Sandals Adds New Swim-up Suites in St. Lucia!

Sandals adds new swim-up suites in St. Lucia!

Sandals Halcyon Beach just announced the debut of its new Beachfront Crystal Lagoon suites, available as of Tuesday, August 29th.

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These romantic suites are steps away from one of St. Lucia’s finest beaches, with convenient swim-up access from the Crystal Lagoon pool. The new rooms offer gorgeous views of the Caribbean Sea and the lush tropical landscape surrounding Sandals Halcyon Beach. Each patio offers a tranquility soaking tub, around which guests can draw privacy curtains for maximum romance.

Inside the new Butler Elite escapes, guests will find an airy master bedroom with contemporary hardwood furnishings, a plush king-sized bed and a large HD Smart TV. The lavish spa-style bathrooms include a soaking tub, oversized walk-in showers, dual back-lit mirrors, his-and-hers sinks and mosaic tile accents.

For more information or to book a stay in this new room, please contact us at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises or visit us at Sandals Resorts!

 

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Holland America’s Weekly Top 10 Sailings Offer

Holland America Line’s Weekly Top 10 Sailings offer is back with 10 HAL Cruises at their lowest fares of the season.
This week’s Top 10 Sailings began August 22nd with special fares only lasting one week, so we encourage you to book these cruises with us at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises ASAP and by Monday, August 28th!
Due to the structure of this sale, HAL fares and deposits are nonrefundable, and final payment is due within 24 hours of booking.
Contact us for reservations assistance, email: 2TLCTravels@gmail.com
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There is LIMITED AVAILABILITY on these sailings so — BOOK YOUR HOLLAND AMERICA LINE TOP 10 CRUISE AT TLC TRAVELS’ TOURS & CRUISES TODAY!
Save up to $800 per stateroom with this week’s Top 10 sailings! Book one of these 2017 featured Cruises now for #HAL’s biggest savings of the season! Hurry! Space is limited and these non-refundable fares expire August 28th!!
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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2017 Starts Soon!

The 22nd Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival is expanding for a longer-than-ever 75-day run (Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017). This year’s festival will feature (35) amazing food and wine Marketplaces to celebrate 35 years of Epcot.
The event will be part of the park’s 35th anniversary day on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 and feature several new experiences. Here are a few favorites:
New Acts for 2017 “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series will amp things up this year. Eleven new-to-the-festival bands, including Kenny G., Squeeze and 10,000 Maniacs, join 21 fan-favorite musical acts for a diverse lineup of pop hit makers to rock America Gardens Theatre stage throughout the festival’s 75-day run.
Other new acts to appear are: The Hooters, Baha Men, Lauren Alaina, Mark Wills, American Authors, Devon Allman, Postmodern Jukebox and Blue October. Concerts take place at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily and are included in Epcot admission . The lineup is subject to change and included in Epcot admission.
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Festival-goers can also enjoy Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert.
New Marketplaces are coming to the Festival – and India and Spain marketplaces will return for an encore. Our global marketplaces will extend into Future World to offer brand-new taste sensations.

ABC’s “The Chew” is returning to tape five festival shows that will air Oct. 9-13. With Spaceship Earth as the backdrop, the Emmy Award-winning show hosts will again delight a live audience with on-stage cooking and stories of their Disney adventures plus segments from across Walt Disney World® Resort.
Popular TV chefs and culinary icons will entertain at Festival Center demonstrations. Those same stars of the kitchen will create new dishes for premium events such as Party for the Senses grand tastings with new concepts and themes.

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“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops are also returning with fresh opportunities for you to interact with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros.
Contact TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises for more information and reservations assistance!

 

Celebrate 35 years of Epcot at the International Food and Wine Festival 2017! Prices are starting at $99 for a 1-day Theme park admission, price is per person and based on the price of an adult 1-Day Value Ticket for Epcot Park; Special Event ticket price is based on single-event admission per person. Price shown does not include tax.

 

The savvy travelers had their Travel Agent on Speed Dial! – Brawl breaks out after flight canceled.

Wondering how many of those stranded passengers at the airport had a trusted travel planner #TravelAgent on their ICE contacts list to call for HELP during this melee!!!

Times like this is why you work with a Travel Professional when you #Plan2Travel !! We are available for our clients before, DURING and after their trip!

Screams and commotion took over Fort Lauderdale’s airport Monday as travelers clashed with Spirit Airlines employees and police.

Source: Spirit Airlines cancels flight, passenger brawl breaks out – CNN.com

Many think that it’s so easy to just book yourself online so why work with a Travel Agent? Well, crap happens, even when we travel. Establishing a working relationship with a travel agent professional is what smart and savvy travelers do. Your travel professional will not only help you plan and book your trip, he/she knows your itinerary and is just a telephone call away, if/when something like this or worse happens.

