With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
Cruising seems tailored for families. With great deals (and there are a lot right now), endless entertainment and great shore excursions catered to children, it seems like you can't go wrong, but not all cruises are created equal. Choosing a line specially designed to accommodate families with children is crucial when planning a family vacation and Norwegian Cruise Line makes your decision easy.
Parents often choose to introduce their children to the nation’s capital in spring, when the beautiful cherry blossoms are in bloom. However, the iconic Willard InterContinental, on Pennsylvania Avenue, always impresses, including when I was last there before Thanksgiving. I stepped out of a taxi, just as the staff was gingerly carrying two caged birds up the steps to the lobby. My arrival coincided with an annual, decades-long tradition: The birds are welcomed in the extravagant lobby under glistening chandeliers and a painted and coffered ceiling and near marble — or faux marble — columns and high, arched doorways. They are carefully released to pose for pictures, some with VIP children. Then, they lodge in a special foyer of a Willard suite, which underwent animal readiness, before the next day’s naming ceremony (Bread & Butter) and the ultimate White House pardon, on Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
When families travel to Orlando, Florida, they normally head straight to Walt Disney World and overlook other parks. Although Universal Orlando Resort offers more thrilling rides than Disney World, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy at all three of Universal’s parks: Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and the newest, Volcano Bay Waterpark.