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How You Can Spend a Perfect Day at CocoCay

This post is sponsored by Travel Leaders Network.

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Over the last year, Royal Caribbean has been working hard to revamp its private island in the Bahamas. Now that it is officially open to cruisers, you may be wondering how you can spend a Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Home to the Tallest and Largest

Found in CocoCay’s Thrill WaterparkSM, Daredevil’s PeakSM rises 135 feet over the island, making it the tallest water slide in North America. If you are looking for a tamer way to slide away the day, the park has twelve other water slides to choose from.

After experiencing the water slides, check out the Caribbean’s largest wave pool, also located in Thrill WaterparkSM. If you prefer, relax in one of Thrill Waterpark’sSM cabanas, which include complimentary entry for all of the slides and activities for up to six guests .

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Take to the Skies

If you’re looking for some high-flying fun, you’ll find it at CocoCay in the form of a large helium balloon floating above the island. Up, Up and Away is a tethered balloon that, upon reaching a height of 450 feet, provides guests with an unforgettable view of the island.

For adrenaline seekers, the 1,600 foot zip line is among the most exciting ways to experience the island. Soaring above some of the island’s eateries and attractions, the zip line course ends with either a dry landing on the ground or a splash landing in the harbor.

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Relax and Refuel

To indulge at the island’s swim-up bar, head over to Oasis LagoonSM, the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool. Nearby, Chill IslandSM features plenty of chairs and umbrellas to relax on the sand and gaze out over the beauty of the Caribbean. Or, head over to relax on Harbor Beach overlooking CocoCay’s interior harbor.

Several of the dining options on the island are complimentary, including Chill Grill. This beachside restaurant is home to BBQ, fresh salads, and self-serve beer. Relax with live music at Captain Jack’sSM and enjoy their house specialty: chicken wings dipped in signature sauces such as mango-habanero and Caribbean jerk. After that, pop over to Skipper’s Grill, the go-to spot for tropical fruit or a sweet treat. As a bonus, if you purchase a beverage or Wi-Fi package for your sailing, both can be enjoyed at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

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More to Come!

Cruisers can experience all of these incredible activities right now, but there’s still more to come. Slated to open in December of 2019, CocoCay’s South Beach will be one more reason to book a sailing for the holiday season. South Beach will feature the CoCo Beach ClubSM and the Bahamas’ first over-the-water cabanas to relax the day away.

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How to Get to CocoCay

CocoCay is an exclusive island that can only be reached by a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Royal Caribbean offers a variety of itineraries -ranging from three to nine days, that include Perfect Day at CocoCay as a port of call. To book your Royal Caribbean cruise and experience Perfect Day at CocoCay, contact your Encompass the World / Westlake Travel travel agent today!


* CoCo Beach ClubSM and overwater cabanas are scheduled to open in December 2019. All destination features and experiences, and related delivery timing for these features, are currently in development and are subject to change without notice. Images and messaging for Perfect Day at CocoCay reflect current design concepts and may include artistic renderings. Perfect Day and CocoCay are trademarks of Royal Caribbean.

This post in its original form was written by Sydney Crago and adapted by Encompass the World Travel.

Spooktacular Halloween Destinations

For many people, traveling for the holidays sparks images of crowded airports and last-minute flights to be home in time to carve the turkey or unwrap a gift. But, with so many wonderfully wicked destinations across the globe, Halloween is one holiday you may want to consider traveling for. Here are a few ideas to inspire you to pack your bags, and plan your costume!

Hawaiian Islands

While Hawaiian Islands may not be the first place you think of for a Halloween haunt, there are many opportunities to get into the spooky spirit. There are festivities for all ages, like the pumpkin patches and fall festivals on Oahu, the Lahaina Town Block Party on Maui, and Ohana Halloween Paina in Kona, a family-friendly event with costume contests, food, and live entertainment. Check this stunning destination off your bucket list and say “aloha-lloween!”

Las Vegas

Home to over-the-top entertainment all year ‘round, Vegas does Halloween like nowhere else on the planet! The haunted houses are known for their adrenaline-pumping frights, while world-famous DJs rock costume parties in some of the hottest night clubs around the city. In true Vegas fashion, the town is set to celebrate the holiday with concerts, magic shows, costumes, and plenty of drinks wherever you turn.

London, England

If you are looking to go international for your Halloween getaway, London is the place to go! This city’s rich and somewhat unsavory history lends itself to plenty of haunted tours and ghost stories From historical locations like the Tower of London where prisoners were held and executions carried out to some the city’s most spots like Hampton Court Palace where the ghost of Catherine Howard strolls the gallery, guests will find something stirring around every turn.

Orlando, Florida

Orlando is home to some of the world’s top theme parks, and they go all out for this holiday. Walt Disney World hosts Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which runs September through October. The decorations and Halloween-themed treats are sure to put even young travelers into the spirit without spooking them too much. In true Disney fashion, this event is fun for the whole family.

Universal Studios Orlando also gets into the spirit! The park appeals to those seeking a good scare with their themed haunted houses, which transport visitors to the worlds of their favorite thrilling tv shows, like The Walking Dead and Stranger Things.

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These destinations are all treats and no tricks when you book with your travel agent. Contact your Encompass the World Travel specialist to help you plan your next getaway to these and many other incredible places this spooky season and all year long!

Europe: Three Reasons You Should Go Right Now!

