TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Irish tour ops told not to use British airlines after March 29

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Borovets visit with Travel Solutions, January 7 2019

 

Things to know about travel this week

  • Skifest in Austria as snowpacks are double normal level
  • Dronophobia closes Heathrow for an hour & reminds airports of vulnerability
  • Air France/KLM 4th European airline to pass 100pax a year
  • Aer Lingus records 13.1m passengers in 2018
  • Virgin eyes Aer Lingus style feed into Manchester hub
  • Joint Atlantic venture hosts the trade in Dublin
  • Future of Aran Islands service in more doubt than ever
  • Emirates carry 442,000 to/from Ireland
  • CAR warns tour operators they cannot use British airlines after March 29

Video Watch.

From dunes to theme parks – Emirates showcases Dubai as a family holiday destination. Watch here.

Watch here as Athens is hit by a snowstorm and much of northern Greece is struggling to deal with temperatures as low as -23C.

Qantas had a Santa-like load of goods to deliver over Christmas – 370 tonnes in its busiest night. Watch here.

  • Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free unveil the airline’s first-ever Qatar Airways Travel Boutique, based at its Hamad International Airport hub. Watch here.
  • Love it or hate it – tipping is an essential part of American culture. Now flight attendants are accepting gratuities. Watch here.
  • Overtourism is set to be a hot – and divisive – topic this year. Reponsible Travel examines the issue here.
  • Ever wondered what’s happening over our skies? The Irish Aviation Authority documents 24 hours of flights over our airspace, covering 451,000 sq km. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

As a newly established drones committee is convened by the Department of Transport, it is likely to recommend that the exclusion zone around Irish airports is to be extended beyond 5k and training requirements for drone operators be instated. The IAA was early to move on training for drone operators (back in 2013 at an event in Weston Airport) but will be under pressure to come up with new guarantees as the high profile closure of Gatwick and alarm at Heathrow this week fuels the new dronophobia. The mischief makers have better technology at their finger tips than ever before, as Travel Extra‘s Eoghan Corry pointed out on Prime Time. Watch here.

Travel agency sales continue to run ahead of 2018. ITAA CEO Pat Dawson told Travel Extra that agents are reporting bookings “up 10pc”, with yesterday traditionally the busiest booking day of the year. Cassidy Travel say sales are 10pc ahead of last year, we are experiencing bookings across all holiday types, family holidays, city breaks, with soft adventure holidays such as cruises, escorted tours and skiing proving extremely popular for 2019. Topflight said Tuscany is one to watch in 2019 with an open-air performance by Andrea Bocelli in his hometown as is Topflight’s new programme to Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast from CorkWorldchoice Ireland says It is a mixed bag with agents saying that sales are in line with last year or some up 5pc and the usual family summer sun destinations in high demandTravel Centres says It really depends on who you talk to, some agents are saying that they are up on the same period last year, whilst others are saying they are down.  Some say that cruise enquiries are brisk whilst others say that they are not getting many. What they all appear to agree on though is that family camping holidays are in strong demand as is the US, particularly New York. TUI is seeing strong interest throughout the country for beach breaks, lakes and mountains and cruises and the family market busy with incentives on offer such as free child places and this weekend an extra €70 saving per booking on Spain and Portugal holidays. TUI have a range of new long haul destinations on sale this week, utilising partner airlines. Sunway say it has been a positive start to the year with sales up and top end showing particularly strong growth with Club Med (luxury all inclusive) selling well. Oasis Travel report a positive start to the year with cruising being very popularTravel Counsellors report a brisk week, slightly up on a strong corresponding week last year and airline sale dates adding to the excitement. Cruise, North America and far east are strong, Europe is still pretty expensive but that might change in the coming weeks as British start to look at destinations outside of the Euro zone.

The best snow since 2005? While detracted by the tragic news of avalanche and climber deaths off piste, Ireland’s favourite ski destination, Austria is enjoying the best snowfall in 14 years (one of our favourite ski guides Sam Steinkasserer says it is the best for this time since 1963). It initially led to large numbers of resort closures due to high winds and excessive snowfall, as well as limited access due to road closures. Snowpacks are double normal levels. Traffic to and from key resorts like Soll was temporarily disrupted but is back to full service. All resorts are enjoying conditions normally found at higher elevations with newcomers trying off piste and free riding, as 2,500 Irish skiers enjoy the fun. Sunday and Monday will see a return of more substantial snowfall across the region accompanied by high winds. The western Alps and Andorra finally got some moderate snowfall later in the week, they too had a two metre dump this time last year. Unfortunately the Southern Alps and the Dolomites are faring considerably worse, with little snow at lower altitudes and predominantly hard packed and artificial slopes at higher elevations.

