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By Kimberly Milnes

Need Some Sun and Fun?

Ready to get away from all this cold and snow??

Well, Norwegian can certainly help. This is a great promotion and some amazing savings! As well you can sail on 2 of the newest ships at sea.   These ships offer something for the whole family.  The kids will love all the Nickelodeon fun with Spongebob, Dora and lots of Slime!!  While Mom and Dad enjoy a date night, the casino and maybe a little spa time.

Norwegian Getaway –  The Newest Ship at Sea – Sailing from Miami
7 Day Eastern Caribbean Sailing             Starting at $599.00

Norwegian Breakaway – Sailing from New York
7 Day Florida & Bahamas       Starting at $499.00

Norwegian Epic – Sailing from Miami
7 Day Western Caribbean    Starting at $449.00

Don’t Miss Out!!

Call us at 1-800-516-4329  for a FREE Quote
Or Email us at info@adventuresbykim.com

By Kimberly Milnes

My Top 5 Family Vacations for Fall/Winter 2013

My oh my where has the summer gone. Kids are back in school or will be soon, and it seems like we are on a bullet train straight through the holidays and on to 2014. So along with all the back to school planning, now is a great time to start planning your Fall or Winter vacation, especially if you want to travel during the holidays.   By planning early you can take advantage of great deals, as well be able to find decent airfare prices.  So to help with your planning, I wanted to give you some of my top family vacation picks:

1. Azul Beach –  Riviera Maya, Mexico

Located about 20 minutes from Cancun International airport, this Gourmet Inclusive resort is great for families with young children. It is a boutique-style resort, located right on the beach with great family suites, as well as a partnership with Fisher Price. Kids even get their own private check-in with a yummy fruit smoothie made just for them.

Along with the amazing Family Suites, they offer loaner baby equipment, like high chairs, bouncy chairs and toys.  It is a great perk to have what you need and not worry about lugging all these items from home. As well, they have Azulitos, the fun and activity filled kids club along with babysitting services for the little ones.  If you have older kids or are planning a multi-generational trip, there is Azul Fives or Azul Sensatori to fit your family.

2. Norwegian Breakaway – Sailing from New York City

This is the newest ship on the sea and offers everything the kids along with Mom and Dad could need. Our family was lucky enough to sail on her in May and I have to say my boys 4 & 7 had a blast.  Norwegian really thought about families when they built this ship.

There is a top notch kids club Splash Academy for kids 3-12 along with Entourage for the teens 13-17.  Please check out my review for more information. As well, the Sponge Bob Water Play area for the little ones, 5 water slides, mini golf and the ropes course where you can walk the plank.  Along with Team Nick and lots of slime.

Even better, in the fall and winter the ship will sail from NYC with stops in Port Canaveral where you can spend a day at the Magic Kingdom as well Atlantis where you can enjoy the amazing Aquaventure water park.

3. San Diego – San Diego is a great destination any time of year.  The weather is perfect and there is so much to do. Along with being close to Sea WorldLegoland and of course Disneyland. They have one of the best zoos in the US.  You can rent a car and visit all the great beach towns as you make your way up to Los Angeles for the day.  I would suggest staying at the historic Hotel del Coronado.  The hotel’s beach was named the best beach in America for 2012.

4. Beaches – Turks & Caicos and Jamaica – I think the Beaches properties are a great value.  Since Beaches resorts are all-inclusive, you are not going to end up with a surprise bill when you check out. They offer amazing kids clubs and activities with Elmo and the Sesame Street gang.  What I also love is that Mom and Dad can get a little vacation as well.  They offer the Red Lane spa, golf and certified nannies so Mom and Dad can have a long over due date night.  As well, the new Key West Village offers amazing villas that are perfect for a family reunion or multi-generational trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Atlantis – Bahamas

Atlantis is a favorite vacation spot for our family.  My boys love the Aquaventure water park, especially the special kids pool and lazy river.  As well, they have a great kids club.  I have learned some of the tricks for making Atlantis more affordable for families.  I have a great blog with information on the different room choices.

So as you can see I have included a lot of beach and warm weather getaways, a long Northeast winter will do that to you.  So don’t be stuck in the cold, start planning your Fall or Winter family vacation now.

Email us at info@adventuresbykim.com or give us a call today at 1-800-516-4329 to get your free quote and start planning today.

 

By Kimberly Milnes

Atlantis – Kids Eat Free, $250 Air Credit and MORE

I have said it before and I will say it again. I love Atlantis.  If the food was not so expensive it would be about perfect.  It is great for adults and the kids love it.

Even better they are offering some AMAZING deals.

 

Kids Eat FREE and $250 Air Credit and More – Travel Now to Aug. 17

  • Kids eat FREE breakfast and dinner*
  • $250 Air Credit on 4 Night Stay*
  • $150 Free Atlantis Culinary Experience*
  • Cartoon Network Character and Fun
  • Rooms starting at $199 a night

Kids Eat FREE and $250 Air Credit and More – Travel August 18- September 1

  • Kids eat FREE breakfast and dinner*
  • $250 Air Credit on 4 Night Stay*
  • $150 Free Atlantis Culinary Experience*
  • Rooms starting at $129 a night*

Email me for a quote or more information

Check out my blogs on Atlantis:

Atlantis Family Fun – Getting There

Atlantis Family Fun – The Rooms

*Ask me about the rules and regulations for the above promotions.

