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  2. Stars from ITV’s Love Island have teamed up with Celebrity Cruises in their latest campaign. As part of the campaign, some travel agencies across may even get surprise visits from the show’s stars, including Jamie Jewitt, Marcel Somerville and Gabby Allen. Claire Stirrup, sales director, Celebrity Cruises UK and Ireland, said: “If you watched Love Island, you’ll fall in love with this campaign, and if you didn’t you’ll take one look at the stars involved and fall in love anyway. We make no secret of loving our agent partners, and we have ramped up that affection this turn-of-year.” Customers will be offered a free Classic Drinks package for bookings made before March 14, 2018, on all European and The Arabian Gulf sailings. You never know, some familiar Love Island faces may pop by to a Barrhead Travel store near you next year, so keep your eyes peeled!
  3. Winter sun

    We've settled on Tenerife. Its familiar and ticks all the boxes for everyone
  4. Barrhead Travel Welcome “Harry and Meghan” for Honeymoon Booking

    fantastic!!!!!
  5. Cruising for Newbies - We're Here to Help!!

    fab information! if I ever make the leap to go for cruising I will definitely be reverting back to this
  6. How do you book your excursions?

    I always book my excursions before hand mainly to get the cost out of the way but also as I am slightly OCD with with daily arrangements
  7. As a HMPO survey found that 63 percent of people would prefer to renew their passport online they have confirmed that the online passport renewal will now be available for 16 – 25 year olds, as well as the 26years + that it is currently available to. Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said: “This service makes it easier than ever before to renew your passport and I am delighted that we are now able to offer it to 16 to 25 year olds. We are harnessing technology to transform our services. As part of this service, customers are able to digitally upload pictures taken on their tablet or smartphone, and even those taken at photo shops or booths, to their passport application. We want to ensure we have a modern and easy-to-use service for our millions of passport holders and applicants.”
  8. Ugly Christmas Jumper Day!!

    If you’re jetting off for Christmas and you find yourself on an Alaska, Virgin America and Horizon Air flight in the US, Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica we advise you take the ugliest Christmas jumper you can lay your hands on. Here’s why - Alaska, Virgin America and Horizon Air are celebrating “National Ugly Holiday Sweater day” on 15th December by offering priority boarding to anyone wearing an “ugly holiday sweater”. "Travel during the holidays can be stressful for guests, especially those who do not travel often,” said Natalie Bowman, managing director of marketing and advertising at Alaska Airlines. "This fun promotion not only allows guests to board early on that day, but gives people another opportunity to dust off that ugly holiday sweater hanging in the back of their closet." Anyone taking up the offer is encouraged to tag their photos and videos using the hashtags: #UglySweaterDay and #MostWestCoast.
  9. Easyjet have announced that they are releasing 20 new routes from the UK for summer 2018. It was announced that that there will be new routes from Belfast, Bristol, London Gatwick, Liverpool, London Luton, Manchester and Southend, to destinations such as Naples, Seville and Bordeaux with completely new destinations of Ancona, Genoa, Nea Anchialos and Reus. Many of the new routes will depart as many as 7 days a week, and will be operated on easyJet’s A319 and A320 aircraft. Sophie Dekkers, UK country director, said: “We’re really pleased to be launching 20 new routes for the summer 2018 schedule. Passengers can look forward to fantastic European destinations, whether they are travelling for business or leisure. “For those who are looking for inspiration on where to go on their break, our Inspire Me app available on our website helps travellers to find flights tailored to their budget and travel dates. “easyJet is excited to be continuing to expand, providing low fares and friendly customer service to our passengers.”
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  11. Cruising for Newbies - We're Here to Help!!

