Top Three Tips To Improve Your Kid’s Physical Skills

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Top Three Tips To Improve Your Kid’s Physical Skills

You’ve showered your kid with a variety of mind enriching toys which taught him about ABC and counting. You’ve engaged him in as many mentally stimulating activities as possible to improve his cognitive skills, logical thinking and basic problem solving abilities. You’ve done everything to make sure that your kid’s intellectual capabilities are properly nourished and fostered.

But of equal importance is your kid’s physical dexterity which is an essential aspect of his overall development that you should never neglect. The aspects of your kid’s manual agility that call for enhancement include gross and fine motor skills, muscle strengthening and coordination, and hand to eye coordination.

There are certain guidelines you can follow to ensure that your kid is also being nourished physically.

First tip to do just that is to engage your kid in physically challenging exercises. If you have a toddler, allow for frequent tummy time during the day. It is healthier for him to crawl, roll over, cruise or walk than be tucked in your arms the whole time. Encourage crawling, cruising or walking by giving your kid attractive toys to reach for.

On the other hand, if you have an older kid, you can play tag with him and chase him in the backyard or play the fun and classic hide-and seek. This is a good exercise for both of you as well as a fun parent-child bonding activity. You may also let your little one jump on his child-safe trampoline or ride his ride on toy car. These fun activities are sure to strengthen his muscles and movement coordination.

Second tip is to provide your kid with toys that will enhance both his gross and fine motor skills. Ride on toys and bikes are excellent in developing your kid’s gross motor skills while building toys like wooden blocks and wooden train sets are the sure way to improve your kid’s finer motor skills. For instance, your kid will enjoy constructing miniature buildings, bridges and trains with the Maxim Wooden 145 Piece Train Set that are at the same time instrumental in boosting fine motor skills.

Third tip is to nourish your kid with proper nutritional diet that he will need to flourish physically. Energy giving nutrients like carbohydrates found in bread and rice will give him sufficient vigour for active play while calcium found in milk and vitamin D that can be acquired by being out in the sun will strengthen his bones. It is important that you consult with his pediatrician about the right nutritional diet to ensure that he gets all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that he needs. Don’t allow him to indulge in junk food, which are nothing but empty calories that can ruin your kid’s appetite.

While it is very important to ensure that your kid grows up mentally stimulated, it is also necessary to improve his physical skills which are indeed an essential part of his growing up. Who knows? With your proper care, he might grow up as the next Michael Jordan or David Beckham.


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Connect With Us in the RSSC Social Club

Looking for a spot to connect with like-minded travelers? Join the club, the Regent Seven Seas Cruises Social Club, that is.

Located on Facebook, we’ve launched a Group just for our wonderful Past Guests and future travelers. It’s an excellent place to research new destinations or make plans for an existing cruise while comparing notes with fellow passengers. Group members share information on everything from videos of onboard events, such as the Crossing the Equator Ceremony, to delectable gourmet cuisine, incredible shore excursion photographs, colorful buffets and onboard pool deck barbecues, and Pinterest-worthy images of stunning architecture on display throughout the world.

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Conserve your cruise memories by sharing your own videos, posts and images while connecting with others. Best of all, make new friends and connect with the old in the RSSC Social Club.

From the moment of your departure until the end of your excursion, it’s all about making memories, storytelling and a sense of community. As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this day of instant information, it’s the next best thing to being there.

Be sure to use #RegentCruises and #RSSCSocialClub when you post photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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Pack Your Passions & Travel in 2019

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Avalon Waterways Unveils Robust “Special Interest” Vacation Portfolio for 2019

 LITTLETON, Colorado – March 19, 2018 – A vacation to the legendary riverbanks of the world offers travelers a break from the ordinary; but not from their extraordinary interests. In 2019, Avalon Waterways will offer travelers its most dynamic “Special Interest” cruises to date, inviting them to explore their hobbies and passions on vacation.

