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Best All Inclusive Resorts for Families

A vacation at an all inclusive resort is truly a vacation for every member of the family. You don’t have to worry about cooking meals, cleaning up afterwards, or how to entertain the kids all day. Plus, you don’t have to worry about how much you’re spending on meals and activities while you’re away because it’s all taken care of in advance. With so many all inclusive resorts out there, it’s hard to know which ones to choose for your family vacation. As both travel experts and parents, we are recommending the best all inclusive resorts for families.

Best All Inclusive Resorts for Families

Beaches Turks & Caicos

“Dive into a one-of-a-kind, unbelievably exciting Beaches all-inclusive Turks & Caicos vacation for the whole family. This amazing all-inclusive resort features a 45,000 square-foot waterpark; five magnificent villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France, the Caribbean and Key West; a 12-mile beach lapped by clear turquoise waters; 10 impressive pools, endless fun activities for everyone, from tots to tweens and teens, featuring Sesame Street® characters, the Xbox Play Lounge and a sizzlin’ teen disco—all located on Grace Bay, voted the World’s #1 Best Beach by TripAdvisor Travelers.”

What’s Included:

  • Unlimited gourmet dining at 21 restaurants
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime snacks
  • Unlimited premium liquors
  • 15 bars, including swim-up bars
  • Stocked bars in every room
  • Unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks® wines
  • All tips, taxes and gratuities
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Kids Camp with certified nannies
  • Pirates Island Waterpark
  • Caribbean Adventures with Sesame Street®
  • PADI-Certified scuba diving (and all equipment)
  • Snorkeling (and all equipment)
  • Hobie Cats, paddle boards, kayaks
  • Professional instruction for water sports
  • Beach volleyball, basketball, pool tables
  • Liquid at Beaches nightly teen club
  • Xbox Play Lounge
  • Day and night tennis
  • Fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Day and night entertainment including live shows
  • Free WiFi (in room and all common areas)
  • The Caribbean’s first Certified Autism Centers
  • 10 freshwater pools, 4 whirlpools & 1 scuba diving pool

Pirates Island Waterpark: The whole family will love Pirates Island Waterpark, the most thrilling waterpark in the Caribbean. Pirates Island Waterpark offers a 650-foot lazy river, SurfStream surf simulator, eleven waterslides, kids swim up bar, water cannons, pop-up jets, zero-entry pool for little ones, ice cream machine, and so much more. You can even enjoy creative street food concepts in between laps on the lazy river or waterslides with the waterpark food trucks.

Room Recommendation: The Together Nest suites are perfect for families of all sizes looking for space and privacy. These suites offer one to four bedroom villas and suites, all including butler service. You’ll also enjoy private VIP in-room check-in and 24 hour room service.

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun

“Imagine elegance to the hilt, days brimming with promise, the melding of luxury, technology and convenience, alluring magical nights, and having your every craving satisfied. Now, picture this rapturous realm set on a beach that seems as if it was plucked from a dreamy postcard. Pinch yourself, it’s real, it’s The Grand At Moon Palace Cancun.”

All Inclusive Amenities:

  • Bottle of wine on arrival
  • Luxurious accommodations
  • World class dining
  • Top shelf drinks
  • Delicious appetizers
  • 24 hour room service
  • Free wi-fi
  • Double whirlpool tubs
  • Non-motorized watersports
  • Water park
  • Unlimited calls to the Continental United States, Canada and landlines in Mexico

Room Recommendation: Grand Family Deluxe Rooms can sleep up to six guests. These two room suites include a daily refreshed mini “bar” full of chocolate milkshakes, juice, soda and snacks; kid- sized bathrobes and slippers; an Xbox; L’Oreal Kids bath amenities and more.

Playroom: The Playroom at The Grand is a world of wonder, filled with amazing activities such as: Neon Mini Golf, a 3-floor Labyrinth, Arcade, Bumper Cars, Laser Maze, Time Freak, Interactive Sports, Sky Trail, Mirror Maze, and much more. The Playroom is open daily from 9 am to 10 pm for children ages 4-17.

Wired Lounge: This is a world brimming with arcade and console video games, internet access and a menu of tasty sweet and savory snacks to feast on.

Water Park: Float in a lazy river, splash in a wave pool, and choose from a selection of different thrill-seeking slides.

Special Offers: Kids and teens stay free; Up to $1,500 USD in resort credit; and Free airport transfers

Best All Inclusive Resorts for Families

Hard Rock Punta Cana

The Hard Rock Punta Cana offers thrilling gaming action in the biggest casino in the Caribbean, exhilarating nightlife, tantalizing culinary options, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and rooms worth tweeting about, all infused with our legendary rock and roll vibe.

Kidz Bop Experience: Kids ages 6-12 will get the ultimate VIP treatment at The KIDZ BOP Experience, where they can live like a KIDZ BOP Kid! Kids can check in to the Pop Star lounge, where they’ll be guided by their personal tour manager to create the coolest band name, learn brand new dance moves, select a red carpet worthy wardrobe, take their A-List photo, and perform on the big stage! 

Music Lab: Introducing the ultimate way to live out your fist-pumping guitar-shredding fantasy with expert instruction and accelerated stage training at the Music Lab of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. As part of your all inclusive stay, there’s no experience needed and all guests ages 12 and over are welcome to play.

