First Look at the New Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic

A Tangled-themed family restaurant, a fresh space for teens and a redesigned café for adults means something new for every member of the family aboard the Disney Magic Exciting new spaces and new experiences designed for guests of all ages are onboard the Disney Magic. From family dining in an enchanted kingdom, to a transformed teen club, to a sophisticated café exclusively for adults, the ship’s newest highlights include: An Enchanting Dining Experience for Families At Rapunzel’s …

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Disney pins a fun trading experience for unusual souvenirs

Jacob Marvel is so excited at the treasure he just got that he finds me in the crowd to share the good news. “I will never ever trade it. This is my favorite,” the 9-year-old declares, clutching a red-white-and-blue image of a Disney cruise ship. Complete with Mickey Mouse’s legendary ears, the ship looks as though it is sailing on a deep ocean with stars sparkling overhead. Pin trader extraordinaire, Jacob explained to me the intricacies of …

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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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So you think you can dance? Compete with the stars on Holland America

So you think you can dance? If so, you have your chance as part of Holland America’s “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” program. It features a dance competition in which 15 guests (one for each ship in the Holland’s fleet) receive a free cruise and a chance to compete for a Mirror Ball Trophy on the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champions Cruise on ms Nieuw Amsterdam Jan. 12, 2014. Continuing through Nov. 25, sailings …

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The new Norwegian Breakaway successfully completes sea trials

Norwegian Breakaway is one step closer to her official debut in May, successfully completing technical and nautical sea trials off the coast of Norway and Denmark. You might be interested in just how a big cruise ship is tested. Here are some details from Norwegian: “In order to assess the ship’s speed, the Captain, navigational officers and representatives from MEYER WERFT tested all of the various power outputs for the propellers. The speed was then adjusted to …

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Sailing from Galveston on the Disney Magic

When we left Indianapolis, the sky looked like cold oatmeal. Roads were slick and icy. Snow swirled through the early-morning sky. Wind chill temperatures were below zero. Even our heavy winter coats couldn’t keep out the bone-shivering cold. But, oh, what a difference a flight made. Our plane landed in Houston to sunny, short-sleeve warmth. And this was only the beginning of our winter getaway. Catching an airport shuttle to the historic Hotel Galvez in Galveston, we …

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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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See The World Through The Eyes Of Your Children- On A Family Cruise

Alaskan Brown Bears- Courtesy of Adventuresmith Thinking of planning a family cruise? I just checked in with AdventureSmith Explorations and see that they’ve put together a list of what they consider to be the best family cruises for late 2011 through 2012.  I love the way these cruises focus not on the ship experience (you won’t find mega water parks or 3-D movie theaters aboard these vessels), but on the off-ship adventures and cross-cultural experiences.  I’ve written …

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Single-Parent Families Get A (Price) Break

This is good news for the many single-parent families who love to travel…Norwegian Cruise Line has revised its rates for a single adult traveling with children this summer. This new pricing is currently available for all voyages on the Epic departing Barcelona between July and September 2011. Until now, these one-parent families had to pay one adult fare, plus an additional full fare for the first child in the stateroom.  Now, the first child will travel at …

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Cruising At The Holidays: A New Family Tradition

When I was a child, my family spent Christmas going from my mother’s parent’s home, to my father’s parent’s home, and then finally back to our home where my mother made a family dinner for everyone.  The tradition was lovely; our grandparents were able to have a private special visit with their 3 adorable granddaughters and then the entire family gathered together.  My family does it a little different, as do many American families today.  I work …

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