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January 29, 2008

SpongeBob Grabs Headlines Again: New Nick-Themed Cruise Announced



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01/29/2008

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Having stamped its slime-infused, orange Day-Glo madness on Orlando's hugely popular (and well-reviewed) Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn, the network behind such popular cartoons as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer has set its sights on the high seas. Yesterday, Nickelodeon and Royal Caribbean International announced a Nick-themed family cruise aboard the Freedom of the Seas this summer. The seven-day cruise will leave Miami on August 10 and include ports of call in Cozumel, Mexico, George Town, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. In addition to the usual family-focused fun aboard the massive, 4,000-passenger Freedom of the Seas (think climbing walls, ice-skating rink, water park, FlowRider surf simulator), those Nick-loving wee 'uns can expect visits from Dora and SpongeBob, game shows with the requisite buckets of slime, and on-deck cartoons and movies. Tickets are on sale now, with prices starting at $3,999 for a family of four; visit www.nickfamilycruise.com for more. Our recommendation to parents for a pre-trip investment? Noise-cancelling headphones.


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Blog Radar: Mardi Gras' G-Rated Houma



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01/29/2008

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Yup, it's that time of year when the media goes wild over footage of beads and partygoers at New Orleans' Mardi Gras festivities. But just like Daytona Beach during spring break, New Awlins in February is probably not one for the stroller-pushing, crayon-wielding crowd. Now, we're no tut-tutting Calvinists here, but head on over to travel-blogging site Gadling.com for this post about the more family-friendly celebrations in Houma, Louisiana, a town that's one hour south of the Big Easy. As Gadling blogger Erik McLaughlin notes, here families can enjoy the same Mardi Gras parades, Cajun-style food, and swamp tours (not to mention, cheaper accommodation) without having to worry about "the parking problems, public urination, and expensive drinks of Mardi Gras in New Orleans."


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January 25, 2008

Blog Radar: Zagat Airline Survey



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01/25/2008

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Following on from our recent post about Aer Lingus' excellent family-friendly service, here's a useful update from the foXnoMad travel blog, which alerted us to the release of an airline survey from Zagat. Get the lowdown on carriers from AirTran to Virgin America, as well as the best and worst U.S. and international airports (no surprises here: New York LaGuardia and Paris Charles de Gaulle anchor their respective piles). Our only suggestion for the next edition? A family-friendliness category taking into account cabin crews' tolerance for hyperactive toddlers and their willingness to dish out warm milk (with a sympathetic smile).

Do you have a favorite (or least-favorite) airline when it comes to flying with kids? Any horror stories or funny moments to share? Tell us in the comments section below.


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Trip of a Lifetime: Climbing Mt. Fuji With a Preteen



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01/25/2008

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Fujiclimbingsticksscarborough With special thanks to Sheila Scarborough of the excellent BootsnAll Family Travel Blog for this week's guest post.

I'm not sure which was more physically challenging: the oxygen-deprived hours climbing up 12,388-foot Mt. Fuji or the crumbly, dusty, thigh-burning slog back down.

My preteen daughter, twenty-something nephew, and I took advantage of the short July-August climbing season to attempt a half-day trek to the top of Japan's venerated Fuji-san. Before an early morning start from the well-appointed Fifth Station partway up the mountain, we each bought a traditional wooden walking stick (kongo-tsue) with a Japanese flag and tinkling bell. Sticks can be burned with a special brand at each trail resting station. It's a nifty souvenir that also provided invaluable leverage for tired bodies on the popular Kawaguchiko Trail, one of many routes to the summit.

We were lucky that day: the weather was clear and pleasant so none of us needed the precautionary raingear in our daypacks, although we certainly used our jackets and hats to keep warm. It was a great feeling of accomplishment to climb up above the clouds and admire the expansive view.

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January 22, 2008

UK Travel Section Disses U.S.; Away.com Responds: "Their Loss"



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01/22/2008

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Thanks to Sheila Scarborough over at the BootsnAll Family Travel blog for posting a link to this story from the UK's Sunday Times, which advises its readers to skip travel to the United States because of increasing hassles with U.S. immigration. And here we were thinking that this was U.S. tourism's year after the Americas staffers at Lonely Planet picked the States as one of 2008's top travel destinations.

JfkimmigrationscallejaTo the Sunday Times' churlish editors, we say keep your tired stereotypes. Whatever you think about the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to keep the bad guys at bay, we already know that one gruff immigration official doth-not-a-country-define. Besides, we're pretty confident that stereotyping a place that includes some 300 million people and four million square miles might make a quirky story angle but hardly screams cutting-edge journalism.

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9 Great Reasons to Go RVing


If someone had told me I would travel 30,000 miles in RVs with my kids, all of us tucked into 30 feet of ingeniously designed, but undeniably small space, for days on end, I would have scoffed. We were hikers and campers. We were resort-goers. We were (relatively) young and, umm, hip. To scoffers I now say, "Don't knock it 'til you try it."

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January 17, 2008

Theme Park Survival Guide: Lost Kids


Confession: I once lost my best friend's nine-year-old at Universal Studios. He stopped at a kiosk with stuff designed to make kids stop. In seconds we were separated in a crowd of thousands. Fortunately, my best friend still talks to me because I'd given the kids instructions ahead of time—and quizzed them until they begged me to stop.

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January 16, 2008

Bodyflight Video: Fun for a Rainy Day



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01/16/2008

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Now, for the daredevil kid who really can't wait until his 18th birthday to throw himself from a plane at 12,000 feet, we introduce the slightly zany sport of bodyflight (check out the video below of two youngsters in action). Open to people of all ages and experience levels, bodyfliers ride the updraft in vertical wind tunnels to pull off some of the same stunts as skydivers. There are bodyflight centers around the U.S. and Canada, including in the San Francisco Bay area, Nashua, New Hampshire, Orlando, and the newly opened Paraclete XP tunnel in Raeford, North Carolina. You can find more locations at www.bodyflight.net. Prices generally run from about $50 to $90 for two to four "flights" per session for first-timers.


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Update: Save on the Slopes



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01/16/2008

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Following on from our recent post about ways to save on the big family ski vacation, we couldn't overlook this great deal from a pair of Canadian ski resorts in the Okanagan Valley region of southern British Columbia, Big White and Silver Star. Both resorts are ideal for families, with good facilities and easy slope access. Visitors traveling to Kelowna, British Columbia, from any mainland U.S. destination served by Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air can score free flights, accommodation, and lift tickets for each child under 12 who's traveling along with a fully-paid adult. This offer is open for travel until April 5, 2008, though be warned that availability may be a little hit or miss depending on dates and your departure point. Bookings must be made before March 31, 2008, and you need to book through Big White Central Reservations (1-800-663-2772; cenres@bigwhite.com) or Silver Star Holidays (1-800-663-4431; info@skisilverstar.com). Quote reference "EF" at time of booking.

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Head Inland on Barbados


The allure of Barbados has always been its stretches of pristine white sand that serve as a soft welcome mat for the warm aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea. Hotels line the shoreline north and south of the capital, Bridgetown, appealing to a predominantly British clientele who are content to while away their hours with thick books in one hand and some version of the storied local beverage, rum, in the other. But it's the ecological wonders in the northern and eastern section of the island, namely the Barbados Wildlife Refuge, Andromeda Botanic Gardens, and Harrison's Cave, that differentiate this country from its neighbors.

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