here are the stories Tom is talking about today!

MSC Cruises ready to tell the world they are sustainable. High Winds keep the Carnival Sunshine from Costa Maya. NCL borrowing a few more million! Holland America has the newest slot for the oldest guests! NCL Holdings will report 5 billion in revenue in 2022!

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Jan 20, 2023 9:01 AM
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Tom Drake’s Cruise and Travel News
January 19th Podcast. New York City Mayor Wants 2 Billion to Charter Cruise Ships!

Here Are The Stories Tom is Talking About Today! Thursday, January 19th.

NYC Mayor Adams still thinking about cruise ships to house migrants. Why not? It’s not his money! MSC and the Knicks bouncing the ball together! United CEO Kirby says many airlines growth projections are unrealistic! Virgin launching two more ships this year. Virgin boss McAlpin says they are ready to fill them. Carnival Corp. partnering up with StarLink.

Hong Kong is open but with the usual over the top restrictions.

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Jan 19, 2023 9:01 AM
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Tom Drake’s Cruise and Travel News
Podcast for January 18, 2023. Virgin fined 1 million for flying over Iraq!

Here are the stories Tom is talking about today.

Southwest CEO Bob Johnson's "I'm Sorry" speech. Virgin fined for flying through Iraqi airspace. MSC wants to be the largest cruise line in the world and not just the loudest. Analysts report that the WAVE season is producing big waves. Sweden gets the money to study shore power.

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Jan 18, 2023 6:01 AM
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Podcast for January 17, 2022. AIDA crew will get more money and better benefits!

Here Are The Stories Tom is Talking About Today!

Why is the fashion industry moving into the hotel industry? AIDA crew members will be receiving more money and better working conditions. Miss Universe Ukraine receives the “Spirit of Carnival” award from Christine Duffy. MSC’s Galveston terminal will open in 2025. Carnival Elation celebrating 25 years in service.

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Jan 17, 2023 10:01 AM
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PODCAST FOR JANUARY 16, 2022. MORE CRUISE SHIPS RESCUE MORE CUBAN REFUGEES.

HERE ARE THE STORIES TOM IS TALKING ABOUT TODAY!

Two ships used shore power on Friday the 13th and did not blow a breaker! Two more cruise ships rescue more Cuban refugees. Virgin Voyages plan to attract younger people not exactly working. Carnival Sunshine could not find sunshine. Norwegian Coastal Cruise Line bans electric vehicles. Nine ships visit Costa Rica on the same day.

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Jan 16, 2023 10:01 AM
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Podcast for January 14, 2022. DOT says computer crash possibly caused by contractor.

Here are the stories Tom Is talking about today!

DOT blaming contractor for computer crash? New Airport Terminal A opening total chaos? Link Kok Thay's Resorts World Cruises acquires a second Dream ship Delta Boss tells Congress to spend money to fix the FAA.

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Jan 14, 2023 11:01 AM
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Podcast for Friday, January 13, 2023. Amtrak Auto Train Trip More Unpleasant Than Usual!

Here are the stories Tom is talking about today!

Amtrak Auto Train Trip More Unpleasant Than Usual! Universal Studios Bringing Their Horror to Vegas. Airfare Prices Drop in December but Airlines Prices Still in the Upper Altitudes! Viking World Cruise for 2024-2025 Announced. NCL Gem Leaving Bermuda Early Due to Weather. Royal Caribbean Group Rearrange Debt Obligations.

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Jan 13, 2023 10:01 AM
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Podcast for Thursday, January 12, 2022. FAA computer crash causes travel delays that made Southwest Airlines look good.

Here are the stories Tom is talking about today.

An FAA computer crash causes travel delays that made Southwest Airlines look good. New survey reveals that Brits want to leave him without him or her! FAA is clamping down on unsafe Mom and Pop tour operators! Accor's new sailing ship will be amazing!

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Jan 12, 2023 10:01 AM
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Podcast for Wednesday, January 11, 2022. Viking Christens the Neptune with Aquavit.

Here are the Stories That Tom is Talking About Today!

The 977 Guest Exploras 1 Will Offer 18 Food and Beverage Locations. ASTA Wants the Department of Labor to Mind Its Own Business. The Crytal River Boats Have a New Owner. Silversea Silver Nova Will Feature the Latests Hybrid Technology. Viking Christens the Neptune with Aquavit.

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Jan 11, 2023 6:01 AM
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Podcast for Tuesday, January 10, 2022. Queen Elizabeth Snagged in the New Zealand Bio-Foul Net!

Queen Elizabeth Snagged in the New Zealand Bio-Foul Net! Guests on Queen Victoria Treated to Two Days in Drydock! Carnival Home Collection Now Selling Their Hot Sheets! Southwest Lost 825 Million Over Christmas. Give or Take 100 Million! Silver Shadow Begins An "Around Some" of the World Cruise! American Airlines Not Making Money Flying Miami to Tel Aviv.

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Jan 10, 2023 2:01 PM
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Tom Drake's Daily Cruise and Travel News "Podcast"

Here are the stories Tom is talking about today.

Oceania Regatta Caught in New Zealand Bio-Foul Net! Celebrity Rescues More Cuban Refugees. Costa Looking at Some Bigga Batteries for Their Ships! Royal Caribbean Rolls Out New Dining Menus. Ambassador Cruise Line and a British Dating App Want to Hook You Up At Sea! Oceania's Six Ships Are Going Global in 2022-2023.

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Jan 9, 2023 11:01 AM
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Tom Drake's Daily Cruise and Travel News "Podcast" for Saturday, January 7, 2023

Today Tom is talking and ranting and raving about these stories. New Zealand's environmental guy says cruise ships need to clean their hulls! The first cruise ship in 15 years visits Venezuela on purpose. The Port of Napier in New Zealand has record setting day with there ships in port. NCL Holdings announces the launch of a new division for charters and other stuff. JetBlue adding more small jet flights across the pond. The Chinese/Carnival partnered cruise line preparing to start selling cruises.

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Jan 7, 2023 12:01 PM
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Tom Drake's Daily Cruise and Travel News "Podcast"

Here are the stories Tom is talking about today.

American Cruise Lines Ships Will Offer Complimentary Starlink Based High Speed Internet in 2023. Carnival Cruise Line Increases Gratuity Charges and Internet Access Pricing. Azamara Announces Best Wave Season Ever! Australia Intends to Levy Fines if Ships Go Afoul of Bio-Foul. HAL offering a 28 Day 12 Port Alaska Cruise in 2024.

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Jan 6, 2023 8:01 AM
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Tom Drake's Daily Cruise and Travel News "Podcast"

Here is what Tom is talking about today.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer Runs Afoul of the Australian Bio-Foul Police! Delta Airlines Will Offer Free W--Fi on All Domestic Flights! Southwest Airlines Ruined Thousands of Customers Holidays and Now a Senate Hearing Might Return the Favor! The Sell-Off Continues. Carnival Corporation Unloading the Aida Aura. Hong Kong Lifting Stifling Covid Rules. Cruise Ship Rescues Continue on the Caribbean.

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Jan 6, 2023 8:01 AM
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