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  • Special Needs Group Transatlantic Sailing Special

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    Special Needs Group Transatlantic Sailing Special

     

    Discounted rates for Special Needs equipment rented on Transatlantic sailings

     

    One free piece of mobility equipment (at equal or lesser value depending on equipment ordered)

     

    Waiving of the one-way fee 

     

     

     


     


     

     

    These are some of the applicable Transatlantic sailings coming up soon:

     

    Regal Princess sailing from Fort Lauderdale on April 17th!

     

    Norwegian Star sailing from Tampa on April 17th!

     

    Celebrity Eclipse sailing from Houston on April 17th!

     

    Zuiderdam sailing from Fort Lauderdale on April 18th!

     

    Norwegian Jade sailing from Miami on April 19th!

     

     

     

    For more details on the Transatlantic Special,

    please call Tyus Tours & Travel  at

     

    1-866-547-5362

    Your SNG Certified Acessible Travel Advocate

     

     

     

     

     

     

    *Applicable to all Transatlantic Sailings originating in North America sailing to Europe by May 29th, 2016. 

     

  • 10 Reasons Why Carnival Triumph Is The Cruise For You!

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    10 Reasons Why Carnival Triumph Is The Cruise For You!

    By Chris Gray Faust, Senior Editor

    Carnival Triumph will float your boat if...

    1. You have limited vacation time.
    Based in Galveston for 2015 and New Orleans for 2016, Carnival Triumph specializes in four- and five-night cruises to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. That's just enough time to have some fun without blowing your entire vacation budget.

    2. You have a big family.
    With a similar number of inside, oceanview and balcony cabins, Carnival Triumph has a room for every budget, which makes it perfect for planning a family reunion or milestone birthday celebration. Another bonus: Even the inside cabins are larger than those on other cruise lines, coming in at an impressive 185 square feet.

    3. You love tropical drinks.
    Sure, all cruise lines have daiquiris and margaritas. But Carnival has raised the bar with colorful concoctions such as Kiss on the Lips (peach schnapps, mango and grenadine), the Emerald Mine (blue Curacao, vodka, coconut cream, pineapple juice and orange juice) and the decadent Mocha Chocolate Getaway (Irish cream, dark rum, butterscotch schnapps, Kahlua and ice cream). Best of all, most drinks are under $10 (and thus eligible for the Cheers all-inclusive drinks package). For those who prefer their concoctions shaken, not frozen, the Alchemy Bar serves up some tasty doozies, such as the Cucumber Sunrise, a vodka drink with watermelon liqueur.
    A tropical drink on a Carnival cruise.

    4. You like to boogie.
    There's music all hours of the day on Carnival Triumph, from the boisterous party tunes at the pool to karaoke competitions in the Oxford Lounge and Motown trivia nights in the Capitol Lounge. And don't forget the Hollywood Nightclub, which rotates between theme sets (country, Michael Jackson, '70s/'80s) and current dance faves.

    5. You want to go to Mexico.
    Through 2016, Carnival Triumph will be taking most of its trips to Cozumel and Progreso, both on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. Long known for its beach-y fun, Cozumel has dozens of shore excursions available, from snorkeling to dolphin encounters and popular salsa classes. Located near Merida, Progreso gives you access to major Mayan ruins as well as refreshing cenotes (underground rivers). And of course, both offer plenty of opportunities to buy tequila.

    6. Your kids love Dr. Seuss.
    Carnival Triumph was one of the line's first ships to get Seuss at Sea -- and the program has been a clear hit with the younger set. Don't miss the Seuss-A-Palooza parade, where the Cat in the Hat leads chanting children through the ship. If your kids have ever begged you for green eggs and ham, they can try it at the Seuss character breakfast (for an extra charge).

    7. You love burgers and tacos.
    While the meals in Carnival's main dining room rate high on the tasty meter, you'll be tempted by Triumph's double threat on the pool deck: Guy's Burger Joint and the BlueIguana Cantina. Whether you go for a burrito or a burger, you can fix it up to your liking; each venue has a toppings bar. Best of all, BlueIguana is open for breakfast so you can start your day with arepas and huevos rancheros. Now that's an eye-opener!

    8. You like friendly waiters.
    Carnival waiters go out of their way to know your name by the first night -- and remember it for the rest of your cruise. Not only that, but many of them can sing and dance, as evidenced by the nightly floor shows. Go ahead, wave your napkin!

    9. You're a fan of comedy clubs.
    The Punchliner Comedy Club, a partnership with George Lopez, is one of the most popular spots on Carnival Triumph, so go early if you want a seat. At least two comedians are onboard every cruise, performing several shows on sea nights. The later shows are adults-only; don't go if you're easily offended.

    10. You like old-school song and dance.
    Although many Carnival ships have switched over to the glitzy LED screens for nightly entertainment, Triumph still has its own full band, dancers and singers.

    Carnival Triumph might not be for you if ...
    You like peace and quiet.

    Something is happening all the time on Triumph, and there aren't a lot of spaces onboard that aren't filled with people having fun. In the summer, up to 1,200 children are onboard, with many of them congregating at the pool. Even your cabin could be noisy, depending on your neighbors.

    You want things "fancy."
    Carnival Triumph is as unpretentious as they come, with classic food choices in the dining room and a laid-back attitude throughout the ship. Fellow passengers are likely to hoot and holler at the hairy chest contest or sing along exuberantly to "Sweet Caroline" in the piano bar. If you must have an upscale suite and expect impeccable dress on formal night, you might be better off on another cruise line.

    Tyus Tours & Travel has an Olde School Cruise sailing from New Orleans aboard the Carnival Triumph, November 12, 2016. For a 5 day Western Caribbean Cruise. Cabins are still available. For more information visit www.tyustours.com/9627463_21812.htm or call 866-547-5362.

     

     

  • NEW YORK, HERE WE ARE!

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    RIU Hotels & Resorts has finally arrived in the heart of Manhattan. Our new urban hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square, ideal for both leisure and business trips, offers you everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable getaway thanks to its incredible location in Times Square, the very center of this great city.

    The cutting-edge facilities of the Riu Plaza New York Times Square Hotel were designed to offer you the quality of service the RIU brand is known for and thus, ensure that you fully enjoy your stay with us. In addition, the wide range of activitiesthis unbeatable location has to offer will make your trip one for the ages. Discover some of the most emblematic attractions like Central Park, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building which are just minutes from the hotel.

    Stay at the Riu Plaza New York Times Square Hotel and enjoy a getaway in the city that never sleeps.

    Have a once-in-a lifetime adventure with us! Call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 today to book you RIU adventure today!
     

  • TYUS TOURS & TRAVEL WELCOMES EUROPE EXPRESS

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    Tyus Tours and Travel has teamed up with Europe Express to offer you the most exciting, high-quality, affordable vacations to Europe.

    About Europe Express:

    Established in 1990, Europe Express creates customized itineraries at competitive prices for all of your needs including air, hotel/villa, rail and car rental, sightseeing and pre/post cruise packages. With over two decades of experience, buying offices in Europe you are assured to have an outstanding experience every time you book with Tyus Tours & Travel for your Europe vacation.

    For your individual travel, we offer:

    • One-stop shop for air, hotels, transfers, sightseeing, rail, car rental, villas, pre/post cruise and much more
    • Extensive product in Europe's 22 most visited countries
    • In-destination customer support

    Europe Express has also managed over 6,000 custom group trips. Europe Express specializes in multi-city and multi-country trips and will help build an itinerary to fit any budget.

    For your groups, we offer:

    • Tailor-made itineraries
    • Hotel accommodations
    • Airfare and rail ticketing
    • Fast-track sightseeing entrances
    • Cooking classes and demonstrations
    • Seasonal activities and events
    • Excursions
    • All age tours
    • Motor coach transportation and guided sightseeing
    • Travel insurance
    • In country customer service

    Our goal is to work as your 'value interpreter'. Using our expertise, we will find amazing experiences that exceed your every desire, but not your budget. With our services, you will be confident that your vacation will be perfectly planned, hassle-free, and filled with moments you'll never forget.

    To book your Europe vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • PRIDE OF AMERICA RECEIVES BOW TO STERN ENHANCEMENTS?

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    PRIDE OF AMERICA RECEIVES BOW TO STERN ENHANCEMENTS
    World's only US-flagged cruise ship returns to her homeport of Honolulu completely renovated with enhancements in nearly all public areas and staterooms
     
    HONOLULU, HI - March 29, 2016 - Norwegian Cruise Line's US-flagged Pride of America returned to her homeport of Honolulu this Saturday, March 26, as a nearly new ship following a three and half week dry dock where she received ship-wide enhancements, including newly designed public spaces, brand new venues and refreshed décor in all staterooms. Pride of America's extensive renovation is a part of The Norwegian Edge™ program, a $400 million investment that sets a new standard of excellence for the Norwegian brand encompassing the entire guest experience.
                "When guests step aboard the all new Pride of America they will be amazed by the breadth of this renovation," said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief operating officer. "This is much more than just a fresh coat of paint and new drapes. Pride of America is now essentially a new ship, and the only one to offer this incredibly unique way to experience the Hawaiian Islands with 100 hours of time in port."
    Many of Pride of America's public spaces, along with several of the ships' restaurants as well as bars and lounges, were refreshed from top to bottom to receive a modern updated look with new contemporary décor and furniture as well as new lighting and flooring. Every stateroom aboard Pride of America was touched by this renovation, receiving new bedding, new furniture, new flat screen televisions and updated flooring.
    Pride of America guests will now be able to enjoy not only refreshed spaces but also new modern venues including the Soho Art Gallery, an expansive venue that features original works of art available for purchase; the new Perspectives Photo Studio, an area for couples, families and friends to have professional photo memories of their vacation; and Dolce Gelato, Norwegian's signature gelateria. Those looking to tie-the-knot while in any of the ship's enchanting ports-of-call can do so in the ship's wedding chapel, now in a new location on deck six with new flooring, furniture and wall fixtures.
    The ship's pool deck underwent a complete refurbishment to create an upscale feel onboard with a refinished pool, new loungers and Jacuzzis.
    Guests looking to enjoy some quiet time can now do so in the completely transformed Conservatory; complete with new furniture, flooring and modern décor; and the library and card rooms, which were outfitted with new flooring, furniture and six computer stations for Internet access, for those who prefer to leave their personal devices at home. Relaxation will take center stage at The Mandara Spa, which is being expanded and revitalized to feature more treatment rooms so guests can enjoy massages, facials and more. The spa will feature New Mexican décor including soft, neutral colors and natural elements like stone and wood to provide a tranquil atmosphere. 
    Dining enhancements for Pride of America include extensive renovations to all of the existing complimentary dining venues, most notably the ship's Skyline Main Dining Room, which received a refreshed look with new décor including a new entrance, new carpet design, new furniture upholstery, new window drapes and new columns throughout the restaurant. La Cucina, Norwegian's signature Italian restaurant, aboard Pride of America has been transformed into an elegant and intimate venue where guests can enjoy fine Italian fare. The ship's specialty restaurants East Meets West, Cagney's Steakhouse and Jefferson's Bistro also received enhancements to upgrade the venues to a modern look with new flooring, reupholstered furniture, new artwork, lighting fixtures, new window treatments and more.
    Beyond hardware upgrades, guests sailing aboard Pride of America can now enjoy new menus in all dining outlets offering more freedom and flexibility to guests with additional choices and à la carte priced items in complimentary dining rooms and specialty restaurants. Building on the success of the enhanced menus aboard Norwegian's newest ship Norwegian Escape, Pride of America's new menus now feature increased variety and have been carefully developed by Norwegian's culinary team with a focus on balancing popular traditional dishes like prime rib, chateaubriand, rack of lamb and escargot with current dining trends and heightened guest expectations.
    Pride of America is the only ship that sails year-round from Honolulu on seven-day intra-Hawaii cruises. This one-of-a-kind itinerary offers nearly 100 hours of port time and visits Hawaii's main islands, including an overnight in Kahului, Maui; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kaua`i; stops in Hilo, Hawaii and Kona, Hawaii; as well as an afternoon cruise by the spectacular Nãpali Coast. To book an inter-island Hawaii cruise aboard Pride of America, call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit www. tyustours.com/11516773_21812.htm for the latest Pride of America promotion.
     
     

     

  • CUBA OPENS UP!

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    Today we live in a world where we can see President Barack Obama visit to Cuba unfold. As has been well reported, Obama is the first president to drop by Cuba in 88 years, ending a drought that was started the second Calvin Coolidge left for American shores.

    Social media has erupted as President Barack Obama travels throughout Cuba. It’s a visit that represents an evolution in the relationship between our two countries, which invariably means that millions of Americans will be introduced to Cuba firsthand as the borders between the nations continue to open.

    Did you know that Cuba has little or no Internet access. During an exclusive ABC News interview, Obama offered an optimistic outlook that would alter the Cuban landscape. Most notably is from the realm of Internet infrastructure and the rather vague promise that Google would lend its hand in setting up a network for the island country.

    Another first, Starwood Becomes First US Hospitality Company to Enter Cuba. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced historic expansion into Cuba, with the company signing a trio of hotel deals in the Caribbean island nation.

    Havana's Hotel Inglaterra is poised to join Starwood's Luxury Collection and the five-star Hotel Quinta Avenida will transition to a Four Points by Sheraton property. Following renovations the two hotels are expected to reopen under their respective new brands later this year.

    Lastly, Starwood said it has inked a Letter of Intent to convert Havana's Hotel Santa Isabel into a Luxury Collection member.

    Nonetheless the signings mean that Starwood is the first U.S. based hospitality company to enter the Cuban market in nearly six decades.

    On the heels of Starwood's announcement, Marriott International also confirmed that it has received permission from the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control to pursue a business transaction in Cuba.

    Though Americans are no longer forced to travel in groups, the U.S. State Department still requires a full schedule of people-to-people activities. People traveling on their own will have to arrange those meetings on their own. Although restrictions have been eased, free and unscheduled tourism is still not allowed and they must comply with all the regulations and keep their travel records for five years.

    And, although financial constraints have lessened, there is still no U.S. credit card usage in Cuba and hotel space is very scarce.

    Change is coming slowly to Cuba, and people should not expect things to change just because our government eases restrictions. Cuban infrastructure moves and improves even slower.”

  • NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE REVEALS HARVEST CAYE EXPERIENCES

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    MIAMI - March 16, 2016 - Norwegian Cruise Line revealed today details on its new highly-anticipated premier Western Caribbean destination experience, Harvest Caye, Belize. Norwegian Cruise Line is developing Harvest Caye to feature an authentic Belizean environment that provides easy access to beautiful Southern Belize, coupled with luxurious amenities; a variety of eco-activities; the country's only cruise ship pier for guest convenience and comfort; the opportunity for guests to easily depart to mainland Belize for the adventure excursion or cultural immersion of their choice; and much more. 


    This spectacular resort-style port of call, set to welcome guests in November 2016, will be the only port in Belize that features a cruise ship pier.  Rather than having to spend time tendering to shore, guests will be able to walk off the ship and immediately step into paradise.  Harvest Caye will offer guests the beauty and nature of Belize along with all that guests could desire from a tropical destination experience, and also serve as a gateway to the many eco and cultural adventures that lie in mainland Belize. Harvest Caye offers a large marina, where guests can depart for a wide variety of shore excursions to explore this rich destination, including spectacular Mayan ruins, river rafting, nature tours and more. 


    "Belize is one of the most ecologically and culturally rich gems in the Caribbean, and Harvest Caye will be the perfect destination for guests to experience all that the country has to offer in authentic, unique ways," said Andy Stuart, president and chief operating officer for Norwegian Cruise Line. "There is so much to do on the island from the spectacular seven acre beach and watersports to interactive wildlife programs. Beyond Harvest Caye, we will strongly encourage our guests to explore Belize through the spectacular eco-adventure and cultural tours this incredible destination has to offer visitors."


    Harvest Caye's seven acre pristine beach will be the heart of the destination, with white sand and crystal clear waters as the star. Guests who wish to enjoy the day in privacy can opt to rent one of the island's 11 luxurious beach villas. These indulgent enclosed villas can accommodate up to 10 guests and are the ultimate beach escape, equipped with every comfort including air conditioning, dedicated lounge and dining areas, a private restroom, indoor and outdoor showers, hammocks, and exclusive dining and beverage options with dedicated concierge service so guests never have to leave the beach.


    For those that prefer a resort-style experience, Harvest Caye will offer a tranquil, lushly landscaped pool area as the perfect retreat.  The sprawling 15,000 square foot pool features a swim-up bar with stools and lounge tables right in the water, surrounded by elegant lounge chairs and umbrellas, along with 15 canopy pool cabanas. The plush pool cabanas, available for rent, feature upscale lounge furniture, privacy drapes and beverage service. A footbridge spans the center of the pool, with a soothing waterfall feature below. 


                Adventure will be in no short supply for guests who opt to spend their day on Harvest Caye, with the island featuring a 130 foot tall Flighthouse as the central area for a variety of aerial activities including zip lining, suspension bridges, free fall jumps, a tandem "superman" style zip line and stunning views of the verdant hills of the mainland. Harvest Caye's zip line course will have more than 3,000 feet of zip line, allowing guests to soar through the air with a bird's eye view of the island and the sea, with stops at three different platforms. To top off the adventure, the Flighthouse will include a challenging but fun ropes course located on a platform in the saltwater lagoon. For a lower adrenaline adventure, guests can also enjoy watersports such as kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing in Harvest Caye's shallow lagoon area.


                In true Norwegian fashion, Harvest Caye will feature a myriad of dining and bar options, available à la carte. Guests will enjoy five dining and bar outlets that feature a variety of cuisines, including a two-story indoor/outdoor Landshark Bar & Grill. An expansion of Norwegian's partnership with Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, the Landshark Bar & Grill is sure to be an island favorite, with a scenic upper deck and a swim-up pool bar for the ultimate way to enjoy a "boat drink". Those who want to indulge in authentic Belizean cuisine will be able to enjoy casual street style dining in the shopping village. Additional dining options will include the Laughing Bird Bar & Grill serving the beach, the Manatee Marina Bar & Grill in the marina, the Horse-Eye Jack Bar & Grill servicing the island's cabanas as well as food and drink delivery throughout the pool area.


    No port-of-call would be complete without superior shopping options, and Harvest Caye will offer a shopping village, which will feature popular name-brand retailers as well as items from local Belizean craftsmen.


     Guests with an affinity for wildlife will marvel at Harvest Caye's many opportunities for an up close encounter with this rich eco-destination's local plants and animals. To learn about the native flora and fauna in this stunning destination, guests can participate in manatee observation tours at the lagoon to learn about the gentle giants; get up close and personal with endangered Scarlet Macaws and Toucans, Belize's national bird, in the island's Aviary; wonder at the striking beauty of insects at the Butterfly Garden; and learn more about and view Belize's indigenous reptiles such as boa constrictors at the educational center. Harvest Caye's conservation programs and education efforts were developed by award winning author and wildlife expert Tony Garel, the destination's Chief Naturalist. He will lead many of the island's educational tours and be available to chat with guests about the incredible array of wildlife in Belize.  The island's aviary will also house a breed and release program for Scarlet Macaws, in an effort to increase the population of the native birds. Harvest Caye features a cornucopia of native plants and trees that all play a part in the destination's eco-system. To help further the island's conservation efforts, more than 10,000 new mangroves have been planted throughout the island, serving to increase the natural estuary system that serves as a critical habitat for birds, young fish and other marine species.  


                Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Harvest Caye beginning November 2016 on Norwegian's Western Caribbean itineraries, and on Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' sister brands Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises, which will also offer calls at Harvest Caye on select Caribbean sailings. For full itinerary details and to book a cruise with Norwegian call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit www.tyustours.com

  • 5 NIGHTLIFE MUSTS IN SAN FRANCISCO

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    San Francisco is known for a number of icons: the Golden Gate Bridge, the sea lions at Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the “Painted Ladies,” to name a few. But once you’ve seen those attractions during the day, what is there to do at night?

    As the sun sets, the city transforms from techie hub to nightlife destination. San Francisco may be a popular spot for wealthy investors, but money doesn’t control the nightlife quality here. In fact, you may find that the flashiest clubs tend to boast less-than-ideal experiences, whereas unassuming spots are often packed to the brim. Compared to other popular party cities (like New York), San Francisco seems much more down to earth. In fact, some of my best nights have happened at private events and house parties.

    READ MORE: 15 Free Things to Do in San Francisco

    There’s a pervasive sense of humanity in San Francisco. Class and ethnicity don’t seem to define you here — your personality does.

    The nightlife of the City By the Bay can be tricky to navigate, both for visitors and those just moving to town, but there is no end to the fun for those who know where to go. Here are five nightlife musts for this energetic, friendly city:

    1. Go bar hopping on Fillmore Street.

    The Marina District and Fillmore Street are musts, especially during Fleet Week. Whereas bars in the Financial District are more upscale and cater toward businesspeople, Fillmore Street is where 20- and 30-somethings gather to party.

    One of my go-to spots in the Marina is Eastside West Restaurant & Bar, which features the quaint size of many San Francisco bars, but still has great service and a good vibe. Others to check out include The Brixton, Marengo, and The Mauna Loa Club (a cash-only bar where you can play pool, Pop-A-Shot, and foosball). Another popular thoroughfare to bar hop on is Polk Street — visit Harper & Rye or Bullitt.

    2. Get your burrito fix and mingle with hipsters in the Mission District.

    It’s a must, not only for the burritos and gluten-free beer (not to mention gluten-free tables, chairs and sidewalks), but also for the experience. Don’t use the word “hipster” in the district, though — you’ll risk sideways glances all night from people with sharp ears who take that word to heart. But do try the carnitas at Lolo.

    3. Channel your inner St. Nick at SantaCon.

    An annual tradition in San Francisco, the SantaCon bar crawl takes place around the second Saturday of December. Most participants wear full Santa Claus outfits, so be ready to break out your holiday best. Although there is an official route for the bar crawl, I recommend bar hopping at your own pace to beat the crowds. The event finishes at Washington Square if you want to skip to the end.

    4. Expand your horizons in East Bay.

    Although San Francisco is a standalone city, the surrounding cities in the broader Bay Area are what make it so great. I love going out in East Bay, especially Oakland. There are a number of unique hole-in-the-wall spots. If you get the chance, explore Cal Berkeley, and follow the college students around. Many of the sports bars, like Pappy’s Grill & Sports Bar, are excellent places to watch the Cal games on TV.

    5. Bring out your nerdy side at California Academy of Sciences’ Nightlife special.

    The California Academy of Sciences has a nightlife special every Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event — strictly for 21-year-olds and up — allows you to explore everything the Cal Academy has to offer without children running around. Tickets can go fast, so it’s best to buy them in advance. Also, Cal Academy Nightlife puts on dance lessons, so if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to salsa dance, you can become an expert (like me)!

    READ MORE: Video Showcases Stunning San Francisco in 4K

    Remember to stick to your personal style and be yourself when heading out for an evening in San Francisco. It’s all part of this city’s commitment to embrace individuality.

    No matter where you are on the walk of life, there is something in SF for you. From countless, unusual street fairs to restaurants that will let you bring your pets, there is no end to the fascinating, unique experiences that await you. So get out there and explore!

     

  • Discover A New Adventure in New Orleans

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Tyus Tours & Travel is hosting an Olde School Cruise sailing from New Orleans aboard the Carnival Triumph November 12, 2016 on a 5 day Western Caribbean Cruise. Come Seek two vacations in one. First, a 5 day cruise aboard the Carnival Triumph sailing the Western Caribbean and Second a post cruise 2 night stay in New Orleans...Where we will see New Orleans in 48 hrs.

    Go beyond the big names to find great restaurants, bars and music clubs

    Many visitors don’t realize how big New Orleansis and fall into the trap of staying in the French Quarter around Bourbon Street. But there are great restaurants, bars and music clubs to visit throughout the city. Only in New Orleans can you find so many options to eat, drink and listen to live music. Check out these restaurants and bars to truly experience the “new” New Orleans.

    On the dining front, Elizabeth’sis one of Nola’s most talked about brunch spots these days, and with its candied praline bacon it’s not hard to understand why. Located in the Bywater district, the place gets crowded on the weekends, but grab a mimosa at the bar and you won’t mind waiting quite as much. You can walk off your meal at Crescent City Parkright across the street and experience amazing views of the city. Call 504-944-9272 or visit www.elizabethsrestaurantnola.com.

    For a delicious breakfast and lunch, check out New Orleans Cake Café and Bakery, also in the Bywater. You can add a cupcake to your meal for only a dollar. What could be better? Call 504-943-0010 or visit www.nolacakes.com.

    SHAYAlooks like the new golden child of New Orleans with Chef Alon Shaya, who recently earned the James Beard Award. The restaurant acts as a refreshing break from New Orleans heavy food, but watch out for the delicious pita, which will have you full before the meal even arrives (and make sure to reserve a table a few weeks in advance). Call 504-891-4213 or visit www.shayarestaurant.com.

    Cochon Butcheris the less fancy relative of the better-known Cochonby Chef Stephen Stryjewski. Don’t skip dessert at this place, since it has some of the best cakes and cookies in the city. Your main course needs will certainly be met as well by such dishes as Moroccan spiced lamb or Carolina pulled pork. Call 504-588-7675 or visit www.cochonbutcher.com.

    Johnny Sanchez, a Mexican restaurant developed by New Orleans’ own famed Chef John Besh and Aaron Sanchez, emanates coolness, with its tattoo mural wall, flavored margaritas and unique tacos. Take advantage of the happy hour specials, which make this place a little more budget friendly. Call 504-304-6615 or visit www.johnnysanchezrestaurant.com.

    Dante’s Kitchenmay be the best-kept secret in all of Uptown. Its location allows for a leisurely meal feasting on redfish, pork chops, gulf fish, roasted chicken and seared duck breast. Call 504-861-3121 or visit www.danteskitchen.com.

    Bistro Daisymay look small on the outside, but it has some of the tastiest food in town. Before the meal visit Magazine Street, which is lined with small boutiques. Call 504-899-6987 or visit www.bistrodaisy.com.

    For bars and music clubs, visit Bacchanal, which features live music every night and an extensive wine menu. Located in the Bywater, it’s great place to go any night because it always has something going on, plus it’s not part of the tourist scene. Call 504-948-9111 or visit www.bacchanalwine.com.

    These days Frenchmen Street, not Bourbon Street, is where you can find the best live music in New Orleans. The Spotted Cat Music Clubis the place for real New Orleans jazz. The music starts at 4 p.m. and sometimes earlier on weekends. Check out www.spottedcatmusicclub.comw.

    The Rusty Nailhas one of the largest outdoor areas of any bar in the city, including a beautiful patio. They have great drink specials, trivia nights and food trucks. Call 504-525-5525 or visit www.therustynail.biz.

    Every Sunday night at The Howlin Wolf Den, the Hot 8 Brass Band plays their latest tunes. It’s one of the few places in New Orleans that keeps the party going all weekend long. Also check out The Howlin Wolffor more shows and big music names that come to town. Call 504-529-5844 or visit www.thehowlinwolf.com.

    If you find yourself on Bourbon Street, walk far down to Fritzel’s. Every night this bar features a different jazz band and it’s not your usual Bourbon Street crowd. Call 504-586-4800 or visit www.fritzelsjazz.net.

    For a craft cocktail head Uptown to Cureon Freret Street. This bar’s swanky seating, mood lighting and excellent drinks provide the setup for a good night. Try the punch of the day or some traditional New Orleans cocktails — and there’s food too! Call 504-302-2357 or visit www.curenola.com.

    For beer lovers The Bulldog, which has two locations in the city (Uptown on Magazine Street and in Mid City), has been around for over 20 years and knows how to serve a cold brew. Over 50 beers are on tap at any time. For the Uptown location, call 504-891-1516. For Mid City, call 504-488-4191. Also visit bulldog-midcity.draftfreak.com.

  • Disney Parks Adopt Seasonal Pricing on 1-Day Ticket

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    It’s an exciting time to visit Disney Parksas new fan favorites come to life at Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort.

    New Star Wars experiences have already opened at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. And this year, several new experiences are expected to open on both coasts, such as the new Soarin’ Around the World at Disney California Adventure® Park and Epcot®, a “Frozen”-inspired musical at Disney California Adventure Park, new nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, the Frozen Ever After attraction at Epcot and a new stage show at Magic Kingdom® Park.

    Disney is committed to delivering high expectations in the midst of unprecedented demand for Disney parks, particularly during peak visitation periods. That is why Disney continue to expand there parks with new attractions like those noted above, as well as entire new themed lands based on AVATAR, Star Wars and “Toy Story.”

    It is also why Disney continue to look for ways to spread out visitation. So, beginning tomorrow,   Disney shifting is to seasonal pricing for 1-Day tickets.

    This is how it works? Each month is divided into value, regular and peak days with an 8-11 month calendar available for viewing online. Here’s an example, if you plan your visit for September, you’ll have a variety of options, including many days in the value period, which will give you the opportunity to pay less for a 1-Day ticket. If you plan to visit during a peak period, like the winter holidays you will pay more. Purchasing a 1-Day ticket in a non-peak period, or choosing multi-day ticket and annual passes, will provide additional flexibility and value. 

    Seasonal pricing for a 1-Day ticket and price increases for multi-day tickets will go into effect at Disney Parks Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.

    In addition, although in the past 1-Day tickets for Walt Disney World Resort did not expire, 1-Day tickets sold on or after Sunday, Feb. 28 for Walt Disney World Resort will expire at the end of the next calendar year. For example, 1-day tickets sold in 2016 will expire on Dec. 31, 2017. The amount paid for an unused, expired ticket may be applied towards the purchase of a new ticket at the current price. 

    Beginning Sunday, Feb. 28, you can call Tyus Tours & Travel to get more details, including a calendar of 1-day Value, Regular and Peak ticket dates, by calling 866-547-5362.

  • Is Egypt A Must See Destination?

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    53% of tourists defined Egypt as a destination that will be a “must visit” or “next big thing” in the near future.

    H.E Hisham Zaazou, Minister for Tourism, announced the “Cairo Tourism Declaration,” which sets out the four main themes that will be the focus of work and resources during the rest of 2016, and beyond, in order to grow the tourism sector sustainably in Egypt:

    1.    Security: Ensuring safety and security for everyone travelling within the country, using our airports, visiting our historic sites or enjoying our resorts is a top priority for the Egyptian

    2.     Cultural tourism: The role that Egypt’s historic sites and antiquities plays in attracting tourists is a key factor that will receive enhanced focus around the world, especially with the tantalising possibility of a discovery of something behind Tutankhamun’s tomb

    3.     Resorts: Support and enhance the resorts and hotels to provide an even better experience for visitors

    4.     Telling our Story to the World: The stunning, colossal monuments of Ancient Egypt. The heat, sight and the light of the desert. The turquoise waters. And that no place on earth has the magic and mystery of Egypt.

    Tyus Tours & Travel has an expert in our agency that travels to Egypt and the Middle East yearly. His most recent travel will be in March of 2016 to Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Saudi Arabian. On March 29, 2016 Khalil Ghani will be a guest on “Its Your Time To Travel” on talktainmentradio.com at 8 pm. Tune in or join the conversation at 877-932-9766.

     

    To learn more about packages to Egypt call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or contact us by email at travel@tyustours.com. You may also visit our website www.tyustours.com.

     

  • Anthem Of The Seas Update

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Last week Anthem of the Seas encountered a storm that was dramatically stronger than all official weather forecasts. U.S. Coast Guard and other investigators have relayed information to us that our captain followed proper procedure in managing the ship in the storm. They praised him for making decisions that kept our guests and crew safe, kept the ship seaworthy and led to only four minor injuries in a ship with more than 6,000 people on board. The ship passed all safety inspections. All but a few minor repairs have been completed. Anthem is back at sea.

    The severity of the storm far exceeded forecasts, but ultimately it is Royal Caribbean  responsibility to avoid these possibilities – and this event has provided us with an important learning opportunity. We can do better, and we will. These are the steps we are taking.

    We've updated our storm avoidance policy and added additional resources at our headquarters to provide more data and guidance to support our captains. Senior marine executives and, when necessary, meteorologists will be involved in decisions about when, where and whether to sail when storms are forecast.

    There are a handful of remaining minor issues that require attention including replacing outdoor ceiling paneling by the SeaPlex, repairing some balcony partitions and replacing broken furniture. North Star, RipCord by iFLY, FlowRider and other favorite experiences are fully operational.

    For those of you with resversations on upcoming sailings, rest assured that Anthem of the Seas is ready to deliver the Royal Caribbean experience that you expect from them.

  • 5 Things You’ll Never Hear Your Kids Say at a Colorado Dude Ranch

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    Planning a family vacation can be difficult. Parents want to have a relaxing time and share wonderful experiences with their kids, but finding a destination that appeals to kids and adults alike is harder than it seems… especially if you don’t want to drive all the way to the coast and spend hours in line at a theme park once you get there.
     
    The best solution might be one you hadn’t considered yet: a Colorado adventure vacation at a dude and guest ranch!
     
    Bringing your kids on a family trip to a Colorado dude ranch for a week – or even longer – can be just what you need to get a bit of relaxation, change your perspective, and pull everyone closer. To understand why, here are five things you’ll never hear your kids say while visiting one of our ranches:
     
    #1 “I’m Bored”
     
    From horseback riding to hiking trails, roping lessons, and even zip lines, there’s never a shortage of fun, action-packed activities on a working ranch. From the first minute you arrive, every member of your family will get the opportunity to try the kinds of things they’ve only seen on television. You can choose to do the activities that excite you most, or try a little bit of everything. Either way, you’ll never be bored.
     
    #2 “There’s No Signal Out Here”
     
    For most kids, no matter how young or old, something magical happens when they get into the open air, surrounded by mountains and horses on all sides. Suddenly, the appeal of a small glowing screen isn’t quite as strong as the exciting possibilities that are all around them.
     
    #3 “I’m Hungry”
     
    Even the pickiest eaters will find our homemade Western meals and treats to be a delight. Also, with action-packed days of adventure on the schedule, you can be sure your kids will work up a healthy appetite. And of course, when it’s time to kick back after a long day of excitement, adults can enjoy a great selection of local beers and wines during ranch dinners at many of our ranches.
     
    #4 “Can I Stay Up Late?”
     
    Your kids might beg to stay up past bedtime at home, but they aren’t likely to do so at a Colorado dude ranch. A few hours in the saddle, or exploring the backcountry with our guides, is enough to have them resting peacefully through the night. In fact, your family might get the best sleep it’s enjoyed in years. Shouldn’t your family vacation leave you feeling refreshed and renewed?
     
    #5 “I Can’t Wait to Get Home”
     
    The only difficult thing about your trip to a Colorado dude ranch might be convincing your kids to go back home. But don’t worry – you can always come back next summer!
     
    Looking for the perfect family vacation? Explore our adventure getaways now to find the one that gives you the perfect mix of excitement, relaxation, and a healthy change of pace.

     

  • FRONTIER AIRLINES ADDS 14 MORE ROUTES THROUGHOUT UNITED STATES

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    New Markets Open in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Pittsburgh and San Antonio

     

    DENVER – Frontier Airlines will launch new service in Colorado Springs, Columbus, Pittsburgh and San Antonio starting in April, May and June as well as expand service from its largest market in Denver. Frontier is offering special introductory fares as low as $19 one-way on these new routes as of today at Flyfrontier.com. With The WORKSsm, fares will be as low as $112.

    Customers can take advantage of Frontier’s bundled choice, The WORKS containing Frontier’s most popular options for one low price. The WORKS is available at FlyFrontier.com at time of initial booking and includes one carry-on bag, one checked bag, best available seat including Stretch and Exit Row options, full refundability when canceled at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure, no change fees and priority boarding.

    “We have 18 new planes delivering this year, growing the fleet by nine additional units after retirements,” said Frontier Airlines President Barry Biffle. “This allows us to bring affordable low fare service to people and markets that have never had it, stimulating new travel. We see hundreds of additional opportunities like these throughout the country, fueling our growth for years to come.”

     

    Following is a list of the 14 new markets:
     


    New service from Colorado Springs
    Frontier will launch daily non-stop service between Colorado Springs and Las Vegas. Fares in this new market will be as low as $19.

    Market

    Service Starts

    Industry Average Fare (1)

    New Frontier Fare (2)

    Intro Fare (3)

    Fare with The WORKS (4)

    COS-LAS

    4/14/2016

    $81

    $59

    $19

    $118

     

    Four new cities from Columbus
    Frontier will add non-stop service between Columbus and Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando, Fla.  and Philadelphia. Flights to Denver and Las Vegas will operate daily while flights to Orlando and Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Fares in these new markets will be as low as $19.

    Market

    Service Starts

    Industry Average Fare (1)

    New Frontier Fare (2)

    Intro Fare (3)

    Fare with The WORKS (4)

    CMH-DEN

    5/31/2016

    $206

    $99

    $69

    $162

    CMH-LAS

    6/1/2016

    $203

    $119

    $79

    $182

    CMH-MCO

    6/16/2016

    $129

    $69

    $49

    $132

    CMH-PHL

    6/2/2016

    $228

    $59

    $19

    $112

     

    Three new cities from Denver
    Frontier will add non-stop daily service between Denver and Columbus, Pittsburgh and San Antonio. Fares in these new markets will be as low as $19.

    Market

    Service Starts

    Industry Average Fare(1)

    New Frontier Fare(2)

    Intro Fare(3)

    Fare with The WORKS (4)

    DEN-CMH

    5/31/2016

    $206

    $99

    $69

    $162

    DEN-SAT

    5/13/2016

    $146

    $69

    $19

    $122

    DEN-PIT

    6/16/2016

    $203

    $99

    $69

    $162

     

    Five new cities from Pittsburgh
    Frontier will add non-stop service between Pittsburgh and Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, Denver, Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla. Flights to Denver will operate daily while flights to Chicago will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Fares in these new markets will be as low as $19.

    Market

    Service Starts

    Industry Average Fare (1)

    New Frontier Fare (2)

    Intro Fare (3)

    Fare with The WORKS (4)

    PIT-ATL

    6/17/2016

    $154

    $59

    $39

    $112

    PIT-DEN

    6/16/2016

    $203

    $99

    $69

    $162

    PIT-LAS

    6/17/2016

    $189

    $129

    $79

    $192

    PIT-MCO

    6/15/2016

    $128

    $79

    $49

    $142

    PIT-ORD

    6/16/2016

    $158

    $59

    $19

    $112

     

    Four new cities from San Antonio
    Frontier will add non-stop service between San Antonio and Atlanta, Denver, Las Vegas and Philadelphia. Flights to Denver will operate daily while flights to Las Vegas and Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Flights to Atlanta will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Fares in these new markets will be as low as $19.

    Market

    Service Starts

    Industry Average Fare (1)

    New Frontier Fare (2)

    Intro Fare (3)

    Fare with The WORKS (4)

    SAT-ATL

    5/13/2016

    $169

    $79

    $59

    $132

    SAT-DEN

    5/13/2016

    $146

    $69

    $19

    $122

    SAT-LAS

    5/15/2016

    $166

    $79

    $59

    $138

    SAT-PHL

    5/13/2016

    $186

    $99

    $79

    $158

     

    (1) Average is based on Department of Transportation Origin and Destination Survey, Year Ending, Second Quarter, 2015.

    (2) New Frontier Fare – Fares are one way and do not require roundtrip purchase.

    Fare(s) shown includes all transportation fees, surcharges and taxes, and are subject to change without notice.  Seats are limited at these fares and certain flights and/or days of travel may be unavailable. 

    Depending on the fare type purchased, nonrefundable tickets may be transferred for a fee of up to $75, or reissued for alternate flights for a fee of up to $99, as well as a possible fare increase. The name change fee and itinerary change fee are inclusive of each other. Previously purchased tickets may not be exchanged for these special fare tickets. Flight segment(s) must be cancelled prior to scheduled departure time or the ticket(s) and all monies will be forfeited.

    Tickets purchased at FlyFrontier.com must be paid for at the time the reservation is made, and you may request a full refund up to 24 hours after the time of purchase, if the purchase is made 7 days (168 hours) or more prior to your flight's departure. This ticket may be canceled and refunded at the My Trips section on FlyFrontier.com.  Additional travel services, such as baggage (www.flyfrontier.com/customer-service/travel-support/baggage) and advance seat assignments (www.flyfrontier.com/flight-info/seating-options) are available for purchase separately at an additional charge. Some markets do not offer daily service. Schedules are subject to change without notice. Flights are operated by Frontier Airlines. Other restrictions may apply.

    (3) Intro Fare – Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 pm Eastern time on Jan. 17, 2016 for nonstop travel through Aug. 15, 2016. For flights operating Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, off-peak fares are offered Tuesday. For flights operating Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, off-peak fares are offered Wednesday and Saturday. For flights operating daily, off-peak fares are offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. The following blackout dates apply: May 28 & 31, 2016, and July 5, 2016.

    Fares are one way and do not require roundtrip purchase.

    Fare(s) shown includes all transportation fees, surcharges and taxes, and are subject to change without notice.  Seats are limited at these fares and certain flights and/or days of travel may be unavailable. 

    Discount Den fares are only available at FlyFrontier.com to members of Discount Den.

    Depending on the fare type purchased, nonrefundable tickets may be transferred for a fee of up to $75, or reissued for alternate flights for a fee of up to $99, as well as a possible fare increase. The name change fee and itinerary change fee are not exclusive of each other. Previously purchased tickets may not be exchanged for these special fare tickets. Flight segment(s) must be cancelled prior to scheduled departure time or the ticket(s) and all monies will be forfeited.

    Tickets purchased at FlyFrontier.com must be paid for at the time the reservation is made, you may request a full refund up to 24 hours after the time of purchase, if the purchase is made 7 days (168 hours) or more prior to your flight's departure. This ticket may be canceled and refunded at the My Trips section on FlyFrontier.com.  Additional travel services, such as baggage (www.flyfrontier.com/customer-service/travel-support/baggage) and advance seat assignments (www.flyfrontier.com/flight-info/seating-options) are available for purchase separately at an additional charge. Fares include all transportation fees, surcharges and taxes, and are subject to change without notice. Some markets do not offer daily service. Schedules are subject to change without notice. Flights are operated by Frontier Airlines. Other restrictions may apply.

    (4) The WORKSsm is available at FlyFrontier.com at time of initial booking; prices range from $49 to $69 each-way, based on round-trip purchase, and includes one carry-on bag, one checked bag, best available seat including Stretch and Exit Row options, full refundability when canceled at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure, no change fees and priority boarding.

    By Frontier at 14 Jan 2016

  • Norwegian Cruise Line Cancels all Cruises to Turkey for 2016

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    At Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, our primary concern is to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew.  Due to recent events in Turkey, we are suspending all calls to the country through 2016 across all NCLH brands.  We will continue to closely monitor the situation and make future itinerary adjustments as appropriate.  We have begun the process of informing guests booked on the affected cruises of the itinerary changes and will update the respective brand websites with revised voyage information. 

  • 40 Popular Tourist Scams Every Traveler Should Know About

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    For international travelers, a fantasy vacation can quickly turn sour because of a scam. Yes, experiencing the unknown is part of the fun of traveling, but a vacation can become a nightmare when you're constantly wary of getting scammed in addition to struggling with language barriers, different customs, and unfamiliar surroundings.

    For some peace of mind, it's important to familiarize yourself with scams that are common in your travel destination. The travel company Justtheflight.co.uk created a nice infographic listing 40 of the most common travel scams using information from sources like Lonelyplanet.com, the U.S. embassy website, and Wikitravel.org. From their info, cab drivers, hotel staff, and overly friendly locals are most likely to scam you while you're on your holiday.

    Most of the scams involve some form of distraction. For example in Rome, a random woman on the street may throw her baby (a doll) into your arms, and while you're in shock and your hands are occupied, her accomplices go through your pockets or bag. In Paris and London, you may find street magicians performing tricks to a large audience. When you go over to watch, their accomplices (usually dressed as tourists) will pickpocket you.

    Other common street scams involve locals pretending to offer you a free product or service like a flower for your spouse or a music CD, but then aggressively demanding payment after you accept the gift. Some locals may offer to take a photograph of you only to run away with your camera.

    The less obvious and more intricate scams tend to involve multiple scammers. Some hotels in Europe work with taxi drivers to convince tourists that the hotel they initially booked is shut down for renovations. The drivers will then offer to take you to a different and more expensive hotel where they receive a commission.

    Knowledge of the most common scams is not meant to discourage you from enjoying your vacation, but it can help you make smart decisions while traveling. In many cases, you can spot a scam if you use common sense. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/tyustourstravel.

  • Delta pilot turns plane around to pick up grieving family

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    The holiday season may be over, but one Delta pilot showed he still has the good-natured spirit when he turned his plane around to pick up a Phoenix family who was going to miss their father’s funeral.

    According to Fox10Phoenix.com, the Short family was traveling from Phoenix to Tennessee to attend the funeral of their father, who had passed away after a battle with cancer. The family had flown from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Minneapolis and was supposed to board a connecting flight to Tennessee, the last available flight before the funeral.

    Unfortunately, a 90 minute delay in Phoenix resulted in only 10 minutes at the Minneapolis airport to catch the Memphis-bound plane, but it was too late. When the family arrived at the gate, the Delta Air Lines plane had already pulled away.

    Through the gate window, the family could see the aircraft heading toward the taxiway as they screamed and cried at the news that they had missed their flight and would not be there to see their father’s funeral.

    In an amazing act of kindness, the pilot actually saw the grieving family through the window and made the decision to return the plane to the gate, allowing the family to board. Thankfully, the pilot’s decision helped the family arrive in Tennessee in time to lay their father to rest.

    Rick Short talked about the incident with Fox10Phoenix.com, saying, “The lady got on the phone and said there was nothing they could do, that the tower wasn't going to let them pull back in and my sisters and mom...sitting there in tears and I'm screaming through the glass...all of a sudden, another phone call. It's very rare...someone stops and does something so kind and we need more people like that in the world.”

     

  • Lower Airfares Expected on US-Mexico Flights

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    Lower Airfares Expected on US-Mexico Flights

    Written byJosh Lew | December 23, 2015 from travel pulse article, Treaty Ushers in a New Era for US-Mexico Air Travel.

    Flights between the U.S. and Mexico should be getting much cheaper in the near future. The Transportation Ministers from both countries recently signed an air service treatythat will help liberalize the marketplace and increase price competition among carriers. The treaty still needs to be approved by both Washington and Mexico City. Most consider this a foregone conclusion. 

    A win for both the U.S. and Mexico

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx saidthe treaty is an economic win for both countries. "This agreement is the result of the commitment on both sides of the border to strengthen the strong bonds of trade and tourism between our two countries, and demonstrate our shared commitment to a competitive, market-based international economic system." 

    The more-competitive marketplace should lead to lower fares for travel between the U.S. and Mexico. This will undoubtedly help the Mexican tourism industry, which relies heavily on American tourists. 

    Smaller carriers and cargo airlines could benefit the most

    Before the treaty, each country protected its airlines by limiting the number of carriers from the other country that could fly in its airspace and limiting the number of flights that these foreign airlines could operate. The treaty simply does away with these limits.

    This could benefit all airlines, but it could be especially good for smaller carriers because they can focus on the U.S.-Mexico routes that are the most profitable for them. They would not have to worry about having the number of flights capped. 

    The agreement also includes cargo service. Goods can be flown more easily between the two countries, so manufacturing businesses may be able to benefit from an increase in competition, which should lead to lower shipping rates. 

    Unlimited access

    Basically, the treaty will allow any Mexican or U.S. airline unlimited access to any route between the two countries. Obviously, this could lead to carriers lowering fares as much as possible to beat their new competitors. It could also lead to more cooperation between U.S. and Mexican airlines. The treaty could inspire new code-sharing agreements, allowing airlines to have a little bit more control over fares. It would keep carriers from entering a bidding-war-type scenario where competitors try to price each other out of the market on a particular route. 

    Who will benefit the most?

    Major airlines like JetBlue and Delta should also be happy with the treaty. Yes, a more competitive marketplace could hurt these carriers in the short term because they will have to lower fares if they want to stay relevant on certain routes. However, the increase in access to the Mexican marketplace could be hugely profitable in the long run as these big players open up new routes and sign code-sharing agreements with their Mexican peers. 

    Because of the popularity of routes between the U.S. and Mexico, the effects of the treaty should be felt quite quickly. Airlines will want to position themselves to take advantage of the new access once the treaty is ratified in Washington and Mexico City. Everyone stands to gain from the liberalization, but, ideally, fliers will get the best deal of all because of the increase in options and lower fares. 

  • NYCVP hosts over 4,000 guests

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

     

    NYCVP hosts over 4,000 guests
    Holiday events draw thousands to New York City
    As over 3 million people lined the streets of New York City to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City Vacation Packages hosted 3 exclusive parties giving out-of-towners special close-up and private viewing for the spectacular event.

    The excitement wasn't just limited to the parade either. Buses rolled uptown so guests could visit the Balloon Inflation Area - where the giant icons of the parade take shape. They were treated to up-close views of the fabulous window displays, too, at New York City's legendary department stores Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Barney's, Lord & Taylor and others. They had great seats at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes, and at Broadway shows as well. They feasted on turkey with all the trimmings at several different venues. They even experienced a special breakfast with Santa himself!

    Those who extended their visit beyond Thanksgiving were treated to an elegant dinner and cocktail party in the heart of Rockefeller Center to witness the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree - watched by millions on the annual NBC TV telecast.

    NYCVP's President Barry Tenenbaum hosted many of the week's affairs. "It takes a lot of planning by our staff to make sure that every single individual has a truly wonderful time" Tenenbaum said, "and we coordinated movements with the NYPD to assure a safe and trouble-free experience for everyone."

    It was a time that all will remember. Kids and adults both, thrilled and delighted to start their holiday season with NYCVP fulfilling their bucket list dreams.
    Next Up - New Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop Gala!
    • Exclusive Party High Above the Crowds
    • View the Times Square Ball Drop from Indoors
    • Watch the Central Park Fireworks
    • Food and Open Bar
    • DJ Dance Music
    • Entertainment all Evening
    Sure to be the party of a lifetime! As New Year's Eve Times Square revelers stand in the cold, shoulder to shoulder from 42nd Street all the way up to Central Park, you'll be overlooking them at an exclusive party right in the middle of it all—high above with a view of the city lights, the celebration and of course, the Times Square Ball Drop!
    Location: 810 7th Avenue, 23rd Floor (Ball Drop Height!)
    Date: December 31, 2015
    Time: 8pm - 12:30am
    Price: $699 without hotel accommodations. From $979 including 1-night hotel accommodation.
    More Details: http://www.nyctrip.com/Pages/Index.aspx?PageID=1442
    Also available: Ball-Drop rooms at the Residence Inn Central Park!
    Guest Reviews from Last Year's Party
    "Incredible location with a direct view of the ball drop and the fireworks in central park. The food was not remarkable but the bar service was good. The size of the event was perfect, not crowded at all." - Courtney A.

