Princess Cruises Offers Ultimate Family Vacations with Summer 2021 Caribbean Cruises

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  SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (August 22, 2019) – Families seeking top-rated beaches, colorful cultures and ancient ruins can count on Princess Cruises to offer them the ultimate sun-kissed vacation with its summer 2021 season to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.   The family-friendly Caribbean Princess will sail all itineraries, providing 16 departures on three itineraries sailing roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, departing May through July 2021. Cruises go on sale September 18, 2019. Caribbean Princess also offers guests …

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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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Is “family vacation” an oxymoron? Can you truly enjoy a vacation with your kids?

One of the most important aspects of a vacation, I think we can agree, is to get out of the daily grind and experience things that give us a new perspective on life.  They’re a time to forget about the 9 to 5, the endless social activities, the piles of laundry that never seem to diminish…and just take time to have some fun. But is this possible on a family vacation, with kids in tow? Yes…and it …

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Snowmamas group shares the conviction that a ski vacation can create a memorable vacation for the whole family

Maggie Landwermeyer, a busy physician in Austin, Texas and a mom, wants to share the love. The love of snow sports, that is. “There’s something magical that happens when we come to the mountains and ski,” she explains. “We connect. We play games in the condo at night.” She wants to help other families experience that same vacation magic. Karin Sheets, a working mom from Seattle and snowboarder, has a 12-year-old daughter with severe disabilities and wants …

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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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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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Atlantis offers visitors the chance to interact with marine mammals at Dolphin Cay

I’m dancing with a 14 year old and he seems to like my moves. Of course it helps that the 14 year old is a 492 pound eight foot long dolphin named Icaro. I’m at Dolphin Cay at Atlantis in the Bahamas where 36 dolphins (8 rescued after Hurricane Katrina), enable visitors to participate in one of the largest dolphin interactive programs in the world. Typically 800-900 guests participate a day, says Teri Corbett, vice president of …

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Learn to scub dive while enjoying a Caribbean vacation

We’ve just finished the most spectacular dive of the day off of Grand Turk Island called “anchor” so named for a historic 10-foot anchor deep in the water. We’ve seen a Manta ray and sea turtle, hog fish, huge grouper, eel garden ray, that flounder and all kinds of other big and little fish–blue and purple, silver and spotted…as well as all varieties of coral. Amazing! “Let me introduce our newest PADI Diver,” instructor Hilary Sutton says …

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The safest way for your baby to fly

I just don’t get it. Parents stress more about their babies annoying other airline passengers than whether they are safe on board. They wouldn’t think of driving anywhere without securely strapping their baby in an appropriate safety seat and spend countless hours considering which safety seat to buy. But on airplanes, you are more likely to see infants and toddlers sitting in a parent’s lap than in a safety seat. This despite the fact that everyone from …

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How to make your dream family vacation a reality

Ask my daughters their idea of a dream trip and they’d say climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or helicopter skiing in British Columbia or returning to the amazing Galapagos Islands. Ask my son and he’d say exploring an exotic city while staying in a hip, luxe hotel. Even in the same family, travel styles—and travel dreams—differ widely. One person’s dream is another’s nightmare. You know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever been backpacking with someone whose idea of …

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