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April Fools Day is almost over, and so far I’ve avoided any cruel jokes. However, I did think I was getting punk’d twice on our recent vacation. I kept looking for the hidden camera, or Ashton Kutcher and Allen Funt to show up. Cruisin’ along Michelle and I took our youngest son, Tommy, on a spring break cruise for his high school senior trip (along with about a dozen other seniors and a few of their parents)…. Read More

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By now you’ve heard and read about the ordeal that thousands of Carnival Triumph passengers endured for several days. All the passengers are off the ill-fated ship now, but their vacation memories will last a lifetime. I’ve taken my family on many cruises, and several on Carnival. I think it’s one of the best ways to relax and sample other countries and cultures. But the closest I’ve ever come to a “cruise… Read More

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There are some stories I just can’t get enough of. The cruise ship running aground off the coast of Italy and her cowardly captain is definitely one of them. As long as we see the helpless ship lying on its side in the water, hear the incredulous comments made by the captain, and read the heartbreaking stories of those who died, this story will remain fresh in our minds. First, the captain…. Read More

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The official death toll from that cruise ship running into rocks off the coast of Italy has risen to 11. Five more bodies were recovered Tuesday. And the captain of the Costa Concordia is reportedly being placed under house arrest on suspicion of manslaughter and abandoning the vessel before all passengers were evacuated. (See transcript of conversation between captain and Italian coast guard after the break) For those who have been on… Read More

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