Five reasons to #ChooseCruise
10/21/2018 9:37:05 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
CLIA is highlighting five key reasons why people should consider a cruise. Fulfilling the bucket list tops those, with 95% of CLIA agents surveyed reporting an uptick in new cruise destinations fueled by travelers yearning to see bucket-list places.
Sixty-two percent of the agents cited more cruises booked to Alaska, making it the top growth destination, according to CLIA. Other top growth destinations: Caribbean/Bermuda/Mexico, Mediterranean/Europe and Canada/New England.
Unpacking once is another reason to cruise. Without the hassle of checking into and out of hotels, packing and repacking and coordinating myriad travel details, cruising, CLIA said, is 'the simplest, worry-free way to explore multiple destinations.
Many travelers are looking for more adventurous vacations, and CLIA cited Alaska as the favored choice for adventure or expedition travel. Other high-adventure destinations include the Galápagos Islands, the South Pacific and Antarctica.
Pampering is yet another draw; from its room service to spas, cruise travel is known for this. Suite guests are often waited on by butlers, and spa treatments can range from 24-carat-gold facials to chocolate body massages.
A fifth reason to #ChooseCruise is more healthy options than ever before. Chefs plan health-conscious foods for various dietary needs, while fitness equipment, classes and seminars keep travelers in shape and options like ice skating, zip lining and surfing provide fun ways to keep active aboard ship.
During October, cruise lines are offering exclusive deals and promotions. On social handles like @CLIAGlobal on Twitter, Facebook and more, the association is leveraging daily observances and holidays to showcase cruise travel and integrate cruising into popular social conversations. From National Taco Day and Sweetest Day to Picasso’s Birthday and Great Books Day, CLIA noted October is filled with observances that help show the variety cruising has to offer.
To view cruise offers visit www.tyustours.com/14182075_21812.htm or call 866-547-5362.
#ChooseCruise: Tyus Tours and Travel to Participate in Global #ChooseCruise Initiative
10/14/2018 2:13:10 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
October 9, 2018 – Tyus Tours and Travel the cruise vacation planning expert, is taking part in the #ChooseCruise campaign highlighting the many reasons why a cruise the best choice for travelers.
The campaign brings the cruise industry together to showcase the many cruise opportunities and unprecedented cruise vacation deals and promotions. The initiative kicks off on October 1, 2018.
“Cruising continues to be one of the most popular vacation choices – and with good reason. Where else can you experience world-class destinations, breathtaking views, adventures and experiences of a lifetime – without ever having to unpack your suitcase?” said Ricky Tyus owner of Tyus Tours and Travel. “Cruising is as dynamic and diverse as our clients themselves – but once our clients take a cruise, they fall in love with everything cruising has to offer. With the #ChooseCruise initiative – we can help share the love of cruising.”
Throughout the month of October, the cruise industry will highlight all of the unique reasons why to choose a cruise from the latest in spa treatments and specialty dining to entertainment and shopping. Follow @CLIAGlobal for the industry updates on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/cliaglobal, Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CLIAGlobal, Twitter - https://twitter.com/CLIAGlobal, Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tyustours, Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/tyustourstravel, Twitter - https://twitter.com/tyustours
Choose Cruise Month Promotions
Cruise lines are offering special promotions and pricing on popular cruises to encourage consumers to plan their next cruise vacation during the month of October. Contact a cruise specialist at Tyus Tours and Travel to take advantage of these special deals:
Disney Cruise Line - $100 onboard credit per stateroom visit bit.ly/2R05MVK, MSC Cruises-$150 onboard credit per stateroom visit http://bit.ly/2QIZwNm, Royal Caribbean - Save up to $100 instantly, plus up to $100 extra on select fall cruises. Visit bit.ly/2Nv99yf.
For more information about the travel planning experts at Tyus Tours & Trave, visit www.tyustours.com. For more information about cruising and all Choose Cruise activities, visit www.cruising.org/ChooseCruise
About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 28 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. The CLIA Community is comprised of the world’s most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.
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What Makes Punta Cana A Top International Destination
7/24/2018 11:42:26 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
MasterCard recently declared Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the number-one summer travel destination. “From its azure waters to our diverse inland adventures, there is no better place to soak up the summer sun than in the Dominican Republic.
Why visit Punta Cana?
Punta Cana has 30 miles of white sand beaches, Adventure travel enthusiasts are able to dive and explore shipwrecks teeming with wildlife. There are also cenotes, off-road safaris, zip lining and more.
For golf lovers, there are 10 world-class courses in Punta Cana, easily accessible from resort areas.
There’s a growing music scene in the area with Dominican genres, international bands, and a festival scene.
Those seeking a cultural experience can head to one of the country’s top pilgrimage sites, the Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia located in Higuey.
Altos de Chavon, a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village is also easy to explore from Punta Cana. It is located just 60 minutes away along the hills of La Romana and is known for its gastronomy, handicrafts and hand-rolled cigars.
Visitors will be met with stunning accommodation offerings in the region with high-end resorts, boutique properties, and top-of-the-line luxury experiences found just 20 minutes from the airport, which has flights from 26 countries.
To book your Punta Cana vacation visit http://bit.ly/puntacanahot or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362
READY TO GIVE YOU NEXT LEVEL INFO & SERVICE: RICKY TYUS OF TYUS TOURS AND TRAVEL ATTENDS SANDALS RESORTS LUXURY INCLUDED® WORSKSHOP
7/19/2018 12:43:21 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
READY TO GIVE YOU NEXT LEVEL INFO & SERVICE: RICKY TYUS OF TYUS TOURS AND TRAVEL ATTENDS SANDALS RESORTS LUXURY INCLUDED® WORSKSHOP
Columbus, Ohio June 27, 2018 – Certified Sandals Specialist Ricky Tyus of Tyus Tours and Travel has successfully completed ALWAYS NEXT LEVEL, the latest Sandals Resorts’ travel agent workshop and is now fully prepared to share with travelers the most exciting reasons to visit the Caribbean’s leading Luxury Included® resorts right now.
According to Tyus, the immersive workshop covered all that’s new and exciting across the Sandals Resorts International (SRI) family of brands that include adult couples-only Sandals Resorts; family-friendly Beaches Resorts; Island Routes Caribbean Adventures for fun excursions in the Caribbean and is a critical opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of these distinct brands. “From the opening of Sandals Royal Barbados, Sandals’ second luxury resort here and the launch of Aisle to Isle, a new destination wedding program to Beaches Resorts’ groundbreaking certified autism centers, travelers can be confident that my counsel is informed and expert,” said Tyus.
Tyus is a Certified Sandals Specialist (CSS), part of an elite group of travel agents recognized by the travel industry as experts in the world’s only Luxury Included® Resorts. ALWAYS NEXT LEVEL fulfills the crucial educational requirement for travel agents pursuing their Certified Sandals Specialist designation.
