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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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Taking the Kids Weekly Column for planning a family vacation. Search tips for a family vacations and find family friendly vacation ideas.

Finding hidden gems in snow country


Family snowboarding time, Homewood Mountain Resort
There are other hidden gems like Ski Cooper elsewhere in Colorado and around the country for snow-loving families, suited especially for those with young kids and families just learning. Here are five good bets: more
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Finding the value at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico


Making tortillas on the plaza at Azul The Fives
The family had chosen Azul Beach Resort the Fives, a Karisma Gourmet Inclusive Experience, just outside of Playa del Carmen, for their getaway, because it seemed to offer all they needed. more
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To Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands – a trip of a lifetime even for kids


Fur Seals, King Penguins and our ship Le Boreal
We walked amid thousands of penguins (we saw five species) not bothered by our presence and fur seals who were. The huge elephant seals ignored us, as did the humpback whales we watched from zodiacs. more
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Historic sites and museums to visit during Black History Month


The Apollo, Harlem, Manhattan
February is the ideal time to visit a historic site or explore a museum exhibit celebrating African American History Month, which is also celebrated in Britain and Canada. more
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Taking the Kids on a lengthy travel ‘sabbatical’


The Jacobsons in Halong Bay, Vietnam
For five years, David and Shari Jacobson saved as much as they could, but they weren’t saving for a dream house or college for their two sons. They were putting money aside for a dream family trip many thought would never happen. more
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Taking the Kids on a cruise for spring or summer break


Backroads reports that its Family and Active River Cruise trips, in partnership with AMA Waterways, are a top trending destination
Welcome to the world of cruising. The best part: You can easily stay within budget and bring the grandparents along without any trouble. more
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Taking the Kids — why families need travel insurance


Jim Grace, CEO of InsureMyTrip in the call center
. I know most families don’t think they need travel insurance, but it really can save the day — and lots of money as costs can run into six figures when someone must be evacuated in a medical emergency. And, as travel insurers note, that is as likely to happen at a Mexican resort as on a cruise ship in some exotic locale. more
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Five ways to make food a fun part of your 2017 vacation


Waiters dance for guests as part of post-dinner entertainment aboard the Carnival Freedom, which operates year-round four- to seven-day cruises from Galveston
You can teach the kids a lot about the culture of a place through its food. Besides, it’s fun. Two-thirds of those polled for the 2016 Portrait of American Travelers say fine-dining is important on vacation. more
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Remembering five great family adventures in 2016


At the Maroon Bell trail summit on our splendid 17-mile hike from Crested Butte to Aspen in July
Ask anyone what they want from vacation and, besides a good time, they’ll likely answer that they’re after lasting memories for their family more
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It’s time again for families to have some fun in the snow


If you’re headed for the slopes this winter, look for kids’-free deals
Peanut M&Ms are good, too. The Aspen, Colorado, middle-schoolers I interviewed for my “Kid’s Guide to Denver and Colorado Ski Country” opine that it’s always smart to have “power candy,” in your pocket more
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