“From beer and wine to history, music and Christmas cruises, Avalon’s Special Interest itineraries complement stories with stout, history with harmony and impressions with impressionism,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “These passion-filled vacations unite our guests with their pastimes and other like-minded travelers. And, 2019 gives history buffs a unique opportunity to pay tribute to and remember WWII on Normandy’s Beaches on the 75th Anniversary.”

Remembrance on the River: World War II Cruises.
All river cruises venture back in time. These World War II history cruises make a special trip to the 1940s to honor and commemorate the significant sites of the second World War and the fearless and fallen that fought for freedom.

  • Paris to Normandy WWII Remembrance & History Cruise (May 28 and June 11 departures)
  • Paris to Normandy 75th Anniversary of D-Day WWII Remembrance Cruise (June 4 departure)
  • Grand France WWII Remembrance & History Cruise (May 28 and June 11 departures)
  • Grand France 75th Anniversary of D-Day WWII Remembrance Cruise (May 27 departure)

Holiday Joy and Jolly Abound on Festive Time Cruises.
Experience the holiday season the European way! Travelers will enjoy the jolly atmosphere on their festively decorated Suite Ship as they delight in the sights, smells, tastes and local traditions of Europe’s Christmas markets. In 2019, Avalon Waterways is offering 16 Christmas Cruises throughout Europe.

See the World in Red & White on Wine Cruises.
Whether travelers are weekend-sippers or wannabe sommeliers, it’s time to take a cruise where the river and Rieslings flow. On Avalon’s 2019 wine cruises, vino lovers of the world unite with the world’s most renowned winemakers and wine masters on the rolling vineyards of Europe along the Danube, Rhine, Rhône and Saône.

  • The Blue Danube Discovery for Wine Lovers (April 30 and October 29 departures)
  • Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers (October 14, 28 and November 3 departures)
  • Grand France for Wine Lovers (October 14, 28 and 29 departures)
  • Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers (October 14, 28 and 29 departures)

 Adventure is Brewing on Avalon’s Beer Cruises.
Pairing fascinating history with a beverage that goes just as far back in time, an Avalon beer cruise promises incredible scenery and visits to the greatest beer scenes in Europe.

  • Tulip Time Cruise for Beer Enthusiasts (April 1 departure)
  • NEW Germany Grandeur for Beer Enthusiasts (August 14 departure)
  • Magnificent Europe for Beer Enthusiasts (October 25 departure)
  • Enchanted Europe for Beer Enthusiasts (August 14 departure)

Once Upon a Castle … Avalon’s Habsburg Cruises.
In the fairytale settings of Germany, Austria and Hungary, Avalon Waterways is rolling out the red carpet for travelers sailing along the Danube. From the palaces of Budapest and Vienna to the castles and estates of the surrounding countryside, it’s time to sip Champagne in the same reception rooms, walk the same art-filled corridors and even take a waltz lesson in the grand ball tradition of Europe’s royal past.

  • Danube Dreams with Habsburg & Royalty (July 11 departure)
  • From the Danube Delta to Prague with Habsburg & Royalty (July 2 departure)

Under the Star on Avalon’s Jewish Heritage Cruises.
History’s most moving chapters come to life sailing down the Danube, Main, Rhine, Rhône and Moselle Rivers on an Avalon Jewish Heritage cruise. Deep in the Jewish quarters of Europe’s most historic cities, explore museums and monuments, cemeteries and synagogues and get the touching stories behind them all on-site and with onboard lectures.

  • The Blue Danube Discovery & Jewish Heritage (August 13 departure)
  • Jewels of Central Europe & Jewish Heritage (August 13 departure)
  • Romantic Rhine & Jewish Heritage (July 23 departure)
  • Rhine & Rhône Revealed & Jewish Heritage (July 23 departure) 

Wonder in Bloom on Garden & Nature Cruises.
Spring in Holland and Belgium is no time to tiptoe through the tulips. It’s time to sail, stroll and skip through their glorious splendor. On this springtime adventure, travelers will stop and smell the roses (and hundreds of other flower varieties) in places like Rotterdam’s famous 70-acre Keukenhof Gardens to the hidden courtyards of Amsterdam.

