My Kids LOVED NCL

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I just took my kids on their first cruise and it was fantastic. NCL is perfect for families. There was a ton to do for every age group and the food options are limitless. We had a balcony stateroom, and there was enough room for the four of us. I loved sitting out on the balcony – it meant I could see the sunset even if we were back in our room getting changed for dinner.  The staff on board were excellent.

We sailed from NY to Bermuda – the experience of sailing out of NY harbor past the Statue of Liberty is something everyone should experience.

My kids are already planning their next cruise. 

Uniworld Generations Collection voyages

Generations Collection with Uniworld

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruises believes that world travel is a family affair and have created their Generations Collection of voyages to reflect that. Every Uniworld Generations cruise includes special programs, events and excursions designed specifically for your world travellers in training.

SPECIAL GENERATIONS AMENITIES

  • 25% off the fare for travellers 4 to 17 years old when traveling with an adult (suites excluded)
  • Exciting shore excursions tailor-made for families and hosted by local experts
  • Kid-friendly menus for each meal and unlimited beverages onboard
  • Young Travellers’ Table, a special dining table reserved on certain nights just for our younger guests and Family Hosts
  • Onboard activities just for kids, such as cooking classes and dessert-making with the ship’s chef and pastry chef
  • Hands-on craft workshops tailored to the destinations you visit
  • Young travellers’ lounge and game room, complete with PlayStation, games, movies and local treats
  • Two dedicated Family Hosts to oversee all activities for Junior Cruisers (ages 4 to 12 years) and Teen Cruisers (ages 13 to 17 years)
  • Opportunities to “Live the Lingo” and learn words and phrases in other languages from our Family Hosts
  • Kids-only movie nights, where kids can enjoy popcorn-fueled screenings of family-friendly films along with their new onboard friends and Family Hosts
  • A special VIP ship tour with the Captain or Hotel Manager
  • Complimentary bicycles, helmets and Nordic walking sticks for use onshore
  • Young travellers will receive special surprise pillow gifts for each night of the cruise
  • Convenient departures scheduled during summer and winter breaks

Uniworld specializes in personalized travel, with the Generations Collection of voyages they have included extra special options for the younger travellers. Since everyone has different likes there are a range of onshore excursion and onboard activities available. Some are geared toward children while others are tailored for tweens and teens. Options such as these …

ART LOVERS – excursions and hands-on activities to inspire creative expression
Sample: Glassblowing and Mask-making in Venice on select Gems of Northern Italy voyages

CURIOUS MINDS – Excursions designed to cultivate a greater sense of curiosity
Sample: NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam on select Delightful Danube & Prague voyages

LET’S GO – Exhilarating outdoor pursuits geared especially towards tween and teens
Sample: Gondola rowing in Venice on select Gems of Northern Italy voyages

THRILL SEEKERS – Exciting adventures that will appeal to junior adrenaline junkies
Sample: Climbing Forest in Germany on select Castles along the Rhine voyages

ASPIRING FOODIES – Tasty activities for adventourous eaters seeking new flavours
Sample: Pretzel-twisting workshop in Wertheim on select Classic Christmas Markets voyages

MYSTERIOUS STUFF – Excursions for young people who love intriguing tales with a historical twist
Sample: Nuremberg’s secret tunnels on select Delightful Danube & Prague voyages

 

With a Uniworld Generations Collections voyage you can be sure children, teens, tweens and adults alike will come home with memories to last a lifetime.

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Princess Cruises Welcomes Cruisers of All Ages

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While Some Cruise Lines Restrict Younger Guests, Princess Enhances the Experience for Kids and Multigenerational Families

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Princess Cruises, the cruise line known for taking guests around the globe to more than 380 destinations, reminds families that guests of all ages are welcome aboard to explore the world on a cruise ship – considered one of the best vacation options for multigenerational families.

The cruise line is celebrating its fourth year of an exclusive partnership with Discovery™, offering immersive Discovery at SEA experiences, including newly branded Camp Discovery Youth & Teen Centers, Discovery Family shore excursions and many educational and interactive activities, ultimately creating lifelong memories for families of all ages.

