Be Safe While Traveling! Safeguards for Everywhere Travel, not Only for The Dominican Republic

As you have probably seen and heard since there has been a ton of media coverage recently surrounding the tragic deaths and a horrific act of violence at resorts in the #DominicanRepublic, it is completely understandable that many would have questions and concerns regarding travel to the D.R. While this situation is extremely unnerving and unfortunate, we must keep in mind that crime happens all across the globe, even when we travel so here are a few recommendations to know about before you travel to any destination.

Resorts and Cruise Lines usually do everything they can to ensure the safety of their guests but as a traveler, you should take some basic safety precautions as well. Review your personal security plans including communications preparedness/connectivity, monitor local news for breaking events and remain vigilant at all times.

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  • Do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Follow the advice of resort and tour operators regarding local safety and security concerns.
  • If you are going off property, let someone in your group know where you are going and when you are expected back.
  • If possible, use the “buddy system” when you are on property.
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: Be sure to invest in a Travel Protection Plan and keep your pocket card that has emergency contact information with you at all times while traveling.

State Department Information:

  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive updated safety and security information, and to ensure that the U.S. Embassy or Consulate can contact you in case of an emergency.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

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Plan now for a Disney Fall Family Cruise!

Find out why Disney Halloween cruises on the high seas makes for the perfect fall family getaway. Start planning now so you can discover fun and relaxation for everyone in the family on a Disney Cruise.

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Each fall, Disney ships host a one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration that can’t be beat. In the weeks leading up to Halloween, families sailing on their cruises can enjoy lively entertainment that’s sure to get you into the spirit of the haunted season.

See Why a Halloween on the High Seas Cruise Should be at the Top of Your List for a Fall Vacation.

TLC Travels at Cruises Inc.

 

 

Emeril’s Bistro 1396 on Carnival’s Mardi Gras Ship!

Congratulations to world-renowned chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse on his first-ever seagoing restaurant aboard Carnival’s newest and most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, setting sail in summer 2020.

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Emeril’s Bistro 1396 will take center stage in Mardi Gras’ French Quarter, one of the ship’s six themed zones where guests will find fun, memorable ways to create their own personalized vacations. The French Quarter will capture the festive spirit of Louisiana with food, cocktails and, of course, live jazz.

Emeril’s Bistro 1396 will showcase the chef’s signature dishes that earned him the reputation as one of NOLA’s most acclaimed and respected chefs! Get your cruise vacation taste buds ready as his menu will include: Oyster and Cochon de lait po-boys, Muffaletta sandwiches, Emeril’s signature Barbecue shrimp, fresh seafood ceviche, roasted duck & Andouille sausage gumbo, jambalaya, and complements such as Creole potato salad with diced scallions, and red beans and “jazz-man” rice.  Breakfast offerings will feature shrimp and grits and a shrimp Creole omelet. The New Orleans classic Bananas Foster and lemon ice box pie will be available for dessert.

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Carnival Cruises’ newest and largest ship, Mardi Gras, is on schedule to make her debut in Europe Aug. 31, 2020, before repositioning to New York for a series of voyages before heading down to Port Canaveral for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning in Oct. 2020.  Get ready to choose a sailing from her exciting inaugural season and the opportunity to visit spectacular destinations including:

  • A 9-day maiden cruise from Copenhagen to Southampton calling at Kiel, Germany; Gothenburg, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Zeebrugge, Belgium; and Le Havre, France.
  • A 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Southampton to New York with stops at Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; Funchal, Madeira, Portugal and Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal.
  • A 6-day cruise round-trip from New York to Portland, Maine and Saint John, New Brunswick.
  • A 15-day Carnival Journeys sailing to Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Aruba, Curacao, and Grand Turk, positioning the vessel for year-round voyages to the Caribbean.

Once in her home port of Port Canaveral, Mardi Gras will sail on a special 8-day Caribbean cruise and will kick off 7-day cruises from the Space Coast, offering two different three-port, 7-day itineraries, alternating weekly to the Eastern and Western Caribbean featuring some of the region’s most beautiful and popular ports.

 

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Take this opportunity to plan early and contact us today for reservations assistance and more information about a cruise vacation on the new Mardi Gras in 2020.

TLC Travels Tours & Cruises/Tina Coltrane at Cruises Inc.

