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  • Small Business Saturday

    11/18/2022 4:02:19 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Shop Local & Travel Global this Small Business Saturday!

    We may take you around the great big world, but it’s “small” that makes it all go ‘round.

    This Small Business Saturday, we want to thank you for trusting our small business for your travel needs. As you know, travel advisors can help you through every step of your vacation journey, from finding the best deals for you to protecting that investment to guiding you there and back safely.

    In fact, we know of some extremely exciting Black Fri-Yay offers – like up to $300 off air and hotel getaways on top of already discounted resort stays—with Apple Vacations–I wanted to talk to you about! You don’t even have to travel until 12/15/23, so you can lock in the savings with plenty of time to look forward to your eventual escape. Or visit www.tyustours.com to view all our offerings.

    So, thank you again for choosing our small business this Small Business Saturday, and any day you decide you need a vacation! We look forward to taking care of you in the days to come.

    When you’re ready to plan your getaway, we’re here for you :

    Ricky Tyus
    Tyus Tours & Travel

  • Set Sail The Virgin Way

    11/10/2022 3:00:12 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    This holiday is just for those 18 and over. No kidding. (See what we did there?) With elevated experiences curated with adults in mind, we’ve created a place where only your Sailors’ inner-child will be roaming free.

    Relaxed Luxe

    We’ve ditched buffets and pre-set dining times to bring your Sailors fresh flavors and unexpected pairings with made-to-order food from our 20+ unique eateries—all included. Dine on churrasco steak and lemon cheesecake at The Wake, mezze-style bites and glasses of rosé in the open air of The Dock, or get your crew together for a lively Korean BBQ free-for-all at Gunbae—all with views of the waves. No stuffiness, just premium service and endless options—all On Us.

    Ordinary to Extraordinary

    We didn’t just build a cruise, we set out to create a revolutionary way to explore the world. From longer stays and overnights at ports, to diverse entertainment and dining experiences, your Sailors will never want to sail any other way. Plus, all of our voyages always include over $600 in extras, like dining at 20+ unique eateries, WiFi, group fitness classes, tips, and essential drinks.

    Boutique Glamour

    Combining the luxury of a yacht with the diverse options of a larger ship, our Creative Collective designed an environment that inspires personal and experiential connection — spaces where the sea is always front and center. Whether you’re living large in a Tom Dixon-designed suite or taking in the views from a Sea Terrace, technology and sustainability are all around; tinted windows, LED lighting, eco-sensors, and thoughtfully-sourced materials are just a few of the design choices that help our ship use less energy, without sacrificing style.

    Our Ships

    With Richard at the helm, we're building ships that bring together everything you love from your favorite places on land, with the butterfly-inducing excitement of the open ocean. Where superyacht design and your dream destinations meet. Welcome to how Virgin does cruise ships.

    21st Century Sailing

    Swipe it. Dim it. Play it. Tap it. Order. Love it. We don't want to encourage you to stay in bed all day, but with our killer app and tablet in every room, we made it very tempting. And if the trip starts while you're mid-binge, worry not — we literally have a satellite (yes, a satellite) that can beam you all the goodness. So dim the lights, order in, make a reservation all while being completely horizontal.

    Shaking Up The Industry


    Bar tab is onboard credit for Sailors to use on any of and all beverages not already included in the voyage fare. Bar tab gets your Sailors (and their friends) what they want, where and when they want it, including non-alcoholic options like specialty coffees, pressed juices and smoothies.


    Learn more

    Dreamy Getaways

            50% off second Sailors for two traveling together, valid on all sailings through April 2024.
            No single supplement for Sailors traveling solo, valid on Caribbean sailings through April 2023.
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  • How to Plan Your Trip to the Kentucky Derby

    11/3/2022 2:59:53 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    The history, the hats, the spectacle of the Kentucky Derby... There really isn't another sporting event in the world that combines all of this together into a weekend fit for nearly any type of sports fan. Let's talk about how we can get you to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, and maybe not even have to break your piggy bank.

    There are a few ways to plan your trip, depending on what type of experience you want to have. Let's go through a few of the options.

