Ferry prices tumble

IN another measure that will offer families extra value, Irish Ferries has reduced all summer fares to France by up to 30% and cut the cost of all cabin types by up to 50%, save for their four- and five-star suites.

The fare for a car, plus two adults and two children, now begins from €199 per person each way, including accommodation in a four-berth two-star cabin.

Bookings for travel during June, July and August must be made 10 days before travel and before Tuesday, May 5.

Irish Ferries are also offering a ‘three nights for the price of two’ break to the new five-star Bluestone holiday village in South Wales, all for €333 per person based on two adults. The price includes return car ferry, three nights with three-course dinner each evening in any of three restaurants. Accommodation includes en-suite studio suite and access to facilities at Well Spa.

Details from Irish Ferries on 0818 300 400 or online at www.irishferries.com

EVEN in times of financial stress, pilgrimage holidays are holding up relatively well, according to Joe Walsh Tours.

Medjugorje continues to be one of the most popular pilgrimage sights in the world and JWT has weekly flights every Saturday from April to October ex-Dublin to Dubrovnik and departures on selected dates from Cork, Shannon, Ireland West (Knock) and Belfast. Packages are for seven nights and include accommodation on a half board basis in family-run guesthouses, close to St James’s Church.

The company now offers a ‘two for the price of one’ special offer for May 9 departures. Details on www.joewalshtours.ie or call Joe Walsh Tours on 01 2410860.

TRIDENT Holiday Homes are offering a ’two-week holiday for the price of one’ during April, May and up to June 27. The company has self-catering properties in over 60 Irish locations.


FOR those who crave a relaxing boating holiday but also hanker after an adventure, Emerald Star Holiday has the answer. Along with its partner, Le Boat, it is offering cruises in areas of France such as Canal du Midi, the Camargue, Lot, Burgundy and Aquitaine as well as Germany and Italy, Britain and, of course, Ireland.

The company has special offers up to the end of May, with savings of 25% and extra nights on some products.

Bookings must be before April 30. Ring 071-9620234 or www.emeraldstar.ie.

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