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Excitement Awaits Aboard SeaDream
SeaDream’s twin mega-yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II, sail to some of the most spectacular destinations in the West Indies and Mediterranean. While not exploring new ports, SeaDream guests rest assured that they will be splendidly spoiled while onboard and will have an array of activities to occupy their day and nights.
Whether you want to relax and admire the scenic views or engage in a more active experience, SeaDream believes is giving you, the guest, the choice to spend your days as you wish. Learn about some of the activities available onboard by day and night:
Daytime Aboard SeaDream
Guests looking for a lazy day at sea will have no problem finding a spot on the yacht to relax and maybe catch up on that book they’ve been meaning to get to. The signature Balinese Dream Beds are the perfect spot to lounge and enjoy the gentle sea breezes. These beds are designed as the perfect place to catch the unobstructed views or take a nap.
On Deck 3, you will find the pool deck, which features generous teak decks and lounge chairs. The saltwater pool and fresh water jacuzzi will ensure you enjoy your time spent on deck.
For those looking to get some activity in their day, there are options aplenty. You may choose to start your day with a complimentary yoga or tai chi class. Channel your inner yogi and start your day energized. The fully equipped fitness center is also a great option for anyone not looking to abandon their fitness routine while on vacation.
Voted the best yacht by Golf Digest, golf aficionados can practice their swing on SeaDream’s Golf Simulator on Deck 6. Equipped with his and hers clubs, you can select from over 30 world-renowned golf courses and enjoy them in the comfort of your Yacht.
And, of course, what is yachting without the proper water toys? Guests can enjoy the Watersports Marina for some fun in the sun. Whether you like motorized water sports like jet skis or wakeboarding and waterskiing, or other more leisure sports such as kayaking and paddle boarding, there is something for everyone. You can also simply enjoy swimming in the blue waters and taking advantage of SeaDream’s floating island and trampoline.
If all this action has you feeling in need of some r&r, head to the SeaDream Spa where Thai-certified experts are ready to welcome you to a sanctuary of relaxation and tranquility. The SeaDream Spa is an indulgent experience to complete any SeaDream vacation.
Nighttime Aboard SeaDream
By night, music and a lively social atmosphere fills the yacht. Mingle with your friends and family or your newly made SeaDream friends at the Top of the Yacht Bar for breathtaking views with your favorite cocktail. The night sky transforms the deck to a memorable night.
If you’re feeling lucky, begin your evening entertainment with a hand at the Blackjack table in the Casino on Deck 4. Just steps away, enjoy an after-dinner drink at the Piano Bar, a relaxed and social lounge area where you enjoy listening to live guitar and piano music. Request your favorite tune and feel free to sing along. Or should you wish for something quieter, take refuge in the library for a good read from our large selection of books or challenge a fellow yachtsman in a selection of board games.
SeaDream may also host one of its signature Starlit Movies, in which the pool deck becomes your cinema under the open night sky. Get comfortable in a reclining lounge chair and watch a concert or movie on the outdoor bug screen. Pillows, blankets, fresh popcorn, and bar service make this a movie experience like no other.
Culminate your night by experiencing the Signature Balinese Dream Beds at night and sleep under the stars. The soothing sound of the sea and cozy setting make this a magical and unforgettable experience.
Book a SeaDream voyage today to experience the SeaDream onboard experience firsthand!
Sandals Royal Curacao
Where Amazing Comes Together
Curacao, desired for its unique blend of cultures and colorful architecture, Curaçao locals embrace Dutch culture, architecture, and flavors. With stable, year-round temperatures between 72 and 82 degrees, there is no shoulder season in Curaçao. Any time of year, our doors will be open, and our waters warm.
Sandals eighth Caribbean destination, the island of Curaçao is home to seventy dive sites and exotic marine ecosystems. Sandals new resort will be home to 351 luxury rooms and suites, expansive new pools, two onsite marinas, and the largest meeting space on the island, clocking in at 38,000 square feet.
Another Sandals “First,” guests in these debut suites will receive the keys to a complimentary convertible MINI Cooper, their very own stylish and sporty transportation to explore the island.
Pictured here: Rendering of the Kurason Island Poolside Butler Bungalows with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tubs for Two – a new romantic retreat, only available at Sandals Royal Curaçao.
The resort will introduce The Duchess, Sandals’ first ever floating restaurant and bar, constructed from a 92-foot authentic Dutch ship, atop sparkling azure seas. Alongside Sandals fan-favorite room categories, Sandals Royal Curaçao will boast two new luxurious suite categories, the Awa Seaside Butler Bungalows and the Kurason Island Poolside Butler Bungalows.
