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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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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Welcome to Jamaica Excellence Oyster Bay!

Another premium venue has been added to the destination Jamaica list for Couples and Group travelers to choose from! Welcome to Jamaica Excellence Oyster Bay!

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The all new, All-Inclusive Luxury, adults only, 315-room Excellence Oyster Bay is scheduled to hold its grand opening in Trelawny, Jamaica on June 1, 2018. Excellence Oyster Bay offers all-suite, 5-star accommodations for, again, ADULTS ONLY.  Room categories include four different Junior Suites, some with private pools or rooftop terraces and seven different Excellence Club Suite beachhouse categories.  Your travel group, large or small, will enjoy their spacious suites where you can customize your luxury experience with panoramic ocean views, a private pool or direct beach access.

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Built on a private peninsula and located just 35 minutes from the Sangster International Airport, Excellence Oyster Bay will offer nightly entertainment, daily activities, eight world-class restaurants, nine bars, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, two beachfront swimming pools, a chill-out lounge with rooftop pool, the exclusive Excellence Club, and the brand’s famous Miilé Spa.

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Perfect for Groups, Couples and Solo travelers alike, Excellence Oyster Bay located in Falmouth, Jamaica is sure to exceed your expectations. Contact us or visit us at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises to help you find and book the Excellence Suite to suit your personal pleasure!

SN FYI: Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts currently operates four hotels in Mexico and two in the Dominican Republic.

 

Vacation Express Announces New Non-Stop Flights for 2018!

New and exclusive prime weekend and weekday non-stop charter flights are now available for travelers booking 2018 vacation packages offered by Vacation Express to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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These new flights are an expansion of Vacation Express’ exclusive non-stop flights offered from Charlotte-NC, Atlanta-GA and New Orleans-LA.  Vacation Express’ affordable, All-Inclusive packages include; Air, Hotels, Taxes and Local Representation at some of the most popular beach destinations throughout the Caribbean such as Jamaica, Mexico (Cancun, Riviera Maya), and the Bahamas.

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Vacation Express’ budget friendly Charter flights offer amenities while flying to Punta Cana, Jamaica, Cancun and the Riviera Maya and are operated on a “seasonal and specific days” scheduled basis.  Contact us for more information including, planning and booking assistance at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

Read more about “New Non-Stop Flights to Punta Cana” here!

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Contact us for more information including, planning and booking your Vacation Express getaway at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

 

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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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 sesamestreet.org/autism.

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.”

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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 www.beaches.com/autism-friendly-resorts or contact us at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises For online info and reservations assistance. –> TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises! 

 

PEACE and Tranquility Found: The Cliff Hotel Negril

Because The Cliff Hotel and Spa embodies the beauty, warmth and authentic hospitality that IS #Jamaica, you can expect to experience a timeless elegance with a carefree existence that provides the ultimate escape from the noise of the outside world during your stay here.

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Located along the coast of the West End area in Negril with accommodations ranging from intimate to grand, The 5-Star Rated Cliff Hotel Negril includes 33 Suites and 4 Villas which include two stylish One-Bedroom Villas and a MAGNIFICENT 2-story, Four-Bedroom and a Five-Bedroom Villa. All accommodations at The Cliff have unhindered views of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Opportunities to witness the glorious Sunrise and Sunset views from Negril should not be missed during your stay on Jamaica.

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Our Cliff Hotel Negril experience began with a two-night stay accommodation in the Four-Bedroom; Villa #4. Free Wi-Fi, a Flat Panel TV with Cable service, a Mini-Bar with self-service Coffee amenities, a huge over-the-bed Ceiling Fan and fully furnished Balcony complete with Table, Chairs and a Hammock Swing all are worthy of specifically mentioning as they contributed to my awe-inspiring comfortable stay!

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All Bedroom Suites have individual key lock entry access, including the Bedrooms located in each 4 and 5 room Villa. I don’t know how, out of the 3 other Travel Professionals that I shared Villa #4-(4 Bedrooms) with, that I came to be assigned the Grand-Master Bedroom Suite located on the 2nd level but,…THANK-YOU again #GOD for allowing this serene  experience to be introduced to my “#TLCKnows About It” knowledge base!!  That beautiful bed was extremely comfortable! Slept like a baby for the 2 nights that I was there.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dining Happens Here at ZEST Restaurant!

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From the award-winning restaurant experience with Chef-inspired delicious meals to the beauty, comfort, tranquility and ultimate PEACE, it’s all FOUND right here at The Cliff Hotel Negril.

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Are you looking for a quiet getaway? Either for Romance or a Respite “Me Time” trip?  Looking for a venue for your small intimate group gathering? Here is what you need to know:

A Fall Frenzy is happening NOW at The Cliff Negril !!

Booking The Cliff this October just got better! Enjoy savings of over 40%.

Rates start at $199 for two persons in a Junior Suite plus tax and service charge-($260p/n). Book for 4 nights and get the 4th night FREE. Applicable to new bookings only. Call/Contact TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises for reservations today!! This offer expires November 9th !!

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We just quoted a 4-night stay in December totaling $653pp taxes included for 2 guests! (Holidays are Black-out periods so this offer will not apply). Prices are always subject to change prior to booking so don’t sleep during this offer!!

Important to Note:

  • Children 12yrs and younger are not allowed to stay at this property.
  • Full Breakfast will cost approximately $25pp.
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KiYara Spa on The Cliff

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Personalized services to inspire the mind, body and soul!

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Magnificent Ocean Views at The Cliff Hotel Negril, Jamaica!

 

 

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Welcome to Tensing Pen Resort Negril

My recent trip back to Negril, Jamaica will never be forgotten.  I traveled that beautiful island with my tour guide hosts from the Jamaica Tourist Board who made sure to reveal quite a few hidden gems in and around the area of Negril. One of those gems that stands out in my mind is Tensing Pen, an intimate, “laid-back”, Boutique style Resort in Negril!

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Tensing Pen is a small boutique resort consisting of 17 unique Cottages, Bungalows and Studio Suites. The size and intimacy of Tensing Pen makes it a perfect venue and very doable to “Rent the Entire Resort” for a family/friends group trip.

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I won’t go into all of the specifics about this slice of #Peace found here in Negril #Jamaica since you can find out so much more information on Tensing Pen’s Website, but I would just like to note that this may not be the perfect place for “All-Inclusive Luxury” travelers. With that said, I do believe that this is indeed Heaven on earth for the rustic loving adventure seekers wanting true authentic Jamaica in their vacation experience.

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Guest experiences at Tensing Pen Negril – TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

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Guest experiences at Tensing Pen Negril – TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

With its amazing ocean views of the Caribbean Sea, nestled on the cliffs of a private cove on Negril’s West End, Tensing Pen is a place to experience Serenity and Peace for a Solo Retreat, a Romantic getaway and/or a family/friends group celebration in beautiful Jamaica!

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Tensing Pen Cottage Rates: TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!