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  • Disney Cruise Line to Resume Bahamian Voyages from Florida in August

    7/29/2021 1:33:21 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    It’s time to experience the magic of Disney at sea once again!

    Beginning August 9, the Disney Dream will kick off our long-awaited return to cruising from the U.S.—with tropical voyages to the Bahamas departing from Port Canaveral, Florida. Three- and four-night cruises will visit our private island, Castaway Cay, for an unforgettable vacation at sea.

    Our entire Cast and Crew have missed you! Right now, we’re working hard to get ready for your return, and our focus remains on operating in a responsible way while creating magic for all on board. That’s why we’ve enhanced our health and safety measures to promote wellness for Guests and Crew aboard our ships and in the destinations we visit.

    As always, our ships are overflowing with magic—from beloved character encounters to enchanting Broadway-style musicals and spectacular fireworks display at sea. And, you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve come up with new and exciting ways to create memories together—tailored to our times and presented with all the care you’ve come to expect from Disney Cruise Line.

    To discover more, visit https://bit.ly/3775q5b for the latest information—including experience updates and details about our multi-layered approach to health and safety.

    We couldn’t be more excited for you to join us on board. Here’s to charting a magical course together again!

    Please check out this video at Disney Cruise Line Returns To Sailing | Bahamian Voyages Resume From Florida In August.

  • Return To Cruising

    7/19/2021 1:59:25 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    The Latest Updates On August Departures

    From Royal Caribbean

    It’s official, we're back in the U.S. and delivering the long overdue cruise vacations that cruises of all ages have missed! A nearly 16-month journey led to the moment last weekend when Freedom of the Seas® became the first Royal Caribbean ship in the U.S. to welcome guests back. Before we say “Welcome aboard” to guests booked this August, we want to share some important details with you. Like all cruise companies sailing from U.S. ports, we are guided by the CDC and local regulations. While we are ready to deliver an amazing vacation to all of our guests, we do want to share the health and safety protocols so you can better enjoy your cruise, especially if you are an unvaccinated guest over the age of 12 years.

    Information below highlights protocols for both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests. If booked guests do not wish to follow these protocols, we are happy to provide them with a refund or move their sailing into the future when circumstances may have evolved.

    Currently, the enclosed information only pertains to sailings departing Florida homeports in August 2021. Health and safety protocols are subject to change and, as these occur, we’re committed to updating you.

    Pre-Cruise Requirements

    Vaccination Requirement

    We strongly recommend all guests 12 years and older be fully vaccinated which means :

       •    The final dose was given at least 14 days before sailing.
       •    Proof of vaccination, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination record card, will be presented.

    Fully vaccinated guests have no further testing or insurance requirements to sail with us.

    Unvaccinated Guests 12 and Older Guests who are 12 years and older and do not have or are unable to provide vaccination documentation will be considered unvaccinated and will have additional testing at their own expense and must follow health and safety protocols described below, including:

       •    Negative results from a pre-arrival PCR test for COVID-19
       •    A PCR test at the terminal
       •    Onboard antigen testing
            ◦     Mid-cruise antigen test (on 6+ night sailings)
            ◦     Disembarkation antigen test
       •    Travel insurance requirements
       •    Shore excursions required to visit ports
       •    Additional health protocols onboard.

    See below for more information on these tests and protocols. If guests do not wish to undergo or pay for additional testing and insurance, or adhere to these health and safety protocols, we are happy to provide them with a refund for their cruise. We believe that in the coming months, restrictions and requirements will be more accommodating as public health circumstances evolve.

    Unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 years:

    Children not yet eligible for the vaccine will undergo additional testing at no additional charge, as well as additional health and safety protocols, including:

       •    A PCR test for COVID-19 at the terminal
       •    Onboard antigen testing
            ◦     Disembarkation antigen test
       •    Shore excursions required to visit port
       •    Additional health protocols onboard

    Testing Requirements and Cost for Unvaccinated Guests

    As a requirement to sail with us, all unvaccinated guests must undergo multiple COVID-19 tests as described below. Testing at the terminal prior to embarkation and onboard prior to disembarkation will be conducted by licensed and accredited third-party testing providers we have contracted. Our unvaccinated guests must register for this testing and agree to the third-party testing provider terms and conditions. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

    The total charge for unvaccinated guests 12 years and older from the third-party testing vendor for these tests is $136 USD per guest for sailings 5 nights or less and $178 USD per guest for sailings 6 nights or longer. This amount will be applied to the guest’s onboard expense account. Royal Caribbean will pay the testing vendor(s) on the guest’s behalf and will not retain any part of the testing costs. For children 2 to 11 not yet eligible to be vaccinated, we will cover the cost of any required testing.