    If you are new to cruising then doubt you will be finding that it is a minefield of information with some of the jargon making no sense at all. So, to help you cruiser newbies out we have created a Cruise Jargon Guide. Types of Cruising Mini Cruise – A mini cruise is usually a cruise that is no more than 5 nights. These cruises are usually used by those are “testing the water” to see if cruising is for them. Ex-UK Cruise – When a cruise leaves from a UK port. Fly Cruise – When a flight is involved either before or after (or both) a cruise. Cruise and Stay – When you combine a cruise itinerary with a land based stay. Back to Back Cruise – When two separate cruise itineraries are combined. Example two 7 night cruises leaving from the same port consecutively can be combined to make a 14 sailing – a back to back cruise. Expedition Cruise – Where ships are usually smaller and itineraries have a focus on exotic destinations i.e. Antarctica, Galapagos Islands etc. Transatlantic Cruise – When a cruise crosses the Atlantic Ocean Repositioning Cruise – When a cruise leaves from one area of the world to another after finishing her season. World Cruise/World Cruise Segment – When a cruise sails for 100+ days to different areas of the world. These can also broke down into smaller sailings – World Cruise Segments. Board Basis All Inclusive – When drinks are included. How much is included varies depending on the cruise line so always check before booking how much is included in your all-inclusive. Dining Main Dining – The dining that is included in your price. This is usually set at the same time and table each night Speciality Dining – Restaurants that are higher end or niche i.e. Steakhouses or Thai. These not usually included in your price and require a supplement to be paid onboard. Cabin Type Inside Cabin – Cabin with no windows Outside/Oceanview – Cabin with either picture window (Square window) or porthole window (smaller circular window). Virtual Balcony – Cabin that has a virtual view. Usually a real-time image from forward or aft of ship French Balcony – Cabin with glass door or wall-to-wall window that opens to give you fresh air and the feel of a veranda, minus the veranda, tables and chairs. Balcony Cabin – Cabin with Glass door which leads to a small patio area with chairs/loungers and Table. Suite - Larger cabin with separate sleeping and living areas. Anything Else... Single Supplement – A supplement solo travellers have to pay when staying in a room with more than one bed. Onboard Credit – Term used to describe money that is on your onboard account to spend on the ship.
  12. Cunard Premiers "The Greatest Showman"

    Cunard and 20th Century Fox came together and hosted the world premiere of “The Greatest Showman” onboard the Queen Mary 2 while she was docked in New York. If you weren’t blown away by the fact this was the first time the first time a Hollywood movie premiere took place on a passenger ship then then the A-list guest list might do the trick. The cast including Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Rebecca Ferguson walked the red carpet on board Cunard’s flagship just before the film was shown in the ship’s Illuminations theatre. Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice President Cunard said: “The world premiere event of ‘The Greatest Showman’ onboard Queen Mary 2 epitomises the glamour and excitement that defines Cunard. We are thrilled to host the first major film premiere on a Cunard Queen’
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  14. Fraudulent Transactions via Airbnb Increasing

    A news report has been published highlighting the increasing number of fraudulent transactions serviced via Airbnb. It was reported that almost 1 million customers have fallen victim to some type of fraud from the website within the last year. Research into the home sharing company found that one in five complainants had a host cancel their stay at the last minute or never turn up. More than a quarter reported unsafe conditions, such as a bug infestation, or the accommodation not being as described and one in six said they were victim of a scam, such as the host demanding extra cash when they arrived. The study, conducted by travel blogger Asher Fergusson, quotes Airbnb employees as saying between 3% and 7% of stays turn into a problem. With 80 million trips completed on the website in 2016 that suggests that up to 5.5 million travellers had a bad experience last year. Fergusson stated; “Airbnb doesn’t require any ID other than an email address and phone number so anyone could be your host. “They don’t even require real names or profile photos. This means you could end up staying with a criminal, registered sex offender or scam artist.” This report highlights the importance of holiday financial protection and ensuring your booking provider is ABTA and ATOL protected. Travel companies like Barrhead Travel conduct due diligence on all hotels, airlines, tour operators, cruise lines and travel partners to ensure quality and safety.
  15. Dunfermline Sandals Event

    Join us at our Exclusive Sandals Evening in our Dunfermline store. Come along and enjoy complimentary prosecco, expert advice and lots of exclusive event-only offers! Starring golden sand beaches, tropical settings, crystal clear waters and the finest gourmet foods, Sandals resorts are the perfect location for your next romantic getaway or honeymoon. We will have specialists in attendance from luxury travel operator, Sandals to provide you with inspiration for your next luxury holiday. Barrhead Travel’s own travel experts, who have a wealth of knowledge will also be on hand to help you select the perfect destination. Date - Thursday 8th February Time - 6pm-8pm Location – Duloch Park, 1 Turnstone Road, Dunfermline, KY11 8JZ Sign up here today to secure your space.
  16. Stirling Sandals Event

