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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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Day 3 at Beaches Ochos Rios – an excursion to popular Dunn River Falls


Character Breakfast is certainly worth the upgrade at Beaches Ochos Rios
Breakfast at leisure at the Bayside buffet at the relaxing but active Beaches Resort in Ocho Rios. We were treated to freshly made smoothies and omelets, delicious morning glory muffins and everything else you could want at a breakfast buffet, and, of course, more interactivity with our friends from Sesame Street. Then we grabbed some towels from the pool and headed to the Dunn's River Falls. more
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Sesame Street and all kinds of kids’ activities at Beaches Ochos Rios


All of the Sesame Street characters at the parade
Thank goodness for a giant king bed and 8 hours of sleep here at Beaches Resort in Ocho Rios. Friday morning was the Character Breakfast and the Venetian Dining Room was completely decked out with Sesame Street decorations, banners, posters and table settings. more
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Taking the kids to Aspen in summer when it’s affordable


Learning about wildlife with ACES
There’s no better place to combine activity and indulgence than in Aspen in summer. And it won’t bust your budget either. The Little Nell, for example, is offering free room nights and fly-fishing excursions, with rates as much as half-off peak winter rates. You can save even more on a condo rental in Aspen or Snowmass, more
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Three days at Beaches Ocho Rios in sunny Jamaica


Daddy-Daughter bonding afternoon on the beach
When we arrived at Beaches Ochos Rios, the welcome staff immediately swept Jude up to get ready for the carnival parade with the Sesame Street characters. She was given a glittery crown and had her face painted right off the van. She instantly forgot about the long day of travel and was immersed in the fun and activities. more
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Families flock to the Caribbean for great deals in summer


Snorkeling is a fun activity with kids
In summer, you’ll find cheaper air fares to the Caribbean than in winter, too, which will enable you to experience more far-flung locales. Look for deals in the Bahamas, for example, that include free airfare from Nassau to the outer islands. But be forewarned that especially if you plan to travel in August or September, a tropical storm might rain on your parade. more
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Al Fresco Family Fun on Lanzarote


Al Fresco Family Fun on Lanzarote
The Canary Islands and Lanzarote in particular, are in many ways the ideal location for an unforgettable family holiday. For a start there's the weather. more
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In the Abacos: mixing culture with tourism in a People-to-People program


Local and visiting kid in Beach Buddies program on Abacos
That’s also the idea behind the Bahamas People to People Program. Visitors are paired with locals of similar interests who might take them to church, running in Nassau, on a boat ride or a kayak in Grand Bahama Island or to dinner at their home. There is no charge. more
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Learning all about the Star Spangled Banner in Baltimore and Washington


Aerial View of Fort McHenry
lLarning about the flag starts in Baltimore with a visit to Fort McHenry (walk among the canons and peer into barracks that look as they might have during the Battle of Baltimore). Then on to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. to see the actual flag in all its glory. more
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Abacos Islands in the Bahamas: Laid back and simple family vacation territory


Lighthouse symbolizes Abaco
Welcome to the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas —a chain of some 120 tiny islands, home to just 14,000 people and a mecca for boaters, fisherman, snorkelers and divers. Today we’re at Munjack Cay about 40 miles by boat from the town of Marsh Harbor with Lincoln and Marcus Jones who have brought us and some other guests here to cook the fish we’ve just caught. more
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Learning all about Junkanoo, the festivals kids love most in the Bahamas


Learn a little Bahamian culture with Junkanoo parade at grand Bahama resort where we stayed
What began with programs for school kids in the Bahamas in 2000, now attracts cruise ship passengers and other visitors for workshops in Junkanoo costume making. And what amazing costumes they are, put together with thousands and thousands of strips of brightly colored crepe paper adorned with feathers and gold and silver buttons. more
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