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Norwegian Encore Review – Go Karts, Moscow Mules & Kinky Boots!

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Mind-blowing activities, top class food and drinks, and great value for money – check out my Norwegian Encore review before booking your next cruise holiday!

 

Despite the fact that the inaugural sailing was on Halloween night, and I had two young kids at home, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to step onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest and most innovative cruise ship – Norwegian Encore. It was my first time to cruise with Norwegian and I couldn’t wait to experience it. I crave new destinations, new cruise ships – well really anything travel related that I haven’t been to or experienced before. So a new cruise line and a brand new cruise ship, I was in my element!

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Unfortunately I didn’t have the Caribbean sea views to go with it – Norwegian Encore’s inaugural sailing was from Bremerhaven in Germany to Southampton, UK on the 31st of October – not exactly the best time for good weather, or picturesque ports for that matter. But I guess this makes my Norwegian Encore review all the more interesting. I mean, if I liked Encore on rough November seas, then it must be good – right?

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Activities on Norwegian Encore

It was 4 degrees celsius when we arrived in Bremerhaven but, although cold, we had the all-important blue skies. I immediately set out to explore the outdoor areas to take advantage of the sunshine. Normally I would head straight for the pool, but Norwegian Encore has a go-kart track on its top deck, so that was my first port of call.

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Norwegian Encore is one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Class Plus ships – Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss are her sisters, and also have racetracks onboard. However, Norwegian Encore’s is the biggest – to say I was blown away was an understatement. I was a guest of Sunway, Ireland’s cruise specialists, and they advised me to go to the racetrack as soon as I got onboard. Their advice was spot-on. I ended up at the top of the queue and was the first person to ever race the track on Norwegian Encore! 

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The race track is 1,150 feet long, sprawls over two decks and extends up to 13 feet over the side of the ship – it really is hard to fathom unless you see it, or in my case race it. I thought I was speeding away to my hearts content until my colleagues started beeping me from behind so they could over take me! It was hard to believe I was on a cruise ship – racing at 52 kilometers per hour.
 

 

 
As well as a massive go-kart track, Norwegian Encore is also home to the largest laser tag arena at sea – and it is also outdoors. Its theme is based on the Lost City of Atlantis, where you don virtual reality headsets and shoot serpents as they jump out in front of you. I didn’t try this personally, but decided to pose for pics instead 😉.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The outdoor laser tag arena isn’t the only virtual reality experience onboard. I was amazed at the Galaxy Pavilion – an indoor room of high-tech virtual reality games that is like nothing else I have seen on a cruise ship. I am positive I would never see my 12-year-old son Luke if we cruised on Encore for a week.

I tried the Jurassic Park ride, where I was a passenger in one of the jeeps, racing away from chasing dinosaurs – it was brilliant. I also tried the rollercoaster ride but felt a bit nauseous, and ended up closing my eyes the whole time. I wasn’t brave enough to try the ‘Vertigo’ simulator – where you walk between skyscrapers on New York’s skyline. There are loads of shooting and racing simulators too – the Galaxy Pavilion is the best virtual reality experience I have ever seen.

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I think Norwegian cruise ships are amazing value for money (more on that later), but it is important to point out that these activities incur additional charges. The go-kart track costs US$15 for an eight-lap circuit and laser-tag costs $10 for five minutes. However, if you are travelling with teenagers I would advise buying a week-long pass for the Galaxy Pavilion for $199. It might sound expensive, but believe me it will be the best $199 you ever spent! If you really want to push the boat out (excuse the pun) you can also purchase a $399 pass that will get you unlimited rides at the Galaxy Pavilion, go-kart track and laser tag area for a week.

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Norwegian Encore also has two multi-storey water slides, and a kids aqua park with smaller slides and tipping buckets. The slides were not open during our sailing, but I am sure that the Aqua Racer, where you race your friends in inflatable tubes, would be a great ride for all the family. The Ocean Loops slide, with a floor that drops away at the top, and a slide that extends out over the ship – maybe not so much! Note that there is no additional charge for the water slides or the aqua park.

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As well as amazing adrenaline-filled fun, there are kids clubs on Norwegian Encore to suit all ages – and they are also free of charge. There is a baby club for under 3s (which must be supervised by a parent), and kids clubs from ages 3 – 12 that are separated into three age groups: 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12. The rooms were huge with lots of open spaces and activities are organised daily. 

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Teens are well catered for too. The Entourage teen club has a large lounge area, daily activities, a wall full of PlayStations and what I am sure would be a firm favourite, their own teen disco every night. Norwegian also allows you to leave your kids onboard when in port, if you want to take a shore excursion without kids in tow.

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As much as I was wowed by Encore’s facilities and outdoor space, I found the pool areas a little disappointing. The main pool is superb and has a large outdoor movie screen. There is also a small pool near the kids aqua park, as well as four hot tubs.

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However, there isn’t much else to choose from – unless you are happy to pay for the privilege. The spa incurs an additional charge, as does the adults-only Vibe Beach Club on the top deck – which is a whopping $99 per person for a day pass. If you are travelling without kids and have many days at sea, the week-long pass for $209 is actually better value. At least you know you will have a comfy sun lounger for the week.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If money is not an object, then make sure you book The Haven. This exclusive area for suite guests is stunning and the best suite area I have seen at sea. As well as staying in luxurious accommodation, the pool area with retractable roof is superb, and the private restaurant and lounge offer the best sea views. This has a quiet relaxed vibe, completely different to the other areas of the ship – and so ideal for a couple. 

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Entertainment on Norwegian Encore

Norwegian cruise ships have a reputation of having some of the best entertainment at sea, and once I experienced it for myself, I could see why. As well as nightly shows in the theatre, they have live music on in many of the bars throughout the ship. I loved that there were lots of small bars, rather than two or three large lounges. They have an intimate feel and you almost forget you are on a massive cruise ship. I also like that many of the bars and restaurants have outdoor areas. 

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There is also a bigger bar in the Atrium with live music and a large TV screen that shows sporting events. If craft beer is your thing, pop into the District Brew House, where they have 24 beers on tap. The Cavern Club, a reproduction of the Liverpool club where the Beatles performed, was a big hit with my colleagues, although I preferred the Latin music in the Sugarcane Bar. I danced to my hearts content at the silent disco and decided to hang around for the DJ set too.

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The Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots got all the headlines, but I thought the ‘The Choir of Man’ was superb. This feel-good musical was set in a typical Irish pub. The storyline and original songs were terrific and it deserved the standing ovation that it received. Incidentally, admission is included in the cost of your cruise to both shows and live music. 

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Food and Drink on Norwegian Encore

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Free at Sea promotion, which is currently available on all sailings, allows you to enjoy three speciality dining meals and premium drinks over a seven-night cruise, for just €99. This is incredible value when you consider just how good the dining options are – and the cocktails! I found a new tipple onboard – a Moscow Mule. This is a delicious blend of vodka, ginger beer and lime juice and served me well over the two nights 😉.

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I found the quality of the drinks onboard to be excellent with most premium branded drinks included in the drinks package – more than I have seen on other cruise ships. You can substitute either of these packages for shore excursion credit or WiFi (which was fast btw), but I think the former are the most popular options. 

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There are six complimentary dining restaurants onboard Norwegian Encore. Similarly to the bars, I like that there are three main dining restaurants, rather than one large one. The Manhattan Room is the most impressive main dining room, although also the largest. Decorated in 1920s style, it has a luxurious old-world feel, but with a modern twist. The food was exceptionally good for a main dining restaurant, in fact all the food I had on Norwegian Encore was excellent. The other two main dining restaurants, Taste and Savour, are much smaller, and actually feel like speciality restaurants.


 

 

 
The choice and quality of food in the Garden Cafe buffet restaurant was excellent – probably the best buffet I have seen at sea. I couldn’t decide between the roast beef, wood-fired pizzas or Indian dishes – so I had to have all three! The dessert stations were pretty impressive too.

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There are also light snacks available in the Observation Lounge. I loved this massive lounge with floor to ceiling windows. It would be ideal in cooler weather, where you can still enjoy sea views in warm comfortable surroundings. Complimentary light-bites, sandwiches and pastries are served here – the perfect substitute for lunch, if you over indulged at breakfast.

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The 24-hour Local Bar & Grill, another complimentary restaurant, offers classic pub grub and great breakfasts. It is also located beside a large TV screen so I’m sure it is a firm favourite during sporting events.   

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I didn’t get the opportunity to try any of the speciality restaurants, but the food was so good in the complimentary restaurants that this didn’t bother me. There are nine speciality restaurants to choose from. Onda by Scarpetta, the upmarket Italian restaurant, and Ocean Blue, the fancy seafood restaurant with ocean views, are sure to be the big hits, as will the Teppanyaki. Norwegian’s signature steakhouse Cagneys, as well as the French restaurant, Le Bistro, and Mexican, Los Lobos, are also onboard.

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With the choice to opt for the premium drinks package and three speciality dining restaurants for just €99, it is no surprise that Norwegian Cruise Line offers some of the best-value cruise deals from Ireland. 

Read:  Check out my top 10 cruise deals with Norwegian Cruise Line
 

 

 

 

Cabins on Norwegian Encore

I toured many cabins on Norwegian Encore, from single studios, to luxury suites. It really struck be how important it is to speak to a cruise expert when booking your cruise holiday, as prices vary greatly between categories. I was staying in a balcony stateroom, which was nicely furnished and very spacious. The beds were extremely comfortable and it was well equipped with toiletries and a powerful hairdryer. However, I was amazed to learn that the Oceanview Family Room with Picture Window was a lot cheaper than my balcony cabin, and 50% bigger in size with a huge bathroom! The cruise experts in Sunway will be able to advise you of the best-value cabins available.
 
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I loved the dedicated section of the ship for solo travellers, something I haven’t seen on any other cruise ship. Encore has individual studio cabins for single use, and an exclusive private lounge where solo travellers can enjoy a drink or arrange to dine together, or go on shore excursions. The single supplement is very reasonable too.
 

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I was really impressed with Norwegian Encore. Despite the fact that Encore holds 4,000 guests, has a massive go-kart track and a laser tag arena – it felt intimate. The variety of dining and entertainment options and the excellent Free at Sea promotion make Norwegian cruises great value for money too. I can’t wait to cruise with Norwegian again – I might opt for better weather conditions next time though!
 

 

 

For bookings and enquiries visit Sunway.ie

 

Like cruise holidays? See more cruise reviews and cruise deals here. 

 

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 
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Top 10 Cruise Deals With Norwegian Cruise Line

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From the Med to Mexico, Croatia to the Cayman Islands, I’ve got 10 great cruise deals with Norwegian Cruise Line to tempt you. Almost all deals include flights and a choice of any two packages from premium drinks, speciality dining, Wifi package or shore excursion credit! 

 

 
I was lucky to be invited on Norwegian Encore’s inaugural cruise from Germany to Southhampton recently. It was only a two-night cruise but I managed to fit a lot in! I raced a go-kart around the largest race-track at sea, got chased by dinosaurs in the massive virtual reality room, watched Kinky Boots and A Choir of Man in the theatre, and enjoyed a wonderful array of food in various dining outlets. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Norwegian’s ‘free style cruising’ means you can leave your dinner jackets and cocktail dresses at home. Everything on board is relaxed and you can dine whenever and wherever you like. If you want to dress up and enjoy a four-course meal in the main dining room – you can. If you fancy casual dress with pizza and beer, that’s cool too. You don’t have to sit with strangers or dine at 8pm, there are dining options available 24/7.
 