    The Budget Minded Fan: Kentucky Derby tickets, ala carte hotel room, rental car

    Choose Kentucky Derby Tickets in one of the 1st Floor Grandstand Sections. You won't be able to see the entire track but you will be close to the horses and that view is actually pretty cool. TV's are stationed throughout Churchill Downs so you won't miss a minute of the races. Booking your hotel room during the Derby weekend can be tricky, but opting for something in the Louisville East area is a good budget option. Prepare of a bit of a drive to the track and a walk once you park at Churchill Downs.

    The Inclusive Experience: Kentucky Derby Package with hotel, tickets and hospitality

    If you want the best value, most hassle-free Derby Weekend, then this is your best bet. Great hotel locations and good seats are included in all of the packages. Round trip race day shuttle transfers from your hotel to Churchill Downs and access to in-track hospitality suites including food, beverages, and private wagering stations are just some of the amenities offered in Derby travel packages.

    The Equine History Traveler: Tour the Blue Grass Country, then attend the Derby

    If you want to learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby and explore the beautiful Blue Grass Country, then this is the tour for you. Ranging from 3-6 nights long, these tours combine day trips through the countryside, exclusive access inside the top area horse farms, and tours of historic Keeneland Race Track and the Kentucky Horse Park. You will even stop for a Bourbon Tasting! Woohoo! Tickets to the Oaks and the Derby are included as well as all ground transportation during your stay and some meals.

    The Wowser Traveler: VIP Club access, luxury lodging, party, party, party

    If you want to have an experience that will live in your memory forever, then this is the Derby trip for you. Stay in a 5-star hotel like the Brown Hotel, sit in Millionaires Row or Turf Club seats, and attend the star-studded Barnstable Brown Party on Derby Eve! The Kentucky Derby is always host to celebrities from all over the world and they will be sitting in Millionaires Row. Exclusive access to other parties and VIP events throughout Derby Weekend can also be included.

    So, let's get you there! I look forward to helping you plan your trip to the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs!

  • The Most Haunted Places In Las Vegas

    10/18/2022 2:01:06 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Mob Museum

    Las Vegas is always updating itself to be as new and state-of-the-art as possible, but there are still plenty of dark corners and things that go bump in the night for the avid ghost hunter to explore. From phantom apparitions of mobsters to urban legends of Egyptian curses and ghostly whispers, check out our list of the reportedly most haunted places in Las Vegas.


    As the ultimate haunted museum in Las Vegas, it only makes sense that the Zak Bagans' Haunted Museum would have plenty of paranormal activity. Visitors have heard disembodied voices, fainted in the hallways, and even felt pushed by invisible forces. The museum’s most haunted item, the Dybbuk Box, has been cited as the possible cause of a string of bad luck for rapper Post Malone. After a private tour in which Zak Bagans lifted the artifact's protective casing, Post Malone reported strange events ranging from mysterious bite marks on his arms to his private jet nearly crashing during takeoff. Other exhibits rumored to cause unexplainable experiences are the scrying mirror of actor and occultist Bela Lugosi, Peggy the Doll, who should never be looked directly in the eyes, and even a demonic force in the building's basement, supposedly summoned through satanic rituals from the 1970s. For lovers of the macabre, unexplained, or just the super creepy, this is a must-see stop as possibly the most active haunted place in Las Vegas.


    In 1980, one of the most tragic events in Las Vegas history occurred inside the original MGM Grand resort. A raging fire engulfed one of their hotel towers that caused the horrifying death of 85 people. The building was eventually rebuilt, sold, and renamed Bally's Las Vegas in 1985. Guests who stay in the refurbished North Tower claim they have experienced the overwhelming smell of smoke and the sounds of people screaming from down the hallway, making Bally's one of the scariest haunted hotels in Las Vegas. The most chilling ghostly encounter is an elderly woman who is said to occupy a bank of slot machines on the casino floor. She calmly plays two games at once as her dress engulfs her in flames. If approached, she disappears. The MGM Grand fire led to new Las Vegas fire regulations that are now some of the strictest in the nation so that this kind of tragedy would hopefully never repeat itself.


