Monday, 23 April 2018

Royal Week is back!




            E-travel & Royal Caribbean are excited to present the second edition of Royal Week! During an entire week  (between 23rd April and 27th April) we are offering our customers that book a Royal Caribbean cruise with us the choice between One4All voucher worth €50 or two vouchers to the Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour.  We love giving little extras to our customers to make them feel special. Explore the world like never before in 2018 and 2019* and keep an eye on our social media accounts for amazing offers.
                           

Only a Royal Caribbean holiday can blow the doors off ordinary and take cruising to new heights. Regardless if you are a new cruiser or an expert, on Royal Caribbean Cruises you’ll find everything you need to make the most of your vacation. With 25 ships visiting 5 continents, 71 countries and every major sea, it can be hard to choose, so we’ve put together a summary of the many options that you can enjoy. 

Ships:

Symphony of the Seas-The Sound of Adventure

If you need inspiration to choose a ship, we can definitely recommend the best. We’ve recently been on the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship, the newest member of the Royal Caribbean family #SymphonyoftheSeas and we were blown away! We explored all seven of her spectacular neighborhoods, including Central Park, which was packed with over 12,000 tropical plants and trees. Our favorite part was when we plummeted 10 stores on the Ultimate Abyss, which happens to be the tallest dry slide at sea. Had robots mix our cocktail at the incredible Bionic Bar and delight our taste buds with their amazing dining experience (Jamie’s Italian, Izumi, Hooked, and Wonderland). Symphony showcases the very best of what Royal Caribbean has to offer. 



Some quick facts that we have learned about the ship: Standing upright at 362 meters, she is twice as high as Washington monument, has 2775 rooms, 18 decks, 6780 guest capacity & 20 restaurants with over 300 menu options, more works of art than the Louvre has paintings. Was Constructed out of 500,000 individual pieces( 27 times the parts used to assemble the Eiffel Tower), she weighs more than 17,000 African Elephants. Central Park has more plants than there are great pavilion exhibits at the Chelsea flower show. Pretty impressive we would say! So much to do and see, that we won’t blame you if you will not choose to get off of it during your holidays. 
It is part of the Oasis Class together with Harmony, Allure and Oasis.




Independence of the Seas

Other great news is also the fact that the beloved Independence of the Seas got a brand new look. Regarded as the UK’s favourite ship, it is back refreshed and with exciting new features for the 2018 summer season. The ship has been given a makeover from stern to bow to make mini-breaks and short holidays in Europe even more unforgettable. Together with Freedom and Liberty of the Seas they belong to the Freedom Class, which is known for blissful moments of relaxation and ultimate exhilaration. 

Quantum Class Ships (Anthem, Ovation & Quantum of the Seas) feature ground breaking technology and spectacular features that can only be experienced with Royal Caribbean. Voyager Class Ships (Adventure, Explorer, Mariner, Navigator and Voyager of the Seas) are the places where you can skate, climb, shop, rock, wine and dine. No day the same on Voyager Class Ships. Radiance Class Ships( Brilliance, Jewel, Radiance, Serenade of the Seas) with all the onboard action and indulgences will make your holiday shine. Vision Class Ships ( Enchantment, Grandur, Rhapsody, Vision of the Seas) are designed to offer only the most breathing of vistas. Last but not least Empress & Majesty of the Seas where there is something for everyone. 


Itinerary’s :

Another tough decision is which corner of the world do you want to see? 

You can explore Europe like never before. Sink your teeth into St Petersburg’s cultural delights and drink down the sun, sea and sights in the glorious Mediterranean.  In the Caribbean you have acres of white sandy beaches and cool blue oceans to explore at your leisure. Whether you’re soaking up the sun or strolling the streets of Havana, every day is a laid-back adventure. With Transatlantic cruise you’ll have plenty of time to make the most of life at sea. What better way to retreat from the stress of life on land and take in the vast expanses of ocean, beautiful sunsets and horizons. 
If you are the adventurer type then feel on top of the world on the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, have the hairs on the back of your neck rise while watching a haka in New Zealand, or discover exciting Asian cuisine where every day is spellbinding. 
And for unforgettable scenery, just picture this: deep fjords, icy blue glaciers and untamed snow-caps. This kind of natural wildness is exhilarating in the extreme. Whether you’re experiencing the icy tundra first hand or sailing past waterfalls from the comfort of your stateroom, every moment will take your breath away if you choose to cruise Alaska & Canada.




If we managed to spark your imagination and raised your curiosity and want to find out more about Royal Week and Royal Caribbean Cruises have a chat with our dedicated cruise team and they will help you pick the right vacation for you! They can be reached at 01 4081999 for more details or check go to our website www.e-travel.ie

*ON SELECTED 2018 & 2019 SAILINGS, ELIGIBLE STATEROOMS ONLY, PRICES MAY VARY DURING PROMOTION. FULL T&C'S APPLY.



