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Holidays in Ireland

What it’s like to stay in Monart, Ireland’s Only Destination Spa Hotel.

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Many Irish hotels have spas but there is only one destination Spa hotel in Ireland – Monart.

 

It was only when I was booking Monart that I realised the difference between the two. The only reason people go to Monart is for the spa experience, it’s not like there is an entertainment programme or a golf course on site. They don’t even allow kids! I think this is what makes Monart special. They are not trying to be all things to all men and cater for the masses. They are an adults-only luxury destination spa hotel and what you see is what you get.

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I travelled with my sister and my mother, a gift to my Mum for her 91st birthday. Let me start by saying none of us are big Spa fans, but we wanted a luxury hotel for a ‘girly night’. I asked a few people where they would recommend and Monart cropped up time and time again. It was important for us to find somewhere that my Mum could relax, without the need to go sightseeing in the local area. We wanted to check-in and stay put for 24 hours, which is exactly what we did.

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After a short 90 minute drive from Dublin, we arrived at an 18th century house which looked like a stately home. Initially, I thought we were in the wrong place. That notion quickly passed when we were greeted by a gentleman in a tailored suit, ‘Welcome to Monart – shall I park your car for you?’ – a nice first impression. The main Georgian house has two reception rooms decorated in traditional style. We later found out that this is where you go to read the complimentary newspapers or use the WiFi – but a digital detox is encouraged in the main hotel. We walked straight through the glass corridor into the reception area. A strong aroma of essential oils filled the air and I immediately liked the décor, it was classic but with a modern twist. The floor to ceiling glass offered stunning views of the grounds, but the spiral staircase with the massive bog oak tree, stole the show.

We arrived in time for lunch in the Garden Lounge. This restaurant / bar serves food throughout the day until 7.30pm. The first thing that struck me was everyone was dressed in their white towelling robes, even in the restaurant! Our room wasn’t ready until 3pm, so much to my Mum’s relief,  we had to dine in our clothes! We had a tasty lunch, washed down by a nice Sauvignon Blanc, which was recommended by our friendly waitress. We shared a smoked salmon starter which was particularly good, as was my sister Anne’s pulled beef BBQ brisket sandwich. However, I expected more flavour from my dressed pink prawn bruschetta with tomato tapenade, gem lettuce and toasted sourdough… Overall it was a lovely experience, in a pleasant room overlooking the grounds of the hotel. The extensive menu also has some vegan dishes if you fancy combining your visit with some lighter food options. The bill came to €100 for the three of us, which was quite reasonable considering we were in a luxury five star hotel.

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After lunch our rooms were ready so we checked-in and got ready for our spa treatments. The rooms are bright and very spacious, with nice views overlooking the gardens. We donned our robes and made our way to the Spa. Anne and I booked the hour long Cellulite Smoothing Green Coffee Wrap (€100), hoping against hope that we would look a half stone lighter afterwards, just in time for Summer holidays! My Mum clearly wouldn’t have the same desires so she opted for the prescriptive facial, (€90) also an hour in length. This facial is tailored to the needs of your skin so it was the perfect choice for my Mum. She took the first appointment and was extremely impressed with her therapist, Sreeja. She loved every minute of it and happily read her book afterwards  in the relaxation room – there are several!

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While Anne and I waited for our treatments we decided to check out the Thermal Suite. There is a 2 hour circuit which we would have liked to complete, but time was against us. I particularly loved the salt grotto, in fact I fell asleep within minutes of going inside. I’m not sure if it was the couple of glasses of Sauvignon Blanc or the hot steam that made me nod off though, but either way I loved it. This salt and steam treatment room softens the skin and aids circulation; I had to be woken by my sister to tell me it was time to go! We moved on to the Aromatic Steam Room, which had the most divine scent of eucalyptus. This is supposed to cleanse the body of impurities and revitalise the mind. I’m not sure about the latter but my body certainly felt cleansed after it. I also liked the Caldarium, which is like a large dry room, not as hot as a sauna, but very relaxing. In between the heated rooms, I tried the experience showers which have a range of temperatures and pressure. The idea is to mix hot and cold to stimulate your body. We had time for a quick dip in the small hydrotherapy pool but not enough time to enjoy it properly. There are four heated loungers at the top of the pool, which we would have loved to relax on, but as we were only staying one night, we didn’t have enough time to do it all.

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After mixing hot and cold temperatures a few times, I decided to go one step further and try the outdoor sauna ritual, something some my Facebook followers had advised me to do. This ritual happens every day at approximately 4pm. Located just outside the Thermal Suite, it practically begs you to try it. I sat in a sauna that had such intense heat I thought I was going to pass out. I was never so relieved to have an ice-cold bucket shower in my life. I then had to rub ice all over my body, before going back into the sauna to start all over again. I must confess I cheated half way through the second round and had to escape. I’m not sure if it had the relaxation effect that it mentioned in the description, but I certainly felt invigorated after it! The time went by so fast and suddenly it was time to de-robe and go for my body wrap.

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I was greeted by my therapist Sreeja, who explained the treatment and what I should expect. Following a full body exfoliation and massage I was cocooned in a mountain of towels. The lotion started to tingle on my skin when I was wrapped up, something Sreeja had warned me about. I actually liked the sensation and thought to myself that it must be working. I could smell something that resembled coffee and I had visions of it breaking down my cellulite and eliminating toxins from my body. I hoped my skin would look polished and my physique leaner, as I had packed my white trousers for dinner that night, and hoped that they would fit better than they had the previous time I had worn them! After a while I stopped overthinking and finally relaxed. The combination of the massage, the perfumed oils and being wrapped up in a cocoon of hot towels, gave me a real sense of indulgence. I haven’t had many spa treatments before so I felt I deserved this little piece of heaven, even if it was only for an hour. When it was all over, Sreeja took my slippers and placed them on my newly moisturised feet. The slippers were hot! She had put them in a microwave or some similar heating appliance, before placing them on my feet. It was the perfect ending to my spa treatment experience.

