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Royal Caribbean Offers Family Reunion Packages and Cultural Excursion Options


While June through September is acknowledged to be prime travel time for African-Americans, any time is the right time is right to plan for vacations and family reunions. A Royal Caribbean cruise can offer the ultimate experience for reunions and other special group events with ideal ways to incorporate cultural activities into the mix.

With exotic ports of call, first-rate accommodations, entertainment and activities to suit all tastes, Royal Caribbean International offers travelers the chance to have a fabulous vacation and “live it up in style” without breaking the bank. For example, with interest in genealogy and cultural heritage on the rise among African-Americans, Royal Caribbean offers travelers the chance to experience the luxury of a cruise while connecting with their own family history. Royal Caribbean provides experienced planners to help potential guests create vacation options that incorporate their Afro/Caribbean cultural roots in some of the world’s most breathtaking and culturally rich destinations, including the Caribbean, Brazil and the Bahamas. A Royal Caribbean cruise offers the perfect mix: fun, relaxation, history and family unity – all in one package.

Royal Caribbean boasts an expert team that works to ensure an unforgettable experience at sea and on land. Moreover, they also offer an exclusive selection of reunion and group travel packages to help create lasting memories for families and large groups. Royal Caribbean staff will help plan group activities with various themes, from weddings to family reunions, including family talent shows, karaoke nights, sports tournaments, spa days, worship services, cultural shore excursions, nightclubs and extra special fun for the little adventurers in the group.

Destination Reunions Are In
According to the National Tour Association (NTA), reunions are currently the big thing. The general population may be drawn to increasingly popular couples-only resorts, but African-Americans travel tastes are shifting in the opposite direction. According to the U.S. Travel Association, 44 percent of African-American travel is to visit family and friends. Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas, offers six different family-focused stateroom categories specially designed to accommodate larger families and groups of friends. Some of these stateroom configurations offer shared living room spaces and spacious outdoor balcony areas for families to enjoy.

Furthermore, with Royal Caribbean custom packages, families hosting reunions on board can create one of-a-kind vacation that include themed parties, basketball tournaments, rock climbing sessions, daily reunion challenges, onboard scavenger hunts and in-room VIP amenities, personalized cakes, decorations, photo packages and more.

Fun For All Ages
Royal Caribbean continues to be the leader in providing unique Vacation experiences for family members of all ages with its new enhancements to the Adventure Ocean Youth Program. This unique program gives Royal Caribbean’s younger cruisers (ages 3-17) a more enriching and Immersive cruise experience. This youth program was specially designed to blend educational activities with just plain fun. Some highlights include:
  • Adventure Theater by Camp Broadway – New York City’s Famed children’s theater group that introduces kids and teens to the world of theater arts by weaving folktales, music, dance and cultural elements
  • Scratch DJ – Classes hosted by the Scratch DJ Academy, where teens also can hone their turntable skills
  • Fisher-Price’s Chefs on Deck – Tots can take their first steps to becoming tomorrow’s culinary superstars
  • Build & Grow with Lowe’s – Families can come together to share in the fun and construct their own ship
  • Crown & Anchor Society Youth Program – Royal Caribbean’s first youth loyalty program complete with frequent cruiser rewards
Incorporating Culture Into the Cruise Experience
Reunions present the perfect opportunity to learn about family lineages and new cultures, as well. Heritage tours are increasing in popularity for African-American consumers, and Royal Caribbean is expanding its opportunities for guests to incorporate cultural and historical components to their cruise experience. According to the TIA Minority Traveler Report, while on vacation, Black travelers are more likely than other Americans to take group tours (10 percent vs. 4 percent) and visit historical places and museums (17 percent vs. 16 percent) when on a trip. For many African-American travelers, vacation is a unique opportunity to discover new cultures and revisit their own. Liberty of the Seas, for example, will allow guests to take cultural tours of islands, such as St. Maarten, Aruba and Grand Cayman, with stops at the museums, shopping areas and top restaurants. Royal Caribbean sails to port cities that present several African cultural enrichment options, including the chance to:
  • Experience the African rhythm of Curacao, which beats throughout the island
  • Embrace the native charm and natural beauty of Labadee – Royal Caribbean’s private island
  • Hunt for one-of-a-kind Haitian treasures or take an off-road jeep excursion in the Caribbean
  • Learn about the heritage of Jamaica at a plantation or a historical museum
  • Spend The day Montego Bay, which has great restaurants, renowned shopping and an endless array of leisure activities
Whether traveling with a large family, a few friends or that special someone aboard a Royal Caribbean ship, guests can do all that they’ve ever imagined. The experience begins the moment they arrive and check into one of our premium staterooms, many with spacious living rooms and expansive balconies. Royal Caribbean brings fun to the next level for African-American travelers.

For additional information or to make reservations, go to www.royalcaribbean.com/gopack or call (800) 327-6700. For travel professionals, go to www.cruisingpower.com or call (800) 327-2056.
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