Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Back-To-Back Cruises Times 33

Back-to-back cruises can offer double the fun, double the pleasure, and half the cost of getting to and from the ship’s homeport. However, Mark Fosselman of Diamond Head, Mississippi had a more compelling reason for boarding Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Elation to take 33 consecutive voyages totaling a whopping 270 cruise days.

Carnival Elation has a special place in Fosselman’s heart as he and his wife, Becky, sailed on the ship numerous times over the past few years, even after she became ill and was unable to walk or talk. Fosselman said his wife loved sailing with Carnival and believed that the cruises contributed greatly to her quality of life despite her declining health.

After his wife passed away in April 2014, Fosselman decided to return to the ship that brought them so many fond memories, boarding Carnival Elation for the first of 33 consecutive voyages later that month. Fosselman believes that cruising was very therapeutic following his wife’s passing and the Carnival Elation’s staff went above and beyond in providing much-needed support and assistance during this challenging period in his life.

Fosselman embarked in New Orleans for his first cruise in April aboard Carnival Elation and sailed 32 additional 4- and 5-day cruises, visiting the Mexican ports of Cozumel and Progreso dozens of times during that period. It’s believed to be the longest streak of consecutive cruise days in Carnival Cruise Lines’ 42-year history.

When Fosselman debarked the ship after 33 consecutive voyages and 270 days overall on board, the Carnival Elation staff warmly greeted him in the ship’s atrium and held a special farewell reception, including the banner pictured above, which was created especially for the occasion.

Image Courtesy Carnival Cruise Lines

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