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Unfortunately I didn’t stay relaxed for long. After my treatment Sreeja advised me to not to drink alcohol and to wait a while before showering… Unfortunately I wasn’t in a position to do either. We had dinner reservations for 8pm and it was 630pm when my treatment ended. It felt a shame to wash my beautifully moisturised skin and I wondered if the creams were still working to eliminate toxins and combat cellulite? I also knew we were going to have wine with dinner and maybe even a cocktail beforehand – we were on a ‘girls’ night away after all. I began to wonder whether I choose the right treatment. Was the whole thing a waste of time? I still loved it, the experience, the feeling of being utterly spoilt, but in hindsight I wished I had chosen this treatment for the following day. TOP TIP It is vital that you plan your visit and book treatments in advance. Think about what time you will arrive, how long you will be staying and plan accordingly. We booked late and were lucky to get availability, although we all had treatments at different times, which meant we couldn’t use the thermal suite together. Perhaps a facial before dinner and a body wrap the following day would have been a better choice for me.

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For a brief time I did feel a little slimmer and loved the feel of my freshly polished skin. I also managed to fit comfortably into my white trousers for dinner in the fine dining restaurant. This is the only place where Monart ask you to dress in appropriate clothing. At all other times you are encouraged to wear your robe.

I was really impressed with the food in the main restaurant. From the amuse bouche right through to the dessert, each course was delicious. After a tasty starter of seafood lasagne, I enjoyed the rack of lamb followed by a cheesecake that was perfect and light. However Anne’s choice of ham hock with smoked pudding for starter and the Asian infused hake for main course was the winner! The flavours in both were sublime. We were all amazed at the set menu price tag of €45, it was excellent value for such high quality food. There is an extensive wine list too and contrary to Sreeja’s advice, we couldn’t resist the beautifully balanced L’Amourier…

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It was a long time since the three of us were away together so we retired to the bar after dinner for a nightcap. It was great to catch up with our news, without having to rush to work or to collect the kids. I made a mental note to myself that we need to get away together more often!  My only complaint about our stay is we didn’t have long enough. I think you need a two night stay to completely ‘switch off’ from the stresses of everyday life and enjoy complete relaxation.

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The following morning we enjoyed a tasty breakfast and went for a short walk around the gardens. The stone bridge, greenery and duck filled pond reminded me of Monet’s ‘Japanese Bridge’ painting. It is not only the Spa that is relaxing, there is something very peaceful about the gardens too. In fact Monart created an atmosphere of pure relaxation from the moment our car was valet parked at the entrance. It’s almost symbolic, like you are handing someone the keys and you are escaping ‘normal life’ for a day or two. Everyone walks around in their white towelling robes, the smell of aromatherapy oils fill the corridors, mobile phones are discouraged (the signal is really poor in the main hotel) and there are countless friendly staff at your beck and call. Now I finally understand the difference between a hotel with a Spa and a destination Spa hotel. There is only one Monart.

 

Prices from €219 mid week and €269 weekend for a two night stay with breakfast and one evening meal. Visit Monart.ie for more details.

 

Like holidays in Ireland? See more here.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

 

Travel News and Reviews

The Media Have Their Say at the 2018 Travel Media Awards

Travel Media Awards

This years Travel Media awards took place on the 7th of June in Dublin. These awards are the only travel awards where the media get to vote for their favourite travel companies.

 

The annual Travel Media awards are now in their eighth year and were once again presented by esteemed travel writers Fionn Davenport and Deirdre Mullins. Members of the Irish travel trade as well as industry colleagues from overseas, joined travel journalists for a fun filled afternoon at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel.

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This year saw the introduction of four new categories, Best Luxury Hotel Group, Best Destination Representative, Best Themepark and Best breakout Irish Travel Writer. I was personally delighted to be the runner-up in this years Best Travel Blog category, an award which was won by award winning journalist Tom Sweeney for his blog, Tom Sweeney’s Travels.

The full winners list are:

  • Best Short Haul Airline – Aer Lingus
  • Best Long Haul Airline Flying West – Aer Lingus
  • Best Long Haul Airline Flying East – Emirates
  • Best Airport Lounge (Worldwide) – Turkish Airlines, Istanbul Ataturk Airport
  • Best Luxury Hotel Group – Hastings Hotel
  • Best Budget Hotel Group – Clayton Hotels
  • Best Spa & Leisure Offering – Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa
  • Best Cruise Company – Royal Caribbean International
  • Best Ferry Company – Stena Line
  • Best Canal or River Cruise Company – Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
  • Best Car Hire Company – Hertz
  • Best Tour Operator – Sunway
  • Best Online Travel Agent – GoHop
  • Best Ski Operator – Crystal Ski Holidays
  • Best Travel Insurance Provider – Blue Insurance
  • Best City or Short Break Destination – London
  • Best Destination Representative – Tryphavana Cross
  • Best Theme Park (Worldwide) – Universal Orlando Resort
  • Best Tourist Board or CVB – Spanish Tourism Office
  • Best Use of Social Media by a Travel Company Operating in the Irish Market – Tour America
  • Best Instagram Account by an Irish Travel Writer or Blogger – @WhereisTaraBlog (Tara Povey)
  • Best Breakout Irish Travel Writer – Sarah Glascott, Taste.ie
  • Best Irish Travel Blog – Tom Sweeney’s Travels
  • Pleasure to Work With 2018 – Tom Travers, Hotel Beacon NYC
  • Amadeus Innovator Award – Richard Burgess, APG
  • Shannon Airport Lifetime Achievement Award – Alan Sparling, ASM Ireland

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

Travel

It’s DOUBLE AVIOS Weekend! Shop Online Via The Avios EStore And Collect Double Avios!

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With the Summer sales in full swing and a DOUBLE AVIOS promotion, there has never been a better excuse to shop! Shop online via the Avios eStore between Thursday the 28th of June and Sunday 1st of July and collect DOUBLE AVIOS!

