The last day of the Barbie cruise includes a fashion show and a special birthday celebration

From Eileen’s  Taking the Kid’s Blog, written By Gina Burgos (guest blogger) ABOARD THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN ALLURE OF THE SEAS (Day 3 of 3) — We prepared for the Fashion Show grand finale with a rehearsal Barbie Dance Class, part of Royal Caribbean’s Barbie Premium Experience.  Led by one of the Adventure Ocean staff who was a dance instructor, the girls learned a fully choreographed routine to the song “Do The Mermaid” from Barbie in A Mermaid …

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Royal Caribbean’s Barbie Experience is a sea of pink

From Eileen’s  Taking the Kid’s Blog, written By Gina Burgos (guest blogger) ABOARD THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN ALLURE OF THE SEAS (Day 2 of 3) –Monday kicked off the first full day of the cruise and our first Barbie activity, the Barbie Tea Party, part of Royal Caribbeans  Barbie Premium Experience,  Each girl was given a pink tiara and asked to choose one “guest” (parent) that was invited to sit with her at the tea party. Then the …

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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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Holland America Line: Their childrens policies and programs

Since we’ve been talking so much recently about family travel, here’s some information on another line that has an outstanding children’s program: Holland America.  If your children are between the ages of 3 and 17, this line has a myriad of activities, functions, and amenities that will keep them happy and entertained for the duration of your cruise. A caveat: although children aged 6 months and up (12 months on Transoceanic sailings) are permitted on the line, …

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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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What, exactly, is Royal Caribbean’s Edu-tainment? And will the kids get wise to learning on the sly?

The last blog post I did about Royal Caribbean outlined their children’s programs and the different age categories.  This one gives a little more information about what they offer in “Edu-taiment” (activities that incorporate educational content) and some really wonderful family-oriented options. To me, these are some of the things that makes Royal Caribbean a really attractive family vacation choice…I love the idea of sneaking in a little learning where I can.  I doubt my kids would …

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Is a cruise vacation a good choice for families? And how do you choose the right line?

I’m at that stage of life where my kids are still pretty young, and most of our vacation planning centers around what will work best for our family. (You may have noticed that “family” theme going on in my blog.  Write what you know, right?)  And because I do so much cruise industry research for my travel writing, I tend to get lots of cruise-related questions from families. The number one question? Do cruises make for a …

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Which cruise line is the best for families?

Well, this one’s up for debate, and rightfully so.  Just in the last year, I’ve seen the cruise lines make a concentrated effort to promote their family-friendly status with some truly amazing entertainment, amenities, programs and shore excursions. You can find examples of imaginative and perfectly tailored programs on almost every line, but this week, I’m taking note of some information that came across my desk for Lindblad Expeditions.  This line is sort of a favorite of …

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MSC’s Sanity-Saving, Family-Friendly Dinner Options

Since yesterday was  International Youth Day, this seems appropriate;  MSC Cruises has announced new child-centric dining options that will be welcomed by children and parents alike.  There are two options that, in my view, will be especially appealing to any parent (and let’s be honest, this is all of us) who has desperately tried to entertain a child in a restaurant for an hour, waiting for food to come. Happy Dinners The premise of this first option is …

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Memories of a sailing trip in the Caribbean- Letting the kids lead the way

Our kids on a bareboat in the British Virgin Islands in 2005 Everything changed that trip in one fell swoop. My kids—aged 21, 19 and 14 at the time—decided after years of following us on vacation, it was time for them to  lead mom and dad on an adventure, they said (though they expected us to pay for the privilege, of course). They were completely confident they could pull it off.  My son Matt had just spent …

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