It doesn’t matter which cruise line, ship or itinerary, family vacations like cruises will always have something for the kids. Whether the ship is a Disney Cruise, and the whole ship is a wonderland for kids, or aboard a Cunard cruise for a trans-Atlantic sailing, there is always something fun for kids.
Let’s start with the obvious answer. Disney Cruise Line’s ships are packed to the portholes with things for kids. Disney’s myriad properties mean the media behemoth can put on all kinds of special events at sea. For instance, in 2020, Disney Cruise Line will host Marvel Days at Sea, where heroes from the Marvel universe are present on sailings to the Bahamas and the Western Caribbean, departing from Miami. Next year will also see the return of Star Wars Day on cruises to East and West Caribbean from Port Canaveral. Disney also hosts Halloween cruises and cruises for varying holidays throughout the year.
Like most cruise lines, Disney ships are packed with pools for the entire family, but include special options for young children like Mickey’s Pools, ear-shaped wading pools.
Royal Caribbean has its own ace in terms of kid-friendly amenities. The Anthem of the Seas features a number of services, experiences and facilities for kids. SeaPlex, for example, is huge with a multipurpose entertainment space. The space changes from a skating rink to bumper cars to trapeze and more.
Anthem also has a number of other amenities for kids and parents to indulge in together: an arcade, simulated surfing and rock climbing, simulated skydiving and much more. The Anthem sails to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda and Canada out of New Jersey.
Norwegian Escape is Norwegian’s answer to Anthem of the Seas. Escape features the fastest waterslides in the cruising industry, a multilevel sports complex filled with activities for sailors of all ages and the chance to “walk the plank” eight feet over the side of the ship. The escape also has a mini splash park for young sailors, miniature golf, a ropes course and more.
No matter which line and ship you choose, there are bound to be a number of childcare services available on board. You might spend a fair bit of time on the cruise ship, but remember, the destination is important, too.
Only the bravest of family travelers should venture to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights. Every year, Universal Orlando turns into the spookiest place in Florida, if not in the country. On select nights throughout the season, visitors and locals alike can head to the popular amusement park for frights, scares and thrilling adventures. Explore 10 terrifying haunted houses; five scare zones; live entertainment; and themed attractions, food and merchandise.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
With kids back in school and the grueling temperatures of summer finally behind us, life is starting to get back into the routine of fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that family fun has to stop. Big international trips may not be practical for all family travelers this time of year, but places like South County in Rhode Island offer so many fun things to do for families, a quick trip to this East Coast haven is practically a must.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …