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Hidden Gems in New York City
All 5 New York City boroughs feature little-known surprises for tourists
Sure, there’s the Statue of Liberty. And the Empire State Building. And Central Park, and Rockefeller Center, and Broadway. However, there are little-known hidden gems in the Big Apple.
Here are some of the secret gems in Manhattan:
—PhotoTrek’s two and three-hour private tours, where guests are accompanied by a tour guide/professional photographer who not only guides them through several of the City’s highlights and landmarks, but also takes 75 or more photos of them as they enjoy the tour.
The New York Public Library’s main branch at 42nd St. and 5th Ave. The building is over 100 years old and houses free exhibits and programs as well as being a conventional library. It’s adjacent to Bryant Park for a visit any time of the year. Of note is the unique public bathroom—yes, that’s right, public bathroom—perhaps the most luxurious facility of its kind in the world.
—Kayaking in Manhattan—free! The Downtown Boathouse at Pier 26 provides free kayaks, including vests and even sunblock.
—Arlene’s Grocery in Downtown Manhattan that has a karaoke bar backed up by a live band.
Manhattan, of course, is one of 5 boroughs that comprise New York City. Many of the City’s outer boroughs have their own “must-sees” as well:
Staten Island is more than just a ferry terminus.
One of New York City’s most beautifully landscaped gardens is the Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Combine that with a visit to the Alice Austen House to view the works of the prolific photographer who documented life in New York City from the late 19th through the early 20thcenturies.
Queens is famous for, among other things:
The USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center, home to the US Open, and Citi Field where the Mets play baseball. But few visitors to the City know about the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, America’s only museum dedicated to moving images—cinema, TV, games and even GIFs.
The Museum currently is featuring The Jim Henson Exhibition. And when in Queens, visit the City’s “Chinatown” restaurant area in Flushing, one of the largest such areas in the world outside of Asia.
The Bronx has Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo...
...But few outside of native New Yorkers know that the real Little Italy is in the Bronx neighborhood of Belmont, anchored by Arthur Avenue. Stop into any restaurant for the finest zuppa de pesce this side of the Atlantic.
It’s no secret that Brooklyn would be a stand-alone destination...
NBA basketball and NHL hockey at the Barclay Center. Hot dogs and roller coasters at world famous Coney Island. Arguably the best pizza in America.
However, there’s a cemetery in the middle of the borough that’s now a National Historic Landmark. Green-Wood Cemetery at one time was second to only Niagara Falls as the nation’s most visited tourist attraction. It’s sheer beauty, along with a virtual who’s who of celebrities and historic figures who now are permanent residents of Green-Wood, make this one of our hidden secret gems in the City’s most populous borough.
Whether your a first-time visitors or Big Apple veterans, Tyus Tours & Travel can take care of everything you’ll want to do, from the “must-see” attractions to the hidden gems. One phone call (866-547-5362) or a visit to tyustours.com/nycvp is all you need.
Have you visited New York City recently? We’d love to hear your favorite spots too. Email us at email@example.com.
Statement from Sharon Flax-Brutus, Director of Tourism for the British Virgin Islands:
The destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in the British Virgin Islands has been devastating.
With cell phone towers down and power outages, it has been difficult to receive communication
from within the territory, and to fully assess the damage. The destination has lost entire
structures and many homes are without roofs, or have been diminished to merely foundations.
Sadly, there may have been fatalities in the territory, but there are none confirmed at this time as
we are still in the assessment process, which has been a challenge due to lack of communication.
The Government has begun to coordinate humanitarian relief efforts and an initial clean-up
operation. We received word that the UK government is sending Royal Navy flagship HMS
Ocean to offer relief and support, hopefully arriving Friday, September 8th.
Hurricane Jose, a Category 3 hurricane, is slated to reach the destination this weekend, so we are
doing our best to make sure people in the BVI are making safety a priority.
Please keep your thoughts and prayers with the people of the BVI, and send donations to the BVI
Recovery Fund, set up on behalf of the government, in partnership with Pledgeling.
We want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support for the BVI community. The people of
the British Virgin Islands are resilient and we are confident we will be able to rebuild.
Text “BVI” to 707070 to donate to the BVI Recovery Fund
Or visit http://pledgeling.us/bvi
September is Passport Awareness Month
September is Passport Awareness Month, and we want you to know about the upcoming changes to domestic air travel as part of the Real ID Act!