    "Had the night of our lives. Venue superb, drinks fantastic and food delicious. Would highly recommend." - Michael G.

    "Much better than being in the crowds! We had a great view, and the party was fun!" - Jose G.
    "It was an amazing night, all of the staff were fantastic, the music and the atmosphere was incredible. Overall had the best night ever!!!"

    To book you New York City Vacation call Tyus Tours  & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit www.tyustours.com/NYCVP.

  • DID YOU KNOW? THE AIRLINES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DAMAGE BAGS!

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Did You Know? The Airlines are responsible for your damage bags!

    Department of Transportation Issues Warning to Airlines About Damaged Bags

    The United States Department of Transportation officially issued a noticeto airlines reminding them that their companies are liable for damage to passengers’ bags if it was caused during the transportation of the luggage.

    The statement adds that even if the airline does not believe it is liable for the damage in question, the companies must accept all reports of mishandled baggage from customers. The notice was issued following the Department’s routine airport inspection that uncovered airlines denying liability for damage to specific parts of checked baggage.

    As for what kind of damage airlines are liable for, the Department stated that companies are expected to compensate passengers if wheels, straps, zippers, handles and other parts of luggage are damaged beyond what is considered to be normal wear and tear.

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx released a statement, saying, “These inspections demonstrate the Department’s commitment to protecting consumers when they travel by air. While we are proud of the progress we’ve made so far, we will continue to strengthen how we monitor and enforce compliance with air travel consumer protection and civil rights rules.”

    During the airport inspections by the Department’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings in September, the agency found that several airlines were refusing to accept reports of damage to certain parts of luggage.

    As suggested by the notice, airlines should review and revise their baggage policies to ensure they are following the law. The Aviation Enforcement Office plans to take legal action against airlines that aren’t compliant by Jan. 9, 2016.

    The inspection also exposed potential violations of the Department’s consumer protection and civil rights requirements. If punishments are levied by the government against airlines for these issues, they will become public.

  • The Global Scavenger Hunt

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    Do you have the daring-do of Indiana Jones? Our you willing to embark on a global adventure without knowing your itinerary?

    If, so the 2016 edition of The Global Scavenger Hunt may be your ultimate travel experience.

    Wanted: Thirty experienced, travel savvy globetrotter interested in a unique off-the-beaten path, action-packed road adventure to compete for bragging rights and prizes, along with "The World's Greatest Travelers crown

    Warning: You will be challenged and culturally stimulated! This global adventure requires a fearless curiosity and a deep passion for travel, along with the ability to culturally immerse yourself in world-class fun.


    What is the Global Scavenger Hunt?

    The competition, which is more of a rally than a flat out race around the world, has attracted great travelers from over 55 countries to date, and takes place annually now each spring over a 23-day period. The Global Scavenger Hunt takes an exclusive group of 15-two person teams on A Blind Date with the World™—because competitors do not know which 10 countries they will be visiting—having them upon arrival unravel cryptic clues and hints along with solving riddles that lead them to complete a series of culturally-oriented and highly participatory scavenges that earns them points. The team that accumulates the most points over the three-week, eight-leg rally-like event, is eventually crowned The World's Greatest Travelers.

    When is the Global Scavenger Hunt?

    For three thrill-packed weeks between April 15-May 7, 2016, 15 two person Teams are invited to go around-the-world and across 10 countries in The Global Scavenger Hunt.

    Then entry fee to participate is $25000 per team that includes all international airfare, 23-nights in wonderful hotels, 40%+ meals..and great event-related travel goody bags. If booked through Tyus Tours & Travel by 12/18/15 you will get a $500 discount.

    The 2016 winners will defend their title in 2017 for free...and you could also travel for free by helping others with the Great Escape Foundation.


    The Event Set Up

    Teams arrive on the same pre-booked plane to each new exotic destination and are efficiently met by pre-arranged VIP transportation and taken to their First Class luxury accommodations. Teams are given the opportunity to freshen up and replenish before they start each new rally leg.

    Teams are then given a localized scavenger hunt booklet of novel, exciting, interesting, fun, inspiring and highly-interactive things to do...we call in sight-doing..to complete during their 48-96 hour stay in each rally spot.

    Teams then strategize and formulate a plan about how to do the fun and gratifying scavenges that they want to do, and that will earn their team points for completing tasks. At the end of each leg (rally point), teams meet and swap wildly heroic travel stories before being given their airline tickets to the next secret destination-hence A Blind Date with the World. And so begins another leg...every Global Scavenger Hunt event to date has visited at least 10 countries.


    It is?

    It is the ultimate foodie adventure.
    It is the most exotic honeymoon getaway ever.
    It is a glamorous experience for jaded Type-A jet-setters.
    It is an exciting adventure for off-the-beaten path types.
    It is a travel photographers dream come true.
    It is a remarkable around the world expedition.
    It is an authentic real-life travel competition.

    The real question is: Who wouldn't like it?

    To learn more about this amazing event listen "Its Your Time to Travel" on talktainmentradio.com. The show times are 1am Thursday, 12/3, 3pm Friday 12/4, 7am & 12 noon Saturday 12/5 and 10 am Monday, 12/7. Or download the Talktainment Podcast.

    To book click here or for more information call 310-281-7809. Book by 12/18/15, mention Tyus Tours & Travel and save $500 per team.

  • 8 Thanksgiving Day Cruises

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    Next, Thanksgiving, skip the cooking, cleaning, and house full of relatives — sail off into the sunset on a fun-filled cruise. Many cruise lines are sprinkling in Turkey Day festivities and hearty feasts served in exotic locales. Here are eight top Thanksgiving cruise options.

     MSC Cruises CaribbeanVoyage

    The MSC Divina homeports in Miami and sails on a seven-night cruise to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and the Bahamas beginning Nov. 21. Thanksgiving Day is spent at sea with festive entertainment, a traditional Turkey dinner and football games on large screens in the sports bar and pool. Kids can join Turkey Day-themed cooking classes, costume parades, and shows. There will also be a party, scavenger hunt and flash mob.

    Southern Sailings with American Cruise Lines

    American Cruise Lines has partnered with a Connecticut food bank and $50 of every Thanksgiving cruise ticket helps fight hunger. These cruises include a seven-night Intracoastal Waterway journey between Charleston and Jacksonville, and the “Great Rivers of Florida” cruise that follows a very unique route round-trip from Jacksonville. Ships will be decked out for Thanksgiving and guests can savor traditional turkey dinners. Several sailing dates are available depending on the itinerary.

    Bahamas Break with Norwegian Cruise Line

    Hop aboard the Norwegian Sky for a four-night Thanksgiving getaway from Miami to three islands in the Bahamas. The cruise will visit bustling Nassau, sleepy Grand Bahama and NCL’s private island. In addition to a festive feast with fabulous desserts, NCL is throwing in a $100 onboard credit for holiday bookings.

    Free-Spirited Cruising with Island Windjammers

    Nothing says “holiday break” like frolicking around the Caribbean on a 24-passenger sailing ship. Island Windjammers does cruising a little differently with a casual itinerary, swimming or snorkeling near the ship and soaking in some rays on the top deck. Sagitta sets sail Nov. 22 on a six-night cruise from St. Maarten and will visit a selection of islands that may include Anguilla, Nevis, St. Barths, St.Kitts and Tintamarre. Enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner onboard followed by shore time on a quiet beach.

    Mediterranean Cruise with Crystal

    Crystal Cruises has spent a stunning $100,000 on holiday decorations and is also offering special cruise fare savings and traditional Turkey Day feasts. The Crystal Serenity will overnight in Monte Carlo Nov. 22 and spend Thanksgiving in Rome. Other ports during the seven-night voyage include Genoa, Florence and Naples in Italy along with Corsica and Marseille in France.

    Baja Mexico on Carnival

    Embark from Los Angeles on Thanksgiving Day for a three-night getaway to Ensenada, Mexico — home to cantinas, shopping and seafood. Aboard the Carnival Imagination, kids can partake in holiday-themed arts and crafts and guests can enjoy turkey dinners with all the fixings served in the dining room.

    Disney Cruise Line’s Short Getaway

    Families sailing with Disney Cruise Line can expect a Thanksgiving Day feast and visits from Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in themed attire. The NFL football games will be broadcasted on the ships’ outdoor LED screens near the family pool. The Disney Magic is sailing from Miami Nov. 25 for a four-night cruise to Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay — Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.

    American Queen on the Mississippi

    American Queen, the classic paddlewheel ship, embarks from Memphis Nov. 21 for an eight-night journey to New Orleans along the famous Mississippi River. On Thanksgiving, guests will spend the day on the waterway retracing a historical route while sampling a traditional dinner and partaking in festive activities or nightly entertainment. 

    To book your next cruise call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

     

  • Honesty-Why Buy Travel Insurance?

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    Posted by Amanda Hand on Nov 12, 2015 1:44:27 PM

    A popular question travelers often ask our travel agents is - Why buy travel insurance? Travel insurance is widely undervalued and often times travelers will opt out of the purchase because they don’t feel prepared to make the decision.

    Americans spent $1.9 billion on travel insurance in 2012, according to a survey done by the U.S. Travel Insurance Association.Gregory Karp from the Chicago Tribune says, “That’s up nearly 50% from five years ago.” You can read more on Karp's take on travel insurance here

    Despite such a large increase in the industry, many travelers are still asking - why buy travel insurance?

    For some, the answer is simple - they don’t have a trip to lose. But many travelers see trip protection as a product for trip cancellation and aren’t thinking about many of the other risks associated with travel.

    In this post, we’re going to go over six reasons travelers buy insurance, and there are some you probably haven't thought of. 

    1. Statistically 17% of travelers have their trips impacted 

    According to a survey completed by UStiA, 17% of travelers have their travel plans impacted. A trip often depends heavily on outside sources that are not within our control. Whether you are flying, cruising or both,  often times your plans are impacted unexpectedly. It can cause you lose on your travel investment.

    The average income per person annually is $20,194, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With room & board averaging around 10K annually, that doesn’t give your average American much wiggle room for travel. For the average person, losing their travel investment is not something you can afford.

    2. Other countries may deny medical treatment 

    One thing people often forget, is their health insurance may not be global. This is especially true if you are on Medicare. You first want to check if your health insurance covers you abroad, but even if they do, will they provide the hospital or facility a statement saying they will promise to pay like travel insurance will do?

    3. Medical and emergency evacuationcan cost 50K+

    What do you think happens when someone becomes sick or injured on a cruiseship and the condition is too severe for the doctor on board to treat? A medevac lands on the ship, and transports the patient to the nearest, most qualified medical facility. It is rare you will see a medical evacuation cost less than $30,000.


    Medical evacuation is not the coverage to be considered, there is also non-medical emergency evacuation in times of political unrest or natural disasters. Having coverage and being able to get out when the conditions are dangerous is a way to ensure your own safety.

    4. Prescriptions aren’t easy to replace while abroad 

    Many travelers have lost their prescriptions or have had their prescriptions stolen while traveling abroad. Not only are prescriptions sometimes difficult to replace without an original script, but it may be difficult to find a pharmacy that carries your prescription.

    For 10 Tips on Traveling With Prescriptions you can read this article here.

    5. Because acts of terrorism and political unrest are something we are all susceptible to 

    Egypt, Yemen, Tibet, Syria. They are all locations where tourism once flourished. Now, they are areas plagued by civil war, terrorism and civil rights issues. Political unrestcan happen overnight, and being able to get out can be a matter of life and death.

    6. Knowing you’re not alone is a comforting feeling 

    Traveling with companions is a great feeling. But knowing you and even your group have someone to rely on if the unexpected happens is a great feeling. 

     

  • New Orleans Named Second Best City in America by Travel + Leisure Readers

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    New Orleans continues to charm visitors and garner international acclaim, most recently by being named today as the No. 2 city in the U.S. and Canada, according to Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2015 readers’ survey. New Orleans ranked second to Charleston but above Savannah, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

    In its 20th year, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards is an annual readers’ survey that rates destinations, hotels, airports, cruise lines and more. For the second consecutive year, New Orleans was chosen as the number two destination in America. In an interview about the awards, Travel + Leisure senior travel editor Jacqueline Gifford attributes New Orleans’ placement on the list to recent developments in the city, including the up-and-coming Bywater and Marigny neighborhoods as well as new restaurants, hotels and shops.

    "After a decade of unparalleled development, New Orleans is well into its renaissance. The historic and new restaurants, classic cocktails, jazz in the streets and French and Spanish architecture that we all love are still the soul of the city, but New Orleans is also blossoming with boutique hotels, world-class craft cocktail bars, new cuisine from new James Beard award-winning chefs and so much more,” said Stephen Perry, president and CEO, New Orleans Convention.

    Tyus Tours & Travel is hosting an Olde School Cruise sailing from New Orleans aboard the Carnival Triumph November 12, 2016 on a 5 day Western Caribbean Cruise. Come Seek two vacations in one. First, a 5 day cruise aboard the Carnival Triumph sailing the Western Caribbean and Second a post cruise 2 night stay in New Orleans...Where we will see New Orleans in 48 hrs. For more information visit http://www.tyustours.com/9627463_21812.htm or. call 866-547-5362

  • Is Travel the New Face of Philanthropy? And are Millennials the New Generous Generation?

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    Travel is the new philanthropy: new study explores travelers’ desire to give back

    By: Director, Corporate Communications, Amadeus North America

    There are many motivations behind why people travel. But making a meaningful impact and giving back whether prior to, during or following their travel experiences is key for many, according to a new report.

    Exploring the charitable motivations and desires of travelers is the focus of the first-ever report, “Good Travels: The Philanthropic Profile of the American Traveler,” released by Tourism Cares, the charitable arm of the tourism industry, and sponsored by Amadeus and other industry partners.

    More than half of the Americans surveyed said they have given of their money, time or goods while on a recent vacation.

    Conducted by PhoCusWright, the study offers a holistic view at the charitable and volunteering motivations, habits and practices of U.S. leisure travelers before, during and after their trip. This includes their philanthropic intentions, consumer buying decisions, trip satisfaction, and post-trip philanthropic activities.

    “Shaping the future of travel together is a key focus for Amadeus and we are proud to support this insightful initiative,” said Carolyn Cauceglia, Vice President, Strategic Sales and Account Management for Amadeus North America and a Director of Tourism Cares. “As a technology and services company that powers the global travel community, we hope this research spurs travel agencies, tour operators and the industry overall to embrace meaningful ways to give back and to serve consumers looking to enhance their travel experience.”

    According to the study, more than 1,400 American travelers included in the study (approx. 55%) have given their money, time or goods on a recent leisure trip within the past two years. Among this travel-giving group, monetary donations were most common with 86% donating money, 78% giving in-kind donations and 64% volunteering while on a leisure trip. These numbers also revealed how millennials, families and travelers from affluent households value their ability to give back to the destinations they visit.

    Additional highlights from survey include: Good Travels2

    Millennials are the new Generous Generation

    • Millennials were far more generous with their time, money and in-kind donations than any other generation surveyed – 81% volunteered, 78% donated cash and 83% gave in-kind during their most meaningful trip from the last two years.
    • Travelers aged 18-34 were also much more likely to interact with the local communities they visited compared to older travelers and take a greater interest in the causes they gave to, even after returning home.
    • For suppliers, millennials greatly value suppliers’ commitment to community and societal good, with 39% reporting commitment to social responsibility (CSR) as a key factor in selecting their travel provider.

    Affluent travelers are social travelers

    • Travelers with household incomes of over $100,000 are inclined to give back at home and abroad with 55% revealing it is very or extremely important for their spending and giving to help local communities.
    • These travelers also sought to give the most during their trips, compared to those who have already returned home.

    Families give more

    • According to the study, families with children give back and volunteer more than the other individuals in this survey, with 73% giving more of their volunteer time and 82% giving more in-kind services than others.

    Giving back and gaining rewards

    • Among those surveyed, 64% expressed that their high trip satisfaction directly linked to their charitable activities.

    To read more in the news announcement and to download the full report, visit the website for Tourism Cares.

  • SAILING THE WORLD'S RIVERS! PART II-EUROPE RIVER CRUISES!

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    Whether it's cruising on the Danube, Mississippi, Mekong or anywhere else in the world, river cruising is arguably one of the hottest vacation in travel.

    What is river cruising? In Europe!

    River cruising has been an increasingly popular form of leisure travel in recent years. River cruises are one-week or longer, overnight passenger cruises on vessels that range in size from a small four-passenger canal barge to the largest passenger river vessel afloat, the 396-passenger Victoria Jenna, which operates on the Yangtze River in China.

    European river cruising takes place in what is, at maximum, a 38-foot-by-410-foot vessel, dimensions dictated by the locks and bridges that the vessels must past through and under. European river cruisers generally range from between 100 and 200 passengers.

    Where do river cruises go?

    River cruises travel along many of the major rivers in the world. In Europe, the Danube River is second in length only to the Volga River in Russia. The Danube is one of the most popular rivers to cruise along, and many river cruises include the Danube as part of their itinerary.

    The Main, Rhine, Moselle, Elbe, Rhone, Saone and Seine are also popular rivers in Europe for river cruising. Elsewhere in the world, the Amazon River in Peru and Brazil, the Nile River in Egypt, the Yangtze River in China and the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia are also popular river cruise destinations.

    A Brief History

    In 1992, Europe’s age-old maritime landscape changed dramatically. It was that year that the Main-Danube Canal opened, connecting the Continent’s main arteries — and along with them, all of Europe.

    The completion of the canal spawned grand cruise itineraries from Amsterdam to Budapest — and beyond. An engineering marvel, the 106-mile Main-Danube Canal permits modern-day vessels to travel from the North Sea to the Black Sea, opening up more than 2,200 miles of river and exposing today’s travelers to life along the banks.

    Tributaries and smaller rivers flow into the main arteries to provide additional opportunities not only to reach deep into the heart of the Continent but also to explore some of its more remote regions.

    The opening of the canal also meant that no longer would travelers need to sit with their noses pressed against the windows of busses as they moved from one destination to the next. Instead, travelers admire the scenery from the ship’s sun deck as they are transported along with their accommodations.

    Tired of hopping in and out of motor coaches or checking out of hotels at 6 a.m. on traditional land tours?A river cruise offers the convenience and luxury of a deep-ocean cruise combined with the in-depth experience of a land tour and the personal freedom of a river cruise. Step aboard. Unpack once. Explore, and enjoy.

    River cruising emerged to introduce an entirely new concept to Europe: that of floating hotels that journey between destinations. In its simplest form, a river cruiser is nothing more than a barge with a hotel on top.

    The Benefits of River Cruising.

    For many travelers, the slow chug along the river is just the right pace for getting the lay of the land. Sitting on the top deck of a ship under brilliant blue skies, you gaze on fabled landscapes dotted with castles, villages and vineyards. A flight of stairs down, and you have all the amenities of a modern hotel — restaurants, bars, lounges, fitness facilities, spas, internet access and comfortable staterooms.

    River cruises offer opportunities to step ashore in fairy tale towns and fabled cities. Immerse yourself in contemporary culture, and learn something about the history of the towns along the Continent’s greatest rivers.

    The season runs March through the end of December, beginning with Tulip Time Cruises in Benelux countries and ending with Christmas Market Cruises in Hungary, Austria, and Germany.

    River cruising is perfect for those who want a relaxed grand tour of Europe and for cruisers who want to explore Europe beyond the coastline. River cruising presents the grandeur and charm of Europe as well as the indelible landscapes that inspired Europe’s great artists. Few things in life can beat the views of Europe over the ripples of Continent’s rivers.

    To book your River Cruise visit www.tyustours.com or call 866-547-5362.

     

  • Free Calling to Mexico for Hurricane Patricia?

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    The thoughts of the Vonage team are with the residents of Mexico as they brace for Hurricane Patricia.

    We are committed to helping our customers during difficult times like these, so we will waive all per-minute calling charges to Mexico mobiles and landlines* beginning at 5:00 PM (ET) today until 11:59 PM (ET) on October 30, 2015 (ET). During this time, all Vonage residential customers in the U.S. and Canada can make these calls from their home phones or from their mobile phones using Extensions®. If you are already on a calling plan that includes unlimited calls to Mexico, you will continue to enjoy those benefits.

    If you know anyone who is not a Vonage customer but needs to call Mexico, please encourage them to download the Vonage Mobile® App for iPhone® and Android™ smartphones, as per-minute-rates to Mexico from the Vonage Mobile app are also being waived until 11:59PM EST October 30, 2015. The app can be downloaded in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

    Please note that you may experience difficulty reaching your party because of potential damage to the telecommunications infrastructure as the storm makes landfall. This may require your patience and persistence when trying to make your calls.

    Our thoughts are with all who are or will be impacted by this storm, and we hope this makes it easier for our customers to connect with their loved ones during this difficult time.

  • SAILING THE WORLD'S RIVERS! PART 1-NORTH AMERICA RIVER CRUISES

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    North America River Cruises

    If it's good enough for Mark Twain, it's good enough for us. Follow in the great wordsmith's wake on a paddlewheel cruise down the mighty Mississip', and stop in for ribs in Memphis, a blues concert in the Delta or some jazz in New Orleans. You can also find river cruises on northern rivers like the Ohio, and if carpe diem is what floats your boat, head west to the Columbia and Snake Rivers for some serious scenery.

    Ready to roll on the river? Learn what sets a U.S. river cruise apart from every other kind of cruise.

    9 Things to Know about U.S. River Cruises

    It's a boat, not a ship.

    Most cruisers, having been on larger oceangoing cruise vessels have been trained to call them ships. Boats, we're often told, must be small enough to be carried on a ship. And so it's easy to forget that even though you're cruising on a river, the vessel you're on is not a ship, but a boat. But that definition only applies if the vessel is built to sail the ocean. Vessels built specifically for lakes and rivers are called boats.

    There are both a captain and a pilot onboard U.S. river boats.

    Technically, there are two captains onboard, as all pilots also have their captain's licenses. But because you cannot have two captains in command of a ship, one captain is the master and the other the pilot. Both stand watch (take command) for alternating six-hour shifts. When the boat is in a situation where both are needed (heavy fog or docking during bad weather, for instance), the master will concentrate on boat operations, while the pilot is in charge of navigation. On big ocean ships, local pilots come aboard to help the Captain dock in specific ports, but river pilots often do not have intimate knowledge of specific stretches of water. This is particularly true because rivers (their shapes, depths, etc.) change on an almost daily basis.

    Distances are in regular miles, not nautical miles.

    Don't know what the captain of your mega-ship is trying to tell you when he says you're 50 nautical miles from St. Thomas? Neither do we most of the time. Oh, we know it's something like 1.15 regular miles to the nautical mile, but who can be bothered doing math when the waterslide is calling your name? So it's nice to know that when the captain of your river boat says it's 19 miles to Memphis, he means 19 plain old miles. Of course, we still have to do the math to find out how long it's going to take to get there.

    You will encounter traffic.

    Sure you've seen other ships out on the big blue ocean, but they're usually far away and too hard to make out. On the river, though, you can practically reach out and touch the barge you're passing, and if you wave to the deckhand, he's going to see you and wave back. Plus, you can be sure the experienced pilots in your boat's wheelhouse are working the controls to make sure no one gets hit. Stand at the front of the ship during one of these encounters, and you'll be able to see as the boat is maneuvered to avoid the traffic.

    Sometimes you have to stop.

    Traffic isn't the only impediment on a river; locks (and occasionally dams) also slow boats down and bring them to a complete stop. Not all rivers have locks, which generally keep waters at an even level, but many do, including the Mississippi, Ohio and Columbia Rivers.

    Weather matters.

    Forget about gray and rainy days hampering fun in the sun. Just as a hurricane can force an oceangoing cruise ship to change course, so too can bad weather -- in particular, heavy rain and droughts -- make or break a river itinerary. For instance, a drought along the Mississippi River in 2012 kept waters so low that riverboats couldn't sail upriver, and American Cruise Lines and American Queen Steamboat Company had to push some of their Upper Mississippi sailings onto the Ohio. In 2013, too much rain flooded the river, making it impossible for riverboats to get under bridges and forcing the closing of several locks. The result was the same as during the drought. Boats scheduled to sail the Upper Mississippi were diverted onto the Ohio.

    Weather matters.

    Forget about gray and rainy days hampering fun in the sun. Just as a hurricane can force an oceangoing cruise ship to change course, so too can bad weather -- in particular, heavy rain and droughts -- make or break a river itinerary. For instance, a drought along the Mississippi River in 2012 kept waters so low that riverboats couldn't sail upriver, and American Cruise Lines and American Queen Steamboat Company had to push some of their Upper Mississippi sailings onto the Ohio. In 2013, too much rain flooded the river, making it impossible for riverboats to get under bridges and forcing the closing of several locks. The result was the same as during the drought. Boats scheduled to sail the Upper Mississippi were diverted onto the Ohio.

    Seasickness will not be a problem.

    Even during bad weather, you never have to worry about the "motion of the ocean." U.S. river water pretty much only goes one way, and while you might bump into a log and feel the boat give a small jolt, it's never going to be rocking from side to side. So leave your seasick patches and pressure point bands at home; you don't need 'em.

    You can walk if you want to

    American riverboats don't need to dock only at large piers like their oceangoing counterparts. If you can offload a power fishing boat into the water at the town's edge, you can dock a 400-passenger riverboat there, too. That means riverboats are capable of pulling up and debarking passengers within easy walking distance of town. In St. Louis, the Arch is less than a 10-minute walk from where the riverboats moor. In Cincinnati, though the boat is technically docked in Newport, Kentucky, you're just a 15-minute walk across a pedestrian bridge from the Great American Ballpark where the Reds play, and 20 minutes from the heart of the city. So even if you don't want to spend anything to do an excursion, it's easy -- and free -- to make your way into just about any town or city you visit.

    It probably won't be your last (river) rodeo.

    You may think you're only giving one U.S. river cruise a try to see what all the buzz is about, but don't be surprised if you've got your second river cruise planned before you're even done with the first. River cruise companies have some of the highest repeat rates in the cruise industry. People just can't get enough of them. Whether it's the bucolic towns and quaint cities, superb service and excellent food, all-inclusive pricing and sociable clientele or a mix of all and more, most river cruisers can't wait to sail the next river.

    To find your next great adventure on the river visit www.tyustours.com or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • Did You Know Carnival Cruises Lines Changed Its Name?

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    As you may or may not have noticed, Carnival has changed their company name from Carnival Cruise Lines to Carnival Cruise Line (singular). The reason for this change is their brand is a singular brand which does not operate in multiple lines.

    All items containing the incorrect branding should be updated by June 1st, 2016.

  • Selfies vs Shark Attacks: Which Are More Deadly for Travelers?

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    Written by Calder Quinnand Brad Rickman

    September 16, 2015

    This has been the summer of shark attacks, from the North Carolina coast to the waters of Australia. And sharks can be dangerous, even lethal. But not, it turns out, as lethal as that ubiquitous travel pastime, the selfie.

    We've been overrun this summer with stories of man-eating sharks. A barrage of attacks off the coast of North Carolina; a televised strike on star surfer Mick Fanning in South Africa; assaults in the waters of Australia, California, Florida, and Maui. Limbs have been lost. There've been (occasional) fatalities. The stories play to deeply seated fears, invoking, as they do, cultural touchstones like Jaws and Discovery's Shark Week that may be a symptom of those fears but, all the same, mostly just amplify our terror.

    We love to be afraid of sharks.

    Believe it or not, though, shark attacks have been far less dangerous to travelers in 2015 than one tourist activity that, for most of us, hits about as far from fearsome as gummy bears.

    We're talking about the selfie.

    Let's look at the numbers. Through August of this year, there've been eight confirmed shark-related deaths. In those same eight months, the number of selfie-related deaths reached at least ten. And those are just the ones easily tracked. According to Reuters, the Russian Interior Ministry reacted to "dozens" of selfie deaths and injuries early this year with a series of (slightly bizarre — see below) warnings. Deaths from bridge falls, hand grenade explosions, shots to the head, bison gorings — it's been enough that the European Union, in June, actually proposed the criminalization of certain types of selfies: namely, those containing landmarks like the Eiffel Tower or Rome's Trevi Fountain.

    So, yes: sharks are scary. But (as some of us have been saying) the selfie stick is your real enemy. Beware.

  • October is National Plan A Cruise Month

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                October is “National Plan A Cruise Month”

    Fall is the Perfect Time for Vacationers to Plan a Trip at Sea

    September 23, 2015 – Tyus Tours & Travel and Special Events & Tours, the cruise vacation planning experts, has announced October is National Plan a Cruise Month. Through a multi-dimensional campaign, the cruise industry has come together to showcase the wide variety of cruise experiences, proving there is a cruise vacation for every travel style.

    National Plan a Cruise Monthwill also help new cruise customers Fall in Love with Cruisingthroughunprecedented cruise vacation offers – from chances to win dream cruise vacations each day of the month to the best cruise deals and promotions of the year.

    “Today, cruises have so much to offer our clients, from amazing dining experiences, Broadway-caliber entertainment and waterparks to the ability to visit multiple destinations in a single trip without having to unpack and pack your belongings more than once,” said Ricky Tyus of Tyus Tours & Travel .  In addition, “we have found once our clients take a cruise for the first time, they fall in love with cruise vacations” states Perrine Hill of Special Events and Tours. “We want to share the love of cruising through incredible offers and deals from our cruise partners, as well as amazing opportunities to win a variety of cruise vacations each day in October.”

    #CruiseSmile Vacation Giveaway

    To showcase the wide variety of cruise vacations, consumers have the chance to win a different cruise vacation for two each day during the month of October (for a total of 31 cruise vacation giveaways!). For a chance to win, participants can post a photo featuring a great smile on Twitter, Instagram or the campaign landing page www.cruisesmile.org, use #CruiseSmile#sweepstakes and tag a friend. Winners will be chosen at random.

    National Plan A Cruise Month Promotions

    Cruise lines are offering special promotions and pricing on popular cruises to encourage consumers to plan their next cruise vacation now.  Contact a cruise specialist at Tyus Tours & Travel or Special Events & Tours to take advantage of cruise lines special deals. 

    Plus, Tyus Tours & Travel along with Special Events & Tours is hosting the World’s Largest Cruise Night, Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 1-4 pm at the Embassy Suites by Hilton at the Airport. With this event we will have representatives from CLIA member cruise lines that will engage our customers in a unique way to increase the awareness of cruise vacation. And Bounce23TV will be giving away a cabin on the Khari Free At Last/Bounce23TV cruise sailing November 12, 2016 on the Carnival Triumph sailing from New Orleans on a Western Caribbean Cruise.

    For more information contact the travel planning experts at Tyus Tours & Travel and Special Events & Tours by visiting www.tyustours.com. For more information about cruising and all National Plan a Cruise Month activities, visit www.cruising.org.

     

    About National Plan a Cruise Month

    National Plan a Cruise Month, created by Cruise Lines International Association, the world’s largest cruise industry association, celebrates cruise travel. Throughout October  CLIA encourages travelers to learn more about cruise vacations, as well as promote cruise-focused travel professionals as the best way to find plan and book cruise. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies, visit www.cruising.org or www.cruiseforward.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association's on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

    About Win a free Cabin on the Bounce23TV/Khari Free At Last Cruise

    You must be present to win. Taxes, port charges and airfare are not included.  You must be 21 years old to enter contest. Employees  and/ or their relatives of Bounce TV23, and Talktainment radio, Tyus Tours & Travel, Special Events & Tours or Embassy Suites by Hilton are not eligible to win.

     

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  • Its Your Time to Travel Radio Show

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    Its Your Time To Travel Radio Show
    Airs "Live" Every Tuesday at 8pm on Talktainmentradio.com
     
     
     

    To Join the conversation call 877-932-9766 or download the talktainmentradiodotcom app. to your cell or tablet, we-go where-you-go, radio the way it should be here.

    “IT’S YOUR TIME TO TRAVEL” Show Summary

    ”IT’S YOUR TIME TO TRAVEL” show discusses and explores the various means of travel and vacation get-away all over the world as well as address the many health benefits in planning and taking time for vacations.

    The show will provide a forum and opportunity for representatives from resorts, cruise lines, hotels, spas and health specialists to give information about popular and exotic locations and their services.

    In addition, the show will give spotlight to individuals speaking live on-air about their great vacation experience at the various venues and destinations the hosts provided and/or presented by the representatives that were on the show.

    “IT’S YOUR TIME TO TRAVEL” show demographics focuses is the 35-65+ age range and provides contents to change the mindset of some of its listeners regarding “why they need to take a vacation” to introducing various vacation packages at incredible destinations both nationally and internationally. In addition, give the significant benefits and value of vacations toward having a happier, healthier and well balance life. The show highlights reasons why vacations are good for the entire family. (i.e. personally, work, school, friends, family relations, etc.)


    TALKTAINMENT RADIO (TTR)

    Talktainment Radio (TTR) is the premier online radio platform that provides diverse, provocative and insightful programming in a talk radio format. Currently, there are 50 shows on the roster, that includes business and technology, religion, comedy, entertainment, love and relationships, arts and culture, news and politics, sports, health and wellness, family, music, and supernatural and paranormal. The mission is to create and distribute innovative and entertaining content for their listeners. Talktainment Radio is at the forefront of the current trend toward a transition to online radio.

    As an industry leader in digital entertainment, the radio station is the trailblazer from the airwaves to the internet. It’s a cut above other online radio entities, the programs are professionally produced, recorded live in-studio, optimized for online distribution and available as podcasts through their websites, tunein.com and streamfinder.com among other listening outlets.

    Talktainment Radio listener’s demographics are on an average of 110,000+ views per month. There is 30% traffic from mobile users and 40% onsite visitors who listen live. The listeners by genders are 48.9% male, 50.5% female. The listeners by age are: 35-44 age range is 22.3%, 45-54 age range is 22.6% and 25-34 age range is 23%.

    Talktainment Radio listeners are most likely to see their sponsor’s advertisement on-line as the sponsor’s brand message and it is being reinforced on-air by show hosts. This is mainly because Talktainment Radio is a destination station. The listeners make a conscious decision to tune in to the programming. Listeners are not distracted by traffic or listening merely to pass the time. Talktainment Radio listeners seek out specific programming on their own, making them more receptive to every message through the show hosts.

    To advertise or be a guest on "Its Your Time To Travel" call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or email us at itsyourtimetotravel@tyustours.com

  • My Ohio State University Football Game Day Experience!

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    This Saturday, 09/12/15 I attended the OSU vs Hawaii Football Game as part of the OSU Faculty and Staff Appreciation Football Game and Tailgate. Below is our experience for the event. What I didn't know was this would be an all day and into the night experience.

    For the game it was four of us, myself, my wife (OSU staff) her friend (OSU staff) and my friend from Toledo. We were all dressed in Scarlet Red for The Ohio State Buckeyes Home Opener.

    The best decision we made was to ride COTA (our public transportation) to the OSU football game. COTA has a park & ride on game day for the Buckeyes and they drop you off at the Stadium.

    After the game the bus are waiting for you starting at the 3rd quarter and up to 2 hours after the game is over. This was a great decision. So, we arrived at the Stadium at about 12 noon, game time is 3:30 pm, but the tailgate starts at 12 noon. So we use GPS to find the tailgate which was 1 ¾ miles from our bus stop. But a lot closer if we knew where we were going. At the tailgate (which was indoors) was plenty of food, drinks, faculty, staff and that’s it! Oh, we took a group photo, but the tailgate was uneventful!

    At about 2pm we head to the stadium which was very close to the tailgate. Our seats are on C desk, two rows from the top of the stadium. Thank god we got here early so no one can see us struggle to get to our seats. By game time the stadium is full. What we thought was a great view is now reduced to seeing less than 50% of the field, but wait at south end of the stadium is giant screen, so no problem.

    No problem seeing the screen until they raised the flag. (See the picture above). Our seats were so high up that the flag from the flag pole blocked our view from seeing the big screen when the wind was blowing and it was blowing most of the time. So much, for that OSU Football Experience. Oh, did I fail to mention that there were over 107,000 in attendance for OSU first home football game. I wonder how many was Faulty and Staff? I wonder what The Ohio State University will do next week to fill up the Stadium. Next week they play Western Michigan from the MAC.

    Oh by the way I will attend another Buckeye game as long as I can get better seats! Go Bucks!

  • Apology issued after book club booted off Napa Valley Wine Train

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    NAPA, Calif. --

    The Napa Valley Wine Train is apologizing to a women's book club after booting them from the train this weekend for allegedly being too loud. The incident has triggered its own hashtag -- #LaughingWhileBlack.

    In all the years this black woman's book club has been together they say they've never been asked to leave an establishment.

    "We are a group, we are respectful, we have been together for 17 years," said book club member Lisa Rene Johnson. "We go to fine dining, which is what some people want to call the Napa Wine Train."

    She says they were as loud as any other group of 11 people would be if they were having fun on a Saturday.

    So, they were shocked to be escorted off the train and met by police at the Saint Helena station.

    And they were offended to see a Facebook post from the Wine Train, which has since been deleted. It read in part: "Following verbal and physical abuse towards other guests and staff, it was necessary to get our police involved."

    "That is absolutely untrue," Johnson said. "We have never, we never touched anybody."

    PR consultant Sam Singer, has been hired as a spokesperson for the Napa Valley Wine Train, he says that post was a mistake. He also says the police were never called in to make an arrest.

    "I think the police were called to ensure that in case there had been liquor consumption that they were okay to drive home," said Wine Train spokesperson Sam Singer. "That wasn't the case, so it was unnecessary to have them there."

    Managers now want to make a personal apology. "We're trying to reach these book club members and these women so that we can apologize in person and set things straight," Singer said. "We want to respect them and we want them to respect and enjoy the wine train as well."

    He said a guest is asked to leave the train at least once a month for being too loud or too intoxicated. But this situation could have been handled better. 

  • Black Women's Book Club Put Off Napa Valley Wine Train For Having Too Much Fun!

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    Monday, August 25, 2015

    Members of a California book club have claimed they were asked to leave a train during a group outing over the weekend because of their race.

    The Napa Valley Wine Train offers food and wine to passengers as they roll to Napa County wineries in updated Pullman cars.

    The book club clearly was fun-loving, boisterous and loud enough that it affected the experience of some of the passengers who were in the same car, who complained to staff. A manager on the train repeatedly told the women they were laughing and talking too loudly and had asked the women to either quiet down or get off the wine train and accept a free bus ride back to their starting point.

    The Wine-train employees then marched the book club members through six railroad cars before escorting them off the train. The company then refunded the women's group their ticket money.

    Book club member Lisa Renee Johnson, an author from Antioch, Calif said the train company contributed to the situation by selling them seats that were scattered throughout the car, even after the members made clear they were traveling as a group. The seating arrangement made conversation more difficult, Johnson said. Noise is going to come along with that," admitted Johnson, "and laughter, because it's fun! It's wine and not just a glass of wine, it's free-flowing wine.

    "We were treated like we didn't belong there, and we paid our money just like everyone else," insisted Johnson, "if they cannot accommodate groups, they should not take our money as a group."

    Wine train employees had called the police to deal with what they reported were "11 disruptive females. The book club consisted of 11 women, one of them 83 years old and were already off the train when the St. Helena Police arrived. Police arrived at the railway siding and found "there was no crime being committed ... nobody was intoxicated, there were no issues." So officers left.

    Wine train spokesman Sam Singer said On average, individuals or groups are asked to get off the wine train once a month for one reason or the other. "It's not a question of bias," he said.

    However a police spokeswoman in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena, which the wine train summoned Saturday, said it was the first time she recalled the wine train seeking police help removing a large group.

  • 10 Reasons Hawaii is the Coolest Place on the Planet

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    We all know that Hawaii is home to amazing beaches, palm trees and killer ocean views. But there’s so much more to the Hawaiian Islands that we’re going out a limb and saying that it is actually the coolest place on this whole planet.

    1. All but two of the world’s climate zones are found on Hawaii Island.

    FJV_10ReasonsWhyHawaii-1That’s right. In a little over 4,000 square miles, you can experience the majority of the possible climate zones that exist on Earth. That includes the polar tundra climate at the tops of Maunakea and Maunaloa all the way through (and including) tropical climates to a hot desert climate.

    2. Kauai’s Napali Coast is 17 miles long, and is only accessible by boat, helicopter or on foot.

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    Kauai is Hawaii’s oldest island, which means some of the world’s most incredible natural wonders can be found here. There are no roads along the coast, so your best bet is to take a boat, kayak or helicopter – or your own two feet on the Kalalau trail.

    3. Maunakea is the world’s best place for stargazing.

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    We all know that Hawaii Island is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and it’s that location – 1,860 miles from the nearest continental land mass – combined with the height of Maunakea that makes it the ideal place to stargaze. The distance from land means light pollution is effectively zero, and the elevation of the mountain practically guarantees crystal-clear skies as you are often looking down on the clouds (when you manage to pull your gaze from the stars above, that is). Please note, a guided tour is necessary to access the summit.

    4. Oahu is home to the only official residence of royalty in the United States.

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    Iolani Palace was the residence of King David Kalakaua and his successor, Queen Liliuokalani, from 1882 to 1893. The architecture was influenced by European styles, and the palace included several firsts for Hawaii, such as electric lights, flush toilets and telephones.

    5. Located off the coast of Maui, Molokini is one of the world’s only partially-submerged calderas.

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    And it keeps good company, including Santorini, Greece (you’ve seen the photos), and Krakatoa, Indonesia. What makes Molokini so unique is the position of the landmass and relatively shallow water, which has created the ideal habitat for coral reefs. With water visibility of up to 150 feet and more than 250 species of marine life to see, it’s obvious why this is one of the best places in the world for snorkeling and diving.

    6. There are no traffic lights on the island of Lanai.

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    And only 30 miles of the island’s roads are paved. By contrast, there are two luxury resorts on the island: Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele; and Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay.

    7. Hawaii Island is home to black sand beaches.

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    Throughout the islands, you can, of course, find white and golden sand, but you can also enjoy black sand beaches on Hawaii Island. Its constant volcanic activity has created the jet black shores along the Puna and Kau coasts, the most famous of which is Punaluu Black Sand Beach.

    8. 437 threatened and endangered species live in Hawaii.

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    It could literally be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the species who live here or visit the warm waters surrounding the islands. They include the humpback whale and monk seal, Hawksbill and Green turtles, Hawaiian hawk, Maui parrotbill, Hawaiian gardenia, and the Maunakea silversword.

    9. Waves can reach more than 40 feet on Oahu’s North Shore during the winter.

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    It’s no wonder the beaches of the North Shore host the world’s premier surfing competitions, including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Check out more than seven miles of legendary beaches including Waimea Bay, Ehukai Beach, Sunset Beach and Haleiwa Beach. Just be sure to leave the surfing to the pros.

    10. Kilauea Volcano has been erupting since 1983.

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    Located on Hawaii Island, Kilauea Volcano has been erupting for 32 years. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers one of the only places on Earth where visitors can walk near the active eruption on miles of paths and trails. You can also walk through a 500-year-old lava tube that was formed by an underground channel of molten lava.

    Pretty cool, right? Share your favorite on Pinterest.
    Or find out more about the Hawaiian Islands on funjet.com

  • 4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    All About Amsterdam

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    Amsterdam is a place that everybody knows about but perhaps for the wrong reasons. Popular culture has tagged Amsterdam as the epicenter for legalized drugs and prostitution. While admittedly, the culture in Amsterdam is very liberal, it is also very controlled and the city itself offers so much more. Amsterdam is a city that needs to be experienced and seen to be believed. It is perhaps the most beautiful city in Europe and certainly a capital of culture.

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    Dam Square in Amsterdam.

    Amsterdam is home to some of the top museums in all of Europe. The Van Gogh Museum is one of my personal favorites and I’m not a big museum person. However, seeing Van Gogh’s masterpieces, some of the most famous paintings in the world, in person, is pretty surreal. The Rijksmuseum or the National Museum is also very fun to walk around and has some great exhibits in a great part of town.

    The Anne Frank House is the big “can’t miss” site in Amsterdam. In fact, it is mandatory that everyone visits this hallowed house on a non-descript street in Amsterdam. If you don’t know the history of Anne Frank and her diary, please do yourself a favor and brush up on it so you really appreciate the significance of visiting the house. It is something that will stick with you like visiting Auschwitz or Birkenau in Poland-trust me on that one.

    Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

    Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

    As I previously noted, Amsterdam is known for its famed Red Light District and controlled drug use. The Red Light District is a little seedy for sure, but it is also fascinating to walk through and no visit to Amsterdam is complete without walking through it. Day or night it is a fascinating piece of Dutch culture and to be honest, there’s nothing else like it on Earth-it’s one of those places that you can’t believe actually exists.

    The Heineken Brewery is also in Amsterdam and is very popular with tourists. I have done the tour and thought it was pretty good. Plus, you get free samples at the end! It’s worth checking out if you like beer but even more so, much like Guinness to Ireland, Heineken and Amstel have become engrained in the culture of Holland.

    But what I love most about the city of Amsterdam is simply walking the gorgeous canal lined streets and getting lost. The city is so gorgeous, that people often forget to look around as they rush from museum to museum or district to district. Amsterdam is best enjoyed on foot or by bike.

    Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    If you hire a bike, you will feel like a local as just about every Amsterdam local rides a bike. While this is very cool, if you are walking you have to be careful not to get nailed by a bicyclist…or a streetcar!

    All that said, Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities in Europe and should not be missed. Any preconceived notions about the city will be dispelled immediately on arrival. It is truly one of the worlds great cities.

    For more information cruises to Amsterdam visit www.tyustours.com.

  • What Are The Pro’s and Con’s of Airline Mergers?

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    It’s bon voyage to US Airways on the morning of October 17, 2015, that’s when its last flight lands in Philadelphia.

    Flight 434 is a red-eye slated to depart San Francisco around 10 pm October 16 and land in the City of Brotherly Love at 6 am the next day. Once the jet is on the ground, the US Airways website will be shuttered and all kiosks and signage will change to American Airlines.

    After the Dec 31. 2013 merger of the two airlines, it was decided to keep the better known American Airlines. American Airlines is currently the biggest airline operator in the world by passenger traffic.

    Customers who booked a US Airways flight after Oct. 17 will get an American Airlines flight number bearing American’s AA code. Flights will be reduced during the switchover as to not put too heavy a load on the computer.

    In the last 10 years, mergers have erased Northwest, Continental and Airtran from existence. Before that, Pam Am, TWA and numerous smaller carriers has vanished.

    So the question that needs to be discussed What are the Pro's and Con's of Airlines Mergers?

    Pro:

    1. More places to go.The new airline, which will be called American, promises to make 6,700 flights a day on 600 planes to 336 cities in 56 countries! US Airways and American say they currently only have about a dozen truly redundant routes. If you have miles now on either airline, you'll be able to use them on the new airline to go to all these new places.

    2. Nicer aircraft. American has been pushing and publicizing nice amenities like more seats that lie flat, personal in-flight entertainment systems, worldwide Wi-Fi and more seating where you can pay to get 4 to 6 more inches for your poor knees. American has made a big a hubbub about all this, and the new airline is being branded as American, so it's likely you'll see more of these features.

    3. Possible Perks.American serves more meals in flight on shorter runs and lets you use miles to book one-way seats. On the other hand, US Airways is known for its enticing frequent flyer redemption rates, such as just 90,000 miles to fly business class to parts of Asia and 110,000 miles to Australia and South Africa. Many analysts fear these goodies will go away. But I view it differently. YOU, as interested flyers, have 12 to 18 months to lobby the new airline to keep the best of BOTH. Email and tweet your desires and demands and see what you can accomplish!

    Con:

    1. Fewer partner airlines.Nobody tracks frequent flyer mile programs as obsessively as Brian Kelly of ThePointsGuy.com. Kelly's intel is that the newly merged airline will choose to be a part of the OneWorld alliance, of which American is currently a member, and not the Star Alliance, with which US Airways has long been affiliated. "That means it will go from having 27 partners down to just 11," Kelly says. "But that still includes great partners like British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Qantas."

    2. Potentially higher fares.In a conference call, the leaders of the new "Franken-airline" swore up and down that their marriage will bring fares down, not up. They argue that as a single, more robust airline they'll be better able to compete with the other big guys. However, fewer players traditionally mean higher prices. Classic supply and demand. So we'll see.

    3. More customer competition.When any two airlines merge, there are more top-level flyers under one roof, whether they're called "elite" or "platinum" or supreme poobahs. That means competition for free seats and upgrades could be ratcheted up.

    To find out more about Airlines Mergers tune into Its Your Time To Travel on talktainmentradio.com Tuesdays at 8 pm.

  • Grand Bahamas-Summer of Festivals

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    The Goombay Summer Festival will take place at Grand Bahama's Taino beach, running from July 2-30.

    The festival will feature Bahamian culture and heritage, and will be held on Thursdays, with the exception of Independence Day, for which the special celebration will take place on Friday July 10.

    The Junkanoo Summer Festival will then begin July 31, running every Friday through August 21 at Sunset Village, in Eight Mile Rock.

    The festival will be "a massive fusion of Junkanoo rush outs and cultural expression for the entire family," said, Betty Bethel. Director of Tourism for Grand Bahama. "Attendees can enjoy the best of the west, with Eight Mile Rock's signature Fish Fry experience and the nostalgia of the West End Move." Festivities will also be held in West End on Saturdays from August 1 to 22.

    For a limited time we have 4 night Vacation Packages with Exclusive Non-Stop Flights from Columbus or Cincinnati priced from $499 per person. Other departure cities are available.

    To book online visit www.tyustours.com/vacationexpress or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • News You Can Use

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    Photo: The Carnival Sunshine can no longer operate a cruise to nowhere from Norfork Va., next year. (Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

    Cruises To Nowhere: A Change in U.S. Policy

    Say good-bye to cruises-to-nowhere from U.S. homeports.

    Starting in 2016, foreign-flagged cruise ships can no longer operate voyages that do not stop at a foreign port. What isn’t immediately clear, however, is why.

    The Cruise Lines International Association issued this statement: “While itinerary decisions are made by individual cruise lines, beginning in 2016, in compliance with U.S laws and regulations, foreign-flagged cruise lines operating out of U.S. ports are not to offer cruises for sale that do not include a call in a foreign port. Ships are cleared into and out of the United States by officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”

    A statement from Customs and Border Protection decribes why with this rule:

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection consistenly enforces Immigration laws and regulations in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). As explain in a 2014 federal court opinion (Bimini SuperFast v. Winkowksi), it has been the long-standing position of CBP that D-1 visa holders are not eligible to serve as crew members on cruises-to-nowhere.

