Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Six new cruise sailings
Cruisescapes and Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines have combined to offer six sailings in a Cruise Directly from Ireland brochure for next year, five on board the Boudicca. 

Sailing from Belfast and Killybegs, the cruises feature Canada, the Norwegian Fjords, Madeira, Portugal and the Canary Islands. 

A 32 night Old England to New England ex-Southampton returning to Ringaskiddy is on offer from €4,600 on board the Balmoral. www.cruisescapes.ie  or 01-2941000

City specials

Clickandgo has city specials to Barcelona and Amsterdam this and next month at reasonable prices for between two and three nights. 

Staying at the three star Sunotel Aston in Barcelona, prices start from €239 to include flights from Dublin but with checked baggage charges extra. Two nights at the Bilderberg Garden Hotel in Amsterdam (room only) is priced from €219 next month.

www.clickandgo.com 

Head for the Sea

Red Sea Holidays has launched its winter programme following a successful first summer season flying from Dublin. 

Offering four and five accommodation in the popular tourist resort of Sharm El Sheikh, the winter offering will run from January 1 to April 29 with flights direct to Sharm El Sheikh from Dublin each Friday. Prices start from €585 per person sharing and all-inclusive deals are available from €629.

www.redseaholidays.ie 

Hitting the high notes

The four-star Ferrycarrig Hotel in Wexford has two packages for this October and November catering for Opera fans. 

The hotel offers two night stays (one dinner) and a return shuttle service is provided to one of three operatic performances in the National Opera House between October 21 and November 1. Prices start from €249.

www.ferrycarrighotel.ie 

Cut price to Canada

Air Transat has launched an October seat sale, with return fares to Canada from €475. The sale rates are available for flights booked by Monday (October 19) and are valid for travel from April to October 2016. 

Air Transat operates direct flights from Dublin to Toronto and Montreal throughout the summer and all flights include a 23kg baggage allowance plus complimentary meals and soft drinks on board. Call 01 866 6700 or visit www.airtransat.ie 


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