How a Passport Can Help You Fly in the U.S.
Effective January 22, 2018, air travelers with identification (ID) that does not meet the REAL ID Act requirements or whose state does not have an extension must present an alternate form of ID in order to board a domestic flight.
The U.S. passport book and U.S. passport card are both Real ID compliant and can be used for domestic air travel.
The passport card cannot be used for international air travel, but here is why it is a great ID to have in your wallet:
>It is Real ID compliant
>Can be used for entering the United States at land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
>It only costs $30 for adults if you already have a passport book, and only $55 for first time adult applicants.
>Same validity as the passport book: If you’re over 16, your passport card is valid for 10 years. If you’re under 16, your passport card is valid for 5 years.
How do I get a passport card?
Not sure if your state’s driver’s license and ID are Real ID compliant? Check your state’s status here. For a complete list of acceptable forms of identification to fly domestically visit TSA.
You should also check with your state’s licensing agency about how to get a REAL ID compliant identification card, like an enhanced driver’s license, if they offer one.
Use our How to Apply Wizard to get started.
Introducting The Next Wave of Vacation Travel
Princess Cruises slogan is “Come back Relax” which is the perfect statement to introduce The Next Wave of Vacation Travel
Welcome to Ocean Medallion
Let Princess Cruises make your cruise vacation even better. You don’t need to introduce yourself to your Ocean Medallion Class ship; it knows you already. Your crew? They answer your requests before you even ask them. Princess Cruises is giving you more than elevated personalized service; there’re creating personal moments.
The complimentary Ocean Medallion is your portal to amazing vacation possibilities. It’s the size of a quarter and can be worn in a variety of ways: as a wristband, pendant, clip or even in your pocket. Consider the Ocean Medallion your key to opening doors: to your stateroom, your ship and experiences you won’t find anywhere else.
Upload your documentation and set your preferences ahead of time so you can swiftly walk on board and communicate everything your ship needs to know about you.
What You Want when You Want It With Here & Now™, if you forgot sunscreen and your kids left their goggles at home, have them and a drink for you delivered to you poolside.
Locate friends and family around the cruise ship, Streamlines and expedites the port embarkation and embarkation prices,.Allows you to access your stateroom as you approach the door (no keycard required). Enables you to purchase merchandise without any transaction, cards or paper, Delivers enhanced dining experiences based on food and beverage preferences.
Powers an array of interactive gaming and immersive entertainment experiences, and Significantly enhance interactions with crew members and guest
The Best Sleep at Sea
The first step to rejuvenation begins with a good night's rest. And all cabins on Ocean Medallion Class Ships™ feature Princess Luxury Beds, which offer the utmost in comfort – pillow top mattress and luxurious linens – the perfect blend of science and the beauty of sleep. Staterooms are optimize for a sleep-friendly sensory experience.
Plan on taking an Princess Cruise-Ocean Medallion Class ship and be prepared to come back relaxed. To book call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.
How To Make America Great Again
Why can't cruise ships carry travelers between U.S. ports, such as San Diego and Seattle or New York and Miami.
These days, anyone can hop on a cruise from Miami to Cuba. But if you try to board a ship from Miami to Key West, New York or Charleston, Grover Cleveland will stop you.
In 1886, President Cleveland tried to protect American jobs by signing the Passenger Vessel Services Act, which permits only U.S.-flagged vessels to carry travelers between U.S. ports, such as San Diego and Seattle or New York and Miami. How does a ship get a U.S. flag? To qualify, the ship must be made at a U.S. shipbuilding facility, owned by an American company and staffed by an American crew.
What Cleveland and his Congress obviously did not foresee was that, by the late 20th century, nearly every cruise ship sailing in U.S. waters would be built abroad — from Princess’ Love Boats to Crystal’s luxury liners to Disney’s magical floating kingdoms.
Would you like to cruise the Hawaiian Islands? You have two options.
You can find a ship willing to make a detour to a foreign port. Say, Ensenada, Mexico (2,600 miles from Honolulu), Vancouver, Canada (2,800 miles away), or Fanning Island (a remote 13-mile atoll belonging to the Republic of Kiribati that Gen. Douglas MacArthur probably couldn’t find).
The PVSA doesn’t just crimp your travel plans. Contrary to Cleveland’s intentions, it costs U.S. jobs.
