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3 Nights In Hong Kong & Dubai With A 5 Night Asia Cruise, 2nd May, €1539!

Ovation of the Seas

This eleven night holiday is a trip of a life time! Enjoy a five night Asia cruise on one of Royal Caribbean’s largest cruise ships, Ovation of the Seas with three night stays in Hong Kong and Dubai –  in one magical holiday!

 

Three nights in Hong Kong is just what you need to enjoy all the highlights! Ride the cable car, take a dragon boat ride, do some duty free shopping (there is no sales tax in Hong Kong), and enjoy one of the best night skylines in the world. Enjoy an action packed three days before boarding the luxurious Ovation of the Seas for five nights. You can enjoy the ocean views from your balcony stateroom before making your first stop in Vietnam.

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Your Asia cruise includes two stops in Vietnam, Hue (Da Nang) and Nha Trang. Discover the famous ‘China Beach’ where American soldiers relaxed during the Vietnam war, or visit the Forbidden Purple City in Hue. Snorkel in the turquoise waters of Nha Trang amidst it’s tropical islands. Vietnam is renowned for it’s delicious food, why not try a street food tour in Da Nang or enjoy some of the best sea food in Nha Trang.

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Although you are visiting exotic locations, you will also have plenty of time to enjoy all the facilities that Ovation of the Seas has to offer. I had the pleasure of being on board last year and I loved it. It is longer than three football pitches and taller than the Sydney Harbour bridge! Thrill seekers will love the circus school, surfing and sky diving, and if you just want to have some fun, try the roller skating or bumper cars. Let the robots pour you a drink in the bionic bar before sampling some of the top class entertainment on board. There are seventeen restaurants to choose from, including the popular Jamie’s Italian and fine dining options. For more information on Ovation of the Seas you can read my blog here.

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Your trip doesn’t end there. After your five night Asia cruise you will then fly to Dubai for a three night stay in one of the World’s most impressive cities. 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 or enjoy a desert safari, anything is possible in Dubai!  If all of this sounds like hard work, just relax and chill out on some of the Dubai’s magnificent beaches!

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Whats included:

  • Flights from Dublin to Hong Kong
  • 3 Night stay in Hong Kong
  • 5 Night cruise on Ovation of the Seas in a balcony stateroom, with meals and entertainment included.
  • Flight from Hong Kong to Dubai
  • 3 Night stay in Dubai
  • Flight from Dubai to Dublin
  • All taxes & fees.

This offer is exclusive to Sunway and won’t be around for long so call their dedicated sales team on 01-2311868 or

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

 

Sarah

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30th August, Royal Caribbean Fly-Cruise to China, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore, €1299!

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Fly to the captivating city of Shanghai and cruise to China, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore for nine nights on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas!

 

 

Are you able to fly off to Asia at a moments notice? This once in a lifetime cruise is available on one date only! Stroll along Shanghai’s famous waterfront promenade, shop till you drop at the markets or enjoy a cruise along the Huangpu river, and all this before you get on board! You will spend your first night in Shanghai before starting your nine night cruise around Asia.

Enjoy the first day at sea where you can enjoy all the facilities of this amazing cruise ship.  If you are feeling energetic try Royal Caribbean’s famous surf simulator or rock climbing wall. There is also a multi sports court, fitness centre and jogging track. If you fancy cooling down, have a go at ice skating or simply relax in one of the many swimming pools. There are West-End style shows in the theatre every night as well as numerous bar and dining options. In addition to the main dining room and Windjammer restaurants, Mariner of the Seas also offer speciality dining in their popular Italian restaurant, Giovanni’s Table and their signature steak house, Chops Grille. After your meal, take a stroll along the Royal Promenade and check out the range of boutiques on board.

Royal Caribbean cruise to China, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore

Your first port of call is the historic island of Okinawa, Japan. This beautiful island is often compared to Hawaii and it is hard to believe it was the location of one of World War II fiercest battles. Okinawa’s clear blue seas and cosmopolitan city will ensure this day is full of lifetime memories.

After another day at sea you will stop in Hong Kong. Take the cable-car and a dragon boat ride and admire the skyline from two very different perspectives. Of course with no sales tax, Hong Kong is a shoppers paradise…

Royal Caribbean cruise to China, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore

Another bucket list destination awaits as you arrive at the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Visit the history museum and immerse yourself in stories about the Vietnam War or explore the Cu Chi tunnels if you are brave enough to enter! If you fancy just strolling around the city and absorbing the atmosphere, try one of their street food tours, you won’t regret it.

