Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Kid Friendly Europe: Excursions in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain is a great city filled with history, museums, and a beach. 

All Ages

Tour: Barcelona Highlights & Montjuic Cable Car- Visit the Olympic Port and the architectural wonders of Poble Espanyol. Experience Barcelona by bus and on foot, enjoy Barcelona from the air at the Montjuïc Cable Car. End the tour discovering the secrets of the Gothic Quarter.

Duration: 4.5 hours

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Unico Riviera Maya

Unico Riviera Maya is an adults only all inclusive resort about an hour and a half from the Cancun airport. It's a modern resort with two kinds of suites: Alcoba and Estancia one bedroom suites. 

One great benefit is that select spa services and excursions are included. You pay the 20% service changes. The resort has an active vibe. 

One great feature for introverts is their App. You can order drinks to your lounge chair, room service, book spa services or excursions, and make a dining reservation. 

Is this the resort for you? Request a quote by visiting:

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Kid Friendly Europe: Excursions in Florence and Pisa via Livorno

The port of Livorno is a jumping off spot for Florence, Pisa and Tuscany. You can pick scenic tours, history, or head a beach. 

All Ages

Tour: Florence and Pisa- Enjoy a scenic ride through Tuscany to Florence. Upon arrival embark on a walking 2.5 hour guided tour of the city. Afterwards enjoy 2 hours of free time to shop and have lunch on your own. Following lunch board your motor coach for a 60 minute ride to Piazza dei Miracle in Pisa and visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, enjoy 60 minutes of free time before taking the motor coach back to the pier.

Duration: 10 to 10.5 hours

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Hyatt Ziva Cancun All Inclusive Resort Tour

Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a family all inclusive resort in the Hotel Zone of Cancun. 

Hyatt Ziva Cancun has three towers for rooms: Pyramid, Adults Only, and Club. 

Premium are the entry level junior suites. I highly recommend the ocean front views. 

The Adults Only tower is built on top of the Spa and has access to a roof top infinity pool. The video does not include the Spa. 

The Club level are the larger suites with access to a concierge lounge. 

The dining was very good. I loved the food trucks near each pool and the micro-brewery. 

The video tour does not include the kids' areas, but they do have a kids' club with slides and a splash park. You can also swim with dolphins on site.

If this looks like the right resort for you - request a quote. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Kid Friendly Europe: Excursions in Rome via Civitavecchia

Rome is a bucket list destination for so many people: Coliseum, Vatican, St Peter's Basilica, Trevi Foundation and all the great food! 

All Ages

Tour: Best of Rome- Visit the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican Square. Have lunch at an Italian restaurant, before heading to the Trevi fountain and Colosseum.

Please note it is a 90 minute ride each way from the ship to these attractions.

Duration: 10.5 to 11 hours

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Azul Beach Riviera Cancun Resort Tour

Azul Beach Riviera Cancun is family all inclusive resort about 30 minutes south of the Cancun airport. 

Azul Beach Riviera Cancun has a family, premium, and adults only section. Families love the Nickelodeon kids' club. The Azul Beach Riivera Cancun premium section includes Bali beds that can be booked at 3 pm for the next day. 

One unique feature is the Le Chic restaurants onsite. It is one of the best restaurants in the Riviera Maya area. The restaurant has a special reduced price menu for resort guests. 

Be sure to check out the Thursday night Mexican buffet on the beach. 


Is this the right resort for you? Request a quote:

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Kid Friendly Europe: Excursions in Naples

Naples, Italy has so much for families. You can experience the history of Pompeii, the gorgeous sites of the Amalfi Coast, visit Capri or hike Mt Vesuvius. 

All Ages

Tour: Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri for Families-From the marina take a 60-minute jet boat ride to Capri, enjoy an Italian ice before setting sail to Faraglioni Rocks and the Marina Piccola. Afterwards head to Sorrento to shop and enjoy lunch on your own. After lunch the tour continues to Pompeii for a 90 minute visit. The tour finishes up at a cameo factory before heading back to Naples

Duration: 9.5 to 10 hours

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Live Aqua Cancun Tour

Live Aqua is an adults only all inclusive resort in the Cancun Hotel Zone focused on relaxation. 

Some unique features are the six pools with different temperatures and different colors of blue. 

It's definitely worth an upgrade to a suite here. You'll get access to the concierge lounge and have a Bali bed each day - either on the beach or by one of the pools. 

It's a great resort for people with food allergies - especially celiac. About 80% of the menus are already gluten free. 

Is this the right resort for you? Request a quote:

Saturday, August 4, 2018

When's the best time to book a vacation?

Cruises: The Earlier the Better
It's to your advantage to book a cruise when the schedule comes out. It's a win/win because you can book a refundable deposit and adjust your booking for any new promotions that are released between when you book and your final payment date.
  • Groups - If you book when the sailings are released, you can secure group rates if you plan to sail with at least 5 cabins. For instance, I'm working with a group who booked their November 2018 cruise in August 2017. They are paying hundreds less than the current rates.
  • Alaska -  If it's important to you to have the best cabin and best views, it's critical to book a year in advance because 50% of the cruise inventory is usually sold out by December for the next summer. 
  • Luxury and river cruises are good to book at least one year in advance and sometimes two years out because the ships are small and popular routes sell out. 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Tour and Review

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach is a family hotel in the Hotel Zone of Cancun. 

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach is unique because you can customize what's included. The resort has three options:
- European Plan: No food or drinks are included
- Club Level: The Club Lounge has a light breakfast and lunch with drinks and an evening happy hour.
- Unlimited Experience: An all inclusive plan 

I think Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach is a great option for groups or if you plan on spending a lot of time outside the resort. 

Other amenities at Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach:
- 4 pools including 3 swim up bars
- A massive kids' club that had a 2 million dollar renovation
- A fantastic Spa
- One of the very few 5 diamond restaurants.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Kid Friendly Europe: Excursions in Villefranche

Villefranche (Monte Carlo/ Nice)

All Ages

Tour: Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze- Highlights of this tour include Le Rocher de Monaco, home of the royal Grimaldi family, the Oceanographic Museum, the Monaco Cathedral, and Prince’s Palace. Drive along a section of the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. Enjoy a three course lunch at the medieval village of Eze. Free time is included at several of the stops.

Duration: 8.5 to 9 Hours