More Family Fun: There’s even more family fun awaiting you at the Hard Rock Punta Cana. Grab a putter and challenge your family to a game of mini-golf. The Bowling Bar offers six lanes of bowling, bowling balls, tables, and automatic scoring system. Escapology challenges your family to work as a team, find clues, solve puzzles and open padlocks and doors in order to escape in less than 60 minutes. Both the young and the young at heart will enjoy the excitement and fun of a wide selection of games in our Arcade Center. Catch a wave at the Flowrider surf simulator. (additional fees apply)

Room Recommendation: The Signature Family Suite comes with all the indulging amenities fit for a true star. One master bedroom with a king size bed in addition to an adjacent family room with two double beds and dining room with a full bathroom.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

What else can say “Family Fun” like getting Slimed? In addition to a huge variety of Nickelodeon activities, there is a world of Karisma Gourmet Inclusive® Experiences to enjoy here at the five star Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana. All-inclusive access to aqua aerobics, dance and more means there is no better time to explore new interests. Go above, beyond and into the deep blue sea during scuba diving trips, fishing trips, an island tour, snorkeling, golf and almost any activity you can think of.

Gourmet Inclusive:

  • Cuisine crafted to perfection
  • Globally-sourced premium libations
  • Superior accommodations featuring indulgent amenities
  • Service above and beyond the expected
  • An intimate Nickelodeon experience including the orange carpet, character meet and greets, and Slimings

Aqua Nick: Enjoy winding water slides, splash pads, spray grounds and a lazy river ride. Join the fun with a Nick Live! Poolside where the mess hits the deck in our interactive games shows where guests are pulled right into the action. Inspired by Nickelodeon’s iconic game shows and characters. Experience Nickelodeon’s ultimate honor during our daily Mass Sliming events, where everyone is welcome to join the free-flowing celebration. Or sit for a unique family photo under the Slimulator. Get ready to get messy!

Just Kidding: Part clubhouse, part artist’s studio, Just Kidding is the hub for free play as well as more structured activities for families. You’ll find a mega ball pit, two-story slide and a whole lot of do-it-yourself Nickelodeon fun, from arts and craft classes to science experiments, along with daily, supervised activities for kids 4 to 12 years old. Plus, you never know when your favorite character will stop by!

Character Breakfasts: You can enjoy Character Breakfasts every Saturday & Sunday at Zest. Join SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora, Boots, Paw Patrol & the Fairly Odd Parents in your jammies for the Pajama Jam, or ninja chop with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles during the Turtle Power Breakfast. (surcharge applies)

Room Recommendation: The Flat Swim-Up Suite offers direct access to the pool right from your terrace! The suite also includes a private master bedroom with a king size bed, smart TVs, a marble bathroom with an indoor shower, double sinks and freestanding tub.

Club Med Punta Cana

Club Med Punta Cana offers an all inclusive family vacation with activities centered around 5 different themes:

  • Time to Splash: enjoy giant water bubbles, slip’n’slide, water volleyball and more!
  • Time to Play: test your skills with brain games such as giant domino, molky, and giant janga.
  • Time to Quest: work together to find treasure on a digital treasure hunt as you explore the grounds of our flagship resort.
  • Time to Recharge: relax with family yoga classes, extra large hammocks and other calm games.
  • Happy Time: learn new skills together with family archery, pickleball, and Club Med CREACTIVE as you try flying trapeze, trampoline and juggling.

Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil: Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil is a unique circus playground where you can fly above the palm trees with the flying trapeze, learn to climb silks, juggle, and more with the help of expert Cirque du Soleil Circassiens.

Mini Club Med: Mini Club Med offers activities for children age 4-10. From 4 years and up, children can try a range of land sports. They’ll hone their artistic talents in creative workshops, and invite you to join them for fun team games. From 6 years and up, they’re ready to try archery and some water sports. And once they reach 8, a whole new raft of specially designed activities is available to tempt them, both on and off the water.

Club Med Passworld: Club Med Passworld is for guests age 11-17. Teens can broadening their horizons with a range of sports, forge new friendships on the sports pitches, triumph in epic tournaments, lounge by the pool, or try their hand as a DJ or gamer.

Room Recommendation: Your family can enjoy one of the new 2 bedroom family suites in the new Tiara Exclusive Collection space. Here, you’ll experience a mix of both modern and local design touches in these oceanfront rooms complete with your own dedicated pool, kid-friendly bar area, and other amenities.

best all inclusive resorts for families

Dreams Riviera Maya

Set along a natural white-sand beach in the Riviera Maya, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the crystal-clear Caribbean, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is a luxurious oasis for couples and families. Ideally located close to the excitement of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, this AAA Four Diamond resort is an enchanting wonderland of glistening pools and impressive ocean views with unique octagonal-shaped rooms and suites.

Unlimited-Luxury includes:

  • Limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required
  • Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits
  • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
  • 24-hour room and concierge services
  • Pool and beach wait service
  • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer
  • Daily maid service
  • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment
  • Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues
  • No wristbands required
  • All taxes and gratuities included
  • Enjoy free Wi-Fi and free international calling to the US, Canada and Mexico with Unlimited Connectivity. The mobile app also allows you to view the schedules of all events, activities and restaurants at the resort, plus to learn about local destinations, excursions, and much more

Explorer’s Club for Kids: Created especially for youngsters, the Explorer’s Club is fully and professionally supervised and filled with adventures and activities that they will enjoy and treasure for a lifetime, while giving parents time on their own to spend vacation time their way. Time flies by with daily activities based around nature, science and exploration.

Room Recommendation: Family suites can sleep up to seven guests (with a maximum of four adults) in a king size bed and two double beds. Family suites are also available with Preferred Club privileges including access to a private lounge and beach access, special concierge service and other enhanced amenities.

