Heading on a cruise comes with a slew of decisions to make: where, when and how? Which cruise line to hop on during which time of year and to what destination can seem daunting. For those planning a family vacation, narrowing down your time of year to the fall can help in the planning process.
With the kids either on fall break, still out of school or able to spend some time away, deciding on a fall itinerary is a great way to take advantage of the off-season and visit someplace new as a family.
New England and Canada
The scenic natural beauty of the Northeast is even more idyllic this time of year. Sail through Bayonne, Boston, Portland and Bar Harbor; or even Halifax, Nova Scotia, Quebec City and Saint John — among many others — enjoying incredible fall foliage, crisp air and fun seasonal festivities. Check out Cruise Critic’s lineup here and enjoy the many quaint locales, vibrant fall colors and unique family trip opportunities.
With summer tourism winding down and hurricane season in full-swing, the Caribbean may seem like a less enchanting option, but is actually the opposite. Statistically speaking, hurricane season has little interference on Caribbean cruises, minus chances of rain and lower prices. Play it safe and check out recommended Caribbean cruise options, as hurricane season dies down in September — choose between east or west, with seasons varying on each.
Visit Barcelona, Greece, Croatia, Venice and seemingly endless Mediterranean options on a European river cruise. See what’s available before the winter and holiday seasons, or plan in advance for September 2019 and go all out. This incredible trip includes foodie destinations, historical tours and incredible sightseeing, making it a major crowd-pleaser for families and couples.
Embark on an adventure with Norwegian Cruise Line through Seattle, and Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska, before visiting Victoria, British Columbia, en route back to disembark in Seattle. This fall expedition showcases seven days of Alaskan wilderness and Glacier Bay beauty, with the added serenity of the fall season. The days are still light and visitors enjoy a truly magical experience for all ages.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
With much of the country still swathed in winter gloom, Alabama’s Gulf Coast offers a fun beach getaway for family travelers. Contrary to popular belief, Gulf Shores isn’t just white sandy beaches and clear blue skies; it is a hotbed of historical attractions, giving the whole family a vacation to remember.
Spring is right around the corner, making it the perfect time to start planning your 2023 spring family travel. With temperatures rising, the best spring vacations involve camping in the great outdoors. Make this next camping trip the best with these must-have essentials.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
Family travelers can find fun in the Florida sun at Orlando World Center Marriott, the largest Marriott hotel in the world! Here’s a look at what the hotel has to offer: