Thursday, 16 April 2015

Anthem of the Seas Offer!


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Top 10 incredible nautical innovations


Top 10 incredible nautical innovations

Cruise lines battle to rule the waves with the most awe-inspiring sights at sea

 

From top-deck picnic lawns and sky-skimming viewing pods to planetariums and vertical-drop water slides, cruise ship design has reached a whole new level as shipping companies go to extremes to attract passengers.  Cruising is becoming increasingly popular with Irish holidaymakers with over 40,000 people expected to hit the high seas by the end of 2015.  According to top Irish cruise agency e-travel, it is the fastest-growing sector of the holiday trade. Discounted fares, drinks packages, specialty dining and free onshore excursions are just a few of the incentives being offered to get people on board.  This is in addition to increasingly extravagant ship attractions, such as aerial viewing pods, sky-diving simulators, rock climbing, ice skating and water slides to hot-air ballooning over Antarctica.
 

Irish cruise agency e-travel announce the introduction of Cunard, Princess & P&O Cruises to their cruiseline family which also includes Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, MSC Cruises, Silversea Cruiseline, NCL, Carnival, Holland America, Hurtigruten and Seaborne. As cruise lines battle to rule the waves, e-travel bring us the top 10 most incredible recent nautical innovations.
 

1.      The world’s first aerial attraction at sea, North Star, is on Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas. A single viewing pod attached to a mechanical arm takes cruise-ship passengers for a 15-minute ride 300ft up that affords 360-degree views, both at sea and in port. If that doesn’t float your boat, try “flying”.  RipCord by iFly simulates the experience of skydiving by suspending passengers above a wind tunnel inside a 23ft-tall glass chamber.  And finally, a “bionic bar” with two robotic arms that can craft, mix and pour a variety of cocktails and drinks onboard.

 

  1. The Royal Princess ship by Princess Cruises has built a gangplank-like SeaWalk, made of glass, allowing passengers to look straight down to the ocean while they walk. In addition, the SeaView Bar on Deck 16 “extends over the waves” and offers breath-taking views.

 

  1. Celebrity Cruises’ ‘Smart Glass’ in the exclusive suites of the Celebrity Reflection’ is considered a top innovation, allowing guests to take a shower while enjoying the sea view. The electrochromatic technology adopted in these selected rooms turn the walls of the shower into semi-transparent glass simply by walking into the bathroom, as the sensors installed activate the ‘Smart Glass’ automatically, while retaining guests’ privacy.

 

  1. Carnival Cruises’ 5D Theater allows 3D viewers the chance to feel the wind or see the water dripping from above while watching a movie as well as having seats that move, shake, and vibrate.
 

  1. NCL’s Norwegian Getaway offers a pair of free-fall racing slides and a ropes course. It also has the first ice bar at sea and more dining options than you can shake a fork at.
 

6.      Other adrenalin-pumping diversions on Royal Caribbean Ships include the FlowRider surf simulator and a climbing wall, while the indoor SeaPlex centre boasts a flying trapeze and the first bumper cars at sea.

 

7.      Crystal Cruises unveiled the first living wall at sea in 2012, but the real game-changer was a thumping great park on board Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. Dense with tropical foliage, trees and seasonal blooms, Central Park is an incongruous but pleasing addition to life on the ocean waves, made possible by turning a typical cruise-ship superstructure on its head by splitting the aft to create airy, open spaces. 

 

8.      Celebrity Cruises employs full-time lawn keepers (on its Solstice Class ships) to groom and water half an acre of real grass, on which guests can play boules, picnic or lounge about.

 

  1. Celebrity Cruises collaborates with mixologists to create cocktail menus and drinks that are offered at selected bars throughout its fleet, advertising this effort by noting, “The new craft cocktails blend vintage-style liqueurs with fresh ingredients, organic juices and the finest artisanal spirits, resulting in a combination of new-school libations and updated old-school favorites.”

