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Redefine how you make family memories with award-winning entertainment,

flavors to please every palate, and incredible accommodations, like the multi-level

Ultimate Family Suite debuting on

Symphony of the Seas

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. All while discovering an ocean of

thrills on deck. Not to mention Ensemble

®

Exclusive Benefits that turn family time into

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Ultimate Family Vacations | SPRING 2018

When it came to going ashore, there is never a shortage of

things to do. From shopping to scuba diving, secret beach

visits to zip lining, we had all manner of port excursions with

varying levels of activity at our disposal. We also had the

help of expat guides, sprinkled throughout many ports – as in

Mazatlan – who were keen to point us toward their favourite

local restaurant or marketplace.

In Cabo, we ventured into downtown Cabo San Lucas for a

tasty lunch stop at Pancho’s Restaurant before hitting Medano

Beach. Not surprisingly, our port time in Puerto Vallarta was

also food-focused. After all, when you’re travelling with

teenagers in tow, it’s crucial to keep all hunger at bay. The

Vallarta Food Tour, while designed for families with kids of

any age, was golden for our teens, who loved trying new

foods and learning about local culture.

Our guide Javier was a young hipster living in Vallarta, and

knew the food scene inside out. During our three hour tour,

he introduced us to perfectly fried fish tacos, freshly made

tortillas, the secrets of mole sauce, and traditional Mexican

chocolate and candy making. As we made our way through

the beautiful narrow streets of historic Puerto Vallarta, and

along the Malecon, the seaside walkway, Javier also taught us

about the history of Vallarta, the traditions of tequila, and what

local life is really like. The kids ate it all up – both the food and

the history lessons.

Stuffed after our epic three-hour lunch, we rested on the

beach at Vallarta’s Playa Los Muertos while the kids tested

the waters and took beach selfies, including a couple of

family shots. Back in the land of WiFi a few days later, my

eldest would post a photo of the four of us, smiling on that

same beach, with the caption

“Family vacations are the best!”

for all of his friends to see.

His enthusiastic Insta-confession left me smiling - I wasn’t the

only one who loved our time together. We’d done something

right in spending time connecting with one another in a way

that our children enjoyed and appreciated as much as we did.

As difficult as his leaving for university would be a few months

later, I knew we’d all be fine. The family fun won’t stop as our

kids become adults, it’ll just morph into new opportunities to

celebrate being together, whether on land or at sea.

PUERTO VALLARTA

POSING IN MAZATLAN TAXI ©CLAUDIA LAROYE

PUERTO VALLARTA FOOD TOUR GUIDE WITH BOYS ©CLAUDIA LAROYE