Hey NCL, you call that a kids’ cruise?

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I’ve been on the fence about this case for weeks, following the back and forth between this unhappy customer and a cruise line.

The reason for my indecision? Two years ago, I took virtually the same Norwegian cruise as Joseph Cilento, and my family and I had a dramatically different experience than he did. But things change.

Cilento, his wife and twin daughters were passengers on the Norwegian Gem in May, which sailed from New York to Nassau and back in seven days. He says the voyage was billed as a family-themed voyage, with lots of special amenities for kids.
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One last port of call in Palma

We made one final stop in Palma on the quiet Spanish island or Mallorca. It’s a favorite destination for Europeans.

You can see why: Its breathtaking cliffs (mind the dropoff, Erysee!) and historical medieval towns make this the perfect place to conclude our Western Mediterranean cruise.
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A rough ride across the Mediterranean


We spent today at sea. It was a bumpy ride back to Palma de Mallorca, Spain. But an invitation to tour the bridge made us forget about our motion sickness for a little while.
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All roads lead to Civitavecchia, Italy

When we pulled into port in Civitavecchia this morning, everyone wanted to know what we planned to do in Rome.

“Nothing,” I said, trying to not sound like a contrarian. “We’re going the other way.”
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Are you ready for the real Western Mediterranean?

Here we go!

For the last week, I’ve been telling you about my new family travel site, Away is Home. Today — right now — we’re setting sail on our first adventure: a Western Mediterranean cruise on NCL’s Epic.
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