No matter your age or interest, the on-board and on-shore offerings from Costa Cruises are guaranteed to delight. Across the ships, offerings vary, but among the most popular of Costa’s entertainment and activities are White Night, when guests, crew and officers dress in head-to-toe white, formal attire; the Mister and Miss Italy event; and theme events such as Jungle Party and Candy Night, hosted on the Costa Deliziosa.
Onboard lounges and bars feature bands and DJs spin at shipboard dance clubs. Classical concerts are held on board, as well as full-scale productions, including Fascination, starring Russian ballerinas.
Other options include Formula 1 driving simulators, PlayStation game areas, 4D cinemas, golf simulators, water parks, arts and crafts and cooking classes, among others.
Wellness seekers will enjoy a Costa cruise, particularly on those ships equipped with Samsara Spa, an Asian-inspired wellness facility. Special Samsara Cabins, located in an exclusive area of the ship, offer in-cabin breakfast, 24-hour room service, the exclusive, healthy Samsara Restaurant and in-room amenities including a purifying shower filter, aromatic essence diffuser, scales and specialty teas. Other Costa ships boast a fully equipped Wellness Center and guests enjoy onboard fitness facilities, group classes and one-on-one training sessions. A Beauty Salon and Barbor Shop offer styling services, and active shore tours mean cruisers can find their fitness fix off the boat as well.
On Costa Deliziosa, 52 staterooms have direct access to the spa. The Samsara Spa is 11,500 square feet on two levels with a gym, thalassotherapy, a Turkish Bath and a UVA-ray solarium.
Of course, Costa doesn’t forget its mini cruisers. Entertainment staff is available every day from 9 a.m.–noon, from 3–6 p.m. and from 9–11:30 p.m., to entertain kids with games and activities so parents can relax. The free service is divided into four clubs: Mini, 3–6 years; Maxi, 7–11 years; Teen Junior, 12–14 years; and Teens, 15–17.
Multiple fun, innovative programs cater to teen cruisers. Onboard Costa Deliziosa, teens enjoy Etoiles Cinema 4D, featuring cutting-edge technology, amazing special effects, unique thrills and a sensory experience.
The fun doesn’t end when cruisers step off the boat. Costa’s shore excursions provide insight into the history, culture and landscape of the region and its people. Tailor-made offerings allow passengers full independence. Eco-friendly activities are also available, combining the fun of a cruise with an environmentally friendly way of travel, supporting both the environment and the local people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …