When it comes to vacation planning, cruising oftentimes give you the most bang for your buck: You pay one per person rate and you essentially have your hotel and meals covered for the length of the cruise, not to mention loads of fun on-board activities.
If you’re traveling on a budget, there are a few ways you can save on cruises that will relieve your wallet while you and your family have fun on the high seas.
One thing to consider when sailing is that on a number of cruise lines the third and fourth passengers oftentimes sail at deeply discounted rates — or even free! — in shared staterooms. Offers vary by cruise line, so be sure to read the fine print and ask questions before booking. And many offer email alerts to let you know when deals are available, so be sure and sign up so you’re among the first in the know.
Another thing to consider is that cruise lines may also run special rates throughout the year, and can even throw in some additional perks, making the savings even more substantial if you can snag one of those deals.
For example, MSC Cruises, which partners with LEGO to entertain its youngest guests, is offering a Two-For-One-Plus special on seven-night Caribbean cruises departing from Miami this fall and into 2018. In addition to saving on cruise rates, you’ll receive at least an additional $50 in onboard credit, and even complimentary onboard WiFi and mealtime drinks, depending on which stateroom level you book. The cruise line has deals for last-minute sailings, too.
Carnival Cruise Line offers a series of savings so you can find the deal that works best for you. With limited-time offers, exclusive savings and destination deals, you’re sure to find the right price for the cruise you’d like to take with your family.
Royal Caribbean, another family-friendly cruise line, offers deals throughout the year, ranging from its Friends & Family Sale to savings on sailings booked well in advance to holiday cruises, and much more.
Even Disney Cruise Line offers savings on select sailings throughout the year. Right now, for example, you can save 20 percent on select sailings this fall from New York City; three are Halloween themed, and the fourth will get you into the holiday spirit with its Very Merrytime theme.
Finding the best cruise deals can take some time and research, but when you find the one that’s right for you and your family, you’re ready to set sail!
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
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.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
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.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.