Your last stop is considered one of the world’s most modern and stylish cities, Singapore. Be blown away by the cities futuristic buildings in this striking metropolis. Or if you fancy chilling out on some unspoilt beaches, take a ferry to some of the nearby islands. This is where you will disembark your cruise and where you will catch your return flight to Dublin.

This amazing price of €1299 includes flights to Shanghai and home from Singapore, an over-night stay in Shanghai before your cruise and a nine night cruise with meals and entertainment on board. If you fancy a balcony stateroom, you can upgrade for only an extra €100! These opportunities come along very rarely so my advice is – take it!  This offer is exclusive to Click&Go and wont be around for long so call their dedicated sales team on 01-5497713 or click below for more details.

 

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

 

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Flights, Hotel & 10 Night Hong Kong, Vietnam And Japan Royal Caribbean Cruise, €1299!

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A Hong Kong, Vietnam and Japan Royal Caribbean Cruise – see all of these magical places on one holiday! And you will be cruising on one of Royal Caribbean’s newest and largest cruise ships, Ovation of the Seas!

 

This amazing deal includes flights from Dublin and an over night in a four star hotel in Hong Kong before you cruise. This will give you the opportunity to ride the cable car, take a dragon boat ride, do some duty free shopping ( there is no sales tax in Hong Kong ) and enjoy one of the best night skylines in the world.

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Your cruise itinerary includes two stops in Vietnam, Hue (Da Nang) and Nha Trang.  Discover the famous ‘China Beach’ where American soldiers relaxed during the Vietnam war, or visit the Forbidden Purple City in Hue. Snorkel in the turquoise waters of Nha Trang amidst it’s tropical islands. Vietnam is renowned for it’s delicious food, why not try a street food tour in Da Nang or enjoy some of the best sea food in Nha Trang.

Hong Kong, Vietnam and Japan Royal Caribbean Cruise

When you move on to Japan, you will have the opportunity to overnight in Okinawa. You would never think that one of fiercest battles of World War II was on this island. It’s laid back atmosphere, beautiful beaches and clear waters will captivate you. Many describe Okimawa as the Hawaii of the East – once you visit you will see why.

Hong Kong, Vietnam and Japan Royal Caribbean Cruise

Although you are visiting some exotic locations, you will also have plenty of time to enjoy all the facilities that Ovation of the Seas has to offer. I had the pleasure of being on board it last year and I loved it. It is longer than three football pitches and taller than the Sydney Harbour bridge. You will be glad you have days at sea to avail of all her fantastic facilities.

Hong Kong, Vietnam and Japan Royal Caribbean Cruise

Thrill seekers will love the circus school, surfing and sky diving, and if you just want to have some fun, try the roller skating or bumper cars. Let the robots pour you a drink in the bionic bar before sampling some of the top class entertainment on board. There are seventeen restaurants to choose from, including the popular Jamie’s Italian and fine dining options. and For more information on Ovation of the Seas you can read my blog here.

Hong Kong, Vietnam and Japan Royal Caribbean Cruise

Fly from Dublin to Hong Kong on the 6th or 27th of May, overnight in a four star hotel in Hong Kong before cruising the Orient for 10 days on Ovation of the Seas. Visit Vietnam, Hong Kong and Japan before returning to Hong Kong for your flight home. This offer is exclusive to ClickandGo and wont be around for long so call their dedicated sales team on 01-5497713 or click below for more details.

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

 

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Sarah

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Flights & Royal Caribbean Cruise from Barcelona to Venice, 13th May, 1 week, €1399!

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Enjoy a Royal Caribbean cruise from Barcelona to Venice on Rhapsody of the Seas, for only €1399 this summer!

Rhapsody 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 one of their renowned world class shows. 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, their famous steak-house, Chops Grille, the oriental Izumi and fine dining at Chef’s table.

Royal Caribbean Cruise from Barcelona to Venice
You will fly to Barcelona on the 13th of May and cruise the Med for seven days on this stylish cruise ship. Visit the South of France, Rome, Naples and Sicily before arriving at your final destination, Venice. Price includes a seven day cruise on a full board basis with on board entertainment, flights, transfers and checked baggage. If you want to add on for a few nights in Venice or Barcelona, just call the cruise specialists in ClickandGo on 01-5397713. They are open seven days a week and will be able to help you with any queries.

