Monday, 20 October 2014

Bag the best bargains and an exciting city break with Black Friday Shopping in New York


Bag the best bargains and an exciting city break with Black Friday Shopping in New York

 

Cheapest flights & Top Tips from e-travel

 

Black Friday in New York is the biggest discount shopping day of the year and this year it falls on November 28th. This is the time when it is common for shoppers to expect sales of up to 80% off of regular prices! It only takes place once a year and falls on the day after Thanksgiving Day. Shopping havens such as Macy's, Bloomingdales, Sax & Tiffany & Co are on sale at their lowest prices of the year and it’s the only day of the year that Apple stores give discounts.  Over 100,000 Irish shoppers are expected to make this retail pilgrimage to enjoy the thrill and excitement of finding the world’s finest designer labels at outrageous discounts! 

 

But the city that never sleeps has lots more to offer than just shopping.  By day, visit spectacular sights like the Statue of Liberty, the haunting halls of Ellis Island, Central Park, the Empire State Building, world famous museums and galleries or go Ice Skating at Rockefeller Plaza.  By night, Time Square will take your breath away and is as bustling at 2am as it is as 2pm.  The city is a nocturnal playground full of restaurants, bars, Broadway shows and has an energy that is unlike any other city in the world.

 

e-travel have great offers this year for Christmas shopping trips with return flights from €415 per person and hotels in Manhattan starting from €206 per person for 4 nights. There is also some great cruise and stay options available with a selection of cruises out of New York to Bermuda and the Caribbean or really push the boat out and for a trip of a lifetime, take the magnificent Queen Mary transatlantic back to South Hampton.  Just imagine how exhilarating it would be to shop till you drop and soak up all the excitement of the Big Apple. Then leave the towering skyscrapers behind and set sail out past the Statue of Liberty to the Atlantic Sea as you indulge in gourmet meals and lazy afternoons finished with magenta sunsets.

 
 

Top Tips for a Black Friday Shopping Success

 

Regardless of your shopping goals, the key to a successful New York Black Friday haul is good planning and an early start. The options are dizzying, so e-travel have some top tips:

 

·         For fashionistas, SoHo is very busy late in the day but mornings are not as crazy. Most of the neighborhood's smaller boutiques open around 9 a.m. and generally feature great discounts. Don't forget to have a look at the SoHo Antique Fair and Flea Market while you're downtown.

 

·         For a highbrow taste: Tiffany, Barney's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman all open early. You can find these stores grouped fairly close together in Midtown East in the upper 50s. After your shopping day concludes, be sure to enjoy a well-earned cocktail somewhere in the neighborhood

 

·         For the consummate midtown Manhattan experience, line up with hundreds of locals and tourists alike outside Macy's flagship Herald Square store before its usual 6 a.m. opening. (The queue gets going well before dawn.)

 

·         For electronics enthusiasts, Circuit City and Best Buy have multiple Manhattan locations. Both will compete for the most outrageous Black Friday technology deals and can open as early as 5 a.m. In year's past, early bird shoppers have plucked $100 laptops and free digital cameras

Oasis of the Seas, Revilalised!!


Royal Caribbean International raises the bar on award-winning Oasis-class ships Dynamic New Culinary Concepts, Broadway Show and Exciting Retail Offerings, to Debut on Oasis-Class

 

14 October 2014 – Sailing aboard the world’s largest and most exciting cruise ships will now come with even more bragging rights. Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas emerges from a 14-day drydock today with a new look including revitalised dining, game-changing high-speed internet, exciting new retail offerings, a new popular Broadway show, and new suites with exclusive suite dining and lounge.

 

Sistership Allure of the Seas will follow suit in May 2015 with nearly identical enhancements. During their respective drydock, each ship’s seven neighbourhoods will be enhanced to deliver the best holiday offerings and to introduce guests to even more new features and personalised experiences that can only be found when sailing with Royal Caribbean International.

 

“Royal Caribbean International’s legacy of innovation brought the revolutionary Oasis-class ships to life and in that spirit, during the Oasis of the Seas’ and Allure of the Seas’ drydocks we are adding features and experiences to wow our guests even more,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, executive vice president, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “One of the many exciting new features is Dynamic Dining, which has received an overwhelmingly positive response from our guests. We are expanding this new dining programme to offer our guests and prospective consumers the features that appeal most to them according to the feedback we receive.”

 

Even More New Culinary Concepts

A key element of any holiday, dining provides holidaymakers with the opportunity to experience new flavours and indulge in old favourites. Royal Caribbean International’s Dynamic Dining, allows guests to tempt their taste buds with more choice and flexibility than ever before by offering guests a landscape of 20 restaurants, as vast and varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.

 

Royal Caribbean International has recreated the original Oasis-class three-story main dining room into three distinct complimentary venues introducing bold new concepts each with their own cuisine and ambiance:

 

·         American Icon Grill offers guests a take on the classic American road trip pulling together best-loved regional favourites into one comfort-style menu;

·         Silk is a vibrant and exotic destination where the spices of the Far East bring new flavour to adventurous palates through a Pan-Asian menu;

·         The Grande, where every night is formal night, offers an elegant ambiance and refined cuisine.

 

Guests will enjoy menus of the new concepts from 14 March 2015, onboard Oasis of the Seas. Guests sailing on Oasis of the Seas prior to 14 March, will enjoy the traditional dining room experience in the newly designed spaces.