Sunscape Splash Montego Bay

Sunscape Splash Montego Bay is located on a secluded peninsula in Montego Bay, Jamaica with over 1,800 feet of powdery beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

“Unlimited Fun” Inclusions:

  • 24-hour access to food and beverage options including kid-friendly menu options 
  • In-room mini-bar fully stocked with soft drinks, juice, bottled water & beer 
  • Buffet and à la carte restaurants without reservations required 
  • Bars and lounges serving international and domestic brand beverages 
  • Unlimited fruit juices, soft drinks and snacks 
  • Endless daily land and water activities for all ages 
  • Live music and local entertainment 
  • Buffet and à la carte restaurants without reservations required 
  • Explorer’s Club for Kids ages 3 to 12 with supervised activity programs daily 
  • No wristbands required 
  • All taxes and gratuities included 

Explorer’s Club for Kids: Kids ages 3-12 will have a blast with all the fun-filled activities at the Explorer’s Club for Kids, open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. This fully supervised club has games, a playground and so much more. Kids can have fun while learning with program based on science, nature and exploration, as well as weekly campout adventure in the tents at the club or on the beach. They’ll experience sand castle competitions, movie nights, a playground and endless activities.

Core Zone Teens Club: Teens ages 13-17 have their own space to hang out and relax at the Core Zone Teens Club, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Teens get to hang out with others their age, play video games, board games, watch movies and more.

Water Fun: Pirate’s Paradise Waterpark (on-site waterpark with pirate ship, two water slides and a lazy river), five swimming pools, motorized water sports*, and scuba diving* 
*Additional costs may apply. 

Royalton Riviera Cancun

You can escape to the shores of the Mexican Riviera to create family vacation memories that will last forever. With age-appropriate activities, a stay at Royalton Rivera Cancun means more fun for everyone in your family. Their team of professionals will ensure your children stay safe, busy and entertained throughout your stay. 

Clubhouse Kids Club: Children ages 4 to 12 will be able to socialize with others their own age while interacting with our newest guest, the best-loved on-screen characters, Max & Ruby™.  Younger ones are also welcome to enjoy some quiet time indoors watching cartoons and playing games or have an active afternoon discovering the playground – safe and sound.  

Max & Ruby: Give the whole family an experience to remember, when your little ones see their favourite bunny siblings, Max & Ruby, right in front of them! Enjoy live appearances, themed activities, and evening entertainment with the loveable and adventurous pair.

Splash Safari: Royalton Riviera Cancun offers families the ultimate vacation experience at Splash Safari. Water spritzes and sprays to tame the tropical heat while your child plays on water slides shaped like friendly hippos, crocodiles and giraffes. Hours of excitement await!

best all inclusive resorts for families

Paradisus Playa del Carmen Le Esmeralda

Paradisus La Esmeralda offers family concierge rooms with exclusive services and private areas designed especially for families. These rooms were specially designed for superior comfort and greater privacy so parents can choose whether they wish to relax or have fun, safe in the knowledge that the kids are enjoying a vacation they will never forget. You’ll even have access to a personal Family Concierge butler to take care of your family at all times.

Exclusive Family Concierge Areas:

  • Access to the Family Concierge private heated pool for all the family with a swim-up bar and Bali beds
  • Private beach area with a beach concierge service for everything you might need
  • Elegant multi-level Family Concierge lounge with air conditioning and sensory harmony for private check-in and check-out, library, Wi-Fi, daily continental breakfast buffet, all-day coffee and drinks, international press and drinks and aperitifs in the afternoon
  • Luxurious Family Suites with a select range of extra services and facilities specially designed for families
  • Access to the restaurant Olio exclusively for guests staying at Family Concierge.
  • Access to the YHI Spa water ritual facilities
  • Exclusive massage area for Family Concierge guests (*)
  • Private Family Concierge fitness facilities

Exclusive Family Concierge Services:

  • Assignment of your own personal Family Concierge butler on arrival to attend to all your needs during your stay
  • Complimentary cell phone during the stay so you can stay in touch with your Family Concierge
  • Majestic check-in and check-out coordinated by your butler
  • Packing and unpacking by your butler if desired
  • Preferential bookings for the themed restaurants, YHI spa and activities
  • Life-enriching activities organized for all the family to enjoy together
  •  “Bathtime Fun” whirlpool set-up.
  • Special turndown service for the kids with milk and cookies.
  • Personalized mini-bar stocked with drinks and snacks for children
  • Paradisus welcome beach kit for children
  • PS2™, XBox 360™ or Wii™ available in the Suite on request
  • Aromatherapy menu for children
  • Kids and Teens activity menu
  • Special amenities for children in the Suites including kid-sized bathrobe and mini-slippers in the closet
  • Kid’s bathroom amenities such as mini kit with soaps, toothbrush, shower gel, mosquito repellent and towel

Family Concierge Butler Service:

  • Personal tour of the resort to help you settle in
  • Room spa: preparation of your whirlpool bathtub with aromatherapy (*)
  • Ironing of up to two garments per day per room (not including delicate items)
  • Shoeshine service whenever you need it
  • Laundry collection and delivery
  • Preferential reservations in the à la carte restaurants, YHI Spa and sports and entertainment facilities
  • Personalized minibar in the room with products for adults and kids
  • Postal delivery
  • Personalized wake-up calls
  • Service to sterilize bottles on request

(*) With additional charge

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

The Grand Velas Riviera Maya takes you beyond all inclusive where the Caribbean Sea meets the Yucatan jungle. You can savor gourmet cuisine from renowned chefs, bring balance to body and mind with treatments in the holistic spa and unwind in suites with private terraces, plunge pools and uninhibited water views. Find refuge on the white sand beach or lounge by the infinity pool, paired with attentive service from our concierge. Schedule a massage in the comfort of your suite. Join an exciting excursion to explore lush jungles, underwater caves or Mayan ruins. Or, grab a drink at one of the vibrant lounges.

