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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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Last Cuba port call – historic Santiago de Cuba and pirates of the Caribbean


Santiago de Cuba Centro
Historic Santiago de Cuba is home to revolutions, gave birth to Cuban leaders Jose Marti and Fidel Castro and was the scene of Teddy Roosevelt's famous charge up San Juan Hill. more
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Second port call in Cuba – beautiful French-inspired Cienfuegos


French colonial architecture restoration project in Cienguegos
If Cuba had a Paris, Lonely Planet Cuba says, Cienfuegos would be it as it’s arranged around a spectacular natural bay (there are charter sailboats in the harbor and I can only imagine a lot more once Americans discover this place). more
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TAKING THE KIDS – TO CUBA ON THE FIRST AMERICAN SHIP TO SAIL HERE IN NEARLY 60 YEARS


I’ve learned first hand that encouraging kids to be global citizens, to be comfortable outside their own comfort zones, helps them navigate unfamiliar and difficult turf in their lives as they grow up. more
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In Havana, meeting people who are starting private businesses


Gilberto Valladares Reina in his hairdressing salon and museum in Old Havana
Gilberto Valladares Reina has always been a barber—and a dreamer. That’s not always been easy in Cuba, where the government controlled so many aspects of your life. more
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Into Havana on a “people-to-people” tour from the first American cruise ship in 58 years


Kids from the Adonia mugging for the camera in Old Havana
Cubans lined the Havana shoreline, cheering loudly as the ship sailed in. Those on board lined the decks cheering, waving Cuban and American flags as Adonia, became the first American ship to enter Havana Harbor in 58 years more
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How kids like making history on first American cruise to Cuba


Kids table on the Fathom Adonia enrollee to Cuba
The Russell kids had spent the last two weeks in the Dominican Republic where they joined in volunteer activities that ranged from wrapping chocolate bars at a women’s collective to helping to lay cement floors for several families. more
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On the first American sea voyage to Cuba since the Revolution


Provisioning for first American cruise to Cuba
Eleven kids are making history, though they may not realize it. The kids are among the 700 passengers aboard Fathom’s Adonia, the first American ship to win approval to sail into Cuba from American shores in more than 50 years. (Fathom is the newest cruise brand of Carnival Corp). more
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lights Up for Evening Adventure


"Rivers of Light,"the majestic nighttime jewel at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Soaring lights dance across the evening sky at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, but it’s no longer just soft lights illuminating the closed park while the animals play. more
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Taking the kids on an adventure closer to home this summer


Innsbruck, petting zoo
Will we be safe? Everywhere I go people have the same question about travel this spring and summer. So what’s a travel-loving family to do this summer? more
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10 Family Pleasing activities in Edinburgh, Scotland


Victoria Street - inspiration for Diagon Alley
Check out Daigon Alley! Not at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando or Hollywood, but in Victoria Street in Edinburgh, Scotland, where J.K. Rowling famously wrote the first Harry Potter book while seated in a local coffee shop. more
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