Cruising the Eby Way

Carnival Cruise Ship

This is an article about the joy of cruising to Avalon Bay in Catalina Island, California. It is written by Gary Eby, whose new book, The Eby Way, will be released this September by

Boarding the Carnival Cruise ship, we walk up the ramp, and are impressed by the enormous size of the white boat structure with wings of red as smoke stacks. The on-board elevator quickly takes us up six decks to the Lido area.

The walls are decorated with colors of abalone shells. We stop for awhile to sample the buffet, and try the exotic drink of the day served in a pink, Carnival, souvenir goblet.

Choppy waves, gray seas, overcast sky: the first day of cruising spent with some unease about the lack of sunshine. But, it is also a day of relaxation, laughter, and quiet contemplation.

From our cabin portal, the ocean dances and swirls in hypnotic, constant motion. Sea foam and baby white-cap waves punctuate water rhythms, which glide and sway as far as the eye can see. Sleep came easily that first night.

A new day of cruising, spent in eager observation from the Veranda deck, looking out at Catalina Island and Avalon Bay. The sky cleared with patch-quilt clouds and splotches of powder blue, spinning hot sunshine on my neck and face.

Sea gulls dip, dive, and soar effortlessly. Some land on our guard rail; others waddle close to our blue deck chairs.

The ocean is much calmer today. I imagine it looks like a giant, dark and purple, silk scarf that nature uses to capture endless, rippling water, and to catapult soft, fresh, cool breezes our way.

Island mountains, further in the background, resemble a family of prehistoric, green and brown, spotted lizards. Small, white, leisure boats are moored peacefully in AvalonBay. A solitary parasail peacefully floats by, painted blue, yellow, green, and orange. And in the center of my vision, the vertical and square structures of Avalon nest white, pink, yellow, and red as a gleaming, pristine, portrait of modern art.

On the Lido, one deck below us, Reggae music flows with its distinctive, undulating rhythms, and steel-drum sounds. Our senses are further enhanced as my wife and I drink several blended and lime flavored Margaritas.

To my amazement, I spot a school of Dolphins jumping wildly out of the water in cadence with the slight pitching motion of our ship. These sea clowns brought a smile to my face as I sat totally enthralled by their entertainment.

In a flash the show ended, replaced again by the infinite view of the sea. Taking another deep breath of the pleasantly cool, salty air, my eyes roamed the undulating horizon.

There in the distance between our ship and the horizon, jets of sea spray cascade down like fountains from the blow holes of mighty whales. Oh my; what a glorious sight to behold.

Unfortunately, the pod of whales, vanish too quickly from my view. I feel my eyelids grow heavy with absolute peace and contentment.

Such a cruise, like this one, is well worth remembering. I will return there often in my mind’s eye to bask in the joy of being alive and at peace in the mystical embrace of Avalon Bay.


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DrValerie 7 years ago from Western USA

Hey Gary! Love your writing too! Wow, I feel so peaceful and rested after reading this--which I needed after only 2 hours of sleep.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

You do have a way of painting a beautiful picture with your words.

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lizrenee44 7 years ago from Missouri

Thanks for the comment and you have some very interesting hubs as well.

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hub-hub 7 years ago from UK,M

nice hub

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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

You are artist with words- you are able to create visuals in my mind's eye when I read your hubs.

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thesleepingman 7 years ago

Thanks for the comment. Great hub by the way, i particularly like the melody you played in the video.

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NaomiR 7 years ago from New York

Great hub! We visited Anacapa in CA's Channel Islands, so this brought back some nice memories. We're actually planning to take a Carnival cruise to the Caribbean this upcoming February, so I enjoyed reading this.

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Aqua 7 years ago from California

Very nice hub and really well written. I love cruising and traveling in general. Reading this makes me want to book a cruise sometime soon!

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Marelisa 7 years ago

You know, I've never been on a cruise, even though I'm from Panama which is a popular cruise destination. I think I might add it to my bucket list after reading this lens.

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Litany Notch 7 years ago from South UK

Great hub about cruising and thanks for visiting my Adventure Vacations.

Antonio 7 years ago

Nice post Eby; thanks for sharing and leaving a comment on my hub.


