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Crown Cruise Vacations | January 22, 2021

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Vacations Archives – Crown Cruise Vacations

Unusual Ohio museum is the cat’s meow

January 16, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Surrounded by cats of all sizes waving their paws is a bit hypnotic. Maybe that’s how the owner of this unusual place got started on her surprising feline collection. The little cuties might have hypnotized her.

Micha Robertson shares her lucky cat collection in her museum

“I’ve just always loved cats,” owner Micha Robertson said. “From the time I was born, I have had cats. And I’ve always collected cat-themed merchandise.” Read more...

An Update: Plans on a Healthy Return To Cruising (Letter from Crown Cruise Vacations President Ross Spalding)

September 26, 2020 | crownblog

Dear Friends,

As we head into Fall, we want to take a moment to share with you where things stand in the Cruise World and when we might see some cruises resume in the US. Today, we have good news to share!

Cruise Lines in Europe have started returning to service in Europe on a limited basis, and with success. As a result, Cruise Lines across our country put together new plans of action that take the lessons learned from these first steps to ensure that we have a healthy return to cruising in the very near future. All the major cruise lines have submitted plans with the CDC in the last week to institute new protocols to minimize any risk and help guarantee the safety of guests and crew alike. Read more...

Cruise entertainer Jon England’s ‘Velvet Virtuosity’

February 27, 2020 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Jon England has never had a music lesson in his life. Yet the self-taught musician has been entertaining cruise ship passengers around the world since he was a teen.

Jon’s amazing phonographic memory allows him to play all kinds of music – from classical to show tunes to Big Band and pop, even the Beatles. He also can play a wide repertoire of musical instruments. Read more...

Inside Walt Disney World: Grand Floridian Resort

October 4, 2013 | Roger

Victorian style digs and the antique cars in front of the lobby transport you to the gilded age at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort. This Deluxe resort rests just moments away from the Magic Kingdom, along the Monorail and is designed to evoke the roaring 20’s, and provide a Great Gatsby feel to a Disney vacation.

Glow with the Show!

October 1, 2013 | Roger

Mickey Mouse Ears. A ubiquitous sight at any Disney Park, but Disney has even found a way to innovate Mouse Ears at Disney’s California Adventure. The new “Glow with the Show” ears light up… and although that isn’t terribly common, its not particularly new or innovative. But once you go see the World of Color show with these hats on, the innovation is clear. The lights are syncopated to the show, and that’s no easy feat to accomplish!

It’s yet another step that the Walt Disney Travel Company has been working on to get guests who visit to be a bigger part of their own experience. In the last couple years, Disney has worked to make guests an active participant in the park itself, rather than just showing up and riding the rides. Walt Disney’s goal was always to transport visitors into the stories that they’ve grown to love, and as technology has allowed it over the last few decades, the Disney Imagineering team keeps coming up with great ways to make that happen – like the “Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom” role-playing game that takes place all over the park itself.

Check out this amazing video from Disney’s California Adventure that talks all about what goes into making these ears, and a good glimpse at what it’s like to glow with the show!

You can make Disney’s California Adventure a fun part of your own California adventure by spending a few days in Disneyland! Start planning today by clicking here and visiting our special site that’s all about Disney!

 

An Even More Magical Vacation

September 26, 2013 | Roger

What if there was a way to take a vacation without ever reaching for your wallet, or even a room key? What if you could visit a theme park and never have to get tickets, or wait in line for a ride? What if you could plan your day with just a smartphone handy? Fewer lines, less fumbling. Seems like a pipe dream for most, but at Walt Disney World, they’ve found a way to make that happen with the new “My Magic+” program.

Inside Walt Disney World: Art of Animation

September 24, 2013 | Roger

Walt Disney World is not known for standing still. Since the park and its original resort, the Contemporary opened 42 years, the park complex has been continually innovating and growing. Parks open beyond the Magic Kingdom – like Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Resort after resort, each with its own identity popped up within the Walt Disney World grounds. Their newest resort, Art of Animation opened last year, and its quickly become one of our favorites.

Dispatches: Drumboddstaðir

September 12, 2013 | Roger

We’re all crowded around a long table at the Drumbo base camp. It’s everyone’s first night in Iceland, but if you’d seen the crew together, you might think we were old friends. Our guide, Gulli, is giving us the lowdown about the different types of adventures we’ll be partaking in over the next week. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but this adventure is already giving me the magical moments that I cherish about traveling around the world. The destinations are always amazing, but more often than not, its the people we meet along the way that make all the difference.

The Most Pristine Place on Earth

June 5, 2013 | Roger

The Galapagos made the news this week with Celebrity’s Xpedition ship getting its hand slapped for unauthorized lobster. Really, this is a thing down there! The Galapagos Islands are one of the most pristine places on earth where you can still visit, and whose environment the government of Ecuador fiercely protects. We expect the luxury 99 passenger yacht that Celebrity Cruises operates to be back fully on track shortly, but there are some other more intimate options worth considering as well, including the very small group cruises that adventure travel company G Adventures offers.

Summer Vacation: Three Bargain Destinations

May 24, 2013 | Roger

Haven’t planned a summer vacation yet? Sometimes the best deals happen by making plans at the last minute. In fact, the next few weeks feature some of the best buys of the year for vacations! We’ve found three surprising locations where the deals are good, but act fast because the sale season for these destinations can be surprisingly short.