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.

 

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Exciting New Adventures For Carnival Cruisers Announced This Week!

As a Cruise & Travel Consultant, I am so excited to offer my cruise clients the opportunity to enjoy these new and improved Carnival Cruise vacation experiences.

If you have already heard about this and have been anticipating booking your cruise on Carnival Radiance or Carnival Sunrise, the wait is over! TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises can start booking you RIGHT NOW for the 2020 cruise season.  We encourge plan ahead, book early, payment plan budgeting and select the best cabin location reservation process.

Here is what we know directly from our travel partners at Carnival Cruise Line;

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Following a $200 million dry dock, Carnival Radiance will debut April 29, 2020, with a 10-day Mediterranean sailing from Barcelona visiting Italy, France, Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain. After a 13-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York scheduled for June 11-24, 2020, Carnival Radiance will offer TLC Travels’ clients a series of four and six-day Bermuda cruises as well as eight-day eastern Caribbean cruises from the Big Apple.

Carnival Radiance will be the first ship to offer nine-day cruises to Cuba with an overnight in Havana from New York. The newly renovated Carnival Radiance will also offer four five-to seven-day cruises from Norfolk in October and November 2020, including the first Cuba cruises from that port.

And get ready Port Canaveral! Carnival Radiance will reposition to this port, and will begin cruising to the Caribbean and Cuba beginning November 8, 2020.

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Carnival Sunrise

TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises clients looking to depart from New York onboard Carnival Sunrise will enjoy four-day “long weekend” getaways to Bermuda as well as nine-day Caribbean and Cuba cruises from the Big Apple beginning May 21, 2020.

Carnival Sunrise will also offer eight-day voyages visiting beautiful ports in the Caribbean and Bahamas from New York, ending the season with a 12-day Carnival Journeys partial Panama Canal transit from New York to Fort Lauderdale Oct. 19-31, 2020.

Both ships will add a variety of new food and beverage choices, new WaterWorks aqua park, SportSquare with ropes course, and all staterooms will be renovated.

WhooHoo! We are so impressed with all of what is happening at Carnival recently! Also announced just a few short days ago:

The big news that Carnival Victory will undergo a dry dock in 2020 to receive a makeover so big that it will require a new name, Carnival Radiance just got better. This massive transformation will add new and exciting food and beverage options on board including the very first “Big Chicken” restaurant. This will be the seagoing version of the one opened last October in Las Vegas by Carnival’s very own Chief Fun Officer, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.


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Big Chicken will be located on the Lido Deck, and the menu will feature a mouth-watering variety of fried chicken sandwiches, platters and sides, all developed and taste-tested by Shaq himself.

TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises’ clients will be able to place their order at the counter and pick up their items right away – no waiting and best of all, it’s all FREE!

Ready to book your next or first Carnival Cruise vacation? Contact us ASAP at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises for more information and reservations assistance on any Carnival Cruise sailing. As a Travel Agency partner with Carnival, we will offer to book your cruise at Carnival’s lowest available, advertised rate including special offers for your stateroom category of choice.

Side Note: Also available for booking NOW at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises:

  • 7-day sailings on Carnival Panorama from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera, with itineraries visiting Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta. Now open for sailing dates from January 2021-April 2021 at TLC Travels’.

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Carnival’s Frightfully-Fun October Cruises!

Carnival Cruises is taking Halloween very serious this year, so much so that they are celebrating with spooky delights on their sailings all month-long! Cruise guests can join in on the “Frightfully Fun” festivities happening onboard during all sailings throughout October featuring activities for all ages so that no one will miss out on the fun.

Carnival is introducing their newest addition to the family, “spook-tacular” Pumpkin Pirate, Patch. Standing at a staggering 12 feet tall, Patch will be greeting guests as they board the ship. He will also be joining kids onboard during Scary Story Time hosted by the cruise director.

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Other FUN activities for all-ages include Thriller dance classes, Patch’s Deck Party, Halloween-themed trivia and bingo, and pumpkin carving contests. Grab your popcorn because Carnival is also featuring poolside DiveIn Movies showing films like Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Dracula Untold, and It.

