Cancun, Mexico

November 21st to November 27th

Now Resort’s

Sapphire Riviera Cancun

Escape to Fun!
Escape the winter and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Cancun!


Super Manzana 11 Manzana 9 Lote 10
Puerto Morelos Benito Juárez
77580 Quintana Roo, México

Tulum: It is the only Mayan ruin site that is located along the oceanfront, offering spectacular views from the cliffs.

Coba: Located in the middle of the jungleabout 44km from Tulum.  impressive Nohoch Mul pyramid, the highest one in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Take a Dip in The Cenotes: Cenotes are sinkholes that reveal crystal clear water that’s perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or even scuba diving.

Winter 2021 Gaming Pass

For only $95, you get…

An Entire Week of Board Gaming Fun

Scheduled Gaming

Role-playing Games – Seeking Volunteers to GM

Open Gaming

Access to our Game Library

Access to our Private Gaming Area

Reserved Gaming Seats

…and more!

A Gaming Pass is only required for the Gamer(s) in your family or group of friends. Everyone else you know and love is welcome to come along just to enjoy a great vacation! Each Gaming Pass must be associated with a Stateroom.

See the Location and Rooms tabs for more information on this vacation!

We love vacationing and love playing all types of tabletop games, including longer and/or more complex games. However, with everything going on in our lives, we often find it hard to make the time to play the longer games (especially since some might require multiple nights of gaming). So, we thought, “Let’s get everyone on board a cruise ship [now, go to a resort, too], have a fun vacation, and play some board games with a group of (soon-to-be) friends!” Thus was born Gaming By Sea, our tabletop and board gaming cruise vacation.

An Entire Week of Gaming Fun: That’s right. During this seven (7)-day, resort vacation, not only will you be able to enjoy great adventures, free food, and all the fun things to do at an all-inclusive resort, but a week of gaming. We will be working hard to strike a careful balance of full, uninterrupted days of gaming with all the other fun you and yours will be enjoying at the resort!

Scheduled Gaming:  We will be scheduling times and tables in our Private Gaming Area for you to play games like…

Here I Stand18xxTerraforming MarsCivilization 
DiplomacyGMT COINThrough the AgesRoll for the Galaxy
Game of ThronesBrass: BirminghamCataclysmDominant Species
Twilight ImperiumDominionGaia ProjectCaverna
Le HavrePuerto RicoEclipseWingspan
Great Western TrailFood Chain MagnateScytheand More!

Sample Gaming Schedule

The scheduled gaming will ensure that players interested in the longer and more complex games will know when and where those will be happening and can reserve their seats. However, we will also set aside times for numerous popular (light, medium, and family friendly) game sessions, so gamers will know when they can stop in for a round or two of their favorites.

Just a few of the popular & family games requested by our gamers for the 2020 events included:

PandemicLords of Waterdeep7 WondersTicket to Ride
Race for the GalaxySettlers of CatanTiny Epic GalaxiesPandemic: Fall of Rome
Terra MysticaCarcassonneApples to ApplesOnward to Venus

 Be sure to let us know what you want to play when you register to ensure your favorites are on the Schedule and in the Game Library.

Role-playing Games: A NEW addition to the cruise offerings (part of our “and more”), in our “long” games category! Some of our great gamers have offered to host role-playing games for prior events. Past offerings have included: Dungeons & Dragons, Firefly, Star Trek, and Demon Hunters. They often offer options for seasoned and newbie players and players are able to play through a number of sessions or stop in for just one. 

These games will be included in the Scheduled Games to ensure you can reserve your spot for the adventure you most desire. More details, including the systems to be used, will be available closer to the cruise. Let us know if any of these are of interest to you when you register!

We are always seeking volunteers to GM games and we will announce games as they come available.

Open Gaming: For those who would prefer to do more open gaming, we will have a full Game Library! Check-out games from our Library and/or BYOG. We will help you find players, wherever they are, and there will be room in the Private Gaming Area for Open Gaming, also!

