Boarding the Carnival Elation

I always get a kick out of my friend Doug Parker of Cruise Radio https://cruiseradio.net/ when he reports, “15 minutes from the pier to the ship” when he sails on cruises. So I timed it for myself at the beginning of this 5 day cruise on the Carnival Elation. I only …

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Sailing on the Carnival Elation!

The day has arrived, I’m sailing on the Carnival Elation today! I realize that I’m extremely fortunate that I live only 15 minutes from the Jacksonville-based Carnival Elation! It always amazes me that people travel hundreds, if not thousands of miles to sail on “my ship!” With the recent 2.0 …

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Avoiding weight gain on your cruise

You know it, I know it, and the American people know it. The number 1 reason why people cruise is the food. Sure, the ports of call, no cooking, no cleaning, no taking out the trash, but food ranks high up there when I cruise. After I turned 50, I …

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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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