I’m “steering” the ship aboard S.S. Matsonia, June 1961.

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, river ships and trains.

I spend more than four 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.

I’ve also taken over the helm at River Cruise Radio.

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
    • msnbc
    • USAToday
    • Livestrong
    • Onboard.com
    • Answers.com
    • Travel Market Report
    • AOL Style
    • eHow.com

    My articles were featured in the in-stateroom books for:

    • Cunard Line
    • Holland America Line
    • Seabourn

    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.

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15 Comments on About Cruise Maven

  1. Hi Bruce,
    Here’s a link to parking at San Francisco cruise port.

    When you make your cruise reservation, be sure to tell your travel agent to notify the cruise line that you would like wheelchair assistance at embarkation and debarkation. Then you can make sure that your wife won’t be stranded once she is in the wheelchair and hopefully waiting in a shaded or air-conditioned area until you return from parking your car.

    I hope this is helpful…have a wonderful cruise.


  2. I viewed a recent video on the Princess site and you had mentioned paying $16 a day for parking when you had cruised from San Francisco. Living in Sacramento I am interested in available cruise parking near the port terminal. My wife uses a wheel chair so can’t leave her stranded too long while I drop off or pick up the car. Can you provide details.

  3. Hi Sherry, (once again)
    Thanks to your article on Falmouth (2011), we just might book thru Mr. Cohen’s website (Hilton Rose Hall). I was just wondering if you had any experience with other beach-related excursions (out of Falmouth) that you could recommend or steer me away from? Thank you, Mary Ann

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  5. Hi,

    This is a wonderful blog! It was a very good read.

    I was wondering if you would be interested in guest blogging on my blog. It is a collection of my travels and the travels of my guests. If you scan the site you can see that now almost 100% of the posts are from guests. Lately I’ve been finding many people interested in guest posting.

    Included in your post will be a link to your website using whatever anchor text or key words you wish and a description of your site (if you choose to include one.)

    The blog (OnetravelBloggers.com) contains hundreds of great stories from travelers who love to share their journey with the world…

    So if you are interested in being a guest, please let me know.

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  6. Absolutely! I’d love to see you guys again. I miss our get togethers in Pigalle aboard the Poesia.

  7. we are also looking forward to getting together again when you are in florida for a chat and a drink
    larrry and desne

  8. Hi Hannah,

    Thank you for the compliment and for contacting me. I have registered on your site.

    Again, thank you – looking forward to hearing from you. You can email me directly at: [email protected]


  9. Hi Sherry,

    I’m loving your blog, and I was just wondering if it’d be okay to post links to your articles at travel4press.com – it’s a media sourcing tool for travel journalists. Obviously I wouldn’t reprint any of your work, just include links to your posts at their original location.

    If this sounds like a good idea, just let me know – feel free to take a look around the site (http://www.travel4press.com/public/register.aspx) to get a better idea of what we do. And if you’ve any other questions, fire away!


  10. “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back
    to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it,
    we are going back from whence we came.”
    ~ JFK

  11. Hi Sherry,

    I thought of you when I came across this lovely travel quote in one of my old London travel journals. Hoped to Tweet it to you but it’s over 140 char.! So here ya are:

    “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” -Mark Twain



  12. Thanks so much Denise. It is certainly one of my favorite quotes. Nice of you to think to send it to me.

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