Archive for October, 2014

Buying a house!

October 20, 2014

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share an experience that Marty and I have been going through the last couple of months.

For 12 years we have been renting a 3 bedroom, 2 story townhouse.

The rent has been great, but I’m getting to the point where I want to own a home.

Lennar has some great homes in Jacksonville and they have a slogan, “Everything’s included.”

Marty and I have decided on a very nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath house very close to where I work.

The construction should be finished by Nov 17th (right before our Thanksgiving cruise on the Holland America Line MS Westerdam).


I didn’t realize the amount of effort it takes to buy a home, but I must say Lennar made it VERY easy.

It’s been great driving by the home, meeting the construction folks and seeing the progress!

Stay tuned for pics, some tips and other comments!

Thanks Lennar!

Scott Lara


My choice for the best pre and post cruise hotel in Ft Lauderdale

October 8, 2014

Marty and I have sailed from Ft Lauderdale (Port Everglades) many times.

In the old days, we would drive 6 hours from Jacksonville, but no longer.

The fact of the matter is, we would have to leave Jax at 7 a.m. to make sure we arrived at the port by 2 p.m.

I was a nervous wreck (and that’s back when I did have a gall bladder!)

Now we leave Jax the night before the cruise and leisurely drive to our favorite pre-cruise hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn in Dania.

The lobby and rooms are spotless, the staff welcomes you with a big smile, and the FULL breakfast is out of this world.

If you buy the park and cruise special, you get free parking with your stay!

The next time you are sailing out of Port Everglades, be sure to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Dania and tell them Scott Lara sent you.

Here’ s link to their website:

Great door to door limo service in Jacksonville

October 5, 2014

The fact of the matter is, Marty and I live only 15 minutes away from the Carnival Fascination in Jacksonville. Most of the time, I can ask a relative to drop us off and pick us up at the port.

No longer.

I recently learned about Maxim Transportation.

Our driver picked us up at our home in a beautiful black, very clean Cadillac and whisked us to JaxPort.

He loaded our luggage at our door and handed it to the porter at the port.

When we returned to Jacksonville, our car and driver were waiting for us for our return ride home!

Check out this video and be sure to tell Maxim Transportation that Scott Lara said hi when you use them for your luxury transportation needs!