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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

Kids Sail Free on Norwegian

NOW – NOVEMBER 8

Pack up the kids because right now, when you book an unforgettable Norwegian Cruise Line vacation, kids 17 and under cruise free on select 2013 sailings. Plus, get up to $1,000 in air credits! AARP, military and Latitudes Rewards members also receive special discounts. But hurry, this offer won’t last long!

Book a Norwegian cruise vacation today:

  • Kids Sail Free (17 and under)
  • Up to $250 to spend on board + 50% reduced deposit (only available 10/28 – 11/1 & 11/5 – 11/8)
  • Up to $1,000 in air credits
  • Discounts for Latitudes Rewards members
  • Military discounts

APPLICABLE SAILINGS

• 7-Day Bahamas & Florida from New York on Norwegian Breakaway Nov 10, 17; Dec 1, 8, 15

• 7-Day Eastern Caribbean from Miami on Norwegian Epic Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Dec 7, 14

• 7-Day Hawaii from Honolulu on Pride of America Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Dec 7, 14

• 9-Day Eastern Caribbean from New York on Norwegian Gem Dec 4, 14

• 7-Day Western Caribbean from New Orleans on Norwegian Jewel Nov 17; Dec 1, 15

• 4-Day Bahamas from Miami on Norwegian Sky Nov 4, 11, 18; Dec 2, 9, 16

• 7-Day Western Caribbean from Miami on Norwegian Pearl Nov 17; Dec 1, 8, 15

• 10-Day Southern Caribbean from Miami on Norwegian Sun Dec 1

• 11-Day Southern Caribbean from Miami on Norwegian Sun Dec 11

• 9-Day Canary Islands from Barcelona on Norwegian Spirit Nov 22; Dec 1, 10

• 7-Day Western Caribbean from Tampa on Norwegian Dawn Dec 8

GET BOOKING AND GET PACKING!

Terms & Conditions

*Government taxes and fees are applicable to all third through eighth guest (s) offers. Offer valid for kids 17 and under at time of sailing, sailing as third through eighth guest sharing a cabin with the first and second guest paying full fare. This is a cruise only offer. No deposit is required for guests sailing in third through eighth berth. Offer valid for new FIT and FS Reservations. Qualifying FIT reservations can be included into existing Traditional and FS Groups and count towards Tour Conductor Credits. Offer combinable with existing Group Block rates. Promotion cannot be held as Group Block. Reservations in RQ status will not be eligible for this offer unless converted to OF or BK status within the designated Booking Window. With all bookings made under Guarantee rates, stateroom assignment is subject to Norwegian Cruise Line’s discretion and can be assigned at any time up to date of sailing. Not applicable on chartered dates or for Group Types INCREG and INCLARGE.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Norwegian Cruise Line reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $65 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, Norwegian Cruise Line will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $10.00 per passenger per day. Offer and combinability with other offers is based on availability, capacity controlled, subject to change or cancellation at Norwegian discretion. Other restrictions may apply. Norwegian Cruise Line is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. Ship’s registry: BAHAMAS and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. © 2013 NCL Corporation Ltd.

By Kimberly Milnes

My Top 10 Answers to Why I Think a Cruise is a Great Family Vacation

I think a cruise is a GREAT vacation choice for families. First, they are a great value. You have your food, activities and room all included in the price. As well, you and the family can explore more than one destination and unpack only one time. Even more, a cruise can offer something for everyone in the family; great kids clubs, babysitting, pools and water slides, great destinations, adult only areas and more.

Our first cruise as a family was a Disney cruise when my son was 4 months old. I have heard from parents in the past, that they are concerned about safety, my kids are too young or it is too expensive.  Well, I wanted to share some information and tips to make a cruise, a great vacation choice for your family.

1. I am afraid of the Balcony.
Yes, the balcony can be a scary option for families with small children, but there are some roomy cabin options without a balcony.  Norwegian has Family Ocean View cabins that are spacious and include a large porthole so you don’t feel like you are living in a cave.  As well, Disney has cabins with large portholes, they big enough sit in to read a book or just watch the ocean pass by. As well, Disney has Inside cabins with the Magic Porthole. These inside cabins are surprisingly large and with the Magic Porthole, you are getting a live feed of the outside of the ship, along with some surprise friends.

2. Will there be enough room for the family?
Along with the no balcony options, the cruise lines have seen the need for larger family staterooms.  Especially on the newer ships like the Norwegian Breakaway and Royal Caribbean Oasis ships.  Disney of course, has always had larger rooms to accommodate families.  As well, there is also the option of connecting cabins, or even a suite to make sure everyone has room to spread out.

3. What about a hurricane or bad weather?
The height of hurricane season is the end of August through the beginning of November. So if this is a concern for you book accordingly.  However, if weather becomes an issue the ship can easily change its path to calmer waters, but your ports might change. Rarely is a cruise canceled.  I say make sure to book travel insurance to cover your family and your money.

4. How do I pack for a cruise, especially if I am traveling with a baby?
When cruising you have to check your bags before you board the ship and they are delivered to your cabin, which sometimes can take a few hours. So make sure you have a carry on bag with anything you might before your bags arrive. As well, pack swim suits in your carry on because if you get on the ship early your room might not be ready. But you will be able to get something to eat, enjoy the pool and get your vacation started.   As well, most ships have an onboard laundry facility, so if you want to pack light you can do laundry to make it through the vacation. Also ships with a nursery will have baby toys, high chairs, and anything else you might need for a baby.

