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Sally Black

Sally Black
Sally is the Founder of Vacationkids.com Travel Agency and author of the book "Fearless Family Vacations". She is also the Director of Travel Agent Initiatives and Training at The Family Travel Association.

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10 Things to Know About Family River Cruises

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 18, 2019 8:58:38 AM / by Sally Black posted in family group travel, celebration vacations, Best family cruises, family river cruise

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If your family is looking to really  connect with one another in a memorable way, then a river cruise may be the right choice for your next vacation. It's the ideal choice for families looking to enjoy  history, cuisine and culture of exotic locales or fairy tale European cities in a peaceful, scenic and enriching way.

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Best Time of Year to Take a Family Caribbean Cruise

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 11, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in Best family cruises

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They quick answer to this question is - your family can enjoy a Caribbean Cruise Anytime!

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How To Plan a Family Heritage Trip

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 4, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in family vacations, Affordable Family Vacations, Family Vacation Destinations, family vacation ideas

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A great way to teach children their place in this word is to show them exactly where they come from. If you're looking for inspiration for your next family vacation, consider a family heritage trip.  Imagine your family walking in the footsteps of your ancestors. 

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How Much Does A Family Dude Ranch Vacation Cost?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 28, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in Affordable Family Vacations, family adventure vacation, family vacation ideas

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A family dude ranch vacation can be the perfect vacation choice for families looking for....

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Best Family Summer Vacations 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] May 21, 2019 5:50:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in Affordable Family Vacations, Family Vacation, family vacation ideas

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If you're a busy parent juggling life who just realized your kid's team won't be making this year's baseball playoffs or your daughter decided not to attend summer camp then you need to make some last minute family vacation plans - it's not too late. That's the good news.

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Where to Start Planning a Family Vacation

[fa icon="calendar'] May 7, 2019 8:30:46 AM / by Sally Black posted in family vacations, Affordable Family Vacations, Family Vacation, family vacation ideas

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Overwhelmed  trying to plan a family vacation?

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Family Caribbean Cruises

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2019 5:30:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in Family Cruises, Family Vacation, Disney Cruise Line, family cruise, family vacation ideas, Family cruise vacation, Caribbean Family Cruises, Best family cruises

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Families love cruising to the Caribbean!   Crystal clear water in a million shades of blue, sun drenched, powder white beaches, diverse cultures, incredible adventures and delicious foods. What's not to love?

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The Grand at Moon Palace Family Resort Mexico

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 23, 2019 10:51:59 AM / by Sally Black posted in family vacations, family resorts, Family Vacation Destinations, family vacation ideas, celebration vacations

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The Moon  Palace Cancun resort complex is a renown, perennial favorite for families staying in the Sunrise, The Moon and Nizuc sections of this massive property.  The Moon Palace complex is located just 5 miles south of Cancun airport, nestled on 55 lush tropical gardens, a signature golf course, conference facilities and totals 2314 deluxe rooms and suites most with ocean or partial ocean views.  This small resort "city" is surprisingly easy to navigate with trams and carts passing every couple of minutes.

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MSC Seaside For Families

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 16, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in Family Cruises

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The MSC Seaside is a high tech megaship that families will love.  It is, however, very different from its other contemporary cruise line competitors like Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.

Although the MSC Seaside was built specifically with families in mind and sails from Miami, it caters to a very international audience.  It's an Italian ship with a very European flair.  If you're looking to mix and mingle with lots of American family cruisers, this is not the ship for you. If you would like your children to be exposed to people from many different cultures speaking different languages then you are certainly the right fit for this ship.

In this review I've listed 17 things families will enjoy on board the MSC Seaside that may be a little different if you've sailed on other family cruises....

1. Kids Sail Free 

 On MSC Cruises, kids 17 and under sail free on select sailings, based on availability, when sharing a stateroom with two other guests. Don't expect this deal on busy school holiday sailings but if you can sail off season it's a phenomenal deal. On other sailings, children 11 and under sail free, while those 12 to 17 sail at a significantly discounted rate. And children under 2 years of age always sail free as a third or fourth guests. Remember, Uncle Sam never gives you a free ride from taxes, even for kids so you'll need to pay the kid's taxes.

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Taking My Family Around The World

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 2, 2019 6:02:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in family vacations, family vacation ideas

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Taking your kids on a round the world adventure is the dream of so many parents.  There are parents who understand that travel had a tremendous value and impact on their children's education and future success.  I know many parents who have done it and all would agree it was one of the high points of their entire life.

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