How to build a modern cruise ship

My first ship, U.S.S. Samuel Eliot Morison FFG-13 Back in 1981, I was a 20 year old sailor standing in front of 3 separate pieces of my first ship, FFG-13 at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The officers and crew totaled 176 souls onboard. When you consider that …

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Cruise lines that offer military discounts

Speaking as a U.S. Navy veteran, I feel a deep sense of pride when veterans like myself are honored during sporting events. In the past, I’ve attended Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Cubs games and sometime during the game, veterans and current members of the military will be asked to stand …

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Exotic cruises to break the monotony of the Bahamas

Most of us are sick and tired of typical cruise destinations. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas. Marty and I have been fortunate to sail on two southern Caribbean cruises which included stops in St. Barts, St. Kitts, Martinique, Aruba, …

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The Cruise Genius on WJXT Channel 4 in Jacksonville

As you probably know, since 2012,  I’ve been branding my cruise knowledge on social media as ScottLara1961. Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and my website all revolved around my name. It was great to be recognized on cruise ships by name, even though my wife Marty didn’t like it when women would …

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Exclusive: Wells Fargo’s Timothy Conder Talks Cruise Market Revenue

Maritime-Executive.com has a great article about the financial future for the cruise industry. “The cruise industry is in the midst of a strong upturn with increasing demand extending the booking curve and contributing to rising prices and earnings as well as record new ship construction orders. The Maritime Executive spoke …

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IRS Now Blocking Hundreds of Thousands of Americans From Getting Passports

ThePointsGuy.com has an interesting article regarding the IRS and passports. “At the end of 2015, Congress approved and President Obama signed into law the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” or “FAST Act.” The stated purpose of the bill was “to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit …

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5 top tips for your 1st cruise vacation

Hi, I’m Scott Lara, aka, “The Cruise Genius.” With over 150 days on Holland America Line, 75 days on Carnival cruise line, and many days on Norwegian, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, I have unique insight on cruising. It’s interesting that so many people want to save a few bucks on …

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