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Star Wars at Sea: On A Cruise Line Far, Far Away (in 2018)

Feb 20, 2017
Star Wars at Sea returns to Disney Cruise Line with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April 2018.

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A multi-gen foodie heaven at Ireland’s Ashford Castle

Porridge with a spash of Irish whiskey
The great food at Ashford Castle in Ireland is inspired by Lord Ardilaun, a scion of the Guinness family, who insisted on only the freshest and most varied of local produce, a tradition continued by new executive chef Philippe Farineau more
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Ireland’s Ashford Castle – beloved by American families

Ashford Castle
We are at Ireland’s School of Falconry—the oldest in the country—at Ashford Castle that dates back to 1228 on the shores of Lough Corrib, the largest lake in Ireland, and the River Cong, which is reputed to have the best salmon and trout fishing in Europe. more
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Touring London with a local journalist – curry anyone?

Lunch served at Tayab restaurant
Will Hide, a London journalist, jokes that locals say Chicken tikka masala should be Britain’s national dish. Indian food—especially “takeaway” is so popular. Vacations, of course, are a great time to try new cuisines and when in London, that means Indian food (actually mostly Bangladeshi). more
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Fans and their families love the Harry Potter Studio tour near London

The Hogwarts Express at the Harry Potter Studio Tour
The Warner Brothers Studio Tour where the Harry Potter films were made outside of London draws 6,000 visitors a day but is well worth the effort for families with Hogwarts fans. more
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Hotel VIP Lounges – great for families on extended vacations

VIP Lounge at JW Marriott Grosvenor House
It’s not that I need to be treated like a VIP. I just want to de-stress experience as much as possible—especially with kids. That means not having to wait to be served breakfast or a snack or paying through the nose for food the kids won’t eat. more
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Tea with Charlie at a hip but kid-friendly London hotel

Cocktail Charlie teapot at One Aldwych
In Britain these days, one young local explained, tea “is for a special occasion—like a birthday. Maybe it’s going to see your first West End Play—say Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. more
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Puerto Vallarta resort is more than an all-inclusive

If you think Mexico is only about all-inclusives, think again. The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, with its contemporary décor and just 280 rooms, offers all-inclusive options, though many also like to explore Puerto Vallarta’s lively dining scene. more
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Souvenir shopping rule #1: don’t buy something you can buy at home

Regent Street in London
Sure London has lots of sites to see but there is something to be said for spending a morning wandering along with local families. Come on a Sunday in July when Regent Street is closed to pedestrians. more
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A new Orlando resort that does more for families

The Four Seasons Orlando
The kids want to stay right where they are because they’re having way too much fun at the expansive Explorer Island pool-water play area at the New Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World, more
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Take your family to Lisbon: The quick and easy travel guide

Lisbon Portugal
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a city webbed with narrow cobblestone streets, opening onto squares of medieval cathedrals and monasteries overlooking the Rio Tejo. With its yellow trams, open parks, 1930s cafés, and ghostly spirit, Lisbon is a city that has plenty to offer every member of the family. more
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