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  • The Holidays in Jamaica

    12/20/2019 1:58:30 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    CHRISTMAS IN JAMAICA


    Christmas in Jamaica consists of communal worship in church, and families and relatives gathering for scrumptious food, warm greetings and many parties with friends. All activities are made more important by sharing presents, sweets or traditional desserts like Christmas pudding or cakes along with other treats like rum punch, eggnog, ham and sorrel. The Christmas celebration for Jamaicans is incomplete without many lights installed inside and outside their freshly washed and painted houses. The lights fitted around trimmed hedges and shiny fences illuminate the night like many twinkling stars.


    The expectations rise in September by the end of November, the gentle wind of winters result in chilly mornings and mild evenings giving the hint of excitement to the holidays ahead. Stores are decorated and filled with fresh delights to allure buyers and Christmas songs and carols float on the wind. This is Jamaican Christmas!


    CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS


    The history of Jamaican Christmas celebration goes back to the 17th century to the period of slavery where the island was an Enlsigh colony. During that era, the plantation owners presented annual gifts to each of the slaves including meat and a piece of cloth. In honor of Christmas Eve, the work of the plantation was stopped until Boxing Day, December 26. A glass of wine made the holiday celebration even more special.


    The Christmas Eve party on the plantation was a night-long celebration that also included musical instruments, drumming and masqueraders. This all-night party with singing and dancing gave birth to a new Jamaican Christmas tradition known as “Jonkunnu”.


    The combination of British folk songs and African Masked Dances completes the Jonkunnu tradition. It is a prime road-side entertainment on Christmas Day in Jamaica.


    Visit http://bit.ly/2FQXvO5 for “Red Hot Deals” to Jamaica that are all-inclusive with non-stop air or call Tyus Tours and Travel at 866-547-5362.


  • Carnival becomes Certified Sensory Inclusive by KultureCity

    12/13/2019 9:11:31 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Carnival has become the first cruise line to be certified “sensory inclusive” by KultureCity, a leading nonprofit dedicated to accessibility and inclusion for individuals with sensory and cognitive disabilities.


    Currently, the following South Florida ships have been certified “sensory inclusive,” with the rest of the fleet to be completed by March 2020: Carnival Conquest, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Sunrise, and Carnival Victory.


    All of Carnival’s guest-facing crew aboard these ships have been trained to understand and help a guest with a sensory/cognitive need.


    The Guest Services and Youth Staff are ready to assist adults, youth and children with sensory-related questions or issues relating to conditions such as Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, PTSD, etc. KultureCity Sensory Bags can be checked out for the duration of the cruise (on a complimentary and first-come, first-served basis) by visiting Guest Services or one of our Youth programs. Each bag contains items to help calm, relax and manage sensory overload, and include comfortable noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools, a visual feeling thermometer and a KultureCity VIP lanyard, to help the staff easily identify a guest.


    These measures have been proven to be helpful to guests in a variety of venues, including stadiums, arenas and amusement parks, and now Carnival ships!


    Informational videos designed to create greater awareness among all guests and featuring actor Christopher Gorham, a member of the KultureCity board of directors, are playing on in-stateroom televisions on the line’s six certified ships, and will expand across the fleet as the program rolls out to other ships.


    If a guest with a sensory or cognitive need is cruising, the family should meet with Guest Services once they are on board to discuss any special accommodations, including a private safety briefing.


    Youth staff have different resources on-hand to help soothe, calm and entertain children participating in our youth programs: such as weighted vests, conversation cards, sensory games and other aids.


    Carnival Cruise Line and KultureCity share a heartfelt commitment to acceptance and inclusivity. Working together, all guests can be the truest versions of themselves on board a Carnival cruise ship.


    If you'd like to learn more about KultureCity, please visit the KultureCity website. To view video click here


  • Summer Games - Tokyo Tops Michelin Crown Again

    12/4/2019 9:17:01 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Tokyo was once again named the top foodie city in the world last week, as it was awarded more Michelin stars than anywhere else in the world. At Tyus Tours & Travel one of the reasons that we are the Ultimate in Sports Travel is because of our blended passions for travel, great destinations, and the world’s top sporting events…and our affinity for extraordinary food and restaurants is one more reason we love what we do.


    As we prepare for Tokyo’s Summer Games, now under 8 months away, we’re already looking forward to awarding our own medals for amazing culinary experiences. You can check out some of our favorites so far, as well as our recommendations, in our Tokyo Travel Guide, specifically designed for Summer Games travelers. From delicious food, to amazing sites, and fascinating culture all mixed in with the magic of the Games, we’d love to inspire you to join us in Tokyo.


    Interest in the Summer Games are higher than ever, but capacity is limited. Tokyo is highly organized and super clean and will make the perfect backdrop for one of the world’s biggest events.


    Don’t miss out, Tyus Tours & Travel has 2020 Summer Games packages available by land and sea.


    Call Tyus Tours & Travel today at 866-547-5362 to schedule an appointment or visit www.tyustours.com.


  
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