Two of the most common perceptions about the cruising experience is the boats are awash with buffets and 24-hour food service and populated with passengers content on sitting on a deck chair and watching the world go by. There’s some truth to this, as some need the downtime and lots of effort has been put in to upgrade the on-board dining experience at every level.
However, new options crop up for those wanting a more active experience on and off the ship, including experiences that have passengers interacting with the natural attributes of the ports of call to bring real balance to body and mind. Though the cruises are wildly different from one another, they also provide ideal backdrops for mother–adult daughter trips as well as unique journeys adult couples can enjoy with older relatives.
One boutique cruise line, Paradise, plans cruises that incorporate Tai Chi, kayaking excursions and the opportunity to participate in an epic hike in the bay’s biggest cave and island. The rough-luxury itinerary is not only filled with serene backdrops and meaningful communion with nature, but also local cuisine which often runs light, spicy and refreshing. Paradise boats include the refined Paradise Elegance (added to the fleet this year) or the Paradise Peak, which has only eight cabins and therefore can provide exclusive accommodations for multigenerational family trips.
On that score, Your Boat Holiday organizes luxury bespoke charter yacht cruises around the world. She details Phuket packages aboard a fully equipped sail and motor yacht staffed with experienced trainers, PADI diving instructors, massage services and yoga lessons. Another retreat she has in the works to Siem Reap, Cambodia, includes daily Pilates classes, two days of temple tours and three amazing Khmer-influenced vegan and vegetarian meals. Her packages come close to being a spa and fitness program on the high seas. That said, the company sails to destinations on almost every continent.
Larger cruise lines also whip some new itineraries and fitness-driven journeys into shape. Windstar’s seven-day Costa Rica and Panama cruise gets things moving soon after setting sail in Colón, Panama, and a day at sea experiencing the grand transit of the Panama Canal. The route leads to adventures in Balboa, Isla Parida, Golfo Dulce (Puerto Jimenez), Quepos and Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica — places so off the beaten cruise trail that arriving at the actual destinations needs to be done via “wet landing,” either via raft or wading in the water.
Activities available in this Central American adventure destination include yoga classes and stand-up paddle boarding on a beach in a national forest to surfing lessons, sport fishing, rafting and flying through rainforest canopies on a zipline. In addition to a cruise director or concierge, these journeys have local naturalists on board who can clue guests into the best hikes. It is worth noting all Windstar cruises offer complimentary yoga class for guests, sometimes on the fly bridge (the top deck) and, on other occasions, on the beach in tropical locations.
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 …
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.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.