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Taking The Kids -- on a fall cruise when family doesn't necessarily mean kids

Taking The Kids -- on a fall cruise when family doesn't necessarily mean kids

Stacy Thompson left her husband and three kids behind and headed off for a special fall family vacation.

She wasn't crazy. Just the opposite. The New Jersey nurse and her sister surprised their parents with their first cruise vacation aboard the Norwegian Gem, which sailed from New York to Atlantic Canada and back, just the two daughters and their 72-year-old parents. "We're all having a great time," she reported, even racing down the water slide with her sister Sandy, and trying the rock climbing wall. "It's a real vacation," she acknowledged, without having to worry about the kids.

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