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  1. Barrhead Travel were excited to hear that our partners at Ponant have announced that from 2021 they will be taking their next-generation Icebreaker to Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Ponant will take their guests on through the same paths as some of the world’s greatest polar explorers when they complete Arctic Ocean crossing discovering Greenland’s extreme North East. Ponant said in their statement: “With a refined onboard ambiance and luxury services—never before available in the far extremes of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres—with the new icebreaker vessel PONANT provides not just cruises, but veritable polar odysseys.
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    Belfast Sandals Event

    Join us at our Exclusive Sandals Evening in our Belfast 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 18th January Time - 4pm-8pm Location – Barrhead Travel, Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT1 4QG. Sign up here today to secure your space.
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    easyJet to Takeover AirBerlin Slots

    EasyJet have released a statement regarding their plans to take over some of the now insolvent AirBerlin's slots, aircrafts and potentially staff. Their statement read: "easyJet is pleased to confirm that it has received European Commission approval for its recent agreement to acquire part of Air Berlin’s operations at Berlin Tegel Airport. The acquisition will result in easyJet operating 25 aircraft from Berlin Tegel Airport. The agreement includes easyJet leasing former Air Berlin aircraft, taking over other assets including slots, and offering employment to Air Berlin flying crews. The Commission has confirmed that there are no competition concerns relating to this agreement and easyJet now expects to complete the transaction in the near future."
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    A small debate..

    So we're having a small debate in the office regarding Christmas Puddings. I've never been a fan and I think they have served their time. However, we have a few in the office that claim they will never go out of date. Thoughts?
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    Princess Announces 2019 Japanese Programme

    Princess Cruises has announced its programme for 2019. The season, stretching from March – November 2019 will have 60 departures from seven countries. Within the 40 unique itineraries there will be access to 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites. "Japan is a culturally rich country with an abundance of local entertainment, historical sites and culinary experiences for our guests to embrace," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia group president. "Cruising is the best way to explore this island nation and Princess has been recognized the number one international cruise line in Japan."
  6. Barrhead Travel today welcomed a couple amazingly like Prince Harry and his new Princess to be, Meghan Markle to their luxury store on St Vincent St in Glasgow to help them choose the perfect getaway to reflect and unwind following their Windsor Castle wedding. The adventurous couple browsed the globe and leafed through travel brochures with “Meghan” keen to explore outside of her native North American home. “Harry” has never been quiet to talk about his love of Africa so first on their list to find out more about was Cape Town, followed by the Seychelles, then the Norwegian Fjords, a Galapagos Cruise and the starry Amalfi Coast. Chief Executive of Barrhead Travel, Sharon Munro, said: “It’s such an exciting time for any newly engaged couple and we are confident we will be able to tailor make the perfect honeymoongetaway for Harry and Meghan. “Whether it is lounging on an exclusive beach in the Seychelles or wine tasting in Cape Town, our experts will listen and advise based on personal tastes. Going by their love of Botswana we think Harry and Meghan will strike the perfect balance of sand, cocktails and adventure.” Harry and Meghan’s Top 5 Honeymoon destinations South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Self Drive Cape Town, Hermanus, Swellendam, Oudtshoorn, Plettenburg Bay, and Eastern Cape Safari. Our most popular self-drive itinerary explores some of South Africa's most beautiful scenery. Start out in Cape Town and enjoy the wealth of sights and fantastic food and wine. Travel along the Garden route, stopping off at picturesque towns and coastline. End your trip in one of the Eastern Cape's exclusive wildlife reserves. 15 day/14 night Self Drive Holiday Prices from £1697pp Seychelles: Enjoy a vibrant stopover in one of the world’s super-cities before jetting off to the ultimate relaxation destination. Dubai & The Seychelles Twin Centre 5* Hilton Dubai The Walk, 4 nights, 5* Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, 8 nights. 13 day/12 night Holiday Prices from £1997pp Norwegian Fjords: Princess Cruises: Norwegian Fjords on the Sapphire Princess Sailing from Southampton: Sea, Stavanger, Olden, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Bergen, Sea, Southampton. 7 night Holiday Prices from £727 pp plus $150 per cabin on board credit Galapagos Cruise: Celebrity Cruise: Galapagos Island Cruise, with 3 nights stay in Quito(escorted stay) 11 night Holiday Prices from £5997pp Pompeii, Capri & The Bay of Naples: A real taste of Italy: Full-day visit to the stunning island of Capri. Tour of the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum with a local guide. Full-day guided tour of Pompeii and the Naples Archaeological Museum. Walking orientation tour of Sorrento. Full day tour of the breath-taking Amalfi coast. Return travel from a selection of regional airports, plus all hotel transfers. Seven nights in a choice of superior accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, plus breakfast and dinner. 8 day Holiday Prices from only £699pp
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    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.
  8. 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.”
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    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.
  10. 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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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    A beginner’s guide to Jamaica

    @Hamish Green How amazing! I hope you're having a blast. Keep the pictures coming Shannon
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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).
  22. 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."
  23. We all know the trail of devastation that Hurricane Irma left behind so Barrhead Travel were more than delighted to see Saint Maarten welcomed its first cruise ship back into to port. Viking Sea docked in Philipsburg and marked a huge day in the Islands steps to recovery. Complimentary #SXMStrong wristbands were given to passengers who came ashore to mark the occasion. The Boardwalk was full with a steel band and a mini-parade with the Youmay Drum Band throughout the day along with DJ entertainment. “We are very pleased with how the first commercial cruise ship call went, and we are looking forward to the next call which is on Tuesday, December 5 when Marella Discovery arrives with approximately 2,000 passengers. The onus remains on us to do everything we can to ensure a great experience for cruise visitors,” Port St. Maarten Management said on Monday.
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    The Louvre Abu Dhabi

    Has anyone already or does anyone have plans to visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi? I'm no historian and could count on one hand the amount of museums I have visited but I feel like this is one I MUST visit! Anyone else in the same boat?
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    How do you book your excursions?

    I absolutely agree @Tcheuchter if it's unmissable then you must book in advance but I don't always suggest booking excursions direct with the cruise line. I always advise asking your travel agent about tours before you commit to booking direct with the cruise line. There have been many cases where booking tours pre departure has saved customers a lot of money. Shannon
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