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Celebrity Cruises

Upscale Family-Friendly Ships Offer Unique Programs for Children and Adults

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Celebrity Cruises generally appeals to more upscale travelers. That doesn’t mean they don’t have plenty to offer families with children of various ages. (See “Noteworthy Programs” below for details.) According to representatives, they have a guest to crew ratio of 2:1 and have received a number of awards in recent years, including: Travel Weekly’s 2012 […]

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  • Norwegian Cruise Line's Breakaway
    Norwegian Cruise Line's Breakaway

    Norwegian Cruise Line

    Freestyle Dining and “Nickelodeon at Sea” a Great Fit for Families

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    Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is known for Freestyle Cruising that provides freedom and flexibility, perfect for traveling families. Rather than the cruise line dictating where and when you’ll eat—and how you’ll dress—Freestyle Cruising gives you the option to make reservations at a number of different restaurants (note that many outside the main dining room may […]

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  • Fun on Carnival Cruise Lines
    Fun on Carnival Cruise Lines

    Carnival Cruise Lines

    Dr. Seuss Meets Hasbro on this Family Friendly, Affordable and Multi-Generational Cruise Line

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    Carnival Cruise Lines is the world’s most popular cruise line based on the number of passengers carried. It’s also one of the leaders in family cruising, with more than 700,000 children a year sailing on its 24 ships—the most in the cruise industry and roughly double what the line carried a decade ago. In fact, […]

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    Holland America's ms Eurodam

    Holland America Line

    LGBT-Supportive and Family-Friendly Cruise Line ‘Dances with the Stars’

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    According to representatives, Holland America attracts more than 25,000 children and families aboard their 15 premium mid-size ships every year. Their cruises appeal to multi-generational groups and offer an extensive range of activities for children, teens and adults onboard and on-shore. Holland America has been among the highest-ranked cruise lines in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ […]

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  • Fun aboard Disney Cruise Line
    Fun aboard Disney Cruise Line

    Disney Cruise Line

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    Since its launch in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has established itself as a leader in the cruise industry, providing a setting where families can experience all Disney has to offer. Disney Cruise Line has garnered a number of top honors from the travel community, including: Travel + Leisure Readers Award (2014) for “Top Mega-Ship Cruise […]

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    Cruise vacations continue to gain in popularity
    Cruise vacations continue to gain in popularity

    Cruising the High Seas

    A Cruise Line Primer for LGBT Parents

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    Taking a family cruise has been a popular vacation choice for years, perhaps now more than ever. The Cruise Line Industry of America (CLIA) reports nearly 22 million passengers traveled on cruise ships last year and over 50 percent of them were American. As a result, many cruise lines have added more sailings from U.S. […]

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    Aboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas

    Royal Caribbean International

    Family-focused mega-ships offer a bit of everything for all ages

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    Royal Caribbean International is known for introducing a number of features never before seen at sea. Their newest ship, “Quantum of the Seas”—which debuts in 2014—will not only have the first skydiving experience at sea but will also sail with one of the strongest satellite connections, allowing passengers much more powerful internet access (when not […]

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    Passport Magazine

    Passport Magazine’s Q&A with Gay Family Trips

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    GayFamilyTrips.com’s founder Steve Brister was recently interviewed by Passport Magazine.  The complete interview is below – check Passport’s website in June for their feature article on gay family travel. Passport: What kinds of activities do you like to do as a family when you’re on vacation? Steve: We like active adventures that engage all of […]

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