Tauck’s latest European river boat — extra space for families
MS Joy in Straubing Germany for christening

Tauck’s latest European river boat — extra space for families

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.

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Truffle Hunting in Tuscany – Day 2 of Carnival Vista Med Cruise
Salvatore Cucchiara and Billy the truffle dog

Truffle Hunting in Tuscany – Day 2 of Carnival Vista Med Cruise

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

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Carnival’s newest and largest ship in the Med – first stop Marseilles, France
at Le Glacier du Roi

Carnival’s newest and largest ship in the Med – first stop Marseilles, France

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.

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Second port call in Cuba – beautiful French-inspired Cienfuegos
French colonial architecture restoration project in Cienguegos

Second port call in Cuba – beautiful French-inspired Cienfuegos

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).

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TAKING THE KIDS – TO CUBA ON THE FIRST AMERICAN SHIP TO SAIL HERE IN NEARLY 60 YEARS

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.

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