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READY TO GIVE YOU NEXT LEVEL INFO & SERVICE: RICKY TYUS OF TYUS TOURS AND TRAVEL ATTENDS SANDALS RESORTS LUXURY INCLUDED® WORSKSHOP
READY TO GIVE YOU NEXT LEVEL INFO & SERVICE: RICKY TYUS OF TYUS TOURS AND TRAVEL ATTENDS SANDALS RESORTS LUXURY INCLUDED® WORSKSHOP
Columbus, Ohio June 27, 2018 – Certified Sandals Specialist Ricky Tyus of Tyus Tours and Travel has successfully completed ALWAYS NEXT LEVEL, the latest Sandals Resorts’ travel agent workshop and is now fully prepared to share with travelers the most exciting reasons to visit the Caribbean’s leading Luxury Included® resorts right now.
According to Tyus, the immersive workshop covered all that’s new and exciting across the Sandals Resorts International (SRI) family of brands that include adult couples-only Sandals Resorts; family-friendly Beaches Resorts; Island Routes Caribbean Adventures for fun excursions in the Caribbean and is a critical opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of these distinct brands. “From the opening of Sandals Royal Barbados, Sandals’ second luxury resort here and the launch of Aisle to Isle, a new destination wedding program to Beaches Resorts’ groundbreaking certified autism centers, travelers can be confident that my counsel is informed and expert,” said Tyus.
Tyus is a Certified Sandals Specialist (CSS), part of an elite group of travel agents recognized by the travel industry as experts in the world’s only Luxury Included® Resorts. ALWAYS NEXT LEVEL fulfills the crucial educational requirement for travel agents pursuing their Certified Sandals Specialist designation.
“We applaud Tyus on this tremendous accomplishment. CSS agents are uniquely qualified to help travelers select their best Caribbean vacation, and it is a sincere pleasure to recognize Tyus Tours and Travel for their dedication to serving their clients so well,” said Gary Sadler, Senior Vice President of Sales for North America at Unique Vacations, Inc., an affiliate of the worldwide representatives for Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resort.
To book Sandals and Beaches visit https://www.sandals.com/ or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.
5 Reasons To Take A Winter Rail Vacation
Winter is the perfect season for a rail vacation. From mountains dressed in winter white to bustling cities festively trimmed for the holiday season, a winter rail vacation offers a classic getaway . Here are five reasons you should make this the year they take a winter rail vacation.
1. Rail into breathtaking scenery
Snow-capped mountains, and frozen waterfalls are just some of the jaw-dropping scenery on a winter rail vacation to the Canadian Rockies or the Swiss Alps. Outdoor enthusiasts and city fans alike enjoy a variety of seasonal activities on these classic winter rail vacations:
2. Get a new perspective on popular vacation spots
Popular vacation destinations transform into winter wonderlands during the off-season, such as the Grand Canyon with a dusting of snow; America’s lush Pacific Northwest and Europe’s capital cities and charming villages. Experience winter in these popular destinations:
3. Redefine winter
Trade in snow for sun, sand and surf. Travel aboard legendary long-distance trains, escaping wintry scenes for sun-dappled shores and relaxing cruises to the Hawaiian Islands, Western Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America. Put a new spin on a winter vacation with these sun journeys:
4. Cozy Rail Cars and Iconic Train Routes
Trains tend to be less crowded during the winter months, which makes a rail vacation an especially good idea. Fewer travelers on the train mean more availability in onboard accommodations, less crowded lounge and observation cars, and better access to first choice dining times in the Dining car. Experience winter train travel at its fullest on these winter getaways:
5. Seat Still Available.
Join Us For 24 Hours In Kingston Jamaica
Our you traveling to Jamaica soon? If you're staying in Ocho Rios take the hour drive to Kingston Jamaica to enhance your Jamaica experience and spend 24 hours in Kingston.
Here's what you can do in 24 hours:
Discover Hidden Waterfalls, A great way to start your day is to dive in to natural beauty. Kingston's mountains are home to innumerable waterfalls, one of which-Cane River Falls-a favorite bathing place of Bob Marley. For an off-the-beaten-track experience, visit nearby Reggae Falls in Hillside, where locals and visitors love to picnic and cool off.