 

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Royal Caribbean Announce Buy One, Get One Half Price + Deluxe Drinks + 50% Off Child Fares

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Royal Caribbean Cruises have announced its best promotion yet! What I love about their new WAVE promotion is that it caters for everyone. Couples, families and groups can avail of massive savings.

 

If you book a European Royal Caribbean cruise to depart between the 1st of April and the 31st of October you can avail of 50% savings off the 2nd passenger and 50% off child fares. You will also receive a deluxe drinks package, not just wine and beer, but all drinks up to a $12 value. And Royal Caribbean know that people may not be cash rich after Christmas, so they will confirm your booking for a low deposit of only €30!

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Fore more details see below, visit RoyalCaribbean.ie  or see your local travel agent.

  • Buy one all-inclusive cruise fare, get one half price – this is a 50% saving on the cruise fare of the second guest booked into the same stateroom
  • 50% off kids cruise fares – all third and fourth guests booked into the same stateroom can also enjoy a 50% per person cruise fare saving
  • Royal Caribbean’s best ever all-inclusive drinks offer. All-inclusive for the first and second guest includes the Deluxe Beverage Package (enjoy any beverage up to the value of US$12 including all cocktails, spirits, liqueurs, wines, beer and soft drinks) for adults or the Classic Soda Package for persons under the applicable drinking age
  • Reduced deposit of €30pp available on bookings made between 21st December and 6th March 2017 and at least 57 days or more before sailing (not available on group bookings.

 

Source: Europe – Buy One Cruise Fare, Get One Half Price + Deluxe Drinks | Cruise Deals – Royal Caribbean

 

Sarah

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My Review of Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas

Taller than the Eiffel Tower, can carry 5,780 passengers, has 7 different neighbourhoods and 20 restaurants. Is it possible that Royal Caribbean’s massive cruise ship can live up to the hype? Find out in my review of Harmony of the Seas.

 


When I was asked to visit and a review of Harmony of the Seas, I was a little nervous. I thought it would find it too big. My sense of direction is SO bad, I was sure I wouldn’t be able to navigate my way around it. I even worried that my kids might get lost at some stage!

However, once I stepped onto the Royal Promenade my fears dissipated. My kids ran to the nearest Shrek character, while I stood there ogling at the promenade deck that was packed with shops, bars and restaurants. My jaw was hanging open and on numerous occasions, friendly staff approached me asking if I needed any assistance. There seemed to be so many of them (2,100 in fact ) and this was evident throughout my cruise. I was given a map with all the highlights but by the time I took it out of my handbag, someone was beside me giving me directions.

They also have smart screens throughout the ship showing where everything is located. I would contend that it is impossible to get lost on this ship. We managed, under duress, to make our way to our stateroom. Passing the bionic bar (where actual robots make and serve you drinks) and the designer shops, I had an awful pang in my stomach. What if I don’t have time to come back?

review of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas

Our stateroom was adequate for four, although I did manage to get a glimpse of some of the family rooms and was very impressed. They were so spacious, the largest I have seen in any ship. They comfortably sleep six with a large double bed, double sofa, bunkbeds and lots of space over all. I thought they were more spacious for six than many staterooms I have seen for four. All rooms are furnished with all mod cons including usb ports, flat screen tv’s and plenty of storage space.

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas

Once we unpacked, it was a case of, where to begin…! There are seven different neighbourhoods on board, each with their own activities and distinctive vibe. The kids went straight for the splash park and water slides and it was hard to get them to leave! The pool deck caters for kids of all ages. They have a tots area, a splash park for kids from about five to eight years, and three large slides for older kids. We tried them all! I had great fun racing my 8 year old down the Perfect Storm trio of slides. There are also plenty of different swimming pools, so if slides are not your thing, no worries.

waterpark on Harmony of the Seas

We rounded off our first afternoon with a trip to The Boardwalk. We had a spin on the hand crafted carousel (crazy I know!) while the kids climbed up their own rock climbing wall (there are two other rock climbing walls for adults on-board!). The boardwalk is a cool place to hang out, complete with a Mexican restaurant, a Starbucks café and even a Johnny Rockets diner – straight out of Grease.

