Family cruising; small companies can take you “off the beaten path”

The large cruise line companies undoubtedly have a myriad of activities for all ages, and they are quite popular with families because of the variety they offer.  So, as a traveling family, is it worth looking at smaller ships for your next cruise vacation? Absolutely.  Smaller, more niche lines are great- and they cater to those of you wanting to take a more “off the beaten path” family voyage. Believe it or not, when it comes to …

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Cruise lines and responsibility for children

Those of us who are involved in the cruise industry know that one of their major focuses over the last decade has been making their ships more and more family friendly.  In catering to this demographic, they have introduced bigger and better entertainment facilities, children’s programs, and shore excursions designed specifically with children and families in mind. The question comes to mind, then, what responsibility the cruise lines bear for the children aboard their lines.  In my …

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Everything you want to know about Disney Cruise Line

A close friend of mine recently traveled with her family on Disney Cruise Line; a quick 5-day jaunt from San Diego down into Mexico and back, and she said it was, hands-down, the best family vacation they’ve ever had. Given that Disney is perhaps the most recognized name in family entertainment in the world, it’s oftentimes the number one choice for families researching a cruise vacation.  And while you can find a wealth of information on the …

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Disney’s Halloween Party- It’s a Spook-A-Bration!

If you’re thinking of taking a family cruise this fall, once school has started and there is more availability on the ships, take a look at Disney Cruise Line. (After all, nobody does a party for kids like Disney, and if Halloween is a family favorite, you’re going to love what they have to offer this fall.) Here’s what the line says they have in store for a Halloween celebration! “Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, a celebration in addition …

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Crystal Yacht Cruises- The 2017 East Africa Safari Program

 Crystal is well known throughout the industry for their spectacular shore excurstions, and now Crystal Yacht Cruises allows guests to extend their vacations with an immersive safari adventure. Here are details, straight from the line…. “Through Crystal’s popular “Extended Land Programs” – multi-night excursions that take travelers deeper into a destination, with all the details overseen by Crystal’s expert team – next year’s Crystal Esprit voyages in the Seychelles feature a post-cruise four-day safari through East Africa. The …

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New Ships Abound, Is An Inaugural Cruise Right For You?

  An inaugural cruise: The phrase conjures visions of champagne christenings, celebrity godmothers and brand-new ship facilities and amenities. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Here are some issues to consider when deciding if to book an inaugural cruise on the newest and greatest ship: The concept of a maiden voyage can be confusing, as the cruise ship will have an inaugural season, during which there will be several maiden voyages of different itineraries – …

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2016 Family-Friendly Cruise Travel Planner Receives LA Times Accolades

Congratulations to our AllThingsCruise Editor- At-Large Heidi Allison-Shane!  She recently published the 2016 Family-Friendly Cruise Travel Planner, a free guide to family cruising. This guide details everything you could ever want to know about taking your family on a cruise, and the LA Times has taken notice!  They published a glowing review here, which is copied in full below. What should you consider when planning a family cruise? This free guide tells all Mary Forgione Quick, what are the …

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Celebrity Cruises has achieved Autism Friendly Cruise Line status

As autism awareness grows, it’s a welcome sight to see the leaps and bounds that the cruise lines are making to better serve those with special needs.  Did you know that Celebrity Cruises has Autism friendly ships? Here’s information, direct from the line, on what that means: Autism Friendly Ships Celebrity Cruises® has achieved Autism Friendly Cruise Line status, having completed Autism Friendly Certification with Autism on the Seas™. Autism Friendly Certification is awarded to cruise lines …

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Volunteerism Excursions With Crystal Cruises: “You Care, We Care”

I think that some of the very best ideas the cruise lines ever come up with are the various programs they implement to assist in disaster-stricken or economically disadvantaged areas.  While I love to read about a fantastic new itinerary or a noteworthy upgrade, nothing impacts me more than to see where these company’s hearts truly lie. I blogged earlier about MSC’s partnership with UNICEF to help out in Brazil, (this is a wonderful program, if you …

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Helping families choose the right cruise line

I know, people, it probably feels like I am trying to imprint my own personal mantra upon you if you read this blog regularly… Chose the right cruise line…choose the right cruise line… choose the right cruise line… Well, I am.  Because making the right decision about which line is best suited to your own particular cruising needs is paramount in truly enjoying your voyage.  If you pick one that is ill-suited to your interests and inclinations, …

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