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The Best Cruises For Every Family Type

  

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Cruises get a bad rap these days. We’ve all heard the horror stories of cruises gone terribly wrong. But those cases are incredibly rare. And cruises are still a wonderful vacation option. Especially for families! But be careful when looking for the right one for you and your family, because some of them aren’t right for everyone.

That’s why we made this list breaking down the best cruise options for all family types. Read through to find the one that’s best for your family!

THE BEST CRUISE FOR FAMILIES WITH A BABY

Most cruises have a minimum age limit of six months. And let’s be honest, that’s a good thing. But even babies in that 6-12+ month range can make travel pretty complicated as you’ll be spending so much time tending to them. Especially when considering that most cruises with a kids’ area have their own age minimum of two years or older.

That’s why Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is the absolute best option for any family looking to take a cruise with a young baby. That’s because their Royal Babies and Tots program includes beautiful nurseries that cater to babies from 6-36 months. And they have all the safety requirements and activities you (and your baby) could ask for.

You’ll be charged by the hour, with higher rates at night, and everyone that works in the nurseries have been properly certified. So you won’t be worried because you’re leaving your baby with someone inexperienced. They work in pairs, can bottle feed, and can change as many diapers as need changing.

THE BEST CRUISE FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG KIDS

As your children get older, the troubles of traveling with a baby disappear, and all new problems arise. Keeping your kids (and, let’s be honest, yourself) in a good mood is suddenly a very difficult task. And it can become nearly impossible to provide your kids with consistent activities to keep them occupied and happy.

So, with all that in mind, the Carnival Vista cruise is the best cruise out there for any family with kids ages 5-11. From the Dr. Seuss based entertainment to the slide-heavy waterpark to the IMAX theater to the bike and ropes courses, your kids will have plenty of things to keep them busy and having fun while you and your partner can find your own fun.

They also offer a babysitting service and plenty of nighttime entertainment geared towards adults. So you can certainly have some adult fun of your own on this great cruise.

THE BEST CRUISE FOR FAMILIES WITH TEENS

Teenagers. Sometimes it seems like there are few things more frustrating! And trying to have a fun family vacation with a few moody teens can be a downright nightmare when done wrong. But the Anthem of the Seas cruise from Royal Caribbean is a fantastic option that has clearly been catered to keep your angsty teens happy.

They have awesome activities that teens can enjoy by themselves, or you can do as a family. This list is amazing: daily scavenger hunts, karaoke nights, skydiving and surfing simulators, a rock-climbing wall, circus school (what?!), a DJ academy, multiple sports courses, and nightly outdoor movies. I mean… how much more could you possibly need?!

THE BEST CRUISE FOR FAMILIES WITH ADULT CHILDREN

It’s tough to still pull off family vacations once the kids are all grown up and have their own lives. And even if you do manage to get everyone together, it’s hard to keep anyone excited and having fun. But cruises can still be a great option in that department, and the Norwegian Escape is one of the best cruises in the world for families with adult children.

For one, your children can get their own rooms. Because – don’t kid yourself – your kid hasn’t wanted to stay in the same hotel room with you since they hit puberty. This progressive cruise even lets guests under 21 drink alcohol as long as they’re under the supervision of a parent and the parent signed a release form. That’s pretty dang cool if you ask me!

But that’s not all there is to it. This cruise also offers plenty of fun activities for anyone and everyone. They have a ropes course, a lot of awesome live shows, a casino, and even a Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Sea.

THE BEST CRUISE FOR FAMILY REUNIONS

Honestly, cruises are probably one of the best ideas for family reunions. They can so easily become awkward as you’re spending so much time with people that are family, sure, but technically you barely know them! So a cruise is a great way to keep things rowdy and fun and make sure the reunion isn’t a bore.

And the Carnival Triumph cruise is definitely the best cruise option for a fun family reunion. It’s cheap, which is always good, and they definitely bring a party atmosphere. There are two pool areas, plenty of good restaurants that can be included in your rate, fun options for kids, a pool with a waterslide, and some great, nightly live shows.


