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Carnival’s ‘Rare Finds’ on dining room menu offers chance to try unusual food

June 4, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Carnival’s ‘Rare Finds’ on dining room menu offers chance to try unusual food

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Ever have a yearning to try an unusual dish but not sure you want to waste your money and appetite if it turns out you don’t like it? Well, Carnival Cruise Lines has a deal for you. Read more...

Cruise Destination Trivia: Identify the grave

June 1, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Cruise Destination Trivia: Identify the grave

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Photo by Jackie Sheckler Finch

Recognize this pyramid-looking grave? Know where it is located? It is huge and seems quite out of place in this historic cemetery. I was told that locals don’t much care for it, thinking it too grand and ostentatious. Read more...

Carnival Sensation Seaday Brunch offers leisurely way to start the day

May 30, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Ah, sea day! A chance to sleep in, stroll around the ship, check on fun activities and enjoy a leisurely brunch in Fantasy Dining Room.

I’m not much of a buffet fan so I decided to skip the busy one on the Carnival Sensation. Not really pleasant to start the day by filling up a tray at a noisy crowded buffet and then have to look for a table to sit on the Lido deck. Read more...

Carnival Cruise Line shares martini recipes

May 23, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Before taking the evening ferry across San Francisco Bay to the town of Martinez, patrons at the Occidental Hotel would imbibe in a new cocktail called a martini.

That’s the most widely accepted origin of how the famous martini began in 1862.  Whatever the true story, martinis are now a popular drink. And Carnival Cruise Line offers a mini martini tasting to savor some of the many different versions of martinis. Read more...

Regal Princess has a name befitting her elegant beauty

May 16, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

It’s always fun to step onto a new ship and discover its décor, its dining and entertainment spots, its places to go to be with people and its places to go to be alone.

The Regal Princess has plenty of everything.

The décor is lovely and subdued – warm woods, glistening marble, sparkling crystal, gleaming brass, bunches of windows, plenty of glass and light. The feeling is very open and airy. The Regal Princess certainly lives up to her elegant name. Read more...

Shore Excursion: Grand Hotel takes guests back ‘Somewhere in Time’

May 9, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

On a whim, a young playwright from Chicago decides to take a trip and stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Although he is a success in his profession, Richard Collier feels lonely and unhappy. He has never found his special love. Read more...

Regal Princess specialty restaurant Sabatini’s a treat

May 2, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

If I didn’t see the ocean waves outside the dining room window, I might think I was in some elegant restaurant in Italy. Instead, I am enjoying a leisurely meal at Sabatini’s, the specialty restaurant aboard the Regal Princess.

The Tuscan-inspired décor features beautiful murals, warm woods, etched glass, Roman columns and grandiose chandeliers. A large glassed case displays fresh-made pasta and a huge circular case showcases special wines. Read more...

Shore Excursion: Revolution Square in Santiago, Cuba, celebrates freedom fighters

April 25, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Revolution Square is one of the most popular gathering places in Santiago, Cuba. It was here that Fidel Castro delivered many speeches (including one that lasted nearly eight hours). Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis both held large masses here during papal visits to Cuba. Read more...

Shore Excursion: Fort Mackinac offers glimpse of Michigan island’s past

April 18, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

The roar of blazing muskets echoes off the white walled garrison. Puffs of pungent smoke from black gun powder drift across the parade ground.

And visitors unclasp their hands from their ears as the deafening noise fades away. At Fort Mackinac, visitors get a chance to see soldier life as it was more than  a century ago. Read more...

Shore Excursion: Peaceful man killed when he was tricked and didn’t fight his cousin

April 11, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

What amazing stories must lie buried here, including one about the man for whom this magnificent cathedral was built and whose bones are said to be interred in one of the walls.

“St. Magnus Cathedral is known as ‘The Light in the North,’” said tour guide Thelma. “The cathedral is the center of the town and was built for the martyr St. Magnus.” Read more...