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13-07-2011, 21:27   #31
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Hi Budfox,
I'm going for 3 nights next week from Banagher so I've PMed my email address for that famous itinerary too!!!

Thanks.
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14-07-2011, 13:42   #32
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Have PM'd you Budfox
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07-08-2012, 20:54   #33
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Hey - Great thread here. Have a long weekend family break planned for August - 3 nights/4 days. Cant wait

So I have been trying to think about what we can/cant cover in that time. Its our first time so we're completely novice to this. So appreciate all the help.

We're renting day 1 from Portumna and must return the boat back there. In 4 days does planning on making our way to Athlone and back seem a bit ambitious? Would like to go from lough Derg up to lough Ree. And more importantly - is this the best use of our short time on the water? Have read that travelling south is probably easier but we would like to go through a few locks for the experience!

The group is me and my partner, her folks and her brother with a child(10 yrs). So there is a good mix but we're up for touring/fishing/few stops and a bit of beer along the way

Any tips/itineraries/experience on a long weekend would be great to hear.

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I miss-read it the first time

Lough Ree is no problem to get to the only thing about travelling north is you have to do exactly that to reach good spots, if your up for a fair bit of cruising I have 2 good options that you might like to think about, if you had longer you could cross Lough Ree and do the whole of Derg.


Option 1: Good bit of travelling

Day 1: Head north to Banagher and stay the night
Day 2: Visit Shannonbridge/Athlone and head into Ree to Glason for the night
Day 3: Visit Clonmacnoise and head south to Terryglass for the night

Option 2: If you get the boat early

Day 1: Head south and stay the night in Scarrif.
Day 2: Visit Mountshannon and head to Killaloe for the night
Day 3: Visit Garrykennedy and head to Terryglass for the night

I would choose the second option from a lot of experience I would say its the best, next time you could go further north if you go for a week and make the Ree crossing
Enjoy anyway and hope this helps
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07-08-2012, 22:13   #35
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Another option that would give you the best of both worlds would be the following but there is a fair bit of travelling on the second day so if you dont mind that it might be perfect.

Day 1: Head north and stay the night in Banagher
Day 2: Leave early and head back south to visit Mountshannon (if you have the time) and head to Scarriff for the night (lovely spot)
Day 3: Visit Garrykennedy (should not be passed by) then afterwards head north to stay the night in Terryglass (perfect place for your last night)
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07-08-2012, 22:24   #36
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Hi Mr CJ,

Thanks for the reply. I'd read the first post and pretty much convinced myself option 1 you had recommended as the best. (Think this is what you are suggesting as option 2 now?)

It looks like its about 8-10 hours to make our way up to Athlone. Do you agree?
This is probably about 2 days travelling i'm guessing as we'd like to be off for a bit of time each day.. it might be that bit much.

If we went with option 2 - Is there still a lough/bridge to go through? I'm thinking for the youngest (and the child in all of us ) that this would be one good thing to do. Either way this looks like the best option.

We're taking the late drop off option so we'll have a bit of time on the last day to drop the boat back.. Think we have till about 4.

Cheers for the advice!
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Hi Mr CJ,

Thanks for the reply. I'd read the first post and pretty much convinced myself option 1 you had recommended as the best. (Think this is what you are suggesting as option 2 now?)

It looks like its about 8-10 hours to make our way up to Athlone. Do you agree?
This is probably about 2 days travelling i'm guessing as we'd like to be off for a bit of time each day.. it might be that bit much.

If we went with option 2 - Is there still a lough/bridge to go through? I'm thinking for the youngest (and the child in all of us ) that this would be one good thing to do. Either way this looks like the best option.

We're taking the late drop off option so we'll have a bit of time on the last day to drop the boat back.. Think we have till about 4.

Cheers for the advice!
My mistake on the first one I had it in my head you where getting the boat from Banagher. You can travel from Glason to Portumna in one day and having time to stop of in Athlone.

There is an option 3 that you might like above?

If you go to Banagher you will pass through the swing bridge and 1 lock beyond Banagher up to Glason there is an extra lock to pass.

If you decide to go north fully I would spend the night in Glason rather than Athlone especially with the kids its a real nice spot and the hotel is 100%

No afraid there is no locks or anything of the nature south of Portumna, option 3 you might like?

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I have never gone on a cruise and we are looking into going on one this year. A Mediterranean would be probably best (or anywhere with sun really). What are the best sites to look at and has anyone got an recommendations. Hoping to get a decent enough deal. How much should you expect to pay? Also do you usually have to buy your own flights to the port?
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http://www.royalcaribbean.co.uk/destinations/

Went with these guys on my last holiday. You can get a package deal with flights included. The prices include room, all food and transfers so all you need to bring is spending money.
Great value, fantastic service and the ships are like floating cities. I went on the Voyager class. The restruants vary from standard buffet and snacks to 5 star formal dinner, there's a theatre, a cinema, an ice skating rink amongst loads of other activities on board so even if you opt to stay on board the ship, you'll be hard pressed to run out of things to do.
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We have this one booked for July. Around €2k for 4 of us. 2+2. From Barcelona.
http://www.msccruises.com/gl_en/Ships/MSC-Preziosa.aspx
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http://www.royalcaribbean.co.uk/destinations/

Went with these guys on my last holiday. You can get a package deal with flights included. The prices include room, all food and transfers so all you need to bring is spending money.
Great value, fantastic service and the ships are like floating cities. I went on the Voyager class. The restruants vary from standard buffet and snacks to 5 star formal dinner, there's a theatre, a cinema, an ice skating rink amongst loads of other activities on board so even if you opt to stay on board the ship, you'll be hard pressed to run out of things to do.
Hi m8,
I am interested in the Mediterranean cruise with Royal Caribbean, but haven't been on a cruise before, so any additional info appreciated.
If I book the "flights from Dublin included", the details are a bit hazy, how does this work.
Do you get specific flights or a choice i.e could you stay at your own expense in the final city for an extra day.
Are transfers from airport to ship included etc.

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Have a look at the website www.cruisecritic.co.uk for a review of all cruise ships and general tips about getting the most from your holiday.

We did an Eastern Med cruise with Royal Caribbean on the Navigator of the Seas last June. We booked it all in with Trailfinders in Dawson Street so it included flights and transport to and from the airport. If you want to do it independently you could end up saving a good deal of money, but we liked the convenience - people who we talked to on the cruise who booked their own flights ended up having to stay a day extra in Rome so it all depends on what you're looking for.

We enjoyed it very much and we'd probably do it again. We found the food in the main dining room a bit disappointing but fine - other dining options were better we thought. Alcohol is very expensive on board with a mandatory 15% "tip" added to every drink. Otherwise as a holiday it works out at good value.
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Alcohol is very expensive on board with a mandatory 15% "tip" added to every drink. Otherwise as a holiday it works out at good value.
On most cruises you are also not allowed to carry any drink of any type back on board also.
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I have never gone on a cruise and we are looking into going on one this year. A Mediterranean would be probably best (or anywhere with sun really). What are the best sites to look at and has anyone got an recommendations. Hoping to get a decent enough deal. How much should you expect to pay? Also do you usually have to buy your own flights to the port?
A chap that I know said he went on a cruise where EVERYTHING was included in the price, Alco beverages, Food. Never found that offer online thou!
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A chap that I know said he went on a cruise where EVERYTHING was included in the price, Alco beverages, Food. Never found that offer online thou!
That's at the very top end of the market, people like Silversea etc.

VERY expensive and usually all suites.

+1 to the earlier post which said that most cruise lines do not allow you to bring alcohol on board and that includes returning from shore trips.
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