       •    Pre-Cruise Testing: Unvaccinated guests 12 years and older will need to undergo a PCR test for COVID-19 administered by an accredited laboratory of the guest’s choice and taken within three days of sailing. We will require documentation of a negative result for this test prior to embarkation. All costs for this test are the unvaccinated guest’s responsibility.

       •    At the Terminal: Unvaccinated guests 2 years and older are required to take a PCR test for COVID-19 when checking in at the terminal, which will be administered by one of our testing vendors. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

       •    Mid-Cruise [For sailings 6 nights or longer]: Unvaccinated guests 12 years and older will take an antigen test onboard mid-way through their cruise. Registration details will be provided onboard.

       •    Prior to Disembarking: While onboard, unvaccinated guests 2 years and older will be required to undergo antigen testing the day before the cruise ends. This test will be conducted by one of our testing vendors. Registration details will be provided onboard.

    Insurance Requirement

    As a condition of boarding, each unvaccinated guest 12 years and older departing from a Florida homeport on a Royal Caribbean International cruise must provide proof of a valid insurance policy that has a minimum of
    (a) $25,000 per person in medical expense coverage and
    (b) $50,000 coverage for emergency medical evacuation and no COVID-19 exclusions.

    The insurance policy must name the unvaccinated guest as the policy holder or beneficiary and may be purchased from a travel insurance company of the guest’s choosing or through the Royal Caribbean Travel Protection Program, which includes this coverage. Insurance is required for sailings from August 1 through December 31, 2021 (except for bookings made between March 19, 2021 and June 28, 2021).

    During the Cruise

    If guests have cruised with us before, they will notice some changes. Royal Caribbean, like all cruise companies sailing from U.S. ports, is guided by CDC regulations which currently govern many aspects of our operations. On the sailing, most guests (and all our crew) will be vaccinated and those that aren’t are primarily children. While we are ready to give all our guests an amazing vacation, we do want to share some details about the experience, so you will know what to expect. Please note, the SeaPass card will be required to access lounges, shows and dining venues, so keep it handy.

       •    Masks and Physical Distancing: When indoors, CDC guidelines require all guests 2 years and older to wear masks unless they are actively eating or drinking. The CDC does make allowances for guests to remove their masks in venues and events dedicated to fully vaccinated parties. Since so many of our guests are vaccinated, they’ll find plenty of these opportunities. Masks are not required in their stateroom when they are with their traveling party, outside on the open decks, or at Perfect Day at CocoCay, unless in a crowded setting. Updates will be shared as changes to the CDC mask guidelines occur. Guests will find the entire ship and boarding process set up to allow for physical distancing.

       •    Dining: For Main Dining, we will designate areas for everyone, including parents and unvaccinated children, and areas for vaccinated parties only. My Time Dining will not be available to parties that include unvaccinated guests. Some specialty restaurants will be open to everyone, while others will be for vaccinated parties only. If your clients prefer a buffet, Windjammer will be open to everyone for breakfast and lunch, and the food will be served by our crew. We recommend that they make dining reservations via Cruise Planner before the cruise or the Royal Caribbean app once onboard. Grab-and-go cafes will also be available for everyone.

       •    Bars and Lounges: Many bars and lounges will be open to everyone and others will be available to vaccinated guests only. There will be crew stationed nearby and signage to help direct guests.

       •    Casino: Given the casino’s physical constraints, there is not enough space to accommodate everyone. Given most of our adult guests are vaccinated, the casino will be open to vaccinated guests only.

       •    Fitness and Spa: The Fitness Center will have dedicated operating hours for everyone as well as hours reserved for vaccinated guests only. Salon services will be available to everyone but given the enclosed space and longer length of spa services, the treatment rooms used to provide facials, massages and other services will only be available to vaccinated guests.

       •    Entertainment: Entertainment venues will offer spaced seating and more showtimes throughout the cruise. Select showtimes will be for everyone and other showtimes for vaccinated guests only. Reservations can be made once onboard using the Royal Caribbean app.

       •    Diamond Lounge for Loyalty Members: The Diamond Lounge will be open and operating at 50 percent capacity to allow for physical distancing.

       •    Adventure Ocean and Teen Lounges: Youth spaces will be open to all children and teens.

    Going Ashore

       •    At ports of call, fully vaccinated parties have the choice of booking a shore excursion or visiting freely.

       •    Parties that wish to go ashore and include any unvaccinated guests, including parents traveling with unvaccinated children, must book a shore excursion through Royal Caribbean that is provided by an independent local tour operator that has agreed to comply with recommended health protocols.

       •    Vaccinated parents wishing to go ashore freely can visit our youth facilities once onboard to learn about drop off program hours and availability, and reserve time for their child on the day they wish to go in port.

       •    Shore excursions may be purchased in advance on the Cruise Planner website.