    Under the INA, a D-1 visa holder is eligible to serve as a crew memer on a vessel only if the crew member 'intends to land (in the United States) temporarily and solely in the pursuit of this calling as a crewman and to depart from the United States with the Vessel.' CBP  has long explained cruises-to-nowhere do not "depart" from the United States because they do not land in a foreign port or territory. Therefore, D-1  visa holders are not eligible to serve as crewmembers aboard cruises-to nowhere, and such cruises must be staffed by U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents authorized to work in the United States.

    Cruises Lines affected by this new rule are reaching out to affected customers, assisting passengersa nd travel agents with travel plans.

  • Carnival To Ban Carry On Beverages

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    In an effort to stop liquor smuggling, Carnival Cruise Line is prohibiting its passengers from bringing bottled beverages onboard effective July 9.

    Carnival says it's implementing the bottled beverage ban for two main reasons. First, it slows down the boarding process due to security checks for contraband booze. Second, it can lead to behavioral problems caused by over consumption.

    "Bottled beverages are the most common means by which guests attempt to smuggle alcohol on board, which necessitates that bottles be individually examined by security personnel," Carnival said. "This bogs down the embarkation process and requires security resources dedicated to checking bottled beverages. Most importantly, when behavioral issues occur on board and are ultimately investigated, smuggled alcohol often appears to be a factor."

    Cruise passengers who want to drink booze without paying shipboard prices get very creative in their smuggling efforts, sometimes going so far as to fill mouthwash bottles with liquor and tinting it with food coloring so it looks like the original product. Or, they'll carefully remove some bottles of water from a package, fill them with booze, and replace them so the bottles and packaging look unopened.

    Such smuggling has spawned a cottage industry of flasks, plastic bladders and even fake beer bellies that store booze and are said to be undetectable by security devices. Google the topic and you'll find a plethora of advice columns and YouTube videos.
    However, cruise lines — and it affects virtually all of them — have caught on and now inspect bottles to confiscate the booze. Carnival will continue to check mouthwash and other personal/grooming products in bottles as well as other apparatus designed to smuggle alcohol.

    Yet Carnival said it realizes many guests carry aboard bottled water or cans of soda, and will allow small quantities. The line also is greatly reducing the cost of buying bottled water onboard.

    "We will continue to allow up to 12 unopened cans or cartons of water, sodas and non-alcoholic beverages per person to be brought on board during embarkation," the line said. "Guests can now purchase a 12-pack of bottled water from Carnival at a price of $2.99 plus tax online prior to their cruise or $4.99 plus gratuities once on board. We sincerely apologize for any disappointment these changes may cause.

    However, we firmly believe these changes will ultimately benefit all guests."
    Passengers age 21 and older can, however, bring aboard one 750-milliliter bottle of unopened wine or champagne in carry-on baggage on embarkation day. If they choose to consume it in a restaurant or bar, they will be charged a $15 corkage fee.

    All liquor, beer, other forms of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages outside of these exceptions are prohibited in both carry-on and checked luggage and will be confiscated and discarded with no compensation provided. All alcohol purchased in ports of call or onboard shops will be returned on the morning of debarkation.

    Guests also are prohibited from bringing large coolers onboard since it's an impediment to the boarding and security process, Carnival said. They can bring onboard personal-sized coolers, no larger than 12-by-12-by-12 inches to store small quantities of non-alcoholic beverages and/or medications.

    Carnival emphasized that this bottled beverage ban is not a ploy to increase onboard revenues, as some will undoubtedly accuse. "In fact, we do not anticipate any increase in revenue as a result of this policy change, particularly given the significant reduction in price we have instituted for 12-packs of bottled water," the line said.

    Carnival is notifying booked guests and travel agents today.

    "Bottled beverages are the most common source of attempted transport of alcohol on board," Carnival said. "Often times, we find guests transporting alcohol onboard through unauthorized means, resulting in unmonitored consumption of alcohol. Unfortunately, this has led to behavioral and safety related concerns."

    What do you think? Join the conversation at 877-932-9766 on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 8pm EDT on "Its Your Time To Travel" on talktainmentradio.com

  • You Should Be Here

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    On Sunday, May 31, 2015 Tyus Tours & Travel hosted “It’s Your Time to Travel” trip to Jamaica for 7 days and 6 nights. On Sunday we departed from Cincinnati on a Non-stop Charter Flight to Montego Bay Jamaica. The Flight was 3 ½ hours. You should be here for the party on the flight which included all the beverages you could drink, yes that included alcohol!  Have you ever been on charter flight that included all the alcohol you could drink? If so, you know our vacation started on the flight.

    After landing in Montego Bay, clearing customs and collecting our bags we were transferred to our Resort (transfers were included in the price.) For our group we reserved two Resorts The Riu Montego Bay Jamaica and the Riu Montego Bay Palace, sister beachfront hotels that sit next door to each other. You should be here because both Resorts are All-Inclusive, but the difference between the two resorts is much more than a ½ a star. (The Riu Montego Bay Jamaica is 5 Stars and the Riu Palace is 5 ½ Stars).

    The difference between the two hotels is Riu Palace is Adult only with elevated Concierge service; Free Wi-Fi throughout the Hotel which includes the Pool and Beach Area, plus the Riu Palace Jamaica enjoys sharing privileges at both resorts. Did I forget to mention the Palace has contemporary rooms with a Jacuzzi? You should be here to sip on your beverage in your private Jacuzzi.

    On, Monday, June 1, 2015 was our first excursion, touring Montego Bay. Tyus Tours & Travel introduced Luki Pusey as our tour guide for the week. Luki picked up the group at the hotel in an Air Condition Toyota Coaster. You should be here because Luki tour of mobay was a big hit with our guest introducing melons, coconut and papayas as wild fruit that can be picked off of trees or going off the beaten path to service guest that was interested in a Jamaica brownie. You should be here for that! On Tuesday, everyone enjoyed the activities at the resorts.

    Our Wednesday excursion was to Nine Mile and Dunn River Falls. Nine Mile is the birthplace of Bob Marley, walk where Bob Marley walked, You should be here to learn about the life of Bob Marley. After Bob Marley we headed to Dunn River Falls. You should be here because Dunn River Falls is one of Jamaica’s national treasures and one of the most beautiful spots on the island.

    Thursday our excursion was to 7 mile beach in Negril, Margaretville and Rick’s Café. You should be here to relax on Negril’s stunning Seven Miles beach enjoying a margarita at Margaretville and then be dazzled by Cliff Divers at Rick’s Café, voted one of the top ten bars in the world. On Friday guest enjoyed the activities at the resorts and prepared to travel home on Saturday.

    Saturday, June 6, 2015 You should be here to enjoy the last part of our vacation, the flight home where      we can still enjoy all the beverages we can drink.

    You should be here for our next Jamaica journey in June 2016.

    For more information contact Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362

     

  • JUST WONDERING IF YOU KNOW ...The newest NYC observatory opens this week - One World Observatory is at the very top of #1 World Trade Center

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    One World Observatory is a state-of-the-art guest experience providing stunning views of the iconic NYC skyline along with interactive exhibits.  The 3-floor observation deck at the top of One World Trade (the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere!) houses a Global Welcome Center, Sky Pod Elevators, See Forever Theater, One World Observatory, and more!  

    All ticket holders are welcomed in an array of languages at the Global Welcome Center and ascend to the Observatory in a Sky Pod Elevator, providing a virtual times-lapse recreation of the development of the NYC skyline.  The expansive 360 panoramic views at One World Observatory provide the “One and only place to see all of New York.”


    Tips for visiting:
    •    Timed tickets are required.  Suggested arrival is 15 minutes prior to entry time.
    •    One World Observatory is open 7 days a week.
    •    One World Observatory is ADA compliant, and all exhibitions and restrooms are fully accessible.  
    •    Taking pictures is encouraged with hand-held devices.
    •    One World Observatory is great for kids and guests of all ages.  
    •    No food or beverages can be brought into One World Observatory.
    •    There is a dining level located at One World Observatory, and is only accessible by ticket holders.
    •    Tickets are non-refundable.  
    •    One World Observatory is not affiliated with the 9/11 Museum & Memorial.

    One World Observatory is located at One World Trade Center in the Northwest corner of the World Trade Center site.
    The street address is:
    One World Trade Center
    285 Fulton Street
    New York, NY 100007
    Entrance on West Street
    At the corner of West and Vesey Streets

    Hours of Operation (One World Observatory is open 7 days a week):
    Summer & Holiday Hours:
    May 28, 2015-September 7, 2015 (Labor Day)
    9am until Midnight (last ticket sold at 11:15pm)

    Regular Hours:
    September 8, 2015-May 5, 2016:
    9am until 8pm (last ticket sold at 7:15pm)


    Tickets

    Adult Price from: $40

    Children Price from: $32

     

    These items can be added to any NYC Vacation Package just click here or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 to book your NYC Vacation Package.


     

  • Two Cruise Ships Cancel Calls to Puerto Vallarta

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    Celebrity Cruises’ Infinity canceled a May 10 call at Puerto Vallarta and Royal Caribbean International’s Jewel of the Seas will do the same on May 12 after reports of violence between drug gangs and local authorities.

    Their parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., said the calls were canceled “due to the recently experienced episodes of violent civil unrest, stemming from criminal gangs that have engaged in armed conflict with local authorities.”

    The ships decided to spend the day at sea instead.

    Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle is still scheduled to call at Puerto Vallarta on May 12, although the line canceled some tours that travel outside the main city “in an abundance of caution.”

    The normally peaceful resort area in the state of Jalisco is under a watchful eye now following reports of shootings, vehicles set on fire, and other disturbances. The U.S. government urged its diplomatic workers to exercise caution in Jalisco, particularly in rural areas.

    The Canadian government issued a similar warning on May 6, saying that some municipalities popular with Canadian tourists, including Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, and Chapala in Jalisco, are experiencing an increase in drug-related violence.

    “As Mexican security forces battle against organized criminal groups, criminals have engaged in retaliatory actions such as arson attacks against businesses, gas stations and banks, shootouts, and blockades using burning cars,” the Canadian warning says. “Remain vigilant throughout the state and exercise extreme caution. Stay in tourist areas and follow local media closely. If you do venture outside urban areas, exercise extreme caution, including on major highways. Avoid travelling at night.”

    The Los Angeles Times reported that a drug cartel in Jalisco shot down a military helicopter with rocket-propelled grenades on May 2, killing at least six soldiers. It was part of a wide outbreak of violence in Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara that is occurring as the nation prepares for mid-tern elections on June 7.

  • ASTA Study: Travelers Understand the Value of Agents

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    A newly released ASTA survey bolsters what evidence has long suggested: The lion’s share of leisure travelers who use agents truly understand their value, believing they deliver a higher caliber vacation experience than they’d be able to arrange on their own. These travelers contend that agents take the stress out of vacation planning, have access to better deals and will come to their aid if something goes amiss.

    The 2015 Travel Decision Making survey was based on answers from 3,000 U.S. consumers who were roughly divided between agent users and non-users. Respondents earned $50,000 or more annually and took at least one leisure trip in the last 12 months.

    “This study confirms  – when you use a travel agent, you have a better experience,” said Zane Kerby, ASTA’s president and CEO.

    Notably, the survey found that 92 percent of those consumers who used a travel agent planned to do again, with 50 percent saying they planned to increase their use of agents in the future.

    Seventy-two percent of those who used agents said they believed agents make the vacation planning process easy, 62 percent said agents would resolve problems should they occur, 68 percent said they were experienced at booking special trips; 61 percent said they possess the knowledge required to plan a quality vacation; and 59 percent said they were able to obtain better deals.

    Also, 78 percent of respondents who used agents said they were highly influenced by their hotel recommendations, and 77 percent said the same in respect to tour packages.

    Another finding of note: Those respondents who used agents were younger and more affluent, and comprised more of males, racial minorities, frequent travelers and solo travelers. Forty-one percent were Millennials and 30 percent Generation Xers.

    Those agents who did not use agents said that choice had less do with the competency of agents and more to do with self sufficiency and the ease of booking one’s own travel.

  • The American Work Ethic: Enough Already

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    David Cogswell | March 10, 2015 2:30 PM ET

    The American Work Ethic: Enough Already

    Of course I believe in a strong work ethic. I grew up in America and that’s the way Americans think. But there is a limit to how constructive work is when it is not balanced by some time for leisure; for dreaming and thinking creatively.

    his is an especially important issue from the standpoint of tourism. It is well known that Americans have less vacation time than people in other developed countries. And it’s a real problem for the tourism industry. It’s hard to get Americans to go anywhere for any length of time at all.

    Even major bucket-list experiences like safaris in Africa have to be offered in little one-week packets for the American markets.

    Most industrialized countries, (you know, modern countries with cars and roads and factories and so forth) have legal minimums of vacation time that each employee must be given by each employer.

    Glancing at a list of statutory minimum employment leave by country gives a rough sketch of the problem. (I know this is Wikipedia, but there are plenty of sources that back it up, generally speaking).

    In Germany, for example, the legal minimum of paid vacation time is 20 days. Broken into five-day weeks, that’s four weeks. In the U.K. the minimum is 28 days; more than five weeks. In France it’s 25 days. In Russia it’s 28. In Australia it’s 20. In New Zealand it’s 20. Et cetera.

    This is one area in which the U.S. just can’t be beat. The number of legally mandated paid vacation days for employees in the U.S. ? Zero. Can’t beat zero.

    That puts us in company with great free market paradises like Liberia, Sri Lanka and Tonga.

    Even Somalia has 13 days, and it’s known as a “failed state.” Of course I doubt that the law holds any weight in Somalia, but still, we are aiming awfully low here.

    Even if there are discrepancies in the Wikipedia list, you get the idea. The United States, the world’s richest country, the most advanced in some ways, is, according to USA Today, “the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day or holiday.”

    Whew! That’s a tough pill to swallow. American exceptionalism? Well, OK, but is this the kind of exception we want to be?

    What is wrong with a little vacation time? Don’t employers realize that their employees will be more productive, more creative and have higher morale when they have some vacation time?

    Apparently not.

    There is plenty of scientific information linking stress to health problems. People under stress have lower resistance to cancer.

    According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide.

    According to the data, more than 75 percent of doctor’s office visits are stress related. Chronic stress affects the brain, suppresses thyroid function, causes imbalances in blood sugar, decreases bone density, reduces muscle tissue, raises blood pressure, compromises immune system function and hampers the ability to heal. The list could be endless.

    On the other hand, laughter strengthens the immune system.

    There are innumerable studies with varying results, but the underlying facts are consistent.

    Americans need more vacation time. They need to reduce stress. Maybe enjoy life a bit.

    For those in the travel industry — hoteliers, leisure destinations and attractions, tour operators, travel agents, etc. — a little more vacation time for Americans would be a great boost for business. It might reduce their stress levels a bit, too.

    I don’t know who it was that dropped the pearl of wisdom: “No one on his deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at the office.’” These truths are self-evident, and yet ignored.

    Back in 1932, Bertrand Russell, a utilitarian philosopher, wrote an essay called “In Praise of Idleness.”

    Russell claims he was brought up believing in the virtue of work, but in his mature years, he said, “my opinions have undergone a revolution.  I think that there is far too much work done in the world, that immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous, and that what needs to be preached in modern industrial countries is quite different from what always has been preached.”

    It was one thing to promote the virtue of work in an agricultural society, said Russell. In an industrial society, you could make a case for the proposition that most of the work that is done is actually harmful to humanity.

    In the pre-industrial world, Russell argues, it was impossible for a man, no matter how hard he worked, to produce much more than that required to feed his family. Whatever surpluses there were beyond necessities were appropriated by warriors and priests.

    Modern technology, according to Russell, “has made it possible for leisure, within limits, to be not the prerogative of small privileged classes, but a right evenly distributed throughout the community.”

    Possible, yes, but not an actualized truth.

    “The morality of work is the morality of slaves,” said Russell, “and the modern world has no need of slavery.”

    Writing in 1933, Russell said that the Great War had proved that modern technology “has made it possible to diminish enormously the amount of labor required to secure the necessaries of life for everyone.”

    "During the war,” said Russell, “all the men in the armed forces, and all the men and women engaged in the production of munitions, all the men and women engaged in spying, war propaganda, or government offices connected with the war, were withdrawn from productive occupations. In spite of this, the general level of well-being among unskilled wage-earners on the side of the Allies was higher than before or since.”

    Buckminster Fuller argued that if every citizen were given a stipend to just do whatever they wanted, one in 30,000 would be a Jobs, or a Tesla, or a Turing, who would come up with an idea so revolutionary that it would pay for the other 29,999 who perhaps didn’t come up with anything earth-shattering.

    Okay, I know that idea will not sell in America for another century or so, though something akin to it functions in some of the more advanced social democracies of Europe and Scandinavia. But still, bottom line: Americans need more leisure time, more vacation time. And they need to broaden their horizons with travel.

    Spending eight, 10, 12, 14 hours at work and then vegetating in front of the television. That’s no life at all.

    So get that leisure time! Take it. Steal it if you have to! Your life is at stake.

     

  • Go Fish!

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    Go Fish!
    A Colorado Dude Ranch Family Fishing Experience
    by J.A. Sturgeon

    Dylan, my son, is fifteen and more interested in looking at the world on a computer screen than experiencing it in person. Most days, his father, Jim, and I aren’t much better. Today is different, though. Today, we are all standing in frigid clear Rocky Mountain water that swirls around our ankles, knees and thighs, seeming to suction from one side as it pushes on the other. Just standing firm against the current is more of a workout than I’ve had in months, but Dylan isn’t complaining. He’s as focused as Jim and I are, because today, we have a common foe.

    Instantly hooked

    There’s an abundance of activities on a Colorado Dude Ranch and I never expected Dylan to spend a second day on the river, especially after the way yesterday ended. Maybe a novice fisherman shouldn’t have jumped straight into fly-fishing, but that is what Dylan wanted to try, and I was happy to see that we had found an activity that interested all of us.

    Yesterday started out perfectly. The expert guide from the ranch had shown us the basics and encouraged us to get out there and go for it. We had our rods in hand and were ready to jump in with our hip waders and broad brimmed hats, but there was one thing left to do. The assortment of lures looked like a burial ground for ugly bugs to me, but Jim was explaining to Dylan how the design of the fly affected what the fish saw in the water. The weight of the bead head would determine whether the lure hovered above the water or sunk below; the goose biots arrowed in this direction to simulate movement.

    I couldn’t help smiling at Jim’s explanations as Dylan finally selected his lure and Jim showed him how to fix it on the end of the line. Jim probably hadn’t been on a river since he was Dylan’s age, but as I looked at their heads bent over the end of Dylan’s line, I realized this is one of those moments you never forget.

    Minor tangles

    Casting had not been my forte, and after my first two casts ended up catching nothing but nearby foliage, the guide gave me some pointers on time-honored methods for novices. Dylan was different, though.

    As Jim and I half-heartedly waggled our own lines, we watched our son lift his into the air, the silver-thin line a curving streak of light against the cobalt Colorado sky. The end of the line plunked into the river, where the fast and slow waters met, and Dylan pulled the loose end of the line as we’d been taught. I glanced at Jim, and saw that he was grinning, clearly as impressed as I was. Dylan had made it look easy, but more than that, he had made it look like art. He was a natural, and he proved it with the next cast, and the next.

    That’s when things became less . . . perfect. He got a bite, but Jim was helping me untangle my line from a moss-encrusted rock and events ensued that led to Dylan losing the fish and taking a prolonged dunk in the river.

    Dylan had been a good sport, and we had all left the river laughing, but I still didn’t expect Dylan to be so eager to get back to the river. He couldn’t stop talking about our experience, and encouraged us to get through our dinner quickly so we could be up early for another fishing excursion. Our unexpectedly gourmet family-style meal turned out to be too good to rush. It featured grilled lamb and was accompanied by choice wine for Mom and Dad, but we did make it back to our rustic-chic room when we were ready.

    Tackling it again

    The next morning Dylan was up early wrangling me and Jim. He’d ride his horse later, he told us, and would save rafting for another day. It seemed our son had a score to settle with the fish and the river.

    Dylan’s shoulders were outlined with determination as we made our way down the well-worn path to the river. His pace increased, and a moment later I heard the gurgle and whoosh of the runs and riffles. It wasn’t long before Dylan was back in the water, seeming once again to be in his element, and his father and I watched in admiration while he cast his fly line out as if he had done it a thousand times instead of a dozen.

    My heart leapt when I saw Dylan’s arms strain and realized he had a bite. I’ll never forget the sound of my son’s voice, almost a man’s voice, as it called out, “Dad,” with a hint of a child’s uncertainty. Jim walked over and helped Dylan pull the fish from the water.

    The guide handed me the landing net and I was ready when father and son hefted the vanquished foe, a gleaming trout with green skin that sparkled in the sun, from the river. Dylan’s enthusiasm for fly-fishing is probably a sign that he will catch a great many fish in his life, but on this cool Colorado morning, nothing could have made me happier than knowing that he caught his first fish with our family, here in this amazing spot. How thrilling to have this matchless experience at a Colorado Dude Ranch.

    To play and go fish at a Colorado Dude Ranch contact Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit us online at tyustours.com.

  • A Family's Dude Life

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    A Family's Dude Life
    Getting back to your roots and into a Colorado Dude Ranch adventure by Hilary Stunda

    I was riding down the trail to the alpine lake, the warmth of the afternoon sun on my back, on Pancho, my horse for the week, and trusted partner. My thoughts quieted as we rhythmically swayed back and forth through the rustling of Aspen trees. The sky was a crisp blue; the leaves a verdant canopy.

    My husband was beside me and two sons followed behind. Their horses were younger; a little friskier, which served them well—my kids enjoyed picking up the pace on occasion. By the end of our weeklong stay at the Colorado dude ranch they seemed to have changed. No longer just “city” kids, they had been touched by the invaluable experience one can only get with horses, campfires and midnight stargazing.

    We rode out into the open and approached the lake’s shoreline. The sun sparkled on the pristine water surrounded on all sides by mountain views. A picnic awaited us as did Misty, one of the camp wranglers.

    The kids dismounted and immediately started skipping rocks. My husband and I sat on the multi-colored horse blanket spread out before us facing the sun to settle in for a glass of wine and some cheese and crackers. Misty tied up our horses.

    This was our final day at the dude ranch and we were feeling a little sad about leaving in the morning. It had been one of the most memorable vacations, ever.

    We spent our evenings listening to stories at the campfire, noshing on s’mores and later singing songs. Back at our cabin we played board games by the fire and hit the sack early after a full day of activities.

    Active in nature

    From the very first day, my boys never asked for their phones or whether they could check their emails. There was no television; no movie nights. They spent their days with ranch counselors who took them on adventures every day, from archery and scavenger hunts, to kayaking and fishing; and cookouts and hayrides.

    Life was simple here and to tell the truth, better.

    Our dude ranch was nestled in the Rocky Mountains. It was July, peak season for wildflowers. Columbine, Lupine and Indian Paintbrush covered the mountainsides. It was like stepping into Monet’s garden each time we walked outside.

    My thirteen year-old son, Kyle, met an ex-rodeo champion who worked at the ranch. You couldn’t miss him. Grizzled and handsome, wearing his championship winning belt buckle from the National Finals Rodeo, it was Kyle who noticed the duct-tape on the tips of his cowboy boots.

    “Can’t get rid of ‘em,” he said, when he caught my son looking at them. “My favorite pair,” he said with a smile.

    From then on, the two had a special bond. His name was Wyatt and he taught Kyle how to ride and better yet, how to groom and take care of his horse. Each of my boys had their own horse for the week and it would be their horse each time we returned.

    Now that my teen actually knew someone who had been on the rodeo circuit, he was interested.

    Getting comfortable with ranch life

    While the kids were off on their daily adventures, my husband and I had the days free to do what we pleased.  It was the first time I felt confident sending the kids off for the day. I knew they were in good hands, having fun and making friends while learning something valuable about the outdoors.

    One day while our kids went to an offsite rodeo, we went on a guided 10 mile hike, followed by a blissful hot tub soak and massage. The next day, my husband paired up with an expert fly fisherman, who led him to some of the best fishing holes in Colorado. I had the great privilege of zero responsibilities.

    I read a book and rediscovered peace.  Relaxing on the front porch rocker, I was joined by the resident hound, Freckles. He sat beside me, and I noticed grey on his otherwise black and white muzzle.

    “You probably appreciate the peace and quiet too, don’t you old boy?” I asked. He nuzzled my hand in response.

    Birds playfully chirped a melody from among the trees and the nearby stream provided the calming undertones of the song. Fresh air filled my lungs and tension was nowhere to be found. Freckles picked up on the mellow vibe too, setting himself into nap mode. We shared the moment, me reading my book, and Freckles dozing at my side.

    Dinnertime became a family highlight; a time to share stories. The kids recounted their adventures and we laughed at some of the crazy things we did, like zip lining over a raging river. We were happy and ready to tell each other about our day. Used to being overly scheduled back home, with our days following a tightly packed ritual of after-school sports, dinner, homework, then bed, we relished having the time to just be, together.

    “Remember the really tall cowboy we met when we first got here?” my nine year-old, August, asked.

    He was referring to Wyatt, the one with the duct-taped cowboy boots.

    “Well, he’s nice,” said August.  “He taught me how to lasso.”

    My husband and I gave each other a surprising glance, as my youngest son was usually very shy. But Wyatt was a softie, even if he looked like he stepped right out of a Clint Eastwood movie.

    From the start, the kids were excited and happy. From collecting the chicken eggs from the chicken pen for the head Chef (who made them into a delicious frittata) to learning how to tie a clove hitch knot to keep a horse safely tied to a fence post.

    That’s how it was for all of us at the dude ranch.

    Being around people who love the outdoors has an effect on you.

    Each day began with a big hearty breakfast and ended with a casual gathering around a campfire. Suddenly, the jobs and schools that defined us in our “other” life seemed to fall away. What mattered most here was how we were as people, together and apart.

    Lasting connections

    That last evening we made the rounds to say our farewells. The kids headed to the barn to visit their horses one last time; we sought out the friends we made, exchanged numbers and vowed to return the next year, during the same week.

    Freckles walked me to our car after checkout. I crouched down and gave him a good rub behind the ears.

    “Farewell for now, friend,” I said.

    As we drove down the long dirt road leaving the dude ranch behind, I spotted Freckles in the rearview mirror sitting and watching us drive away—his version of farewell.  My boys gazed quietly out their windows at the passing terrain—vistas of farms and ranches backed against Ponderosa Pine, Colorado Spruce and Aspen. We wound alongside the raging river where just a few days before we had rafted class 3 rapids.

    We rode in silence for a while, just savoring the flavor of what we had just experienced and what was to come.

    One week at a Colorado dude ranch had instilled in us a lifetime’s worth of what truly matters.

    To experience the dude life at a Colorado Dude Ranch call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit www.tyustours_21812.htm.

     

  • Top 10 Ways to Get up Close to an Alaska Glacier

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    With so many glaciers within a day’s travel of Anchorage, Alaska’s frozen wonders are easily within reach. Check out our top 10 list for exploring glaciers near Anchorage:

     

    1.  Portage Glacier and the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center

    Travel 50 miles south of Anchorage along one of the most scenic roads in the nation to stroll along the iceberg-choked lake left behind by the retreating Portage Glacier. See award-winning exhibits and the film "Voices from the Ice." Take an interpretive walk or iceworm safari and hop aboard the MV Ptarmiganfor a one-hour cruise to the face of the glacier.

    2.  Matanuska Glacier

    Approximately 90 miles north of Anchorage, Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site offers excellent views of the 27-mile-long Matanuska Glacier. The Edge Nature Trail leads through the forest to glacier viewing platforms. Several companies offerguided day hikeson Matanuska and other glaciers near Anchorage including Exit Glacier.

    3.  Dog Sled Adventures

    In summer, glaciers provide plenty of chances to explore Alaska's state sport and one of the oldest methods of transportation – dog sledding. Fly out to a kennel set up on a nearby glacier for a snowy, short-sleeved sledding adventure! 

    4. Kenai Fjord National Parks Day Cruise

    From March through September narrated cruisesdepart several times daily from the port of Seward, 130 miles south of Anchorage. Watch calving glaciers, sea lion colonies, several species of whales, otters bobbing along in the current, puffins skimming along the water and Dall porpoises frolicking in the bow waves of boats.

    5. Prince William Sound Day Cruise

    Cruise the protected, calm waters of Prince William Sound. Wildlife, such as sea otters, whales, sea birds and seals are often encountered basking on floating icebergs, but it’s the incredible number of alpine, cirque, piedmont and active tidewater glaciers that are the most impressive aspect of Prince William Sound. Glacier cruises are available May through September and depart from town of Whittier, 60-miles south of Anchorage.  

    6. Kayaking

    Kayakingamid icy chunks in Prince William Sound is only the beginning of paddling options. Eklutna Glacier feeds into Eklutna Lake’s pristine waters. Paddle out, then pedal back along the shore on the return trip. Resurrection Bay (Seward) and Kachemak Bay (Homer) all offer outstanding sea kayaking as well. 

    7. Flightseeing Trips

    For a truly high-altitude glacier visit, book a helicopter or bush plane flight to tour a whole host of glaciers in a single trip. Touch down for an up close look; dependable operatorsoffer year-round flightseeing tours from Anchorage, many of which include glacier landings or land on lakes in sight of massive glaciers.

    8. Guided Snowmobiling

    Zipping through remote backcountry on snowmobile is a favorite Alaska winter pastime and an exhilarating way to access glaciers, icebergs and ice caves. Guided tripsaccommodate every rider’s skill level.

    9.  Railroad Day Trips

    The Glacier Discovery Train is the ticket to the Alaska Railroad whistle-stop at Spencer Glacier. Here, you can disembark for short hike with a U.S. Forest Service ranger, gear up with crampons and helmet for a glacier trek or hop on a boat for a gentle float among icebergs. Or you can stay on board the train and continue to Grandview Valley to enjoy the spectacular scenery through large picture windows. 

    10. Dinner with a View

    From decks perched at the summit of Alyeska Resorrt's aerial tram in Girdwood, spot seven named glaciers in the surrounding mountains. The Glacier Express Cafe, Roundhouse Museum and the AAA four-diamond Seven Glaciers restaurant each offer stunning views of the glaciers as well as the valley below.

    To book your Alaska vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • CLIA TOUTS 12 HEALTH BENEFITS OF CRUISING

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    The 2014 American Cruise Market Profile Survey polled households in the U.S. and Canada and found that travelers rank ocean cruises as the best overall vacation.

    Cruise Line International Association has rounded up 12 benefits from Cruise Vacations. Take a look.

    1. Sunshine-Cruise ships allow plenty of time to soak up sunshine. CLIA cited third party research saying that getting sunshine in the morning helps to tune individual's internal clocks.
    2. Relaxation-Cruises are stress-free with planned itineraries and activities like spa treatments and lounging by the pool. Citing third party research CLIA explains that chronic stress can lead to several health problems.
    3. Cleanliness-According to CLIA, each room and common areas on cruises are regularly sanitized and crew members are urged to wash their hands frequently.
    4. Ocean Air-Fresh air helps aid digestion, improve heart rate, strengthen the immune system and more, according to third party research collected by CLIA.
    5. Salt Water-Guest have regular access to the benefits of salt water both on the ship in salt water swimming pools and on the beaches.
    6.  Camaraderie-CLIA and third party research explains that humans innately want to connect with other travelers during activities like dining and live shows.
    7. Exploration-Cruises give passengers a chance to do several activities like diving, parasailing and sight-seeing without spending months planning.
    8. Healthy Dining Options-Cruise ships can accommodate dietary needs like gluten-fee, vegan and more, as wellas serve well-rounded meals.
    9. Staying Active-Cruises offers passengers a chance to play table tennis, rock climb, go to the gym and more.
    10. Meditation-There is time to think and clear the mind on cruise ships. CLIA cited third party research that explains that meditation has been found to reduce stress and negative emotions.
    11. Stress Free Vacation Planning-With pre-planned excursions, inclusive meals and on-board activities there is little planning needed, said CLIA.
    12. Better Budget Value-CLIA explains that cruises are an all-inclusive way to travel without hidden fees.

    To book your cruise vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or listen to "Its Your Time To Travel" on Talktainmentradio.com for updated information on cruise vacations.

  • 10 Family Friendly Things to do during Spring Break on Florida Space Coast

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    Our Top Picks of (Family Friendly) Things to Do During Spring Break On The Space Coast!

     

    Spring will be here before you know it, so break out the bikinis and sunscreen, pack up the kids (don't forget Fido) and set your GPS for the Space Coast, one of Florida's best kept secrets. And a springtime vacation on our coast can be as relaxing as you want or non-stop fun in the sun! Need a little guidance to make the most of it? Look no further than this list of our top picks! 

    #1 Have lunch with an Astronaut

    If you could have a meal with absolutely anyone, who would it be? If you've ever answered "an astronaut," then you're in luck! Experience this once-in-a-lifetime thrill of having a face-to-face conversation with a veteran NASA astronaut at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Hear stories about space exploration and what it's like to launch, live and work in space. Learn more

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    #2 Go Weightless

    Why stop at just lunch with an astronaut feel what its like to be truly weightless with a ZERO-G Experience. Experience true weightlessness in their specially modified Boeing 727, as parabolic arcs are performed to create a zero gravity environment allowing you to float, flip and soar as if you were in space or a superhero.Book

    #3 Play Cops and Robbers

    Founded in 1960, the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum is the nation's first national police museum and memorial dedicated to law enforcement. Adjacent to the Astronaut Hall of Fame, APHF highlights include a real electric chair, gas chamber, forensic lab, kid's discovery zone, and an exhibit of vintage motorcycles and cars from police units from around the world.TICKETS

    #4 Go Behind-the-Scenes at Brevard Zoo

    Brevard Zoo takes visitors off the boardwalk and behind-the-scenes, up close and personal with some of the Zoo's animal residents, such as Johari, a masai giraffe, or Howard, the white rhino. Learn the intricacies involved in keeping these beautiful creatures conditioned, healthy and mentally enriched. Guests also will see first-hand how the Zoo's skilled keepers utilize their training to interact with the animals. BOOK

     #5 Climb a mountain (not really)

    Have the urge to reach new heights? Then look into purchasing a On the Edge Rock Climbing one day pas sthat includes: instruction, gym orientation, harness shoes and chalk bag!  

    #6 Witness a Rocket Launch

    The Shuttle program might have come to an end, but rocket launches have more than replaced their absence! Three orbitals are set to blast off this spring followed by almost two dozen more to round out the year. www.spacecoastlaunches.com

    #7 Explore Florida's Outback on Horseback

    See Florida's natural beauty on horseback! Explore a variety of ecosystems which provide homes for a variety of plants and animals, including 50 or more threatened or endangered animal species. Some of which live nowhere else in the world. Florida Horseback Trail Rides

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    #8 Pick Strawberries 

    From farm to table is all the rage, but in Florida we've been picking our own produce and putting it on tables for generations. February through April is prime Strawberry season, and one local farm opens its fields to the general public for picking. Sledd's U-Pick Strawberries is open Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm.

     #9 Go Geocaching 

    Get outdoors by scavenging for geocaches hidden on the Space Coast Geo Adventure. Based on our Hidden Gems, the caches are stashed at 15 unique locations across the Space Coast. Upon completion of the adventure you can earn a cool geocoin. Learn More

    #10 Get Sand Between Your Toes

    Of course we fully realize that our beaches probably brought you to our coast, so stretch out because we have plenty of room. With more than 72 miles of beaches, our sand and surf offer plenty of space for whatever type of beach day is right for you and yours. 

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    Check out our EventsDiscounts

    Tune into "Its Your Time To Travel" on talktainmentradio.com, Tuesday, at 8pm EDT 03/10/15 as we discuss Florida Space Coast or download the Podcast.

     

  • Carnival Introduces Longer Unique Voyages

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    Carnival Cruise Line has launched a series of longer voyages with unique shipboard experiences throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Hawaii and Mexico.

    The new Carnival Journeys program includes nine- to 15-day seagoing on several ships, including the Carnival Dream, Sunshine and Glory.

    “We have received a tremendous amount of feedback from our guests and travel agent partners about the importance of consistently offering new Carnival cruise experiences,” said Carnival President Christine Duffy. “Carnival Journeys was created to offer our existing customers even more options while helping us to attract those guests who have not had the opportunity to sail with Carnival and may be enticed by these longer, more exotic itineraries.”

    The new program will debut with an 11-day cruise on Carnival Dream departing New Orleans on Oct. 4 and sailing to San Juan. The program will run through Nov. 27, 2016, with 28 departures from eight North American homeports including Los Angeles, Galveston, New Orleans, Miami, Port Canaveral, New York, Baltimore and San Juan.  Cruises will operate either round-trip or one-way between these ports and San Juan. The full list is here.

    Carnival Journeys include calls at less-visited ports such as Tobago, Grenada, La Paz, Martinique, Bonaire and Ixtapa.

    Unique onboard activities include local entertainment such as calypso and soca, enrichment sessions in topics such as cooking, arts and crafts, digital photography and celestial navigation. 

    A “Throwback Seaday” will rekindle the 1980s with retro pool and deck games, dining options like Baked Alaska and the midnight buffet, movies from that era, and a circa 1987 version of the Carnival Capers shipboard newsletter. 

    The new “Authentic Eats” program will feature onboard cooking demonstrations with by local chefs and the chance to dine at their restaurants ashore for a nominal fee. Guests also can accompany the chef to local markets.

    Another new program will let guests learn more about shipboard life through question-and-answer sessions hosted by the ship’s captain, cruise director, hotel director and others.

  • The World's Largest Cruise Ship

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    The World’s Largest Cruise Ship

     

    It looks like there will be a new world’s biggest cruise ship in April 2016 when Royal Caribbean International’s third Oasis-class ship enters service.

    The new Harmony of the Seas will be 227,000 gross registered tons — a measure of volume, not weight —making it just slightly bigger than its 225,282-ton sister ships, Oasis and Allure of the Seas, which now share the world’s largest title. The final size measurement is usually taken when the ship is complete, so the numbers could shift.

    The Harmony of the Seas will have the same seven neighborhoods introduced on Oasis of the Seas. It also will have three multi-story waterslides, all of which twist and turn over Central Park 10 decks below. One of the slides will have a champagne bowl that swirls guests around as they slide down to the end of the ride.

     

    Harmony of the Seas also will have the Bionic Bar on the Royal Promenade — this is the bar with robotic arm bartenders that was introduced on Quantum of the Seas.

    The ship also will issue wristbands that can be used as a stateroom key and to make onboard purchases and reservations.

    Some stateroom categories will be larger than those on Oasis and Allure of the Seas. The interior accommodations also have the Virtual Balconies that show videos of the view outside. The ship also will have studio staterooms. Suite guests will get access to an exclusive lounge, private restaurant called Coastal Kitchen, and a sun deck.

    The Dynamic Dining on Harmony of the Seas will include the “Classic” option in which guests rotate through the four complimentary main restaurants at an early- or a late-seating time with their same dining group and waiter each evening.

    Specialty restaurants will include Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, with a new teppanyaki menu, and the Sabor Modern Mexican restaurant.

    Overall, the 16-deck Harmony of the Seas will carry 5,479 guests at double occupancy. The seven neighborhoods onboard includes Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.

  • Viking River Cruises to Start Mississippi River Operation

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    Viking River Cruises to start operating on the Mississippi River, revealing plans to base six river ships in New Orleans starting in late 2017 for their first voyages in North America.



    They will operate on the Mississippi River from New Orleans to stops in St. James, East Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes in Louisiana, continuing upriver to Memphis, St. Louis or St. Paul, Minn., depending on the season. The riverboats will accommodate up to 300 passengers.



    Viking River Cruises is a major player on the rivers of Europe. Viking’s move puts it in direct competition with American Cruise Lines and American Queen Steamboat Company, both of which operate paddlewheel vessels on the Mississippi. American Cruise Lines is adding a second vessel to the Mississippi River, the 150-passenger American Eagle, in March in New Orleans.



    Last year, Viking River Cruises  said his Mississippi River ships would not be paddlewheelers, though it isn’t clear if they would be similar to the sleek, modern 190-passenger Viking Longships that operate throughout Europe.



    Viking River Cruises state they are proud to bring the prospect of bringing modern river-cruising to the Mississippi, a river that has been traveled by explorers for centuries. “We know our passengers will enjoy the rich history, culture and cuisine of all the great cities and towns along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to St. Paul.



     


  • Bob Marley's Land Rover is Restored!

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    Above: Bob Marley’s Land Rover

    By the Caribbean Journal staff

    In time for the 70th anniversary of the birth of Bob Marley, the Land Rover Defender the music superstar once owned has now been restored.

    The matte-blue 1977 Series III Land Rover has been completely restored “from clutch to chassis,” thanks to efforts by Sandals Resorts International and its Jamaican affiliate car chain ATL Automotive, which distributes Land Rovers in the region.

    “Bob really raised the profile of our nation of Jamaica and we felt the greatest gift we could give to him was to restore his original Land Rover to its former glory,” said Sandals CEO Adam Stewart. “Marley’s Land Rover is one of the most famous vehicles in automotive history and we were delighted when the opportunity arose to be a part of its restoration. For us it has been an unbelievable privilege working with the entire Marley family and to reunite them with the same vehicle they rode around in as children is something we were only too pleased to do.”

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    Above: the “before” shot of the vehicle 

    The vehicle had fallen into a state of disrepair after Marley died 30 years ago.

    The project, which first launched in 2013, also had some other special details — like sourcing the engine from Ethopia and hand-crafting other parts.

    “Our journey to restoring this vehicle took us to some places where Marley himself had strong ties making the project even meaningful,” Stewart said.

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    Above: the Cedella Marley-designed interior

    The Land Rover was first stripped down to its shell and then rebuild piece-by-piece, according to ATL.

    The Land Rover will now be returned to Marley’s former home, now a museum, at 56 Hope Road in Kingston.

    “In this 70th year, the Defender’s return to its home is in perfect timing as we celebrate all aspects of our father Bob Marley on his birthday February 6. The Marley Family thanks ATL,ITC and Sandals for this labour of love,” said Marley’s first-born daughter and fashion designer Cedella. “

    Join Tyus Tours & Travel for a Jamaica Getaway, 05/26-06/06/ 2015 and take a journey to Nine Mile, the birthplace of Reggae Legend, Bob Marley and see where he spent  some of his formative years and where his body is was laid to rest. To join us for this incredible journey visit http://www.tyustours.com/11637827_21812.htm or call 866-547-5362.

     

     

     
  • Time Zone Change for Cancun & Cozumel!

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    If you're  traveling to Cancun or Cozumel after February 1, you will enjoy an extra hour of daylight in the evening.

    The Mexican state of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun and Cozumel, is planning to change to Eastern Standard Time Zone effective February 1, 2015. The state will set its clocks ahead one hour at 3 a.m. This change will result in local destination times for arriving and departing flights being moved one hour forward. Domestic U.S. departure, arrival and connection times to and from Cancun and Cozumel will not change.

    At this time, the change impacts flights from February 1, 2015 to April 4, 2015. Airlines are submitting schedule changes over the next week. We will be processing the schedule changes as they are received and sending change notification communication to travelers.

    Please note no action is required by you. Domestic U.S. departure, arrival and connection times will not change. For further updates, please view www.tyustours.com/myblog for any information that may affect your customer’s flights.

  • Land of “Frozen” Coming to Disney Cruise Line This Summer

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    In summer 2015, Disney Cruise Line Guests can immerse themselves in the animated hit “Frozen” with brand-new experiences inspired by the film, including a spectacular deck party, a three-song stage show production number, new character meet and greets, storybook adventures ashore and more.

    Debuting this summer, on select Disney Magic and Disney Wonder sailings to Europe and Alaska, your Clients will be transported to the land of “Frozen” when the ship is transformed into a winter wonderland for one day of frozen fun.

    Your Clients can experience family fun throughout the day with all-new meet and greets and themed experiences, including: 

    • Memorable moments with Anna, Elsa, and for the first time in forever, Kristoff and Olaf
    • “Anna’s Chase for the Chocolate” scavenger hunt for those who share Anna’s sense of adventure, with a special surprise for finishing the game
    • “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” activity where kids take on Elsa’s magical powers to make snow and ice
    • “The Maypole Swirl and Twirl” for families to learn a traditional Scandinavian dance spinning and braiding giant ribbons
    • “Frozen” themed dining experience, including a menu inspired by traditional Nordic fare and special dishes inspired by the film
    •  “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends,” a family-friendly interactive deck party featuring the famous royal sisters of Arendelle and their fun-loving Nordic companions.

    Also on the Disney Magic this summer, friends from “Frozen” will make their stage show debut at sea in the Walt Disney Theatre aboard the Disney Magic. In the Disney Cruise Line original production, “Disney Dreams ... An Enchanted Classic,” Anna, Elsa and Olaf join the line up of beloved Disney characters who together teach a young girl the power of her dreams.   

    Guests who travel aboard the Disney Magic to Norway will have the opportunity to join exciting new Port Adventures that bring the fairytale setting of Arendelle to life. One signature adventure ashore in Ålesund, Norway, created exclusively for Disney Cruise Line, will immerse Guests in the splendor and charm of Norway, with the help of Anna and Elsa, in an enchanting storybook village.

    On the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy this summer, Olaf will be giving warm hugs when he joins Anna and Elsa on their royal tour of the Disney Cruise Line ships. Guests should check their Personal Navigator on the first day of their cruise for special Meet & Greet ticket distribution locations.  

    And, with the help of everyone’s favorite snowman, Disney Cruise Line is cooling down Disney Castaway Cay with the addition of Olaf’s Summertime Freeze bar. Serving non-alcoholic specialty frozen drinks, Olaf’s Summertime Freeze opens summer 2015 near the Pelican Point tram stop by Disney Castaway Cay Family Beach.

    For more information call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • Long Cruises are in Demand

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    Long Cruises are in Demand!

    An agent survey by CLIA starts that 37% of agents reported an increase in bookings for 14 to 100 day cruises. Such cruises are increasingly popular with both retired and affluent travels.

    Agents said longer cruises are attractive because they give passengers the ability to see many places hassle free without having to deal with multiple airports, packing and unpacking. Travels also like the itineraries to destinations that would be difficult to visit on land.

    CLIA conducted the survey of 434 CLIA agents in September. Tyus Tours & Travel is a member of CLIA.

  • New Law Requires Cruise Lines to Publicize All Shipboard Crimes

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    Cruise Critic

    by Dori Saltzman, News Editor

    December 30, 2014

    (10:23 a.m. EST) – A provision of the Coast Guard reauthorization bill, which was signed into law December 18, requires cruise lines to provide information on all crimes committed on cruise ships, including those that are alleged or under investigation.

    The law further requires all crimes to be publicized on a consumer website to be maintained by the Department of Transportation. The website will identify each cruise line by name and identify each crime committed or allegedly committed by a passenger or crewmember. The number of people alleged overboard must also be identified for each cruise line. Additionally, the website must be sortable by cruise line and updated quarterly by the DOT.

    The Coast Guard was previously responsible for maintaining crime ship crime data statistics on its website, though only for investigations already closed by authorities.

    Senator Jay Rockefeller has been pushing for the new requirements for two years, claiming the cruise lines have not been honest about crimes committed onboard.

    According to the Cruise Lines International Association, the rule is not necessary as it is redundant. Cruise lines already report all criminal incidents allegedly committed on their ships on their own websites, including all overboards.

    "CLIA's position is that the new provision is unnecessary, because it largely duplicates information already available to the public, which shows that crime is rare on cruise ships and a fraction of corresponding crime rates on land," the association said in a statement.

    This is the second bill passed into law over the past several years that addressed U.S. government concerns about the cruise industry. In 2010, the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act was passed, which compels the cruise industry to comply with a number of security provisions including a requirement that all cabin doors be outfitted with peepholes. The law also requires all cruise ship railings to be at least 3.5 feet tall.

  • Carnival Announces A New Carnival Corp Exclusive Port!

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    CARIBBEAN’S NEWEST DESTINATION, AMBER COVE IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC,



    TO WELCOME FIRST CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP IN OCTOBER 2015



    Eight Carnival Ships, Featuring Five New Itineraries from Four U.S. Homeports,



    Will Call at Amber Cover During the Port’s First Inaugural Season



    MIAMI (December 12, 2014) – Amber Cove, an exciting new destination located in the heart of the Dominican Republic’s breathtaking North Coast, known as the Amber Coast, just outside the historical town of Puerto Plata – will welcome its first cruise ship when the Carnival Victory arrives on October 6, 2015, for a day-long call.



    The visit by Carnival Victory is the first of 37 calls by eight different Carnival ships that will take place between October 2015 and April 2016, accounting for more than 100,000 guests during this period.



    Amber Cove will be a featured port on select sailings of Carnival Breeze, Carnival Glory, Carnival Splendor and Carnival Victory from Miami, Carnival Conquest from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Valor from Port Canaveral, Fla., and Carnival Fantasy from Charleston, S.C.



    “Amber Cove is destined to become a cornerstone in creating new itineraries from several U.S. home ports,” said Terry Thornton, Carnival’s senior vice president of itinerary planning. “It will provide an unmatched combination of ‘fun in the sun’ activities and eco-tourism opportunities along with unique sightseeing, dining and cultural experiences to create a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories for our guests,” he added.



    Designed to serve as the gateway to one of the world’s most beautiful cruising regions, Amber Cove features dramatic architectural elements that echo the area’s storied Colonial past. The port is situated in a picturesque cove that serves as the backdrop for soaring mountains and lush tropical landscape. Its cobblestone plazas will be lined with a wide variety of retail offerings, including themed restaurants and bars and a marketplace with locally sourced crafts and souvenirs, recreational amenities, and a transportation center for access to land and sea adventures.



    The facility will offer two berths that can accommodate up to two large post-Panamax cruise ships simultaneously.



    Amber Cove will feature one of the most extensive shore excursion programs available in the Caribbean, offering a wide array of landside experiences including beautiful beaches, exciting water sports and special culinary, cultural and adventure options. Nearby Ocean World, which is one of the region’s largest marine adventure parks, will offer guests many great ways to experience and interact with a variety of marine animals.



    Dozens of shore excursions will be available, from cross-country adventures in 4x4 Terracross buggies 2



    that traverse the rugged countryside and horseback riding on the beach to snorkeling in crystal-clear waters and swimming in a pristine natural river pool. Guests can also travel via speedboat to beautiful Paradise Island, one of the Caribbean’s top spots for snorkeling and scuba diving, or visit rural coffee plantations and sample traditional Dominican cuisine, rum and seasonal fruit. Or for the ultimate luxury experience, guests can reserve their own private beachside bungalow with the services of a personal chef, bartender and staff.



    Amber Cove will also provide easy and convenient access to the nearby historic town of Puerto Plata, named by Christopher Columbus when he discovered the island in 1492. Puerto Plata is home to the first fort built by European settlers in the New World. Visitors to the city can shop in the bustling downtown area featuring numerous artist studios and rum and cigar factories or stroll along the famed Malecon, a three-mile-long open air beach-side boardwalk dotted with bars, restaurants and shops.