Since 2014, more than 1,000 Discovery, Animal Planet and Discovery Family shore excursions in worldwide ports have been added, including 300 exclusive tours that can only be experienced with Princess Cruises. In addition, onboard programming such as Stargazing at Sea has allowed guests to look up and learn about billions of stars on deck under the night sky.

“Over the last several years, we’ve made a dedicated effort to welcome cruisers of all ages to enjoy the diverse range of family fun, educational and entertaining activities through our Discovery at SEA programs,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “While some cruise lines are now restricting the age of their younger guests, we believe a cruise vacation is the perfect way for families of all ages and sizes to come together to discover the world, relax onboard and reconnect with loved ones.”

Swartz added, “We frequently hear from multigenerational families that they love cruising with us because we’ve done all of the planning for them – from selecting the best tours in port to providing engaging onboard entertainment. All they have to do is come aboard and let us take care of every detail. And, grandparents, children and grandkids alike can all choose their preferred activities, then reunite for dinner to share their experiences.”

Discovery at SEA activities include:

Discovery, Animal Planet and Discovery Family Shore Excursions – More than 300 Discovery, Animal Planet and Discovery Family Exclusive shore excursions offer family-themed experiences in more than 130 ports of call, providing enriching content, food and activities. From “Irish for a Day” in Dublin, to “Alaska Fishing and Wilderness Dining” in Ketchikan to “Meet the Sloths” in Costa Rica, tour options are plentiful, meaningful and engaging for all ages.

Stargazing at Sea & Voyage to the Stars Indoor Planetarium – Science Channel and Princess Cruises take guests on a cosmic voyage looking at the sky from the top deck on an interactive guided tour with a Stargazing Specialist, identifying major constellations and learning the secrets of the stars and the folklore around them. The indoor “Voyage of the Stars Planetarium” displays real-time images of the solar system and planets. Both indoor and outdoor stargazing includes commentary from Discovery at Sea’s Science Channel Ambassador Astrophysicist Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi and Kari Bryon from Mythbusters.

Camp Discovery – Newly rebranded “Camp Discovery” (ages 3-12) and “The Beach House” (ages 13-17) Youth & Teen Centers offer younger cruisers engaging new experiences and wonder-filled centers inspiring creativity, curiosity and entertainment. Popular activities include:

~ Jawsome Mythbusters hands-on challenges, developed with Tori Belleci from Mythbusters.
~ Animal Planet uncovers ferocious secrets in Shark Attack and learn squid anatomy in Just Squiddin’ Around.
~ Become an engineer for the day and learn the science of magic with programs from the California Science Center, home of the Endeavour space shuttle.
Teens hanging out in surf-themed lounge, “The Beach House,” socialize and connect with video game tournaments, air hockey, ping pong, scavenger hunts, hip-hop classes, dance competitions, parties with mocktails, late night movies and board games.

High Seas Heist with Detective Joe Kenda – Calling all mystery lovers, Princess guests go on the case with celebrity detective Lt. Joe Kenda to see if they can solve a heist whodunit. This voyage-long experience begins with the theft of a rare necklace and ends with the unmasking of the culprit. In between is a journey full of puzzles, clues and activities as guests narrow down their suspect list with help from Lt. Kenda via video segments.

Discovery Hit Shows – Discovery at SEA incorporates content from hit shows and programming like Shark Week, Finding Bigfoot and Mythbusters through activities, challenges and trivia.

 

Additional programming geared towards younger cruisers includes:

Jr.CHEF@Sea – Princess Chefs host a hands-on food preparation workshop for junior guests, ages 8-12, in the main galley areas. Participants learn how to decorate a cake or make a fruit pizza and even suit up in mini toques and chef aprons and receive a certificate and photo.

Glacier Bay Jr. Rangers Program – Developed with the National Park Service, Jr. Rangers is designed to bring Glacier Bay and the Alaska wilderness to life for thousands of children each summer. The highly regarded program features interactive games, activity books and presentations by Park Rangers. Upon completion of the program, each child is designated a Jr. Ranger and receives his/her very own rangers badge and certificate.