European travel is back and more popular than ever. Our team of travel experts have seen a definite increase in clients requesting European vacations. Why is it such a great time to plan a visit overseas?


More for Your Money
The US dollar is much stronger abroad than a few years ago. Better exchange rates against the euro, British pound, and other European currencies means your travel budget can stretch a little farther.

Fantastic Flights
Lower fuel prices and more competition from low-cost carriers is making it easier to find transatlantic airfare options that don’t break the bank. The increase in service between smaller airport hubs also gives you a better chance of scoring non-stop flights to a variety of European destinations.

Options Galore
There’s no one right way to see Europe. From the intimate experience of a river cruise to the fun of an ocean cruise, from in-depth tours by an expert to independent exploration, there’s an option for every traveler. Europe offers a wide variety of destinations to choose from, whether you’d like to visit the tried-and-true favorites or discover somewhere off the beaten path.

It’s great to have options, but with so many choices planning a trip can quickly become overwhelming. Your Encompass the World travel specialist can help you compare travel ideas, offer suggestions, and coordinate details so that you have a fabulous travel experience.

If Europe is on your travel radar, don’t delay! Contact your Encompass the World Travel agent to start arranging your next, big adventure.

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Encompass the World Travel invests our time and resources into developing the best itineraries and travel plans suited for every client’s needs and desires.

To start planning your next adventure with an Encompass the World Travel agent, submit your preferred communication method or call 1-330-225-0600.

All About the Upgrade

How do you take a good vacation and make it great? Simple – It’s all about the upgrades!

Even if you’re watching your budget, adding a few special touches can make all the difference in your travel experience. Those details are often the most memorable parts of your trip.

Here are some of our agents favorite ways to enhance your next getaway:

First-Class Flying – No one likes spending hours twisted up like pretzel, so get your trip off to a comfortable start by upgrading your airline seats. First class will get you the most luxury, of course, but premium economy seats also offer perks. You’ll enjoy extra space and legroom, and some airlines include upgraded food and beverage options or inflight entertainment.

Top-Notch Transfers – After a long day of flying and navigating through airports, you are finally ready to head to your hotel. Instead of a shared-ride van or bus servicewhich means waiting for other travelers or making more stops—We recommend booking private transfers. You’ll minimize travel time and maximize beach time. For an extra splurge, upgrade to a premium SUV, luxury sedan, or limo and arrive in style!

Luxury Lodging – Treating yourself to a room upgrade is great way to take your vacation to the next level. Imagine relaxing in your own private plunge pool, sipping cocktails at sunset on the balcony of your cruise cabin, or having a butler deliver breakfast to your suite. If you can’t swing the hotel upgrade for the entire trip, try a night or two at the end of your stay.

Memorable Meals – Even if you don’t consider yourself a foodie, sharing a special meal with the ones you love is always an unforgettable travel experience. It could be a table for two on the beach, a multi-course dinner at the chef’s table with the whole family, or a cooking class for all ages to get a hands-on taste of the local cuisine.

Exciting Excursions – “Remember that time we ____?” Whether you fill in the blank with a pulse-pounding zipline adventure, swimming with the stingrays, or viewing spectacular scenery from a helicopter, what you experience together creates memories that last a lifetime. Your Encompass the World Travel specialist is happy to suggest unique tours and activities for your destination.

Want to make your next getaway an over-the-top experience? Contact us to connect with our team of travel experts!

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Encompass the World Travel invests our time and resources into developing the best itineraries and travel plans suited for every client’s needs and desires.

To start planning your next adventure with an Encompass the World Travel agent, submit your preferred communication method or call 1-330-225-0600.

Travel Resolutions for 2018

New year, new adventures! Not all new year’s resolutions need to be focused on changing who you are. Instead, focus on where you are. As you look ahead to the new year, don’t forget to think about your travel goals! To inspire your next journey, our travel agents have some tips for you!

Try a New Type of Travel

The most obvious idea is to visit a new destination, but another way to add excitement is by changing how you travel. Swap your ocean cruise for an all-inclusive resort stay, or a try a river cruise instead. If you’re normally a beach bum, plan a trip with more sightseeing or activities.

Treat Yourself

Even if you’re being mindful of your budget, you can still include a splurge or two along your journey. Enjoy a five-star meal, book a snorkeling excursion, or shop for a special souvenir. Upgrade to a better view or more luxurious suite, even if it’s only for a night or two during your stay.

Give Back

Voluntourism, currently a popular trend, is volunteering combined with tourism. You can also give back during your regularly scheduled vacation by donating supplies or volunteering for a day at a local school, orphanage, or shelter. Ask our agents how!

Take an Extra Risk

There’s nothing like a little adrenaline to create a lifelong memory. Zipline through the rainforest in Costa Rica, go dog mushing through Alaska, or para sail high above the ocean. You can find other ways to get out of your comfort zone, such as trying unfamiliar foods or spending a day exploring a city.

Keep It Close

Use your vacation time from work for global travel, and plan your weekends strategically! Pack up the car and take a trip to New York city. Or ride the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls! Our travel agents also arrange the perfect short-term escape.

Let’s talk about your 2018 travel goals. Our agents are the first step to making your travel aspirations a reality!

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Encompass the World Travel invests our time and resources into developing the best itineraries and travel plans suited for every client’s needs and desires.

To start planning your next adventure with an Encompass the World Travel agent, submit your preferred communication method or call 1-330-225-0600.