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Carnival Splendor

Carnival Splendor

Carnival Corporation has announced its new port, Amber Cove on the Dominican Republic’s northern coast, will open in October.

The $85-million dollar facility will be able to accommodate the largest cruise ships in operation and is expected to host more than 250,000 travelers in its first year. The project represents the largest cruise industry investment made to date in the Dominican Republic.

Amber Cove sits on the Bay of Maimon, just a few miles west of the historic town of Puerto Plata. The Amber Coast region was also one of the filming locations for the original Jurassic Park movie.

In addition to Carnival, five of the cruise company’s nine brands will make port here, including AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line and P&O Cruises.

A visit from Carnival Victory will kick off the port’s opening on October 6.

Cruises to the Amber Coast have not been regularly included on ship itineraries since the 1980s, so Carnival’s new port will see many first-time visitors to the area. Eventually, Carnival plans to incorporate Amber Cove into its Cuba itineraries.

A new port means different itineraries for all of us to enjoy.  Plan early for better rates and staterooms.

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Source : Travel Agent Central News

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Today’s task is to create a regular feature for your blog.  My new feature is Travel News you can use Fridays.  You might hear a small tidbit on the news about something going on somewhere but you did not hear the full story.   News You Can Use Friday’s will give you the story (news article) plus my thoughts.  Here is my first feature:

What’s new regarding travel to Cuba?

Since President Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with the island nation in December, there’s been progress on several fronts, including expanded air access on public charters.

Starting March 17, tour operator Cuba Travel Services will offer a scheduled weekly Tuesday charter from New York Kennedy to Havana. The service is expected to attract the large Cuban-American population in the New York area who are traveling for family visits, as well as those travelers who fall into one of the 12 categories now permitted under the expanded rules for general travel, so long as that travel meets certain criteria.

(These include those traveling for religious, educational, professional research and humanitarian activities, journalists, athletic competitors, official government business, private foundations and people-to-people programs.)

A new gateway for a charter flight to Cuba is New Orleans.

The first direct flight from New Orleans to Cuba since 1958 took off on March 14 for participants taking part in the Cuba Today business conference organized by the New Orleans-based International Cuba Society. Trip arrangements, including the charter flight, were arranged by Cuba Travel-USA and Havanatur.

That flight could be followed by others, if demand is there, according to the operator.

JetBlue, meanwhile, said last month it was partnering with ABC Charters, will offer Tampa-to-Havana charter flights on Fridays, beginning June 5. The carrier currently offers Tuesday charter flights from Tampa to Havana, Wednesday flights from Tampa to Santa Clara and Friday flights from Fort Lauderdale to Havana on Xael Charters.

American has long offered charter flights from Miami.

CheapAir.com became the first online agency to book commercial flights to Cuba through Mexico or Panama. Those who book trips through CheapAir.com must check a box agreeing that they are traveling in one of the 12 listed categories.

The floodgates to mass tourism from the U.S. will not be open until the U.S. Congress lifts the decades-old embargo and air service agreements are subsequently negotiated.

By Gay Nagle Myers / March 16, 2015

Random Thought:  I cannot wait until the U.S Congress lifts the restriction.  I have wanted to travel to Cuba I watched the GODFATHER Part II.  Thank you Gay Nagle Myers for this article. 🙂

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