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  • Dates Announced For 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays & Candlelight Processional

    5/27/2018 9:15:16 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    The dates for this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties at Magic Kingdom® Park. The 2018 Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays will return to the park Nov. 18-Dec. 30, 2018. The Candlelight Processional also returns this year and for the first time, the popular holiday tradition will open for Thanksgiving on Nov. 22-Dec. 30, 2018.

    The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays invites you to discover holiday cheer throughout the park and across all 11 World Showcase pavilions. Special entertainment, storytellers, seasonal favorites at Holiday Kitchens, and eye-catching holiday decor are all part of the fun. Evenings during this time are topped off with a special holiday presentation of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”

    The Candlelight Processional, a holiday must-do for many Epcot Guests, is a retelling of the traditional Christmas story read by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a massed choir and live orchestra.

    Stay tuned for updates on this year’s Candlelight narrators and dining package information. To book your Disney Vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.


    5/10/2018 2:41:47 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    3,002-Passenger Carnival Sunshine to be Largest Cruise Ship Ever to Call in Havana When It Introduces Cuba Service from Charleston Next Year 


    MIAMI (May 10, 2018) – Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its cruises to Cuba with the addition of 23 three- to five-day sailings to Havana in 2019-20 aboard five different ships departing from four convenient East Coast homeports - Carnival Sunshine from Charleston, Carnival Triumph from Fort Lauderdale, Carnival Paradise from Tampa and Carnival Victory and Carnival Sensation from Miami.  

    The 3,002-passenger, 102,853-ton Carnival Sunshine will be the largest cruise ship to ever call in Havana while offering the first-ever cruise to Cuba from the Port of Charleston.  

    These new sailings complement previously announced voyages aboard Carnival Paradise and Carnival Sensation. 

    With the newly added voyages, Carnival Cruise Line will offer a wide variety of Havana departures across a broad spectrum of ships and itineraries, providing consumers with unprecedented choice in visiting this fascinating and sought-after destination.  

    The new Cuba sailings include: 

    ·         Carnival Sunshine (Charleston): a four-day cruise with a day-long call in Havana departing Nov. 21, 2019, along with eight five-day cruises featuring Havana and Freeport departing Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and 17, March 2, 16 and 30 and April 13, and 27, 2020. 

    ·         Carnival Triumph (Fort Lauderdale): eight five-day cruises featuring an overnight call in Havana and a day-long call in Nassau departing Dec. 14, 2019, and Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and 22, March 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18, 2020; and a five-day cruise featuring an overnight call in Havana and a visit to the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay departing Jan. 20, 2020.  

    ·         Carnival Victory (Miami): a three-day voyage with a day-long call in Havana departing Nov. 22, 2019.

           Carnival Sensation (Miami): a four-day cruise featuring an overnight call in Havana and an extended visit to Nassau departing March 19, 2020, along with two five-day sailings with an overnight call in Havana and visits to Freeport and Nassau departing Feb. 15 and 29, 2020. 

    ·         Carnival Paradise (Tampa): a five-day voyage departing Nov. 18, 2019, with an overnight call in Havana and a stop at Key West.

    “Cuba has proven to be extremely popular with our guests and we’re delighted to provide even more opportunities to experience and explore this fascinating destination with these new voyages departing from four key East Coast homeports, including the first Cuba cruises from Charleston,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

     Guests sailing on Carnival’s Cuba cruises can select from nearly 20 different shore excursion experiences that showcase the island’s vibrant culture, majestic beauty and centuries-old architectural landmarks.  A variety of Cuban-themed activities and entertainment, Havana-inspired deck parties, trivia contests and salsa lessons, are also offered.  There’s also an onboard Cuba expert who discusses the country’s rich history and culture. 

    The visits to Havana comply with regulations of the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control. Carnival’s shore excursions meet all U.S. government regulations and provide a convenient means for complying with the people-to-people requirements of cruises to Cuba. 

