BAHAMAS Cruising With the Kids
Norwegian Cruise Line's "Nickelodeon All Access Cruise" has plenty of kids' entertainment aboard an amenity-packed ship. Nickelodeon characters accompany Caribbean-bound passengers, who can experience family slimings, watch screenings of hit shows and partake in poolside "game shows."
Itinerary: New York City to Port Canaveral, Fla.; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; and back to New York
Dates: Feb. 20-27
Price: Starting at $949, double occupancy (single supplement is a tax-free $949), including all meals and entertainment but not including airfare, transfers ($80 round trip), fees and taxes (about $140), a conditional fuel supplement, gratuities ($12 a day), alcoholic beverages or soft drinks.
Info: Norwegian Cruise Line, Miami; (866) 770-6425, http://www.ncl.com
NORTH KOREA AND CHINA 'Escorted Journey'
On Travcoa's "North Korea Escorted Journey," travelers will explore, with the help of guides, Pyongyang's major monuments; its library, conservatory and public art studio; an orphanage and a middle school. For greater understanding, the 14-day tour includes an excursion to the DMZ, a cruise to Kim Il Sung's birthplace and a visit to an 11th century Buddhist temple perched in the Myohyang Mountains. Also included is a week discovering the highlights of China.
Itinerary: Beijing to Pyongyang, Mt. Myohyang, Hangzhou and Shanghai.
Dates: Departures April 17 and Sept. 11
Price: Starting at $6,575, double occupancy (single supplement $1,600), including accommodations, meals, entrance fees and most gratuities. The price excludes international airfare and related taxes, intra-Asia airfare and related taxes ($1,400), visa fees, alcoholic beverages and the tour director's gratuities (about $18 a day).
Info: Travcoa, El Segundo; (800) 992-2003, http://www.travcoa.com
PACIFIC COAST Starting in San Pedro
Alaska Airlines Cruises' "Pacific Coastal" cruise spends a week hopping up the West Coast aboard Princess Cruises' Sapphire, beginning in San Pedro, ending in Vancouver, Canada, and pausing at interesting ports along the way.
Itinerary: San Pedro to Santa Barbara; San Francisco; Astoria, Ore.; Seattle; Victoria; and Vancouver
Dates: May 7-14
Price: Starting at $709, double occupancy (single supplement $709), including all meals and entertainment. The price does not include airfare, transfers, taxes and a processing fee ($25).
Info: Alaska Airlines, Seattle; (800) 215-3796, http://www.alaskaaircruises.com
EAST COAST U.S. History 101
Cover much of America's dramatic history during Trafalgar's "Historic Highlights" tour of the Eastern seaboard. The itinerary lets you experience Washington's monuments and Colonial Williamsburg. Pay tribute at Arlington and Gettysburg, and tour Philadelphia, which served as America's capital during George Washington's time.
Itinerary: Washington, D.C., Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, Richmond, Monticello, Shenandoah National Park, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Eisenhower National Historic Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Lancaster County, Philadelphia and back to Washington, D.C.
Dates: Multiple departures between May 7 and Oct. 15
Price: From $1,525, double occupancy (single supplement $1,995), including hotel accommodations with tips and taxes, seven breakfasts and three dinners, guides, motor coach transportation, airport transfers, gifts and a tour book with map. The rate does not include airfare and related taxes, nor most gratuities.
Info: Trafalgar, London; (800) 854-0103, http://www.trafalgar.com
ROMANIA Meet some locals
Serious Traveler's 12-day "Legends & Traditions of Romania" tour, led by Cal State San Bernardino professor Robert Blackey, provides insight as travelers visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, castles, monasteries and the Carpathian Mountains. Key experiences include meeting villagers, tasting regional wines and watching folk-dance performances.
Itinerary: Bucharest to Sinaia, Peles, Brasov, Bran Castle, Biertan, Richis, Malancrav, Bicaz Gorge, Gura Humorului, Bucovina, Moldovita, Vorentz, Sucevita, Maramures, Poienile Izei, Hoteni, Desesti Sapanta, Sighet Maramatiei, Cosau Valley, Maramures, Rogoz, Sibiu, Cluj, Curtea de Arges and Hurez
Dates: June 22-July 3
Price: From $2,880, double occupancy (single supplement $670), including accommodations and related taxes, sightseeing by motor coach with professional guides, most meals and gratuities, and entrance fees. The price excludes airfare and departure taxes.
Info: Serious Traveler, Placerville, Calif.; (800) 762-4216, http://www.serioustraveler.com