 

 

By Kimberly Milnes

Norwegian Breakaway – Kids and Teen Clubs/Activities

Last month, my family and I were lucky enough to sail away on the Inaugural Cruise of the NEW Norwegian Breakaway.  We sailed out of Pier 88 in NYC on a 7 day cruise to Bermuda.  We have been on several cruises as a family, but I was excited to experience this amazing new ship and all it had to offer for families.

I have a lot to share with you all so I am going to break up my review.  Since at Adventures By Kim our mission is to help families relax, reconnect and make memories to last forever. I am going to start with one of the top attractions for kids and for my boys, that means the Kids Club, Splash Academy

Splash Academy

Norwegian has recently updated and revamped their entire youth program. I have to say my boys had a great time and really wanted to spend most of their time here.  As well, the staff was great and very interactive with the kids. Splash Academy, is divided in to 4 age groups. Guppies 6 months to 2, Turtles ages 3-5, Seals ages 6-9 and Dolphins 10-12.

The academy had organized and planned activities through out the day.  The club does close for about an hour during lunch and dinner, but is open until 10:30 pm every night. Since my boys are 4 and 6 they were in different groups, though there was “free” play times when they could play together. However, most of every day is highly organized with games and different activities.  As well, every night was a different theme.  We saw a circus and pirate theme, spy night, survivor night, and more. As well all the staff would be dressed up and the academy was decorated for that nights theme.

These photos are of the 1st floor of Splash Academy which is dedicated to kids 3-5.

These photos are of the 2nd floor which is for the kdis ages 6-9 and 10-12.

Splash Academy is actually 2 floors and is located on decks 12 and 13.  Norwegian was smart to locate many of the Family Balcony cabins on these floors. It is nice to be close to the club.   Also, you can feel that your kids are safe and will not be wandering the ship as there is great security as well as a very secure check-in and out process.

On the first day you can visit the Academy to register your child and get their bracelet. Each child must have their bracelet to get in to the Academy. I recommend registering earlier in the day so you do not have to wait in a long line later when the Academy officially opens.  Splash Academy has the e-Youth tablet-based electronic registration system which makes check in and out very fast and easy.  To check the kids in and out you will use your key card, along with your child’s key card and a personalized password to check the kids in and out.

On the final day of the cruise the kids put on a show with the Splash Academy Counselors. It was very cute.  Norwegian has a partnership with Hilario Productions Cirque du Jour, so they kids learn tricks they perform in the show.  As well there is a Family Circus Night which is a lot of  fun.

The kids have a parade in to the main theatre       Some of the kids learned rope tricks

The little ones pretended to be animals in the circus,
sang a song. Here they are getting ready to jump through the hoop. So cute

Entourage

Entourage is located on Deck 16 and this this the “teen” club for kids 13-17.  This is an area for the kids to hang out and enjoy air hockey, foosball, as well as WiiU and Playstation. In talking to the staff there is talk of breaking up the kids in to groups 13-15 and 16-17.  I think this is a good idea.   As well at night, Entourage transitions in to a dance party. As well it is located right next to the Video Arcade and the Uptown Grill which offers sandwichs’, burgers, etc. Up a few stairs and they have access to the sports complex, with mini-golf, basketball and the ropes course.  Norwegian did a great job of having so many options for the kids in this one area of the ship.

Guppies

Located on deck 16 is the Guppies Under 2 Zoo, this is a play area for Mom and Dad to bring the little ones.  It is a nice playroom with toys, mats on the floor and more.  I have to say I think NCL missed the boat in offering more for the kids under 2. There is no babysitting or supervised time for kids 2 and under.  So it is a consideration when cruising with little ones.

Overall, I have to say I was very impressed with Splash Academy and all the kids activities opportunities the ship has to offer.  A great kids club program is one of the reasons I think cruising is a great vacation option for families.  The kids have a great time and it offers Mom and Dad an opportunity to have some alone time to relax as well.

Check back for additional blogs on all the other great entertainment, dining and activities that are available on the Norwegian Breakaway.

By Kimberly Milnes

Atlantis Summer Fun and Savings

3 Days Only – Amazing Atlantis Summer Deal

Atlantis is offering some great values for travel June 7-August 17.

I Love Atlantis and my boys always have an great time.  The pools are great and where we spend our day.  There is also the AKA – Atlantis Kids Club and Crush for the teens.  Mom and Dad can relax and reconnect at the Spa, Casino or the great restaurants.

Summer also brings Cartoon Network.  We were there last summer and participated in the fun Cartoon Network activities: Character Breakfast, games and movies by the pool, and more.

When you travel on this offer you will receive:

***Over $350 in FREE Kids and Teens Experiences

***$150 in Atlantis Culinary Experiences

Also New  Jersey Residents can receive an extra 10% off Best Available Rates

If you have been wanting to experience Atlantis than this is great deal.   Hurry though as it will expire on Thurday, June 6th.

Email us at info@adventuresbykim.com or call us at 800-516-4329 for a FREE quote or to book today.

 

 

 

 

 

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