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Crown Cruise Vacations | November 18, 2018

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Shore Excursion: Vicksburg doll museum brings back childhood memories for many visitors

November 12, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Mike Bakarich was happy when his wife Carolyn opened her Yesterday’s Children Antique Doll and Toy Museum in 1986.

“I finally had a place to sit,” he says with a smile. “She had dolls all over the house so I was glad when she got them out of the house and they weren’t taking up my seats.” Read more...

How ‘Teddy Bears’ got their name told on Vicksburg flood wall

November 5, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

President Teddy Roosevelt was happy to get out of the White House and go hunting in the woods about 25 miles north of Vicksburg, Mississippi. He set out for the four-day hunt on a fine November day in 1902. Read more...

Carnival Sensation décor reminiscent of retro ‘60s mod

October 29, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Chrome and silver. Gold and purple. Neon lights. Orange leather seats. Triangle-patterned bar stools. Plush sofas. Squiggles and curlicues galore. The Carnival Sensation décor, to me, looked like retro ‘60s mod. Read more...

Save up to $900 next summer with lots of amenities on Celebrity Edge!

October 23, 2018 | Sierra Mays

Save up to $900 next summer with lots of amenities on Celebrity Edge!

Take advantage of exclusive Crown Cruise Vacations’ rates on select sail dates on the new game-changing Celebrity Edge next summer. Save up to $900 per person and enjoy Free Drinks, Onboard Spending Money, Prepaid Gratuities and Free Wi-Fi. PLUS enjoy Complimentary Travel Insurance when you book with your Crown Cruise Vacations expert. Read more...

Carnival Sensation’s ‘American Table’ offers no tablecloths but tasty menu choices

October 22, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

 

 

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

 

On our first dinner aboard the Carnival Sensation, the woman at the table next to me was surprised to see dining room tables without tablecloths.

Doesn’t bother me at all. Just think about all the laundry that saves. So much more environmentally friendly. On other cruise ships, I have seen servers changing tablecloths as soon as diners get up to leave so the table is ready for the next diners. Read more...

Roller skating Elvis, paddlewheel guitar, much more on new American Duchess

October 15, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

 

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

A singing Elvis on roller skates. Romantic “popera” (popular opera) made famous by Luciano Pavarotti and Sarah Brightman. A 1960s-sock hop. And country music ranging from Loretta Lynn to Garth Brooks. Read more...

Shore Excursion: Harley-Davidson Museum is hog heaven for bikers and non-riders

October 8, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Standing beneath a large photograph of his ancestors, Bill Davidson says the business those men built is “a Cinderella story.”

“What they created is a great experience. Our look, our sound, the feel of our motorcycles is recognized around the world,” he says. “We attract people from all walks of life.” Read more...

New Orleans hurricane exhibit packs powerful punch

October 1, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

                         

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Scrawled on well-worn blue jeans are a man’s name, social security number, blood type, wife’s name, hotel where she was evacuated for safety and the hotel phone number. Read more...

American Duchess Riverlorian Steve Spracklen shares amazing river tales

September 24, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

           

 

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

 

“I loved that profession (riverboat pilot) far better than any I’ve followed since … I hoped to follow the river the rest of my days and die at the wheel when my mission was ended.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mark Twain Read more...

The Towers in Natchez to get new towers on landmark mansion

September 17, 2018 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

 

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

The beautiful antebellum house known as “The Towers” doesn’t have any.

Towers, that is.

One of the landmark towers that gave the historic Natchez home its name was destroyed in a 1927 fire. The other tower was taken down that same year. Read more...