“We applaud Tyus on this tremendous accomplishment. CSS agents are uniquely qualified to help travelers select their best Caribbean vacation, and it is a sincere pleasure to recognize Tyus Tours and Travel for their dedication to serving their clients so well,” said Gary Sadler, Senior Vice President of Sales for North America at Unique Vacations, Inc., an affiliate of the worldwide representatives for Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resort.
To book Sandals and Beaches visit https://www.sandals.com/ or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.
Join Us For 24 Hours In Kingston Jamaica
6/7/2018 3:53:32 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Our you traveling to Jamaica soon? If you're staying in Ocho Rios take the hour drive to Kingston Jamaica to enhance your Jamaica experience and spend 24 hours in Kingston.
Here's what you can do in 24 hours:
Discover Hidden Waterfalls, A great way to start your day is to dive in to natural beauty. Kingston's mountains are home to innumerable waterfalls, one of which-Cane River Falls-a favorite bathing place of Bob Marley. For an off-the-beaten-track experience, visit nearby Reggae Falls in Hillside, where locals and visitors love to picnic and cool off.
Where art meets history: visit the National Gallery of Jamaica which is the largest and oldest public art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean. Established in 1974 this site shows off the artistic side of Jamaica, giving people a taste of early, modern and contemporary art from Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean.
Lunch at Gloria's, situated in Port Royal, Gloria's has earned quite a reputation for its wide range of seafood dishes: fried fish, steamed fish, curried lobster and honey jerked shrimp-and even chicken.
Step Back in Time, Port Royal was once called "the richest and wickedest city in the world". Founded in the 1650's, Port Royal was once a massive town filled with traders, soldiers, buccaneers and pirates, until it was destroyed in an earthquake on June 7, 1692. But the town is still filled with memories of the past: Fort Charles, the Giddy House, Old Gaol and the Old Naval Hospital.
Dinner and Drinks, cool down at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records, a casual eatery, sports bar and lounge. This location also offers a modern audiovisual experience and a retail shop that carries exclusive merchandise from the record-breaking sprinter. If you aren't tired yet hop over to one of the many street dances that are held in the Corporate area in a nightly basis.
To book your Jamaica adventure call Tyus Tours and Travel at 866-547-5362 or click here
Five Reasons Why Aruba Is The Perfect Year Round Destination
4/17/2018 12:26:36 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
A tropical paradise getaway is what so many travelers dream about. One such destination that is on the bucket list for many and should be added to yours if it isn't is the Island of Aruba.
Here are five great reasons on why you should visit Aruba:
Aruba is home to some of the best beaches in the entire world. With Perfect 80-degree weather year round, what more could you want?
Shopping Hot Spot
Leave the beach and go straight to the stores. Shop 'til you drop! That's right, Aruba has some of the best shopping in all the Caribbean.
You can explore high-quality malls or strool through local markets and find bargains on great deals. If you love jewelry, head to downtown on Oranjestad's boulevard to add some sparkle and shine to your wardrobe.
The Pulse Of Paradise
When the sun goes down, the nightlife heats up. From the food to the Casinos to dancing, you're guaranteed a splendid time during an evening in Aruba.
With over 90 different nationalities calling Aruba home, travelers can sample some of the best food in the Caribbean. There are alson 12 casinos on the island to choose from and plenty of ways to show off those dancing shoes at discos and nightclubs.
An Tyus Tours & Travel Special Event
This year will be our 12th Annual Aruba Veterans Tennis Invitational. The event will be held at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, Oranjestad, Aruba.
The official date has not been released but it should be around the 7th of November until 11th of November. For more information visit
Aruba sits in a storm-free zone and is seldom affected by hurricanes.
To book your Aruba vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.
The Ohio State Marching Band To Perform In the 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
10/19/2017 12:01:34 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
On Sept. 16, The Ohio State University Marching Band was selected to perform in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, representing the state of Ohio. This will mark the first Parade appearance by the band.
The Ohio State University Marching Band will join the parade to the call of “Let’s Have a Parade,” the iconic phrase that has signaled the start of every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1924.
Each year, the Macy’s Parade Band Committee looks for bands that have the stage presence and musical and marching abilities to captivate more than 3.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million viewers. The Ohio State University Marching Band was selected from more than 100 applicants as one of 10 bands to march in the 92nd edition of the annual holiday spectacle.
The band will join the revelry along with other iconic Macy’s staples: floats, giant character balloons, clowns and superstar performers galore on Thanksgiving Day 2018, helping to create an unforgettable experience for millions.
For years Tyus Tours & Travel has been an expert at booking the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We now have available the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 Outdoor VIP Viewing Area.
To learn more click here or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 614-583-9144 or toll free 866-547-5362.
Introducting The Next Wave of Vacation Travel
8/25/2017 5:56:26 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Princess Cruises slogan is “Come back Relax” which is the perfect statement to introduce The Next Wave of Vacation Travel
Welcome to Ocean Medallion
Let Princess Cruises make your cruise vacation even better. You don’t need to introduce yourself to your Ocean Medallion Class ship; it knows you already. Your crew? They answer your requests before you even ask them. Princess Cruises is giving you more than elevated personalized service; there’re creating personal moments.
The complimentary Ocean Medallion is your portal to amazing vacation possibilities. It’s the size of a quarter and can be worn in a variety of ways: as a wristband, pendant, clip or even in your pocket. Consider the Ocean Medallion your key to opening doors: to your stateroom, your ship and experiences you won’t find anywhere else.
Upload your documentation and set your preferences ahead of time so you can swiftly walk on board and communicate everything your ship needs to know about you.
What You Want when You Want It With Here & Now™, if you forgot sunscreen and your kids left their goggles at home, have them and a drink for you delivered to you poolside.
Locate friends and family around the cruise ship, Streamlines and expedites the port embarkation and embarkation prices,.Allows you to access your stateroom as you approach the door (no keycard required). Enables you to purchase merchandise without any transaction, cards or paper, Delivers enhanced dining experiences based on food and beverage preferences.
Powers an array of interactive gaming and immersive entertainment experiences, and Significantly enhance interactions with crew members and guest
The Best Sleep at Sea
The first step to rejuvenation begins with a good night's rest. And all cabins on Ocean Medallion Class Ships™ feature Princess Luxury Beds, which offer the utmost in comfort – pillow top mattress and luxurious linens – the perfect blend of science and the beauty of sleep. Staterooms are optimize for a sleep-friendly sensory experience.
Plan on taking an Princess Cruise-Ocean Medallion Class ship and be prepared to come back relaxed. To book call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.
