Cruiseday Tuesday – Grand Canyon

Yes, I know it’s inland. I haven’t lost my marbles. Go cruising this Cruiseday Tuesday and also enjoy Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.

That’s what Jetlinecruise.ie is offering.

It’s a 13-nighter with a cruise on board the Carnival Cruise Line ship Inspiration, going from Los Angeles to Catalina Island and onto Ensenada, Mexico.

Carnival time: Carnival Inspiration

They’re billing it as a Taster cruise.

So you will be sailing on January 12 with flights from Dublin to Vegas.

With three nights Neon City and LA stay, two nights Grand Canyon Ranch stay and helicopter flight over the Canyon.

I think it’s a no-brainer. The California Pacific coast is everything you see in the movies while the Grand Canyon is jaw-dropping and Vegas is a whirl.

The Palazzo: In Venice

I saw some things, let me tell you… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/vegas-strip-the-light-fantastic/

You’ll also get a free upgrade to oceanview stateroom. www.jetlinecruise.ie

Jock of Gibraltar

A little bit of Britain abroad: Gibraltar

It’s the type of synergy that the media love… a Scottish manager of the Gibraltar national football team which allows the headline writers to pun Jock of Gibraltar.

That’s Gibraltar, a little corner of Britain off Spain, and also the oft-forgotten extra border in the Brexit head wrecker.

But don’t you worry about that. Just enjoy the Rock on your Pincess Cruises’ deal of the week… seven days Med cruise.

You’ll sail on Crown Princess for seven days, departing April 11, calling in Gib, Marseille, Genoa and Florence/PIsa.

From €1,049pp with free flights and transfers. Free flights and transfers from Dublin, up to €350pp. Based on two people sharing an inside stateroom.

That means the offer is available for bookings made up to August 12. www.princess.com

Amplified Allure of the Seas

With my other hat I like to dabble making cocktails at home for the Scary One but the amplified Allure of the Seas wants to put me out of business.

You see this is just one of the gizmos on board, and I’ve seen it and drunk the cocktails the bionic mixologist has come up with at the Bionic Bar.

And Royal Caribbean has $165m worth of new experiences including the tallest slide at sea, the Ultimate Abyss.

And glow-in-the-dark laster tag and a lunar landing themed escape room.

Why not try a seven-nighter West Mediterranean, departing May 17 and October 25?

You will depart and return from Barcelona.

And you’ll stop off in Palma, Marseille, Florence/PIsa, Rome (Civitavecchia) and Naples.

Visit www.royalcaribbean.ie

Budget offer – €1 flights

Table for two: Photo by Alexander Mils on Pexels.com

€1 flights you ask? That’s a budget.

And yes, it’s Royal Caribbean again.

Discover Corfu, Athens, Mykonos and more on Rhapsody of the Seas. With an award-winning kids and teen clubs too.

We were young, happy, free and sans kids when we honeymooned in Corfu (perhaps that was the source of our happiness and freedom.)

Prices from €1189, departing September 2020.


Cruiseday Tuesday: Bahamian Rhapsody

It’s not every day you get a call from Serena Williams.

My mid-afternoon slumber was disturbed when Serena phoned me from the Bahamas a couple of years ago.

Such is the life of an international globetrotting Travel Editor!

This Serena though was not the tennis superstar as she acknowledges in her emails after her name (no, not her) but a very impressive Serena all the same. She runs a very successful media firm in Nassau http://www.bahamas.local,com.

I was teased with a view of the Bahamas in the distance when I cruised the seas last December but have yet to set foot on land.

I mean to change that.

Bahama Mamma. Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Pexels.com

There are a plethora of cruises around the Bahamas and in the Caribbean. I was taken by this one particularly when they slipped in the two most important words in cruising… ‘party ship’.

Jetline Cruise Ireland is offering 15 nights’ Orlando Fun & Bahamian Sun for four people for a fortnight sharing with inclusive car hire for ten days and then four days’ cruising.

You will stay at the Rosen Inn International or the International Palms Resort on International Drive, Orlando – so make sure you link up with Mickey and Disney and Harry and Universal http://www.disneyworld.disney.go.com and http://www.universalorlando.com.

And then the four of you will share the cabin on the Carnival Cruise Line ship.

Sale date November 1, price from €1299.

Jetline Cruise has a number of other sailings. Visit http://www.jetlinecruise.ie or call (01) 2469576.

The other Tenerife

We’re out there: Tenerife. Photo by Luis Quintero on Pexels.com

I’ve got nothing against people who go to Tenerife to sit beside the pool or on the beach and hit the nightclubs.

You can have that if you like, it leaves the rest of the island and its activities such as hiking and carnival to me.

I’ll be hiking in September and also sitting under the stars with a couple of stars of the Travel industry whom I’ll tell you about nearer the time.

And I dare say I’ll get a taste for Tenerife then and want to go back for the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in February…. it’s the second biggest in the world as I was informed when the Canadians visited last year.

In the meantime you can, of course, get there by cruise ship with TUI’s Canarian Flavours package. TUI offers seven nights’ all-inclusive on January 3 on Marella Explorer inside cabin from €969pps.

Visit http://www.tuiholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Channeling good vibes

I reckon I know what’s in store for Boris Johnson who is about to go around in circles between the UK and Europe… I did it in a cruise ship in the English Channel a couple of years ago.

The difference though is that I loved it.

Of course if you want to get off you can too. Royal Caribbean has a six-night cruise on Allure of the Seas on May 23 (Brexit should be over by then, maybe). It leaves Southampton and checks in to Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) , Bilbao and Spain.

From €1051 per person based on two sharing, €2102. Flight required.

Call 1800 932 662 or visit http://www.royalcaribbean.ie.