5. What if I run out of diapers, formula, etc.?
I know when traveling with little ones it can be daunting thinking of all the supplies you will need. Also, what if you run out of something while at sea.  Most ships have baby supplies available in the shops.  As well, there are companies likeBabies Travel Lite or Babies 2 Go where you can order supplies in advance and have them delivered directly to the ship.

6. My child is not old enough for the Kids Club.
While most ships have kids club where you can drop off kids 3 and up. Not all have good accommodations for babies and toddlers, but there are options. Disney has the “its a small world nursery”, which has trained child care providers and just about anything a baby could need. There is a small fee, but it allows Mom and Dad to at the very least have a nice dinner or head to the spa.  As well Royal Caribbean and Carnival also have babysitting options.

7. What if we get bored on the ship?
Bored is something I do not think anyone will have as a problem on a cruise. Every day a planner will be delivered to your cabin with activities, shows and more planned for almost every hour of the day.  As well, I know my boys just want to be in either the pool or the kids club.  As well, adults have shows, amazing specialty restaurants, casinos and adult only areas of the ships to entertain.  As well, Disney, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian have some of your kids favorite characters for photos, fun and of course a character breakfast.

8. It is too expensive
Really if you compare to a  land vacation, a cruise can be a GREAT value. The cruise lines are always having promotions and for my clients even after they are booked I am looking for free upgrades, onboard credit and more. As well, for those near a port, you could save over $1000 on not having to fly to the destination.  As well, if you look at all that is included in a cruise it can be a great savings.

9.  What if we all get sea sick?
My kids have been on 3 cruises and have never had a problem with motion sickness. These newer ships have stabilizers and unless there is a storm you are not feeling the motion.  However, I never travel without my “patch”. I put it on before we board and I am good to go. There are pressure bands and other remedies, but I think the patch really works the best.

10. A cruise does not go where I want to vacation
There are so many options of where to sail on a cruise. Of course, you can visit the Caribbean, but you can also visit Alaska, Panama Canal, Hawaii, Europe and more.  Especially with a family, cruising can make visiting locations like Europe so easy.  I think it is a great way to introduce your kids to Europe.  Once on the ship you unpack, relax and visit, Span, Italy, Greece, France and more. No packing and unpacking, schlepping bags, kids, etc.  During the day you visit the city, at night you relax and enjoy the ship and the next day you are at a new destination. So easy.

For those of you here in the NY/NJ area we have some GREAT options for cruising. We have the new Norwegian Breakaway sailing from NYC to either Bermuda or Florida/Bahamas. On the Florida/Bahamas, you can spend the day at Walt Disney World and Atlantis. I call that 3 Vacations in 1 and you don’t have to fly.

Next November 2014, we will have another amazing ship, Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas sailing out of Cape Liberty, NJ.  This ship is amazing. You will be able to ride bumper cars, “sky dive”, zip line and more.

 

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

Nickelodeon Fun Aboard the Norwegian Breakaway

Along with the fantastic Kids Club – Splash Academy and the Teen Club – Entourage, there is even more family fun with all the Nickelodeon activities, characters and fun on board the ship. Team Nick are your hosts and oversee all the Nickelodeon activities on the ship.

First up is the Nick Live Poolside. This is a fun interactive game show that gets the kids and parents involved.  You and the kids will battle another team to a victory of pie and slime.  If the Nick team is involved you can always count on a pie in the face or slime for someone.  The kids got a kick out of seeing the parents get “pied”.

Arts and Crafts with Team Nick is a time to create Nickelodeon themed crafts.  This happens several days during your cruise and usually in the afternoon.  The kids get to decorate Dora bags one day and a Spongebob t-shirt on a different day. It is was nice to be able to get a souvenir that is FREE.

There are several chances to start your day off at the Nickelodeon Pajama Jam. This is a fun character breakfast, with singing, dancing, bacon and of course being able to meet and get your picture taken with your favorite Nickelodeon characters.   This event does cost extra, $20 for adults/ $20 for kids. But you do receive a free 8×10 photo, cool cup and sparkle waver.  I thought the food was good, even the pancake syrup was slime green, and the event was well organized. Especially, with the photo lines, which went very fast.

The Nick Live Team are the hosts of the breakfast.  Along with the singing and dancing, you can do the conga line as well as limbo with all the kids. It was cute that all the characters were in their Pj’s.  We got to see Spongebob and Patrick, Cosmo and Wanda, Dora and Diego and Ang, the Avatar. Also my boys loved it because they got to wear their pj’s to breakfast.

Know Your Nick Trivia is a fun event where you get to go up against other families to see who knows the most about all things Nickelodeon.  I have to say we did pretty well, not sure if that is a good or bad thing.  But we did not win.  The winner was lucky enough to win a pie in the face.

If you did not get a chance to visit all the characters at the Pajama Jam there are other Character Meet & Greet times throughout the week. You can take your own photos or get a photo taken by the ships photographer.  As well one night you can dance the night away at the Boot’s Family Dance Party.

On the next to last day you can enjoy the Nickelodeon Name That Game Show. Hosted by Team Nick, kids are brought up on stage to go head to head and get a chance to play some of Nickelodeon’s most famous game shows.

It is a fun show with of course lots of games, pies and slime.  In the pictures above, you can even see my husband got in the act.  Yes, that is him going through the wringer.    I think the kids get a big kick out of seeing the parents participate.

So as you can see there are A LOT great Nickelodeon themed fun on board the ship. Even better with the exception of the Pajama Jam it is ALL Included in your cruise fare.  So with the great kids club and the Nickelodeon activities there is certainly a lot to keep the kids and parents entertained.  But, there is EVEN MORE fun for the family in all the other shows and activities on board the ship.  Stay tuned for more reviews to come.

 

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