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Crown Cruise Vacations | July 22, 2018

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

December 27, 2017 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Driving past a bright red door, I thought it was a pretty sight. But I didn’t know how important that place was until tour guide Barbara started talking.

Having a great tour guide can certainly make traveling more educational and fun. In this case, it was the red door in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read more...

Shore excursion: Cuba’s Fusterlandia is one man’s attempt to brighten the world

December 20, 2017 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Outrageous colors. Fantasy figures. Proud historic reminders. Everywhere I looked, it seemed an eye-catching explosion of creativity.

I had been forewarned but I’m not sure anything can prepare you for Fusterlandia. The artistic wonderland is certainly not something I expected to encounter when I arrived in Havana. Read more...

Shore Excursion: 1950s American cars still cruising in Cuba

December 6, 2017 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Eisenhower was president. The New York Yankees won their fifth world series in a row. Frank Sinatra was drawing movie goers with his film “From Here to Eternity.”

A 26-year-old Fidel Castro launched his failed attempt to overthrow Cuban dictator Batista on July 26. The first Corvette went on sale. Read more...

Shore Excursion: Skimpy costumes, beautiful showgirls & guys at Tropicana in Cuba

November 22, 2017 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

I don’t know where they sat. Probably not where I did. But such rich and famous folks as Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Rita Hayworth, JFK, Ernest Hemingway and Lucky Luciano once attended the famous Tropicana show in Havana.

Now I have, too, on a late-night excursion from my Celestyal Crystal cruise. The optional four-hour activity cost $149 for adults. Children under 18 not allowed. Read more...

Shore excursion: Saying hello to Dolly at National Museum of Scotland

November 1, 2017 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Her frozen face seems to have a permanent perplexed look.

At the National Museum of Scotland, I saw the famous animal that captured my imagination. The museum itself – all Scottish museums have free admission – could well take a day to tour. It is huge and well organized. Read more...

Shore excursion: Visiting historic Footdee fishing village

October 25, 2017 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

In olden days “fisherfolk” would live in these teeny houses in this tiny two-square village named Footdee, called “Fittee” by locals.

Today, it is mostly inhabited by people who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
“Footdee is a little hidden gem in Aberdeen,” said local tour guide Darryl. Read more...

Shore Excursion: Stopping at beautiful, expensive comfort station

December 15, 2015 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Build a modern highway through a breathtaking part of the country and you’ll soon realize that you need something else for all those motorists.

That’s right, construction of a “comfort station” began soon after sections of the Columbia River Highway opened. But this is no ordinary bathroom stop. Read more...