Three days aboard Royal Caribbean’s largest ships as a special guest of Barbie

From Eileen’s  Taking the Kid’s Blog, written By Gina Burgos (guest blogger) ABOARD THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN ALLURE OF THE SEAS (Day 1 of 3) –Whenever I daydreamed about taking a vacation it definitely involved cocktails, sun and someone else making my bed.  I will admit that it did not involve any of my daughter’s animated movie characters.  Call me selfish, but I am not the type to plan a vacation that’s activities would center around my daughter’s …

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The Amalfi Coast past the ghostly volcano on Stromboli

Wind Surf with Mt Vesuvius in background DAY EIGHT: The Amalfi Coast of Italy from the Wind Surf.   WOW! We are standing on the deck of the Wind Surf at 10 p.m. our eyes glued to a spectral cone rising from the sea ahead of us with occasional pulses of red and pink shimmering off the top.  It is the island of Stromboli off the Coast of Italy.  As we get closer we can clearly see the …

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A day at sea on the Wind Surf, crab cakes and more…

DAY SIX:  Sea day aboard the Wind Surf. Thirteen year-old Sophie e Bonin is sipping a virgin colada on deck. “So relaxing,” the Southern California teen declares. “It’s a great vacation!” I would assume the 240-plus adults on board the Wind Surf being attended by 187 crew would agree on this spectacularly sunny sea day. They are reading on deck, playing scrabble and cards, indulging in a leisurely lunch (everything from gyros to Greek beef salad, cold …

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Exploring the historic Adriatic city of Dubrovnik

DAY FIVE:  Dubrovnik, Croatia (via the Wind Surf).  Where is my pedometer when I need it? It’s over 90 degrees and terribly humid and we’re  walking Dubrovnik’s famous 14th Century walls with its view of the red rooftops, the sea, the kayakers and sunbathers and our ship, the 315-passenger Wind Surf. Another plus of sailing on a small ship is that she can anchor just off shore–a five minute tender ride—rather than the larger port 20 minutes …

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Sights and eats in Korcula Croatia

Sometimes the best vacation days are unplanned—just like life. We arrived this morning on the Wind Surf on the Croatian island of Korcula—a beautiful town with medieval walls that is on the sixth largest Adriatic island—nearly 20 miles long and three miles wide.  The area is known for vineyards, olives small groves and more. People here believe Marco Polo was born here, though there is no physical evidence to confirm that. I thought a friend who is …

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Ashore with the chef to the local market in Rovinj Croatia

Let’s play follow the Chef. It’s the most unique shore excursion I’ve ever seen and it doesn’t cost a penny. We’ve just arrived at our first Croatian port, Rovinj, aboard the 315-passenger Wind Surf—one of Windstar’s distinctive sailing yachts and the largest in the three-ship fleet. The Ship’s executive Chef Ronald Waasdorp has invited guests to follow him to the local open-air market and 28 of us have taken him up on his offer. “I don’t know …

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Eileen Ogintz Bio

Syndicated family travel columnist Eileen Ogintz, creator of www.takingthekids.com, possesses over 20 years of experience as a journalist tracking travel trends, and is a mother who has traveled with her three kids (and other family members) across the U.S., the Caribbean and around the world on all kinds of boats from small yachts her family sailed themselves to mega ships, even a week-long kayaking trip in Glacier Bay. She is considered a leading national expert on family …

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