Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Return flights from Cork and a couple of nights at the three star Grand Hotel du Havre are included in a Valentine’s Day package in Paris from Dawson Travel.

It’s a modest hotel but situated just a stone’s throw away from Gare Saint Lazare. 

The deal costs from €399 for travel between February 12 and 14. 

Another package is available from to Lisbon with prices starting for three nights (February 12 to 15) from €226. 

Check out the two here and here.

Once of the preserve of the rich or the aged, cruising has taken on a new dimension. 

Royal Caribbean have increasingly taken on board the idea that there are new kids on the block. 

The company’s newest ship, the world’s largest in the cruise business, is Harmony of the Seas and guests will be able to enjoy more family offerings than ever before to include a signature DreamWorks Experience and lots more. 

Visit here.

Discover Travel offers holidays in Thailand’s Phuket for €1,349 including flights, accommodation and taxes. 

The deal includes 19 nights at the four-star Kata Palm Resort on B&B basis and the flights are from Dublin, Cork or Shannon. 

Travel is between April 1 and July 5/August 16 and October 31. Travel between July 6 and August 15 costs €188 more and there is a two-day optional stopover in Kuala Lumpur for €180. 

Book by February 26. or email to

Sunway offers flight only as well as a range of packages to the Algarve from both Cork and Dublin with May 7 and 14 departures. 

Flights are offered from €299 but packages are available for just a little more from €389. 

he best deals are available in two-star and two-star plus accommodation for less than the €400 mark, and prices rises to about €600 for a four star hotel, the Algarve Casino. 

Telephone 01-2311800 or check


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