    To book Carnival Cruise call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.


  • This Christmas Give the Gift of Travel

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    The 2013 polar vortex was an unforgettable event.

    In fact, it was so unforgettable that American winter vacationers are making up for it by bombarding warm destinations a year later.

    "The frigid, snowy weather that covered much of the U.S. during the end of 2013 seems to be influencing people's holiday travel destinations for 2014," said Courtney Scott, senior editor, Travelocity, via a press release. "While most Americans continue to enjoy a traditional holiday season with family, we are seeing definite growth in travelers looking to escape the cold and enjoy the holidays in a warm destination."

    Tropical destinations make up a significantly greater share of Travelocity’s total bookings this winter season compared to last season, according to Travelocity data.

    Tropical destinations that have experienced the greatest increases include the Cayman Islands (share up 96 percent); the Dominican Republic (up 76.8 percent); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (up 83.6 percent); Aruba (up 59.5 percent); and the Bahamas (up 50.2 percent).

    Other popular warm weather destinations for the 2014 holiday season include Cancun (up 21.3 percent) and Jamaica (up 26.9 percent).

    Interestingly enough, while more Americans are traveling to warm destinations across the globe, that hasn’t changed their favorite holiday travel hotspots. That includes some “hotspots” that, well, aren’t exactly hot during the winter months. In both 2013 and 2014, the top five holiday travel destinations for Americans include South Florida, New York City, Los Angeles, Orlando and Denver.

    "New York City, Denver and even eighth-ranked Chicago still rank highly in Americans’ travel destinations indicating that a large percentage of people stick with tradition, spending the holidays with friends and family—even if that means braving the winter chill,” Scott said.

    That may more of a testament to the attractiveness of New York City, Denver and Chicago than anything else. Any chilly city that is still a top winter destination for Americans after the nightmare that was the 2013 polar vortex deserves major props.

    Start a new tradition spend the holidays in a tropical destination or visit a holiday travel hotspot, whatever the destination Tyus Tours & Travel has you cover. Visit www.tyustours.com for “Red Hot” travel specials or call 866-547-5362.

  • Top 3 Tips for Surviving Black Friday Mania

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    Dun dun…dun dun…do you hear that? Black Friday is coming. If the inevitable insanity is giving you anxiety, just take some deep breaths. We have some advice for weathering the oncoming storm.

    Funjet’s Top 3 Tips for Surviving Black Friday

    1. Don’t cave into the Thanksgiving night shopping. Stores are opening earlier and earlier, and these days it feels like there’s barely time for pie before it’s time to go get in line for the deals. No more! We happen to know that a lot of stores offer excellent online deals as well (hint: Funjet is one of them!). So you don’t have to sacrifice your family time to get a jump on your holiday shopping. We’d particularly like to recommend giving the gift of travel this year!

    2. Make a game plan. A little advance planning can mean less mania on Black Friday. Funjet, like many stores, offers sneak previews of their Black Friday deals, so you can do all of your research in advance and be ready to buy quickly…and get back to that food coma. (Pro tip: Funjet also offers email alerts, so you can get an email notification when the deals are available on Black Friday! See how easy life can be?)

    3. Practice deep breathing. If you do venture out into the world for Black Friday, just remain calm and remember – that blender is not worth your dignity. Also, smile at the other shoppers around you; a little good-will can go a long way!

    Want to sign up for those handy email alerts? Do that here.
    Get a sneak peek of Funjet’s Ultimate Rock Star Vacation Package, only available this Black Friday click here

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    Southwest Jumps All Over JetBlue Baggage Fee News

    Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | November 20, 2014

    Southwest Jumps All Over JetBlue Baggage Fee News

    Oh c’mon now. You had to see this coming. Visibility on this one was unlimite

    Southwest Airlines is in full jab and tweak mode on JetBlue after the latter announced Monday it would begin implementing baggage fees next year, leaving Southwest as the only major U.S. carrier to not to charge passengers for their bags.

    The Dallas-based carrier used all its platforms – Facebook, Twitter, its own blog – to get the word out, trumpeting the fact that it still maintains its policy of not charging for bags and its marketing campaign of “Bags Fly Free.”

    Chief Commercial Officer Bob Jordan took to Southwest’s blog with a message for employees and customers alike.

    “Did you hear the news today?  Feeling a bit blue, perhaps, at the thought of yet another bag fee out there?  Don’t fear—Southwest Airlines has your back, and your bag—and you can take great comfort in knowing that bags fly free for all at Southwest.com!,” Jordan wrote. “Today, we stand alone as the only domestic airline that can say that, which is a tremendous source of pride for the nearly 46,000 People of Southwest Airlines. So why hold out as the only carrier to not charge for the first two checked bags?  Simple—our Customers hate those fees.  For us, we think it’s pretty logical that if you’re going on a trip, you just might want to pack some clothes in a bag to take along with you.  So why would we charge you for something so basic that it should be included in your (low) fare?  At Southwest Airlines, we don’t nickel and dime our Customers, and we don’t surprise them at the airport with hidden fees.”

    On both Facebook and Twitter, Southwest offered followers a sneak peek at a new commercial that will begin airing this weekend that again touts the airline’s baggage policy of two free checked bags. Two free checked bags look good on you... Sneak a peek at our new commercial airing this weekend! http://social.southwest.com/1Yq

    “It’s easy to follow the crowd, but Southwest has always been a maverick—zigging when the other guys zag,” Jordan wrote. “When the other guys started charging for just about everything you could imagine, we stood up for our Customers and stood out from the crowd, once again staking our claim as the nation’s true low fare leader.”

  • Carry Dried Gingerroot for Motion Sickness

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    Notes from Ms. Travel Tips on radio Show "Its Your Time To Travel" on talktainmentradio.com dated Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Episode title; How to Win a Free Cabin on the "Its Your Time To Travel Cruise". To download the Podcast visit www.talktainmentradio.com.

     

    Carry Dried Gingerroot

    The star of the motion sickness natural remedies line up has to be ginger! It has been used as a treatment for motion sickness for centuries (it's said to have been first used by the ancient Chinese), and although it doesn't work for everyone, a lot of people find it very effective indeed.

    To combat seasickness on a cruise, try popping 1,000 milligrams of dried gingerroot (available in health food stores) before setting sail and, if necessary, again four hours later”, says Robert Stern, PhD, who has studied the physiological bases for motion sickness.

    Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is natural, widely available and cheap. What's more, it comes in numerous forms - from raw to capsules, from cookies to tea - so even if you're not a big fan of the taste, there's likely to be something you can take. And it works fast (some people find it has an almost instant effect!), even after you have started to feel nauseous  

    Raw ginger root

    A piece of raw ginger root -The cheapest way to take ginger is to simply buy a small piece of fresh raw ginger root in the supermarket (fresh produce section). Peel it and suck or chew a small cube or slice. Probably better not to swallow it though, as ginger can give a lingering aftertaste that many find unpleasant.

     

     

     

    Ginger pills, tablets and capsules

    If raw ginger is a bit much for you, visit your local pharmacy to get ginger in dehydrated form as pills, capsules or chewable tablets. The chewable tablets works best, probably as the chewing action itself has a preventative effect against nausea - 'Suck a hard candy

    Ginger and side effects
    For most people, ginger is completely safe and side-effect free. However, it is contra indicative (can negatively interact) with certain medications, particularly blood thinners (e.g. Aspirin). Ginger should not be used by those taking blood thinners. If you are taking a course of medication, and/or if you are at all unsure if ginger is right for you, then consult your doctor

                                   

     

     

     

  • Massive storm stronger than Superstorm Sandy hits Alaska is expected to push unseasonably frigid air into U.S.

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    Published on : Saturday, November 8, 2014

    A powerful storm touted as stronger than Superstorm Sandy struck  parts of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands Friday evening, lashing parts of the chain with 96 mph and high waves, the National Weather Service said. The Met department issued high wind warnings on Saturday morning after near-100 mph gusts were recorded in Shemya, an island on the far Western tip of the sparsely-populated Aleutians.

    “It’s early in the season, but we are poised for a pure Arctic outbreak,” said Tom Niziol, a winter weather specialist for The Weather Channel. Labeled as ‘Bering Bomb’ by weather forecasters in Alaska, the storm is being considered as more powerful than Superstorm Sandy that wreaked havoc a couple of years ago.

    Although the region is sparsely populated and people living there are accustomed to extreme weather conditions, trekkers and expedition-goers have been alarmed.

    Although the storm – the remnants of Typhoon Nuri – is expected push unseasonably frigid air into much of the U.S. next week, the National Weather Service said.

  • Massive storm stronger than Superstorm Sandy hits Alaska

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    A powerful storm touted as stronger than Superstorm Sandy struck  parts of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands Friday evening, lashing parts of the chain with 96 mph and high waves, the National Weather Service said. The Met department issued high wind warnings on Saturday morning after near-100 mph gusts were recorded in Shemya, an island on the far Western tip of the sparsely-populated Aleutians.

    “It’s early in the season, but we are poised for a pure Arctic outbreak,” said Tom Niziol, a winter weather specialist for The Weather Channel. Labeled as ‘Bering Bomb’ by weather forecasters in Alaska, the storm is being considered as more powerful than Superstorm Sandy that wreaked havoc a couple of years ago.

    Although the region is sparsely populated and people living there are accustomed to extreme weather conditions, trekkers and expedition-goers have been alarmed.

    Although the storm – the remnants of Typhoon Nuri – is expected push unseasonably frigid air into much of the U.S. next week, the National Weather Service said.

  • One Island 11 Distilleries

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    One Caribbean Island, 11 Rum Distilleries

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    It’s the rum capital of the Caribbean — at least if you go by the number of distilleries. The French Caribbean island of Martinique has a whopping 11 distilleries, with even more rum brands, each producing the department’s signature rhum agricole, made out of fresh sugar cane juice, not molasses like its Spanish and English-speaking neighbours in the region. And exploring this route is one of the coolest experiences in the Caribbean. So join us and take a CJ tour of all 11 distilleries on the Route des Rhums.

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    Habitation Clement

    The island’s most famous distillery, Habitation Clement is also home to a museum and an art gallery. It was even the site of a historic meeting between French President Francois Mitterand and US President George HW Bush in 1991.

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    Rhum St James

    It’s home to what must be the only Museum of Rum in the Caribbean, a fascinating collection of old distillery equipment and some seriously old bottles. St Ja

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    Rhum Depaz

    It’s the only rhum distillery built on a volcano. Set in the foothills of Mont Pelee outside of the town of St Pierre, Depaz is a serene, historic plantation.

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    Rhum JM

    Set on the other side of Mont Pelee in the area of Macouba, JM is a boutique distillery producing some of the island’s finest rums. Everything here is done the traditional way — they even char their own barrels, something you can watch while you’re there.

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    Habitation Saint-Etienne

    Perhaps the island’s most creative distillery, HSE is located in the lush Gros Morne area of Martinique, with a sleek, modern gift shop.

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    La Favorite

    La Favorite’s distilery is a nod to another time — a raw, frenetic industrial experience where you can get about as close as anywhere to the process of rummaking. (Above: the tasting room)

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    Rhum Neisson

    Set above the beach town of Le Carbet, Neisson is more of a boutique distillery, home to a beautiful sugarcane field and exquisitely-manicured grounds. (Try the white rum — it’s among the most popular on the island).

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    Hardy

    The island’s only beachfront distillery, Hardy is home to a non-operating distillery, though the rum is made from the sugarcane that grows just up the hill. It’s a warm, old-fashioned place to visit in Tartane, one of the island’s funkier enclaves.

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    La Mauny

    The very large La Mauny distillery and sugarcane plantation in Riviere-Pilote is centuries old and is in fact the largest one in Martinique. La Mauny rums are marked by their unique bottle shape.

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    Trois Rivieres

    Another hundreds-of-years-old plantation, Trois Rivieres, located in St Luce in southern Martinique, is notable for its extant sugar mills.

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    Dillon

    This distillery is on the outskirts of Fort de France, and has one of the island’s larger rum distillery gift shops.

  • The Big Winner This Past Tuesday is 'POT' Now Legal in The Nation's Captial

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    With the overwhelming passage of Proposal 71 in Washington D.C. the nation’s capital has joined Colorado and Washington State in legalizing recreational use of marijuana. With Oregon and Alaska also approving measures to legalize recreational marijuana use in Tuesday’s election, the tide seems to be moving clearly toward marijuana legalization across the nation.

    Once the laws go into effect, three more states or districts will join the list of places where it is legal to smoke marijuana, and their tourism industries will receive whatever benefit the legalization of marijuana confers, a benefit that is so far extremely hard to measure.

    The Washington D.C. law is more of a de-criminalization than a full-fledged legalization. It removes the legal penalty for people at least 21 years old possessing up to two ounces of marijuana or as many as three plants.

    But a majority of city council members have said that if the measure passes they will submit legislation to Congress to allow the selling of marijuana and to establish a system for taxing it.

    Proposal 71 could still be blocked by the U.S. Congress. Unlike the states, the District of Columbia’s laws can be overturned by Congress. Republican Representative Andy Harris of Maryland has already said he would “blunt” the measure through an act of Congress. But if not stopped the new law will go into effect in January.

    In Alaska the new law allows the possession of an ounce of marijuana or six plants. It sets up a regime for regulating and taxing the sale of marijuana and will go into effect 90 days after the certification of the election, which is expected to take place in late November.

    Alaska legislators now have nine months to put together the system under which marijuana businesses will operate.

    Oregon’s law will not create any changes until July 1, 2015. The law will allow adults to possess up to one ounce in public or eight ounces at home. Public consumption is not allowed, and driving under the influence is prohibited under current DUI laws. Legal sales of marijuana cannot take place until 2016. Oregon’s Liquor Control Commission must draft regulations for the sales of marijuana by Jan. 1, 2016.

    Until then, Oregon residents can’t legally buy marijuana, though they can grow their own after July 1, 2015. Until that date, Oregon’s standing laws still apply, under which possession of four ounces of pot is a misdemeanor, more than four ounces is a felony, and possessing one ounce or less is not a criminal offense.  

    Meanwhile, in Colorado, which is nearing the one-year anniversary of its legalization of recreational pot, the effect on its tourism industry is hard to measure.

    The Drug Policy Alliance released a report in mid 2014 that showed Colorado’s crime rate in 2014 was 10 percent lower than in 2013, and its violent crime rate had reduced 5 percent. No correlation can be made with the legalization of marijuana, but the data does defy predictions that the opposite would occur.

    The effect of legalization on tourism is still debatable. Colorado’s tourism in fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30, hit all-time records. But it is impossible to say what combination of factors led to the increase.

  • How to Survive the Polar Vortex 2.0

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    Winter is coming!

    And given that The Old Farmer’s Almanac – traditionally considered an expert in long-range seasonal forecasts – is predicting another blast of icy weather with above-average snowfall and below-average temperatures…well, around the Tyus Tours & Travel  offices, we’re all planning our get-out-of-winter vacations.

    With all that vacation-planning expertise, we’ve decided to share our knowledge with you – because while we may not be at Winterfell, it’s best to be prepared with an escape plan.

    Tips for Surviving the Polar Vortex 2.0

    1. Plan in advance. Late-October through mid-December are optimal times to make your vacation plans for January through April. You’ll be able to find good values, while flights and hotels aren’t totally sold out (yet). After all, you know the saying: the early bird gets the best vacation package.

    2. Be flexible. Sometimes, moving your travel dates by one or two days can mean dramatically different costs. And while it may be a bit less convenient for you to travel on certain days, we feel it can be a good trade-off for a better deal – or even a longer vacation without paying much more.

    3. Take more than one trip. No, you don’t have to spend a lot to do this. Rather than taking one long vacation of 7-10 nights, take two or three shorter trips of 3-4 nights. This has several advantages: you won’t have to miss a long stretch of work days; you can break up the long winter months; you can explore more than one tropical destination; and your tan won’t fade too much in between!

    There they are – our Insider tips for surviving round two of extra-cold weather with a super-sized side of snow.

    Where do you plan on traveling this winter to escape the cold?

  • THE JFK EXHIBITION COMES TO THE NEW TROPICANA LAS VEGAS

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    Artifacts from Historic Presidency to be Displayed November 22-January 3

    LAS VEGAS (Oct. 17) – On the 51st anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Nov. 22, 2014, “The JFK Exhibition” will open at The New Tropicana Las Vegas and introduce visitors to a unique exposition of artifacts from a historic time for 20th century America. The exhibit will feature some of the most iconic memorabilia, including two JFK limousines, a Boeing 707 Air Force One fuselage outfitted exactly the way it appeared on Nov. 22, 1963, and personal items belonging to the president and Jacqueline Kennedy that will be on display for the first time ever in America.

    Connecting visitors with a legendary time and place in American and Las Vegas history, “The JFK Exhibition: Experience His Life and Legacy” is the work of one man, Jim Warlick, who has spent a lifetime collecting presidential artifacts. In 2002, he opened his presidential museum in Branson, Missouri, and subsequently took his American Presidential Exhibition on tour across America, showcasing items such as a replica of the Oval Office, First Ladies’ gowns and over 500 presidential items. The exhibition in Las Vegas will feature his largest collection of a single president’s memorabilia to date, and to Warlick, the most meaningful.

    “Exhibiting ‘The JFK Exhibition’ in Las Vegas is the highlight of my attempt to share my collection with thousands of Americans,” said Warlick. “From those who lived during the Camelot days of JFK to those who are too young to remember but have a historical interest and fascination with one of our greatest presidents.”

    Supported locally by LasVegasSun.com, “The JFK Exhibition” will also feature several items from the archives of Greenspun Media Group and Las Vegas Sun on JFK’s connection with Las Vegas. In addition, knowledgeable guides will be available to give tours and answer questions about the exhibits.

    The exhibition will be open daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 22-Jan. 3 in the Pavilion inside The New Tropicana Las Vegas. Admission is $24.95 plus fees and Las Vegas locals enter for just $19.95 plus fees. Discounts are also available for military, seniors and students.

    To book your Las Vegas vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • Take the Perfect Paradise Personality Quiz?

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    What’s Your Perfect Paradise?

    There are so many awesome destinations to choose from for a getaway this fall or winter. So how are you to choose? Never fear, we’ve got you covered with our Perfect Paradise Personality Quiz!

    Just answer the questions and find out what destination you should be Funjetting on your next vacation.

     

     

     

     

     

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    If you got mostly A’s: Your perfect destination is Punta Cana in Dominican Republic! With a plethora of fabulous all-inclusive resorts, you can spend your time lounging on the beach and sipping your favorite cocktail.

    If you got mostly B’s: Jamaica is your jam. You like to relax but you’re more interested in fun activities like exploring waterfalls, cliff jumping and snacking on jerk chicken from a beach shack.

    If you got mostly C’s: Las Vegas is your destination soulmate. You want to be in the middle of the action, and Las Vegas has no end to that. Dining, entertainment, gambling – you want to experience a little of everything.

    If you got mostly D’s: Cancun and the Riviera Maya are perfect for you. Combining the excitement of Cancun with the laid-back vibe of the Riviera Maya equates to your ideal vacation destination where you can strike that perfect vacation balance.

    What were your results? Tell us in the comments below – and whether you think the quiz got it right! 

     
  • Hurricane Gonzalo: Bermuda 'bruised' by direct hit

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    Hurricane Gonzalo: Bermuda 'bruised' by direct hit

    Bermudians are clearing up after a direct hit from Hurricane Gonzalo downed power lines and damaged buildings on the tiny Atlantic territory.

    Bermuda was "bruised" but came out of the storm better than expected, Premier Michael Dunkley said.

    The storm made landfall on Friday, with rain and 175km/h (110mph) winds.

    Only minor injuries were reported in what was the strongest storm to hit the island in a decade.

    It was the second storm in a week to hit the island.

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    Gonzalo caused power cuts to 31,200 homes, although two-thirds of people had their electricity restored by Saturday afternoon, according to the Bermuda Electric Company.

    The hurricane also caused flooding, felled trees and damaged buildings. Bermuda frequently sees storms and has strict building regulations.

    Initially a category 4 storm as it approached the island, Hurricane Gonzalo weakened and was downgraded to a category 2 storm on Friday before it made landfall on the British overseas territory.

    The international airport in Bermuda, which is a British overseas territory, closed ahead of the storm and many roads were closed after being blocked by falling debris.

    The main hospital saw some damage to its roof but otherwise fared well, Premier Dunkley said. As far as roads and infrastructure, we are in a much better position than many people might have thought," he said.

    The Royal Navy has deployed a frigate, HMS Argyll, along with trained medical personnel to help with the provision of humanitarian assistance in Bermuda, the UK Ministry of Defence said. It said the ship was en route to Bermuda, where it will help recover power, communications and water supplies, while a helicopter on the ship will carry out surveillance over the island.

    Earlier last week, Tropical Storm Fay damaged homes and knocked down trees and power lines.

    "To be struck twice by two different cyclones is unusual, to say the least," said Max Mayfield, a former director of the US National Hurricane Center in Miami.

     

  • Carnival Ship Returning to Port After Dallas Health Worker Quarantined

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    Carnival Ship Returning to Port After Dallas Health Worker Quarantined

    The Caribbean had its first Ebola scare on Thursday night when it was discovered that a lab technician who may have handled Ebola samples at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital was on board.

    The worker’s presence was discovered when the Carnival Magic ship was off the coast of Belize.

    The lab supervisor is not showing symptoms of the virus but has been quarantined on the ship.

    “The government of Belize was contacted today by officers of the US Government and made aware of a cruise ship passenger considered of very low risk for Ebola,” Belize’s government said in a statement. “The passenger had voluntarily entered quarantine on board the ship and remains free of any fever or other symptoms of illness.”

    While the United States Embassy in Belize asked to transport the worker to the airport for a return to the United States, Belize’s government did not agree to the request.

    The ship’s next scheduled stop was in Cozumel on Friday, but the Mexican government denied clearance to the ship to dock.

    It is now returning to port in Galveston, Texas.

    A number of Caribbean countries, including Belize, have now prohibited travelers from Ebola-affected countries in Africa from entry, along with similar prohibitions on anyone who has visited those countries in recent weeks.

    Carnival has a stated policy of denying entry to any passengers or crew who have visited Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea within 21 days of a cruise departure date.

  • Caribbean Begins Banning Visitors From Ebola-Affected Countries in Africa

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    A growing number of Caribbean countries are moving to prohibit incoming travel from Ebola-affected countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

    “With immediate effect, all visitors from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will be prohibited from entering the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis until further notice,” the government of St Kitts said in a statement this week. “Prohibition will also be applied to travelers who have visited those countries within the past twenty-one (21) days.”

    On Thursday, St Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony announced that his country, too, would be denying entry to visitors from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone “until further notice.”

    “Despite the fact that the President of Nigeria has declared that Nigeria is Ebola free, visitors from Nigeria will be required to present a recent medical certificate which clears him/her of the virus, in addition to a VISA to be allowed entry into Saint Lucia,” Anthony said.

    Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana also announced they would be imposing similar bans.

    Jamaica is banning anyone who has been in the three aforementioned countries within the last four weeks, while Trinidad is denying entry to anyone from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    In addition, Trinidad will quarantine for 21 days anyone who has visited any of the countries in the last six weeks.

    The pre-emptive bans come as larger countries, particularly the United States, have refused similar bans on unclear grounds.

     
  • Caribbean Begins Banning Visitors From Ebola-Affected Countries in Africa

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    A growing number of Caribbean countries are moving to prohibit incoming travel from Ebola-affected countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

    “With immediate effect, all visitors from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will be prohibited from entering the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis until further notice,” the government of St Kitts said in a statement this week. “Prohibition will also be applied to travelers who have visited those countries within the past twenty-one (21) days.”

    On Thursday, St Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony announced that his country, too, would be denying entry to visitors from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone “until further notice.”

    “Despite the fact that the President of Nigeria has declared that Nigeria is Ebola free, visitors from Nigeria will be required to present a recent medical certificate which clears him/her of the virus, in addition to a VISA to be allowed entry into Saint Lucia,” Anthony said.

    Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana also announced they would be imposing similar bans.

    Jamaica is banning anyone who has been in the three aforementioned countries within the last four weeks, while Trinidad is denying entry to anyone from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    In addition, Trinidad will quarantine for 21 days anyone who has visited any of the countries in the last six weeks.

    The pre-emptive bans come as larger countries, particularly the United States, have refused similar bans on unclear grounds.

     
  • Hawaii Braces for Tropical Storm Ana

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    The Big Island of Hawaii is bracing for a direct hit by Tropical Storm Ana this weekend.

    The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the Big Island, saying Ana was forecast to make landfall as early as Friday afternoon through as late as Monday. The storm, which might strengthen into a hurricane, could cause flash flooding, high winds and high surf.

    Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed an emergency proclamation and the Hawaii State Department of Education will close all public schools on the Big Island on Friday.

    Island Air suspended afternoon flights between Honolulu, Lanai and Kahului on Saturday and all operations on Sunday. It waived change fees for Oct. 17-19. Hawaiian Airlines also waived change fees for those holding tickets for travel Oct. 16-19. United Airlines and American Airlines waived change fees for travel to the Honolulu, Hilo, Kailua-Kona and Maui airports — United for travel Oct. 16-19 and American for Oct. 17-19.

    Norwegian Cruise Line, which operates the Pride of America year-round in Hawaii, said it was closely monitoring the storm but that no changes had been made by midday Thursday.

    The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Ana was swirling with winds near 60 mph and higher gusts, with the expectation to strengthen and become a hurricane on Friday.

  • Bermuda Bracing for Hurricane Gonzalo’s Impact

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    Bermuda is bracing for Hurricane Gonzalo, which is located 554 miles southwest of the territory and moving northward with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory. A hurricane warning is in effect for Bermuda, advising residents to complete preparations “to protect life and property.”

    The center of the storm is expected to pass near Bermuda on Friday, and a dangerous storm surge is expected to produce “large and destructive waves” along with significant coastal flooding. Michael Dunkley, Bermuda’s premier, joined Bermuda Weather Service officials to provide residents with an advisory on Hurricane Gonzalo late Wednesday.

    The Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) is closely monitoring the storm and officials expect Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport to close by 9 p.m. on Thursday and remained closed through October 18; extra flights are departing the island in advance of the storm according to local press reports. Air Canada, American Airlines, WestJet, JetBlue and United Airlines are all said to be adding additional flights. U.S. Airways will utilize a larger aircraft for its scheduled service to Philadelphia.

    The Tourism Authority is working to request that airlines waive change fees for travelers impacted by the storm, and the Bermuda Hotel Association has put its hurricane cancellation policy into effect.

    BTA is recommending visitors with plans to travel to Bermuda in the next five days consider postponing their travel until a later date. The Bermuda Weather Service is predicting the hurricane will match Fabian in 2003 in terms of its impact, with strong winds expected to impact the territory for up to 27 hours.

  • RIU HOTELS RECEIVED 'AAA' DIAMOND AWARD

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    RIU Hotels is pleased to announce that AAA has awarded the highly coveted Four Diamond rating to three RIU hotels in Mexico: Riu Palace Pacifico in Riviera Nayarit and Riu Palace Mexico in Riviera Maya, as well as Riu Plaza Guadalajara, an urban hotel located in the capital of the state of Jalisco. 

    In addition, this prestigious association also awarded the Three Diamond rating to eight RIU hotels located throughout Mexico and the Caribbean.
     
     

    Tyus Tours & Travel is a RIU Specialist. To book the Diamond Studded Riu Call 866-547-5362.

  • TYUS TOURS & TRAVEL TO HOST VIRTUAL PROMOTIONS DURING 'CLIA CRUISE WEEK'

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    TYUS TOURS & TRAVEL TO HOST VIRTUAL PROMOTIONS DURING ‘CLIA CRUISE WEEK’

    During the month of October Ricky Tyus of Tyus Tours & Travel will host The World’s Largest Cruise Sale an exciting event designed to showcase the incredible choice, diversity and value of cruise vacations.

    Area residents can find out all they need to know about cruising and can take advantage of these outstanding exclusive opportunities to cruise without leaving the comfort of home because Tyus Tours & Travel is hosting a “Virtual” CLIA Cruise Week. By simply visiting the special agency web http://ccw.cruising.org/tyustours, consumers can explore the incredible world of cruising and plan a cruise! Tyus Tours & Travel has chosen several short videos showcasing the exciting offerings and destinations from participating CLIA member cruise lines. The web page will be available throughout October and will change weekly during the month of October.

    Tyus Tours & Travel is a member of CLIA, whose 26 member lines represent nearly 98% of the cruise berths marketed in North America. According to CLIA statistics, the majority of travelers book cruises through travel agencies, and for good reason: agents excel at finding the perfect cruise to match their clients’ vacation needs, lifestyle and budget.  CLIA’s certified cruise agents are the cruise industry’s premier professionals, providing the best service and value for your vacation dollar. 

    Call into our weekly radio show “It’s Your Time to Travel” this Thursday, 10/16/2014 at 5pm and we will answer any questions you have on cruising. The phone number is 1-877-932-9766.

    Also, listen to our weekly radio show "It's Your Time to Travel" on Talktainment Radio-the way radio should be heard at http://www.talktainmentradio.com/shows/itsyourtimetotravel.html. Show times are 3pm on Friday, 7am and 12 noon on Saturday. You can also download the Podcast or visit www.tyustours.comto sign up for our weekly newsletters.

     

  • Carnival Announces Spring 2015 "Carnival Live" Artist Lineup?

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    October 9, 2014
    Carnival Cruise Lines Announces Spring 2015 ‘CARNIVAL LIVE CONCERT SERIES’ Artist Lineup

    Best of Live Music at Sea Program to Feature Journey, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Smokey Robinson and Styx With Additional Artists to be Announced Next Year

     

    Cruising has never sounded so good! Today Carnival Cruise Lines unveiled its new Carnival LIVE Concert Series roster for spring 2015, bringing more of the best live music to sea from some of most popular and highly requested music acts.  Coming on board in the first part of next year will be Journey, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Smokey Robinson, and Styx, back by popular demand for the second season.

    The exciting 2015 Carnival LIVE concert lineup continues this one-of-a-kind entertainment option, while building on the success of an inaugural year of high-energy, sold-out on-board performances.  In addition to this incredible mix of GRAMMY® Award- and CMA Award-winning artists and nominees, next year the company will announce even more acts scheduled for the latter half of 2015.

    Carnival LIVE was created to give guests the opportunity to experience exclusive live entertainment from major music artists, all at a tremendous value and with great convenience. Guests attend shows in the ship’s main theaters – which range in seating capacity from 900 to 1,300 – for an intimate on-board performance where there is never a bad seat in the house.

     “Our 2014 Carnival LIVE shows have been tour standouts, so we are thrilled to get on board again to rock the boat next year,” said Tommy Shaw, singer and guitarist for Styx. “The audience of cruisers in a vacation state-of-mind combined with the ship’s theater design creates an incredible energy that’s fun for everyone, including the band.”

    Guests will have even more Carnival vessels, homeports and itineraries to choose from with a total of 10 “Fun Ships” departing from six convenient U.S. homeports hosting concerts in spring 2015. Carnival LIVE voyages will originate in Miami, Port Canaveral, Tampa, and Jacksonville, Fla; Charleston, S.C.; and, for the first time, Galveston, Texas, the line’s second largest homeport.

    The 2015 Carnival LIVE Concert Series kicks off next March and features one or more major artist each month, performing multiple shows on Carnival vessels docked in one of three ports of call: Cozumel, Nassau and a new port for the program, St. Thomas. Artists board the ship in port, perform in the main show lounge, and then debark following the concert.

    ·         Journey kicks off the 2015 roster with two rock anthem-filled performances on March 18 and 19 in St. Thomas.

    ·         The award-winning Little Big Town brings their unmistakable sound to “Fun Ships” in Nassau for three appearances on March 30 and 31 and April 1.

    ·         Guests “Cruisin’” to see Smokey Robinson sing timeless classics from his 50-year music career can catch the icon April 21, 22 and 23 in Cozumel.

    ·         In May, country trio Rascal Flatts, one of the top-selling live artists in any genre, will perform a series of three shows for guests in Cozumel on May 5, 6 and 7.

    ·         Rock fans are invited to “Come Sail Away” to see one of four Styx concerts to be performed in Nassau on June 16, 17, 18 and 20.

    “We are thrilled to continue our Carnival LIVE Concert Series in 2015 and welcome aboard more fantastic rock, country and R&B artists for our guests to enjoy,” said Mark Tamis, senior vice president of guest operations for Carnival Cruise Lines. “This program has struck a chord with consistently sold-out shows and a tremendous response from past guests and travel agent partners, as well as those who sailed with us for the first time to catch their favorite performers.” 

    Carnival LIVE tickets for 2015 range from $35 to $60 for general admission, significantly less than land-based concerts. VIP tickets are available for $125 to $250, offering fans seating in the first four rows, an artist meet and greet, a souvenir photo with the artist and a commemorative concert pass.

    For a calendar of spring 2015 Carnival LIVE concerts and to learn more about the Carnival LIVE sailings this fall featuring Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Jewel, Daughtry and more, visit www.carnival.com/CarnivalLIVE.

     

  • CLIA CRUISE WEEKI

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    TYUS TOURS & TRAVEL TO HOST VIRTUAL PROMOTIONS DURING

    ‘CLIA CRUISE WEEK’

     CONTACT: RICKY TYUS, 866-547-5362, travel@tyustours.com www.tyustours.com

    Columbus, Ohio, October 10, 2014 – During the month of October Ricky Tyus of Tyus Tours & Travel will join thousands of cruise-selling travel agents for CLIA Cruise Week, The World’s Largest Cruise Sale, for an exciting event designed to showcase the incredible choice, diversity and value of cruise vacations.

    Travel agencies across North America will team up with the 26 member lines of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to provide consumers with exclusive offers and information on cruise vacations in every part of the world.

    CLIA Cruise Week (CCW) generates millions of dollars each year in new cruise bookings as thousands of vacationers take advantage of special value offers and other incentives to cruise. Last year, nearly 7,000 agencies participated, generating more than 50,000 bookings.

    If they choose, area residents can find out all they need to know about cruising and can take advantage of these outstanding exclusive opportunities to cruise without leaving the comfort of home because Tyus Tours & Travel is hosting a “Virtual” CLIA Cruise Week. By simply visiting the special agency web http://ccw.cruising.org/tyustours, consumers can explore the incredible world of cruising and plan a cruise! Tyus Tours & Travel has chosen several short videos showcasing the exciting offerings and destinations from participating CLIA member cruise lines. The web page will be available throughout October.

    CCW is the highlight of October’s National Cruise Vacation Month, the once-a-year period during which travel agencies across North America sponsor exciting events and promotions all focused on cruising – the most enjoyable, satisfying and value-oriented vacation option available in today’s marketplace.

    Tyus Tours & Travel is a member of CLIA, whose 26 member lines represent nearly 98% of the cruise berths marketed in North America. According to CLIA statistics, the majority of travelers book cruises through travel agencies, and for good reason: agents excel at finding the perfect cruise to match their clients’ vacation needs, lifestyle and budget.  CLIA’s certified cruise agents are the cruise industry’s premier professionals, providing the best service and value for your vacation dollar. 

    For more information or to book your cruise vacation, contact Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or email; travel@tyustours.com and visit us online at www.tyustours.com.

     

     

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  • Ebola in the U.S.: What You Need to Know About Flying

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    The first-known case of a person entering the United States having contracted Ebola broke this week, as a man who traveled from Liberia in late September to Texas – via Brussels and Washington D.C. – has been diagnosed with the potentially deadly virus.

    Naturally, that has spawned questions about Ebola and airline travel, particularly from West Africa where it seems to be most prevalent.

    Here are a few of those questions and answers as we sort out what’s happened and what is happening.

    IS THERE A SCREENING PROCESS?

    Yes. For flights coming from West Africa, airports have put in to place temporary systems for checking passengers for fevers. An elevated temperature is one of the first symptoms of Ebola.

    CAN A PASSENGER BE DENIED BOARDING?

    Yes. A U.S. Department of Transportation rule allows airlines to make judgment calls to deny boarding to any passenger who exhibits the symptoms and could potentially spread the virus through the flight.

    WHAT ABOUT THE MAN WHO FLEW TO DALLAS FROM LIBERIA? 

    He showed absolutely no signs of having the Ebola virus at the time of any of his flights. In fact, it was four days after he arrived in Dallas that he began to feel sick and went to the hospital, and two more days after that before he was admitted and diagnosed.

    WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO SAT AROUND HIM OR CAME IINTO CONTACT WITH HIM?

    Flying United Airlines flight 951 from Brussels to Washington Dulles and then flight 822 to Dallas/Fort Worth, the man obviously came into contact with dozens, if not more, fellow travelers. But the Centers for Disease Control chief Tom Frieden said, "There is zero risk of transmission on the flight.” 

    BUT WHAT IF SOMEBODY GOT PAST THE SCREENING PROCESS? COULD I CATCH EBOLA FROM HIM ON A PLANE?

    You’d be more susceptible to catching a cold from someone than in contracting the Ebola virus. Ebola is contagious if you come into contact with a person’s bodily fluids – blood, semen, urine, feces, etc. Highly doubtful on an airplane.

    All that said, there is a travel warning in place to West African nations but no restrictions at this time. Use caution and your own judgment.

  • A Chef’s Guide to Anguilla

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    Above: Chef Shawne Bryan

    By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
    CJ Travel Editor

    MIAMI — Anguillian chef Shawne Bryan runs the pastry kitchen at Zuma, one of downtown Miami’s hottest tables. Celebs such as Gabrielle Union and Pharrell come here for the restaurant’s Japanese cuisine, but they keep coming back for the indulgent finales: the deconstructed desserts for which the Johnson & Wales-trained chef is known.

    Shawne takes individual ingredients and flavor profiles from familiar sweets and then recreates them in a totally different yet equally delicious form. The nuts, caramel and milk chocolate in a Snickers bar, for example, may be transformed into an elegant peanut caramel infused with chocolate. And while his creations must sync with the restaurant’s Asian theme, he often sneaks in a little Caribbean flavor by using tropical fruit and vibrant island colors.

    “With desserts, the smallest thing you do can have a big effect,” he says. “My goal is to create sweets that evoke happy memories, that remind you of something you enjoyed as a child and take you back to that moment.”

    With days that start at 6am and continue until well into the night, Shawne’s leisure time is limited. But visiting Anguilla as often as he can is a priority (in fact, he was AXA-bound the day after our interview). Before he jetted off, the SUNY and Johnson & Wales-trained pastry chef met us on Zuma’s riverfront patio and over a spread of (what else?) heavenly desserts, shared his top five Anguilla eats.

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    Jacala

    “I used to work at this great restaurant on Mead’s Bay. The setting is beautiful and you never feel rushed here, only relaxed. Go for lunch or dinner with a beachfront view and try one of my favorites: the tuna or the snapper meuniere.”

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    Papa Lash
    “You have to check out this food truck in The Valley (right across from the dental clinic) and try the soy patties. They’re not as healthy as they sound (the patty is deep fried!) but I HAVE to have them when I’m home.”

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    Ruthie’s Yum-Yum

    “This food hut is on the border of Stony Ground and Little Dix. It’s open for lunch and dinner, and I usually order the blackened mahi wrap. Ruthie does good sweet potato fries and pizza, too.”

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    J&J’s Pizza

    “The crust is what makes this South Hill pizza place so special; it’s very thin and crispy, almost like a cracker or a biscuit. Try my favorite duo of toppings: pineapple and onions.”

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    Above: one of Bryan’s signature desserts at Zuma

    Coquiña

    “This is a traditional Anguillian sugar candy I’ve loved since I was a child. It starts out hard and brittle but when you suck on it, it melts away. I’d really love to deconstruct this and make a derivative dessert but first I need to track down the only lady I know who still makes it! You can find it at fairs in The Valley during our carnival in August.”

     


     

  • New York City: The Ride

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    THE RIDE is the hit interactive entertainment experience that has taken New York City by storm!

    THE RIDE uses New York City and its renowned landmarks as the backdrop for a theatrical event that blurs the boundary between tour and performance. The city becomes a stage, and soon you can’t tell where the street ends and the show begins!
     
    Riders will board THE RIDE, a super-sized, technologically amped up vehicle that travels the streets of New York. With stadium-style, sideways seating and massive windows, Riders have front row seats to the big city.



    You never know what you’ll see or who you’ll meet along the 4.2-mile route. No matter how many times you take THE RIDE, it’s never the same show twice.

    From Grand Central to Central Park, THE RIDE provides a look at New York and its people in a way that you’ve never seen before. You’ll laugh, you’ll be wowed, you might even learn something.

    THE RIDE will move you through the city, turning famous NYC landmarks into backdrops as a live show plays out right in front of you. Through advanced audio and video technology, incredible performances, local insider info and non-stop excitement, THE RIDE will transform the way you see New York.

    THE RIDE turns the streets of New York into a stage. And you've got front row seats!

    To learn more or to book your New York City Vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • The Latest in Vegas

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    There’s always something new to see and experience in Las Vegas, so    visit the Entertainment Capital of the World and you’ll enjoy a side of Vegas you’ve never seen!

    Be among the first to check out the new Delano resort at Mandalay Bay. With its all-suite boutique offering, Delano Las Vegas fuses personalized service with a high-end design concept. On the north end of the Strip, stay at SLS Las Vegas. Accommodations range from chic rooms to opulent suites, in three distinct towers: the World Tower, the Story Tower and the Lux Tower.

    If you love to laugh, the world’s top comediennes are taking the stage with the Lipshtick Comedy Series at The Venetian! Wendy Williams, Roseanne Barr and more are ready to deliver the perfect shade of stand-up.

    Fuel up at the brand-new Mercadito at Red Rock Resort. Drawing from culinary experiences of Mexican markets, Mercadito features a wide variety of creative tacos made with handmade corn masa tortillas, five different guacamoles, three choices of refreshing ceviche, and classic dishes like enchiladas and chile rellenos.

    You will have a great time! Call us to see Vegas like you never seen it before.  We’re show you a great time in Las Vegas with:

    To learn more call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362

  • 10 Secret Caribbean All-Inclusive Resorts

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    THERE ARE terrific all-inclusive resorts across the Caribbean. But there are also some wonderful EP properties that also offer all-inclusive options, meaning that you can have the best of both worlds. Here are 10 “secret” all-inclusives across the Caribbean, from Jamaica to Curacao — properties you may not have realized have all-inclusive options.

    Round Hill — Jamaica

    This stunning boutique resort in Jamaica has a “Platinum All-Inclusive Plan” that covers everything, from breakfast, lunch and dinner to unlimited drinks and wines by the glass. You even get a bottle of wine in your room when you arrive.

    Grand Residences Riviera Cancun — Mexico

    The “Grand Gourmet” package at this new luxury resort in the Mexican Caribbean includes unlimited drinks, unlimited gourmet meals and even a bottle of high-end tequila upon arrival, among other amenities.

    Jade Mountain — St Lucia

    Every room at this St Lucia resort has its own infinity pool — and if you use one of the property’s several all-inclusive “total romance” packages, you also get all the food and drinks you want.

    Half Moon — Jamaica

    This Jamaican classic has its signature Half Moon Plan, which includes three meals a day and premium beverages and house wines by the glass, along with round trip airport transfers.

    Casa de Campo — Dominican Republic

    You can add the property’s “Complete Supplement” to any stay, including unlimited drinks by the glass, full breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner (including room service) and even unlimited horseback riding, among other features.

    Spring House — Bequia

    This boutique gem on the Grenadine island of Bequia offers an all-inclusive option that includes chef-prepared meals and a poolside bar stocked with all the soft drinks and beers you need.

    Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort — Tobago

    Tobago’s flagship resort, the Magdalena recently unveiled a “Grand Experience” all-inclusive package for stays of five nights or more, including oceanfront room, unlimited house-branded spirits, wines, beers and more.

    Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort — Curacao

    This is Curacao’s most luxurious large resort, and the all-inclusive option includes unlimited drinks and three meals a day, and even features discounts on golf, among other perks.

    St Kitts Marriott Resort — St Kitts

    The largest resort on tiny St Kitts, the versatile Marriott’s all-inclusive plan includes three meals a day, unlimited “gold standard” alcoholic beverages and activities center rentals, among other perks.

    Divi Little Bay Beach Resort — St Maarten

    This St Maarten resort recently launched its all-inclusive options, including unlimited food and drinks from three bars and dining options.

    To find out more about these resort please call 866-547-5362.

     

  • How You Can Learn To Cook On A Cruise?

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    Article by Theresa Norton Masek | August 21, 2014

    Yes, it’s true, there is a lot of food on cruises, from the endless buffets, numerous restaurants and round-the-clock room service. But these days, cruise ship food is increasingly about quality, not just quantity.

    And now, cruise ships are taking America’s new love affair with food to a new level — they’re teaching us how to source, prep and cook — through onboard cooking classes or tours that teach how to prepare cuisine found in the destination.

    Here are five cruise lines that will help you learn how to cook.

    Oceania

    You know that Oceania Cruises is dedicated to teaching its guests all about food — the company has a director of culinary enrichment and a fully equipped, dedicated cooking studio with 12 stations on its two newest ships, the Riviera and Marina. The company’s self-proclaimed title as the “cruise line for foodies” is well-deserved.

    The upper-premium line also offers Culinary Discovery Tours, which take small groups of passengers to a food market, farm or vineyard and then to a shoreside cooking school to learn how to prepare the local ingredients. Sometimes the class continues in the onboard Bon Appétit Culinary Center.

    The food-focused tours are a hit with guests, and now Oceania is expanding the program with new culinary outings in St. Lucia and Antigua. The new tours will be offered during the “Holidays in the Tropics” sailing that departs Miami on Dec. 23 and on two “Island Paradise” voyages in early 2015.

    In St. Lucia, the new tour will visit a private estate situated on the grounds of a former sugar cane plantation to explore its expansive herb garden and learn how to cook with them in a class inside the grand house. On the return drive to the pier, guests will stop at the open-air Castries Market to check out locally grown fruits, vegetables and spices.

    In Antigua, guests will walk through the local market in downtown St. John’s with the culinary center chef, who will show them local fruits such as breadfruit, mangoes, soursop and dasheen. Afterwards, they’ll head for the Villas at Sunset Lane boutique hotel and cooking school to help Chef Jacquie prepare lunch.

    “With our new tours in St. Lucia and Antigua, guests spend time in the kitchen with local culinary experts learning about the spices, fruits, vegetables and cooking customs that have influenced Caribbean cuisine for centuries,” said Kathryn Kelly, Oceania’s director of culinary enrichment. “Our goal is for guests to leave the tour with new culinary skills, satisfied taste buds and a deeper appreciation for the vibrant culinary traditions found in the Caribbean.”

    AmaWaterways

    When you’re sailing on a river through Europe, of course you want to taste the wine and local cuisine. AmaWaterways takes it a step further with Limited Edition Tours that often visit cooking schools, culinary specialty shops, chocolatiers, charcuteries and and more.

    On its Rhone River cruise through the South of France, the Limited Edition Tours included a lesson in making French bread and nougat in a bakery in Viviers and a hands-on class on Provençal appetizers in Avignon (think tapenade and an eggplant spread). Both were delightful.

    The Limited Edition Tours are included in the cruise fare, but guests must sign up for as space is limited. Regular excursions open to all also included a visit to a truffle farm, another to an olive farm, a red wine and chocolate pairing, and wine tastings at a vineyard in Beaujolais and winery in Tain-l’Hermitage.

    Side note: AmaWaterways just slashed fares on this seven-night cruise between Lyon and Arles. The Nov. 6 and Nov. 27 departures on the AmaDagio are now priced from $1,859 per person, double occupancy.

    Holland America Line

    Holland America Line is another cruise company that takes food and education very seriously. The premium line formed a Culinary Council of renowned chefs — including Elizabeth Falkner, David Burke and Jacques Torres — who offer experience and signature recipes served onboard.

    Its ships also boast the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine, a theater-style venue that offers classes (including some for kids and teens), wine tastings, guest celebrity chef demonstrations and the like. In some ports of call, there are tours to the local market.

    Crystal Cruises

    This luxury line offers an array of classes and shore excursions that focus on food and drink, visiting traditional homes, farms, chateaus, Michelin-starred restaurants and markets. For example, in Honningsvåg, Norway, guests ate King crab just pulled from the North Cape waters! In Dublin, Ireland, the line offered a “Seafood Master Class” at the Cliff Townhouse restaurant, which includes a lesson followed by a three-course lunch.

    PHOTO: Crystal offers wine-tastings and culinary shore excursions. (Courtesy of Crystal Cruises)

    All of Crystal’s culinary Experiences of Discovery voyages include hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations, wine tastings, mixology lessons, and a guest chef dinner in the Crystal Dining Room. This year, each culinary-themed cruise features an optional guest chef-created dinner for 12 to 14 guests in Crystal’s Vintage Room. The seven courses feature the flavors of the region and are paired with wines.

    During holidays and summers, there are galley tours and classes in cookie baking or pizza marking are just for kids.

    Silversea Cruises

    On select voyages, luxury line Silversea offers a cooking school at sea called L’Ecole des Chefs by Relais & Châteaux. Hosted by Chef and culinary trainer David Bilsland, the program includes classes on board or at Relais & Châteaux properties, wine tastings, market tours and cooking competitions.

     

     

     

     

  • Princess Cruises 3 for Free Sales Event

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    The rumors are true!

    Back by popular demand, we're celebrating our 50th Anniversary season with the return of our popular 3 for Free Sales Event, which starts September 3rd. And sailings during our 50th Anniversary will feature special events and surprises for you that they simply can't miss, including Love Boat® deck parties or being a part of our new "Chocolate Journey's" experience!

     

    During 3 for Free, your clients who book a 2015 cruise can explore the glaciers and wildlife in Alaska, discover Europe's historic attractions or immerse themselves in Japan's fascinating culture and receive all three of these incredible free offers (they aren't forced to choose just one)!

    • 1) FREE stateroom location upgrades!†

      2) Up to $200 FREE shore excursion spending money‡ to use toward a memorable helicopter glacier landing experience, a gondola ride in Venice or perhaps a tour of a historic temple in Japan.

      3) Up to $100 FREE onboard spending money†† to use toward a relaxing massage, or perhaps a limited time, keepsake item like a 50th Anniversary Citizen watch, 50th Anniversary Swarovski jewelry, or maybe 50th Anniversary branded apparel from the onboard boutiques!

    PLUS, you can book with a refundable deposit of only $100!** Excited?

    For more information please click on Princess Logo.

