September 2017

From left to right: Terrie Hansen, sr. v.p. of marketing, Virtuoso (who moderated the “Trends in Travel” panel discussion); Bobby Zur; Ana Villaca; Gabriel Donida; and Haisley Smith.

Travel Talk

Virtuoso Travel Week, which took place last month in Las Vegas, proved to be a whirlwind of information, and one of the most fruitful sessions I sat in on was “Where, Why & How the Affluent Travel.”
When Norwegian Bliss debuts next year it will feature a laser tag course themed around an abandoned space station.

The ABCs of Family Cruising

Let us take you through the ABCs of family cruising.
Tonnara di Scopello in Sicily.

Ancestry Vacations: Family Roots and Routes in Europe

With the popularity of sites such as and its DNA tests for ethnicity and genealogy, heritage travel or ancestry vacations—exploring the origins of one’s family tree, searching through local archives and with luck even meeting a long-lost relative—has boomed in popularity.
Sailing lessons at Bitter End Yacht Club in BVI.

8 Resorts Whose Kids Programs Teach Real Skills

“I don’t care what they do; just keep my kids busy,” said no parent—ever. The following, therefore, are resorts whose camps and other programs don’t just keep children out of their parents’ hair, but actually impart knowledge and/or
The newly expanded kids club at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun.

Kids Rule!

The kids are in charge—or at least they think they are—at these resorts where sandboxes, bunk beds and splash zones rule.
Nayara Hotel & Gardens, located in Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park.

Go Central America: 6 Different Ways

Here are six unique ways to experience Central America.
Celebrity Cruises’ Galapagos voyages are ideal for a multi-gen vacation.

Globetrotting: Celebrity Xperience in the Galapagos

Like virtually all species before us, we are carried to the Galapagos Islands by the wind and the sea.
The resort has a unique playful landscape.

Globetrotting: Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection

No, the Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection is not your everyday all-inclusive.
Enhancements to the Disney Fantasy included a Star Wars: Command Post area.

Globetrotting: Disney Fantasy

Within minutes of stepping onto the Disney Fantasy for a 3-night Bahamian cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida, my 5-year-old daughter insisted that we check out the swimming pools on deck 11.
View across the Rhine to its western bank with Cologne Cathedral, Hohenzollern Bridge and Great St. Martin's Church. (German National Tourist Board)

Melodious Rhine

Travel advisor Mary Crowley met Michael Hayden, director of choirs at Mira Costa High School in California, on a Danube River sailing back in 2015. One month later, Hayden called Crowley to throw out the idea of a Rhine cruise for his choir. From there was born a high school choir group charter booking on an AmaWaterways ship.