 

Shopping via the Avios eStore couldn’t be easier. Click through to the eStore and log in using your AerClub log in details, and see all your favourite brands in one place! You won’t pay any more for shopping this way. Prices are exactly the same, but you will accumulate Avios while you shop. And now with the Summer sales in full swing, not only can you pick up a bargain, but you can collect DOUBLE Avios at the same time! You have the perfect excuse to buy some glamorous beachwear or a new set of luggage for your holidays 😉 For anyone who is not familiar with Avios, read my blog post about how to get flights and upgrades with Avios points.  I have hand picked some of my favourite brands that are offering DOUBLE AVIOS this weekend but click here to shop all stores.

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River Island: 6 Avios for every £1 spent

The River Island Summer sale is now on, with up to 70% off! Why not pick up a jumpsuit or bikini just in time for your holidays? You normally receive 3 Avios for every £1 spent but with DOUBLE AVIOS, a £100 spend will give you 600 Avios!  Shop here.

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Lookfantastic: 14 Avios for every £1 spent

Stock up on your Summer essentials from beauty store Lookfantastic. They also have a 3 for 2 promotion on Murad skin products, which I am personally going to avail of! Whether it’s the latest skincare products, sunscreen or haircare remedies, collect DOUBLE Avios while you shop!  Shop here.

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Marks & Spencer: 8 Avios for every €1 spent

No Summer holiday would be complete without a shop in Marks and Spencer! From underwear to beachwear, cute kidswear or men’s polo shirts – there is always something to be bought in M&S. They also have a 20% off kids back to schoolwear!  Shop here.

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Adidas: 20 Avios for every €1 spent

Runners, the latest gym gear, or a Wold Cup replica football, there is something in the Adidas store to suit everyone. Shopping Adidas via the Avios eStore is already very rewarding, with 10 Avios for every €1. Now with this DOUBLE AVIOS promotion, if you purchase a pair of the on trend Gazelle runners seen below, you will collect 1899 Avios! Shop here.

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Groupon: 14 Avios for every €1 spent

Grab yourself a new set of luggage for your holidays or why not get your teeth whitened for the Summer? Groupon is your one stop daily deals website. Collect 1400 Avios for every €100 spent with this DOUBLE Avios promotion, on top of their already discounted prices. Shop here

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Pretty Little Thing: 10 Avios; Boohoo: 6 Avios  for every €1 spent

Shopping for yourself or your daughter perhaps? Get the hottest Summer looks from the UK’s biggest online fashion stores and collect DOUBLE Avios at the same time.  Shop Pretty Little Thing here.  Shop Boohoo here.

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Expedia: Up to 14 Avios for every €1 spent.

Still not booked your Summer holiday or looking for a quick weekend away? This weekend Expedia are offering 14 Avios for every €1 you spend on hotels or 6 Avios for every package holiday booked on their website. Thats a whopping 7000 Avios on a €500 hotel stay! Shop here

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ASOS: 6 Avios for every €1 spent

Did you know ASOS features many high street brands such as New Look, Missguided and Office as well as designer brands like Ted Baker, Ralph Lauren and All Saints? Or perhaps you just fancy a new beach bag… Shop here.

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Eason School Shop: 6 Avios for every €1 Spent

Why not be super organised and collect DOUBLE AVIOS on all your back to school shopping at Eason School Shop. This even includes school books! We all dread the annual school costs but it will ease the pain if you can collect DOUBLE AVIOS points on your spend! Shop here.

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How to sign up?

If you are already an AerClub  member, your existing log in and password will suffice. Collect Avios points by clicking through to the Avios eStore. For those who have not yet joined, join Aer Lingus’ frequent flyer club – AerClub. Why not download the free Avios app too, it will allow you book flights on the go, check your Avios balance and find out where to collect.

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T&Cs

Double Avios are given when you shop via Avios eStore between 28th of June and 1st of July 2018 inclusive.  Selected retailers are excluded from this offer and certain exclusions apply to each stores, see individual retail pages within the Avios eStore for details.

Click here to shop the eStore

 

This post was sponsored by Avios, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

 

Travel

Last Minute Family Holiday Deals in July & August – 2ad & 2ch from €1474!

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, who have some amazing last minute family holiday deals in July and August. Here are my top picks!

 

** USE PROMOCODE AUGUST100 AND SAVE €100 OFF ALL TUI AUGUST HOLIDAYS OVER €1000***

 

Whether you want self-catering in the Algarve or an All Inclusive holiday in Majorca, a lively holiday in Salou or a relaxing break in the Canary Islands, I have something here to suit you! All holidays have good reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. I have priced these holidays for two adults and two children for seven nights in July and August, but you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘EDIT SEARCH’, once you click on the links below.

Best in Salou 

One of the most popular family holiday destinations, Salou on the Costa Dorada ticks all boxes. Whether you want to stay in the lively resort of Salou or right beside Europe’s largest theme park, Port Aventura, I have options on both. With Barcelona and Tarragona only an hour away, the Costa Dorada combines, fun, sun and culture in one family holiday.

17th July: 4* Caribe Hotel, Half Board & Free Access to PortAventura,  2ad & 2ch, €2790

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Stay in one of PortAventura’s hotels and get unlimited access to the park for your entire stay. Don’t worry about missing the fireworks or night parades, you can pop in at your leisure any time! If you fancy staying in the hotel, the Caribe has 2 giant pools, a manmade beach, mini-football, a kids play area, and the all important – kids disco!

Click here for more details:

 

17th August: Hotel Belevdere, Half Board, 2ad & 2ch, €2302

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One of Salou’s most popular hotels, (no 6 out of 93 hotels in Salou on tripadvisor), the Belvedere is an ideal hotel choice for a family holiday. There is a large pool on site which has day time activities including aqua-aerobics, but if you fancy some quiet time you can relax in their whirlpool or Turkish bath. Guests speak highly of the food and the children’s buffet is particularly popular. The Belvedere is located close to the beach and only a ten minute walk to the centre of Salou, so you can choose to relax and enjoy their live entertainment, or pop down into the town centre at night time.

