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 NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The very first vacation exclusively dedicated to families traveling with children debuted today. Bruce Nierenberg, founder and CEO of American Family Cruises, presented details of the first family vacation specifically created and designed to meet the special needs and desires of children and parents traveling together.
 Beginning Christmas 1993, families will enjoy exciting seven-day vacations to the eastern and western Caribbean and Alaska aboard AFC's two KinShips(SM) -- the American Adventure and the American Pioneer, vessels designed especially for family travel. Everything from dining, entertainment, daily activities and shore excursions have been meticulously planned to provide the ultimate family vacation experience.
 "We intend to become the family vacation others are measured by," said Nierenberg. "With the revolutionary programs and activities we are offering, we expect to be one of the most scrutinized vacations in the business, and we are fully prepared to demonstrate our commitment and dedication to the family vacation market."
 This Christmas sees the maiden voyage of the KinShip American Adventure sailing week-long "Landfalls of the Explorers" eastern Caribbean itineraries, calling on San Juan, Serena Cay, Casa de Campo and Key West.
 Beginning with the 1994 Easter season, the KinShip American Pioneer sets sail on a seven-day "Voyage of the Buccaneers" western Caribbean itinerary from Tampa, visiting Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Buccaneer Bay, Jamaica and Grand Cayman. Next summer, the American Pioneer follows the "Call of the Wild" on a seven-day journey through Alaska out of Vancouver. The ship will sail the Inside Passage and call at Ketchikan, Endicott Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Davidson Glacier and Sitka.
 Appealing to families of all sizes, the American Adventures and the American Pioneer boast four-, five, and six-berth staterooms and suites, as well as major deck areas completely devoted to children's pursuits. Four separate programs and specialized facilities for kids ages 2 to 17 offer enrichment and fun throughout the day, both on board and ashore. Parents will take comfort in knowing their kids are in the expert care of AFC's specially trained "Coaches" and each ship has a pediatric professional on board as well as all infant necessities.
 AFC engaged experts in early childhood education, pediatric medicine, psychology, geography, sports and fitness, anthropology, history, ecology and the environment to develop the programs. The line even created a "Kids Korps Panel" in each age group to "test drive" each program. Whether kids are panning for Klondike gold, exploring ancient dungeons or creating their own videos, parents will know they're having fun doing things they like to do.
 Following this extensive research, AFC created four separate programs for kids:
 -- Toddlers 2 to 4-years-old will enjoy "Fuzzy Wuzzy's Den," a teddy bear fantasyland staffed by warm and friendly AFC Coaches. Here, pre- schoolers enjoy storytelling, facepainting, treasure hunts, masquerades, campfire roasts and much more, all under constant "sign-in, sign-out" supervision. Their daily program "Paw Prints" features visual symbols that help pre-schoolers "read" what's going on.
 -- The "Rock-O-Saurus Club" takes activities for kids ages 5 to 7 out of the stone age and into new worlds of games, sports and fun brain- testing activities. Kids perform in a Children's Theater night, participate in masquerades and attend magic and juggling classes. The daily "News-O-Saurus" outlines all of their special activities, and, of course AFC Coaches supervise everything.
 -- Kids ages 8 to 12 will love swimming around "Sea Haunt," their own supervised club that looks like a real underwater reef inhabited by marine life. Stimulating activities and unique sporting adventures happen every day. Kids can participate in a rodeo and play donkey polo at Casa de Campo, learn about commanding a ship, compete in rollerblading contests and take "hip hop" classes, the latest rage in dancing. Their own shipboard newspaper, "Soundings," highlights the details of their day.
 -- Unlike most so-called family vacations, "Club Yes!" offers teenagers their own space and activities just for them. "Club Yes!," a teens-only private "hangout" with a video arcade, MTV and CDs, is also their disco rendezvous at night. Teens will learn to become photographers, TV news producers and computer experts. On shore, teens can parasail and windsurf in the Caribbean or go glacier climbing and wilderness canoeing in Alaska. The "zine" for teens, "Plugged In," keeps them abreast of the weeks events.
 In addition to programs for different age groups, all children will have access to the "Great Adventure Media Center" on board our KinShips. With full video news/production facilities, kids can produce their own nightly TV news shows aired throughout the ship via closed-circuit TV. The center also boasts a modern selection of personal computers, plus materials and displays on the geography, environment and local cultures of ports of call.
 Flexible dining programs aboard AFC KinShips allow children to eat when, where and what they want. On both vessels, the Fisherman's Wharf buffet will be open 18 hours a day serving "Kids Kuisine" for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Special "KidsPick Menus" during all scheduled meals in the America the Beautiful Restaurant make dining an enjoyable experience for parents as well as children. AFC knows that quiet time away from the kids is just as important as time together, so special candle lit dinners for two can be arranged for parental "time-outs."
 AFC's Sports Enhancement Program brings kids and families together for fun and fitness with every conceivable sports activity from baseball and basketball
to family Olympics and canoe races. Kids can play baseball against kids from other countries participate in golf and tennis clinics and enjoy a whole sea full of water sports.
 Miami-based American Family Cruises is a joint between Nierenberg and Costa Crociere of Genoa, Italy, parent company of Costa Cruise Lines N.V.
 For more information, please contact American Family Cruises, 800-322-3130.
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 /CONTACT: Jennifer Lawrence Schoot of American Family Cruises, 305-358-7325, ext. 123/

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