What’s your go-to holiday tradition?

What’s your go-to holiday tradition?

By Eileen Ogintz When I was a kid, growing up in the New York City suburbs, it was a trip to see the tree at Rockefeller Center and the window displays at the big Fifth Avenue stores. If we were lucky, we scored a hot pretzel from one of the street vendors. Nearly...
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...
Kids, COVID-19 vaccines, and holiday gatherings

Kids, COVID-19 vaccines, and holiday gatherings

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency No, you’re not being rude. “It should be the new normal this holiday season … it’s important to ask for the vaccination status of hosts and invitees,” said Dr. Mobeen Rathore, an infectious disease expert, professor and...
Goldeneye: muse, idyllic respite, more

Goldeneye: muse, idyllic respite, more

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Idyllic, seductive, unique. Not a person, a place. Have you ever been somewhere that makes you consider upending your life to move there? Ian Fleming not only thought about it he did upend his life and move to Jamaica after...
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...