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Radio Show Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams Posts Line-Up of Guests to Broadcasts August 20 and 21 2016

Touring Cuba with Regina Tours on Catholic-Oriented Cruise-Tour to Religious Sites and Shrine

Saturday, August 20, 2016, Travelers411, hosted  by broadcast media travel expert Stephanie Abrams and heard coast-to-coast in the US on radio and podcast and archived at sAbrams.com and Travelers411.com, features the following:

Stephanie starts off Hour 1 with insights in the challenges for travelers to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.  While initially inspired to talk about the realities of visiting Rio by the reports about the assaults on a coach and others which have not been refuted, and the stories, now known to be bogus, about assaults on the swimmers, Stephanie talks about warnings she received from Brazilian colleagues before her visits to Rio.  While it is more than just unfortunate that the Olympic swimmers seem to have taken advantage of the criminal realities one may easily face while visiting that destination to create cover stories for their alleged bad behavior, the facts are that, from a health point of  view, the sanitary conditions are not up to par and the beautiful beaches abut water that is toxic from raw sewage.  Stephanie describes instructions she was given to be alert for people, often carrying baseball bats, approaching cars at traffic stop lights,and  directing her to “run them over,” something she explains she could never do, to avoid having the car windows shattered which would be followed by robbery and assault. Wearing jewelry of any kinds, including watches, rings, earrings, bracelets were described as “forbidden” in order to give criminal gangs no incentive to target her and her traveling companion. The tragedy, Stephanie explains, is that the county is so beautiful and its problems are man-made.

Hour 1 continues with Josh Marsh, founder and CEO of the cyber-company, Conversocial, whose technology allows travelers in need of attention to interface efficiently with suppliers in the travel industry like major airlines through social media such as twitter and facebook using, without realizing it, the “behind the scenes” technology of Conversocial that is propelling the travelers social media comments, complaints, and need for attention directly to the people within the airline or other customer service oriented company for faster and more efficient attention than one would expect to receive thru customer service toll-free telephone and airport customer service desks when there a crunch period.

In Hour 2 of Travelers411, Kim Noltemy, Chief Operating and Communications Officer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra reviews the exciting performances that are left in the Tanglewood season which include:  “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” concert in which the entire film is shown with the musical score eliminated from the film and performed by the Boston Pops synchronized to the film itself!  Just amazing! August 27 welcomes a BSO performance in which the cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, will be featured. August 28th brings forth the matinee performance at Tanglewood, the summer home of the BSO, located in Lenox/Stockbridge, Massachusetts, of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Labor Day Weekend winds up the season with the Boston Pops with the B52s  on Friday night, September 2 and Saturday, September 3 with the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra providing dancing under the stars with dance floors set up on the lawn at Tanglewood! Imagine, dancing to the music of the Boston Pops!

Hour 3 introduces Nick Mancino, President of Regina Tours, a company that Nick explains has the proper approval to be able to operate groups to Cuba which will be done by way of Montego Bay, Jamaica on the Louis Cruises ship, Celestial Crystal which has 475 cabins and holds 1200 passengers.  Discussion this hour focuses on Regina Tours history and the allure of Cuba and the Catholic-centered tours to religious sites, shrines and cathedrals that Regina Tours includes in their itineraries.

Sunday, August 21, 2016, Travel WITH Stephanie, Stephanie interview Kim Noltemy, Chief Operating and Communications Officer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and, in Hour 2, continues the conversation with  with focus on exploring the ship itself and the itinerary of the Catholic-centered tour to Cuba by ship that Regina Tours is launching on Louis Cruises ship, Celestial Crystal.  The ship’s itinerary embarks on Friday evenings at 8pm from Montego Bay and sails for Santiago de Cuba with further stops over the 7-day itinerary in Havana , Isla de la Juventud, the ‘Isle of Youth,’ and at Cienfuegos to visit the cathedral there built in 1869 in Spanish neo-classic style with two bell towers. Nick provides listeners with a virtual cruise at sea and on land as the company launches its first cruises to Cuba.

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