All Inclusive Amenities:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour gourmet suite service
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner à la carte or buffet at Bistro, Azul and Chaká restaurants
  • Mini-bar stocked daily
  • Life Fitness Center and fitness classes
  • Non-motorized water sports (kayaks and boogie boards)*
  • Dinner à la carte at 5 signature restaurants: Frida (gourmet Mexican cuisine), Cocina de Autor (creative-evolutionary cuisine), Piaf (traditional French cuisine), Sen Lin (Asian cuisine), and Lucca (Italian-Mediterranean cuisine)
  • 24-hour personal concierge
  • Smoke-free hotel
  • Taxes and gratuities
  • Premium domestic and international beverages at Koi Bar, Aqua Bar and throughout resort
  • Kids’ Club with daily activities program
  • State-of the-art Teens’ Club
  • Recreational activities program for kids & adults
  • Pool concierge  
  • Beach concierge
  • Beach & poolside waiter service
  • * Services available in the resort at an additional charge.

Family Fun through the Ambassador Experience:

  • Kids’ Club: Guests age 4-12 can enjoy supervised fun designed especially for them
  • Teen’s Club: Cool activities and experiences for guests age 13-18
  • Beach Games: Hit the beach for family fun with volleyball and football games
  • Kayak Tour: Explore miles of coastline by sea on this fun, guided experience
  • Snorkel Tour: Everyone can explore the colorful reef and fish on this easy tour
  • Swim with Dolphins: Make new aquatic friends on this once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Bike Ride: Pedal your way through paradise

Room Recommendation: Ambassador Family Suites feature Jacuzzi tubs, sitting areas and home-style amenities and are located near the Kids Club & Teen Club. They also surround the main infinity pool and offer private terraces, spectacular sea views, luxe amenities and sitting areas. You can even choose one with a plunge pool for pure indulgence.

Barcelo Maya Beach

The Barcelo Maya Beach hotel is situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico in the heart of the Riviera Maya. The hotel has been partially renovated to include a club house featuring reception services, lounge, Beach Buffet restaurant, and more.

All Inclusive Amenities:

  • Cuisine: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at 16 restaurants (4 buffet restaurants, 4 beachfront grill restaurants, and 8 à la carte restaurants)
  • Tennis
  • Paddle tennis
  • Multi-purpose sports court
  • Miniature 18-hole golf course
  • Fitness studio
  • Activities program
  • Non-motorized water sports

Water Fun: Barcelo Maya Beach has 7 swimming pools that include special shallow areas for children, semi-olympic pools and swimming pools for adults. It also features the Barcy Water Park for kids where kids can enjoy castles, slides and waterfalls within the swimming pool.

The swimming pool area boasts a stunning sun terrace, a sun lounger and hammock area and a fully equipped games area with a beach shop and lots more. There is more family fun awaiting at the Pirates Island Water Park (additional charges apply), with slides and attractions designed for all ages. Plus, the most adventurous members of the family can enjoy surfing on the Surf Rider wave pool (additional charges apply).

Stay in 1 Hotel and Enjoy 4: When you stay at the Barcelo May Beach, you have access to the restaurants, bars, swimming pool and beach facilities at the Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya Tropical hotels.

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Complete Disney Cruise Packing List for Tropical Cruises

Disney cruise is a vacation for the whole family that is unlike any other. In addition to the family fun you will find onboard the ship, these itineraries include visits to beautiful destinations like the Virgin Islands, Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and of course, Disney’s private island paradise in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay! With Disney Cruise Line vacations sailing out of Florida year round, you can (almost) always enjoy a warm and tropical cruise vacation.

Even if you are a veteran cruiser, packing can still be tricky or intimidating…so we’ve compiled an all-inclusive list! It’s perfect for warm weather itineraries to the Caribbean or Bahamas, filled with all of your must-haves plus a few items for fun! Here are some of the essentials for your Disney cruise packing list:

Daytime Fun on the Ship

With everything from fun family pools to exclusive spaces for kids and adults alike, Disney cruises are jam-packed with activities for the whole family! Here are the important items you should consider bringing:

  • Swimsuits and cover ups – Pack at least two options to ensure you can spend as much time at the pool, in the hot tub or riding the AquaDuck as possible!
  • Shorts, shirts, tank tops and sundresses – You’ll be spending lots of time outside enjoying the sunshine, so pack accordingly for the warmer temps.
  • Athletic wear and gym shoes – There’s lots of ways to break a sweat on a Disney cruise! Bring clothes to play basketball on Goofy’s Sports Deck or to squeeze in a quick workout at the fitness center. The ocean view from the treadmill can’t be beat!