     

  • IMG Unveils 'Miami Open presented by Itaú'

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    MIAMI, FL (August 19, 2014) - IMG unveiled today a new brand identity for its prestigious tennis tournament in Miami.  Itaú (NYSE:ITUB), the largest privately owned bank in Latin America, will be the presenting sponsor of Miami’s tennis event from 2015-2019. The tournament will now be known as the "Miami Open presented by Itaú’’, and will take place during March 23-April 5, 2015 at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on Key Biscayne.

    The tournament will feature the ‘’Miami’’ brand in its name, perfectly aligning the event with all that is Miami: luxury hotels, exquisite cuisine, world renowned art scene, and pristine beaches. As one of the world’s most glamorous and cosmopolitan cities, the ‘’Miami’’ brand gives the tennis event a multi-dimensional appeal.

    The new Miami Open visual identity was developed by Itaú’s in-house design team and features a fresh and sleek colorful look, highlighting the flavor and panache that is uniquely Miami. The new brand identity will be felt and featured throughout the tournament site, starting with a new entrance. Inside the venue, attendees will be treated to the best of tennis competition, as well as exciting shopping experiences and food offerings, in keeping with the event’s glamorous and energetic atmosphere.

    Andrea Pinotti Cordeiro, Itaú Unibanco’s Institutional Marketing Director said: “At Itaú, we think of sport as one of our main brand values because it strengthens, unites and transforms people.  Because we believe in investing in sport, we are proudly taking our sponsorship of the Miami Open to a new level.  Leveraging the Miami brand is a great effort to strengthen Miami’s reputation as an epicenter for sport and entertainment.  The city is also home to Itaú’s international private banking operations, which is why we see the Miami Open as a perfect platform to strengthen our relationships with our clients around the world.’’

    ‘’The Miami tennis event is a staple of IMG’s event portfolio and is one of our most important properties.  We couldn’t be more proud to bring in Itaú as a presenting partner of the event for the next five years and look forward to leveraging the company’s expertise and understanding of the international consumer to take the Miami Open to a new level,’’ said Fernando Soler, Managing Director of IMG’s Tennis division.

    Adam Barrett, Miami Open Tournament Director said: ‘’We are proud to announce a new model for the Miami Open which will help take our event to an unprecedented level of international appeal and fan engagement. Itaú’s understanding of the international consumer experience, innovation, entertainment value, and commitment to the growth of tennis makes the company an ideal partner for the Miami Open.”

    As part of the agreement, Itaú will enjoy extensive on-court brand presence, global advertising and promotional rights, and top level hospitality. A partner of the Miami tournament for the last six years, Itaú has a long term legacy in tennis, having first sponsored the Itaú Tennis Cup in Brazil in 1970. Additionally, Itaú is the leading sponsor of the Rio Open - the only combined ATP/WTA tennis event in South America – and was the Official Bank of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, as well as the sponsor of the Brazilian National Football Team.

    The Miami Open is a mandatory tournament on the ATP and WTA calendars.  Played in one world’s most exotic locations, the tournament’s reigning champions are World No.1’s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams. Featuring an international fan base that is uniquely Miami, the Miami Open is the most cosmopolitan, energetic and glamorous event on the ATP and WTA tours.  The Miami Open attracts more than 300,000 spectators each year, is broadcast in 193 countries, and carries 13,000 hours of worldwide coverage, with the men’s and women’s finals being shown live domestically on ESPN. 

    One of the most storied and prestigious tennis events in the history of the sport, the Miami Open calls the legends of the game its former champions, including Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Martina Hingis, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles, among others.  The Miami Open has a unique portfolio of international sponsors, which includes Fed Ex, Bacardi, Rado, TAM/LAM, MasterCard, Nespresso, PWC, USANA and SAP, among others.  

    Ticket packages for the 2015 Miami Open presented by Itaú go on sale Monday, August 25, 2014. To purchase tickets, visit www.MiamiOpen.com or call the Miami Open ticket office at +1.305.442.3367.

    The Miami Open is also offering Patron sponsorship opportunities. These highly sought-after sponsorships offer businesses or individuals the ability to entertain clients and guests  by providing access to special tournament amenities including access to the best 100-level seat locations, VIP parking, access to the exclusive air conditioned patron lounge and name recognition at your seat location, the front entrance and promotional materials.   For more information on these opportunities, please call +1.305.461.9282.

    About Miami Open presented by Itaú:

    The 2015 Miami Open will be played March 23-April 5 at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG. The Miami Open is one of nine ATP Masters 1000 Series events on the ATP calendar, a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA calendar, and features the top men's and women's tennis players in the world. The tournament is widely regarded as the most glamorous on the ATP and WTA calendars because of its exotic Miami location, thriving nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, beautiful weather and beaches, and its celebrity appeal. For ticket information, call +1.305.442.3367 or visit www.miamiopen.com.

     

  • Introducing Generations Riviera Maya, by Karisma

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    Many resorts say they’re family friendly, but few take it to the level of Generations Resorts by Karisma. The new Generations Riviera Maya is a 144 suite hotel located next to the adults-only El Dorado Royale Spa Resort. It brings El Dorado luxury and the Gourmet Inclusive® experience to the whole family—even the ones still eating baby food. How do they do it? A few examples:

    • An online pre-arrival form, so you can let them know of any special needs, book childcare in advance, and even choose from their pillow and aromatherapy menus.
    • Baby amenities that let you travel light. Strollers, bottle warmers, baby monitors, Fischer-Price™ toys and more are all available as part of your package.
    • Large suites with fully-equipped kitchens, including three-bedroom suites that accommodate up to 6 kids and 6 adults.
    • Five restaurants that don’t require reservations and know how to make a PB&J. The 24-hour room service menu includes family style breakfasts and themed dinners that can be delivered right to your suite.
    • Beach butlers who’ll bring you a cold drink and bring your kids the toys they left back in the room.
    • The Baby Beach Lounge, a special shady area on the beach where toddlers and their parents can relax and play.
    • The Eko Kids Club to keep kids 4 to 12 years entertained, with a movie area, craft station, library, game consoles and more.
    • Ponies! Bonanza Ranch, located on the grounds, offers guided rides through jungle trails.

    To book call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362

  • Top 5 Things Savvy Travelers are Doing Before Summer Ends

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    Posted 08/05/14 on Funjet Insider

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    August is here and summer feels like it’s coming to an end. Smart travelers love this time of year, because they are making plans and looking ahead to vacations in the winter. So what are the savviest of travelers doing before Labor Day?

    1. Booking their holiday vacations…and spring break, too. Booking well in advance means smart travelers are using deposit policies that allow them to make their vacation plans and pay them off over the next several months.

    2. Buying bathing suits and summer clothes. With back-to-school items in stores now, summer style is on the clearance racks. By the time winter rolls around, you’ll be hard pressed to find a new bathing suit, sundress or pair of shorts, so scoop up your warm-weather duds now.

    3. Looking for early booking bonus deals. In addition to deposit policies, hotels often offer early booking bonuses – and that doesn’t just mean a great price for booking well in advance. You can get special offers like room upgrades, kids free deals, and other special inclusions that last-minute travelers won’t have access to.

    4. Starting a piggy bank. With plenty of time before you fly, slowly saving up money now means you can do something extra-special in-destination. It may be a romantic dinner, an exciting excursion, or even a shopping trip. Plus, keeping a piggy bank specifically for your vacation adds to the anticipation!

    5. Checking the school schedule. If you have kids or grandkids in school, now is the time to check their schedules. Plan around school breaks well in advance to make sure you’re not paying top dollar for your family vacation.

    What are your top travel planning tips?

  • Posh and Private: The Best Cruise Line Cabanas

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    Written by Travel Pulse 07/22/14

    PHOTO: Views like this are available to those who rent cabanas on cruise lines’ private islands. This is the view from Holland America Line’s two-story beach villas. (Courtesy of Holland America Line)

    In your vacation dreams, are you curled up in a hammock overlooking clear turquoise waters and a powdery beach? Are you in a secluded spot, palm trees gently swaying overhead, far from the noisy crowds? Is there a butler refilling your glass and serving you fresh fruit?

    Last month we outlined the luxurious private cabanas you can rent on cruise ships. Today, we take a look at similarly posh cabanas available on the private islands visited by many cruise ships. Renting a cabana costs extra, of course, but based on online reviews, it’s worth every penny to many cruisers.

    The cabanas give beach-goers a place to leave their belongings and get out of the sun (or rain!). Some are air-conditioned, while others have ceiling fans. Most have comfortable furnishings, and some come with food and drink.

    To reserve one, guests usually pre-book in the shore excursion section on cruise lines’ websites or through the guest services or concierge desk once onboard. Sometimes you can select the exact cabana you want.

    It pays to read the details and the reviews of rental cabanas because they often include important information, such as how close they are to the beach, bathrooms and barbecue lunch buffet. Some are located in secluded areas and require a walk up a hill or steps — important considerations for those with mobility issues.

    Here’s an overview of the cabanas available on cruise lines’ private islands and beach destinations.

    Half Moon Cay

    PHOTO: Holland America Line built two-story beach villas on Half Moon Cay. (Courtesy of Holland America Line)

    This private Bahamian island, which was developed by Holland America Line and ranks as its passengers’ favorite port of call, offers a variety of private cabanas for rent. Although developed by Holland America, the island is also visited by ships from sister companies, including Carnival Cruise Lines.

    Cabana rentals come with priority tender service, so renters can get there first and maximize their time on the island.

    The private beachside cabana has a refrigerator, ceiling fan, air conditioner, table and chairs inside, and deck chairs and a misting shower on the private terrace. It also includes fresh fruit, vegetables with dip, and chips and salsa as well as soft drinks and bottled water. Floating mats and snorkel gear are also included for the day.

    Holland America offers the private cabana rental for $299.95 per day for up to four guests. At Carnival, the price is $229.99.

    Last year, Holland America added five two-story beach villas that are even more luxurious. These have private bathrooms, air conditioning, a five-person hot tub, a refrigerator, a ceiling fan, dining area with table and chairs inside, a misting shower and a private sun deck. The lounge chairs are padded. Like the other cabanas, the beach villas are set up with fresh fruit, vegetables and dip, chips and salsa and soft drinks and bottled water. They also have floating mats and snorkel gear.

    Holland America’s price for the day is $549 for up to eight people; Carnival’s is $499.99 for up to eight people.

    For a more luxe experience, guests who book a private cabana or beach villa can enhance the experience with the Butler Service Upgrade Package for $400 for up to eight guests. This package includes alcoholic beverages (house brand liquor, all beers, soft drinks, bottled water and wine) from the bars on Half Moon Cay, a picnic lunch and a butler escort from your cabin to help carry belongings and to book shore excursions on the island.

    Larger groups might consider the Private Oasis, a 1,620-square-foot house set on a point, partially over water. It includes a large covered deck and a sun deck with an eight-person hot tub. Other features include an indoor teak dining table seating six, outdoor teak lounges and bar stools accommodating 12, a barbecue area, a full wet bar and refrigerator, massage table, iPod music system, men’s and women’s changing rooms, indoor and outdoor showers with heated fresh water, a 100-foot walkway with misting stations and a privacy gate. Last year, it got a slide from the cabana deck straight into the ocean!

    The Private Oasis includes the services of a butler, personal chef, and lifeguard, as well as food and drink for up to 12 people. Fresh fruit, Danish, chips and salsa are served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. while a barbecue lunch buffet is available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Think salads, burgers, hot dogs, teriyaki-glazed mahi mahi, barbequed ribs and chicken, and brownies and cookies.)

    The package includes soft drinks, bottled water, juices, domestic and imported beers, house wine by the glass, tropical cocktails, and alcohol-free mocktails from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holland America charges $1,195 for up to 12 people for the Private Oasis, while Carnival’s price is $1,495.99.

    The ultimate, though, is Holland America’s aptly named “Ultimate Oasis Package Upgrade” that costs $4,800 for up to 12 guests. This upgrade is available to those who have rented the Private Oasis.

    And look at what it includes: Table setting with white linen, fine china, silverware and candles. A group photo and a celebration cake. A floating bar on a surfboard with unlimited Dom Perignon champagne and other drinks. A ultimate BBQ lunch menu with unlimited Russian caviar with iced vodka, jumbo chilled shrimp with seaweed salad, iced king crab legs, grilled lobster, beef tenderloin and more. Sounds like quite a celebration!

    Labadee

    PHOTO: One of the secluded cabanas on Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach destination. (Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

    Royal Caribbean International’s private beach destination on Haiti has 20 cabanas available for rent at the Barefoot Beach Club, an exclusive area reserved for those who book top-level suites or reserve cabanas.

    Each cabana can accommodate four or five guests. All are the same size with the same amenities, but they are in four locations and so are priced differently — four are overwater, two are waterfront, five are on a hilltop and nine are on the beach, surrounded by palm trees.

    The cabanas have resort furniture and a ceiling fan, and are stocked with complimentary bottled water, two floating mats and snorkeling equipment. A cabana attendant can bring drinks from a beverage menu with the prices charged. Lunch in Barefoot Beach is described as an upgraded barbecue. Prices for a daylong rental are $225; it’s $250 for the overwater cabanas.

    Great Stirrup Cay

    PHOTO: Norwegian’s cabanas on Great Stirrup Cay are on a secluded beach. (Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

    Norwegian Cruise Line’s 250-acre Bahamian island Great Stirrup Cay offers 10 private cabanas west of the island’s main beach. Each open-air cabana is furnished with a ceiling fan, mini-fridge, lounge chairs, tables, a cooler, beach towels and a shower. It also includes use of four floating mats.

    Guests who reserve the Cabanas on the Cay will get priority tender service to the island and can ride a tram to the cabana, which is stocked with six complimentary bottles of water and a fruit basket. Cabana rental includes a $50 food and beverage credit, so guests can select from an exclusive menu or dine for free at the island’s barbecue lunch for all guests. Those who do the latter can use the credit to buy beverages.

    The large cabanas are located on Cabana Beach, a secluded beach adjacent to the main beach area. Pricing starts at $249 for up to eight people. Smaller cabanas for up to six guests are located on Fiesta Beach with views of Bertram’s Cove and are priced from $199.

    Princess Cays

    PHOTO: Colorful cabanas are available for rent on Princess Cays. (Courtesy of Princess Cruises)

    This 40-acre private beach destination on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera features a half-mile white sand beach and air-conditioned bungalows for rent in a palm grove. Each bungalow features a ceiling fan, a table and four chairs inside, two sun loungers on the deck, a private shower and two complimentary float rentals. The beach is about a three-minute walk away. Included in the rental are priority tender tickets and a ride on a motorized cart to the bungalow. Once there, attendants can take drink orders or deliver a gourmet picnic lunch for an additional fee.

    Rental prices start at $199 for up to four people. Or, cruisers can choose a bungalow in the adults-only Sanctuary at Princess Cays, an extension of the onboard experience. This is limited to those aged 18 and over and costs $249 for up to four people.

    Grand Turk Cruise Center

    PHOTO: Grand Turk Cruise Center has cabanas around the huge swimming pool. (Courtesy of Grand Turk Cruise Center)

    On Carnival’s private cruise facility in the Turks & Caicos, passengers can book air-conditioned cabanas located in a grassy area next to the massive swimming pool and near Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Restaurant and Bar. The cabana has an outdoor shower, private deck with sun loungers and servers who deliver food and drinks (at extra cost) from Margaritaville — they’re summoned through a push of the call button. Carnival charges from $129 for the day for up to four people. Sister company Princess charges $149.

    Mahogany Bay

    PHOTO: A ride on a chair lift is included with cabana rentals at Mahogany Bay on Roatán Island, Honduras. (Courtesy of Mahogany Bay Cruise Center)

    Another Carnival Corp.-built cruise facility, Mahogany Bay encompasses 20 beachfront acres on Roatán Island, Honduras. The facility includes air-conditioned cabanas that accommodate up to four people. Set on a semi-private beach area, the cabanas have two lounge chairs, a double-size hammock, four floats, an outdoor shower and waiter service. The price of renting the cabanas includes a five-minute ride to the beach on what is called the “Magical Flying Beach Chair” and is like a ski lift-type ride found in theme parks. Carnival’s price is $225.99 for up to four people. For Princess, the rental fee starts at $199.

  • Cruise Cabanas Offer Privacy and Service - For a Price

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    Written by Travel Pusle 06/13/2014

    Sometimes, finding a lounge chair on a cruise ship sundeck is like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. So imagine the luxury of having cushioned loungers reserved for you for the day or even the entire cruise with shade adjusted to your preference and stewards ready to deliver drinks, gourmet food, cooling towels or a spritz of chilled Evian.

    A number of cruise ships offer private cabanas — for a price, of course — but many cruisers find these oases an affordable antidote to an overcrowded, noisy sun deck. Here are some cruise ship cabanas.

    Sanctuary, Lotus Spa and Retreat Cabanas on Royal Princess and Regal Princess

    PHOTO: Private poolside cabanas are available on the Regal Princess and Royal Princess. (Courtesy of Princess Cruises)

    Princess Cruises offers three private cabana options on the 3,600-passenger Royal Princess and Regal Princess. The cabanas were introduced for the first time when the Royal Princess entered service in June 2013.

    The adults-only Retreat Pool offers poolside cabanas beginning at $50 for a half-day. For a more luxurious experience, The Sanctuary, the adults-only oasis, offers two cabana options — Sanctuary Cabanas and Lotus Spa cabanas.

    The Sanctuary Cabanas are quite posh, with a television with noise-reducing wireless headphones, cushioned sofas, robe and slippers, a welcome cocktail, and snacks such as nuts and fruit. The Sanctuary Cabanas also have a mini-bar stocked with waters and sodas, as well as a choice of alcoholic beverages, including beer or wine. Sanctuary Cabanas are priced from $140 for a half-day.

    Then there are the two luxurious Lotus Spa Cabanas that are equipped with a treatment area with two massage tables, as well as a television, plush chairs and views over the front of the ship. Guests who reserve these can also book customized spa packages that range in price from $320 to $3,000.

    The top-of-the-line package is the “Royal Indulgence” for four people from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., which includes all-day massages and facials, gourmet food including caviar, butler service, and a bottle of Dom Pérignon Champagne.

    Those who splurge on a cabana but not the four-figure package can order a Cabana Picnic, priced from $40 for two. This delivered picnic might include a premium bottle of wine, antipasti, artisan sandwiches, pizza and desserts.

    Cabanas on Eurodam, Noordam and Nieuw Amsterdam

    Holland America Line offers private poolside cabanas on three ships, the Noordam, Nieuw Amsterdam (pictured at top) and Eurodam, in quiet areas on the Observation Deck 11. It’s called The Retreat on the Eurodam and Noordam, and the Cabana Club on Nieuw Amsterdam.

    The private areas offer 12 cabanas on the Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam and 15 on Noordam. Each ship has one cabana used for spa treatments. Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam also have Lido Cabanas near the pool — seven on Nieuw Amsterdam and eight on Eurodam.

    Cabana amenities include luxurious loungers and a table, a separate seating area in the Cabana Club and The Retreat, towel set-up and bathrobes, handheld fans, an Evian mister, chilled bottled water, a fruit basket and a glass of sparkling wine. Cabana occupants can order in food as well as ice cream and condiments in the early afternoon and chocolate-dipped strawberries in late afternoon.

    The Retreat cabanas cost $45 for a port day and $75 for a day at sea, for two adults and two children up to 16 years old. The Lido cabanas are $30 and $50, respectively. Packages are available for those who want to rent for the length of the cruise; for example, a Retreat cabana costs $299 to reserve for up to seven days.

    The Alcoves on Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection

    PHOTO: Sister ships Celebrity Silhouette and Reflection offer cabanas on the real grass in The Lawn Club. (Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

    Celebrity Cruises offers eight Alcoves each on the Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection — but these private cabanas aren’t located poolside but face The Lawn Club, a public area with a half-acre of real, growing grass. Cost to rent is $99 for a port day or $149 for a day at sea, but a 20 percent discount applies to those who book it for the entire cruise.

    The Alcoves feature ambient mood lighting, fresh fruit, hand-held fans, chilled towels, four bottles of water, and all-day use of an iPad loaded with music, movies, games and magazines. The Alcoves have Wi-Fi access for a fee. Food and drinks can be delivered for a la carte prices. For example, the “Bistro on Five Picnic” for $50 includes country pâté with cornichons and crackers, coleslaw, a chicken pesto mozzarella country loaf sandwich, fruits brochette, cheesecake, coconut dacquoise lollipops and a bottle of wine.

  • Monte Carlo Introduces Energetic Open-Air Plaza

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    Monte Carlo Resort and Casino has completed a multi-million-dollar reinvention of its Strip-facing facade, debuting a lively open-air plaza with six unique dining concepts, vibrant community spaces and dynamic live entertainment. Monte Carlo’s new plaza delivers a cool, high-energy atmosphere making it the ideal setting to enjoy Vegas’ sultry summer nights. The destination includes Diablo’s Cantina, a festive, two-story Mexican restaurant from leading development and management company The Light Group, and introduces five indoor-outdoor restaurants new to The Strip: Yusho, featuring inventive Japanese-inspired street food by celebrated chef Matthias Merges; Double Barrel, the first authentic roadhouse from renowned hospitality group sbe; 800 Degrees, a pizzeria from the California-based restaurateurs behind Umami Burger; BLVD Creamery, a contemporary ice cream shop with innovative flavors and unexpected dessert offerings; and Sambalatte, a Vegas-grown premium coffee experience.

    To find out more please call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • Which is the Better Value: Cruise vs On Land Vacation

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    When you tally up the costs of an on-land vacation versus a vacation at sea, there's a good chance that the at-sea option will offer a better value … that is, if you choose the right company. A cruise is practically a package deal, with lodging, food and entertainment often all covered in the cruise fare. But affordability is one thing — how do you know that you're actually getting the best bang for your buck? In order to help you get the most out of your vacation budget, U.S. News' Best Cruises team has amassed the following list of cruise lines that not only offer competitive rates, but also quality experiences.

    With lodging, dining and entertainment all mashed together into one price, a cruise makes a great choice for the budget-minded vacationer. Add to that the included experience of exploring not just one, but several destinations and it's easy to see why so many travelers opt for a holiday at sea over a holiday on land. But while some of the prices you see advertised may seem too good to be true, how can you be sure you're going to make the most of your vacation budget? To ensure you get the best rate on your next cruise, start by searching itineraries on www.tyustours.com.

    Best Cruise Lines for the money:

    Royal Caribbean

    Disney Cruise Line

    Celebrity Cruises

    Carnvial Cruise Line

    Norwegian Cruise Line

    Holland America Lines

    MSC Cruises

    Princess Cruises

    Costa Cruises

     

  • High Speed Internet Reaches New Heights

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    Communications satellite operator Inmarsat plan to provide the first ever, pan-European, high-speed, air-to-ground Internet service with British Airways in talks to become a launch partner. The service would launch initially on UK domestic routes, before rolling out across Europe, giving you high-speed, inflight Wi-Fi. With no bandwidth issues, you’ll be able to browse the net to your heart’s content, no matter what cabin you’re in.   

  • Vacation Express Announces New Non-Stop Flights From Columbus to Punta Cana

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    Flights to Punta Cana begin Monday March 16, 2015 offering
    6-night packages through August 3rd. 
    Punta Cana joins Grand Bahama Island, Cancun and Riviera Maya as the newest Non-Stop!
     

    ATLANTA, GA (July 2, 2014) - Vacation Express  announces new service to Punta Cana from Port Columbus International Airport (CMH). Monday departures for 6-night vacations to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) begin on March 16, 2015, run through August 3, 2015 and are now open for sale. Flights to Punta Cana will be operated by Swift Air on a Boeing 737 with 150 seats, including 12 exclusive first class seats.

    Vacation packages and all-inclusive deals to Punta Cana include direct flights,  all-inclusive resort, local representative, and taxes starting at $899.* When you book an all-inclusive package with Vacation Express, you will enjoy all meals, unlimited drinks, exciting entertainment, and much more.

    Vacation Express is also pleased to announce they will soon open sales for Cancun and Riviera Maya. Effective every Saturday beginning March 14 through August 1st 2015, travelers from Columbus can head to Cancun International Airport (CUN) ** and book 6-night Cancun or Riviera Maya vacations. 

    Kevin Hernandez, VP Marketing and Sales at Vacation Express USA said, "We are excited about adding more flights from Columbus; we know Punta Cana will become a popular destination for us this winter. We have had requests from many passengers and travel agents who are looking for a great deal on packages with non-stop flights to a new and exciting destination. For people still looking to get away this summer, Vacation Express still has a limited number of seats on our non-stops to Grand Bahama Island, Cancun and Riviera Maya. Vacation Express is now clearly positioned as the leading tour operator in Columbus."

     For those who have 15 or more adults traveling together, Vacation Express has a separate Group & Incentive Division ready to assist. Their experienced team specializes in destination weddings, student trips, family reunions & getaways, corporate incentives, meetings  and other types of group travel.  Contact Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit www.tyustours.com

    About Vacation Express: Vacation Express, part of Sunwing Travel Group Inc., has been providing vacation packages for 25 years and offers quality vacation packages to over 30 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America with a focus on value and client satisfaction. Plus, they provide exclusive non-stop flights from 14 top US cities to sun-drenched beach getaways. Vacation Express prides itself on originality offering customers a fun, exciting, adventurous or relaxing approach to vacation packaging.

    Additional Notes: ***Subject to DOT Approval. *Price reflects hotel that feature All-Inclusive Plans. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Advertised prices available for bookings made electronically through your travel agent; small service fee of $10 applies when booking through Vacation Express Call Center. For full terms and conditions, hotel and description of all services, please refer to the Vacation Express 2014 Brochure, www.vacationexpress.com or call 1.800.486.9777. Vacation Express now accepts debit cards that offer the same consumer protection as credit cards. See operator/participant agreement for details. Flights provided by Aeromexico, Bahamasair, or Swift Air. Packages are limited and subject to change without prior notice. Airfares are per person, reflect lowest available airfare at time of printing, are subject to change and based upon availability of class of service. Not responsible for errors or omissions.

  • Las Vegas: VooDoo Zip Line at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Now Open

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    VooDoo Zip Line at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is now open to the general public. Created by New Capital Ventures, VooDoo Zip Line accommodates two riders at once and connects the two towers of the Rio Las Vegas. The attraction begins on the patio of VooDoo Steakhouse, located on the 50th floor of the Masquerade Tower, and propels riders at speeds up to 33 miles per hour to the adjoining 20-story Ipanema Tower. Guests make a return trip to the starting point traveling backwards at 20 miles per hour. The heart-pumping adventure covers one-third of a mile in one minute and 10 seconds. VooDoo Zip Line is open from noon to midnight Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday. View the excitement for yourself visit http://youtu.be/8f_VpnRgQz4

  • Las Vegas: VooDoo Zip Line at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Now Open

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    VooDoo Zip Line at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is now open to the general public. Created by New Capital Ventures, VooDoo Zip Line accommodates two riders at once and connects the two towers of the Rio Las Vegas. The attraction begins on the patio of VooDoo Steakhouse, located on the 50th floor of the Masquerade Tower, and propels riders at speeds up to 33 miles per hour to the adjoining 20-story Ipanema Tower. Guests make a return trip to the starting point traveling backwards at 20 miles per hour. The heart-pumping adventure covers one-third of a mile in one minute and 10 seconds. VooDoo Zip Line is open from noon to midnight Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday. 

  • Mexico has returned as a Hot Cruise Destination

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     Disney Cruise Line comes back to the West Coast for Baja cruises from San Diego in fall 2015. Also, Carnival Cruise Lines resumes its seven-day itineraries to Mazatlan starting in October.

    Disney pulled out of Los Angeles at the end of 2012 and sent the Disney Wonder to Miami for the first time. Now the ship returns not to L.A. but to San Diego for six cruises to Baja in 2015.

    Five-night cruises will stop at Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas and depart Oct. 4, 11 and 18, 2015. The line also will offer a three-night cruise that leaves Oct. 1, 2015, and two-night weekend getaways Oct. 9 and 16, 2015.

    Prices start at $404 per person for two-night cruises, $435 per person for three-night cruises and $625 per person for five-night cruises, based on double occupancy.

  • Walt Disney World: Harambe Nights

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    Celebrate world-class theatrical entertainment alongside a sophisticated culinary experience as you immerse yourself in the story of The Lion King like never before.

    Voyage into Harambe Village for a roaring summer celebration featuring the grandest tales and tastes of Africa.

    Every Saturday, from June 7 to August 9, 2014, pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of Disney's The Lion King at an all-inclusive extravaganza inside Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

    The excitement kicks off with a warm welcome reception before moving into Harambe Theater for a private performance of the all-new show The Lion King: Concert in the Wild-complete with a special celebrity narrator and a live orchestra!

    Then, once the show comes to a close, you're invited to hit the streets for an exotic party where you can explore all sorts of sizzling seasonal fare, magical merchandise offerings and a series of Character appearances and artist signings.

    Be sure to stick around as the night draws to a conclusion too and receive a fond farewell you won't soon forget!

    Event details are subject to change.

    • Event Dates: Every Saturday from June 7 - August 9, 2014
    • Event tickets: Tickets are $119 for adults, $79 for ages 3-9, plus tax. Tickets with premium floor seating are sold out for all nights. 407-939-1319

    Surround yourself in the Savannah setting of the Harambe Theater as you experience The Lion King like never before!

    Marvel at the sights and sounds as iconic scenes from the film are recreated with splendid theatricality, all while a celebrity narrator and a live orchestra provide the soundtrack for a never-before-seen take on The Lion King tale.

    Celebrity narrators currently scheduled to appear include:

    • Viola Davis - June 7, 2014
    • Avery Brooks - June 14, 2014
    • Montego Glover - June 21, 2014
    • David Alan Grier - June 28, 2014
    • Michael Beach - July 5, 2014
    • Harry Lennix - July 12, 2014
    • Joe Morton - July 19, 2014
    • Alfre Woodard - July 26, 2014
    • Brian Stokes Mitchell - August 2, 2014
    • Patina Miller - August 9, 2014

    Entertainment and celebrity narrators are subject to change.

    Harambe Nights Street Party

    Move to the beat as you head out for fun, food, merchandise and more at the Harambe Nights Street Party.

    As the celebration continues, dance alongside excited townspeople as a favorite local band fills the night air with non-stop Afro-pop rhythms. Then, take your pick from a festive array of event happenings.

    From an assortment of all-inclusive food and beverages-including mouthwatering and sweet tastes, and African beers and wines; to special appearances and signings with select Disney Design Group artists; to magical meetings with Disney Characters showing off their wild sides, countless encounters await your arrival!

    To book your Disney Vacation Call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • Travel for This Summer

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    Eighty-eight percent of Americans plan to travel this summer, up 11 percent year-over-year, according to new survey data by Orbitz.com. Travel is up despite increased airfare and hotel pricing (on average flights are up six percent, and hotels are up 12 percent in top destinations, Orbitz says), which means Americans' summer travel plans will be "almost exclusively domestic this year," to offset costs.

     

      What to look for:

      • The demise of staycations—Americans want to travel following such a harsh winter.

      • More domestic travel—"Cancun, Mexico, is the only international destination and leads the top 10 air travel list, followed by Las Vegas, Orlando, Seattle, and Los Angeles," Orbitz says.

      • Travelers will spend more on their vacation this summer due to rising airline and hotel costs (over half of consumers surveyed said they would spend $2,000-plus more this summer vacation versus 44 percent in 2013, Orbitz says).

      • Urban getaways are the hot ticket item this summer–cities comprise half of the destinations on this year's list.
     

     

    TRAVEL BYTE: Summer 2014 Travel Trends

    What's trending for summer 2014 travel? In-room digital technology, family adventures, talent development, and simple relaxation are among the most requested among savvy travelers, according to the "2014 Summer Travel Trends" consumer study led by Destination Hotels & Resorts, a collection of luxury North American independent hotels and resorts.

    Key findings from the study:
    • 66% of participants said in-room technology is important
    • 45% of those surveyed showed interest in exploring new talents on vacation, with 39% intent on physically challenging wellness activities like climbing, surfing, and paddleboarding...
    • ...though 55% just want to relax and do nothing.
    • 41% of vacationers are traveling with children; in fact, 45% of families look for hotels that have activities they can experience together
    • 60%-plus reported locally inspired cuisine is the "most important component" when booking summer vacation

    To find suggestions for your summer vacation visit www.tyustours.com or call 866-547-5362.
     

  • Royal Promises Unmatched High-Speed Internet

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    This summer, Royal Caribbean International is rolling out what Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, calls transformational service, which will reportedly supply more bandwidth than all the other cruise ships in the world combined.

  • Tyus Tours & Travel Receives 2014 Best of Columbus Award

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    Press Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    Columbus Award Program Honors the Achievement

    COLUMBUS April 24, 2014 -- Tyus Tours & Travel has been selected for the 2014 Best of Columbus Award in the Commercial Travel Agencies & Bureaus category by the Columbus Award Program.

    Each year, the Columbus Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Columbus area a great place to live, work and play.

    Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Columbus Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Columbus Award Program and data provided by third parties.

    About Columbus Award Program

    The Columbus Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Columbus area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

    The Columbus Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

    SOURCE: Columbus Award Program

    CONTACT:
    Columbus Award Program
    Email: PublicRelations@recognitionawarding.com
    URL: http://www.recognitionawarding.com

  • Carnival Dream Sails from New Orleans

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    Carnival Dream Starts Seven Day Service from New Orleans!


     New Orleans largest cruise ship 3,646 passenger Carnival Dream started sailing from New Orleans April 20, 2014 offering three distinctly different itineraries - western Caribbean cruises visiting Montego Bay, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman; or Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Belize and Cozumel; and a Bahamas/Florida route calling at Key West, Freeport and Nassau. Carnival Dream joins Carnival Elation which sails year-round four- and five-day cruises to Mexico.

    The 1,004-foot-long Carnival Dream offers a host of on-board innovations, including WaterWorks featuring a 303-foot-long Twister water slide - among the longest at sea - as well as a luxurious 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, a half-mile outdoor promenade with whirlpools that extend out over the ship's sides, and more than two dozen bars, restaurants and lounges, including the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar.

    Also featured is a Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez with nearly two dozen family-friendly and adult-oriented comedy shows per voyage. Carnival Dream also offers fun, supervised activities for children in three age groups and later this year will add Seuss at Sea, part of a fleetwide partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises featuring exciting youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences inspired by the amazing world of Dr. Seuss.

    Carnival Dream also includes a stunning indoor/outdoor cafe/live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza as well as the Seaside Theatre, a 270-square-foot LED screen displaying concerts, sporting events and nightly Dive-In Movies.

    A variety of spacious accommodations are also available, with dozens of suites and a wide selection of balcony staterooms, including unique cove balconies located closer to the water offering outstanding sea views. There are also ocean view staterooms with a full bath plus separate wash room and five-berth staterooms that are ideal for families.

    For more information or to book The Carnival Dream please call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.


     

  • THE MOST EXCITING LAS VEGAS ATTRACTION TO HIT THE STRIP

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    Shining bright on the Las Vegas Strip, the 550-foot-tall High Roller is the world's largest observation wheel.

    This stunning Las Vegas attraction provides tourists and locals alike the ride of a lifetime. The epic wheel is the crown jewel of The LINQ, the Strip's all-new outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment district. The High Roller has 28 spherical, Italian-handcrafted glass-enclosed cabins, each weighing 44,000 pounds. Passengers can enjoy breathtaking Las Vegas views in a 30-minute ride, the time it takes for the entire wheel to rotate. Additionally, there are two booths per cabin.

    Each stylish, modern-styled cabin holds up to 40 people, totaling 1,120 at full capacity. Whether renting out a cabin for wedding, private party or flying solo, each 44,000-pound pod features dynamic music and video shows as riders take in the 360-degree sights. There's also an adjacent wheelhouse where guests can reserve private parties and banquets.

    A SPECTACULAR YEAR-ROUND LAS VEGAS LIGHT SHOW

    Parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard, the massive wheel dazzles with more than 2,000 LED lights and serves as The LINQ's sparkling focal point. The ever-changing colors are such a beauty and display a nightly glorious light show. The lights turn on starting at dusk and stay on until early morning. Lights range from bright pink, turquoise, purple, green and white, as well as color combinations. If you’re not busy admiring the scenery, each cabin comes equipped with eight monitor screens playing video and music shows.

    The High Roller and accompanying LINQ district maintain Las Vegas as a forward-thinking destination. Together, they offer the most exciting range of entertainment, dining, retail and nightlife offerings in the world.

    Tickets can be bought individually or in groups. Groups of 10 or more receive discounted rates.

    For High Roller wedding information, email The Wedding Chapel at Flamingo or call (800) 933-7993.

     

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    SPECIAL LOCALS OFFER: KIDS RIDE FREE!

     

    Purchase a daytime or nighttime ticket and receive a free ticket for your child 12 years and younger. (Children 3 and under are always free!) Use offer code LOCALS online and present your tickets and your Nevada ID at the High Roller Guest Services desk.

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    EXPERT TIPS:

    • If you're all about sightseeing, book your ride right at sunset or nighttime – the Vegas lights are out of this world. Also, don't be afraid to ride during summer days – the cabins offer air-conditioning.
    • The High Roller’s wheelhouse sells drinks from its bar. Feel free to bring it with you on the wheel.
    • Save time – The LINQ’s valet is right by the High Roller. If you’re driving east on Flamingo (away from the Strip), turn left LINQ Lane and drive straight. It will be right before The Quad’s back entrance.
    • Stick around before or after your High Roller experience – The LINQ offers plenty to see and do, from musical acts at Brooklyn Bowl to amazing drink concoctions at Yard House and BLVD. Cocktail.
    • Memorialize your experience – The High Roller features a gift shop at the base of the wheel, including everything from T-shirts, key chains and other fun souvenirs.
  • Spirit Introduces M.O.A.S. - Be the First to Enjoy a Full Night's Rest by Trying Our New

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    MIRAMAR, Fla. (April 1, 2014) - Spirit Airlines known for pioneering low-fare air travel options throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America, is pleased to be the first ultra-low fare carrier to offer full flat-bed seats. Beginning April 1, 2025, Spirit will offer travelers the option of purchasing a full flat-bed seat in a slim-line, light-weight design. Our Mother of All Sleeper (M.O.A.S) bed will offer an unparalleled flight experience in the belly (luggage area) of each of our Airbus A320 family aircraft. One hundred private suites among the five-hundred M.O.A.S. beds will also be available to purchase.

    Optional Product Fees (available only in conjunction with purchase of a M.O.A.S. flat-bed accommodation):

    • Heavy wool blankets - $19.95 (not guaranteed effective above 15,000 feet)
    • Oxygen Mask - $49.98 (when and where available – not guaranteed on all flights)
    • 2-foot bed extender - $299.99 (beds vary in length; typically fit customers up to 5'6" in height if knees are bent slightly)
    • Sleep-aid pills - $159.99

    Available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Temperatures in the belly vary but are typically about 40 degrees Fahrenheit (think meat locker). Due to security concerns, passengers are not allowed to bring their own blankets. Spirit is not liable for any injuries or scratches incurred as a direct result of the use of any blanket purchased on board.

    Passengers will load through the cargo doors. There is no elevator service available from belly of the aircraft to the main cabin. Accordingly, by purchasing M.O.A.S. accommodations, customers acknowledge they must climb a ladder in the event they need to use the restroom facilities located on the main passenger flight deck

    "We are pleased to offer customers the option to save money on a hotel by offering an unparalleled in-flight sleeping experience," says Ben Baldanza, Spirit's CEO. "We are proud to be the first ultra-low fare carrier to give customers the freedom to choose an in-the-belly flat-bed experience."


    Don't miss out on being the first to enjoy our M.O.A.S. beds - mark your calendars now to be among the first to try this new incredibly low-fare full flat-bed option, brought to you by the leader of low fares: Spirit Airlines.

  • Russia Fallout: Tour Canceled, Cruise Lines Adjust Black Seas Itineraries

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    Russia Fallout: Tour Canceled, Cruise Lines Adjust Black Seas Itineraries

    Cruise | MSC Cruises | Tim Wood | March 26, 2014

     

    With fighting escalating in Russia and tensions between the U.S. and Russia rising, tour companies and cruise lines are rethinking their itineraries to keep customers happy and out of harm’s way.

    MSC Cruises announced Wednesday that it has made changes to the itinerary of the MSC Sinfonia (pictured above) and the calls in the Black Sea scheduled for April and May 2014.

    “The safety and peace of mind of all our travellers and crew remains our utmost priority at all times. The calls at the ports of Odessa and Yalta will be cancelled and replaced with calls in Volos, Greece and Varna, Bulgaria,” a MSC spokesperson told TravelPulse.

    “Volos is the perfect gateway to see the famous monasteries of Meteora – these world renowned monasteries perched on seemingly inaccessible rock pinnacles. The second additional port of call, Varna, Bulgaria, is a seaside resort boasting beautiful sandy beaches and centuries of history, adding an entirely new country to discover during this MSC voyage.”

    These changes will be implemented on two 13-day, 12-night cruises.

    The first one starting from Tuesday, April 8, as MSC Sinfonia will depart from Genoa on an itinerary that will bring her to Civitavecchia, Istanbul, Varna, Constanta, Volos, Piraeus and Naples before coming back to Genoa.

    MSC Sinfonia’s second cruise that will be affected will depart on Friday 02 May from Genoa as well and will follow the same itinerary as previously mentioned.

    Regent Seven Seas cruises has also made a change to their Aug. 8, 2014 Black Sea Sanctuary itinerary.

    "We have revised the Aug. 8, 2014 Black Sea Sanctuary voyage aboard Regent Seven Seas’ Mariner to preserve the Black Sea experience while at the same time providing a new and diverse array of destinations,” a Regent Seven Seas spokesperson told TravelPulse. “These include Batumi (Georgia), an overnight in Constanta (Romania) and an overnight in Istanbul.   As we continue to monitor the situation in the Ukraine we recognize some guests are apprehensive about traveling to Ukraine and we’ve adjusted the itinerary accordingly. 

    “As always, the safety and security of our guests and crew is always our number one priority.  We continue to monitor the situation in the Ukraine and if at any point we believe it is unsafe we will adjust our itineraries.”

    Also Wednesday, Insight Vacations announced it has cancelled a tour focused on the Ukraine region.

    “We launched a new itinerary this year, Ukraine, Moldova and Crimea,” said Philip Cappelli, president of Insight Vacations. “After much consideration we felt it was in the best interest of our clients and our company to cancel these departures. Eight tours were slated for departure this summer.

    "We are completely confident in this program and continue to believe this part of the world must be seen and experienced. However, given the current volatility in the region we decided to suspend the tour for 2014. We continue to monitor the developments in the area carefully.”

  • Come Visit The Entertainment Capital Of The World!

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    If you haven’t been to Las Vegas lately you're missing out.  Come to the Entertainment Capital of the World for an first unforgettable experience.


    Encourage  first-time visitors to do a little people watching from any of the terrific vantage points on the Strip, including Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas, a French bistro with the bonus of being directly across the street from the famous Fountains of Bellagio. Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace also has a great outdoor view of Las Vegas Boulevard.

    Guide them to the amazing shows you’ll only find in Las Vegas, such as LOVE by Cirque du Soleil® at The Mirage, Rock of Ages at The Venetian, Tournament of Kings at Excalibur and Le Rêve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas.

    Your first-time Vegas visitors should also check out the assortment of restaurants and bars downtown that make up the Fremont East District, and be sure to drop by the historic El Cortez and the all-new Downtown Grand hotel.

     You’ll have an unforgettable time. To book Las Vegas call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

     

  • Come Visit The Entertainment Capital Of The World!

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    If you haven’t been to Las Vegas lately you're missing out.  Come to the Entertainment Capital of the World for an first unforgettable experience.


    Encourage  first-time visitors to do a little people watching from any of the terrific vantage points on the Strip, including Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas, a French bistro with the bonus of being directly across the street from the famous Fountains of Bellagio. Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace also has a great outdoor view of Las Vegas Boulevard.

    Guide them to the amazing shows you’ll only find in Las Vegas, such as LOVE by Cirque du Soleil® at The Mirage, Rock of Ages at The Venetian, Tournament of Kings at Excalibur and Le Rêve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas.

    Your first-time Vegas visitors should also check out the assortment of restaurants and bars downtown that make up the Fremont East District, and be sure to drop by the historic El Cortez and the all-new Downtown Grand hotel.

     You’ll have an unforgettable time.,

     

  • Increased Visibility for Sunwing Airlines at CVG

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    Effective Saturday March, 15 2014, Sunwing Airlines will have its own ticket counter in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). The airlines will now have improved visibility and signage at the airport. This counter is located next to United Airlines in the West Ticketing Hall of Terminal 3.

    Sunwing Airlines operates non-stop charter flights exclusively for Vacation Express to destinations such as Cancun, Punta Cana and Jamaica. Visit www.tyustours.com/vacationexpress to make reservations or call 866-547-5362. 

  • CARNIVAL LEGEND’S MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR MAKEOVER

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    GREEN THUNDER WATER SLIDE, REDFROG PUB AMONG NEW FEATURES !

     

    MIAMI (March 3, 2014) – Carnival Legend recently returned to service from Tampa with a variety of new and exciting innovations, including a WaterWorks aqua park featuring the exhilarating Green Thunder water attraction, as well as a Twister slide, a children’s spray park and more.

    Also new is the tropics-inspired RedFrog Pub, a full-service sushi restaurant called Bonsai Sushi, the Cherry on Top confections and novelty shop, and two new entertainment options, Playlist Productions and Hasbro, The Game Show, all of which were added during a multi-million-dollar makeover in Freeport, The Bahamas.

    "With these enhancements we’ve made a terrific ship even better, adding an exhilarating water attraction, as well as a variety of fantastic new dining, bar and entertainment options," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO. "Carnival Legend offers an incredible array of on-board choices and we’re looking forward to working with our travel agent partners in marketing this newly enhanced ‘Fun Ship’ to consumers," he added.

    New features on Carnival Legend include:

    WaterWorks, an aqua park highlighted by Green Thunder – the only attraction of its kind in North America that features an 187-foot-long slide with a pulse-pounding 34-foot-long drop where riders obtain speeds of up to 25 miles per hour; WaterWorks also features the 214-foot-long Twister slide, as well as a splash zone with various spray toys, dual mini-racing slides, and a 150-gallon PowerDrencher tipping bucket

    RedFrog Pub, a Caribbean-themed watering hole where guests can relax with the Caribbean’s best rums and beers – along with Carnival’s own ThirstyFrog Red private label draft brew – and enjoy live music while soaking up the distinct British-West-Indies-meets-Key-West ambiance Bonsai Sushi, a full-service sushi restaurant offering delicious Asian-inspired delicacies -- sushi, sashimi, rolls and more, along with popular beers and cocktails from the region -- all enjoyed amidst a contemporary Far East decor

    Cherry On Top, a "candy and more store" which celebrates the joys of simple indulgences with bins of bulk candy, fun fanciful gifts and novelties, custom apparel and more Hasbro, The Game Show, where guests are part of the show through a series of larger-than-life productions and entertainment activities based on the company’s iconic and popular games Playlist Productions, which builds upon Carnival’s reputation for high quality entertainment, combining captivating live performances and high-tech special effects, all set to popular and recognizable songs A variety of additional enhancements, including upgraded swimming pools and gym equipment, along with new carpeting, tile work and wall coverings, were also completed during the two-week-long dry dock.

    Carnival Legend will continue its current schedule of seven-day Caribbean cruises from Tampa through Aug. 17, then embark on a 13-day Panama Canal transit that ends in Long Beach, Calif., Aug. 30, 2014. The ship will then sail a 23-day trans-Pacific voyage departing Long Beach Aug. 30, and arriving in Sydney, Sept. 22, 2014, positioning the vessel for a seasonal program of eight- to 12-day cruises featuring destinations throughout New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji.

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  • Enhanced Driver's License is good news for travel industry!

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    Several states including Minnesota, New York, Vermont, Michigan, and Washington will issue an Enhanced Drivers License that allows a state resident to re-enter the United States from Canada, Bermuda, Mexico, and the Caribbean without a passport. The cost is only $15 above the normal license fees. Hopefully more states will soon come on board as this makes the trip easier and more affordable...

  • Curacao Leading Caribbean in Cruise Tourism Growth

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    Curacao posted the largest year-over-year increase in cruise passenger visits of any country in the Caribbean last year, according to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

    The Dutch Caribbean island welcomed 610,186 cruise passengers in 2013, a 41.4 percent increase over the previous year.

    That was significantly higher than the next-fastest-growing destination, Aruba, which posted a 25.4 percent increase compared to 2012.

    Not all Caribbean destinations had complete data for 2013, although it’s likely that none of the countries without complete 2013 reporting would have come close to Curacao.

    The island’s growth came in a mixed year for cruise tourism in the region, one which saw 10 destinations report negative growth in cruise arrivals.

    Overall, the Caribbean saw a 2.7 percent increase in cruise arrivals last year, with around 21.9 million in total, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

    The region remained the world’s leading cruise destination, however, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

  • Get Insiders Information on a Whole New Las Vegas Experience!

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    The world’s most exciting destination is also constantly evolving, making every visit to Las Vegas like seeing a new city! Book your next trip to Las Vegas with Tyus Tours & Travel and you’ll enjoy new restaurants, shops, spas, nightlife hot spots and more.

    Visit downtown Las Vegas to check out accommodations at the 629-room lavish Downtown Grand and take a stroll through to the just-opened Downtown Container Park, a retail and dining destination in the Fremont East Entertainment District. Then go to Pizza Rock on Third Street for more good eats.

    On the Strip, there are new must-see shows: Panda! At The Palazzo takes audiences on a journey of love and personal growth in a mythical realm of Far Eastern folklore.

    Before the show, enjoy a cocktail at Fizz Champagne Lounge inside Caesars Palace or Rose.Rabbit.Lie., the new social club at The Cosmopolitan. Then, you can fuel up at any of several new dining experiences, such as Buddy V’s Ristorante at The Palazzo, Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at The Mirage orCrush at MGM Grand.

    After the show, there are plenty of options for dancing the night away, including the spacious and posh Hakkasan at MGM Grand, Light at Mandalay Bay, or the renovated Ghostbar at the Palms.

    After a night in Las Vegas, you might want a little retail therapy, visitt the new stores inside Crystals at CityCenter and enjoy a little pampering at Re:Lax, the new spa at Aliante.

    You’re sure have a great time!

  • Carnival Cruise Lines Returns to Baltimore in March 2015

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    CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES, PORT OF BALTIMORE ANNOUNCE RESUMPTION OF YEAR-ROUND SERVICE FROM BALTIMORE IN MARCH 2015

    Carnival Pride to Undergo Extensive Multi-Million-Dollar Makeover That Will

    Add Variety of Line’s Fun Ship 2.0 Innovations Prior to Baltimore Deployment Next Spring

    MIAMI (January 30, 2014) – Carnival Cruise Lines and the Port of Baltimore today announced that the cruise line will resume year-round departures from Baltimore when the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride begins seven-day cruises in spring 2015.

