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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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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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How Much Will it Cost to Take the Kids to Europe?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 5, 2019 12:06:00 PM / by Sally Black posted in family vacations, Affordable Family Vacations, family vacation ideas

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This is a really big question!

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Guide For Families Cruising From Miami

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 12, 2019 6:35:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in Family Cruises, Affordable Family Vacations, family cruise, family vacation ideas

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Part 2

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Guide for families Cruising from Fort Lauderdale

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2019 6:23:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in Disney Cruise Line, family cruise, family vacation ideas

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Part 1

Booking a cruise is just one part of planning a fun filled family vacation.  Getting to and from the cruise port and planning your time wisely while your in port is just as important is you want a stress free holiday. 

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Best Family Vacation Destinations For 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 29, 2019 6:20:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in family vacations, family vacation ideas

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Family vacations matter!  It's one of the most important legacies that your children will long remember. It's still not too late to plan one of these amazing vacation experiences for your family for this year.

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Vacation Advice vs Professional Help

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 15, 2019 6:10:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in family vacations, family cruise, family vacation ideas, celebration vacations

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January is vacation planning season. A time of resolutions, self improvement and to plan trips to those destinations on your family's proverbial to-do list.  This time of year there are as many experts out there offering travel and vacation planning advice as there are folks searching for answers.

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Best Cruise Lines For Babies

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 11, 2019 5:17:55 AM / by Sally Black posted in Baby Vacations, family cruise, family vacation ideas

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Yes, absolute you can take your baby along on a fun filled cruise vacation. The only thing is that little people do require a little more cruise planning so everyone can have some fun.

For health and safety reasons, most family friendly cruises require infants be at least 6 months of age at the time of sailing. With some specific itineraries, babies will need to be 1 year of age. 

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Taking The Kids to Costa Rica

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 8, 2019 5:48:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in Teen Vacations, Family Vacation, family tours, family adventure vacation, family vacation ideas

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Your family is on the search for a warm and wonderful vacation spot. You've visited the Caribbean before and loved it. Mexico...been there and done that.  You're craving a new adventure but don't want to spend hours on a plane or drain your bank account.

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Educational Vacations for Families

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 1, 2019 10:24:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in Affordable Family Vacations, Family Vacation Destinations, family adventure vacation, family vacation ideas

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Travel is the world's best teacher...period!

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