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    Scanning Cruise Cards to ensure passengers attend lifeboat Drill

    Just back from P & O Azura - they did make people attend who couldn't be bothered to attend to a more involved drill!! Two people were also kicked off the ship for verbally abusing a staff member. Quite right too!!
  4. October 3rd 2018 Orlando Florida/ Tampa I have recently just returned from what i can describe as "the best fam trip ever". On the 3rd of October i had made my way from Belfast to London where i would start my journey for the duration of the next 7 nights with Seaworld and Clearwater Fam trip. The first part of our trip would involve 4 different parks including SeaWorld, Bush Gardens, Aquatica and Discovery cove. On arrival to SeaWorld we were greeted by two staff members who would go on to take us around the park for the rest of the day. The insight and knowledge they have provided me with about SeaWorld has totally changed my views on the park. I would highly recommend family's of all ages to do this as part of your Orlando stay. From stingrays to turtles and the shows in which they provide SeaWorld is 5 stars in my eyes. The main Highlight for me at SeaWorld was the dolphin and Orca shows. They had the audience engaged and amazed from the get go. My favorite day i can safely say was Discovery Cove. You have two options you can either spend your time here catching some of Florida's gorgeous sun rays or if you are like me get stuck right into all the different activity's they have to offer. We started our day off with a swim around discovery's cove lazy river which is absolutely beautiful, then followed by some snorkeling in one of the two salt water pools they have here but the biggest highlight for me was getting to swim with the dolphins. My childhood dream had come true. All in all i cant fault any of the parks wee had seen and i will be raving about them to all of my costumers in the future. The second leg of our trip had taken us down to Clearwater, Tampa Florida. After walking 8+ miles a day through Orlando's parks this was the perfect place to kick back and unwind. From the beaches to the food everything was just EXQUISITE. Wakening up each morning to a beautiful white sandy beach and a delicious breakfast. I would highly recommend going to St. Petes and Clearwater as the last few remaining days of your holiday if you are there for 14 nights as you will well and truly need it after all the walking around the parks. Shauna O'Hara
  5. Shauna o hara

    Shauna O'Hara

    Hi my name is Shauna O'Hara, i am 27 years old and i have recently moved to travel which i love. I work for a company called Weir Travel LTD which is under Barrhead.
  6. Morag@BarrheadTravel

    Best cruises for adventurous travellers

    If you’re not a seasoned cruiser, cruise and adventure are not two words you might necessarily associate with one another. But adventure cruises – or expedition cruises, as they are more commonly known by in the cruising world – are becoming increasingly more common as cruising enters the mainstream and travellers yearn to discover more exotic parts of the world. Expedition ships are fitted with a high capacity for fuel and food and made with shallower hulls to ply new, previously uncharted waters. They also prove that “roughing it” and “adventure” are not synonymous, with some of the world’s most-respected luxury cruise lines owning a dedicated expedition ship within their fleet. But where to? Expedition ships have the benefit of being able to reach corners of the world that train or plans can’t. Unlike other modes of transport, there’s very little water or land still unchartered by the world’s many cruise lines. If you’re an adventurous traveller (or even an experienced cruiser) who has exhausted many of the usual bucket-list destinations – now is the time to explore further afield with this selection of adventurous cruises. Celebrity Xpedition to the Galapagos Islands There are many reasons why the Galapagos Islands should be on everyone’s bucket list, but one stands out in particular: it is home to a vast number of endemic species. The ecological system here is so profound that it even inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Its remote location has allowed many rare species to thrive, and the lack of natural predators has brought about a harmonious relationship between humans and animals – so the animals don’t fear travellers. The Celebrity Xpedition sails only to the Galapagos Islands and knows the waters well. The smaller, 96-passenger ship is the perfect place to relax after a day exploring – whether it’s in the library, the sun-soaked sunrise desk, or the Blue Finch Bar on the Panorama Deck. South Pacific The Galapagos Islands are not the only beautiful cruise destination in the South Pacific. Whether it’s the famous beaches of Fuji, the aquamarine life of the Conflict Islands, whale watching in Vava'u, or the peacefulness of the uninhabited Mystery Island. The South Pacific isn't overrun with cruise ships, so picking one is usually a simpler task than booking a European or Caribbean cruise. It is also a popular destination for Repositioning Cruises as they switch between their Alaska and Far East itineraries. Most itineraries focus on one particular part of Oceania - usually French Polynesia, Melanesia or Micronesia. Mekong River Cruise It’s not just ocean cruises that are travelling into new waters - several river cruise lines offer incredible itineraries along the Mekong River. These include AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Uniworld, and Viking Cruises. Most of the itineraries take two weeks and usually include hotels stays on post and pre-cruise (it’s also the perfect excuse to book a twin-centre with somewhere in the Middle or the Far East). The majority of Mekong River cruise tours start and end in Vietnam, beginning in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) or vice versa. They include a flight to Siem Reap and a sail on the Mekong, with ports in Cambodia and Vietnam. Antarctica Antarctica is the ultimate bucket list destination – and it’s becoming more accessible than ever. Silversea, Scenic, G Adventures and Hurtigruten are just a handful of cruise lines that venture into the most southern continent of the world. Antarctica Cruises typically start in Argentina and usually stop off at a few ports in South America (including the Falkland Islands) before entering the icy waters of Antarctica. How many nights you’ll stay in Antarctica will depend on the itinerary (and how far you’ll be allowed on land). Northern Polar Regions From the most southern point of the world to the most northern. If you want to explore the Arctic, you have plentiful options – in terms of both destinations and cruise lines. Since the Arctic is not technically a landmass in its own right, Arctic cruise destinations are any country that lies within the Arctic Circle. This includes the northern regions of Norway, Sweden, Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Canada, Russia and Alaska. Such a vast area is home to a rich array of wildlife, including polar bears (nicknamed Kings of the Arctic) whales, seals, walruses, Arctic foxes, musk oxen, reindeer and numerous birds. Saying all this, the most popular cruise itinerary is northward along the Norwegian coast toward Spitsbergen. In terms of cruise ships, you’d be pleasantly surprised how many cruise lines offer itineraries into the Arctic Circle. Cunard, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Costa and Holland America Line all offer cruise lines that pass over the Arctic Circle. Hurtigruten is considered the expert at Arctic Cruises, however, and provide passengers with highly immersive experiences. Eastern Russia with Silver Explorer Remember we mentioned that even luxury cruise lines have a dedicated expedition ship? The Silver Explorer is Silverseas offering. It comes with everything you would expect from the ultra-luxury cruise line (from two high-end restaurants, Zagara Beauty Spa, and the Connoisseur’s Corner) but also comes equipped with a strengthened hull and a fleet of 12 Zodiac boats. The destinations it sails to are wide-spread. Most famously it visits Antarctica, with itineraries that vary between 10 days to 18 days. Other destinations include the South Pacific, Greenland, and South America. But it’s most unique itinerary is to the East of Russia. The sailings vary between 12 days to 29 days, with most of the itineraries including a stop off in Alaska and Canada – and a trip over the International Date Line.
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    15 airport travel hacks for an easier holiday

