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Cruise Hong Kong and Japan with Royal Caribbean, 9 Nights inc flights €1199!

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Enjoy a cruise of a lifetime for a once in a lifetime price! Cruise Hong Kong and Japan with Royal Caribbean for only €1199!


It doesn’t get much better than this – this is a one time limited offer, so if you can fly off to the Far East at a moment’s notice – then do it! You won’t set sail till 5pm on the second day so you should have plenty of time to enjoy the the amazing city of Hong Kong, where culture and modern society combine. Take the cable car ride for the best view, a dragon boat ride ( just to say you did ), or shop till you drop in the markets or designer shops, FYI – there is no sales tax in Hong Kong! At night time enjoy the iconic skyline as you taste the orient’s best choice of cuisine.

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Once you board Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas you will be delighted that you have some days at sea. This modern cruise ship has so much to offer including an ice skating rink, a luxury spa and a royal promenade with excellent shopping. There are also outstanding restaurants on board as well as top class west end style shows.

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Your stops in Japan include the stunning island of Okinawa. The scene of one of the fiercest battles of World War II, Okinawa now offers a laid back vibe with stunning beaches. Often described as the Hawaii of the East, this is not typically Japanese. With crystal clear waters, sub-tropical jungles and a bustling city, this is bound to be one of your highlights.


You will also get the opportunity to stop at the spa town of Beppu. Home to over 2,000 hot springs, you can enjoy a bathe in one of their therapeutic mud baths.  Another highlight will be the attractive city of Hiroshima. Renowned also for the second world war atrocities, it is a vibrant city that has recovered and is now thriving.


Fly from Dublin to Hong Kong on the 17th of September and cruise Hong Kong and Japan with Royal Caribbean  for only €1,199 per person. Price includes flights, over night in Hong Kong, eight night cruise, checked baggage and taxes! Price is based on an inside stateroom, upgrade to an ocean-view from €80 or balcony from €240.


Click here for more details: or Call 01-5397713 – Open 7 days a week!


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Cruise Dubai & The Emirates, Winter 2018, All Inclusive, only €1349 !

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Plan early to escape the winter wind and rain and cruise Dubai & the Emirates, all inclusive for only €1349 in a balcony stateroom!


Choose to shop in the world’s largest shopping mall or haggle to your heart’s content in the famous souks. Visit the world’s tallest building, enjoy a desert safari, try skiing, or chill out on your own private beach. You will enjoy constant sea-views from your luxurious balcony stateroom on the MSC Splendida. One of MSC’s modern ships, you will be spoilt with excellent choices of dining, entertainment and facilities on board. Tempted yet? Did I mention that all meals and drinks are included, and the average temperatures, are a balmy 26 degrees ❤

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A Dubai and Emirates cruise has always been a popular choice, especially during the winter time. Combining some of the world’s most modern cities with the Arabian desert is magical. This itinerary however, has added bonuses of an over-night stay in Dubai and a day on MSC’s exclusive Sir Bani beach in Yas island. The tropical paradise consists of white sandy beaches where you can chill out and relax or join in the organised entertainment or water sports. There are six bars to choose from on the island and a delicious barbecue lunch is included. Kids will enjoy the inflatable water park and play area while you pamper yourself with a massage by MSC’s personnel. Remember as this is an all-inclusive cruise, all drinks and meals are included on this beach day too!

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Fly direct from Dublin to Abu Dubai and enjoy your seven night cruise on MSC Splendida for only €1349 per person. The price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, upgrade to a balcony stateroom and the all- inclusive drinks package!  Visit Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island, Oman and Dubai. Many dates are available from January – March 2018, so contact the sales team and they will be able to assist you.

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The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

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Cruise Holidays as seen on TV3’s Sunday AM


Thinking of cruise holidays but not sure which ship to choose? I discussed cruise holidays on TV3’s Sunday AM this morning, here are the highlights.

