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My Experience in Norwegian's Splash Academy by Vanessa Kuznicki

One of the most important things about taking a family cruise is making sure the kids are taken care of and having a great time. After all, it’s their vacation, too. This year, we were lucky enough to receive a first-hand account of the Splash Academy experience from an attendee herself, aspiring young writer and Norwegian Cruise Line guest, Vanessa Kuznicki (10 yrs. old). Vanessa cruised with her mom Natalia on Norwegian Getaway to the Western Caribbean and loved the experience so much she wrote and illustrated a whole book about it! Just ahead, read through for an inside look at what it’s like to be a kid cruising with Norwegian’s Splash Academy.

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Kid-Friendly Cruise Activities for Your Family Getaway

Cruising with kids is probably one of the most exciting family vacations you’ll take. Besides having the satisfaction of knowing you're sticking to your budget by taking advantage of the fantastic Kids Sail Free promotion with Norwegian Cruise Line — where third and fourth guests can enjoy complimentary cruise fares on select cruises — you can revel in the idea that your kids will never be bored no matter which cruise ship or destination you choose.

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Cruising with Kids: 7 Family Travel Tips

Not only is cruising with kids possible, but it's also one of the most memorable, action-packed experiences you can plan as a family. In fact, Norwegian Cruise Line makes it easier than ever before to cruise with kids of all ages thanks to Norwegian’s complimentary youth programs. Still, a little planning will make the cruise more enjoyable for kids and parents alike. If you've booked a family cruise and wonder what you've gotten yourself into, don't worry! We've got you covered. Follow these seven tips for cruising with kids, and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable family vacation.

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Family Activities to Enjoy on Great Stirrup Cay

If you’re planning a cruise to the Bahamas with Norwegian, it’s likely you’ll make a stop at Norwegian’s private island oasis, Great Stirrup Cay.  Planning to bring the whole gang? No problem! You’ll find many family-friendly cruise activities on this pristine island that spans 250-acres.  Here are our top picks for fun family activities on Norwegian’s private island.

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Top Caribbean Shore Excursions for Families

The Caribbean is home to some of the top destinations for family vacations in the world, and there is no better way to tour The Caribbean than by boat – a cruise ship, to be exact. Caribbean cruises for families embark nearly year-round from various locations like the New York cruise port, the Port of New Orleans, and PortMiami, and stop in several ports throughout the region. The following are some of the best Caribbean cruise excursions that the whole family can enjoy.

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Family Cruise Vacations: Cruising as a Single Parent

For many single parents, a cruise is the best vacation option available. A cruise vacation allows single parents to keep costs under control while having fun in the process and enjoy some adult time too. You'll find plenty of options for spending time with your kids aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line vacation — from complimentary family dining to thrilling water slides. Here are some of the other reasons why a cruise makes a perfect vacation for a single parent family.  

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Mediterranean Cruises

Taking a Mediterranean Cruise can be one of the most exciting and interesting journeys to embark on, whether you’re on a romantic trip with your significant other or on a relaxing getaway with your family. Norwegian Cruise Line offers departure ports from Barcelona, Venice, and Rome, so be sure to browse these cities’ historical marvels before you set sail and go on your way.

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Tips for Planning a Family Cruise Vacation

When it comes to planning a family cruise, it may not be as much about the destination itself as it is about how you’re going to get there. Choosing the right ship and the perfect stateroom all within your budget are the keys to keeping everyone happy.

The best family cruises offer a well-rounded balance of exciting destinations and shore excursions, as well as fun, entertainment and the coolest kids’ clubs at sea. To get your family cruise vacation sailing in the right direction, here are our top tips for planning a family cruise.

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There’s nothing like good food to bring families together! Norwegian Escape offers a seemingly endless array of cruise fare from the Main Dining Room venues: Taste, Savor and The Manhattan Room, the pub-style O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, and the grab and go Garden Buffet. But beyond these, I believe there are 5 Must Try Family Food Experiences on Norwegian Escape, let’s take a look!

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Featuring a colorful mural hull by world-renown marine wildlife artist, Guy Harvey, your kids are sure to love Norwegian Escape from the moment they set eyes on her! And once you’re on board, this innovative ship offers plenty of fun activities for your children to enjoy, plus they’ll have opportunities to make new friends. Let’s take a look at 5 kid Friendly Places to Explore on Norwegian Escape.

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3 Things You'll Never Hear Kids Say on a Caribbean Cruise

I’ve been traveling with my kids since they were six months old. Over the years, I don’t know how many times we’ve had to pull the car over, had to explain why Grandma smells like menthol, or have had to break up fights. It’s exhausting! But there’s an easier way to travel, so much easier…take your kids on a cruise, and chances are this will be your new go-to vacation! As an added bonus, there are 3 Things You’ll Never Hear Your Kids Say on a Caribbean Cruise.

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Thinking about taking your kids on a cruise? It’s a wonderful vacation opportunity where you’ll be able to spend quality time together while having fun and exploring new destinations. The best cruises for kids offer a variety of things to do and sights to see, along with plenty of dining options to keep even the finickiest eater happy. Family favorites with Norwegian Cruise Line include 7-day itineraries to the Caribbean or Alaska, as they’re generally close to home while offering plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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Where to Cruise After The Kids Leave Home

When I left home to attend college, I enjoyed my newfound independence, but much to my surprise, my parents enjoyed it even more. If they suffered from an empty nest syndrome, they didn’t show it. Because while I was cramming for exams and trying to figure out my place in the world, they --- for the first time --- were off on their own too, cruising around the world.

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How to Plan a Family Reunion at Sea

Did you know the number one reason for travel within the US is to visit relatives? And while todays' technology makes it easy to stay in touch, there’s nothing quite like seeing each other in person - remember how much fun you had when you last visited? Maybe it’s time for another get together! Here are my tips on how to organize a family reunion cruise.

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Whoa, so 2016 is flying! And since we’ve already celebrated mom, that means that it’s time to get a gift to show appreciation for the pops in your life. Yep, that’s right, Father’s Day is this weekend. Ahhh. If you haven’t nailed down that perfect gift for your dad, Norwegian has got you covered. The best gifts are ones that allow you to spend some time together, so why not take him on an adventure to last a lifetime! I’ve got three suggestions for cruises that will slap a smile on you and your dad, no matter which path you take.

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