 

Princess Cruises even offers onboard group babysitting at designated times for $5/hour per child. The minimum guest age allowed is six months (12 months on some of the cruise line’s more exotic itineraries.)

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Kids & Cruising: Stimulate Imaginations, Open Eyes While Enjoying Great Family Vacation

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MIAMI, Aug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Many parents have discovered that taking children on a cruise is an easy, affordable and fun family vacation experience.

But there are also other valuable benefits

According to experts, a cruise vacation can stimulate creativity and imagination and help kids become more open-minded.

As youngsters explore new places, have new experiences and make new friends, they gain confidence and begin to think in a whole new way, says Dr. Kate Eshleman, a Cleveland Clinic Children’s child psychologist.

“On shore excursions, kids have an opportunity to master skills that they perhaps have not done before,” Eshelman says. “Certainly, when we feel successful in an activity, especially a new activity, that really benefits how we view ourselves and the things we can do. In the kids’ club, meeting new friends increases independence and autonomy, which is also very beneficial.”

New experiences may even benefit kids’ overall brain function.

“It allows you to think in ways different than you perhaps had in the past,” Eshleman explains. “You can revisit those thoughts in the future and that does expand your creativity.”

When planning a family cruise vacation, parents and grandparents may be thinking more about fun-in-the-sun and quality time, but cruises also bring educational benefits.

“Families book excursions such as snorkeling that give everyone a close-up look at the natural world,” says Sherry Tierney, who taught elementary school for 30 years in Texas and Arizona and is now a home-based travel agent for Cruises Inc. “And by visiting ports of call, kids get a better idea of different islands and countries by seeing them firsthand. For kids and adults too, a cruise can be eye-opening.”

Exposure to new cultures, activities and foods is priceless educationally, agrees Gloria Stock Mickelson, a former high school teacher who now works for the travel agency organization Travel Leaders Network.

“The youngsters expand their world view,” Mickelson says. “On a cruise to the Caribbean or Europe or elsewhere, children gain an understanding that other people don’t all do the same things. In other countries, people may eat differently, their music may be different, their dress may be different. Seeing all these things can be an invaluable experience.”

Complimentary onboard kids’ programs – such as those offered by Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line – are increasingly putting a fun spin on learning. While parents enjoy relaxing at the pool or participate in other grownup activities, experienced youth counselors oversee play and happenings in elaborate playrooms and clubs.

On the ships of Carnival Cruise Line, which hosts over 800,000 kids each year, the fleetwide Camp Ocean program for those ages 2 to 11 helps educate kids about the ocean. Younger children might make whales out of paper bags, while older kids design an aquarium or learn about buoyancy by building their own cruise ships. Teens and ‘tweens have their own dedicated spaces and counselors as well.

Carnival Cruise Line’s Seuss at Sea program encourages the reading of Dr. Seuss classics through fun events related to popular characters – such as a Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends and a participatory character parade and story time. On the new 3,960-passenger Carnival Horizon, kids get wet under a giant tipping bucket and zip down waterslides at the Dr. Seuss-themed waterpark.

In partnership with Discovery, newly redesigned Camp Discovery youth and teen centers on Princess Cruises ships provide a venue for kids ages 3 to 17 to learn about the natural world and discover new interests with fun activities, tied to popular Discovery TV programming. Included are hands-on science challenges developed in collaboration with Tory Belleci, star of the show “MythBusters,” and an interactive Caribbean shark-themed scavenger hunt inspired by “Shark Hunters.”

Through the partnership, onboard and onshore activities for guests of all ages include “The Summer of the Shark,” with shark-themed onboard programming, and Discovery Exclusive and “Animal Planet” Recommended shore excursions in destinations around the world.

Holland America Line ships tend to attract more multigenerational families – grandparents, parents and kids cruising together.

At Club HAL, for ages 3-17, youth coordinators lead such activities as arts and crafts projects based on the sailing destination. On ships visiting Alaska’s Glacier Bay, a Huna Tlingit storyteller hosts special sessions for kids. On all three brands, kids under age 12 have the opportunity to earn an official Junior Ranger patch and certificate in a program operated with rangers from the National Parks Service. Kids also learn about the natural world through the cruise line’s partnership with BBC Earth, with programming including shows and documentaries.