 

 
We ate in the complimentary restaurants the whole time, and I was really impressed with the quality of the food and variety available – I can only imagine how good the speciality restaurants are! With the choice to opt for the premium drinks package and three speciality dining restaurants for just €99, Norwegian Cruise Line offer some of the best value cruise deals from Ireland.

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Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion allows you to choose any two of the following packages, over a seven-night cruise, for just €99 per adult:

  • Premium drinks
  • WiFi
  • 3 speciality dining meals
  • Shore excursion credit 

I will be writing a full review of Norwegian Encore in due course, but I had some many requests for prices that I thought I would publish my top 10 cruise deals with Norwegian Cruise Line first.
 

 

 

1. Los Angeles Stay & Mexico Cruise: Norwegian Joy, 10th January, 7 Nights €1275!

This amazing cruise deal is perfect for anyone who wants to try a cruise for the first time, or wants to incorporate this into a holiday to California. Like Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Joy is a Breakaway Plus class ship, so the facilities and size are similar in both. If you want to add on extra nights in California, talk to Sunway’s dedicated cruise team and they will arrange this for you.

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Price includes flights, a two-night stay in Los Angeles and a five-night cruise to Cabo San Lucas & Ensenada in Mexico, with two options from the Free at Sea promotion. 

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2. Northern Europe Cruise: Norwegian Escape, 5th September, 9 Nights, €1735!

Not only to you get to overnight in the magical city of St. Petersburg, but this wonderful nine-night cruise also brings you to Berlin, Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm. You will be cruising on Norwegian Escape, which has similar facilities to Norwegian Encore – without the race track or laser tag.

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Price includes flights to Copenhagen and nine-night cruise, with two options from the Free at Sea promotion

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3. Seattle Stay & Alaska Cruise: Norwegian Bliss, 8th May, 9 Nights, €1780!

An Alaska cruise has been on my bucket list for years, but with prices like this I might just get there! This amazing deal on Norwegian Bliss, another Breakaway Plus class ship, includes a two-night stay in Seattle before your seven-night Alaska cruise. Visit the famous Glacier Bay, Skagway and the city of Victoria, and marvel at the sights from Bliss’s stunning Observation Lounge. This ship was custom built for Alaska cruises so must be one of the best ships to see The Last Frontier.

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Price includes return flights from Dublin, 2 night stay in Seattle, plus 7 night cruise, with two options from the Free at Sea promotion.
 
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4. Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Norwegian Encore, 14th March, 8 Nights, €1795!

I loved Norwegian Encore, even though I cruised from Bremerhaven to Southampton in November! I admired all the outdoor dining areas and imaged how wonderful it would be to cruise on Encore in the Caribbean. This Caribbean cruise visits San Juan, St. Thomas and the Virgin Islands. Enjoy unlimited complimentary cocktails as you watch the sun go down over the Caribbean Sea. You will also enjoy a pre-cruise stay in Miami too.

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Price includes flights, Miami hotel and seven-night Caribbean cruise with two options from the Free at Sea promotion.  

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5.  New York & Bermuda Cruise: Norwegian Encore, 5th July, 8 Nights €2345!

Bermuda is one of those places that is perfect to visit on a cruise, and you will have plenty of time to explore this beautiful island as you will be docked there for two nights! This cruise deal includes an overnight stay in New York and and a seven night cruise on the brand new Norwegian Encore. 

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Price includes flights, New York hotel and seven-night Bermuda cruise with two options from the Free at Sea promotion.  

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6. Med Cruise to Spain, Italy & France: Norwegian Epic, 31st May, 7 Nights, €1165!

Norwegian Epic has been a firm favourite with Irish cruisers for many years.  You will be visiting Europe’s top cities including Barcelona, Rome and Palma and enjoy two packages from the Free at Sea promotion for an amazing price of €1165!

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Price includes flights and seven-night cruise with two options Free at Sea promotion. 

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7. Spain, Italy & France Cruise: Norwegian Epic, 7 Nights, 10th May, 2 adults & 2 children, €3280; 14th June €4550

Norwegian Epic has recently won Best Cruise Ship for Families and Best Cruise Ship for Entertainment from Cruise Critic, (the cruise industry’s TripAdvisor), so it a great choice for a family cruise. With non stop activities including a waterpark, mini-golf and a host of kids clubs – you can rest assured the kids will love it. You can even choose to leave the kids onboard when you are in port, and Norwegian also allow for ‘Date Nights’, with late night supervision available until 1am (extra charge).

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Price includes return flights from Dublin, Family Plus with baggage and priority seating, 7 night cruise based on 2 Adults and 2 Children under 12, with two options from the Free At Sea promotion for adults.

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8. New York Stay & Canada: Norwegian Encore, 5th September, 10 Nights, 2 adults & 2 children, €4865

Enjoy an overnight stay in New York, before setting off on a nine-night cruise through Maine and Canada on the brand new Norwegian Encore. Teens will love the go-kart race track, the outdoor laser tag and the amazing virtual reality room, Galaxy Pavillion. Don’t worry if they kids don’t want to see all the sights in Canada, you can leave them supervised on board while you take a shore excursion! 

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Price includes return flights from Dublin, airline baggage, 1 night pre cruise stay in New York , plus 9 night cruise based on 2 Adults and 2 Children under 12, with two options from the Free at Sea promotion for adults.

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9. Venice, Greece & Croatia Cruise: Norwegian Dawn, 7 Nights, 14th May, 2 adults & 2 children, €4550; 20th Sept €3725

Although  Dawn is one of Norwegian’s older ships, you can still enjoy great food, terrific entertainment and a variety of kids clubs. It’s smaller size may suit some families too, especially first time cruisers. You will also have the pleasure of visiting some of Europe’s best ports. Leaving from Venice ( is there anywhere better? ), you will be visiting the medieval cities of Kotor and Dubrovnik, as well as the Greek islands of  Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu and Kefalonia.

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Price includes return flights from Dublin, airline baggage, 7 night cruise based on 2 adults & 2 children under 12, with two options from the Free at Sea promotion for adults.

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10. Cayman Islands & Bahamas Cruise: Norwegian Escape, 7 nights, 2nd January 2021, Cruise Only, 2 adults & 2 children, €2296!

Plan ahead and spend New Year in Florida next year. Add on this amazing cruise and you have a trip of a lifetime. This is the only one of my cruise deals that doesn’t include flights, but the price is so good, I had to include it in this post! Flights and accommodation can be added on a later stage if you wish. You will sail from Port Canaveral and visit Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Bahamas over seven nights. Norwegian Escape is a Breakaway Class cruise ship and has superb facilities for children, including an aqua park, mini golf and ropes course. I’m very tempted to book this one myself!

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Price is based on 2 Adults & 2 Children under 12 sharing, with two options from the Free at Sea promotion for adults.

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Like cruise holidays? See more cruise reviews and cruise deals here. 

 

 

 
Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 

 

 

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Cruise Direct From Dublin to Iceland On 5* Celebrity Reflection, 18th May, 10 Nights, only €1399!

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Cruise on one of the world’s best cruise ships, to one of the world’s top destinations, with no need for flights – could this cruise deal be any better? Cruise direct from Dublin to Iceland in 2020, and enjoy ten relaxing days on luxurious Celebrity Reflection.

 

To be able to cruise direct from Dublin without having the hassle of connecting flights and lengthy lay overs, is massive bonus for cruise fans, and for anyone who doesn’t like flying – this is a game changer! As well as being a convenient way to travel, you will also be cruising on Celebrity Reflection, a 5-star luxury cruise ship. I have teamed up with Irish owned, cruise specialists, Sunway, who are offering this amazing 10-night cruise direct from Dublin, on the 18th of May, for only €1399.

But that’s not all….

If you book and upgrade to an oceanview stateroom before the 30th of September, you will receive a Classic Drinks Package absolutely free, as well as $500 on board credit per stateroom! 

 

About Celebrity Reflection:

Multi-award winning Celebrity Cruises fully deserve their 5-star rating. From the moment you step onboard, their ships feel more like country-clubs than massive cruise ships. The bright, contemporary decor boldly breaks away from the stereotypical dark wood and plaid carpets. There is even a manicured grass lawn in the Lawn Club, which you can enjoy by day or night. Relax on one of their cabanas during the day, or treat yourself to a cinematic night under the stars. 

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You will also find one of the largest spas at sea, Canyon Ranch, on Celebrity Reflection. Complete with hot stone loungers, it is the perfect amenity to get you prepared for the hot springs in Iceland. Relax by the pool and let the pool-butlers deliver your drinks, or visit the World Class Bar for some creative cocktails.

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Celebrity Cruises are renowned for their superb dining options. Make sure you try the sophisticated French cuisine at Murano, the traditional Italian food at Tuscan Grille as well as the famous Sushi Lollipops and Disco Shrimp at innovative Qsine. I had the pleasure of touring Celebrity Silhouette while it was docked in Dublin recently, and I loved it. Celebrity Reflection is the younger sister of Celebrity Reflection, with similar decor and facilities onboard. You can read my full review of Celebrity Silhouette here.

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Itinerary:

You will have to tear yourself away from the wonderful Celebrity Reflection, as Iceland is a country that is just waiting to be explored. Stay overnight in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik as well as visiting the northern town of Akureyi. I loved exploring Reykjavik, it is packed with vibrant cafés and bars, as well as cultural and historical attractions. Make sure you visit Hallgrímskirkja church – you can’t really miss it, it is visible from almost every angle of the city! It has a panoramic viewing platform at the top, where you will catch the best views of the city.

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Reykjavik is also close to the one of the world’s wonders, The Blue Lagoon. Don’t miss the opportunity to bathe here, it is a wonderful experience. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, try Ben Fogle’s full day white water rafting and Golden Circle tour, just one of the many excursions that Celebrity Cruises offer.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You will also have the opportunity to visit the world’s most northerly botanical garden when you stop in Akureyi. Only 100km from the Arctic Circle, this surprisingly, has a warm microclimate, and is filled with exotic plants. If gardens are not your thing, Akureyi also happens to be the whale watching capital of Europe, and it is also only 30 minutes from the magnificent Godafoss Waterfall.

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While Iceland may be the big attraction of this cruise, you will also have the opportunity to visit Liverpool and Belfast. Visit the Titanic Museum or take a trip to the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland, and visit the legendary Penny Lane in Liverpool.

How to book:

Sunway, are offering this amazing cruise direct from Dublin on the 18th of May, for only €1399. If you upgrade to an oceanview stateroom, you will receive a Classic Drinks Package absolutely free, as well as $500 on board credit per stateroom. The supplement for an oceanview stateroom is €500 per person, making the total cost only €1899, including all beers, spirits, wines and cocktails, up to $9 in value.  So enjoy mimosas for breakfast, let the pool-butler bring you a cocktails in the afternoon and enjoy a nice Chardonnay with dinner – all included in the cost of your cruise!

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

 

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The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 
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Get All Inclusive Drinks on Royal Caribbean 2020 Cruises – Fly Cruises Available from €1489!

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If you are thinking of booking a cruise – now is the time to do it! Travelnet are offering all-inclusive drinks on Royal Caribbean 2020 cruises. Check out some of my favourites below.

 

Many of you already know I am a big fan of Royal Caribbean cruises. Their ships are extraordinary. With fine dining, scintillating entertainment and record breaking adventure activities, it is not surprising that they are one of the world’s most popular cruise lines. However, one of the main concerns many people have when booking cruises is the price of drinks onboard. With this amazing all-inclusive drinks promotion on Royal Caribbean 2020 cruises – you no longer need to worry about that!

