Review: Stax Museum of American Soul Music a Memphis Musical Landmark

Jim Stewart was a part-time fiddle player and bank teller who wanted to make music. His sister, Estelle Axton, was a schoolteacher who wanted to run a record store. Together they formed Stax Records — the “St” for Stewart, the “ax” for Axton. And the sounds from their modest recording studio set the music world on its ear. Their unique blend of soul revolutionized music and made their Memphis facility a mecca for musicians of all colors, …

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Holland America Line Debuts New Stage Shows on Cruise Ships

A Tina Turner song puts the Holland America Line audience in high gear. Following are more songs by Enya, Kylie Minogue and former Las Vegas entertainer Lola Falana as sung by cruise line performers. Holland America Line is adding to its award-winning entertainment lineup with the introduction of four new mainstage shows in 2024. The concert-style productions are fronted by multi-talented headliners supported by an ensemble of singers and dancers. “We are excited to have a set …

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Viking Expedition Team Announces Discovery of New Penguin Colony in Antarctica

While doing a survey of chinstrap penguins on Astrolabe Island in Argentina, a Viking expedition team helped discover an additional colony on Diaz Rock. “The Antarctic peninsula is well traveled and explored, and it is not often we find a new penguin colony,” Dr. Grant Humphries, Director of Science at Oceanites, said in a news release. Viking’s scientific partner, Oceanites is the leading field research entity in Antarctica penguin monitoring. “Our partnership with Viking opened a new …

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MSC Seascape to Start Cruising out of Galveston

The beautiful ship MSC Seascape is setting its course for Texas. One of the newest and most environmentally friendly ships in the company’s fleet, Seascape will be sailing new itineraries out of Galveston. Starting Nov. 9, 2025, MSC Seascape will sail from the Port of Galveston with seven-night itineraries visiting must-see destinations including Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico, and Isla de Roatan, Honduras. Guests eager to sail from Texas to Mexico and Central America can experience MSC …

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‘Day the Music Died’ 65 Years Ago When Buddy Holly Was Killed in Tragic Plane Crash

Desperate to escape the frigid cold and get some rest before their next performance, the three musicians boarded a chartered small plane. The rest of their group climbed back on an unheated broken bus for the long wintry ride. Minutes after takeoff, the 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine aircraft plummeted into a cornfield near Clear Creek, Iowa. The pilot and all three passengers died on impact. Dead were 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 17-year-old Ritchie Valens, 28-year-old J.P. “The Big …

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Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas Arrives in Miami

Living up to its iconic name, Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas has arrived in Miami ahead of its official debut on Jan. 27. Celebrating the arrival of the world’s largest cruise ship on Wednesday, Jan. 10, were fireboat salutes, banner planes in flight and numerous folks on hand to welcome Miami’s newest resident. “Icon of the Seas is the culmination of more than 50 years of delivering memorable vacations, and it’s set to live up to …

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Review of Viking Polaris: Memorable Cruise from Canada to Florida

Luxury and Learning Combine on New Expedition Ship  When the Viking Polaris was launched in September 2022, I wondered how different a cruise might be aboard this new expedition ship. Would it be like going every day to my least-favorite science class in high school? Would the ship be a bit less elegant and the food lacking the gourmet cuisine for which Viking is known? As one of my final cruises for 2023, I got a chance …

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MSC Cruises Shares Five Travel Trends for 2024

What are cruise passengers looking for in the New Year? MSC Cruises shares five travel trends driving guest decisions for 2024. The world’s third largest cruise brand, MSC Cruises see heightened demand for products that offer extended stays in destinations, vacations rich in cultural experiences upgraded adventures with touches of luxury, sustained enthusiasm for travel ranging from the Caribbean to Europe’s most vibrant cities and guests looking for the best vacation value. The Five Travel Trends for …

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Review of American Melody Cruise: Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly

Standing on shore, spectators looked as though they doubted whether the beautiful American Melody could dock in such a tiny place.  Mississippi River was low. Rocks lined the water’s edge. No dock built here. But the American Melody neatly maneuvered next to the shore, opened its unusual bow and lowered a platform for passengers to easily walk ashore. Amazing! No wonder people often line up to watch the riverboat dock at many of its destinations along America’s …

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