       •    Once onboard, they can be purchased at the shore excursions desk or by using the Royal Caribbean app.

       •    All guests are also subject to restrictions and requirements as defined by local authorities in the ports we visit.

       •    No tours are required for any guests to go ashore at our private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

    What To Bring

    Travel Documentation Checklist
    Guests sailing from Barcelona, Spain will need to have the following documents when arriving to board the ship.

       •    All guests: A Passport Book or Passport Card, valid for at least six months after your cruise, is strongly recommended. If you do not have a Passport, you may present a state-certified U.S. Birth Certificate (not a “baby feet” hospital certificate or baptismal paper). Guests 16 and older that present a Birth Certificate will also need to provide a valid Driver’s License or picture ID issued by the government.
       •    Vaccinated guests: COVID-19 vaccination record card with the final dose given at least 14 days before sailing.
       •    Unvaccinated guests 12 and older: A negative COVID-19 PCR test result and proof of travel insurance.
       •    Proof of travel Insurance: Unvaccinated guests age 12 and older must present proof of travel insurance that meets coverage requirements.
       •    Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App the day before you board.

    Please note that health protocols are expected to change over time. Guidance for other ports and sailings is still in development with federal, state, and local authorities. We will update as protocols change.

    For more information, please contact Tyus Tours & Travel.

  • The World’s Most Magical Celebration

    7/7/2021 5:24:12 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Beginning Oct. 1, “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honors the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, and, wow, do we have some great new details to share with you about this incredible 18-month event.

    A new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment,” will help kick off the 50th anniversary festivities when it debuts Oct. 1 at Magic Kingdom Park. Created to launch with “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” this evening extravaganza will take Guests on a journey filled with adventure, wonder and empowerment. Inspiring everyone to believe in magic, “Disney Enchantment” will feature music, enhanced lighting, stunning fireworks and, for the first time, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.

    Joining “Disney Enchantment” on Oct. 1 will be “Harmonious” at EPCOT, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney Park. This new show will bring the globe together at World Showcase Lagoon in a celebration of Disney music that inspires people worldwide. It’s a grand, powerful tribute to the stories and songs that unite us, embracing new technical magic that incorporates pyrotechnics, choreographed moving fountains, lighting and media in new ways. “Harmonious” will invite Guests to travel the globe through new interpretations of classic Disney songs as you’ve never heard them before, reimagined in more than a dozen languages by a diverse group of 240 artists from around the world.

    There’s also new daytime entertainment stirring at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Check out this artist rendering of “Disney KiteTails,” which will come alive several times daily at the Discovery River Amphitheater beginning Oct. 1. Performers will fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – will depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie. These colorful creations will dance through the sky to the beat of favorite Disney songs in an uplifting, vibrant experience for the whole family.

    Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be the hosts for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” and they’ll be decked out in sparkling new EARidescent fashions for the 50th anniversary. As you can see in the photo above, their best pals want to get in on the shimmer, too, as Donald Duck and Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale will be sporting their own custom-made EARidescent looks beginning Oct. 1. Guests will get a chance to see them when they travel through Magic Kingdom Park several times daily in the new “Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade.”

    These eight friends will also be featured in special golden character sculptures debuting Oct. 1 at Magic Kingdom; in this artist rendering, you can see Mickey and Minnie shining in the sunlight near Cinderella Castle. There will be 50 characters total in this series of sculptures that will be displayed across all four theme parks. We’ll soon reveal more of the “Disney Fab 50” as excitement builds for the big day, as well as the surprising ways Guests will be able to interact with these beautiful sculptures as part of the 50th anniversary celebration.

    This fall, Guests can bring home “Walt Disney World: A Portrait of the First Half Century,” a beautiful new coffee table book from Disney Editions. You can see the cover art above for this insider’s look at the history and evolution of Walt Disney World, written by Kevin Kern, Tim O’Day and Steven Vagnini. The book will be available for purchase beginning Sept. 28 at Walt Disney World, shopDisney.com and wherever books are sold. And for more details on other special books publishing this year for the 50th anniversary, click here.

    “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” will also see the grand opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT, icons at each of the four parks transforming into Beacons of Magic at night*, EARidescent décor all across the resort, plus much more. Our Walt Disney World cast members – who will be wearing new EARidescent nametags designed especially for this occasion – are looking forward to sharing all this magic with Guests, as they are the heart of this momentous event. Stay tuned as we continue to share more details about the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in the weeks and months to come as we get ready for the festivities to begin!

    Enjoy the Magic of staying at a Disney Resort Hotel during Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. To Stay in the Magic! Visit https://bit.ly/34YU3Mo or call 866-547-5362.