    Carnival Pride is currently based in Baltimore where it will remain through October 2014 then reposition to Tampa for a winter cruise schedule before returning to Baltimore for year-round service in March 2015, hosting nearly 120,000 guests annually.

    In anticipation of Carnival Pride’s return to Baltimore, the ship will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar makeover in fall 2014 that will add a host of dining, bar and entertainment innovations that are part of the line’s $500 million Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement program.

    In addition to the new on-board features, Carnival Pride is one of several Carnival Cruise Lines ships that will be outfitted with exhaust gas cleaning technology – known as scrubbers –designed to reduce air emissions from cruise ships and large marine vessels. Scrubber technology will be installed on Carnival Pride prior to its Baltimore deployment in spring 2015. This new technology will enable the Carnival Pride to exceed the stricter air emission standards established for operation within the North American Emission Control Area (ECA).

    "Baltimore is a convenient mid-Atlantic embarkation point for ‘Fun Ship’ cruising and we’re pleased to resume these attractive year-round departures which offer our guests an opportunity to visit a variety of beautiful, tropical destinations," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO. "We would like to extend our thanks to officials from the port and the state of Maryland for their outstanding support in our efforts to resume year-round cruising from Baltimore," he added.

    "We are pleased to welcome Carnival Cruise Lines back to Maryland and the Carnival Pride cruise ship back to the Port of Baltimore," said Governor Martin O’Malley. "Our Administration has a proven track record of advocating for a strong, healthy environment and

    fighting for high-quality jobs for Maryland families. I’m pleased Carnival and the Environmental Protection Agency and Coast Guard have agreed on a plan that will keep family-supporting jobs in Maryland and allow a cleaner and even greener Carnival Pride to return to this thriving cruise market."

    Year-Round Seven-day Cruises From Baltimore

    On its year-round deployment from Baltimore, Carnival Pride will offer two distinctly different itineraries with voyages departing every Sunday beginning March 29, 2015. Week-long exotic eastern Caribbean cruises will visit Grand Turk, the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay and Freeport, The Bahamas, while a Florida/Bahamas schedule will feature Port Canaveral, Fla. (Orlando), and Nassau and Freeport, The Bahamas.

    During these cruises, guests can relax on beautiful white-sand beaches, participate in fun watersports activities and visit popular landmarks and attractions throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas and Central Florida.

    Exciting Fun Ship 2.0 Innovations

    Carnival Pride will undergo a three-week dry dock from October 19 to November 9, 2014, during which it will be outfitted with a variety of Fun Ship 2.0 innovations, including:

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    Guy’s Burger Joint, a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries in an atmosphere that celebrates the chef’s California roots and love of car culture

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    BlueIguana Cantina, a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic, freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas that can be personalized with a variety of salsas and toppings

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    Bonsai Sushi, a full-service sushi restaurant offering delicious Asian-inspired delicacies – sushi, sashimi, rolls and more – all enjoyed amidst a contemporary Far East décor

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    WaterWorks, highlighted by Green Thunder, the steepest and fastest water slide at sea, as well as the line’s signature Twister slide full of exhilarating twists and turns and a spray park

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    Hasbro, The Game Show, where guests are part of the show through a series of larger-than-life productions and entertainment activities based on the company’s iconic and popular games

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    Playlist Productions, builds upon Carnival’s reputation for high quality entertainment, combining captivating live performances and high-tech special effects, all set to popular and recognizable songs

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    EA SPORTS Bar, a sports and video game lovers’ paradise where guests can catch live sporting events, check out scores on the real-time 24/7 sports ticker, and play the latest EA SPORTS games on a 16-screen video wall

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    BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a fun and festive outdoor watering hole offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers, perfect for chillin’ by the pool

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    Alchemy Bar, a vintage-themed cocktail "pharmacy" that’s the go-to spot for guests seeking a unique experience with mixologists who "prescribe" concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients or guests’ own custom-created cocktails

     

    ? RedFrog Pub where guests can enjoy the Caribbean’s best rums and beers – along with Carnival’s own ThirstyFrog Red private label draft brew – and island-inspired pub fare while soaking up the distinct British-West-Indies-meets-Key-West ambiance

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    RedFrog Rum Bar, a poolside adaptation of the RedFrog Pub offering the quintessential Caribbean vacation vibe with refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own ThirstyFrog Red

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    The Library Bar, a warm and cozy venue offering self-serve wine dispensers and full bar service for those seeking a more intimate spot for before- or after-dinner drinks

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    Cherry On Top, which celebrates the joys of simple indulgences with bins of bulk candy, fun fanciful gifts and novelties, custom apparel and more

    Special 14-Day Repositioning Cruise from Tampa to Baltimore

    Prior to its Baltimore deployment, Carnival Pride will operate a 14-day repositioning cruise departing Tampa March 15 and arriving Baltimore March 29, 2015.

    The special one-time voyage will feature six magnificent seaside destinations throughout the Caribbean and Central America, including George Town, Grand Cayman; Limon, Costa Rica; Colon, Panama; Aruba; Curacao; and St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. Each of these destinations offers gorgeous beaches, interesting historical sites and myriad dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities. Optional excursions to the spectacular Panama Canal will be featured during the call in Colon.

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  • United States Warns Citizens on “Spike in Crime” in Bahamas

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    From By the Caribbean Journal staff

     

    The United States Embassy has issued a new advisory warning US citizens traveling in the Bahamas on a “crime spike” in the country.

    The security message, which was released on Wednesday, urges citizens to “be aware of their surroundings and remain on heightened alert to avoid being a victim of crime.”

    “Armed robbery and violent crime remain major threats facing US citizens in the Bahamas, including in areas frequented by tourists on New Providence and Grand Bahamas islands,” the US Embassy said.

    The Embassy said that “a number of US citizens” had fallen victim to armed robbery and two had been murdered in the last eight months.

    “In light of this situation, US citizens residing in or traveling to the Bahamas should review their personal security plans. Remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates,” the Embassy said. “Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”

    The Embassy said that, in the past month, American citizens were robbed at gunpoint in two separate incidents, including one each on Grand Bahama and New Providence.

     

  • SAY ‘I DO’ WITH CARNIVAL’S TOTALLY REVAMPED WEDDING PROGRAM

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    SAY ‘I DO’ WITH CARNIVAL’S TOTALLY REVAMPED WEDDING PROGRAM~ OFFERING NEW CHOICES, UPGRADED AMENITIES AND MORE!

     

     

    MIAMI (January 24, 2014) – Carnival Cruise Lines has totally revamped its popular wedding program – upgrading everything from floral arrangements, decorations and photography to delicious new culinary selections and an even greater variety of romantic on-island ceremonies – allowing couples to make their "big day" even more special and memorable.

    Available both aboard ship on embarkation day or in tropical ports of call, Carnival’s wedding packages are already immensely popular – with more than 2,600 ceremonies performed each year.

    Couples can say "I do" during unforgettable shipboard celebrations which now include a diverse array of lavishly presented culinary options and upgraded beverage service, along with new multi-tiered wedding cake choices like chocolate ganache, coconut cream, and red velvet, all baked on board. Enhanced amenities such as a decorated wedding aisle and other traditional touches, along with upgraded champagne flutes and other keepsake items, are also included.

    For those who want to tie the knot in paradise, Carnival offers a variety of beachside ceremonies with recently added choices such as Grand Turk and Freeport complementing Barbados, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay and other beautiful and exotic locales.

    Carnival’s enhanced wedding packages include: ?

    • Just You & Me (maximum of eight people) – starting at $1,355 and includes:

    Wedding ceremony , Bouquet and boutonniere , Tiered wedding cake with keepsake wedding topper,

    Champagne toast with keepsake flutes, Photography services , Decorated wedding aisle, pre-recorded music, Officiant (couples are also welcome to bring their own clergy)

    • Time to Celebrate (based on 20 guests) – starting at $1,795 and includes:

    All of the amenities of Just You & Me plus:  

    One-hour reception, Open bar, Selection of hot & cold hors d’ oeuvres, Coffee/tea service, ?

    Custom-designed ice carving.

     

    • Let Us Serve You (minimum 8 guests) – starting at $1,595 and includes

    All of the amenities of Just You & Me plus: 

    Full-service dining room luncheon with four-course menu, Open-pour wine.

     

    • Island Breeze – starting at $1,395 and includes:

    Romantic ceremony performed at an exotic island location, Complimentary round-trip transportation to island venue.

    Wedding packages include the services of a personal wedding planner to assist the couple on their special day, as well as priority check-in and boarding for all wedding guests. Wedding packages can be customized with music and videography services at an additional cost.

    Couples can also reaffirm their marriage vows with Carnival’s Renewal of Vows ceremonies which are performed by the ship’s captain.

    Carnival has also updated its wedding web site (www.carnival.com/wedding-cruises) to reflect all of the new choices and has also created a glossy new brochure to provide an at-a-glance view of the company’s wide-ranging .

    To learn more call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • SAY ‘I DO’ WITH CARNIVAL’S TOTALLY REVAMPED WEDDING PROGRAM

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    SAY ‘I DO’ WITH CARNIVAL’S TOTALLY REVAMPED WEDDING PROGRAM~ OFFERING NEW CHOICES, UPGRADED AMENITIES AND MORE!

     

     

    MIAMI (January 24, 2014) – Carnival Cruise Lines has totally revamped its popular wedding program – upgrading everything from floral arrangements, decorations and photography to delicious new culinary selections and an even greater variety of romantic on-island ceremonies – allowing couples to make their "big day" even more special and memorable.

    Available both aboard ship on embarkation day or in tropical ports of call, Carnival’s wedding packages are already immensely popular – with more than 2,600 ceremonies performed each year.

    Couples can say "I do" during unforgettable shipboard celebrations which now include a diverse array of lavishly presented culinary options and upgraded beverage service, along with new multi-tiered wedding cake choices like chocolate ganache, coconut cream, and red velvet, all baked on board. Enhanced amenities such as a decorated wedding aisle and other traditional touches, along with upgraded champagne flutes and other keepsake items, are also included.

    For those who want to tie the knot in paradise, Carnival offers a variety of beachside ceremonies with recently added choices such as Grand Turk and Freeport complementing Barbados, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay and other beautiful and exotic locales.

    Carnival’s enhanced wedding packages include: ?

    • Just You & Me (maximum of eight people) – starting at $1,355 and includes:

    Wedding ceremony , Bouquet and boutonniere , Tiered wedding cake with keepsake wedding topper,

    Champagne toast with keepsake flutes, Photography services , Decorated wedding aisle, pre-recorded music, Officiant (couples are also welcome to bring their own clergy)

    • Time to Celebrate (based on 20 guests) – starting at $1,795 and includes:

    All of the amenities of Just You & Me plus:  

    One-hour reception, Open bar, Selection of hot & cold hors d’ oeuvres, Coffee/tea service, ?

    Custom-designed ice carving.

     

    • Let Us Serve You (minimum 8 guests) – starting at $1,595 and includes

    All of the amenities of Just You & Me plus: 

    Full-service dining room luncheon with four-course menu, Open-pour wine.

     

    • Island Breeze – starting at $1,395 and includes:

    Romantic ceremony performed at an exotic island location, Complimentary round-trip transportation to island venue.

    Wedding packages include the services of a personal wedding planner to assist the couple on their special day, as well as priority check-in and boarding for all wedding guests. Wedding packages can be customized with music and videography services at an additional cost.

    Couples can also reaffirm their marriage vows with Carnival’s Renewal of Vows ceremonies which are performed by the ship’s captain.

    Carnival has also updated its wedding web site (www.carnival.com/wedding-cruises) to reflect all of the new choices and has also created a glossy new brochure to provide an at-a-glance view of the company’s wide-ranging .

    To learn more call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES ANNOUNCES ‘CARNIVAL LIVE CONCERT SERIES’

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    CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES ANNOUNCES ‘CARNIVAL LIVE CONCERT SERIES’ BRINGING THE BEST IN LIVE MUSIC TO THE SEAS;

    ALSO INTRODUCING MAJOR ENHANCEMENTS TO SHIPBOARD HOUSE BANDS

    Jennifer Hudson, Lady Antebellum, Daughtry, Martina McBride, Chicago, Jewel

    And Many More Confirmed For 2014 Performances

     

    MIAMI (January 22, 2014) – Turn up the volume live music fans! Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled a new entertainment offering to bring the best in live music to the seas. A first-of-its-kind experience in the cruise industry, the Carnival LIVE Concert Series offers Carnival guests the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive onboard performance by a diverse roster of popular music artists while ships are docked at select ports of call.

    Carnival has booked 49 performance dates for the 2014 concert series with the following artists:

    ? 38 Special, Chicago, Daughtry, Foreigner, Gavin DeGraw, Jennifer Hudson, Jewel , Kansas, and ? Lady

     

    "Performing live is one of my favorite things," said GRAMMY® Award-winner, Jennifer Hudson at an exclusive launch event for Carnival LIVE in New York City on January 22. "I’m excited to be part of this unique concert series that will allow me to interact with my fans in such an intimate and memorable setting."

    In addition to the Carnival LIVE Concert Series, Carnival is also enhancing its popular shipboard house bands. The bands will feature both male and female lead singers, a more choreographed, themed and diverse set list, and increased interaction with guests. Nine Carnival ships currently feature the new bands, with implementation across the full fleet over the course of this year.

    "Onboard entertainment is an important part of the overall guest experience when cruising," said Mark Tamis, senior vice president of guest operations for Carnival Cruise Lines. "With the Carnival LIVE Concert Series, our guests will enjoy an exclusive performance with one of their favorite artists for an extraordinary value. Combined with our enhanced house bands fleetwide, this is just another example of the many ways we are constantly looking to create even more fun and memorable moments for our guests."

    Tamis added, "The Carnival LIVE 2014 Concert Series is also a great tool for our travel agent partners, providing an additional feature at a great value that can be promoted when selling Carnival cruises."

    Beginning in April 2014, Carnival LIVE concerts will take place on board eight Carnival ships that call in the following ports: Cozumel, Mexico; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Catalina Island, California. Artists will join the ship while in port, perform in the main show lounge that evening, and debark following their show.

    Tickets cost $20-40 each and a limited number of VIP tickets are also available for each show for $100-$150 each. The VIP experience includes an artist meet and greet, photo opportunity, seating in the first three rows and a commemorative laminated concert pass. All tickets can be purchased through Carnival’s online Shore Excursion System prior to sailing, or on board participating ships at the Shore Excursion Desk based on availability.

    Beginning today, consumers can visit www.carnival.com/CarnivalLive to view the full list of 2014 Carnival LIVE concert dates.

    To book your Carnival Cruise please call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Visit Las Vegas

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    Vegas Weekend: Fluffy Guy, Tim & Faith, Tiesto and more

    From country’s power couple to top comics like Gabriel Iglesias, Tim Allen and Lisa Lampanelli to a birthday celebration for Tiesto, there’s plenty of options for making the most of your weekend in Las Vegas! Here’s a rundown:

    Gabriel Iglesias

    Friday, Jan. 17

    CONCERTS & EVENTS

    NIGHTCLUBS

    Lisa Lampanelli

    Saturday, Jan. 18

    CONCERTS & EVENTS

    NIGHTCLUBS

    Styx

    Sunday, Jan. 19

    CONCERTS & EVENTS

    NIGHTCLUBS

    Book rooms and get show tickets, club passes and more at LasVegas.com.

  • Grand Bahama Island

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    Crystal blue waters, golden sands and a tropical island breeze. Think you're reading about heaven? You are, sort of. The Islands of the Bahamas comes pretty close. It's no wonder the official tagline of these Caribbean islands is: "It better in the Bahamas." Because it really is.

    The best part of a vacation in these lush, tropical islands is how quickly you can get there. A few short hours away from your hectic work desk exists a world that captures you from the moment you enter it. Grand Bahama Island is the lesser-known cousin of Paradise Island and Nassau, but just as beautiful and even more idyllic. A combination of historical and natural wonder promises to make this a vacation like no other. Four nights on the Island and you'll come back home a changed person.

    Grand Bahama Island has everything Nassau has-top-notch resorts, amazing food and azure waters. But it's far less touristy and more affordable. A winning combination for your own private vacation! Plus, its location on the northern-most tip of the Caribbean makes it easy to access from all over the U.S.
     

    To find out more about our 4 night vacations w/non-stop air from Columbus please visit http://www.tyustours.com/11547272_21812.htm or call 866-547-5362.   

  • Bahamas Plays Supporting Role in Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

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    Parts of director Martin Scorsese’s new film, “The World of Wall Street,” were filmed and set in the Bahamas.

    The film, which follows the rise and fall of former Wall Street money manager Jordan Belfort, shot several scenes in Nassau.

    One major scene was the occasion of Belfort’s wedding, which was set at the One & Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island, while another was filmed at the marina at the Atlantis Resort, also on Paradise Island.

    The Ocean Club is specifically mentioned in the film. “The Wolf of Wall Street” is the latest major film role for the Ocean Club, which famously featured in the James Bond Film “Casino Royale” starring Daniel Craig in 2006.

    The latter included the Harborside residential villas as the backdrop.

    The film was recently nominated for a Golden Globe in the best picture in the comedy or musical category.

  • Six Caribbean Events For January, From Cayman to Barbados

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    What’s on the Caribbean agenda in January? Whether you’re looking to hang with Anthony Bourdain and Jose Andres, or eyeing a few bachata dances, the Caribbean has you covered. Here are six events worth checking out, if you’re in the region or planning a trip, from leisure to business.

    Cayman Cookout  1/16-1/19/2014

     

    World-renowned Chef Eric Ripert hosts this annual culinary extravaganza based at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. Guests will include Jose Andres, Anthony Bourdain and others.

    Join Chef Eric Ripert for a weekend celebrating food, wine and the natural beauty of the Caribbean at The Ritz-Carlton, a premier Grand Cayman Island resort. An incomparable roster of world famous chefs, wine experts and spirits blenders will offer tastings, demonstrations, tours and dinners that celebrate the barefoot elegance that only the Cayman Islands can deliver.

    Follow the Cookout conversation on Twitter at @CaymanCookout or @Cayman_Islands and use #CaymanEats

    Curacao Carnival Season

    Caribbean carnival season kicks off with a bang at Curacao’s carnival. The Dutch Caribbean island’s carnival season officially begins on Jan. 4, with the festivities continuing all the way until March 4.

    Caribbean Travel Marketplace

    One of two major regional tourism gatherings on the Caribbean calendar, Caribbean Travel Marketplace is the place to be in the Caribbean tourism industry. This year’s event is being held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. 

    St Barth Music Festival

    The French Caribbean island’s signature music festival lasts from Jan. 14 to Feb. 2, with an eclectic mix of artists specializing in classical and jazz.

    The Mount Gay Round Barbados Races Series 2014

    You may have heard of the red hats — this is where you see them. The first race day starts on Jan. 17, with racing continuing through Friday Jan. 24, when the Barbados to Antigua Ocean Race begins. If you’re not actually sailing in it, it’s thrilling to watch.

    Dominican Republic Bachata Festival

    The Dominican Republic’s Bachata Festival is being held in Santo Domingo and Juan Dolio. The Santo Domingo portion lasts from Jan. 16 to Jan. 20, and the Juan Dolio portion lasts from Jan. 20 to Jan. 28. If you like Bachata, this is the place to be.

  • New Year's Eve in Times Square Ball Drop Gala

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    Sure to be the party of a lifetime! As New Year's Eve Times Square revelers stand in the cold, shoulder to shoulder from 42nd Street all the way up to Central Park, you'll be overlooking them at the exclusive New Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop Gala, right in the middle of it all-high above with a view of the city lights, the celebration and of course, the Times Square Ball Drop!

    Towering 22 and 23 stories above the million or so partiers on 7th Avenue and Broadway below, enjoy an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet stations and desserts, DJ dance music, roving magician, fun photo booth and the view to end all views! At midnight, the ball drop, fireworks and confetti will create the perfect backdrop scenery for welcoming in the New Year in Times Square.

    The gala event is at Convene (formerly Sentry Center), 810 7th Avenue I the heart of Midtown Manhattan. festivities begin at 8 pm until 12:30 pm. 

    Complete vacations including 3 nights at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, directly across 7th Avenue from the party venue, start at $1426 per person. Party-only rate is $799 per person.

    All the details on the New Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop Gala-with or without hotel accommodations are available at http://www.tyustours.com/10295625_21812.htm or call 866-547-5362.

     

     

     

  • New Year's Eve in Times Square Ball Drop Gala

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    Sure to be the party of a lifetime! As New Year's Eve Times Square revelers stand in the cold, shoulder to shoulder from 42nd Street all the way up to Central Park, you'll be overlooking them at the exclusive New Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop Gala, right in the middle of it all-high above with a view of the city lights, the celebration and of course, the Times Square Ball Drop!

    Towering 22 and 23 stories above the million or so partiers on 7th Avenue and Broadway below, enjoy an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet stations and desserts, DJ dance music, roving magician, fun photo booth and the view to end all views! At midnight, the ball drop, fireworks and confetti will create the perfect backdrop scenery for welcoming in the New Year in Times Square.

    The gala event is at Convene (formerly Sentry Center), 810 7th Avenue I the heart of Midtown Manhattan. festivities begin at 8 pm until 12:30 pm. 

    Complete vacations including 3 nights at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, directly across 7th Avenue from the party venue, start at $1426 per person. Party-only rate is $799 per person.

    All the details on the New Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop Gala-with or without hotel accommodations are available at http://www.tyustours.com/10295625_21812.htm or call 866-547-5362.

     

     

     

  • New rankings: World's best cruises

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    By Frances Cha, CNN
    updated 3:53 AM EST, Wed December 11, 2013

     

    (CNN) -- Recent tragedies and negative publicity be damned, millions of vacationers still love cruise ships.

    In North America alone, the cruise industry projection for 2013 is 17.6 million passengers, up from 17.2 million last year, according to Cruise Lines International Association.

    Globally, the number is more than 20 million.

    For would-be cruisers who just can't deal with choice overload, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the best cruise lines and ships according to traveler type.

    More: 7 super extravagant U.S. cruises

    The magazine calls Celebrity Cruises' "Reflection" the world's "Best Affordable Cruise," and says the recent publicity hits across the industry have translated into bargain prices for passengers.

    Crystal Cruises' "Symphony" is the top pick for "Best Luxury Cruise."

    "The Crystal Symphony's calling card isn't only its delectable cuisine or its stylish staterooms," says the report. "Seafarers opt for this vessel year after year for its superior service and stimulating onboard entertainment."

    The magazine based its rankings on traveler ratings from data collected in collaboration with Cruiseline.com, opinions from travel experts and official safety evaluations.

    The top cruises by category are summarized below. See the comprehensive rankings here.

    Best Cruise Lines

    Best Cruise Line for the Money: Royal Caribbean International
    Best Cruise Line for Families: Disney Cruise Line
    Best Cruise Line for Romance: Crystal Cruises
    Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean: Disney Cruise Line
    Best Luxury Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises

    Best Cruise Ships

    Best Affordable Cruise: Celebrity "Reflection
    Best Luxury Cruise: Celebrity "Symphony"
    Best Cruise for Couples: Crystal "Symphony"
    Best Cruise for Families: "Disney Dream"
    Best Cruise for Groups: Silversea "Silver Shadow"
    Best Cruise for Singles: Silversea "Silver Spirit"

    Best Cruises by Region

    Alaska: Silversea "Silver Shadow"
    Caribbean: Crystal "Symphony"
    Europe: Crystal "Symphony"
    Mediterranean: Silversea "Silver Spirit"
    Mexico: Holland America "ms Statendam"
    Pacific: Crystal "Symphony"

  • RIU JALISCO IS COMPLETELY RENOVATED

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    Riu Jalisco Hotel re-opened its doors on November 15th in Riviera Nayarit following a complete renovation of its facilities and services. It now offers new, sophisticated guestrooms as well as a fresh, contemporary design throughout the hotel, where your clients can enjoy the great variety of activities for the entire family, along with many more inviting features.
     

     

     

     

     

    MODERN FACILITIES
    • Completely renovated rooms with a flat-screen TV and electronic safe
    • 5 restaurants, including a Buffet, Mexican, Asian, Italian and a Steakhouse & Grill
    • NEW Family Rooms and Family Suites offering maximum comfort and convenience
    • 6 renovated bars, including a 24 hr Sports Bar
    • 2 swimming pools with Jacuzzis
    • A fantastic RiuLand kids’ club with a pool, water slides and fun entertainment in
      an interactive environment
    • Gym, steam bath and sun terrace
    • Renova Spa
    • Thrilling aquatic sports with Scuba Caribe
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    More information   FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT TYUS TOURS & TRAVEL AT 866-547-5362 OR EMAIL travel@tyustours.com
     
    Weddings   TO LEARN ABOUT WEDDING PACKAGES PLEASE CONTACT
    weddings@riu.com, visit www.weddingsbyriu.com or call +52 (998) 848 77 96.
     
    More information   FOR GROUPS INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
    groups@riu.com, visit www.groupsbyriu.com or call +52 (998) 848 78 90.
     
    RIU 24 Hr All Inclusive program includes:

    Unlimited meals, snacks, specialty restaurants, unlimited non alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, unlimited use of in-room mini bar and liquor dispenser, various water and land sports, daily activities, live entertainment, taxes and service charges included.

    WORLD'S BEST ALL INCLUSIVE BEACH RESORTS

    CANCUN • RIVIERA MAYA • RIVIERA NAYARIT • GUADALAJARA • CABO SAN LUCAS • MAZATLAN
    PUNTA CANA • PUERTO PLATA • BAHAMAS-PARADISE ISLAND • MONTEGO BAY • NEGRIL
    OCHO RIOS • ARUBA • COSTA RICA • PANAMA • MIAMI BEACH

    www.riu.com

     

  • Ever Evolving in Vegas

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    Ever Evolving in Vegas
    By Mimi Kmet

    Here’s the latest on the constantly changing hotel scene in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas is hot. And we’re not talking about the desert climate. New hotels are opening, while existing properties are renovating, rebranding and adding amenities. Here’s a sampling:

    Bellagio (888-987-6667, www.bellagio.com) completed a remodel of its Spa Tower last December. The redesign encompasses all of the tower’s 819 guestrooms and 109 suites, including the Chairman and Presidential suites. Its Resort Rooms are consistent with the three designs represented in the AAA Five-Diamond hotel’s main tower, which was renovated in 2011 with contemporary, residential décor.

    Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon (www.billslasvegas.com) is closed for a $185 million renovation that will transform it into an upscale property called the Gansvoort Las Vegas. The new property is slated to open in early 2014 with 188 Parisian apartment-style guestrooms, including 19 suites.

    Public spaces will include a redesigned lobby and lobby bar, an ultralounge, retail outlets, a 40,000-square-foot casino and a restaurant overlooking the Strip. Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub will be a 65,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor nightclub and rooftop pool deck.

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    Circus Circus (800-634-3450, www.circuscircus.com) will debut El Loco roller coaster in its Adventuredome in December. The coaster will be the second of its kind in the U.S., with negative G drops and a steep first drop. Its open design will give guests the feeling of flying during the 75-second ride.

    Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, an all-suite hotel that will replace THEhotel at Mandalay Bay (877-632-7800, www.mandalaybay.com/accommodations/thehotel) is being developed by MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group in a partnership. Construction is slated to commence this fall, with completion set for early 2014.

    The new hotel will offer a South Beach ambience, with each of its 1,100 suites reflecting the personality of the original Delano hotel in Miami Beach, but with a Las Vegas slant. The redesign also encompasses public spaces, including bars, lounges, restaurants and a spa.

    AtThe Luxor (877-386-4658, www.luxor.com) the Jabbawockeez dance crew debuted in May with a new show called “Prism.” The show is an eclectic mix of choreography, storylines and special effects, challenging the audience to embrace the unexpected. The crew will perform in the 830-seat Jabba Theater.

    MandalayBay(877-632-7800, www.mandalaybay.com) is the home of “Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil,” a resident theatrical production dedicated to the King of Pop. The show, which debuted earlier this year, celebrates Jackson’s career and legacy with performances set to his music.

    The hotel also opened Light nightclub in May via a partnership between The Light Group and Cirque du Soleil. The venue, the first-ever nightclub by Cirque du Soleil, features theatrics and electronic music, and world-class DJs and performers.

    The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (877-880-0880, www.mgmgrand.com) has opened Hakkasan Las Vegas, a new dining and nightlife venue, which replaced Studio 54 when it opened earlier this year.

    The opening comes on the heels of a $160 million remodel, which concluded with upgrades of the 3,570 guestrooms and 642 suites in the Grand Tower last September. Among the renovated accommodations are 42 Stay Well rooms and suites, which feature more than a dozen healthy amenities, including aromatherapy, wake-up light therapy and Vitamin C-infused shower water.

    AtThe Mirage (800-374-9000, www.mirage.com), four-time Grammy Award-winning R&B vocal group Boyz II Men kicked off an extended residency in March. The trio is performing in the Terry Fator Theater on select weekend dates through Dec. 29.

    In addition, The Mirage launched its “Painting with the Dolphins”

    program in January at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, allowing guests to interact with a bottlenose dolphin to create a work of art.

    The world’s first Nobu Hotel (800-427-7247, www.caesarspalace.com/nobu) opened in February as a hotel-within-a-hotel at Caesars Palace. The Nobu Hotel, formerly the Centurion Tower, offers 180 guestrooms, including 18 suites. Designs feature natural materials and textures, along with outsized elements.

    Nobu features in-room iPad registration and a hot tea welcome amenity. Turndown service includes yukata robes, slippers and scented sleep oils. Nobu Hotel guests also have private access to, and priority seating at, the hotel’s adjacent restaurant and lounge, and can enjoy Nobu cuisine through room service.

    The Palms Casino Resort (866-942-7770, www.palms.com) completed the first phase of a renovation last December, that encompasses a Palms Tower room and suite redesign, new restaurants, revamped gaming spaces and new nightlife venues. All 428 rooms and suites in the Palms Tower were remodeled in a modern style. New dining options include the sports-themed Heraea, as well as Chocolat Bistro.

    The former Imperial Palace was rebranded as the Quad Resort and Casino (800-351-7400, www.thequadlv.com) last year and is undergoing a transformation that will continue in phases through late 2013 while the property remains open.

    Among the upgrades is a new façade, as well as makeovers to the porte cochère, front desk, bell desk, hotel lobby, casino floor, retail promenade and dining levels with a contemporary décor. The casino floor is expanding by an additional 15,000 square feet. Plans also include a dual-sided lobby bar, a Starbucks, a retail promenade and several restaurants.

    Resorts World Las Vegas is being developed by Malaysia-based Genting Group (www.genting.com), which owns 45 percent of Norwegian Cruise Line and Star Cruises, as well as gaming facilities in other countries. Genting bought the 87-acre, partially built property known as Echelon from Boyd Gaming Corporation, and plans to develop a gaming, entertainment and hotel complex, its first destination resort in Las Vegas.

    Resorts World Las Vegas will

    offer 3,500 guestrooms in the first phase, as well as 175,000 square feet of total gaming space across several gaming floors. The property also will feature several luxury dining and retail amenities and additional convention space. The property is slated to open in 2016.

    The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino (800-427-7247, www.riolasvegas.com) is developing a new zipline thrill ride called VooDoo Skyline. The 70-second ride will send guests higher than 400 feet in the air at speeds of up to 33 miles per hour from the VooDoo Lounge atop the hotel’s 50-story Masquerade tower to the Ipanema tower. On the return trip, guests will ride an additional 800 feet to the starting point facing backward.

    Terrible’s Hotel and Casino has completed a $7 million renovation and changed its name to the Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino (800-640-9777, www.silversevenscasino.com). Property enhancements include new furniture and bathroom fixtures in all hotel rooms, a fully renovated William Hill sports book, a new casino bar, the addition of a new hospitality suite and a new players club/welcome center combination.

    SLS Las Vegas (702-737-2111, www.slshotels.com/lasvegas) is se to open in early 2014, in the former Sahara Hotel and Casino. It will be the first hotel in Las Vegas by SBE, a real estate development company. Once complete, the SLS Las Vegas will feature a mixed-use resort and casino with more than 1,600 guestrooms and suites and several SBE dining and nightlife brands, including The Bazaar, Katsuya and Shelter nightclub.

     

     
  • Ever Evolving in Vegas

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Ever Evolving in Vegas
    By Mimi Kmet

    Here’s the latest on the constantly changing hotel scene in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas is hot. And we’re not talking about the desert climate. New hotels are opening, while existing properties are renovating, rebranding and adding amenities. Here’s a sampling:

    Bellagio (888-987-6667, www.bellagio.com) completed a remodel of its Spa Tower last December. The redesign encompasses all of the tower’s 819 guestrooms and 109 suites, including the Chairman and Presidential suites. Its Resort Rooms are consistent with the three designs represented in the AAA Five-Diamond hotel’s main tower, which was renovated in 2011 with contemporary, residential décor.

    Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon (www.billslasvegas.com) is closed for a $185 million renovation that will transform it into an upscale property called the Gansvoort Las Vegas. The new property is slated to open in early 2014 with 188 Parisian apartment-style guestrooms, including 19 suites.

    Public spaces will include a redesigned lobby and lobby bar, an ultralounge, retail outlets, a 40,000-square-foot casino and a restaurant overlooking the Strip. Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub will be a 65,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor nightclub and rooftop pool deck.

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    Circus Circus (800-634-3450, www.circuscircus.com) will debut El Loco roller coaster in its Adventuredome in December. The coaster will be the second of its kind in the U.S., with negative G drops and a steep first drop. Its open design will give guests the feeling of flying during the 75-second ride.

    Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, an all-suite hotel that will replace THEhotel at Mandalay Bay (877-632-7800, www.mandalaybay.com/accommodations/thehotel) is being developed by MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group in a partnership. Construction is slated to commence this fall, with completion set for early 2014.

    The new hotel will offer a South Beach ambience, with each of its 1,100 suites reflecting the personality of the original Delano hotel in Miami Beach, but with a Las Vegas slant. The redesign also encompasses public spaces, including bars, lounges, restaurants and a spa.

    AtThe Luxor (877-386-4658, www.luxor.com) the Jabbawockeez dance crew debuted in May with a new show called “Prism.” The show is an eclectic mix of choreography, storylines and special effects, challenging the audience to embrace the unexpected. The crew will perform in the 830-seat Jabba Theater.

    MandalayBay(877-632-7800, www.mandalaybay.com) is the home of “Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil,” a resident theatrical production dedicated to the King of Pop. The show, which debuted earlier this year, celebrates Jackson’s career and legacy with performances set to his music.

    The hotel also opened Light nightclub in May via a partnership between The Light Group and Cirque du Soleil. The venue, the first-ever nightclub by Cirque du Soleil, features theatrics and electronic music, and world-class DJs and performers.

    The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (877-880-0880, www.mgmgrand.com) has opened Hakkasan Las Vegas, a new dining and nightlife venue, which replaced Studio 54 when it opened earlier this year.

    The opening comes on the heels of a $160 million remodel, which concluded with upgrades of the 3,570 guestrooms and 642 suites in the Grand Tower last September. Among the renovated accommodations are 42 Stay Well rooms and suites, which feature more than a dozen healthy amenities, including aromatherapy, wake-up light therapy and Vitamin C-infused shower water.

    AtThe Mirage (800-374-9000, www.mirage.com), four-time Grammy Award-winning R&B vocal group Boyz II Men kicked off an extended residency in March. The trio is performing in the Terry Fator Theater on select weekend dates through Dec. 29.

    In addition, The Mirage launched its “Painting with the Dolphins”

    program in January at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, allowing guests to interact with a bottlenose dolphin to create a work of art.

    The world’s first Nobu Hotel (800-427-7247, www.caesarspalace.com/nobu) opened in February as a hotel-within-a-hotel at Caesars Palace. The Nobu Hotel, formerly the Centurion Tower, offers 180 guestrooms, including 18 suites. Designs feature natural materials and textures, along with outsized elements.

    Nobu features in-room iPad registration and a hot tea welcome amenity. Turndown service includes yukata robes, slippers and scented sleep oils. Nobu Hotel guests also have private access to, and priority seating at, the hotel’s adjacent restaurant and lounge, and can enjoy Nobu cuisine through room service.

    The Palms Casino Resort (866-942-7770, www.palms.com) completed the first phase of a renovation last December, that encompasses a Palms Tower room and suite redesign, new restaurants, revamped gaming spaces and new nightlife venues. All 428 rooms and suites in the Palms Tower were remodeled in a modern style. New dining options include the sports-themed Heraea, as well as Chocolat Bistro.

    The former Imperial Palace was rebranded as the Quad Resort and Casino (800-351-7400, www.thequadlv.com) last year and is undergoing a transformation that will continue in phases through late 2013 while the property remains open.

    Among the upgrades is a new façade, as well as makeovers to the porte cochère, front desk, bell desk, hotel lobby, casino floor, retail promenade and dining levels with a contemporary décor. The casino floor is expanding by an additional 15,000 square feet. Plans also include a dual-sided lobby bar, a Starbucks, a retail promenade and several restaurants.

    Resorts World Las Vegas is being developed by Malaysia-based Genting Group (www.genting.com), which owns 45 percent of Norwegian Cruise Line and Star Cruises, as well as gaming facilities in other countries. Genting bought the 87-acre, partially built property known as Echelon from Boyd Gaming Corporation, and plans to develop a gaming, entertainment and hotel complex, its first destination resort in Las Vegas.

    Resorts World Las Vegas will

    offer 3,500 guestrooms in the first phase, as well as 175,000 square feet of total gaming space across several gaming floors. The property also will feature several luxury dining and retail amenities and additional convention space. The property is slated to open in 2016.

    The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino (800-427-7247, www.riolasvegas.com) is developing a new zipline thrill ride called VooDoo Skyline. The 70-second ride will send guests higher than 400 feet in the air at speeds of up to 33 miles per hour from the VooDoo Lounge atop the hotel’s 50-story Masquerade tower to the Ipanema tower. On the return trip, guests will ride an additional 800 feet to the starting point facing backward.

    Terrible’s Hotel and Casino has completed a $7 million renovation and changed its name to the Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino (800-640-9777, www.silversevenscasino.com). Property enhancements include new furniture and bathroom fixtures in all hotel rooms, a fully renovated William Hill sports book, a new casino bar, the addition of a new hospitality suite and a new players club/welcome center combination.

    SLS Las Vegas (702-737-2111, www.slshotels.com/lasvegas) is se to open in early 2014, in the former Sahara Hotel and Casino. It will be the first hotel in Las Vegas by SBE, a real estate development company. Once complete, the SLS Las Vegas will feature a mixed-use resort and casino with more than 1,600 guestrooms and suites and several SBE dining and nightlife brands, including The Bazaar, Katsuya and Shelter nightclub.

     

     
  • Ever Evolving in Vegas

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Ever Evolving in Vegas
    By Mimi Kmet

    Here’s the latest on the constantly changing hotel scene in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas is hot. And we’re not talking about the desert climate. New hotels are opening, while existing properties are renovating, rebranding and adding amenities. Here’s a sampling:

    Bellagio (888-987-6667, www.bellagio.com) completed a remodel of its Spa Tower last December. The redesign encompasses all of the tower’s 819 guestrooms and 109 suites, including the Chairman and Presidential suites. Its Resort Rooms are consistent with the three designs represented in the AAA Five-Diamond hotel’s main tower, which was renovated in 2011 with contemporary, residential décor.

    Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon (www.billslasvegas.com) is closed for a $185 million renovation that will transform it into an upscale property called the Gansvoort Las Vegas. The new property is slated to open in early 2014 with 188 Parisian apartment-style guestrooms, including 19 suites.

    Public spaces will include a redesigned lobby and lobby bar, an ultralounge, retail outlets, a 40,000-square-foot casino and a restaurant overlooking the Strip. Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub will be a 65,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor nightclub and rooftop pool deck.

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    Circus Circus (800-634-3450, www.circuscircus.com) will debut El Loco roller coaster in its Adventuredome in December. The coaster will be the second of its kind in the U.S., with negative G drops and a steep first drop. Its open design will give guests the feeling of flying during the 75-second ride.

    Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, an all-suite hotel that will replace THEhotel at Mandalay Bay (877-632-7800, www.mandalaybay.com/accommodations/thehotel) is being developed by MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group in a partnership. Construction is slated to commence this fall, with completion set for early 2014.

    The new hotel will offer a South Beach ambience, with each of its 1,100 suites reflecting the personality of the original Delano hotel in Miami Beach, but with a Las Vegas slant. The redesign also encompasses public spaces, including bars, lounges, restaurants and a spa.

    AtThe Luxor (877-386-4658, www.luxor.com) the Jabbawockeez dance crew debuted in May with a new show called “Prism.” The show is an eclectic mix of choreography, storylines and special effects, challenging the audience to embrace the unexpected. The crew will perform in the 830-seat Jabba Theater.

    MandalayBay(877-632-7800, www.mandalaybay.com) is the home of “Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil,” a resident theatrical production dedicated to the King of Pop. The show, which debuted earlier this year, celebrates Jackson’s career and legacy with performances set to his music.

    The hotel also opened Light nightclub in May via a partnership between The Light Group and Cirque du Soleil. The venue, the first-ever nightclub by Cirque du Soleil, features theatrics and electronic music, and world-class DJs and performers.

    The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (877-880-0880, www.mgmgrand.com) has opened Hakkasan Las Vegas, a new dining and nightlife venue, which replaced Studio 54 when it opened earlier this year.

    The opening comes on the heels of a $160 million remodel, which concluded with upgrades of the 3,570 guestrooms and 642 suites in the Grand Tower last September. Among the renovated accommodations are 42 Stay Well rooms and suites, which feature more than a dozen healthy amenities, including aromatherapy, wake-up light therapy and Vitamin C-infused shower water.

    AtThe Mirage (800-374-9000, www.mirage.com), four-time Grammy Award-winning R&B vocal group Boyz II Men kicked off an extended residency in March. The trio is performing in the Terry Fator Theater on select weekend dates through Dec. 29.

    In addition, The Mirage launched its “Painting with the Dolphins”

    program in January at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, allowing guests to interact with a bottlenose dolphin to create a work of art.

    The world’s first Nobu Hotel (800-427-7247, www.caesarspalace.com/nobu) opened in February as a hotel-within-a-hotel at Caesars Palace. The Nobu Hotel, formerly the Centurion Tower, offers 180 guestrooms, including 18 suites. Designs feature natural materials and textures, along with outsized elements.

    Nobu features in-room iPad registration and a hot tea welcome amenity. Turndown service includes yukata robes, slippers and scented sleep oils. Nobu Hotel guests also have private access to, and priority seating at, the hotel’s adjacent restaurant and lounge, and can enjoy Nobu cuisine through room service.

    The Palms Casino Resort (866-942-7770, www.palms.com) completed the first phase of a renovation last December, that encompasses a Palms Tower room and suite redesign, new restaurants, revamped gaming spaces and new nightlife venues. All 428 rooms and suites in the Palms Tower were remodeled in a modern style. New dining options include the sports-themed Heraea, as well as Chocolat Bistro.

    The former Imperial Palace was rebranded as the Quad Resort and Casino (800-351-7400, www.thequadlv.com) last year and is undergoing a transformation that will continue in phases through late 2013 while the property remains open.

    Among the upgrades is a new façade, as well as makeovers to the porte cochère, front desk, bell desk, hotel lobby, casino floor, retail promenade and dining levels with a contemporary décor. The casino floor is expanding by an additional 15,000 square feet. Plans also include a dual-sided lobby bar, a Starbucks, a retail promenade and several restaurants.

    Resorts World Las Vegas is being developed by Malaysia-based Genting Group (www.genting.com), which owns 45 percent of Norwegian Cruise Line and Star Cruises, as well as gaming facilities in other countries. Genting bought the 87-acre, partially built property known as Echelon from Boyd Gaming Corporation, and plans to develop a gaming, entertainment and hotel complex, its first destination resort in Las Vegas.

    Resorts World Las Vegas will

    offer 3,500 guestrooms in the first phase, as well as 175,000 square feet of total gaming space across several gaming floors. The property also will feature several luxury dining and retail amenities and additional convention space. The property is slated to open in 2016.

    The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino (800-427-7247, www.riolasvegas.com) is developing a new zipline thrill ride called VooDoo Skyline. The 70-second ride will send guests higher than 400 feet in the air at speeds of up to 33 miles per hour from the VooDoo Lounge atop the hotel’s 50-story Masquerade tower to the Ipanema tower. On the return trip, guests will ride an additional 800 feet to the starting point facing backward.

    Terrible’s Hotel and Casino has completed a $7 million renovation and changed its name to the Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino (800-640-9777, www.silversevenscasino.com). Property enhancements include new furniture and bathroom fixtures in all hotel rooms, a fully renovated William Hill sports book, a new casino bar, the addition of a new hospitality suite and a new players club/welcome center combination.

    SLS Las Vegas (702-737-2111, www.slshotels.com/lasvegas) is se to open in early 2014, in the former Sahara Hotel and Casino. It will be the first hotel in Las Vegas by SBE, a real estate development company. Once complete, the SLS Las Vegas will feature a mixed-use resort and casino with more than 1,600 guestrooms and suites and several SBE dining and nightlife brands, including The Bazaar, Katsuya and Shelter nightclub.

     

     
  • CROWN & ANCHOR SOCIETY COMPLIMENTARY UPGRADES

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Starting November 11th, Crown and Anchor® Society Members can be considered for a complimentary stateroom upgrade the week prior to sailing. Crown & Anchor members must select their upgrade preferences at RoyalCaribbean.com/CrownandAnchor. Complimentary upgrades will only be processed for members whose preferences have been registered.

    Upgrades will only be offered within a week prior to the desired sail date as follows:

    CAS Upgrade Grid

     Please update your  preferences today.

     

  • TYUS TOURS & TRAVEL TO HOST VIRTUAL PROMOTIONS DURING NATIONAL CRUISE VACATION WEEK

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Columbus, Ohio, October  20, 2013 – During the month of October Tyus Tours & Travel will join thousands of cruise-selling travel agents for National Cruise Vacation Week, The World’s Largest Cruise Sale, for an exciting event designed to showcase the incredible choice, diversity and value of cruise vacations.

    Travel agencies across North America will team up with the 26 member lines of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to provide consumers with exclusive offers and information on cruise vacations in every part of the world.

    National Cruise Vacation Week (NCVW) generates millions of dollars each year in new cruise bookings as thousands of vacationers take advantage of special value offers and other incentives to cruise. Last year, nearly 7,000 agencies participated, generating more than 50,000 bookings.

    If they choose, area residents can find out all they need to know about cruising and can take advantage of these outstanding exclusive opportunities to cruise without leaving the comfort of home because Tyus Tours & Travel is hosting a “Virtual” National Cruise  Promotion. For help in planning your cruise call Tyus Tours & Travel on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 9 am to 11 pm or simply visiting the special agency web page http://ncvw.cruising.org/tyustours, consumers can explore the incredible world of cruising and plan a cruise! Tyus Tours & Travel has chosen several short videos showcasing the exciting offerings and destinations from participating CLIA member cruise lines. The web page will be available throughout October.

    NCVW is the highlight of October’s National Cruise Vacation Month, the once-a-year period during which travel agencies across North America sponsor exciting events and promotions all focused on cruising – the most enjoyable, satisfying and value-oriented vacation option available in today’s marketplace.

    Tyus Tours & Travel is a member of CLIA, whose 26 member lines represent nearly 98% of the cruise berths marketed in North America. According to CLIA statistics, the majority of travelers book cruises through travel agencies, and for good reason: agents excel at finding the perfect cruise to match their clients’ vacation needs, lifestyle and budget.  CLIA’s certified cruise agents are the cruise industry’s premier professionals, providing the best service and value for your vacation dollar.

     Our Virtual Cruise Promotion will be held Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 9 am to 11pm.

    For more information or to book your cruise vacation, contact Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or travel@tyustours.com/www.tyustours.com

     

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  • World's Largest Cruise Event

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    NORWEGIANS KEEP CELEBRATING.
    Don't miss out on the World's Largest Cruise Event! This is your last chance to book a Norwegian cruise vacation and enjoy savings of up to $250 to spend on board fleetwide; up to $500 to spend on board when booking a Cruisetour; and a special $100 offer on Miami's Ultimate Ship™, Norwegian Getaway. Oct. 20 - Nov. 1. Act fast and book today! For more information please visit .www.tyustours.com/11516773_21812.htm.

  • Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Party

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

     

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Party

     

    Close your eyes for a second. Imagine you’re standing at the base of 100-foot spruce tree, dark green needles full and puffed out around all sides. Now imagine the tree wrapped in 300,000 lights with a 9.5 foot wide, 550 pound crystal star perched on top. What if the tree was in the middle of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan, ice skaters below twirling circles, holiday music crooning against the backdrop of New York City at Christmas time? A dream? Perhaps, but a dream that can come true at NYCVP's Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Party!

    On the very evening the giant tree is first lit - with the entire
    nation watching via NBC's live telecast - your clients can be
    special guests in the heart of Rockefeller Plaza to watch the
    festivities. This exclusive event, on December 4, 3013, will
    certainly be the highlight of their New York City vacation! The
    indoor-outdoor party features open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dancing
    and a private viewing area to watch the tree lighting - with a
    photographer available for photos with the famous tree as the
    backdrop!

    To make this special evening even more memorable, add an elegant pre-party 3-course dinner beginning at 5pm! The party, along with hotel accommodations, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Broadway shows and sightseeing will make a great New York City Vacation.


    More New York City Holiday Vacations
    The time is NOW to book rooms for Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve - and NYCVP has the MOST ROOMS at the BEST PRICES

    Thanksgiving and Macy's Parade

    Accommodations on or near the parade route PLUS exclusive "Insider's Events"

    Christmas Week

    Reduced Christmas-week rates at popular NYC hotels means Christmas in New York is surprisingly easy on the wallet!

    New Year's Eve in Times Square

    Be a part of the gala celebration - at a private party high above Times Square


    Featured Options in New York City!
    THESE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVORITES IN NEW YORK CITY
    You can find out more about them on nyctrip.com

    At Ben's Deli, located on 38th Street in the heart of Times Square, they serve freshly prepared food in a courteous manner. The cuisine is pure New York deli - traditional Eastern European kosher meat sandwiches and entrees.
    Enjoy a New York delicatessen lunch any time from noon through 9pm. This popular NYC dining establishment has a beautiful Art Deco dining room, just steps from the heart of Times Square on 38th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Ben's Deli is open 7 days a week.

    A Slice Of Brooklyn Pizza Tour invites New Yorkers and tourists alike to climb aboard the city’s only guided bus tour of Brooklyn’s BEST pizzerias. The tour includes pizza, soft drinks and an audio-visual historical sightseeing tour of Brooklyn’s famous movie locations, landmarks and points of interest. During this tour you’ll learn about and see some of the things that have made Brooklyn famous.
    As featured on NBC’s Today Show, the Food Network and the Travel Channel!