Click here for more details: (Remember to use code Summer70 to reduce cost by €70)

 

Best in Majorca

Majorca has been very popular with families for as long as I can remember!  TUI have a wide choice of accommodation to choose from. I have selected two properties, an All Inclusive property with a water park on site, and a self-catering option in Santa Ponsa.

13th July: All Inclusive, Splashworld, Saturno Hotel, 2 ad & 2ch from €2498

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The Saturno Hotel is part of a complex of 3 hotels known as the Club Mac. Complete with a water park, 8 swimming pools and a host of sports and entertainment facilities, if you are looking for a lively holiday with non-stop action, then this is for you. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, making it a great value family holiday.

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15th August: Portofino Sorrento, 2ad & 2ch, €1474

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Located right in the heart of Santa Ponsa with the beach on your doorstep, this is the ideal choice if you are looking for a lively family holiday, with no frills. The Portofino Sorrento boasts bright modern interiors, 2 swimming pools, one with a separate kids section and is great value for a week away in the sun.

Click here for more details: (Remember to use code Summer70 to reduce cost by €70)

 

Best in the Algarve

One of my favourite destinations for family holidays, the Algarve, offers superb beaches, mouth watering food and great value for money in the resorts. I have chosen two properties, a self-catering option in the lively resort of Albufeira and a an All Inclusive resort in the quieter resort of Alvor.

 

29th July, All Inclusive 4* Alvor Baia, 2 ad & 2 ch, €3494

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One of my favourite resorts, Alvor is the picture perfect Algarve village. With white washed buildings and narrow streets, expect a small selection of bars and restaurants, but all good! The long sandy beach here is superb with plenty of rock pools for kids to explore.  The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on tripadvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

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16th August, Cerro Mar Garden, 2ad & 2ch, €2465

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Located in lively Albufeira this is an excellent choice for families looking for good quality self-catering accommodation, without entertainment programmes or pool games. Highly rated on tripadvisor there is a spa, gym and whirlpool on site as well as some sports activities and a children’s pool.

Click here for more details: (Remember to use code Summer70 to reduce cost by €70)

 

Best in the Canary Islands

Whether you choose Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, or Tenerife, you can expect warm temperatures, sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment options.  I have chosen two self catering options but TUI also have a wide selection of All Inclusive resorts available.

27th July: Tenerife, 4* Colon 2, 2ad & 2ch €2326

last minute family holiday

Located in the heart of Playa de las Americas and only five minutes from the beach, this highly rated property is a great choice for families looking for good accommodation in a lively resort.  You are also close to Europe’s best water park, Siam Park which will ensure a great day out for all the family.

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16th August: Gran Canaria, Terrazamar Suites, 2ad & 2ch, €2269

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These family friendly apartments are one of the most sought after in the resort and are rated very highly on tripadvisor. Ideally located in the heart of Puerto Rico, they are only 300 meters from the shopping centre and approximately 12 minutes walk to the beach. On site there is an outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, restaurant, tennis courts and a children’s play area. The apartments are very well equipped inside too, with satellite TV’s and sun loungers on the balcony or terrace.

Click here for more details: (Remember to use code Summer70 to reduce cost by €70)

 

I hope one of these last minute family holiday deals will suit you. However if you need to change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, just click on EDIT SEARCH’ on the TUI website and change your requirements there.

All prices are correct at the date of issue, 21st June, but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

Like family holidays? See all my destination reviews here.

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

CruisesIn The Media

Choosing The Right Cruise Holiday – As Discussed with Ivan Yates on Newstalk FM

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Want to go on a cruise holiday, but not sure which cruise ship is right for you? Here are my top cruise tips and cruise deals to help you choose the best cruise holiday.

 

Peoples perception of cruises have changed greatly in the last number of years. While cruises were once considered more suitable for the elderly, nowadays most of the newer ships cater more for families! Not only have our tastes changed but cruise companies have adapted and now have a wider appeal. I have been on board many ships and I can honestly say there is a cruise to suit all tastes. Cruise ships are often referred to as floating hotels, in some cases they are more like floating cities! You can choose the massive ships like Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas which can carry nearly 7000 passengers, or you can opt for a smaller intimate river cruise, like Uniworld’s SS Catherine, which carries 159 passengers. It is not only the cruise companies that differ in style, cruise ships can vary greatly within each cruise company. I have been on some of MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises’ older cruise ships and they are completely different to their newer ships. Similarly with itineraries, while many of Royal Caribbean’s ships are family focused, if you choose a Norwegian Fjords or Baltic Capitals cruise, you will probably find mostly couples on board; families tend to choose Mediterranean or Caribbean cruises.

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Cruising is now one of the fastest growing markets in the travel industry. Approximately 35,000 Irish people enjoyed a cruise holiday last year and this is likely to be even higher this year. (credit Eoghan Corry, TravelExtra). There will also be 400 cruise ships visiting Ireland this year, over 150 of those in Dublin port alone, bringing in 270,000 passengers. It seems like every other month there is a new cruise launch, which makes choosing the right cruise, harder and harder. I have listed some of my favourite cruise ships and cruise deals below which may help you decide how to choose the best cruise holiday for you.

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Royal Caribbean’s – Symphony of the Seas

If you want non-stop action and great facilities for kids, then it is hard to beat Royal Caribbean Cruises. Symphony of the Seas is the newest and largest ship at sea and was recently launched in Barcelona. I was lucky to be on board it’s sister ship last year for two days with my family, and we had a blast. There are numerous swimming pools, a kids splash park, three water slides and also the largest slide at sea, the Ultimate Abyss. This is a pair of slides that offer a 100 foot drop over 10 decks. You can also zip line (I did and it was terrifying), ice skate, surf, use the rock climbing wall.