    Join us at our Exclusive Sandals Evening in our Stirling store. Come along and enjoy complimentary prosecco, expert advice and lots of exclusive event-only offers! Starring golden sand beaches, tropical settings, crystal clear waters and the finest gourmet foods, Sandals resorts are the perfect location for your next romantic getaway or honeymoon. We will have specialists in attendance from luxury travel operator, Sandals to provide you with inspiration for your next luxury holiday. Barrhead Travel’s own travel experts, who have a wealth of knowledge will also be on hand to help you select the perfect destination. Date - Thursday 15th February Time - 6pm-8pm Location – The Thistles Shopping Centre, Stirling, FK8 2EA Sign up here today to secure your space.
  17. Newcastle Cruise Event

    Looking for some inspiration for 2018? Join us on Saturday 27th January from 9.30am - 5pm, where you can enjoy complimentary wine & nibbles and lots of event-only offers. We will have specialists in attendance from leading cruise lines including P&O and Cunard to chat about what’s new for 2018 and provide inspiration for your next voyage. Barrhead Travel’s own travel experts who have a wealth of knowledge will also be on hand to share their own cruising experiences and help find you the perfect cruise. Location: Barrhead Travel, Intu Eldon Square, Newcastle Sign up here today to secure your space.
  18. Erins Kenya Adventure

    Our very own Erin from our Dumfries branch has just returned from the most magical trip to Kenya and has been kind enough to give us a little insight into her trip: Destination: Kenya - Nairobi/ Masai Mara/ Nakuru/ Naivasha/ Amboseli and Mombasa Overview: Kenya is a place I had always dreamed of going and it certainly did not disappoint. Within the first two days we almost saw all of the big 5 and much more on our game drives in Masai Mara, It was out of this world. Visiting the Masai Village was an experience you couldn't get anywhere else! I have experienced and learned things I never thought I would on this trip and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to something completely different. Things to see: Masai Village is a must see: Here is where you get to meet the local Masai people and learn about their way of living, you might even be lucky enough to see a traditional dance. It’s definitely a once in a life time experience. Masai Mara game reserve: This was my favourite game reserve of the three that we visited. The animals that we got to see up close were unbelievable and the photo opportunities were endless! Mombasa: Mombasa has some beautiful beaches to stroll along, perfect if you want to finish your holiday with a few days relaxation by the sea and is only a 1hr flight from Nairobi to Mombasa. What to Pack: A neck Pillow! This is a must for long flights/ transfers and helps cushion you on the safaris. Also comfy footwear and clothes again for long time sitting in safari bus/ transfers. At night in the hotels dress code is mostly casual. The last, and most important, is mosquito bands and spray as there is a lot of bugs flying about at night. My Top Tips: *Do 3/4 nights in the Masai Mara as this is where we saw most of the animals on our trip. The game reserve is more open and you can go along little roads right up beside the animals compared to the other two game reserves where you can’t get as close. *No need for adaptors as the sockets European sockets. *If you are thinking of adding on a few nights at the beach in Mombasa check where the hotel is, as the Baobab Beach Resort is about a three hour transfer from the airport including a ferry ride. * If you can do a boat ride on Lake Naivasha to see the Hippos up close. It was a scary experience but amazing at the same time. Hotel/Ship Recommendations: Panari hotel in Nairobi is perfect for anyone with children as there is a cinema and ice rink in the hotel!! We only had a quick visit to this hotel but it had a great atmosphere and seemed like a family friendly hotel. Mara Sarova Camp in Masai Mara - Luxury tents. We stayed in the club tents that were very spacious. Luxury tents would be perfect for anyone that is looking for the full safari experience as most tents look on to the game reserve its self (secured by an electric fence). At night you can hear all the animals as you’re only a canvas wall away from the outside. Keekorok Lodge Masai Mara. We only visited this hotel but I would have loved to stay here. It has its very own Hippo pool that you can walk along beside the tree top observatory to see during the day and at night the hippos come into the lodge grounds to graze. Ol Tukai Lodge in Amboseli. This was my favourite hotel by far. The rooms were a bit more modern and clean to the other ones we stayed in and there was lots of monkey running around outside. Great food and nice bar area are too.
  19. A beginner’s guide to Jamaica

    @Hamish Green How amazing! I hope you're having a blast. Keep the pictures coming Shannon
  20. A beginner’s guide to Jamaica

    Hi, we were in Jamaica in Nov we went rafting on Martha River. Worth a go this was our oarsman I think maybe with one rum or two. Hamishx 824E4A84-BB1E-4622-8CBB-C788CE0D9C59.MOV
  21. Aberdeen Cruise Event