How To Make America Great Again
8/18/2017 6:49:12 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Why can't cruise ships carry travelers between U.S. ports, such as San Diego and Seattle or New York and Miami.
These days, anyone can hop on a cruise from Miami to Cuba. But if you try to board a ship from Miami to Key West, New York or Charleston, Grover Cleveland will stop you.
In 1886, President Cleveland tried to protect American jobs by signing the Passenger Vessel Services Act, which permits only U.S.-flagged vessels to carry travelers between U.S. ports, such as San Diego and Seattle or New York and Miami. How does a ship get a U.S. flag? To qualify, the ship must be made at a U.S. shipbuilding facility, owned by an American company and staffed by an American crew.
What Cleveland and his Congress obviously did not foresee was that, by the late 20th century, nearly every cruise ship sailing in U.S. waters would be built abroad — from Princess’ Love Boats to Crystal’s luxury liners to Disney’s magical floating kingdoms.
Would you like to cruise the Hawaiian Islands? You have two options.
You can find a ship willing to make a detour to a foreign port. Say, Ensenada, Mexico (2,600 miles from Honolulu), Vancouver, Canada (2,800 miles away), or Fanning Island (a remote 13-mile atoll belonging to the Republic of Kiribati that Gen. Douglas MacArthur probably couldn’t find).
The PVSA doesn’t just crimp your travel plans. Contrary to Cleveland’s intentions, it costs U.S. jobs.
Or you can buy a ticket on the only passenger vessel in the entire world that has permission to sail between U.S. ports. It’s called thePride of America, although the story behind that ship does not inspire much patriotic feeling.
In 2001, powerful Southern senators arranged for U.S. taxpayers to subsidize a shipyard in Mississippi so it could build a cruise vessel. It tried, and it failed. Within a year, a bungled, half-completed hull was declared “unfloatable” and was towed across the Atlantic to be completed in Germany for Norwegian Cruise Lines. But to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government, the ship is still billed as “Made in America” and is free from the knotted mooring of the Passenger Vessel Services Act.
With that one exception, for the last 50 years, American shipbuilders have not riveted together a single cruise ship that fulfills the requirements set forth in 1886.
The PVSA conjures true absurdities. When a collision on the Mississippi led the U.S. Coast Guard to close access to the river in February 2004, two Carnival cruise ships that had left from New Orleans were forced to divert to Gulfport, Miss., and Mobile, Ala. The ships had nothing to do with the crash. Nonetheless, U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities fined the company $2.8 million for daring to show up at the docks in Gulfport and Mobile and thereby violating the PVSA. Although the fines were later overturned, Carnival would have saved itself a lot of trouble by seeking asylum in Havana.
Often, to avoid falling afoul of the PVSA or being forced to travel in the wrong direction to satisfy it, cruise ships simply skip U.S. ports altogether. Most cruises to Alaska depart from Vancouver, skipping Seattle. Many cruises to Hawaii depart from Ensenada, rather than San Diego.
So the PVSA doesn’t just crimp your travel plans. Contrary to Cleveland’s intentions, it costs U.S. jobs.
This is how to make America great again:
Without the PVSA, dozens more cruises would depart daily from U.S. cities such as New York and Seattle, and the hundreds of millions of dollars generated from those voyages would stay within the U.S. economy, providing thousands of portside jobs — for longshoremen loading cargo, bellhops, tour guides, taxi drivers and local farmers supplying fruits and vegetables for those all-you-can-eat buffets. And of course, each stop would generate revenue for U.S. cities in port fees as well as local and state taxes.
Who does the PVSA protect? Not Americans. Instead, Canada and Mexico should send thanks to that Congress of 1886, “attn. Grover Cleveland.” The cruise docks of San Diego sit vacant 90% of the year. Meanwhile, 80 miles south, Ensenada receives more than three times as many passengers as San Diego, and many more than New York, New Orleans and Boston. Vancouver hosts three times as many sailings as Seattle. Since cruising generates an estimated $3.2 billion for Canada’s ports, it’s no surprise that the Canadian government lobbies to preserve the PVSA.
We now have a president who says he wants to put America first. One easy way for President Trump to make good on that pledge is to repeal the Passenger Vessel Services Act, which helps no passengers, provides no valuable services and acts to kill job opportunities — from sea to shining sea.
How To Prepare For Europe's Air Disruptions
8/4/2017 7:08:33 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Flights provide the power to experience new destinations and cultures in-person, across the world. Soaring through high skies over green terrain and blue seas, air travel is surprisingly not everyone's favorite part of travel. However, it's essential to know the impact air travel can have on your vacation. Be ahead of any problems that may arise and have a plan before you depart.
Air Issues 101
With the increase in security measures across international airports, travelers are experiencing hefty wait times going through immigration and customs. Be advise of this before you depart so you're aware ahead of time. While transfer services monitor flight delays, they don't keep into account flight changes, cancellations or wait times that exceed one hour for customs. To avoid missing a transfer, contact the transfer service on their voucher once they land or if their flight has been changed or cancelled.
Make sure the airlines have your contact information. The airlines will typically notified several hours prior to labor strikes. They will work quickly and efficiently reviewing all affected tickets, adjusting itineraries, and securing new flights with the least disruption possible. They will contact you and advise of the situation and new flight information when possible. If they don’t have contact details they will notify your travel agent so that they can advise you appropriately.
Airlines modify their schedules constantly. If a flight is changed by at least 60 minutes and disturbs a connecting flight, you will be advise of the schedule change and offer alternate schedules that are closest available to the original schedule. Please note, all schedule changes must be confirmed in email format. So make sure your contact information is available.
If you miss a flight at your own expense (ie. late to the airport, don’t show up, etc.) the airlines will automatically have the remainder of your flights cancelled under the same PNR. Since you did not arrive on time, you’re considered a “no-show” and the airline assumes you will be missing the remainder of your flights. So arrive at the airport 3 hours early for international flight.
Flight Delay or Cancellation
When flights are delayed or cancelled, we are all at the mercy of the airline. We advise you to discuss your options with the airline representative and to be friendly and calm; the airline representative is in full control of rebooking their flight.
If additional services are booked:
Delayed: Transfer services monitor flight delays and are prepared to pick-up at the new estimated arrival time. In the worst case scenario, and you have an overnight delay, call your travel agent so they can advise the hotel and transfer services.
Cancelled: If the flight is cancelled, transfer services need to be contacted timely, to advise of the new flight details. This can be done directly by you or by calling our emergency line. All contact information is included within the travel documents.
We strongly suggest Travel Insurance. You can call their business line so they can advise the hotel and transfer services.
