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Carnival Cruise Line Unveils's Enhanced Military Appreciation Program In Honor of Veterans Day
Free Monthly Cruise Giveaways and Special Military Booking Incentive Begin in November
MIAMI (Nov. 2, 2017) – In honor of Veterans Day, Carnival Cruise Line is enhancing its military offerings benefiting
active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The cruise line is launching a new monthly cruise giveaway for
military families who attend one of Carnival’s military appreciation events held on board during every cruise across the
fleet. Additionally, a special booking incentive in November provides special discounts for military personnel which are
combinable with the line’s already-low Early Saver rates.
New beginning this November, Carnival’s shipboard military appreciation events will feature a chance for
military families to win a free three- to eight-day cruise from any U.S. homeport to the Bahamas, Caribbean or Mexico.
One drawing per month will be held from all entries received fleetwide, with the monthly winners to be announced on the
Facebook page of Carnival’s well-known cruise director turned brand ambassador, John Heald. The events will also
feature a moving new video tribute honoring the Armed Forces and narrated by Carnival President Christine Duffy.
A special booking promotion for active and retired military personnel running from Nov. 3-14, 2017, provides a
$50 onboard credit per cabin plus a two-category upgrade and reduced deposits from $99 per person, which can be
combined with Carnival’s highly attractive Early Saver rates. In addition, guests who qualify for the promotion can book
up to two additional staterooms with the same bonuses and pricing.
“Carnival has always been a big supporter of military families and I’m proud to say that we carry more active and
retired military personnel than any other cruise line in the world,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
“We take great pride in showing our appreciation for those who serve with this expanded program.”
For additional information and reservations, contact Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.
The New Carnival Dreamscape
The new Carnival Dreamscape features a LED sculpture similar to the display in the atrium of the Carnival Vista. But on the Dreamscape it will be even more unique.
It will feature colorful, vibrant, artwork created by patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! The children had a blast creating the 33 designs that will be displayed on a rotational basis, in addition to over 100 other designs.
Dreamscape is a beautiful technological wonder, unlike anything else at sea. It's a 24-foot funnel-shaped centerpiece, comprised of more than 2,000 flexible LED tiles. We will rotate the artwork it displays based on the time of day, port the ship is visiting, or occasion, so your will love visiting the Atrium throughout the day and evening to see what's on display.
As St. Jude Children's Hospital's Official Celebration Partner, we're proud to display these amazing creations on our newest ship, set to debut in April 2018!
Celebrating Build-A-Bear's 20th Birthday!
To celebrate the 20th birthday of Build-A-Bear, we hosted a special event onboard Carnival Magic for more than 100 kids from Brevard, FL area Boys & Girls Clubs while the ship was docked in Port Canaveral. We also made a $10,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs.
The children had a fun day making customized bears that they were able to take home with them. They were also treated to bear-themed candy and pizza, and enjoyed a tour of the ship.
Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea is a popular family-friendly activity available on all 25 Carnival ships.
For more information about this special event, and Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea, contact Ricky at Tyus Tours & Travel call 866-547-5362.
The Ohio State Marching Band To Perform In the 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
On Sept. 16, The Ohio State University Marching Band was selected to perform in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, representing the state of Ohio. This will mark the first Parade appearance by the band.
The Ohio State University Marching Band will join the parade to the call of “Let’s Have a Parade,” the iconic phrase that has signaled the start of every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1924.
Each year, the Macy’s Parade Band Committee looks for bands that have the stage presence and musical and marching abilities to captivate more than 3.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million viewers. The Ohio State University Marching Band was selected from more than 100 applicants as one of 10 bands to march in the 92nd edition of the annual holiday spectacle.
The band will join the revelry along with other iconic Macy’s staples: floats, giant character balloons, clowns and superstar performers galore on Thanksgiving Day 2018, helping to create an unforgettable experience for millions.
For years Tyus Tours & Travel has been an expert at booking the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We now have available the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 Outdoor VIP Viewing Area.
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Travel Companies React Strongly Against U.S. Travel Warning for Cuba
By James Shillinglaw, Oct 05, 2017
On Sept. 29, 2017, the U.S. State Department issued a Cuba Travel Warning as a result of some unidentified attacks against numerous U.S. Embassy employees. The alleged incidents appear to be isolated to specific residences and rooms occupied by individual employees of the U.S. Embassy. Both governments are working to uncover the mystery of these incidents and the U.S. Embassy in Havana remains open to serve U.S. citizens. But the U.S. also expelled 15 Cuban diplomats.
Now Cuba Travel Services (CTS) is responding that it does not see any reason to believe these alleged incidents pose any danger whatsoever to those traveling to Cuba. In a briefing just last month, the State Department spokeswomen said the incidents were not ongoing.
CTS said none of the 600,000 U.S. citizens or residents who visited Cuba last year, nor the nearly 500,000 who visited this year have been effected by the alleged incident. "Cuba remains one of the safest destinations in the world for American travelers," said Michael Zuccato general manager of CTS. "Safearound.com independently assesses the risk of travel for over 100 cities around the world and has determined Cuba is generally a safe country with almost no violent crimes, organized gang culture, teenage delinquency, drugs or dangerous zones.”
Many in the travel industry carefully assess and track State Department travel warnings because customers' safety the first priority. The Cuba travel warning includes the entire country and is in direct contrast to other travel warnings and alerts, which normally address a specific region or city section.
Some have dismissed the warning claiming they are motivated by Florida politics which have long influenced U.S.-Cuba relations. American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines and JetBlue are all planning to operate as normal. In addition to the long list of airlines, cruise lines and tour operators continue to arrange travel to Cuba without interruption.
“Cuba Travel Services regularly conducts thorough and comprehensive inspections of its select hotels and excursions in efforts to ensure a safe, secure and rewarding experience for our travelers," said Zuccato. "Just last week an additional inspection was completed in Havana (post Hurricane Irma) and the services were certified safe for travelers."
Michael Goren, president and CEO of Group IST, which introduced small ship cruising people-to-people programs in Cuba in 2013, and now operates Cuba programs under the BeyondCruises by Group IST brand, said Cuba is still one of the safest destinations for American visitors, as well as for all travelers. “There is no hostility toward American visitors by the Cuban people,” he said. “In fact, the opposite is true. The Cuban people are extremely welcoming to the American travelers.”
Goren asserts that cruising is the safest way for American visitors to travel to Cuba. “They are in a protected and safe environment on board a ship,” he said. “We also have our own team on the ground who know exactly what is happening at all times and each exchange with Cubans and people-to-people activity is fully escorted.”
Goren said there is no reason at all for Americans to stop traveling to Cuba and Group IST small ship people-to-people cruising with BeyondCruises offers a very safe and secure travel environment.
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.
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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