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Jul 9, 2015
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We ski through a tunnel from Jiefenbach to Rettenbach


Did I mention our Austrian ski guide Bernhardt Kneissl who has been teaching and guiding here for 43 years -- since he was 17? He doesn’t speak much English and my daughter Mel and I no German, so it makes for an interesting day. more
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A WATER PARK FOR GROWN UPS


The kids seemed to love that you swim in a lazy river from indoor pools to the outside, jump out, run outside for two seconds and then jump into one of these huge heated pools on stilts -- with salt water, one with whirlpool and massage and blessedly warm. Inside kids and their parents are playing in the expansive pools under the waterfall and in the kids’ pool that is shaped like a Noah’s Ark more
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A SKI TRIP IN THE AUSTRIAN ALPS


When my 18 year old daughter Melanie and I were touring Austria last summer, she begged me to bring her skiing this winter -- her last before she leaves for college.So in the true spirit of let kids lead the way, here we are, about an hour from Innsbuck and just a couple of hours drive from Munich or Zurich. more
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The real VIPs


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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A Weekend Getaway to Squaw Valley, U.S.A.


For a weekend retreat away from the bustling city of San Francisco, Squaw Valley was the perfect destination. The ski mountain is close enough to the city, about a three-hour drive, to wake up early and make it from the city to the mountain still in time for a full day of skiing, and some après skiing fun. more
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