The Joy of Cruising Again

The Joy of Cruising Again

by Paul C. Thornton
The Joy of Cruising Again

The Joy of Cruising Again

by Paul C. Thornton


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Introduction The Joy of Cruising was published in March 2019 shortly after a wonderful family cruise over Christmas 2018 which was briefly discussed in the culminating chapter, "Holidays." However, The Joy of Cruising was not about me and my family's cruising adventures but rather is a paean to the legion of passionate ocean cruisers worldwide. It just happened to be conceived of and written coinciding with the planning of my family's Christmas reunion cruise on the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas. Nor is it a cruising guide—rather, a compendium of fun, informative cruising narratives, and profiles of cruisers who are passionate, have interesting stories and perspectives and embody the joy of cruising. Some are well-known, even celebrities—a Grammy Winner, TV Star, UK's first non-Royal, non-star performer Cruise Ship Godmother, a Poker Hall of Fame—many are "ordinary cruisers with extraordinary stories." I long to cruise as much as these people, or to the amazing locales, or on the unique vessels as the fascinating individuals, couples, and entrepreneurs I wrote about in The Joy of Cruising. In the meantime, I got to experience cruising vicariously through them by telling their stories. I found the experience both exhilarating and humbling, and incredibly fun. Coupled with the encouragement from reader feedback, I set out to write a follow-up, More Joy of Cruising. By March 2020, interviews of another group of amazing cruisers had been done and research and writing for More Joy of Cruising was half complete when the world changed and cruising came to a virtual sudden stop. The COVID-19 pandemic was upon us, and the cruise lockdown began. Writing More Joy of Cruising was halted; joy of any kind was in short supply in early 2020 as people were stricken, and died, and COVID-19 overwhelmed healthcare systems. After several months I restarted what had been More Joy of Cruising, renaming it Cruising Interrupted. Interspersed among the stories of fascinating cruisers were a few sagas involving cruisers who were on the ocean at the time the lockdown began; their cruise ships were directly impacted by COVID-19, and their return home was long-delayed and dramatic. "A ghost ship," said one. Cruising Interrupted was published in January 2021 at the height of the global cruising lockdown. The Joy of Cruising Again celebrates the return of cruising from the brink. It is the end of a trilogy that marvels at the spirit of people worldwide who enjoy this wonderful pastime and persevered in the face of the pandemic that threatened to steal the collective joy of the cruise community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781667890487
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 03/22/2023
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 356
File size: 36 MB
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About the Author

Paul C. Thornton is originally from Brooklyn and Long Island, New York. The Joy of Cruising Again is Paul's fourth book; the third in The Joy of Cruising trilogy, and follow-up to the fun, upbeat, award-winning The Joy of Cruising, and Cruising Interrupted. The Joy of Cruising Again is the finale of the series but Paul won't give up his passion completely. Besides continuing to cruise as much as possible, by the time you read this, The Joy of Cruising Podcast will be live. It is a weekly conversation with one of the dozens of passionate cruisers featured in the books and more.

Paul's cruise-themed books are a stark departure from his debut: White Man's Disease, a memoir described as "gripping and inspiring" in the press release announcing it as the winner of the North Street Book Prize for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction about Paul's harrowing brush with death, journey of recovery from trauma, resilience and ultimately transformation. White Man's Disease is at once poignant, sad, tragic, funny, and compelling. Despite their very different subjects, at the heart of both White Man's Disease and The Joy of Cruising Trilogy is passion and how passionate people do wondrous things. Paul just started a sequel to White Man's Disease; a fun, and hopefully inspirational tale called Gracefully.

Paul lives in Mooresville, North Carolina with his wife Cheryl and considers cruising with their children and grandchildren life's ultimate escape. Paul longs to cruise as much as the people he writes about in The Joy of Cruising Trilogy.
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