Lonely Planet Writer

One Florida couple has taken 200 CRUISES in just 15 years with the same cruise line

We’ve heard of brand loyalty, but one couple has taken it to the extreme by their dedication over 15 years to the same holiday company. When Bernard and Janice Caffary from Lakeland, Florida, boarded the Carnival Liberty ship last week, they became the first guests to ever sail on 200 cruises with Carnival Cruise Line.

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The couple prefer not to disembark at destinations with other passengers but stay on board. Image by: Getty Images

What’s even more remarkable is that the Caffarys achieved this feat in just 15 years, meaning that they average nearly 15 cruises a year with Carnival, making them among the company’s most loyal guests. Overall the Caffarys have spent an astonishing 878 days, or more than two and a half years, at sea. One hundred of the cruises they’ve enjoyed have taken place on the same ship, the 2056-passenger Carnival Sensation.

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The  couple have another 30 cruises planned. Image by Takashi Kitajima/Getty Images

The company’s ships based at Port Canaveral usually call at the same ports in the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Mr and Mrs Caffary, who are in their 70s, have explained that they don’t always disembark when the liner calls to a destination, as they are so taken with life on board the ship. To commemorate their 200-cruise milestone, the Carnival Liberty team rolled out the red carpet for the loyal customers last week, going all out to make their trip extra-special and memorable.

Bernard and Janice Caffary are the first guests to ever sail on 200 cruises with Carnival Cruise Line. Image: Carnival
Bernard and Janice Caffary are the first guests to ever sail on 200 cruises with Carnival Cruise Line. Image: Carnival

The VIP treatment began as soon as the Cafferys arrived in Port Canaveral, where welcoming signage was displayed throughout the terminal and ship. During the cruise, they received a number of commemorative gifts and unique onboard experiences. They were also the guests of honour during special celebrations held in the ship’s atrium and the main show lounge, which were attended by dozens of crew members.

The fun isn’t going to stop any time soon as the couple have another 30 cruises booked with the cruise line. Far from getting bored with the same experiences, it seems their dedication to holidays at sea is actually growing stronger.