Where art meets history: visit the National Gallery of Jamaica which is the largest and oldest public art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean. Established in 1974 this site shows off the artistic side of Jamaica, giving people a taste of early, modern and contemporary art from Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean.
Lunch at Gloria's, situated in Port Royal, Gloria's has earned quite a reputation for its wide range of seafood dishes: fried fish, steamed fish, curried lobster and honey jerked shrimp-and even chicken.
Step Back in Time, Port Royal was once called "the richest and wickedest city in the world". Founded in the 1650's, Port Royal was once a massive town filled with traders, soldiers, buccaneers and pirates, until it was destroyed in an earthquake on June 7, 1692. But the town is still filled with memories of the past: Fort Charles, the Giddy House, Old Gaol and the Old Naval Hospital.
Dinner and Drinks, cool down at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records, a casual eatery, sports bar and lounge. This location also offers a modern audiovisual experience and a retail shop that carries exclusive merchandise from the record-breaking sprinter. If you aren't tired yet hop over to one of the many street dances that are held in the Corporate area in a nightly basis.
To book your Jamaica adventure call Tyus Tours and Travel at 866-547-5362 or click here
Dates Announced For 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays & Candlelight Processional
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE TO EXPAND ITS CUBA CRUISE OFFERINGS IN 2019-20 INCLUDING THE FIRST CUBA CRUISES FROM CHARLESTION
3,002-Passenger Carnival Sunshine to be Largest Cruise Ship Ever to Call in Havana When It Introduces Cuba Service Charleston Next Year
MIAMI (May 10, 2018) – Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its cruises to Cuba with the addition of 23 three- to five-day sailings to Havana in 2019-20 aboard five different ships departing from four convenient East Coast homeports - Carnival Sunshine from Charleston, Carnival Triumph from Fort Lauderdale, Carnival Paradise from Tampa and Carnival Victory and Carnival Sensation from Miami.
The 3,002-passenger, 102,853-ton Carnival Sunshine will be the largest cruise ship to ever call in Havana while offering the first-ever cruise to Cuba from the Port of Charleston.
These new sailings complement previously announced voyages aboard Carnival Paradise and Carnival Sensation.
With the newly added voyages, Carnival Cruise Line will offer a wide variety of Havana departures across a broad spectrum of ships and itineraries, providing consumers with unprecedented choice in visiting this fascinating and sought-after destination.
The new Cuba sailings include:
· Carnival Sunshine (Charleston): a four-day cruise with a day-long call in Havana departing Nov. 21, 2019, along with eight five-day cruises featuring Havana and Freeport departing Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and 17, March 2, 16 and 30 and April 13, and 27, 2020.
· Carnival Triumph (Fort Lauderdale): eight five-day cruises featuring an overnight call in Havana and a day-long call in Nassau departing Dec. 14, 2019, and Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and 22, March 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18, 2020; and a five-day cruise featuring an overnight call in Havana and a visit to the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay departing Jan. 20, 2020.
· Carnival Victory (Miami): a three-day voyage with a day-long call in Havana departing Nov. 22, 2019.
Carnival Sensation (Miami): a four-day cruise featuring an overnight call in Havana and an extended visit to Nassau departing March 19, 2020, along with two five-day sailings with an overnight call in Havana and visits to Freeport and Nassau departing Feb. 15 and 29, 2020.
· Carnival Paradise (Tampa): a five-day voyage departing Nov. 18, 2019, with an overnight call in Havana and a stop at Key West.
“Cuba has proven to be extremely popular with our guests and we’re delighted to provide even more opportunities to experience and explore this fascinating destination with these new voyages departing from four key East Coast homeports, including the first Cuba cruises from Charleston,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
Guests sailing on Carnival’s Cuba cruises can select from nearly 20 different shore excursion experiences that showcase the island’s vibrant culture, majestic beauty and centuries-old architectural landmarks. A variety of Cuban-themed activities and entertainment, Havana-inspired deck parties, trivia contests and salsa lessons, are also offered. There’s also an onboard Cuba expert who discusses the country’s rich history and culture.
