Carnival Cruise Line heiress is selling her yacht to make ends meet

With the downturn in the world’s economy, no one is safe from hitting hard times. Even Shari Arison, the Israeli-American Carnival Cruise Line heiress, and former richest woman, is suffering. According to this New York Post article, poor Ms. Arison is having to cut corners. Because she’s down to her last two billion dollars, she wants to shed herself of her yacht.

If you can scrape together $103 million, Arison’s 211-foot vessel can be yours. If Arison can’t sell it, she ought to think about renting it out to folks. Maybe start a little tour company where she can sail people around the Mediterranean or where ever else she enjoys taking it for a whirl. I’ve read that some people who have decided they can’t really afford their vacation homes are renting them out to others instead of selling them.

I bet Arison would get some takers, particularly if she touted the trips as be rich for a day– or longer. She could serve cake.

Travel tips from A-listers

Cramped in coach, sitting in close quarters to the overweight hairy dude with the BO problem, we all can’t help but wish we were celebrities, or at least moderately wealthy so we could afford to travel with some sort of semblance of luxury. Don’t tell me you haven’t.

But does luxury always entail a steep price tag? Not always. Here are some travel habits of celebrities:

  • Selita Ebanks of Victoria’s Secret modelling fame brings four essential items on the plane with her: Her laptop, baby wipes, lotion and socks.
  • Lydia Hearst, a heiress/model brings a travel kit that contains an eye cover, a neck pillow and a blanket. She also vacuum packs all of her belongings.
  • Frankie Muniz of Malcolm in the Middle rolls up his pants in the suitcase so they don’t wrinkle, and he passes the time with Soduku puzzles.
  • Kimora Lee Simmons or Baby Phat wears lightweight, flexible fabrics for long journeys.
  • Ivanka Trump tries to avoid checking her bags — even if it means sneaking one on the plane.
  • P. Diddy keeps hydrated at all times — even if it means going to the bathroom more often.

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