Access to our Game Library: Not only will we be bringing all of the games that will be on the Gaming Schedule, but stacks of other games – of all types – that you can enjoy. Your Gaming Pass allows you access to games from our Game Library. Once all the votes are counted, we will distribute a Game Library list (approximately a month before the cruise). Anyone interested in adding games to the Game Library is welcome to do so, or feel free to BYOG to host a game yourself.

Access to our Private Gaming Area: Don’t worry about trying to find a free table between dining hours in a corner somewhere. Your Gaming Pass gives you access to our Private Gaming Area and the number of Gaming Passes has been limited to ensure that everyone with a Gaming Pass has a seat at the (game) table.

Open Gaming space will be available in the Private Gaming Area, also.

Reserved Gaming Seats: Your Gaming Pass lets you reserve a seat at the table for your favorite games – no wondering what you will have a chance to play or wandering around to find enough gamers ready to play it. When you register, you can let us know the games you want to play to ensure your top choice is on the Gaming Schedule.

Approximately a month before the cruise, we will send an e-mail with a link to a site that will allow you to reserve a seat for the game you want to play in each session. Each person’s first choice will be reserved in advance and you will know you can play the games you want to play, when you want to play them!

Of course, you are welcome to do a combination of Scheduled Gaming, Open Gaming, or Vacationing. This is your vacation and you decide how you want to spend it.

…and more: We are always working to make this an even better vacation for our guests and will add details here once we confirm availability of more great things to do. Email and let us know what could make this an even better experience for you.

Of course, you will need to be on the cruise to enjoy all the fun, so go to the Location and Rooms tabs for more details on this vacation.

We are excited that Chess Atlanta has joined us to present even more opportunities for fun!

Chess Camp for Youth (Ages 5 – 17) – $199

Each day of the cruise, your children will learn chess skills from International Chess Master, Carlos Perdomo.


Chess Clinics for Adults (Ages 18+) – $199

An entirely separate program for adult chess players is also available from International Chess Master, Carlos Perdomo.


As an International Master, winner of three GA State Championships, and one of the top three highest rated players in Georgia continuously since 2002, Coach Carlos has over ten years of providing quality instruction to students of all ages. Under his leadership, the Emory University Chess Team defeated Duke, Yale, and Stanford in 2004. Additionally, many of his students have gone on to victory at local, regional, state, and national competitions.

Sapphire Riviera


Discover the rare gem that is Now Sapphire

Now is the time to escape and awaken to a fresh perspective in an all-inclusive, pristine paradise. Only 15 minutes beyond the Cancun airport, the gem that is Now Sapphire awaits your arrival. Our spacious, easily accessible resort is set in a tropical landscape of palm trees, soft sand and sparkling azure sea, and offers Unlimited-Luxury® to families with teens and tweens, couples and friends. Combining a AAA Four Diamond award along with luxurious amenities, Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun redefines all-inclusive and provides the perfect, worry-free escape. Reconnect and create new memories in our freshly renovated, stunning oasis.



Dining & Drinks


Explorer’s Club for Kids



I am living large.


Our Unlimited-Luxury® experience at Now Sapphire, where everything is included, is redefining all-inclusive. Spacious rooms and suites are graciously appointed and luxuriously equipped with amenities. Active and lively settings provide entertainment for guests of all ages, including kids and tweens with the supervised Explorer’s Club for Kids with Red Cross certified staff. It’s all wristband-free!


At Now Sapphire, these amenities include:

*Please note: Room service hours are temporarily updated to 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Unlimited-Luxury® for reconnecting every generation

*Three devices per room

Though the resort has plenty to keep you busy, you can work with our exclusive travel agency to select exciting adventures.

An automated system is coming, but ask your travel agent in the meantime!

Our exclusive travel agency is working with a group called Uplift to help finance vacations. Ask for more information when you connect with them.

  • Uplift offers access to low-interest rates.
  • There are no late fees and no pre-payment penalties.
  • Eligibility and loan terms are based on multiple factors including your credit profile.
  • Would you like to receive a text message or email from Uplift to check your rate and submit your pre-approval request? Data and message rates may apply.
  • Checking your rate will NOT impact your credit score.