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Things to know about travel this week
- Trumpet blast. Ryanair launches a 48 hour cancellation window
- The sod is turned for Dublin’s new runway but much talking to be done
- Looks like gate 426 won’t need a second deck for the A380 after all
- TUI decries northern Europe’s great summer of 2018
- Holiday show Limerick kicks off with free admission and free parking
- Aarhus joins Dublin route map
- Derry loses its Stansted route as Flybmi goes down
Passengers and cabin crew were hospitalised after a Delta Air Lines flight encountered severe turbulence. Watch here.
- It was a St Valentine’s Day massacre for the A380 – watch the Airbus annual results press conference here.
- BA celebrates 100 years in operation – upgrading 100 passengers’ seats from economy to First. Watch here.
- KLM was feeling all loved up during the week, with KLM Cityhopper cabin crew Colette receiving a marriage proposal from her boyfriend at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Watch here.
- Take a first glimpse of how the new Qantas First Lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport will look. Watch here.
- Northern Ireland showcases itself for 2019 – with the help of Game of Thrones. Watch here.
- Why the long face? A customer brought a horse into Tesco in Finglas. Watch here.
Behind the Headlines
Leo Varadkar and Shane Ross played down the urgency of chasing the planning permission terms that will hamper the airport’s growth as they turned the sod on Dublin’s new runway, due to open in December 2021.
Ryanair’s new service announcements, due to replace the Always Getting Better programme, came with a big surprise: a 48-hour grace period for cancellations. This applies in the Scandinavian market, indicating that Ryanair, having stepped back into France with two bases and a third to follow in the coming weeks, may be lining itself up for any further capacity cuts by Norwegian. Previously Ryanair said they were happy to let SAS and Norwegian slug it out in Scandinavia, and as Norwegian seeks investors, they seem poised to move in as the dust settles. Ryanair followed Wizzair in introducing a one off yearly payment for priority and seat booking, for £199. Ryanair are to base at least one more aircraft at Texel (5 in total) due to the bankruptcy of Germania and are very keen to hire ex-Germania pilots boasting that Ryanair offers 30pc more wage than Eurowings. They announced two new routes from MXP to Bristol 2w and Palma 3w starting end of May.
Peter McMinn’s Travel Solutions intends to grow his Borovets programme, with the help of the trade, using the Ryanair service to Sofia over the moving months and next winter. Along with Carol Anne O’Neil of Worldchoice Ireland, Don Clarke hosted five Worldchoice agents at the small but lively resort. Carol Anne said: We were all very surprised at what Borovets had to offer. It is a fantastic value for money resort that caters for all especially young people and families, with a variety of accommodation from 3 & 4 Star hotels to self-catering options. Another bonus is that it is a full service package which includes ski school, ski hire, boots and the services of a local representative. Travel Solutions also announced a Belfast to Sofia ski charter to deliver customers to Borovets every Saturday from December 28th 2019 until March 7th 2020 with an early afternoon departure from Belfast International operated by Jet2. Picture shows Nevy Petkova of Travel Solutions, Darren Hutchinson of Strand Travel, Don Clarke of Travel Solutions, Amanda Sharkey of Grenham Travel, Michelle Lyons of Fahy Travel, Caroline Martin of Dempsey Travel, Rebecca Clarke of Navan Travel. Watch video of trip here. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
The OPW has purchased the 16 acre former Renault import centre two kilometres from Rosslare port to carry out customs, food and animal health checks on goods coming into the port on lorries from Britain. The Government announced in December that it was buying properties at Rosslare and Dublin Port for border checks as part of contingency planning to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. A planned centralised compound on four acres at Rosslare port with 13 inspection bays for trucks coming off ships, parking for 35 trucks and a dedicated border control post for live animals will not be ready for a number of years. The Revenue has outlined plans where drivers will be told 15 minutes before their arrival on ferries whether they are being routed through green (no checks required), amber (minimal checks) and red (full checks) channels.
Two weeks ago, as Emirates were talking about bringing the A380 into Dublin, the future of the aircraft’s production line was in doubt. Dublin’s new Grade F runway would be able to land it. This week Airbus decided to end production of the aircraft after the catastrophic cancellation of 39 orders pushed the order book for 2019 into minus 47, having had just four orders in 2018 and minus two in 2017. Air France are also reducing their fleet from ten to five. It looks like that double decker gate at 426 may never have to be built after all. In all 330 units will be delivered, short of the break even of 500 to 600 and even further short of the planned 1,400, similar to the B747.
