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Crown Cruise Vacations | March 23, 2017

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Carnival’s Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

January 19, 2017 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Memorable cruise moments often involve food, particularly spectacular desserts. One of my favorite ways to end a great cruise meal is with anything chocolate.

Carnival Cruise Lines, in particular, has a delicious Warm Chocolate Melting Cake. When it is listed on the menu, that is always my choice, especially if it is served with a scoop of ice cream.


Shore Excursion: Birthplace of Saint Ignatius preserved as popular pilgrimage site

January 12, 2017 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Gravely injured when a cannon ball crushed his legs, the warrior endured several excruciating surgeries without anesthetics. Warned to prepare for death, the nobleman spent his bedridden time reading whatever was at hand.

“The only books he had were about the lives of the saints and Christ,” said guide Mikel Mugalari. “Then a miracle happened. He didn’t die. He had a conversion. He decided to live his life for God.”


Connection between the ‘Love Boat’ and Princess Cruises

January 5, 2017 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

More than half a century ago, a television show debuted that helped promote the cruise industry into the popular attraction it is today. Remember the name of that TV series?

An interesting display area aboard the Regal Princess honors the show along with the November 2014 naming ceremony of the Regal Princess and its “Love Boat” connection.


New paddlewheeler joins two sisters on Mississippi River

December 14, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

The Mississippi River will soon have a new paddlewheeler offering river cruisers a trip through America’s heartland, starting July 3, 2017. The 166-guest American Duchess is the first purpose-built paddlewheeler, operated by the American Queen Steamboat Company.


Athena hotel manager finds cruise ships are the life for him

December 7, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

When Zoran Kikic went to sea as a young man, an experienced mariner gave Zoran and other new sailors some friendly advice: Be cautious about signing on for more voyages or the sea will become your lifelong passion.

“He told us to think not twice but to think five times before we came back on a ship,” Zoran said.  “He said it will get in your blood and the ship will become your life.’


Travel Trivia: Which country has vibrant double-headed eagle for national flag

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Are you a national flag expert? Can you identify a country when you see its national flag flying? Then this should be a snap for you.

However, it took an international trip for me to hear the story behind this flag and to see it proudly displayed along with the American Stars and Stripes at a war memorial.


Shore Excursion: Visiting Butrint, a microcosm of Mediterranean history

November 23, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Exiles from the fall of Troy were happy to find a new place to call home. Giving thanks for their refuge, the exiles were sacrificing an ox on their ship before coming ashore.

“But the bull jumped overboard and swam ashore,” said guide Demyr. “Taking this as a good omen, the place was named Buthrotum which means ‘wounded ox,’ the ancient name for Butrint.”


Travel Trivia: Woman honored in ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’

November 16, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Many people have visited the site where this memorial is located. But most people walk right by the metallic relief of a stern-faced woman and head straight to the nearby amazing natural wonder.

However, it was this woman who helped save the thundering attraction that she so loved and that folks flock to see.