    To book or for more information call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or to book online please click on Christmas Tree Image above.
     

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  • National Cruise Vacation Month

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    During the Month of October you can find out more about cruising without leaving the comfort of home. Simply visit the special agency web page http://ncvw.cruising.org/tyustours where you can explore the incredible world of cruising and plan a cruise. Tyus Tours & Travel has chosen several short videos showcasing the exciting offerings and destinations from participating CLIA member cruise lines. The web page will be available throughout October.

  • A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Gaylord Opryland's "A Country Christmas" November 15, 2013-January 1, 2014, Nashville TN.

    Give your group the gift of wonder this holiday season at the amazing Gaylord Opryland Resort. We've got everything you need to celebrate the best Christmas yet!

    • Immerse yourself in the splendor of our magnificent holiday setting! Two million twinkling lights along with acres and acres of stunning decorations attract visitors from all over the world.
    • See spectacular holiday shows and live entertainment, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Rockettes, plus the return of Lorrie Morgan's Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show!
    • Experience ICE!-two million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides.
    • Holly Jolly Town Square, Carriage Rides, Treasures for the Holidays craft and gift show, a glorious Outdoor Nativity Display and more!
    • Enjoy a one of a kind cruise down the Cumberland River on the General Jackson Showboat.

    Exclusive group* discount offer

    • Now through November 10, 2013 room rates starting at $79 + on select dates
    • During "A Country Christmas" room rates starting at $90+ on select dates November 15, 2013-December 25, 2013

    Must book by October 15, 2013.  Book your group reservation today or for Motor Coach Transportation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

    *Above offers not retroactive and based on availability at the time of booking. Valid for new tour group booking with 10+ rooms per night.

  • Royal Caribbean Revised Smoking Policy

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    REVISED SMOKING POLICY

    In consideration of ongoing guest feedback and evolving industry standards, Royal Caribbean International is revising its onboard smoking policy, effective for all sailings departing on or after January 1, 2014.

    Under this new policy, all indoor public spaces will be smoke free, with the exception of the Casino and the Connoisseur Club on Freedom and Voyager class ships, and one designated smoking venue on ships sailing from Chinese homeports. In the Casino, there will be designated smoking and non-smoking areas.

    Additionally, smoking will not be permitted in staterooms or on stateroom balconies. Guests in violation of the stateroom and balcony non-smoking policy may be assessed a $250 stateroom cleaning fee. Outdoor smoking areas will be designated on the starboard side of all ships; with the exception of Oasis-class ships that will allow smoking on the port side of the ships.

    Indoor smoking areas permit tobacco cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. Cigars and pipe tobacco can be enjoyed in designated outdoor areas, or in the cigar club on the ships that offer this venue.

    Please consult our Smoking Policy FAQ below for more details or download a pdf of the full Royal Caribbean Smoking Policy.

    Royal Caribbean International is committed to continually enhancing the guest vacation experience. To find smoking venues and areas while onboard, your clients may consult their Cruise Compass, or visit Guest Services, where we will be happy to assist them. Thank you for your assistance in notifying your clients of this updated policy, and as always, for your ongoing support of our brand.

  • Jamaica is Jammin' With New Non-Stop Charter Flights Offered by VACATIONEXPRESS.com

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Jamaica is Jammin' With New Non-Stop Charter Flights Offered by VACATIONEXPRESS.com

    Newark, New York, Atlanta, Nashville and Cincinnati Direct to Montego Bay 

     

     

    Grand Lido Negril on Bloody Bay
    Grand Lido Negril on Bloody Bay

     

     

    Atlanta - September 4, 2013 - Jamaica vacation packages have never been more accessible with new non-stop flights offered exclusively by VACATIONEXPRESS.com. Tour operator VACATIONEXPRESS.com will expand its seasonal non-stop chartered flights from four U.S. cities to the island of Jamaica. Known for affordable flights and more frills vacation packages, VACATIONEXPRESS.com combines the convenience of well-timed flights that give passengers more beach time. With flights leaving in the mid-morning and returning in the afternoon, travelers enjoy the best days of the week or weekend, depending on the departure city. Travelers can select resorts in Negril, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Runaway Bay and other areas of this lush tropical island.

     

    "While the airfare-only option is offered on all routes, most travelers opt for vacation packages that include airfare and all-inclusive resort stay. When going 'all-inclusive,' you pay one price for your accommodations, all meals and drinks," said Kevin Hernandez, vice president of sales and digital strategy. Unlike a cruise vacation where vacationers often end up with a large bill as they get off the ship, all-inclusive resorts include almost everything except for the little extras such as spa treatments and tours - and even those are included at some of the five star options. Budgeting has never been easier, whether you stay at a three, four or five star resort.

     

    New York and Newark area travelers will be offered non-stop flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) starting May 17, 2014 with Saturday departures and Friday returns for six-night stays. Air-only options are available starting at $499 or $1099 for packages including air and all-inclusive resort. Five star options including air start at $1219; includes taxes.

     

    Atlanta travelers will now have new non-stop charter flights to Jamaica starting May 19, 2014 with Monday departures and Sunday returns. This six-night program offers low air-only options starting at $478 and vacation packages with air and all-inclusive resort starting at $949. Five star resorts, including airfare, are priced at $1149; taxes included.

     

    Nashville vacationers will enjoy weekend getaways starting on May 15, 2014 with convenient Thursday departures and Monday returns. These four-night packages, perfect for long weekends, start at $499 for round-trip air only or $859 including round-trip airfare with an all-inclusive resort. Five-star options with airfare start at $999; taxes included.

     

    Cincinnati continues their 2013 non-stop flights to Jamaica until October 20, 2013 with Sunday departures and returns for a seven-night package on Sunwing Airlines. Round-trip air only starts at $447. For those wishing to purchase flight and resort deals, prices start at $799. For four star resorts, prices start at $889 and $1699 for five stars. Starting spring 2014, flights will resume with Miami Air International on May 18, 2014 for a six-night program departing Sunday and returning Saturday. The air-only option will begin at $578 with packages including resort and air starting at $1049 for four stars. For five star resorts, pricing starts at $1249; including taxes.

     

    Partnering with top rated airlines like Miami Air International, offering a first free checked bag, with affordably priced premium economy options; all of the flights are available exclusively through VACATIONEXPRESS.com. The non-stop flights are ideal for couples, families and groups looking to get away. A leader in private aviation, Miami Air International caters to rock stars, professional sports teams, corporate executives and now VACATIONEXPRESS.com travelers. In addition, VACATIONEXPRESS.com also continues to team with Sunwing Airlines for select low-cost, high-frills flights from Cincinnati.

     

    Jamaica, one of the first countries to offer all-inclusive resorts, is known for legendary service to travelers. Travel agents, who book the majority of VACATIONEXPRESS.com vacation packages, have come to trust Jamaica to deliver fantastic vacation experiences for their valued clients. They have known and loved the destination for years and continue to book Jamaica for their all-inclusive perks.

     

    Teeming with romance and beauty, Jamaica is one of the most popular destinations for honeymooners. The picturesque beaches can be found throughout the island are favorites of those wishing to relax and enjoy the sun, waves and sand of this gorgeous island. Filled with activities like ATV tours of the lush interior, exploring Dunn's River Falls and playing on championship golf courses, every traveler from the adventurous to those who prefer relaxation at the spa will find their dream vacation in Jamaica. Foodies will find heaven in Jamaica. Each day they can relish in the delicious local dishes of Jamaica like jerk chicken, escovitch fish, baked breadfruit and ackee and saltfish.

     

    VACATIONEXPRESS.com is famed for offering a variety of resorts including virtually all of the well-known brands, the sister company now operates two luxury resorts in Jamaica with more on the way around the globe. The beautiful Royalton White Sands [five stars], opening November 15, 2013, boasts all things luxury; from dining to accommodations. Grand Lido Negril [four stars] is situated on the iconic Bloody Bay in Negril and offers an adults-only experience. Each of these resorts offers unique touches that are signatures of the Royalton and Grand Lido brand and can provide the perfect setting for a destination wedding.

     

    Another VACATIONEXPRESS.com advantage - easy low deposits! For an additional $10 per passenger, VACATIONEXPRESS.com provides Reduced Deposit Plans, irrelevant of ticket cost, carrier or class of service. The total deposit per person is as low as $75 for exclusive charter flights to $235 for scheduled flights. 

    To book VACATIONEXPRESS visit www.tyustours.com or call 866-547-5362.

     

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    About Vacation Express: Vacation Express USA, part of Sunwing Travel Group Inc., has been in existence for 25 years and offers quality vacation packages to over 35 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica with a focus on value and client satisfaction. VACATIONEXPRESS.com prides itself on affordability, convenience, customer service and great vacation experiences. While most agencies book online, travelers may also reach the VACATIONEXPRESS.com call center seven days a week at 800.486.9777.

     

    About Jamaica: One of VACATIONEXPRESS.com's first destinations and a leader and innovator in providing memorable vacations, Jamaica is a favorite of couples and families searching for affordable flights and vacation packages, including all-inclusive resorts to the laid back island. Striking beaches and lush vegetation offer guests both relaxing and exciting activities for everyone. VACATIONEXPRESS.com offers over 30 all-inclusive resorts in all parts of the island.

     

    Editor's Note: All rates are per person including taxes, are accurate as of release date and are subject to change. Vacation packages prices are based on double occupancy. See operator/participant agreement for details. 

     

     

  • New China Visa Announcement:

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    The Embassy & Consulates of China Have Announced the Following This Morning, August 29, 2013:

     "As of September 1, 2013, the Visa and Passport Office will launch the 2013 edition of the "Visa Application Form of the People's Republic of China". The new application form must be completed by a computer and should be clearly & completely printed out on Letter sized paper. Incomplete forms, hand-written or altered forms are not accepted."  

    A Briggs has implemented the new China form for all jurisdictions on our website ABriggs.com - any new China visa orders placed today will be completed on the new form.
     
    All applications submitted before September 1, 2013 may use the old form.
     
    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local A Briggs office, or connect with us via LiveChat at ABriggs.com.

  • LAS VEGAS IS NO. 1 DESTINATION FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAVEL

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    Extensive DJ and Celebrity Appearances and Events

    Draws Travelers to The Entertainment Capital of the World

    LAS VEGAS !!!!!!

    As summer draws to a close, Las Vegas offers its guests one last "hurrah" with star-studded Labor Day weekend festivities. From pool parties presided over by Diddy to nightlife driven by the sounds of electronic veteran Moby to concert headliner Brad Paisley, what better place is there than Las Vegas to celebrate the federal holiday that recognizes the contributions of American workers? In fact, CheapOair announced last Thursday that airfare purchases to the "Entertainment Capital of the World" are up 24 percent, making it the most popular destination for Labor Day travel.

    DAYLIFE & NIGHTLIFE - DJ SETS, CELEBRITY APPEARANCES AND THEME PARTIES

    Wednesday, Aug. 28 

    • "Peanuts & Pasties," a circus-themed party at The ACT (The Shoppes at The Palazzo)

    Thursday, Aug. 29

    • ? Ice Cube at TAO Nightclub (The Venetian)

    Friday, Aug. 30

    • ? Dirty South and Afrojack at XS Nightclub (Wynn Las Vegas)
    • ?Hardwell at Hakkasan Nightclub Las Vegas (MGM Grand)
    • ? Sebastian Ingrosso at LIGHT Nightclub (Mandalay Bay) ?
    • Major Lazer at 1 OAK Nightclub (The Mirage) ?
    • Chuckie at Marquee Dayclub (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
    •  Armin Van Buuren at Marquee Nightclub (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
    •  Trey Songz at TAO Nightclub (The Venetian)
    •  Kendrick Lamar at Palms Pool (Palms Casino Resort)
    •  Ashanti at Moon Nightclub (Palms Casino Resort)

    Saturday, Aug. 31

    •  Steve Angello at XS Nightclub (Wynn Las Vegas)
    •  Common at The Bank Nightclub (Bellagio)
    •  Flo Rida at HAZE Nightclub (ARIA)
    •  Calvin Harris and Zen Freeman at WET REPUBLIC (MGM Grand)
    • Calvin Harris at Hakkasan Nightclub (MGM Grand)
    •  Zedd at DAYLIGHT Beach Club (Mandalay Bay)
    •  Skrillex at LIGHT Nightclub (Mandalay Bay)
    •  Nicky Romero at ECLIPSE at DAYLIGHT Beach Club (Mandalay Bay)
    •  Hayley Hasselhoff and Nathalia Ramos host "White Girl Wasted" with DJ Graham Funk at The ACT (The Shoppes at The Palazzo)
    • Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion at SOUNDWAVES poolside stage (Hard Rock Hotel)
    • Kaskade performs two sets at Marquee Dayclub and Marquee Nightclub (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
    •  Benny Benassi at Marquee Nightclub (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
    •  Trinidad James at TAO Nightclub (The Venetian)
    •  LL Cool J and DJ Z-Trip at Palms Pool (Palms Casino Resort)
    • Schwayze at Moon Nightclub (Palms Casino Resort)

    Sunday, Sept. 1

    • ? David Guetta at XS Nightclub (Wynn Las Vegas)
    • T-Pain "House of Pain" at HAZE Nightclub (ARIA)
    • Tiësto at WET REPUBLIC (MGM Grand)
    • Moby at Hakkasan Nightclub (MGM Grand)
    •  Alesso at DAYLIGHT Beach Club (Mandalay Bay)
    • Nicky Romero at LIGHT Nightclub (Mandalay Bay)
    • Diddy at ECLIPSE at DAYLIGHT Beach Club (Mandalay Bay)
    • Ke$ha at 1 OAK Nightclub (The Mirage)
    • Busta Rhymes at The Bank Nightclub (Bellagio)
    •  Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion at REHAB pool party (Hard Rock Hotel)
    • Trinidad James at TAO Beach (The Venetian)
    • /Kaskade at TAO Nightclub (The Venetian)

    Monday, Sept. 2

    • ? David Guetta and Afrojack at XS Nightclub (Wynn Las Vegas)

    CONCERTS AND COMEDY SHOWS

    While entertainment icon Snoop Dogg transforms Hard Rock Hotel into the ultimate hip-hop and reggae hot spot, other celebrity festivities at Hard Rock include Andrew Dice Clay at Vinyl Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31 and Shaquille O’Neal’s All Star Comedy Jam hosted by Mike Epps in The Joint Saturday, Aug. 31.

    Throughout the summer, Fremont Street Experience has provided the ultimate nirvana for rock music fans during this year’s "Rock of Vegas" summer concert series. The culminating performance will be Saturday, Aug. 31 with headliners Puddle of Mudd. Shows are open to the public, free of charge and take place at the Third Street Stage.

    Emmy Award-winner Jay Leno will perform his witty stand-up comedy act inside the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage Friday, Aug. 30. Leno’s comedic style and generous personality have earned him millions of fans worldwide.

    GRAMMY Award-winning hip-hop icon Lil Wayne will bring his high-energy show to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Aug. 31. The concert, which supports Lil Wayne’s 10th studio album "I Am Not A Human Being 2," includes Tip "T.I." Harris and Future.

    Brad Paisley returns to Las Vegas with his "Beat This Summer Tour" Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Paisley, a CMA Entertainer of the Year and Grand Ole Opry member has earned three GRAMMY Awards, 14 ACM Awards and 14 CMA Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year a record-setting five consecutive times.

    Ron White , best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," will perform in the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1.

    Black Sabbath , the group that helped define heavy metal with releases such as the quadruple-platinum album "Paranoid," will take the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sunday, Sept. 1. The group was ranked by MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time and placed second on VH1’s list of "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock."

    Joe Satriani has been an unstoppable force on the music scene for more than 27 years. The guitar great will perform at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort Friday, Aug. 30.

    GRAMMY Award-winners Earth, Wind & Fire will perform at The Venetian Friday, Aug. 30 as part of the HSN Live concert series. Supporting the group’s newest album "Now, Then & Forever," the concert will be a 90-minute live show, with 60 minutes on HSN TV, followed by a special 30-minute encore performance for HSN’s digital platforms.

    AIR TRICKS AND BOGEYS

    Insert Coin(s) Videolounge Gamebar, a nightlife venue that is home to thousands of video games will host the second annual Hometown Heroes BMX Exhibition street party Sunday, Sept. 1, benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada. The event will be hosted by BMX pro and MTV reality star Ricardo Laguna and feature BMX riding from local amateurs and talented professionals.

    Golf Summerlin, home to three pristine courses, will entice golf enthusiasts with a holiday weekend at Highland Falls, Palm Valley or Eagle Crest. For $45 per round or $85 per person for unlimited golf Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2, Las Vegas locals and visitors are welcome to take advantage of the savings.

    For more information on events and experiences, visit www.tyustours.com or call 866-547-5362.

     

     

     

  • New Spa Open at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

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    Senses – A Disney Spa, is now open at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa at the Walt Disney World® Resort

    Inspired by the 19th century wellness retreats of upstate New York, this full-service spa will transport you to another era.

    Spa-goers can enjoy a range of soothing spa services, including massage therapies, facial treatments, body wraps, as well as a relaxation space, featuring a whirlpool, heated loungers and a steam room.

    To book a spa appointment call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362..

     

  • Why isn't the U.S. getting it share of the International Travel Gold Rush?

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    Inserts from Theodore Koumelis - 19 July 2013, 12:02

    The last decade proved to be a worldwide gold rush, as the world travel market grew by 60 million annual visitors. This is an astonishing number but it did not benefit the U.S. which greeted the same number of visitors as it did in 2000, with a market share declining to 12 percent from 17 percent.

    Millions of would-be tourists who wish to travel to the U.S. are being turned away and left frustrated by cumbersome and bureaucratic State Department procedures, which deny their visas. Recapturing the lost share of the tourist market would yield 98 million more visitors, $390 million in additional exports and $859 billion in total economic output by 2020, according to a recent study by the U.S. Travel Association.

    International travel supports 1.8 million American jobs, and travel is the country’s largest industry sector, generating $134.4 billion annually--about 25 percent of all service exports. Increasing travel to the U.S. would be the most efficient and effective form of economic stimulus.

    But before this can happen, U.S. airports need to figure out how to ease their customs issues and their customs delays.

    JKF leads the nation with an average 36 minutes customs line, up 8 minutes (22 percent) from last year. LAX has a 31 minute customs wait and Chicago O'Hare International Airport has a 23 minute average wait time. For a price you can skip the dreaded customs line and have your visas expedited as quickly as 24 hours.

    But a statement from customs said: we're working on it.

     

     

  • Wise Advice

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  • Caribbean cheap season drives in more South Floridians

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    It’s the ideal time to visit Caribbean. The general tendency of the South Floridians is to visit Caribbean at the time of fall or in the summer. But recently a sudden lowering of hotel prices which is much lower than the rates in the high season, winter, has attracted a bulk of travelers to Caribbean.

    There is a sharp drop in the hotel and the resort prices that made it quite cheap for the travelers. The rates have gone done against the high price during winter.

    The reason that is sought out due this lowering in price was the weather. The summers are hotter than the winters but in case of Caribbean it differs by few degrees only. So it hardly makes any difference whether its winter or summer.

    Summer and the time of fall see some hurricanes in Caribbean but that’s not a matter of risk so the south Floridians are travelling to Caribbean.

    To book your Caribbean Vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • Caribbean cheap season drives in more South Floridians

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    It’s the ideal time to visit Caribbean. The general tendency of the South Floridians is to visit Caribbean at the time of fall or in the summer. But recently a sudden lowering of hotel prices which is much lower than the rates in the high season, winter, has attracted a bulk of travelers to Caribbean.

    There is a sharp drop in the hotel and the resort prices that made it quite cheap for the travelers. The rates have gone done against the high price during winter.

    The reason that is sought out due this lowering in price was the weather. The summers are hotter than the winters but in case of Caribbean it differs by few degrees only. So it hardly makes any difference whether its winter or summer.

    Summer and the time of fall see some hurricanes in Caribbean but that’s not a matter of risk so the south Floridians are travelling to Caribbean.

    To book your Caribbean Vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • Carnival Cruise Line is Implementing Improvements to its Pricing fare Structure

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    CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES COMMITS TO



    SIMPLIFIED PRICING FARE STRUCTURE BEGINNING FALL 2013



     



    MIAMI (July 8, 2013) -- Less than two weeks after the launch of its Carnival Conversations travel agent outreach program, Carnival Cruise Lines has agreed to implement improvements to its pricing fare structure as a result of travel agent feedback. The line is currently working on creating a simplified fare structure that will make booking with Carnival easier for travel agents. Carnival expects this new structure to be completed in fall 2013.



     



    “We have received a tremendous amount of travel agent feedback indicating that our current fare and promotion structure is far too complicated and needs to change in order for travel agents to more easily book with us,” said Lynn Torrent, Carnival’s executive vice president of sales and guest services. “Travel agents are telling us that Carnival used to be the easiest cruise line to book with and now we’re the most difficult. Simply put, we want to be easy to book with again.”



     



    “Carnival’s commitment to travel agents is real and that’s why we’re talking closely with them as well as looking at the competition to better understand what works and what doesn’t right now,” said Brenda Yester, Carnival’s senior vice president of revenue management. “My team is busy working on a simplified pricing structure and we look forward to sharing this in the next few months. In the meantime, we will continue to look at feedback from travel agents as we work on this very important effort.”



     



    Carnival launched its new travel agent outreach program, Carnival Conversations, earlier this month. It is designed to increase dialogue and strengthen ties with travel agents through in-person events such as road shows led by the line’s senior sales executives, in-agency seminars, seminars at sea, trade shows and conferences.



     



    During these events, Carnival's sales team will listen to travel agents and provide corresponding solutions and feedback. In addition, as an added element to the in-person events, Carnival is featuring a dedicated Carnival Conversations section on GoCCL.com, the company’s travel agent internet portal, complete with short daily surveys comprised of open-ended questions. Carnival is sharing timely responses to this feedback, letting agents know what they can implement and what will need further review. There will also be a more detailed quarterly survey. Travel agents may also find Carnival’s expanded road show and webinar schedule on the site.



     



    Carnival is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 24 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe, Panama Canal, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Norway, the Baltic and the British Isles. The company’s 25th ship, an as-yet-unnamed 135,000-ton vessel, is scheduled for delivery in winter 2016.



     



     


  • Carnival Cruise Line is Implementing Improvements to its Pricing fare Structure

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES COMMITS TO



    SIMPLIFIED PRICING FARE STRUCTURE BEGINNING FALL 2013



     



    MIAMI (July 8, 2013) -- Less than two weeks after the launch of its Carnival Conversations travel agent outreach program, Carnival Cruise Lines has agreed to implement improvements to its pricing fare structure as a result of travel agent feedback. The line is currently working on creating a simplified fare structure that will make booking with Carnival easier for travel agents. Carnival expects this new structure to be completed in fall 2013.



     



    “We have received a tremendous amount of travel agent feedback indicating that our current fare and promotion structure is far too complicated and needs to change in order for travel agents to more easily book with us,” said Lynn Torrent, Carnival’s executive vice president of sales and guest services. “Travel agents are telling us that Carnival used to be the easiest cruise line to book with and now we’re the most difficult. Simply put, we want to be easy to book with again.”



     



    “Carnival’s commitment to travel agents is real and that’s why we’re talking closely with them as well as looking at the competition to better understand what works and what doesn’t right now,” said Brenda Yester, Carnival’s senior vice president of revenue management. “My team is busy working on a simplified pricing structure and we look forward to sharing this in the next few months. In the meantime, we will continue to look at feedback from travel agents as we work on this very important effort.”



     



    Carnival launched its new travel agent outreach program, Carnival Conversations, earlier this month. It is designed to increase dialogue and strengthen ties with travel agents through in-person events such as road shows led by the line’s senior sales executives, in-agency seminars, seminars at sea, trade shows and conferences.



     



    During these events, Carnival's sales team will listen to travel agents and provide corresponding solutions and feedback. In addition, as an added element to the in-person events, Carnival is featuring a dedicated Carnival Conversations section on GoCCL.com, the company’s travel agent internet portal, complete with short daily surveys comprised of open-ended questions. Carnival is sharing timely responses to this feedback, letting agents know what they can implement and what will need further review. There will also be a more detailed quarterly survey. Travel agents may also find Carnival’s expanded road show and webinar schedule on the site.



     



    Carnival is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 24 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe, Panama Canal, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Norway, the Baltic and the British Isles. The company’s 25th ship, an as-yet-unnamed 135,000-ton vessel, is scheduled for delivery in winter 2016.



     



     


  • Carnival Cruise Line is Implementing Improvements to its Pricing fare Structure

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES COMMITS TO



    SIMPLIFIED PRICING FARE STRUCTURE BEGINNING FALL 2013



     



    MIAMI (July 8, 2013) -- Less than two weeks after the launch of its Carnival Conversations travel agent outreach program, Carnival Cruise Lines has agreed to implement improvements to its pricing fare structure as a result of travel agent feedback. The line is currently working on creating a simplified fare structure that will make booking with Carnival easier for travel agents. Carnival expects this new structure to be completed in fall 2013.



     



    “We have received a tremendous amount of travel agent feedback indicating that our current fare and promotion structure is far too complicated and needs to change in order for travel agents to more easily book with us,” said Lynn Torrent, Carnival’s executive vice president of sales and guest services. “Travel agents are telling us that Carnival used to be the easiest cruise line to book with and now we’re the most difficult. Simply put, we want to be easy to book with again.”



     



    “Carnival’s commitment to travel agents is real and that’s why we’re talking closely with them as well as looking at the competition to better understand what works and what doesn’t right now,” said Brenda Yester, Carnival’s senior vice president of revenue management. “My team is busy working on a simplified pricing structure and we look forward to sharing this in the next few months. In the meantime, we will continue to look at feedback from travel agents as we work on this very important effort.”



     



    Carnival launched its new travel agent outreach program, Carnival Conversations, earlier this month. It is designed to increase dialogue and strengthen ties with travel agents through in-person events such as road shows led by the line’s senior sales executives, in-agency seminars, seminars at sea, trade shows and conferences.



     



    During these events, Carnival's sales team will listen to travel agents and provide corresponding solutions and feedback. In addition, as an added element to the in-person events, Carnival is featuring a dedicated Carnival Conversations section on GoCCL.com, the company’s travel agent internet portal, complete with short daily surveys comprised of open-ended questions. Carnival is sharing timely responses to this feedback, letting agents know what they can implement and what will need further review. There will also be a more detailed quarterly survey. Travel agents may also find Carnival’s expanded road show and webinar schedule on the site.



     



    Carnival is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 24 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe, Panama Canal, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Norway, the Baltic and the British Isles. The company’s 25th ship, an as-yet-unnamed 135,000-ton vessel, is scheduled for delivery in winter 2016.



     



     


  • Bally's Las Vegas Rename it's South Tower to the Jubilee Tower

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    Bally’s Las Vegas has announced plans to renovate and rename its existing South tower to the all-new Jubilee Tower, named after the property’s iconic show, Jubilee!, which celebrates its 32nd anniversary this summer, making it the longest-running show in Las Vegas. Renovations will include 756 remodeled hotel rooms and suites, which our now on sale today for first guest arrivals late summer 2013.

     

    The fresh, new Jubilee Tower accommodations will encompass 450 square feet of living space with chic lounge furniture yielding a stylistic and welcoming atmosphere. Juxtaposed geometric patterns will create a contemporary feel, set with neutral tones and striking pops of red visible throughout decorative accents and fashionable wall coverings. Dark wood furnishings, a work desk and a 37-inch flat screen television will complete the space. Each room will also come equipped with a refrigerator and redesigned bathrooms that will feature spacious glass-enclosed showers.

    A total of 121 remodeled one- and two-bedroom suites will span 800 to 1,600 square feet, each which will feature a separate living and dining room, bar, ample workspace and a master bedroom retreat with an oversized, central whirlpool bathtub. Redesigned common areas will include refurbished corridors and elevator lobbies that will incorporate the signature geometric patterned carpets, updated wall coverings and modern light fixtures.

    “The Jubilee Tower is just one of the new and exciting additions taking place at Bally’s Las Vegas,” said Steve Opdyke, vice president of hotel operations. “We’re thrilled to be offering our guests fresh, new accommodations and lively additions to entertainment and nightlife right in the heart of the Strip at Bally’s marquee location.” 

    Jubilee Tower will offer luxurious accommodations for an incredible value with nightly rates starting at $99. Call Tyus Tours & Travel to book a room.

    Bally’s Las Vegas
    The 44-acre Bally’s Las Vegas is located on the center of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, across from Caesars Palace and next to Paris Las Vegas. Bally’s features two 26-story hotel towers, offering 2,814 guestrooms and suites. The resort features 11 restaurants, a relaxing pool oasis, a lavish spa and casino space featuring a Party Pit, poker room, 1,100 slot machines and a first-class Race & Sports Book known for its stadium-style seating and abundance of high-definition television screens. Bally’s Las Vegas is also home to Donn Arden’s Jubilee!, the renowned production that has been thrilling audiences since 1981 with its beautiful showgirls, music, lavish sets and spectacular choreography. Every Sunday, guests can indulge in the finest array of food from around the world, including caviar, sushi, lobster and champagne at the world-famous Sterling Brunch. For more information on Bally's Las Vegas please call 866-547-5362.

                

     

  • Carnival New Ship Deployments in Spring 2014

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    CARNIVAL TO ENHANCE LEADERSHIP POSITION IN NEW ORLEANS AND PORT CANAVERAL WITH NEW SHIP DEPLOYMENTS BEGINNING IN SPRING 2014

    MIAMI (June 27, 2013) – Carnival Cruise Lines today announced new ship deployments taking effect in 2014 in several key markets resulting in exciting new product offerings from Port Canaveral, Fla., and New Orleans. Carnival will now feature the widest selection of seagoing vacation choices in these markets aboard some of the most innovative ships in cruising.

    Carnival Sunshine, which recently completed a massive $155 million transformation, will be repositioned from New Orleans to Port Canaveral beginning in April 2014. This move will allow Carnival to continue to offer attractive new options from Port Canaveral and marks the first time the line will have a ship in Central Florida featuring all of the fantastic Fun Ship 2.0 bar, dining and entertainment innovations.

    In turn, Carnival Dream will reposition from Port Canaveral to New Orleans to operate year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning in April 2014, representing a 22 percent capacity increase on week-long sailings from the Big Easy. The 130,000-ton Carnival Dream is from the line’s newest and largest class of ships and offers an array of on-board facilities and features. Carnival is the only cruise line to operate two year-round ships from New Orleans and will carry more than 400,000 guests annually from this important Gulf Coast homeport.

    Carnival will also increase capacity in Port Canaveral by 30 percent when Carnival Liberty launches year-round five- to eight-day Caribbean cruises in May 2014, adding a second Fun Ship 2.0-equipped vessel to the Space Coast. The ship’s many popular features include Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in tandem with Food Network Star Guy Fieri, along with BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Rum Bar, EA Sports Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar and the award-winning Alchemy Bar.

    Guests will now have the widest variety of cruise vacations available from Port Canaveral including five cruise durations -- from three to eight days -- offering seven different itinerary options and the chance to visit 14 exciting destinations throughout The Bahamas and Caribbean. Carnival will be the only cruise line to offer three year-round ships from Port Canaveral, providing fun and memorable cruise vacations to over 600,000 guests annually.

    “These deployment changes will enable us to offer our guests even more exciting Carnival cruise vacation choices from Central Florida and the Gulf region and significantly enhance our leadership positions in the Port Canaveral and New Orleans markets,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.

     

     

    Carnival Sunshine to Port Canaveral

    Carnival Sunshine, which debuted this May in Europe following an unprecedented transformation that added a host of exciting on-board features, will launch year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral beginning April 19, 2014. A new special 11-day cruise from New Orleans to Port Canaveral, visiting Montego Bay, Aruba, Curacao and St. Thomas will depart April 6, 2014. On April, 17, 2014, a one-time two-day Bahamas cruise will also be offered.

    Carnival Sunshine will operate a year-round schedule from Port Canaveral that includes port-intensive seven-day cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean, along with a number of eight-day Caribbean cruises and five-day departures featuring Florida, Caribbean and Bahamian ports. After completion of its 2013 Europe season, Carnival Sunshine will make its North American debut with a series of seven-day Caribbean cruises from New Orleans starting in November 2013 and running through April 2014.

     

    Carnival Dream to New Orleans

    Beginning April 20, 2014, Carnival Dream will launch year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises from New Orleans. The 3,646-passenger vessel will mark a significant increase in seven-day capacity for this popular cruise program from the Big Easy. There will also be a unique nine-day cruise departing April 5, 2014, from Port Canaveral to New Orleans with calls in Aruba, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, along with a special six-day cruise round-trip from New Orleans departing April 14, 2014, visiting Costa Maya, Roatan and Cozumel.

    On its regular schedule from the New Orleans, Carnival Dream will offer three distinctly different three-port, seven-day eastern and western Caribbean options.

     

    Carnival Liberty to Port Canaveral

    Carnival Liberty, which is currently based in Miami, will reposition to Port Canaveral and operate a year-round schedule of five- and eight-day Caribbean cruises starting May 4, 2014. Five-day cruises call at Key West, Nassau and Freeport, while two different eight-day options will be offered – a unique eastern Caribbean itinerary featuring Grand Turk, St. Thomas, Tortola, and St. Maarten; and a southern Caribbean program visiting Aruba, Curacao and Grand Turk. A number of seven-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises will also be offered on an occasional basis throughout the year.

     

    Other Florida-Based Ship Deployments

    Carnival Pride will reposition from Baltimore to Tampa to launch seven-day cruises from that port from December 2014 through April 2015, joining Carnival Paradise which offers value-packed four- and five-day cruises from Florida’s West Coast. On its new Tampa-based program, Carnival Pride will visit four magnificent western Caribbean destinations: Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mahogany Bay (Roatan) and Belize. A special five-day cruise will be available on Carnival Pride departing Dec. 16, 2014, visiting Grand Cayman and Cozumel. There will also be unique eight-day one-way cruises available from Baltimore to San Juan on Nov. 30, 2014, and from San Juan to Tampa on Dec. 8, 2014. These voyages include visits to Grand Turk, St. Kitts, St. Thomas and St. Maarten.

    Carnival Pride replaces Carnival Legend which will remain in Tampa through Aug. 17, 2014, and then reposition to Australia to operate a previously announced seasonal schedule of voyages from Sydney, joining Carnival Spirit which launched year-round departures from Down Under in October 2012.

    Carnival also announced that Carnival Glory will remain in Miami year-round beginning in November 2013, operating seven-day voyages that alternate weekly to the eastern and western Caribbean with a convenient new Saturday departure. Eastern Caribbean cruises visit St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk and Nassau or Half Moon Cay, while western Caribbean departures feature Cozumel, Mahogany Bay (Roatan), Belize and Grand Cayman.

     

    Reservations

    Reservations are currently being accepted for all of these exciting new Carnival vacation choices. For additional information and reservations, contact Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

     

     

  • Vote for Curacao! Elect the Iconic Queen Emma Bridge as the '8th Wonder of the World'

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    Curaçao's Queen Emma Bridge has been included in VirtualTourist.com's 8th Wonder of the World contest. More than 300 landmarks from around the globe are in the running for the top spot and bragging rights to the 8th Wonder.

    A World Natural Heritage monument, the Queen Emma Bridge was constructed by American consul Leonard Burlington Smith in 1888 and is considered one of the world's most unique bridges. The bridge is hinged and opens to enable the passage of ocean going vessels. On the opposite end from the hinge is a small shelter where an operator controls two diesel engines turning propellers. The propellers are mounted perpendicular to the length of the bridge which allows it to swing parallel to the shore. The process only takes a few minutes to complete. When the bridge is open to let ships from the harbor pass, pedestrians are transported free of charge by a small ferry.

    Also called Curaçao's "Swinging Old Lady," the Queen Emma pontoon bridge connects the east side (Punda) to the west side (Otrabanda) of the city of Willemstad, Curaçao's capital and is instrumental to the viability of the port and Willemstad's city center. The Queen Emma Bridge, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, has become an icon of the island, boosting tourism and Curaçao's economy.

    Vote Curaçao's Queen Emma Bridge as the 8th Wonder at www.voteforcuracao.com. One vote per day is allowed and voting concludes on September 30th. The wonder with the most votes will be crowned the winner will be featured in a national broadcast TV segment on a popular syndicated program as well as receive a massive media relations campaign push from VirtualTourist.

    To learn more about the island of Curaçao visit Curaçao.com or call 1.800.328.7222.

     

  • Tips for Charming The Bride & Groom all The Way to I do and beyond!

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    The More, The Merrier

     

     
    WeddingMoons® Groups
    More is better when it comes to tying the knot at Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts.
     
    One of the toughest parts of wedding planning is deciding which guests to invite. But with WeddingMoons® Groups, planning is made easy! Your guest list can certainly be trimmed down to a few family members and "besties". However, brides and grooms get more inclusions with the more rooms they book... and their benefits are also beneficial to you!
     

    We will let you in on a little tip:
     You can bring down the average cost per room in your group by receiving one complimentary room (max 3 per group) for every 6th or 7th paid double occupancy room when they book by August 15, 2013*.

    For more information please contact our group department at Tyus Tours & Travel. 866-547-5362.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Ecommerce Market Battleground Shift Because of Legislation by Nilofer Merchant on May 7, 2013

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    Yesterday, the US Senate passed the online sales tax bill by a 69-27 vote.

    The measure will shape the e-commerce space, certainly affecting Ebay, Amazon, Etsy and others. The bill still needs to pass the GOP-controlled House of Representatives and receive the signature of President Obama, a supporter, to become law. The legislation would require Web-based retailers with sales of at least $1M to collect sales taxes for the states where they ship goods and merchandise.

    E-commerce accounted for $225B in revenues in 2012, according to the US Department of Commerce. To put this in practical terms using my state… California would experience between 15-20% of that volume, at 9.25% tax rate, so … well, it’s easy to do that math and know why this is a big deal. Amazon, which until recently was dead-set against a national online sales tax, now embraces it as it looks to expand its physical operations across the USA. eBay, Amazon’s rival, argues the tax would hinder its sellers who do more than $1 million in out-of-state sales annually. In a recent letter to eBay sellers, Chief Executive John Donahoe pushed the suggestion that the law should exempt any firms that have fewer than 50 employees or make less than $10 million annually on out-of-state sales. With no national way to establish the tax base, calculating taxes could become it’s own nightmare of a business problem (and I could imagine both Amazon and Intuit offerings to address the need). As you might imagine, national and regional chains are tired of being showrooms for shoppers (hello Best Buy!) so they’ll be lobbying hard to pass this legislation and thus change the market dynamic. They are sick of having customers shop in their stores and then search on their smartphones for lower prices to buy it online. (That said, I think the regional chains are mostly deluding themselves to think this is the core issue of their problems.) According to a recent University of Tennessee study, states missed out on over $11 billion in uncollected taxes in 2012 from online purchases.

    There are many times when being small, and Gazelle-like is an edge in the Social Era. But this legislative issue is one that benefits the Gorillas’ of the world. It means that small independent players *need* the efficiency and capabilities of a big platform like Amazon or Ebay to be able to do their business, ideally handling this tax payment issue on their behalf. That makes me think that this tax issue changes the relationship from an interdependence to a reliance. Power will jump to the platform players like Amazon.

    And that sound you are hearing is the tide changing. Ecommerce used to be the cheapest way to buy, but no longer will be. One to watch. Want to read this post online? Go to: http://nilofermerchant.com/2013/05/07/ecommerce-market-battleground/

    What do you think? Leave a post below and let’s start the conversation.

     



     

     
  • China on Track to become World's Top Tourism Destination by 2015

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    China on Track to Become World’s Top Tourism Destination by 2015
    France, the U.S. and Spain are currently the world’s largest tourism destinations, with China coming in as the fourth-most popular. But, with the huge recent growth in travel to China, the sheer size of the country and the many exciting attractions found throughout the destination, the United Nations World Tourism Organization predicts that China will become the world’s largest tourist destination by 2015... Making now an ideal time to start planning travel to China!

    China may seem like a far-flung destination. But, as CNN described in their recent “China with children” article, there are many activities throughout China to keep kids awed and entertained. If simply standing atop the famous Great Wall is not enough to impress a cranky kiddo, perhaps a 723-meter-long ski lift ride to the top will be, or even tobogganing down to the valley via a 1,580-meter track. Throw in hugging a panda bear, eating a scorpion or doing Kung Fu where it was invented, and kids will be thrilled. To read about other kid-friendly activities in China, see the article here.

    There has been recent reports about bird flu and the earthquake in sichuan. The local and central government in China has been working to report clearly what's happening in China, and we want to emphasize that the major tourist destinations of China have not received any warnings from the CDC, World Health Organization or the like, and are "open for business"! Travel to China will continue as safely and enjoyably as usual.

     

     

  • The Carnival Triumph will have FunShip 2.0?

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    MIAMI (May 8, 2013) — Carnival Triumph is scheduled to depart Mobile, Ala., this afternoon under its own power bound for Freeport, Bahamas, to enter a dry dock facility where final repairs and shipboard operating enhancements will be completed, along with implementation of a variety of new Fun Ship 2.0 features. The ship is expected to arrive at Grand Bahama Shipyard on Saturday, May 11.



    Following the dry dock, Carnival Triumph is slated to re-enter regular service from Galveston, Texas, June 13, 2013.



    “With the ship temporarily out of service for repairs, we decided to take the opportunity to add a host of new dining and bar venues that are part of our tremendously popular fleetwide Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement program,” said Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines. Fun Ship 2.0 is a $500 million product-enhancement initiative being gradually rolled out across the Carnival fleet.



     



    New features being added to Carnival Triumph during its dry dock include:



    · Guy’s Burger Joint, a complimentary poolside venue serving fresh-made burgers and hand-cut fries created by Food Network personality and chef Guy Fieri.



    · BlueIguana Cantina, a free-of-charge Mexican cantina with custom-made tacos and burritos that can be personalized by diners at an extensive salsa and toppings bar.



    · Alchemy Bar, a cocktail “pharmacy” where highly trained mixologists create custom cocktails using interesting flavors and ingredients.



    · EA SPORTS Bar, an interactive sports-themed lounge where patrons can view live action, play popular EA SPORTS video games and keep up with the latest scores.



    · RedFrog Rum Bar, a poolside Caribbean-themed watering hole offering a variety of the region’s top rums and beers in a laid-back island-infused atmosphere.



    · BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a lively and engaging poolside bar serving frozen cocktails and Mexican beers in a fun and festive environment.



     



    In addition to installation of the Fun Ship 2.0 features and other repairs, as part of a $300 million fleetwide program announced in April, Carnival Triumph is being outfitted with new systems to improve operating reliability to further prevent a potential loss of primary power, an upgrade in fire detection and suppression systems, and, in the rare event of a loss of main power, additional emergency backup power to provide core hotel services to ensure guest comfort.



    4.5 million people each year select Carnival as their vacation destination. With over 1,500 departures among our 24 ships, there are more choices than ever before. Last week alone, approximately 80,000 guests sailed with Carnival Cruise Lines! We are fully committed to providing an exceptional experience for our guests each and every day.



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  • Is Your Business Card Blowing Your Chance of Success?

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    Written by Travel Busineess Entrepreneur Meredith Hill*

    "How you do anything is how you do everything." I learned this from my business coach several years ago. It's true. Not only is it true, it can be applied to business AND life. Think about it, if you have a friend who cheats playing golf, is it reasonable to believe that friend also cheats on his taxes?

    A recent experience at a travel trade show made me aware of how many travel professionals have TERRIBLE business cards. It's not really the business card that's bad, but the business card represents fundamental mistakes people have made in marketing their business. If you can't articulate your business on a small piece of card stock, then how are you effectively representing your business in other ways?

    In this article, I will share the 4 most common mistakes on business cards and how to fix them.

      1) Selecting a bad name for the business. The only thing you should care about when selecting a name for your business is that it's clear. People should have a general idea of what you do when seeing the name of your business. Simple enough, but so many people get carried away and try to be cute. Something like "Wilson Family Travel Consulting" is very clear. "O-KAY Travel" is not and leans too much to the cute side. The other piece of advice I have is don't get too attached to an old (bad) name. Maybe you made a bad decision 10 years ago and picked a stupid name for your business. It's OK to change it. You don't have to re-incorporate. Just get a "Doing Business As" and make the appropriate changes to your marketing materials.

      2) No clear message for the business.  Have you ever heard the phrase "a confused buyer never buys?" When you try to speak to everyone, you speak to no one. For example, I can't tell you how many times I have seen something like "specializing in cruises, families, couples, groups and Alaska." It's as if you are afraid if you don't list something, you'll lose a good client. The opposite is true for effective marketing. Pick your market and stick with it. Be clear and consistent. If it's families with young children, make sure your business card states it AND reinforces it with images, colors and the look. Own it.

      3) Using an @hotmail.com email address.  There's nothing that shouts "hobbyist" louder than an @gmail, or @aol, or @hotmail email address. This one kills me because it's not difficult to get a business-looking email address. Just spend the $10 per year on godaddy.com for a URL and then add the email account to it. Godaddy.com will walk you through the process. It doesn't have to be difficult. Take yourself seriously.

      4) Choosing a convoluted or complicated URL. So maybe you did take the step and purchased a URL for your business. Good for you! Just make sure it's easy to remember and DOES NOT contain hyphens. Here's an example of a BAD URL: Janestrvl.com. See how she didn't fully spell out the word travel? Do you think someone is going to remember that? Another mistake is choosing a URL with hyphens in it. Again, no one remembers the hyphens and will type in the wrong one or get your email address wrong. Don't give your prospects this wiggle room with making mistakes. Make it easy for them to remember your URL or website. I know a lot of times people put the hyphens in because their desired URL is not available. My advice is just go with another URL. Find one that IS available.

    YOUR ASSIGNMENT:

    Get out your business card and do an honest assessment of it. Are you making more than 1 of these mistakes? Even if that means it's time to change the name of your business. Make a commitment to doing it. Because, like I said at the beginning of this article, how you do anything is how you do everything. Get clear, and get confident. Your clients will reward you when you do.

    ©2009-2013 Meredith Hill, www.TravelBusinessU.com

     

    *Travel business entrepreneur Meredith Hill is founder of the Global Institute of Travel Entrepreneurs (GIFTE) and creator of the SAFARI Guide Home Study System®, the proven step-by-step program that shows you how-to start attracting LUCRATIVE clients, making more money, saving yourself tons of time and finally travelling more often. To get your complimentary audio on the "3 Insider Secrets to Collecting Bigger Commission Checks, So You Can Work Less, Travel More, and Make a Difference in the Lives of Your Clients" visit www.TravelBusinessU.com.

  • Three-Park All-Nighter Kicks Off Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks

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    Three Disney Theme Parks will stay open for 24 hours during Memorial Day Weekend to kick off a Monstrous Summer on both coasts. This first-ever, three-park all-night party is happening at the Magic Kingdom® Park in Florida, and Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park in California. The Parks will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time.

    • In Florida, Magic Kingdom Park will feature a “Monsters University” theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” day parade and make appearances in Tomorrowland. There will be extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle.
    • In California, your Clients will be able to party the night away at both parks with special entertainment including: a “Monsters University” “TLT Monstrous” Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s ToonTown at Disneyland Park. The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre at Disneyland Park will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing; and Guests of Disney California Adventure Park will find Monstrous photo opportunities with new “Monsters University” “Dorms” in Hollywood Land and a new “Monsters University” float leading the Pixar Play Parade.


    Beyond Memorial Day Weekend, it’s shaping up to be a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks, with a colossal lineup of unforgettable experiences, including entertainment enhancements celebrating the characters of “Monsters University.”

    • Mike and Sulley are dropping in from MU to scare up fun all summer long. Some of the monstrous surprises in store include all-new, collegiate settings in which your Clients can meet their favorite aspiring scarers. On the Backlot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Guests will find the Monsters University Student Union, complete with a view of the campus. Meanwhile, at Disney California Adventure Park, Mike and Sulley can be found right outside the university dorms, recreated in Hollywood Land.
    • Also at Disney California Adventure Park, Mike and Sulley show their MU spirit as they lead daily performances of the Pixar Play Parade, and at Magic Kingdom Park, your Clients will chuckle along with the gang at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, where they’ve been studying new jokes and are ready to graduate to new comedic bits in honor of their alma mater.


    It may be summer vacation, but Monsters University will be in session all season at the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts! To book call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

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  • Disney Magic Reimagined

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    Disney Magic to Offer New Experiences and Reimagined Spaces

    There’s an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic when the Disney Cruise Line® vessel relaunches this fall with new spaces. Here are some highlights in store for you:

    Disney, Disney-Pixar and Marvel Characters Join the Fun
    Disney’s Oceaneer Club, open to 3- to 12-year-old children, is a completely reimagined area that transports children to magical realms.
    Marvel’s Avengers Academy features fun new experiences with Marvel characters – the first time Super Hero icons from the Marvel Universe have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship.
    • Other new spaces include: Andy’s Room, Pixie Hollow and the Mickey Mouse Club.

    Avengers

    Disney’s Oceaneer Lab is a new pirate-themed area, for 3-to-12-year-old children. And, for the youngest cruisers – ages 3 months to 3 years – there’s a new It’s a Small World Nursery.

    New Water Play Areas
    The upper ship decks have been redesigned for plenty of splashtacular fun, including:
    • Water thrills on the AquaDunk, a three-story body slide that begins with a surprise launch. A near-vertical drop sends guests on an exhilarating ride in a translucent tube that extends 20 feet over the side of the ship.
    AquaLab is an interactive water playground open to kids ages 3 and up. And, also on deck, get drenched on the Twist n’ Spout water slide.
    • Tots up to age 3 can play in the new Nephews’ Splash Zone, offering pop jets and squirting figures of Donald Duck’s nephews.

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    Reinvented Dining Spaces
    New restaurants and new technology are on the menu for the restaurants aboard Disney Magic.
    Animator’s Palate is updated with all-new, animation-adorned walls, larger high-definition flat-screens, plus the addition of the popular “Animation Magic” dinner show, currently found on the Disney Fantasy.
    • The vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro creates an energetic atmosphere in Carioca’s, a new restaurant where, during the day, there’s a festival theme and, when night falls, the atmosphere transforms into an after-hours city scene with softly illuminated lanterns flickering overhead.
    Cabanas is an expanded casual dining experience themed to the Australian setting of the Disney-Pixar animated classic “Finding Nemo.”

    New Nighttime Fun
    The Disney Magic offers big city-style fun in After Hours, the nighttime adult entertainment district. An all-new lineup of clubs includes venues for dancing, comedy, music and variety shows.
    Fathoms night club is a celebration of the sea that utilizes special effects, lighting and sound to create different atmospheres from early evening to night.
    • A low-key nighttime experience can be found at Keys piano bar and lounge.
    • Pub days of olde are recalled in O’Gills, an Irish pub and sports bar.

