Emeril’s Bistro 1396 on Carnival’s Mardi Gras Ship!

Congratulations to world-renowned chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse on his first-ever seagoing restaurant aboard Carnival’s newest and most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, setting sail in summer 2020.

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Emeril’s Bistro 1396 will take center stage in Mardi Gras’ French Quarter, one of the ship’s six themed zones where guests will find fun, memorable ways to create their own personalized vacations. The French Quarter will capture the festive spirit of Louisiana with food, cocktails and, of course, live jazz.

Emeril’s Bistro 1396 will showcase the chef’s signature dishes that earned him the reputation as one of NOLA’s most acclaimed and respected chefs! Get your cruise vacation taste buds ready as his menu will include: Oyster and Cochon de lait po-boys, Muffaletta sandwiches, Emeril’s signature Barbecue shrimp, fresh seafood ceviche, roasted duck & Andouille sausage gumbo, jambalaya, and complements such as Creole potato salad with diced scallions, and red beans and “jazz-man” rice.  Breakfast offerings will feature shrimp and grits and a shrimp Creole omelet. The New Orleans classic Bananas Foster and lemon ice box pie will be available for dessert.

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Carnival Cruises’ newest and largest ship, Mardi Gras, is on schedule to make her debut in Europe Aug. 31, 2020, before repositioning to New York for a series of voyages before heading down to Port Canaveral for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning in Oct. 2020.  Get ready to choose a sailing from her exciting inaugural season and the opportunity to visit spectacular destinations including:

  • A 9-day maiden cruise from Copenhagen to Southampton calling at Kiel, Germany; Gothenburg, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Zeebrugge, Belgium; and Le Havre, France.
  • A 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Southampton to New York with stops at Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; Funchal, Madeira, Portugal and Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal.
  • A 6-day cruise round-trip from New York to Portland, Maine and Saint John, New Brunswick.
  • A 15-day Carnival Journeys sailing to Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Aruba, Curacao, and Grand Turk, positioning the vessel for year-round voyages to the Caribbean.

Once in her home port of Port Canaveral, Mardi Gras will sail on a special 8-day Caribbean cruise and will kick off 7-day cruises from the Space Coast, offering two different three-port, 7-day itineraries, alternating weekly to the Eastern and Western Caribbean featuring some of the region’s most beautiful and popular ports.

 

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Take this opportunity to plan early and contact us today for reservations assistance and more information about a cruise vacation on the new Mardi Gras in 2020.

TLC Travels Tours & Cruises/Tina Coltrane at Cruises Inc.

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Discover the Caribbean with Princess Cruises!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to live your vacation life to the fullest in the Caribbean this year! We want to help you escape to the sunny Caribbean to indulge in the best of island life on a Princess Cruises vacation!

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Imagine,… uncovering world-class beaches on your next vacation. Snorkel beneath clear turquoise seas beside a rainbow of underwater creatures. Unwind amidst the colorful culture and scenery of the Southern Caribbean for the ultimate island vacation. Venture further into the Southern Caribbean to islands like Dominica, teeming with waterfalls and wildlife. Visit national parks and relax on renowned beaches in places like Aruba, Willemstad and Curaçao.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience exploring vibrant Caribbean culture when sailing with Princess. Discover ancient Mayan ruins in their Western Caribbean itineraries; from the pyramids and temples at Altun Ha in Belize to the legendary walled city of Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula. Journey beneath the sea to Belize’s spectacular coral reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trek through majestic rainforests and amidst Mayan ruins — there’s plenty to marvel at in this unique region.

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Make plans with us now to stroll across miles of sun-drenched beaches as you sink into island time in the rejuvenating Eastern Caribbean on your cruise vacation. This region boasts quaint towns alive with diverse cultures amongst a breathtaking backdrop of swaying palm trees. Escape to the sunny Caribbean to indulge in the best of island life.

Princess cruises is offering a Caribbean cruise itinerary for everyone. Choose from 3 to 7 night sailings as well as longer itineraries from 10+ nights and more!  Enjoy the Princess MedallionClass™ experience as you sail roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. Delight in all the Caribbean has to offer, from lively culture and endless white-sand beaches to Mayan ruins and fresh regional cuisine.

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Just in case you missed this bit of exciting news, Princess® will now offer their MedallionClass experience on all Caribbean sailings to enhance every aspect of your cruise! Get the latest and greatest cruise technology during your Caribbean vacation with Princess MedallionClass which offers a personalized, hassle-free vacation that lets you do more of what you love. Get ready to enjoy the best Wi-Fi at sea, expedited boarding, keyless stateroom entry and more! The complimentary OceanMedallion™ is the size of a quarter and can be worn in a variety of ways: in a clip, sportsband, bracelet, or pendant. It’s your key to opening doors: to your stateroom and a world of possibilities aboard your ship.

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Lets talk so you can look forward to strolling across miles of sun-drenched beaches as you sink into island time and delight in all the Caribbean has to offer! From lively culture and endless white-sand beaches to Mayan ruins and fresh regional cuisine, you’re sure to “Come Back New” from your vacay with Princess!

Unpack once and explore multiple Caribbean destinations on one fantastic cruise vacation with Princess Cruises! Contact us for more information and reservations assistance for yourself, friends/family and/or Group Coordination assistance!

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Now is the time to book your Princess Cruises Caribbean vacation during their limited-time sales; “Sail into Savings” of up to 40% Off; and “Come Back New” with Up to $600 to Spend on Board, Room Upgrades and more! When you add our #CruisesInc EXCLUSIVES, you’ll get more than ever before!

Tina Little-Coltrane; Agency Owner and Travel Coordinator at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises and Vacation Specialist at Cruises Inc.

 

 

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.

 

Cyber Monday and Black Friday Travel Sales Ending Soon!

We’re highlighting some very limited-time remaining, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and more Holiday travel specials that are available for booking at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises;

Funjet Vacations

  • Enjoy up to $600 in instant savings plus up to 65% off some of our favorite hotels and resorts.

Southwest Vacations®

  • Save $250 off international and $125 off domestic air + hotel packages.
  • Daily deals begin 11/25.

Blue Sky Tours

  • Save up to $150 on flight + hotel and hotel only bookings to Hawaii, plus receive included nights, exclusive savings, and resort credits.

United Vacations®

  • Save up to $300 to Hawaii and international destinations with promo code THANKS2018 and up to $300 off local trips with promo code THANKS2018D

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Princess Cruises’ Cyber Monday Event is on! Let the holiday shopping begin by giving the “Gift of Travel” this year!

  • Save up to $900 on Winter 2018 through Spring 2019 sailings
  • Enjoy 3 free perks (FREE stateroom location upgrade, FREE gratuities†† and FREE onboard spending money‡‡!) on Summer 2019 through Spring 2020 sailings.
  • Plus, for those sailing to the Caribbean February through July 2019, an exclusive Cyber Event offer to receive the land-like connectivity of MedallionNet for FREEΔ!

Now’s the time to allow us to help you get ahead of gift-giving season — book today!

 

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Treat yourself to Royal Caribbean’s epic Cyber Monday offer for your next Caribbean adventure — including up to $300 off your cruise vacation. And that’s just one way to save big with Royal Caribbean®.

  • BOGO60 — 60% off second guest.
  • KIDS SAIL FREE — Kids age 12 and under sail free on select sailings.*

 

With so many travel sales available right now, don’t miss this opportunity to save big on booking your next vacation at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises right NOW!

Give the Gift of Travel this year!

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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;

Carnival Radiance

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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