Better news for Emirates tenancy in Dublin is the new 340sqm “premium lounge” aimed at east-bound passengers, located after security on the airside corridor between T1 and T2 in a newly-refurbished space. It is estimated that 25,000 passengers will use the facility every year.
The Holiday Show in Limerick with Shannon Airport has a free children’s zone, free parking and a selection of airlines, holiday companies connected with Shannon’s various services and a substantial home holiday programme. Watch video diary here and see more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Joe Walsh Tours is looking for a Head of Cruise Holidays to join its head office team on Dublin’s Baggot Street. The successful applicant will oversee the development and introduction of online booking platform. Apply here.
Picture shows Onur Basak and Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines, O’Hanrahan Travel show, Monaghan.
Watch here the O’Hanrahan Travel show at Monaghan last week. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
The Maldives‘ growth in popularity among Irish honeymooners is revealed in new statistics from its Ministry of Tourist, showing Irish visitor numbers up 8pc from 3,892 in 2017 to 4,236 last year.
Audrey Headon of Headon Representation who represents Holiday Taxis in Ireland was out and about this week presenting agents with their Top 10 Agent Awards for 2018. Picture shows Marike Nolan with Ger and Emma Dinan of Douglas Travel with their award. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook
Hannover and Berlin headquartered TUI blamed a financial hit from last summer’s heatwave and “overcapacities in Spain arising from the shift in demand to the Eastern Mediterranean” as quarterly losses widened to €83.6m and underlying earnings for the year to September 30 last are expected to come in flat at around €1.17bn.
Aer Lingus are supporting trade by offering discount codes for delegates travelling to three major conferences, ITB March travel from Dublin- Berlin, IPW Anaheim June for Travel from Britain and Ireland to LAX and DNE summit May for travel from Dublin, Britain and a selection of connection European routes to Bradley. Contact email@example.com for more details,
Clare Dunne, owner of The Travel Broker in Clontarf, is celebrating 40 years in the industry, having started out at Aer Lingus, serving along the way as the first female President of the ITAA.
- Congratulations to Claire Doherty has been appointed a director of Travel Department.
- ATTS, headed up in ireland by Catherine Grennell Whyte, has a new partnership with Dubai based DMC Incentive Connections.
- Skål Dublin AGM will be held in The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan on Tuesday 5th March 2019 @ 12.30pm, a change of venue from last year and also change of date from customary second Tuesday.
- ITC Travel Group reported the most successful week of trading in company history, with sales up 34pc
- Visit USA Ireland now has 56 members.
Sad news: Michael Kennedy of Marian Pilgrimages and formerly of Funtrek and Cronn’s Coaches, was buried in Castlejordan last week. Picture shows him in the Holy land in 2015. He was a conscientious group organiser and genial host. His songs and jokes made many a long coach journey shorter. He will be missed by Niall Glynn and colleagues. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Lufthansa is suing an unnamed passenger for missing a flight hoping for a legal precedent to deter skip lagging (or not completing an itinerary to save money) by passengers. He was supposed to fly to Oslo from Seattle via Frankfurt in April 2016, then skipped a connecting flight and returned from Frankfurt to Berlin on a separate ticket, paying €657 instead of €2,769 euros. Lufthansa is seeking the difference plus interest.
- A US executive on business in Ireland went “completely off his head” on drink at a Cork hotel, throwing a fire extinguisher from the fifth floor to the lobby.
- Lion Air officials in Indonesia say they have failed to find a suspected scorpion photographed by passengers on a flight from Sumatra to Java.
- A Delta flight from New York to Houston had to be evacuated when a vape pen battery overheated and caused flames to shoot from the overhead bin.
A hotel that caught fire in Delhi, killing 17 people, passed safety checks 14 months ago, but an investigation has revealed breaches of regulations, India’s Straits Times reported.
- A Newry man was jailed for eight years after swallowing a diamond ring while on holiday in Turkey.
- Key West in Florida has voted to ban sunscreens from 2021 containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate to protect its reefs.
- The City of London’s tourism office is objecting to plans for the financial area’s tallest skyscraper, saying the area would not be able to cope with the tourist crowds.
- Maui in Hawaii got hit by a rare bout of snow, and rarer still, snow landing even on low-lying areas.
- Safarilink condemned the unverified media report attributing the plane crash in Londiani, Kericho on 13th February 2019 to Safarilink. Safarilink wishes to clarify that the aircraft was NOT owned, operated or sub-chartered by Safarilink as falsely reported by Nation Media Group and other media houses.
