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!

 

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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.

 

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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Trump Reverses Pieces of Obama-Era Engagement With Cuba – The New York Times

Good-morning! This diversion from my morning’s agenda needs to be clarified a little before I can move forward with my day! Also keep in mind that nothing has been set in stone yet!

Here is my understanding as reported, in a nutshell;  ABOUT #CubaTravel moving forward:–> ” #TRAVEL to #CUBA is STILL LEGAL. Anyone who purchased a flight, reserved a room or completed any “travel-related transaction” before Friday will be UNAFFECTED by the changes, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Traveling to Cuba IN THE FUTURE will still be allowed for the same 12 authorized categories, with one exception: educational travel MUST BE WITH A GROUP, which must include AN AGENT who makes sure everyone follows the itinerary. That can be a GUIDE from a #TRAVELAGENCY.”  -via- Tampa Bay Times

 

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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