Archive for September, 2014

Thanksgiving cruise on the Holland America Line MS Westerdam

September 27, 2014

Last year my wife Marty and I enjoyed our first Thanksgiving cruise on the Holland America Line Eurodam.

Thanksgiving will never be the same again!

Great food, incredible service and time with family inspired us to make a Thanksgiving cruise on Holland America Line an annual tradition.

This Thanksgiving we will be sailing on the MS Westerdam with 20 family and friends.

Stay tuned for pics and video from our 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise!



I can’t believe why people don’t take cruise vacations.

September 19, 2014

Hello (again) from the Carnvial Fascination!

As you may know, Marty and I live only 15 minutes from the ship.

I was on the Carnival Fascination Aug 30th for 5 days and it’s great to be back!

It amazes me how many people live so close to a cruise ship and don’t take advantage of taking a cruise vacation.

I’ve enjoyed meeting people on the ship from California, North Carolina, Chicago and even Australia. They have travelled many miles and have spent hard earned dollars to sail on the Carnival Fascination, yet so many people that live within 3 hours driving distance have never experienced a cruise vacation!

The reason why Marty and I enjoy cruising so frequently is because it’s so affordable, most everything is included and for the duration of the cruise you don’t have to cook, clean, do laundry or take out the trash!

When you consider the cost of a typical land based vacation, add up the cost of lodging, transportation, entertainment and food (3 meals a day), the cost can be overwhelming and out of reach for most Americans.

A cruise vacation is mostly all inclusive!

I urge those of you who haven’t taken a Carnival cruise to give me a shout at

I would be happy to help you plan YOUR cruise vacation, and who knows, Marty and I will probably be on the ship with you.

Stay tuned for videos and pics from this cruise and check out my links to the right for all my social media channels.

Scott Lara

@scottlara1961 on Twitter


Back on the Carnival Fascination on Sept 18th

September 10, 2014

One of the benefits of living 15 minutes from the Jacksonville-based Carnival Fascination is that my wife and I can jump on the ship at a moments notice!

Yes, my friend Dwight and his two grandsons and I enjoyed the Carnival Fascination way back on Aug 30th for 5 days.

We went to Nassau and Half Moon Cay. The weather was absolutely perfect in every way!

No rain, the seas were calm, just perfect.

Marty and I will be on the Fascination on Sept 18th for 4 days going to Freeport (no comment) and to Nassau.

We will be sailing with my doctor, her husband and her office staff.

Stay tuned for pics and all the details.


Carnival Fascination cruise update

September 2, 2014

I can’t believe what a great time I’m having on the Carnival Fascination. Actually, I can believe it. This will be the 9th time I’ve been on the Fascination!

Cruise Director Adam is one of the best.

He’s very approachable, friendly and funny.

We had a great day in Nassau on Labor Day. The weather was perfect at the Atlantis. While I’m NOT a big fan of waterslides, I did enjoy time relaxing by one of the pools and enjoying the aquarium.

Today (Tuesday) has been amazing at Half Moon Cay.

The weather is great, not too hot, not too cold.

I enjoyed a cold beverage at Captain Morgan’s bar which is always a cool place to meet new friends.

Tomorrow is an at sea day and then on Thursday back home to Jacksonville.

It’s ok though.

Marty and I will be returning to the Carnival Fascination on Sept 18th with my doctor and her family.

I will be posting pics and YouTube videos when I’m back on land.