Food & Beverage
- Supermac’s has received planning permission to build an Obama Plaza-style outlet in Longford.
- Irish private equity fund Causeway Capital Partners has bought troubled café chain owner Patisserie Holdings.
- Largo Foods has changed its name to Tayto Snacks. MD Jeff Swan is pictured with the new logo at the company’s HQ in Ashbourne, Co Meath.
- Cork-born TV host Graham Norton has teamed up with Irish drinks company Barry & Fitzwilliam to launch Graham Norton’s Own Irish Gin.
- Dublin’s first alcohol-free pub – The Virgin Mary Bar – opens on Capel Street at the end of the month.
- Ballymaloe Foods won The Love Irish Food Brand Development Award for 2018.
Trump Doonbeg resort is reporting its “best year” to date as operating fell sharply to around €100,000 in 2018 as revenues rose by 7pc.
The Sligo Park Hotel is the county’s first to complete Fáilte Ireland’s Accredited Services Excellence Programme, aimed at helping businesses reach top standards of customer care.
The Radisson Blu in Limerick City hosted this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations. Pictured at the event are Huang He, Deputy Chief of Mission Counsellor, Chinese Embassy in Ireland, with Sang Man. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.
Dublin Airport’s Crowne Plaza Hotel has ordered what’s been called Ireland’s first fully electric Volvo bus, and will operate between it and Holiday Inn hotels and the airport.
- Hilton Worldwide Holdings put its 2019 outlook for growth in RevPAR in the 1-3pc range, as quarterly revenue rose 10.6pc to $2.29bn.
- Joe and Julie Comerford, owners of The Academy Plaza Hotel on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, opened the 30-bedroom boutique Avalon Hotel in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny.
Dublin will not see Ryanair’s new 197-seater Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft, initially based at London Stansted. Between May and July 2019, the new 737 variant will gradually serve 40 routes, under aircraft code 7M8, but not Dublin. The first route for the MAX is currently Stansted-Tenerife South from May 14, 3w rising to 9w on July 1, the first all-MAX route. Ryanair will have two new routes on its London winter 2019 schedule making 154 routes in total.
Thomas Hugo Moller and Huy Duc Nguyen’s Great Dane Airlines plans to commence operations out of Aalborg in June 2019 with two leased Embraer 195s with scheduled flights to Dublin 1w on Tuesdays , Edinburgh 3w and Nice 1w plus charters from Copenhagen and Aalborg.
Ryanair is threatening to withdraw services and jobs from Warsaw if the Government owned company (who own both Modlin and Chopin) didn’t invest in Modlin and stop showing favouritism towards Chopin and the government owned LOT Polish Airlines.Their complaints have been referred to EU competition commission.
The Consumer Protection (Gift Vouchers) Bill will require airlines to honour vouchers where the name is different from the passport name, after Minister John Halligan cited the case of a person on a fixed income could not use a €200 airline gift voucher to book flights because the family member who bought the voucher used the person’s familiar name.
Kerry airport is Ireland’s fastest growing, up 8.9pc to 365,339 in 2018. Next fastest growing is Belfast International up 7.4pc to 6,269,025, Shannon up 6.5pc to 1,864,762, Dublin up 6pc to 31,495,506, Cork up 3.7pc to 2,392,821 and Knock up 3pc to 771,619. Belfast City declined 1.9pc to 2,510,294 and Derry is down 42pc to 185,843. Kerry’s impressive growth was 3.2pc to 335,480 in 2017, 6pc to 325,670 in 2016, and 4pc to 307,089 in 2015. Picture shows Noel Ryan, Conor Hennigan, Theresa O’Donoghue and Basil Sheerin from the airport. Photo: Domnick Walsh, Eye Focus.
The chairman of the US Congress’s transport and infrastructure committee has attacked Ireland in a speech about airline labour rules. Peter DeFazio said: “We see this model coming out of Europe, which is ‘Let’s go to a country with more permissive labour standards, ie, Ireland’ or ‘Let’s operate contract crews out of Asia’,” he told the Aero Club of Washington.
Lufthansa is sueing a passenger who saved money by skipping the last leg in Europe of a transatlantic flight. Listen here.
Dick Forsberg, head of strategy at Dublin lessor Avolon, claims that too many airlines are selling seats on the cheap – to their own cost. “A slew of airline failures during the course of the past 18 months, plus several more in intensive care, suggests that full planes are not always cause for celebration,” he said.