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Speaking of Grease, that night we managed to catch the broadway version in the Royal Theatre. It was spectacular. I’m not one for musicals per se, but it was as good if not better, than I have seen in London’s West End. The kids loved it too, in fact I had to download the soundtrack when I got home and it’s still requested every time they get in the car! The night entertainment continued until the small hours. There was a street party taking place in the Royal Promenade, an ice show in the ice skating rink (did I mention there was one on board?) and an open air aqua show, at the aft of the ship. We debated about using the kids club which is $7 per hour after 10pm, but decided against it as the kids were exhausted.

grease on Harmony of the Seas

The kids clubs are terrific, they are suitable for kids aged 3 to 11. Facilities include an adventure science lab, an imagination studio, a dedicated children’s theatre, all free until 10pm! You can even leave the kids on board while in port so you are free to explore on land. They have creche facilities from 6 months to 3 years, a charge of $10 per hour applies. Royal Caribbean have teamed up with Dreamworks so from time you time you will see Shrek, Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda and other characters out and about. They will pose happily for photos with kids – a nice touch I thought. Kids can also watch the latest Dreamworks movies in their own theatre or in your stateroom. Teenagers are not left out, they have dedicated teen only zones, as well their own nite club and the numerous sports facilities on board.

On Harmony of the Seas, if you fancy some quiet time, there are plenty of places to hide. I thought how nice it would be to skip off to the adults only solarium, chill by the pool or enjoy a spa treatment, while the kids were happily playing in the kids clubs. They also have a medi spa where you can get acupuncture and even teeth whitening! And if you fancied a night cap or a trip to the casino after 10pm, just pay $7 an hour  – that’s a pretty good deal.

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After our relatively early first night, we were up early to see as much as we could on our last day! First up was the largest slide at sea, the Ultimate Abyss. This is a pair of slides that offer a 100 foot drop over 10 decks. It is the iconic picture of two purple slides you see cantilevered at the aft of the ship. Personally I didn’t find it as scary as I was led to believe, however you are in complete darkness. The zipline on the other hand, OMG! I faced my fears that day and ziplined across the open air atrium. I was suspended nine decks above the boardwalk, and all in the name of research!! I guess everyone has fears. Stepping off that ledge, was one of mine. It was terrifying!

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I headed straight for the bar, still shaking, and downed one of their signature cocktails! The kids were proud of me though, does that count? Mind you they were more interested in showing me how well they were doing at mini golf than listening to me recount my experience. We decided to leave the surf simulator and rock climbing wall for another time and instead watched the kids finish off their mini golf game at a leisurely pace.

mini golf on Harmony of the Seas

After all that exercise, it was time for lunch.  Out came the map again, how do you decide where to eat when there are twenty different restaurants on board? We decided to pop down to Central Park. There seemed to be plenty of dining options there. This turned out to be my favourite part (or neighbourhood) of the ship. The centre of the ship is completely open to the sky which creates a fabulous atmosphere. You don’t think you are on a ship at all. We enjoyed a few drinks at the Trellis bar before taking a stroll through the park. There is a staggering 12,000 trees and plants here! Luke spotted someone eating a tasty panini outside the Park Café, so in we went. This is a great choice for a family lunch if you don’t fancy the main restaurant and there is no additional charge.

central park on Harmony of the Seas

I’m not sure if it was the action packed morning, the food, the wine, or perhaps the combination of all three but suddenly I had the urge to chill out on a sun lounger…  How cool is it that one minute I’m on a zipline, the next I’m dining in central park and then I’m flaked out by the pool. Welcome to the world of cruising…

The kids played happily in the splash park and the pool whilst my husband and I enjoyed some much deserved R’N’R. The kids loved the self serve ice cream parlour by the pool where they could pull their own cones. This was their first experience of an all-inclusive arrangement, so they were ecstatic that they didn’t have to pay for them and that I didn’t need to know how many they were having!  There are even miniature sun loungers for kids when it all gets too much for them too. Harmony of the Seas caters so well for families. You have to hand it to Royal Caribbean, they really have thought of everything.

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That evening we had the pleasure of visiting one the speciality dining restaurants, Coastal Kitchen. Situated on deck seventeen, with stunning ocean views and a strong Californian vibe – I loved it. The food, the service, and the ambiance was superb. The kids loved it too. Although they didn’t have a separate kids menu, they offered to make anything to suit their tastes. There are plenty of pizza, pasta or burger restaurants on board as well as a massive buffet restaurant so trust me when I say there are huge choices for kids. I thought Coastal Kitchen was special though. I wondered whether all the speciality dining restaurants were as good? I did eat in Jamie’s Italian restaurant on Ovation of the Seas and it was great too. I’m thinking, I tried two and both were great, I can only assume they all are.

