Sherry Laskin

View of the Columbia River from the patio at Maryhill Museum.

A Day at The Dalles, Maryhill Museum and Stonehenge

Eight hours in The Dalles is like taking a brief step back in time. There was always an evening activity and the night before our arrival into The Dalles was no exception. Heritage Guide Kenny dressed as Samuel Hill, a mid-19th century industrialist, road builder, and subsequent millionaire. Sam, along with his wife Mary, ventured […] Read more…

One of the best burgers, if not THE best burger at sea. Lots of topping options, too.

Carnival Magic Refurbishment Adds More Tasty and Fun Hotspots

Carnival Magic Refurbishment Adds and Expands New Dining and Beverage Options. If you didn’t already know, the Carnival Magic will move to Port Canaveral in mid-April. But before the 130,000-ton ship heads to a new home on Florida’s Space Coast, the Carnival Magic will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation and refurbishment.  The Carnival Magic will then be up to speed […] Read more…

Cruiseline.com Announces 2016 Members’ Choice Cruise Industry Award Winners

Cruiseline.com’s verified reviews determined the Members’ Choice awards, based on a wide range of cruise experiences. This year’s Cruiseline.com Cruise Industry awards winners were chosen from over 14,000 cruise line reviews submitted by members of Cruiseline.com and includes Best Ship, Best Cruise Line for Couples, Best Dining and many more categories. Cruiseline.com asked their members to […] Read more…

Reconstructed covered wagon sits on the actual wagon ruts of the Oregon Trail.

UnCruise Adventures Cruises to Walla Walla Washington

Walla Walla means wineries, a Pioneer Village and a walk on the Oregon Trail. Hello from Walla Walla, the desert city on the river. Five days of cruising the fast-flowing Columbia River aboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ S.S. Legacy carried us through three unique geographic zones: a temperate rain forest, Columbia River Gorge and now, a desert. Unseasonably warm, dry, sunny […] Read more…

Beautiful autumn weather prevailed, making my walk along the Seine simply superb!

Uniworld to Build the S.S. Joie de Vivre for Seine River Cruises

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises announces 128-guest petit bateau for France in March 2017. When Uniworld launches the S.S. Joie de Vivre in Northern France next year, the new Super Ship will have all the earmarks of a French masterpiece.  It’s no surprise that the ship’s name translates to “joy of living”. The S.S. Joie de Vivre will […] Read more…

The S.S. United States departs from New York on July 3, 1952 bound for LeHavre and Southampton. Photo credit: Alexandre Deblois.

Crystal Cruises Hopes to Return S.S. United States to Oceangoing Service

Crystal Cruises hopes to save the S.S. United States from the scrap heap. In a surprise announcement made at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City on February 4, 2016, Edie Rodriguez, CEO and President of Crystal Cruises, revealed her company’s plan to bring America’s historic flagship and fastest ocean liner in the world back into service. On the S.S. United […] Read more…

Amtrak Dining Car Silver Meteor

Aboard Amtrak Silver Star Without the Dining Car

Will the traditional dining car become history? Last year, Amtrak made an executive decision. They decided to eliminate the inclusive meals program in sleeping car passengers’ fare aboard the Silver Star. The Amtrak Silver Star is one of two overnight Amtrak trains that run between New York City and Miami. With the removal of the dining […] Read more…

Viking Star anchored in the Mediterranean.

Viking Star Transatlantic Cruise to North America and Caribbean

Viking Star transatlantic follows path of Leif Eriksson from Norway to Greenland and over to Canada. Just announced, Viking Ocean Cruises is sending their debut ocean cruise ship, the Viking Star, on its first North Atlantic crossing on September 18, 2016. Viking Cruises launched their first 930-passenger, all-veranda ship in May 2015 and it quickly rivaled or […] Read more…

7000 year ols petroglyphs in Hells Canyon

To Hells Canyon and Back with Un-Cruise Adventures

Day 4 – Jet boating through Hells Canyon in search of ancient petroglyphs. I’ve gotten used to very early mornings this week. On these day-long shore trips, we’re off the ship and on the bus for 9am departures. Consequently, retiring at 10pm does not require a twist of my arm. Early mornings, lots of fresh […] Read more…

Beautiful view of the Pitons on St. Lucia. Photo: StLuciaNewsOnline.com

Cooking in St. Lucia

Barefoot Holidays launches “Flavors of St. Lucia” culinary tour. When I’m on a Caribbean cruise, I’m always looking for something new and fun to do on the islands.  If a port tour has anything to do with food or local drinks, you can usually count me in. The problem for me is to find unique culinary tours, especially ones that […] Read more…

One of many old suspension bridges across the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Day 3 Aboard the S.S. Legacy on a Columbia River Cruise

Odd to think of a river cruise having a “sea day.” But Un-Cruise Adventures has done just that. From the time we left Cascade Locks, Oregon and Multnomah Falls, the next 36 hours comprised a river day, cruising upstream on the Columbia River and eventually veering onto the narrower Snake River. Altogether from Portland, within one […] Read more…

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