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When

you go

A tropical utopia of waterfalls, lush

mountainscapes and sprawling, sandy

beaches, Saint Lucia is the ideal destination

for all kinds of family-friendly fun in the sun.

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Ultimate Family Vacations | FALL 2017

There are plenty of all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia

offering something for everyone. Coconut Bay Beach

Resort overlooks CocoLand Waterpark, while the

newly opened Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa

enjoys a lush landscape in a quiet cove. Meanwhile,

The Landings Resort & Spa takes luxury up a notch

with its 7,000 square foot RockResorts Spa.

THE LAZY RIVER AT COCONUT BAY BEACH RESORT. © LIZ SCULL

STAY

Cruising in from open waters? Snuba in Pigeon Island

National Park is a popular shore excursion for cruise

passengers visiting Saint Lucia’s port of call in

Castries, as it’s only a 30-minute drive to Gros Islet.

PIGEON ISLAND

SAIL

From taking in the Pitons to “splishing” around

Splash Island Water Park, there’s plenty to see and

do in Saint Lucia. Hike the Tet Paul Nature Trail,

check out the Gros Islet Street Party or take a food

tour of the island. Whatever you do, Saint Lucia is

not a self-drive sort of island; be sure to arrange

expert transportation.

SPECTACULAR VIEW OF SAINT LUCIA PITONS

SEE

These all seem like pretty important points but it’s unclear if my

sons have absorbed an ounce of information, as they fumble with

their flippers.

Our second guide, “Angelfish” (Hardasher Agdomer) gets us suited

up in harnesses, regulators, weight belts and fins; then leads us

into the warm water to practice breathing.

“Usually the most difficult part for people is regulating the

transition from breathing through their nose to their mouth,”

says Angelfish.

Though nervous, the boys are listening and eager. After a few

minutes, we learn to trust our regulators and head out into deeper

water.

Once below the surface, it is peaceful and effortless. The three

of us are entranced. The boys transform together, taking to it like

fish to water — excitedly pointing every few seconds at marine life.

Angelfish spots an eel and though we cannot touch it, she brings it

up for close inspection.

Zevin isn’t yet a strong swimmer, so Angelfish encourages him to

stay close to the raft during a moment above the surface.

“Eyes on the guide,” she reminds him.

Over the 25-minute excursion, he ventures around the raft; even

taking short spurts downward with confidence, and flashing a

reciprocal thumbs-up sign whenever our eyes meet. We swim

along into even clearer waters to find a school of jack, some spiny

black sea urchins and a box crab.

A quick look behind me on our way in reveals Finn, taking on an

odd fish-like stroke — part octopus, part mer-man. The one who

was once so scared fish might touch him, now fully living up to

his (given) underwater name.

ZEVIN NELSON, 7 (LEFT) AND FINN NELSON, 9, (RIGHT) ENJOY THEIR FIRST TASTE OF

SNUBA IN SAINT LUCIA © JENN SMITH NELSON

VIEWING URCHINS AND EELS FAR BELOW THE SURFACE © JENN SMITH NELSON

western caribbean

$

2,372

*

7-day | Caribbean Princess® | Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale

June 30, 2018

Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses up to $162.51 CAD are included.

CAD

voyage of the glaciers

7-day | Island Princess® | Vancouver, B.C. to Whittier (Anchorage)

June 13, 2018

Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses up to $292.52 CAD are included.

$

2,957

*

CAD

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whole family will love. With Ocean Medallion you have more

time to focus on your favorite people and the opportunities

to make your vacation uniquely yours.

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*$2,372 fare

is based on category BD on Caribbean Princess® 6/30/18 sailing. $2,957 fare is based on category BD on Island Princess® 6/13/18 sailing.

Fares apply to minimum lead-in categories on a space-available basis at time of booking. Fares for other categories and dates may vary. Fares are per guest, non-air, cruise- or cruisetour-only, based on double occupancy and apply to the first two guests in a

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