    Nicknamed "The Devil's Mansion," La Palazza was previously owned by the notorious mob enforcer and member of the Hole in the Wall Gang, Tony "The Ant" Spilotro. Whispers of gruesome murders and blood-spattered secret rooms have spun through the rumor mill for decades, and with such a dark past, it makes sense that plenty of spirits may still linger. Previous owners of the home claim to have been harassed by these entities on multiple occasions. The two most noteworthy being vulgar innuendos hurled at female guests while showering and the owner being choked by invisible hands when he provoked the ghosts after a wine glass mysteriously fell to the floor and shattered. This haunted house in Las Vegas is privately owned and closed to the public, with the home's most recent purchase being in 2019 after a tumultuous time on the market. Hopefully, the new owners will have better luck with their ghostly cohabitation than the previous tenants.


    Mob Museum

    The second haunted museum in Las Vegas is much more tight-lipped about their spooky encounters than other locations around the city. The Mob Museum houses artifacts from some of the most violent events in American history, as well as multiple devices used for torture, murder, or creating mass terror. The building itself is the old Vegas courthouse where hundreds of murderers, mobsters, and other criminals were sentenced to death or life in prison for their wrongdoings. Rumors speculate that these lost souls are the spirits that haunt the halls as shadowy figures.


    The strange occurrences surrounding The Luxor have been prevalent since its construction began, as have the rumors that this luxury resort is more than just haunted, but possibly cursed. Themed after the massive tombs of Egypt, it is believed that the black exterior in tandem with the missing sacred eye on the top of the pyramid attracts dark energy to the hotel. Multiple deaths have occurred, including an unknown number of workers during construction, two guests jumping to their deaths from the interior balconies, and even cases of Legionella bacteria that killed one guest and caused two more to fall ill. Reports of ghostly sightings on the high hotel balconies as well as moving objects and apparitions inside of the Luxor's Titanic Artifact Exhibition are common. The strangest sightings were during the first three years of the hotel's opening when the Nile River ride was still operational. There were so many frightened guests claiming that they saw ghosts within the dark tunnels that it is considered a significant reason that the ride was shut down and the canals drained only three years after opening.


    The Flamingo was the pride and joy of notorious mobster Bugsy Seigel until his violent murder six months after its opening in 1947. But some say that he decided to extend his stay indefinitely. At this haunted Las Vegas hotel, Bugsy has allegedly been spotted at his garden memorial, inside the wedding chapel, and roaming around the Presidential Suite that still features the golden bathroom fixtures from his original room. Guests of his suite say they have awoken to the sounds of whispering and seen dark shadows looming at the foot of their beds.


    If you're looking for even more haunted places in Las Vegas, check out these other notable spots for your next ghost hunting adventure.

    Fox Ridge Park in Henderson has a swing set that is said to be haunted by a little boy who died in a car crash, but many believe that the entity is much more demonic than it appears.

    Hotel Apache at Binion's in Downtown Las Vegas has heard claims of phantom phones ringing, guests have felt touched or pushed by invisible hands, and shadowy figures have been seen lurking down hallways.

    Phantom footsteps, the sounds of crying, and apparitions of workers in old-fashioned uniforms are all common occurrences at the historic Hoover Dam. There is also the urban legend that within the concrete walls are the remains of workers that perished during construction and were unable to be removed.

    The Westgate Hotel claims that the king himself, Elvis Presley, haunts their theater's backstage area as well as the old elevators that he would take each night to get to and from his showroom.

    Guests of his suite say they have awoken to the sounds of whispering and seen dark shadows looming at the foot of their beds.

  • 4 Spooky Destinations to Add to Your Paranormal Bucket List

    10/7/2022 3:42:25 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, Chicago Illinois
    Article from the Compass

    During “Spooky Season” and beyond, any curious traveler can appreciate the intrigue of a good ghost story. From mysterious landmarks to tragic sites, it seems that in some places things truly do go bump in the night. Do you want to believe? Take a journey into the unknown when you visit these four creepy destinations.

    Hair-Raising Hawaii

    It’s true, when one imagines paradise high strangeness isn’t exactly top of mind. But between bloody bouts in ancient Hawaiian history, the attack on Pearl Harbor, freak accidents and native lore (hello, Night Marchers and shapeshifters), The Islands of Aloha are teeming with ghosts.

    Manoa Falls
    On the island of Oahu, the popular hiking spot Manoa Falls is famous for its frightening inhabitants. By day, travelers flock to the short hiking trail eager to embrace the region’s incredible views and peaceful scenery. But by night, locals warn of something far more sinister reporting sightings of ghosts, monsters and the fabled Night Marchers — spirits of ancient Hawaiian warriors doomed to roam the earth for eternity.

    Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
    While the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor took countless lives and left much of the region severely damaged, two hangars — Hanger 37 and Hanger 79 — miraculously survived. Today, the buildings serve a new purpose acting as home to the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, a fantastic homage to those who fought in World War II and the magnificent machines that they piloted. There’s just one catch, the place is crawling with ghosts — and with more than 30 authentic artifacts and exhibits we can’t say we’re surprised.

    Visitors hear unexplained voices and footsteps; things move on their own and some people have even reported seeing a phantom light that bobs from room to room. In fact, the apparent haunting of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is so intriguing that it appeared on a 2011 episode of A&E Network’s Ghost Hunters.

    Creepy California

    While present-day Los Angeles conjures thoughts of influencers snapping poolside selfies from the comfort of perfectly curated multimillion-dollar homes, just like on social media, things are not always as they appear. From its seemingly endless string of infamous and violent crimes — the Black Dahlia murder, the Manson murders, the Hillside Stranglers, Richard Ramirez — to its well-known reputation as the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, the City of Angels’ dark underbelly is always brimming just beneath the surface.

    The Cecil Hotel
    Despite various attempted rebrands, the Cecil Hotel just can’t seem to shake its unsightly past. And for good reason. With a history of murder, suicides and mysterious deaths such as that of Elisa Lam, the notorious establishment is well known as one of Los Angeles’ most dreadful spots.

    While the property is currently undergoing renovations and is closed to the public, many travelers have had the pleasure — or perhaps displeasure — of spending the night in search of things that go bump in the night. The results were just as spooky as one might expect with visitors reporting an unexplainable feeling of being watched, sightings of a little boy outside a fourth-floor window, and, an extreme case where one man claimed he was choked by an angry apparition while he attempted to fall asleep.

    The Hollywood Sign
    Undoubtedly one of the most recognizable landmarks in the state, if not the entire U.S., the Hollywood sign is rumored to radiate some seriously bad vibes. Many believe the eerie happenings can be attributed to Hollywood starlet Peg Entwistle, who, in 1932, climbed 45 feet up until she reached the top of the “H”. Then, she jumped to her death.

    While Entwistle left this life, it seems she may have never left L.A. as several people have reported seeing a blond woman dressed in 1930s clothing suddenly appear and vanish before their eyes. These sightings are apparently increased on foggy nights, and some even claim to catch a whiff of the starlet’s perfume, heavy with notes of gardenia.

    Eerie Illinois

    One of America’s most beloved Midwestern states, Illinois is home to famous cities such as Chicago and Springfield — aka the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln — and plenty of opportunities for adventure by both water and by land. There’s no arguing that The Prairie State has a lot of good things going for it, including plenty of spooky adventures which is great news for paranormal enthusiasts.

    The Chicago River
    Known for its trendy bars and restaurants, world-class architecture and brightly colored green water come St. Patrick’s Day, the Chicago River is a must-see for travelers visiting the Windy City. And for as long as the Chicago River has acted as an iconic sightseeing spot, it's been the ideal place to catch a river tour.
    Unfortunately, in the year 1915, what was supposed to be a festive celebration took a shocking turn when the S.S. Eastland, too top-heavy to bear, rolled on its side taking the ship and its 2,500+ passengers and crew members down with it.

    That day, 844 people — including 22 entire families — lost their lives. The sudden and massive death toll left city officials scrambling and local businesses were asked to act as makeshift morgues, desperate to find a temporary home for those who perished. And it seems that the souls aboard the S.S. Eastland may still be present as witnesses report sightings of ghostly apparitions from within those very same buildings and from beneath the icy depths of the Chicago River.

    Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery (picture at top of article)

    Visiting Bachelor’s Grove isn’t akin to the usual, boneyard. Instead, family members and curious folk alike must walk a long, overgrown path until they stumble upon the now-abandoned place riddled with toppled headstones, vandalism and a chain-link fence that’s seen better days. Inside, visitors shouldn’t be surprised to encounter something strange. The space is home to the usual bizarre phenomena — footsteps, strange lights, a general feeling of unease — in addition to a photobombing woman in white and a disappearing farmhouse.