Or you can buy a ticket on the only passenger vessel in the entire world that has permission to sail between U.S. ports. It’s called thePride of America, although the story behind that ship does not inspire much patriotic feeling.
In 2001, powerful Southern senators arranged for U.S. taxpayers to subsidize a shipyard in Mississippi so it could build a cruise vessel. It tried, and it failed. Within a year, a bungled, half-completed hull was declared “unfloatable” and was towed across the Atlantic to be completed in Germany for Norwegian Cruise Lines. But to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government, the ship is still billed as “Made in America” and is free from the knotted mooring of the Passenger Vessel Services Act.
With that one exception, for the last 50 years, American shipbuilders have not riveted together a single cruise ship that fulfills the requirements set forth in 1886.
The PVSA conjures true absurdities. When a collision on the Mississippi led the U.S. Coast Guard to close access to the river in February 2004, two Carnival cruise ships that had left from New Orleans were forced to divert to Gulfport, Miss., and Mobile, Ala. The ships had nothing to do with the crash. Nonetheless, U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities fined the company $2.8 million for daring to show up at the docks in Gulfport and Mobile and thereby violating the PVSA. Although the fines were later overturned, Carnival would have saved itself a lot of trouble by seeking asylum in Havana.
Often, to avoid falling afoul of the PVSA or being forced to travel in the wrong direction to satisfy it, cruise ships simply skip U.S. ports altogether. Most cruises to Alaska depart from Vancouver, skipping Seattle. Many cruises to Hawaii depart from Ensenada, rather than San Diego.
So the PVSA doesn’t just crimp your travel plans. Contrary to Cleveland’s intentions, it costs U.S. jobs.
This is how to make America great again:
Without the PVSA, dozens more cruises would depart daily from U.S. cities such as New York and Seattle, and the hundreds of millions of dollars generated from those voyages would stay within the U.S. economy, providing thousands of portside jobs — for longshoremen loading cargo, bellhops, tour guides, taxi drivers and local farmers supplying fruits and vegetables for those all-you-can-eat buffets. And of course, each stop would generate revenue for U.S. cities in port fees as well as local and state taxes.
Who does the PVSA protect? Not Americans. Instead, Canada and Mexico should send thanks to that Congress of 1886, “attn. Grover Cleveland.” The cruise docks of San Diego sit vacant 90% of the year. Meanwhile, 80 miles south, Ensenada receives more than three times as many passengers as San Diego, and many more than New York, New Orleans and Boston. Vancouver hosts three times as many sailings as Seattle. Since cruising generates an estimated $3.2 billion for Canada’s ports, it’s no surprise that the Canadian government lobbies to preserve the PVSA.
We now have a president who says he wants to put America first. One easy way for President Trump to make good on that pledge is to repeal the Passenger Vessel Services Act, which helps no passengers, provides no valuable services and acts to kill job opportunities — from sea to shining sea.
How To Prepare For Europe's Air Disruptions
Flights provide the power to experience new destinations and cultures in-person, across the world. Soaring through high skies over green terrain and blue seas, air travel is surprisingly not everyone's favorite part of travel. However, it's essential to know the impact air travel can have on your vacation. Be ahead of any problems that may arise and have a plan before you depart.
Air Issues 101
With the increase in security measures across international airports, travelers are experiencing hefty wait times going through immigration and customs. Be advise of this before you depart so you're aware ahead of time. While transfer services monitor flight delays, they don't keep into account flight changes, cancellations or wait times that exceed one hour for customs. To avoid missing a transfer, contact the transfer service on their voucher once they land or if their flight has been changed or cancelled.
Make sure the airlines have your contact information. The airlines will typically notified several hours prior to labor strikes. They will work quickly and efficiently reviewing all affected tickets, adjusting itineraries, and securing new flights with the least disruption possible. They will contact you and advise of the situation and new flight information when possible. If they don’t have contact details they will notify your travel agent so that they can advise you appropriately.
Airlines modify their schedules constantly. If a flight is changed by at least 60 minutes and disturbs a connecting flight, you will be advise of the schedule change and offer alternate schedules that are closest available to the original schedule. Please note, all schedule changes must be confirmed in email format. So make sure your contact information is available.