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  8. I am flying from New York to Denmark in a couple of months and I received a United Airlines Promo Code but can’t figure out how to use it (Although, I tried to redeem the promo code twice but it kept showing some error “The coupon has been applied before”, even when it was the first time I was using that particular code). I still have to book a ticket and I would appreciate it if anyone can tell me how to redeem the code while booking a flight ticket. Is there any eligibility criteria? Is there any minimum transaction needed? Can I use the same promo code more than once? Are promo codes applicable if book a flight ticket offline? What personal and other details I need to provide while redeeming the promo code online? Any suggestions will do and be appreciated. Thank You!
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  10. Morag@BarrheadTravel

    How to spend 48 hours in Prague

    Prague is a popular city for a weekend city break, and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s just under two hours from the UK, boasts an easy-to-navigate airport, and the city centre doesn’t sprawl too far. It also has plenty to see and do - whether you’re a history buff, beer-drinker, or foodie. When you pass through customs and have collected your luggage, hop on the AE airport shuttle. It runs every 30 minutes and – for quite a reasonable price – will take you right into the city centre. You can buy a ticket from the transportation stand once you arrive at the airport. Then you are free to enjoy your entire weekend in Prague – and we’ve even pulled together this quick itinerary for you. Day 1 Visit the Charles Bridge Potentially the most recognisable structure in Prague but, because of this, the crowds can build up quickly. So make sure you get there first thing, especially if you want to get some good pictures. Breakfast at Café Louvre Once the crowds start to arrive it’s time for you to fuel up for the rest of the day. We recommend trying out the historical Café Louvre, which is 10 minutes away and usually opens its doors at 8am (which is quite early by Prague standards). Their breakfast menu is extensive with six pre-made breakfast plates (small, Czech, French, Hangover, Northern, and Fit), as well as a generous list of smaller plates (including pancakes and scrambled eggs). Explore the Old Town You can’t visit Prague and bypass the scenic Old Town. There is a long list of buildings and sites to keep an eye out for, including the Astronomical Clock, the Church of Our Lady before Týn, the Old Town Hall, the National Gallery and the Church of St. James the Greater. Make sure you also take the time to explore the side streets and tiny alleys. Jewish Quarter Only a stone’s throw away from the Old Town lies the Jewish Quarter – which is one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in Europe. The must-visit sites are the Old Jewish Cemetery, Pinkas Synagogue, and The Jewish Museum. Diner at Lokál The Old Town is filled to the brim with appetising restaurants that locals and visitors love – but if we were to choose one it would be Lokál. Here you can enjoy hearty, homemade Czech cuisine made in the slow, good old-fashioned way without artificial ingredients. The smoked meat on the menu is even prepared at their very own butcher shop! Hemingway Bar Relax at the end of your final night with a tipple at the Hemingway Bar. The drinks menu here is one of the most extensive in the city – with a specialty in absinthe, champagne, and rum. In fact, there are 200 rums behind the bar! Day 2 Breakfast at Cafe Savoy Start your second day with breakfast at one of Prague’s oldest and most successful restaurants. Café Savoy is housed in a building that dates back to 1893 (remember to look up and admire the Neo-Renaissance ceiling). They have a generous breakfast menu, which includes continental, English, and French breakfasts; as well as 11 different ways to have your eggs. They also offer 5 small plates if a big breakfast isn’t your thing. Prague Castle When you’re fuelled up, you’re in a great location to explore Prague Castle. Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful, it is also the largest coherent castle complex in the world and dates back to the 9th Century. It’s currently the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic, and was once a seat of power for kings of Bohemia and the Holy Roman emperors. Your basic fare to enter the castle is 500 CZK and there are tours available at an additional cost. John Lennon Wall Sixteen minutes on foot (and back towards the Charles Bridge) you’ll find the colourful John Lennon Wall. After the 1980 assassination of John Lennon, an unknown artist drew a portrait of John Lennon on the wall, and quickly after followed other Lennon and Beatles-inspired graffiti. The wall has been painted over a few times, and the original John Lennon portrait is now lost under years of graffiti. Today, the wall represents a symbol of global ideals such as love and peace. Letná Park Now it’s time to relax a little and enjoy incredible views of Prague from the beautiful Letná Park – where you’ll find some incredible hidden gems. At the base of the park, you’ll spot a very large ticking metronome which is where the world’s largest monument to Stalin once stood (it was blown up in 1962). To the right of the metronome is the Hanavsky Pavilion, where you’ll find cute little neo Baroque cast iron structure built for the Jubilee World Exhibition in 1891, where you can now stop for a cake and cappuccino. You can also dine at Belcredi, a fine dining establishment situated in an Italian style Palace, or relax with a beer at Letná Beer Garden. Explore the New Town Prague might be a city drenched in history with beautiful cobblestone streets, but it also has a modern side too. We recommend you spend a late afternoon just exploring the New Town, and see where it takes you. Some key sites include Dancing House, Wenceslas Square, Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, and the National Museum of Prague. Dinner at The Globe When you’re finished admiring the buildings of the New Town, it’s time to treat yourself to the local foodie scene. There are several delicious restaurants to choice from, but we recommend The Globe. It opened in 1993, and since then has become a Prague institution. The building it is hosted in dates back 115 years (don’t be fooled by the term “New Town” – it’s just newer than the Old Town) with red dramatic walls featuring original art that can be purchased, high windows, a gallery and a courtyard for al fresco dining. There’s also a bookstore at the front of the building (the restaurant was originally famous for being the first English bookstore in Prague), which includes international newspapers. The Prague National Theatre End your weekend in Prague with a performance at The Prague National Theatre. On any given night you’ll find opera, drama or a ballet, and the venue is home to a number of bars and restaurants. Also, the building itself is beautiful and blends different architectural styles together, most notably Renaissance Revival architecture. Have you spent a weekend in Prague before? Let us know how spent it in the comments below.
  11. I am flying from New York to Denmark in a couple of months and I received a United Airlines Promo Code but can’t figure out how to use it (Although, I tried to redeem the promo code twice but it kept showing some error “The coupon has been applied before”, even when it was the first time I was using that particular code). I still have to book a ticket and I would appreciate it if anyone can tell me how to redeem the code while booking a flight ticket. Is there any eligibility criteria? Is there any minimum transaction needed? Can I use the same promo code more than once? Are promo codes applicable if book a flight ticket offline? What personal and other details I need to provide while redeeming the promo code online? Any suggestions will do and be appreciated. Thank You!
  12. I am flying from New York to Denmark in a couple of months and I received a United Airlines Promo Code but can’t figure out how to use it (Although, I tried to redeem the promo code twice but it kept showing some error “The coupon has been applied before”, even when it was the first time I was using that particular code). I still have to book a ticket and I would appreciate it if anyone can tell me how to redeem the code while booking a flight ticket. Is there any eligibility criteria? Is there any minimum transaction needed? Can I use the same promo code more than once? Are promo codes applicable if book a flight ticket offline? What personal and other details I need to provide while redeeming the promo code online? Any suggestions will do and be appreciated. Thank You!
  13. Morag@BarrheadTravel

