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.
Princess daily gratuities will increase aboard Golden Princess, too.

Another Cruise Line About to Increase Daily Gratuities

It was bound to happen.  Following in the footsteps of Carnival, Holland America and Norwegian, Princess Cruises daily gratuities are about to increase. New Princess gratuities charges Beginning on May 1 and beyond, every passenger will see a $1 per day increase in their automatic gratuities, beginning on all cruises that depart on May 1 […] Read more…

8 Tips to Book Your Own Shore Excursions

The first time booking your own shore excursion can be daunting… Whether it’s your first visit to a new port or maybe your third or fourth, chances are you’ll want to leave the ship to see and explore your destination. There could be a zillion reasons why people choose to not buy a cruise ship […] Read more…

Norwegian Joy Inaugural Cruise Preview from Vancouver

Following a $50 million-plus makeover, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy arrived into Vancouver on Thursday, April 25, 2019. With her gleaming lotus blossom bow, the inaugural cruises mark the ship’s North American debut. Norwegian Joy was launched in 2017 and built specifically for the Asian cruise market.  The second in the Breakaway-Plus class and now […] Read more…

New Two-Night Bahamas Cruise Deals

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has released a new batch of promotions for their two-night cruises to Grand Bahama Island. Bahamas Paradise is the only cruise line that offers a daily, two-night Bahamas cruise from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island.  They’ve just brought back two popular cruise deals; Kids Sail Free and […] Read more…

21 Best Things to Do in Sitka

21 Best Things to Do in Sitka, Alaska

Best Things to Do in Sitka on a Cruise Day As if seeing Alaska by cruise ship wasn’t wonderful enough, a stop in Sitka is the icing on the cake. The hardest decision to make is to decide what to do. Do you want an expensive shore excursion or a day on your own to […] Read more…

Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady coffee bar

Virgin Voyages Partners with Sustainable Specialty Coffee Brand

By Sherry Laskin When Virgin Voyages launches Scarlet Lady in 2020, you won’t find any single-use plastic items on board. This includes straws, bottled water, condiment packets, shopping bags, food packaging, stirrers, and take-away coffee and tea cups.  They are all banned. Next up for sustainability and responsibility…coffee. Sustainable Coffee Partnership On Earth Day, Virgin […] Read more…

Quark Expeditions with Penguins on South Georgia Island

Quark Expeditions Expands Sustainability Strategy in Polar Regions

By Sherry Laskin On time for Earth Day, Quark Expeditions reveals details on its environmental strategy program, “Polar Promise.”  If you’re not familiar with Quark Expeditions, they are the leader in polar exploration.  With seven small expedition ships and ice-breakers in its fleet, the expedition ships are built for superior navigation in ice-packed polar waters. […] Read more…

Holland America Zuiderdam at Sea

Holland America Adds More Ships for Canada Cruises in 2020

Banking on the growing popularity of Canada and New England cruises, Holland America will have three ships cruising to Canada next summer. Holland America Ships From A to Z Along with Zaandam and Zuiderdam, Amsterdam will also offer summer cruises to Canada.  In 2020, Holland America ships will offer more than 40 cruises to Canada […] Read more…

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…

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