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Why Beaches is Better than Most All-Inclusives

While Turks & Caicos is known for its clear turquoise water, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa offers more than just sun, sand and surf; thanks to a menu of activities, eateries...

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Free and Fabulous! Public Art Supports Summer Learning

Ah summer. A time for sun, sand, sea and -- art? Even kids who regard museum visits as a form of punishment can enjoy some of the season’s most inventive art installations without setting foot indoors. Here...

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Life Hack: De-Stress By Celebrating Family Holidays At Sea

Thinking of spending the holidays (any holiday) on a family cruise vacation; here's my report on the stress-free pluses and minor minuses of cruising over an Easter school break. As much as I love to...

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The Sherry-Netherland Redefines Old School with Fresh Family Deals

Looking for a trendy Manhattan hotel with exposed brick, stainless steel furniture and live DJ music? The Sherry-Netherland on New York’s swanky 5th Avenue isn’t it -- and the hotel aims...

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Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica

A previous winner of FTF's Top 10 Getaways for Luxury Family Travel, Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica, offers the ultimate splurge vacation: a...

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Three Hotels, Three Ways To Do New York

One of the joys of visiting New York is its cheerfully chaotic blend of the old and the new. Cutting-edge architecture sits cheek by jowl next to historic properties, many of which have been repurposed...

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The Loews Regency New York

The Loews Regency Hotel boasts a newly-renovated and family-friendly property in the heart of Manhattan. The imposing Park Avenue hotel has been famous since its grand opening in 1963 for drawing...

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Stoweflake At Stowe, Vermont’s Spa Resort

Summer is approaching, and parents with Vermont on their vacation radar will find an entire menu of kid- and adult-friendly activities at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, which...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – The Grove, Great Britain

Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat reserved for a special occasion, our Top 10 awards in 2006 focused on the latest...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – Evian Royal Resort, France

In 2006, FTF's 9th annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored Evian Royal Resort, Evian-les-Bains, France as a Top Luxury Spa. Whether a high-end vacation...

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New York Grand Hyatt Woos Kids with American Girl Big City Deals

Embarking on a family trip to Manhattan takes a little planning, and perhaps more than in other urban destinations, a key consideration is hotel location. Do you want to be in...

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Weekend Adventures with Kids Around the Bay Area

We love San Francisco’s Bay Area and the Monterey Peninsula and return often with our family to sample new hotels, restaurants and the ever-changing scene.  Fans who have been leery of attempting...

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The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, which emerged brilliantly from a major renovation of one of Maui's top beach and golfing areas, keeps on getting better, partially because the AAA five-diamond...

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From Norwegian Cruise Line, A New Dawn

To say that New Englanders are excited to have the newly renovated Norwegian Dawn plying the waters off Boston Harbor to Bermuda is an understatement. Formerly served by the smaller Norwegian...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Cayman Island as a Top Luxury Beach Resort. In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored The...

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Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Of The Seas – How It Fared

Our cruise specialist reports on whether size matters on the new Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas - the largest cruise ship sailing the seas today.As a family travel specialist, I often preview...

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Atlantis Resort’s AKA Tropical Family Paradise

When you have a mega-resort that thrills all ages and you add a new kids club, tween and teen entertainment, and a Lego playroom, you get paradise.LEGO fans, mini divas and pint-sized chefs are...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – One And Only Palmilla, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored the One&Only Palmilla, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico as a Top Luxury Golf Resort.In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners...

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Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's newest and biggest ship plies the Caribbean Sea and gets a full inspection from FTF's cruise admiral and her kids.I admit it was the promise of on-board surfing that...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – Sandy Lane, Barbados

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award winners honored Sandy Lane, St. James, Barbados as a Top Luxury Golf Resort. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – Hotel Del Coronado, California

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, California as a Top Luxury Beach Resort. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your...

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Wailea Beach Villas, Maui, Hawaii

Upscale Maui condos where an opulent at-home environment helps families who want to play together, stay together.Wailea Beach Villas on Maui’s south coast is a great choice for families who...

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The Long View: Coping With Carry-On Regulations

FTF's cruising expert examines carry-on regulations and how family sailors can cope with leaving the liquids and gels behind.I haven't willingly checked a bag in 10 years, even for a weeklong...

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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...

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Top 10 Getaways for Luxury Travelers

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners highlighted the most exclusive resorts that offer a genuine welcome to families.In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The Long View: Zipline Excursions – Safe or Scary?

FTF's cruise expert examines "adventure" shore excursions to determine whether they are good value or safe for families.As frequent cruisers know, a ship's optional shore excursions can make...

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The Long View: Cruising’s Specialty Restaurants

Hear what FTF's cruise expert has to say about what passes for "fine dining" aboard today's major cruise ships.Lately, when I mention cruising to friends and family, the topic of dining...

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Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida

Recently renovated, this ultra-ritzy Gulf Coast resort retains its Old World style while catering to families with new programs and amenities. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is proof that this venerable...

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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...

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SoCal, Where The Del Guarantees Happy Tweens And Teens

Here's a long-time classic Southern California resort that's reinvented itself as San Diego's coolest spa and sports getaway, with class and style.Looking for a way to amuse the...

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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...

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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...

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Connected At Sea

FTF's cruise expert analyzes the best and most cost-efficient ways to stay in touch on the major ships.Half the fun of going on a cruise is getting away from it all, but sometimes you just...

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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...

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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...

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