Sailing on the Carnival Elation

Living only 15 minutes from the cruise port in Jacksonville has its benefits, because I’m going to be sailing on the Carnival Elation soon! When the Carnival Fascination was homeported in Jacksonville, my wife and I took advantage of sailing on her quite a bit. That’s how I earned Platinum …

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Cruise Parking in Jacksonville

I highly recommended The Parking Mall for safe and secure cruise parking in Jacksonville. The Parking Mall is less expensive than parking at JaxPort and you can see the ship from the parking lot. The shuttle service is prompt and courteous. Check them out and say “The Cruise Genius” sent …

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Emotional support animals no longer welcome

Courtesy of LonelyPlanet.com Today.com and other media outlets are reporting that airlines and cruise ships are cracking down on bringing your emotional support animal with you when you travel. Back in my day, you would see a sight-impaired person with his guide dog, but on cruise ships you may see …

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Love at Sea movie from The Hallmark Channel

  We all know the drill about Hallmark Channel movies. Girl tries to get away from the big city to “connect” with herself. Usually she goes back to her hometown for the annual blueberry festival to find out her mom has stage IV cancer, meets an old flame, and lives …

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Billionaires who bring cruising to the masses

Bloomberg.com has an interesting article about billionaires who bring the love of cruising to the masses. As you probably know, Micky Arison’s dad Ted Arison co-founded Norwegian cruise line way back in 1966, and left to start Carnival cruise line in 1972. As reported in the Old Salt Blog (see …

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Netflix cruise movie, “Like Father” review.

Full disclosure: I don’t subscribe to Netflix, but I’m a huge fan of Kristen Bell. Thrillist.com has a review of the Netflix movie, “Like Father” which is billed as a drama comedy. What caught my interest is that the movie revolves around a cruise ship! Off the top of your …

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Disney cruises not as magical as you would expect?

Let me begin by saying I’m not a fan of Disney cruises. Speaking as a member of the travel media and as a travel agent, Disney has never reached out to me to report on their cruise line. The other downside is that Disney cruises are far more costly than …

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Guy Fieri feeds victims displaced by the California wildfires

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri, the man who brings us the famous Guy’s Burgers on Carnival cruise line is helping victims of the California wildfires. According to TheHill.com,  “Fieri told CNN on Sunday that he was teaming up with the Salvation Army, Operation BBQ Relief and local residents to help feed …

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