I’m Sherry Laskin, a cruise and travel writer, blogger, photographer, storyteller and podcaster. A.K.A. the blonde aboard (though a little silver is showing now!), I’m an advocate for travel without flying as well as solo travel.
My mission is to entertain, inspire and encourage readers to experience the joys of travel without flying, mainly aboard cruise ships, small ships and trains.
I spend more than three months each year aboard cruise ships and river ships and trains in Europe and the USA. How do I get to distant ports? I’ve traveled throughout the USA on Amtrak and almost every train route in Europe. Without flying, my yearly adventures in Europe require two transatlantic crossings, usually aboard the Queen Mary 2.
My website, CruiseMaven,com, aside from cruise ship reviews and news, provides the latest train, hotel and destination information. What to do in ports around the world is also included. As a food and wine enthusiast, I’m always on the lookout for local cuisine, regional wines and craft beer.
When I’m not traveling, I’m usually in the kitchen honing my skills at French cuisine and good ol’ American comfort food.
How it all began
I’ve been in love with cruising for a very long time. As a small child, I crossed the Pacific with my parents from Los Angeles to Honolulu aboard the 18,000-ton SS Matsonia. That’s me in the above photo steering the ship. Now you’ll usually find me aboard cruise ships and river ships taking detailed notes and thousands of photos. On land, there are hotels and trains journeys to review, urban cities and small towns to explore along the way. Meals to eat and wine to sip.
The idea for Cruise Maven popped into my head in 2001. CruiseMaven.com launched in 2007. My articles and photos have appeared in many travel industry and consumer print publications such as:
- Travel Trade
- Travel Weekly
- Travel and Leisure News
- Senior Scene Magazine
- Porthole Magazine
- Frommer’s Guide to the Greek Islands
Online media includes among others:
- USNews and World Travel – Click for list and links to articles
- Huffington Post
- Travel Market Report
- AOL Style
My articles were featured in the in-stateroom books for:
- Cunard Line
- Holland America Line
I’ve been quoted in frommers.com, msnbc.today.com, NY Times, Miami Herald, Wall Street Journal and the Sun-Sentinel to name a few. I’ve also been a featured guest on Frommers Travel Radio Show, JiggyJaguar.com, Paul Lasley’s OnTravel Radio Show and CruiseRadio.net and the Weekend Travel Show.
A committed non-flyer since 1995, I have traversed most of the world without setting foot on an airplane. My “If there’s a port I can get there” philosophy has taken me over 2,000 miles on the Amazon River to and from Ft. Lauderdale to Manaus-Brazil, St. Petersburg-Russia, Carthage-Tunisia and over 16,000 miles on the Danube, Main, Rhine and Mosel rivers from Bulgaria to Amsterdam and northernmost Holland; from the Black Sea to the North Sea.
Memberships include SATW – Society of American Travel Writers; North American Travel Journalists Association; International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association and the Women’s Food Alliance. It was a privilege to be a founding member serving four terms for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Travel Agent Advisory Board as well as the Norwegian Cruise Line Advisory Board.