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Crown Cruise Vacations | October 22, 2021

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Cruise into Alaska on new Ocean Victory in 2022

August 25, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

 Alaska has another vessel set to sail “The Last Frontier.” Victory Cruise Lines announces the debut of its new Ocean Victory in 2022.

“My most memorable travel experiences have always been journeys of complete immersion – whether it’s in a culture, an ecosystem, region or simply being immersed with my family and fellow travelers,” John Waggoner, chairman of Victory Cruise Lines said in a news release. Read more...

Roy Acuff’s Beloved Fiddle Now Home at Country Music Hall of Fame

August 16, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Passengers on American Queen riverboats now have another wonderful reason to visit one of Nashville’s most popular attractions when the boat docks in the Tennessee river city.

The cherished fiddle once owned by county music legend Roy Acuff is now in the permanent collection of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville. Read more...

Solo cruising becoming more popular

July 24, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Two questions I often hear as a solo cruiser: Do I get lonely traveling by myself? Am I afraid to travel alone?

The answers? Nope. And nope.

Although I enjoy being with groups of strangers or friends, I also love alone-time and cruise ships seem to offer the best of both worlds. When cruising by myself, I can choose to take part in group tours for shore excursions or get involved in shipboard games with fellow passengers. I can sit in packed theaters to watch shipboard entertainment, getting to know people seated alongside me before the programs start. Read more...

Cruise Trivia: Where do these unusual cats live

July 24, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

The words on the sign are very clear: “Please do not sit on furniture.”

And yet there he was. Sprawled on his back with his feet propped against the brocaded fabric, he was snoozing away on the antique settee. Or maybe the offender was a she.

Whatever, the napping cat doesn’t have to read the signs or pay attention to them. These cats are special and they are pretty much allowed to do what they want. Read more...

Disney’s New Wish Ship Debuts in 2022

July 24, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Remember Jiminy Cricket’s words, “When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.”  Well, cruisers are now going to be able to have dreamy cruises on the new Disney Wish.

The Disney Cruise Line fleet has the most beautiful ships at sea and the Disney Wish, setting sail in early 2022, will be no exception. This rendering depicts the magnificent exterior of the fifth Disney ship that will elevate family cruise vacations to a whole new level. (Disney)

The first of three new Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Wish will debut in summer 2022. And the ship will have a distinctly Disney design concept unlike anything at sea. Read more...

Cruise Trivia: Name this chicken-friendly American city

July 21, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

He strutted down the street like he was cock of the walk.

“He’s beautiful and he knows it,” a woman said, watching me try to take a photo of the confident rooster.

I think she was right. Perhaps this preening critter knew that he was a popular sight and that he could come and go as he pleased – protected by the laws of this American city. Read more...

Elkhart Lake: Home of ‘sacred’ water and Road America

July 14, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Once upon a time, Otto Osthoff brought his sick wife Paulina to Elkhart Lake in hopes that the peaceful place and rejuvenating waters might restore her health. They did.

So Otto did what any smart loving husband would do. In 1886, he opened a resort with room for 120 guests near the Wisconsin lake. Now his wife and family and guests could relax and enjoy to their heart’s content. Read more...

New Madrid Earthquake

July 8, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

When I was a little girl, my Dad told me about the great New Madrid earthquake. It was so bad, he said, that the mighty Mississippi actually flowed backwards.

I wasn’t sure if that was true or if Dad was just regaling me with a tall tale. Of course, it actually was true. And it happened in New Madrid, Missouri. Read more...