  • Tulip Time Cruise for Garden & Nature Lovers (April 12 and 19 departures)

A Sailing Serenade with Jann Arden.
Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss … Arden. Travelers are invited to enjoy a classic European cruise down the Danube in the company of singer, songwriter, entertainer, author and Avalon Godmother Jann Arden.  Just 160 fans of the popular Canadian legend will enjoy an intimate concert, CD-signing and special photo op on this very special “Special Interest” cruise.

  • The Blue Danube Discovery with Canadian Entertainer Jann Arden (June 16 departure)

Swing Into Europe on Avalon’s Golf Cruises.
How about a cruise where travelers can drive … and chip, slice and putt? Castles and cathedrals meet birdies and bogies on Avalon’s golf cruises.

  • The Danube Discovery for Golfers (July 4 departure)
  • Enchanted Europe for Golfers (July 4 departure)

Passion for the Passion Play.
Finally, for travelers who have been waiting years (and years) to experience Oberammergau’s Passion Play – a theatrical tradition that has taken place every 10 years since 1634 – Avalon Waterways is delivering with an unforgettable cruise experience and preferred seating at the Passion Play.

  • Danube Dreams with Oberammergau 2020 (multiple departures throughout 2020)

SEE BEYOND SALES EVENT: Travelers booking a 2019 cruise early can save up to $ 2,500 per couple on select Europe and Asia river cruises.

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Since we launched our very first ship in 2004, Avalon Waterways has invited you – our traveler – to be our muse. Thanks to you, we let imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space, be our guide. The result?  An incomparable river cruise experience, including one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites℠ – with innovative Open-Air Balconies® and beds facing the views – on the industry’s only Suite Ships®: Unequaled vessels that feature two full decks of 200- and 300-square-foot suites.
On the spectacular ships of Avalon, “included” is one of our favorite words.  Spacious outside staterooms with plenty of room to relax – included.  Special touches like regional wines and beer at every onboard lunch and dinner – included.  Complimentary Wi-Fi – included.  The most shore excursions, led by Certified Local Guides – included.  VIP entrance into must-see sites – included.  In addition to everything that is included, we also give you the freedom of Avalon Choice® – a different approach to river cruising that invites travelers to personalize their trip.
Whether looking for a romantic mini-break, an in-depth 24-day exploration or something in between, with Avalon Waterways, you can choose the river cruise that reveals the very best of Europe, Asia, or South America– your way!


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Planning for 2019? Head to the Indian Ocean with a Holland America Line EXC In-Depth Voyage

With Holland America Line’s newEXC In-Depth Voyages, travelers have a way to see the world through the through the prism of their own personal interests and passions without having to worry about planning every detail of their dream vacation. Each of the new EXC In-Depth itineraries onboard Massdam offer a variety of themes for tailored exploration — Photography; Nature and Science; Arts & Culture; Food, Wine & Spirits; History & Perspective; and Active Exploration — while also cruising to the most fascinating corners of the globe … such as the Indian Ocean.

Are you ready to plan ahead for an adventure in 2019? Cruise the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia to experience beachside villages and modern metropolises.


See Penang’s colorful sunset on the 20-day Indian Ocean Voyager cruise.

The 20-day Indian Ocean Explorer voyage begins at the culturally diverse city-state of Singapore Jan. 26, 2019, and then cruises to the UNESCO World Heritage site Malacca, Malaysia. While at Malacca guests will see the city’s history as a meeting place of east and west with Malaysia’s oldest church, St. Paul’s, constructed by the Portuguese; the country’s oldest Chinatown; and Stadthuys, the one-time city hall and the oldest Dutch building in Southeast Asia.

The cruise continues with a call at Penang, Malaysia. Penang is divided by the Strait of Malacca into Penang Island and on the Malay Peninsula, Seberang Perai. It’s easy to relax the day away in George Town on Penang Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with ornate historic houses, charming streets and delicious culinary options such as spicy laksa (coconut-curry soup) and kopi peng (iced coffee with condensed milk).