European fund manager STAR Capital is to acquire 100pc of the shareholding in ASL Aviation Holdings, from Compagnie Maritime Belge (51pc) and 3P Air Freighters (49pc), subject to customary approvals. Dublin based ASL Holdings’ commercial interests span six continents and include carriers in France and South Africa. ASL’s airlines operate under their own brands and also on behalf of major international passenger and cargo customers. The firm operates B757 transatlantic services and a Belfast-based B737-300 for Aer Lingus.
- Virgin is to launch Tel Aviv-London Heathrow flights in September, aiming to tap into the onbound transfer market to the US from Israel.
- Bookings have now opened for a retro-themed JFK airport hotel named after a failed airline. The TWA Hotel opens on May 15.
- Skyscanner has formed a partnership with Star Alliance which will allow travellers visiting the Star Alliance website to search for flights, view airfares and book directly with its 28 member airlines.
Shannon Airport is fighting a battle on two fronts – against Dublin, which attracts 69pc of new passengers to Ireland, and regional airports such as Kerry and Knock, which can attract regional investment, according to Limerick Chamber economist Catriona Cahill and University of Limerick economist Stephen Kinsella, who called for funding for the airport. Picture shows Stephen Kinsella, Associate Professor, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick; Dr Catriona Cahill, Limerick Chamber economist; and Carl R. Tannenbaum – Executive Vice President, Chief Economist, Northern Trust, at the Limerick event.
- Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs says the airline’s alliance with Air Europa (Spain) is suspended.
- As the Boeing 747 turns 50, watch here Cathal O’Shannon report on the inaugural Aer Lingus B747 flight from Dublin to JFK from the RTÉ archives, April 15 1971. It features interviews with chief pilot Pete Little, Aer Lingus Chief Technical Officer Arthur Wall and Pat Joyce from Mayo, the cabin manager, a new grade introduced with the 747.
- Féach anseo cúrsaí taistil na seachtaine
- Irish Ferries Ulysses returned after a €4m upgrade to prevent a repeat of last June’s engine issues and a clean up of its public spaces. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Is Dublin Port set to abandon ambitious plans for a cruise terminal? Latest reports suggest that the focus will now be on cargo in light of Brexit. Read here.
A bad week for Norwegian Epic – engine issues, a crash into the pier at San Juan port and then a delayed arrival back to its homeport of Port Canaveral, Florida.
Princess Cruises held three ceremonies in one for its three upcoming ships – a Madrina good-luck celebration for Sky Princess, which launches this October; a keel-laying ceremony for Enchanted Princess, which is due for completion in 2020; and a steel-cutting event for its final, unnamed, ship due to launch in 2022. Captain Michele Tuvo, Second Officer Kerry Ann Wright, and VP for Britain and Europe Tony Roberts are pictured in Monfalcone, Italy. Photo: Paolo Giovannini/AP
- P&O Cruises and Cunard are the latest cruise lines to drop Amsterdam from itineraries over the city’s new €8 per person per 24-hour tourist tax. Clia argues that the Amsterdam tax discriminates against cruise passengers, who already pay port fees, while daytrippers by land transport don’t get charged the new €8 fee.
Picture shows Louise Kilbane, Sean McDonagh and Marie Brouder of South and West Sligo Tourism which won best tourism initiative at the LAMA All-Ireland Community and Council Awards last Saturday. Bray Air Display were runner-up, and the short-list included Enniscorthy Rockin Food Festival (Wexford), Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival (Limerick), Reeks District (Kerry), Seven Heads Peninsula Tourism (Cork County), Vartry Trails Project (Wicklow) and Volvo Round Ireland Festival (Wicklow). Athenry Town Walls won Best Heritage Project followed by Wexford County Council’s Norman Way and shortlisted Newbridge House (Fingal), Honouring Heritage in Dromiskin (Louth), Tipperary Digital Archive Project and Wexford Great War Dead Project. St Catherine’s Park, Dublin 15 won best public park for Fingal County Council ahead of Blackrock Park (Louth) and Rock Garden Park, Swords. Kenmare Halloween Howl won best arts and culture event for Kerry County Council ahead of Summer in Bray and shortlisted Carrickmacross Market House Initiative (Monaghan), Enniscorthy Rockin Food Festival (Wexford). School of Spectacle (Limerick), Flavours of Fingal County Show (Fingal). Francis Ledwidge Centenary 2017 (Meath) and Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival (Sligo). Donegal County Council’s Flood Response at Inishowen, August 2017 won a special recognition award. Full winners here.