Discover the Caribbean with Princess Cruises!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to live your vacation life to the fullest in the Caribbean this year! We want to help you escape to the sunny Caribbean to indulge in the best of island life on a Princess Cruises vacation!

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Imagine,… uncovering world-class beaches on your next vacation. Snorkel beneath clear turquoise seas beside a rainbow of underwater creatures. Unwind amidst the colorful culture and scenery of the Southern Caribbean for the ultimate island vacation. Venture further into the Southern Caribbean to islands like Dominica, teeming with waterfalls and wildlife. Visit national parks and relax on renowned beaches in places like Aruba, Willemstad and Curaçao.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience exploring vibrant Caribbean culture when sailing with Princess. Discover ancient Mayan ruins in their Western Caribbean itineraries; from the pyramids and temples at Altun Ha in Belize to the legendary walled city of Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula. Journey beneath the sea to Belize’s spectacular coral reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trek through majestic rainforests and amidst Mayan ruins — there’s plenty to marvel at in this unique region.

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Make plans with us now to stroll across miles of sun-drenched beaches as you sink into island time in the rejuvenating Eastern Caribbean on your cruise vacation. This region boasts quaint towns alive with diverse cultures amongst a breathtaking backdrop of swaying palm trees. Escape to the sunny Caribbean to indulge in the best of island life.

Princess cruises is offering a Caribbean cruise itinerary for everyone. Choose from 3 to 7 night sailings as well as longer itineraries from 10+ nights and more!  Enjoy the Princess MedallionClass™ experience as you sail roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. Delight in all the Caribbean has to offer, from lively culture and endless white-sand beaches to Mayan ruins and fresh regional cuisine.

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Just in case you missed this bit of exciting news, Princess® will now offer their MedallionClass experience on all Caribbean sailings to enhance every aspect of your cruise! Get the latest and greatest cruise technology during your Caribbean vacation with Princess MedallionClass which offers a personalized, hassle-free vacation that lets you do more of what you love. Get ready to enjoy the best Wi-Fi at sea, expedited boarding, keyless stateroom entry and more! The complimentary OceanMedallion™ is the size of a quarter and can be worn in a variety of ways: in a clip, sportsband, bracelet, or pendant. It’s your key to opening doors: to your stateroom and a world of possibilities aboard your ship.

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Lets talk so you can look forward to strolling across miles of sun-drenched beaches as you sink into island time and delight in all the Caribbean has to offer! From lively culture and endless white-sand beaches to Mayan ruins and fresh regional cuisine, you’re sure to “Come Back New” from your vacay with Princess!

Unpack once and explore multiple Caribbean destinations on one fantastic cruise vacation with Princess Cruises! Contact us for more information and reservations assistance for yourself, friends/family and/or Group Coordination assistance!

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Now is the time to book your Princess Cruises Caribbean vacation during their limited-time sales; “Sail into Savings” of up to 40% Off; and “Come Back New” with Up to $600 to Spend on Board, Room Upgrades and more! When you add our #CruisesInc EXCLUSIVES, you’ll get more than ever before!

Tina Little-Coltrane; Agency Owner and Travel Coordinator at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises and Vacation Specialist at Cruises Inc.

 

 

Carnival Sunrise Cruises From Norfolk to the Bahamas 2019!

The completely renovated, new ship #CarnivalSunrise is on schedule to make her debut sailing from #Norfolk on April 29th for 7-days of easy cruising w/stops on Grand Turk, Freeport & Half Moon Cay Private Island ! Cabins are still available! ~ Contact us for reservations assistance ASAP or visit us here –> http://tinyurl.com/yyk4335t for online quoting/booking! ~~ #TLCTravels at #CruiseInc ~ #WeHaveTheCruises !! #ASKTina #SheHandlesEVERYTHING #TravelLifeWell #Cruise #Travel #ChooseFun #CarnivalCruise #vacation

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Perfect for first-time cruisers and/or anyone in the Virginia and North Carolina areas wanting an easy to get to cruise getaway are Carnival sailings from Norfolk. Book at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises’NOW for your chance to enjoy this newly renovated ship while experiencing a great Bahamas Cruise Vacation!

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The Carnival Sunrise (formerly known as Carnival Triump) ship stops on three different islands in the Bahamas; Nassau, Freeport, as well as the private island of Half Moon Cay with its 1700-acre interior lagoon and exotic vegetation.

