Cruise ships have come a long way in terms of onboard fun and overall value. Over the years they evolved into floating cities with every imaginable amenity, including zip lines and rock climbing walls, but they aren’t all geared to meet the needs of families with young children. Some are ideal for honeymooning couples seeking privacy while others are designed for singles looking for romance and excitement. Finding the right cruise line to cater to little ones while mom and dad can still have some fun is key to planning the perfect cruising vacation for your family.
Disney Cruises has this one in the bag for families with children under the age of 12. Entertaining kids is what they do best and they also managed to combine that with great destinations. With routes to Alaska, Europe, the Caribbean and the Bahamas, parents can enjoy some of the world’s premier destinations while their kids have the time of their lives, Disney-style. Cruises include Disney-themed youth clubs for the kids and pulsing nightclubs for the parents. Deck parties bring Disney characters to life so your little ones can meet their favorite characters and state-of-the-art theaters show your favorite Disney movies. They’ve even got their own personal island, Castaway Cay, a popular stop on Bahamian and Caribbean routes.
If Disney isn’t your thing, then it is worth investing a little effort into picking the right cruise line — and the right ship — to meet the needs of your family while visiting the destination of your dreams. Make sure the line you are looking at has flexible dining schedules, since rigid meal times may not work for your little ones — especially if you are traveling in a different time zone than your family is accustomed to. Dining extras are also a big help with kids, such as the self-serve ice cream machines available on some Carnival Cruise ships.
Try to pick cruises that have the newest ships available in a particular line’s fleet. The newer the ship is, the more likely it is to have been designed with families in mind. That means bigger staterooms, larger recreation areas and more exciting activities such as surfing simulators, bowling alleys and onboard water parks.
Kids clubs and entertainment options are key to the success of choosing the right cruise. Making sure the ship has youth clubs designed specifically for your child’s age group means the difference between them having the time of their life or being bored and miserable for the whole trip. Cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises have separate onboard clubs for kids of different age groups so the activities are customized to their needs and abilities rather than grouping all the kids together in activities they don’t all find interesting.
Although the destination is important, the truth is a larger portion of the trip is usually spent onboard rather than exploring on land, so how you spend time on the ship becomes a priority. When a family takes a cruise together, they are memories that last a lifetime. By making the effort to pick the best cruise available for your family’s specific needs, those memories are something your kids will cherish.
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.