Cruise Radio. The leader in bringing cruise news, reviews and interviews to all

July 17, 2014


Over 5 years ago I met Doug Parker of Cruise Radio.

We were both working together at a radio station here in Jacksonville and he asked me to be a guest on his new show, Cruise Radio.

He was excited about merging his love of radio and combining it with his passion for cruising.

It’s turned out to be a #winning combination.

Cruise Radio was born in 2009 and it’s been a rocket ship ever since.

Doug has broadcast from over 20 ships, interviewed the top leaders in the cruise industry and has his finger on the pulse of all things cruise.

Doug brings all this to his audience each and every week in both an informative and entertaining presentation.

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Cruise Radio, check it out at

You’ll be addicted.

Hope you have a nice weekend and get out there and cruise.



Me on Channel 4 talking about cruises!

July 15, 2014

Check out my interview on Channel 4!

Scott Lara on the Channel 4 Morning Show on Tuesday in the 8 am hour!

July 13, 2014



I’ve been asked to be a guest on the Channel 4 (WJXT) Morning Show this Tuesday in the 8 am hour!

I will be talking about great cruise deals on our Jacksonville based Carnival Fascination, cruising during hurricane season and the Carnival Live concert series.

I hope you will tune in.

If you can’t, you can watch it later by clicking below:


Thanks Carnival!

July 8, 2014

I just received word that Carnival is making cruising more enjoyable!

As I have mentioned previously, my wife Marty is a lung cancer survivor.

She had her entire left lung removed 12 years ago.

Marty is always concerned that if we get a balcony, she will smell cigarette smoke from other cabins.

Today Carnival made a major decision about smoking on their ships.

All staterooms and suites, inclusive of the balconies, will be an entirely smoke-free environment on Carnival ships. This change is consistent with the policy of most major cruise lines and will be implemented on October 9, 2014, or any new voyage departing thereafter.


Smoking will continue to be allowed in designated exterior open deck areas, as well as in the night club, and in certain areas within the casino and casino bar. (Boo!)

Guests who smoke in their staterooms or on their balconies will be assessed a $250 cleaning and refreshing fee on their Sail & Sign account. Information on this fee is included in Carnival’s ticket contract.

On another note, the gratuity guidelines on Carnival will be increasing from $11.50 to $12.00 per person per day with voyages departing October 9, 2014, and onward. Guests who have pre-paid their gratuities as of July 7, 2014, will not be affected by this change.

While gratuities are automatically added to guest’s onboard Sail & Sign account as a convenience, tipping is always at their discretion. They can feel free to adjust, up or down, as they please by visiting Guest Services.

Marty and I are happy that Carnival is taking this step to a more smoke-free vacation environment and hope they will continue that effort in the future.

Independence Day and Living Life

July 3, 2014

As the 4th of July is upon us, I wanted to share a few thoughts.

As a Navy veteran, I’m keenly aware of the price of freedom, and what we need to do to maintain our freedom.

Americans need to be involved in the political process and support those elected officials that stand with our beliefs. Those who complain and don’t vote just don’t have skin in the game. It’s easy to complain.

I’m so glad that my family lives in the greatest country on earth.

We enjoy freedoms that many inhabitants of our planet only dream about!

12 years ago when my wife Marty was diagnosed with lung cancer, my whole life changed.


I realized that everyone has a limited number of days and we should have an attitude of gratefulness while at the same time, enjoying every moment.

Yeah, I still work a “job”, but I’ve made it a priority to spend time with Marty (mostly on cruises).


A cruise vacation is a total escape from the everyday rat race.

No cooking, no cleaning, waking up in a different port and exploring God’s creation.

So this 4th of July, join me in being thankful for our great nation, be thankful for family and friends, and please take time out to enjoy life.

We only have today.

San Juan

Scott Lara

@scottlara1961 on Twitter

Trace Adkins performing on the Jacksonville-based Carnival Fascination!

June 27, 2014

Ok. Here we go.

Who likes Trace Adkins?


I actually met him on the Blake Shelton Cruise back in 2012, but that’s another story

(You can see the Q and A with him here:

Get this.

We leave on our own Jacksonville based Carnival Fascination on Saturday, Oct 11th.

