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National Park Vacationing Fun But Be Safe

Aug 26, 2016
The classic family travel is taking a trip to the outdoors, like a national park! As fun and exciting as it is, it is also important to be safe.

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Airlines under pressure to seat families together


Delta cancels 300 flights on secand day of computer outage fallout
Anyone who has flown with young kids in recent years knows it’s not uncommon to find that your preschooler has been assigned a seat half a plane away. All too often, parents are told it is up to them to ask someone to switch seats. more
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Advice for passengers stranded when the airline is at fault


Delta planes
This morning, Delta Airlines suffered a complete shutdown for nearly 6 hours because of a power outage in its computer systems at its principal hub in Atlanta more
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Good News: new law will require airlines to seat families together


Picture courtesy of Air New Zealand via TravelPulse.
New law will require airlines to seat any children aged 13 and younger “adjacent to the seat of an accompanying family member over the age of 13, more
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Tauck’s latest European river boat — extra space for families


MS Joy in Straubing Germany for christening
I’ve never seen a nicer bathroom onboard a river ship. It’s so spacious! It has a rain shower. And as the MS Joy boasts more suites and fewer guests than other similarly sized vessels, it is a good bet for families. more
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Truffle Hunting in Tuscany – Day 2 of Carnival Vista Med Cruise


Salvatore Cucchiara and Billy the truffle dog
We’re on a shore excursion in Tuscany off the Carnival Vista cruise ship, which is sailing the Mediterranean this summer. We’re with experienced truffle hunters Salvatore Cucchiara, a retired policeman, and his son Massimo more
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Carnival’s newest and largest ship in the Med – first stop Marseilles, France


at Le Glacier du Roi
Marseilles is our first stop on a 10-day cruise of the Mediterranean on Carnival Vista, Carnival’s new and largest ship, carrying more than 4,000 passengers and nearly 1500 crew. more
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Indonesia: Unity in Diversity


Lonely Planet Map of Indonesia
Indonesia is between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, between Asia and Australia, the largest island nation with more than 17,000 islands and a population of over 258 million people. more
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Second port call in Cuba – beautiful French-inspired Cienfuegos


French colonial architecture restoration project in Cienguegos
If Cuba had a Paris, Lonely Planet Cuba says, Cienfuegos would be it as it’s arranged around a spectacular natural bay (there are charter sailboats in the harbor and I can only imagine a lot more once Americans discover this place). more
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TAKING THE KIDS – TO CUBA ON THE FIRST AMERICAN SHIP TO SAIL HERE IN NEARLY 60 YEARS


Young Cuban waves American flag in Havana
I’ve learned first hand that encouraging kids to be global citizens, to be comfortable outside their own comfort zones, helps them navigate unfamiliar and difficult turf in their lives as they grow up. more
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On the first American sea voyage to Cuba since the Revolution


Provisioning for first American cruise to Cuba
Eleven kids are making history, though they may not realize it. The kids are among the 700 passengers aboard Fathom’s Adonia, the first American ship to win approval to sail into Cuba from American shores in more than 50 years. (Fathom is the newest cruise brand of Carnival Corp). more
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