    10 reasons to stay at a Sandals Resort

    If you’re looking for a luxury, all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean – Sandals ticks all the boxes. Not sure if it’s for you though? Have a look at these 10 reasons why you should stay a Sandals Resorts on your next Caribbean adventure. 1. Pristine beaches All of Sandals Luxury Included® resorts face onto a beach on the leeward side of the island, where coral reefs create calm waters that are perfect for swimming and watersports. 2. Sumptuous rooms and suites You’re spoilt for choice with a variety of room types available at Sandals Resorts. Some of the favourites include Over-the-Water Suites, Millionaire Suites, Skypool Suites, Private Villa Suites, and Swim-up Suites. 3. 5-Star Global Gourmet™ Dining Sandals boast up to 16 restaurants per resort – which is more than any other all-inclusive resort. Guests have the opportunity to discover and experience new and diverse delicacies every day with up to 23 types of international cuisines available. 4. Premium Spirits Sandals Luxury Included® promise also includes premium top-shelf spirits – such as Bombay Sapphire, Finlandia, Cointreau, and Johnnie Walker. 5. Premium House Wine The house wine at Sandals Resorts is none other than Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks®. Six varieties are served and were specifically selected for Sandals Resorts. 6. Free Scuba Diving Sandals Resorts includes scuba diving as part of the Luxury Included® experience. Certified divers can dive twice daily, but if you’ve never dived before, Sandals’ brief introductory PADI Resort Certification Programme* will have you experiencing the Caribbean underwater world that same day. 7. Day and Night Entertainment Sandals knows how to party – whether that’s at one of the many exclusive resort bars or one of their extravagant themed nights set on the white-washed beach. 8. Championship Golf If you stay at a selected Sandals Resort in Jamaica, Bahamas and Saint Lucia, then you’ll be treated to unlimited rounds of golf without the green fees^. Best of all, free round-trip transfers are included form nearby Sandals Resorts. 9. Unrivalled Service Sandals Resorts boast a higher staff-to-guest ratio than any other all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Plus, they have a partnership with the Guild of Professional English Butlers to train their butlers to the highest standards. 10. Stay at One, Play at All Sandals guests don’t have to stick to their own resort! With the exclusive “Stay at One, Play at All” exchange programme, guests can enjoy all the amenities, services, entertainment, bars and restaurants at other nearby Sandals Resorts, including round-trip transfers; available in Jamaica, Saint Lucia & Barbados. If you’ve stayed at a Sandals Resort, which was your favourite amenity or inclusion? *At Cost. ^T&C’s Apply.
  14. Morag@BarrheadTravel

