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Cancun eliminates Mexico Tourist Card requirement

If you travel to Cancun frequently like I do, the biggest pain in the neck was completely the online form for the Mexico Tourist Card! If you lost your return portion of the card, you would have to pay a fee. My friends at TravelPulse.com are reporting that the Mexico …

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Cruise Planners trailblazer Vicky Garcia passes away.

Vicky Garcia   Cruise Planners corporate announced on their LinkedIn page that Vicky Garcia has passed away. “It is with a sincere and heavy heart that we announce the passing of Cruise Planners’ beloved COO Vicky Garcia. Words cannot begin to express the loss we feel, and what she means …

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Carnival Cruise Line Allows Unvaccinated to Sail Starting in September

Carnival cruise line has made a major announcement by allowing unvaccinated passengers to sail starting in September. The email to travel agents states,  “MIAMI, Aug. 12, 2022 – Carnival Cruise Line today announced protocol updates that meet public health goals but recognize the evolving nature of COVID-19. With these changes, …

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Carnival Cruise Line Drops COVID-19 Testing on Short Cruises

Carnival cruise line has finally announced that they are dropping Covid-19 testing on short cruises. According to a press release from Carnival to travel agents, “We are pleased to announce that we are adjusting certain protocols to reflect the lifting of CDC requirements for the U.S. cruise industry. We remain, as …

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Palladium Hotel Group, Wyndham sign strategic alliance

Over the last 3 years, I’ve enjoyed visiting the Palladium Hotel Group resorts in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Today, my friends at TravelPulse.com reported that the Palladium Hotel Group and Wyndham have formed a strategic alliance. “Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Palladium Hotel Group have entered into a …

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CDC ends its COVID program for cruises.

Late on Monday, July 18th, 2022, news reports shared that the CDC has ended its COVID program for cruises. USAToday is reporting, “CDC has worked closely with the cruise industry, state, territorial, and local health authorities, and federal and seaport partners to provide a safer and healthier environment for cruise …

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6 amazing all-inclusive resorts

Over the last 3 years, I’ve had the unique opportunity to visit the all-inclusive resorts of the Palladium Hotel Group in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and in Jamaica. The number 1 question I’m frequently asked is, “what’s your favorite?” That’s like asking which one of your grandkids are your favorite, …

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All-inclusive resort or cruise? Which is better for you?

As the title of my blog states, I’m TheCruiseGenius. I’ve sailed on Holland America Line over 150 days, Carnival over 75 days, and on several other cruise lines. If you’ve been following me any length of time, you know that over the last 3 years, I’ve experienced the all-inclusive resorts …

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TRS Coral Review June 2022

I just returned from my 4th visit to TRS Coral and Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres. I have to say my 7 day stay was absolutely perfect! Orlando Airport  Instead of flying out of my local Jacksonville, Fl airport, I chose to drive 2 hours south to Orlando. You can’t fly …

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The Cruise Genius on News4Jax

Reports of the Biden Administration ceasing the mandatory COVID testing prior to returning to the U.S. is welcomed news for everyone. I was a guest on News4Jax this am live from Cancun discussing this breaking news and how it will affect travelers. I’ve been having a great time here at …

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