  • 10 FREE Things You Can Get At Airports

    7/1/2021 12:45:26 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Photo by Ben Gareatt-Unsplash

    Airports have some pretty amazing amenities like golf courses and full-service spas. But for cash-strapped travelers, some of the very best airport perks are the ones you can get for the price of showing up. The secret to bagging many of these airport freebies is being in the know. Here’s a rundown of not-so-obvious airport freebies.

    Editors Note: Some services and amenities at the locations listed below may be altered or halted due to the pandemic.

    Water Bottle Refill

    Ever since I discovered that water fountains are one of the germiest places in airports, I’ve been inclined to avoid them. In the past, the alternative to a water-fountain refill is usually an absurdly expensive bottle of Fiji. But an increasingly large number of airports is now offering hydration stations where you can fill up reusable water bottles via automatic hands-free sensors. San Francisco International, Chicago O’Hare, London Heathrow, and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson are among the many major airports that offer this perk.

    A Tour

    Why sit at the gate when you could see something new instead? Several airports offer complimentary tours for travelers passing through. There are free tours of Singapore that operate out of Changi Airport, and travelers stopping in Seoul’s Incheon International Airport can hop aboard one of a variety of tours to temples, markets, or even a cave. Additionally, Turkish Airlines offers free Istanbul tours for flyers stopping in Istanbul Ataturk Airport, but you must be traveling on that airline to be eligible.

    A Book

    You don’t necessarily have to shell out full price at the airport bookstore in order to find something good to read during your layover or on your flight. Several airports have installed libraries where you can borrow a book or drop off one you’ve just finished. Helsinki Airport offers a book swap point in its Kainuu Lounge, while Tallinn Airport has a library that “operates purely on trust,” with passengers expected to return borrowed books on their return flight or “some other time.” Amsterdam Schiphol also has a library, complete with books, iPads, and cozy seating areas.

    Religious Services

    Whether seeking ceremony or just a quiet space to sit, flyers will find free facilities for doing just that at numerous airports. Various religious and spiritual services, from interfaith chapels at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson to a quiet meditation room at Albuquerque International Sunport, are available in terminals around the world. These services are almost always free, but donations are usually welcome.

    A Pet Potty Break

    More and more airports are offering animal-relief facilities for those traveling with four-footed friends; this is often a fenced-in patch of outdoor space reserved especially for pets. Some are nicer than others. At Miami International Airport, look for the handful of dog parks surrounded by white picket fences and featuring both grass and dirt surfaces as well as waste-disposal stations. (Note that you’ll have to go through security after visiting Miami’s outdoor pet-relief areas; indoor restroom spaces are available post-security.) Other airports just have a patch of grass surrounded by chain-link fencing; still, that’s better than nothing. For a more complete list of airport pet-relief areas, see this helpful roundup on Dog Jaunt.

    Luggage Tags

    Luggage tags might not be the most exciting freebee on this list, but, as many experienced travelers know, they’re available for free at almost all airport ticket counters. And they’re very useful—especially if you’ve forgotten to affix your own luggage tags. You should fill out and attach a bag tag to each checked piece of luggage—and carry-ons, too—so that airline staff can identify your bags in case they get lost. Either you’ll find the free luggage tags sitting on the check-in counter, or you’ll need to ask for them.

    A Little Help When You Need It

    Disabled travelers will find special assistance at airports around the world. But they’re not the only ones who need a little help sometimes. Many airports have programs that offer assistance to virtually anyone who needs it, such as young travelers, flyers who don’t speak the local language, or even lost or confused passengers—for free. For example, at New York’s JFK and Newark Airports, a nonprofit program called Traveler’s Aid exists to provide support to kids traveling alone, people who have lost their tickets, or those who have gotten separated from travel companions. Similar setups are available at many airports, from Travelers Aid Chicago at O’Hare Airport to Customer Care Counters, which can provide information in up to 170 languages, at Vancouver International Airport.

    Fragile Stickers

    Safeguard breakables with a free “fragile” sticker affixed to your bag. Some travelers buy these in advance, but they’re offered at most airline check-in counters free of cost. Just ask your airline customer-service agent to slap a few on your suitcases. Although we can’t promise that the baggage handler tossing luggage onto the plane is going to read and also heed that sticker, it’s worth a try.


    Keep yourself entertained during long layovers without burning through your phone’s data, thanks to an increasing number of airports offering free Wi-Fi—including Atlanta, Denver, Toronto Pearson, London Heathrow, Sydney, Charlotte, Boston, Los Angeles, and many more.

    Some Exercise

    It all started in Northern California. The Yoga Room at San Francisco International Airport was, according to many reports, the world’s first airport yoga room. Since that amenity opened, it’s become much more common to see travelers folding into downward dog or working up a sweat via jogging trails in airports. There are free yoga rooms at the Miami, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Burlington, and more. Meanwhile, Baltimore/Washington has a two-kilometer Cardio Trail that flyers can access free of charge.

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