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Beaches Resorts Negril, Negril Jamaica
We’ve elevated the experience at Beaches Negril with 100% all-new rooms and suites, as well as a sweeping array of enhancements throughout the resort. Beaches Negril captures the essence of a laid-back paradise along with the elegance of a luxury resort. And when you’re located on the widest stretch of Negril’s famous 7-mile Beach, the best place to be is at the water’s edge. That’s why we’ve even put a waterpark there. Everything you can possibly imagine is beachside at Beaches Negril — from lively pools to restaurants and bars. Seek adventure, relax, or do both. It’s all about spending time with those you love… any way you want.
Negril's Seven-Mile Beach has been voted many times over as one of the best in the world, known for its dramatic sunsets, silky white sands, clear turquoise waters, and spontaneous island spirit. It’s no wonder it was voted Trip Advisor’s® Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Beaches in the World for the second year in a row.
Need To Renew Your Passport? Good Luck!
Article by Debra Kamin
An appointment to renew or obtain a passport is an elusive proposition these days, as those who let their documents lapse during the pandemic are finding out.
During the most extensive travel shutdown in modern history, hundreds of thousands of Americans let their passports expire. Others are only now seeing that their documents are set to expire soon. But despite the State Department making headway on a massive backlog of passport applications that piled up in the early months of the pandemic, appointments at passport agencies across the country remain elusive, and processing time for renewals by mail is lagging by 10 weeks or more. The crunch is forcing many Americans who need travel documents urgently to travel significant distances — sometimes even across the country — for an in-person appointment that will get their documents processed on time.
State Department officials would not offer specifics on the number of Americans currently struggling to get passports renewed or new documents processed, but they said in a statement that after significantly reducing passport operations in March 2020 to protect its staff from contracting Covid-19, appointments at their limited number of passport agencies — the only option for last-minute documents — are generally restricted to life-or-death emergencies. Americans seeking passports for nonessential travel are being offered “very limited appointments,” and are required to show documents indicating their travel is within 72 hours.
Routine passport service by mail, according to the State Department, can now take up to 18 weeks, compared to six to eight weeks before the pandemic, while expedited service, which costs an additional $60 and took anywhere from a few days to three weeks before Covid-19, can now take up to 12 weeks.
“What is going on now is something like I’ve never seen in my life,” said David Alwadish, the founder of ItsEasy Passport & Visa, an expediting service. Mr. Alwadish said that while an estimated 100,000 Americans abroad were facing passport problems earlier this year because of consular closures across the globe, the number of Americans at home who are unable to travel because they can’t get documents is likely much higher.
(The State Department in May shifted its policy on Americans abroad, allowing them to return to the United States on expired documents because of that backlog.)
Americans who require passports more quickly than the current processing times allow must show proof of imminent travel within 72 hours of their appointment.
Thousands of Americans trying to secure passports are reaching out to their congressional representatives for assistance, with mixed success.
Representative Frederica S. Wilson, a Democrat from Florida, is also seeing a spike. “My office is experiencing a significant increase in the number of passport requests from residents, within and outside of the district that I represent,” she said in an email. “Constituents have complained that it has been nearly impossible to reach anyone by phone or to make an appointment.”
In a bid to ease the crush, the State Department has announced a limited number of passport acceptance fairs across the country, but they are mostly for children and first-time passport applicants and do not offer rush service.
Until the State Department can meet demand, however, Americans in need of a passport in less than four weeks have limited options, and can also expect to pay extra. A same-day expedited passport costs $170, with an additional $35 for first-time applicants. That’s not taking into account any airfare, car rentals or hotel reservations required for those who travel for their appointments.
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Enjoy The Magic of Staying at a Disney Resort Hotel During Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary
By: Disney Destinations June 30, 2021
We’re just 93 days away from “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” in honor of Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary, but who’s counting? As we near this special milestone, we are excited to bring you more details on new benefits coming to the Disney Resorts Collection as part of the celebration.
Just in time for the start of this magical celebration, on Oct. 1, we will be rolling out a new early theme park entry benefit for Disney Resort hotel guests and guests of other select hotels, giving them the first chance to enjoy select attractions at EVERY theme park, EVERY day. These guests will also be among the first each day to see the dazzling decorations and EARidescent excitement. Guests will need a valid ticket or pass and a theme park reservation for the same park on the same date for early theme park entry.
In addition, with the kickoff of the 50th anniversary, guests staying at one of our Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Disney Resort hotels will also be able to enjoy extended evening hours on select nights in select theme parks. Extended evening hours will begin in early October with specific dates and parks to be shared at a later time.