Evening Entertainment, Dining and Deck Parties

On your Disney cruise, the fun lasts all day! From family and adult-exclusive dining options to Broadway-style entertainment and high-energy deck parties, make sure you come prepared for a different experience each night:

  • “Cruise casual” dinner attire – Plan to dress “cruise casual” in our main family dining rooms, which means no tank tops or swimwear.
  • Dressy dining outfits – Bring dressier outfits for semi-formal and formal nights so you can take advantage of the onboard photography services. Those of you who plan to eat at Palo or Remy, be sure to dress to impress while you enjoy your adult-exclusive dinner! Men should pack dress pants and a collared shirt, while women should bring a dress, skirt or pants and a blouse. For more information, click here for dress codes at Palo and Remy.
  • Pirate attire – There’s no better place to become a pirate than IN the Caribbean! You’ can transform into pillaging pirates and become a part of the crew during “Pirate Night.” Your “pirate style” can include anything from pirate tee shirts and bandanas to eye patches, pirate hooks and even stuffed parrots!
  • Light sweater – Temperatures can be cooler in the dining room and theater or out on deck with the evening ocean breeze, so don’t forget to pack a light sweater or jacket, just in case.
Photo: Disney

Adventures Ashore

From exploring Mayan ruins in Mexico and ziplining through the trees in Jamaica during a Port Adventure, to lounging on the warm sand of a sun-drenched beach, there’s an exciting adventure ashore to fit everyone in your party! 

When you visit Disney’s award-winning private island, Castaway Cay, everything you need for a perfect day is included, like an all-you-care-to-eat buffet lunch, beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, hammocks and more … but you can still pack a few extra items to make the most of your day!

No matter what shore excursions you experience, here are a few helpful packing tips to prepare:

  • Backpack or collapsible tote bag – This will come in handy for carrying your personal items, as well as toting souvenirs you may buy in port. Considering throwing in some plastic zip-top bags as well in case your belongings get wet during your time ashore.
  • Lightweight pants, capris or leggings – Shorts and a t-shirt are great for many shore excursions like historical village tours or sightseeing at the ruins…but more active experiences like hiking, climbing or ziplining will be more comfortable with pants.
  • GoPro or underwater camera – There’s a lot to see and photograph under the water (including some hidden Mickeys at Castaway Cay) so make sure you have a way to capture it all!
  • Appropriate shoes – Prepare to be on your feet! Bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing, sneakers for hiking or biking activities and flip flops or water shoes for a day at the beach.

Just for Fun!

There are lots of small ways to enhance your Disney cruise experience! Consider packing these fun items as you prepare to come aboard:

  • Door magnets for your stateroom – Unique decorations will always bring a smile to your face as you return to your room, and it helps families distinguish their door as they head down long hallways. You can bring your own fun magnets, or buy them onboard.
  • Pajamas – Make sure your kids have at least one pair they are comfortable walking around the ship in. They won’t want to miss pajama parties at the kids clubs or on the last night of your sailing!
  • Autograph book – Never miss an opportunity to grab a special moment with your favorite Disney characters…and commemorate it with autographs! Disney Cruise Line autograph books are also sold onboard the ship.

What’s on your Disney cruise packing list?

10 Reasons You Need to Book a Royal Caribbean Cruise to Experience Perfect Day at CocoCay

Royal Caribbean has completely upgraded and reimagined their private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, to offer a variety of experiences for visitors of all ages. From the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool and tallest water slide to the only private overwater cabanas in the Bahamas, everyone will love the Perfect Day at CocoCay.

This isn’t vacation days spent. This is bragging rights earned. Conquer the tallest waterslide in North America and snap a shot from up to 450 feet up in a helium balloon. Grab a drink at the swim-up bar and soak up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas. Or get a taste of Bora Bora with your own overwater cabana. This is Perfect Day at CocoCay — only on Royal Caribbean®.

  1. Thrill Waterpark: Daredevils Wanted

This is a drench a minute thrill-a-thon for every adventurer. From giggle-worthy tides to shriek-inducing slides towering high into the clouds. Bounce, climb and swing your way through the obstacles in Adventure Pool. Get swept up by the biggest Wave Pool in the Caribbean. Or if you’re up for a true rush, take on the tallest waterslide in North America — Daredevil’s PeakSM. Whatever your thrill threshold, you’ll find firsts to test your bravery at Thrill WaterparkSM.

2. Coco Beach Club: Elevate Your Perfect Day (Opening December 2019)

Welcome to Coco Beach ClubSM, where every moment is elevated. It’s just you and endless blue, lounging in the only overwater cabanas in the Bahamas. Savor new Mediterranean flavors, then drift along the finest line between poolside and seaside, in an infinity edge pool overlooking the ocean.

Photo: Royal Caribbean International

3. Up, Up and Away: Way Above the Ordinary

Take your adventure to the skies aboard a helium balloon and see the islands like never before from the highest vantage point in The Bahamas — Up, Up and Away. Feel your heart race while soaring up to 450 feet above land and sea, then let the wonder wash over you as you coast on the breeze.

4. Oasis Lagoon: A Refreshing Change of Place

This is no mirage, you’ve found it — the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean. Make your way through the different coves of Oasis LagoonSM, each with a vibe all its own. Splash right in at the kidfriendly sloping entry. Take your first sip of a cold Coco Loco at the swim-up bar before lounging on one of three swim-up islands. Or treat yourself to total relaxation in the privacy of your own cabana, complete with attendant service.

5. Harborside Drinks and Dining: Hang Like a Local at Captain Jack’s or Fuel Up for Fun at Skipper’s Grill

We’re not sure where Captain Jack was headed when he marooned on this island, but we’re glad he brought the wing sauce. The legend lives on at the rum-runner’s harborside dive. Grab a Coco Loco at the rowboat bar and settle into a rope swing seat. Or snack on the house specialty — chicken wings and fries dipped in signature sauces like mango-habanero and Caribbean jerk. Live jams and water views will put you in an island state of mind in no time at Captain Jack’sSM.

