Nona and the Kids: Tips for Planning an Intergenerational Cruise

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  ABOARD THE NCL BREAKAWAY – It has been just over a week since my family returned from our cruise to the Western Caribbean on the Breakaway. I had thought I would be able to write about the trip on a daily basis but soon learned that we all were much too busy for me to accomplish that. So I have some catching up to do. But first I want to give you some tips on planning …

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Paul Gauguin Cruises Offers Stewards of Nature Family Program on Summer and Holiday Sailings

Paul Gauguin Cruises sail around the beautiful Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific aboard their 5 star ship the ms Paul Gauguin. When school is out they offer a wonderful program that allows families to explore this part of the world together. Paul Gauguin Cruises has partnered with she Wildlife Conservation Society to offer a unique family program for children ages 7 to 17. Here is a description of the program: Through Paul Gauguin Cruises’ partnership with …

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Family vacation planning, also known as guerilla warfare

Every year, I plan a family vacation, and inevitably, my mind drifts back to how easy it was, when I was a single adult- or even newly married- to plan a trip.  Pick your destination, pack a bag, and go! That’s hardly the case now.  Gone are the days when vacations were all about what I wanted to do.  (Honestly, the adage “If mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy” merely produces a sarcastic snort from me.) Much closer …

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Crystal’s New Voyages Ensure that Luxury Travel is a “Family Affair”

Luxury cruise leader has announced new 2018 cruises featuring “Kids Sail Free”, extending the luxury experience to all members of the family.  These voyages call to travelers of all ages, with enriching adventures and all-inclusive luxuries that will enchant the whole family. Travelers of any age can explore the castles, cathedrals and cuisine of Europe; follow sacred footsteps in the Holy Land; answer the call of the wild in Alaska; soak in South American rhythm and Caribbean …

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Sea Tales 2018 Family Cruise Travel Planner

The Sea Tales 2018 Family Cruise Travel Planner is Here! Our comprehensive guide to family cruising details every aspect of the family cruise vacation experience. Readers will find the 2018 edition has updated information and new sections that cover family suites and children’s dining, as well as details about the popular onboard cruise line characters from children’s books and movies. Check it out here.    

Children’s Restaurants at Sea and the Cruise Lines That Created the Magical Themes

One of the perks of being on vacation is dining out, so when planning a family cruise, it’s important to do some research on which lines cater best to the family dining experience. Whether you want to dine with underwater décor, attend a formal tea party, or simply finish a meal quietly as the children are entertained, these cruise lines each have something unique to offer. Below, are CruiseCompete’s picks for the top 4 cruise lines for children’s dining: …

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Thanksgiving Bahamian cruise aboard Carnival Fantasy from Charleston, SC

I am a planner. There is not a trip I have been on in my adult life, especially once I became a parent, that I have not planned far in advance with detailed lists of activities and hotels and restaurants-I love a good spreadsheet. So in October when I saw a fantastic deal on a Thanksgiving cruise leaving in about a month from a port that is an easy one day drive from my house, I had …

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Carnival Cruise Line partners with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to introduce new ‘Be Kind/Dare to Care’ shipboard activities inspired by beloved children’s book Horton Hears a Who!

Carnival Cruise Line and Dr. Seuss Enterprises have teamed up to offer a series of fun, educational shipboard activities designed to promote kindness, compassion and generosity among its younger cruisers and inspired by Dr. Seuss’ beloved children’s book Horton Hears a Who! Part of an annual national campaign by Dr. Seuss, the new “Be Kind/Dare to Care” activities are rolling out this month across the Carnival fleet and complement existing programming within Seuss at Sea, the line’s …

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Lifeguards or not: Safety first!

Dear Family Travelers: With little fanfare, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has begun to implement a fleet-wide water safety program with lifeguards, coast guard approved life jackets, water safety signage and what I believe is a first — water safety activities in its organized Adventure Ocean kids and teens program. The goal is “to raise awareness amongst our guests about the importance of vigilance while enjoying water features on our ships,” the company statement said. At the moment, …

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Taking the Kids Annual Family Cruise Guide

Kids are everywhere on cruise ships these days, whether you are in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska or far-flung destinations like the Galapagos Islands and even the polar regions. According to the 2016 Portrait of American Travelers, more travelers who travel with kids (63 percent) as compared to those without kids (56%) are interested in a cruise vacation and, with a projected 25.3 million passengers projected for 2017, kids will indeed be everywhere. Welcome to our Taking the …

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