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.

Four Northern Europe Cruise Ports You Don’t Want to Miss

Northern Europe Cruise Ports This article is part three of my series on 11 Not-to-be-Missed Europe cruise ports.  Here we head to explore four northern Europe cruise ports that I think give cruisers a slice of life that’s not totally always touristic.  You’ll get an insider’s peek into their world. The Baltics, Britain and Scandinavia […] Read more…

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas in Miami

“New” Navigator of the Seas Offers Cruises from Miami

Royal Caribbean‘s Navigator of the Seas, fresh from a $115 million “amplification” is now cruising from her year-round home at PortMiami.  The refurbishment of this 3,386-passenger ship includes the addition of some really clever or downright thrilling cruise ship “firsts”. Until May, Navigator of the Seas will set out on five- to nine-day Caribbean cruises.  Then beginning […] Read more…

Alaskan Dream Cruises Transforms a “Deadliest Catch” Boat into Expedition Boat

Once a rough and tumble Bering Sea crab fishing boat, Alaskan Dream Cruises has breathed new life into this now elegant 12-passenger vessel.  Kruzof Explorer becomes the sixth ship in Alaskan Dream Cruises‘ fleet.  If you’ve ever watched the dramatic reality TV show, “Deadliest Catch”, the silhouette of this ship might look familiar. If an Alaska […] Read more…

How to Survive Long Sea Days as a Solo Cruiser

Large ships and long voyages have their own challenges. If you’re an easily bored solo cruiser, extended sea days without any ports may not be for you. On the other hand, if your brain needs some forced downtime, gazing at a seemingly endless ocean might be the remedy. Nothing compares to a week or more […] Read more…

Take a bus or hike to the hilltop Reichsburg Castle in Cochem, Germany on a Mosel River cruise.

Mosel River Overview in Germany’s Reisling Region

The Mosel river could be considered petite by European river standards.  It is only 339 miles long. However, this meandering river is anything but diminutive. Since Roman times, the Mosel region has cultivated excellent white wines and now contributes one-third of Germany’s wine production. Along the Mosel river From its source in the Vosges Mountains […] Read more…

The Danube really does look blue, especially towards sunset.

Danube River Overview

If you’re not humming the melody to this Johann Strauss waltz by the end of your Danube river cruise, well, there’s something amiss. Depending upon your location and sunlight, there is some truth to the fabled blue color. The mighty Blue Danube river flows nearly 1,780 miles from the southwest corner of Germany to its […] Read more…

Room Service Breakfast Nieuw Statendam

Cruise Ship Room Service 2019 – Fee or Free?

I love to order room service on a cruise ship, especially breakfast.  For as long as I’ve been cruising, I’ve never had a room service fee.  Except of course for a couple of dollars for a tip to give to the delivery person. Times have changed.  While the ultra-luxury cruise lines don’t charge a room […] Read more…

Driving directions to Port Canaveral.

Driving Directions to Port Canaveral

If you live on Florida’s Space Coast, driving directions to Port Canaveral are simple.  Located in the middle of Florida on the east coast, Port Canaveral is an easy drive from any direction, if you know the area. Maybe you’re driving south from Atlanta or Raleigh.  Or due east from Tampa or Orlando.  When you finally […] Read more…

Marjerie Glacier Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

Do You Need a Passport for an Alaska Cruise?

You’re finally taking that long-awaited Alaska cruise.  If you’re like most people, you’ll hop on a plane and within hours be at an embarkation port.  One question I hear a lot is, “do I need a passport  for an Alaska cruise?”  The answer is easy: yes.  And no. On a “closed-loop cruise” – one that […] Read more…

Regent Mariner Luxury Cruise

Regent Seven Seas Adds Vero Still and Sparkling Water

Regent Seven Seas Cruises will offer guests Vero Still and Sparkling water on all of its ship beginning Spring 2019. Vero is the gold-standard on-premise water purification system used in luxury hotels, resorts and Michelin starred restaurants.  It uses a proprietary five-stage Nano-Filtration process to reduce impurities, chemicals and imperfections. Regent calculates that the transition […] Read more…

Half Moon Cay Horses in the Ocean

Half Moon Cay Bahamas Horseback Riding Review

For many cruisers, a stop at this beautiful private island means a day to kick-back at the beach.  For me, Half Moon Cay means a cruise excursion to go horseback riding in the ocean. Half Moon Cay is Holland America’s private island in the Bahamas.  It’s located halfway between Cat Island and Eleuthra, about 100 […] Read more…

Virgin Voyages Bimini Beach Club

Virgin Voyages Unveils Their “Secret” Island Destination

Valentine’s Day marked the moment for Virgin Voyages when it began to take reservations for its first ship, Scarlet Lady.  Long-anticipated was the promised reveal of the fledgling cruise line’s “secret” destination.  It’s Bimini, Bahamas. Virgin Voyages announced that every cruise voyage (as Sir Richard calls it) includes a stop at The Beach Club, Virgin Voyages’ […] Read more…

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