Atlantis offers visitors the chance to interact with marine mammals at Dolphin Cay

I’m dancing with a 14 year old and he seems to like my moves. Of course it helps that the 14 year old is a 492 pound eight foot long dolphin named Icaro. I’m at Dolphin Cay at Atlantis in the Bahamas where 36 dolphins (8 rescued after Hurricane Katrina), enable visitors to participate in one of the largest dolphin interactive programs in the world. Typically 800-900 guests participate a day, says Teri Corbett, vice president of …

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Oceania’s new beverage packages

Luxury cruise line Oceania has plans for the New Year; beginning in 2012, they will introduce two new beverage package options on their voyages. The line’s first offering, House Wine and Beer, priced at $29.95 per guest, per day, includes house wine by the glass and beer with lunch and dinner in any dining venue or via room service. House wine options are from a selection of red and white wines that change daily. An alternate choice …

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Learn to scub dive while enjoying a Caribbean vacation

We’ve just finished the most spectacular dive of the day off of Grand Turk Island called “anchor” so named for a historic 10-foot anchor deep in the water. We’ve seen a Manta ray and sea turtle, hog fish, huge grouper, eel garden ray, that flounder and all kinds of other big and little fish–blue and purple, silver and spotted…as well as all varieties of coral. Amazing! “Let me introduce our newest PADI Diver,” instructor Hilary Sutton says …

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The safest way for your baby to fly

I just don’t get it. Parents stress more about their babies annoying other airline passengers than whether they are safe on board. They wouldn’t think of driving anywhere without securely strapping their baby in an appropriate safety seat and spend countless hours considering which safety seat to buy. But on airplanes, you are more likely to see infants and toddlers sitting in a parent’s lap than in a safety seat. This despite the fact that everyone from …

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How to make your dream family vacation a reality

Ask my daughters their idea of a dream trip and they’d say climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or helicopter skiing in British Columbia or returning to the amazing Galapagos Islands. Ask my son and he’d say exploring an exotic city while staying in a hip, luxe hotel. Even in the same family, travel styles—and travel dreams—differ widely. One person’s dream is another’s nightmare. You know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever been backpacking with someone whose idea of …

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Princess set for a festive holiday season

Thinking of a holiday cruise?  Princess Cruises goes above and beyond for their holiday cruise celebrations, including “snow flurries” in their ship’s multi-storied atriums, holiday décor (including a Christmas tree mounted to the mast), and strolling carolers.  The holiday spirit is carried on through the ship with gingerbread house-building competitions, holiday card making, turkey-carving demonstrations and a holiday variety show.  Other entertainment options include a special holiday-themed Pop Choir, screenings of favorite holiday films, and a virtual …

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Great American Steamboat Company announces lineup of headlining entertainers

The Great American Steamboat Company announces the details of the entertainment line-up for the inaugural season of the Steamer American Queen, including the line’s inaugural season “Riverlorian”. Each night, entertainers will perform in the American Queen’s Grand Saloon. Two decks tall, the Grand Saloon is an elegant showplace. Every evening, guests will be treated to a different celebration of American music, from Broadway hits to Dixieland Jazz, big band to bluegrass, ragtime to rock and roll. Showboat-style …

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Spas designed for the whole family

Talk about a first. I’m face down on a massage table being slathered by honey—locally produced no less. And I’m enjoying every sticky moment. To be specific, I’m at the Ritz-Carlton Spa in Orlando, part of the sprawling 500-acre Grande Lakes Orlando hotel complex that includes two hotels, a water playground, golf course, eco tours, fly fishing, signature restaurants and one of the largest spas in Florida. After a frenetic 10-day business trip that took me 10,000+ …

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New Carnival Magic dazzles with Water Wonders

Story and photos by Jackie Sheckler Finch It  doesn’t look all that scary. But when you are up there standing on a thin rope with the vast sky overhead and the deep sea beneath, it can be quite exhilarating. And a bit frightening, I must admit. A first for cruise ships, the ropes course aboard the new Carnival Magic offers outdoor adventure suspended above deck with spectacular views. Hooked to a safety harness, passengers can participate in …

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Siverton Mountain provides a unique ski resort experience

Even in this economy, some people do make their dreams come true. And in so doing, they make others travel dreams come true too. Welcome to Silverton, CO. This isn’t any ski resort. For one thing, there is only one lift and no bathrooms–just an outhouse. Apres ski means a beer or a coke in the chilly tent that serves as a base lodge. It’s heated by a wood stove. Only expert skiers need come and be …

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