Tyus Tours and Travel uses Europe Express who offers both private and published rates for most major international carriers in all classes of service, including economy, premium economy, business class, and first class. In addition to arranging transatlantic airfare, we can also ticket a large number of inter-European flights. Many of these flights cannot be searched online, if you require a domestic European segment, please contact Tyus Tours & travel to inquire about pricing and availability. Please note; many international flights require the inclusion of land components and requirements vary by carrier.
Frequent flyer mileage, seat assignments and baggage fees and sizes vary by carrier and can change suddenly so it is always important to check these requirements prior to travel. To read more about baggage fees, airport taxes and other airport-related topics, please click here.
To book your Europe Vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.
Preparing for Autumn in Europe
7/17/2017 9:55:02 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
In the midst of peak season, the travel world isn't slowing down anytime soon. Less visited destinations like Switzerland and Portugal continue to grow in popularity and compared to last year, Iceland grew an astonishing 54%.
So, what does this mean? Keep traveling! We'll go over why autumn is the perfect time to travel and what's new with us, including the addition of a few new hotels.
3 Reasons to Travel to Europe in the Fall
With over six million visitors each year to the Louvre in Paris, the Mona Lisa in July can be packed. However, in the autumn, students are returning to school, families are preparing for the holidays, and many are back at the work place. While there will still be plenty of people in Autumn, you will find shorter lines and fewer crowds.
Nearly five million Americans take European vacations in May through August, so it can be difficult to find an inexpensive flight. During shoulder season, more options are typically available and for less. Our advise is you'll get more bang for your buck if you travel during fall, compared to summer.
Unlike hotels in the US, European hotels may not always have an air conditioner waiting for you in the midst of summer. In fact, the E.U. forces some regulations on companies to avoid air-conditioning for energy-efficiency purposes. If you are concerned about excessive heat, consider their departure in September or October when temperatures are cooler.
Introducing our New Fall Hotel Collection
The Regent Berlin, Berlin
The Regent is a five-star establishment that serves the luxury traveler. Whether it be tasty cocktails at the stylish Regent Bar or enjoying a rejuvenating massage at its spa, the Regent has it all, including gourmet dishes at its in-house restaurant, Fischers Fritz.
Regent Berlin is an eight-story, luxury, boutique hotel located in the historic Mitte district, only a few minutes walk to Brandenburg Gate. The hotel features a state-of-the-art gym, separate lady's and men's saunas, spa treatments including massage, an award-winning restaurant, a bar, afternoon tea, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel and luxurious accommodations.
The Ashling Hotel, Dublin
Only five minutes from the city center, this four-star modern property overlooks River Liffey with fantastic views over Dublin's skyline. A restaurant, bar, free-wifi and meeting rooms are all available.
Ashling is an eight-story hotel located opposite Heuston Train Station. It is situated on the Luas Red Line, making it just five minutes by tram to the city center (or a 20-minute walk). The hotel overlooks the River Liffey and features contemporary accommodations, a restaurant, a lounge bar, meeting rooms and a multi-story car park.
Ambasciatori Hotel, Florence
Located in the heart of Florence, this modern four-star hotel embodies the city's elegance. All rooms are non-smoking and soundproof, so you will get the sleep you need during their travels with breathtaking views across Florence.
Ambasciatori is a five-story hotel located in the historic center, close to the train station and the basilica. The hotel features a lounge bar, a restaurant and comfortable accommodations.
10 Splendid Places in Bihar Which You Should Visit This Year
6/6/2017 5:02:43 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Bihar, the land that gave us the renowned Nalanda University and entertained us with exotic dances and delicate cuisine – is a site to behold. Patna, the capital of this eastern state was once capital of ancient India - Pataliputra. Due to its rich heritage and traditionit holds a unique place in India. The state was the nectar of knowledge and scholarly activities in the ancient age. It holds a wide range of shrines, pilgrimages, universities and natural landscapes.
Here, we are attempting to highlight 10 such beautiful places of Bihar:
1. Mahavir’s Birth Place in Vaishali
Photoby Gpdprince, CC BY-SA 3.0
Vaishali is a renowned archaeological site in Bihar. It has connections dating back to the times of Mahavir and Buddha. It is also the birth place of the Jain guru Mahavir. Buddha delivered his last sermon of Lord Buddha. Hence, this place is an important in the roadmap of Jainism and Buddhism. Another, interesting feature of this region are the Lichhavi rulers, who chose Vaishali as their capital city. As with other centres of learning this city too has its connection with the Chinese travellers Fa Hienand Hieun Tsang. The beautiful courtesan Amrapali made Vaishali one of the sought-after destinations in Bihar.
2. Nalanda University
Photoby Wonderlane, CC BY 2.0
How can one forget Nalanda? The greatest seat of knowledge in ancient India. The ruins of Nalanda University, the oldest such centre in the world is situated here. Although much of it that remains today are the pillars and structures of the old university, yet visit to Nalandais an experience in itself. The university house the best scholarly activities in the world comprising of pupils and teachers from all over the world. Even Buddha and Mahavir have been known to impart lessons here. The site boasts of the presence Chinese travellers Hieun Tsang.
3. The Yoga Centres Of Munger
Munger, is the powerhouse of yoga in Bihar. Though primarily known for its yogic centres and activities, other famous historical places in Mungerare the Krishna Vatika, Munger Fort, Durga Mandir etc. It was once the capital of Mir Kasim’s kingdom, the traitor who succeeded Siraj-ud-dawla, the last ruler of Bengal. However, the city has its origin much earlier during Aryan rulewho used this land as midland territories.
4. Sher Shah’s Tomb in Sasaram
PhotobyNandanupadhyay, CC BY-SA 3.0
Much of Bihar basks under the glory of ancient Indian yet some parts owe their lineage to the medieval period. Sasaram is one such place. Here lies the tomb of Humayun successor, the Mughal emperor Sher Shah Suri. It is sandstone architecture guarded by a beautiful lake.
5. Sitamarhi, The Birth Place of Sita
Photoby Dr. Shashidhar Kumar "Videha", CC BY-SA 4.0
We all know the legendary story of Sita, the daughter of king Janak. Very few of us know, it was actually here in Bihar, where Janak found Sita in a farmland. Sitamarhiis the actual site where Sita was born. Consequently, here lies the century old Janaki temple dedicated to Sita. This is the only temple that worships Sita. Other than this, the houses a rock sanctuary dating back to Mauryian Empire.
6. Sonepur Animal Trade Fair
Bihar has its own version of famous trade fair, quite similar to Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan. The November Animal Trade Fair in Sonepuris one such feature. This fair is for those seeking to explore the human sea of India. Spread over a wide area, this fair sell almost anything you desire. However, the animal trade is the thing to watch out for, specially the cattle fair. This fair started during the reigns of Chandragupta Maurya and has been going strong till date.
