Cruising to Jamaica? Get a day pass to an all-inclusive resort!

Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa

Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa

Are you going on a cruise?  Is Jamaica on your itinerary?  While your ship is in port, relax and play at an all-inclusive beach resort!  For stops in Montego Bay enjoy the Sunset Beach Resort & Spa.  Cruising to the port of Ocho Rios?  Spend the day at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa for the whole family or the adults-only Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa.  Cruising to the port of Falmouth?  Enjoy your Jamaica shore excursion at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa! Cruisers can enjoy white sand beaches, sparkling pools, savory lunches, snacks, beverages, tropical drinks–all included.  Read more about it here!

Update: May 8, 2015

Bermuda Day Passes are now available for the Elbow Beach Resort! This luxurious resort & spa is named after its private half-mile stretch of beautiful, pink sand beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Come enjoy your day in port on the resort owned Elbow Beach, well known as one of Bermuda’s most beautiful beaches. A private haven for discerning travelers, Elbow Beach offers guests the opportunity to separate from the cruise ship crowds to enjoy the island’s calming sea, soothing pink-sands and golden warmth of the tropical sun.

Your Resort for a Day pass includes use of the private beach at Elbow Beach Resort, a lounge chair & umbrella and a water bottle. Resort for a Day guests have access to Mickey’s Bistro, which is Bermuda’s only bistro on the beach and offers lunch and drinks in a casual ambiance with full beach service. Click here!

Update: April 22, 2015

Bahamas Day Passes are now available for the Atlantis Aquaventure, Atlantis Dolphin Cay, and the British Colonial Hilton Resort! Click here!

Update: March 15, 2015

Jamaica all inclusive resort day passes are now available for the Grand Palladium (Montego Bay) and Jewel Paradise Cove (Ocho Rios or Falmouth)!

Update: December 12, 2012

In Jamaica, Resort For a Day passes are now offered to the Jewel Runaway Bay Resort in addition to the Jewel Dunn’s River Resort (Ocho Rios, adults only).

Update: May 24, 2012

I have participated in online webinars by Stuart, the owner of Resort For a Day, and learned a lot more about this unique product. I have been on many Caribbean cruises, and I sure wish the Resort for a Day program had been available to me. Additional properties and islands have been added:

Jamaica: new port of Falmouth now available (Hilton Rose Hall & Spa); also the adults only Jewel Dunn’s River
Grand Cayman: Westin Casurina Resort and Spa on Seven Mile Beach (but not all inclusive)
Barbados: three resorts to choose from (two are not all inclusive), the Almond Casurina is all inclusive
Nassau: Paradise Island Harbour Resort
Freeport: Viva Wyndham
Cozumel: El Cid Resort or Cozumel Palace
Roatan: Club Natale Bay Villas (New)

Some bullet points I learned about this program:
• Resort for a Day is not affiliated with the cruise lines
• Forms of payment accepted: Credit Cards and PayPal
• Full refund if your ship misses the port
• Can cancel up to 11 days prior
• Your admission to the property is reserved and guaranteed, because some resorts place a limit on the number of day passes available to cruise ship passengers.
• The island properties are NOT time shares—you will be treated as a resort guest
• Jamaica: transfers included
• Nassau: transfers not included
• Freeport: transfers included
• Grand Cayman: no food and drink included, but includes beach chair/umbrella and even a room at the Westin Casurina resort, where you can shower and relax! The resort pass is for up to four guests.
• Kids under 3 free

These day passes are as low as $69 per adult, and in many cases, INCLUDE TRANSFERS from the ship to the resort! How many shore excursions offered by the cruise lines are under $70 and include all your food and drink? Read more about it here!

Related: Cruising to Jamaica, Nassau, Grand Cayman, St. Lucia, Antiqua, or Barbados?  Get a Day Pass to an All Inclusive Resort

Funjet Vacations Announces New Value Flights from Dallas for 2013

Funjet Vacations

Funjet Vacations has just announced their Value Flight service from Dallas/Ft. Worth via Sun Country Airlines.

They will offer new non-stop service for 2013 for the following destinations:

  • Cancun/Riviera Maya
  • Cozumel
  • Jamaica
  • Punta Cana

Funjet Vacations offers Charter & Value Flight service to top destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean from other select departure cities as well (Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, San Antonio, St. Louis).  These flights provide many great benefits such as convenient non-stop service, low $50 deposit policy, and auto price protection with their industry-leading All-In-One Travel Protection.  Plus, you will enjoy special airline inclusions like free checked baggage and in-flight bar service.

Contact Island Time Travel for more information or click the Funjet logo above.

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Also See: Vacation Express announces summer non-stop “Champagne Flights” to Jamaica, Cancun, and Punta Cana

Hurricane Rina closes in on Mexican beach resorts

(Reuters) – Hurricane Rina closed in on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula on Tuesday, threatening beach resorts like Cancun with heavy rain and dangerous waves but steering clear of oil installations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rina, now a Category Two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson intensity scale packing winds of 110 mph, is on the cusp of becoming a major hurricane.  When sustained winds hit 111 miles per hour storms are considered major Category Three hurricanes.

Authorities in Cancun were preparing 50 shelters ahead of Rina, which is expected to make landfall on Thursday morning. Worried residents cleared out store shelves of emergency supplies like water and canned tuna in case businesses decide to shut down.

“They have already started putting away beach chairs and umbrellas at the hotel just to be safe,” said Michelle Thomson, a vacationing accountant from Texas shopping for souvenirs at a mall in Cancun.

Companies that run marine parks around Cancun moved more than two dozen dolphins, some of them pregnant, housed in areas in the hurricane’s path to safer sites further inland.

The storm could slam into other tourist hubs like Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel, popular with scuba divers and cruise ships on the Yucatán Peninsula, and will also graze the small Central American nation of Belize.

Read the full article from Reuters here.  This is one reason why we always recommend travel insurance.  TravelSafe, a leading provider, includes hurricane coverage.

Related: The Value of Travel Insurance–It’s a Must Have