    Looking for some inspiration for 2018? Join us on the 25th January from 12pm - 8pm, where you can enjoy complimentary wine & nibbles and lots of event-only offers. We will have specialists in attendance from leading cruise lines including Royal Caribbean and MSC to chat about what’s new for 2018 and provide inspiration for your next voyage. Barrhead Travel’s own travel experts who have a wealth of knowledge will also be on hand to share their own cruising experiences and help find you the perfect cruise. Sign up here today to secure your space
  22. Edinburgh Cruise Event

    Looking for some inspiration for 2018? Join us on the 18th January from 10am - 8pm, where you can enjoy complimentary wine & nibbles and lots of event-only offers. We will have specialists in attendance from leading cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, NCL and MSC to chat about what’s new for 2018 and provide inspiration for your next voyage. Barrhead Travel’s own travel experts who have a wealth of knowledge will also be on hand to share their own cruising experiences and help find you the perfect cruise. Location: Barrhead Travel, Gyle Shopping Centre. Sign up here today to secure your space.
  23. Livingston Cruise Event

    Looking for some inspiration for 2018? Join us on Thursday 8th February from 11am - 8pm, where you can enjoy complimentary wine & nibbles and lots of event-only offers. We will have specialists in attendance from leading cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises to chat about what’s new for 2018 and provide inspiration for your next voyage. Barrhead Travel’s own travel experts who have a wealth of knowledge will also be on hand to share their own cruising experiences and help find you the perfect cruise. Location: Barrhead Travel, The Mall, 73 Almondvale S, Livingston EH54 6HR Sign up here today to secure your space.
  24. Silverburn Cruise Event

    Looking for some inspiration for 2018? Join us on Thursday 8th March from 11am - 7pm, where you can enjoy complimentary wine & nibbles and lots of event-only offers. We will have specialists in attendance from leading cruise lines to chat about what’s new for 2018 and provide inspiration for your next voyage. Barrhead Travel’s own travel experts who have a wealth of knowledge will also be on hand to share their own cruising experiences and help find you the perfect cruise. Location: Barrhead Travel, Silverburn Shopping Centre. Sign up here today to secure your space.
  25. How to Get a FREE Upgrade to First Class!

    Travel expert and author Rick Brown has revealed his secret to sneaking your way into those elite seats – you hope and pray you have a broken seat. Of course it’s not guaranteed that you will have a broken seat/seatbelt but if you do, the airline must give you another seat if you ask. The downside, you might just be given another economy seat. However if you’re lucky enough you will be given first class if that is all that is available. Has anyone ever blagged their way into First Class from economy? If you have, we want to know how (even if you tried and failed).
  26. Christmas Movies Set in New York City

    Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to snuggle up on the sofa, hot chocolate in hand, to watch your favourite festive films. There are so many incredible movies to get you in the mood for Christmas. One thing that many of them have in common is that they are set in New York City. This concrete jungle comes alive in the winter, with elaborate lights, beautiful trees and awe-inspiring holiday windows turning it into a winter wonderland. Here’s a list of our favourite movies set in the Big Apple that are bound to get you into the festive spirit. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Miracle on 34th Street has been beloved by fans for 70 years. It’s hard not to feel full of Christmas spirit when watching Kris Kringle bring the joy of Santa Claus to New York. This movie has won four Oscars and even inspired a Broadway play over the years! Location Spotting: Beginning during the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, this movie is set in Manhattan, and is specifically set on West 34th Street. Macy’s Department Store is still situated there to this day – allowing for the perfect photo op for fans of the film! Elf (2003) This movie may only have come out in 2003, but it has become a Christmas classic in that time. It is hard not to appreciate the beauty of New York during the holidays as you witness Buddy – raised by elves in the North Pole – discover the joy of Christmas in the city. Location Spotting: Dozens of exterior shots of NYC were used in the filming of Elf, but one of the most memorable is of Bethesda Fountain – which Santa’s sleigh narrowly misses when it crashes in Central Park. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) The second film in the ‘Home Alone’ series, this movie shows New York from the eyes of 10-year old Kevin. It’s no wonder we feel a child-like excitement for Christmas when we watch it! Even though the focus of the movie is on Kevin outsmarting and out-pranking the Wet Bandits once again, some of the scenic shots of the Big Apple will take your breath away. Location Spotting: The heart-warming reunion between Kevin and his mother at the end of the movie takes place at the Rockefeller Centre. Would you like to make a Christmas wish there like Kevin does? Scrooged (1988) Did you know that ‘Scrooged’ is a modern adaption of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’? Bill Murray’s much-loved comedy is all about teaching inconsiderate Frank the true meaning of Christmas, with an ending that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Location Spotting: If you want to visit the spot where Dickens’ tale came to life, head to Park Avenue. It may look like many other office blocks in New York, but this is where Frank’s Christmas story began to unfold! When Harry Met Sally (1989) This hugely successful romcom is the ultimate ‘will they, won’t they’ love story. Whilst not strictly a Christmas movie, it’s hard not to feel festive when you see Harry and Sally carrying a Christmas tree together through New York. This is the perfect movie to watch with your other half on these longer, darker nights. Location Spotting: Get dropped off at Washington Square Park and walk through the arch, luggage in hand, to mimic Harry in the movie. Don’t forget to bring your favourite travel buddy so they can capture the perfect shot! Have these films got you feeling festive? Let us know which location you would like to visit first in the comments below!
  27. A beginner’s guide to Jamaica