    Freaky Florida

    While it might seem that the scariest thing Florida has to offer is the infamous “Florida Man” stories that are always circulating on the news, the Sunshine State has plenty of creepy stories to pique any curious traveler’s interest.

    St. Augustine Lighthouse
    As the oldest brick structure in the city, the St. Augustine Lighthouse has witnessed many tragedies. The impressive structure stands 164 feet tall and dates back to the mid-1500s when it was erected to stand watch above the ruthless waters of the Atlantic Ocean. During its prime, the lighthouse housed various keepers who came and went over the years. However, it’s now clear that while many called this place home, some souls never truly left.

    Despite a strict no-smoking rule, travelers may detect the smell of cigars as they ascend the structure’s foreboding iron staircase. As they continue their climb, they might feel that someone, and not a nice someone, is watching, the shadow of a too-tall dark figure fluttering past just outside of view. This ghoulish being is referred to as “The Man” and is known to walk the spiral staircase adorned in a blue jacket and a mariner’s cap, none too fond of the lighthouse’s many visitors. In the distance, the ominous sound of children’s laughter echoes throughout the grounds, a reminder of a young girl who passed on the property in the 1870s. But the scares don’t end there, Maria Mestre de los Dolores, the first woman to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard and the first Hispanic American woman to command a federal shore installation, is also said to haunt this place, peering over the railing looking down at the very same place her husband met his fateful end.

    The Biltmore Hotel
    Glamour and war make for an unlikely duo, but so is the history of Miami’s historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Constructed in 1926, this massive hotel began its life as an epicenter for some of the U.S.’ most glamorous fashion shows, golf tournaments, galas and impressive water shows that took place in what was once the largest pool in the world. The Biltmore was a place to see and be seen attracting big names over the years including infamous gangsters such as Thomas “Fatty” Walsh who met his gruesome end when he was shot and killed on the hotel’s 13th floor. Then, in the 1940s, usage of the grounds took an unexpected twist when the federal government transformed the hotel into a military hospital. The grounds served several additional uses — a medical school, a veteran’s hospital, an abandoned building — before finally assuming its final, current form in the late 1980s.

    Today, the Biltmore Hotel is on the National Registry of Historic Places, and it has plenty of historic ghouls to match. Doors open on their own, mysterious messages appear on mirrors and bizarre items like lampshades go missing. The elevator is a particular oddity, sending guests to the wrong floors and acting out of sorts despite a clean bill of (elevator) health. A woman in white roams the property and a phantom couple is said to waltz in the ballroom, a never-ending ode to their devotion to each other.

  • Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors

    9/29/2022 5:31:45 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    Friday January 20, 2023

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    Come out and enjoy a night of NBA basketball as the upstart Cavaliers with newly acquire Donovan Mitchell take on the NBA Champions Golden State Warriors with Steph Curry.

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  • Should You Buy Travel Insurance for Your Flight ?

    9/19/2022 2:55:41 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Two and a half years since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re still feeling its effects on the travel industry in big ways.

    This summer has been one of the most frustrating periods, as travelers have had to navigate canceled flights, lost luggage, escalating prices and a general sense of chaos. But will this trend persist into the holiday season?

    Even more people will travel for the holidays this year

    The majority of COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, which really puts the virus out of a lot of people’s minds when they consider traveling. On most days, TSA checkpoint numbers are only slightly behind the equivalent day from 2019.

    There was massive demand for travel this summer, and experts expect it to continue into the holiday season ? or, at least, to be greater than in 2021.

    Travel issues will inevitably persist.

    Unfortunately, the demand this summer exceeded the supply of pilots, so cancellations and delays were common and frustrating for millions of Americans. The demand is going to continue into this year’s holiday travel season, which is going to cause more cancellations and delays around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Buy Travel Insurance to Protect Your Investment

    Many travelers may have previously chosen not to ensure their flights and only requested travel insurance for packaged trips or cruises.

    But now with increasing cancellations going on in the United States, Europe, and much of the rest of the world, this could be a good time to purchase travel insurance. Flight disruptions may have increased for different reasons such as strikes, staff shortages, weather, and mechanical delays. To plan your holiday travel call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

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