In Curaçao, take your flip-flops through a selection of the island’s thirty-five white sandy beaches, each with a personality and flair of its own. Playa Knip, Playa Lagun, Klein Curaçao, and Playa Porto Mari are just a few of the options lining the 171-mile island. With so many options on one quaint island, the chances of walking onto your own private beach are delightfully high.
Off the beach, walk Aloe Vera plantations, learn about local herbal remedies, stop by the largest ostrich farm outside of Africa, and kick back at authentic roadside bars tucked into the island’s winding roads. Romance and relaxation aren’t exclusive; adventure is a worthy aspect of any romantic vacation. For a fresh adrenaline rush, jump on high-speed ATVs and venture through the island’s rugged terrain before parking and exploring ancient temples under the stars.
In the capital city of Willemstad (A UNESCO World Heritage Site), stroll through the colorful Dutch-inspired streets and see one-of-a-kind murals and street art, representative of the warm island culture. With a slew of year-round events, you just might stumble into one of Curaçao’s classic festivals celebrating the island’s history and culture with good music and better company. Here, you’ll taste Curaçao’s most popular dishes- Keshi Yena, a large ball of cheese stuffed with spiced meat, or Oliebollen, the Dutch doughnut.
New destination, same Sandals.
At Sandals Royal Curaçao, you’ll experience the same luxuries you’ve come to know at our fifteen other Caribbean havens.
Guests will taste the renowned Sandals experience, with nine 5-Star Global Gourmet dining options at their fingertips plus a bevy of beachfront gourmet food trucks offering traditional Curaçao fare, Spanish tapas, and Asian fusion.
Now open for bookings, Sandals Resorts is offering guests who book a stay at Sandals Royal Curaçao now through November 2, 2021, a special Grand Opening Offer with savings of up to $1,000. Sandals Select Guests who book Sandals Royal Curaçao in any category will share in the savings and receive an additional choice of credits including a $200 Island Routes Tour credit, $200 Red Lane Spa credit, 5,000 Instant Sandals Select Rewards Loyalty Points, or a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience for Two valued at $200.
There’s nothing left to do, except open the doors. Book your 2022 stay today and be the first to explore Sandals Royal Curaçao, the Caribbean’s best-kept secret. To book or for more information visit https://bit.ly/2V19W2W.
How to Elevate Your Safety When Traveling
Although some people may be “over it”, we are unfortunately still living amongst an ongoing pandemic. There is no need to halt travel, though, as there are several health and safety measures to take which lessen the chance of contracting the virus.
More than ever before, tourists should look to travel advisors when booking their trips. Advisors have seen it all – both good and bad – and they are the experts when it comes to traveling amid the coronavirus pandemic.
We can answer the questions
Which destinations are open and welcoming visitors? Which hotels and resorts have sanitary measures in place? What type of documentation is currently needed?
These are all questions an agent should be able to answer right now. In addition to being able to answer the obvious inquiries, there are several ways in which travel agents can aid in putting clients’ safety first during the booking process.
If you do happen to have someone that’s worried about flying, we can put their minds at ease by reminding them that the chances of getting COVID-19 on a plane are extremely low. Mask wearing and sanitization measures are still very much in place on airplanes and in airports.
After we’ve calmed your nerves, we can suggest a variety of ways to decrease the chances of contracting the virus during travel.
First off: book a private transfer. Upon arrival in the destination, you will feel so much better getting into a vehicle with only their travel party instead of boarding a bus filled with strangers or using a rideshare app that may not have the proper cleaning procedures in place between passengers.
Another way to lessen the interactions with others is by booking at a spacious resort. There are a number of hotels in the popular tourist destinations that have plenty of room for each visitor to have their own area instead of being crammed in between other guests by the pool. It’s also important to choose properties that continue to focus on health and safety measures.
To take it a step further, suggest a room upgrade. Reserving a spacious suite that includes amenities such as a private pool and room service means guests will spend less time in public areas and more time relaxing on their own.
Encouraging guest to purchase travel insurance has always been an important step in the booking process, but it’s even more important now in the current climate. We urge everyone to add travel insurance to their reservation.
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With these added precautions in place, you will feel at ease as you embark on a much-needed vacation.
Book your vacation with an expert! Contact Tyus Tours & Travel to book your travel. Call 866-547-5362 or visit www.tyustours.com.
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.