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A man who has lived on a cruise ship for 13 years

“Captain” Morton Jablin courtesy of Irene Levine

Can you imagine living on a cruise ship for 13 years? We’ve all heard about “Super Mario” who has been on over 950 cruises ( https://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/tourism/fl-royal-caribbean-avid-cruiser-20160429-story.html )

Forbes.com has a great story about “Captain” Morton Jablin: At the age of 94, Morton Jablin could easily pass for someone twenty years younger. He is slim, well-groomed and silver-haired. He looks like the retired executive he is, with dark eyes behind his glasses that exude intelligence, confidence and warmth. He’s an engaging conversationalist with a mind and memory that are both remarkably agile.”

Yeah, I love taking out the trash.

I can’t tell you how many people ask me how can I cruise for longer than 7 days. I reply, “So, you enjoy cooking, cleaning, emptying the cat box, doing laundry and taking out the trash? I don’t!”

My wife Marty and I have sailed on 2, fourteen day southern Caribbean cruises. We didn’t miss the drudgery of housework for one single minute! That’s precisely why we have over 150 days sailing on Holland America Line!

“Captain” Morton Jablin’s backstory

“My wife, Charlotte always traveled with me and we made friends with other couples and crew,” he says. The two were avid cruisers, sailing on a number of different cruise lines over more than a half-century.

When one crew member they knew retired from another line to work on a private yacht, he suggested that the Jablins try cruising on Radisson Seven Seas Cruises (which was renamed Regent Seven Seas Cruises in 2006). The couple sailed on Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager for five years. In 2000, they decided to move to Seven Seas Navigator, the smallest ship in the Regent fleet (with fewer than 500 passengers).

When Charlotte passed away 13 years ago, Captain Jablin made Seven Seas Navigator his home. He still maintains a condo in Boca Raton, Florida to keep his “stuff” and to qualify for health benefits and Social Security but it’s been three or four years since he’s set foot there, he says.

Thanks to reporter Irene Levine for this heartwarming story. Click on the link below to read the entire article:


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Navy Veteran, Travel Agent, love to cruise!

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