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Hawaii By Sea

Cruising the Hawaiian Islands on NCL's American-flagged ocean liner means never packing and unpacking the kids as you tour around a state made to be seen by sea.Is exploring Hawai'i by sea the best way for families to gain in-depth knowledge of the destination? Okay, probably not, but first-timers to the region can get a taste of the major attractions and a sense of the Aloha spirit for...

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Coconut Bay Resort And Spa, St. Lucia

A beautiful island, a great resort, a high quality all-inclusive experience for all ages in a verdant eco-paradise.St. Lucia’s majestic Piton mountains and lush vegetation make it one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. If your family has just arrived from a long international flight, however, you may not be able to fully appreciate your two-hour drive to St....

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Pride of America

NCL's newest vessel to ply the Hawaiian Islands gets a full inspection from FTF's admiral and falls short on "aloha-ness."Frankly, cruise ships that ply the Hawaiian Islands have a hard time competing with the destination itself. Who has time to explore the ship and take advantage of the on-board programs for kids and adults when some of the best excursions in the industry await on...

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Sweden To Finland: A Ferry Fit For A Cruise

Tired of long flights and train rides? FTF recommends a comfortable ferry tour through Scandinavia. In February 2000, my family toured Scandinavia under the aegis of Norvista Tours, beginning our itinerary in Sweden before proceeding to our ultimate goal, Finland's Ice Hotel. From Stockholm... Stockholm's hospitable Hotel Sergel...

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From Aswan To Luxor: Egypt Along The Nile

A cruise on the Nile River makes for an exciting - and surprisingly affordable - family trip to Egypt. Here's an account of how history can come alive when you fix in some fun and good food. A cruise on the Nile River makes for an exciting - and surprisingly affordable - family trip to Egypt. Here's an account of how history can come alive when you fix in some fun and good food. There...

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Hype vs. Reality at All-Inclusive Resorts

Find out the difference between the hype your family is sold, and the reality of a vacation experience at an all-inclusive tropical resort.I am often asked about all-inclusive resorts, "Are they as great as people say?"  Somewhere between the marketing hype and the reality of a vacation with kids in tow lies the truth.

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Cruising Australia’s South Pacific

A deluxe family cruise with P&O Lines from Sydney, Australia highlights the pirates' lore and pleasures of the South Pacific.Modern travel can make my head spin. Jump on a plane, whiz into a different country, whiz around the place and jump back home. Cruising is the perfect antidote for those of us who believe the journey should be as enjoyable as the destination, and the South Pacific...

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Galapagos Islands Cruise With Lindblad

Play Darwin with your family on an educational, unforgettable trip around the ecologically amazing Galapagos islands with Lindblad Expeditions. We just finished our beginners' snorkeling lesson. As we went to retrieve our towels on the white sparkling beach of Gardner Bay in the Galapagos' most southeastern island of Española, we came across...

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Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada, Dominican Republic

Visit two of Viva Wyndham's most popular all-inclusive resorts on the DR's north shore and learn what great value and hospitality really mean.If you are looking for a tropical paradise, the Dominican Republic should rank high on your shortlist. If you draw a line east 740 miles from Miami, you will hit the DR, a country the size of West Virginia blessed with a rather varied topography....

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Maximize The Magic Onboard MSC’s Lirica

Thinking of taking a cruise? Check out what makes the MSC Lirica a great choice for an upscale onboard experience for the whole family.Pack lots of fun gear, toss in some chic party clothes, stir up lots of imagination, and mix in a beautiful ship for an unforgettable family escape onboard the “Italian Signature” MSC Lirica, a cruise offering understated European ambience...

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