Delicious eats with harborside views — Skipper’s Grill is the spot to relax, recharge and refuel for adventure. Tuck into tacos with guac, enjoy some barbecue chicken hot off the grill or treat your taste buds to a juicy burger. Then indulge in double chocolate chip caramel brownies and fresh baked cookies, or keep it light with fresh tropical fruit.

Photo: Royal Caribbean International

6. Splashaway Bay: Even More Fun by the Gallon

The coolest aqua park at sea is breaking out beyond the deck and coming ashore at our largest Splashaway BaySM yet. Now kids can enjoy bigger buckets of fun than ever before with more fountains, pools and water cannons — plus five waterslides, and two massive drench buckets.

7. Captain Jill’s Galleon: Small Hands on Deck

From slides and interactive water cannons, to rope features and a splash pad, this interactive galleon is loaded with swashbuckling thrills for kids of all ages.

8. South Beach: Amp Up, Wind Down

Get ready to fuel your competitive fire, because on South Beach action is everywhere you look. Volleyball, beachside basketball, paddle boarding and glass bottom kayaking — it’s all here. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bite at the Snack Shack or wade out to the floating bar and cool off with a drink. Or kick back in a photo-worthy teepee cabana, perfect for napping and snapping in the South Beach shade.

9. Zip Line: High Flying Hangout

Leave your cares on the ground and soar above Perfect Day at CocoCay on 1,600 feet of zip line — with a splash landing in the harbor.

10. Chill Island: Out-of-Office Oasis

This is the beach day you’ve been dreaming about — crystal clear tropical waters and powdery sands. Kicking back with your whole crew in a private cabana. And just steps away, you can fill up your plate with tasty BBQ right on the beach at Chill Grill. Once you’re feeling recharged, check out the island sights from a jet ski or on a guided snorkel tour.

Please note that images and messaging for Perfect Day at CocoCay reflect current design concepts and may include artistic renderings. All destination features and experiences, and related delivery timing for these features, are currently in development and are subject to change without notice. Perfect Day and CocoCay are trademarks of Royal Caribbean.

You can view a map of Perfect Day at CocoCay here to start planning your perfect day.

Are you ready to experience Perfect Day at CocoCay? Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote.

Top 10 Bermuda Shore Excursions with Disney Cruise Line

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In honor of Disney’s first-ever cruise to Bermuda, setting sail this month from New York City, here are the top 10 Bermuda shore excursions, so you can experience the best of this unique tropical island.

1. The South Shore beaches boast the island’s famous pink sand and turquoise surf. Spend the day relaxing at a pink-sand beach on the Horseshoe Bay Beach Transfer.

2. Bermuda is a cultural melting pot that harbors an eclectic blend of British, American and West Indian influences. While many Bermudian customs appear European (driving on the left side of the road, playing cricket, local pubs serving ale by the imperial pint), Bermudans share similarities with North America in their dialect and currency. Taste the European influence on the Dockyard Brewery Tour and Tasting.

Waterway near entrance to Hamilton harbor in Bermuda.

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3. When it comes to fashion, the island has a style that’s all its own—distinctive for Bermuda shorts, often worn with a jacket and tie as formal wear. You can get a glimpse of the luxurious Bermuda lifestyle on the Famous Homes and Hideaways Cruise.

4. At Admiralty House Park, you can watch cliff divers perform their graceful acts of remarkable athleticism. Or become a cliff diver yourself on the Hidden Gems Exploration Adventure.

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5. The island is home to massive caves featuring stalactites and underground saltwater pools. Descend into a cavern on the Crystal Caves and Pink Flamingos excursion.

6. St. Peters Church, the oldest Anglican Church outside the British Isles, is home to a cultural treasure—the antique altar carved in 1615 by Bermuda’s first governor. Check it out during the Bermuda Island Drive.

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7. Numerous coral reefs are in relatively shallow water, with virtually unlimited visibility, and are readily accessible from shore. Do some underwater exploring on the Snorkel Park Beach Adventure.

8. Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, built in 1846, is the oldest remaining cast-iron lighthouse in the world. Visit the lighthouse and other landmarks on the Scenic South Shore sightseeing excursion.

The boats and homes as seen from the harbor.. St. Georges, Bermuda.

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9. The historic British settlement of Bermuda is dotted with colorful British Colonial architecture, fountains, gardens and plazas. Stroll the 400-year-old cobblestone streets of a picturesque colonial town on the Haunted History Tour of St. George’s.

10. Bermuda’s climate is sub-tropical, with an average annual temperature high of 81° F and low of 60° F. Enjoy the island’s comfortable temperatures with a round of golf at Belmont Hills Golf Club.

Each of Disney Cruise Line’s five- and six-night cruises from New York City to Bermuda include at least two days on the island, giving you more time to soak up the Bermuda lifestyle. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore.

Soak Up the Sun in Aruba with Disney Cruise Line

Soak Up the Sun in Aruba with Disney Cruise Line

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Starting this summer, for the very first time the Disney Fantasy has premiered longer itineraries – new 10- and 11-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean, sailing from Port Canaveral to incredible destinations such as Aruba, Curaçao, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts and Tortola. Two of these special cruises take place this summer, and a third will set sail next summer.

There are many exciting Port Adventures in Aruba with Disney Cruise Line. The island is home to miles of beautiful white-sand beaches, sunny skies and stunning views. It is an independent country approximately 18 miles north of the Venezuelan coast, known for a dry climate and an arid, cactus-dotted landscape. Here are just a few of the ways for your family to have fun in the sun during your day in Aruba…

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4 X 4 North Coast Adventure and Beach Break – Aruba’s sun-kissed weather makes it the perfect place to explore with an off-road adventure. On your journey, you’ll see the rugged natural beauty of Black Stone Beach, Ayo Rock Formations, the Natural Bridge and much more. Other points of interest include Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Alto Vista Chapel, the California Lighthouse and an ostrich farm, which all provide the chance to learn about the past and present culture of the island. The adventure-filled day concludes at Arashi Beach where you can swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters or simply relax on the warm white sand.

