Caribbean cruise aboard the MSC Divina: Day at sea

ABOARD MSC DIVINA: Another evening, another show. Last night’s offering, entitled “Mask,” and loosely based on the old Jim Carrey movie, showcases the entire cast of singers, and dancers, acrobats and more in a skilled production that kept audience members – young and old alike – on their toes while they kept on tapping them. I have sailed on MSC some six or seven times and each time came away impressed with the caliber of entertainment. (More …

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How to find the best cruise line deals: Family Edition

When you’re planning a family cruise, you often have to play by a different set of rules than, say, singles, childless couples, or the retired set.  There’s a certain obligation to demands and schedules that’s unique to families, and it generally requires more planning and research to get the best possible deal. With that in mind, here are my best tips for getting the vacation you want, at a price that’s workable for your family finances. Pick …

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Family Cruising: Pirates, Private Islands, Studying the Constellations

My family has been blessed with many fantastic cruise vacations.  We have seen dolphins and whales frolicking in the deep blue ocean while watching amazing sunsets on a Hawaiian Island cruise.  This cruise was magnificent, however, young children (my boys were 3 and 5 on this cruise) have a more difficult time adapting to a major time change, because they cannot tell time.  My 2 boys awakened us every morning at 3 am.  The pastry chef took …

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Smurfs now delighting passengers on MSC Divina

ABOARD THE MSC DIVINA – Those little blue creatures known as Smurfs are now delighting youngsters of all ages on the new MSC Divina. The 3,500-passenger ship has a Smurfs-themed Mini Club (ages 3-6) and a Junior Club (ages 7-11),  as well as other fun-filled family activities with the ship’s giant Smurf mascot as the guest of honor. The Smurf mascot plays a number of key roles such as DJ and sous-chef during family events. Activities include …

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New ‘Seuss at Sea’ program debuts on Carnival Splendor

Carnival Cruise Lines’ exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises kicked off in grand style last week on Carnival Splendor which became the first “Fun Ship” to offer Seuss at Sea, a fleetwide program featuring exciting youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences inspired by the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss. The fun-filled festivities included the first-ever Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and Friends, where both the young and young at …

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MSC Divina has Smurfs on board for family fun

ABOARD THE MSC DIVINA – Those little blue creatures known as Smurfs are now delighting youngsters of all ages on the new MSC Divina. The 3,500-passenger ship has a Smurfs-themed Mini Club (ages 3-6) and a Junior Club (ages 7-11) as well as other fun-filled family activities with the ship’s giant Smurf mascot as the guest of honor. The Smurf mascot will pay a number of key roles such as DJ and sous-chef during family events. Activities …

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MSC’s family-friendly sailings

MSC’s Divina now calls the Port of Miami home, providing travelers with a new option in cruising from the port- very good news for the family vacation. Here’s why: On MSC, kids 11 and under sail free and children aged 12-17 sail at a reduced rate.  No special promotion, no short term deal; it’s just their policy. The line clearly wants that family demographic: they offer an outstanding children’s program that’s divided by age, the Mini Club …

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Costa Cruises partners with children’s entertainment company Spin Master on ‘new Costa adventures’ program

Costa Cruises has partnered with multicategory children’s entertainment company Spin Master to create the exclusive “New Costa Adventures” program on Costa Pacifica and Costa Serena. Many Spin Master games are household names worldwide such as the remote-controlled Air Hogs vehicles, the levitating AtmoSphere, the family board games Beat the Parents and Hedbanz, and the Flutterbye Flying Fairy. The New Costa Adventures program includes a host of activities for children based on one or more Spin Master games: …

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Aboard the new Norwegian Breakaway — plenty to keep kids entertained

DAY 2 — Where’s the baby? If you’re on board the new Norwegian Breakaway, you—and baby—and grandma might all be joining in special “Guppies’ activities—maybe finger painting with special paints or using chalk or crayons made out of vegetables. “We want those younger families whose kids aren’t in school,” said CEO Kevin Sheehan –especially during times of year when there aren’t school breaks. He stressed that on this ship—from the restaurants to the water slides to the …

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Royal Caribbean’s Teen Program- Is it cool enough?

So maybe I’m just on a Royal Caribbean kick this month, or maybe their programs really are just that awesome.  I’m in the process of sifting through information on all the  cruise lines children’s programs (and don’t be fooled… this isn’t all stuff for babies or toddlers, although some of it is) and their teen program just seems to be a standout. Most parents will tell you that there has to be a certain “coolness” factor  for …

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