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The Long View: Seeing Europe By Sea

FTF's cruise expert weighs in on the benefits of touring Europe by sea in an era of foreign exchange malaise and inflated prices.Back in our great-grandparents’ day, a trip to Europe was often a once-in-a-lifetime event. Families who could afford it would embark, steamer trunks in tow, for weeks or even months at a time to sweep through the great capitals of the Continent, knowing...

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico Hotels and Resorts

Explore the little known Isla Mujeres (Island of Women), less than 10 miles from Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula, where family rooms cost under $100 nightly.Mexico has been a leading destination for years, with many resorts and beautiful locales, making it hard to find quiet, family-friendly beach getaways  among the tourist hot spots and party palaces. If that's what you seek, Isla Mujeres...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – The Breakers, Florida

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida as a Top Luxury Beach Resort. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat reserved for a special occasion, our 9th annual awards focus on the latest travel segment to embrace young guests: the super luxe resort.

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The Long View: Shore Excursions

FTF's cruise expert examines the whole business of shore excursions, and if your days in port by escort are worth their cost.Just as there are people who cruise and people who don't, a subset also exists of people who take prepackaged shore excursions and those who prefer to go it alone. Because cruise passengers are typically only at a port for one day or, in some cases, for less time...

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Reunions Afloat

Extended Families find fun at sea with a Carnival Cruise Lines sailing up the New England coast to Canada.Everyone talks about how wonderful cruises are for families, but we recently put the concept to the test by defining "family" in its broadest sense. That is, we decided to take the plunge with our own three children, aged 8, 9 and 11; our brother- and sister-in-law, who were traveling without...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa, Hawai’i

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 109 survey of award-winners honored the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa, Mau'i, Hawai'i as a Top Luxury Spa. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat reserved for a special occasion, our 9th annual awards focus on the latest travel segment to embrace young guests: the super luxe resort.

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay, Hawai’i

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, Lana'i, Hawai'i as a Top Luxury Beach Resort.In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, Lana'i, Hawai'i as a Top Luxury Beach Resort. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat...

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Exploring Australia: Hawkesbury River Region, New South Wales

The Hawkesbury River region on the east coast of Australia is a haven for families, an ideal complement to the bustle of big city Sydney. Reaching the area is an easy train ride, and it's a far...

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A Galapagos Eco-Adventure

Seven days in Ecuador's prehistoric landscape, cruising and watching unusual wildlife together with family, may be the ultimate bonding experience. After decades of travel, no other destination pops so readily into my mind. I need notes of my trip only to provide lost names of islands, boats and fellow travelers – the image of every bird, lizard and animal remains vividly imprinted:   Sun...

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Are Luxury Cruises Worth the Big Bucks?

FTF's cruise expert explains why luxury cruises cost so much and why they are sometimes worth every penny.If you've always wanted to wallow in the elegance of a super luxurious cruise, but held back because of concerns that your kids either won't be welcome -- and/or -- won't have anyone to play with, this might be your year. Crystal Cruises, which caters to upscale travelers and exudes...

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