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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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Alaska: Cruising In Comfort With Teens

Stunning natural beauty, adventure, ease and a thirst for knowledge about the region await travelers on a fully equipped vessel cruising Alaska.Stepping out on the deck an hour or so after departing from Seward, twilight disappearing in the summer sky, we heard a small commotion. Approaching a group of people looking over the railing, we saw what they saw: first one, then two, then five or...

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Barcelo Mayan Riviera Resorts

Imagine an easy vacation at a first class all-inclusive with impressive dining options, friendly service and kids' activities, in nearby Mexico.The Barcelo Mayan Riviera is a complex of four intermingled resorts on a broad expanse of Riviera Maya beach, 75 kilometers south of the Cancun airport. The whole place is wonderfully suited for families, especially those with older children...

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Caribbean Princess

FTF's cruise specialist rates a new Caribbean-bound Princess ship to see how well it fares with families. Today’s cruise lines draw rave reviews for appealing to children and even moody teens, but what about that even more elusive subset – tweens aged 10 to 12? With this in mind, I embarked on a recent seven-day voyage with my 12-year-old daughter Chloe aboard the Caribbean...

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Sailing On The ms Westerdam

Holland America Line now welcomes grandparents, their kids and their kid's kids, and treats them all to a memorable and classy cruise vacation.Holland America Line's ms Westerdam is not a Disney ship, so if your kids or grandkids need a lot of stimulation, it may not fit the bill.  However, if you are looking for a fun family holiday that caters to all generations, then this...

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Travel Trends 2006: Cruising’s Up, Cruisers Up

Trends Report, June 1, 2006 The North American cruise industry celebrates rise in passenger numbers and revenues, largely due to multi-generational travel. A recent press conference hosted by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) revealed just how much the cruise industry is prospering these days. Calling 2005 a year of “sustained...

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Carnival Triumph

Join FTF's cruise expert as she boards the Carnival Triumph for a cruise with tweens and teens up the East coast to Canada.Been to an island destination with the kids lately? If so, you have probably been bombarded with pirate face painting and hair-braiding vendors – so is it any wonder that youth spas would be far behind? Sure enough, manicures with funky flower decals, special...

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Aboard Carnival’s Triumph

My family and I sailed on Carnival's Triumph from New York to Halifax last September. The Assistant Chief Cabin Steward Mr. Melvin Joseph, deserves a positive mention for being extremely helpful to me in the terminal when I left my valet bag on the ship after disembarking and clearing customs in New York. This could have been...

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Travel Specialists on the Millenium

  With dwindling enthusiasm generated by Y2K computer fears, staggering rates for ordinary vacations, and the usual holiday shortage of airline seats, Millennium cruise and resort packages are still plentiful according to a recent report in Travel Agent. Since an estimated 20% of all Americans are expected to travel somewhere over New Years, we asked some of FTF's...

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