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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 day in Turks and Caicos – so may options for families


Kids off to the beach at The Somerset Turks and Caicos
I like that Turks and Caicos is not only safe and that beachfront hotels are just 15 minutes from the airport but that there are so many options—from the all inclusive huge Beaches with over 750 rooms to the Somerset with less than 60. more
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Day 3 in Turks and Caicos: bonefishing and a sunset cruise


Directional signs on Grace Bay Turks and Caicos
Families come to Turks and Caicos to relax, but also to enjoy the fishing and water sports, like kite-boarding on South Beach. more
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At the Beaches Turks and Caicos — kids everywhere, and that’s year-round


Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos
It's not even a holiday week but the Beaches resort on Turks and Caicos is fully booked, including 841 kids running, jumping, splashing and sliding down the water slides at the water play area. “So worth the money,” said Greg Vogel, from Baltimore. more
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Four Days in Turks and Caicos — rapidly expanding for family vacationers


Yoga class at The Somerset
Turks and Caicos is made up of 40 islands and Cays just 575 miles from Miami. Providenciales, where we’re staying, is famous for its beaches, diving, snorkeling and fishing. There are a growing number of resorts catering to families here, including the giant Beaches resort. more
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Following the kid — to Nicaragua, the new destination for eco-tourism


Melanie on horseback ride on overlook of Morgans Rock
After years of Taking the Kids, on this trip we’ve followed our 22-year-old daughter Melanie here to Nicaragua, which many say is fast becoming the next eco tourist’s must-see destination, offering volcanoes, cloud forests, rain forests, pristine beaches and a growing number of eco resorts. more
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A family vacation includes volunteering at a nearby children’s center


Entre Amigos play area
In our family, an afternoon away from the resort is fundamental. A 20-minute taxi ride from the luxurious Iberostar Playa Mita brings you to the sleepy fishing village of San Francisco, known locally as San Pancho. In this tiny seaside town, you will find Entre Amigos. more
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Day Two — a visit to Sayulita on Mexico’s Pacific Coast


The beach in Sayulita
An afternoon visit to laid-back Sayulita, a few minutes drive from the Iberostar Playa Mita on Mexico's Pacific Cost. The crescent-shaped beach is fringed with tall palms. Fishermen sharing the beach with surfers and hippies. more
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Three days at the new Iberostar Playa Mita in Mexico


Splash Park at Iberostar Playa Mita
If you think all-inclusive resorts are nothing but rowdy sun-seekers, conga lines, mediocre buffets and cheap liquor, meet the new Iberostar Playa Mita. A vacation here should do wonders to change any preconceived notions you may have about all-inclusive hotels. more
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Learning a snow sport — more than just fun in the snow


ABC Boys from Westport CT learning to snowboard at Bolton Valley VT
Snow sports can be more than about fun in the snow. They’re about persistence and courage, trying something new (just ask the cold-hating Los Angeles boy who was with us) and empathy for those who may be struggling more than you might be. more
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How families celebrate the New Year Bahamian Style


Junkanoo Parade
In the Bahamas, they start ringing in the New Year on Boxing Day with the annual Junkanoo Festivals, with cowbells, goatskin drums, conch horns and incredibly colorful costumes. more
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