The cruise then sails to Phuket, Thailand. At Phuket, guests must see the city’s Big Buddha, which sits high on a mountain with knockout views of the coastline. After Phuket, the cruise enters the Indian Ocean for three sea days before reaching Sri Lankan shores.


Head up the mountainside to the city’s Big Buddha and enjoy these amazing views of Phuket.

After a day at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, the cruise will arrive at Hambantota, the main port on the island’s southern coast. Guests will be treated to a relatively undiscovered part of Sri Lanka since this area was off-limits during the country’s civil war. But this is a laid-back city is ready to be explored. Along with its seemingly endless golden-sand beaches fringed by coconut palms, guests should look no further than an EXC Tour to Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s second-largest nature reserve, for a sight of one of the elusive leopards that prowl among its jungles.


Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Maldives.

The ship then makes way to Malé, Maldives. The capital of the Maldives, Malé is located on the Kaafu Atolland is encircled by sea walls where guests can get a taste of Maldivian culture. While in Malé, guests should visit the National Museum, which has collections of relics from the foregone pre-Islamic period era, thrones, royal sunshades and furniture, costumes and shoes, coins, ornaments, arms and armor.


Visit the Garagama Temple while exploring Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The cruise then heads north to Uligamu, Maldives, one of the northernmost Maldivian islands, before re-entering the Laccadive Sea and arriving at Colombo, Sri Lanka. Colombo is relatively new to modern-day tourism, but what it lacks in touristic history it makes up for in many other ways — as Sri Lanka’s capital city has been a crucial trading post for more than 2,000 years. While in Colombo, many visitors head for the pristine beaches or head up the mountains to explore Sri Lanka’s tea country. Guests can also head to the bustling markets that are coupled with ancient Buddhist temples ready to be visited.


Modernity comes to life in the city-state of Singapore. See it while exploring Southeast Asia on a Holland America cruise.

From Colombo, Maasdam makes an eastward turn for three sea days before arriving at Porto Malai, Langkawi, Malaysia. While some 99 islands make up the Malaysian archipelago of Langkawi, Pulau Langkawi, the largest island, is the destination where cruise ships call at Porto Malai. At Langkawi, scuba enthusiasts can dive into the Andaman Sea that surrounds the island for the perfect opportunity to see colorful coral reefs. From Porto Malai, the voyage heads to Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur at Port Kelang. “KL” — as it’s often called — has been determined to become one of the world’s great and modern cities, which is best sensed with the imposing Petronas Towers. But for guests who prefer to see historic Kuala Lumpur, the city also has preserved some rich historic architecture, including the cheerful Art Deco Central Market, the Mughal-style Old Railway Station and the Tudor Revival Royal Selangor Club. The journey reaches its end at the equally modern city-state of Singapore.

Join us in 2019 on an EXC In-Depth Voyage as we explore Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean!

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Construction Begins on Seven Seas Splendor

Construction of the ship that will elevate the standard for all-inclusive luxury has begun. Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Montague, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ Executive Vice President of Vessel Operations Robin Lindsay, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations Franco Semeraro and Fincantieri’s Shipyard Director Giovanni Stecconi pressed the button to ignite the cutting torch at Fincantieri Ancona to shape the first plate of steel for Seven Seas Splendor™. The new 750-guest ship will join the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet in early 2020, in pursuit of the ultimate achievement – perfection.

Pictured from left to right are: Fincantieri Shipyard Director Giovanni Stecconi; Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations Franco Semeraro; Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ President & Chief Executive Officer Jason Montague; and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ Executive Vice President of Vessel Operations Robin Lindsay in Ancona, Italy

“This is truly an exciting moment for us and we are delighted to work with the skillful engineers of Fincantieri Shipyard to build our new ship that will again raise the standards of luxury for the industry,” said Mr. Montague.  “Regent has been committed to delivering the most beautiful destinations with impeccable personalized service aboard elegant and intimately spacious ships for more than 25 years. With the first steel cut for Seven Seas Splendor™  in Ancona, we are now underway to realizing our plans for the new ship that will perfect luxury.”

Will you be among the first to sail aboard our newest ship? The inaugural season for the all-suite, all-balcony ship will go on sale this spring.

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