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New Guest on Alaska Princess Cruises

May 29, 2017
Bear sightings for Princess Cruises guests in Alaska are one of the most highly anticipated experiences during a cruise to the “Great Land.” This season all Princess guests can meet the new bear mascot on board named “Stanley.”

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Funky, fun, historical and sobering — Amsterdam!


We head to a nearby street where we can’t believe our food choices -- Italian, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, French… After a week of heavy Austrian and Czech food, we opt for Indonesian at Sahid Jaya more
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A trip to Costa Rica designed for teens and tweens (and one little sister)


After a morning of white-water rafting (and plenty of water fights) on Costa Rica's Sarapiqui River, and a first-rate burrito lunch made by our raft guides at the river's edge, we stop in the small town of Horquetas, about 10 minutes from where we are staying to visit an elementary school. Some 270 kids attend the ill-equipped school, which is so overcrowded that children must attend split sessions. The students mug for our cameras and giggle. more
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In Prague — the Paris of the East


Another day, another church. We’re all excited to explore Prague, which many now call The Paris of the East. It’s crowded with tourists on this brilliant summer day. Prague, of course, is the capital of the Czech Republic and has been an intersection of continental merchant routes for centuries. more
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In Vienna with “Adventures by Disney”


We meet 23-year-old Trevor Enderby, one of our two guides for the week, who whisks us to our waiting car and to the hotel where our other guide, Alex Kemper is waiting to greet us at the Marriott Vienna. more
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TO AUSTIN, TEXAS


All around Lost Pines were other families determined not to miss one second of vacation fun -- floating in the lazy river, watching the kids on the water slide or in the baby pool, saddling up for horseback rides or bike rides around the extensive property (405 acres and an adjoining 1,100-acre nature park!), playing "golf" with preschoolers on the lawn and watching them on the playground nearby. more
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An amazing journey to see the sea turtles lay their eggs


Tortuguero is all about the turtles. The Caribbean Conservation Corporation (www.ccturtle.org) is the oldest sea turtle conservation anywhere and the program here -- more than 30 years old -- has documented an over 400 per cent increase in green turtle nesting here. For a $25 donation to the Conservation Corporation, I adopt a turtle tag # 105549. more
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Mixing two cultures at a local school


We parents of course notice what their schools are missing-computers, air conditioning, enough room for the children to go to school full days. Sarah Kate Garrett, at nine the youngest in our group, immediately makes friends with nine-year-old Maria. more
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Into the Costa Rican rainforests


No bored seen-that done-that teens in this crowd. At breakfast, we’ve met the rest of our group from Thomson Family Adventures. We are four families with eight girls aged eight to 16. There are two other moms traveling solo with kids and a family with three girls from Los Altos, CA. The dad, Jeff Purnell jokes that he’s used to being outnumbered by women. more
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TO VERMONT — IN SUMMER


The steep climb up the slick rocks -- 770 vertical feet -- doesn't phase them, nor scrambling without footholds or squeezing between two boulders. "Hard but fun," a trio of 9-year-old boys declare, as they race ahead. "Definitely worth it," their older sisters add, as they trail close behind them. more
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A trip to Costa Rica with two teenagers


JFK was typically a crowded mess at Delta. No one was quite sure which line was which -- baggage drop, check in, security? For some reason, the automated kiosk wouldn’t let us check in so we got on a long line only to discover that was the line for the folks who had already checked in but needed to drop their bags more
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