While big ocean-going cruise ships have actively courted teens by creating special spaces, river cruising has long remained a challenge for traveling families. But more river cruise lines are tapping into the market with special sailings, activities and even reduced or free fares.
This summer, Emerald Cruises features designated special family departures on the Danube and Rhine rivers, with special pricing on the second cabin and itineraries including experiences appealing to young travelers. Family activities on board and during shore excursions might include a geocaching treasure hunt, rides on Vienna’s giant Ferris wheel, bike excursions or canoeing on the river.
With family itineraries on the Rhine, Danube, Rhone and Seine rivers, A-ROSA family cruises include more than a dozen itineraries designed for families with children and teens, with an onboard Kids Club and special programs that might include a professional photographer accompanying an excursion to give tips on better pictures, art workshops or the opportunity to take swimming lessons for beginner and intermediate certification. The best perk for parents? In 2023, children up to and including 15 years of age travel free when accompanied by at least one adult on Deck 1, and at a 30 percent discount on Deck 2.
Children up to 16 travel free on the Family Club program with CroisiEurope. Extended this year to include spring sailings, these include adjacent cabins for family members, a limited number of tripe-occupancy cabins and a selection of excursions especially adapted to interest younger travelers. Shore excursions designed to appeal to teens include a treetop walk in Germany’s Black Forest during a Rhine cruise.
In addition to the Rhine, itineraries include rivers not usually sailed in family cruises, including the Po River from Venice and the Douro in Portugal, with an excursion to Salamanca, Spain.
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 …
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.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.