New Carnival Vista showcases diverse flavors from around the world... July 20, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Boarding MV Athena for Grand Circle cruise is a breeze... July 13, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Shore Excursion: Visiting Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum... July 7, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Shore Excursion: Discovering naughty spitting boy, gigantic thumb, much more on ... June 28, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Shore Excursion: Visiting Germany’s famous Black Forest to hear cuckoos,... June 23, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Nez Perce speaker tells tales passed down for generations... June 17, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Learning how to make Rüdesheim Coffee June 10, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Shore Excursion: Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany... June 2, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
Viking info box helps prepare for cruise May 26, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch
In 1969, Mel Fisher began searching for the Atocha, a Spanish treasure galleon that sank off the coast of the Florida Keys in 1622. Every morning, Fisher would exhort, “Today’s the day.”
And 30 years ago, it was. After a 16-year adventure that included financial hardship, tragic loss, and triumph, Fisher and his treasure hunters found the Atocha on July 20, 1985. Estimated at half a billion dollars, the shipwreck made Mel Fisher the richest treasure hunter in the world.
We could smell the “hell” part of our excursion to Namafjall before we even got there on our excursion from the Ocean Diamond cruise. Sterile of any vegetation, the Namafjall geothermal field in Iceland is like walking on Mars.
Also know as Hverir, the site is a large expanse of hot springs with numerous fumaroles, mud pools, and mud pots that all seemed to be boiling with eternal energy. The fumaroles are steam and gas emitting openings in the earth’s cruise usually near volcanoes.
Often in a restaurant, I have gotten one look at a companion’s dinner and thought it looked better than mine. The Ocean Diamond cruise ship has an answer for that problem.
On our Iceland cruise, the chef had several of the evening’s menu offerings placed on a decorative front table as we entered the ship’s dining room. That is a great way to give a glimpse of some of the specialties on the night’s menu. It’s really quite helpful and makes choices somewhat easier.
Over the years, I’ve had several different types of room keys on cruise ships. Some were actual metal keys. Most were credit-card type keys that you either slide through a side slot in the door or hold in front of the lock.
Once I even had a velvet knot that I was to loop on the outside of my door to let room service or others know that someone in the cabin didn’t want to be disturbed. Otherwise, the door was unlocked when I was not in the cabin. No cabin keys were necessary.
What could be tastier than your own fresh-caught fish deliciously prepared by a talented chef? Princess Cruises is now offering that dining delight on Alaskan cruises.
Called “Cook My Catch,” the culinary experience allows guests the ability to enjoy their very own catch of the day while on vacation with Princess cruise line in Alaska.
How about a “W?” That stands for “winner.” Carnival Cruise Line and the famous Wheel of Fortune game have joined forces to offer gaming adventures for cruise passengers.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Wheel of Fortune slot machines featured aboard all Carnival ships and in casinos worldwide, Carnival and International Game Technology will reward players with free cruises and a variety of exciting giveaways throughout 2016.
One of the most recognized brand logos in cruise ships is rolling out an elegant new livery design. The Majestic Princess will be the first ship in the Princess fleet to debut the striking change with the new look rolling out fleetwide over the next few years.
Carnival Cruise Line and superstar Carrie Underwood are teaming up to raise funds for Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that helps build strong, stable and secure military families.
The year-long Honor.Family.Fun. program will culminate on Nov. 4 with a private pierside concert for service men, women and their families. The special concert starring Underwood will mark the U.S. debut in New York City of the new Carnival Vista.