    5 must-visits in Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital

    One of the things that set Aruba apart from the other Caribbean islands is its buzzing capital of Oranjestad. While Aruba still has everything you would expect from a Caribbean getaway – white-sand beaches, dazzling sunshine – the capital adds Dutch-colonial culture, eclectic nightlife, and incredible shopping. Here are 5 things that you must do while in Aruba’s capital of Oranjestad. 1. Swim at Surfside Beach Aruba is home to several beautiful beaches, but if you’re staying in Oranjestad we recommend Surfside Beach in the Downtown area. It is home to the warm shallow waters that the Caribbean is famed for, but also boasts many Kwihi trees that create shaded areas to relax. There’s also a floating waterpark for the kids, beach bars for the adults, and beach beds for rent. 2. Learn about the island’s past at Fort Zoutman If you want to step back in time and explore Aruba’s history – you need to visit the oldest structure in Aruba. Built in 1798 by the Dutch army, it was originally a military fortification. The Willem III Tower was added to the west side of the fort in 1868. The fort and tower were restored and re-opened in 1983 as the Historical Museum of Aruba. 3. Wander around the National Archaeological Museum Oranjestad is home to several fascinating museums, but the National Archaeological Museum is considered one of the best. Housed in the former home of the Ecury family, it displays indigenous artefacts dating from as far back as 2500 BC and provides a glimpse into life on the island prior to European settlement. The museum also contains an exhibition of contemporary island artists who use historical themes in their pieces. 4. Shop at Renaissance Mall This is the island’s premier shopping district and is located right in the midst of downtown Oranjestad. Aside from 60 shops (which includes Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Cartier) you’ll also find entertainment options and restaurants. 5. Enjoy a day trip to the Donkey Sanctuary You’ll have to travel slightly outside of Oranjestad for this one, but it is well worth it. It’s a non-profit organisation dedicated to saving the island’s donkeys, which used to be a main source of transportation. You can purchase a feed cup at the sanctuary, or you can bring your own carrots. You’ll find it in the Santa Cruz region, and is open Monday to Sunday from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Have you ever been to Oranjestad? What was your favourite attraction?
  15. Nothing brings families together like exploring somewhere new and creating lasting memories you’ll all laugh about around the dinner table for years to come. Kids grow up fast these days and making the most of those shared moments is key. So, with that in mind, here are three incredible places you can all enjoy that offer something a little different to your typical European holiday. 1. Borneo Did you know, Borneo is home to half of all known plant and animal species in the world? Meaning there’s nowhere better to see a huge array of wildlife. Be sure to hop aboard a Kinabatangan River cruise where the kids will love spotting the local jungle inhabitants like macaques, crocodiles, pygmy elephants and orangutans! Other highlights include the historic temples and harbourside market of Sandakan, the caves of Sarawak and the beaches of Lankayan where green turtles come to lay their eggs all year round. 2. Peru If your tribe are always up for a challenge, how about tackling the four-day hike to Machu Picchu together? Trek passed early Incan settlements, reach the dizzying heights of Dead Woman’s Pass and camp high in the clouds surrounded by the stunning Andean mountain range. After successfully completing the trail, remember to make a pitstop at Aguas Calientes, which is home to soothing hot springs and a great selection of delicious restaurants. The nearby city of Cusco, with its traditional craft markets and fascinating museums is also a must-visit! 3. Morocco Immerse your family in the buzz of Marrakech’s world-famous souks and let the kids test out their bargaining skills as they barter for a pair of traditional slippers or a carved wooden camel. Before reviving yourselves with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the Djemaa el-Fna main square. Venturing into the Atlas Mountains to explore Berber villages, taking a trip to the pretty pirate port town of Essaouira and getting involved in a hands-on bread baking class all help make this trip great fun too! Intrigued by what you’ve just read? Then get in touch to talk to us about how we’re working with our friends at Intrepid Travel to bring you the best family breaks to destinations across the globe.
  16. If you think idyllic paradise islands don’t truly exist – you clearly haven’t been to The Islands of Tahiti. Located in the South Pacific The Islands of Tahiti is comprised of 118 beautiful exotic islands. When Captain James Cook and his crew returned to Europe after having stumbled upon The Islands of Tahiti, people were captivated with the illustrations of the unusual flowers and fauna – and the European fascination with these South Pacific Islands began. And the allure hasn’t ended. The Islands of Tahiti is still the destination of choice for couples, families and individuals looking for seclusion, romance and escapism. Here are 10 reasons why Tahiti should be on everyone’s bucket list. 1. It’s the home of the water bungalow Those water bungalows that are now an essential part of any tropical island? They are Tahitian. In 1967, the first three overwater bungalows were built at the Bali Hai Hotel on Raiatea, followed by the overwater bungalows on Moorea and at Hotel Bora Bora. Five decades on, there are now 884 overwater bungalows across the islands. 2. The rare black pearl The Islands of Tahiti is one of the few places in the world where you can find the rare black pearl. They are found in black-lipped oysters, which are larger than most other oysters resulting in larger pearls than you might be used to. Tahitian pearls can actually be a charcoal grey, silver, or dark green colour instead. 3. Whale spotting opportunities Between July and November, humpback whales migrate from the icy waters of the Antarctic to the warm waters of Tahiti. French Polynesia is actually a Marine Mammal Sanctuary, and there are strict laws about approaching the animals. Book yourself a boat tour to witness these impressive mammals in the wild. 4. It’s a beautiful diving location Whales aren’t the only fascinating creatures wandering through the French Polynesian currents. There are 1000+ species of marine life within the surrounding waters, including 20 shark species. Because of its exceptional biodiversity, scientists consider the Polynesian sea zone to be the “richest aquarium on earth”. The waters are also a warm 80°F with a visibility of 30m. 5. Some of the world’s best surfing We’re not done talking about The Islands of Tahiti’s fantastic waters quite yet. Keen surfers will know that Tahiti is home to some big waves – including Teahupoo, which is considered the most powerful break in the world thanks to its size, force, power, and coral reef below. Don’t worry, if you’re not a surfer you can still take a sightseeing boat out to observe this incredible force of nature. 6. Adventurous rainforest When you arrive in The Islands of Tahiti, it’s tempting to sit down on the white-powder beach and stay there for the duration of your holiday – but The Islands of Tahiti has an adventurous core. Book a 4x4 safari through lush rainforests and the Papearii and Papeeno Valleys and stumble upon villages and hidden rivers on The Islands of Tahiti, or seek out sacred altars and old World War II artillery on a guided hike around Bora Bora's Mount Otemanu. 7. The food is an exotic blend of Asian, French and Tahitian You’ll discover plenty of new flavours and smells in The Islands of Tahiti. Alternate between delicious local dishes like Poisson Cru (marinated raw fish salad), traditional French fare like Bouillabaisse (fish soup) or Asian-influenced Chow Mein stir-fried noodles and wonderful mixed-culture dishes like Poulet Fafa (chicken with taro leaves). Remember to also try some fresh fruit and order some imported French wine to sip on during dinner! 8. Traditional tattoos If you’ve got some ink, you’ll be in good company as the word tattoo actually derives from the Tahitian word tatau (the literal translation is “light tapping”). The practice of tattooing in French Polynesia goes back 2000 years and was traditionally used as a way to distinguish between tribes, chiefs, princes and kings. There were even “tatau” ceremonies that could last several weeks. 9. Dazzling night sky With a remote location in the Pacific Ocean, far away from light pollution, you’ll find the clearest night sky you’ll ever witness. Keep an eye out for famous constellations, most notably The Southern Cross, Scorpio and The Pleiades. 10. It’s incredibly romantic With gorgeous beaches, clear night skies, and gorgeous food – we don’t really need to explicitly tell you that Tahiti is perfect for a romantic break with your partner. It also makes for a beautiful backdrop during a proposal, wedding, or honeymoon! (There are 33 places to get married in Tahiti, including same-sex marriage).
  17. Grab Berlin City Break Offer starting from just £169pp onwards and save up to 43% on four-star luxury hotel and cheap flight. This deal from Book It Now brings you best savings for your pleasure trip. Berlin – Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in the capital city of Germany. Explore many interesting places of medieval times and world wars. Deal Highlights · Availability Nov 2018 - Mar 2019 · Stay at Sir Savigny Hotel, Berlin, Germany. · Duration - 2 Nights · Board Basis - Bed and Breakfast · Flights depart from London – Luton, Gatwick and Stansted. About Sir Savigny Hotel Stay in the creative spirit of luxury hotel in the Western region of Berlin. This vibrant hotel features stylish design, best restaurant and it is pretty close to top attractions. Facilities at Hotel · Free Wi-Fi · Air-conditioned · Laundry service · Room service · Restaurant · Bar For early bookings and savings on deal call us on +44 203 883 8239.
  18. Morag@BarrheadTravel