Sunday is a day at sea and on Monday Oct 13 we dock in Nassau.

You have the whole day to explore the Atlantis Resort or just walk around Nassau.

Later that night, Trace Adkins will be on the Carnival Fascination performing in the main show lounge!

How cool is that. If you email me at before Monday and book with me, for the first 2 people only, you will get VIP seating AND you will be able to meet Trace!

We return back to Jax on Thursday, October 16th.

Who’s in?

Why I love to go on cruises.

June 17, 2014

As you may know, I’m a US Navy veteran.

I served on two Navy ships, the U.S.S. Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13)


and the U.S.S. Ticonderoga (CG-47). (This is the USS Vincennes, but close enough)



I also was an instructor with the fast flying hydrofoil squadron in Key West Florida.



Now you know why I love cruising so much.

It’s great to be on a ship with 24/7 food, great entertainment, and great destinations!

I don’t have to be “on watch” at 0200 (that’s 2 a.m.) and my wife gets to sail with me.

Do I miss the Navy? Not really.

Do I love being out on the ocean, visiting great ports of call and meeting great people?




I love going on cruises!

Scott Lara

Be sure to check out my links to the right for my YouTube videos and other stuff

Hurricane Season is upon us!

June 3, 2014

Yes, it’s hurricane season again!

I advise all my travel clients to purchase travel insurance through Insure My Trip!

Peace of mind is critical during any trip, so be sure to check out my friends at Insure My Trip!

Go to Cruise at and click on the Insure My Trip link for all the details!




Carnival Sunshine…a breath of fresh air

May 22, 2014

Marty and I had a great time on the Carnival Sunshine.

I’m glad that we were able to go so soon after she arrived in her new home port of Port Canaveral.

We enjoyed an incredible pre cruise stay at the Radisson Resort at the Port.

Super friendly service from the minute you walk in the door, very clean rooms, out of this world swimming pool (more like a waterpark), FULL hot breakfast and the shuttle service to and from the hotel was spot on.

I was a little upset that I got both a robo-call (not to be confused with RoboCop) AND an email prior to us leaving the hotel  from Carnival saying don’t come to the port until 12:30 p.m. due to lack of seating at the terminal.

Fine, Marty and I chilled at the hotel.

I went nuclear when I found out that some of my friends blatantly disregarded the messages from Carnival and were on the Carnival Sunshine at 12:00 noon enjoying the first of many Guy’s Burgers.

When the Martster and I arrived at the port around 12:45 p.m. or so, we breezed through security, the check in desk and right on to the ship in under 15 minutes. Maybe it was better to wait until 12:45 p.m. to arrive at the port.

Once on board we were able to go directly to our cabin (Category 4B inside) 2325.

The location was great.

The good:

The Carnival Sunshine has the best cruise director in the Carnival Fleet.

Jamie Dee is Red Bull, 5 hour energy, Rockstar and Monster Energy all in one package. She is just plain incredible.

The Epic Rock show was out of this world.

Fahrenheit 555 was great, but Kruella at the front desk was just plain mean. The food and service was great. Be sure to order the cheesecake!

The not so good:

Kruella (See above).

Please take some time to learn how to navigate throughout the ship.

Skip the milk shake spot. The worst milkshake I’ve ever tasted.

Guy’s Burgers. Here’s the deal. The burgers are great, but the lines can be long. Get there early.

The 3 story Serenity area. It’s second to none, but you better get your lounge chairs early!

Overall, Marty and I really enjoyed our cruise on the Carnival Sunshine.

When you are looking to book YOUR cruise vacation, give me a shout (and be sure to check out my YouTube videos!)

Scott Lara

@scottlara1961 on Twitter

In Key West today with the Carnival Sunshine

April 29, 2014

Wow. I can’t believe that Marty and I have been back to Key West (the birthplace of Brittany Lara) 3 times this year!

Key West is full of history and culture!

Some quick thoughts about the Carnival Sunshine.

At first it can be difficult to find your way around, so take some time to learn the way!

Guy’s Burgers is great. Get there early to beat the long lines.

Cruise Director Jamie is all that and a bag of chips. 

She’s incredible.

Marty and I will be dining in Fahrenheit 555 tomorrow night. I’m really looking forward to a great steak!

Stay tuned!



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