For families seeking adventure and exploration through polar waters and remote locales, Hurtigruten is a top name in the business. While the largest cruise line of its kind with more than 125 years of experience, Hurtigruten offers intimate and immersive treks through incredible destinations, including Norway, Greenland, the Northwest Passage, Svalbard, Antarctica and Arctic Canada, among many others.
Needless to say, this fleet has seen its fair share of family-friendly cruises and adventure vacations.
With an adventure and exploration-focused fleet of 14 ships already, the cruise operation is in the midst of a few new vessels that will be the most advanced and environmentally friendly cruise ships on the water. The new MS Roald Amundsen will be delivered in 2019; MS Fridtjof Nansen in 2020; and another to be announced in 2021. The new ships will be the first hybrid electric-powered cruise vessels in the world.
Leading the way in sustainable cruising and branching out as a socially responsible organization, cruising with Hurtigruten is easier than ever for socially conscious families. What used to be a heavy-handed industry leaving a large carbon footprint around the tourism world, cruising is more approachable for green families. Now using liquified biogas, Hurtigruten’s new ships will run on renewable fossil-free fuel generated from organic waste like dead fish. The biodegradable and environmentally responsible fuel will fill at least six ships for Hurtigruten by the year 2021.
Green technology is on the rise in the tourism industry, and for good reason. Families seeking socially responsible transportation for their next vacation should know, this isn’t Hurtigruten’s first stab at green-travel compliances. The cruise line was the first to ban single-use plastic and already overhauled outdated battery packs and fueling services on older ships.
Biogas and other renewable energy sources serve other transportation forms around the world, so it seemed fine time to get cruise lines involved — especially those traveling in sensitive waters of Antarctica and other polar regions.
The various new builds and upgrades will be a $850 million investment for the cruise operation, making it one of the greenest cruise lines of the world — especially if the others don’t catch up. With more than 300 vessels at sea running on polluting fuel, the three new hybrid electric-powered expedition cruise ships will be in the great minority.
Check out the long list of itineraries left in the season, plan for spring or hold off for the new ships’ arrivals. Either way, the website offers an incredible sneak peek of all the cruise line has to offer for your family.
If you are a lover of thrill rides and rollercoasters, you better start thinking about a future trip to test out some new ones in Orlando, Florida’s, theme parks. Throughout the next year, some theme parks are expecting a number of thrilling additions and experiences for willing guests. From two long-anticipated coasters slated to open next year in Walt Disney World to a yet-to-be-announced Jurassic Park roller coaster set to open in Universal Orlando, thrill-seekers and coaster fanatics will be in awe.
In times of stress, boredom and even enjoyment, some of us find ourselves reaching for a treat or two — or a dozen. When you need the crunch or sweetness of a snack, but not all the guilt and remorse to follow, registered dietician Lisa Moskovitz, founder and CEO, New York Nutrition Group, recommends these not-so-bad snacks — they’re also great in kids’ lunches or as after-school snacks!
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
The first refreshing aspect of Morgan’s Wonderland is its inspiration; a real person instead of a cast of cartoon characters. The second, all the more innovative and meaningful, her parents channeled her resilience and zest for life into a destination of pure family fun, designed to be more inclusive than some of the most-visited theme parks on the planet.