    7 must-visit events in Barbados

    If you’re thinking of visiting the Caribbean soon and want to choose an island of the livelier variety: we recommend Barbados. Not only does Barbados boast beautiful beaches and perfect blue waters, but the island is also home to myriad festivals and events. 2018 has been a particularly great year with more planned before December hits, plus the 2019 calendar is already filling up. Here are just seven of the best events to attend in Barbados. Food and Rum Festival – (18th – 21st October 2018) Barbados is considered the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, so it only seems fitting to start our list with a food festival. Every October the organisers pull together a selection of events designed to excite the taste buds while offering a variety of other colourful experiences to stimulate the other senses. This year join the UK’s celebrated Michelin Star Chef Tom Aikens in Barbados for an amazing four-day experience. The line-up includes: · Thursday Festival Opening with the Oistins Bay Gardens Cook-Off · Signature Rum Event · Saturday afternoon Polo Rum Spirits, and canapes · Fine dining events on Saturday night that pair international chefs with local top chefs · Beach Party at the Hilton Resort Barbados along with a final fine dining dinner at a signature local restaurant. Open Water Festival - (7th – 11th November 2018) The waters that surround Barbados are absolutely sublime and offer perfect swimming conditions. Every year, in early November, Carlisle Bay comes alive with hundreds of swimmers from all over the world as they take part in the Barbados Open Water Festival. The 2018 event will offer 1.5K, 5K and 10K swims. Swimming conditions and the beauty of the island aside, there is a wonderful camaraderie among the swimmers at this event with its laidback island-life setting and the highly popular pre-event practices and social sessions leading up to the swim races. It’s this mix of fun and competition in a remarkable location that has resulted in excellent reviews and many repeat visitors. Run Barbados Marathon Weekend - (7th – 9th December) If you’re looking for a scenic place to go for a morning jog, Barbados certainly ticks the boxes. The route for the 2018 Run Barbados Marathon Weekend includes Bay Street where the Government Headquarters and the Prime Minister's office are located, Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown Boardwalk, Kensington Oval, Charles Duncan O'Neal Bridge, Independence Square, and – of course – beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea. Barbados Sailing Week - (16th – 24th January) Sailing has a long history in Barbados with the first organised race around Barbados held on January 1st 1936. Starting at the Barbados Cruising Club, the route leaves through the historic Carlisle Bay, passes the deep water harbour and then begins a 20-mile tight reach in calm water up the platinum coast of Barbados passing the homes of the rich and famous. Then it curves around the top of the island where sailors will pass the Atlantic Ocean, and will face a good 7 miles of tricky currents, wind shifts and big waves. Eventually, they will slide down the 18-mile long south cost and finish up at the south-west point of Barbados. Sugar & Rum Season - (February 15th – March 31st) Both sugar and rum form a significant part of the Barbadian Heritage, and this festival invites you to experience the history of both. From rum distillery tours to sugar and rum cooking classes, chocolate making classes, mixology shows, spa treatments, street and beach parties, cane factory, windmill and rum shop tours, the Barbados Sugar and Rum Season is steeped in history and authenticity. St Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway Opening This isn’t a festival or yearly event – but the opening of a historical attraction. Once upon a time, Barbados used to boast a train service that ran from the capital city of Bridgetown to Bellepaine, St. Andrew on the east coast. In January 2019, the St Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway will be opened, (in a million dollar project) and visitors to the island will once again be able to experience Train rides in Barbados. 2018 Year of Culinary Experiences After all that, you’re going to need some food - but not to worry, the food scene in Barbados offers a delicious mix of culinary experiences. Keep your eye out for the re-DISCOVER logo in restaurant windows (there’s also an app you can download), where you can enjoy a 3-course dinner (including a ½ bottle of wine) for US$50 per person (note that an advanced e-booking must be made). There are also 40 restaurants offering a 40% reduction on lunch menus. An exciting calendar of Culinary Experiences, including World Food Day as well as the Barbados Food and Rum Festival has also been launched. Alongside weekly and monthly events such as Hasting Farmers Market, Oistins Fish Fry at Oistins Bay Gardens, and a Sunday Jazz Lunch at Eastpoint Grill.
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  21. Morag@BarrheadTravel

    The four class-types on-board an Etihad flight

    Everything is more extravagant in Abu Dhabi so it’s no surprise that its national airline, Etihad, is a step above the rest. Guests are offered the choice of four different class types – ranging from a seat in economy class right through to a private three-bedroom suite (we’re not joking). If you’re looking at booking a holiday to Abu Dhabi (either as a standalone destination, or a city-break before you fly onwards to another exotic location) here’s everything you need to know about picking the correct class-type for you. Economy Etihad Economy Class offers more than what you would expect. Aside from the usual amenities such as in-flight entertainment (including live TV channels) and sleeping kit (with fleece, neck pillows, and headset) – you’ll find a Flying Nanny who will provide a helping hand with the little ones on long-haul flights. You’ll also be treated an in-flight meal, with options for everyone, including a choice of three main courses and a vegetarian option as standard. Business Business Class with Etihad is not business as usual, with spaces where guests can work, rest and play. You’ll love the comfortable seats with in-seat massage facility, adjustable headrest and footrest, plus – on-board our A380/787 Dreamliner - adjustable seat firmness. If you’re on a long-haul flight you’ll also enjoy a fully-flat bed (up to 6 feet 8 inches) with direct aisle access. To help you maintain concentration, Etihad Business Class also offers Dine Anytime menus that allow you to eat at a time that suits you. There’s also a Food & Beverage Manager to guide you through the extensive menu options and make wine and beverage recommendations. First You haven’t really experienced a First Class Flight until you have flown First Class with Etihad. Enjoy privacy from other passengers with a sliding divider, as well as noise-cancelling headphones and turn-down service with stylish loungewear, all-natural mattress, duvet and bed linen, soothing pillow mist and pulse point oil. There’s also a personal refreshments cabinet in your Suite or Apartment. Elsewhere on-board you’ll also find an Inflight Chef, who will cook personalised meals for you at a time that suits you. On the A380 you’ll also enjoy the added luxury of an in-flight bathroom with full height shower and exclusive amenities. The Residence Travelling with one other person for a special occasion? Book yourself a place in the Residence, the only three-room suite on a commercial airline. The living room has a luxurious leather double-seat sofa and two dining tables, while the bedroom boasts a 6-foot 10-inch double bed, with designer Italian bed linen. You’ll also find an en-suite shower room with full-height shower, bathrobes, and a vanity unit with magnifying make-up mirror and hairdryer. But luxury surroundings aren’t the only reason to travel in The Residence. While on-board you’ll be looked after by a Savoy-trained Etihad Butler and Inflight Chef. While on the ground you’ll also enjoy access to a Lifestyle Concierge service (who will look after you when you arrive) and a VIP Travel Concierge service (which includes private check-in and lounge).
  22. Morag@BarrheadTravel

