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The Best and Worst of Barcelona with Kids

Barcelona, the departure city for our 10-night Disney Mediterranean Cruise, just may be the friendliest ciy I have ever visited. Would I recommend a visit? Definitely! Would I go again? Probably not.

13 Lucky Things to Pack for a Disney Cruise with Kids

Planning a Disney Cruise? Lucky you! It’s so fun to ponder the various ports of call, book excursions, and read up on all there is to do on a Disney ship. But before you board and give Mickey a big ol’ hug, you need to know what to pack for a Disney Cruise. This packing […]

What to Buy for a Cruise to Maximize Fun and Good Health at Sea

Wondering what to buy for a cruise? We’ve got you covered! Planning a cruise vacation is such an exciting time. There are so many destinations, cruise lines and ships to choose from. But before you race across that gangplank and hit up the buffet line, make sure your luggage contains cruise essentials. Here’s what to buy […]

12 Essential Tips for Cruising with Kids

Cruising with kids is a convenient and fun way to explore the world. Many new cruise ships are like floating resorts with seemingly endless options to keep all ages entertained. Meanwhile your family is transported from destination to destination, while unpacking just once. Like any vacation, though, a cruise can go very wrong without proper planning and […]

Cruise Wear for Girls for a Fun and Fashionable Family Cruise

For an easy peasy family vacation, a cruise is one of my favorite choices. With ports in numerous major cities, cruising with kids has never been more convenient or alluring. Whether you’re sailing on a weekend getaway or longer adventure, you want to pack the right clothing for each member of the family. Take a look at our […]

The Voyager with Josh Garcia Review ~ A New TV Show for Travel Lovers

When I’m not traveling, I daydream about travel and imagine where I’ll go next. Now, I can sail around the world each Saturday morning with NBC’s show, The Voyager with Josh Garcia. When Carnival Corporation asked me to tune in to this new travel show as part of their #SailAwayFromHome campaign, I didn’t hesitate to step aboard. […]

Rhine Getaway with Viking River Cruises ~ Ports and Excursions

Choosing a Viking River Cruise from their enticing itineraries is like choosing the only chocolate you’ll ever eat for the rest of your life. Dark chocolate or milk? Butter cream or caramel? Lyon & Provence, or Danube Waltz? Imperial Jewels of China, or Waterways of the Tsars in Russia? When Viking River Cruises invited me to sail […]

Why Visit Windmills in Holland at Kinderdijk

Holland is renowned for its wooden shoes, tulips and windmills. But do you know why windmills are such a big deal there? Much of the Netherlands, the region of Holland in particular, is located below sea level. Given the its position along the North Sea and with three major rivers crossing the country, this means about 20 percent […]

Fun and Tasty Things to Do in Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany is known for its gothic cathedral and its unique Kölsch beer. It’s also the birthplace of the world’s first eau de cologne and home to some of the best shopping in the country. Bring a big appetite and good walking shoes when visiting this German city because there’s lots to eat and explore. 1. […]

Dos & Don’ts of Disney’s Castaway Cay

While Disney’s Castaway Cay in The Bahamas is a wee isle, 3.1 miles long and 2.2 miles wide, it’s packed with so much to do, you might have a hard time deciding how to spend your time. There’s sunbathing, waterslides, bike trails, open-air massages, two water play areas, parasailing, fishing, a stingray interaction adventure and more. Caribbean cruisers aboard Disney’s Fantasy […]

Rudesheim am Rhein in Germany with Viking River Cruises – A Love Story

I learned unexpected lessons about love, agelessness and acceptance in Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany during my Viking River Cruise last spring. I must admit that I was hoping some of the “younger” cruisers (in their 50s or 60s) would join us for our dinner excursion. My 40-something husband, Phil, and I were among the youngest people aboard […]

Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas with Kids

From the minute we boarded Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas, we knew we were in for an extraordinary time. After our sailing I asked my shipmate 7-year-old son, Leo, what was his favorite part of our cruise. His answer? “Meeting Joey.” Yep, a humongous ship stocked with bumper cars, a climbing wall, swimming pools, the […]

Marksburg Castle with Viking River Cruises

Marksburg Castle was the most fascinating castle have ever visited, and I’ve visited quite a few. It’s not because it was the most opulent or important castle I’ve ever seen. (It was neither.) It’s because our Viking River Cruises tour guide gave such an intriguing glimpse into what life was like during the time of castles, […]