Tight squeeze going through Corinth Canal... October 18, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Browsing through Amadeus Silver II gift shop... October 12, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
M/V Athena chef credits grandmother for inspiring his culinary career... October 5, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Holland America partners with Seattle Mariners for exciting programs... September 28, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
ms Veendam cruise ship honored for daring sea rescue of downed pilot... September 21, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Build-A-Bear At Sea coming to Carnival Cruise Line... September 14, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Sip Hemingway’s favorite drink on Carnival cruise ship... September 7, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Meet the M/V ship captain who is living his dream... September 2, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Iceland island rises from the volcanic ashes... August 24, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Recognize this adorable puppy? He is huge, made of flowering plants and constantly changing as the light and seasons change.
He stands guard over a very famous museum that is a popular shore excursion for cruise ships.
A hint: The puppy is located on a waterfront that was once rundown and dilapidated, filled with old warehouses. Today his home is beautiful and the puppy himself is a favorite photo spot.
By Jackie Sheckler Finch
With Election Day looming on the horizon, Carnival Cruise Line has announced a new candidate. Seuss’ popular Cat in the Hat has thrown his trademark stovepipe hat in the ring.
For an election special, Carnival will offer a variety of fun educational shipboard activities to teach children about the election process and the importance of voting. The events will coincide with the release of a new Dr. Seuss book “One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote.”
Settling into my cabin on the M/V Athena, I as surprised that it is larger than expected and quite comfortable. I thought the 50-passenger M/V Athena might have smaller rooms but this is plenty roomy for two. Since I am traveling alone, I feel a bit pampered with the extra space.
James Bond was here. So was Batman. And Laura Croft the Tomb Raider.
No wonder filmmakers have chosen this Icelandic spot for movie magic. The Jökulsárlon Glacier Lagoon is spectacular and considered one of the top natural wonders in a country that is known for natural treasures.
Craving some sushi or maybe crab claws and lobster? How about spaghetti and meat balls or a burger piled high with your favorite toppings? Perhaps your taste buds are ready for a thick steak cooked just the way you like. The new Carnival Vista offers all that and much more.
We stepped off our airport shuttle bus, walked a few steps down a gang plank and were officially embarked on our 10-day cruise aboard the M/V Athena.
I’ve never met a ship I didn’t like but I certainly prefer the boarding process on smaller vessels. Instead of waiting in long lines with thousands of other passengers on the big cruise liners, it is such a breeze to board a small ship. Takes minutes, not hours.
Today, people can walk around with music in their ears whenever they want. They can plug in and tune out.
But back a couple hundred years ago, people didn’t have that luxury. Only the rich could afford musical devices. And those pieces of equipment were huge.
Shore Excursion: Discovering naughty spitting boy, gigantic thumb, much more on Koblenz walking tourJune 28, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Oh, the things you can learn from a good tour guide. On a two-hour walking tour of Koblenz, Germany, with Heinz Gerd Reis, I learned about:
– The naughty spitting boy
– The woman in a boat who brought wine to Germany
– The horse statue with its rear end turned toward France