Sources:https://www.royalcaribbean.com/connecticid=hpnvbr_pagehe_rbl_hm_awaren_951


Thursday, 6 April 2017

How to get from Heathrow Airport to Gatwick Aiport




Flights booked, luggage checked, keys, tickets, all checked. And then you remember : your flight is coming into Heathrow and out of Gatwick. The next logical questions that pops into your mind is : “How am I going to get from one to the other.”
No worries, we have you covered. You can have your pick between bus, train & taxi.

  Heathrow -Gatwick



          Natioanl Express: 

     The most popular and direct choice is with the National Express coach to Gatwick. The service runs around-the-clock, up to six times an hour. Journey time is aproximatly 75 minutes and it costs £25 one way or if you book online it only costs £20 one way and £40 return.


      Let us take you step by step :

First you need to walk to the Central Bus Station. All buses start/terminate at the Central Bus station (Terminals 2 and 3).

Buses will always visit Terminal 5, but not all schedules visit Terminal 4.

The walk from Terminals 2 or 3 to the bus station takes about 10 minutes. Its luggage trolley friendly and is mostly along moving walkways and lifts. Its also underground so need to worry about the weather.

You can travel free from Terminal 4 to the Central Bus station by Heathrow Express train which runs every 15 minutes.


 


Train: 

Unfortunately, there is no direct rail service between Heathrow to Gatwick.  You must go via central London as follows: train ( Heathrow Express)- tube or taxi - then train ( Gatwick Express/First Capital Connect).
The fastest rail route is as follows:


It takes approximatley 5 to 10 minutes depending on terminal to arrive at the rail station.

Take the Heathrow Express to Paddington station (15 minutes from Heathrow Central Rail station for Terminals 1 and 3, 23 minutes from Terminals 4 or 5. It comes  every 15 minutes and the cost is £19).

From Paddington you go to Farringdon by Circle Line (it takes 16 minutes, but allow 7 minutes for the interchange) - £4.30

From Farringdon you get to Gatwick by First Capital Connect (41 minutes, allow another 5 minutes for the interchange) - £9.90

Gatwick station to South Terminal - 5 minutes

Gatwick station to North Terminal - 15 minutes via shuttle

Total cost: £33.20, travel time at least 1 hour 40 minutes if connections are instant with no waiting for trains to arrive. Sometimes this journey can be significantly longer. 
 


      Minicab & Taxi: 

      Book a private-hire car to take you between Heathrow and almost anywhere in mainland Britain. Alternatively, hail a classic London black taxi from the rank outside the terminal.




With Minicabit the estimated time is 50 minutes and the cost between Heathrow Airport  and Gatwick is £56.

London's famous black taxis stop at the ranks outside each Heathrow terminal. Drivers are fully licensed and have passed the Knowledge of London examination. All taxis operating at Heathrow have wheelchair access and take credit cards. The cost will likely exceed £100 and you could find a longer wait for one at peak times.




Gatwick-Heathrow


National Express:  

Now if you need to get the other way around, you can take the National Express 707 line towards Northampton. Get off at the Heathrow Airport London station ( wich is near Terminal 5). At Gatwick the National Express bus visits both North and South Terminals. For boarding and drops the coach bays are well signed and are directly in front of the passenger terminals, a few yards out of the door.


Train: 

From the airport take the Gatwick Express towards London Victoria, get off at the Victoria Station, hop onto Paddington line, get off at Paddington Station, take the Heathrow Express to the terminals. Gatwick Express trains run non-stop between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport. The journey takes 30 minutes and a standard-class single costs £17.70.To make the link with Heathrow your options include: Heathrow Express between Heathrow and London Paddington, Underground between Paddington and Victoria (45min, £27). London Underground between Victoria and Heathrow (50min, £4.80).

Taxi: 

Black Taxi cabs can only pick up at Gatwick if they are there for an advance booking. There are other Licensed taxi services available from Gatwick, though. If you have not prebooked, go to the Airport information desk for assistance. Fares vary depending on number of passengers, amount of luggage and time of day.Can be slightly cheaper than London Black Taxis but not by much.
 Remember to allow yourself plenty of time! Besides the journey times quoted here you’ll need to take into consideration things like passport control, baggage reclaim, waiting for buses, check-in, airport security and maybe taking a coffee break. 


Sources:
1.      National Express:
2.      Heathrow Airport :
3.      London Toolkit:
4.      Gatwick Express:
5.      Minicabit


Monday, 30 January 2017

Holiday World Dublin 2017!!

Holiday World Dublin is over for another year! Great event, lots of interest in cruising and we were delighted to partner on our stand with Royal Caribbean International . 

Many of our offers are still available, call our cruise team today on 01 4081999.