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You can enjoy cocktails, mocktails, beers, wines by the glass, premium coffees and fruit juices, all up to a $12 value – FREE OF CHARGE! Bar gratuities are also included and if you fancy a bottle of wine, rather than a glass, you can enjoy a 40% discount on bottles of wine under $100. This amazing promotion on Royal Caribbean 2020 cruises is available on selected sailings, including the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. This offer won’t last long though, you need to book by the 30th of September.

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When Travelnet asked me to highlight some of the super deals available on this Royal Caribbean 2020 cruises promotion, I was only too happy to oblige. There are lots more cruises available, so if my choices don’t suit you, make sure you check out ALL of their Royal Caribbean cruise deals by clicking here. And if a free deluxe drinks package isn’t enough to tempt you, perhaps this might – Travelnet.ie will secure your booking with a €30 deposit! Note a few Ts & Cs do apply.

 

Allure of the Seas: 7 Night Med Cruise from €1675!

Allure of the Seas is already the most awarded ship in the world, but it also happens to be getting a $165 million makeover – just in time for summer 2020 sailings from Barcelona. I was amazed to learn that this all-inclusive drinks promotion applied to Allure of the Seas too! You will have the opportunity to visit Majorca, Provence, Florence/ Tuscany, Rome and the Amalfi Coast over seven memorable days. 

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There are seven different neighbourhoods on Allure of the Seas, each with its own distinctive vibe. The Royal Promenade is full of shops, bars and restaurants, and comes alive at night-time with a party atmosphere. The Boardwalk reminds me of a seaside pier and has a hand-painted carousel, and the pool / sports zone is full of non-stop action.

One of my personal favourite neighbourhoods is Central Park. There are a staggering 12,000 trees and plants there, it really feels like you are in a park, rather than on a cruise ship. There are great restaurants and bars there too. After a tasty dinner, what better than a world-class show. Mamma Mia is a must see, as are the Aqua shows in the open-air theatre. Read more about Allure of the Seas here.

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The price of €1675 includes a seven-night cruise with deluxe drinks package, return flights, transfers and 20kg checked baggage, departing on the 30th of August. There are many different dates available throughout the summer, so if this date does not suit, talk to the team at Travelnet and they will find one to suit your requirements.

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Rhapsody of the Seas: 7 Nights Greek Isles Cruise from €1489!

Rhapsody of the Seas has floor to ceiling windows that ensure stunning ocean views throughout. You can expect world class shows and numerous restaurants onboard, including their famous steak-house, Chops Grille. It’s outdoor movie screen is a big hit with both adults and children, looking to enjoy balmy nights under the stars.

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I love Greece, so when I saw the itinerary I was hooked. You depart from Venice, visiting Athens and the Greek islands, as well as Kotor in Montenegro, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Marvel at the Acropolis and take time to wander around the Greek towns of Corfu, Kefalonia and Mykonos, before returning to Venice for your flight home.

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The price of €1489 includes flights, a seven-night cruise with deluxe drinks package, 20kg checked baggage and airport transfers. departing on the 3rd of October. There are many different dates available, so if this date does not suit, talk to the team at Travelnet and they will find one to suit your requirements.

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Oasis of the Seas: Western Caribbean Cruise with Balcony & Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay from €1795!

Oasis of the Seas was the original record breaker. It was the first ship to introduce seven different neighbourhoods onboard a cruise ship. It has recently undergone a $165 million amplification that added several new venues including Portside BBQ and Playmakers Sports Bar. The pool and sports zone has been reimagined too, with the addition of the 10-story Ultimate Abyss slide as well as the trio of waterslides known as The Perfect Storm.  

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Old favourites like Central Park and the Aqua Theatre still remain, and rightly so. Check out my review of Harmony of the Seas, this should give you an idea of what to expect from her sister ship, Oasis of the Seas.

The Western Caribbean itinerary is one of my Caribbean favourites. You will visit Mexico, Jamaica, Labadee and Haiti, but also have plenty of time to enjoy the Caribbean sea views from your balcony stateroom.
 

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The price of €1795 includes a seven-night cruise with deluxe drinks package, an upgrade to a balcony stateroom, a pre-cruise stay in Miami, return flights, transfers and baggage, departing the 25th of January. There are many different dates available, so if this date does not suit, talk to the team at Travelnet and they will find one to suit your requirements.

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Anthem of the Seas: Bahamas & Perfect Day Cruise, from €1869!

Anthem of the Seas is part of the Quantum class of ships. I was lucky enough to cruise on her sister ship, Ovation of the Seas – and she is a beauty. The facilities onboard are superb. You can sky dive, ride a bumper car and even become a certified diver! The panoramic view from the 300ft high North Star viewing pod is amazing, and something that only Quantum Class ships can boast – to say this ship is innovative is putting it mildly.

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Like all Royal Caribbean cruise ships, you can expect a wide selection of dining options, including Jamie’s Italian, Chops Grille – Royal Caribbean’s signature steak-house, and the extraordinary Wonderland – a gastronomic delight in an Alice in Wonderland setting. Night-time entertainment is top class too, with broadway shows such as Mamma Mia and the West End hit, We Will Rock You. Check out my review of Ovation of the Seas, this should give you an idea of what to expect from her sister, Anthem of the Seas.

As well as jaw-dropping facilities, this cruise will also enable you to visit Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day. I can’t wait to visit Perfect Day, it is high on my wish list! Royal Caribbean just spent $250 million dollars transforming this paradise island in the Bahamas, with incredible facilities to suit all ages and tastes. Thrillseekers will love the massive waterpark, which has the tallest waterslide in North America, and a 1,600-foot-long zip-line course. They even have a massive helium balloon that goes 450 feet up in air, to capture the ultimate selfie.  This cruise sails from New Jersey and stops in Orlando and Nassau too, with just enough sea days to enjoy all that Anthem of the Seas has to offer.

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Price of €1869 includes a seven night cruise with deluxe drinks package, an upgrade to a balcony stateroom, a pre-cruise stay, return flights, transfers and baggage, departing the 28th of March. There are many different dates available, so if this date does not suit, talk to the team at Travelnet and they will find one to suit your requirements.

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The above Royal Caribbean 2020 cruises are just a sample of the all-inclusive cruises that Travelnet have available. Travelnet.ie  are part of the Barter Travel Group, who have been selling holidays and cruises for over 150 years in Ireland. Suffice to say they know their stuff! If the dates on their website don’t suit, or you have particular requirements, give the sales team a call on 01 5310402 or 021 4851700. Alternatively fill out the enquiry form online and they will get back with the best options to suit you.

 

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

 

Sarah

 
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Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas Will Cruise from Barcelona in 2020 After $165 Million Makeover!

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The most awarded cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, is getting amplified and will cruise from Barcelona next summer! 

 

There has been a lot of publicity recently surrounding the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, but did you know that Allure of the Seas is one of her sisters? Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas are all Oasis Class ships, which are the largest cruise ships in the world. Allure of the Seas will receive a $165 million makeover and will have many of the same jaw-dropping facilities as her sisters. The best part about this amazing news is that Allure is sailing from Barcelona from May 2020!

Why choose to cruise on Allure of the Seas?

Allure of the Seas is the most awarded ship in the world – and that is before getting a $165 million makeover! I love Oasis Class ships, not only are the facilities superb, but there is something to suit everyone onboard. There are seven different neighbourhoods, each with their own distinctive vibe. The Royal Promenade is full of shops, bars and restaurants and comes alive at night-time with a party atmosphere. The Boardwalk reminds me of a seaside pier and has a hand-painted carousel, and the pool / sports zone is as you can imagine, full of non-stop action.

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One of my personal favourite neighbourhoods is Central Park. There are a staggering 12,000 trees and plants there, it really feels like you are in a park, rather than on a cruise ship. There are great restaurants and bars in Central Park, including Chops Grille, Royal Caribbean’s signature steak house, and 150 Central Park, an upscale restaurant with a tasting menu and wine pairings.

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There will be many new culinary additions to the amplified Allure of the Seas too. Giovanni’sSM Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar is bound to be a popular spot, I personally like the sound of the charcuterie station! The new Portside BBQ will offer American barbecue styles including brisket, pulled pork and home-style cornbread, or you can enjoy authentic Mexican fare at El Loco Fresh – suffice to say you will be spoilt for choice with the number of dining options onboard.

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What will the entertainment be like onboard Allure of the Seas?

My advice is dine early, because you won’t want to miss any of the world-class nightlife! Allure of the Seas boasts the most bars of any Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Let the robotic bartenders make you a cocktail in the Bionic Bar, before you watch the best cover bands in the Music Hall.

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The musical Mamma Mia is a must see, as are the Aqua shows in the open-air theatre. Watch acrobats walking tightropes, divers diving off 30-foot platforms and synchronised swimmers floating in the deepest pool at sea. The setting is remarkable with the backdrop of the ocean across the horizon. 

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If karaoke is more your style, you will love the brand new Spotlight Karaoke, and movie lovers can catch the latest blockbusters or watch international sporting events on the new outdoor screen.

What facilities will be onboard the amplified Allure of the Seas?

There is so much to do during the day too, in fact you might find it difficult to leave Allure of the Seas when you arrive into port! Enjoy thrill rides on the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, race down the Perfect Storm, Royal Caribbean’s trio of waterslides, or zipline across an open atrium, nine decks above the boardwalk, something I did on Harmony of the Seas.

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If you like to relax when you cruise, why not chill out at the reinvigorated adult-only solarium or visit their award-winning spa? Allure of the Seas’ pool deck will be reimagined and will have a wider variety of seating, with cabana-like ‘casitas’, daybeds, hammocks and swing seats.  

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As with all Royal Caribbean cruise ships, kids will be spoilt for choice too. There are kids clubs from 6 months to 17 years with dedicated teen-only hang-outs. Allure of the Seas will have its teen zones revamped to give teens some freedom in their own exclusive lounge and outdoor deck. Complete with a secret speakeasy-like entrance, gaming consoles, music and movies, this is sure to keep even moody teenagers happy. 

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The splashpark, Splashaway Bay is perfect for younger children, while teenagers will love the trio of water slides. You will also find a multi-purpose sports court, FlowRider surf simulator, rock-climbing wall, glow-in-the-dark laser tag and the Royal Escape Room – Apollo 18 Lunar Landing, where you have to solve the puzzle before time runs out – doesn’t this sound like an interesting challenge? See more reasons to choose Royal Caribbean for family cruises here.

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Where will Allure of the Seas cruise to in 2020?

Allure of the Seas’ seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises will sail from Barcelona and visit stunning cities in Spain, Italy and France. Stroll through the lavender fields in Provence, visit the chic city of Palma de Mallorca, explore the Italian cities of Florence and Rome, take a boat trip along the Amalfi Coast or visit the captivating isle of Capri. Many Royal Caribbean cruise deals have flights include in the cost, so there has never been a better time to visit these stunning destinations, onboard one of the world’s largest cruise ships, Allure of the Seas.  

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Why choose Royal Caribbean?

Royal Caribbean International is the world’s largest global cruise line and has been delivering innovation at sea for more than 50 years. Royal Caribbean cruises to 260 destinations in 72 countries on six continents, and even has its own private island in The Bahamas: Perfect Day at CocoCay. Royal Caribbean has won numerous awards, too many to name them all, but in 2018 alone the cruise line won over 30 national and international awards including Best in Cruise, Best Cruise Line for Entertainment and Best Mainstream Cruise Company. 