    4 inspirational escorted tours in Canada

    Visiting a new country is sometimes scary, so a helping hand is appreciated. That’s where Escorted Touring comes in. Especially in a country like Canada, which is so diverse and just begs visitors to explore it properly. It’s not the sort of place where you visit one place for two weeks. Below we’ve rounded up four amazing itineraries that are perfect for discovering the best Canada (and – in some cases – the USA) has to offer. Let us know which one is your favourite. 1. Heart of the Canadian Rockies You’ll have a lot of ground to cover when you visit the Canadian Rockies (the mountain range stretches across Alberta and British Columbia for 180,000 km²) so it’s a good idea to know where you’re going. With this itinerary, you’ll start off in the metropolitan Calgary, where you’ll be treated to a city tour. Then you’ll move your way through the Rocky Mountains day-by-day with stops in Banff, Jasper, and Kamloops. Afterwards, you’ll also be treated to four days on the west coast while you flirt between Vancouver and Victoria. 2. New York, Niagara Falls and Washington D.C. You can spend months exploring Canada and everything it has to offer, but it also feels like a waste to visit and not stop-by its equally fascinating neighbour. With this itinerary you’ll get to explore three iconic sights within one trip, including an overnight stay in Philadelphia. 3. Canadian Rockies If the first Canadian Rockies itinerary didn’t tick all the boxes, maybe this lengthier adventure will. This time you’ll start in Vancouver, where you’ll stay for two nights and be treated to a day-long city tour. Then you’ll start your journey into the Rocky Mountains, with overnight stays in Kelowna, Banff, Jasper, Sun Peaks, and Whistler. Afterwards, you’ll then return to the west coast for two nights in Victoria, before your flight to the UK from Vancouver. 4. Eastern U.S. & Canada As we said, it’s well worth stopping by the USA while you’re in Canada. This itinerary offers you a 19-day round trip that starts in the iconic New York City, before you enjoy a one night stay in Boston crossing the border where you’ll visit Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. You’ll then stop by the Niagara Falls, where you’ll cross the border again and, this time, enjoy overnight stays in Lancaster, Washington DC and Philadelphia.
  23. “Is it expensive though?” This is a common question we get from customers who are looking to stay close to the action at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel. Equally the hotels can offer amazing value for money and easy access to the parks with great benefits only on-site hotel customers get. And now there really is something for all budgets: the upcoming Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, opening in 2019 (but available to book now), is Universal’s first ‘Value’ hotel offering budget-friendly accommodation. It still, however, will come with many of the extra perks that Universal Orlando hotels are known for. Here is a quick rundown of the features and amenities. 1. Universal Orlando Park benefits It wouldn’t be a Universal Orlando Resort hotel if it didn’t offer benefits that you can use in the parks. Guests can enjoy Early Park Admission, credit their purchase to their room key, and receive complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to their hotel. There will also be complimentary shuttle bus transportation to and from the theme parks and Universal CityWalk 2. It’s right in the heart of International Drive Universal’s Endless Summer Resort is being built on the site where Wet n Wild waterpark once stood. It’s just off where International Drive intersects with Universal Boulevard and a quick (free) shuttle to CityWalk and the parks 3. There will be two hotels Universal’s Endless Summer Resort will boast two hotels: Surfside Inn and Suites and Dockside Inn and Suites. The first of which will have 750 rooms and will open in August 2019, while the second will be home to a massive 2,050 rooms and will open throughout 2020. Guests at each hotel will be allowed to make use of amenities at the other hotel. 4. The theme will be sea, surf and sand While the décor at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort will be more minimalist than other Universal Orlando hotels – this is still a Universal hotel, and that means it needs a theme… think relaxed and fun surf vibe with beach details woven throughout the experience (fairly fitting as it will look out onto the lake that Wet n Wild used to wrap itself around!) 5. There will be five room categories Out of the 750 bright and beachy guest rooms, 390 will be 2 Bedroom Suites that comfortably sleep up to six adults with the rest a comfy standard double queen room (sleeps up to four). You can also get the standard double with a pool view and the 2-bedroom suites with a pool or water view – perfect! 6. The Two-Bedroom Suite is ideal for large families These suites are the perfect base for the entire family, sleeping up to six. They feature two bedrooms: one room with two queen beds and the other with one queen bed. There’s also a kitchenette area and cool picnic table for dining and hanging out; as well as a bathroom with separate shower and vanity areas so all the family can get ready at the same time. 7. There’s on-site food and drink Universal’s Endless Summer Resort boasts its own food court that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also have pizza delivered to your room. When you’re looking for a liquid refreshment, you can choose between the coffee bar in the lobby and the pool bar. 8. The pool area is pretty great The pool itself is surfboard-shaped and has a Splash Zone for the kids. There are also poolside activities such as Hula-Hoop Contests, Bingo and Ping-Pong. 9. There’s other entertainment on-site In the form of a fitness centre and a Game Room, where you’ll find video and arcade games. Plus a Universal Studios Store to stock up on all your favourite character merchandise! 10. Rooms start at only $73 per night We weren’t exaggerating when we said this new hotel was budget-conscious.
  24. jack

    Game of Thrones - Blessing and a Curse for Croatia

    There's so much more to the country than just Game of Thrones landmarks! I visited last August and discovered areas I had never even heard of before in Croatia. I went on a https://whereaboutsholidays.com/microadventures/microadventures-croatia/dubrovnik-island-multisportmicroadventure and had a quality time. We mainly did water activities like kayaking and swimming - the oceans were incredible. Would highly recommend to anybody thinking of visiting the country.
  25. Morag@BarrheadTravel