The OPW has confirmed Brú na Bóinne visitor centre will close on February 27th and the Exhibition is cleared out for the renovation. Entrance fee until visitor centre reopens will be €4.00 for everyone. Loughcrew will not reopen for this coming season.
Presenters on Britain’s Magic Radio – including Boyzone singer Ronan Keating – publicised Ireland as a romantic destination in a Valentine’s week promotion.
Tayto Park has planning permission for a €14m steel rollercoaster, as it aims to increase visitor numbers to the Meath centre from a projected 630,000 this year to 725,000 in 2023.
Improvement work valued at €5m at Brú na Bóinne, to include an art exhibition at Knowth and refurbishment of the visitor centre, is to start later this month.
Silvia Marty from Girona Greenways in Spain told more than 100 delegates from tourism businesses around Waterford how their county’s greenway can be a international, as well as local, attraction. Pictured at the Fáilte Ireland-hosted event are Paddy Duan, Time Outside Nature Walks; Michael Walsh CE Waterford County Council; Jenny De Saulles of Fáilte Ireland; Cllr Declan Doocey, Mayor of Waterford City and County; and T.V Honan Spraoi. Photo: Thomas Nolan Photography.
The Passport Office has won a Plain English Award from the National Adult Literacy Agency for the wording of its new online digital renewal service.
Insight Vacations offers: Amazing Spain and Portugal escorted tour, was €2,169pps, now from €1,969pps, including flights, transfers, and 8 nights’ accommodation in central locations. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Book and pay in full by 28 February 2019, depart June 22. www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.
ITAA offers: Dublin to Russia, 3 nights in Moscow, 4 nights in St Petersburg, accommodation in two 4 star hotels, guided tours and excursions, from €1659pps, depart every Saturday April-October and twice a month November-March with John Galligan Travel on http://itaa.ie/2019/02/11/highlights-of-russia-2/
Dublin to Hong Kong, flights via Dubai with Emirates, 5 nights in Asia will be the 5* Island Shangri-La hotel, from €1919pps, depart August-December with Travalue.ie on http://itaa.ie/2019/02/13/5-luxury-hong-kong-2/
Dublin to Santiago, Chile, overnight in 4* hotel, flight to Ushuaia, transfers, and 10-night cruise to Antarctica with Silversea, from €11700pp (save 10pc if paid in full within 30 days of booking) with Travel Escapes and Cruisescapes on http://itaa.ie/2019/02/13/6-silversea-antarctica-expedition-2/
Sunway offers: Dublin to Canada for Rocky Mountaineer train trip, includes flights, taxes, bags, train and hotels, from €2259pp, depart October. Dublin to Canada for ‘Best of Canada end Toronto’ escorted tour, includes flights ex Dublin, 20kg baggage per person, taxes, 8 nights twin share 4* hotels, scheduled airport transfer, some meals and tours as per itinerary. Price includes early payment discount of €195pp, tour must be paid in full by 28/2/19. Subject to availability and change, from €2295pp, depart May 17. Dublin to Germany for 5* River Cruise ’Romantic Danube’ – fly to Munich and return from Budapest. Includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin share outside stateroom with fixed window Cat E, unlimited wine/beers at meals, sip and sail daily cocktail hour & daily complimentary excursions. Not included gratuities and port charges of €150pp. Includes early booking saving of €960pp. Subject to availability and change, from €2399pp, depart June 23. Dublin to Portugal, 7 nights all inclusive 4T Club Med Da Balaia, Portugal, adults from €1045pp and children from €639pp, depart April 1 (also available from Cork and Shannon). Dublin to Kusadasi, 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, from €499pps, depart April 20. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights B&B 4* Cesare Augusto Hotel, from €919pp, depart June. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights B&B 4* Cesare Augusto Hotel, from €1019pp, depart July. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights B&B 4* Cesare Augusto Hotel, from €949pp, depart August. Dublin to Canada for Rockies fly drive, taking in Calgary and Vancouver, includes flights, taxes, bags, car hire and hotels, from €1469pps, depart October. Dublin to Venice for Montenegro and Greece Fly Cruise, 7 nights premium all inclusive onboard Norwegian Star, from €1615pp, depart September 1. Dublin to Rome for Eastern Mediterranean Fly Cruise, 7 nights premium all inclusive onboard Norwegian Spirit, from €1195pp, depart December 15. Dublin to Barcelona, 7 nights onboard MSC Bellissima, from €1195pp – add drinks for €273pp, depart July 12. Dublin to Barcelona, 12 nights onboard Vision of the Seas, from €1575pp – flights only €1 from Dublin, depart July 29. www.sunway.ie
