Beaches Resorts Welcomes Walkaround Julia to Their Sesame Street Team in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos!

By now, I am sure that you have heard all about Julia the Muppet who has Autism being the newest  character to join the Sesame Street crew. Julia made her debut on an episode of Sesame Street recently with a primary focus of bringing awareness and knowledge about #Autism.

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Julia, the 4-year old, red-haired Mupphet with Autism is scheduled to be included this Fall in the Sesame Street cast of characters that can be found interacting with children and families vacationing at Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos! Beaches is also now home to the #Caribbean’s first Autism-Friendly Kids Camps! Beaches is the first resort company in the world to complete the rigorous IBCCES (The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards) training and Autism Certification!


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Credit: Sesame Workshop
In a press release we received 4/11/2017, #BeachesResorts announced the following statement:

“Following the landmark television debut of Julia, a new Sesame Street Muppet with autism, Beaches Resorts is proud to announce the walkaround character’s arrival to its resorts in #Jamaica and #Turks_Caicos beginning this fall. With a new exciting activity in tow, Julia’s debut also continues Beaches Resorts’ partnership with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and expands the resort company’s exclusive Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street® program, now in its 13th year of partnership.
“We created #BeachesResorts as a concept for everyone and it’s our privilege, particularly during #AutismAwarenessMonth, to announce the addition of Julia this fall as part of our exclusive relationship with Sesame Workshop,” said Adam Stewart, CEO of Beaches Resorts. “As a resort company that also celebrates that children have a remarkable ability to see amazing in all people, we are excited to introduce more inclusive programming for families with children on the #spectrum of which Julia will play a part in,” he concluded. As a proud sponsor of #SesameStreet, Beaches Resorts is the only #Caribbean resort company to offer engaging activities with a colorful cast of walkaround characters including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover, Zoe, Bert and Ernie, Abby Cadabby, The Count, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird and, soon, Julia. With an already exciting roster of hands-on activities available at Beaches Resorts, from Baking with Cookie Monster to Story Time with Elmo, Julia will bring forth a new activity, Amazing Art with Julia, just in time for the fall season. In this activity, children will be greeted by Julia a 4-year-old girl character who has #Autism. Julia, who loves to paint, will highlight how people can express themselves through art. Using a range of materials, children will have the opportunity to explore, experiment and create in this open-ended art activity. Afterwards, children will talk about how they created their piece (colors, lines, shapes, etc.) and how their artwork is a celebration of who they are and their unique self!
“We launched our autism initiative, ‘See Amazing in All Children‘ to promote awareness and acceptance and to combat the stigma and isolation so often experienced by children with autism and their families,” said Steve Youngwood, COO, Sesame Workshop. “Initially a digital character, Julia has come to life on Sesame Street, and now as a walkaround character who is sure to bring joy to children. We’re thrilled to work with our long-time partner, Beaches Resorts, to extend our work around diversity, acceptance, and kindness.”

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“Sesame Workshop debuted Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children in 2015 to help increase awareness and understanding of autism. Julia, introduced last year in digital form, now comes to life as a Muppet on a special Sesame Street episode. Other Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children resources include digital videos, books, and e-books, available in both English and Spanish. For more information, please visit

As part of Beaches Resorts’ brand-wide efforts to increase awareness of autism, staff underwent initial training with “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children resources. Complementing these efforts and continuing its commitment to create memorable experiences for all families, Beaches Resorts has partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in training and certification programs, created to meet the training needs of professionals who work with individuals with special needs and cognitive disorders.

Through the partnership, which is ongoing and provides intensive training for team members, each of the resorts’ Kids Camps and its early childcare staff have earned the distinction of Certified Autism Centers, ensuring team members have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament and expertise to cater to all children. As the first Caribbean resort company to complete the rigorous IBCCES training and certification, Beaches Resorts has demonstrated it provides a safe, fun and comfortable experience for families with children with autism and other special needs so that all families may enjoy the resort company’s award-winning experience.”

Sesame Street Character Dining

For more information on the Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventures in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos with Sesame Street or Beaches Resorts autism-certified kids camps, please visit or contact us at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises For online info and reservations assistance. –> TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises! 


Did you know you could enjoy a Beach Resort for a day during your Cruise Vacay?

In case you missed it,… You can plan to include a relaxing beach day to enjoy on one of many Caribbean and Mexico port of call stops during your #Cruise vacation.

Our Travel Partners at Resort for a Day have an extensive list of destinations and resorts to offer throughout the Caribbean. Here are just a few of the Port of Call options you’ll have to choose from:

Contact us for booking assistance or book directly online with us via Resort for a Day here! Check back frequently! New destinations and Resorts are continually being added to the list such as ARUBA, BERMUDA & HAWAII!

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Princess Cruises’ Come Back New Sale!

Book with us by April 7th and in addition to Princess Cruises’ special offers, you will also receive $50 Onboard Credits per cabin for either one of the following two FANTASTIC 10-Day sailings!

  1. Caribbean Cruise in the New Year 2018 on Regal Princess: December 28, 2017
  2. Panama Canal Spring 2018 on Coral Princess: April 10, 2018


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**REDUCED DEPOSIT: $100 per guest, $200 per double occupancy cabin.
**FREE GRATUITIES: Paid on behalf of guests 1&2
**FREE SPA TREATMENT: For guests 1&2 for full #SUITE staterooms only.
**EZ Air DISCOUNT: Up to $300 per person savings on flights booked through EZ Air on selected voyages within this sale.**

Contact us ASAP to book either of these two or any available Princess Cruise sailing! Allow us to help you #Plan2Travel you to destinations that feed your mind, body and soul!

TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

Emirates New Athens-Newark Flights

Beginning March 12, 2017 – the launch of Emirates new scheduled non-stop flights between Newark, New Jersey and Athens, Greece is set to start.

The new route complements Emirates’ existing four daily flights between New York’s JFK airport and Dubai by offering global travelers with another convenient access point from the popular New York Metropolitan area with the following schedule:


Departure Newark at 23:45 local time, arrival Athens 15:05 (*next day)


Departure Athens at 17:10, arrival Dubai 23:50



Departure Dubai at 10:50 local time, arrival Athens at 14:25


Departure Athens at 16:40, arrival Newark at 22:00 on the same day.

This new service facilitates convenient onward connections to over 50 Emirates destinations in India, the Far East and Australia.


Also, First and Business Class passengers can enjoy complimentary Chauffeur-drive service within a 60 mile radius of Newark Liberty International Airport.


Enjoy Emirates exclusive Chauffeur-drive service, a complimentary perk for their First and Business Class passengers in more than 70* cities worldwide. Simply book online in advance and they’ll take you to and from the airport so you can spend more time focusing on what drives you.  Chauffeur-drive service is available within a set distance in each city. Check the cities on Emirates website to see how far you can travel or go even further for an extra fee.  You must book your Chauffeur-drive service at least 48 hours before your flight departs.


Emirates Chauffeur-drive service will pick you up at your door and when you land, will be there to take you to your final destination. That could be straight to your hotel, your next meeting, or your favorite restaurant, or to the course for a round of golf.



Plan to Travel With a Travel Agent Specialist!

Are you really still thinking its OK to #TRAVEL anywhere in the world without the security of a known #TravelAgent Pro you can call by first/last name from your saved ICE (In  Case of Emergency) contacts list?  I sincerely hope not!  If all you have on your mind is, “Oh, I can find my own cheap travel deals” because you think that is all we do,….then please by all means, do miss this post unless your mind is open to learn the truth about Travel Professionals.

If you are someone who understands the benefits of establishing a reliable business relationship with a Travel Professional and the importance of having that connection in place before you travel in 2017 and beyond, this is for you. Always work with a Professional #TravelSpecialist when you #Plan2Travel !! 

Need to know, “What is a Travel Specialist, Anyway?”  Listen to this from Conde Nast Traveler on SoundCloud:->

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Keep Calm and Call Your Travel Agent Specialist!

Mission 2017: Book Your Travel Early!

Although there continues to be a debate about which is better, “early booking” -vs- “last-minute booking”, many smart travelers really do know the benefits of planning their trips early.  With so many Cruise and other Travel venue sales happening now, why wait?


Your Mission 2017, should you choose to accept it; Once you have determined that you really want to travel and the amount you can afford to spend for your trip, by all means, BOOK EARLY with REDUCED DEPOSIT OFFERS being your cue! Create a comfortable monthly payment plan for yourself and book your dream destination and/or cruise early! Low and easy paying really is a painless benefit.


Cruise Wave Season, happening now (Jan-Feb), is the perfect time to grab fantastic specials. There are several Cruise Lines offering Reduced Deposit bookings which makes this the perfect time for securing reservations on your dream cruise far in advance. Check out what these few cruise companies have to offer:

I love booking Cruise trips early. Having the opportunity to select my preferred cabin location while the majority of the ship is still open and available is so cool 😀 to me.


In all fairness, there really is no right or wrong to when YOU PREFER to book your reservations, just do you! The planning aspect of it really boils down to what works best for you, whether you book early or last-minute, the goal is to just GO and have a great trip! Plan To Travel!!

TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises!

Don’t miss these “End-of-2016” Cruise Deals!

As we have come to the end of another year, there are many GREAT travel offers that are ending with this 2016 year too!

Looking at Cruises specifically right now, Princess Cruises, Cunard and Norwegian Cruise Line are just a few cruise provider companies that have FANTASTIC DEALS with Reduced Deposit offers coming to an end soon!!

Princess Cruises Great Getaways Sale Ends 12/29/2016$50 per person Reduced Deposit required to book your cruise reservations: Select 6-day or less roundtrip cruises departing from Los Angeles or Ft. Lauderdale to the Caribbean, Mexico and California Coast. Applicable sailing dates range from January through May, 2017.

Princess Anniversary Sale – $100 per person Reduced Deposit ends 2/28/2017. Available on all destinations sailing 6-60 day departures, summer 2017 to spring 2018. Also includes the Majestic Maiden Voyages in Europe & Asia!



Cunard’s “Upgrades on Us” Sale  Ends 2/28/2017 – Available on 2017 Transatlantic Crossings and sailings to the Mediterranean, Europe, Iberia & Canary Islands, New England and Canada and Caribbean. Book now and receive; Free Double Upgrade from Inside to Balcony, Free Drinks in Grill Suites, REDUCED DEPOSITS and Past guests receive Free Gratuities!



Norwegian Cruise Lines $50 Reduced Deposits Fleetwide Sale Ends 12/31/2016 !! Applicable to Interior, Oceanview, Balcony and Mini-Suite categories only. 90-day advance booking required.

Contact us ASAP for booking your 2017-2018 cruise reservations with as little as $100 per cabin and for more information on these and other cruiselines’ sales!

#Plan2Travel in 2017!! May You Have a Safe, Prosperous and Happy New Year!!

TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!