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  1. Check out 'The Cruise' live this Thursday on ITV

    Ever wondered what life is like onboard a cruise ship? A six-part documentary set onboard a Princess Cruises' ship goes live this week on ITV starting from 8:30pm on Thursday, March 3. Entitled 'The Cruise’, you'll get a real taste of what life is like for crew and guests on board the 3,560-passenger Regal Princess as she sails through northern Europe and Russia. 'The Cruise', narrated by Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, has been made by Wild Pictures, one of the UK’s leading factual documentary makers. Wild Pictures has a reputation for creating access-led films with high production values that focus on major organisations and human interest stories. Production were given unique access into the daily roles of the 1,400-strong crew, who hail from countries all over the world as they work together to keep the operations of the ship running smoothly including navigating the 114,000-tonne, 19-deck ship; preparing over 20,000 meals a day; and servicing 1,800 cabins, every day. Group shot of the staff onboard the stunning Regal Princess - watch The Cruise on ITV this Thursday[/caption] Join the conversation on Twitter via #thecruise this Thursday at 8:30pm. For more details about sailing onboard the Regal Princess, contact our cruise experts today!
  2. People to People Tourism with P&O Cruises

    People to People Tourism with P&O Cruises A couple of months ago P&O Cruises advised that Adonia would be spending the summer of 2016 in the Caribbean. We're now in a position to share with you some exciting news about a ‘special assignment’ that has been given to Adonia by Carnival Corporation. Carnival Corporation has today announced the launch of a new brand, fathom, focusing on the growing number of people who want to work alongside local communities as part of their travel experience in such areas as education, the environment and economic development. fathom provides a unique opportunity for people who wish to combine their love of travel and a desire to make a lasting contribution to a worthwhile cause. Therefore, from April 2016, Adonia will be redeployed for the start up period of the operation sailing out of Miami to the Dominican Republic on a weekly basis and travelers will be working on programmes that make a positive social impact on the communities they visit. fathom is a new brand created by Carnival Corporation. Its primary aim is to allow travellers interested in People to People tourism to have a chance to help local communities abroad. The voyages have been designed to appeal to the American market but of course all nationalities are welcome on board if they choose this travel experience. fathom voyages went on sale as of 4 June. The itineraries currently go up to October 2016 and fathom are working closely with global humanitarian partners to identify new areas with the hope to expand this deployment moving forward. Further information will be provided once confirmed. As a result, Adonia cruises D605A (4 March - 35 nights) & D606 (18 March - 21 nights) will be cancelled. All passengers will receive a refund and £100 Future Cruise Credit to be used on a future P&O Cruises holiday. If you are booked on these cruises, you will shortly receive a letter advising of the cancellation and directing you to choose another great cruise holiday. We are so excited that a P&O Cruises' ship has been chosen to take on this assignment and look forward to hearing all about the great work done by the fathom team in the future.
  3. The Great British Beer Menu from P&O

    Where will you find an Orchard Pig Reveller right next to a Knight of the Garter? A Rutland Panther sitting next to a Black Sheep? Or a Speyside Oak Aged Blonde rubbing shoulders with Admiral Lord Collingwood? You’ll find all of these - plus many more slightly unusual beers, ales and ciders - on Brodie’s Great British Beer Menu on P&O Cruises newest ship, Britannia. The Great British Beer Menu features 70 different bottled beers, ales and ciders from 56 UK counties including pilsners, ales, stouts, gluten-free beer and speciality beers such as Chocolate Tom from Robinson’s Brewery in Cheshire, Ginger Hare from Bath Ales in Somerset and Orange Peel from the Wadsworth Brewery in Wiltshire. Prior to the launch of Britannia in the next week, the P&O Cruises team have spent months going up and down the UK trying to source the finest selection of beers both from smaller, local, artisan brewers such as Windsor & Eton Brewery (Berkshire), Elgoods Brewery (Cambridge), Whitewater Brewery (Belfast), Fyne Ales (Dumbarton), Felinfoel Brewery (Pembrokeshire), Okell`s (Isle of Man) and the Hilden Brewing Company (County Antrim) as well as renowned breweries including Marstons (West Midlands), Greene King (Suffolk), Belhaven (Dumfries), Fullers (London), Theakstons (North Yorkshire), Brew Dog (Aberdeen) and Hall & Woodhouse (Dorset). The Great British Beer Menu is available in Brodie’s, a classic pub which is named after one of the founders of P&O Cruises, Brodie McGhie Wilcox. A great place to meet with friends, relax with a beer or glass of wine, Brodie’s offers a variety of entertainment including quizzes, live music and karaoke as well as poker and roulette tables in the adjoining casino.
