Croatia is on everyone’s radar lately and, while you can hit a few hot spots, like Dubrovnik and Split, on a multi-destination Mediterranean cruise, a Katarina Line Croatia sailing will take you and the kids deeper into this enticing destination.
“The beautiful islands and crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea are just the start of a visit to Croatia,” said Daniel Hauptfeld, marketing director, Katarina Line. “Croatia also offers a rich cultural and historical legacy dating back to medieval and Roman influence. Its museums, picturesque towns and national parks are modern treasures that have captivated visitors for generations.”
Katarina Line expanded its fleet for 2018 — including deluxe superior, 38-passenger cruisers and traditional wooden vessels called gulets that cater to as few as seven passengers. The line offers guaranteed weekly departures through mid-October, with transfers available to all of its customizable land tours.
Take the seven-day Adriatic Explorer, for example, which sails from Opatija, a resort town on the northernmost coast of the destination, down to Dubrovnik, on the country’s southern tip. Of course, there are plenty of stops in between, including the islands of Rab and Korcula, and the historic coastal towns of Zadar, Sibenik, Split and Metkovic.
Young nature lovers in your family can tour Krka National Park, known for its waterfalls, and the mysterious Zadar Sea Organs, where sea waves make music through a series of tubes under a set of marble steps.
Parents can enjoy a wine tasting and light tapas lunch at the Bibich Winery and a maraschino liquor tasting in Zadar, while the kids can sample the local cakes in Rab.
Or choose a weeklong Northern Gems cruise, which sails round-trip from Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, located on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. This is an island-hopping itinerary, where families can swim in secluded coves and explore some of Croatia’s most popular attractions. Ports of call include the towns of Trogir, Rogoznica, Sibenik, Sali and Zadar, and explores the Kornati archipelago and the unspoiled beauty of Zlarin island.
Best of all, for families looking for a bargain — and who isn’t? — the company is offering up to $250 off on select cruises during the 2018 season. Specials include more than $90 off on its Northern Gems cruises aboard the Riva, a brand new, deluxe superior vessel for 2018, valid on its July 14, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 departures. Cruises start at $1,617 per person, double, after the discounts, and includes free airport pick-up on select departures. A detailed list of current specials can be found here.
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.
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