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Crown Cruise Vacations | February 8, 2016

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Viking River Cruises: A Recipe for Apply Cranberry Tart

January 28, 2016 | Heidi

Viking River Cruises is one of our very favorite cruise lines, and they post some delicious recipes they discover while exploring Europe.  This one sounds especially delicious; a perfect match with a nice espresso, perhaps?

Apple Cranberry Tart

Here is one of the recipes we have collected while traveling through France; the almond paste, an ingredient often used in French baking, gives this delicious dessert a Continental flavor. Serve alone or top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Shore Excursion: Are Santorini ruins the fabled Atlantis?

January 21, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

SANTORINI, Greece – Could this actually be the fabled Atlantis? Some people think it is and some research does support that belief.

However, others believe the mysterious Atlantis never really existed. That it was a make-believe place used by the early Greek philosopher Plato to teach a lesson in humility.


Dining in AmaCerto’s no-charge specialty restaurant is a taste treat

January 13, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Today I learned a new word. And had a marvelous dining adventure. I also discovered why AmaWaterways is the only river cruise line inducted into La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest international gastronomic society.

The reason? They deserve it.


Shore Excursion: Visiting birthplace of Iceland’s independence hero

January 7, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

HRAFNSEYRI, Iceland – rafnseyrirafne Iceland gained its independence from Danish rule on June 17, 1944. No shots were fired. No one was killed.

Who was the man Icelanders say was mainly responsible for this bloodless revolution? Iceland’s independence was obtained by the hard work of many but it is attributed mostly to the tireless efforts of a man named Jón Sigurðsson.


Amber Cove set to become a favorite Carnival Cruise Lines destination

January 2, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

The new Carnival Cruise Lines destination is as lovely as its name. Located in the heart of the Dominican Republic’s beautiful North Coast – known as the Amber Coast – Amber Cove will welcome its first cruise ship when the Carnival Victory arrives on Oct. 6 for a day-long call.


Amras Silver II Cruise: Spending Christmas on a new ship

December 21, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

     Amras Silver II. Image courtesy of Amras.

When my sister Elaine and I were kids, we would sing in the choir on Christmas Eve at our small Ohio church. A landmark in town, the Bethel Church of Christ was founded in 1866 and was where my family had gone for generations.

This Christmas, however, I will be attending Christmas Eve services at Speyer Cathedral in Germany. This amazing place of worship was founded in 1030 and was the burial place of German emperors for almost 300 years.


Shore Excursion: Necessity was the mother of printen cookies

December 20, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Aachen, Germany – On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, folks are strolling around the historic Aachen square in Germany. Church bells are chiming in the distance. A small band is playing a lively tune, prompting a young couple to do a quick dance before heading into a nearby coffee shop.


Shore Excursion: Stopping at beautiful, expensive comfort station

December 15, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Build a modern highway through a breathtaking part of the country and you’ll soon realize that you need something else for all those motorists.

That’s right, construction of a “comfort station” began soon after sections of the Columbia River Highway opened. But this is no ordinary bathroom stop.


New Carnival Vista to offer cruising’s first IMAX theater

December 8, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

If you’re an IMAX fan, get ready to enjoy the huge theater experience at sea. The new Carnival Vista will have cruising’s first IMAX theater when it debuts in Europe in May 2016.

Designed as the ultimate family vacation, the new Carnival “Fun Ship” will also feature Family Harbor staterooms and suites with a “family concierge,” an exciting suspended cycling experience named Skyride and much more.


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.