Cruise lines constantly up their games — adding new and bigger ships to their fleets; more innovative activities to keeps guests engaged while they’re on board; and developing dining options that appeal to kids and foodies alike. Another way the cruise lines up their games is by adding new ports of calls to their itineraries. Here, we take a look at some that make their debut in 2018.
With the debut of Symphony of the Seas this month, Royal Caribbean introduces its European sailing guests to Holyhead on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales. Once on land, cruisers aboard Symphony of the Seas can expect to find lakes, waterfalls and rising peaks that await adventure and exploration.
This summer, Disney Cruise Line sails into Italy and Ireland for the first time, adding Genoa (Milan) and Cork to its itineraries. The cruise line is also ready to welcome its guests to Barcelona and Rome on the same cruise, also for the first time. Disney’s first-ever seven-night Bristol Isles cruise will stop in Dublin; Greenock, Scotland; and Liverpool, England, in addition to Cork. In the summer of 2019, Disney cruise ships will sail to seven new ports in Europe: Gothenburg and Nynashamn (Stockholm), Sweden; Toulon (Provence) and Brest, France; Cartagena, Spain; Fredericia, Denmark; and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Carnival Cruise Line increases its presence in Mexico with the announcement of a port development project in Ensenada, much to the delight of cruisers traveling from the West Coast.
Skagen, Denmark, will be visited for the first time this year by Princess Cruises, and the cruise line also offers new 12-day British Isles cruises aboard the Royal Princess.
With so many options, it may be hard to choose which cruise is right for you, but won’t it be fun to figure it out?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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