  4. What to expect from a luxury cruise

    Every cruise line claims to provide their guests with the ultimate in luxury travel, but it can be hard to know which ships are the real deal until you’re in the middle of the ocean! When purchasing a luxury cruise experience, you should expect the very best from a world class holiday where your every need is met, while you sail from port to port without a care in the world. We wanted to give you some tips on what to look for and expect from a luxury cruise. Entertainment Most cruise itineraries generally include several full days at sea, without any shore visits. Time can pass quite slowly when you’re staring out at the vast blue ocean, so you should make sure that your ship offers plenty of entertainment! During the day, this can include sporting facilities such as miniature golf and rock climbing walls, craft workshops, fitness classes, film screenings and numerous poolside activities. By night, you will be entertained by some of the top performers in the world: singers, comedians, actors and magicians are all devoted to the cruise ship scene, and on luxury cruise ships, the standard is set extremely high. Facilities This is where the truly luxurious cruise ships really stand out from the crowd. Look for a selection of swimming pools, games areas and dining options where you can while away the day at your leisure. In your accommodation, expect flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee facilities, and a very tempting room service menu. On a more practical note, your ship’s facilities should include a state of the art medical centre, with at least one experienced doctor on standby at all times. Some larger cruise ships have a helipad onboard which can be extremely useful in emergency cases. Relaxation A cruise is meant to be one of the most relaxing experiences, and a luxury cruise will do all it can to create the ultimately blissful environment in which you can truly unwind. Look for an onboard spa which offers a full range of treatments, from massages and body wraps to facials and waxing. Your ship should also include a number of quiet spots – a meditation room, a yoga studio or a library, for instance – where you can sit and enjoy your surroundings in peace. Locations Before you book, take a close look at the ship’s itinerary. Major cities tend to offer more for short-term visitors, and your cruise line should have a tour guide on standby to help you fit in as many of the sites as possible during your visit. If you opt to stay onboard during port visits, a luxury cruise ship will make sure that you have access to all the usual ship facilities and entertainment. Accommodation On a luxury cruise, we recommend you choose a room with a window so that you can enjoy the view, or even better, aim for a room with a balcony for true luxury. Kick back on your private balcony and enjoy the sunset. Larger suites offer more space, including a well-equipped en-suite bathroom and a balcony, while staterooms generally include a sitting area and a mini office. Food and drink If you have any special dietary requirements, the cruise line will ensure they are catered for. Most luxury cruise ships will have specialist chefs onboard to provide proper kosher or halal meals, gluten-free dishes, vegan selections, and more. Let the cruise line know in advance if you have any special requirements and they should go out of their way to accommodate you. In recent years, some luxury cruise ships have been inviting celebrity chefs onboard to host special meals and workshops – your luxury cruise consultant will be able to find out what sort of culinary delights you can expect. Unique Features And finally, for a truly luxurious experience, most luxury cruise ships will offer something completely different that you can’t find anywhere else. This can include an open-air cinema, an on-board carousel, 300m-high viewing capsule, or simply that ‘je ne sais quoi’ to make your holiday unforgettable. For more information on luxury cruising, contact our experts.