You and yours are sure to enjoy the 9-miles of beach where you can sway in the sweet Bahamian breezes to the rhythms of calypso on this tropical island paradise.
Carnival Cruises to Half Moon Cay deliver you to an idyllic sun-drenched island hideaway where you can play in the turquoise seas, ride horseback on powdery white sand, and encounter silky-smooth stingrays. If your wish…

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Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady Cruises

Make plans with us now to meet and experience the Scarlet Lady, a mid-sized boutique ship that will sail from Miami to the Caribbean in 2020 hosting more than 2,770 sailors-(Guests) and 1,160 amazing crew from around the world. The Scarlet Lady will be Adult-by-Design, a sanctuary at sea for the 18+ traveler. A dose of “Vitamin Sea” will be naturally intertwined across the entire ship, with well-being activated through a mix of high-energy moments coupled with relaxation and rejuvenation.

Virgin Voyages, the new lifestyle brand set to disrupt the cruise industry and owned by Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, recently released itinerary details and cabin designs for the company’s first ship, Scarlet Lady. With four and five night voyages to the Caribbean, “Sailors” will set sail in sleek über yacht style with Virgin Voyages’ patent pending cabin design featuring the Seabed, a completely new transformational bed that converts from full-sized bed to lounger. The Seabed allows Sailors the unique opportunity to transform their cabin from a quiet hideaway to relax to a place to revel among friends.

With several cabin categories there are 1,330 cabins aboard the Scarlet Lady and 78
Rock Star Suites. Every “Sailor” wishing to voyage aboard the Scarlet Lady can find their special hideaway with roomy XL Sea Terrace cabins, Sea Terrace cabins, Sea View cabins, Insider cabins, Social Insider cabins that sleep up to four in a chalet-style bunk and Solo Insider cabins designed and priced exclusively for the solo traveler.  All terraces aboard Scarlet Lady will feature custom-designed hammocks, hand-woven by artisans from Yellow Leaf a social enterprise that fosters women’s empowerment and community transformation in rural Thailand.

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“Sailors” aka Cruise Guests will embark on their journey aboard Scarlet Lady from Miami, where they can toast to the Magic City‟s colorful evening skyline as the ship sets sail at 7 pm.
“Our research with Sailors unearthed their desire to go to places that allow for a variety of experiences,” said Diana Block Garcia, vice president of itinerary and destination development for Virgin Voyages. “We set out on an adventure to find overnight destinations that have a combination of opportunities for high energy exploration and places for relaxation, as the perfect complement to our Virgin Voyages experience. We have composed itineraries that have a sense of palpable culture, history and above all induce that carefree feeling that you only get
while on holiday.”

The Scarlet Lady will offer four and five-night Havana After Dark itineraries that will take “Sailors” on a cultural quest through Cuba, with an overnight stay in Havana that will afford “Sailors” ample time to explore and visit Cuba’s warm and friendly residents through people-to-people exchanges.

Virgin Voyages’ Mayan Sol itinerary will be a five-night voyage to Costa Maya,
Mexico where antiquity contrasts modernism, with Mayan ruins just a stone‟s throw away from the port and colorful coral reefs that lie just off-shore. Virgin Voyages has partnered with ITM Group to bring “Sailors” to this incredible paradise filled with rich history and excitement.

Sea lovers will revel in the Scarlet Lady’s Dominican Daze voyage, where she will
journey to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic on a five-night sailing. Voyages to Puerto Plata will be an ocean lover‟s dream holiday. Puerto Plata is the perfect place for “Sailors” to catch some waves at surf school, explore trekking through canyons or catch a cable car up the mountain to buy handicrafts in an artisan village or enjoy endless island views.

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The Scarlet Lady‟s inaugural 2020 season opened for bookings on Valentine’s Day,
February 14, 2019. You can find and book your “Adults-only” 2020 Cruise Vacation experience with Virgin Voyages now on our website and/or contact us directly for reservations assistance.

Tina Little-Coltrane: Agency Owner/Travel Coordinator at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises! Also, Independent Vacation Specialist at Cruises Inc.

 

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The Tumi gift with purchase offer is only applicable on new individual bookings made between 2/14/19 – 2/21/19 on 2020 Virgin Voyages sailings. Tumi carry-on gift is only applicable to bookings with the total cost of $4000 or greater. Tumi passport case is only applicalble to bookings with the total cost of $1500-$3999. Only one (1) Tumi gift is redeemable per stateroom and will be delivered after final cruise payment is made.