Air France/KLM became the fourth European airline to carry 100m passengers in 2018. Worldwide, American Airlines are certain to be the first airline to pass 200m passengers per year, ahead of Delta (192.5m) and Southwest (163.6m). Ryanair will be the sixth largest airline in the world in 2018, marginally ahead of China Southern who have yet to report December figures. In Europe, Lufthansa group finished 3.1m passengers ahead of Ryanair: Lufthansa 142.3m, 2 Ryanair 139.2m, 3 IAG 112.92m, 4 Air France/KLM 101.45m. EasyJet are still to report but certain of 5th place, with Turkish 6th, Aeroflot 7th, Norwegian 8th, Wizz 9th and Pegasus likely to overtake SAS for 10th. If still independent, Aer Lingus with 13.1m passengers would be in a notional 17th place behind Finnair. 

Travel Extra was the only Irish media representative when Air France launched its airline for Millennials, Joon, with fanfare in Paris in 2017. At the time journalists from Spain and Portugal believed that craft beer and trendy cabin crew uniforms would not appeal to old-fashioned business travellers on two of its key routes, to Barcelona and Lisbon. They’ve been proved right, with the airline saying the brand had been “difficult to understand from the outset” as it looks to integrate it into mainline services. Joon CEO Jean Michel Mathieu, third from left, and the then Air France CEO Franck Terner, with management are pictured by Travel Extra with Joon cabin crew at the launch in Le Dernie Étage, Paris, on September 25, 2017.

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Emirates don’t do things by halves. In among the latest passenger figures for Ireland (up 2pc to 442,000 last year in a competitive market), it revealed that it spent €616m related to wine. Ireland Country Manager Enda Corneille told Travel Extra that “we have a seat factor of around 80pc – Australia always looms large and Bangkok is very big for us, as are Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane. We’ve had big traffic increases into Kuala Lumpur and Manila, but the biggest increase is Vietnam.”

Travel Trade

Travel Solutions showcased the Bulgarian resort of Borovets to Travel Extra this week. The tour operator operate a programme to the resort from Dublin via an hour and a half transfer from Sofia. Its reputation is for beginners, families and those on a budget, and boy does it deliver with very lively and high-octane nightlife for a small town and low-octane skiing made up for the splendid tundra landscape at the top of the gondola. The short trip experienced a variety of ski conditions and Borovets offered a splendid blue sky day on the easy slopes of Markoudjik and the longer, steepish Yastrebets pistes to compete with any. By the second night skiers will be familiar with almost everyone in the town’s hard working hospitality sector and will have identified the more boisterous places to join/avoid. For us, the village feel and endearing hospitality of restaurateurs such as Peter Mitov of the Green King restaurant make this an attractive and inexpensive playground. Check with Don Clark or the Travel Solutions team for details. Picture shows Peter McMinn, Julie Magill and Roberto Comsa of Travel Solutions.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Photograph shows delegates at the Atlantic Joint Venture event in Cliff Town Touse hosted by Air Canada Lufthansa and United Airlines. Back row: Loss Osborner of Bookabed, Declan O’Connell of Lee Travel, David O’Grady of E-travel, Helen Fyfe of Lufthansa, Martin Skelly of Navan Travel, Ray Scully of American Holidays, Philip Airey of Sunway, Tony Brazil of Limerick Travel, John Spollen and John Cassidy of Cassidy Travel, Alan McAra of Travelleaders/Malahide Travel and Dominic Burke of Travel Centres. Front row: Derek Pheasey of Strand Travel, Polly Bond of Tour America, Clare Dunne of the Travel Broker, Maureen Delmar of MD Travel, Jill Maguire of American Sky, Martin Coogan of United and Blaithin O’Donnell of Air Canada.

Aer Lingus delegates at Pendulum summit in Dublin, Dermot Lee, John Spollen of Cassidy Travel President of the ITAA, Muriel Cooke, Ivan Beacom and Jenny Rafter. Did Boris Johnson make up the story that his flight from England was delayed because 600 ducklings were being loaded on the aircraft? Answers to editor@travelextra.ie please.