  5. Take your place amongst Vikings

    Take your place amongst Vikings Follow the path of the Norsemen to explore the earliest known European settlement in North America. This UNESCO World Heritage Site brings you face to face with the artifacts of history that lie just below the earth's surface and teaches you and your family how to live like tenth century Vikings. The remains of three halls and five smaller buildings have been preserved making the site the earliest known European settlement in the New World which has some much history to offer and discover. Learn about the native cultures that inhabited this spot long before the Vikings arrived, learn how ships and homes were built and listen to the millennium old sagas of hardy men and women sailing forbidden seas as you sit around a roaring fire under the same stars. Wonder at the artifacts left behind by aboriginal groups, who have been using the site for 6000 years. Meet Viking re-enactors like merchant-adventurer Bjorn, his wife, Thora, and Ragnar, the blacksmith as they tell the story of their tenth century existence. After visiting the fascinating, archeological sites and reconstructed buildings, why not take some time to hike the intimate, and captivating trails, or relax in the picnic area and look for icebergs off the stunning coastline. For more information on following the path in this UNESCO site, contact us on 0141 250 7888.
  6. Walking the Ocean Floor

    Ever wanted to try walking the ocean floor ? Come witness the hypnotic flow as the Bay of Fundy fills and empties, replacing billions of tonnes of water, creating the highest tides in the world. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors come from around the world travel to the Bay of Fundy, a UNESCO Biosphere, to watch and walk the ocean floor at low tide. For an introduction to the tides, the geology - including the stunning 'flowerpot' formations - the shorebird migration, the whales, and the local culture of Fundy, come and try Walking the Ocean Floor. You’ll want to grab some good rubber boots and venture out onto the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks to really see the bottom of the sea at low tide - it’s a pretty muddy activity so good rubber boots are a necessity. During the summer months of July and August, you’ll be completely swept away by the sight of millions of shore birds congregating in the upper reaches of the Bay – a well-earned rest stop on their 4,000 km migration to South America. If you're feeling a little adventurous whilst visiting the Bay, why not take the chance to hop in a kayak at high tide to explore slightly further afield? Who knows what you might see…! Travellers around the world are telling us they want to explore and live a life less ordinary, and that’s what we’re giving them. The Canadian Tourism Commission’s Canadian Signature Experiences collection shows the world what Canada has to offer and the experiences waiting for you. Walk the Ocean Floor is just one of many activities to take part in on your once in a lifetime trip to Canada. Once you connect with Canada and start exploring, you may never want to stop! Contact our Canada experts on 0141 250 7888.
  7. Experience retail therapy on Britannia in 2015

    Britannia Cruises: A Shopping Experience Like No Other P&O Cruises has revealed some more exciting news about their momentous new ship, Britannia, launching in March 2015. Modern British brands such as Crew Clothing and The White Company will be sailing onboard with Britannia Cruises for all passengers to enjoy. Britannia will feature a massive 720-square-metres of dedicated retail space featuring a variety of top brands alongside some P&O Cruises’ favourites. Those brands making their debut on Britannia include. Crew Clothing – the go-to label for luxury casual-wear loved by celebrities including Kate Middleton and Ben Fogle The White Company – makers of impeccably stylish, beautifully designed clothing for over 20 years with an attention to detail that extends through everything they do. Their range will include super-soft joggers, t-shirts and hoodies in the finest-quality cotton which are perfect for guests looking to relax on deck or explore on shore Beaverbrooks – a family-owned business which specialises in diamonds, jewellery and designer and luxury watches Desigual – a Spanish clothing brand noted for its patchwork designs, intense prints, innovative graffiti art, asymmetrical designs and flamboyant splashes of colour. Celebrity fans include supermodel Bar Refaeli and Suri Cruise Rituals – a luxurious collection of high quality products to enrich body and soul, from body and facial care to scented candles and perfumes to gemstone make-up. The company hopes to inspire all Britannia’s guests with innovative products and transform their daily routines into beautiful, meaningful moments Chopard – a Swiss-based luxury watch, jewellery and accessories company founded in 1860. Other brands confirmed onboard Britannia are: beauty brands such as Lancôme; Chanel; Dior; Clarins; Benefit; Gucci; Calvin Klein; GHD; jewelry giants like Carat London; Pandora; Swarovski; Ralph Lauren Jewellery; Italina; Clogau; Buckley London; Audrey Hepburn, luxury watch makers from Omega; Citizen; Tag Heur; Raymond Weil; Michael Kors; Longines; Tissot, clothing companies including Joules; Ralph Lauren; Radley; Fiorrelli; Harrods; Michael Kors; Fossil; Ribkoff; Armani Jeans Bags. We are sure that these brands will surely add that extra special feature to the latest addition to the P&O fleet, allowing guests to enjoy their sailing experience even more. To book your next cruise, or even your first cruise onboard Britannia, contact our cruising experts on 0141 242 1337.