 

As part of Dynamic Dining guests will have full control of their own epicurean journey with a tantalising selection of speciality restaurants including four new unique concepts:

 

  • Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, a revitalised Izumi Japanese Cuisine offering a full teppanyaki menu as well as fresh and flavourful sushi rolls and sashimi;
  • Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar, first introduced onboard Navigator of the Seas to rave reviews, will feature a mouth-watering menu of authentic, modern and unexpected Mexican dishes including hand-made tableside guacamole. These dishes can be complemented by a curated beverage menu of tequilas, mezcal, and Mexican beers, as well as delicious sangrias and tableside-mixed margaritas;

  • Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine, a unique culinary adventure for the senses where Royal Caribbean International chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes in a whimsical setting that challenges the imagination with never-before-seen fare;
  • Coastal Kitchen is an exclusive restaurant for suite guests and Pinnacle members, that fuses Mediterranean influences with the unmatched riches of California’s bountiful farmlands and features. The experience is complemented by a robust wine list, curated specifically for the venue.

 

Guests will continue to enjoy Giovanni’s Table, 150 Central Park and Vintage Wine Bar, the hugely successful speciality dining concepts introduced on the Oasis-class in 2009.

 

Technology

Royal Caribbean International’s commitment to provide the best holiday experience is at the heart of its latest innovations and most popular features, such as:

 

  • Boatloads of Bandwidth, the game-changing partnership with technology partner O3b that will offer guests onboard Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas connectivity that matches fast broadband connections onshore and is greater than all other cruise ships combined. These new capabilities, allow the cruise line to offer affordable, easy-to-use internet packages so that guests may watch streaming video, check email, share images on social media and enjoy face-to-face video conversations – even in the middle of the ocean.
  • Royal iQ is a new app that puts guests in charge of their holiday choices.  Thanks to the dramatically improved connectivity, Royal iQ is able to confirm dining reservations, shore excursions and spa appointments onboard, through both a downloadable app and at freestanding iQ stations around the ship. Guests can also use Royal iQ as a convenient calendar that provides at-a-glance views of their programme and to keep in touch with one another and home via phone and text capabilities.

 

New Exclusive Suite Experience

Royal Caribbean is introducing 10 new suites on Oasis-class ships, offering breath-taking views of the ocean or the ships’ signature AquaTheater and Boardwalk neighbourhood. This includes two Royal Suites, six Grand Suites and two Royal Family Suites, which can accommodate up to six guests. These suites offer a new level of sophistication when paired with the variety of new exclusive suite features that include:

 

·         The Suite Lounge, an exclusive lounge area for suite guests to relax in, offering expansive views of the ship and sea;

·         The Sun Deck, a new sun deck area that gives suites guests the chance to relax and soak-up the Caribbean sun with lounge furniture, shaded seating areas and private service;

·         Coastal Kitchen is a suites only full-service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with a Mediterranean flare.

 

New Broadway Show

 

Oasis of the Seas introduced the first ever fully-licensed Broadway show at sea and now brings one of the longest running Broadway productions, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony award winning CATS, to sea for the first time.  Beginning in June 2015, sister ship Allure of the Seas will feature MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs. 

 

Superior Shopping at Sea

Royal Caribbean International is introducing the playfully sophisticated designs of kate spade new york to Oasis-class on its popular Royal Promenade, a first at sea. Adding to the diverse onboard shopping are two guest favourites Michael Kors and the Britto Art Gallery, as well as a whole new line-up of merchandise and fashion jewellery such as, Alexis Bittar, Uno de 50, Lauren G Adams, and Nina Nguyen.

 

Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas sail alternating seven-night Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries every Saturday and Sunday, respectively from Fort Lauderdale (Florida). The ships visit exciting warm-weather getaways in the Caribbean. During the 2015 Europe season, Allure of the Seas will sail from Barcelona (Spain) for the first full Oasis-class Europe season.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Christmas Markets on the Rhine


Christmas Markets on the Rhine

Looking for a Christmas shopping experience with a twist? Departing 24 November enjoy a five star all-inclusive river cruise on-board AMa Certo from €1699 per person sharing.

 Embark upon an enchanting seven night Rhine river cruise that takes you to Heidelberg and Cologne famous for its Cathedral and magical Christmas markets. You will also explore the black forest and historic Alasce, and enjoy the vibrant winter atmosphere in Amsterdam. Price includes flights, transfers, excursions, meals and drinks.

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

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Norwegian Cruise line's introduces ALL Inclusive Package on their 2015 sailings

Norwegian Cruise line's introduces ALL Inclusive Package on their 2015 sailings,

Look what’s included in the All-In package – it all adds up to over $2000** in value per stateroom on board:

5% OFF the cruise fare^

Ultimate Beverage Package – a wide choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at bars and restaurants all over the ship

Ultimate Dining Package – in addition to our great choice of main dining rooms and lavish buffets which come as part of the normal cruise price, experience complimentary authentic global cuisine in our specialty restaurants every night of the cruise

Welcome on board bottle of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries

12 bottles of water for 9- to 14-night cruises and 6 bottles of water for 3- to 8-night cruises

250-minute internet package

20 photos of any size taken by our on-board photographers

Service charges and gratuities associated with the package

And as most entertainment is already included in the cruise price we’ll even throw in three FREE games of bingo!

Book before 30th October, call e-travel.ie on 01 4081999 for more details and pricing.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Flight deals from Dublin