    The reimagined Disney Magic will also offer expanded spa options in an unmatched ocean-view environment, including an all-new Chill Spa for tweens, family fun in the new D Lounge, a majestic lobby makeover and more!

    Dining

    • Hungry? Head for Carioca's, a new restaurant inspired by the colorful culture of Brazil.
    • Enjoy Animator's Palate updated look with new animation-adorned walls, high-definition flat screens, plus the addition of the popular "Animation Magic" dinner show.
    • Stop by Cabanas - a new casual dining experience themed to the Australian setting of the Disney·Pixar animated classic "Finding Nemo."
    • The popular adult-only restaurant, Palo, receives a makeover with stylish décor inspired by Venice.

    Adult Entertainment
    Prepare for some amazing nights in the all-new entertainment district, After Hours, exclusively for adults.

    • Fathoms night club is a celebration of the sea that utilizes special effects, lighting and sound to create different atmospheres from early evening to night.
    • Keys piano bar and lounge offers a more low-key nighttime experience for Guests.
    • Pub days of olde are recalled in O'Gills, an Irish pub and sports bar designed with traditional décor.

    Disney Magic on Tour!
    Guests who want to experience the exciting new enhancements aboard Disney Magic have plenty of amazing itineraries and ports to choose from beginning in October 2013.

    Sailing from Miami, FL

    • Oct. 20, 2013 - Jan. 2, 2014
    • 3-, 4- and 5-night Bahamian cruises and 5-night Western Caribbean cruises

    Sailing from Port Canaveral, FL

    • Jan. 6 - May 16, 2014
    • 3- and 4-night Bahamian cruises

    Sailing from Barcelona, Spain

    • May 31 - Aug. 30, 2014
    • 4-, 5-, 7- and 12-night European cruises, plus 9- and 12-night European cruises departing from Venice, Italy

    Sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico

    • Sept. 20 - Oct. 11, 2014
    • 7-night Southern Caribbean cruises

    To book call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362

     

     

     

  • Saturday is moving day!

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    Convenient roundtrip sailings from San Francisco now available. Click to view online.
    Princess Cruises - escape completely®
    We found our heart in San Francisco - Convenient West Coast sailings
      For over 15 years Bay Area residents have escaped completely on relaxing Princess Cruises® vacations sailing out of San Francisco.

    Because of our long love affair with the City by the Bay, starting this weekend Grand Princess® is finally making her year-round home in San Francisco.
     
         
      Discover what it means to escape completely on Grand Princess®  
             
      Grand Princess at sea   Meet your new neighbor, Grand Princess
    Newly renovated with our latest innovations, Grand Princess continues to offer the signature service for which Princess Cruises is renowned.
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    Feel right at home in our comfortable staterooms, offering deluxe amenities you'd expect from a first class hotel.
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      Movies Under the Stars®   Ship Features & Amenities
    Take a tour of Grand Princess' amazing amenities and exciting features — including our innovative signature venues including Movies Under the Stars® and The Sanctuary.
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      Interactive Deck Plans   Interactive Deck Plans
    Explore the spacious decks of Grand Princess -- from the location of your balcony stateroom, to popular dining and entertainment venues and more!
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    7-day California Coastal
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    Fares based on Grand Princess® 6/9/13 sailing. Government fees and taxes of $145 are additional and subject to change.
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    Fares based on Grand Princess® 9/17/13 sailing. Government fees and taxes of $100 are additional and subject to change.
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  • Norwegian Getaway is Making Headlines Again!

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    Miami's hottest ticket just got even hotter. We're excited to announce that the next magnificent ship in our Breakaway class, Norwegian Getaway, will offer these five spectacular new additions:  
     
    Illusionarium – Only Norwegian offers meals with amazement, where guests can enjoy an intimate dinner as world-class magicians perform in our unique round top venue
    Aqua Park – Features five multi-story waterslides including the fastest at sea, two thrilling drop slides, two main pools and four hot tubs
    Sports Complex – Like her sister ship, her three-story Sports Court will feature the largest ropes course at sea, basketball, rock wall, mini golf and more
    Fireworks Show – An environmentally-friendly pyrotechnics display will dazzle guests on the second to last night at sea each week
    Spice H20 - An Ibiza-inspired, adults-only beach club by day and outdoor dance club by night with a giant LED screen that projects vibrant visuals
     
      Norwegian Getaway will be sailing round trip from Miami on 7-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean year round, beginning February 2014. There are many more exciting announcements to come. Stay up to date at getaway.ncl.com  
     
     

     

  • American Airlines and US Airways will Merge

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    American Airlines announced that American Airlines and US Airways will combine to create a premier global carrier. Operating under the iconic American Airlines name, one of the most recognized brands in the world, the combined airline will have a robust global network, a strong financial foundation and one of the most modern and efficient fleets in the industry. We are excited about what the combination of our two great airlines means for our valued customers.

    More Access to More Destinations

    The combined company will provide customers with access to more choices and increased service across a larger worldwide network and through an enhanced oneworld® Alliance. With the new American Airlines, you will be able to book your clients on more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries.

    The combined company is expected to maintain all hubs currently served by American Airlines and US Airways, with increased service to existing markets and service to new cities. It is also expected to provide the most service across the East Coast and Central regions of the U.S., including the East Coast shuttle, and to expand its presence and further strengthen its network on the West Coast. Furthermore, the combined airline will be part of a stronger oneworld Alliance, enhancing your ability to provide you with more options for travel and benefits both domestically and internationally.

    Simply put, our combined network will provide a more attractive offering to customers, ensuring that we are always able to take you where you want to go.

    Enhanced Services

    Customers will also benefit from American's landmark agreements with Airbus and Boeing, designed to transform the new American Airlines fleet over the next four years and solidify its fleet plan into the next decade. The combined airline is planning to take delivery of 607 new aircraft, including 517 narrowbody aircraft and 90 widebody international aircraft, most of which will be equipped with advanced in-seat inflight entertainment systems offering thousands of hours of programming, inflight Wi-Fi offering connectivity throughout the world, and "Main Cabin Extra" seating with 4 to 6 inches of additional legroom in the Main Cabin. In addition, and as currently provided on US Airways' Airbus A330 international Envoy service, American's new transcontinental and international widebody aircraft will feature lie-flat, all-aisle access premium class seats.


    Largest Loyalty Program

    By combining to create the new American, loyalty program members are expected to have even more opportunities to earn and redeem miles from an expanded global network of routes and partnerships, unmatched redemption options including flights, hotels, car rentals, vacation packages, one-way awards and club memberships, and much more.

    The transaction to be completed in the third quarter of 2013. Until the merger is complete, American Airlines and US Airways will remain separate companies. You should continue to book, track and manage flights through your usual channels, and your flight reservations will be unaffected. Please visit www.usairways.com/arriving for the latest information.

  • Airtran Airways and Southwest Airlines have connected their Route Networks!

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    Airtran Airways announced today that Southwest Airlines® and AirTran® Airways have begun to connect their route networks! As a result, this important milestone in the ongoing integration process now enables you to purchase a connected itinerary through both AirTran or Southwest channels and travel on a single itinerary.

    Now, you have the ability to book one or more Southwest flight segments connecting to an AirTran itinerary when using AirTran channels. And, as an A+ Rewards Member, you will be able to earn A+ Rewards Credits for these connected itineraries.

    Now when you use a Southwest® booking channel, you can add one or more AirTran domestic flight segments to a Southwest itinerary. In addition, you can also book an AirTran-only domestic itinerary through Southwest channels and add International AirTran segments to a Southwest itinerary though a Customer-friendly transfer of the transaction to AirTran channels for booking, purchasing, and ticketing by AirTran.

    For more information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions about shared itinerary flights through both AirTran and Southwest channels, please visit here.



     

  • BROADWAY BUZZ

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    Looks like all that gym time Taye Diggs has been putting in paid off: The Broadway and TV favorite chased down and detained a burglar who broke into the actor's L.A. home on January 27, according to E! Online.

    Hours after Diggs presented at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Private Practice star returned home to find 20-year-old Hassan Juma inside his house. Diggs chased down the suspect and held him until police arrived. Juma was later charged with felony burglary. No word yet on the whereabouts of Diggs’ wife, Tony winner Idina Menzel, and their son, Walker, at the time of the robbery.

    Diggs made his Broadway debut in the Tony-winning revival of Carousel before originating the role of Benny in the Tony-winning musical Rent. He appeared in three musicals with Menzel: Rent, The Wild Party and Wicked. Diggs' other credits include How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Chicago, The Wood, The Best Man, Ally McBeal, Will & Grace, Private Practice and the film adaptation of Rent.
     

  • RAY LEWIS VS NFL HISTORY

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    SHOWDOWN: RAY LEWIS VS NFL HISTORY 

    What’s up with everyone talking about Ray Lewis’s past during Super Bowl week but why is no one mentioning the racial injustice perpetrated by the NFL that dates to back to 1933**.

    NFL owners, Led by George Preston Marshall of the Washington Redskins, banned blacks from playing football in the NFL from 1933 to1946. No blacks played in the NFL till after World War II. In 1946 four black players, Bill Willis, Marion Motley of the Cleveland Browns and Kenny Washington and Woody Strode of the Los Angeles Rams broke NFL football color barrier. These few pioneers paved the way for blacks to play in the NFL today. 

    During the 25 years in which George Preston Marshall owned the NFL Washington Redskins, no African American has ever played for him. In fact, the fight to desegregate The Washington Redskins was part of a wider struggle against racial injustice in America. 

    In 1961, John F. Kennedy was committed to ending Racial Discrimination in hiring. His Secretary of the Interior “Stewart Udall” decided to challenge the hiring practices of the NFL’s Washington Redskins Owner “George Preston Marshall”.  From 1946 through 1961 the Redskins enjoyed only three winning seasons, appeared in no title or championship games. The most obvious reason why, the lack of skilled players and not playing black players. 

    During the same period the Cleveland Browns using black players dominated play, first in the All American Football League (AFL) and then in the NFL. The Cleveland Browns won titles from 1946 through 1949 in the AFL, and then after joining the NFL they won 7 championships winning titles in 1950, 1954 and 1955. 

    Following the successful example of the Cleveland Browns all NFL owners-except Marshall-gradually added black players, but to avoid offending white fans, owners established unofficial quotas of no more than 8 minority player per team. 

    If winning football games was not enough to convince Marshall to intergrate and the threat of the Federal Government was not enough, what would it take to convince Marshall to intergrate? 

    In 1961, the NFL owners signed a lucrative television contract, but were afraid of the bad publicity created by Washington Redskins owner Marshall so they solicited the NFL Commissioner, Peter Rozelle to mediate the conflict. 

    Initially, Pete Rozelle labeled the controversy “strictly a club problem” and refused to intervene but after being informed by the Federal Government that they would continue to pursue the Civil Rights issue with the Washington Redskins he decided to meet with Marshall. After their meeting Marshall announced his team has “no policy against the hiring of football players because of their Race”.

    In 1962 NFL draft the Redskins picked 3 blacks, Ernie Davis, the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy, Joe Hernandez from  The University of Arizona and Ron Hatcher, a full back from Michigan State. 

    Ron Hatcher became the first black football player to sign a contract with the Washington Redskins. Marshall traded the rights to Ernie Davis to the Cleveland Browns and in return got two black players, Bobby Mitchell and Leroy Jackson plus a #1 draft pick, which was used to add African American guard John Nisby. 

    Stricken with leukemia in the summer of 1962, Ernie Davis would never play an NFL game. As for the Redskins' players, Hernandez never signed a contract, Hatcher and Jackson was rarely played, but Nisby and Mitchell became stars. 

    The Redskins ended the season with their best record in years: five victories, seven losses, and two ties. Mitchell led the league with 11 touchdowns, and caught 72 passes to earn selection to the Pro Bowl. He had several distinguished seasons and later was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and eventually became assistant general manager of the Redskins. Nisby had three successful seasons with the team and then was released. In 1963, Marshall suffered a debilitating stroke and turned over control of the team to Edward B. Williams and Jack Kent Cooke. Marshall died in 1969. In his will, he left a sizable bequest to establish a foundation, named in his honor, to help improve the lives of disadvantaged youngsters of all races who resided in the Washington area. 

    This week during Super bowl week Ray Lewis stated: 

    "We all in here have a past* you know? But how many people actually dwell into it? You know? Nah, it ain't about your past. It's about your future," Lewis said in response to a question about the Ravens keeping focused on Sunday's game. 

    *Ray Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with a double murder after a Super Bowl party at an Atlanta nightclub in 2000.

    **From the Book “Showdown, JFK and the Integration of the Washington Redskins by Thomas G. Smith

     

     

  • MLT Vacations, its parent company Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines have agreed to discontinue MLT's marketing partnership with United Airlines and its United Vacations brand

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    MLT Vacations, its parent company Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines have agreed to discontinue MLT's marketing partnership with United Airlines and its United Vacations brand.

    The change will not happen immediately, and the transition period may take up to a year, or more. Please know that you can continue to book United Vacations with confidence. We are committed to providing United Airlines, our mutual travel agency partners and customers with the excellent service that you have come to expect from MLT, now and throughout the transition.

    Also, be assured that MLT, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have great respect for one another, and the decision to end the partnership is strictly strategic. We've appreciated the opportunity to work together to grow both the United and Continental airlines vacation brands over the past four years.

    The decision to discontinue the MLT/United Airlines partnership allows MLT to pursue a long term business strategy that focuses our efforts on developing the Delta Vacations brand, and exploring opportunities with Delta Air Lines' strategic and SkyTeam partners (as we did with Air France, Alitalia, and Aeromexico). United fully understands this direction.

    In the coming months, we will work closely with United Airlines to ensure a smooth transition of the United Vacations brand, at United Airlines' direction. Our aim is to provide you and your customers with a seamless transition.

  • Colorado Dude Ranch Needs to be at the Top of Your Summer Family Vacations

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    The TOP 5 Reasons a
    Colorado Dude Ranch
    Needs to be at the Top of Your List
    of Summer Family Vacations:
    1. Our 29 Colorado Dude Ranches were built to cater to families and have activities for ALL ages from little Jimmy to Grandpa Joe. Check out the Children’s Programs and other Activities to see for yourself.
    2. This is one ALL INCLUSIVE vacation that truly lets you leave their wallets at home. 3 hearty meals per day, comfortable accommodations, horseback riding, kids & teen programs, and much more are included in one simple rate to make budgeting and booking easy.
    3. Our Colorado ranches have come a long way from the “City Slickers” days. Our dude ranch guests can find fine dining, comfortable and modern log cabins and lodges with daily maid service, country western entertainment, pools, hot tubs, and yes even some ranches have spa services. Check out other amenities here.
    4. Travel to and from the ranch is EASY. By choosing a Colorado Dude Ranch you have many options to help you get to/from the ranch without a lot of driving. We have several ranches within 2 hours of Denver International & Colorado Springs Airports. Durango, Steamboat, Montrose, and Gunnison have local regional airports that cater to many larger carriers as well. Many ranches offer ground transportation to and from their closest airport to make life that much easier on their guests.
    5. All 29 Colorado CDGRA ranches have meals included (not just lodging). You are virtually guaranteed to be satisfied with  a Colorado Dude Ranch.

    For more information on Colorado Dude Ranch visit www.tyustours.com/11024657_21812.htm or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • Sandalls announced re-opening for Grand Pineapple Beach Negril

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    December 20, 2012



     



    GRAND PINEAPPLE BEACH NEGRIL CELEBRATES ANTICIPATED REOPENING



    ~ Grand Pineapple Beach Negril Welcomes Back Guests ~



     





    The Grand Pineapple Beach Negril team gathers to celebrate the reopening of beloved resort



     



    On Friday, December 14, 2012, Grand Pineapple Beach Negril opened its doors once again, allowing guests to enjoy the warm, charming atmosphere, beautiful white sand beach and warm and friendly staff it has become known for. The reopening followed an overwhelming response from disappointed past guests to the resort’s closure in August 2012.



     



    “We have heard the voices of our devoted guests and are thrilled to reopen Grand Pineapple Beach Negril,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International. “Our guests’ satisfaction is our utmost priority and we take their requests very seriously. It is with that in mind that we decided to preserve this charming Caribbean resort that serves a niche clientele looking for value without compromising quality.”



     



    Set on 250 feet of powder-white sand along Negril’s world famous seven-mile beach, Grand Pineapple Beach Negril boasts 65 colorfully-decorated and well-appointed cottages and manor rooms, along with a well-manicured garden to provide the perfect authentic Caribbean experience for guests. Grand Pineapple Beach Negril is the best value in Jamaica offering superior all-inclusive service and amenities on one of the best beaches in the world.



     



    To book a stay at Grand Pineapple Beach Negril or for more information on its reopening, visit http://www.tyustours.com or call 866-547-5362..



     


  • EXPLORE THE NEW ROYAL PRINCESS

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    Awesome new Youth & Teen offerings! Click to view online.
    Kids Won’t Want to Leave Royal Princess!  Princess Cruises - escape completely®
    Royal Princess kids area video
    We’re thrilled to tell you all about our enhanced Youth & Teen Centers on Royal Princess! With
    more space to hang out and play games both indoors and out, kids of all ages will have a blast,
    whether they’re using their imaginations for arts and crafts, playing skeeball, hanging out by the
    DJ booth or lounging in our new teen wading pool. Ensuring kids have a great time on board is
    just another way Royal Princess helps you escape completely!

    Cheers!

    Rai Caluori

    Rai Caluori
    Executive Vice President
    Fleet Operations
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  • Why Do You Cruise?

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    Conquering My Fears on My 50th

    Noreen and her husband, Rick, in the Yukon.

    They say it’s never too late to learn new things. I’d like to add to that saying: There is nothing like a milestone birthday – say, turning 50 – to propel one to actually take up that proposition. Ever since I saw a PBS documentary about Alaska’s White Pass Railroad, I’d really wanted to do go there … someday. Except my fear of heights and water made that dream seem all but impossible to fulfill.

    However, as my 50th birthday approached, I began to want to face these challenges that had bedeviled me for years. I convinced my husband, Rick, (who had no desire to cruise because he used work on cramped seismic ships) that I wanted to see the Alaska of that TV show, and the way to go was by ship. Perhaps he was amazed by my bravery, but he agreed and we booked our Alaska voyage aboard Golden Princess. Could there be a more appropriate place for a “golden” birthday?

    Of course the first step was flying to Seattle – and I also had a fear of flying. But I had been working on that one on previous flights, so it wasn’t too bad. I was more apprehensive about boarding the ship. But once aboard that big, beautiful (and very stable) ship, I felt surprisingly secure and almost magically my fear of water evaporated!

    I became so comfortable on the ship that soon my favorite thing to do was to sit out on our balcony, feet up, gazing at the ocean, watching as the whale tails and spouts, eagles, fjords and other incredible wonders unfolded in front of me.

    But the big day – the day I would face my fear of heights – came in Skagway with my highly anticipated trip aboard the White Pass Railroad. It turned out to be the high point (literally and figuratively) of the trip, and even more amazing than the documentary!

    The first leg, our Yukon experience bus ride up the mountain, was tough – I felt pretty buffeted from heights. But when we stopped in Carcross for lunch I relaxed a bit, and got to play with sled dogs and watch for wildlife, including more eagles, the peculiar sight of a porcupine in a tree and even a bear crossing the road. But I was still pretty anxious for the train ride back down.

    Somehow I ended up sitting on the side of the train that overlooked the most drop-offs. I could see straight down the steep mountain cliffs, thousands of feet below. Oh dear! I prepared for the worst. But somehow the sense of awe overpowered any feelings of fear. It was thrilling to see the treacherous drops that would then segue to a snowy bank, dotted with colorful wildflowers breaking through. I had to laugh when someone on the train said, “Have you ever noticed how people who are afraid of heights are the first to look over the side?”

    What better birthday gift could I give myself? I really did feel “golden” – I had conquered fears that had limited me for 50 years! My birthday became a celebration of new experiences. Not to mention an opportunity to pampered by the Golden Princess crew.

    I know I wasn’t the only person with a birthday on that voyage, but the crew made me feel like it was my special celebration alone. They made quite a fuss of my milestone birthday – balloons, singing … amazing chocolate cake.

    Turning 50 wasn’t a day to feel old, but a truly golden day to begin seeing life a new way and begin planning all the other challenges I wanted to conquer. I learned a lot turning 50 – especially that facing your fears can be a lot of fun! I can’t wait for my next adventure!

    Noreen lives in Houston, Texas and has enjoyed one cruise with Princess.

  • Why Do You Cruise?

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Conquering My Fears on My 50th

    Noreen and her husband, Rick, in the Yukon.

    They say it’s never too late to learn new things. I’d like to add to that saying: There is nothing like a milestone birthday – say, turning 50 – to propel one to actually take up that proposition. Ever since I saw a PBS documentary about Alaska’s White Pass Railroad, I’d really wanted to do go there … someday. Except my fear of heights and water made that dream seem all but impossible to fulfill.

    However, as my 50th birthday approached, I began to want to face these challenges that had bedeviled me for years. I convinced my husband, Rick, (who had no desire to cruise because he used work on cramped seismic ships) that I wanted to see the Alaska of that TV show, and the way to go was by ship. Perhaps he was amazed by my bravery, but he agreed and we booked our Alaska voyage aboard Golden Princess. Could there be a more appropriate place for a “golden” birthday?

    Of course the first step was flying to Seattle – and I also had a fear of flying. But I had been working on that one on previous flights, so it wasn’t too bad. I was more apprehensive about boarding the ship. But once aboard that big, beautiful (and very stable) ship, I felt surprisingly secure and almost magically my fear of water evaporated!

    I became so comfortable on the ship that soon my favorite thing to do was to sit out on our balcony, feet up, gazing at the ocean, watching as the whale tails and spouts, eagles, fjords and other incredible wonders unfolded in front of me.

    But the big day – the day I would face my fear of heights – came in Skagway with my highly anticipated trip aboard the White Pass Railroad. It turned out to be the high point (literally and figuratively) of the trip, and even more amazing than the documentary!

    The first leg, our Yukon experience bus ride up the mountain, was tough – I felt pretty buffeted from heights. But when we stopped in Carcross for lunch I relaxed a bit, and got to play with sled dogs and watch for wildlife, including more eagles, the peculiar sight of a porcupine in a tree and even a bear crossing the road. But I was still pretty anxious for the train ride back down.

    Somehow I ended up sitting on the side of the train that overlooked the most drop-offs. I could see straight down the steep mountain cliffs, thousands of feet below. Oh dear! I prepared for the worst. But somehow the sense of awe overpowered any feelings of fear. It was thrilling to see the treacherous drops that would then segue to a snowy bank, dotted with colorful wildflowers breaking through. I had to laugh when someone on the train said, “Have you ever noticed how people who are afraid of heights are the first to look over the side?”

    What better birthday gift could I give myself? I really did feel “golden” – I had conquered fears that had limited me for 50 years! My birthday became a celebration of new experiences. Not to mention an opportunity to pampered by the Golden Princess crew.

    I know I wasn’t the only person with a birthday on that voyage, but the crew made me feel like it was my special celebration alone. They made quite a fuss of my milestone birthday – balloons, singing … amazing chocolate cake.

    Turning 50 wasn’t a day to feel old, but a truly golden day to begin seeing life a new way and begin planning all the other challenges I wanted to conquer. I learned a lot turning 50 – especially that facing your fears can be a lot of fun! I can’t wait for my next adventure!

    Noreen lives in Houston, Texas and has enjoyed one cruise with Princess.

  • Colorado Dude Ranch Vacations

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

     

    The TOP 5 Reasons a Colorado Dude Ranch
    Needs to be at the Top of Your List
    of Summer Family Vacations:
    1. Our 29 Colorado Dude Ranches were built to cater to families and have activities for ALL ages from little Jimmy to Grandpa Joe. Check out the Children’s Programs and other Activities to see for yourself.
    2. This is one ALL INCLUSIVE vacation that truly lets your clients leave their wallets at home. 3 hearty meals per day, comfortable accommodations, horseback riding, kids & teen programs, and much more are included in one simple rate to make budgeting and booking easy.
    3. Our Colorado ranches have come a long way from the “City Slickers” days. Our dude ranch guests can find fine dining, comfortable and modern log cabins and lodges with daily maid service, country western entertainment, pools, hot tubs, and yes even some ranches have spa services. Check out other amenities here.
    4. Travel to and from the ranch is EASY. By choosing a Colorado Dude Ranch you have many options to help your clients get to/from the ranch without a lot of driving. We have several ranches within 2 hours of Denver International & Colorado Springs Airports. Durango, Steamboat, Montrose, and Gunnison have local regional airports that cater to many larger carriers as well. Many ranches offer ground transportation to and from their closest airport to make life that much easier on their guests.
    5. All 29 Colorado CDGRA ranches is virtually guaranteed you will be satisfied with your Colorado Dude Ranch vacation.

    To request a brochure call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362

    Tyus Tours & Travel

    100 East Campus View Blvd Suite 250

    Columbus, Ohio 43235








     






     

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  • FTC warns hotels about 'resort fees'

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    FTC warns hotels about 'resort fees'

    Vicky Karantzavelou - 03 December 2012, 09:05

    If you've ever been hit with one, you know how an unexpected "resort fee" can take your breath away. At up to $30 a night, the dollars quickly add up when you spend a few nights in a hotel that charges a mandatory fee for amenities that might include the use of the property's gym or pool.

    According to a CNN article, the element of surprise that accompanies some of these mandatory fees has caught the attention of the Federal Trade Commission, which recently sent a letter to 22 hotel operators warning that their online rate quotes may be deceptive and in violation of FTC regulations.

    The commission found that some of the hotel operators it addressed list only the room rate and taxes in online rate quotes, while listing mandatory fees separately either nearby or on another page, while other hotels list the fees in fine print or don't list additional fees at all, indicating only that other fees may apply.

    "These practices may violate the law by misrepresenting the price consumers can expect to pay for their hotel rooms," the commission's letter to hoteliers said. "We believe that online hotel reservation sites should include in the quoted total price any unavoidable or mandatory fees, such as resort fees, that consumers will be charged to stay at the hotel."

    As CNN mentions, the FTC declined to name the hotel operators that received the letter.

    "This is the first time the FTC has publicly stated its position that it is deceptive for the hotels not to include mandatory fees as part of the total price they quote. We want to give the hotel operators an opportunity to come into compliance voluntarily before naming them publicly," said commission spokeswoman Betsy Lordan via e-mail.

    Charging mandatory fees for amenities that are included at many hotels is a balancing act for hoteliers, according to Howard Adler, a professor of hotel management at Purdue University. Hotels make money on resort fees, but they can lead to customer dissatisfaction and loss of business, he said via e-mail.

    "Guest satisfaction is a very costly issue for hotels to deal with since (consumers) have so many choices and brand loyalty is fleeting at best," Adler said.

    Guests who are surprised by fees when the bill arrives can be especially troubled by them.

    The trade commission encouraged the hotel operators to review their online price quoting procedures warning that the FTC "may take action to enforce and seek redress for any violations of the FTC Act as the public interest may require."

    So guests will still have to pay the fees, but chances are, you'll know about them before the bill is slipped under the door.

    (Source CNN)

     

  • Las Vegas Get A New Zipline

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    If you have not been to Las Vegas lately visit Fremont Street because downtown Las Vegas is becoming more of a draw for tourist. Just announced the Fremont Street experience will get a new zipline starting in Mid-2013. The new zipline "SlotZilla" has a propulsion system that will attain speeds up to  35 mph.

    The $11 million ride will have a takeoff tower 11 stories high, openings in a slot machine will spit out riders like a jackpot on what's called a "zoomline". There will be a slower, lower option for the more timid. The current zipline "Flightlinez" will continue to take guest on a more leisurely ride. As a passenger on the current zipline I look forward to being spit out of a slot machine at up to 35 mph. See you in May 2013.

  • American Airlines is Evolving

    4/28/2016 1:18:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Traveling for the holidays? Reach AAdvantage® elite status faster than ever with thier double elite-qualifying miles and points promotion when you travel on American Airlines, American Eagle® or American Connection® flights through December 31, 2012. Simply register for this offer by December 31, 2012. It's thier way of thanking you for flying with us.

    And when you're flying with American Airlines,  you'll notice the improvements we're making to enhance your journey:

    • Approximately three new planes are being delivered every month
    • Inflight Wi-Fi will be available on almost all of our domestic fleet by the end of 2012
    • Admirals Club® lounges are being refreshed to ease you into your travels

    Take a look at how we're evolving, and check back often to follow thier progress.

    From all of us at American, we look forward to serving you soon.

  • Carnival Cruise Line cuts back on sailings in Europe

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     Carnival this week announced a last-minute cutback to its 2013 schedule in the Europe. The world's largest cruise line canceled five long sailings in the Mediterranean scheduled to take place on the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend between late September and early December. Instead the said ship will return to the Caribbean. The canceled voyages were the departures scheduled for Sept. 25, Oct. 7 and 31, and Nov. 12 and 27, 2013. Passengers on the five canceled Carnival Legend cruises can switch to any other Carnival cruise in Europe in 2013 and will receive a shipboard credit of $200 per cabin, the line says. They also can opt for a full refund or a credit for a future Carnival trip.

     In lieu of the trips, the Carnival Legend will operate:  A 15-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Dover, England to New York starting Sept. 25. The ship will call at Dublin; Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland; Belfast (Northern Ireland); Reykjavik, Iceland; Qaqortoq, Greenland; and St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada before arriving in New York Oct. 10. An 11-day Caribbean voyage from New York to Tampa starting Oct. 10 that features stops at Grand Turk; Aruba; Curacao; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Grand Cayman. A five-day Western Caribbean cruise beginning and ending in Tampa that kicks off Oct. 21. The ship will stop at Grand Cayman and Cozumel. An eight-day Caribbean sailing out of Tampa departing Oct. 26 that includes calls at Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay (Roatan), Belize and Costa Maya. From Nov. 3, the Carnival Legend will operate seven-day Caribbean sailings out of Tampa.

    For more information please call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Important Update Regarding Hurricane Sandy

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    In order to ensure guest safety, Crystal Cruises continues to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Sandy as it progresses up the Eastern Coast. At this time, Crystal Symphony has arrived safely into the Port of Boston, where she will remain until Tuesday, October 30. We are currently planning to depart Boston the morning of October 30, time to be determined by the Captain, and sail to New York City for disembarkation and embarkation as originally scheduled, arriving in New York at 8:00 am (EST).

    Disembarkation and embarkation for the next scheduled voyage is planned to take place on Wednesday, October 31, in New York City. Crystal Symphony will remain in New York until 9:00 pm (EST) extended from the original schedule of 5:00 pm (EST), in order to provide additional time for guest arrival due to potential flight changes and delays. If due to a flight cancellation or delay guests cannot make it to New York on October 31, Crystal Symphony will be prepared to embark guests in Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday, November 2. Please be prepared to work with your clients to provide travel change assistance as required.

     

    Please check crystalcruises.com for the most up-to-date information.

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    There are only three days left to book early for the best available fares on 2012, 2013 and early 2014 voyages! With fares starting from just $1,575 now is the perfect time to book your clients on a Crystal cruise. These fares are only available until October 31, 2012, so contact us today to take advantage of our lowest available prices!

    In addition to these special limited-time fares as well as attractive optional air add-ons, your clients will also enjoy all-inclusive amenities and services including complimentary specialty restaurants, fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, plus gratuities for housekeeping, bar, dining and Penthouse butler staff and so much more.

    Introduce your clients to the gracious service, inviting spaces, exceptional quality and endless choices of legendary Crystal Cruises.

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  • Rave Reviews for American Cruise Lines on the Mississippi River

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    MEDIA CONTACT:

    Britt Rabinovici

    American Cruise Lines

    Tel: (203) 453-6800

    Email: rabinovici@americancruiselines.com

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Rave Reviews for American Cruise Lines on the Mississippi River

    Brand new paddlewheeler highly received by guests and ports

    GUILFORD, CONN. – (October 11, 2012) – American Cruise Lines (www.americancruiselines.com), operator of the newest riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, is pleased to announce the great success of its inaugural season on the Mississippi River, with its brand new 150-guest paddlewheeler, Queen of the Mississippi. The newly offered cruises have received high praise from guests, with five-star service, spacious staterooms and a friendly crew being among the top-cited reasons for the highly rated experiences. Additionally, the river towns along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers have warmly welcomed and continue to welcome Queen of the Mississippi with much appreciated support and enthusiasm.

    "My clients were extremely excited to board the Queen of the Mississippi. The majority of my group aboard the christening cruise had booked nearly two years in advance," said Phyllis Dale, co-owner, Great Escapes Travel, and godmother of the Queen of the Mississippi. "They loved the intimacy onboard, the large staterooms and beautiful lounges. They also enjoyed the entertainment and delicious regional menu items, and were truly pleased with the extensive knowledge of the onboard riverlorian. I rebooked most of my clients before they disembarked."

    During the eight-day journeys, guests enjoy Queen of the Mississippi’s numerous and distinct amenities, including the most spacious staterooms in the industry and private balconies with sliding glass doors. Seasoned cruise passengers also voiced their appreciation for American Cruise Lines’ exclusive, open seating dining plan, which allows guests to enjoy meals in a single seating or at the time of their choice, while surrounded by panoramic views of the River. For the duration of each cruise, an all-American crew caters to passengers’ every need, while daily educational events and themed entertainment help paint a picture of what life on the Mississippi was like in days gone by.

    "With Queen of the Mississippi, we have improved a classic American experience and brought a style of cruising to the Mississippi River that so many have been anxiously waiting for," said Timothy Beebe, Vice President, American Cruise Lines. "We look forward to many more seasons to come."

    About American Cruise Lines

    American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise company, operates the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships in the industry and offers more than 35 unique itineraries along the rivers and inland waterways of the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, the Mississippi River and the U.S. East Coast, from Maine to Florida. To learn more about American Cruise Lines, visit www.americancruiselines.com or call 800-814-6880. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/americancruiselines or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/american_cruise. To book a cruise with American Cruise Lines call  Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

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  • TYUS TOURS & TRAVEL TO HOST VIRTUAL PROMOTIONS DURING “NATIONAL CRUISE VACATION WEEK”

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    NEWS RELEASE

     

    CONTACT: Ricky Tyus, 866-547-5362, travel @tyustours.com, www.tyustours.com

     

    TYUS TOURS & TRAVEL TO HOST VIRTUAL PROMOTIONS DURING “NATIONAL CRUISE VACATION WEEK”

     

    Columbus,  Ohio, October 14, 2012 – During the month of October 2012 Ricky Tyus of Tyus Tours & Travel will join thousands of cruise-selling travel agents for National Cruise Vacation Week, an exciting event designed to showcase the incredible choice, diversity and value of cruise vacations. Travel agencies across North America will team up with 26 member companies of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to provide consumers with exceptional offers and information on cruise vacations in every part of the world.

     

    National Cruise Vacation Week is the successor to World’s Largest Cruise Night, which, for the last seven years, generated millions of dollars each year in new cruise bookings as thousands of vacationers took advantage of special value offers and other incentives to cruise. Last year, almost 6,000 agencies participated, generating over 52,000 bookings.

     

    If they choose, area residents can find out all they need to know about cruising and even take advantage of these outstanding opportunities to cruise without leaving the comfort of home because Tyus Tours & Travel is hosting a “Virtual” National Cruise Vacation Week. By simply visiting the special agency Web page http://ncvw.cruising.org/tyustours, consumers can explore the incredible world of cruising and plan a cruise! Tyus Tours & Travel has chosen several short videos showcasing the exciting offerings and destinations from participating CLIA member cruise lines. For extra convenience, the Web page will be live until the end of the October.

     

    National Cruise Vacation Week (NCVW) is the highlight of October’s National Cruise Vacation Month, the once-a-year period during which travel agencies across North America sponsor exciting events and promotions all focused on cruising – the most enjoyable, satisfying and value-oriented vacation option available in today’s marketplace.

     

    Tyus Tours & Travel is a member of CLIA, whose 26 member lines represent over 97% of the cruise berths marketed in North America. According to CLIA statistics, the wide majority of travelers - about 85 percent - book cruises through travel agencies, and for good reason: agents excel at finding the perfect cruise to match their clients’ vacation needs, lifestyle and budget. CLIA’s certified cruise counselors are the cruise industry’s premier professionals, providing the best service and value for your vacation dollar. 

     

    For more information or to book your cruise vacation, contact Ricky Tyus at 866-547-5362 or travel@tyustours.comand or web site www.tyustours.com.

     

  • Tyus Tours & Travel 'Olde School Cruise' sails to Hawaii in October 2013

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    Tyus Tours & Travel Olde School Cruise sails to Hawaii aboard Norwegain Cruise Line "Pride of America" in October 2013. As we're finalizing our plans for the 2013 Hawaiian Olde School Cruise we discover the "Pride of America" will be refurbish.

    PRIDE OF AMERICA REFURBISHMENT

    Pride of America, will enter a 14 day dry dock March 23, 2013 for major enhancements, including the addition of new luxurious suites and studio staterooms. We are making a major investment - over $30 million - in enhancing Pride of Anerica. The ship will receive major renovations including the addition of 24 ultra-luxurious suites, four Studio staterooms and four inside staterooms; Moderno Churrascaria, ship wide wireless internet connectivity; new carpeting throughout; flat screen televisions in all staterooms; updated décor; upgrades to the fitness center; new directional signage; renovations to the gift shop, photo gallery and art gallery; and much more.

    All of the new suites and staterooms will go on sale October 1, 2012 for sailings beginning September 7, 2013. Pride of America will return to her seven-day Hawaii itinerary departing from Honolulu every Saturday when she returns to service in early April 2013..

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    For more information about The Olde School Cruise to Hawaii please visit www.tyustours.com/10957440_21812.htm or call 866-547-5362.

  • Should cruise ship personnel have a duty to advise passengers of potential dangers in certain area

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    A 15-year-old passenger shot while independently exploring St. Thomas during a cruise. The teenage passenger was killed in July 2010 when she was caught in the cross-fire of a gang-related shootout near Coki Beach on St. Thomas, a mainstay port on Eastern Caribbean cruises. The beach, which is a popular tourist spot for swimming and snorkeling, also is next to the Coral World Marine Park. It is a lively tourist area with wandering vendors offering drinks, food, souvenirs and hair-braiding.

    The girls parents are sueing the cruise line for negligence. Stating that the ship personnel should have warned them that that area had been the scene of violence in the past. The case had been dismissed by a Miami-based federal court judge back in August 2011, but the  Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Atlanta, restored the negligence suit, but will it make to trial?

    The real question is this, should cruise ships personnel have a duty to advise passengers of potential dangers in certain area. I have been to Coki Beach many times when traveling on a cruises and I have never been warned about the area . Would a warning have stopped this tragedy from happening? Maybe, maybe not! But the cruise lines argument  for dismissal of the lawsuits states, asking cruise lines to warn passengers of every possible danger in every port of call was unreasonable. They also claimed they had no prior knowledge of specific cases of similar violent activity in the exact places the crimes affecting their passengers occurred.

    Even the appeals court also noted that a company has no duty to warn of an unforeseeable danger. How unreasonable would it be if passenger stop cruising because safety is a concern..


     

  • Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival

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    Labor Day Weekend is here, and where are some of the biggest names in jazz, R&B, blues and rock spending their weekend? In Curacao of course, to perform at the island's North Sea Jazz Festival!

    The highly anticipated third annual Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival is bringing some of the biggest names to the island... Headlining this year are Alicia Keys and Santana, and they will be joined by plenty of world renowned artists including Mexican rock band Maná, Ruben Bladés, Sergio George’ All Star Salsa Friends, Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band lead by Paquito D’Rivera, India Arie, Jill Scott, and more.

    With the incredible line up the island is bringing about, many accommodations are already fully booked, but lucky you… a last minute escape to enjoy the festival is still possible as there are a few rooms available.

    The prime jazz and blues concert series, incorporating the best mix of salsa, Latin, and pop will take place around the World Trade Center Curacao in Piscadera Bay. Don't miss the incredible show and exhilarating performances!

    Start planning for next years Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, Labor Day Weekend. Tyus Tours and Travel can take care of all the arrangement for you, including finanicing with zero percent interest.. For more information call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

    For more information on the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival please visit www.curacaonorthseajazz.com.
     

  • These Weeks Are Burning!

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    Imagine staying at some of the world's best All Inclusive Resorts for as little are $7 per person, per dayWe have Generously priced CLOSE CHECK-IN inventory for the following destinations: Las Vegas, Hawaii (Maui and Kaui), Mexico, Anaheim, New York, Canada (BC and Vancouver) Dominican Republic, Orlando, plus much more...

    There's no club to join or monthly dues. Every Wednesday we list Resorts around the world with limited availability but saving up to 90% off the reqular rack rates. Rentals are for 7 days and these weeks burn fast. To view a list of these resorts click on

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     or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit www.tyustours.com/8859076_21812.htm. 100% Finanicing Available with 0% Interest.

  • Australia Making a Comeback!

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    In 2007, Down Under Answers experienced a record number of Australian bookings that were considered "high end luxury." The AUD$ was hovering around USD$0.83, the airline tax/fuel surcharge was around $320 as opposed to the current $1000, and Americans were very optimistic about their situations. They showed this by experiencing some of the great Australian products; Hayman Island, Longitude 131, El Questro, the Park Hyatt and more. They came back home singing the praises of the amazing high-end offerings in Australia, and momentum was great.

     The great year of 2007 ended rather abruptly. The Global Financial Crisis hit, and for the next several years the upper middle class traveler couldn't afford to travel, and those wealthy enough still backed off for numerous reasons. Though it was often said that the high end traveler was still traveling through this time period, the simple fact was that they clearly weren't traveling in as high numbers. Upper end travel to Australia fell off substantially from North America.

     

    Australia are by no means now out of the woods regarding the economic condition and with the AUD$ in excess of the USD$, it is strange to contemplate the resurgence of the luxury market. But that is what Australia is experiencing at the moment, and Tyus Tours & Travel ise happy to put forth some great packages and assist on an ad hoc basis with the most desired places in Australia.

     

    Since 2007, we've seen tremendous new properties open up to complement the already-existing luxury properties - Southern Ocean Lodge, qualia, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Saffire Freycinet and the rebuilt Park Hyatt Sydney to name a few. The strength of the Australian currency is, to a certain degree, being offset by the value offerings of many of these extraordinary properties, and the pent-up demand from the consumer is playing out. Give us a call, let us develop a targeted program for you, and put some of these gorgeous vacations in front of you. You, will not be disappointed.

     

    Tyus Tours & Travel has 100% Finanicing available with 0% percent intererst. For more information call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit us online at  www.tyustours.com.

  • Travel and Vacation Financing Available

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    Think about it.....offering financing to uro customers that didn't think they could afford that vacation of a lifetime and have the flexibility to pay for that dream vacation over time. What if you could offer financing and layaway plans with low rates, no fees and no paperwork .  Our program is revolutionizing the travel industry.

    Our most popular program is a simple 0% APR for 18 months travel and vacation card program and we also have 0% card programs down to 600 credit scores. THE CUSTOMER PAYS NO INTEREST OR FEES IF PAID OFF IN 18 months. The term can easily be extended if they want more time or if they are unable to pay it off in time.


    We specialize in offering lower rates and better service through advanced technology and processes.

    Finance Programs for: Vacations, cruises, all types of travel, vacation clubs, timeshares and more as well as and any other products/services not listed.

    For more information please visit www.tyustours.com.
     

  • Nigeria Tourism Delegation Completes Successful Road Show

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    Nigeria Tourism Delegation Completes Successful Road Show
    to Develop Tourism from the U.S. Market
     
     
     
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 7, 2012 – The Director-General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation, along with several key delegates from Nigeria, today wrapped up a nine-day road show throughout the U.S. in an effort to bolster tourism to the destination. The tour, which included stops in Jacksonville, Fla., Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., featured visits with significant representatives from U.S. media, sports and travel organizations.
     
    During the Nigeria Tourism road show, delegates from the destination met with American contacts from multiple outlets, including: the PGA Tour, to discuss developing golf tourism opportunities in Nigeria; Nigerian basketball players Nicky Anosike and Nneka Ogwumike from the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks; Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News; representatives from the Los Angeles Times, CNN Travel, Lonely Planet Television, the Washington Diplomat, Sports Travel magazine, The Africa Channel, All Africa, and Black Meetings & Tourism; AEG Entertainment; tour operators Cox and Kings and African Travel; leadership from the Corporate Council on Africa and the National Tour Association; an interviewer from Travelmole; and the Honorable Josh Cohen, mayor of Annapolis, capital of the state of Maryland and home to the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, which commemorates the place of arrival of Kunta Kinte to the New World.
     
    “We are delighted and proud to introduce Nigeria’s rich assets to so many noteworthy people in the U.S. market,” said Olusegun Otunba Runsewe, Director-General, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation. “This road show has been a wonderful experience and we see many great things to come between the U.S. and Nigeria for travelers of all types, from business to pleasure.” Nigeria, the most populous West African coastal nation, offers travelers spectacular beaches, unique wildlife and vast expanses of unspoiled nature. Visitors can explore fascinating cultural heritage from one of the primary sources of the African diaspora, a vibrant natural environment of mangroves, rainforests, rich savannah plains, mountain ranges, and hundreds of lakes, rivers and waterfalls; as well as the rapidly growing cities where old blends with new. “We strongly believe that the history of African Americans can be traced to Nigeria and thus we will be promoting the theme, ‘Nigeria: Our History is Your History,’” Runsewe stated. Nigeria Tourism’s integrated marketing campaign will launch late this fall in select cities throughout the U.S.
     
    The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) is responsible for developing and facilitating tourism resources within Nigeria, as well as promoting inbound tourism from around the world to Nigeria, “the Pride of Africa.” For more information about the NTDC, visit www.tourism.gov.ng.
     
     

  • Video and Photo Contest from Sports Travel and Tours!

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    Video and Photo Contest

     

    2011 Photo Contest Winner
    2011 Photo Contest Winner
    Calling all baseball enthusiasts! Sports Travel and Tours has started this season's photo/video contest. The contest began on June 1st and ends on October 31st. And we've already got some great entries!
     
    It is open to baseball road trip participants and baseball fans. Just email us your photos and videos. Prizes will be awarded for the photos and videos chosen by our judges. Please visit our website for more details.
     
    GRAND PRIZE
    2013 Weekend Spring Training Package
     
    Monthly Prizes Include - Strat-O-Matic Games, Hats, Shirts, Baseball Themed Prizes and more!
     

    EAST COAST EXPRESS GETS AN
    "UMP'S EYE VIEW"

    Exclusive "Umps Eye View" makes this more than a Baseball Road Trip.

    Different Cities...Different Teams...Different Stadiums... and now the excitement and anticipation for a new experience called an Umps Eye View.
    Baseball Road Trips

    The East Coast Express Baseball Road Trip covers ballparks from Nationals Park in DC to Fenway in Boston including Camden, Citizens, Citi Field, Yankee Stadium and a day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. Fans will be on the best baseball trip of their lifetime, creating memories of a lifetime. And NOW, in addition to all that, they are going to learn something about the game that they love that they haven't thought about often. In addition to the two teams on the field, travelers are going to learn of the 'third team' they are looking at during each and every game. The Major League Baseball Umpire.

    Providing a whole different outlook to think about while watching baseball is Al Clark - 26 year Major League Baseball Umpire (retired). Al is a veteran of two World Series, two All Star Games and a host of playoff games. Fans can get up close and personal with Al, learning about the 'crew' of umps on the field. They will gain a completely different perspective on the game they love. Travelers will learn how there is ALWAYS an umpire at the right place at the right time. And that being 'right' is so much more important than winning.

     

    Thursday, June 21 to Wednesday, June 27, 2012

    6 Ballparks, 6 Games, 9 Teams, 7 Days, plus the Baseball Hall of Fame

     

    Learn more about the East Coast Express online.

     

    IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GET TO THE FINALS!
    Basketball Finals

    When you travel to the Finals with Sports Travel and Tours, you'll have a Championship caliber experience.

    Baseball Hall of Fame
    ACCOMMODATIONS
    Your Choice of Nights Hotel Accommodations
    Just let us know your budget and we will find the right hotel, just for you!

    EVENTS
    Reserved Tickets to the Finals Games of your Choice
    REMAINING 2012 FINALS SCHEDULE
    Game 3: Sun June 17, OKC @ MIA, 8:00pm ET
    Game 4: Tue June 19, OKC @ MIA, 9:00pm ET
    Game 5*: Thu June 21, OKC @ MIA, 9:00pm ET
    Game 6*: Sun June 24, MIA @ OKC, 8:00pm ET
    Game 7*: Tue June 26, MIA @ OKC, 9:00pm ET
    *If necessary

    ALSO INCLUDES
    Car Rental with Unlimited Mileage or Airport/Hotel Roundtrip Transfers
    Your Travel Coordinator will advise you as to which option is more appropriate in your Short Stop destination city.

    Trip Souvenir, 24 Hour Trip Assistance and more!

    An F.I.T. is a self-directed Travel Program without a Sports Travel and Tours host. You choose how much you want to spend. Our friendly Travel Coordinators will arrange accommodations, tickets and transportation to fit your budget.


    See the Championship YOUR WAY this Year!

  • Great Ideas to the Summer Olympic in London, England

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    On Monday's The Todays Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda discuss seeing the 2012 Summer Olympic Mark Murphy. To view click on http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/47674898#47674898. For complete travel packages with tickets to the 2012 Summer Olympics call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • Take the Summer Back!

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    During our recent visit to Las Vegas for the Home Based Travel show. We were shocked to find out that Las Vegas is no longer considering a Gaming destination. Las Vegas is now considering an Entertainment destination and Gaming is just another amenity offer.

    So as the rest of America turns to Gambling and Casino's to fix their woes, Las Vegas has turned to Entertainment to correct theirs. In 2012 Las Vegas will attract an estimated 40 million visitors. They host over 150,000 hotel rooms, and most of the rooms have been updated or will be updated by the end of the year. Plus there is a hotel room to fit everyone's budget. So Las Vegas new ad campaign "TAKE THE SUMMER BACK" is a suggestion that people use their earned vacation time to come to Las Vegas. Las Vegas has something for everyone.

    We also discover there's more to Las Vegas than just the strip. Downtown Las Vegas has some hip new swagger to go with its Old School charm. We enjoyed the colorful arts display, the new bars at Fremont East and the Lights of the Fremont Street Experience. We found Blackjack being played with a single deck of cards at the downtown casinos.

    Free Attractions! We visited the many free attractions that Las Vegas has to offer such as Statues that talk, Volcanoes, live mermaids, sult