Older kids on Holland America Line can learn how to make chocolate desserts and other treats at America’s Test Kitchen cooking demonstrations. Kids interested in the nautical aspects of cruising will find longitude, latitude and other details direct from the ship’s bridge on big screens in the state-of-the-art Explorations Center in the Crow’s Nest Lounge.

Youth counselors are also aboard most of the ships of ultra-luxury line Seabourn on summertime cruises in Alaska and Europe, offering programming for kids onboard on a more limited basis.

Adults benefit from the opportunity to refresh and recharge on a cruise vacation, and so do kids, says Dr. Eshleman. And there is time for parents and their progeny, as well as extended family, to spend quality time together.

“Taking that opportunity to connect is very important,” Eshleman says. “You have time to really talk through things such as ‘What did you do today?’ and ‘What did you think about snorkeling?’ There’s that opportunity to cement experiences in the family’s memories.”

While your kids may be bugging you to spend money on the latest high-tech gadget, a family cruise vacation comes with longer-lasting benefits.

Says Eshleman, “When you create a memory or experience, that’s going to be with you forever.”

Carnival Cruises and Dr. Seuss

Young Cruisers on Carnival To Read An Astonishing 213 Million Dr. Seuss Words

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Young Cruisers On Carnival Cruise Line This Summer Read An Astonishing 213 Million Dr. Seuss Words As Part Of Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge Aboard All 26 Ships

Part of Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books first-ever Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge, Carnival’s Fleetwide Program Highlighted by Read-A-Louds by Sports Stars in New Orleans, LA and Long Beach, CA

 

MIAMI, Aug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As part of Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge to promote literacy, kids sailing aboard Carnival Cruise Line this summer read an astonishing 213 million Dr. Seuss words through fun, educational activities across the line’s 26-ship fleet, helping to surpass the goal of 100 million Dr. Seuss words read during the campaign.

Events were highlighted by book readings to local children by New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson aboard Carnival Triumph in New Orleans and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Kike Hernandez in Long Beach. Donning Dr. Seuss’ signature striped hat, Watson and Hernandez gave spirited readings of the new Dr. Seuss classic “What Pet Should I Get?” while extolling the benefits of reading to hundreds of kids from local summer camps and social service organizations.

Young cruisers sailing on Carnival ships in June and July were also encouraged to read as many Dr. Seuss words as possible during summertime book reading sessions on board and then log their words and monitor their progress using a word tracker on Seussville.com. Children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee – one of Carnival’s favorite charitable partners – also participated and were treated to a special reading of “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by hospital survivors.

All those who registered and entered their Dr. Seuss word count at Seussville.com before July 31 were also eligible to win a free Carnival cruise.

Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge is part of Seuss at Sea, Carnival’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises that showcases the wonderful words and world of the famous children’s author through family-oriented entertainment, youth activities and dining experiences. Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books launched the first-ever Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge on May 29. Readers responded so quickly to the campaign and original goal of reading 20 million Dr. Seuss words that the goal was increased and expanded it to an incredible 100 million word goal.

“Carnival Cruise Line is the leader in family cruising carrying more than 800,000 kids a year and we’re very proud to be the Official Seagoing Partner of Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge which serves to reinforce the importance of reading – even on vacation – in a fun and creative way,” said Caroline Lombardi, director of youth programming for Carnival Cruise Line.

Added Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, “Our Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge was one of our most successful literacy promotion programs ever and hats off to the kids of Carnival Cruise Line for doing their part and helping us surpass our goal by reading an amazing 213 million words at sea.”

Launched in 2014, Seuss at Sea has become one of the most popular children’s programs in the travel industry and includes such fun activities as The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends and the Seuss-a-Palooza Parade and Story Time, as well as character interactions, Dr. Seuss toys and games, and popular movies shown on board.

Dr. Seuss Bookville, a vibrant and colorful family reading venue, is also featured on select ships, including the new Carnival Horizon which debuted this year and also offers the first-ever Dr. Seuss water park at sea.