7. Barabar Rock Caves of Sultanpur
Photoby Photo Dharma, CC BY 2.0
Enough of temples, stupas and historic. Now let’s look for desolate beauty. The Barabar Caves, are just that. These 4 caves are the most ancient caves curved out from rocks. Built during the mauriyan rule these caves hold testimonials to Jain and Buddhist arts. The caves are seated on the hills of Nagarjuni and Barabar.
8. Kanwar Sanctuary of Begusarai
Siberian Stonechat, Photoby Vaibhavchou, CC BY-SA 3.0
Coming to nature, there is no dearth of wildlife in Bihar. The Kanwar Lakeis a glaring avenue for wildlife enthusiasts. This is an ox-bow shaped freshwater lake which is home to more 60 species of birds – both domestic and migratory species. Recently, conservation efforts have led to the inclusion of this lake in the coveted Wetland category.
9. Kakolat Waterfalls Near Nawada
Photoby Vivekobey, CC BY-SA 4.0
While we are focusing on nature and wildlife, let us take a look at the only waterfall in Bihar. This short waterfall is located at border of Bihar and Jharkhand. An essential feature of the Kakolat hills, it is an ideal place to spend a day in the cradle of nature. The place is nearly 150km away from Patna. Nawada, the closest point is 30kms away from the waterfall.
10. Shanti Stupa and Vulture Peak of Rajgir
Photoby Abhishek Singh,CC0 1.0
Rajgir is an important pilgrimage for Buddhists. The Vulture Peak and the Shanti Stupa are the places to visit in Rajgir. While the Grihhakuta Peak (Vulture Peak) is a vulture shaped peak where Buddha delivered his sermons, and converted Emperor Bimbisara. The Shanti Stupa on the other hand is a place which depicts the life of Lord Buddha. It is an intrinsic part of the 7 peace pagodas. Architecture enthusiasts will learn a great deal about Japanese Architecturefrom these 2 pagodas.
Bihar enlists many such wonderful places. It appeals to all, partly to some people and wholly to others.Go out and travel to a different era.
A travel addict and compassionate seeker, Rohit has explored the length and breadth of his country. He stumbles upon a new India whenever he travels. His experiences can be found in TransIndiaTravels.com.
American Airlines has announced a schedule change to their non-stop flights between Miami and Grenada.
12/26/2016 12:41:14 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
American Airlines has announced a schedule change to their non-stop flights between Miami and Grenada.
AA 1546 Miami to Grenada: 10:45am-2:23pm
AA 952 Grenada to Miami: 3:13pm-7:07pm
The new schedule is available for sale on flights beginning on April 4, 2017.
To book your Sandals LaSource Grenada Vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit tyustours.com/bookonline/Sandals
Explore fresh new rooms and suites at these Las Vegas hotels.
11/21/2016 2:08:35 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
TOTAL Vegas Resorts offers a spectacular Las Vegas experience that is suitable at every price point. Expect to be dazzled by their exceptional service, refreshing pools, excellent restaurants and cafes, grand casinos, and high-energy nightclubs and entertainment venues. With iconic hotels located right on the Las Vegas Strip, you'll feel the pulse of the city and be right in the center of the action.
See Las Vegas from a whole new vantage point when saying at any one of these newly remodeled and well-appointed accommodations. Check out the classic Roman-inspired rooms in the new Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace. Get a feel for the pulse of the city at the vibrant Valley Tower rooms at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Or, experience the spacious, bright and bold, newly remodeled Burgundy Room at Paris Las Vegas—combining European elegance with a modern flair.
To find out more visit www.tyustours.com/11689755_21812.htm. To keep up to date on everything new & exciting in Las Vegas listen to It's Your Time To Travel on Talktainmentradio.com every Tuesday at 8 pm where we feature the Las Vegas Insider.
See the sights and sounds of Las Vegas. Customize your ideal vacation package by adding tours, shopping excursions, airport transfers, and more in the Things to Do section during the booking process.
Stressing Over Thanksgiving?
11/10/2016 2:25:18 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Jesse Askew on Nov 8, 2016 3:30:00 PM. A guest on #itsyourtime2travel on talktainmentradio.com November 8, 2016.
Between out-of-town family, days of dinner preparation, and the subsequent clean-up, it’s understandable why so many people find the whole experience a bit chaotic, despite the fact that it’s a welcome opportunity to catch up with friends and loved ones.
Luckily, the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t have to be as stressful as many people often expect it to be. Today, more people are deciding to spend their Thanksgiving at a luxurious resort. In addition to the fact that spending Thanksgiving at an exciting destination allows you to escape from the preparation and clean-up, it also provides a unique foundation to spend quality time with the people you love the most.
7 Reason’s Why “NOW” is The Best Time To Travel To Alaska!
10/30/2016 11:23:59 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
If you always dreamed of traveling to Alaska, stop putting it off. Alaska is a destination unlike any other, showcasing a side of the United States that’s rarely seen. Alaska is still truly wild and open to endless adventure. These are the 7 reasons to go to Alaska and go “Now”.
1. It won’t be the same forever:
Global warming is real; ask any Alaskan. Alaska’s landscape is changing as our climate is warming. Climate change is not only affecting ice, but also Alaska’s bird, animal and marine in habitants.
2. Alaska’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary:
In 2017 Alaska will celebrates its 150thanniversary as part of the United States. Sitka, the site of the original purchase, will recognizing the milestone with yearlong cultural events. And if you miss everything going on this year or next, make sure to plan on Alaska for 2019, when Alaskans can rejoice over 60 years of being official..
3. Alaska ranked 3rdmost beautiful state in America:
No state will leave you in complete awe of the wild like Alaska. Alaska boasts the rugged wilderness that just doesn’t exist in the rest of America.
4. National Parks:
Alaska has eight national parks: Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark and Wrangell-St. Elias. All except Kenai Fjords and Kobuk Valley are actually classified as both national parks and national preserves. Mountainous Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is the largest national park in the United States at 13.2 million acres.
5. State Park:
One of the largest state parks in the nation is Chugach (CHEW-gatch) is 20 minutes from downtown Anchorage. Chugach has scenic overlooks, hiking camping and kayaking are just a handful of possibilities.
6. Annual Events:
Summer Solstice, Fourth of July, NYO Games. The “Big Four” of Winter: Iditarod, Fur Rendezvous, Iron Dog and Tour of Anchorage.
7. Alaska has one of the 25 best beach cities in America:
Yakutat (Yak-attack) Bay is one of America’s 25 best beach city in America. This tiny town is known as “Far North Shore” is great for surfing and fishing.
Visit Alaska “Now” because who knows what the impact from Global warming will be in a few short years.