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There are over 20 different restaurants on board, some with additional charges but there are plenty of dining options included in the cost of your cruise. This innovative ship has bionic bars (where your drinks are served by robots) and a bar that moves between decks so you don’t miss any action, kind of like a large elevator with a bar inside! There are seven different neighbourhoods on board including the Boardwalk and Central Park which has 12,000 real trees and plants! They also offer amazing entertainment at night time with top class west end shows and an aqua theatre at the back of the ship. This modern show sees acrobats and synchronised swimmers perform just as the sun sets over the horizon. The entertainment caters so well for Irish and UK holiday makers and a fun filled holiday is guaranteed. You can read my review here.

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Special Offers:

7th October, 9 nights Western Mediterranean cruise.

Visiting Barcelona, Majorca, Provence, Florence, Rome, Naples, Valencia.

€1748 including flights, checked baggage, all meals, drinks, gratuities

Click here for more details: 

OR

1st February, 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise

Visiting Bahamas, St Thomas, St Kitts & Nevis with a 2 night stay in Miami.

€2099 including flights, hotel, central park view stateroom, meals, drinks, gratuities, checked baggage.

Click here for more details:

 

 

MSC Seaview

I am just back from a quick visit for the christening of this brand new ship in Genoa. I was previously on MSC Splendida and expected a more modern version but similar in style. I was wrong. This ultra modern cruise ship can hold 5,000 passengers, has 20 different bars and lounges, 10 different dining venues, a different show each night and a host of facilities for kids. There are three different water slides and a separate adventure splash park for younger kids, with slides and rope bridges. Adrenaline junkies will love the zipline, it is the longest zip line at sea! There is also a bowling alley and two simulator rides, one of which is a Formula 1 simulator.

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I loved all the open spaces on this ship, it has more open space per guest than any other ship at sea, 3.2 meters per guest. There is a boardwalk that wraps around the entire ship, with al fresco dining even from the buffet restaurant. Most of the cabins are balcony cabins and they also have a five star area, the MSC Yacht Club which has exclusive suites, private dining and pool area. MSC Seaview is extremely stylish and classy, a great choice for a couple or a family.

Many believe that Royal Caribbean are the market leader in Ireland but MSC actually sold 2000 more cruise packages in 2017. They also have the best value drinks package on the market. For €26 per day you can have unlimited drinks including prosecco and selected branded drinks. Most of the other cruise companies charge about €60 per day for a similar package.

Special Offers:

Caribbean Cruise on MSC Seaside ( sister ship)

November – February ( excluding Christmas & New Year ) 9 Nights, including two night stay in Miami and a 7 night cruise visiting Mexico, Grand Cayman, Bahamas and Jamaica.

€1399 including a balcony cabin with all meals and drinks included.

Click here for more details:

OR

Mediterranean Cruise on MSC Seaview 

4th May 2019 – 7 Night Mediterranean cruise visiting Barcelona, Genoa, Rome, Cannes, Majorca and Corsica.

€810 with all meals included.

Click here for more details:

 

Celebrity Cruises – Celebrity Silhouette

For those who are looking for something a little more upmarket then try 5 Star Celebrity Cruises. I was on Celebrity Silhouette when it was docked in Dublin and I loved it. It carries 2800 passengers which I believe is a great size, not too big but not too small either. It has a country club feel rather than a large cruise ship and interiors are bright and airy. They have a manicured grass lawn and cabanas on deck and even the sun loungers are luxurious. Over 85% of the staterooms have balconies. Many opt to stay there reading a book on sea days, meaning the pools are never crowded. The restaurants on board are top class. There are plenty of dining options included in the cost of your cruise as well as speciality dining options. They also offer plenty of over night stays which I think is great. They were docked in Cannes for the film festival and in France for the French Open so you can mix with the celebrities or see great sporting events, without having to pay €500 a night for a hotel room. Although there is a great mix of entertainment and kids facilities on board, it is a more relaxed ship and definitely offers modern luxury. Read my review here.

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For people who don’t like flying, Celebrity Cruises cruise direct from Dublin Port to Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords. Their 2018 sailings have finished now but they are on sale for May 2019. For a full list of all 2019 cruises sailing from Ireland, click here.

 

Special Offers:

Alaska Cruise 13th September 2018

9 nights including a two night stay in Seattle and a 7 Night cruise visiting Seattle, Oregon, San Francisco ( overnight stay ) Victoria, Vancouver.

€1749 per person with an ocean view cabin, all meals, classic drinks package and WiFi.

Click here for more details:

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Ireland & Iceland cruise 06 May 2019 

10 nights Ireland & Iceland cruise, €1,579 per person  including all meals.

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Norwegian Cruise Line

I haven’t yet had the pleasure of cruising with Norwegian but I was on one of their ships, the Norwegian Star in Dublin port. They are similar in style to Royal Caribbean, with a lively atmosphere and a host of family activities on board. They have been cruising for over 50 years, have 17 ships and they been voted Europe’s leading cruise line for the tenth year in a row. The big game changer is that all of Norwegian’s cruises are all-inclusive. And I don’t just mean local beers and cheap spirits. I mean branded drinks, as many as you like, any time of day, in all bars, lounges and dining areas – with tips included!  The award-winning entertainment on board includes Broadway musicals, live music and comedy, as well as plenty of leisure facilities including aqua parks, kids clubs and a selection of sports activities.

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Norwegian Bliss is their flagship which was launched in April. This ship has been custom-built to give jaw-dropping views from it’s revolutionary Observation Lounge, which offers the same views seen from the bridge, and has the most expansive views at sea. There are eighteen different dining options including exclusive speciality dining restaurants. The Waterfront is the place to go with thirteen restaurants and bars to choose from, many offering alfresco seating. The first full-service Starbucks at sea is on board too. Bliss has the largest competitive race track at sea where you can ride up to 30 miles per hour! There is also an open-air laser tag course and an aqua park with multi-story The Broadway musical, Jersey Boys is shown nightly and at The Cavern Club, guests can enjoy their favourite songs from The Beatles. The talented cover band will play Beatles tunes in a setting inspired by the Liverpool Club where The Beatles famously performed countless times.

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Special Offer: Caribbean Cruise

18th January 2019, 9 Nights, Direct flights to Miami, over night stay pre and post cruise, 7 Night cruise visiting Miami, St Thomas, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Miami

€2085 per person including flights, all meals and drinks on board.

