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April 25, 2011

Private Islands & Your Family, Babies & Sunglasses , Disney’s Private Sanctuary, Keeping Teens & Tweens Happy (is it possible)  & Cruise Line Pregnancy Policies
 
CruiseCompete Family Section Tells All -- Family vacations are so important and great to be able to do. If you want it all -- carefree and activities and mostly all-inclusive, a cruise is a great way to enjoy time together as a family. Visit the Family Travel Resources page!
 
If you are expecting and thinking of a cruise, know the cruise line pregnancy policies before you book. Nobody wants to miss out on an eagerly awaited cruise. Be sure you know what the cruise lines’ policies are about cruising while pregnant, otherwise you could be turned away at the pier; most of the cruise lines do not allow travel for mothers-to-be who are farther along than 24 weeks.  Use this reference guide to determine the pregnancy policy for your next cruise…(Be sure to confirm these with your cruise line at the time of booking; however, they are subject to change.) MORE…

Speaking of babies…and toddlers…for baby-friendly cruising, think about taking a nanny or using the onboard babysitters or kids’ programs, which can be great.Thinking of taking a cruise with a very young child or baby? Taking your own nanny is one way to go; however, if you are planning on using the cruise ships’ baby or child care facilities, read on. Most cruise lines have a minimum age for children to sail; ages range from 3 months to 12 years, depending on the cruise line. Be sure to verify this minimum age before booking a cruise.  MORE…

If you are cruising with ‘tweens or teenagers, you have to wonder -- will they have fun? Special pricing for children up to 17 years-old generally applies on many cruises which makes a cruise a true travel value….but are they fun for kids?  Parents taking a cruise with ‘tween or teenage children know these kids enjoy their space as much at sea as they do at home. The world’s most popular cruise lines have long recognized this fact and now offer more special hangouts and activities exclusively for them than ever before. The following is a sample of the coolest places for older youth to hang out at sea in safe and secure settings.  MORE…

Cruises are a great idea for family reunions with a splash…For families looking for an alternative to the traditional reunion, a gathering at sea will surely make a splash with everyone.  Here are some of the top reasons family reunions at sea are more popular than ever:
 
·         Superior Value – The all-inclusive pricing of cruise vacations includes a family’s accommodations, meals, 24- hour room service, most onboard activities and top entertainment.
·         Groups often receive special amenities.
·         Cruise ships offer families a variety of staterooms to fit any budget and travel needs.
·         Some cabins have been specially designed to sleep four or more guests.
·         Special suites also are available for the disabled and folks who want more room and luxury amenities.
 
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There are many more reasons to choose a cruise for your next family reunion.  More…

Wonder how you’ll all make it through 7 days together?  Here are 10 things to do with your kids on a cruise….and you’ll find there are many more to add! Visit world-renowned museums with your children – New England and Canadian cruises, in particular, provide plenty of fun and educational museum stops in port. Boston, a museum hotspot, features one of the nation’s premiere children’s museums and the enormous New England Aquarium. There’s also the Boston Team Party Ship, where kids can recreate dumping tea into the sea. Cruising is a wonderful chance to introduce your children to never-before seen wonders, and create lasting memories with them.  More…

Private islands make fabulous memories for families.  Private butlers and other luxury amenities cater to those who want to be pampered, while plenty of island activities appeal to people on the go. Find out the details on islands like Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island in the Bahamas, which offers air-conditioned, open-air beach cabanas just a few steps from warm, blue, pristine waters. Private butlers magically appear (for a small fee) from nowhere to fill one’s beverage glass; others prepare hot and chilled appetizers or offer cool cucumbers to soothe guests’ eyes from the tropical sun. More…
 
Ever considered a cruise for your family’s holiday gathering?  When quality family time counts the most, a holiday cruise offers flexibility and choice in recreational activities, entertainment, relaxed dining and fun for travelers of all ages.  On a cruise, you can leave holiday chores behind and concentrate on enjoying time spent with loved ones.  More…

Want a little more luxury in a family cruise? Disney Cruise Line is perhaps the cruise line best known for its family values; the line has, for years, catered to families in a multitude of ways.  And now, in an effort to appeal to passengers who might normally opt to sail on small luxury lines, the line has created a new class system.

After receiving feedback from some passengers that they wanted a more exclusive space, with separate amenities and more luxurious accommodations, Disney has created the “concierge” level on their new ship, the Dream.  This concierge level features 41 rooms that have the exclusive use of a sun deck and lounge, complimentary cappuccinos, and iPads on loan.  More…

All that and more awaits families cruising together….Have a wonderful time!

Need to research your cruise vacation?There is an assortment of great articles here to research all of the various cruise lines from the contemporary to the ultra luxury to adventure and river ships………..More..

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Video of the week: Tips to Make Tipping Easier on a Cruise Video Run Time: 2:11
Summary: A few quick guidelines to make cruise tips and gratuities easy to understand.

Visit All Things Cruise,which is the leading website for cruise enthusiasts, dedicated to the joy of cruise travel and planning the best cruise vacations ever.  More……….
 
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