Disney Cruise Line Disney Cruises

Disney Cruise Line Debuts Diverse Lineup of Itineraries and Home Ports for Fall 2019

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Disney Cruise Line debuts a diverse lineup of itineraries and home ports for fall 2019 with departures from New York, California, Texas and Florida.

Disney Cruise Line will return to favorite destinations and home ports on a variety of itineraries, including adventures to Bermuda, Bahamas, Baja, Canada and the Caribbean. With cruises ranging from two-night getaways to weeklong vacations and beyond, this season of sailings offers countless opportunities for families to delight in Disney magic, explore exotic locales and make lifelong memories together.

Early booking will open online and by phone beginning with Platinum Castaway Club Members on Monday, May 21, 2018.

Sailings to Bermuda, Bahamas and Canada from New York
The Disney Magic returns to New York in September for a selection of departures to a diverse collection of destinations, including luxurious Bermuda, sun-kissed Bahamas and historic New Brunswick, Canada.

Three special five-night cruises feature two days in Bermuda, allowing extra time for Guests to indulge in the inimitable island nation’s famous pink-sand beaches, world-class shopping, abundant water activities and distinctive blend of British and Caribbean culture.

During two seven-night sailings from New York to the Bahamas, cruisers are treated to a double-dose of pixie dust. A stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, is paired with a day at Port Canaveral, Florida, where every Guest receives a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and round-trip transportation to the theme parks in nearby Orlando.

A single five-night cruise to Canada transports Guests from New York to charming Saint John, New Brunswick with a stop in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Baja and Mexican Riviera Voyages from California
In September, the Disney Wonder sets sail for a limited engagement in San Diego, where guests embark on adventures to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. Baja itineraries highlight the region’s famous beaches and exciting water activities with calls on Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico. Two exclusive seven-night Mexican Riviera sailings feature the snorkeling and scuba diving hot spots Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.

Disney Cruise Line Guests can enrich their experience by combining select San Diego-based cruises with a pre-cruise package from Adventures by Disney. During this three-night itinerary, guests embark on a rare behind-the-magic visit to The Walt Disney Studios and Disney Archives, a private tour of Walt Disney Imagineering and a visit to the place where it all began—the Disneyland Resort.

Vacations to Bahamas and Caribbean from Texas
Beginning late November, the Disney Wonder will make Galveston its home port for a special series of sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas, with options of four, six and seven night voyages.

Tropical Escapes from Florida
In fall 2019, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy continue sailing guest-favorite itineraries to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Port Canaveral, while the Disney Magic returns to Miami in November with a variety of cruise lengths and itineraries.

The Disney Dream sails three- and four-night cruises to Nassau and Disney Castaway Cay. These itineraries make for the perfect family getaway, combining the magic of Disney with the ease and enjoyment of a tropical cruise vacation.

The Disney Fantasy sails seven-night Caribbean voyages, and every cruise includes a stop at Disney Castaway Cay. Eastern Caribbean itineraries visit the Virgin Islands of Tortola and St. Thomas, and Western Caribbean cruises call on Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Falmouth.

The Disney Fantasy will also sail a selection of special itineraries. In October, an eight-night voyage transports Guests south to St. Kitts, Antigua and San Juan, Puerto Rico, while a six-night Western Caribbean itinerary includes calls on Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. Both itineraries are capped off with a day at Disney Castaway Cay. In December, two unique seven-night itineraries include one cruise to San Juan, Tortola and Disney Castaway Cay, and another voyage featuring two days on Disney’s private island after visits to Cozumel and Grand Cayman.

When to Book

May 21, 2018: Platinum Castaway Club Members
May 22, 2018: Platinum and Gold Castaway Club Members
May 23, 2018: Platinum, Gold and Silver Castaway Club Members
May 24, 2018: all Guests

Advance Booking for Select Disney Guests
Disney Vacation Club Members, Adventures by Disney Insiders or Golden Oak Club Members, are invited to enjoy the exclusive opportunity to book our new cruises before they go on sale to the general public on May 24, 2018.

When to Book

Golden Oak Club Members – Begins May 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time
Disney Vacation Club Members and Adventures by Disney Insiders – Begins May 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time