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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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Bluefields Bay Jamaica — an unresort-like resort


Welcome to Bluefields Bay Villas—the most unresort-like resort I’ve ever visited -- in Jamaica, about an hour and 15 minut4es drive from Montego Bay in the small community of Bluefields Bay. more
Destinations, Lodging, Travel Diary, Volunteer & Service | 1 Comment


There’s more to Puerto Rico than the beaches


It is pitch black and we are kayaking through red mangroves, trying to dodge the roots, on our way to the Bioluminescent Bay Laguana Grande at Las Croabas, Fajardo in Puerto Rico—one of three on the island, I learn from our guide Joel from GSI Adventures. more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Eileen's Blog, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics | 2 Comments


Ski resorts are offering more and more for families


Snow resorts around the country are pulling out all the stops for families this winter with everything from alpine coasters (Park City Mountain Resort, Breckenridge) zip lines (Crested Butte, Colo., Big Sky, Mont.) and family festivals (Sunday River, Me., Mount Snow, Vt.) more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Snow Vacations, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Plans go awry – not necessarily a bad thing on vacation


All my plans for this week have gone awry. The freak snowstorm that struck the Northeast over the weekend knocked out our power in Connecticut and we have no clue when it may be restored. But thinking back just two short months, I determined that when plans go awry on vacation, it's not always a bad thing. more
Cruises & All-Inclusive, Destinations, Eileen's Blog, Travel Topics | comments


Tired of cooking turkey yourself — head to a Thanksgiving destination


Whatever the reason, it’s not too late to turn Thanksgiving into a mini vacation with the kids. You’ve already got half the week off from work and school anyway. Tell the relatives you’ll see them at Christmas or, if you like them enough, invite them along. more
Backyard Vacations, Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


To Aulani, Disney’s First Hawaii Resort


Disney employed more than 100 local consultants to advise them on everything from storytelling to music to architecture. Local fish and produce are served at the resort restaurants and children can learn to snorkel with Hawaiian fish in the artificial Rainbow Reef. more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Disney, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 2 Comments


Disney sees Aulani as the place for destination weddings


There are already 1,000 weddings a year at Walt Disney World in Orlando--upwards of 20 per cent among blended families, says Korrie McFann, who oversees Disney’s e wedding and honeymoon business around the world. The company anticipates Aulani to rival Orlando for the wedding business. more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Disney, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Diary, Travel Topics | comments


Plenty to do with little ones in the Orlando area


So go ahead. Bring the little ones. You don’t have to stay a week. And you don’t have to see everything. You can’t even if you try. more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Disney, Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups | comments


Sitting under the star listening to ukulele music – it’s Disney


We’re sitting on woven mats under the stars listening to the best Ukulele playing I’ve ever heard. Rather than a huge luau with terrible food and hackneyed performances, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu has opted to celebrate Hawaiian culture with the Aulani Starlit Hui more
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Touring the Largest and Newest Legoland in the World


“This isn’t passive entertainment,” promises Bill Vollbrecht, the LEGOLAND Parks designer who walked me through just before opening. “Kids aren’t just being entertained here. They are part of the process.” more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 3 Comments





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