Jackie Sheckler Finch’s Bio

Jackie Sheckler FinchJackie Sheckler Finch fell in love with cruising 35 years ago when she rode the magnificent Mississippi Queen riverboat in its inaugural 1976 voyage. A newspaper reporter, photographer and travel writer, Jackie has cruised on large and small vessels on numerous rivers and oceans.

Now the editor of two Indiana magazines, Jackie has written a dozen guidebooks and an app, Indianapolis Insider, as well as being a freelance writer for many publications. A member of The Society of American Travel Writers and Midwest Travel Writers, Jackie has been named the MTWA Mark Twain Travel Writer of the Year a record four times.

Jackie shares her Hoosier home with Pepper, resident guard dog and entertainer. One of her greatest joys is taking to the road and waterways to find the fascinating people and places that await over the hill and around the next bend.

5 thoughts on “Jackie Sheckler Finch’s Bio”

  1. Jackie

    thank you for your text on the history of Audie Murphy in my village.

    Patrick Baumann, Initiator Audie Murphy Memorial, Holtzwihr

    • Thank you for your message, Patrick. The Audie Murphy Memorial is excellent. Made me weep to see it and hear about what those young soldiers and your village went through during World War II. I really appreciate your part in honoring Audie Murphy and others. That shore excursion was one of the best I have ever taken. Many thanks!

  2. Jackie, I was on the Viking Homelands cruise last year #4445695. Great trip with a few glitches. Viking, with much persuasion, sent me a voucher & it is good till Oct. 13, 2018. Just tried to book another cruise & found out my voucher is a problem. Why? Last winter, I inquired through Viking about a cruise but I did not book, pay or give any personal info except for my full name. I have my own travel agent and she was away. I now find out that the Viking person I spoke to used my voucher without my knowledge or permission & Viking is now telling me I have lost it. This is how Viking treats a loyal customer with 4 river cruises & 1 ocean cruise with them plus bringing a total of five customers! I feel what they have done is unjustified. It says on the voucher that the cruise is to be paid in full so how could they apply the voucher to an inquiry. Is this the kind of people they hire. The cruises are great but their administration leaves a lot to be desired. The right hand does know what the left hand is doing. I sincerely believe women get the raw end of the deal. Now most things are booked for 2019 so there isn’t much to choose from. Is there anything you can do to help me.

  3. Hello Jackie,

    Thank you for your wonderful review of the Catacombs of Milos, and my guided tour including the discovery site of Venus de Milo and the Ancient Marble Theater. You did a great job summarizing the experience of our Celestyal Crystal guests at the ancient city ruins in my native island of Milos.


    Andreas Belivanakis

  4. Hello Andreas,

    Thank you for your kind message. Your tour was fantastic and I definitely recommend it. You are a wealth of knowledge and an excellent guide. Your tour was a highlight of my terrific trip!

    Best regards,


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