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Crown Cruise Vacations | October 22, 2019

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Spooky Shore Excursion: Haunted Doll Safely at Home in Key West Museum

October 17, 2019 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

The large handmade doll sits in a locked plexiglass case at the Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida.

But is the secured case a protection for the one-of-a-kind doll? Or is it for the safety of visitors to this Key West attraction?

After all, this unusual figure dressed in a sailor suit is not an ordinary toy. Known as “Robert the Doll,” the century-old figure is said to be haunted and able to cast spells on those who cross his path. Read more...

New Disney Ship to be Named Wish

October 10, 2019 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

My granddaughter Arianna just got half her Disney wish. When I told her that Disney Cruise line will be launching a new ship, I asked what she would suggest for a name.

Wish,” she said without hesitation. “A Disney Wish, like ‘When you wish upon a star.’” Read more...

Shore Excursion: Eating Spanish snack of pintxos in Basque Country

October 3, 2019 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Legend says that pintxos began when an ailing Spanish king was forced to eat small amounts of food with wine to keep up his energy.

Folks thought that was a great idea and soon followed suit.

Since it is not uncommon in Spain to eat dinner very late, pintxos are a tasty appetizer and a chance to wind down and prepare for a leisurely late dinner. Read more...

Shore Excursion: ‘The Door’ Offers Bountiful Cherries, History and Much More

September 26, 2019 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

My aim was terrible. Instead of flying into the far distance, the cherry pit I was trying to spit tumbled out of my mouth and rolled down to my feet.

So much for the cherry pit-spitting contest at Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Hard to believe but the record for the best woman cherry pit spitter is 38 feet, 3 inches. For men, it’s 48 feet, 1 inch. Read more...

Grand Classica Cruise: Try Different Dishes is Fun on Cruise Ship

September 19, 2019 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

ABOARD THE GRAND CLASSICA: Will it be black pepper crusted ahi tuna or Atlantic salmon or stuffed chicken breast or boneless beef short ribs braised in Merlot?

Those who know me have no doubt what I chose.

Yep, it was the boneless beef short ribs braised in Merlot with creamy mascarpone polenta and root vegetables. Read more...

Cruise Trivia: Why is This Old Bus Important?

September 12, 2019 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

So it’s a bus. Why should a bus be in a big museum? What makes it so special?

Do you know the answer to this cruise trivia question?

A hint – This bus rolled the streets of Montgomery, Alabama, in the 1950s. The vehicle was almost destroyed before it was saved because of its historic significance. Read more...

Grand Classica Cruise: Murphy Bed a Nice Addition to my Ship Stateroom

September 5, 2019 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Christopher Murphy didn’t hesitate when asked what he liked best about his two-night cruise aboard the Grand Classica.

“The bed in the wall,” he answered quickly. “That’s where I’m sleeping. The ship man said it is called a Murphy Bed. But it wasn’t named after me.” Read more...

Visiting Washington Island: Church Recalls Viking Heritage

August 29, 2019 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Hanging from the rafters of this unusual church is a well-worn tool belt. In the left pocket of the tool belt is a candy wrapper.

“This church tells you more about our island than any other place on the island,” said a tour guide.

Of course, the tool belt tells a great deal about this isolated place, too, and the people who choose to live here. Read more...

Grand Classica Offers two-night Bahamas Getaways

August 22, 2019 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Not able to take a week or more off work for a cruise? Don’t want to spend a ton of money for a cabin on a spiffy new ship?

The Grand Classica has a deal for you.

Launched in 1991, the ship joined Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line in April 2018. With 216 inside rooms and 430 ocean view rooms, along with two junior suites, the ship has a guest capacity of 1,680 and 590 crew. Read more...

Cruise Trivia: Name this Famous Building and the Architect Who Designed it

August 15, 2019 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

For all you architecture buffs or for folks who just like neat-looking buildings, here is a two-prong quiz.

This photo shows the back side of a famous facility. The structure is famous not only for its beauty and its architecture, it is also renowned for what it contains. Read more...