  8. Go Beyond Nature's Edge in Glacial Canada

    Glacier Skywalk From ice-capped mountain peaks to vast glacier-formed valleys, the Glacier Skywalk is your front row seat to nature's grand performance! And Barrhead Travel's Canada Travel Specialists are delighted to offer FREE admission to this amazing experience when booked as part of a Canadian Rockies itinerary. Designed as an extension of the surrounding landscape, the Glacier Skywalk is entwined in a rock-solid relationship with the natural environment. Having opened in May 2014, the province of Alberta's newest attraction consists of a 500 meter interpretive cliff edge walkway and a glass-floored observation platform extending 30 meters from the cliff face, over the Sunwapta Valley. Glacier Skywalk offers spectacular scenery and a rare view of nature. Anyone of any age and any activity level can immerse themselves in nature in a way that makes them feel truly overwhelmed by their surroundings and their unique vantage point! From its inception, the Glacier Skywalk experience was designed to integrate visitors with the wilderness. The Canadian Tourism Commission commended the project for the opportunity it provides visitors to engage with the dramatic Alberta Landscape in a way that was not previously possible. Located in the Canadian Rockies, the Glacier Skywalk is just minutes from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre on the world famous Icefields Parkway, which stretches 232km and winds through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. It's difficult to pull your gaze away from the pristine mountain lakes, rushing waterfalls and snow-capped peaks along the way. It's just an hour from Jasper and 2 ½ hours from Banff, and has been recognised as one of the top ten drives in the world, with over one hundred visible glaciers and scenic mountain vistas around every corner. For those visiting Jasper National Park or Banff National Park, the Glacier Discover Centre is a destination in itself. Speak to Barrhead Travel's Canadian Specialists about your perfect Canadian itinerary, incorporating the Glacier Skywalk, and they'll use their expertise and knowledge of Canada to put together a trip to remember. Whether you'd like to take to the highways and byways of Canada on your own by taking a self-drive trip, or whether an escorted tour that leaves all the hassles of travel organisation to someone else, they'll find something to suit and to make your Canadian travel dreams a reality. For more information on visiting the Glacier Skywalk or any other experiences in Canada, please call our Canada specialists on 0141 250 7888.