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At the time of issue, Royal Caribbean is offering a seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise from €1065 per person including flights from Dublin.  Isn’t it about time you cruised with Royal Caribbean?
 
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Want to know more about cruising with Royal Caribbean? Check out my reviews: 

My review of Independence of the Seas

My review of Harmony of the Seas

My review of Ovation of the Seas

10 reasons to choose Royal Caribbean for family cruises

 

This post was sponsored by Royal Caribbean International, but all views, as always are my own.

 

Sarah

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3 Exclusive Yacht Cruises in the Caribbean, Bali & Seychelles, from €2499 Including Flights

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Cruising around the Caribbean, island hopping in the Seychelles, and exploring the many islands of Indonesia – all three sound idyllic to me. These exclusive yacht cruises are combined with hotel stays for the ultimate holiday experience.

 

I am a big fan of cruise holidays, but the idea of sailing around the Caribbean on a luxury yacht has a different appeal to cruising on a 5000-passenger cruise ship! Wouldn’t it be great to be able to explore tiny islands in the Caribbean that cruise ships can not visit, to jump into the sea when you come across a hidden cove in the archipelago of Indonesia, or enjoy secluded bays on a catamaran cruise around the Seychelles? The phrase ‘it’s about the journey not the destination’ springs to mind. I have teamed up with Tropical Sky who offer yacht cruises from exclusive locations around the world. No matter which option you choose, you can expect an intimate yacht cruise with unforgettable memories.

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7 Nights All Inclusive Grenada Stay And 7 Nights Grenadines by Yacht Cruise, from €2899 Including Flights

This sounds like a trip of a lifetime and one I would love to experience! You will start off this amazing holiday with a four-night stay in the Coyaba Beach Resort in Grenada, which just happens to be located on the world-famous Grand Anse Beach. This is constantly voted one of the top beaches in the Caribbean.

The Coyaba Beach Resort is also home to a freshwater pool with a swim-up bar, the perfect place to enjoy some cocktails and take advantage of the all-inclusive arrangement. There are plenty of water sports available and scuba diving is highly recommended here. If you prefer to stay on land, yoga, tennis and beach volleyball are available. The Coyaba Beach Resort hosts local musicians three times a week, so you can expect a relaxed but lively atmosphere. 

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After a four-night stay, you will board a luxury yacht for a seven-night cruise around Caribbean islands that, until now, you may have only dreamed about. With just 14 people onboard, including a captain and steward, yacht cruises like this are hard to beat! Visit breath-taking locations such as Petit St Vincent, Tobago Cays and tiny Sandy Island – are you convinced yet? With meals and drinks included, your toughest decision will be whether to swim in the crystal-clear waters, or stay onboard and enjoy the stunning sea views. There will be plenty of snorkelling stops, including a day at the vibrant reef in Tobago Cays, where you should be able to swim alongside turtles. 

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After this seven-night dream cruise, you will finish off your stay at Coyaba Beach Resort for the remaining three nights. Price of €2899 includes flights, a seven-night all-inclusive stay at Coyaba Beach Resort and a seven-night yacht cruise. 

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11 Nights Star Clipper Cruises With Bali Stay, from €3429 Including Flights

Star Clippers are traditional four-mast sailing ships and are heralded as the world’s most spectacular tall-ships. With two pools, a library and a large dining room, they beautifully combine the atmosphere of sailing with the comfort of modern cruising. There are two different itineraries to choose from, both offering journeys through Indonesia’s unspoilt islands. Highlights include visits to Lombok, the Gili Islands and Komodo Island, home to the famous Komodo Dragons and the stunning Pink Beach. Regardless of which itinerary you choose, your holiday will start with a three-night stay at the 5-star Pavilions Hotel in Bali and culminate with an over-night stay. 

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The Pavilions Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel in Sanur, Bali. All rooms are villa style with thatched roofs and four-poster beds, designed to reflect traditional Balinese architecture. Most villas, except the garden villas, have their own pool. This peaceful resort is designed for romance and relaxation and it receives outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor. You can even take advantage of the butler service and dine in the privacy of your own villa. 

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Price of €3429 includes flights, a four-night stay at the Pavilions Hotel Bali and a seven-night yacht cruise. 

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7 Nights La Digue Dream Yacht Cruises With Seychelles Beach Stay, from €2589 Including Flights

With only 12 cabins, this intimate catamaran cruise will allow you to explore some of the Seychelles most beautiful islands over four days. Visit Coco Island, La Digue and Cousin Island before disembarking in Praslin. This seven-night holiday includes a pre-cruise, two-night stay at the highly rated Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort and a post-cruise, two-night stay at the romantic Coco de Mer Hotel, Praslin. 

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Your first cruise stop is Saint Anne Marine Park, one of the best locations for snorkelling in the Seychelles. This will be followed by visits to Coco Island and La Digue. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the crystal-clear waters, why not rent a bike and explore the intriguing island of La Digue? With no cars in sight, you are likely to spot many carts drawn by oxen on your journey. Cousin Island is your last stop, a nature reserve where you will get a chance to see the famous giant tortoises. You will then cruise to Praslin where you will spend your last two nights. 

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Price of €2589 includes flights, a four-night hotel stay and a three-night catamaran cruise. Talk to the dedicated team in Tropical Sky about extending your stay in the Seychelles – or why not combine it with a city break in Dubai or Istanbul?

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Tropical Sky offer a range of cruise and long-haul holidays to destinations all over the world. Call one of their travel experts on 01 664 9999 to discuss any of these options, or to tailor-make a holiday to suit you. This post on exclusive yacht cruises was sponsored by Tropical Sky, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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The Best 5-Star hotels in the Caribbean

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Sarah

 

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Queen Mary 2 Cruise Deal Including Flights, New York Stay & Transfers, From €1439

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Combine the bright lights of New York City with a seven-night luxury cruise on the iconic Queen Mary 2. This cruise deal is one you won’t want to miss!

 

Imagine cruising into New York City, gazing at the Manhattan skyline from the deck of a luxury cruise ship – it must be an incredible experience. Audrey Hepburn and Clarke Gable have cruised on the Queen Mary 2, now you can too! I have teamed up with Jetline Cruise to tell you about this amazing Queen Mary 2 cruise deal that includes flights, a seven-night cruise and a three-night stay in New York, all for just €1439. They even include airport transfers and entrance tickets to the Empire State Building! I was amazed to see that the price of €1439 is even valid over New Year’s Eve. I can visualise the fireworks over Brooklyn Bridge already…

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Jetline Cruise’s Queen Mary 2 cruise deal is valid throughout 2019 and 2020. Prices vary depending on the time of travel and are clearly marked on their website. Whether you want to do some Christmas shopping in New York, or avail of the warm summer sun, just call their dedicated cruise team on 01 246 9690 and they will arrange it for you. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You can choose to cruise from Southampton to New York and fly home direct to Dublin, or vice versa. Both have their advantages! As I have already mentioned, cruising into New York will surely be an incredible experience, however, if you choose to leave the cruise until your return journey, you won’t have to endure a tiresome over-night flight home. Both options include direct flights to or from New York and flights to and from Southampton, a three-night stay in a 4-star hotel, entrance tickets to the Empire State Building and airport transfers.

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What is it like to cruise on the Queen Mary 2?

The Queen Mary 2 is Cunard’s flagship cruise-liner and it was re-mastered in 2016, with a staggering £90 million makeover. She has all the glitz and glamour associated with traditional cruising, but now has contemporary styling too. Expect fine dining, the best wine cellar at sea, exceptional service and sophisticated shopping.

There are five main dining options onboard, all included in the cost of your cruise, as well as two speciality restaurants, which incur a charge. Of course, no Cunard cruise would be complete without their signature afternoon tea, which incidentally is included in the price of your cruise.

 

Entertainment is what you would expect from Cunard – world class. From West-End-style shows in the grand Royal Court Theatre, to string quartets in intimate bars, the choice is yours. The Queen Mary 2 has a full-scale planetarium, famous speakers giving informative presentations, the largest library at sea and a luxury spa. This really is cruising at another level.

So why not treat yourself or a loved one to this amazing cruise holiday? With flights, hotel, cruise and transfers included in the cost, this Queen Mary 2 cruise deal, should not be missed! 

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Who are Jetline Cruise?

For those of you who may not be familiar with Jetline Cruise, they are a multi-award winning cruise tour operator that has sold cruises for 18 years to 250,000 customers! They launched in Ireland last year and their cruise and stay holidays have proved very popular with Irish cruisers. You also have the peace of mind of knowing that Jetline Cruise are licensed and bonded in Ireland, so your booking is 100% financially protected.  You can read my blog about the Jetline cruise launch in Ireland and what they offer, here.

 

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Jetline Cruise but all views, as always, are my own.

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10 Reasons to Choose Royal Caribbean For Family Cruises

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Kids clubs up to age 17, non-stop entertainment and large family suites are just some of the reasons to choose Royal Caribbean for family cruises – here are my top 10.

 

Ahoy there, did you know the cruise industry is booming? Every week I hear about ground breaking technology and amazing activities on yet another new cruise ship! Who needs formal dining and bridge when you can have sushi bars and dance classes? Waterparks are now the the norm on Royal Caribbean family cruises and they have even replaced bar men with robots in their bionic bars!

The average age has changed dramatically over the past ten years and cruise ships have adapted so well to their new younger clientele, particularly Royal Caribbean cruises. I was fortunate to be able to bring my kids on Independence of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas, so when Royal Caribbean asked me to tell you ten reasons why you should choose Royal Caribbean for family cruises, it was an easy decision to make! 

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1. You will NEVER hear the words ‘I’m bored’!

Royal Caribbean know that with family cruises, active kids are happy kids! For anyone who hasn’t cruised before it is difficult to comprehend how much there is to do on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. The fact that some of the newest ships are taller than the Eiffel Tower and have seven different neighbourhoods on board, might make it a little easier to visualise.  

A program is placed in your cabin each day which lists all the different activities available. There are games, shows and different activities daily, designed especially for each age group, as well as a host of different kids clubs for all ages (more on that later). You can expect to find multi-sports courts and waterparks on most of their new cruise ships, catering for kids of all ages. Kids will think it is like Christmas morning, all day, every day! 

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2. Royal Caribbean’s family cruises are a great way to re-connect with your teenager! 

Watch your teenager’s mood swings sail away on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Although there are teen clubs (more on that below), games consoles and the all important WiFi on board, don’t be surprised if you see them ditch ‘Fortnite’ for the FlowRider® – Royal Caribbean’s surf simulator.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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They can put their muscles to the test on the Rock Climbing Wall, slide down the Ultimate AbyssSM, the tallest slide at sea, don a virtual reality mask on the bungee trampoline SkyPadSM, or zipline across an open atrium, nine decks above the boardwalk. I braved the zipline on Harmony of the Seas and it was terrifying, but I have no doubt teenagers will love it! I also tried the SKYPadSM on Independence of the Seas and was blown away – it is the only one of it’s kind at sea.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Royal Caribbean have some mind blowing waterslides too, the Perfect Storm racer slides on Harmony of the Seas are perfect for teens and ‘The Blaster’ is coming to Navigator of the Seas soon, it will feature 800 feet of twists, turns, drops and the longest stretch of slide ever suspended over water.

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They can enjoy activities at night time too with teen dinners, pool parties and movie nights. There are teen-only hang outs, a teen-only nightclub and open mic nights for budding performers.
 
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3. They have so many exciting dining options and you don’t have to dress up for dinner!

