On The Way Back Home–Jacksonville Airport

Helaine said it reminded her of prison.

The last night on a cruise is sad. Everywhere you walk bags line the hallways. Things are shutting down. Accounts are settled up.

IMG_7814.jpgWe went to the late show and saw Frank Del Pizzo‘s “R” rated show. Now I’m a huge fan. He was side splittingly funny. Were there curse words? Sure. But he wasn’t crude or inappropriate. He also did more “callbacks” than any other comedian I can remember!

He’s coming to New Haven. Maybe we’ll see him again, though I suspect it’s the same act.

We headed to the casino. I sat at the single poker table and won a few bucks (literally), but by midnight an unfriendly looking man in an Austin Powers Nehru suit came to tell us the casino would close at midnight. For whatever reason the ship was heading into Jacksonville early. We spent the overnight hours docked and out of international waters.

Helaine took care of packing. Most of it was done during the day. She finished when we returned to the cabin. For the Foxes, this was a lightly packed trip and that paid off.

I’m writing this from the Jacksonville Airport. The TSA screening area was very busy as we walked the rat maze. The TSA’s domain is totally lit with fluorescent lights. Helaine said it reminded her of prison, though

  • How would she know what a prison is like?
  • Wouldn’t prisons use more soothing lighting to cut down on violence?

Just asking.

IMG_7818.jpgFinally, the end of Concourse “C” at Jacksonville has a large 30 foot tall window. A semi-transparent applique is affixed to it showing a giant woman with a shopping bag.

Today’s flight leaves at 12:55 and stops briefly in Baltimore before heading to Bradley International.

I am tired.

Anchored Off Half Moon Cay

A cruise is for relaxing–and we have relaxed. Still, a lot has gone on since yesterday afternoon when I last posted.

After dinner we headed to the theater for the evening’s show. We were worried about getting good seats so we showed up early which meant we were there in time for the end of BINGO. Call me a snobbish member of the media elite, but why do people play this game? Adding to the ‘fun’ was a cruise staff member who brought insincerity to new heights and who Helaine said looked like Robin Leach’s illegitimate son in ill fitting clothes. Too many buffets!

A new set of comedians came on board in Nassau. The first guy was billed as “Physical Comedian Howard Mincone,” so I figured Carrot Top or Gallagher (or, more likely Gallagher II). Not funny! At points embarrassingly not funny. I actually felt bad for this guy. We would have left, but we were close enough to the stage to be seen.

He was followed by Frank Del Pizzo. The name was familiar though his act was not. This was standard fare stand-up and he was pretty good. We’ll go back for the “R” rated show tomorrow night. Please–tell Howard not to come!

God–I hope Howard doesn’t Google his name from the ship.

After the show we wandered to the casino and, again, I sat down for poker. My pre-cruise expectation was the table would be full of poker neophytes–easy pickings. BINGO! Last night I quickly won $160 from a $50 stake playing $1/$2 no limit. I was called down and paid off twice when reasonable players would have folded.

There’s no guarantee the pickings will be as easy tonight or that I didn’t confuse good luck with good play. We’ll see.

We woke up this morning anchored off a beautiful island. Carnival calls it Half Moon Cay–but that’s not it’s real name. Carnival got this island when it bought Holland America. The Half Moon was Henry Hudson’s ship of exploration. Half Moon Cay is just too convenient.

We watched the island’s little tenders bob up and down as they tied up to a hatchway off Deck 3. It was breezy and cool as we set out. Some people were already returning to get sweatshirts. Helaine headed to the room to get ours, but they were never needed.

The Sun was bright. The water was mild. The beach was a pale powder with no rocks nor shells. The ocean threw waves just a few inches tall.

There were lots of people on the beach, but also plenty of lounge chairs. I took some photos and video then joined Helaine at the edge of the crowd. I laid on my back and quickly fell asleep. This is the life!

We headed back to the ship for some lunch, though by the smell of things there was a barbeque somewhere on the beach.

I continue to be impressed by this cruise. Our tickets were reasonably priced. The value is high. We have not been bored. There’s always something to do or see or eat!


In our cabin we have access to CNN and CNN International. It quickly becomes obvious CNN is CNN Dumb compared to CNN International. Are Americans really that stupid that we need newscasts dilluted with sensationalized stories of crime and style?

The world is important. We miss so much.


I am reading emails, but responding…. not until on shore. The Internet is priced like gold!