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The Norwegian Star is one of Norwegian’s older ships but it has been fully refurbished and now offers fifteen different dining options and eleven bars.  You can sip champagne in Gatsby’s Champagne bar or drink a wide selection of international beers in the outdoor Bier Garten. There are two main dining rooms as well as a variety of cafés and fast food outlets, as well as speciality dining options, which incur a separate charge. The pool deck has two waterslides and six hot tubs and there is an indoor lap pool in the Spa. Read my review here.

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Special Offer: Eastern Mediterranean Cruise

23rdSeptember, Norwegian Star, 7 night cruise, visiting Croatia, Montenegro, Athens, Venice.

€1435 per person including flights, all meals and drinks on board.

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Sarah

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4* Aqua Suites, Lanzarote, Half Board, 2ad & 2ch, August, 7 Nights Inc Flights & Baggage, €2819

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Sill searching for the right family holiday? The Aqua Suites Lanzarote, is what you have been looking for!

 

The luxurious Aqua Suites in Lanzarote is rated the 2nd best hotel apartment on tripadvisor in ALL of the Canary Islands. Numerous friends and followers have been telling me how good it is, so I decided to book it for myself 🙂 I am travelling in August with my kids and I thought you might be interested in this amazing offer, that is available throughout the Summer months.

Aqua Suites is now offering free child places for ALL children under 12 in July and August ! The price of €215 per suite per night includes breakfast and evening meal each day for 2 adults and 2 children. What I love about Aqua Suites is that you can swap your evening meal for lunch!  If you fancy going out for dinner in some of the local restaurants in Puerto Del Carmen, just let them know in the morning that you want to switch. And I am told the food is REALLY good, just look at the reviews! They also have a full entertainment programme for kids in July and August, as well as an adults and kids pool, gym and a large jacuzzi.

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I have also heard glowing reports about the service from the staff. Guests are made to feel at home and many choose to go back time and time again. The selection of food available is superb. For breakfast you can choose the healthy options of porridge or smoked salmon or go all out with English sausages and bacon -well you are on your holidays 😉. They have a wide selection of salads for lunch as well as burgers and pizzas. Dinner is a culinary delight and the menu is changed daily. You can choose to enjoy some live music from the bar after dinner, or else pop down to Puerto Del Carmen, which is only ten minutes away.

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Fly from Dublin to Lanzarote on the 18th of August and enjoy a seven night stay, with breakfast and evening meal / lunch included for only €2819. Price includes 2 x 20 checked bags, seat selection, priority boarding and cabin bags. Note price is based on flights with Ryanair which are subject to change. However this super deal is available throughout July and August so if this date doesn’t suit, check alternative dates with The Holiday Shop by calling  +353 (0)1 8434777 .Who knows, I might see you there!

 

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Sarah

 

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5 Ways to Visit Canada – Holidays from €1979 Incl Flights, Accommodation & Tours!

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There are so many ways to visit Canada. Choose to self-drive, tour by rail, take an escorted tour or try a cruise? Check out my top picks below.

 

Canada is the second largest country in the world, so holiday options are endless. Yet despite the great cities, it’s Canada’s majestic landscape and vast wilderness that captivates visitors. Surrounded by the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans and an interior full of jaw dropping lakes and rivers, Canada is a land of natural wonder. The east coast of Canada has always been easily accessible from Ireland, but thanks to the introduction of Aer Lingus’ direct flights from Dublin to Seattle, the west coast of Canada is now much more accessible too. I have teamed up with Canadian Sky who offer a wide selection of escorted tours, self drive itineraries and city breaks to Canada. I have listed some of my favourite ways to visit Canada below, but Canadian Sky can tailor make any itinerary to suit you. Whether you want to combine an Alaska cruise with a self-drive tour of the Rockies, Toronto with Niagara Falls, or take a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer luxury train, Canadian Sky can arrange it for you. For a limited time, they are also offering an ‘early booking’ saving of €100 per person off many of their 2019 holidays!

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Western Journey: Flights & 7 night Escorted Tour, €1979!

This eight day escorted tour starts in Calgary, where you will have your first day to explore this city at your leisure. The following day you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Calgary, before setting off in a deluxe motor-coach to the Rocky Mountains. Spend two days marvelling at the stunning scenery of Banff National Park 😍. Explore the area at your leisure or avail of the many excursions available, including the Columbia Icefield adventure, which includes a ride on the Ice Explorer and a trip to the magnificent Lake Louise.

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After a two night stay you will then drive the famous Trans-Canada Highway into Yoho National Park, which is full of canyons, forests and streams, before arriving in Kamloops for an overnight stay. Day five brings you on another unforgettable drive through the ranch lands and coastal mountains en route to Whistler. Explore at your leisure or take the optional float plane sightseeing tour over Garibaldi Park. The following day you will leave the countryside behind to explore the vibrant city of Vancouver where you will stay for two nights. Avail of the complimentary sightseeing tour or explore on your own, the choice is yours!

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Price from €1979 includes flights, accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis, professional tour director throughout; Calgary, Banff and Vancouver sightseeing tours.

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Seattle & Alaska Cruise: Flights, 3 night stay in Seattle and 7 night all-inclusive Alaska cruise, €2739

Fly direct with Aer Lingus to Seattle and enjoy three nights in the centrally located four star Kimpton Alexis Hotel, before setting off on a seven-night cruise through Alaska, on Norwegian Pearl. This ship was refurbished in 2017 and boasts sixteen dining options, fifteen bars and lounges, a spa, casino and west-end style shows! Meals, drinks and gratuities are included in the cost of your cruise so you will need very little spending money.

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Visit the Icy Strait Point and go whale watching; stop at Skagawy which is famous for its role in the gold rush and it’s stunning sunsets and also Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Glacier Bay is home to mountains, rainforests and fjords, as well as wonderful wildlife. This will definitely be one of the highlights of your Alaskan adventure. Other cruise stops include Ketchikan, famous for the Misty Fjords National Monument and Victoria, the vibrant capital of British Columbia.