Halloween is even more FUN at Carnival, so we encourage you to contact us at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises ASAP for planning and reservations assistance!  Make plans to CHOOSE FUN on a Carnival Cruise and come Halloween ready in your best costumes for a chance to win a prize at the costume contest for the most creative look.

TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises! ~ We Have The Cruises! 

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Free Airfare to Alaska Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Find your happy place on Norwegian Joy as she cruises Alaska. The best way to cruise Alaska just got so much better as Norwegian Joy will join her sister ship, Norwegian Bliss, beginning April 2019!

To sweeten the excitement and as an added bonus, you can touch down in Seattle with Free Airfare* and enjoy unrivaled cruise vacation experiences on board with Norwegian Cruise Line’s “up to 5 Free Offers”** and up to $500 Free to spend at sea!***  (a very limited-time offer).

  • Book a Balcony or above category for 4/27/2019 through 9/28/2019 Alaska departures sailing round trip from Seattle and enjoy Free or Reduced airfare on your reservation!
  • There are 130 airports to choose from when you book with roundtrip airfares priced from $0 to $499. Norwegian will send us your flight details 30 days before you cruise.
  • Hurry, you must reserve your space by 10/2/2018 to secure this offer!

​​​Want to book your own airfare?  Well, NCL is offering a $200 discount off your cruise fare for your airfare costs if you book a balcony stateroom.

  • Mini-suite reservations will receive a $350 discount.  
  • Concierge or Haven Stateroom bookings receive a $500 discount,
  • Category H2 cruise guests receive $1,000 off as a discount for airfare!***  

Remember, **Book by 9/18 to receive up to $500 Free credit to spend onboard.**

Contact TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises ASAP to book your Norwegian Cruise Line reservations!!

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Caribbean Takeover!

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Norwegian Cruise Line is excited for their newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, to trade cruising Alaska from Seattle for sailing The Caribbean from Miami starting this fall. Now TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises clients can bounce from pristine beaches to the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys, zoom around a thrilling race track at sea and savor more dining options than days of their cruise. Experience a new side of the Eastern Caribbean on Norwegian Bliss.

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NCL’s most awarded ship, Norwegian Epic, is returning stateside form Barcelona to Port Canaveral to show their cruising guests the best of the Caribbean this winter season. From award-winning shows and delicious cuisine to activities all ages will love, paradise begins the moment cruisers step on board.

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Spending her summer months cruising Alaska from Seattle and her winter and spring months island hopping the tropics from Tampa, Norwegian Pearl has one incredible line up! Whether marveling at the Panama Canal or uncovering the best of The Caribbean, this winter you can discover their slice of paradise while enjoying a wide range of delicious dining options and amazing entertainment on board.

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Starting this November, you can cruise from The Big Easy to livin’ easy in The Caribbean when Norwegian Breakaway begins sailing from New Orleans. Relocating from Europe to the warmth of the tropics, Norwegian Breakaway will give a new meaning to the term “winter chill.” But,…. before that happens, consider this fantastic cruise journey (below) to check off your bucket list …..

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Explore New York City before your Norwegian Breakaway #Cruise. Experience New Orleans after your NCL Breakaway Cruise. AND, Enjoy a fantastic Caribbean Cruise Vacation in between while sailing on NCL Breakaway with scheduled port stops on Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Aruba, Curacao, Cozumel and Grand Cayman Islands! Cabins are still available on this 15-Day NCL sailing departing on October 27, 2018!!

Contact us for more information and reservations assistance for any of Norwegian Cruise Line’s travel offers. TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

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A Rebirthed Sunrise Will Emerge After Carnival Triump’s Transformation in 2019!

Carnival Sunrise will begin sailing as such after the complete refurbishing, remodeling and transformation of the Carnival Triump Cruise ship April 2019.

