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March 11, 2013

The Best Cruise Lines for Families, From Babies to Toddlers to Tweens and Teens, Plus 20-Somethings, Finally the Sun Breaks Out, and a Folk Festival Centered Around Pennsylvania Dutch Culture and Traditions
 
Is a cruise vacation a good choice for families? And how do you choose the right line?
 Some are better than others, due to the nature of their amenities and offerings, so take the time, do the research, and find the one that best fits what you hope to achieve in your family vacation. More…

Children’s programs are key to a successful family cruise. Royal Caribbean has a complimentary, year-round Adventure Ocean program, and is recognized as one of the industry’s leading youth programs. More…

A leading line for families is Royal Caribbean, just how do others rank this line? Very interesting reviews are found here:

https://allthingscruise.com/cruise-reviews/reviews/Cruise-Ships/Royal-Caribbean/index.htm

If you’re traveling with teens or tweens, you know that they have very specific ideas about what makes for good entertainment. Luckily, the cruise lines know it, too. See what they offer for older kids. More…

Considering taking a baby or very young child on a cruise? There are some very important age requirements and things you should know about traveling with young ones. Here’s a breakdown, by line, of what to expect.  More….

Jackie Finch recently sailed from Galveston on the Disney Magic. “When I told someone that I was taking my grandson on a Disney cruise, he smiled and said, “How sweet. Your little boy will love it.” My “little boy” is 22 years old.”  More…

A new guest writer, Gerry Barker, begins his Caribbean cruise on the Azamara Quest. “This voyage is our first on Azamara, and my wife and I have been eagerly anticipating cruising on a scale that is both smaller and “up.”   Read the blog to hear Gerry talk about how,  “Finally, the sun breaks out…” More…
 
The annual Cruise Shipping Miami events are happening March 11-14, 2013. Follow along with Heidi Allison Shane and Cynthia Boal Janssens, who will be attending, to read about all the latest and greatest developments in the industry. 

A new amenity — Unlimited Internet — offered by Regent Seven Seas and Oceania on specific sailings. On most ships, Internet access is charged by the minute and is extremely expensive, but Regent and Oceania have a solution. More…

Here’s a fun and unusual excursion for your summer vacation: the Kutztown Folk Festival. “The Kutztown Folk Festival is the oldest folklife festival in the United States, focusing on the Pennsylvania Dutch culture and traditions. More…

Ship and Port Reviews.
If you have a ship or port experience you would like to share with our readers, please enter it here: https://allthingscruise.com/cruise-reviews/reviews/index.htm
 
Interesting and fun items we found on the Web that we thought we would share with you…….
 
Is your mind escaping to the warm blue Mediterranean this winter? A bowl of “Mediterranean Fish Soup” can help ease the craving until your next cruise. Mussels, halibut and shrimp flavored with chicken broth and white wine makes an outstanding fish soup that's ready from the start in 30 minutes. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mediterranean-Fish-Soup-51135800#ixzz2MxgSJcAY

And on that note, did you know that the Mediterranean diet has been shown to be the healthiest diet in the World? Here’s a neat little app that helps you grocery shop according to its parameters: http://www.amazon.com/Lisiere-Media-LLC-Mediterranean-Shopping/dp/B005KB3YVQ
 
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Crystal Cruises is known for their luxury and for amazing shore excursions.
Read what other cruisers have to say about this ultra luxury line. https://allthingscruise.com/cruise-reviews/reviews/Cruise-Ships/Crystal-Cruises/index.htm
 
New Cruise Forum: Have you checked out this fun feature yet? 
We would like to announce our new cruise forum, for readers and experts to share ideas, impressions and reviews of the cruise lines and their ships. This is a fantastic way to have discussions and share information within our cruise community. Each month we will give away a Kindle to the person who makes the most comments in our new forum. Or just send us your ideas to make this more valuable. Thank you!
https://allthingscruise.com/forums/forum/atc-forum/
 
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