  9. Experiencing Universal Studios, Florida

    Experiencing Universal Studios, Florida Hear from one of our staff members about their trip to Universal Studios. Hi, my name is Sarah Lemasurier and I was lucky enough to go on a familiarisation trip to Universal Studios Resort in Orlando, Florida. On hearing the news, I was so excited as I literally only had 2 weeks until l I was due to travel, so of course I started packing straight away! We flew with Virgin Atlantic and we got upgraded to PREMIUM ECONOMY! Wow, it was amazing. Could this trip get any better, I wondered? Well, the answer to that was a definite Yes. Our group stayed at the Cabana Bay, which had just opened this year, and we were met there by our rep from Universal. She told us that, not only would we be going to Universal, there would be a VIP guide to escort us around for the 2 days - amazing! Staying on site at Universal Studios was awesome and there were so many plus sides to it - I loved the fact that you could charge everything in resort on your room key. This makes it a lot safer for anyone staying there, because they don't need to carry around a lot of cash. Also, the early admission into Harry Potter was brilliant! We were able to enjoy the rides and walk through Hogsmeade without it being too busy. I'd definitely recommend doing this. I loved the Portofino hotel so much that I am looking at going there for my honeymoon next year. ! It's absolutely stunning - the pictures in the brochure don't do it justice! It's one of the nicest hotels I've ever been in. I would definitely say that for me the biggest attraction for families is the child swap facility – this is somewhere that parents can sit with their children whilst one parent is on board the ride or rollercoaster. It’s a huge help to families and I’m sure that lots of my clients will be interested in this. Confession time - I didn’t know this existed, and it's something other theme parks don't offer. I have told all my colleagues about it and they agree it’s a fantastic Universal feature. I have to be honest… I didn’t think I would enjoy the Blue Man Group, but happily I was proved wrong. This show was fantastic. It was so new and different to anything I have ever seen before. Loved the interaction with the audience and the technology used was superb. In fact, I loved it so much I actually bought the DVD! Universal Studios is much bigger than I ever imagined and the rides are superb. I didn't realise there were so many roller-coasters! I also loved City Walk. I thought this was a great place to stroll around of an evening and there were plenty of things for us to do, from the cinema to eating out to dancing the night away. There is literally something for everyone and for all ages. Again I loved the fact that you could charge everything on resort to the room. I also didn't realise how many rooms Universal had! I would definitely recommend anyone travelling to Universal to stay on site. I love the idea of a VIP guide round the resort and have already recommended this service to my customers! I also feel a lot more confident in advising about the Universal product now I have lived the experience myself. I loved that William, our tour guide, gave us some really interesting facts about the park and we learned things that not a lot of people would know, which I can now pass on. Before the trip, I would have recommended the resort to younger couples and families with children age 6 and above for the rides. After being there, I would say it is a place for everyone. Even if you don't want to take part in the rides etc. there is plenty to see and do. The attention to detail in the parks is extraordinary. Each world is completely different and there is something to suit a wide variety of different tastes. Even parents with younger children are good to go, thanks to the child swap area, so parents can ride the rides and not have to queue up again. The trip was extremely well organised and Hannah, the Universal Studios representative, was exceptional at making sure we all had a good time! She kept us on schedule and always went through our daily itinerary so we knew what was happening. We always knew our meeting points and I felt very safe in her company. William looked after us very well also and even came on some of the rides with us! He was very informative and could answer any questions we had about the parks. His experience shone through. I would highly recommend his services to any of my customers. 10 out of 10 for this trip!