Sharon Munro stepped down as president of Barrhead Travel after 28 years with the company founded by her father, Bill Munro and will be succeeded by Jacqueline Dobson, completing the takeover by Travel Leaders Group.

Dates and venues for Topflight’s Italian roadshow have been confirmed, 6th February, The Strand Hotel, Limerick, 7th February, The Metropole Hotel, Cork, 13th February, The Crowne Plaza, Dundalk, 14th February, Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, 20th February, Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise, 21st February, Salthill Hotel, Galway, 27th February, Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, 28th February, The Radisson Hotel, Belfast.

  • The Commission for Aviation Regulation warned agents and operators that British airlines will no longer have the right to pick up passengers in Ireland and fly them to another member state in the event of a hard Brexit. The document can be viewed in full here.
  • Brian Gallagher, Dublin Airport is now head of aviation business development at Cork Airport
  • Travel agents who book any Travel Corporation holiday between now and February 28 will be entered in a draw to win a €1,000 shopping spree .
  • Flexible Autos announcing a  partnership with Bookabed in Ireland, 
  • Belfast travel trade veteran Eamonn Ferrin was appointed head of sales Europe at NCL.

Royal Caribbean relaunched its My Club Royal website, with a new member of the month competition encouraging agents to nominate a co-worker and give them the chance to win a place on their seminar at sea onboard Navigator of the Seas including a stop at CocoCay. Three runners up each month will win: £100 / €111 experience voucher, Club Rewards branded prosecco, £10 / €11 on MasterCard. Nominations can be submitted between the 1st and 20th of every month. Watch here.

Mary T Toye from Atlantic Travel in Letterkenny was the December winner for a place on Classic Collection’s  VIP fam Trip to Lisbon in March.
Each month one agent will be automatically entered into the competition once they have made a Classic Collection holidays booking.

BookaBed is looking for a reservations and flights support agent for its Ashbourne or Oldcastle offices. Experience with Galileo essential and salary is negotiable depending on experience. Interested applicants should email bev@bookabed.ie

John Booty’s Wendy Wu Tours is offering discounts of up to €400 on bookings to India, Vietnam and Cambodia, Thailand and Peru on selected dates.

Strange world

Residents in a rural area of southern Minas Gerais state in Brazil reported skies “raining spiders”, a phenomenon which experts say is typical in the region during hot, humid weather.

 5,000 people were stung by bluebottles on Queensland’s Gold and Sunshine coasts over the weekend as weather drove a wall of jellyfish onto the shore.

Go VilniusGo Vilnius’ raunchy ad to attract tourists was deemed  ‘sexually suggestive’, but given the all-cleared by advertising standards authorities in London.

A British tourist who claimed illness ruined his holiday, but was spotted enjoying beers on his Facebook posts, has to repay £20,000 in compensation to TUI.

France’s first nudist restaurant, O’naturel in Paris, is to close next month due a lack of bums on seats.

Norwich resident Orlando Williams said: “all I do, I have my name on my house., there is no restaurant there.”, after neighbours’ complained of a large illuminated sign hanging above his front door, a photo of the house appearing on TripAdvisor, and a flyer that said ‘book a table for sushi’ . 

International

Washington DC cancelled St Patrick’s day parade due to security costs.

Aquatica Orlando became the first waterpark in the world to be an autism certified centre.

  • Dana Young, the former Republican leader in the US Congress, is the new CEO and President of Visit Florida.
  • Customers who book a SeaWorld Discovery Cove Ultimate Swim package with Attraction Tickets Direct up until February 28, can save up to 20pc off previously published prices.
  • Reservations for NYC Restaurant Week – which runs from January 21 to February 8 – are now open at nycgo.com/restaurantweek
  • An Irish ski instructor team will compete in the world ski instructor championships in Pamporovo on March 17.
  • China will overtake the US and Germany, with the most outbound tourists in the world by 2030, according to a Euromonitor report.
  • The Canadian government is treating the disappearance of a woman from Quebec and her Italian friend in Burkina Faso as a kidnapping.
  • Land iguana – last seen by Charles Darwin in 1835 before they were wiped out – are to return to the Galapagos.
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Food & Beverage

  • The owners of Dublin’s Bowes Pub – a favourite of writer Flann O’Brien – have applied to double it in size.
  • Irish alcohol drinks exports were worth €1.25bn last year, with the US remaining the largest market followed by Britain, Canada, Germany and France, Bord Bia reported.
  • Expat TV presenter Laura Whitmore boosted the Irish Centre in London’s new siopa – selling only Irish food – with an Instagram post.

