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Tall Tales of Talented Travel Advisors

One good thing about a week-long conference on a cruise ship is the opportunity to sit and chat about how we all got to where we are. I did that recently with the smart and businesslike folks who own Dream Vacations and CruiseOne franchises. And so I thought I’d share a few of the tales of how to succeed in business and how to just love what you do that I heard there.

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Carnival Cruise Ship

The cruise line’s guests will pay more for its popular beverage deal, along with its gratuity fees starting next month.  Effective on May 1, 2022, an increase will be added both to its pre-cruise and onboard prices.

Drink packages, which typically cover soda, specialty coffees, smoothies, juices, and alcoholic beverages are popular programs. Carnival’s program allows for up to 15 alcoholic drinks. On a 3-4 day cruise, passengers wanting CHEERS pay $54.95 per day, and passengers on longer cruises pay $51.95 per day if purchased pre-cruise. If the passenger purchases the package after embarkation, prices go to $59.95 per day and $56.95 per day respectively. An 18% gratuity charge is added to the purchase.

Starting May 1, 2022, the price will be $59.95 USD, per person, per day pre-cruise and $64.95 per person, per day if purchased on board. In addition, Carnival is also increasing the service gratuities from $13.99 to $14.50 per person per day for most cabins and from 15.99 to $16.50 per person, per day for suites.

Most analysts anticipated increases across cruise lines as travel recovers from a two-year hiatus which damaged the companies’ balance sheets. Although Carnival’s price increases are getting the most coverage other cruise lines such as rival Norwegian Cruise Line have already raised items like their gratuities per day, per person and Norwegian’s drink packages are higher than the new Carnival costs.

It’s been more than 60 years since cruising to Cuba ceased. President Kennedy imposed the embargo because Fidel Castro seized American-owned hotels and gambling casinos.

The Cuban seizures were legal under international law, if equitable financial compensation is paid. Yet, every American President and Congress has kept the cruising embargo in place because of failure to compensate the injured parties. As reported in Hotel Hotline, the latest glitch that’s prolonging the cruising embargo is a lawsuit by the heirs of Meyer Lanksy, saying they too deserve compensation. The Bay of Pigs debacle also fueled enthusiasm to keep the embargo in place.

With this backdrop of more than 60 years of retribution, let’s look ahead to what may be in store for the Russian government now that their invasions of Ukraine have already created close to two- million refugees and thousands of deaths Read the rest of this entry »