The visits to Havana comply with regulations of the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control. Carnival’s shore excursions meet all U.S. government regulations and provide a convenient means for complying with the people-to-people requirements of cruises to Cuba.
To learn more about Carnival Cruise Line or to make a reservation, visit www.tyustours.com
5 Ways To Get The Right Travel Insurance For Your Next Cruise!
Family Cruises are improved with Third Party Travel Insurance while traveling with your family here's 5 reasons why?
Cruise Line insurance is the most convenient option at check out, but its coverage is limited. Their benefits fall short in many areas, and the cruise line plans simply can't stack up against third-party travel insurance.
Let's be honest, does it really matter what insurance you buy? Yes. It does -especially when you could have covered that cancellation or hurricane warning.
1. MORE ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Third-party insurance providers literally have one job: to provide travel insurance. That means that they are able to put a lot of thought into developing their policies. Things like cancel for work reasons or bankruptcy aren't overlooked, but actually honed in on.
Let the cruise company focus on their specialty: providing an awesome cruise experience for you and your family. Leave the travel insurance to the travel insurance experts.
2. HURRICANE COVERAGE
The best time to take a cruise just so happens to also be the worst time to take a cruise. In the summer kids are out of school, we're all in better moods, and the wanderlust is real. Summertime is also home to hurricane season.
We all know that hurricanes can ruin any perfectly planned trip. The season runs from June until November, so if you book your trip any time during this six month period, you run the risk of trip cancellation or interruption due to hurricane. Most cruise line insurance plans don't have coverage for hurricanes. This means trip cancellation, interruption, and trip delay would potentially fall on you - the traveler.
Get coverage for hurricanes during hurricane season. With certain plans, you can cover trip delay, cancellations, and interruptions due to hurricanes and hurricane warnings.
TravelSafe is one of the only companies who offer coverage specific to hurricane warnings.
3.CANCEL FOR ANY REASON
Cruise companies like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Disney do offer one of the most popular travel insurance features: cancel for any reason. Offered by cruise companies and third-party travel insurers, most plans offer between 50% - 75% of the trip cost back, but that's where the similarities end.
While some policies offer a monetary refund, cruise insurance almost always provides a cruise credit versus cash back. Cruise credits also have quite a few restrictions. For starters, most are only valid up to one year after being issued, are non-transferrable, and have no cash value. They're usually only good for a one-time use, so if you use half of those credits on one cruise, you cannot apply remaining credits to another. Any remaining credits are invalid.
Third party insurance is more forgiving. You get 75% of the trip cost in the form of a check for cancelling your trip, and you can use the refund however you want - no restrictions, no expiration dates, no hassle.
4. MEDICAL EVACUATION
You're on your cruise having a great time when suddenly, you have a heart attack. The on-ship doctor deems it medically necessary that you be transported from the ship by emergency evacuation (medevac).Medevacs can cost anywhere from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on where you are in the world. Unfortunately, the Cruise Line's coverage usually only goes up to $30,000. So if the bill goes over that, you're the one stuck paying for it.
Third-party plans cover anywhere between $30,000-$1,000,000 for emergency medical evacuations. The right coverage keeps the financial burden off of the traveler. Travelers are able to focus on recovery rather than any impending bills.
5. MISSED CONNECTIONS
In 2017, 1,029,474 flights in the US were delayed. Mechanical issues, bad weather, late departures, and more can put a kink into travel plans. If those kinks cause you to miss the boat, you will have to pay to catch up to your cruise or bear the costs of cancellation.
Unfortunately, most cruise line plans do not cover missed connections. They're leaving you high and dry if you miss the boat. Are you willing to take that chance?
With the state of flights in the US, it's a safer bet to go with a third party provider that will cover missed connections. This benefit reimburses you so you can catch up to the cruise without suffering the full cost.
It might be easiest to buy the cruise line insurance, but that doesn't mean it's the best fit for you and your family. Third-party travel insurance offers more comprehensive coverage, which means you and your family aren't stuck with unusable cruise credits or medical evacuation bills.
For an insurance quote click here or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.
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