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Crown Cruise Vacations | August 30, 2016

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Iceland island rises from the volcanic ashes

August 24, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Shortly after midnight on Jan. 23, 1973, residents of Heimaey were awakened by the blare of fire engine horns. Looking outside, they were horrified to see bright red lava exploding into the night sky and a wall of fire spewing from a fissure snaking across the island.

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Cruise Destination Trivia: Identify the gigantic flowering puppy

August 17, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Recognize this adorable puppy? He is huge, made of flowering plants and constantly changing as the light and seasons change.

He stands guard over a very famous museum that is a popular shore excursion for cruise ships.

A hint:  The puppy is located on a waterfront that was once rundown and dilapidated, filled with old warehouses. Today his home is beautiful and the puppy himself is a favorite photo spot.

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Cat in the Hat running for president on Carnival cruises

August 10, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

With Election Day looming on the horizon, Carnival Cruise Line has announced a new candidate. Seuss’ popular Cat in the Hat has thrown his trademark stovepipe hat in the ring.

For an election special, Carnival will offer a variety of fun educational shipboard activities to teach children about the election process and the importance of voting. The events will coincide with the release of a new Dr. Seuss book “One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote.”

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M/V Athena has large comfy cabin with a much-appreciated balcony

August 2, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Settling into my cabin on the M/V Athena, I as surprised that it is larger than expected and quite comfortable. I thought the 50-passenger M/V Athena might have smaller rooms but this is plenty roomy for two. Since I am traveling alone, I feel a bit pampered with the extra space.

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Cruising on photogenic glacier, sharing it with a seal

July 27, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

James Bond was here. So was Batman. And Laura Croft the Tomb Raider.

No wonder filmmakers have chosen this Icelandic spot for movie magic. The Jökulsárlon Glacier Lagoon is spectacular and considered one of the top natural wonders in a country that is known for natural treasures.

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New Carnival Vista showcases diverse flavors from around the world

July 20, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Craving some sushi or maybe crab claws and lobster? How about spaghetti and meat balls or a burger piled high with your favorite toppings? Perhaps your taste buds are ready for a thick steak cooked just the way you like. The new Carnival Vista offers all that and much more.

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Boarding MV Athena for Grand Circle cruise is a breeze

July 13, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

We stepped off our airport shuttle bus, walked a few steps down a gang plank and were officially embarked on our 10-day cruise aboard the M/V Athena.

I’ve never met a ship I didn’t like but I certainly prefer the boarding process on smaller vessels. Instead of waiting in long lines with thousands of other passengers on the big cruise liners, it is such a breeze to board a small ship. Takes minutes, not hours.

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Shore Excursion: Visiting Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum

July 7, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Today, people can walk around with music in their ears whenever they want. They can plug in and tune out.

But back a couple hundred years ago, people didn’t have that luxury. Only the rich could afford musical devices. And those pieces of equipment were huge.

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Shore Excursion: Discovering naughty spitting boy, gigantic thumb, much more on Koblenz walking tour

June 28, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Oh, the things you can learn from a good tour guide. On a two-hour walking tour of Koblenz, Germany, with Heinz Gerd Reis, I learned about:

– The naughty spitting boy

– The woman in a boat who brought wine to Germany

– The horse statue with its rear end turned toward France

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Shore Excursion: Visiting Germany’s famous Black Forest to hear cuckoos,

June 23, 2016 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Centuries ago, farm families in Germany’s Black Forest would spend winters holed up in their mountain cabins.  Snowed in with few chores to do, the families – often with as many as a dozen children – would pass the time using natural resources they had at hand to create objects for use and to sell for extra money.

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