Royal Caribbean cruise ships have restaurants to suit all tastes and ages. As well as their popular buffet and main dining rooms, there are a host of speciality dining options . Enjoy mouth-watering steaks in Chops Grille, tasty burgers in Johnny Rockets or delicious pasta and pizza at Jamie’s Italian. We loved the Teppanyaki restaurant on Independence of the Seas. The kids enjoyed the interactive experience and now every time we go on holidays they always look to see if there is a Teppanyaki restaurant there.

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Why not take advantage of the late night kids club, (7$ per hour) and enjoy some fine dining on your own one night? You don’t need to select a specific dining time, just opt for ‘My Time Dining’ and dine whenever you like. You can reserve a table in advance for your preferred time, or simply show up and wait for an available table. Of course if you want to opt for traditional dining and select the same table and dining time each day, you can do that too. You can dress up or go casual, it is completely up to you. Royal Caribbean make it very simple – dine your own way!

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4. There are family shows every night on Royal Caribbean’s family cruises.

While you may love to see your kids off enjoying themselves during the day, it is nice to do some family activities too. Royal Caribbean Broadway style shows are superb. We saw Grease and it was fantastic. The kids loved it, in fact I had to download the soundtrack when we got home! Shows vary depending on which ship you choose but Hairspray, Mamma Mia and the Queen tribute, We Will Rock You, are currently showing on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship near you…..

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The Aqua shows on Oasis Class Ships are in an open air theatre, with a backdrop of the ocean across the horizon. The setting is remarkable. There are two 30-foot diving platforms on each side of a the deepest pool at sea, with professional acrobats walking tightropes, divers and synchronised swimmers. I recall thinking that the Royal Caribbean slogan ‘ Where Extraordinary Happens’ was so apt when we watched this show, it really was extraordinary.

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Royal Caribbean also have their own original productions and ice skating shows so it is possible to have a completely different family evening each night – and all included in the cost of your cruise.

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5. No matter what time of year you want to travel, Royal Caribbean have family cruises to suit you.

Royal Caribbean International is the world’s largest global cruise line. They have 26 cruise ships, cruising to over 260 destinations in 72 countries across six continents! I think it is fair to say that no matter which destination you want to cruise to, they will always have family cruises to suit you.

Show the kids the wonders of Rome or ancient Greece on Royal Caribbean Mediterranean cruises, visit Alcatraz and DisneyLand on their West Coast of America cruise, give them a taste of the Orient with their wide selection of destinations in Asia ,or enjoy family days on the Caribbean’s best beaches.

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6. Royal Caribbean have their own paradise island in the Bahamas called Perfect Day at Cococay!

I can’t wait to visit Perfect Day – it looks absolutely amazing! Royal Caribbean just spent $250 million dollars transforming this paradise island in the Bahamas, with incredible facilities to suit all ages and tastes. Thrillseekers will love the massive waterpark which has the tallest waterslide in North America, and a 1,600-foot-long zip-line course. They even have a massive helium balloon that goes 450 feet up in air, to capture the ultimate selfie!

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Little ones are well catered for too with their own waterpark, Splashaway Bay and for those who just want to chill out, the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool is here, or simply relax on a cabana on Chill Island, Perfect Day’s very own chill zone. When you think of family cruises, this destination should be at the top of your wish list.

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7. There are Kids Clubs for anyone between 6 months and 17 years!

Royal Caribbean award-winning Adventure Ocean® Kids Club has kids clubs to suit everyone from 6 months to 17 years. There are 45 minute interactive playgroups for babies, or if you fancy chilling out at the spa, you can use the Tots Nursery. The kids clubs are split into three groups, Aquanauts (3-5 years), Explorers (6-8 years) and Voyagers (9-11 years), while the teens club has two groups, Younger teens (aged 12-14) and Older Teens (aged 15-17) – because Royal Caribbean know all too well that 17 year olds don’t want to mix with 12 year olds!

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From pirate parties to science experiments, Royal Caribbean family cruises offer a host of interactive programs and activities for each age group. They also have a Late Night Party Zone between 10pm and 2am – perfect if you have a date night. All kids clubs are included in the cost of your cruise, but additional fees apply for the nursery and the late night party zone.

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8. Royal Caribbean’s family cruises offer shore excursions specifically for families.

Exploring new cities and destinations is all part of cruising, but let’s face it, there are only so many city tours kids can take! Luckily Royal Caribbean have curated shore excursions specifically with families in mind. You can enjoy fun-filled family days in exciting locations all over the world.

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Make visiting Rome’s monuments exciting for kids. Let them learn the art of Roman gladiator combat followed by a tour of the Colosseum. Want to see Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast? Combine this scenic drive with a pizza making class in Sorrento. There are visits to a dog-sled camp in Alaska, you can save sea turtles in Mexico or swim with sharks and sting-rays in Belize.

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9. Royal Caribbean cruise ships have family suites 

Royal Caribbean have a wide choice of accommodation options. Interior and Oceanview family staterooms can sleep up to six, or you can opt for two interconnecting staterooms if you want more privacy. If you have two families travelling together, or want to bring the grandparents along, opt for the Royal Family Suite which sleeps up to eight.

If you really want to push the boat out (excuse the pun), go for the Ultimate Family Suite! This two bedroom suite also sleeps up to eight, but has a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, a slide from the kids bedroom to the lounge, a movie room with a popcorn machine and a 3D TV. And that’s just the inside! The 212 square foot wrap-around balcony touts a bumper pool table, a climbing experience and a full-size whirlpool that will provide unmatched ocean views.  

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10. Royal Caribbean’s family cruises are great value

How much do you spend dining out with the family or going to a show together in your hometown? When you think that all meals, world-class shows, kids clubs and jaw dropping activities are included in the cost of your cruise, as well the the opportunity of visiting six different destinations on a seven-night holiday, Royal Caribbean family cruises are great value.

At the time of issue, Royal Caribbean is offering a seven-night Oman and Emirates cruise from €499 per person, a seven-night Mediterranean cruise from €619 per person and a fourteen-night Caribbean Transatlantic cruise from €839 per person! 

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Want to know more about family cruises? Check out my reviews: 

My review of Independence of the Seas

My review of Harmony of the Seas

 

This post was sponsored by Royal Caribbean International, but all views, as always are my own.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert
 

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U River Cruises – Luxury Cruises For Younger Travellers

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Think river cruises were for over 55’s? Think again! U River Cruises are a luxury river cruise line dedicated to younger travellers, with prices from only €899!

 

Before you start thinking of all night parties and fast-food, I should point out that U River Cruises are luxury cruises. The food on board is superb, their cruise ship is beautifully furnished and they provide immersive experiences across some of Europe’s most sought after cities. Expect culinary delights inspired by street food, with creative mixologists and international DJ’s onboard, as well as longer stays in each port to get off the beaten track.

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Unlike ocean cruises, you will dock right in the heart of the city – so no lengthy disembarkation or bus journeys to reach your destination. You can choose one of U River Cruises guided excursions, or choose to go it alone and explore independently. Whatever you choose, the U staff will be on hand to recommend choices to suit you, whether you are a foodie, an adventure seeker, romantic or even a night owl.
 

 
Each cruise offers many shore excursions and many are included in the cost of your cruise.Enjoy a canal tour of Amsterdam,  wine tasting in Eberbach Monastery (filming location of Game of Thrones), or a Mixology class at House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience, “the world’s largest cocktail experience” in Amsterdam!

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Unlike most cruises you are free to disembark the ship at night time and in some cases you overnight in cities. Take in a concert in Vienna, enjoy a night hike up to Rheinstein Castle, or let one of the U hosts bring you to their favourite nightclub in Amsterdam. When you return back to the ship there will be entertainment on board, including a silent disco or karaoke, as well as an international DJ to play tunes into the small hours.

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What are the facilities on board U River Cruises?

U River Cruises cruise ship is simply called ‘ The A’. It is a sleek matte black ship that carries up to 120 passengers. All staterooms are tastefully furnished and come with waterfront views, built-in bluetooth speakers and BeeKind amenities.

‘The A’ boasts a rooftop venue and a spa so if you don’t fancy leaving the ship, you can opt for some ‘U’ time on board. Work out in the gym and enjoy complimentary yoga classes. There are also painting, wine, mixology and cookery classes on board. I love that the Chefs Table Cooking Classes are co-ordinated to show local dishes from each destination you visit. If you just want to relax, let one of the mixologists make you a cocktail and take in the scenic river views from the contemporary rooftop lounge. Just check out their hashtag #TravelforU for some dreamy shots like this one!  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Where do U River Cruises cruise to?

U River Cruises have three eight-day itineraries, The Danube Flow, Germany’s Finest and Rolling on the Rhine, with overnight stops and longer stays in major cities like Vienna, Amsterdam and Budapest. U River Cruises also offer a Christmas itinerary, Dashing through the Danube, which is a great way to sample some of Europe’s best Christmas markets. If you are looking for something more unique, check out their dedicated themed cruise itineraries, ‘U In Drag’ on the 6th of July 2019 and ‘Tattoo on U’ on the 17th of August 2019.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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What is the typical age on board a U River Cruises?

U River Cruises are geared toward the young and young at heart, typically travellers between 21-55, however all ages above 18 are welcome. If you are over 55, check out Uniworld Boutique River Cruise collection, which caters for guests of all ages. You can read my review of Uniworld’s SS Antoinette here.

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What is included in U River Cruises?

  • Three meals each day, typically brunch and dinner as most guests are out exploring during the day.
  • Non alchoholic drinks such as water, tea and coffee, juices etc. You can choose to pre-purchase a premium drinks package for €299 per week which includes unlimited alcoholic drinks throughout your cruise.
  • One shore excursion per day which is tailor made to suit your tastes.
  • All gratuities including tips for shore excursions.
  • Onboard entertainment including rooftop yoga, mixology classes and a welcome party.

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 Call a U Specialist on 01 906 9408 or your local travel agent for more details. 

 

This post was sponsored by U River Cruises but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

 
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Jetline Cruise Launches in Ireland With All Inclusive Cruise and Stay Holidays from €1139

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From the Mediterranean to Mexico, Alaska to Antartica, Jetline Cruise offers a wide range of exclusive cruise holidays, with all cruise companies, to destinations all over the world. 

 

Did you hear that Jetline Cruise have launched in Ireland? For cruise fans, this is a game changer! Forget about your run-of-the-mill seven day Med cruise – Jetline Cruise will include three nights in Lake Garda afterwards! Many of us want to get away for longer than seven days, or extend a seven-day cruise with a few days in a city or resort. Jetline Cruise have listened to their customers feedback and have customised a huge range of bespoke cruise holidays, that are unique to the Irish market. Not only do they offer exclusive cruise holidays, but their prices are incredible too!

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Jetline Cruise have also broken the boundaries in terms of destinations. They have a long standing relationship with all of the major cruise lines and offer cruise holidays all over the world, including Alaska, Asia, Antartica, Hawaii. They even offer cruises to the Galapagos Islands! Instead of booking a Caribbean cruise with a stay in Miami (they do that too by the way), why not combine a stay in Barbados with a cruise around the Grenadines and some of the smaller Caribbean islands, on a luxury tall ship?

It’s not all about far flung destinations, they also have a super all-inclusive cruise and stay in Majorca from €1139! These are just just a sample of the great holidays from Jetline Cruise, check out their website for lots more cruise deals from Ireland. I loved searching the Jetline Cruise website and I was delighted to be asked to choose three of my favourites, to give you a flavour of what Jetline Cruise can offer.

