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Report: Royal Caribbean Adding Lifeguards, Water Safety Signs

Feb 25, 2017
The consumer site Cruise Critic reports Royal Caribbean will be adding licensed lifeguards and safety signage on all chips in its fleet in the coming months.

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Plenty of options for lodging in Clearwater FL

Supermoon over Clearwater FL on Nov 13 2016
Just before sunset at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater, kids are in the pool on the eighth floor while parents are nearby nursing a cocktail. The beach is spread out below us. more
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Fun and education on the beach in Clearwater FL

Kids touching jellyfish at Clearwater Marine Aquarium
We just have to decide what we want to do on the six-mile long Clearwater beach just before Sunset. more
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Catch your fish and bring it to Nauti Nancy’s in Clearwater FL

Naugty Nancys in Clearwater FL
At the popular Clearwater restaurant Nauti Nancy’s, families bring their catch--which the restaurant prepares blackened, lemon picata or beer battered—along with sides for $10. more
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Taking the kids to Germany’s famous Christmas markets

Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin
Germany has the most holiday markets in Europe, drawing tourists from around the world, though you’ll also find them a popular holiday tradition in neighboring Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia. more
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Inspired by “Frozen,” families flock to Norway for adventure tours

Architecture in Balestrand, Sognefjord
Not only have spunky Princess Anna and ethereal Queen Elsa stolen the hearts of little girls everywhere, but they’ve significantly contributed to the increasing number of tourists visiting Norway more
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Visiting Two Happy Midwestern Cities Competing in the World Series

Baseball fans gathering in Cleveland
Whoever wins the World Series, visit Chicago or Cleveland this fall or holiday season and get a dose of happy along with great eats, world-class museums and holiday festivals. more
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At Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado – on a different kind of snow vacation

I wondered when I planned this trip if my gang of grown kids, who love nothing more than tearing down those steep slopes, would like a more laid-back holiday — at least for a few days on a week-long winter trip to Colorado. I needn’t have worried. more
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On a family vacation in Portugal

Shopping in Lisbon
Since 2010, Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts in Lisbon, Portugal have been providing family-friendly luxury accommodations, gourmet meals, facilities and activities to provide memorable holidays to family groups of all sizes and ages. more
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October is “Kids Free Month” in San Diego

Learning about Owls at the San Diego Zoo
No wonder families have been coming here for 100 years. San Diego, of course, is a great bet for families all year round — sunny weather, 70 miles of coastline (take your pick of 30-plus beaches), theme parks (SeaWorld and LEGOLAND) and plenty of history more
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On a fall cruise when family doesn’t necessarily mean kids

Norwegian Gem anchored off Bar Harbor ME
even without a lot of kids, the ship was still packed with families — mothers and daughters, aunts and cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law, grandparents and young grandchildren, even four lifelong friends celebrating their 70th birthdays more
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