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  1. Alex The Cruiser Paul C. Thornton 53:25

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This is Paul and this week on The Joy of Cruising Podcast, I am delighted to welcome Alex Roberson, creator of Alex the Cruiser, internet persona and major cruise Facebook and Instagram cruise personality. Alex has been cruising since he was 5 years old and has over 150 days at sea under his belt. He currently has his 27th, 28th, and 29th cruises booked, and he just can't get enough of the cruising lifestyle.

 

Alex is a social media influencer who is renowned for his real-time cruising experiences. His Facebook pages, including his personal page, have a combined following of over 130,000 people, with 30,000 of those followers on his personal page alone. His passion for cruising is infectious, and he loves nothing more than sharing his experiences with fellow cruise enthusiasts.

 

In addition to his social media presence, Alex has recently started making and selling custom cruise decorations, including personalized koozies and wooden cabin door signs, which have become a fan favorite. He works closely with Derek and Amanda from Island Time Travel, and they have a large group cruise planned for the very first sailing out of Galveston on the MSC Seascape on November 9th, 2025. With 100 rooms already booked, Alex and his friends are eagerly counting down the days until they can set sail again.

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Paul C. Thornton started writing at 58 years old incited by the task of delivering a father-of-the-bride speech at his daughter’s wedding. Told to talk about memories of Kina growing up; among Disney trips, high school sports, proms, and first boyfriends, Paul divulged the most powerful memory of all, when Kina was six and his life changed forever. At the end of the talk—as they say—"there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.” It was both liberating and cathartic to release secrets that had tortured Paul for 30 years. Needing to hold on to that feeling of release and empowerment, when he returned to his hotel Paul started his memoir, provocatively titled White Man’s Disease.

Paul’s just completed book, The Joy of Cruising Again, is his fourth; 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. Besides continuing to cruise as much as possible, Paul hosts The Joy of Cruising Podcast, a weekly conversation with one of the dozens of passionate cruisers featured in the books and other global cruise personalities.

The cruise-themed books are a stark departure from Paul’s 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, the journey of recovery from trauma, resilience and ultimately transformation. White Man’s Disease is at once poignant, sad, tragic, funny, and compelling. (And, if I could get a dollar for everyone who asks what White Man’s Disease means, I would be a wealthy man!) Despite their very different subjects, at the heart of 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. In addition, he is planning a podcast series that deconstructs White Man’s Disease.

Paul is originally from Brooklyn and Long Island, New York. After serving in the US Army and simultaneously earning a bachelor's degree in business, he attained his MBA and then spent concurrently, 17 years in corporate management, and 23 years in small business ownership. After leaving corporate, he started a career in higher ed. He earned a doctorate, attained tenure as a business professor, and subsequently moved into administration in Dean or Executive Director positions before retiring in 2021.

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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