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Price from €2739 includes flights, 3 nights hotel stay in Seattle and a seven night premium all-inclusive Alaska cruise.

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Self Drive Great Parks of the West: Flights & 13 nights accommodation with car hire, €2069

Vancouver, the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Jasper, Whistler – this road trip is firmly at the top of my bucket list! You begin your holiday in Vancouver before setting off to explore the magnificent Canadian National Parks. Explore the Okanagan Valley and Glacier National Park before spending two nights in the resort town of Banff. Visit Lake Louise, one of the world’s most spectacular lakes. Stay in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Jasper and explore the largest National Park in the Rockies. Go hiking, white water rafting or check out the Jasper SkyTram for stunning views from the top of the mountains. Drive through the Yellowhead Pass and enjoy a host of outdoor activities in the celebrity town of Whistler. This thirteen night road trip will allow you experience the best of what Western Canada has to offer.

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Price from €2069 includes flights, car hire, three nights in Vancouver, one night in Penticton and Revelstoke, two nights in Banff, Jasper, 100 Mile House, and Whistler.  You will also receive a personalised Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel information featuring overview notes, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights, provincial maps with city guides and customised day-by-day routing maps.

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Luxury Rocky Mountaineer, Journey Through the Clouds Explorer: Flights, 2 day Rocky Mountaineer train ride, 7 nights hotel accommodation, helicopter trip over the Rockies, Ice Explorer & tours, €3659

This trip of a lifetime starts with a helicopter trip over the Rockies – it doesn’t get much better than that! Explore Lake Louise and stay in the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel. Visit Banff where you will get the chance to ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulpher Mountain. Enjoy a half-day tour into Yoho National Park and explore the Spiral Tunnels and the Kicking Horse Bridge, before returning to Banff for an overnight stay. Take the sightseeing tour of  Jasper National Parks and see the magnificent Columbia Icefield, the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Ride on the Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier before returning Jasper for a two night stay.

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Board the Rocky Mountaineer for a trip to Kamloops and onwards to Vancouver. Marvel at the snow capped mountain peaks and natural wonders as you travel across the Rockies. Your journey ends with an overnight stay in Vancouver where you will get the chance to explore this vibrant city on your own.

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Price: from €3659 includes flights, two day Rocky Mountaineer train ride – Silverleaf service, seven nights hotel accommodation with breakfast and two lunches, helicopter trip over the Rockies, Icefields tour including Ice Explorer, Calgary Tower, Calgary to Banff,  Yoho Park, Banff to Lake Louise, Lake Louise to Jasper tours, Vancouver Lookout and transfers.

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 Circle Newfoundland & Labrador: Flights & 12 night tour with meals €4299

Discover the fascinating island of Newfoundland, where thousands of Irish immigrants arrived in the 18th century. This island, known as ‘the most Irish island in the world’ is home to striking landscapes and a fascinating history. The fully escorted tour starts in the capital of Nova Scotia, Halifax, where you will overnight before starting your journey to the island of Newfoundland. You will cross over the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton Island where you will board a Marine Atlantic ferry for an overnight crossing to Port-aux-Basques in Newfoundland. Board another ferry at St Barbe and cross the strait of Belle Island on the way to Labrador. Travel to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic site, which marks the earliest European settlers in North America and gives a fascinating insight into the Viking lifestyle. Weather permitting, take a whale watching tour and see the famous icebergs in the Summer time, before travelling to Cow Head for a two night stay. Visit Gros Morne National Park which is full of dramatic scenery and wildlife. Take a scenic boat tour, see whales, bald eagles and discover the history of the small shore-lined villages.

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A two night stay in Gander will allow you to visit the beautiful town of Twillingate and the famous Aviation Museum as well as the Terra Nova National Park and the town of Trinity. Your tour finishes with a two night stay in the colourful seaport of St. John’s, Newfoundland’s capital. This is North America’s oldest city and has a modern waterfront with stunning sea views. You will take a boat tour in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve (weather permitting) where you can see puffins and other wildlife before visiting Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easterly point in North America.

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Price from €4299 includes flights, accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 9 dinners, tour director, land transportation by modern tour coach, ferry crossings, boat tours, guided tour of St. John’s & Twillingate.

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There are many ways to visit Canada, which one will you choose? This post was sponsored by Canadian Sky but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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Sarah

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Save €700 Per Person – Flights & Premium All Inclusive Med Cruise, 23rd September, €1435!

Norwegian Star

With flights, meals, drinks and gratuities included, as well as a whopping saving of €700 per person, this All Inclusive Med cruise is unbeatable!

 

Did you know that Norwegian Cruise Line have been cruising for over 50 years? They now have 17 cruise ships and have been voted Europe’s leading cruise line for the tenth year in a row! The big game changer is that all of Norwegian’s cruises are all-inclusive. And I don’t just mean local beers and cheap spirits. I mean branded drinks, as many as you like, any time of day, in all bars, lounges and dining areas – with tips included! Norwegian’s ‘free style cruising’ means everything on board is relaxed, with flexible dining and casual dress – you can leave your cocktail dresses and dinner jackets at home! The award-winning entertainment on board includes Broadway musicals, live music and comedy, as well as plenty of leisure facilities including aqua parks, kids clubs and a selection of sports activities. Have I convinced you yet?

I have teamed up with Sunway Holidays who are agents for Norwegian Cruise Line and have many exclusive offers, unavailable elsewhere. Their cruise experts have experienced Norwegian cruise ships first hand. They will be able to answer any queries you have, and recommend the right ship and cabin choice, to suit your requirements. Whether you seek a family cruise in the Mediterranean, a romantic cruise around the Caribbean, or a cruise and stay holiday in Alaska, Sunway have a cruise to suit everyone.  I have chosen this All Inclusive Med cruise because, not only will you will be stopping at some of the Mediterranean’s most stunning locations, but Sunway have an exclusive saving of €700 per person!

