|I'll be sailing away for a while...|
but I hope to return soon.
Welcome to the world of cruising! Whether novice or seasoned cruiser, picking the perfect cruise vacation just became a whole lot easier. This blog is bringing you the 411 on cruising according to me, Shon "Cruise Man 3000" Ford! This site is a 'cruisetacular' collection of my personal cruising experiences, cruise ship reviews, and cruise line ratings—I’m bringing you the latest and greatest from the high seas! I hope to bid you a Bon Voyage on a contemporary innovative ocean going vessel very soon! Hey, while you're at it, have a 'cruisemazing' day! Much love—Shon!?xml:namespace>
Monday, April 7, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
So where have I been? That's a great question. I've been posting occasionally here and there but not as much as many of you may have been used to and here's why. Recently I've been faced head-on with some issues that just honestly have taken the God-given energy outta me. Talk about 'life' happening in addition to keeping an intense travel schedule... no words can begin to describe. Been doing a lot of crying, eating and doing the whole 'I'm human right now' thing; I really feel like I'm in the fight of my life and some days I don't even know how I'll make it through the day.
A word I think is appropriate to describe the everyday battles we face is OVERCOMER! And for those who read the blog know I LOVE sharing songs and I've got one on the way below. But I just wanted to take this time to share a little more of my life's story. When I was younger, I was diagnosed with spinal meningitis which in my infancy was supposed to kill me. The doctors gave me just 3 days to live and placed me in a room where a girl was dying from aids and a boy who passed away with HIV. And the only kid who came out of that disease-ridden room was me. So maybe that's why I'm a little more 'out there', laugh little louder and smile like it's a part of my outfit - I truly value this gift called life (even if it's kinda sucky at times).
Growing up without a father in my life, should have disposed me to a staggering amount of statistics in society. Kids in school would always make fun of me for being overweight when I was younger and use hurtful words that would send me home crying many nights. Through all my college years, racism was the demon that haunted me many days, but I persevered through and cruise before you today as an overcomer! I could share many more triumphs in my life, but the story would still be the same: I OVERCAME THEM ALL... just like I'll overcome what I'm going through right now! We all hurt. We all experience pain and difficult situations, but they've all been designed to make us stronger!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
|Norwegian Jade has been in headlines this week...|
and her beautiful hull isn't the reason why.
Photo Credit: Shipparde
|My main man (Norwegian Cruise Line CEO) had a few words|
on the matter... and I support 'em 100%!
“We want to send a strong message to Tunisia and ports around the world that we will not tolerate such random acts of discrimination against our guests,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO. “We are outraged by this act and the fact that we were not notified in advance of this practice. We apologize sincerely to our guests who were affected and want them to know that we have taken the appropriate action in response.”
Now there's a CEO, cruise line and more importantly message I cannot pass up giving applause to! To Kevin and the cruisetacular team at Norwegian, keep making ripples in the pond - the world is not only listening and watching but I pray they will also follow your lead! You know what to do TOERs... keep cruising and grooving until we talk ship again! Always Much Love-Shon!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
|We've got some great things to be happy about here in Baltimore!|
There I am outside the Cruise Maryland terminal! :)
You may remember many of my blogs about Carnival Pride leaving from Baltimore (and I was genuinely sad about it - we love the ships here in Baltimore). THEN Carnival decided to stop the all-year-round service from New York by way of Carnival Splendor as well as ending seasonal service from Boston, Massachusetts and Norfolk, Virginia. This had many of us scractching our heads because with Carnival being the first cruise line to really pioneer the home-port advantage, none of the ship mix-ups made any sense (especially since the greater NY/NJ and MD/DC areas are known to be some of the wealthiest regions in the country).
|Carnival 2.0 is coming to the Mid-Atlantic, y'all!|
Well I hope YOU (especially the ones who called, texted, facebooked and tweeted me about Carnival leaving) are excited and feel a little more 'fun-ship' excitment in the Mid-Atlantic! I can't wait to see her come back better than ever tricked out with the bells whitsles post her multi-million dollar face lift. Be sure to share some love to Carnival on Twitter by tweeting to @CarnivalCruise and a "we're glad you're coming back home" message. So Baltimore and Norfolk, we can sleep a little better tonight and that's a cruisetacular thing! Keep cruising and grooving until we talk ship again!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
|My cruise aboard Grand Princess was truly cruisetacular...|
and I told all on Cruise Radio!
|From seeing Stevie Wonder's concert, celebrating the holidays|
and even competing in Princess Pop Star, I had a blast!
Monday, January 27, 2014
|Hanging with cruise director, Julie, after Legally Blonde|
Spoiler Alert: She's one of the actresses in the show! :)
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Just in case you missed the other two blooper reel videos I've made, be sure to check them out here:
Enjoy the laughs and be sure to share them with others! Laughter does the heart good and I heard it is becoming a new universal, "I need a cruise now" call? Mmm... let me look more into that (don't take my word for that quite yet)! For more funny videos that share my high seas travels, check out my Official Youtube Channel! Until we talk ship again, keep cruising and grooving y'all! As always, much love to ya--Shon!