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Cruising’s Special Kid-Welcoming Touches

Look with Family Travel Forum's cruise expert through her daughter's eyes to see what can make a family cruise truly special. During our six years of family cruising, we have always been surprised at the extra attention fawned on our daughter by ships' staff. We are constantly reminded that cruise personnel excel at making passengers feel special. Each of our eight family...

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Feeding the Titanic Fever

If the Titanic story interests you, here are a few museums and exhibits around the globe that are dedicated to the notorious ship and its demise.Interest in the Titanic, Britain's "unsinkable" ocean liner, which sank 10 days into her maiden voyage, has continued almost unabated since we first reviewed the exhibition of the ship wreck's relics in Memphis several years ago. Premier Exhibitions...

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Girlfriends on the Nile: Egypt for R&R

After a few months of work in Baghdad, I was ready for a break and decided to visit Egypt with my friend Tina, who is the Baghdad Bureau Chief for the LA Times, and New York friend Linda.   Linda then came into town before Tina, and...

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Guide To Yacht Charters In The Caribbean

If chartering a yacht is something that floats your boat, FTF can tell you how to find a great charter on the Caribbean. Whether you've been "Swept Away," entranced by "A Perfect Storm," or inspired by shipping magnates ranging from J.P. Morgan to Aristotle Onassis, every traveler dreams of chartering his own yacht. For the novice captain, his or her mate and a crew of young swabbies, there...

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Cruising’s Cool for Tiny Travelers

Planning to cruise with a Tiny Traveler? Here's the information you need on babysitting and childcare options.While a cruise vacation is a dream for many families, those with infants and toddlers may be confused about which lines will welcome the diaper set aboard, and provide care for them.  While most ships offer elaborate activities for school age children and even teens, baby care...

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Cruising for a Bruising? You Won’t Find It At Sea

FTF examines cruise kids' programs and offers tips on how to avoid a psychic and financial bruising when planning a floating holiday. Having been a guest on a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Caribbean, I'm the first to say it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Cruising, as in my stereotyped image of endless buffets, shuffleboard playoffs,...

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Club Maeva Miramar, Mexico

The family-friendly perks at this Gulf coast resort in Mexico make it a top value all-inclusive getaway for Southerners.Tampico is a vacationer's paradise, and, as of late, one of Mexico's best-kept secrets. During the first half of the 20th century, Tampico was such a Mecca for international celebrities that during the 1950's bandleader Stan Kenton had a number one hit titled "Tampico," in...

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Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

It's a favorite with parents, kids 2 to 12-years and even hard-to-please teens, and one of Club Med's top family destinations.Club Med began decades ago, when a vacation visionary, Gerard Blitz, living in post-war Paris, launched Club Mediterranée as a non-profit sports club. He pitched a tent village on a Mediterranean beach using WWII army surplus tents and...

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Family Fun at Sundance Trail Ranch in the Colorado Rockies

My family and I had never been to a dude ranch before. All my life I had dreamed of horses, of actually getting the chance to know one, to learn how to take care of it, and to learn how to ride.  When I was a child, we couldn't afford such luxuries, but Sundance Trail Ranch in Red Feather Lakes (about an hour from Fort Collins) changed all that, and my life, forever! What did it?  Everything,...

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Cruising Thailand’s Similan Islands

Join a Canadian family of adventurous sailors as they embark on a clipper ship to transit the calm waters between Thailand and Singapore. Thailand is one of our family's favorite vacation destinations, and we try to visit often. As much as we enjoy the land, the Thai people, and the magnificent coastline and beaches, we had never considered taking a cruise. Yet, after some R'n'R on the island...

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