Meeting locals the best way to explore

Meeting locals the best way to explore

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency One visit to Athens won’t cut it. “You’ve got to come back for a second visit,” says Spyros Kagkas. Because meeting locals is the best way to explore. The native Athenian runs This is Athens with a Local, a volunteer program...
Want to cruise again? Vaccinations are the ticket

Want to cruise again? Vaccinations are the ticket

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Is cruising safer than going to the grocery store? “Being on a cruise is definitely safer than going to the grocery store,” opined Kristina Woolum, cruising recently with her family from Port Canaveral aboard Carnival’s new...
What to know about travel with Omicron

What to know about travel with Omicron

By Eileen Ogintz What now? Just when we think we can start to plan a vacation, there’s a new variant (Omicron), new travel restrictions and enough different rules in different countries to completely confuse you. I’m an expert and I’m confused! Here is what we know...
Grab a Black-Friday-Cyber Monday travel deal

Grab a Black-Friday-Cyber Monday travel deal

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Beach getaway or snowy adventure? City lights or a remote adventure? Perhaps a cruise… What’s your pick for a 2022 vacation? With kids 5 to 11 eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and a growing number of adults able to get booster...
The Perfect Day at Coco Cay

The Perfect Day at Coco Cay

By Eileen Ogintz Giant water slides… the largest wave pool and freshwater pool  in the Caribbean… zipline and helium balloon ride. And that’s just for starters at Royal Caribbean’s private island Coco Cay in the Bahamas, where 500 staff live full time to make...
Why We Cruise: The Food Helps Explain

Why We Cruise: The Food Helps Explain

ABOARD CARNVAL MARDI GRAS IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA — I just can’t do it all. In seven days aboard Carnival’s new megaship Mardi Gras, it’s impossible to do (or eat) everything offered on board. “There is no way you can do it all in seven days,” Carnival Corporation...
Carnival Cruises: Primed for Kids’ Return

Carnival Cruises: Primed for Kids’ Return

By Eileen Ogintz ABOARD CARNIVAL MARDI GRAS IN THE CARRIBEAN SEA — Christine Duffy can’t wait. “I miss seeing all the happy kids. And happy kids make parents and grandparents happy,” said Duffy, the president of Carnival Cruise Line which pre-pandemic...
On Carnival Mardi Gras: What Pandemic?

On Carnival Mardi Gras: What Pandemic?

By Eileen Ogintz ABOARD CARNIVAL MARDI GRAS in the Caribbean Sea — Besides their new grandbaby, Gary and Christine Posavad have a new love–Carnival’s new ship Mardi Gras. They’ve already sailed the megaship four times since the inaugural cruise at the...
Carnival Mardi Gras’ New Orleans vibe

Carnival Mardi Gras’ New Orleans vibe

By Eileen Ogintz ABOARD THE CARNIVAL MARDI GRAS IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA — It is the first sea day aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s new megaship Mardi Gras and it is harder than you might think deciding where to go for brunch or lunch if you prefer. For the...
Back to the future: Carnival’s new Mardi Gras

Back to the future: Carnival’s new Mardi Gras

By Eileen Ogintz PORT CANAVERAL, FL — Thirteen ships—including the brand new flagship Carnival Mardi Gras—are sailing from six US ports. And that’s just four months into Carnival Cruise Line’s restart, said Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy at...