    To learn more about Carnival Cruise Line or to make a reservation, visit www.tyustours.com 

     call 1-866-547-5362, or email us at travel@tyustours.com. Follow us on: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and watch Its Your Time to Travel on YouTube. 



  • 5 Ways To Get The Right Travel Insurance For Your Next Cruise!

    5/6/2018 5:50:55 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Family Cruises are improved with Third Party Travel Insurance while traveling with your family here's 5 reasons why?

    Cruise Line insurance is the most convenient option at check out, but its coverage is limited. Their benefits fall short in many areas, and the cruise line plans simply can't stack up against third-party travel insurance.

    Let's be honest, does it really matter what insurance you buy? Yes. It does -especially when you could have covered that cancellation or hurricane warning.

    Third-party insurance providers literally have one job: to provide travel insurance. That means that they are able to put a lot of thought into developing their policies. Things like cancel for work reasons or bankruptcy aren't overlooked, but actually honed in on.

    Let the cruise company focus on their specialty: providing an awesome cruise experience for you and your family. Leave the travel insurance to the travel insurance experts.

    The best time to take a cruise just so happens to also be the worst time to take a cruise. In the summer kids are out of school, we're all in better moods, and the wanderlust is real. Summertime is also home to hurricane season.

    We all know that hurricanes can ruin any perfectly planned trip. The season runs from June until November, so if you book your trip any time during this six month period, you run the risk of trip cancellation or interruption due to hurricane. Most cruise line insurance plans don't have coverage for hurricanes. This means trip cancellation, interruption, and trip delay would potentially fall on you - the traveler.
    Get coverage for hurricanes during hurricane season. With certain plans, you can cover trip delay, cancellations, and interruptions due to hurricanes and hurricane warnings.

    TravelSafe is one of the only companies who offer coverage specific to hurricane warnings.

    Cruise companies like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Disney do offer one of the most popular travel insurance features: cancel for any reason. Offered by cruise companies and third-party travel insurers, most plans offer between 50% - 75% of the trip cost back, but that's where the similarities end.

    While some policies offer a monetary refund, cruise insurance almost always provides a cruise credit versus cash back. Cruise credits also have quite a few restrictions. For starters, most are only valid up to one year after being issued, are non-transferrable, and have no cash value. They're usually only good for a one-time use, so if you use half of those credits on one cruise, you cannot apply remaining credits to another. Any remaining credits are invalid.
    Third party insurance is more forgiving. You get 75% of the trip cost in the form of a check for cancelling your trip, and you can use the refund however you want - no restrictions, no expiration dates, no hassle.

    You're on your cruise having a great time when suddenly, you have a heart attack. The on-ship doctor deems it medically necessary that you be transported from the ship by emergency evacuation (medevac).Medevacs can cost anywhere from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on where you are in the world. Unfortunately, the Cruise Line's coverage usually only goes up to $30,000. So if the bill goes over that, you're the one stuck paying for it.

    Third-party plans cover anywhere between $30,000-$1,000,000 for emergency medical evacuations. The right coverage keeps the financial burden off of the traveler. Travelers are able to focus on recovery rather than any impending bills.

    In 2017, 1,029,474 flights in the US were delayed. Mechanical issues, bad weather, late departures, and more can put a kink into travel plans. If those kinks cause you to miss the boat, you will have to pay to catch up to your cruise or bear the costs of cancellation.

    Unfortunately, most cruise line plans do not cover missed connections. They're leaving you high and dry if you miss the boat. Are you willing to take that chance?

    With the state of flights in the US, it's a safer bet to go with a third party provider that will cover missed connections. This benefit reimburses you so you can catch up to the cruise without suffering the full cost.

    It might be easiest to buy the cruise line insurance, but that doesn't mean it's the best fit for you and your family. Third-party travel insurance offers more comprehensive coverage, which means you and your family aren't stuck with unusable cruise credits or medical evacuation bills.

    For an insurance quote click here or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

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