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For anyone who thinks cruises are only for elderly people – they are completely mistaken. I have been on board many ships and I can honestly say there is a cruise for everyone out there. Cruise ships are often referred to as floating hotels and in some cases they are more like floating cities. You can choose the massive ships like Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas which can carry 6,700 passengers, or opt for a smaller more intimate river cruise like Uniworld’s SS Catherine, which carries 159 passengers.


Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas

Cruise Holidays - Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas

Special offer:  28th August, 7 Nights, €1479pp! Includes flights,transfers, baggage and cruise in a neighbourhood balcony stateroom. Click here for more details.


If you want non stop action and great facilities for kids, then it is hard to beat Harmony of the Seas. This is the newest and largest ship at sea and was recently launched in Barcelona. I was on board for two days with my family, and we had a blast. There are numerous swimming pools, a kids splash park, three water slides and also the largest slide at sea, the Ultimate Abyss. This is a pair of slides that offer a 100 foot drop over 10 decks. You can also zip line (I did and it was terrifying), ice skate, surf, use the rock climbing wall. See what I mean about non stop action! They also offer amazing entertainment at night time with top class west end shows and an aqua theatre at the back of the ship. This modern show sees acrobats and synchronised swimmers perform just as the sun sets over the horizon. It is really dramatic and quite an experience.

Cruise Holidays - Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas

There are over 20 different restaurants on board, some with additional charges but there are plenty of dining options included in the cost of your cruise. This is the most innovative ship I have ever seen, even the wifi on board is super fast. They have bionic bars (where your drinks are served by robots) and a bar that moves between decks, so you don’t miss any action. Kind of like a large elevator with a bar inside! There are seven different neighbourhoods on board including the Boardwalk and Central Park, which has 12,000 real trees and plants! It is enormous, but there are so many different places to go, that it can handle all 6,780 passengers. For more information on Harmony of the Seas, read my blog here.




Celebrity Cruises – Celebrity Silhouette.

Cruise Holidays - Celebrity Silhouette

Special Offer: Celebrity Constellation 8th December, 9 night Dubai & Emirates Cruise, €1299 per person. Includes over night stays in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, direct flights, transfers, baggage, oceanview stateroom, with classic drinks package. Click here for more details.


For those who are looking for something a little more upmarket, try Celebrity Cruises. I was on Celebrity Silhouette when it was docked in Dublin and I loved it. It carries approximately 3000 passengers so in my opinion a nice size, not too big but not too small either. It has a country club feel rather than a large cruise ship and interiors are bright and airy. They have a manicured grass lawn and cabanas on deck and even the sun loungers are luxurious.

Cruise Holidays - Cabanas on Celebrity Silhouette

Over 85% of the staterooms have balconies. Many opt to stay there reading a book on sea days, meaning the pools are never crowded. The restaurants on board are top class. There are plenty of dining options included in the cost of your cruise or you can choose specialty restaurants which range from $7.50 – $50. They also offer plenty of over night stays which I think is great. They were docked in Cannes for the film festival this year so you could mix with the celebrities without having to pay €500 a night for a hotel room. Although there is a great mix of entertainment and kids facilities on board, it is a more relaxed ship and definitely offers modern luxury. For more information on Celebrity Silhouette, read my blog here.


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Thomson Cruises – TUI Discovery

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Thomson Cruises have just this month launched TUI Discovery. This was an old Royal Caribbean ship, Splendour of the Seas but they have revamped it and added some great extras like an outdoor cinema and an adult only sundeck. This is a smaller more intimate ship that carries 1800 passengers. For anyone who finds the larger ships daunting, this might be for them. The big ‘game changer’ is that for Summer 2017 it will be all-inclusive as standard. Most cruise ships offer drinks packages and some even give them away free as a booking incentive.  Some can have beer and wine, others can have spirits. It can get confusing at the bar and also expensive, depending on which package you have booked. I love that with the Discovery, everyone is treated equally, no need for wrist bands or the Spanish inquisition when you are ordering a drink. They include branded drinks and prosecco too, so it’s not just local beer and wine!

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They have plenty of good dining options too and two speciality restaurants which carry a supplement of £19.95 each. This is good value compared to similar restaurants on other ships which cost a lot more. Another plus is that it is a package holiday so everything is included flights, transfers and baggage. Fights are available from Cork and Shannon too. I think this will be a very popular with new cruisers, groups or people who like all inclusive holidays. For more information on TUI Discovery, read my blog here.

