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Last day of cruise – at the Gilded Age mansions in Newport RI

NEWPORT, RI (Day 7) — So many rules! I’ve dialed into the family audio tour at The Breakers in Newport, RI – the Vanderbilt summer “cottage” that at 70 rooms and with a staff of 40 was the largest and most lavish in this seaside playground of the mega rich during the Gilded Age. This […]

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Few kids on this cruise, but those aboard are having a blast

ABOARD THE NORWEGIAN GEM (DAY 6) — It’s never too late to try something new. That’s why sisters Sandy and Stacy Thompson surprised their 72-year–old parents with their first cruise vacation—aboard the Norwegian Gem that is sailing from New York to Nova Scotia. “Just because they are great parents,” aid Sandy Thompson. “I’ve never seen […]

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Ashore in Bar Harbor ME, Acadia National Park and St. John, New Brunswick

BAR HARBOR, Maine (Days 4-5) — What luck! The fog was ticker than pea soup when we anchored but when we stepped off the Norwegian Gem in Bar Harbor, ME the sky was blue and the sun shining—no better time to go wish Acadia National Park Happy Birthday. Acadia, which is the eastern-most point in […]

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Halifax, Nova Scotia – History and Heroism Combine

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Day 3) — More than 1,000 people came to the toddler’s funeral. But no one knew who he was until nearly 100 years later. He was Body #4 plucked from the icy water 700 miles northeast of Halifax by the crew of the Mackay-Bennett, sent out to recover bodies after the Titanic […]

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Families of all sizes on the Norwegian Gem – NYC to Canada

ABOARD THE NORWEGIAN GEM (DAY 2) — Linda Montana and her sister surprised their mom with this cruise on the Norwegian Gem up to Canada to celebrate her 75th birthday. They’ve left husbands and kids behind, and brought along a cousin of their mom. That they don’t have to worry about anyone but themselves on […]

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Like sailing from home — from NYC to Canada on the Norwegian Gem

NEW York (DAY 1) — No muss, no fuss. It’s almost like sailing from our backyard. We drive from Connecticut into Port NYC, park, check our bags and board the Norwegian Gem. Couldn’t be easier. We are among 8,000 passengers on three ships that are arriving and departing from the port on the West Side […]

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Arthur Tauck and the building of the family tourism industry

ABOARD THE MS JOY ON THE DANUBE RIVER IN BAVARIA (Day Two) — The next time your kids get in trouble in school, tell them Arthur Tauck’s story. Arthur Tauchnitz was born to German immigrants in Yonkers at the tail end of the 19th Century.  Fatherless by age 10, he was an indifferent student, often […]

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Tauck’s latest European river boat — extra space for families

ABOARD THE MS JOY ON THE DANUBE RIVER IN BAVARIA (Day One) – I love the bathroom! We’ve just boarded the MS Joy, Tauck’s newest ship that was christened in Straubing, Germany last week. The christening ceremony along the Danube River marked the launch of Tauck’s second new ship this year, following the christening of […]

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Cruise follies, foibles, TMI, TLI and unexpected discoveries

ABOARD THE DIAMOND PRINCESS CRUISING OFF JAPAN – All in all it was a great cruise on the Diamond Princess, stopping in ports we had never heard of in northern Japan and even in Russia, thanks to some obscure law or regulation that nobody can quite get their head around. But no cruise is complete […]

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Kids have a different take on cultural exchanges aboard cruises

AT SEA ABOARD THE DIAMOND PRINCESS OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN — Jessica Maraesca at age eight is already a bonafide cruise expert. But she has one big advantage—her dad Fabrizio Maresca is the Captain of the Diamond Princess, commanding a crew of 1,050 and celebrating his 15th anniversary with Princess Cruise Line. In fact, […]

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