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Of course you have to pay for these top class restaurants…Prices vary from $25 for dinner at Jamie’s and $49 in Wonderland. However, if you really want to push the boat out (excuse the pun!), try the four-course menu in 150 Central Park for $89, where each course is paired with wine. With over 5700 passengers on-board you will need to make a reservation for the most popular restaurants. You can do this on line before you cruise or by using the Royal IQ app on board. The app is very easy to use, the fact that the wifi is excellent (the fastest at sea) probably helps! There is a charge for wifi, a bit steep at $13.95 per day. There are packages available if using numerous devices in the one stateroom, and discounts for pre-booking are available online. I would advise to check these out before you board.

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After our meal, we went to the open air aqua show. The setting is remarkable, an open air theatre with the backdrop of the ocean across the horizon. The sun started to set just as the show began – perfection! The modern show featured professional acrobats, divers and synchronised swimmers. There were acrobats walking tightropes above us along with trapeze acts dipping in and out of the water. It was quite exhilarating. We didn’t know what was going to happen next, it really had a WOW factor. That said, when it was all over, I wasn’t sure what to make of it all. It was seriously impressive, but I thought a little disjointed in parts.

review of Harmony of the Seas
Time for a quick night cap in the Royal Promenade before bed. I liked the Rising Tide where the entire bar and all those in it, elevate between the Royal Promenade deck and Central Park. It moves very slowly so it is a lovely experience and you can see what’s happening in both decks. You don’t miss any of the action! We also ordered a drink from the bionic bar were the ‘staff’ are efficient but somewhat lacking in personality!! The kids found it fascinating and although it is a bit gimmicky, you can’t deny the innovation is incredible.

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You can’t deny the overall innovation is incredible. It seems that the development of Harmony of the Seas was led by imagination and thankfully not the budget! It’s not only the size of the cruise ship that is mind blowing, it is whats on board. It is colossal and of course not for everyone. If you want non stop action with an excellent choice of dining and entertainment, then I think you will not find better at sea, or even on land for that matter. The attention to detail, like the miniature sun loungers, show how much they care about keeping the younger clientele happy too. So I think the answer to the question: Does one of the largest and most innovative cruise ships at sea live up to the hype? In a word. Absolutely!

 

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Sarah

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Royal Caribbean’s Ovation Of The Seas

Ovation of the Seas

I knew I was in trouble when I boarded and was given a 16 page map! I only had a half day to see this enormous ship. And when I say enormous I mean ENORMOUS – Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, is longer than three football pitches and higher than the Sydney Harbour bridge!

 

Ovation of the Seas is the third ship in the Quantum Class range, and is almost identical to it’s sisters, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. Heralded as the most innovative ships at sea and the ability to carry over 6400 passengers and crew – they are the most technologically advanced ships in the world.

Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas

They feature first at sea amenities, including sky dive experiences, surf simulators and the North Star, an observation capsule which ascends 300 feet above sea level. Even the state of the art interior staterooms offer ‘virtual’ balconies , where images are reflected in real time on digital screens. Guests can have a real time view of the ocean even from an interior stateroom!

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I think I used the words ‘mind blowing’ over and over during the day. Did I mention there is a $4.5 million art collection on board? At one stage we were fortunate to get a tour of the bridge – the sheer size of it was mesmerising. To hear the captain describe the proud feeling he gets when he parallel parks it at his first attempt. I was blushing at the thought of how excited I was when I got parking sensors on my new car!

Review of Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas

Immediately we set off on our guided tour, we couldn’t waste a moment. It was actually quite bizarre, we walked past the Seaplex and saw people chasing each other in bumper cars. The Seaplex is an indoor sports zone with a full size basketball court, roller skating, a circus school ( flying trapeze lessons anyone?) and live global video gaming.

Review of Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas

If you are more the outdoors type you can try rock climbing or the surf simulator – flowrider, as its more commonly called. Thankfully I wasn’t given a choice of activity because genuinely it would have been impossible to choose! Everything looked amazing, I wanted to try it all! When we turned a corner and saw people skydiving in a virtual wind tunnel. I was blown away (excuse the pun!) I had heard about the rip cord by iFLY simulator but seeing it first hand, is a different story. It is identical to those used by professional sky divers for practice. It simulates the feeling you get if you were actually brave enough to jump out of a plane. To date I haven’t been that soldier and I reckoned this was probably the closest I was likely to get – I just had to give it a go!