These are just a few reasons to visit Alaska, Anchorage Now! For more reasons listen to our podcast from It’s Your Time To Travel on Talktainmentradio.com on October 25, 2016. Click on link http://talktainmentradio.com/podcasts/Its%20Your%20Time%20to%20Travel%20102516.mp3.
Show us your #CruiseSmile for a chance to win an incredible cruise vacation!
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October is Plan a Cruise Month, the perfect time to discover a cruise vacation. Visit tyustours.com to begin planning your cruise vacation. A new theme is feature every week, simply share your #CruiseSmile to enter.* This week's theme starting 10/25/2016 is exploring nature cruise for two.
If exploring nature is your favorite way to vacation, there is a cruise for you! Experience hiking through rainforests, diving into tranquil lagoons or visit the wonders of the Enter the #CruiseSmile sweepstakes during the explore nature theme period from October 25 - 31 for your chance to win your choice of one of these adventurous cruises.
October 25: 10-Day Alaska Cruise Land + Sea Journey
October 26: Seven-Day Caribbean to Miami Cruise
October 27: Seven-Night Tahiti & The Society Islands Voyage
October 28 :Seven-Day Alaska Cruise, Tongass Explorer, Vancouver to Anchorage
October 29: Seven-Day Mediterranean Cruise
October 30: Eight-Day Classic Italy and Dalmatian Coast
October 31:14-Day Japan & Taiwan Yokohama to Hong Kong
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Simply upload your best #CruiseSmile onTwitter or Instagram or (any photo of your great smile) and you could be cruising off into the sunset.*
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Tune into It's Your Time To Travel Tuesdays at 8pm on talktainmentradio.com. Special guest this week is "Visit Anhorage Alaska". Tune in to find out why now is the best time to plan a vacation to Alaska. You can join the conversation at 877-932-9766 or download the talktainmentradio.com App.
SeaDream is a 2017 Berlitz Winner!
10/9/2016 11:53:15 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
SeaDream is thrilled to win top spots on the 2017 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. The new 2017 guide heralds twin 112-guest mega yachts SeaDream I and II, as the top two boutique passenger vessels in the world!
The new Berlitz Guide, researched and written by Douglas Ward - the world’s top authority on cruising and cruise ships - enforces that when it comes to life on the ocean waves, “SeaDream is beautiful and intimate with excellent food”. Having reviewed almost 300 cruise ships, Ward has named the top-rated ships for 2017. Many of the most highly rated, being officially “small” or “boutique”.
SeaDream Yacht Club has also earned a spot on the Berlitz 2017 "5 Best Cruises for Foodlies" list. According to Berlitz, these cruise lines have been chosen for the quality and variety of ingredients, their creativity, and presentation.
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5 Unknown Secrets about Colorado Dude Ranches in September
9/9/2016 12:05:46 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
1. Adult Only Weeks
When the kids are away the parents will play!’ Most ranches offer Adult Only weeks and weekends in September. Saddle up for an unforgettable ride through the changing Aspens (i.e. leaf peeping on horseback) or try your hand at rounding up the cattle. September is a great month for the ‘big kids’ of the family to take a deep breath after a busy summer and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer in the fall. Whether you take a solo trip to rejuvenate , travel as a couple, or maybe it’s a short getaway with friends, you will likely fall in love with autumn in the Colorado Rockies.
2. Specialty Weeks and Weekends
Culinary Weeks, Yoga Retreats, Cowgirl Roundups, Painting/Photography Workshops, Cattle Roundup Weeks, Hunting & Birding Trips & More!
If you are looking to get a little something ‘extra’ out of your Colorado Dude Ranch vacation then check out the specialty weeks and weekends in September. Click here for a list of a few of the offerings and call 1-866-547-5362 for ranch availability.
3. All Inclusive Packages
Our CDGRA member ranches continue to offer their famous ALL INCLUSIVE packages throughout the month of September. These rates always include meals, lodging, & horseback riding and typically include most of the on ranch activities. You can truly leave your wallet at home! No need for tipping at meals or lugging around a bulky purse. Colorado cowboys travel light. And we think you should too!
4. Short Stays Available
Although you’ll still find the popular week long stays available in September, you will also find that Colorado Dude & Guest Ranches offer a variety in minimum night stays. Many ranches that require a 6-7 night stay in the summer months will offer a minimum 3 night package (or less based on availability!) in the fall, winter, and spring. You can also find a few ranches who offer B&B stays. So whether you come for a night, 3 nights or more, September is a great month to get a taste of an authentic Colorado Ranch experience.
5. Discounted Fall Rates
And if you just needed one more reason to jump in your car or on a plane to a Colorado Dude Ranch this September… check out the fantastic low rates many ranches offer throughout the month of September and on into the fall and winter! Call 1-866-547-5362 for September availability and to find the perfect ranch for your next getaway.
Happy 100th Birthday, National Parks
8/21/2016 7:01:25 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Written by Jennifer Schofield, Tours & Guest Services Manager for Bicycle Adventures
We love running tours in our U.S. National Parks.
This Thursday, August 25, the National Park Service turns 100 and entry to all U.S. National Parks is Free.
We are fortunate not only to have the parks themselves, but also to have access to the parks' features via thoughtfully paved roads.
National Park and road engineers are instructed to both conserve a park's beauty and somehow also make the park accessible. As the National Parks Chief of Parkways Dudley C. Bayliss asked, "...how far can you go in opening up roads to enjoy the scenic and historic wonders of our country at the expense of destruction of some part of the very
"If I had one last day on Earth, I'd ride the rim at Crater Lake."
- guest Lynn P.
thing you are striving to protect?"
The answer: roads that are made for the journey, not just getting from point A to point B.
It's no accident that Glacier National Park's Going to the Sun Road
or the rim ride in Crater Lake National Park
are on many a cyclist's bucket list. These, and all national park roads are built with principles like these in mind:
They are planned to reach the principal features of the park rather than to serve as the most direct route from "point to point." Planned and located to present the story or picture of the park in the best chronological or interpretive order. Since they are a means by which visitors see and enjoy the park, they are essentaially low speed roads.
This almost perfectly mirrors our approach to tour design. Miles of scenic, or historic points of interest? Yes! Adding even more miles just to get some more views? Yes! Intentionally going slower in order to savor the place you are in? Yes, yes, yes - this is why we're here. This is why we keep coming back, year after year.
We love biking these roads - because they were built just for us.
NATIONAL PARKS EXPECTED TO REMAIN BUSY IN 2017
8/8/2016 12:08:26 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Original article written by Tim Wood, Travel Pulse
Visits to National Parks reached an all-time high in 2015 with more than 307 million visitors. Our U.S. National Parks are budget friendly getaways and a recent survey stated that 79% of Americans say they are as likely or more likely to visit a National Park in the next 12 months.
