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German Romance, Education and Debauchery in Heidelberg with Viking River Cruises

Rich with history, Heidelberg is home to Germany’s oldest university, the ruins of a romantic Renaissance castle, and the world’s largest wine barrel. Intrigued? Come along to explore the romance, education and debauchery of Heidelberg with Viking River Cruises. Heidelberg Castle Heidelberg Castle, with its impressive red sandstone buildings and stately position above the River Neckar, evokes romantic […]

5 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Strasbourg, France

Ever since I lived in France for a year during college I have wanted to move back to this alluring country. But for years I’ve wondered where in France I would make my nest. Now I know. I fell head over pieds for Strasbourg, France during a Viking River Cruise on the Rhine this past spring and I […]

Exploring Germany’s Fabled Black Forest with Viking River Cruises

Land of cuckoo clocks, fruit elixirs, and its namesake hams and cakes—the Black Forest sounds like a place dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm for their fairy tales. Unlike Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood, though, the Black Forest is very real. Grab your crimson cape and a basket of goodies for […]

Why Carnival Cruise with Teens

Our teenage son lobbied to choose our family’s vacation for this year’s spring break. He had two proposals: go on a cruise or visit the Caribbean. Since my husband and I loved our Alaskan cruise and we had always wanted to visit the Caribbean, our teen didn’t have to do too much convincing. Much to […]

Celebrity Alaska Cruise Ports

You go on an Alaskan cruise because you want to be wowed by nature’s beauty. It sure is nice to sail with a cruise line like Celebrity that provides a plethora of extras like an at sea glass-blowing show (you heard me), a kids camp and even in-room babysitting. Incredible dining options add to the […]

Victoria’s Butchart Gardens and Empress Tea – A Match Made in Girlie Heaven

Call me a girlie girl. I adore wandering through botanical gardens to gaze at nature’s prettiest petaled creations and breathe in the scent of sweet blooms. And I love little more in life than dining on delicate finger sandwiches and petit fours over a cup of hot tea (pinky finger pointed upwards). So when I saw […]

What to Do in Juneau, Alaska with Kids

Capital city Juneau is the official residence of Alaska’s Governor, including Vice Presidential Candidate Sara Palin. While you can’t actually see Russia from her backyard (no matter what she says), the area’s natural beauty and the city’s walkable downtown lure visitors here by the boatload…literally. Although technically you can drive to Juneau if you put […]

Holiday Travel Tips Media Tour with The Travel Mama

I am giving holiday travel tips on 16 television programs and another dozen radio stations throughout the U.S. this Friday, November 15! As The Travel Mama, I’ll give advice on how to save money during your travels, what types of vacations are best for families, and how to prepare your household for your time away. […]

Summer Dog-sledding in Skagway, Alaska with Kids

Dog-sledding is one of the most exhilarating things I have ever done in my life. I led a pack of four dogs through the Canadian wilds a few years ago and I have wanted to share this experience with my kids ever since. When I signed up for our Alaskan Celebrity Cruise this past summer, […]

Searching for Bears Near Ketchikan, Alaska with Celebrity Cruise Line

When my parents returned from their trip to Alaska a few years ago, I was as green with envy as Alaska is green with trees. The main cause of this bout of travel jealousy? Their photos of wild bears scooping up spawning salmon from a rushing river. These photos became the catalyst for my family’s […]

What to Do When You Get Sick on a Cruise

Cruises enable travelers to experience new cultures, see interesting sights, taste new foods, and have a whole lot of fun. Cruising is a convenient way to travel to many destinations while unpacking just once. Plus, many cruise lines offer kid-friendly entertainment as well as free childcare. This makes cruising with kids an especially enticing option. […]

Is Disney Cruise Line for Teens and Tweens Too?

My family set sail for the first time seven years ago on a multi-generational Caribbean cruise on the Disney Magic and fell in love with cruising. As of this past fall we had sailed on a total of five cruises on four different lines in the Caribbean, Alaska, the Baltics and the Mediterranean, but we had not […]

Save Your Travel Sanity with a Multigenerational Cruise

If you’d prefer getting a root canal to going on a holiday with your parents or in-laws, take heart. There is a way to vacation with the folks while minimizing family blow-ups. Booking a cruise with extended family is a fantastic way to be together, as much or as little as you’d like. And nobody […]