New ship additions and extensive upgrades are in the works with the hopes of enhancing Carnival Cruise guests’ experiences while onboard the formerly known as Carnival Triump ship:

The Carnival Sunrise Transformation is scheduled to be completed 4/28/19 and will include;

  • 115 new guest suites and staterooms
  • Liquid Lounge
  • Java Blue Café
  • Limelight Lounge
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse
  • RedFrog Pub
  • Piano Bar 88
  • Chef’s Table dining room
  • Bonsai Sushi Express
  • Carnival WaterWorks
  • Cucina del Capitano
  • Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse
  • SportSquare (SkyCourse, basketball and jogging track)
  • Serenity
  • Cloud 9 Spa and Cloud 9 Spa Staterooms

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Carnival Sunrise’s inaugural schedule from Norfolk, Va kicks off with a 7-day cruise departing the Half Moone Cruise Center visiting Grand Turk, the private island of Half Moon Cay and Freeport departing April 29, 2019.   Two 5-day voyages departs May 12 and 17, 2019 calling at Nassau and Freeport and three 6-day cruises departing May 6, and Oct. 14 and 20, 2019, visiting Half Moon Cay, Nassau and Freeport.

CCL-Sunrise_Norfolk-042919The ship will then reposition to New York for a series of 4-to-14-day voyages beginning May 23, 2019. These includes 4-to-8-day Bermuda cruises, including long weekend sailings to the island departing Thursdays and returning Mondays, along with 7-day fall foliage cruises to New England and the Canadian Maritimes, and two different eight-day Caribbean itineraries with stops at the region’s top destinations.  Several longer voyages will also be offered, including a 10-day exotic eastern Caribbean itinerary and a 14-day Carnival Journeys Panama Canal cruise highlighted by local dining and entertainment experiences and unique shipboard enrichment activities.

Carnival Sunrise will then reposition to Fort Lauderdale for 4- and 5-day cruises beginning Oct. 28, 2019.  4-day long weekend cruises will call at tropical ports like Half Moon Cay, Princess Cays, Grand Turk and Nassau, while 5-day cruises will visit Cuba, as well as seaside destinations in The Bahamas, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Grand Turk.

Carnival Sunrise’s departures from Norfolk, New York and Fort Lauderdale are currently open for reservations and available for booking now at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

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New Sky Princess Namesake Debuts Fall 2019!

A new Sky Princess Cruise ship will join Princess Cruises’ fleet featuring their modern design platform and contemporary innovations with the goal being, as usual, to exceed cruise guests’ expectations.

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The inaugural Mediterranean deployment of Sky Princess in Fall 2019 features 10 cruise departures on eight unique itineraries;

  • A seven-day Mediterranean & Adriatic cruise from Athens (Piraeus) to Barcelona departing on October 20, 2019. This voyage is combinable with a seven-day Mediterranean Barcelona to Rome (Civitavecchia) voyage for a 14-day Inaugural Western Mediterranean & Adriatic Medley from Athens to Roma.
  • A new seven-day Mediterranean roundtrip Rome voyage, combinable with a seven-day Mediterranean Barcelona to Rome for a 14-day Western Mediterranean Medley voyage calling in some of the most iconic ports in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • A 4-day Spanish Passage from Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale, combinable with the seven-day Mediterranean and/or the seven-day Mediterranean roundtrip Rome voyages for an epic 21-day or 28-day Grand Adventure across the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
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Sky Princess, Debuts Fall 2019!

“The 143,700 ton, 3,660-passenger vessel will feature an evolution of the successful design platform used for previous Royal-class ships. Sky Princess will include signature elements that have become synonymous with the brand’s best-in-class guest experience, and bring together the best features found on her Royal-class sister ships—Royal Princess, Regal Princess, and Majestic Princess.
Highlights will include a soaring central Piazza-style atrium, Princess Live! entertainment venue, the relaxing adults-only Sanctuary, Camp Discovery youth and teen centers, and a wide variety of guest-favorite dining venues including the Salty Dog Grill, Alfredo’s Pizzeria, Vines Wine Bar, Chef’s Table Lumiere, and World Fresh Marketplace, with updated décor and design throughout the ship.
Sky Princess will also feature the outdoor “Movies Under the Stars” theater, and 80 percent of all staterooms will have balconies. Finally, some exciting new innovations which will enhance the guest experience even further will be revealed in the coming months.”

Search and book your Princess Cruises’ experience on the new Sky Princess ship here online with us now!

TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

FYI: Princess Cruises’ fifth Royal-class vessel is also currently under construction, scheduled to  debut in 2020.

Introducing Sky Princess!

Debuts in Europe, Fall 2019!