Apr 022013
Whale Watching Season Kicks off in Massachusetts

Since they were young, our kids have been fascinated by whales and other sea mammals.  To this day, our teen Princess can barely contain her excitement when she has an opportunity to visit an aquarium or aqua theme parks like Discovery Cove.   Living in New England, we are lucky that every spring and summer several types of whales, as well as dolphins and other sea creatures return to the waters off the Massachusetts Coast.   In fact, in just the last few weeks two rare 70-ton North American right whales have been spotted off of Cape Cod.   Humpbacks, minke whales and finbacks are also common visitors and are beginning to be sighted as well. From early April to late October, whale watching voyages are available on a range of boats from [...]

Sep 192011
Teens and Tweens Welcome When Carnival Glory Cruises to Boston in 2012

We have just started thinking about trips for 2012 and taking a cruise is top of mind.  As a Boston-based family, imagine our excitement when we learned that Carnival Cruise Lines is planning multiple sailings from Boston to eastern Canada between June 3 -July 26, 2012.  During that time, Boston’s Black Falcon terminal will become homeport to the 2,974-passenger Carnival Glory. Not only would we not have to worry about airfare or missing the boat due to unplanned airline delays, but  voyages will be four or five-days long.  That is just enough time that we could enjoy the cruise experience, but short enough that we could squeeze a trip into the teen’s crowded schedules amid finals, graduation, summer jobs, camps and packing for college.  For travelers coming from outside New England, these shorter cruises would be [...]

Photo Friday: Teen’s View of the Port of Seattle

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Sep 162011
Photo Friday: Teen's View of the Port of Seattle

As usual, on our quick sunny Sunday tour of Seattle, we armed the teens with cameras so they could capture their own images of the day.  Even though he was almost 18, the #1 Son was drawn to all things mechanical.  In particular, the working Port of Seattle was an attraction.  The Port covers much of the waterfront land and nearby properties including container terminals, general purpose/cargo terminals, foreign trade zone,  break-bulk cargo and refrigerated cargo areas, repair facilities and storage warehouses.  It is also home to cruise ship docks, marinas for pleasure boats and a day cruise terminal – all in all it is a busy place. We first glimpsed the harbor from high atop the Seattle Space Needle in the morning.  Both the sky and the water were a deep blue.  To get an [...]

Dec 152010
Allure of the Seas: So Much to Do, So Little Time!

          The newest and biggest Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, features an unbelievable set of activities to entertain families with teens and tweens in between stops at Caribbean ports of call, including  the cruise line’s own private island, Labadee.       The ship’s 16 passenger decks and 2,700+ staterooms and suites offer an almost overwhelming choice of accommodations, entertainment, technology, water activities, shopping and food options for all ages.   Our teens took a look at the entertainment and activity choices and came up with a list of the best things for teens to do on board an Allure of the Seas cruise.  Teen Picks for Best Things to Do on the Allure of the Seas      For starters,  teen programs are offered throughout the day for ages 12-14 and ages 15-17.  There [...]

Disney Dream Cruise: Wishing We Were Here

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Nov 112010
Disney Dream Cruise: Wishing We Were Here

        Cold weather in the Northeast has us wishing we were in the tropics.  What better way to enjoy the sun and warmth than via a cruise?  We’ve been investigating some of the newest cruise options that cater to families with teens and tweens and the soon to launch Disney Dream is looking pretty fine.     Years in development, the Disney Dream’s first voyage begins January 26, 2011.  During the winter of 2011, the ship will take 3 and 4 night cruises from Florida to the Bahamas and Disney’s private Castaway Cay island.  With the introduction of the Dream, Disney is promising to take its service and its use of technology on the high seas to a new level.       One of the most original innovations is an industry [...]

Norwegian Cruise Line Epic – Wishing We Were Here!

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Nov 012010
Norwegian Cruise Line Epic - Wishing We Were Here!

           In reviewing some of the newest family cruise line options, our teens  quickly picked the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)  Epic megaship as a  best bet for active families  that want to see the Caribbean, make a transatlantic crossing or  visit the Mediterranean.      At 1,080 feet in length, with room for 4,100 passengers, the Epic is a floating city that has 20 dining options and lots of entertainment choices including Blue Man Group, Second City Comedy and Legends in Concert.  It also boasts a water park at sea.  Our teens got really excited thinking about the Aqua Park that includes several multi-story water slides, including The Epic Plunge.  It is billed as the only tube slide at sea that puts the blast of inner-tubing into the core of a bowl slide, with a thrilling drop down [...]