Taking a family cruise is a terrific way to visit a number of places while only having to unpack your belongings once. Cruise lines know families want more from their days at sea and in port, and continue to develop new itineraries to suit passengers’ desires. Here, we take a look at some of the new cruise itineraries and destinations ready for booking.
It’s no surprise Disney specializes in family cruising, and Disney Cruise Line makes sure kids and kids at heart have plenty to do on and off the water. What’s really fun about Disney Cruise Line is they bring their characters to the sea. Starting in November, Very Merrytime Cruises bring holiday festivities from the land to sea; this year and next, Super Heroes and Super Villains from the Marvel Universe will spend a Marvel Day at Sea on 15 select voyages from New York City and Miami; and Star Wars Days at Sea return with 15 special sailings to the Caribbean from January through April. On each of the cruises, days will be filled with themed entertainment, activities and exclusive interactions with the heroes and villains, and Mickey and his friends.
In June, Carnival Cruise Lines debuted its cruises to Cuba from Tampa aboard Carnival Paradise. The four-day itinerary spends two days in Havana and includes a day at sea, and the five-day itinerary spends one night in Havana, another in Cozumel and two days at sea. Just a month earlier, the cruise line added Princess Cays in the Bahamas to its Caribbean itineraries. Additionally, its most family-friendly ship, the Carnival Vista, is also its newest, and features a SkyRide, a pedal-powered bike high above the deck; WaterWorks, a water park at sea; and an IMAX theater onboard.
Families with kids ages 8 and older will enjoy Windstar Cruises’ new seven-day Costa Rica & Panama Canal itinerary aboard the four-masted sailing ship, Wind Star. In addition to transmitting the Panama Canal, families can add to their adventures by rafting, fishing, surfing and zip lining. For those families with more time, land packages to Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloudforest and Tortuguero National Park — to see sea turtles! — are available.
Norwegian Cruise Lines introduced its Harvest Caye to its Western Caribbean itinerary late last year. What’s fun about this tropical island one mile off the coast of Southern Belize is it’s full of adventure, from zip lining, suspension bridges and free-fall jumps to stand-up paddling and wildlife tours. Or, choose to relax on the white-sand beach, splash in the crystal-blue waters, or play in the 15,000-square-foot pool.
With all these new cruise offerings, it’s time for you and your family to hit the high seas!
What better setting for grandparents and granddaughters to connect and share than a fairy-tale château set beside a fabulous forest? The Gramping Getaway at Chateau Mcely Spa Hotel & Forest Retreat in Mcely, Czech Republic, offers a themed adventure centering around the charming story of the château’s Princess Nely and her magical cheetah friend Pralinka. The character of the princess is based on the children’s book Nely, the Princess of Chateau Mcely written by château owner Inez Cusumano.
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.
This October, take the whole family to London and take time to not only enjoy the classic sites but also these scary fun Halloween events and experiences. Whether it’s a spooky-filled trip to the London Zoo or a step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here are the three can’t-miss experiences:
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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.
Make your family trip to Orlando so much more than just visiting the theme parks. Thanks to new vacation bundles from luxury hotels in Orlando, available as of Sept. 1, you can enjoy exclusive boating experiences during your trip.