Don’t forget to pack these items for your next cruise

September 4, 2015

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “I wish I would have packed …..”

Well, here are a couple of things to pack to help you save frustration and money for your next cruise!


Carnival Fascination Cruise!

July 1, 2015

Marty and I just returned from a 5 day cruise on June 15th on the Carnival Fascination.

Our ports included Freeport (dump) and Nassau.

Marty and I only got off the ship in Freeport to buy her some Diet Coke and I just walked around Nassau for a short time.

The Carnival Fascination is a great ship with an incredible crew who I’ve gotten to know over the last several years.

It’s always great to see my friends, make new friends and have a relaxing time.

The best part of the cruise was Carnival’s new WiFi program!

For all the details, check out my YouTube video here:

My interview with Duelle at the Sunset Music Festival (Tampa 2015)

May 26, 2015


Meeting Duelle in person was incredible. Gabrielle and Danielle are so full of energy, it’s just plain unreal. Be sure to follow them on Twitter @DuelleMusic and check them out online and when they come to your town!

Duelle’s website:

Here’s my interview: Duelle Interview

Sunset Music Festival

May 18, 2015


Growing up I listened to REO Speedwagon, Fleetwood Mac and Journey. Ok, I’ve said it.

Over the past 2 years, I’ve really come to love Electronic Dance Music (EDM).

I’ve learned that there are several genre’s of EDM from trance, to tribal, to house music.

During the recent Groove Cruise, I met EDM legend Darude (of Sandstorm fame) and several other DJ’s up close and personal and now I have an even greater appreciation of EDM.


I’m looking forward to attending the Sunset Music Festival in Tampa Memorial Day weekend and I will be reporting live from the event using #SMF2015.

I hope you follow along!

For more info about #SMF2015 and to buy tickets, go here:


Cruise Radio

April 29, 2015


For over 5 years, I’ve known Doug Parker, host and producer of Cruise Radio.

We were working at a local Jacksonville radio station together when he walked up to me and told me he had just started a podcast about cruising.

I was honored to be one of his first guests on the show.

Fast forward to today.

Cruise Radio spans the globe by being broadcast on ITunes, the Stitcher Radio Network, the Overseas Radio Network and on the IHeartRadio Network.

Doug has tirelessly worked to bring his passion of cruising to the world and I’m honored to call him a very good friend.

Check out Cruise Radio at

If you love cruising, you will love Cruise Radio.

Update on the Carnival Fascination!

April 13, 2015

I took a tour of the Jacksonville-based Carnival Fascination and was happy to see the WiFi has been upgraded!

Check out my YouTube video here for all the details, then contact me to book a cruise!

Summer Cruises

April 8, 2015

Traditionally, it’s more expensive to cruise during the summer months.

Considering that the kids are out of school, the cruise lines know they can jack up the prices, but if you’re a smart shopper, you can get a great deal.

The Carnival Fascination that leaves from my hometown of Jacksonville, Fl has 4 and 5 day cruises that are family friendly.

You can also choose the incredible Carnival Sunshine that is a newer ship and includes the FunShip 2.0 upgrades which leaves from Port Canaveral.


Be sure to email me at if you’re considering a summer cruise.

Also check out my YouTube cruise videos at the link to the right.

I would be happy to help you!

Scott Lara

River Cruises

March 29, 2015

A friend of mine asked me about river cruises today, specifically Viking.

I replied that I didn’t have a clue.

Here’s a great review about Viking.

Florida Backyard!

March 23, 2015

As you know, Marty and I moved into our brand new Lennar home in late November and we LOVE IT.

Now that the warm weather is approaching, I’ve been shopping around for patio furniture for my backyard Sanctuary.

Yeah, I’ve looked at Lowes, Home Depot etc, but Florida Backyard is the best choice.

They are locally owned and operated!

It comes down to one word, and that’s quality.

Check them out online at and tell Jeff that Scott Lara sent you.

You will thank me for it!


The Groove Cruise!

February 25, 2015

Hello my friends!

All I can say is wow.

For years I’ve been hearing about the Groove Cruise.


I was excited to be one of the first people to step on board the NCL Pearl on Jan 28th. The next thing you know, I saw Whet Travel Owner and founder of the Groove Cruise Jason Beukema walking nearby and he recognized me.

“Scott, bring it in here and give me a hug”, Jason said.

I was speechless that Jason recognized me and that he was so cool.


Over 2000 people were about to board the ship for Groove Cruise XI and he was the most relaxed guy I’ve probably ever met.

Later that morning, Jason told me that years ago, his family were on a cruise. Jason and his brother looked at the pool deck and basically said, “Hey, this is the perfect place for us and our friends to party!”

“What started as a group of 125 friends going on a cruise in 2004 has erupted in to the world’s largest fully charted dance music cruise experience. The Groove Cruise is geared towards those who love dance music and who live by the mantra to ‘Work Hard and Play Harder’. Join the world’s best dance music artists on massive amenity jammed cruise ships as we sail to exotic destinations. Enthusiasts come from all over the world for the music and to escape reality, and they return to reconnect with the amazing friends they have met from previous years.” (taken from )

For the next 96 hours, I enjoyed incredible house music, met several of the DJ’s including Darude of Sandstorm fame, DJ Doc Brown and DJ’s Prok and Fitch.

Groove 2

I just don’t have the words to describe the Groove Cruise…the only ones I can use is “Family”, “Excitement” and “Can’t wait to go again next year.” I’ll be bringing my 28 year old son @ELTimLara.

For more information about the Groove Cruise, go to and be sure to check out my DJ interviews here:

Special thanks to Jason, Rafi, Ryan and everyone at Whet Travel for a life changing experience on the Groove Cruise.

Thank you!