  10. Read all about Paul, from our Barrhead Travel Training Department, and his recent familiarisation trip to Dubai. 'I was lucky enough to experience all the amazing sights and sounds that Dubai, one of the world's richest countries, has to offer in March. From the moment I arrived at Glasgow airport I knew I was about to have the time of my life. I was completely spoiled from start to finish.I really kicked off my vacation in style flying business class with Emirates. Upon boarding, I was greeted with a curtsy and a glass of champagne before being escorted to my reclining flatbed and handed an iPad. It had all the latest features from the world of music, film and entertainment.' 'My flight was a holiday experience in itself and I would HIGHLY recommend paying the slight premium to fly first or business class.Feeling refreshed and revitalised after my flight, I opened my eyes to a world of perfect white sands, tropical blue seas and glorious sunshine. I instantly fell in love with Dubai. My 5 days were action packed and I felt as though I had been transported into another world in just over 6 hours. The rain of Glasgow felt a million miles away as I spent my time sampling all types of cuisine, shopping till I dropped, and living it up in some clubs and pubs that would give Ibiza a run for its money.The international flavours and spices in Dubai made my mouth water and a must for food lovers is a trip to the spice market in Deira. Here is where you really get to sample the great textures and have your taste buds opened up to flavours which to me were other worldly. After a day at the spice market, a great way to unwind and have some fun would be an unmissable trip out to the desert on a jeep safari. Get the adrenaline pumping as you are whisked through the desert over the sand dunes before arriving at an oasis full of belly dancers and magic carpets for an evening of entertainment and dancing - you even have your own henna tattoo artist. This for me was the highlight of my time in Dubai. Not to be missed. There is so much to see and do in Dubai so pack an array of clothing to suit all occasions but do bare in mind it often tends to be glorious sunshine. You never know where this magical land could take you. One day you could be standing on the top floor of the worlds highest building (The Burj) gasping at the amazing views, the next you could be at the Atlantis water park relaxing in the lazy river. Dubai has something for everyone and I have already booked my flights for next year as I feel there is so much I still have to see and do there. My top tip would be to be respectful of the local people and respect their culture and religious views if you do that you will have the time of your life. I wish I could take you all with me next year to experience first hand how amazing this place really is. For me it is a 10 out of 10 Holiday.' - Paul, from our Barrhead Travel Training Department Why not give Dubai a try yourself, Call today to find out more: 0800 484 0312.
  11. Planning your perfect honeymoon

    You have decided to tie the knot - congratulations! - and so the preparations begin. You will probably find yourself stressing out about which flowers to have, who to invite, how many cake tiers to have, whether to serve pizza or sausage rolls at the wedding- the list is endless! The one thing that you can take some time to choose for you and your beloved to relax and enjoy is your honeymoon. We’ve come up with some of the best and most unique honeymoon experiences around. Thailand It is becoming hugely popular for newlyweds to go on a ‘maxi-moon’ - taking a month or two to go and travel, seeing some of the world’s most exotic locations. One of the top destinations is Thailand which offers all the allure and beauty of Southeast Asia in one country. You'll find yourself indulging in pure relaxation on some of the most stunning beaches in the world, trekking through the jungle on the back of a majestic elephant, before heading back to your luxury hideaway in the country’s best accommodation. The Centara Coconut Beach hotel is located on a secluded beach on the island of Koh Samui, nestled amidst its beautiful surroundings. The comfort of the individual villas is simply the idyllic spot for any honeymooners to rest up for a few days post-wedding. Venice With its opulent architecture and truly unique maze of winding streets created by the Grand Canal, Venice is fast becoming one of the top ‘mini-moon’ destinations to head to. Any newly married couple will find themselves floating along the picturesque canal on board their gondola being serenaded by your own Venetian crooner during their trip. At Barrhead Travel, we offer our own selected flights direct to Venice from Glasgow on board one of British Airways’ luxury aircraft, which offer spacious leather seats, generous luggage allowance and great flight times. The perfect way to get you to and from your honeymoon, in both style and comfort. Riviera Maya Riviera Maya in Mexico offers miles of powdery white-sand beaches, ancient Mayan sites and tranquil ecological parks - the perfect setting for any couple looking to spend quality time together. And for those feeling like a ‘rock ’n’ roll-moon’, the Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya is where luxury meets satisfaction on a stage of stunning tropical views, a private white sand beach, and exclusive saltwater snorkeling areas. Live large and enjoy the very best of paradise as you enjoy the most legendary ‘rockin’ hospitality. With over four decades of travel expertise, we truly know how to turn your happily ever after into a reality. Contact our experts today to plan your perfect honeymoon – all our stores now have a resident wedding expert to provide a unique planning experience for your wedding and honeymoon so you can discuss exactly what you are looking for. Visit us instore today or call us on 0871 964 2124 to start planning your dream honeymoon.
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