A vacation without busting the budget: Carnival Cruise
The family-friendly Dr. Seuss WaterWorks Park, aboard Carnival Horizon, offers two lengthy slides and other water-based attractions for guests. Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line

A vacation without busting the budget: Carnival Cruise

There are activities for all ages—including supervised programs for kids from preschoolers to teens so parents and grandparents can get a break. Parents can feel more comfortable allowing tweens to navigate on their own around the ship than at another vacation venue

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Last Day of the Med Cruise – Sampling the great foods of Athens
Greek olives in Athens

Last Day of the Med Cruise – Sampling the great foods of Athens

I think the way to a city’s heart—or to understand its culture—is through its food. That’s why in Athens I signed us up for a “Beyond Feta” food tour offered by Context Travel,

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Visiting Turkey, briefly, in a year of travel warnings
In courtyard at Nisanyan Hotel in village of Sirince on island of Kusadasi

Visiting Turkey, briefly, in a year of travel warnings

Although the US State Department has warned about travel in parts of Turkey, we are far away from the unrest and terror threats in the tiny village of Sirince not far from the famous ruins of Ephesus

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Off the beaten cruise tourism track on Italy’s Amalfi Coast
Twisting winding roads along Italy's Amalfi Coast

Off the beaten cruise tourism track on Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Every day, Maria Grazia, 80, walks thousands of steep stone steps to and from her home in Minuta, a tiny hamlet high above the Amalfi Coast in southwestern Italy that is among the oldest towns here, dating back before medieval times.

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Scavenger Hunt in the Vatican Museums? You bet!
Swiss Guards at the Vatican

Scavenger Hunt in the Vatican Museums? You bet!

You wouldn’t guess the always crowded Vatican Museums would be a good place for a scavenger hunt, but it is an ideal vehicle to keep kids interested, says Eva Polino, an art historian and licensed guide

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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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How kids like making history on first American cruise to Cuba
Kids table on the Fathom Adonia enroute to Cuba

How kids like making history on first American cruise to Cuba

The Russell kids had spent the last two weeks in the Dominican Republic where they joined in volunteer activities that ranged from wrapping chocolate bars at a women’s collective to helping to lay cement floors for several families.

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