De Palm Island Beach and Snorkeling – Want to escape to a small private island? A short ferry ride takes you to the colorful resort island of De Palm, Aruba’s only all-inclusive destination, where you can enjoy all the beach activities the island has to offer, including snorkeling, beach volleyball, water slides and more. Your unique passport to the island includes a lunch buffet, open bar, lounge chairs, freshwater showers and snorkeling equipment. Talk about the perfect beach day for the entire family!

Catamaran Sailing and Snorkeling – This catamaran adventures takes you to Aruba’s west coast to two great snorkeling locales, the reef off Boca Catalina Beach and the famous Antilla shipwreck that sunk during World War II. After swimming in the beautiful waters teeming with tropical fish, you’ll enjoy a relaxing sail back to the pier while listening to music from the islands and enjoying a scenic view of Aruba’s coastline.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). She would love to help you plan your next cruise at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Black Friday Travel Deal: Receive Up To $100 Disney Gift Card

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We are having a Black Friday sale to help you save even more on your next Disney World vacation! When you book a Disney World vacation package or transfer your Disney World vacation package to us, you will receive a Disney gift card, valued up to $100! With an extra $100, you could treat yourself to a Disney Dooney and Bourke, a spa treatment, special surprises for your kids, and more!

  • If your packages total is between $2500-$4000, you will receive a FREE $50 Gift Card
  • If your package total is between $4001-$5500, you will receive a FREE $75 Gift Card
  • If your package total is $5501 or more, you will receive a FREE $100 Gift Card

I would be happy to prepare a quote for you and I guarantee I can match or beat all Disney prices! All you need to do is send me your dates, number of people including ages of any children, and which resort you are interested in. I am also be happy to discuss resort options with you to help you decide which would be best for your family! You can contact me at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or request your free quote on the right side of the page!

This offer is available through Monday, November 28, 2016 (Cyber Monday)! Your package must include a minimum of three days of theme park tickets and total package price is considered before airfare.

We are also running a Cyber Monday sale if you are planning to visit any other vacation destination! If you want to visit Universal Orlando Resort, take a cruise, or visit an all-inclusive resort, you will receive a $50 resort or on-board credit, plus a $50 travel voucher! To qualify for this offer, your package must be at least $2,500 before airfare. Hurry, this offer must be booked by December 2, 2016!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an authorized Disney vacation planner. She is a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge and would love to help you plan your next magical vacation at no cost to you! Contact her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote! 

