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