10.  But the prize for the most off-the-wall exhibitionism surely goes to the Rising Tide on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas: the bar is actually a lift that slowly ascends through several
 
decks as you sip your Caipirinha.
 
 



Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The Ultimate Easter Treat, up to $200 onobard spend!


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Mediterranean Explorer Fly/Cruise


Mediterranean Explorer Fly Cruise

 

Sail from Rome to Barcelona on-board Holland America's new Zuiderdam ship for 11 nights from €1,292pps. On-board, 1,848 pampered guests will enjoy more space per person than on any other ship in a fleet already known for its stylish, spacious comfort. Plus, there are more staterooms with ocean views and private verandahs. Delight in the expansive spa facilities complete with a hydrotherapy pool, shows in the three-tiered Queen's Lounge, delectable Italian cuisine at the Odyssey Restaurant, plus three sparkling pools and a casino.

 

Price includes flights, transfers, 11 night cruise (interior stateroom) port taxes, meals and entertainment. This cruise departs the 17th of May, 19th and 30th of June, and 2nd of August.

 

For more information call (01) 408 1999 or visit e-travel.ie

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Flight deals from Air Canada and Cruise holidays from Royal Caribbean!


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Royal Caribbean's 2016 European Sailings!


                                                                                   
                                                                                                   

                                                                                                           

                                          THE UK’s MOST POPULAR SHIP IS BACK! 

  • The UK’s most popular ship, Independence of the Seas, returns with sailings from Southampton in 2016
  • Harmony of the Seas, newest ship in the Oasis Class, starts the European 2016 season with inaugural sailings from Barcelona and Rome
  • Navigator of the Seas, also returns to Southampton with a recent £50 million pound makeover

 

MIAMI, March 12, 2015 – Royal Caribbean announced today the return of Independence of the Seas, the UK’s most popular ship, to Southampton. Independence of the Seas, recently voted best family cruise by Cruise Critic in 2014, will be doing a selection of sailings from Southampton to Europe and the Mediterranean. Itineraries include an exciting selection of three to 14 nights sailings from Southampton- including  three and four night mini breaks to Paris and Bruges, seven night cruise itineraries to France and Spain, and a number of 14 night breaks from Southampton to the Mediterranean with its wonderful beaches, historic cities and idyllic coastal towns.
 

Industry-acclaimed Harmony of the Seas, will mark the start of the 2016 summer season in Europe with sailings from Barcelona and Rome. The company’s third Oasis Class ship will offer a unique selection of seven night sailings - visiting ports such as Palma in Mallorca, Provence in France, Florence/Pisa/Naples.
 

Also returning to the UK is Navigator of the Seas, having recently been through a £50 million pound makeover as part of Royal Caribbean’s extensive fleet-wide enhancement programme. Navigator of the Seas will offer British holidaymakers  a wide range of new sailings from Southampton, including six- to 14-night Norwegian Fjords, Baltic, Mediterranean or Canary Island itineraries.

Holidaymakers will be able to book from March an unforgettable cruise aboard eight of the most innovative cruise ships, sailing from seven convenient European and UK ports.


Brilliance of the Seas also will alternate 12-night Italian Mediterranean and Greek & Italian Mediterranean cruises. 

Serenade of the Seas will sail seven-night Norwegian Fjords and seven- to 13-night Scandinavia and Russia itineraries, round-trip from Copenhagen, Denmark, in early summer and August, and from Stockholm, Sweden, in June and July. 

Jewel of the Seas will alternate 10-night Greece & Adriatic and 11-night Greece, Turkey & Croatia itineraries from Venice, while Vision of the Seas will alternate seven-night Greek Isles and Greek Isles & Turkey cruises.

 Rhapsody of the Seas will homeport at Rome (Civitavecchia) and sail nine-night Greek Isles cruises in early summer and autumn months. From late June through August, the ship will alternate seven-night Greek Isles and Greek & Turkey cruises.


Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 45-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea.  The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous holidaymakers alike.

For more details, call e-travel.ie  on 01 4081999.

 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Simply Better Prices from Royal Caribbean!