Mark Fosselman of Diamond Head, Miss., recently debarked the Carnival Elation after 33 consecutive voyages totaling a whopping 270 cruise days. It’s believed to be the longest streak of consecutive cruise days in Carnival Cruise Lines’ 42-year history.
Fosselman boarded the Carnival Elation in New Orleans for his first cruise in April and sailed 32 additional four- and five-day cruises, visiting the Mexican ports of Cozumel and Progreso.
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 wonderful 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.
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 that included a banner created especially for the occasion.