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Why would you cruise?

The most important thing to do before stepping on board a cruise ship is to choose the correct company to send you on a holiday to fit your needs. Some cruise lines are expert for families, others for empty-nesters and some for the more discerning passenger on a small ship.

Anyway the next most important thing to do is to go to a cruise expert or a tour operator that specialises in cruises that will help you to find the right route and ship to send you on the perfect holiday. Start with Cruise holidays and look around at the different packages on offer…  http://www.cruiseholidays.ie/


There are many benefits to cruising. The biggest is the budgeting, your largest outlay and expense is covered with all-inclusive food and drinks. Excursions can be added on to suit your tastes or needs. Putting it simply you really want to get your first cruise experience off to the right start because a bad experience will put you off for good.

A great benefit to cruising in the chance to visit several countries in the one holiday without having to unpack your suitcase. choose a ship big enough to give you the space you need or to suit your tastes in fitness, food and entertainment. Ships vary greatly from cruise-line to cruise-line so I can’t stress strongly enough the importance of getting it right.

What happens when you step on board a ship? Immediately you will be given an identity card that resembles a credit card and that will be your currency and identification for the entire trip. when you go into ports it will act as your passport too.

The class of ship often refers to the size of the ship and will determine the choices of itinerary and entertainment so spend time looking through the style of ships that each cruiseline has on offer.



Cruising with the kids?

MSC have a lot to offer for families and the all-inclusive element makes cruising really popular for a family holiday

MSC are currently running an all-inclusive drinks promotion which means if guests book before 28th February they get all inclusive drinks included in the price.

MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia is the ship for all seasons and after a successful season in the Mediterranean the ship will be relocating to Northern Europe and sailing 10 night itineraries departing from Hamburg. The ship features exclusive shows by the world famous Cirque du Soleil, 20 bars and 12 dining venues as well as a full size bowling alley, 4D cinema and water park.  Set sail onboard MSC Meraviglia and enjoy the beauty of Northern Europe.

This incredible price is great for a family with CruiseHolidays

Click on the link below to find out more or call them on

DUBLIN: 01 8173558
BELFAST: 028 90998494


7 night Mediterranean Fly/Cruise from €789pp
Includes: Return flights to Rome, return transfers and
7 nights on board the MSC Meraviglia – interior stateroom.
Travel November 4th 
Based on 2 sharing
 Ref: 620789 offer only with cruiseholidays.ie
Ports of Call: 
Sun 04/11/2018 Civitavecchia, Italy
Mon 05/11/2018 Palermo, Italy
Tue 06/11/2018 Cagliari, Italy
Wed 07/11/2018 Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Thu 08/11/2018 Valencia, Spain
Fri 09/11/2018 Marseille, France
Sat 10/11/2018 Genoa, Italy
Sun 11/11/2018 Civitavecchia, Italy

MSC Seaside

New in December 2017 this beautiful ship will set sail from the sunshine capital of Miami. Beach hop from Ochio Rios in Jamaica, to Cozumel in Mexico and Nassau in the Bahamas. Enjoy a full day in Puerto Rico, not setting sail until after midnight giving you plenty of time to explore this vibrant place. Explore the culture of St Maarten and the bathe in the deep blue ocean in Charlotte Amalie before returning to Miami.

MSC Seaside, MSC Yacht Club Pool and MSC Yacht Club Grill

Here are some great offers with cruise holidays. Speciality shop on Abbey Street is the best place to start planning a cruise. http://www.cruiseholidays.ie/

DUBLIN: 01 8173558
BELFAST: 028 90998494
8 night Miami and Caribbean fly cruise from € 1229 pp
Includes return flights to Miami
1 night pre cruise in Miami
7 nights on board MSC Seaside
Based on 2 sharing inside cabin
** Includes all inclusive drinks package**
Ref: 620791
Departs 23rd Nov 2018
 Also with cruise holidays.ie
Try a two centre holiday and fit in some time on dry land with this package
10 Night Fly/Cruise/Stay
Includes return flights & car hire, 3 nights in Orlando
& 7 nights onboard Oasis of the Seas®
Based on 2 adults & 2 kids sharing – Interior Stateroom
Depart: 8 November 2018 • Ref: 619682

First cruise with empty nesters or teenage families?

