New routes to Portugal

DIRECT Holidays’ programme for summer 2011 has 17 destinations on offer and three new routes from Cork. Prices start from €299 per person to the Algarve, while a family of four can enjoy 4-star luxury on the Costa Dorada next July for about €1,900 from any of the three main airports.

Free child, teenagers and grandparent places abound across the wide selection of properties, as do all-inclusive offerings which include meals, drinks and entertainment in certain cases.

Destinations direct from Cork have been expanded to eight with Crete, Egypt and Gran Canaria on offer for the first time. Destinations from Shannon include Lanzarote, Majorca, Costa Dorada (Salou) and the Algarve, which is also bookable direct from Knock.

To book, contact 0818-200110, for group bookings call 0818-204060 or log onto www.directholidays.ie.

DELPHI Mountain Resort in Connemara, Co Galway, is to host a boot camp next weekend (November 12), with personal trainer Sarah Thornton leading an action-packed itinerary.

This weekend is priced at €299 per person sharing and includes two nights bed and breakfast with two evening meals and one lunch, but with the emphasis not quite so much on the food.

The Delphi Mountain Resort incorporates a luxury spa, hotel and a restaurant. Details by telephone on 095-42208 or www.delphimountainresort.com.

The Ritz-Carlton hotel at Powerscourt, Co Wicklow, has an array of festive activities for both adults and children at Christmas.

The Festive Holiday package consists of a two-night stay and is valid from December 24 to 26, priced at from €399 per night per couple sharing with accommodation, breakfast, three course dinner on Christmas Eve and a buffet lunch on Christmas Day.

There is a similar package on offer for the December 31 to January 1 period.

For more information see www.ritzcarlton.com or call 01-2748888.

SUNWORLD is expanding its service to Portugal in 2011. The Algarve and the ‘garden island’ of Madeira are both now available as spring break destinations from Dublin.

The company also operates flights from Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Knock and details are available in the new brochure now available from travel agents or by ringing 0818-200400, or logging onto www.sunworld.ie.

ROYAL Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, is offering the first Starbucks café at sea.

The new ship spans 16 decks, carries 5,400 guests and features 2,700 staterooms.

Further information is available at www.allureoftheseas.com.

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