Hotels

Hastings Hotels is investing €2.2m in staff trainingNiall Casey, Director of Skills and Competitiveness, Invest Northern Ireland, is pictured with Howard Hastings at the announcement.

  • Operating profits at the Gleneagle Group – which owns properties including the INEC and the Brehon hotel –  increased five-fold to €1.42m last year.
  • Nice is in mourning following the death of flamboyant hotelier Jeanne Augier, who ran the landmark Negresco hotel – a favourite of The Beatles – on the Promenade des Anglais for over 60 years.
  • Dublin-based hotel group Castle Collection bought the 72-bedroom Scotland’s Hotel & Leisure Club in Perthshire or an undisclosed sum.

Aviation

US pre-clearance fees are set to rise as Dublin and Shannon get more US CBP staff and bigger handling areas.

The €2.4m bargain-basement takeover proposal for Flybe, by a consortium of Virgin, Stobart and US financiers Cyrus, will retain Flybe as an independent operating carrier with a separate English AOC under the Virgin Atlantic brand while Swords-based Stobart Air will continue under a separate Irish AOC. The deal may be an attempt by Virgin Atlantic to replicate the Aer Lingus transatlantic hub at Manchester.

  • DAA CEO Dalton Philips told Miriam O’Callaghan on Today with Sean O’Rourke that the airport does not need T3 until early 2030s, gates and pier extensions are what are needed. Listen here.
  • The DAA put the concessions for its electronics stores at T1 And T2 at Dublin Airport back out to tender.
  • Dublin Airport was fined after passengers had to queue for 55 minutes at security last May and broke the 30 minute cap on security queues on three other occasions.
  • Expedia failed in its efforts to secure leave to appeal a decision in the US courts that will see a screen-scraping case taken against it by Ryanair proceed there.
  • 481 flights (41pc of total) were delayed and 317 flights cancelled (27pc) at Schiphol Airport last Tuesday due to storms.
  • A new Passenger Advisory Group will have a say in price caps at Dublin Airport.
  • Amid its decision to increase its summer frequency from seven to 11 flights, Qatar Airways told Travel Extra that it is pushing hard to increase Irish market share in both corporate and leisure, with free seat selection proving popular in economy.

Dublin Airport Central, the airport’s new and expanding commercial quarter, is to sponsor the DCU Brexit Institute, Paul Byrne, Head of Sales and Marketing, Dublin Airport Central, is pictured with Prof Federico Fabbrini, Director of DCU Brexit Institute, at the announcement.

Air traffic controllers in Dublin were told to review procedures for queuing aircraft after the wing of a Ryanair aircraft came within 3m of the cockpit of an Aer Lingus plane as both were in a holding pattern awaiting clearance for take-off on May 19

  • SMBC Aviation Capital agreed to buy some 65 Airbus jets from Airbus, in the final hours of 2018
  • Dublin Airport was the most popular destination for mytaxi passengers across Europe last year, with 1m passenger trips.
  • German and Italian air traffic controllers launch the first two European air traffic control strikes of the new year.
  • Pádraig Ó Céidigh’s offer to sell the Aer Arann Islands airline to the island Co-Ops for €1 has been withdrawn.
  • A retrospective on Michael O’Leary’s 25 years as CEO of Ryanair.  

Afloat

Carnival Cruise Line  dropped controversial plans to charge for most room service before 10pm.

    • Cunard is to roll out its extra-fee Steakhouse at the Verandah, first trialled on the QM2, across its fleet.
    • Oceania Cruises is to build two new 1,200-passenger ships, the first in its Allura Class, at Fincantieri Shipyard in 2022 and 2025.
    • 270 passengers and crew on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Of The Seas have been struck down with the norovirus vomiting and diarrhoea bug.
    • The captain of Japanese cruise ship Nippon Maru that hit a US navy fuel pier in Guam in late December was found to have an alcohol level above the limit permitted under U.S. law.

