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Jul 9, 2015
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Memo to junior first time cruisers: “Go to the kids club the first day because you’ll meet lots of kids,” said Kathy Novzynski,10 and a cruise veteran with three sailings under her belt “A lot of kids don’t know that the activities are so fun,” adds Melora Cook, 9, who is from New Brunswick, Canada. more
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Behind the scenes on the Norwegian Gem


DAY SIX (March 5, 2009) – Two thousand pounds of cereal, 500 gallons of ice cream, 36,000 eggs, 1,600 gallons of milk, 900 pounds of coffee and 1,000 pounds of lobster. What a shopping list! That’s just part of what more »
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TAKING THE SHARKS!


The sharks are everywhere -- swimming in front of me, behind me, so close I can see their teeth and the marks on their skin. Some are nine feet long! more
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A STOP AT GREAT STIRRUP BAY, BAHAMAS


Kids are snorkeling in the turquoise clear water while parents catch some rays. There’s a beach volleyball game in full swing and a barbeque going. Bahamian music is playing and the Bahama Mamas are flowing. more
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A SHORE EXCURSION TO THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER


The last time I was here -- more than 15 years ago -- we were vacationing in Orlando and came over to watch a Space Shuttle launch. Ironically. A launch is scheduled -- a night launch -- for next week, we’re told, though that can change. more
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DAY TWO — AT SEA ON THE NORWEGIAN GEM


Norwegian Cruise Lines must be doing something right. Despite the bad economy, this ship is full -- 2873 passengers with 500 children under 18 on board.There are 1108 crew members to take care of us, says Prem Kainikkara, the hotel director who oversees them all. They are from more than 50 countries and many speak three languages. more
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Setting Sail on a Weeklong Cruise on the Norwegian Gem


Welcome aboard the Norwegian Gem, the ship that sails from New York to Florida every Saturday. It may be chilly, but cruisers are sipping Sail Away special cocktails and lining up for barbeque on deck as music plays. The kids are eyeing the hot tubs longingly (maybe in a day or two when we reach Florida!). more
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A new-style adventure by Disney — with no mouse ears in sight


We sniff the strong perfume that even kids used, since they bathed so infrequently (servants just once a year) and learn that even though royal children had servants to do everything for them (even brush their teeth), they didn't have a lot of time to play because they were expected at court (sitting quietly for hours). Still, our gang decided they'd rather be royals instead of servants. more
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On a (relatively) stress-free vacation aboard the Disney Wonder


It's well past the kids' bedtime, but no one is nagging the preschoolers and kindergartners to brush their teeth and go to sleep. Instead, they're dressed to the nines (the girls anyway in full princess regalia) before heading to a poolside pirate party more
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Disney’s private island and our last night on the cruise


The sky is blue, the water clear turquoise. We step off the Disney Wonder onto kids vacation heaven -- a great big beach, a play structure anchored in the water. Machines dispensing all the ice cream and pop parents will let the kids have (as well as fresh fruit). more
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