When the last days of summer sail into the sunset, vacationers can wave bon voyage aboard the S.S. Princess, a.k.a. the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, during the resort’s 6th Annual Labor Day Dreamcation weekend, September 2–5, 2016.

Moon Mermaid at the new Sunset Beach. Photo courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Moon Mermaid at the new Sunset Beach. Photo courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

This AAA Five Diamond resort, known for creating unique experiences for the whole family, is having fun with a Caribbean cruise ship theme – from pirates and mermaids on the white sands of its new Sunset Beach pool – to limbo on the Lido Deck, Calypso music and fireworks lighting up the night.

Become a pirate in Swashbuckler Academy. Photo courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Become a pirate in Swashbuckler Academy. Photo courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Labor Day Dreamcation weekend begins as landlubbers are greeted at the front drive/ship dock by valets in sailor hats. Guests then embark the gangway to the lobby, where they may take a complimentary photo with a life buoy and a digitally super-imposed cruise ship or Caribbean island in the background.

Hop onboard the S.S. Princess. Photo courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Hop onboard the S.S. Princess. Photo courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Outside, the Fairmont Fun Team has a full itinerary of shore excursions such as swimming with Moon Mermaid at the new Mermaid University, becoming a pirate in Swashbuckler Academy, fishing derbies with Ranger Rick, watermelon eating contests or diving for lost treasure. For the adults, sipping a Bermuda banana hurricane cocktail and listening to the sounds of a steel drummer adds to the island paradise. Grown-ups may also sample rare Caribbean rums at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar or have a poolside hair Quench treatment from Well & Being Spa.

As night falls, the Sonoran Splash pool complex takes a twist with the Techno Glo Party, a thrill ride down the water slides with black lights, lasers, fog and the hottest hits played by DJ Splash, along with LED hula hoopers and the Splash Rider X-treme water ride.

Another summer must is a Dive-In movie: shown on a 37-foot screen at Sunset Beach, this is a great place for families to watch a flick, relaxing in the cool sand or in the water on their favorite floatie.

Also in this paradise of Dreamcation weekend, love birds may renew their vows with the resort’s very own Thomas Williams, Director of Guest Services, who also is an ordained minister. After the ceremony, the couple is toasted with champagne and then whisked away on a decorated golf cart cruise around the resort. Overnight guests who would like to reserve a complimentary vow renewal ceremony should contact the Princess’ Concierge Desk at 480-585-4848, Ext. 7244.

As the final farewell to a spectacular summer, fireworks light up the sky over the TPC Scottsdale at  9 p.m., Friday – Sunday nights, September 2-4, 2016.

Fireworks over the princess

Fireworks light up the Saturday night sky all summer. Photo courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Labor Day Dreamcation weekend rates start from $209 per night for the Sip, Savor & Sand package which includes a $50 daily credit for dining, spa or the Trailblazers Kids Club.  As an added bonus, guests may lounge a little longer with a complimentary late check-out of 4 p.m. on Monday, September 5, 2016.

To make room or dining reservations for the Dreamcation getaway over Labor Day weekend or for more information, please call (480) 585-4848, toll-free at (866) 540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale.

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