Review of Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas

The fully trained staff made you feel completely at ease and after watching a short video, the nerves had disappeared. It was an incredible feeling, and something I would like to try again and again. I would imagine if I was on a week’s cruise, I might try it a few times. I noticed that lessons are also available so it got me thinking – maybe the elusive sky dive might no longer be just a pipe dream… If you are the sporty type, Ovation of the Seas also has a running track, a state of the art gym with TRX and bootcamp classes. Don’t worry, you can relax in their internationally acclaimed spa afterwards!

Review of Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas

You might want to consider using some of the sports equipment because the chances are you will not be able to resist the mouth-watering food on board! There are 18 different restaurant choices, with everything from burger bars to fine dining. At the Wonderland themed restaurant you are given a blank easel and a brush to ‘paint’ the menu. Suddenly, voilá, your menu appears! Quirky or gimmicky, I wasn’t sure, but imaginative none the less. Like all of their speciality dining restaurants, the food is exceptional.
 Review of Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas

I ate in Jamie’s Italian, this is the third Jamie Oliver restaurant on board Royal Caribbean ships – if it ain’t broke don’t fix it I suppose. The food was excellent and the service, top class. We had sharing platters of antipasti which offered a different dish from each part of Italy, North to the South. You just knew you were sampling the best of Italian cuisine and the speciality of each region was a nice touch.

Review of Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas

What then to choose? The theatre, magical music in the piano bar, an acoustic session in the Irish bar or the infamous Wildboys 80’s band in the Music Hall ? I’m partial to a bit of 80s music so I couldn’t resist, and boy, they did not disappoint. The atmosphere was electric and for a minute I thought I was in Wembley at an amazing concert. I just had to have a drink in the bionic bar afterwards ( for research purposes of course), hard to believe but they actually have robots serving drinks!

Review of Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas

I would have liked to try the casino  but thankfully sense prevailed ! I knew I had to disembark at 8 am the following day so I sensibly avoided it and the numerous bars and shows that continued until the small hours. Instead I retired to my spacious stateroom and availed of the WiFi which is FAST and FREE! As I disembarked the following morning, I noticed a man removing a tile in the elevator to read Tuesday instead of Monday. There are sixteen passenger elevators on board and this is done every day.

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The attention to detail on board Ovation of the Seas is phenomenal, the Royal Caribbean slogan ‘where extraordinary happens’ couldn’t be more apt!

 

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Sarah

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

Harmony of the Seas

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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Flights to Dubai & Royal Caribbean Cruise, €980!

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Cruise around the Emirates on Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas and enjoy a holiday of a lifetime for only €980! What a great way to beat the January blues!

 

Renovated in 2011 this impressive cruise ship boasts a state of the art fitness centre, swimming pools, a rock climbing wall, top class entertainment for adults and children and an outdoor movie screen if you fancy catching a movie! Renowned for its excellent choice of restaurants you can choose to dine in Royal Caribbean’s signature steak house, Chops Grille or try some Asian cuisine at Izumi. Of course if you want to dine without any additional cost, the main restaurant and buffet options are of exceptional quality.

The Travel Expert finds a great cruise deal to Dubai in January

Overnight in the amazing city of Dubai and understand why it is one of the world’s leading holiday destinations. See the world’s tallest building, shop till you drop in the world’s largest mall, try some indoor skiing or simply relax on one of it’s stunning beaches.

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You will visit two cities in Oman, Muscat & Khasab. One of the Middle East’s oldest cities combined with miles of unspoilt beaches, Muscat is a feast for the senses. You will also get the opportunity to explore the ‘Norway of Arabia’, Khasab and its bustling harbour. Of course no cruise around the Emirates would be complete without a stop in it’s capital, Abu Dhabi.  Luxury hotels and modern theme parks contrast with busy bazaars. Take a trip to Ferrari world, explore dhow harbour or visit one of it’s many museums.

The Travel Expert finds a great cruise deal to Dubai in January

Fly direct from Dublin on the 17th of January and spend seven nights on board this luxury cruise ship for only €980 per person. Price includes flights and cruise on a full board basis.

 

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