 Celebrity Cruises are the experts in modern luxury with special added value you will be pleased you chose their ships. I’ve never heard of a bad cruise because their ships are the goldilocks size – not too big or too small to be short in entertainment or dining options. even when at full capacity it has an air of space and there is always some place private on the ship. If it’s your first time splash out on a balcony because you may need the quiet time to become accustomed.
Their itinerary’s offer exciting destinations such as Alaska, The Galapagos Islands and the Far East. I took an amazing adventure with my two teens around the Baltic States last year stopping off at St Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki and Estonia.


Celebrity Eclipse

  • After eight years of homeporting in Southampton, Celebrity Eclipse will offer a mini season out of Dublin, Ireland, beginning in late April through June 2018, making Celebrity Cruises the first major cruise line in the world to homeport out of Dublin:
    • Itineraries will include a 10-night Ireland and Iceland sailing calling at Belfast, Northern Ireland, Reykjavik, Iceland, Akureyri, Iceland, Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland, and Cork, Ireland, as well as offering an eight-night Norwegian Fjords itinerary
    • In Dublin, the modern luxury cruise line will be offering a brand new Celebrity Cruises City Stay. Guests can opt to start their holiday a little earlier and enjoy three nights in a luxury hotel, enriching fully-guided tours, and a farewell dinner to bid the Irish city adieu before embarking on their sure-to-be unforgettable vacation
  • From late June 2018, Celebrity Eclipse will be based out of Amsterdam, offering 12-night British Isles itineraries and 12-night Scandinavia and Russia sailings
  • In September, the ship will sail from Barcelona for a 12-night Western Mediterranean and a 12-night Italy and Greek Isles sailing

Cruise holidays have this offer for those of you who want to cruise but don’t want to fly!


Click on the link below to find out more or call them on

DUBLIN: 01 8173558
BELFAST: 028 90998494


This one goes out of Dublin so there is no need to get a flight to your port
8 night Norwegian Fjords Cruise from Dublin from €1629pp
Includes: 8 night cruise on board the Celebrity Eclipse from Dublin 
Based on 2 sharing 
Travel May 20th
Reference: 621347
Ports of Call: 
Mon 21 May AT SEA
Sun 27 May AT SEA
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If you would like to blend your cruise with a stay and extend your holiday then Topflight have some packages that might interest…..
Extend your stay in Italy with Topflight
Here are 2 cruise options, if you wish to detail actual itineraries, click through for day by day itineraries:
Cruise 1

Princess Western Mediterranean Cruise & Stay Rome
In brief cruise includes:

– Return flights from Dublin

– Return airport transfers

– 20kg checked in bags

– 7 nights cruise ship accommodation

– Breakfast, lunch, evening meals and snacks

– All entertainment

– 2 nights at the 4 star Villa Glori Hotel in Rome with breakfast included.

fr €1399pps (based on September)

Princess is quite new to the Irish market and now a partner of Topflight on the Irish Market (standard is similar to Royal Caribbean).

Your viewers/listeners may be aware of the cruise show running recently on TV3 which showcased Princess Cruise
This is a link to the information given on their website
Cruise 2
Celebrity Mediterranean Cruise & Stay Rome
In brief cruise includes:
Return flights from Dublin to Rome with Aer Lingus

– Return transfers

– Priority boarding at airport and reserved seating for your flight

– 20kg baggage allowance

– 10 nights onboard Celebrity Cruise’s 5 star ‘Celebrity Reflection’

– Breakfast, lunch, evening meals and snacks

– All entertainment

– On your return to Rome, enjoy 2 nights in the ‘Eternal City’ at the 4 star Hotel Villa Glori, breakfast included

fr €2199pps (Based on October)

For further information on Topflight cruises, call 01 240 1726, visit www.topflight.ie e-mail cruise@topflight.ie or contact your local travel agent.


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