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Jul 9, 2015
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Gladiators, churches and fountains – a day in Rome


Everyone is watching. We’re in the ancient Coliseum in Rome but these gladiators won’t fight to the death, thank goodness. They’re not slaves or prisoners of war. more
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Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii


It’s only a half mile but a steep 40 per cent grade makes it seem much longer. After all the eating aboard the Disney Magic (www.disneycruise.com) as we cruise the Med, we’re glad for the exercise as we head to one of the most famous volcano craters in the world. Mt. Vesuvius. more
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Who says Disney cruises aren’t for adults?


DAY SEVEN – Disney for adults. It’s all how you shake the cocktail. Who says Disney Cruises are just for kids? more
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Belly dancers and couscous — a day in Tunisia


DAY SIX It’s all about the swish of your hips. We’re at Douar Laroussi about an hour from where the Disney Magic is anchored this morning in Tunis, Tunisia in North Africa. more
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Exploring Malta and its rich history


DAY FIVE – We’re in Malta, so where are the Knights? The city of Valetta, Malta’s capitol, was built by the Knights of St. John who came here in 1530 to protect the pilgrims. more
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Families explain why they chose to explore with the Mouse


DAY FOUR – Little kids are everywhere--splashing in Mickey’s Ears in the Mickey Mouse head-shaped pool, getting chicken fingers and Pizza poolside, lining up to meet princesses. more
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Cruising with Disney isn’t just for little kids, teens declare


(DAY TWO) -- Teen attack! It is 10:30 p.m. Saturday night and The Stack at the top of the ship is packed with 100 teens and their three energetic counselors the kids are from all over the world though the majority are Americans. more
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On a tour of the Med with Adventures by Disney


My mission: To see if the Disney Cruise Line can do as good a job for teens as they do for younger kids. Can they make cities like Florence and Rome interesting to kids who prefer malls to museums? more
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Who says Disney cruises are for little kids?


It is 10:30 p.m. on the first night of a Mediterranean cruise and The teen club, appropriately named "The Stack" on deck 10 of the Disney Magic is packed with 100 teens and their three energetic counselors. more
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The Secret to Getting Teens Up Early on Vacation — Take Them to Harry Potter


Thanks, Harry. Suddenly, young people, who wouldn’t spend much vacation time with their folks, much less get out of bed this early if they didn’t have to, think family vacations are fun again, especially when mom and dad or grandpa pay for the trip and pop for $100 wizarding robes (yes, despite the 90-degree Florida heat, fans traipsed around the park in the floor-length robes, wearing Hogwarts ties as belts) or $30 wands. more
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