Please note that guests will need a valid ticket or pass and a theme park reservation for the same park on the same day to experience extended evening hours. Or, guests may visit with a ticket or Annual Pass with the Park Hopper option as long as they entered their first park where they made their reservation earlier in the day.
For both of these options, select attractions, merchandise and food and beverage locations will be available. Guests should be sure to also bring their MagicBand, Disney MagicMobile pass or Key to the World card linked to their stay, or another form of Resort ID.
Back at their Disney Resort hotel, Guests will enjoy even more magic! During the celebration, they can be on the lookout for surprise appearances by some favorite Disney pals like Goofy and Pluto, who will be dressed in their EARidescent best and dropping by to visit with guests across Walt Disney World Resort, including at Disney Resort hotels!
These new offerings will join a number of other great services available for Disney Resort hotel guests such as complimentary on-site transportation and the direct-to-room service available in the My Disney Experience app. We also recently revealed reimagined rooms coming to two of our original Disney Resort hotels that opened alongside Magic Kingdom Park in 1971: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort!
Speaking of Disney Resort hotel stays, we know many of you are also wondering when Disney dining plan packages will return. While we’re not quite ready to share an update on timing, we are planning to bring this guest-favorite option back at a later date. We will also continue to reopen more Resort offerings, including restaurants like ‘Ohana (with the noodles!).
With so much excitement in the air, we invite Guests to be our guest and stay in the magic during “The World’s Most Magical Celebration!” For more information on “The World’s Most Magical Celebration visit Tyus Tours & Travel Blog or visit https://bit.ly/34YU3Mo to Stay In The Magic!
*Please note that Disney Resort benefits are subject to change without notice.
7 Things You Should Never Pack In a Carry On Bag
Your carry-on bag is typically where you pack the most valuable and important items—or everything, if you hate checking a bag. But there are some things that should never go in a carry-on. Read on to find out what they are.
Hey, we’re all about packing healthy and cheap snacks. But spare some consideration for the rest of us packed into a confined space with you and leave behind any stinky or strong-smelling foods. (We’re looking at you, guy eating the tuna sandwich in the middle seat.) Anything garlicky, vinegary, hot, or pungent can bother other passengers—even if it remains in your backpack or purse for the whole flight.
Packing your electric toothbrush or razor in your carry-on? Make sure you either take the batteries out or tape the item’s switch in the “off” position. Battery-powered devices can easily turn on after being jostled around in a carry-on, which can in turn draw the attention of security (not to mention drain your battery before you even make it where you’re going). Play it safe and pack your batteries separately from your battery-powered items.
You’d think it would be obvious not to pack weapons in a carry-on, but judging by the number of guns, knives, and explosives the TSA confiscates, it seems we all need a reminder. In 2019, the TSA confiscated 4,432 firearms at U.S. airports, as well as knives, box cutters, and grenades. Don’t forget about self-defense items like stun guns, small knives, and mace. These aren’t allowed in the cabin, so be sure to double-check your purse or that rarely used backpack to make sure you haven’t forgotten about anything in there before you fly.
Liquids Over 3.4 Ounces by Volume
You might think everyone knows the 3-1-1 rule by now, but the trash cans full of water bottles and oversized shampoos at every checkpoint tell a different story. Anything in liquid, aerosol, or gel form must be 3.4 ounces or less. Invest in some reusable travel-size bottles and decant your favorite toiletries into TSA-approved containers before packing your carry-on.
Meats, Cheeses, and Chocolate
Packing a hunk of cheese, block of chocolate, or rope of meat? Leave it out of your carry-on. Some X-ray machines cannot tell the difference between a wheel of cheese and a plastic explosive. (They have similar densities.) If you do bring one of these items, be prepared to unpack your carry-on for a bag search.
When in doubt—check it. If you’re unsure about whether you can bring something in your carry-on, you’re probably better off putting it in checked baggage instead of getting delayed at security. Most sports equipment, for example, is not allowed in carry-on baggage as it could potentially be used as a weapon. Examples of prohibited items include baseball bats, golf clubs, pool cues, ski poles, and hockey sticks. You can, however, bring aboard smaller items like baseballs and basketballs.
Just because your weapons don’t work doesn’t mean you can bring them onboard. It seems that many of us like to bring fun items like replica Claymore mines, inert grenades, simulated explosives, and other non-working items back from vacation. Unfortunately, the TSA doesn’t know if these items are the real deal or not until they call in the bomb squad—which pretty much guarantees you’ll be missing your flight (and possibly heading to jail).
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2013. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.
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