Family Cruising Aboard Mariner of the Sea

    Mariner of the Seas operates under the Royal Caribbean banner and is one of the five Voyager vessels owned by the company. Revamped back in 2012, the ship now offers, even more, family friendly cruising opportunities. What Makes it Family Worthy? In general, cruises are ideal for fuss-free family vacations since travelers get… Read More

Five Common Problems On Shore Excursions

  Many people plan and prepare for the actual cruise, but may forget to plan appropriately for the shore excursions. Taking guided tours can be great ways to explore islands or cities safely without having to worry about making it back to the ship on time. But like everything else, these guided tours present certain… Read More

Taking Kids with Autism to the Cruise Ship’s Dining Room

  Every cruiser wants to eat at least one meal, if not several, in the main dining room, but the experience can be a little overwhelming for a person with autism. The good news is that there are some steps you can take to make the cruise ship’s dining experience more pleasurable for both you and… Read More

Cruise Cabin Comfort for Kids with Autism

As a parent to special-needs kids, I’ve found cruising to be one of the more enjoyable ways to enjoy a vacation.However, sharing a relatively small cabin can prove stressful for some kids on the spectrum, in particular for the younger ones. Here are some tips to help you, the parent, create a more ‘autism-friendly’  environment so that your… Read More

Three solutions to problems encountered on the Carnival Magic

As avid cruisers, we have sailed multiple times for the past decade aboard Carnival cruise ships. Over the years, the company’s  understanding and accommodations of our needs have been an inconsistent blend of hits and misses. That was the case until last year. Our 2011  Mediterranean cruise aboard the Magic exposed serious flaws in crew training… Read More

Family Fun aboard the Crown Princess

      The Crown Princess owned and operated by Princess Cruises is part of the Grand type fleet of ships. The vessel was launched back in June of 2006 and sailed to the Caribbean during its inaugural season. Last year we got to sail onboard while touring the British Isles with ports of call like… Read More

Tips to Booking a Cruise Vacation for Families with Autism

            Many readers have asked me to write about the logistics of cruising for families with autism, so here is the compiled list of  tips to help book  your next cruise vacation. Feel free to print it and pass it on to your friends. Questions to consider before  booking Q1 Do crowds… Read More

First Five Things To Do After You Enter Your Cruise Cabin

  After you board the cruise ship, your first instinct is to walk around and explore the different activities and ‘welcome aboard ‘giveaways. Not so fast! Before you relax and start having fun, you really should go to your assigned cabin and check five essential things that may help you enjoy your vacation better. The Five things… Read More

Four Fun concepts on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas

In an effort to retain a loyal fan base and gain some new followers, cruise lines often try to innovate and renovate continuously. During our cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas two months ago, we noticed four notable changes that grabbed our attention. Interactive  Artwork While every ship boasts millions of dollars of artwork,… Read More

Five Steps to Lose Weight on a Cruise

As many of you already know, I wholeheartedly recommend cruising as a vacation option for families with special needs children. However, I agree with some critics that the biggest drawback is, in fact, the accessibility and abundance of food on board. Even though for most of us putting on a pound or two probably won’t… Read More

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