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Crown Cruise Vacations | November 25, 2015

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Shore Excursion:  Walla Walla onion mustard a tasty souvenir

November 23, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

WALLA WALLA, Washington –  I’m not much for buying souvenirs. After years as a travel writer, my home already has enough stuff. Plus I have tons of notebooks, photos, memories and articles written to remind me of where I’ve been.

But after tasting Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard at Fort Walla Walla Museum, I knew a jar would not last long in my house.


B. King Blues Clubs will honor ultimate bluesman on Holland America Line

November 16, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Several years ago, I was driving through the Mississippi cotton fields looking for juke joints. I wanted to hear some true Delta blues.

When I pulled into the teeny town of Indianola, I got a real surprise. Pulling up at the same time was the ultimate bluesman – B.B. King himself. Turns out that Indianola is King’s hometown, the place where he is honored with a fascinating museum. He stopped by there every once in a while.


Travel Trivia: Where did the word ‘geyser” come from?

November 9, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

You might have seen them – those powerful streams of water shooting straight up in the air. We know the natural features are caused when ground water is heated by geothermal forces and brought to the surface. But the sight still brings exclamations of oohs and aahs whenever they spurt towards the heavens.


 Shore Excursion: Enjoying a Heidelberg Kiss

November 2, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

HEIDELBERG, Germany – Love will find a way. On today’s shore excursion, I learned about the famous Heidelberg Student Kiss and even got to enjoy one.

The story goes that the Heidelberg Student Kiss is both a confection and a bit of fascinating history from the 1800s.


Shore Excursion: Visiting the home of Eau de Cologne in Germany

October 26, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

COLOGNE, Germany  – Napoleon Bonaparte loved Eau de Cologne so much that he ordered 50 bottles a month. The famous emperor used the fragrant water extravagantly and supposedly had special boots designed where he could stash an emergency bottle of cologne.


Shore Excursion: Icelandic horses purebred back to days of Viking ancestors

October 19, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Imagine Iceland without horses, those beautiful short husky creatures that look so striking on the country’s landscape.

That’s the way it was until the Vikings came more than 1,000 years ago and brought Nordic horses with them. Although they are smaller than most horses, I learned shortly after arriving in Iceland not to call them ponies.


Diamond Princess to spotlight Japanese culture on 2016 cruises

October 12, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Princess Cruises will be traveling into the heart of Japanese culture in 2016. The top North American cruise line in Japan will offer an array of Japan voyages to circumnavigate the country, visiting top-rated ports of call.

“Japan is steeped in tradition and lore, with ancient sites, hallowed temples and natural wonders throughout the island chain, said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “The ideal way to explore this fascinating country is by sea and Princess offers travelers unmatched options for discovering its many jewels.”


Princess Cruises debuts The Voice of the Ocean singing competition

October 5, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Think you’ve got what it takes to be The Voice? Princess Cruises will be showcasing passenger talents in a new “The Voice of the Ocean” singing competition.

The wildly popular TV show will be brought to life on the high seas. Throughout the cruise, passengers can compete with auditions, mentor rehearsal sessions, the iconic “I Want You” chairs, three charismatic team coaches and ultimately a live finale performance where guests choose the winner.


Shore Excursion: Catacombs, Venus de Milo & much more on Milos, Greece

September 29, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

MILOS, Greece – It gave me shivers just to be standing here. Tucked into a hillside on the Greek isle of Milos are the graves of early Christians. These catacombs are from the 1st century AD. It is mind boggling to consider what took place here and how long ago it happened.


Shore Excursion: Visiting tragic Whitman Mission in Washington State

September 22, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Tightly clutching her Bible, Narcissa Whitman tries to explain why she chose to embark on a path that eventually took her life in a horrible massacre. The slaughter also destroyed the very people she sought to help.

Of course, this isn’t the real Narcissa Whitman. She died Nov. 29, 1847.