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You will set sail from Venice and cruise to the medieval city of Dubrovnik. Climb the city walls and take in the views, meander through the cobbled-stone streets or chill out in one of the cool cliff-top bars. Your next stop is the bay of Kotor in Montenegro, where the southernmost fjords meet soaring mountain peaks. I visited Kotor a few years ago and feel in love with it. From there you will visit Katakolon in Greece, famous for it’s proximity to the ancient city of Olympia. You will also have the pleasure of stopping in Athens where you will marvel at the Acropolis and the modern city below. The final stop is the Croatian city of Split. Renowned for its beautiful old town, stunning beaches and crystal clear waters, you can choose to stay in Split or venture further afield to Plitvice Lakes or one of the nearby islands. After this seven day Eastern Mediterranean cruise you will sail back to Venice for your return flight home.

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The Norwegian Star is one of Norwegian’s older ships but it has been fully refurbished and now offers fifteen different dining options and eleven bars!  You can sip champagne in Gatsby’s Champagne bar or drink a wide selection of international beers in the outdoor Bier Garten. There are two main dining rooms (menus are changed daily) as well as a variety of cafés and fast food outlets, all included in the price of your cruise. They also have a selection of speciality dining options, which incur a separate charge. I had lunch in the Teppanyaki restaurant when the Norwegian Star was docked in Dublin port – it was superb.

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The pool deck has two waterslides and six hot tubs, although if you fancy a quiet place to swim, you can visit the indoor lap pool in the Spa. There is also a fitness centre with a jogging track, a golf driving net and a volleyball/basketball court. The Norwegian Star has a massive theatre showing the latest West-End style shows and there are plenty of bars with live music, if you fancy a more casual night.

Fly from Dublin to Venice on the 23rd of September and enjoy a seven-night Mediterranean cruise for only €1435. This includes a massive saving of €700 per person, which is exclusive to Sunway. Remember the price includes flights, all meals, drinks and gratuities!

 

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Note this is just one of the many cruises that Sunway offer with all cruise lines. If the above date or itinerary doesn’t suit you, contact one of their expert cruise staff and they will find a suitable cruise for you. This post was sponsored by Sunway, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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Sarah

 

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20% Off Tickets To PortAventura For a Limited Time Only!

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Planning a visit to PortAventura this year? Don’t miss out on this amazing offer from Attraction Tickets Direct and secure 20% off selected tickets to PortAventura for a limited time only.

 

If you are holidaying on the Costa Dorada or spending some time in Barcelona, a visit to PortAventura World is a must. Comprising of three theme parks, with over 60 attractions and 40 daily performances, it is one of Europe’s largest theme parks. I have teamed up with Attraction Tickets Direct who offer a LOWEST price guarantee on PortAventura tickets as well as attraction tickets all around the world. They are the UK & Ireland’s largest provider of theme park tickets, who send you gate-ready tickets instantly (not vouchers) with free delivery and no credit card fees. The best part –  there is no need to queue for tickets! Simply book tickets in advance, receive an email when the official barcoded tickets are ready to download, bypass the ticket and voucher lines and sail through the entrance doors 😎  Receive 20% off the following tickets to PortAventura for a limited time only!

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2 Day PortAventura & Ferrari Land ticket.

This ticket allows you to visit both parks over a two day period. Ferrari Land is quite small and you will probably find a half day is enough to see the park properly, while PortAventura on the other hand is huge, so you may find that you need more time. What I love about this ticket is that you can enjoy same-day admission to both PortAventura Park and Ferrari Land, PLUS a second day visit to PortAventura Park.

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Home to 41 attractions and 40 daily shows, I was really impressed PortAventura. There are plenty of rides for all ages and my 6 and 9 year old had a ball. There are six different lands, each with their own unique feel. We loved the water rides as well as some of the less intense rollercoasters! There are plenty of rides for adrenaline junkies too, Shambhala, Dragon Khan and Tutuki Splash, being the most popular. Little ones are well catered for with Sesamo Aventura land offering 11 rides as well as sesame street characters wandering around. Another highlight was the parade and fireworks display at midnight. With your two day ticket you can visit Ferrari Land in the morning and catch the fireworks in PortAventura at night time! Read my review of PortAventura World for more details.

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Ferrari Land is home to the fastest vertical rollercoaster in Europe, Red Force, where you will go from 0 – 180km in 5 seconds! Don’t miss the F1 simulator rides (you need to book when you enter the park) where you can feel what it’s like to drive a Formula one car. Ferrari Land also has a dedicated kids area with five new attractions, including their very own Junior Red Force. Read my definitive guide to Ferrari Land for more info.

Click here for more details: €48 Adult, €42 child ( age 4 – 10 )

 

 

3 day PortAventura, Caribe Aquatic Park & Ferrari Land Ticket

What I love about this ticket is that you don’t have to visit the park on consecutive days. The ticket is valid for seven days from your first entry. Enjoy one day at PortAventura Park, 1 day at Ferrari Land and 1 day at Costa Caribe Aquatic Park at any time over a seven day period. You can also visit PortAventura on the same day as Ferrari Land if you wish.

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Caribe Aquatic park is right beside PortAventura park, you can walk from one to the other in minutes. This is a must visit on a hot sunny day! There are fourteen different rides as well as a huge Caribbean style wave pool with sun loungers, a splash park for younger kids and a pirate ship pool with slides for older kids. I loved that there were plenty of family rides. All four of us were able to ride El Torrente together and we were able to go on double rings in lots of other rides. We also raced each other on Rapid Race and relaxed on the lazy river. Thrill seekers will love King Khajuna, where you free fall from 31 meters and reach speeds of 6 meters per second! Note Caribe Aquatic Park is only open from 26th May to mid 16th September.

Click here for more details: Adult €68, Child €56 (age 4-10)

 

For day tickets, seven day tickets or a host of other ticket options visit Attraction Tickets Direct.ie   This post was sponsored by Attraction Tickets Direct but all views, as always, are my own 😎

 

Sarah

 

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