    Getting married in…Mauritius

    Mauritius boasts all the ingredients needed for the perfect beach wedding: idyllic white sand, luxury resorts and mouth-watering French cuisine. Here’s everything you need to know about tying the knot in Mauritius. The Resorts Mauritius is known for its luxury, beach-front, all-inclusive hotels – most of which offer their own wedding package. Here are five of our favourites. Beachcomber Beachcomber boasts eight resorts across the island of Mauritius and guarantees that only one wedding takes place a day. So your Wedding Co-ordinator can give your big day their full attention. Beachcomber offers two Wedding Packages: Classic and Luxury. The Classic includes all of the following: Cost of all legal procedures, fees and documentation Civil Status charges in Port Louis including the cost of transfers from your resort to the Civil Status office Registrar's fees Dedicated wedding planner in Mauritius and a wedding team in the UK Choice of wedding locations at their chosen resort Wedding cake for 10 people Bridal bouquet and groom's buttonhole Celebration breakfast in bed Separate room for the groom to change in (subject to availability) The Luxury Package includes everything above, as well as spa treatments, hair and make-up, four-course wedding dinner, and a romantic set-up in the couple's room. Sugar Beach Resort & Spa If you’re after a lively wedding with your nearest and dearest, then you need to look into this place. You can choose from three venues (the lawn outside Manor House, the white sandy beach or the gardens) and can cater up to 100 guests. The Sugar Beach Wedding Package includes: Choice of wedding venues Dedicated wedding coordinator Seasonal fruit basket in the couples room upon arrival Wedding attire pressing/steaming Romantic background music – CD player, during the ceremony Brides make up at the resort spa Bridal bouquet Grooms buttonhole One bottle of sparkling wine during the ceremony (Graham Beck or Prosecco Wedding cake (maximum of 6 invitees) Photo package of 50 (10x15 cm) prints presented in an album with CD Romantic candle-light dinner ( set menu) for the couple on the wedding day Breakfast in the room or on the terrace/balcony the morning after the ceremony All local legal fees Maritim Resort and Spa Maritim Resort and Spa is a favourite with couples seeking an upmarket wedding that is suitable for families. On-site there are watersports, nine-hole golf club, fitness centre, four restaurants, three bars and a hotel run kids club. If you’re looking for a wedding here, you’ll be treated to the following: Wedding Coordinator Decorated Ceremony Location Cadlelit dinner for the couple Bottle of sparkling wine Transport to Port Louis to Complete Wedding Registration Marriage License and Certificate Legal fees and ceremony Wedding gift Lux Grand Gaube This contemporary resort on the island’s north coast is informal but sophisticated, mixed up with a retro-chic lifestyle. The cuisine here is just as eclectic with Peruvian, Argentinian and Turkish dishes all making an appearance in the resort's restaurants. It is also suitable for families with supervised activities for 3 to 11-year-olds. You can choose from a Light Wedding Package and a Delight Wedding Package. The first of which includes the following: All legalities for the Bride & Groom, and transportation of the Civil Officer One wedding a day Dedicated wedding co-ordinator Arrival Present Wedding Set-Up Wedding Ceremony Special Wedding Menu (excludes beverages) Wedding Cake for the couple & 2 glasses of champagne Special breakfast in room the following day The Delight Wedding Package includes all of the above but with the extra additions of hair and make-up, Bridal Bouquet & Groom’s Button Hole, a live musician and breakfast in bed for the couple. Zilwa Attitude This new resort not only has a beach right outside its front door, it also has a few private islands to its name &ndash, and you can get married on one of them. The resort has its basic Free Wedding Package (if you stay at the island for seven days or more), Islander Package, and the Islander Wedding Package (which includes a ceremony on a private island). Aside from a ceremony on a Private Island, the Islander Wedding Package also includes: Discount for the bride Personalized gifts for the couple Discount at the Spa Attitude One massage for the couple at the Spa Attitude Wedding ceremony on Gran Zil Set up of the wedding venue Wedding coordinator Witness service Background music Bottle of sparkling wine Wedding cake Trial and hairdressing for the bride Bridal bouquet Groom buttonhole Manicure and pedicure for the bride Candlelight dinner Special turndown Gala dinner, lobster menu Special breakfast in room the day after the wedding When to get married Mauritius is at its finest between the start of November through to April. Legal Requirements In order to get married in Mauritius, you need to be 18 or older (16 with parental consent), and not be related by blood or adoption, have two witnesses, and provide the following legal documents: 2 Copies of passports 2 Copies of birth certificates 2 passport photos each Decree absolute (if divorced) Deed Poll (if name has changed) Death Certificate and previous marriage certificate if widowed Non-English documentation must be translated into English and duly stamped French passport holders and citizens of other countries need to submit their documentation to us 3 months prior to your arrival in Mauritius These documents will have been to taken to an official office in Port Louis. Don’t worry though – most Mauritius hotels will include the costs of this in the Wedding Package. Many Wedding Coordinators will also accompany you. You only need to have been in Mauritius for one day before you tie the knot, however if you wish to have a religious ceremony you need to have stayed a minimum of 15 days prior to the ceremony taking place (Anglican and Catholic weddings are both possible). (Please Note: please check with your Wedding Co-ordinator that the legal process in Mauritius has not changed).
  26. Megan@BarrheadTravel

    Staff Travel Diaries: Cirque du Soleil® in Las Vegas

    I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Las Vegas and was lucky enough to take in one of the famous Cirque du Soleil® performances. When you are in Vegas, there are some experiences that just cannot be missed, and this is definitely one of them. I can say with confidence that a Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas is an absolute must do, and I would recommend taking in a show to anyone planning their trip. With such a variety of shows on offer it can be difficult to make a decision. Each show is unique and there really is something for everyone. I opted to see Mystère™ by Cirque du Soleil® at Treasure Island. Mystere by Cirque du Soleil is the original Cirque du Soleil production. Combining high energy acrobatics and dramatic dance, the show caters for all ages and is suitable for families. Some of the acrobatic stunts were so intense that I was literally on the edge of my seat! The artists put on an exciting, thrilling show, with comedic acts to entertain the audience. There is also some audience participation which is great. The performance takes places to the thunderous rhythms of the Taiko drums, an amazing experience in itself. I highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance, so many people are left disappointed when they arrive in Las Vegas only to find out the show is sold out. The shows are incredibly popular and certain performances sell out weeks in advance. I highly recommend pre-booking your tickets to guarantee you get the best seats and avoid any frustration. Don’t worry if the show is close to capacity, the theatre is designed incredibly well, with seats raised all around the stage. With artists on the ground, trapezing through the air and running through the audience, you will always have sight of something. On the evening of the show, make sure you allow plenty of time and arrive early. The artists come around the audience for photo opportunities and it is a great experience to meet the artists. A fantastic experience for all, but something extra special if you have kids with you.
  27. Morag@BarrheadTravel