Use a Travel Agent when you plan to travel. I’m sure there were many in that crowd who didn’t know the first thing to do or who to call when all hell broke loose.  Don’t let that be you.

Tina Little-Coltrane: Owner/Travel Consultant at TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises!

Keep Calm and Call Your Travel Agent,…if you have one!

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:-> https://soundcloud.com/condenasttraveler/what-is-a-travel-specialist-anyway

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Keep Calm and Call Your Travel Agent Specialist!

Are you ready to take your Holiday Traditions to another level?

“You cannot keep doing the same thing, the same way, and keep expecting something different to happen.” Beth Moore –

Well, maybe you can. Depends on who you ask. Many are  quite content with doing the same thing, year after year so if that describes you then this post is not speaking to you. Alternately, if you are someone who is tired of this repetitive, egocentric consumerist mentality of being, somewhat due to past generations creating materialistic Holiday traditions, then please, by all means, understand that you do have other options.

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Doing the same thing year after year? Expecting something different? Buying more stuff? Stop it! Consider GIVING the Gift of a #TRAVEL experience to yourself or a loved one! Invest in new experiences, make memories in new places, educate you and yours about other cultures. Volunteer on a Holiday trip! Make Travel Memories! Just make a decision to go somewhere to do something different! Your Travel options are endless! And remember, when you plan to Travel, work with #TravelAgent Professional that you can trust and rely on for support before, during and after your trip!!

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The Secret to Happiness? Spend Money on Experiences, Not Things

Be honest with yourself, are those $500 jeans going to make you happy tomorrow? Next week? Now how about a $100 pair of jeans and a $100 massage every Friday for the next four weeks? Trying to look like a movie star or a fashion model is a pricy endeavor and in the end the only one who comes out ahead is your credit card company. Instead of spending your hard earned bread on clothes and jewelry to make yourself look better, spend that money on activities that will make you feel better.

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TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises!

 

Travel Agent Awareness: What Do You Know?

Good morning!…or Afternoon, or Evening depending on what time of the day you are reading this post. 😀  Well, today kicks of a full week of Travel Agent Awareness posts focused for the many of you who do not know how a Travel Agent works and how beneficial we are to your travel planning life.

I am a #TravelAgent Professional, first introduced into the Travel Industry in 1984.  As the Owner of TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises, now at an age and stage in this profession which allows me to offer Boutique-style or destination specific Travel planning and booking services.

So, what do you know about Travel Agents? If you have ever wondered: How we work? How do we get paid for our services and more importantly, “What are the benefits to establishing a professional working relationship with a Travel Planner who you can trust and rely on to handle all of your Travel needs and more?”, please pay close attention to Social Media this week. You will find posts tagged #TravelAgentAwareness that will answer all of these and many other questions all over Facebook and Twitter specifically, about the importance of a having a #TravelAgent in your #Travel planning life.

I will be sharing some of the best FYI posts and blogs that I have come across over the years so please do follow me at:

Today’s Blog pick comes from The Enchanted Traveler:

10 FAQs About Travel Agents

10. Why should I book with you instead of one of the big online sites?

When you book online, you get a very DIY experience. You’re on your own completely. Will the website know that you hated that one hotel because you were stuck in a room next to the ice machine? Will it know that your kids really would prefer an active kids club? Will it know that your husband is a foodie? Will it tell you that the gorgeous beach pictured in the photo was pretty 5 years ago when that photo was taken but now it’s been eroded and is full of seaweed? Nope. If you have a question, can you call the 800 number, ask the question, then call right back when you remember something else and talk to the same nice person? Not likely. No, you’ll get a call center, probably in India, with a different person each time, who may or may not care about your question and really has no investment in how much you enjoy your vacation. Will they know which activities to recommend and offer to book them for you? Will they make sure you got all your documents and contact you with any changes that happen before your trip? Will they go to bat with you if your flight gets canceled or drastically changed or if your hotel room is not the category you were promised? Will they actually care about you and your family personally? Well, there you go. The difference is, I will. I am not a computer program or a call center in India. I am YOUR travel consultant, and I care very deeply that you get the vacation that YOU want.

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Are you still traveling without benefit of a trusted Travel Professional who has your back before, during and after your trip???  Well, I sincerely hope not. If you have not already established a working relationship with a Travel Advisor that you can trust and rely on, I invite you to contact us for your Travel planning needs.  2017 is knocking at the door. Do not risk traveling anywhere in the world without the security of a known Travel Professional you can call by First and Last name from your saved ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts list.

Tina Little-Coltrane: Owner/Travel Coordinator at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!