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packerpack 7 years ago from India, Calcutta

Never been on cruise but I liked what you wrote especially the way you have described the whole scene!

Ann Schilling 7 years ago

You paint beautiful pictures with words. Makes me think about my cruise a few years ago to Hawaii.

I am in Oregon as well...explored the coast this past weekend.

Please comment back. Thanks.

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kkay63 7 years ago

Hi Gary,

Congrats on the Ebook!

I have never had a desire to go on a cruise ship - but now.....thinking.....

Thank you,


Sofia Hogan 7 years ago

Gary, thinking of a cruise right now, with the descriptions of your adventures seem so far away. Your creative writing skills, I am sure, will match your book success.

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milynch43 7 years ago from Philippines

Very nice read. You have me thinking about a cruise now.

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euro-pen 7 years ago from Europe

Very fine. The marine fauna alone is a good argument for ocean cruising. And the cruise liner in the photo of your hub looks really amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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KEckerle 7 years ago from Currently near Surprise, AZ

I went on that cruise back in the 90's and it was a sweet treat. Living in SoCal at the time, it was an easy drive up from San Diego and a nice get-away. There is something very peaceful about Catalina and Avalon Bay. And the ship was beautiful. For me the time at sea is what I go for. Enjoyed revisiting that trip of years ago. Thanks for writing about it.

Lisa Luv 7 years ago

I do like your writing very much.

I also am sorta in awe of this story, I have been reading a lot of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC stories lately and I respect the level of writing in that timeless magazine~ I do believe your style, and in this case subject matter is on the same high level of writing as of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC stories.

I haven't had the oppurtunity to investigate all of your facets yet? Maybe you have written for National Geographics?

Let me know? I am curious? Also if you haven't yet~I think you would be a shoe in to write for them also--Thank You for sharing-I have learned much from you. Now remember you made a promise=) May God continue to bless you with these astounding gifts! PURE LOVE HUGS~LISA LUV (Lisa J. warner)

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jblm 7 years ago from Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil

Hey Gary, amazing article. Blessings

Mark Justice 7 years ago

Hi Gary,

Great article! My wife and I were scheduled for a cruise from L.A. to the Mexican Riviera this spring but had to cancel because of the Flu scare (my wife's work). Your writing makes me want to re-schedule for this spring!

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

I've never been on a cruise ship but you have a way of painting a beautiful picture of your trip to Catalina Island. Sounds gorgeous and what a wonderful picture to capture in your minds eye for holding aliveness and peace.

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BrianFanslau 7 years ago from Eagan, MN

I just took a flight the other week and saved 125$ using a Rovia site that my family refered me to. WV does have the best travel club I've seen great Hub!

Juhud Felix 7 years ago

I would like to thanks you to show me the way how to share the adea with other people so want to tell you that don"t stop to send me the messager.I USE 1 US DOlar to pay in internent cafe in order to communicate with you and other peaple.

I wishes all sucess

Nice day.

Best Regads

Juhud Felix

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skmania 7 years ago

very nice article...thank you...

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Ecotourismize 7 years ago from Denmark

Thanks Gary for writing on my hub we do hope Travel to Care can create the basis for ecotourism as an alternative to the way we travel today. Please spread the word. Cheers

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Helen Cater 7 years ago from UK

I have been on this cruise line but never to Avalon bay. I love reading these topics.

Tomas 7 years ago

While reading your post, it looked as if I myself was on board of your ship. That's just fantastic! Thank you for the wonderful visions.

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago

Great ideas, Gary. Your hub reminds me of trips on the Grace Line from New York to Curacao, Aruba and Cartagena when I was a kid.

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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

I read your Hub several days ago, but did not have time to comment.

I love sea.

So inspiring article, I love how do you play with words.

So glad you enjoyed your cruise, life is always better when we travel...

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Kenny MG 7 years ago from A Child of the Universe

Yes, one of the sad things about Jamaica, is the tale of two world existing side by side and they never seems to meet in the middle. Love your hub especially about the cruise. You are an artist, you paint a picture few can, its like being there. I had a cruise last year to the Caribbean and it was beautiful.

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