Ireland

€11m in funding was approved for 78 tourism and outdoor projects, including The Great Arch Trail from Polletto Fanad Head in Donegal, the development of a walkway/cycleway at Mallow Castle grounds in Co Cork; and development of the Boyne Greenway in Drogheda. Rural Development Minister Michael Ring is pictured on the Castlebar Turlough Greenway with Orla Carroll, Director of Strategic Development with Fáilte Ireland, and local children from Scoil Raifteirí Tegan O’Reilly, Joseph Mandel and Emma Keane. Photo: Michael McLaughlin

  • Killarney’s traffic jams are now threatening the tourism potential of the entire south-west region, its business and hotel organisations warned.
  • Dooagh beach in Achill washed away again, having washed away in 1984-85 and reappeared in 2017.
  • Dublin Zoo attracted 1,230,145 visitors in 2018, a very slight drop on 2017, higher than the anticipated 1.01m after disruption caused by the papal visit, and enough to keep their place as Ireland’s third most visited attraction.
  • Dublin’s Pearse Street train station is expected to close for another 12 weekends over the next 19 months due to works taking place on its ailing 19th century roof.
  • Plans have been presented to turn Dublin’s George’s Dock into an white-water canoeing amenity. 

Deal Watch

Iberia sale fares Johannesburg from €389, Havana from €601, Sao Paolo from @640, Buenos Aires from €650, Lima from €785, Santiago from €812, inclusive taxes. book by January 31. 

Insight Vacations offers: New England’s Fall Foliage escorted tour, 8 days visiting Boston, Williamstown, Stowe, North Conway and Portland, including flights, transfers, and 7 nights’ accommodation in central locations, was : €3079pps, now from€2819pps. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Book and pay in full by February 28 next, depart  September 15. www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

ITAA offers: Dublin to Vietnam for 10-night tour of the country, including fully escorted tours, eight nights in 4* accommodation, one night cruise, accommodation, return flights, airport transfers and breakfast every day, from €2539pp with Travalue.ie, depart March 15 on http://itaa.ie/2019/01/08/highlights-of-vietnam-3/

Dublin to Sardinia, 7 nights 3* Best Western Residence Italia Hotel, Cagliari, from €399pp with Clickandgo.com, depart June on http://itaa.ie/2019/01/09/sardinia-holidays-in-june-from-e399pp/

ArmeniaDublin to Armenia, 8 nights B&B 4* Ani Plaza Hotel, includes return to Yerevan, via Paris, taxes, charges and 20kg luggage, airport transfer, daily tours, luxury coaches throughout journey, services of guide and local representatives,  from €1,759pp, depart May/June/Sept/Oct with Travel Escapes & Cruisescapes, visit: http://itaa.ie/2019/01/08/armenia-the-cradle-of-christianity-2/

Sunway offers: Dublin to China for China Express Tour from Beijing to Shanghai, includes flight ex Dublin, 7 nights’ accommodation on twin share basis, some meals  and tours as per itinerary. Price includes saving of €183pp, tour must be booked by  January 31.  Subject to availability and change, from €1589pp, depart May 10Dublin to South America for ‘South America Discovery’ escorted tour, includes international flights, 20kg baggage per person, internal flights, taxes, 14 nights twin share  3* 4* hotels,  scheduled airport transfer, some meals and tours as per itinerary.  Subject to availability and change, from €3749pp, depart May 3. Dublin to Europe for 5* Wine Theme River Cruise ’Melodies of the Danube’, includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing outside stateroom with twin balcony, unlimited wine/beers at meals, sip and sail daily cocktail hour & daily complimentary excursions. Not included gratuities and port charges of €150pp. Subject to availability and change, from €2769pp, depart March 22. Dublin to Italy, 7 nights all inclusive 5T Club Med Cefalu, from €1849pp, depart May 1. Dublin to Kusadasi, 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings, from €489pps, depart May 4. Dublin to Fuerteventura, 7 nights self catering 3* Oasis Dunas Apts, from €299pp, depart January 19. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 2* Monte Verde  Apts, from €299pp, depart January 20. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 4* Sands Beach  Apts, from €399pp, depart January 19. Dublin to Morocco, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Intouriste  Apts, from €425pp, depart January 19. Dublin to Dubai, 4 nights B&B Jumeirah Rotana, from €495pps. Dublin to Dominican Republic, 7 nights all inclusive Dreams Punta Cana, from €1229pps. Dublin to Florida for Antigua and Barbados Fly Cruise, includes 1 night pre cruise stay in Fort Lauderdale or Miami and 10-night cruise onboard Crown Princess, from €1460pp, depart March 16. Dublin to Barcelona for Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise onboard Norwegian Epic, premium all inclusive included from €1325pp, depart September 15. Dublin to Barcelona for 7-night Med cruise onboard MSC Bellissima, from €1566pp, depart April 26. Dublin to Norway no-fly Cruise, 8 nights onboard Celebrity Reflection, from €1097pp. Upgrade to an Oceanview Stateroom for an extra €612pp and receive a Classic Drinks Package, depart May 26. www.sunway.ie

