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Bordeaux Wine Tour of Chateau Mouton Rothschild

magnum to mini Mouton Rothschild (Jennifer Miner)

Young people — and by young I mean over 21, guys — tend to drink beer, tequila and that sort of thing when they choose to imbibe. I remember, when I was that age (yes, that was a long time ago, don’t rub it in) I thought of wine as a drink that came shareable, [Read more]

Viking Cruises Longships Christening Ceremony

Viking Cruises Longships Christening Ceremony (Jennifer Miner)

The Guinness Book of World Records fascinated me and my brother when we were kids; we’d check each yearly addition out of our local library frequently to pore over feats of strength, longevity, and the various array of oddities. How fun and exciting it has [Read more]

What to Do if it Rains During your Cruise

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Dreams of your upcoming tropical cruise likely involve thoughts of relaxing, fruity drinks, and plenty of sunshine. But what happens when the forecast is revealing days and days of rain? If this is your first cruise your anxiety may be especially high and [Read more]

Fun Family Activities on Carnival Magic

Magic docked at Cozumel

A 2013 study produced by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association revealed that  80% of cruisers primarily travel with their spouse, followed by 31% toting children under age 18. The numbers of cruising families also seem to be rising, most likely thanks to [Read more]

Staying Healthy while Traveling

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Weight gain and travel seems to go hand in hand. Remember tasting all of those regional culinary delights that you can't get at home? (For me, conch fritters and poutine come to mind.) Can you hear the food calling you now? "You will never get this chance [Read more]

Shore Excursion: Day Trip to Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas

Atlantis Resort Paradise Lagoon

High on our list of priorities during our Carnival Breeze Caribbean cruise in March was a day trip to Atlantis during our port of call in Nassau, Bahamas. Ever since watching a Travel Channel episode about the Paradise Island resort -- with its massive [Read more]

Highlights of My Family’s Spring Caribbean Cruise aboard the Carnival Breeze

My tweens and I in front of the Carnival Breeze, docked in Jamaica.

My family and I went into our spring break vacation, six nights aboard the Carnival Breeze, with open minds. We'd traveled by cruise ship before: the four of us plus grandmas for a week on the 1,916-passenger Holland America ms Zuiderdam to Alaska and the kids [Read more]

Cruise Ship Health and Safety Tips

cruise ship dining

My family and I are sailing on the Carnival Breeze this spring. When I've mentioned our pending cruise vacation to local friends, I've gotten some raised eyebrows in return, in light of the much-publicized Carnival Triumph debacle that occurred in February, [Read more]

Photos of Castaway Cay: Disney’s Private Island

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All three of us Vacation Gals have had the opportunity to experience a Disney Cruise. When Jen and Kara experienced the Disney Dream they took their kids to Castaway Cay, Disney's private island, and had a grand time. While they spent time on the island [Read more]

Holland America Line Caters to Family on Canada & New England Cruise

masdaam holland america line ship

Holland America Line attracts about 25,000 kids and their families aboard its 15 ships every year with a range of activities for children, teens and adults. There were 112 kids and teens on the 1,258-passenger Maasdam for my 7-day Canada-New England Discovery [Read more]