I’m Sherry Laskin Kennedy, born and raised in Chicago (Go Cubs!). Sometime around an early mid-life crisis I became a cruise and travel writer. Now I’m also a blogger, photographer, storyteller and podcaster. I gave up flying in 1995 and decided to be an advocate for travel without flying. My mission now is to entertain, inspire and encourage readers and fellow travelers to experience the joys of slow travel.
For the last 10 years, I’ve spent nearly two months each year aboard river ships in Europe and the USA. While I love the big cruise ships and all that they have to offer, I’m passionate about the unique experience of river, coastal and inland waterway cruising
My other website, CruiseMaven.com, provides the latest cruise ship, train, hotel and destination information and what to do in ports around the world. As a food and wine enthusiast, I’m always on the lookout for local cuisine, regional wines and craft beer.
When I’m not traveling or writing, I’m usually in the kitchen honing my skills at French cuisine and good old American comfort food.
How it all began
I’ve been in love with cruising for over five decades. As a very small child, I crossed the Pacific with my parents from Los Angeles to Honolulu aboard the 18,000-ton SS Matsonia. Fast forward one-half century and since 2007, at least three months every year are spent aboard cruise ships and river ships taking detailed notes and thousands of photos. On land, there are hotels and trains journeys to review, urban cities and small towns to explore along the way.
I started my first website, CruiseMaven.com, in 2007. My articles and photos have appeared in many travel industry and consumer print publications such as:
- Travel Trade
- Travel Weekly
- Travel and Leisure News
- Senior Scene Magazine
- Porthole Magazine
- Frommer’s Guide to the Greek Islands
Online media includes among others:
- Huffington Post
- Travel Market Report
- AOL Style
My articles were featured in the in-stateroom books for:
- Cunard Line
- Holland America Line
I’ve been quoted in frommers.com, msnbc.today.com, NY Times, Miami Herald, Wall Street Journal and the Sun-Sentinel to name a few. I’ve also been a featured guest on Frommers Travel Radio Show, JiggyJaguar.com, Paul Lasley’s OnTravel Radio Show and CruiseRadio.net and the Weekend Travel Show.
A committed non-flyer since 1995, I have traversed most of the world without setting foot on an airplane. My “If there’s a port I can get there” commitment has taken me over 2,000 miles on the Amazon River to Manaus-Brazil, St. Petersburg-Russia, Carthage-Tunisia and over 12,000 miles back and forth on the Danube, Main, Rhine and Mosel rivers from Bulgaria to Amsterdam; the Black Sea to the North Sea. European travel means two transatlantic crossings, of which I’ve done over two dozen times. To explore the heartland of Europe, I travel on rivers and rails.
Memberships include SATW (Society of American Travel Writers), North American Travel Journalists Association, International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association and the Women’s Food Alliance. It was a privilege to be a founding member serving four terms for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Travel Agent Advisory Board as well as the Norwegian Cruise Line Advisory Board.