The National Parks Service (NPS) will celebrate their official centennial on August 25, 2016, but while most travellers are familiar with America’s 58 National Parks, which bear such majestic names as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, the centennial celebration encompasses all of the 400+ nationally protected monuments, battlefields, military parks, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas and more that make up the National Park Service.
With global uncertainty, many Americans are turning to domestic vacations and the wide variety of National Parks offer something for every traveler to discover. Re-discovery of the National Park System is a further sign that Americans are taking more and more advantages of local and regional attractions as gas prices stay below $3 per gallon.
These were the most visited National Parks in 2015: the Great Smoky Mountains, the Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountains and our bucket list for the upcoming year is Yellowstone (33%), Yosemite (17%) and Grand Canyon (12%) were the top must-sees. If you visit our National Parks August 25-28, September 24, and November 11th all entrance fees will be waived.
Tune into It's Your Time to Travel on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8 pm on talktainmentradio.com and join the discussion on Celebrating 100 years of U.S. National Parks.
Aruba, One Happy Island
7/30/2016 1:00:17 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
One of the most revisited destinations in the Caribbean, Aruba, One happy island, offers visitors an unparalleled experience. Aruba offers a unique slice of Caribbean paradise with breathtaking experiences for beach lovers, adrenaline junkies, relaxation seekers and everyone in between. The year-round 82-degree temperature, refreshing trade winds, diverse activities and culture, historical attractions, flavorful cuisine and awe-inspiring beaches make Aruba an ideal escape from the ordinary for any type of traveler.
Home to one of the “Top 10 Beaches in the World", Aruba is one of the most revisited destinations in the Caribbean, with more than half of all visitors returning year after year. Located outside the fringes of the Hurricane Belt in the heart of the southern Caribbean, the sun shines in Aruba year-around, and the One happy island boasts a constant 28° C temperature, low humidity and refreshing east trade wind breezes.
Adventure-seekers can explore the rugged depths of Arikok National Park's wild interior during an off-road safari tour or by hiking, biking or horseback riding through miles of flora and fauna before cooling off in Conchi, Aruba's natural pool. Aquatic adventures are abundant along the world-famous beaches -- attracting windsurfers and kite surfers to slice the turquoise waters of Hadicurari Beach, stand-up paddle boarders and snorkelers to the secluded beach of Mangel Halto and more.
Foodies flock to Aruba, the epicenter of a cultural melting pot, to experience more than 90 nationalities on-island. Epicurean enthusiasts are invited to pamper their palates with a mouthwatering assortment of zesty flavors from fresh seafood, Caribbean and vegetarian dishes to exotic churrascaria creations and vibrant Italian, Mexican and Creole, found at more than 300 on-island restaurants ranging from local dining spots to world-class international establishments.
For a local tennis tournment in Aruba visit www.tyustours.com/33678777_21812.htm or for Honeymoon packages visit www.tyustours.com/11406887_21812.htm. To book Aruba call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.
Bahamas Goombay Summer Festival
7/2/2016 4:25:42 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Come and experience The Goombay Festival, a true Bahamian Festival that feature "Live" Bahamian music with traditional Goombay dancers, great local cuisine, limbo, fire dancers, a kids corner and so much more. The festivities will be every Thursday in July from 6pm to 12 am and is great cultural event for travelers to attend. To learn more visit www.tyustours.com/11484125_21812.htm
How to Beat the Summer Heat on a Colorado Dude Ranch
7/1/2016 4:13:45 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Is the summer heat getting you down? Is your family getting cranky at the prospect of spending another day cramped around the air-conditioner?
If so, taking a trip to the beach might not be the solution you’re looking for. You won’t get a break from the high temps there, but you will find crowds, litter, loud music, and the hassles of parking. Why not skip all of that and find some real relief from the summer weather by visiting a Colorado dude ranch?
We have lots of ways you can beat the heat. Here are just a few of our favorites…
Get a Break From the Humidity
Although it can get warm in Colorado, it’s a very dry heat. On our ranch properties, you won’t have to deal with the oppressive humidity that’s so prevalent in many parts of the country. Perhaps that’s why so many guests and families come to us from Texas, Florida, and elsewhere in the South.
Ride or Hike up to the Timberline
Average daily temperatures can drop 15 or 20 degrees (and sometimes even more) as you climb a few thousand feet in elevation. That’s why visiting a Colorado ranch can be a great way to escape triple-digit heat. To get even more relief, you can take a hike, or horseback ride, up above the timberline and the surrounding mountains.
Lounge by the Pool
Instead of baking at the closest beach, you could get a break from the heat by spending a day by the pool. With large umbrellas, cozy beach towels, and indoor air conditioning when you need it, we have everything you need to stay comfortable and protected from the sun.
Step Into a Mountain Stream
If you prefer to be a bit more old-fashioned, you can visit one of the mountain streams close to our ranch properties. There aren’t many things as invigorating as stepping into a trickle of icy alpine water on a warm summer afternoon. You’ll also find great places to sit, read, talk, or take pictures.
Visit Your Favorite Fishing Hole
Summers are great for mountain fishing, and we have lots of idyllic streams, lakes, and ponds where you can catch something fresh. The Colorado backcountry features some of the best fishing in the world, regardless of whether you’re a serious angler or someone who’s just looking for a fun way to spend a few hours
See the Stars for the First Time
As wonderful as our Colorado working ranches are during the day, you’ll never forget the nights you spend with us. That’s because the elevation, lack of city lighting, and clear skies make for spectacular stargazing. It’s not unusual for guests to tell us they feel like they’re seeing the night sky for the first time.
The summer can be long and hot, or a fun time for relaxing and rejuvenating. Why not make things easier for yourself and your family by visiting a Colorado ranch this year?
For more information call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE UNVEILS NEW LUXURY FEATURES AND MORE FAMILY-FRIENDLY AMENITIES AT PRIVATE ISLAND
6/3/2016 12:34:26 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
Extensive upgrades to Norwegian's private Bahamian island Great Stirrup Cay include a new family recreation area; addition of a 1,000 foot-long zip line; expanded dining options; and an exclusive access lagoon retreat with private air-conditioned villas to open by Summer 2017
Miami, Fla (June 2, 2016) - Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed details of the new experience that awaits guests at the company's 250-acre private island oasis, Great Stirrup Cay. As the first cruise line to acquire a private island in 1977, Norwegian Cruise Line has invested in several significant updates throughout the years in order to continually enhance the amenities at Great Stirrup Cay, located in the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas. Now, as a part of Norwegian's $400 million investment program
The Norwegian Edge™, the cruise line is revolutionizing the destination now through summer 2017 to provide new luxurious amenities, new adventure activities, enhanced and expanded dining options that, together, will present an upgraded atmosphere for guests visiting the island.
