Veteran Cruise Journalist Dies

Shirley Slater, a Los Angeles-based free-lance cruise journalist, died on Aug. 23 of complications after a breast cancer operation. She was 67. Slater is survived by her longtime husband and writing partner, Harry Basch. Over the years, the highly respected couple shared a byline, writing awards and h


Shirley Slater, a Los Angeles-based free-lance cruise journalist, died on Aug. 23 of complications after a breast cancer operation. She was 67.

Slater is survived by her longtime husband and writing partner, Harry Basch. Over the years, the highly respected couple shared a byline, writing awards and hundreds of cruise staterooms and suites.

Among the first journalists to specialize in cruise reporting, the couple wrote a cruise column for the Los Angeles Times travel section for more than 20 years.

Slater and Basch also contributed to TravelAge West, most recently writing about their new specialty, recreational vehicles.

The duo wrote several editions of “Fielding Worldwide Cruise Guides” and the upcoming “RV Vacations for Dummies.” A memorial service has not been scheduled.

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