Call Tina at 336-438-0034 for more information and cruise reservations assistance today!!

 

 

Be sure to watch this Virgin Voyages Ship Tour of the Scarlet Lady courtesy of Cruise Radio!

 

Get a Taste of Cuba With MSC Cruises!

UPDATE: On June 4, 2019 the United States government announced immediate travel restrictions to Cuba. As a result, Cruises originating from the U.S. are no longer permitted to visit Cuba.

Discover the new 7-night Cuba and Caribbean itineraries on MSC Armonia departing from Miami! These amazing new MSC Cruises’ itineraries feature two days in Havana, Cuba, in addition to the best of Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Mexico. Enjoy an even richer itinerary across the Caribbean and dive into the local culture of Cuba through the people-to-people educational program.

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MSC Cruises is the only cruise line offering a 7-night itinerary from Miami, featuring two days in Havana on one of the largest and most modern cruise ships calling Cuba. In addition, the attractive itinerary includes stops in Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Mexico, with only one day at sea. MSC Armonia has been recently and extensively overhauled, in late 2014. The ship has been tailored with a wide range of amenities and services for families; exquisite, varied dining offerings; outstanding, all-hours entertainment; a broad choice of relaxation and wellness options, and more, all provided with a touch of Mediterranean flair and flavor.

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All guests sailing to Cuba from Miami must either purchase and book people-to-people activities for each day they are planning to disembark in Cuba, certify that they are traveling under one of the other 12 general authorized license categories as defined by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), or hold a specific license issued by OFAC.

MSC Cruises will organize “people-to-people” shore excursions. The extensive tours have been designed to allow all guests to experience the best this unique cultural destination has to offer.

***Cruise Guests MAY NOT travel to Cuba with a driver’s license and/or birth certificate (including children).***
All cruisers who are not Cuban-born citizens will need the following documents:

  • PASSPORT BOOK – All passengers must have their Passport book and it must be valid at least 6 months after your cruise date (your passport card will NOT be accepted).
  • CUBAN VISA (a.k.a. Tarjeta del Turista) – This Visa will be available for purchase to all guests onboard during your cruise for $75 per person.
  • AFFIDAVIT – All guests must have their U.S. government affidavit document completed prior to embarkation and give to the agent at check-in (please retain a copy for yourself and keep for 5 years). Your affidavit will be included with your MSC e-tickets.
  • VALID U.S. VISA – documentation to enter the United States (when applicable, if guest is from another country outside of the USA)

Cuban-born, U.S. citizens are also permitted to sail, but will need additional documentation in order to travel. Cuban-born citizens who came to the U.S. on or after January 1, 1971 must travel to Cuba using their Cuban passports, but must use their U.S. passports to depart and re-enter the U.S. These guests do not need a visa, but will need a Passport Habilitation. For additional information, please refer to the U.S. Embassy in Cuba website found at https://cu.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/.

Individuals who came to the U.S. prior to January 1, 1971, must travel to Cuba with their U.S. passports. They will also require an HE-11 visa, which must be applied for prior to travel. The visa application process can take up to 90 days, so plan ahead! For assistance with visa and passport requests, guests can contact the Cuban Embassy directly

When exploring Cuba, American currency will not be accepted and cannot be used on shore. American passengers cannot use American currency or credit cards in Cuba. In order to make purchases in Cuba, it will be required for passengers to bring US dollars and then visit a bank or exchange center to convert their cash to Cuban currency.

For more information and reservations assistance, contact us at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises’ email; info@booktlctravels.com and/or visit our website, TLC Travels at Cruises Inc for quoting/booking online, BookTLCTravels.com.

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GO ALL IN: Book a 6, 7, 8, or 14-Night Caribbean & Cuba Cruise and get Unlimited Free Drinks and Free Wifi included!

Set sail to the most exotic locations in the Caribbean including CUBA, on the most beautiful ships in the world. For a limited time, we’ll give you not only a FREE Easy Drinks Package, but a FREE Wi-Fi Package, as well! Enjoy select wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages, and stay connected while you revel in the trip of a lifetime. But don’t wait to book — this offer won’t last long!

TLC Travels at Cruises Inc!

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All rates quoted and special offers are subject to change prior to booking with the required booking deposit payment.