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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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Families enjoy the all-inclusive activities at Curtain Bluff on Antigua


Beautiful bougainvillea abounds at Curtain Bluff on Antiqua
Rod McCrea likes that Curtain Bluff is not only considerably less expensive in summer but that the all inclusive nature of the property means he not only knows exactly what he is spending but that all of his kids and grandkids can do what they like–tennis and sailing, deep sea fishing and snorkel trips, not to mention all the fruit smoothies the kids can drink—or that their parents will allow them to mix up with the bartenders. more
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Back to our honeymoon spot, three grown kids later


View of the surf beach from out room at Curtain Bluff on Antigua
Thirty years later, our room overlooks that same windswept beach. As I think about the three kids we did have—and the adventures we shared with them—I’m struck by how this 72-room all-inclusive resort is emblematic of how family travel has changed in the past three decades. more
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Chicago is a kids and family kind of town


The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago in the Willis Tower
The hardest thing about visiting Chicago is deciding where to take the kids first — Chicago’s famous Lakefront where you can ride bikes and in-line skate, or Lincoln Park where you can visit one of the few free zoos in the country. (Kids especially love the polar bears.) more
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How a museum exhibit is changing lives in Los Angeles


Endeavour flies over her new home at the California Science Center on Sept 21 2012
New museum exhibits often foster excitement and increase tourism and, since it opened last fall, “The Space Shuttle Endeavour Exhibition” has done both in spades. (Did I mention there is no entrance fee to the wonderful hands-on museum, though you can pay $2 for a timed entrance to Endeavour?) more
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Staying in a 21-century-designed hotel room for kids


The new LEGOLAND Hotel in Carlsbad CA
Hotels are so much more than a place to sleep these days, especially for families. Check into the Thayer Hotel at West Point, N.Y., and kids might even learn a little history in a room dedicated to famous graduates like astronaut Buzz Aldrin, complete with memorabilia. (The newest is the Army Baseball Room.) more
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Presidential Treatment at the Homestead Resort in Virginia’s mountains


Family wagon ride at the Homestead
Like a lighthouse in the Allegheny Mountains, the enormous tower and complex of the Homestead Resort marks the location of healing waters of the natural springs in central Virginia. The rejuvenating mineral waters were once sought out by Native Americans and early colonists alike. more
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The Kids Taking Themselves: Exploring chocolate, caves, and coral reefs in Belize


Mel in rural Belize
“I’m going to travel like this from now on!” Sarah exclaimed, while she was receiving exciting emails from MMC and Ya’axche about fun things to do during our trip. Not only do I feel like I truly took advantage of my last spring break in College, but I also made it educational…aren’t you proud Mom and Dad? more
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LA’s newest and most awesome family attraction: Shuttle Endeavour


The Space Shuttle Endeavour on its last journey on the streets of LA
Already, the California Science Center drew more visitors than any other museum in southern California—including 370,000 school kids. But since the Shuttle has opened, the museum officials are projecting visitation will be up nearly a million to 2.5 million, says Science Center VP William Harris. more
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Family vacation fun in Hollywood and Beverly Hills


Montage Beverly Hills
Hollywood…and Beverly Hills. It’s often what people think of when they think of LA but of course LA is a lot more than that, my friend Jennifer Miner who is one of the www.vacationgals.com and lives in suburban LA tells me. more
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Letting the kids lead the way in Washington, D.C.


Paper airplane contest at National Air And Space Museum
On a rainy day, grab an umbrella and go to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. “Nobody’s there,” reports 11-year-old Sean, who is from suburban Virginia and was one of the local and visiting kids we interviewed for my new “Kid’s Guide to Washington, D.C.” While you are there, pick up a mini Washington Monument, “The best souvenir from Washington, D.C.!” offers William, 12, who lives in suburban Maryland. more
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