Taking a family cruise is a terrific way to visit a number of places while only having to unpack your belongings once. Cruise lines know families want more from their days at sea and in port, and continue to develop new itineraries to suit passengers’ desires. Here, we take a look at some of the new cruise itineraries and destinations ready for booking.
It’s no surprise Disney specializes in family cruising, and Disney Cruise Line makes sure kids and kids at heart have plenty to do on and off the water. What’s really fun about Disney Cruise Line is they bring their characters to the sea. Starting in November, Very Merrytime Cruises bring holiday festivities from the land to sea; this year and next, Super Heroes and Super Villains from the Marvel Universe will spend a Marvel Day at Sea on seven select voyages; and Star Wars Days at Sea return with 15 special sailings to the Caribbean from January through April. On each of the cruises, days will be filled with themed entertainment, activities and exclusive interactions with the heroes and villains, and Mickey and his friends.
In June, Carnival Cruise Lines debuted its cruises to Cuba from Tampa aboard Carnival Paradise. The four-day itinerary spends two days in Havana and includes a day at sea, and the five-day itinerary spends one night in Havana, another in Cozumel and two days at sea. Just a month earlier, the cruise line added Princess Cays in the Bahamas to its Caribbean itineraries. Additionally, its most family-friendly ship, the Carnival Vista, is also its newest, and features a SkyRide, a pedal-powered bike high above the deck; WaterWorks, a water park at sea; and an IMAX theater onboard.
Families with kids ages 8 and older will enjoy Windstar Cruises’ new seven-day Costa Rica & Panama Canal itinerary aboard the four-masted sailing ship, Wind Star. In addition to transmitting the Panama Canal, families can add to their adventures by rafting, fishing, surfing and zip lining. For those families with more time, land packages to Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloudforest and Tortuguero National Park — to see sea turtles! — are available.
Norwegian Cruise Lines introduced its Harvest Caye to its Western Caribbean itinerary late last year. What’s fun about this tropical island one mile off the coast of Southern Belize is it’s full of adventure, from zip lining, suspension bridges and free-fall jumps to stand-up paddling and wildlife tours. Or, choose to relax on the white-sand beach, splash in the crystal-blue waters, or play in the 15,000-square-foot pool.
With all these new cruise offerings, it’s time for you and your family to hit the high seas!
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Tucked away between the verdant hills of the Dominican Republic and beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, Samaná is the perfect year-round destination. No matter what time of year you choose to visit this hidden gem, you can check things off your travel bucket list. In the summer, escape the busy tourism hot spots and explore off-the-beaten path areas and activities; in the winter, embark on an eco-excursion like whale watching in Samaná Bay.
From 24-Hour Butler Service to a Sky Pool: Boutique Luxury Awaits at Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences in Los Cabos
Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.
The coastal town of Belek in Antalya serves as the setting for the brand new, 5-star Cullinan Belek, named for the largest rough diamond ever discovered. Set along the sparkling azure waters of the Turkish Riviera, the new property boasts its own private white-sand beach, with 600 plush guestrooms (including 10 luxurious villas), all providing sea views. The hotel also has 13 swimming pools, 10 dining venues and five bars.
Museums beckon wherever we go. They amuse and enlighten travelers and bring to public attention historical, artistic, scientific and natural wonders. Most are thought-provoking and educational, stretching our minds and our knowledge of the world. Some, however, stand out as just plain quirky: personal and sometimes whimsical collections, museums dedicated to a unique skill or long- forgotten industry, arcane collections originally designed for scientific study. Others devote their space to sharing a subject that represents one person’s consuming passion.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
The Seoul Tourism Organization participated in IMEX, the world’s largest MICE exhibition, in Frankfurt, Germany, May 29–June 2. IMEX celebrated its 200th anniversary this year.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection celebrated an exciting moment recently when Evrima, its inaugural yacht, completed a series of successful sea trials. On June 9, in Santander, Spain, Evrima reached what is considered one of the final shipbuilding milestones prior to launch with the sea trials, a series of tests carried out when the yacht is sailing on open waters. Captain Steven MacBeath led the trials, alongside a team of senior officers, engineers, contractors and shipyard staff.