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Crown Cruise Vacations | November 16, 2018

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Shore Excursion: Haunting story of mansion never finished because of Civil War

September 10, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

 

Like a magnificent jewel, the Longwood mansion nestles atop a Natchez hillside. But the opulent Mississippi home hides a secret inside.

“It was never finished,” tour guide Cindy says. “All that was ever finished was the basement and that’s where the family had to live.” Read more...

American Duchess offers contemporary rather than traditional décor

September 3, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

                

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

The mighty Mississippi has a new royal lady traveling along its muddy waters. Launched in August 2017, the new 166-guest American Duchess has already made her beautiful presence felt. Read more...

Carnival Sensation afternoon tea is relaxing treat

August 27, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

On our first relaxing day at sea, I went to the afternoon tea in the unusual Touch of Class room. To enter the room, you walk through a doorway composed of two giant silver hands arched upward with fingertips touching. Read more...

‘Steamcoaches’ add to American Duchess shore excursions

August 20, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

                        

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Here comes the American Duchess Steamcoach rolling down the road. The road?

Yep, the popular riverboat has personalized steamcoaches decorated to look like their namesake. And they sure are getting second looks whenever they pass by. Read more...

Lovely loft suites on American Duchess

August 13, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

                                

 

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

The new Loft Suites on American Duchess are large and lovely. My Loft Suite is huge – 550 square feet. I’ve been on many boats and ships and this is definitely the largest room I have ever seen. Read more...

Carnival cruise activities encourage family phone-free vacations

August 6, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

               

      

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Relaxing on the Lido Deck while waiting for my cabin to be readied on our first day, I overheard a mother telling her family, “Remember, we agreed this would be a no-phone vacation. We’re not going to use our cell phones for the whole cruise.” Read more...

Shore Excursion: New Orleans museum honors World War II heroes

July 30, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

When Navy corpsman Leo H. Sheer’s landing craft was sunk on its way to Omaha Beach on D-Day, the young sailor was forced to swim ashore amid heavy gunfire.

Arriving safely on the beach, Sheer began collecting first-aid pouches from the bodies of dead soldiers to help save the wounded. He hung six of the dead men’s pouches on his equipment belt. Read more...

Shore Excursion: Enjoying the Bob Marley Bus Adventure

July 23, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

             

 

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Bob Marley said his music “will go on forever.”

His music is indeed still popular and almost four decades after his death, the reggae superstar is a popular draw for cruise visitors to Ocho Rios. Read more...

‘Pearl of Miami’ to be new Norwegian cruise terminal in 2019

July 16, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Beginning and ending a fantastic cruise in a yucky cruise terminal can take the glow off a memorable journey. But the folks at Norwegian Cruise Line have come up with a beautiful way to help solve that problem. Read more...

Carnival’s Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

July 9, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By 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. Read more...