Article
Canalboating Along Florida’s Okeechobee Waterway

A canalboat journey is an ideal multi-generational vacation for the family who likes to earn their keep by navigating and fishing for supper. Only the sound of fish jumping nearby broke the silence of the early evening. We chose this anchorage for it isolation, having bypassed several possible overnight spots because of inquisitive cattle standing on the river bank solemnly looking at our...

Read More    6 min read

Article
Across The Caribbean Aboard Westerdam: A Floating, Family-Friendly Hotel

Have children who want to learn about the world on the ultimate field trip? Holland America cruises can fulfill and exceed that educational requirement. It's winter in the Northern Hemisphere. This means late sunrise, low temperatures, gray days, precipitation, and early darkness in the mix. What might bring warm days and sunny skies, powder-sand beaches and destinations that offer unusual...

Read More    10 min read

Article
Greek Island Sampler: Cruise Aboard The Cristal

There's no better way to tour the Greek isles and show kids and parents a truly educational, enriching and fun good time than by ship.Children may not be thrilled at the thought of viewing a brilliant sunset on the Greek island of Santorini, which is famous for such occasions, but they might be more favorably inclined to see a volcano close-up and have the experience of riding a docile...

Read More    8 min read

Article
Mexican Riviera Aboard the Golden Princess

Families interested in a taste of Mexican culture, beach time, and not having to worry about packing and unpacking, should try this cruise.(Editor's Note: For the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, the Golden Princess will not be sailing to Mexico.  Instead, the ship's tropical itineraries will highlight Hawaii.  The following members of the Princess fleet will be traveling to the...

Read More    4 min read

Article
O’ahu, Hawaii Hotels And Resorts

Looking for places to stay with kids on your Hawaiian vacation in O'ahu? Here are some hotels and resorts to explore. Looking for places to stay with kids on your Hawaiian vacation in O'ahu? Here are some hotels and resorts to explore. Hilton Hawaiian Village 800/445-8667, 808/949-4321 At the quieter...

Read More    3 min read

Article
The Norwegian Gem Sets Sail

Read about our cruise expert's sneak peak at a brand new ship during an inaugural "cruise to nowhere."Whether it’s shaking up cruise cuisine with its Freestyle dining concept or adding ultra luxury villas to its newer ships, Norwegian Cruise Line has never been afraid to take risks and go its own way. With that in mind, I was eager to check out the new 2,400-passenger NCL Gem,...

Read More    6 min read

Article
Finding The Perfect Family Cruise

Dreaming of a cruise but not sure where to begin? Here are 7 strategies for picking a winner for everyone in your family.Look at this strange sight: the entire family is sitting down for dinner together. Amazing... such a simple event in hectic times, but that's the good news for families on a cruise. The bad news is that junior feels there are far too many formal dinners and hardly...

Read More    5 min read

Article
Alaska’s Yukon Territory From Ship To Shore

FTF's contributing editor joins Holland America Lines and learns how to explore Alaska's Yukon Territory by land and sea -- comfortably.One morning in '63 a new boy, Martin, from Dawson City in the Yukon Territory, walked into our Grade Two class.  As our teacher, Mrs. Brand, explained to us that Martin came from the land of the famous 1898 Klondike Goldrush, most of us kids were...

Read More    5 min read

Article
Phuket, Thailand Is James Bond Territory

Experience sea canoeing, sailing, and other adventures at this exotic southeast Asian destination. The cave tunnel gets smaller and smaller as we lie flat in the yellow inflatable kayak. "No moving!" laughs Sayaan, our Thai guide. The roof constricts to barely half an inch above my nose. Moments pass, then the grotto widens. "Turn your flashlights on," he whispers. Glistening stalactites...

Read More    5 min read

Article
The Greenbrier, West Virginia’s Grande Dame

This historic resort pleases the fussiest family member with the same style it caters to dignitaries and celebrities. Are kids and a famous, award-winning resort mutually exclusive? Not necessarily. Does a resort that has entertained numerous presidents and dignitaries make a good choice for a family vacation? It can, if the resort is The Greenbrier...

Read More    5 min read