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Transatlantic Cruise From New York On The Queen Mary 2 only €1199!

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Imagine cruising from New York city on the iconic Queen Mary 2! Audrey Hepburn, Clarke Gable and even President George Bush have all cruised on this luxury liner. Now you can too…

Cunard’s flagship cruiseliner the Queen Mary 2 has been remastered with a staggering £90 million makeover. She has all the glitz and glamour associated with luxury cruising but now with added contemporary styling. 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. Have a glass of Vueve Cliquot in their dedicated champagne bar or try Cunard’s signature Commodore Club. This bar majestically overlooks the bow of Queen Mary 2 and provides glorious panoramic views as you sail towards the horizon. 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.

Fly from Dublin to New York on the 5th of November and over night in a 4* hotel before boarding the Queen Mary 2, for your seven night cruise to Southhampton. Price including flights, all meals and one night pre cruise stay in New York, is only €1199 per person. Other dates are also available so if this date doesn’t suit contact the sales team and they will be able to assist you.


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


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The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery


Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, Fly Cruise Deal, only €1,479!

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It doesn’t get much better than this! Enjoy the holiday of a life time on board the world’s newest, largest, most innovative ship – Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas.

Just writing this post is making me want to reach for the credit card! Harmony of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship and it offers everything you could possibly wish for in a cruise, and then some. It has seven different neighbourhoods on board, each with different experiences and amenities. It is taller than the Eiffel Tower, can carry over 8,000 people and has so many different attractions that you will be spoilt for choice. You can go rock climbing, ice skating, surfing, play mini golf, ride the hand crafted carousel or slide down one of three massive slides in their on board waterpark! Are you exhausted yet?

After a fun filled day of you can choose to eat in one of the sixteen restaurants on board – you can even have a coffee from the Starbucks cafe! At night time you will be spoilt for choice with top class entertainment on board. Personally I fancy catching one of their spectacular shows in the ship’s outdoor aqua-theatre 💛

There is so much to do on board, I almost forgot to mention the itinerary! You will cruise from Barcelona and visit Palma (Majorca) , Provence (Marseilles), Florence (La Spezia), Rome and the Amalfi Coast (Naples).  Enjoy a trip through the Tuscan countryside, marvel at the beauty of Rome or take a boat trip to the isle of Capri. Your toughest decision will be how to leave this amazing ship!

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Fly from Dublin to Barcelona on the 28th of August and enjoy a seven day cruise for only €1,479. This includes flights, transfers, a checked bag, all entertainment, all meals ( speciality restaurants incur a charge) and taxes. You will also get a $50 on board credit to spend on whatever you like! Other dates are also available, just call the cruise team on 01- 5397713 and they will assist you.


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October Mid Term Break, Royal Caribbean Cruise. 10 Nights, inc Flights €1169!

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Spend the October mid term break on Royal Caribbean’s newly refurbished Jewel of the Seas, for only €1169 per person.

Jewel of the Seas has just undergone a massive $30 million makeover and can now boast contemporary styling, smart technology and an even outdoor movie screen! It his bright and airy, with floor to ceiling windows, glass canopies and skylights, all ensuring a fantastic ocean views.  If you are feeling energetic, try the running track, rock climbing wall or fitness centre.  For those who want to relax, take some time out at the whirlpool, spa, or take in a show. If travelling with kids, the Adventure Ocean programme is sure to keep them happy. There are numerous restaurants on board including three new speciality restaurants and the popular Windjammer café.

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And if all of this wasn’t enough, you will be visiting some of Europe’s most loved destinations! Cruise from Rome and visit Crete, Mykonos, Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Sicily and Naples before finishing your cruise in Rome. Price of €1169 per person includes flights from Dublin on the 27th of October, a ten day cruise on a full board basis, baggage and transfers!

The only other advice I can give you is book your October mid term break Royal Caribbean cruise now, before the prices increase!


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