Can You Cruise (On A Budget) This Summer?

The traditional time for a family vacation is, of course, the summer.  The kids are out of school, the weather’s great, and mid-year is about the time everyone really gets the itch to take off and do something new. With this thought in mind, Money Magazine recently published an informal poll that asked families what their summer travel budget is for 2011.  Here’s what the respondents had to say: 27% won’t travel this summer. 27% will spend …

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Calling All Culinary Artists!

Food, nutrition and cooking are a big deal in my house.  We spend what may amount to an inordinate amount of time pouring over cookbooks, fussing in the garden, and puttering around in the kitchen, searching for just the right combination of ingredients to create everyone’s favorite new dish.  Oftentimes, there’s a bit of a “mad scientist” vibe going on. Sometimes, we’re quite successful; other times… maybe not so much. One thing we can agree on as …

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Families Living With Autism- And Other Disabilities- Can Take A Real (Relaxing!) Vacation

I recently discovered a fantastic cruise program called Autism on the Seas.  It’s not brand new, but groundbreaking just the same, in my opinion.  The program had its first cruise in July 2007 aboard the RCL’s Enchantment of the Seas, and now plays host to 10-12 cruises per year, departing from ports all over the United States.  (They still do the majority of their group cruises on Royal Caribbean, with a small number on Carnival and Disney.) …

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The Pacific Northwest and Alaska Cruises

I live in the Pacific Northwest, so I’m particularly interested in cruises that depart from somewhere nearby…the thought of countless hours of flight (with children in tow) prior to embarking doesn’t rank too high on my “must do” list.  Luckily, there are many options that require far less air time if you live on the West Coast, departing from cities in California, Oregon, and Washington. From May through early October, one of the best options to be …

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Paul Gaugin’s Exceptional Marine Offerings

If you (and your family)  love watersports, and a true exploration of the marine environment, consider a cruise on Paul Gauguin Cruises.  Thanks to their small ships, Paul Gauguin (offering Polynesian cruises) navigates narrow channels and shallow waters, allowing guests to explore seldom-visited marine environments. The line’s flagship, the m/s Paul Gauguin, is well suited to sea exploration; the ship has a custom retractable platform that allows guests to descend directly to sea level.  This feature creates …

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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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CLIA’s Involvement in Environmental Protection

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise association, and one that focuses on issues related to the industry; including (but not limited to) those that involve environmental protection.  It’s member lines, which number 26, are committed to reducing the environmental impact of worldwide vessel operations on the oceans and their corresponding marine life. These lines have implemented green initiatives to raise passenger awareness, including “behind the scenes” videos, educational partnerships in ports of …

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MSC Cruises Partners with UNICEF – ‘Get on Board for Children’

MSC Cruises has a wonderful deal for families- children cruise free- but they also offer more for children on a grand scale. MSC, which is family-owned (and oriented) is Brazil’s leading cruise company, and they have made the welfare of children in that country a priority by partnering with UNICEF.  The partners are working together on the “MSC for UNICEF” project to fund quality education for disadvantaged children. Unicef’s 2009 report shows that 680,000 children and adolescents …

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Lindblad Expeditions’ Outstanding Eco-Cruises

Many families are looking for a cruise that offers more than just fun and sun (not that those are bad things); one that can leave a lasting impression of the beauty and fragility of our worldwide marine environments. Parents who want to teach their children more about the conservation of the environment can look to cruise line Lindblad Expeditions… they are partnered with National Geographic for a series of cruises taken aboard small expedition ships that feature …

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A Brief Hello…

As the Research Editor for AllThingsCruise, I see a lot of cruise-related information come across my desk. It’s all valuable information for those interested in a cruise vacation, but some of it is simply more interesting to me on a personal level. I love anything that benefits families, children, and the environment, and so much of what the cruise lines do fits into these categories that I’ve decided to dedicate my own little section of this site …

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