    How to spend 48 hours in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is the perfect Asia stopover. It’s small and compact, with the attractions of Lantau Island on the airport’s doorstep and the main downtown area only 25 minutes away. Hong Kong International Airport is also regarded as one of the most efficient airports in the world, so it’s unlikely you’ll be held up in customs for too long. The local transport system is also second to none (read our blog on navigating Honk Kong by subway). So even if you only have two days in the city it’s not impossible to see all of its biggest attractions – here’s what we recommend seeing. Treat your taste buds You’ll be hungry after your flight – and Hong Kong definitely knows how to satisfy peckish travellers. Start at one of the city’s many dim sum restaurants. You can choose between the traditional dim sum that the locals eat, or you can visit a fusion place (including Kawaii-style dim sum where the dumplings have cute cartoon faces drawn on them!). If you really want to dive into the local culture and try foods that you don’t see much of in the UK, sample the local delicacy: dried fish. You’ll find the best selection at the food market around Des Veoux Road West, Wing Lok and Ko Shing Streets. You can keep it simple with dried scallops or dried shrimps – but if you’re feeling adventurous keep your eye out for abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw and shark’s fin. When you’re in need of a refreshment, seek out one of Hong Kong’s many tea houses. Tea can be traced back to China so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting types of tea, ages, grades, preparation, mixes, and infusions. British-style Afternoon Tea is also more common in the city than you would think. Look up at the Big Buddha statue In only 25 minutes from the airport, you can find yourself looking up at one of the biggest bronze statues of Buddha in the world. Officially called Tian Tan Buddha, it was unveiled in 1993 and modelled after Buddha Shakyamuni. You’ll find it at the most southern end of Lantau Island in Ngong Ping, and it is an extension of Po Lin Monastery. Po Lin Monastery and the Buddha are open to the public between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm. Access to the outside of the Buddha is free of charge, but there is an admission fee to go inside the Buddha. Shop ‘til you drop The shopping scene in Hong Kong is second to none – and is one of the main things visitors rave about when they leave. Citygate Outlets is the largest outlet mall in Hong Kong and is home to over 90 international brands for fashion, beauty, accessories, and household items – and only 10 minutes from the airport. If you want to pick up something local and unique we recommend checking out a street market (Temple Street Market is considered one of the best). We’d also suggest strolling along the popular Hollywood Road (which is also the second oldest road in Hong Kong) that is home to several antique shops that sell everything from Buddha sculptures to Tibetan rugs. Disneyland You’ll definitely need a full day set aside for this one – but it is well worth it if you’re a big Disney fan. Found on the north-east corner of Lantau Island, you can spend a good half day wondering around the seven lands within the park: Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street. Hong Kong Disneyland is also going through an expansion period. By 2020, Hong Kong Disneyland will boast its own Arendelle, Marvel area within Tomorrowland (with rumours of an Ant-Man experience), and Moana-style Village Festival. But that’s not all: Hong Kong is also getting a new castle (which will incorporate elements from several Disney stories). Finish your stop-over with the sunset Finally, you can’t visit Hong Kong without having admired it from the local mountain. Victoria Peak sits on the western half of the island and offers a stunning view of the urban landscape. If you don’t fancy hillwalking, don’t worry – there’s a tram. The best time to visit the peal – without a doubt – is when the day turns into night. Perfect end to your stopover in Hong Kong.
  28. Morag@BarrheadTravel

    10 things to know about U by Uniworld

    River Cruises have traditionally been a peaceful way to travel, popular with retired travellers looking for an easy way to explore different cities in the one holiday. U by Uniworld is a new river cruise line (owned by luxury Uniworld) that is bringing something new to the rivers of Europe. On-board their modern ships, you’ll find late nights bars, fluorescent accents and rooms you’d more typically associate with a hostel than a cruise ship. Also, their range of excursions varies from laid-back activities to energetic adventures. Does a river cruise now feel like something you’d want to book? Here are 10 things to know about U by Uniworld. 1. They have two ships Named the A and the B, they each sail through a dedicated area of Europe. The A can be found floating along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers in Central Europe. While the B cruises down France’s Seine River. The small size of their ships also means they can dock in the city centre of most destinations. 2. There’s solo rooms and dorms Anyone travelling by themselves who wants to save some money (and make friends in the process) can book a bed in one of the dorm rooms. Though if you are travelling alone and don’t fancy sharing with someone, single rooms are also available. 3. Fully functioning dining The two U by Uniworld vessels both have a fully-functioning restaurant like any other cruise ship. The main dining room, called Dine, serves brunch and dinner (including vegetarian and vegan options). Then on the top-deck, you’ll find the U Lounge, which serves tapas-style sharing plates and after-hours snacks. 4. There’s a lot included U by Uniworld isn’t all-inclusive, but you won’t need to reach for your wallet too often. You’ll enjoy two meals on-board per day (usually brunch and dinner) selected non-alcoholic drinks, selected daily shore excursions, and onboard entertainment. Gratuities are also included. 5. There are bikes on-board More and more ships boast onboard bikes that guests can take out for a day exploring – and U by Uniworld is no exception. Each ship has 50 U Bikes onboard for complimentary use. 6. Immersive excursions All the U by Uniworld itineraries have complimentary excursions, along with additional U Time excursions that were designed by local destination experts. There’s a wide range to choose from – including a mixology lesson in Amsterdam, rock climbing in Germany, classical music in Vienna, and a street art tour in Paris. 7. There are six itineraries to choose from Starting with Rolling on the Rhine, Seine Experience, Germany’s Finest, and the Danube Flow – and then ending with the festive-themed Dashing Through the Danube and A Merry Little Christmas Cruise. But that’s not all: since Europe’s rivers are home to some incredible festivals, so U by Uniworld offers special itineraries that include them. Such as an Oktoberfest Cruise, and a Danube cruise that stops by the Sziget Festival (one of the largest music festivals in the world). 8. There’s an onboard gym and spa You’ll find treadmills, TRX bands, yoga mats, free weights, and other equipment to help keep up your fitness routine while on holiday. You can then relax in the spa afterwards. 9. U by Uniworld has charity partnerships and a sustainability pledge U by Uniworld work alongside TreadRight, Just a Drop and One Tree Planted to make sure that the world remains as beautiful as it is now for years to come. They also have a partnership with All Hands and Hearts, which rebuilds resilient schools in areas impacted by natural disasters. 10. It’s open to all U by Uniworld has been regularly described as a “river cruise by millennials” – but it is actually open for all. In fact, it’s largely been the 40+ cruisers who are booking themselves onto these stylish boats.
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