“Puss in Boots” is this week’s Allure of the Seas

Passengers aboard Allure of the Seas are getting a sneak peek with their cruise this week at the new “Puss in Boots,” an animated 3-D movie from DreamWorks that stars the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. Royal Caribbean has an early copy of the movie that debuts nationally on Oct. 28 and will be showing it all week to passengers who left on Allure on Sunday for a week’s voyage into the Caribbean. A red …

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AdventureSmith Explorations brings award-winning M/V Sea Voyager in to fold with five Central/South American itineraries

The travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and small expedition ships announces that is offering effective March 2012 five new  itineraries in Central and South America thanks to the re-launch of newly renovated M/V Sea Voyager. AdventureSmith Explorations, http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, brings this 60-passenger expedition ship into its fold at a time when demand for travel to Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador is on the rise, said Todd Smith, founder / director. He noted that the …

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Park City Day 2-Park City Mountain Resort helps moms get the most of of their snow resort stay with the Ladies Club

DAY 2 — Want to join the Ladies Club? Park City Mountain Resort has become a leader in the ski industry with programs that limit the number of children in ski classes (three for the five and under set, five for those six to 14). They initiated SnowMamas from a website dedicated to snow loving and trip planning moms to help make their forays to the snow less stressful and more fun, drawing on women from around …

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Meeting the SnowMamas in Park City, Utah-day one, getting boots from the Dude

Day One — “This is going to change your life,” Scott Dudevoir, who everyone calls Dude, promised. I wasn’t becoming a vegetarian or a Vegan. I wasn’t changing jobs or moving to a new city. I was investing in a new pair of ski boots—my first in nearly a decade. Dude manages Cole Sport at Park City Mountain Resort and, I was told, was the go-to guy to fit ski boots. I’m in Park City for a …

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Ornaments collected during our travels stir up so many family memories

Our tree is loaded down with skiers from Colorado, shells from Florida, sailboats from Maine, ferries from Washington state, flip flops from Hawaii, monkeys from Costa Rica, Victorian queens from England, fish from Caribbean islands, Disney characters from Orlando…you get the idea. Wherever I travel, I’m compelled to bring home an ornament or two or three. “Enough, already! My youngest daughter Melanie says, wearily eyeing the pile of holiday ornaments with her name on them. “This is …

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Guests can personalize shore experience with new tours and packages from Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises is introducing more than 1,000 new tours and excursion packages that allow guests to custom design their destination experience and enjoy significant savings. This product enhancement is in addition to previously announced new beverage packages. Both constitute the third phase of the line’s ongoing Pillars of Distinction initiative. “These new packages provide guests the opportunity to take full advantage of our onboard programs at a price point that is more compelling than ever before,” said …

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Princess Cruises launches new blog chronicling inspiring reasons to cruise

Following on the heels of its award-winning blog (“50 Essential Experiences”), Princess Cruises has launched a new blog called “Inspired to Cruise: A Year of Reasons to Get Away From the Everyday” (www.InspiredToCruise.com). Throughout 2012, the blog will gradually reveal 52 passenger stories about what compelled them to take a cruise vacation. The blog will explore the myriad celebrations, accomplishments, family milestones and other inspired  reasons to cruise, and each week another passenger will tell their story. …

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New holiday traditions help keep family drama to a minimum

To be honest, the Rudolph the red nosed cocktail was a little too sweet. The 12-year-old wasn’t too fond of the North Pole ice cream either (too much pumpkin spice.) But it didn’t matter. We congratulated him on trying new things and he loved his Palace Guard burger and fries. Old holiday traditions are fine—most of the time, of course, when family drama doesn’t get in the way But there’s something to be said for creating a …

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Alaskan Dream Cruises adds new iteineraries, ports of call

Alaskan Dream Cruises, one of the newest small-ship cruise lines sailing in Southeast Alaska, is announcing three new itineraries, additional ports of call and ship renovations. Alaskan Dream Cruises is owned and operated by an Alaska Native family in Sitka, Alaska. The company will operate its second season from May through September 2012. The 42-passenger Alaskan Dream will sail on three new itineraries in 2012: an eight-day trip that focuses on many less-explored destinations, including Hobart Bay …

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Eileen’s guide to family cruising – 2011

Kids are everywhere—on cruise ships anyway—whether you are in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska or far flung destinations like the Galapagos Islands and even the Arctic. Cruise Lines International Association reports that some 1.5 million kids now are cruising every year—more than 1,000 on some sailings. And cruise lines have never done more for them, from featuring hip teen and tween hang-outs with the latest music and video games, to centers for the littlest cruisers (that are better …

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