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Have Fun In New York City for Free

You can enjoy New York like a local and have a blast in the Big Apple for free.

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New York, the city that never sleeps is easily one of the most expensive cities in the world, but it doesn’t have to be. You can enjoy New York like a local and have a blast in the Big Apple for free. Sounds impossible, well, it isn’t and I’m about to show you how to have fun for free in New York City. This city is magical and full of fun activities and events to enjoy that won’t cost you a dime and will show you just how awesome New York truly is.

Museums

Many museums in New York offer a few days a month or week for free and that is a great deal. New York is known for it’s incredible museums full of culture and classic works of art, but often they have a hefty price tag attached. If you know where to look, you can find out that most of these museums offer free or discounted rates, so keep your eye out and enjoy in some of NY’s incredible culture and class.

 

Art Galleries

Most art galleries in New York are free to enter because they want people to browse their art and hopefully make a purchase. Believe me, it feels good to pretend to be art shopping while checking out the thriving art scene in Chelsea. Within a 10 block radius are some of the best art galleries in all of New York, so check out 18th to 28th streets between 10th and 11th avenues.

 

Public Parks

New York is known for having some epic public parks and we aren’t just talking about the big daddy, Central Park. Most of the urban parks have awesome sculptures and statues, while some feature fountains and playgrounds. All are free and most are wonderfully maintained. Take your kids to the Washington Square Park fountain or Jacqueline Onassis reservoir in Central Park. These parks are here for your pleasure, so enjoy them.

 

Free Ferries

I’m on a boat! Get out there and see The Statue of Liberty for free by taking a free ferry. The ferry runs from lower Manhattan to Staten Island every 20 minutes and takes passengers pretty close to Ellis Island and old lady liberty herself. Best thing is you don’t have to stay in Staten Island, just get off and back on the ferry and head back to the city. You can get amazing pictures of The Statue of Liberty from the deck.

  

Iconic Sightseeing

There aren’t better places in the world to just walk around and sightsee. The city’s huge buildings surround some of the most iconic sights you will see anywhere, so check out the city. Only a few buildings charge to get to the top but many times you can find views for free. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or checkout times square. The busier the attraction, the more there are to see, so check out what this huge city has to offer.

Free Comedy

Most comedy clubs in the city charge a flat fee for entry where you can see some of the world’s greatest comedians. But if you are looking for a great comedy show without paying an entry fee, look no further than UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) on Sunday Nights for ASSSSCAT, a free comedy show with plenty of celebrities. The first show of the evening is $10 but the second show is always free, all you have to do is wait in line for about an hour.

 


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Funniest Tweets From The Disastrous Fyre Festival

Here is a collection of the funniest tweets from over the weekend, so sit back and enjoy in others misery as the Fyre Festival gets roasted and toasted on Twitter.. 

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The Fyre festival was supposed to be this super luxurious music festival but quickly revealed itself as the biggest disaster in entertainment in recent years.  The festival had no organization, no signs of luxury and was a total dumpster fire from the onset.  The site resembled a disaster movie more than a music festival and festival goers and the general public had a field day roasting the festival and it’s organizers.  Here is a collection of the funniest tweets from over the weekend, so sit back and enjoy in others misery as the Fyre Festival gets roasted and toasted on Twitter.. 

You can’t tell me Ja Rule didn’t know his festival wasn’t ready, why is he lying to the festival goers, poor people had no idea the horror they were in store for.

He gets it, after Donald Trump was elected President, all chances of being shocked are out the window.  Fyre fest is a huge success, just like Donald… oops.

Comedy is sometimes the best medicine.

You are correct sir, this photo of an unfinished concierge desk perfectly sums up this mess.

The luxury accommodations are actually FEMA relief shelters used in the event of a disaster, not a music festival.

Looks like a safe place to keep all your valuables…NOT.

Expectations vs Reality is not so funny, well, yes it is.

