Sherry Laskin

Sherry is editor and creator of CruiseMaven.com. With a focus on cruises and trains, she's an avid proponent of solo and slow travel. Her mission is to entertain, inspire and encourage readers to experience the joys of ocean cruises, river cruises and train travel.
Amtrak Observation Car on the Empire Builder.

Amtrak Travel Tips for Coach Passengers

To help you enjoy your travel aboard Amtrak, here is my list of Amtrak travel tips and advice for coach passengers. Amtrak tips for Coach Passengers You need to have a reservation to travel with Amtrak.  You can do this online, by phone or through a travel agent.  For short journeys or budget-conscious travelers, coach […] Read more…

Holland America Announces the Name of Their New Ship

It’s official!  At an event aboard Holland America Statendam, the cruise line’s president Orlando Ashford, announced the name of their new ship.  It’s Ryndam! In a nod to its long line of historic ships, Holland America Line announced that its next Pinnacle Class ship will be called Ryndam. The new ship is due to launch […] Read more…

White Pass Yukon Railroad

Take a Ride on Skagway’s White Pass Yukon Railroad

What climbs nearly 3,000 feet, took 26 months to build and is the most popular tourist attraction in Skagway, Alaska? It’s the White Pass Yukon Railroad. Completed in 1900, this narrow-gauge railroad begins at the cruise pier where rail fans of all ages can board the vintage train for a breathtaking one and one-half hour ascent to White […] Read more…

American Cruise Lines Adds More Riverboats and Coastal Ships

American Cruise Lines keeps rolling on the rivers by leaps and bounds. This Connecticut-based cruise line is adding more small riverboats and coastal ships to their expanding fleet. Over the past two years, American Cruise Lines aggressive ship-building program has expanded and they launched a new ship in 2017 and two new ships in 2018. […] Read more…

Viking River Ship Collides with Oil Tanker

Less than a week after making headlines when Viking Sky lost power off the coast of Norway, there’s another Viking incident. Shortly after midnight on Monday morning, Viking Idun collided with an 18 million-pound petroleum tanker.  Both vessels were cruising along the calm Scheldt estuary in northern Holland when the accident happened. Viking Idun, a […] Read more…

Holland America Adds New Craft Cocktail Menu

You won’t find a Flor de Jerez cocktail in my mother’s 70-year old handwritten cocktail recipe book.  As the trend for new and renewed craft cocktails flourishes, Holland America is keeping ahead of the pack. Dale DeGroff, also known as King Cocktail, is a member of Holland America’s food and beverage Culinary Council.Holland America Line […] Read more…

Norwegian Cruise Line Drink Packages Guide – 2019

Whether or not to purchase a Norwegian Cruise Line drink package is almost a math project.  How much can you actually drink in one week?  Is Norwegian’s beverage package really worth the cost?  Let’s break it all down to basics.  To help you decide, I’ve also included the Premium and new Premium Plus beverage package […] Read more…

View of Alaska Marjerie Glacier from Eurodam deck

What to Pack for an Alaska Cruise & Packing List

When it was time for me to pack for my first Alaska cruise, I thought I knew it all.  Halfway through the cruise, I realized I didn’t. Whether you’re going on a small ship adventure cruise like Alaska Dream Cruises or a cruise ship like Holland America’s Eurodam, here’s what you should pack for an […] Read more…

Scenic view from atop Miltenberg Castle on the Main River.

How to Choose Which Europe River Cruise is the Best

When it comes time to decide which Europe river cruise is the best for you, it’s not so much about the river cruise line, but the actual river itself. Europe River Cruises on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers Imagine towering cathedrals, castles perilously perched at the edge of cliffs and medieval monasteries.  Ancient cities […] Read more…

Virgin Voyages The Groupie Karoke

Virgin Voyages Adds Record Shop and Karaoke Room

I remember when Virgin Records started in 1972.  Now, Virgin Voyages is carrying on Sir Richard’s long-time affinity with the music world.  The new Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady will be outfitted with Voyage Vinyl, an updated version of an old-fashioned record shop.  Seriously. Virgin Voyages just announced that they’re keeping the music going strong by […] Read more…

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