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Norwegian Cruise Line today opened for sale the line’s 2017 cruises to Cuba aboard Norwegian Sky, the largest vessel sailing to Cuba, which also offers an overnight stay in Havana.

Norwegian Sky will sail a series of five, four-day cruises from Miami to Cuba in May 2017 that will include an overnight in the capital of Havana. On Monday, May 1, Norwegian Sky will set sail for her first voyage to Havana, arriving on Tuesday morning and staying alongside until Wednesday evening, allowing guests the opportunity to go ashore and experience the island’s rich cultural traditions through people-to-people exchanges. Norwegian will also offer OFAC-compliant shore excursions, where guests aboard Norwegian Sky will have the opportunity to visit historical sites such as Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; view incredible art and listen to the vibrant local music scene; and visit with Cuba’s warm and friendly residents through people-to-people exchanges.

The ship will continue on to call on Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island destination in the Bahamas that was recently enhanced to offer guests exciting new ways to enjoy the island, with additional features to be added through summer 2017.

Along with the freedom and flexibility that only Norwegian Cruise Line can provide, guests sailing on Norwegian Sky also enjoy unlimited complimentary beverages as a part of the ship’s all-inclusive program. Additional Cuba cruise departure dates include May 8, 15, 22 and 29. The four-day cruises begin at $699 per person.

If you are interested in booking, please give us a call 727-846-0077.

When we were asked by Lufthansa to film the one year anniversary on nonstop flights from our hometown of Tampa, FL to Frankfurt, Germany, we were excited, but also maybe a little nervous. We had never even been to Frankfurt, much less Germany. What would it be like ? We don’t speak a word of German. Would that matter ?

After talking to a friend and frequent Frankfurt traveler we were even more excited. A city that had risen from the ashes of WWII to become a modern metropolis and the banking center of Europe.
But…. we like history, old architecture, ancient culture. Not to worry. It was all that and more.

img_2964First things first. We have traveled to Europe to film in Spain, France and Italy, but never flown to Europe nonstop from Tampa. That was so enticing to us, it’s almost hard to put into words. No offense to cities like Miami or Philly, or Charlotte, but we really hate connecting in the U.S. as the first part of our trip. So stepping on the plane at TIA, and getting off the plane at our final destination in Frankfurt was a pretty big deal for us. Business Class was just the very thick icing on a very tall cake!

A relaxing flight with free flowing champagne, a huge TV monitor, and a menu to order dinner. And of course the lay flat seats with more adjustments than we would ever need. Truly one of the best flights we have ever taken, and the crew was absolutely amazing.

aatv_lhpartone-00_01_26_00-still001After arriving in Frankfurt, we had to check out the famous visitors terrace at the Frankfurt airport with great views of the runways. It was a cool place to see planes talking off and landing.

Off to the city…

Whenever you visit a new city, it’s always best to get to know it a little bit. If you are traveling to Europe from the U.S. odds are you will be on a red eye flight. Instinct may tell you to go to the hotel and catch up on some sleep. Don’t do that.

ap3_5596As soon as we got checked in, it was time to me our guide Dave for a 2 hour walking tour of the city. We had subway passes, which they call the ubahn, which made getting around very quick and easy.

One of the best reasons to do a tour like this is to find places that you want to spend more time at, later in your trip. The Opera House and Romerberg were 2 places we knew we would see again this week.

aatv_lhpartone-00_09_25_16-still002The tour ended at a typical German beer garden called Lorsbacher Thal, in Sachsenhausen, another place we came back to, where we enjoyed our first authentic German meal.

Be sure to subscribe to our site as we continue our trip in Frankfurt. We will share more about the history of this site and a few of our favorite “must see” sports in the city. You can also view our episode featuring Lufthansa and Frankfurt (airing October 23 on CW44 in Tampa Bay area and on our YouTube channel).


Check out the great city guides available on Lufthansa’s website 

New Extra-Long ‘Cozumel Plus’ Tours Include Swimming with Whale Sharks, Exploring Undersea Caverns, Visits to Centuries-Old Ruins, Including Chichen Itza, and More

puerta_maya_carnival_ships_101608_RA6854MIAMI – Carnival Cruise Line has extended the length of time its ships spend in Cozumel, Mexico, on more than 750 voyages, providing guests with even more opportunities to experience and explore one of the Caribbean’s most diverse vacation destinations.

On “Cozumel Plus” itineraries, guests now have access to a variety of new excursions, many taking place on Mexico’s mainland – with unforgettable tours like swimming with whale sharks, visiting centuries-old ruins and swimming in hidden caverns, just to name a few, complementing nearly 50 existing tours already available.

SPECIAL! Carnival is kicking off its new Cozumel Plus itineraries with a special promotion offering a $25 per person shipboard credit that can be used toward shore excursions. The shipboard credit offer is available through April 22, 2016, when booking in combination with Carnival’s Early Saver rates.

Designated by a special notation on Carnival’s web site, Cozumel Plus itineraries are operated by 17 different Carnival ships offering more than 750 four- to eight-day cruises from six U.S. homeports along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. Carnival Cruise Line offers the greatest variety of cruises to Cozumel than any other cruise operator, providing guests with unparalleled choice and convenience in their shore excursion options.

The additional time in port has enabled Carnival’s shore excursion experts to partner with local tour operators to create one-of-a-kind excursion offerings that allow guests to fully immerse themselves in Mexican culture and participate in truly unique landside experiences.

Cozumel Plus tours are up to eight hours in duration and include everything from extended, day-long tours visiting ancient Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza – one of the Seven Wonders of the World dating back to 750 A.D. – to snorkeling the exquisite turquoise waters of Xel-Ha, a magnificent group of lagoons connected by a series of bridges.

On other excursions, guests can explore Mexico’s famed “secret river,” subterranean caverns connected by underground waterways with stunning natural rock formations that are millions of years old or participate in a seasonal excursion of swimming in open waters with whale sharks – gentle sea creatures measuring up to 40 feet in length and weighing up to 47,000 pounds.

Of course, the additional time in port provides guests with more time to check out Cozumel’s legendary white-sand beaches, excellent fishing, snorkeling and water sports, and unique shopping and dining opportunities.

Cruises visiting Cozumel dock at Puerta Maya, Carnival’s modern three-berth facility in Cozumel which, in addition to offering easy access to the various tours via an on-site transportation center, includes a variety of retail shops, boutiques and restaurants, enhancing guests’ on-shore experience.

“With magnificent beaches and interesting landmarks and historical sites, Cozumel is the Caribbean’s premier cruising region and our ‘Cozumel Plus’ itineraries provide our guests with a seemingly endless variety of new ways to explore this fascinating destination,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “These new itineraries provide our guests with the opportunity to create wonderful vacation memories and our travel agent partners an exciting cruise option to market to their clients.”

If you would like information about one of the Cozumel Plus cruises or if you are ready to book, please give us a call or visit>