    Jamaica is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean. Not only does it boast pristine beaches and crystal waters, but it also comes with a side serving of laid-back reggae beats. Even more, away from the beaches, visitors will find a sublime mix of hidden waterfalls, banana plantations and soaring mountains. It’s the perfect mix of beach and party, with activities for both families and couples. Here’s everything you need to know about this paradise island. Things to do Jamaica has two sides. One day you will be relaxing on a quiet beach, and the next you‘ll be soaking up the spirited atmosphere. Jamaica is not short of options, no matter your holiday style. Here’s just a selection of what you can get up to. Feel the reggae beat Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae. In the capital of Kingston you’ll find the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the legendary singer. Eat delicious food We’ve blogged before about the mouth-watering local dishes available in Jamaica. But we are mentioning it again, as you need to make sure you stop by a beach shack for some jerk chicken. Relax on a beach on Negril If it’s a relaxing beach that you’re after, we recommend the secluded area of Negril along Jamaica’s west coast. It boasts over four-miles of unspoilt white-sand beach, with protected marine-life minutes from the shore offering perfect diving opportunities. Duns River Falls This stunning waterfall is terraced by a natural staircase, and is a popular climbing spot. It takes about 1-1.5 hours to climb the natural staircase, though there is a man-made stairway nearby for people unable to climb the uneven surface. Get married Jamaica is a beautiful island and the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding. There are many resorts on the island that offer wedding packages, including seven Sandals Resorts. Whether it’s a hotel wedding or a ceremony by a cliffside, the wedding organisers in Jamaica will be able to arrange it for you. How to get there (and find your way around) There are three airports on Jamaica: Norman Manley International Airport, Sangster International Airport and Ian Fleming International Airport. Direct flights are available from the UK and will take roughly 10 hours. There are also smaller aerodromes in Kingston, Portland, Ocho Rios, the South Coast and Negril if you’re looking to see more than one part of the island. Luxury air-conditioned coaches also run regularly on popular routes. Where to stay Jamaica has an impressive range of accommodation options. Whether it’s a hotel, guesthouse or luxury villa you’re after, you’ll find it in Jamaica. Plus, some of the biggest hotel names in the world have locations in Jamaica, including Sandals, Hilton, Beaches, Couples and Moon Palace. Final tips · The currency on the island is the Jamaican Dollar (we can exchange this before you go!) · The weather is at its best between November and March · British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Jamaica (if they’re staying for under 90 days)
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  29. Princess Cruises are set to celebrate their 50th Year in Alaska with their largest ever deployment in 2019. An astonishing seven Princess ships will sail to Alaska with the Royal Princess making her inaugural sailing. Along with the increase in deployment Princess have enhanced their cruise tours by giving guests a choice of over 23 to choose from. "Our upcoming 2019 Alaska season marks our 50th year taking guests to this bucket-list destination, that for most is a life-changing experience offering breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring moments," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. "In 1969, Princess Italia was our first ship to bring 525 passengers to Alaska. In 2019, we will mark another milestone by bringing Royal Princess, our largest ship ever deployed to this region, with more than 3,500 guests."
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