 

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Lake Garda & Royal Caribbean Cruise from €1339 Including Flights, 4* Hotels & Transfers

Not only is this my favourite Mediterranean cruise itinerary, but you also get to spend time in Lake Garda and Venice too! Jetline Cruise really knew what they were doing when they combined Royal Caribbean’s Greek Isles and Croatia cruise, with such great Italian cities. I have holidayed in Lake Garda twice and loved it and this super deal includes a three night stay there, which is just enough time to catch the highlights. You will then travel by 1st class rail to Venice, where you will spend the night, before starting your cruise the following day.

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Visit the Croatian cities of Split and Dubrovnik before cruising to the bucket list island of Santorini and to the mainland port of Katakolon, before returning to Venice for your flight home. The cruise itinerary will vary depending on the date you choose, Montenegro, Corfu, Athens, Mykonos and Kefalonia are also possible cruise stops. When you click on the link below, simply scroll down to select the date and itinerary that suits you.

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No matter which cruise itinerary you choose, you will enjoy a fabulous week on Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas. Rhapsody of the Seas boasts contemporary styling and floor to ceiling windows, that ensure stunning ocean views. There are numerous restaurants on board including their famous steak-house, Chops Grille, Japanese at Izumi and fine dining at Chef’s table. With superb broadway shows, the ShipShape Spa, a choice of swimming pools and eight bars – you may not want to leave!

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Prices start at €1339 which includes flights, transfers, hotel & cruise, departing in October. However Jetline Cruise have secured deals throughout the 2019 and 2020 season. Simply click on the link below and scroll down to find the date that suits you.

 

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Tokyo, Mount Fuji Bullet Train & Japan Cruise from €1849 Including Flights, 4* Hotel & Transfers

Japan is so on trend at the moment, the number of visitors to Japan has actually doubled in the last few years. Instagram is full of images of a white tipped Mount Fuji and of blooming Cherry Blossoms and let’s not forget that Japan is hosting the rugby world cup this year. Japan is the country that everyone is talking about and this amazing deal from Jetline Cruise allows you to see all the highlights, without the expensive price tag. The price includes flights, transfers, a three night stay in Tokyo with breakfast, a ride on the rapid Bullet Train, a full day Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi tour and an eight night cruise on Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess. You will visit Okinawa, Ishigaki and Taipei before returning to Tokyo for your overnight flight back to Dublin.

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The Diamond Princess has recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and now offers a ‘ Movies under the Stars’ giant screen, a luxury spa and fitness centre as well as a host of entertainment options. If Japanese food is not your thing, don’t worry, Princess Cruises offers a wide selection of dining options including the popular Sabatini’s Italian restaurant which serves up delicious home made pasta dishes.

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Prices start at €1849 which includes flights, transfers, hotel & cruise, departing in November. However Jetline Cruise have secured deals throughout the 2019 and 2020 season. Simply click on the link below and scroll down to find the date that suits you.

 

New York Stay with Cunard Queen Mary 2 Cruise from €1269 Including Flights, 4* Hotel & Transfers

Imagine cruising into to New York city on the iconic Queen Mary 2! Audrey Hepburn and Clarke Gable have cruised on this luxury liner and now you can too! It is incredible to think that you can cruise on this opulent ship and enjoy a three night stay in New York for only €1269, this has to be one of Jetline Cruises’ best cruise deals! 

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Cunard’s flagship cruise-liner, the Queen Mary 2, was remastered in 2016, with a staggering £90 million makeover. She has all the glitz and glamour associated with traditional cruising, but now has contemporary styling too. Expect fine dining, the best wine cellar at sea, exceptional service and sophisticated shopping.

There are five main dining options on board, all included in the cost of your cruise, as well as two speciality restaurants which incur a charge. Of course no Cunard cruise would be complete without their signature afternoon tea, which incidentally is included in the price of your cruise.

Entertainment is what you would expect from Cunard – world class. From West-End style shows in the grand Royal Court Theatre to string quartets in intimate bars, the choice is yours. The Queen Mary 2 has a full-scale planetarium, famous speakers giving informative presentations, the largest library at sea and a luxury spa. This really is cruising at another level.

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You can choose to cruise from Southampton to New York and fly home direct to Dublin or vice versa. Both have their advantages! Arriving into New York by cruise ship is incredible experience, however if you choose to cruise on the return you won’t have to endure a tiresome over night flight. Both options include a direct flights to or from New York and flights to and from Southampton, a three night stay in a four-star hotel, entrance tickets to the Empire State Building and airport transfers.

 

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Although relatively new in Ireland, Jetline Cruise is a multi award winning independent cruise operator, which has been selling cruises for 18 years to 250,000 customers. Their specialist cruise team will be able to advise you of the best cruise to suit your requirements and their product team have created unique cruise holidays, that you won’t find elsewhere! You also have the peace of mind of knowing that Jetline Cruise are licensed and bonded in Ireland, so your booking  is 100% financially protected.  

 

 Visit Jetlinecruise.ie for more details

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Jetline Cruise but all views, as always, are my own.

 
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Cirque Du Soleil, Celebrity Chefs and The Promenade of Dreams on MSC Bellissima

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Shop till you drop on the promenade of dreams, wine and dine in one of the 12 different dining venues, let the kids enjoy the amazing aquapark and sit back and enjoy Cirque du Soleil! Check out my review of MSC Bellissima and get planning your next cruise holiday.

 

MSC are renowned for their lavish launch parties. I was fortunate to be at the launch of MSC Seaview last year and it was a wonderful event. So when the invitation arrived to the launch of MSC Bellissima in Southampton, it was the quickest RSVP I ever made. It was MSC’s first cruise launch in the UK and the largest cruise ship ever to be christened in Southampton. It was going to be a great weekend and I wasn’t going to miss it for the world.

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We flew directly into Southampton and transferred quickly to the port and straight on to the ship. The first thing that I noticed was the massive LED arched ceiling that lit up the main promenade. The promenade is impressive in it’s own right, but I was blown away when I saw the 80 meter LED dome overhead. This covers the entire ceiling and changes images like a TV screen. Depending on the mood MSC Bellissima is trying to create, it can transmit sunrises, starry skies, or even live sporting events. This really is the hub of the ship and created a great first impression as soon as I stepped on board.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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While my luggage was being transferred to my stateroom, I wandered along the promenade, popping in and out of the various shops, bars and restaurants. I enjoyed a nice glass of bubbly in the champagne bar, followed by some tasty treats in the Jean-Philippe Maury Chocolaterie and Chocolate Bar. Incidentally there are 20 varieties of champagne in the champagne bar and 91 different products in the chocolate shop – luckily I was only on board for two days!

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Staterooms on MSC Bellissima

My balcony stateroom was spacious, nicely furnished and was one of the many interconnecting staterooms on board. MSC Cruises are a family owned cruise line and cater extremely well for families. As well as interconnecting rooms, there are 175 family cabins on board which I was really impressed with. They have bunk beds for the kids and also have the option of interconnecting. They cater well for groups or multi-generation families too, with cabins that can be clustered together for groups of ten people.

MSC Bellissima also has it’s own ‘Yacht Club’. This has a private club feel, with luxurious suites, a 24 hour butler service and separate dining and pool areas. Top Tip: Over half of the staterooms on MSC Bellissima have balconies, so makes sure to enquire about an upgrade to a balcony stateroom when booking, it might be a lot less than you think.

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Technology on MSC Bellissima

Before attempting to navigate my way to a restaurant for lunch, I decided to ask Zoe, the personal assistant in my cabin, for help. Similar to Amazon’s Alexa, Zoe can speak seven languages and answer over 800 of the most commonly asked questions. Zoe looks like a portable speaker and is available in all cabins on MSC Bellissima. Zoe’s main function is to suggest activities and give advice about activities on board and how to book them. The technology is incredible and I have no doubt that in time, we won’t want to cruise without her. Unfortunately while I was on board, all she wanted to do was turn on and off the TV!
 

To be fair to MSC, they have ground-breaking technology on board. I downloaded the MSC for Me app before I arrived, which allows mobile check-in and credit card registration, so once I got on board I was ready to shop, incidentally there are 13 different shops with over 200 brands on board! The app also allows you to check daily events, book shows, excursions and make restaurant reservations. Navigating a large cruise ship can be daunting, but there is a digital way-finder on the app, as well as interactive screens located all over the ship, so it is almost impossible to loose your way.

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Another favourite of mine is the messaging facility. You can message your partner or child via the app, without using WiFi. You can also locate them too, so if your teenager, or partner, goes missing for a few hours, you can check exactly where they are on the ship with the MSC for Me app. This incredible use of technology extends to the kids clubs too. A modern take on arts and crafts – MSC have their own 3D printer. Children can design objects using computers and print 3D versions to take home as souvenirs.
 

 

 

Dining options on MSC Bellissima

When I couldn’t manage to get restaurant tips from Zoe, I popped back down to the promenade and asked one of the many staff for help. If you don’t fancy using the MSC for Me app, or the interactive screens on board, there is always someone available to help. There is a crew member for every 2.9 passengers on board! 

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I was advised by one of the friendly staff, to try some of the tastings in the speciality dining restaurants, so I duly obliged. MSC Bellissima has 12 different dining venues, including Hola! the tapas bar from 2* Michelin Star chef Ramón Freixa. If tapas are not your thing, you can try Kaito Teppanyaki & Sushi bar, the American steakhouse Butcher’s Cut or L’atelier Bistrot, the French bistro. Many of these have outside tables with views over the promenade, not exactly sea-views, but a great place to people watch.

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Each one was better than the next. I literally had to be dragged away from the Sushi bar, the freshly made Californian rolls with pickled ginger and wasabi were divine! I had fillet steak in the Teppanyaki bar and in the Butcher’s Cut Restaurant, both were delicious. I lost count at the amount of times I went back for ‘seconds’! The restaurant I was most looking forward to, Hola, the tapas restaurant, was probably my least favourite. I liked the décor and ambiance but I felt the offerings in the other restaurants were better. However, the free flowing Baron de Ley, one of my favourite Spanish wines, kept me there longer than I should!

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As well as the speciality dining, there are three main restaurants and a fabulous buffet restaurant. I was particularly impressed with the Marketplace buffet. The choice of fruit, cereals, breads and hot food was excellent. I loved the live cooking stations and had a hot breakfast with a freshly cooked omelette on both mornings!

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Dinner in the main dining room was good too. I love the way the Italians serve four small courses, rather than over load your plate with one large main course. I know this may not be to everyone’s taste, but I like to dine that way. I had a delicious lamb cutlet on the first night and homemade pumpkin ravioli and an Angus beef fillet on the second night. The desserts were particularly good too – and I’m not normally a big dessert fan.

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Back to my first day! I was only on board a few hours and I was already loving MSC Bellissima. I hadn’t ventured very far at this stage, I found it hard to tear myself away from the main promenade, the copious amounts of Baron de Ley and the fabulous food tastings probably helped! The promenade is definitely the hub of the ship and was also my favourite part. I usually prefer outdoor areas on cruise ships, in fact I usually head straight for the pool deck, but having such a magnificent indoor promenade is such an advantage on a cruise ship, as pool decks can be crowded. Of course this would also be extremely beneficial if travelling during the winter time, or in poor weather conditions.

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Pool areas on MSC Bellissima

A few hours later, I felt it was about time I took a look outside…. I went straight for the Atmosphere pool deck. With a 25-meter pool, it is the largest pool area on the ship. It is beautifully designed with double sized pool beds and overall it felt quite sophisticated, not like a typical pool deck. It is also illuminated at night time and shows outdoor movies on the big screen.

