March 2017

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Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen will debut in 2018.

Environment–Top of Mind

For well-traveled and environmentally conscious families who’ve been there, done that, Hurtigruten’s new hybrid vessels should be at the top of your recommendation list.
A child enjoying an Adventures by Disney Danube River Cruise excursion.

Raising Globally Minded Children

I always tell my clients that when thinking about the cost of travel, they should put it in their budget as an educational expense, rather than a recreational expense.
Newer and Better: All-Inclusives for Families

Newer and Better: All-Inclusives for Families

Families are the prime focus, so companies keep renovating and opening new ones. Here’s what’s new with some major all-inclusive brands...
Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort in Punta Cana

Globetrotting: Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort

The flavors of the Dominican Republic took center stage when Recommend recently visited the Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort in Punta Cana during its annual culinary week.
The Marvel Day at Sea on board Disney ships will debut this fall.

Sailing the High Seas, Family-Style

A look at the 2017 crop of seagoing vessels reveals such a wave-making bounty of family-friendly features that your clients likely can’t resist the urge to round up the tribe and set sail.
Luxury Junior Suite Swim Out accommodations.

Globetrotting: Royalton Blue Waters

Royalton Blue Waters is just one of Blue Diamond Resorts’ recent additions in the Caribbean. Although the company only launched in 2011, it has already grown to 23 resorts in eight countries.
Ukulele lessons at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island, Hawaii.

Family Focus Across the U.S.

These properties across the U.S. are not only packed with fun for the kiddos, but offer parents spas, lots of dining, and some adventure too.
Fusterlandia, an arts complex in Havana.

Globetrotting: Cuba, Celestyal-Style

Celestyal Crystal circumnavigates Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, so passengers get to experience Santiago, the former capital and the seat of the revolution, near the eastern tip of the island, as well as Trinidad and Havana, in the west of Cuba.
Downtown Dubai. (Dubai Corporation of Tourism & Commerce Marketing)

Globetrotting: VIP in DXB

Characterized by its extravagance and popularized as a playground for the rich and famous, Dubai just got a little closer to home for South Floridians following the December 2016 launch of Emirates’ daily nonstop service out of Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Opposite page: Rendering of the pool at the Club Med Samoens, which will open this December in the French Alps.

Travel Talk: Updates in the Hotel Landscape

The hotel landscape around the globe is ever-evolving, with top brands adding and refurbishing properties from the Maldives to the French Al
Signature Eco Junior Suite accommodations at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Riviera Maya.

Five Fun-Inclusives

It’s fiercely competitive in Mexico’s resort landscape. If a hotel company isn’t building a new resort, they are renovating or upping the ante in terms of onsite amenities. And when it comes to their family-friendly properties, hotel companies are constantly adding offerings to please each member of the family.

D-Boat Experience in Antigua

In Antigua, D-Boat offers families a high-energy water park experience.
UnCruise Adventures offers itineraries in Central America.

Beyond Alaska

UnCruise Adventures, with eight ships that range in size from 22 to 88 passengers, recently debuted the remodeled 62-passenger Safari Voyager.