Looks like luxury dining to me, what did this guy expect, what was promised to him?

Haha, The stereotypical rich guy on Twitter is getting roasted hard on here.

People are already roasting the festival for next year, tickets include MREs and a crossbow for self defense.

She perfectly roasts the Instagram influencers who al thought this festival would be the greatest thing ever, and it turned out to be the best thing for everyone else to roast.

Couldn’t of said it better, at least the festivals I fork out too much money for actually happen.

Yes, one hundred times over.  Who trusts Ja Rule to do anything worth a damn today?

Haha, this tweeter put all the rich millennials right in their place. 

This tweeter took the opportunity to make a political statement.

Calling it the Fraud Fest may be a better, more fitting name for the festival going forward.

Now people are just taking cheap shots at Ja Rule, isn’t he already down, why pour salt on the wound?

The Hunger Games was such a relevant comparison it was even named in the civil lawsuit filed on Monday.

This tweeter takes the high road.

These tweeters all make their little political statements which is perfect in our tough political climate.

Instead of luxury meals, these millennials were forced to eat cheese sandwiches and undressed salads, oh the humanity.

breaking out the Hunger Games comparison again, see I told you it just fits.

Calling it a concentration camp for instagram models and rich white kids is hilarious and extremely accurate.

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Singapore and Hong Kong Begin Air Travel Bubble by the End of November

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Starting on November 22, Singapore and Hong Kong will begin an air travel bubble initiative to allow the improvement of the tourism industry in both locations.

Singapore and Hong Kong plan to begin an air travel bubble at the end of November. By doing so, travelers from either city will not have to go through quarantine procedures when visiting the other, permitting improvement in the tourism industry of both locations.

Beginning on November 22, tourists from either locality must undergo a COVID-19 test and have a negative result before traveling, during arrival, and before leaving.  Each air bubble travel flight shall merely accommodate 200 passengers. Only a single flight per day shall be allowed, increasing to two per day starting on December 7.

The said air travel bubble shall be permitted as long as both cities do not attain a continuous 7-day upsurge of more than five COVID-19 cases. If this happens, however, flights shall be suspended for a couple of weeks to control possible transmission of the virus.

“Hong Kong and Singapore are similar in terms of epidemic control. Both are regional aviation hubs and international cities, enjoying strong trade, investment, finance, tourism and people-to-people ties. The revival of cross-border air travel between the two places is of utmost importance,” according to Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s secretary for commerce and economic development.

Yau stresses on the necessity of improving the retail, hotel, tourism, and aviation industries in Hong Kong. He posits that the planned air travel bubble may add a huge boost to the economic situation of the country.

Additionally, Hong Kong officials announce that residents coming from Macau or Guangdong province shall be allowed to enter the country starting November 23 without further need for quarantine procedures as long as they test negative from COVID-19. Nevertheless, they also have to register in advance. Also, the said exemption shall only be a one-way provision and Hong Kong residents who plan to travel to mainland China shall still be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

To guarantee the safety of travelers and residents alike, the air travel bubble initiative shall put in place a daily quota temporarily. This will also inhibit overcrowding, stresses Tommy Yuen, director of special duties at the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau.

The need to prevent the resurgence of rapid COVID-19 transmission in both Hong Kong and Singapore is crucial. As of writing, Singapore has a record of 58,091 total cases while Hong Kong has only 5,408.

Various countries are now considering the necessary step of reopening their borders to outside travelers via some sort of air travel bubble arrangement. The coronavirus pandemic has already taken a total of 1,289,533 lives worldwide and continuous infection is still a major global concern.

Simultaneously, the need to rebuild economic stability is another huge consternation. The tourism industry has always been one of the major sources of revenue globally. The vast impact of the pandemic to tourism may be gradually solved by initiating air travel bubble flights, permitting a limited number of visitors to visit popular tourist hotspots without threatening the government’s efforts toward eradicating COVID-19 infection. To date, a global total of 52,432,517 cases is recorded.

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