If you miss a flight at your own expense (ie. late to the airport, don’t show up, etc.) the airlines will automatically have the remainder of your flights cancelled under the same PNR. Since you did not arrive on time, you’re considered a “no-show” and the airline assumes you will be missing the remainder of your flights. So arrive at the airport 3 hours early for international flight.
Flight Delay or Cancellation
When flights are delayed or cancelled, we are all at the mercy of the airline. We advise you to discuss your options with the airline representative and to be friendly and calm; the airline representative is in full control of rebooking their flight.
If additional services are booked:
Delayed: Transfer services monitor flight delays and are prepared to pick-up at the new estimated arrival time. In the worst case scenario, and you have an overnight delay, call your travel agent so they can advise the hotel and transfer services.
Cancelled: If the flight is cancelled, transfer services need to be contacted timely, to advise of the new flight details. This can be done directly by you or by calling our emergency line. All contact information is included within the travel documents.
We strongly suggest Travel Insurance. You can call their business line so they can advise the hotel and transfer services.
Tyus Tours and Travel uses Europe Express who offers both private and published rates for most major international carriers in all classes of service, including economy, premium economy, business class, and first class. In addition to arranging transatlantic airfare, we can also ticket a large number of inter-European flights. Many of these flights cannot be searched online, if you require a domestic European segment, please contact Tyus Tours & travel to inquire about pricing and availability. Please note; many international flights require the inclusion of land components and requirements vary by carrier.
Frequent flyer mileage, seat assignments and baggage fees and sizes vary by carrier and can change suddenly so it is always important to check these requirements prior to travel. To read more about baggage fees, airport taxes and other airport-related topics, please click here.
To book your Europe Vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.
Preparing for Autumn in Europe
In the midst of peak season, the travel world isn't slowing down anytime soon. Less visited destinations like Switzerland and Portugal continue to grow in popularity and compared to last year, Iceland grew an astonishing 54%.
So, what does this mean? Keep traveling! We'll go over why autumn is the perfect time to travel and what's new with us, including the addition of a few new hotels.
3 Reasons to Travel to Europe in the Fall
With over six million visitors each year to the Louvre in Paris, the Mona Lisa in July can be packed. However, in the autumn, students are returning to school, families are preparing for the holidays, and many are back at the work place. While there will still be plenty of people in Autumn, you will find shorter lines and fewer crowds.
Nearly five million Americans take European vacations in May through August, so it can be difficult to find an inexpensive flight. During shoulder season, more options are typically available and for less. Our advise is you'll get more bang for your buck if you travel during fall, compared to summer.
Unlike hotels in the US, European hotels may not always have an air conditioner waiting for you in the midst of summer. In fact, the E.U. forces some regulations on companies to avoid air-conditioning for energy-efficiency purposes. If you are concerned about excessive heat, consider their departure in September or October when temperatures are cooler.
Introducing our New Fall Hotel Collection
The Regent Berlin, Berlin
The Regent is a five-star establishment that serves the luxury traveler. Whether it be tasty cocktails at the stylish Regent Bar or enjoying a rejuvenating massage at its spa, the Regent has it all, including gourmet dishes at its in-house restaurant, Fischers Fritz.
Regent Berlin is an eight-story, luxury, boutique hotel located in the historic Mitte district, only a few minutes walk to Brandenburg Gate. The hotel features a state-of-the-art gym, separate lady's and men's saunas, spa treatments including massage, an award-winning restaurant, a bar, afternoon tea, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel and luxurious accommodations.
The Ashling Hotel, Dublin
Only five minutes from the city center, this four-star modern property overlooks River Liffey with fantastic views over Dublin's skyline. A restaurant, bar, free-wifi and meeting rooms are all available.
Ashling is an eight-story hotel located opposite Heuston Train Station. It is situated on the Luas Red Line, making it just five minutes by tram to the city center (or a 20-minute walk). The hotel overlooks the River Liffey and features contemporary accommodations, a restaurant, a lounge bar, meeting rooms and a multi-story car park.
Ambasciatori Hotel, Florence
Located in the heart of Florence, this modern four-star hotel embodies the city's elegance. All rooms are non-smoking and soundproof, so you will get the sleep you need during their travels with breathtaking views across Florence.
Ambasciatori is a five-story hotel located in the historic center, close to the train station and the basilica. The hotel features a lounge bar, a restaurant and comfortable accommodations.