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Topflight offers: January sale, with savings of up to €250pp, ends midnight on Tuesday. Dublin to France, 7 nights self catering 4* Le Hameau de Pierre Blanche, Chamonix Valley, was €618 now €498pps (Based on six sharing), depart January 19. Dublin to Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Euroski, Soldeu, was €717 now €577pps, depart January 20. Dublin to Italy, 7 nights self catering 3* Casa Antoinetta, Livigno, was €599 now €519pps (Based on 4 share), depart January 26. Dublin to Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sant Gothard, Arinsal, was €659 now €509pps, depart January 27. Dublin to France, 7 nights catered 4* Chalet La Vieille Grange, Meribel Centre, France, was €1355 now €1115pps, depart February 2. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights B&B 2* Pension Niedermuhlbichler, Soll, was €699 now €619pps, depart February 23. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights half board 3* Ferienhotel Fuchs, Soll, was €935 now €855pps, depart March 2. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Norica, Bad Hofgastein, was €1132 now €1002pps, depart March 16. www.topflight.ie / www.topflightholidays.co.uk, call 01 240 1700 /  028 9752 1168 or visit your local travel agent

Tour America offers:  Dublin to Florida, 7 nights in Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, from €559pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, depart September. Dublin to Florida, 7 nights in Universal’s Endless Summer, from €519pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, depart September. Dublin to Florida, 7 nights in Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel from €779pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, depart September. Dublin to Florida, 7 nights in Loews Portofino Bay from €969pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, depart May. Dublin to New York, 3 nights at the Four Points by Sheraton Downtown, from €469pp, based on 4 sharing, depart March 7. Dublin to Las Vegas, 4 nights at the Excalibur Hotel, from €629pp, based on 4 sharing, depart September 6. Dublin to Mexico, 7 nights all inclusive at Riu Caribe in Cancun, from €1229pps, depart October 10. Dublin to Orlando for 3 nights pre cruise in Orlando and 7 nights on board Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas, from €1019pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing ocean view cabin, also includes car hire for Orlando/Tampa return, depart February 27. Dublin to Barcelona, 7 nights all inclusive Med fly cruise onboard Norwegian Epic from €1459pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing mini suite and includes all inclusive drinks package for all guests and all gratuities, depart October 29. www.touramerica.ie

TUI offers: Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 2* Las Piramides Resort, Playa de las Americas, from €509pps, depart January 25. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Lanzasur Splash, Playa Blanca, from €499pps, depart January 25. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Los Girasoles, Playa Del Ingles, from €389pps, depart January 25. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights B&B 3* Parque Vacacional Eden, Puero de la Cruz, from €449pps, depart February 1. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights all inclusive 3* El Trebol, Costa Teguise, from €519pps, depart February 3. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, from €419pps, depart February 7. Dublin to Cancun, 14 nights all inclusive 3* RIU Lupita, Playacar, from €1,529pps, depart June 3. Dublin to Cancun, 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, from €1,519pps (saving of €280pp), depart June 10. Dublin to Cancun, 14 nights all inclusive 3* RIU Lupita, Playacar, from €1,519pps (saving of €300pp), depart June 17. Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights half board 5* TUI Sensimar Pioneer Beach Hotel, Paphos, from €1,039 (save €160pp), depart May 14. Dublin to Dalaman Turkey, 7 nights all inclusive 4* TUI Family Life Tropical, Sarigerme, from €2299 (2+1 – includes free child place), depart June 24. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights onboard Marella Dream, inside deck, from €1,099pps, depart June 11. www.tuiholidays.ie, call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI store/travel agent.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offers: Enchanting  Danube river cruise, 8 days visiting Europe,  including flights, airport transfers, all meals and beverages, all shore excursions and 7 nights in a classic stateroom onboard the S.S. Maria Theresa, was €2729pps, now from €2,229pps. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Port charges not included. Book and pay in full by March 31 next, depart August 11. www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803

 

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