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I rambled around the indoor pool and solarium too, which has more comfy loungers, jacuzzis and a retractable roof. I found another small aft pool, which I can only assume is great for sundowners when you are at sea. It also transforms into a dance space at night time.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Kids facilities on MSC Bellissima

Like all MSC cruise ships, kids have their own pool area. On MSC Bellissima, they have a Grand Canyon themed Waterpark, with three large slides, a splash pool and a rope bridge that crosses the entire deck, 200 feet above the water. I know if I had my two (Luke & Alex, ages 11 and 8) with me, they would spend the day here!

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There is a huge kids area indoors too, with separate rooms for different ages, including a baby room and a teen zone. MSC have teamed up with LEGO to offer two dedicated LEGO rooms and a baby room which was designed by Chicco. I love that the teens clubs are split into two age groups, 12 – 14 and 15 -17, let’s face it a 17 year old doesn’t want to hang around with a 12 year old. The teens also area serves as a cinema, gaming room and a disco and is fully equipped with the latest games consoles. There is also a multi-sports court and a TV studio that shows live football games.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I was really impressed with the Sportsplex and Leisure Centre on MSC Bellissima. There is a bowling alley, two Formula 1 simulators and a Virtual Reality Maze, which allows you to immerse yourself into games such as Assassin’s Creed and Rabbids, in full 4K definition. Some of my colleagues tried this and were really impressed. I am sure if I managed to tear my son away from the pool deck, he would spend the rest of his time here. MSC Bellissima boasts 210 activities on board each week! I wondered how difficult it must be to get the kids to get off the ship, when you arrive in port! Note, some of these activities incur extra charges.

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Entertainment on board:

Now that you know how well the kids are well looked after, I should tell you what is on board for adults to enjoy! One of the biggest draws are the two Cirque du Soleil shows, that can not be seen anywhere else in the world. I saw a taster of what is in store and it was spectacular. It was my first time to see Cirque du Soleil and I loved it, I only wished I could have seen a full show. MSC built a specific auditorium for it’s Cirque du Soleil shows, with a 360 degree rotating stage and 40 meter long LED screens. Note there is an additional charge for Cirque du Soleil and it needs to be booked in advance.

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If Cirque du Soleil is not your thing, don’t worry, there are six different broadway style shows to choose from. There are also 40 hours of live music each day and twenty different bars and lounges to choose from. Many of the bars and lounges are located close to atrium of the ship, where the dazzling set of Swarovski crystal staircases are located. These are a feature on all MSC cruise ships and are considered a symbol of sophistication and a focal point of the ship. There are 96 steps in main staircase ( there are actually 6 Swarovski staircases on board ) and each step has a staggering 640 Swarovski crystals! Ah sure I had to pose for a photo!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you really want to push the boat out (excuse the pun) you can show off your skills at the nightly karaoke, or party late into the night in one of the 11 different dancing areas. I sampled one of these on our first night, when the multi-sports court which transformed into a night-club for a white party!  

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After a late night or hectic day in port, you can treat yourself to one of the many spa treatments in the MSC Aurea Spa. This massive Balinese spa offers 20 different body treatments, 26 facials, 21 massages and 22 beauty services! There is a Thalasso room, solarium and a thermal area too – suffice to say you could easily spend the day here!

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The Christening Ceremony:

The Christening ceremony took place on our second night, in a purpose built marquee, adjacent to MSC Bellissima. Everyone dressed in black-tie, champagne was flowing and the glamorous Holly Willoughby was our host. Andrea and Mateo Bocelli opened the ceremony with their stunning duet, ‘Fall on Me’ – I was in heaven! Unfortunately my euphoria was short lived. The weather changed dramatically and gale force winds howled outside. The ceremony had to be curtailed and we had to leave the marquee and get back on to the ship. However, in true MSC fashion, they didn’t let that cramp their style. Holly Willoughby returned and introduced Sophia Loren, the godmother of all of MSC’s cruise ships to christen MSC Bellissima. We gathered together in the promenade and the LED screen transported images of the large champagne bottle, smashing against the bow of the ship. And just like that, MSC Bellissima was christened!

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So MSC have done it again, they have built another outstanding ship that I was really impressed with. After seeing MSC Seaview I didn’t think Bellissima would give me the WOW factor, but it did. Many have asked me which ship I preferred and my gut reaction would be MSC Seaview, but only because it has more outdoor space. MSC Bellissima and its sister ship MSC Meraviglia were designed as ‘ships for all seasons’, while MSC Seaview and MSC Seaside were made to ‘follow the sun’. Although the facilities and décor is similar, the main differences are in the outdoor space on Seaview and the promenade on Bellissima. There is no doubt if you are cruising during the winter, or to Northern Europe, where weather may not be as hot as the Caribbean, MSC Bellissima would be my ship of choice. If, however, you are looking to cruise in a hot climate, I would personally choose for MSC Seaview.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Things to watch out for:

Meals are included in the main dining rooms and buffet restaurant only. I loved the speciality dining restaurants and I would highly recommend you try them, so pre book a dining package before you go. I would recommend pre-booking a drinks package too. MSC have a variety of drinks packages and they are better value than paying for each drink individually on board. There are also extra charges for WiFi and games in the Sportsplex, so it may be cheaper to pre purchase packages on these too.  

MSC Bellissima is cruising the Mediterranean during Summer 2019 and will move to cruise the Emirates during the winter season 2019 / 2020. See msccruises.ie for more information or your local travel agent.

 

See my review of MSC Seaview here:

Superstars, Slides & Speciality Dining – My Review of MSC Seaview

 

 

 

Like cruise holidays? See more cruise reviews and cruise deals here.

 

Sarah

 

The Travel Expert

 

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U by Uniworld – The Luxury River Cruise Line for Younger Travellers!

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Think river cruises were for over 55’s? Think again! The world’s most luxurious river cruise line Uniworld, has launched the first-ever river cruise brand dedicated for younger travellers, U by Uniworld.

 

Before you start thinking of all night parties and fast-food, I should point out that U by Uniworld’s river cruises are on luxury five star ships! The food on board is superb, the ships are beautifully furnished and they provide immersive experiences across some of Europe’s most sought after cities. Expect culinary delights inspired by street food, with creative mixologists and international DJ’s onboard, as well as longer stays in each port to get off the beaten track.

Unlike ocean cruises, you will dock right in the heart of the city – no lengthy disembarkation or bus journeys to reach your destination. You can choose one of U by Uniworld’s guided excursions, or choose to go it alone and explore independently. Whatever you choose the U staff will be on hand to recommend choices to suit you, whether you are a foodie, an adventure seeker, romantic or even a night owl.

U by Uniworld - the luxury cruise line for younger travellers

Yes you did read that night, unlike most cruises you are free to disembark the ship at night time too, in some cases you even overnight in cities. Explore Paris alone to see the Eiffel Tower lit up, take in a concert in Vienna or let one of the U hosts bring you to their favourite nightclub in Amsterdam. When you return back to the ship there will be entertainment on board as well as an international DJ to play tunes into the small hours.

U by Uniworld - the luxury cruise line for younger travellers

U by Uniworld have two ships and both can carry up to 120 passengers. If you don’t fancy leaving the ship you can opt for some ‘U’ time on board. Work out in the gym and enjoy complimentary yoga and TRX classes. There are also painting, wine, mixology and cookery classes on board. I love that the Chefs Table Cooking Classes are co-ordinated to show local dishes from each destination you visit. If you just want to relax, let one of the mixologists make you a cocktail and take in the scenic river views from the contemporary rooftop lounge. Just check out their hashtag #TravelforU for some dreamy shots like this one!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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So where do U by Uniworld cruise to?

U by Uniworld features four eight-day itineraries. Choose from the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine Rivers, with overnight stops and longer stays in major cities like Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam and Budapest. U by Uniworld also offers two five-day holiday itineraries for those who want to experience the Christmas markets or be away for New Year’s Eve.

U by Uniworld - the luxury cruise line for younger travellers

What is the typical age on board a U by Uniworld cruise?

U by Uniworld river cruises are geared towards travellers between 21-45, although once you are 18 you are allowed on board. If you are 46 or older, check out Uniworld Boutique River Cruise collection, which caters for guests of all ages. You can read my review of Uniworld’s SS Antoinette here.

U by Uniworld - the luxury cruise line for younger travellers

What is included in a U by Uniworld cruise?

  • Two meals each day, typically brunch and dinner as most guests are out exploring during the day.
  • Non alchoholic drinks such as water, tea and coffee, juices etc. You can choose to pre-purchase a premium drinks package for €299 per week which includes unlimited alcoholic drinks throughout your cruise.
  • One shore excursion per day which is tailor made to suit your tastes.
  • All gratuities including tips for shore excursions.
  • Onboard entertainment including fitness classes and a welcome party.

U by Uniworld - the luxury cruise line for younger travellers

How much does a U by Uniworld river cruise cost?

Prices for an 8-day river cruise start at €1,499 per person while the 5-day seasonal cruises start at €999 per person.

 

Want to know more?  Visit ubyuniworld.com or call your local travel agent for more details.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

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8 Reasons To Choose Princess Cruises For Your Next Cruise

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World-wide itineraries across seven continents, cutting-edge activities and unique excursions. Choose Princess Cruises for your next cruise holiday….

 
Icebergs breaking, husky dogs racing and captivating world wide adventures – not exactly the promotional video you would expect from a luxury cruise line. No middle aged couples holding hands on a Caribbean beach this time. I guess this sums up where Princess Cruises differ from other cruise lines. Princess Cruises sail to all seven continents – including Antartica! They have 17 ships cruising to 380 destinations. As well as their outstanding itineraries, they have teamed up with Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ to offer immersive activities on and off their ships. Check out this short video to give you a taste of what to expect.


 

 

 
It is not only world class itineraries that Princess Cruises are renowned for. They have also won Best Premium Cruise line numerous times and have a host of other awards and accolades that you can see here.  I have teamed up with Travelnet.ie, who are part of the Barter Travel Group and have been selling holidays and cruises for over 150 years in Ireland. Suffice to say they know their stuff! They have amazing cruise deals with Princess Cruises with low deposits,  onboard credit and cabin upgrades. Still need convincing? Here are eight reasons to choose Princess Cruises for your next cruise!

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They offer outstanding itineraries

Cruising Antartica is a big deal, there are not many cruise companies that can boast that accolade. Of course it’s not just Antartica that excites me, Princess Cruises sail to 380 destinations and have won ‘best cruise itineraries’ 12 times from Cruise Critic – the cruise industries’ tripadvisor. We tend to think of Princess Cruises for Caribbean cruises and Alaska (voted best cruise line to Alaska globally), but Princess’ Mediterranean cruises are a popular choice during the summer months. I love that in some cases you can cruise from one port and return to another, which maximises the amount of cities you can see. . See all of Travelnet.ie Princess cruise deals here.

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They have an exclusive partnership with Discovery™ & Animal Planet™

Princess Cruises have partnered exclusively with Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ – two names synonymous with exploration, to bring immersive activities on their shore excursions and onboard their cruise ships. Learn all about the major constellations from a Princess specialist as you stargaze from the top deck, get up close to sharks in Hawaii, whales in Alaska or sloths in Costa Rica. Discovery and Animal Planet tours are unique tours and are available only through Princess Cruises.

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There is a Piazza on board

Like Piazzas in Italian towns, Princess Cruises have replicated this on most of their ships. Guests love to gather around the Piazza and enjoy a glass of wine from the wine bar and catch a spontaneous performance. This popular place to hang out is like an Atrium and spans over three decks, with duty free shops and casual eateries. Princess’ newest ships, the Royal Class,  have an expanded Piazza and also have the first-ever SeaWalk, a glass bottomed walkway offering jaw dropping views beneath your feet.

