Sherry Laskin

Beachfront Bar in Cozumel

Celebrity Brings Back Shorter Cruises from Ft. Lauderdale

Guests asked and Celebrity listened.  Short getaways return to Ft. Lauderdale Except for a one-time three- and a four-night sailing aboard the Celebrity Silhouette in January, 2017, the only short cruise option from Ft. Lauderdale this winter is Royal Caribbean. That will change when Celebrity returns with two new itineraries in 2018 aboard Celebrity Summit. Celebrity will offer a four-night […] Read more…

Train to Budapest for Danube river cruise

How to Take the Train to Budapest for a Danube River Cruise

Travel to Budapest without flying. Your river cruise begins or ends in Budapest, Hungary.  A relaxing train ride sounds much better than the stress of flying.  You want to be in Europe, not above Europe. There are two or three train options from the north to get you to Budapest.  Let’s start with the easiest. Whether you’re a […] Read more…

Gare de Lyon Paris France

When Fear Pervades Travel, What Do You Do?

Ed. Note: I hesitated to publish this editorial piece that I wrote following the tragedy in Paris on 13 November 2015.  Today’s terror attack in Brussels changed my mind.  Update: July 14, 2016 –  Nice, France. Coping with fear and travel. I wrote this article while aboard the Queen Mary 2, on a gray mid-December […] Read more…

French America Line river ship Louisiane.

Weekly Cruise News Updates

French America Line to homeport in Gretna, LA instead of New Orleans June 25, 2016.  New American-based river  cruise company, French America Line announced they’ll use the dock in Gretna, LA instead of New Orleans.  Their refurbished paddlewheeler, Louisiane, formerly the Columbia Queen, sailed Oregon’s Columbia River and was purchased by French America Line in […] Read more…

Air BnB Miami Beach Vacation Rental

My first vacation rental experience could have been my last. With a few days to spend in Miami Beach for an annual cruise industry event, an Air BnB seemed to be the least expensive and most convenient option.  After a hour’s online search, I found a place that was within my budget, near a taxi stand […] Read more…

Air BnB vacation rental Southampton

A Week in Southampton with an Air BnB Vacation Rental

My cozy Air BnB vacation rental in Southampton It was an unexpected delight.  When the attacks occurred in Paris last November, I decided to change my river cruise plans, leave the continent and head to the U.K.  Where to stay was the issue. Because I was booked for the 15 December Queen Mary 2 from Southampton […] Read more…

Outside of my AirBnB Vacation Rental in Amsterdam

My Second Air BnB Vacation Rental, this Time in Amsterdam

Air BnB vacation rental gets a second chance. Hit or miss. That’s what I’m learning about an Air BnB vacation rental. Despite my hesitation, I was back online to see what was available in Amsterdam. I had four days between river cruises and I really wanted to find out why Amsterdam is so popular, besides […] Read more…

AirBnB rentals can come in all shapes and sizes, as I have learned.

A Tale of Three AirBnB Vacation Rentals

AirBnB vacation rentals aren’t always what’s promised. “I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods.” Opening line from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote. Vacation rentals are a great concept. Stay in a real home in a real neighborhood and get to know the area. Create memories.  Return […] Read more…

Holland America Koningsdam at sea trials in the Adriatic.

Holland America Koningsdam Officially Joins the Fleet

Holland America Koningsdam begins inaugural cruise season. In traditional, gala ceremonious style, the Italian shipyard, Fincantieri, officially handed over the ms Koningsdam to Holland America Line.  The Koningsdam is the first Pinnacle-Class ship in the the Holland America fleet. Located near Venice Italy, the Marghera shipyard was the backdrop on April 2, 2016.  A Handover Ceremony […] Read more…

Lincoln Center Stage aboard Holland America Eurodam.

Holland America Eurodam Refurbishment – Lookin’ Good!

After Eurodam refurbishment, you’ll find new dining options, live music and more! The Eurodam emerged from drydock in December 2015, updated and chock full of new experiences for guests.  Recently, I had a chance spend an afternoon aboard the Eurodam and take a peek at the new venues and concepts. Passengers are still warmly welcomed aboard by […] Read more…

RedFrog Pub and Brewery.

Carnival Vista RedFrog Pub Gets a Real Brewery!

Carnival Vista RedFrog Pub adds Concrete Beach Brewery. When the Carnival Vista sets sail in Europe on May 1, the new onboard brewery will be the first ever brewery at sea.  Carnival’s partnership with Miami-based Concrete Beach Brewery will feature three hand-crafted beers brewed onboard and served in the Carnival Vista RedFrog Pub and Brewery. Straight from the […] Read more…

Our Un-Cruise Columbia River Cruise Nears the Pacific Ocean

A visit to Fort Clatsop, Dismal Nitch and Astoria, Oregon on our Columbia River cruise. The S.S. Legacy steamed its way westward, towards mouth of the Pacific Ocean, as Lewis and Clark did in 1805.  As we drew closer to the coast, the weather quickly began to deteriorate.  Jackets came out from their suitcases.  The early autumn heatwave that […] Read more…

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