What’s included on a Royal Caribbean cruise

Going on an all-inclusive cruise can be a great way to keep to a budget during a family vacation...as long as you know what's included in your cruise fare and what will cost you extra. Unless you're a frequent cruiser or a Crown and Anchor member with perks, you'll want to know what's included on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Included on a Royal Caribbean cruise: Beverages: filtered tap water … [Read more...]

Cruise planning: Cruise line comparison chart and more

A cruise is a great way to enjoy multiple destinations while only unpacking once. Cruisers combine the convenience of an all-inclusive resort with the adventure of ports of call and international experiences. However, planning a cruise involves a special set of considerations that planning your average trip does not. How will you get to your departure port? Should you book excursions ahead of … [Read more...]

Uncruise review of Costa Rica and Panama: Why small ship cruising is great for families

Every so often, we are lucky enough to experience¬†a trip that sets our bar higher for family travel excellence. Before we embarked on our Uncruise adventure through Costa Rica and Panama, the bar was already pretty darn high...we had experienced small ship sailing previously with Alaskan Dream Cruises and frankly, didn't think it could be topped. While there were a few differences, Uncruise met … [Read more...]

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Guide to family cruising in Croatia with kids

Sailing holidays are perfect for families, where you can set your pace and plan your own schedule, especially if you have children on board as well. Moreover, you stay together like a well-knit group in your floating home as you sail off the stunning Cro√†tian coastline. Check out this handy guide for a multi-activity family cruise in Croatia. Best time to sail The best time to go sailing … [Read more...]

Disney cruise checklist: Five items we were glad we had (and five we didn’t need)

When you and your family feel safe cruising again, be ready! On our voyage on the Disney Fantasy, we packed carry-on only for four people to Disney World and the Bahamas, which I felt was a feat in itself. Turns out, we still brought things we didn't need (and others we were very glad we had). If you're lucky enough to be packing for a Disney cruise, learn from our triumphs and mistakes using … [Read more...]

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First time cruising with children

While a lot of people absolutely love going on a vacation, especially on those nice private charters where everything is taken care of for you, and all you have to do is enjoy, planning things out is definitely a challenge. And if you also have children you intend on taking along with you, that challenge is a lot more difficult, especially with small children. They make things a lot more … [Read more...]

Mega cruise guide to family cruise vacations

Wondering how to pick the right cruise? Our cruise guide will steer the way! A cruise is a great way to enjoy multiple destinations while only unpacking once. Cruisers combine the convenience of an all-inclusive resort with the adventure of ports of call and international experiences. However, planning a cruise involves a special set of considerations that planning your average trip does not. How … [Read more...]

On a budget? Cruise tips for saving money!

Cruise vacations remain some of the most budget-friendly family vacation options available. While I admit to being quite picky about cruises, experience has taught me that cruises make for excellent multi-generational trips, allowing diverse family groups to have a great time together without extensive effort, stress, time, and, if you do it right, money. On a budget: cruise tips! How to save … [Read more...]

Impact travel with teens: What to expect on a Fathom cruise

If you have kids over age 8, and are ready to dive into some form of volun-tourism while you vacation, a Fathom cruise to the Dominican Republic may be a great place to start. Fathom cruises combine the fun of a cruise vacation with a meaningful way to give back, and, perhaps even more importantly, a way to connect with local people in a meaningful way, getting to understand local issues, customs, … [Read more...]

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Scotland barge cruise tips: Seeing Scotland by waterway

Scotland barge river cruises are gaining in popularity by the minute, and it's easy to understand why: these itineraries allow for all-inclusive convenience and luxury without sacrificing the intimate look at local scenery and culture lost when booking a larger ocean cruise. Scotland barge cruise tips: Scotland, with its canals and locks, is an especially ideal country to explore by waterway. A … [Read more...]