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Crown Cruise Vacations | February 11, 2016

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Carnival Cruise Line celebrates ‘Grinchmas Time’

December 3, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. But Carnival Cruise Line will be giving guests a chance to grow their hearts three sizes. Carnival plans to make the season extra special with shipboard appearances by none other than the Grinch himself.

These experiences and more are part of the line’s exclusive Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.


Learn success secrets of top visionaries, innovators on Seabourn cruise

December 1, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Want to learn the success secrets of some of the world’s top visionaries and innovators? Sign up for a cruise aboard the Seabourn Odyssey.

Seabourn has announced a new lineup of accomplished lecturers for Seabourn Conversations, the cruise line’s onboard enrichment and special guest entertainment program.


Shore Excursion:  Walla Walla onion mustard a tasty souvenir

November 23, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

WALLA WALLA, Washington –  I’m not much for buying souvenirs. After years as a travel writer, my home already has enough stuff. Plus I have tons of notebooks, photos, memories and articles written to remind me of where I’ve been.

But after tasting Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard at Fort Walla Walla Museum, I knew a jar would not last long in my house.


B. King Blues Clubs will honor ultimate bluesman on Holland America Line

November 16, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Several years ago, I was driving through the Mississippi cotton fields looking for juke joints. I wanted to hear some true Delta blues.

When I pulled into the teeny town of Indianola, I got a real surprise. Pulling up at the same time was the ultimate bluesman – B.B. King himself. Turns out that Indianola is King’s hometown, the place where he is honored with a fascinating museum. He stopped by there every once in a while.


Travel Trivia: Where did the word ‘geyser” come from?

November 9, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

You might have seen them – those powerful streams of water shooting straight up in the air. We know the natural features are caused when ground water is heated by geothermal forces and brought to the surface. But the sight still brings exclamations of oohs and aahs whenever they spurt towards the heavens.


Diamond Princess to spotlight Japanese culture on 2016 cruises

October 12, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Princess Cruises will be traveling into the heart of Japanese culture in 2016. The top North American cruise line in Japan will offer an array of Japan voyages to circumnavigate the country, visiting top-rated ports of call.

“Japan is steeped in tradition and lore, with ancient sites, hallowed temples and natural wonders throughout the island chain, said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “The ideal way to explore this fascinating country is by sea and Princess offers travelers unmatched options for discovering its many jewels.”


Princess Cruises debuts The Voice of the Ocean singing competition

October 5, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Think you’ve got what it takes to be The Voice? Princess Cruises will be showcasing passenger talents in a new “The Voice of the Ocean” singing competition.

The wildly popular TV show will be brought to life on the high seas. Throughout the cruise, passengers can compete with auditions, mentor rehearsal sessions, the iconic “I Want You” chairs, three charismatic team coaches and ultimately a live finale performance where guests choose the winner.


Shore Excursion: Visiting tragic Whitman Mission in Washington State

September 22, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Tightly clutching her Bible, Narcissa Whitman tries to explain why she chose to embark on a path that eventually took her life in a horrible massacre. The slaughter also destroyed the very people she sought to help.

Of course, this isn’t the real Narcissa Whitman. She died Nov. 29, 1847.