Exciting Adventures Await at Harvest Caye with Norwegian Cruise Line

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New Harvest Caye development set to be the Western Caribbean’s premier resort-style port of call
featuring Belize’s only pier, expansive white sand beach, 15,000 sq. ft. pool, multiple dining options and easy access to the Belize mainland for unforgettable adventure tours
Norwegian Cruise Line has recently revealed new details on Harvest Caye, Belize, the new highly-anticipated premier Western Caribbean destination experience. Norwegian Cruise Line is developing Harvest Caye to offer an authentic Belizean environment that features easy access to beautiful Southern Belize, coupled with luxurious amenities; a variety of eco-activities; the country’s only cruise ship pier for guest convenience and comfort; the opportunity for guests to easily depart to mainland Belize for the adventure excursion or cultural immersion of their choice; and much more.
This spectacular resort-style port of call, set to welcome guests in November 2016, will be the only port in Belize that features a cruise ship pier.  Rather than having to spend time tendering to shore, guests will be able to walk off the ship and immediately step into paradise.  Harvest Caye will offer guests the beauty and nature of Belize along with all that guests could desire from a tropical destination experience, and also serve as a gateway to the many eco and cultural adventures that lie in mainland Belize. Harvest Caye offers a large marina, where guests can depart for a wide variety of shore excursions to explore this rich destination, including spectacular Mayan ruins, river rafting, nature tours and more.
“Belize is one of the most ecologically and culturally rich gems in the Caribbean, and Harvest Caye will be the perfect destination for guests to experience all that the country has to offer in authentic, unique ways,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief operating officer for Norwegian Cruise Line. “There is so much to do on the island from the spectacular seven acre beach and watersports to interactive wildlife programs. Beyond Harvest Caye, we will strongly encourage our guests to explore Belize through the spectacular eco-adventure and cultural tours this incredible destination has to offer visitors.”
Harvest Caye’s seven acre pristine beach will be the heart of the destination, with white sand and crystal clear waters as the star. Guests who wish to enjoy the day in privacy can opt to rent one of the island’s 11 luxurious beach villas. These indulgent enclosed villas can accommodate up to 10 guests and are the ultimate beach escape, equipped with every comfort including air conditioning, dedicated lounge and dining areas, a private restroom, indoor and outdoor showers, hammocks, and exclusive dining and beverage options with dedicated concierge service so guests never have to leave the beach.
For those that prefer a resort-style experience, Harvest Caye will offer a tranquil, lushly landscaped pool area as the perfect retreat.  The sprawling 15,000 square foot pool features a swim-up bar with stools and lounge tables right in the water, surrounded by elegant lounge chairs and umbrellas, along with 15 canopy pool cabanas. The plush pool cabanas, available for rent, feature upscale lounge furniture, privacy drapes and beverage service. A footbridge spans the center of the pool, with a soothing waterfall feature below.
Adventure will be in no short supply for guests who opt to spend their day on Harvest Caye, with the island featuring a 130 foot tall Flighthouse as the central area for a variety of aerial activities including zip lining, suspension bridges, free fall jumps, a tandem “superman” style zip line and stunning views of the verdant hills of the mainland. Harvest Caye’s zip line course will have more than 3,000 feet of zip line, allowing guests to soar through the air with a bird’s eye view of the island and the sea, with stops at three different platforms. To top off the adventure, the Flighthouse will include a challenging but fun ropes course located on a platform in the saltwater lagoon. For a lower adrenaline adventure, guests can also enjoy watersports such as kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing in Harvest Caye’s shallow lagoon area.
In true Norwegian fashion, Harvest Caye will feature a myriad of dining and bar options, available à la carte. Guests will enjoy five dining and bar outlets that feature a variety of cuisines, including a two-story indoor/outdoor Landshark Bar & Grill. An expansion of Norwegian’s partnership with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, the Landshark Bar & Grill is sure to be an island favorite, with a scenic upper deck and a swim-up pool bar for the ultimate way to enjoy a “boat drink”. Those who want to indulge in authentic Belizean cuisine will be able to enjoy casual street style dining in the shopping village. Additional dining options will include the Laughing Bird Bar & Grill serving the beach, the Manatee Marina Bar & Grill in the marina, the Horse-Eye Jack Bar & Grill servicing the island’s cabanas as well as food and drink delivery throughout the pool area.
No port-of-call would be complete without superior shopping options, and Harvest Caye will offer a shopping village, which will feature popular name-brand retailers as well as items from local Belizean craftsmen.
Guests with an affinity for wildlife will marvel at Harvest Caye’s many opportunities for an up close encounter with this rich eco-destination’s local plants and animals. To learn about the native flora and fauna in this stunning destination, guests can
  • participate in manatee observation tours at the lagoon to learn about the gentle giants
  • get up close and personal with endangered Scarlet Macaws and Toucans, Belize’s national bird, in the island’s Aviary
  • wonder at the striking beauty of insects at the Butterfly Garden
  • learn more about and view Belize’s indigenous reptiles such as boa constrictors at the educational center
Harvest Caye’s conservation programs and education efforts were developed by award winning author and wildlife expert Tony Garel, the destination’s Chief Naturalist. He will lead many of the island’s educational tours and be available to chat with guests about the incredible array of wildlife in Belize.  The island’s aviary will also house a breed and release program for Scarlet Macaws, in an effort to increase the population of the native birds. Harvest Caye features a cornucopia of native plants and trees that all play a part in the destination’s eco-system. To help further the island’s conservation efforts, more than 10,000 new mangroves have been planted throughout the island, serving to increase the natural estuary system that serves as a critical habitat for birds, young fish and other marine species.
            Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Harvest Caye beginning November 2016 on Norwegian’s Western Caribbean itineraries, and on Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ sister brands Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises, which will also offer calls at Harvest Caye on select Caribbean sailings.
Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top 10 Vacations for 2016: #4 Hard Rock All Inclusive Resorts

Happy New Year! Now is the time to start thinking about your vacation and getaways for 2016. What is on your bucket list? What memories do you want to create with your family this year? I have picked the Top 10 Vacations for 2016. These are my favorites for this year.

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#4 Hard Rock All Inclusive Resorts

With four resorts in places like Mexico and the Caribbean, Hard Rock All-Inclusive Resorts are the perfect choice for a couple getaway or a family vacation. The Hard Rock Resorts offer everything you are looking for, including amazing beaches, cool pools, world-class restaurants, high energy nightlife, and much more. These are the resorts you and your family will never forget!

Where do you want to go this year?

Stop by tomorrow to see the #3 vacation for 2016!

Contact Siera today to book and plan your 2016 vacations at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationstoexplore.com

Top 10 Vacations for 2016: #6 Punta Cana

Happy New Year! Now is the time to start thinking about your vacation and getaways for 2016. What is on your bucket list? What memories do you want to create with your family this year? I have picked the Top 10 Vacations for 2016. These are my favorites for this year.

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#6 Punta Cana

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic has everything you need for the perfect Caribbean vacation. From amazing resorts to stunning beaches and world-class golf courses, there is something for the whole family. No matter your budget or dreams, Punta Cana is the place for you and your family.

Where do you want to go this year?

Stop by tomorrow to see the #5 vacation for 2016!

Contact Siera today to book and plan your 2016 vacations at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationstoexplore.com

Top 10 Vacations for 2016: #8 Beaches Turks & Caicos

Happy New Year! Now is the time to start thinking about your vacation and getaways for 2016. What is on your bucket list? What memories do you want to create with your family this year? I have picked the Top 10 Vacations for 2016. These are my favorites for this year.

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#8 Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Village and Spa

This all-inclusive family filled luxury resort is perfection for all types of families. With four magnificent villages that represent Italy, France, Key West and the Caribbean. The resort hosts a 12 mile long beach with the turquoise water for hosting snorkeling wind surfing, paddle board, sailing and kayaks. Your teens and tots will busy from morning tonight with the endless fun in the water park, Xbox lounge, and the dance club. This island resort is the perfect setting for those multigenerational family gathering to bachelor/bachelorette weekends to a much needed girls weekend getaway all available at Beaches.

Where do you want to go this year?

Stop by tomorrow to see the #7 vacation for 2016!

Contact Siera today to book and plan your 2016 vacations at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationstoexplore.com