As with previous investments, Norwegian is again focusing on the top to bottom details of the private island experience at Great Stirrup Cay, providing larger scale new restaurants and amenities, as well as numerous smaller details to raise the bar on the island experience even higher. Great Stirrup Cay's 10 acre beach will soon feature a new half mile oceanside boardwalk that will span the length of the shore with more than 100,000 square feet of pathway, offering easy access to the white sand beaches, as well as access to new shaded areas with benches for relaxation. Just adjacent to the beach, guests looking for a more active island experience can visit the new half-acre entertainment and activity complex, featuring a stage for live music, games and entertainers; basketball and volleyball courts, complete with bleachers; ping-pong tables; and a shaded picnic area where families can play board games or relax together. A new air-conditioned reception area will serve as the central hub for family-fun where guests can plan their day, reserve activities, rent board games and have access to expansive changing rooms.
Guests seeking heart-pumping adventure will soon be able to enjoy a new zip line course featuring more than 1,000 feet of zip line, allowing guests a bird's eye view of the island and the sea as they soar through the air. The island's two parallel zip lines offer the chance for some friendly competition and high-flying races. Those who prefer to take to the sea for exploration can snorkel through the island's new mystical underwater sculpture garden. Using a waterproof map as a guide, adventure seekers can discover nautical creatures that tell tales of the deep from beneath the sea.
From the many new shaded lounge and picnic spaces, to more than $1 million in new landscaping throughout the island, to new restrooms and lockers at the tender marina, guests will find a whole new experience by January 2017.
All dining and bar venues will be updated island-wide, adding new resort-style decking, shaded areas, high-top seating at all bars and family-style seating that will add 50 percent more seating capacity at all dining outlets.
A new complimentary taco bar, Abaco Taco,will be added near the island's entertainment hub, where guests can create their own favorite tacos. The island's 8,500-square foot buffet will be redesigned to provide faster and more efficient service for guests, and the deck surrounding the buffet will be expanded so guests can enjoy their lunch at new seating areas. The center of the island will feature a shaded lounge area with modern chic furniture and bar service, for guests who want to enjoy paradise in style.
Building on the brand's exclusive partnership with Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Great Stirrup Cay will also feature a LandShark Bar & Grill. Inspired by the traditional beach bars of the Atlantic Coast, LandShark Bar & Grill offers the perfect mix of casual dining, free-flowing drinks and fun with panoramic ocean views and indoor and outdoor seating. Menu items will be available à la carte.
Exclusive Lagoon Retreat
Guests seeking the ultimate island luxury will experience a retreat like no other at Great Stirrup Cay's exclusive lagoon enclave, beginning in Summer 2017. This private area of Great Stirrup Cay features a secluded, pristine beach; oceanview restaurant; a posh Mandara Spa; sheltered family area; and 22 air-conditioned private villas available for reservations, ranging in size from studios to two-bedrooms. The lagoon will be available on a complimentary basis to The Haven and Suite guests, along with guests who purchase an on-island Mandara Spa service. In addition, a limited amount of passes to the Lagoon will available for purchase on each sailing.
The Lagoon experience begins as guests are welcomed by staff at a modern, air-conditioned reception area complete with beach chic décor that features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the area's expansive private beaches. From the reception building, guests can reserve activities, rent equipment, or relax in the shade on the outdoor terrace or an additional shaded seating area nearby that can be accessed by the lagoon bridge. The center of the lagoon will feature a floating swim up bar for guests to enjoy their favorite cocktails without ever having to leave the water. Both children and parents will enjoy a shallow, partitioned family beach area along with grassy areas for active play, swing sets, and picnic tables. Those guests celebrating a special occasion or traveling in a large group can reserve an expansive, well-appointed private room for private functions of up to 75 guests, with food and beverage service available. Guests looking to refresh and recharge during their private island getaway can indulge in the full range of treatments offered at the lagoon's luxurious Mandara Spa, with four treatment rooms offering signature spa services.
Guests who purchase a reservation for one of Great Stirrup Cay's luxury beach villas will enjoy a completely pampered experience from ship to shore, as they will be whisked away by one of several air-conditioned shuttles running from the tender marina to the lagoon reception area. Studio villas feature an outdoor terrace, private bathroom and living/dining area, and can accommodate two to four guests. One bedroom villas accommodate four to six guests and feature a bedroom, private bathroom, living and dining areas and outdoor terrace with a hot tub. The ultimate island escape, Great Stirrup Cay's two bedroom villas can accommodate up to 10 guests and feature two bedrooms, two private bathrooms, living and dining areas, and an expansive outdoor terrace with a dining area and hot tub.
Exclusively for guests of the lagoon retreat, the two-story Silver Palm restaurant will offer complimentary dining in a stunning setting, with both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a rooftop terrace overlooking the area's expansive ocean views. All luxury beach villas will also include food and beverage service for guests who wish to enjoy refreshments in the privacy of their villa.
Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy all areas of the newly-renovated Great Stirrup Cay on a number of Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries available in 2017.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Update!
5/17/2016 1:23:41 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment
I just returned from this resort last week and I can tell you one thing, they are really making sure this property is up to par! The Windsor Tower and the Balmoral Oceanfront Village look amazing and they have started to completely remodel all of the Royal Village!
Did someone say GROUPS? This resort is perfect for groups! While I was on property there was a group with over 100 rooms and this week they have a group with over 200 rooms arriving! The staff does such an amazing job so remember to look to this property for any groups you may have!
Royal Village One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite w/ Outdoor Soaking Tub - 1BV
These newly renovated Love Nest® Suites sit within the tranquility of the Royal Village on the first and second floors; these romantic retreats feature either a private patio or balcony offering serene views of the resort's tropical gardens and includes a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two with privacy curtains. The master bedroom boasts a custom crafted king-size bed and HD smart TV and seamlessly transitions into a spacious open concepts living room featuring a seating area and fully stocked bar. The bathroom is equipped with a dual control walk in rain shower, back lit mirror, and a long-vessel sink. Guests staying in this category also enjoy the attentive services of their English Guild trained personal Butler.
Have you ever seen the "other" side of the private island??? It is so amazing and private that many people will snorkel and just relax as it's your own private retreat! This is a must see when you visit this amazing resort!
And let's not forget the Red Lane Spa sthat is on the private island. Remember you can book a spa. Just include this in the price of the package!
Remember that Island Routes has some AMAZING adventures. They can experience the Exuma Cays Ocean Safari from both Nassau and Exuma and go swimming with the pigs! It is an incredible experience and I highly recommend this! Remember, if you book online at Tyus Tours & Travel you'll save $35. To book online visit http; //www.sandals.com/index.cfm?referral=138734 or visit tyustours.com/bookonlne. For any questions call us at 866-547-5362.