Southwest Airlines is on The Countdown to Travel Cuba Too!

CUBA, this new frontier in travel for Americans continues to evolve! CUBA, the largest island in the Caribbean, offers not only tropical scenery, but a rich culture and fascinating history. Cuba’s capital city, the infamous Havana, with its colorful, classic 1950s style cars and art nouveau Spanish colonial architecture gives Havana a distinct look and feel as if you have stepped back in time.

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There’s a true blending of cultures represented on this island of CUBA with roots from the Taíno indigenous people, and a significant influence from Spanish and African cultures. Today, Cuba exhibits its varied heritage with a vibrant community of artists, musicians, dancers, writers, and chefs—all contributing to the creative landscape of Cuba. You are now able to take advantage of several exciting new opportunities to travel to Cuba on People-to-People educational tours. Expect to experience Cuba through personal interactions with locals which is a truly unique travel experience.

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The news comes just a few months after JetBlue became the first U.S. commercial airline to fly a scheduled flight to Cuba in more than half a century. American Airlines followed soon after.But what’s most exciting about Southwest’s announcement is that flights are starting for as low as $59 each way. The airline said that in honor of its new service, the special low fare is available for travel between Nov. 13 and April 24, 2017. Customers need to book their flights before Nov. 20, and 14-days advance purchase is required.

Source: Southwest Airlines Is Making It Easier (And Cheaper) To Fly To Cuba | Huffington Post

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Travel to Cuba Requirements- the basics:

Every American Traveler must have a U.S. Passport that is valid up to, at minimum, 6 months from their scheduled return date.

Tourist Visa is Required: Although “Tourist” activities in Cuba remain prohibited by U.S. Laws for U.S. citizens, there are 12 categories of travel that are authorized as doable for visiting Cuba;

  1. Visiting family
  2. Humanitarian projects or to provide support to the Cuban people
  3. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations
  4. Journalistic activities
  5. Professional research
  6. Educational activities by persons at academic institutions
  7. People-to-people “educational exchange” travel
  8. Religious activities
  9. Public performance, clinics, workshops, athletic or other competitions and exhibitions
  10. Authorization to provide travel services, carrier services and remittance forwarding services
  11. Activities of private foundations, research or educational institutes
  12. Exportation of certain Internet-based services

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For all specific requirements for traveling to Cuba, more information and updates, please visit the following websites:

United States Department of State: International Travel

United States Embassy in Cuba

Very informative FAQ page from website: Cuba Travel Services

A few other Airlines currently authorized to provide Cuba flight services:

American AirlinesDelta AirlinesJetBlue Airlines

Find out about Cruising Cuba from Montego Bay, Jamaica on Celestyal Cruises

People-to-People:Immersive Cultural Exchange Cruises with Fathom Impact Travel

Contact us for more information and reservations assistance to book your trip to Cuba! TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

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Enjoy Norwegian Bliss From Seattle For Your Alaska Cruise Experience!

As the 1st Cruise Line to begin sailing to Alaska from Seattle in 2000, Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced as they introduced Norwegian Bliss as the next best cruise ship to explore Alaska with!  Pier 66 in Seattle will be this new beauty’s home port for seasonal 7-day Alaska Cruises NCL style beginning June 2018.


Norwegian Bliss is being designed specifically for sailing Alaska waters with custom features and amenities in mind for cruise guests to explore and enjoy one of the top cruise destinations, Alaska.

Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly 7-day Alaska cruises departing Seattle on Saturdays. Guests will experience the beauty and wildlife of Alaska while visiting Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway and enjoy the charm of Victoria, British Columbia. Plus with awe inspiring scenic glacier cruising Norwegian Bliss will provide guests with the premier way to explore Alaska.

Cruising groups and families, start talking amongst yourselves about your next meet-up on a NCL Alaska Cruise! The new Norwegian Bliss sailing Alaska is definitely one not to be missed.  We’ll begin accepting reservation requests in early 2017 for Norwegian Bliss cruising in 2018!

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Ready to plan your 2017 Alaska Cruise now?  Not a problem! Norwegian currently has 3 ships cruising exciting Alaska seasonal itineraries in 2017. Contact us for more information and reservations assistance.

TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

About Matthew, Hurricane Matthew That Is!

Good morning Thursday! Unless you live under a rock or are completely off the grid you have been seeing and hearing all about #HurricaneMatthew this week.

Continuing on his north-easterly track up to the United States after causing devastation in Haiti and other Caribbean islands, I wake this morning with eyes and ears wide open again as he heads our way for an uninvited, personal meet and greet with the southeast coast States!

Read and see more via Hurricane Matthew barrels toward Southeast U.S. as officials ready for potentially strongest storm in a decade

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Map update via Weather.com