The Best Family Vacation Destinations
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Despite these onboard luxuries, disembarking from your liner also has its
appeal: Many itineraries allow travelers to tour the festive plazas, commanding
forts, and antique churches of Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan, one of the oldest
settlements in U.S. territory. At other typical island stops, St. Thomas and
St. Maarten, some of the best beaches in the world (plus duty-free shopping)
Details: Per person, double occupancy prices start at $749
for seven nights. Prices vary by ship.
To book: Call 800-769-2522 or go to royalcaribbean.com.
Helm a Houseboat
Steer your own personal home through the quiet coves and rippling lakes of
Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. Amazingly, no sailing experience is
necessary: You’ll receive easy-to-follow maps and instructions well before you
step on board a houseboat from Voyagaire, one of the area’s renters. Boats are
generally equipped with full kitchens, bathrooms, grills, and (just as
essential) a swim slide — and many have air-conditioning and hot tubs. All
provide safety features such as radios and life jackets, and you can opt to
have the outfitter deliver whatever supplies you need daily.
Other idyllic locations for houseboating? Try Utah’s Lake Powell, ringed
with red rock formations and soft sand beaches, or Dale Hollow Lake on the
border between Tennessee and Kentucky, which offers some of the nation’s best
Details: Price for a Voyagaire boat with five double beds
is $485 daily, $2,425 weekly. Good Housekeeping readers receive free
To book: For Voyagaire, call 800-882-6287 or go to
houseboatvacation.com. For houseboats in other areas, visit lakepowell.com and
Travel on a Tall Ship
Love the romantic many-masted ships of yore? Sail back in time with the
Maine Windjammer Association, 12 privately owned tall ships that supply an
authentic New England seafaring experience (as well as a crew to do the serious
sailing — good news for landlubbers). The company’s oldest vessel was built in
1871, and seven are registered as National Historic Landmarks. These beautiful
boats are almost entirely wind powered, so get in the spirit and leave your
cell phones and laptops at home. You’ll find yourself hauling lobster traps and
sails, tying knots, fishing, and seal spotting as you sail the quiet paradise
of Penobscot Bay. When you go ashore, explore fishing harbors and tidal pools
and savor an authentic Maine lobster bake before heading back to the boat to
bunk down by lamplight on board.
Details: Cruises carry between six and 40 and run three to
six nights from May through October; prices are about $150 per day per person
and include all meals and activities. Children must be 5 or older. Age
restrictions and activities vary by boat: Ask in advance.
To book: Call 800-807-9463 or visit sailmainecoast.com.