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Enjoy world class dining options

Food and Wine Magazine voted Princess Cruises the best cruise line for food lovers – I probably don’t need to say much more! Princess Cruises have partnered with three award winning chefs and boast the best cruise ship steakhouse in Crown Grill, a classic Italian trattoria, Sabatini’s, and a six course fine-dining experience at Share, from award-winning chef Curtis Stone. Their mainstream offerings are pretty good too! Cruise Critic says they have the best burgers at sea in The Ernesto and USA Today gave Princess Cruises the award for the best pizza at Sea in Alfredos.

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You will love their original, award-winning entertainment.

Unlike many other cruise lines, Princess Cruises have original shows that can only be seen in Princess theatres. Princess Cruises have partnered with Stephen Schwartz, the Oscar and Grammy award winner, and composer of the massive broadway hit Wicked. This partnership has brought three exclusive shows to Princess Cruises, with a fourth due in 2019. It’s not just in the theatres that Princess Cruises excel, they have excellent shows such as Magic to Do and the hugely popular, Voice of the Ocean. This interactive song contest brings the international TV show The Voice, to to the ocean. There are auditions, mentors and even the three “I Want You” chairs! The live final is not to be missed as guests choose the winner by using special voting remotes.

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The Adult only Sanctuary is superb

I know adult-only areas are available on most luxury cruise ships, but the Sanctuary is on a different level! The Sanctuary is more than just fancy sunloungers and hot tubs – it is almost like a day spa. Enjoy an alfresco massage on one of the cabanas and enjoy cocktails served to you from the “Serenity Stewards”. The food is complimentary, although there is a $3 delivery fee. You can enjoy regular top ups of water infused with fruit and healthy light snacks or go all out and have beef burgers and beer! The only snag is you have to pay to enter, with prices from $20 for a half day pass or $40 for a full day.

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They have excellent kids clubs – right up to age 20!

Princess Cruises kids clubs don’t just have art classes, pizza parties and talent shows, you can become an engineer for a day with programs from the California Science Centre, try your luck at the Lego boat-building contest or learn cake decorating and jewellery making! There is a separate ‘Beach House’ for teens to hang out in. Learn cool dance moves and show off at the Rock the Boat Party. 18-20’s have their own club, with special events just for them without parents or official hosts.

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There is a wide selection of family activities

I love the amount of family activities on board. Shows such as Magic to Do and the Voice of the Ocean are ideal for all the family as are Stargazing and Movies Under the Stars®. Watch blockbuster movies poolside, with complimentary popcorn, cookies and milk, and cosy blankets if required. Mystery lovers will enjoy being a detective to solve the robbery of a rare necklace. This voyage-long search for the thief involves puzzles, clues and activities to help you narrow down the suspect. The Family Fun Fair, a carnival themed party in the Piazza, has mascots, magicians and entertainers. Click here for more details on all the family activities available.

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So now that I have given you eight reasons to choose Princess Cruises for your next cruise – the only decision is which cruise will you choose? Travelnet.ie have lots of special offers with Princess Cruises which you can see here If the dates on their website don’t suit, or you have particular requirements, call their dedicated sales team on 01 5310402 or 021 4851700. Alternatively fill out the enquiry form online and they will get back with the best options to suit you.

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Note not all facilities and activities mentioned are on all 17 ships. Ask your Travelnet cruise consultant for more details on specific offerings. This post was sponsored by Travelnet.ie but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

 

Sarah

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Premium All Inclusive Cruise & Stay Holidays To Alaska, Caribbean & Mexico on Norwegian Bliss

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I have three of the best premium All Inclusive cruise and stay holidays in Alaska, Caribbean & Mexico below! These amazing cruise deals come with flights and hotels included, all meals and drinks on the cruise and a free upgrade to an oceanview stateroom!

 

Did you know that Norwegian Cruise Line have been cruising for over 50 years and have been voted Europe’s leading cruise line for the tenth year in a row! What I love about Norwegian’s cruises is that they are premium all-inclusive. And I don’t just mean local beers and cheap spirits. I mean premium 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!

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Norwegian have really ‘pushed the boat out’ with their newest ship – Norwegian Bliss. This ship has been custom-built to cruise the Caribbean and Alaska and offers jaw-dropping views from it’s revolutionary Observation Lounge. Located at the front of the ship, this offers the same views seen from the bridge and has the most expansive views at sea. Complete with a full service bar, remember all drinks are included in the price of your cruise, you may not want to leave! 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  – how cool is that? Texas Smokehouse – Q is new to Bliss and the first full-service Starbucks at sea, is here too.

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The award-winning entertainment on board includes Broadway musical, Jersey Boys and the facilities on board are incredible. Ride at speeds of 30mph on their two-deck Go-kart track, race your mates on high speed water slides or test your stealth skills in laser tag. If this all sounds like hard work – try the Mandara Spa. There are over 50 speciality treatments available as well as a Thermal Suite, Salt Room and Vitality Pool. If I still haven’t convinced you, check out this video!

I have teamed up with American Sky to bring you three of their top all inclusive cruise and stay holidays on Norwegian Bliss. These luxury cruise holidays bring you to exotic locations without the expensive price tags – remember all drinks and meals are included in the price! They also have an exclusive offer whereby if you book any Norwegian cruise before the 30th of September you will receive an upgrade to an oceanview stateroom! So if these dates or destinations don’t suit you, please contact one of American Sky’s dedicated cruise team and they will tailor make a trip to suit you.

Vancouver, Seattle & Alaska Cruise
11 nights from €2,799 per person including flights

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Alaska, a place most of us only ever dreamed of visiting, has suddenly become more affordable. This eleven-night holiday includes two-night, pre-cruise stays in the modern cities of Vancouver and Seattle. This is followed by a seven-night, all-inclusive, Alaskan cruise on Norwegian Bliss. Witness some of the world’s most dramatic scenery as well as some stunning wildlife as you cruise into the wilderness of Ketchickan. Visit the Juneau Icefields, go kayaking or dogsledding or spend the afternoon marveling at Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you stop in Skagway you can enjoy a ride on the White Pass Scenic Railway or enjoy the Glacier Point Wilderness safari. Your last stop is Victoria, the vibrant capital of British Columbia where you can visit the stunning Butchart Gardens or simply enjoy a stroll around Bastion Square.

Price of €2799 includes flights, four nights hotel accommodation, Amtrak train from Vancouver to Seattle, premium all-inclusive seven-night cruise in an oceanview stateroom with all meals, drinks and tips included.

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 Direct flights to Miami & Eastern Caribbean Cruise
10 days from €1,809 per person including flights

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Another winning combination! Enjoy a three-night stay in Miami before cruising the Caribbean on a seven-night, premium all-inclusive cruise. You will be staying on the world-famous South Beach – a perfect spot for people watching! Stroll around the historic streets in Little Havana, admire the art-deco architecture and dance to the small hours in some of Miami’s vibrant nightclubs. After an action packed three days, what better than a Caribbean cruise? Visit the duty-free island of St Thomas and shop till you drop, chill out on the white-sandy beaches of Tortola or swim with their resident turtles. When you stop in the Bahamas make sure to visit Atlantis, the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, for a day filled with fun and adventure.

Price of €1809 includes direct flights to Miami with Aer Lingus, a three night stay at the Albion South Beach hotel and a premium all-inclusive seven-night cruise, in an oceanview stateroom with all meals, drinks and tips included.

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Los Angeles & Mexican Riviera Cruise
10 nights from €2069 per person including flights

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Combine a three night stay in Los Angeles with a seven-night luxury all-inclusive cruise to Mexico. Go in search of the movie stars homes and mingle with the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios or explore some of LA’s trendy beaches. Follow this with a cruise along the Mexican Riviera. You will visit Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas where you can sip margaritas and enjoy some authentic Mexican cuisine along Mexico’s stunning coastline.

Price of €2069 includes flights to LA with Aer Lingus, a three night stay at the Kimpton Everly Hotel and a premium all-inclusive seven-night cruise in an oceanview stateroom, with all meals, drinks and tips included.

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Note all of the above cruises are just a sample of the many cruises that American Sky offer with Norwegian Cruise Line and other cruise lines. If the above dates or itineraries don’t suit you, contact one of their expert cruise staff and they will find a suitable cruise for you. This post was sponsored by American Sky, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Interested in cruising, for cruise news, reviews and the best cruise deals, click here.

 

Sarah

 

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Early Booking Caribbean Cruise Deal, May 2019, Direct Flights, 2 Nights Miami & 7 Night Cruise in Balcony Cabin, €1499!

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With over-night stays in Miami before and after your cruise, a FREE upgrade to a balcony stateroom and the advantage of direct Aer Lingus flights, this early booking Caribbean cruise deal is one of the best I have seen!

 

I have teamed up with Sunway Holidays who are agents for all cruise lines and have many exclusive offers, unavailable elsewhere. Their cruise experts have experienced many 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.

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This Caribbean cruise deal includes a seven-night cruise on MSC Seaside, a new, state-of-the-art cruise ship that was designed to ‘follow the sun’. MSC Seaside has more outdoor space than any other cruise ship in the world – perfect for those Caribbean sea views!  I was on it’s sister ship MSC Seaview this year and loved it. It is modern, elegant and sophisticated, with a host of different dining and entertainment options. It reminded me of a super yacht rather than a cruise ship and the Sunset pool at the back of the ship even has a South Beach Miami feel. You can read my full review of MSC Seaview here.

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Your cruise holiday begins with direct Aer Lingus flights to Miami, where you will spend a night before and after your cruise. Socialise, shop and swim on South Beach and discover a taste of Cuba in Little Havana – there is so much to do in Miami you will be spoilt for choice! After you set sail, your first stop is Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, where you will enjoy an over-night stay. Stroll through the historic old town, explore the tropical rainforest or simply relax on one of it’s stunning Caribbean beaches. Your next stop is the Caribbean island of St Thomas, where you can enjoy snorkelling with it’s resident turtles.

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Day five brings you to St Maarten where you simply have to visit Maho beach! Made famous for it’s airplane landings, Instagrammers will be in heaven! You will then enjoy a day at sea before arriving in the Bahamas for your last stop. Visit Atlantis, the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, home to Aquaventure, a 141-acre water park! Swim with dolphins, chill out on the beach, the choice is yours. Your holiday ends with a return Miami for an over-night stay, before flying home directly to Dublin the following day.

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The facilities on board MSC Seaside are superb. There is non-stop entertainment day and night, a choice of 20 different bars and lounges, 9 eateries, a state-of-the-art spa and gym, as well as one of the largest and most interactive aquaparks at sea. You will also have the pleasure of admiring the Caribbean’s stunning seaviews from your own private balcony stateroom – which is included in this amazing offer! While this Caribbean cruise itinerary is no doubt one of the best, you may struggle to leave this amazing ship…

Fly from Dublin to Miami on the 9th of May and enjoy this amazing nine-night holiday for only €1499! This includes direct Aer Lingus flights to Miami, over-night stays in Miami, pre and post cruise, a seven-night cruise on a full board basis, with an upgrade to a balcony stateroom! Still need convincing? The deposit is only €250 to secure a booking….

Call one of Sunway’s expert cruise team on 01 2311868 or click here for more details:

 

Note this is just one of the many cruises that Sunway offer. 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.

 

Interested in cruising, for cruise news, reviews and the best cruise deals, click here.

 

Sarah

 

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