Topflight offers: Belfast to Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Vesuvius escorted tour. Staying half board at 4* Hotel Conca Park, Sorrento, from £949pps, depart May 31. Belfast to Sorrento, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel La Pergola, Sant’Agnello, from £699pps, depart May 31. Belfast to Sorrento, 7 nights self catering 4* Residence Due Torri, Maiori, from £824pps (4 share), depart May 31. Cork to Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Vesuvius escorted tour. Staying B&B at 4* Hotel Astoria, Sorrento, from €1027pps, depart August 18. Cork to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Sant’Agnello, from €999pps, depart July 14. Cork to Sorrento, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Metropole, from €843, depart June 2/9. Dublin to Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Vesuvius. Staying B&B at 4* Hotel Astoria, Sorrento, from €1007pps, depart August 18. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Bristol, Sorrento, from €999pps, depart April 7. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights self catering 3* Villaggio Verde, from €649pps (4 share), depart May 19. www.topflight.ie / www.topflightholidays.co.uk, call Topflight on 01 240 1700 / 028 9752 1168 or visit your local travel agent
Tour America Offers: Dublin to Orlando, 7 nights in Kissimmee and 4 nights in St Pete/Clearwater, with car hire, from €829pp, based on 2+2 sharing, depart September. Dublin to Orlando, 7 nights at the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, from €469pp, depart October 15. Dublin to Las Vegas, 4 nights at the Excalibur Hotel, from €579pp, based on 4 sharing, depart November 2019. Dublin to New York, 4 nights at the Fitzpatrick Manhattan, from €599pp, based on 4 sharing, depart April 4. Dublin to Mexico, 7 nights all inclusive at the Barcelo Maya Grand, with private transfers, from €1169pps, depart September 11. Dublin to Orlando, 5 nights Orlando with car hire to/from cruise port, 3-night Bahama cruse onboard Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, from €799pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing an interior stateroom, depart September 22. Dublin to Hamburg/return from Southampton, 3-night cruise onboard MSC Preziosa, from €299pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing an interior stateroom, depart August 18. Dublin to New York, 1 night Manhattan and 6-night sailing onboard Celebrity Summit, fly home from San Juan, from €1399pp, based on two adults sharing an ocean view stateroom, depart October 19. Dublin to Athens/return from Barcelona, 7 night Mediterranean and Adriatic cruise onboard Emerald Princess from €1039pp, based on two adults sharing an interior stateroom, depart August 24. Dublin to Rome, return airport transfers, 7 night Mediterranean cruise onboard Norwegian Spirit from €1229pp, based on two adults sharing an interior stateroom, depart December 15. www.touramerica.ie
TUI offers: Dublin to Croatia, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Uvala, Dubrovnik, from €939pps, depart June 9.Cork to Costa Del Sol, 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Nerja Club, Nerja, from €699pps, depart April 16. Dublin to Costa Blanca, 10 nights half board 3* Port Fiesta Park, Benidorm, from €699pps, depart May 15. Dublin to Sicily, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Villa Bianca/Principe, Taormina Mare, from €709pps, depart June 6. Dublin to Italy, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Virginia, Lake Garda,from €609pps, depart June 8. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights cruise onboard Marella Dream, from €719pps, depart March 1. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights half board 3* Hotel IFA Buenaventura, Playa del Ingles, from €639pps, depart February 21. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights all inclusive 3* IFA Interclub Atlantic, San Agustin, from €569pps, depart February 28. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 3* Arena Suites, Puerto De Santiago, from €479pps, depart February 22. Dublin to Gran Canaria, Cay Beach Princess Bungalows, Maspalomas, 3*, SC 7 nights from €429pps, depart March 7. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights B&B 3* Parque Vacacional Eden, Puerto De La Cruz, from €479pps, depart March 8. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2* Lanzarote Paradise Club, Costa Teguise, s from €469pps, depart March 31. https://www.tuiholidays.ie/ or visit your local TUI Store or travel agent.
U by Uniworld offers: Rolling on the Rhine river cruise, includes flights, 14 meals, included excursions, local celebrity DJ party and 7 nights in a studio stateroom on board the stylish The A, was €1,589 per person sharing, now from €1,199 per person sharing. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Port charges excluded. Price includes 30% Our Best Offer Discount. Book and pay in full by 31 March 2019, depart May 4. www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803
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