Always wanted to take the kids on a Disney cruise but didn’t want to shell out a bundle on airfare to get to the port? Good news: Disney Cruise Line is expanding its San Diego season and is returning to popular tropical ports from both coasts in early 2019.
The Disney Wonder will return to San Diego for an extended, two-month season — March to May 2019 — with a variety of cruises to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. Families can choose from two-, four-, five- and seven-night voyages, and on-shore activities range from a day at the beach to watersports, zip lining in the jungle and even cliff diving.
Most sailings to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula call on Ensenada, known for its turquoise water and rugged mountainous terrain. Two-night cruises to Ensenada depart on Fridays from San Diego, offering a weekend getaway for families short on vacation time.
Four- and five-night Baja itineraries include a visit to Cabo San Lucas, while seven-night sailings to the Mexican Riviera add snorkeling and scuba diving locations in Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.
In January, three special Disney Wonder cruises from San Juan sail to the Southern Caribbean on a choice of sailings. The Disney Wonder will arrive in San Juan after a five-night journey departing Jan. 9, from Galveston, Texas, and will sail to Port Canaveral, Fla., an hour away from Walt Disney World Resort.
Families looking to sail to the Bahamas and the Caribbean from Port Canaveral will have three Disney ships from which to choose, offering three-, four- and seven- night itineraries. Every sailing includes a day at Castaway Cay, open exclusively to Disney Cruise Line passengers.
The Disney Fantasy continues to sail seven-night Caribbean voyages, with Eastern Caribbean itineraries visiting the Virgin Islands of Tortola and St. Thomas, and Western Caribbean cruises calling on Cozumel, Mexico, Grand Cayman and Falmouth.
The Disney Dream embarks on three- and four-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay, and the Disney Wonder will alternate similar three- and four-night itineraries throughout February.
Meanwhile, to kick off 2019, the Disney Magic will continue sailing from Miami with four- and five-night voyages to the Bahamas, plus five-night Western Caribbean cruises. All of the Disney Magic sailings will include calls at Castaway Cay, and the Bahamian itineraries also include Nassau and Key West, Fla., while the Western Caribbean itineraries stop in Grand Cayman or Cozumel.
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 …