A place in the sun

PANORAMA Holidays is offering a huge range of deals for family holidays in summer 2010, with many hotel and apartment complexes featuring entertainment and Kids Clubs.

In offering special payment plans to spread the cost over several months, the company is facilitating families who want to budget for a 2010 holiday rather than face the full cost shortly before departure.

Panorama is also offering a price challenge and promises clients to match the package price of rival companies if, within 14 days of booking, it can be proved there is a cheaper identical holiday on offer.

Panorama offers a 5% discount for those booking on www.panoramaholidays.ie, where holidaymakers can get details on all destinations, including information on excursions, eating out, sightseeing, and maps of the best beaches, as well as the latest weather forecasts.

* CRUISE HOLIDAYS, a specialist division of Tour America, has just announced a family holiday for those looking for something different. As the exclusive general sales agent of Princess Cruises,it has launched a 12-night cruise-tour to Alaska with families in mind. This holiday offers the best of Alaska by land and sea and includes a range of activities such as travelling on a jet boat, panning for gold and an interactive tour of Denali National Park.

The family cruise-tour includes a seven night voyage of the glaciers, followed by a five-night land-tour. Details on 01 8173558

* AT a time when the travel trade, in common with every other sector of the economy, is hurting badly, the winter issue of Ireland’s Holiday Magazine hits the shops with the suggestion that cheap travel is one of our few remaining comfort zones.

In its exclusive Flight Finder, the magazine lists all the exciting places you can fly to, on the cheap, from Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.

The magazine is on sale in all large newsagents and bookshops at €2 in recognition of the recession.

* YOUNG families can grab an early summer bargain as Canvas Holidays is offering a seven-night family holiday from just €166 at Camping les Mouettes, in Brittany, France, next year.

The price is based on two adults and up to four children for arrivals on site on June 17 next. The price includes accommodation in a maxi tent and €110 early booking discount.

For more information on Canvas Holidays see www.canvasholidays.ie, or call 01 6569301.

* SPEEDY EXIT is the name given by Irish Ferries to a new customer service being offered on their Ireland-France routes.

With the payment of an additional €10 per car per journey, motorists travelling on their cruise ferry Oscar Wilde can avail of priority boarding and a get-underway-fast discharge at Rosslare, Cherbourg and Roscoff. Bookings online at www.irishferries.com or on 0818 300400.

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