Embarkation Day on Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas!!

A two hour car trip, seven and a half hour plane journey and a twenty five minute taxi ride later, we reached our destination, Port Rashid Cruise Terminal, Dubai.

Thankfully the heat did not hit us like I had expected. It was bearable even for me who is quiet happy with the lower temperatures that we have become accustomed to living on the Emerald Isle.

As you exit the taxi rank at the cruise terminal there are plenty of porters waiting to take your bags to check in. Remember to attach the pre-printed luggage tags you were given by travel agent or that you may have printed yourself at home. These are very important as they have your cabin number and name of ship on them, as there may be more than just your cruise ship in port. Also, you may not see your luggage again for another few hours as they have thousands of bags to deliver throughout the ship. I would advise keeping a smaller bag with you with swimwear towel glasses etc. anything you plan to use in the first few hours. I am led to believe that even though we prepaid our gratuities that the guys who are helping with the luggage are not part of this so you may want to tip a few dollars if you feel you had good service.

After our luggage was taken we had a pretty smooth check in, no huge ques or problems. We were issued with our sea pass, this acts as your room key your identification and as your method of payment for any extras you wish to purchase on board. They sell lanyards on board or if you go to Casino they will punch hole in card and give you one of the stretchy ones, handy for the slot machines. One thing we were surprised by is the fact they keep your passport at the check in desk and you don’t get it back till some days later, it felt weird walking away from desk knowing we had left it there.

Our ship was not departing till 6pm and we had embarked by 12, the sooner you are on the sooner you can start making use of all the amenities, pools, buffet and bars. By this stage we were pretty sweltering from the heat, still in our cooler climate clothes, as we went direct form airport, so we were glad of the fact that we had researched our trip and had the bag with change of clothes in it.

Our first impression of the Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas was, oh god it’s not as big as expected and certainly in need of a lick of paint, as it was almost I would say grubby. None the less we did not let this deter us and we excitedly made our way towards the gangway where we were greeted by the friendly staff and security.

As this was our first cruise we were not sure what to expect. I had researched a lot and had read very mixed reviews about both the destinations and the ship from people who had just done this same itinerary only a month before hand.

Signage wasn’t the clearest when we got on then again everyone looked as lost as we did and everyone just crammed into the lifts hoping to follow someone who knew where they were going.

First stop for us was buffet and pool deck. Pool was lovely and people were starting to dive in as soon as they boarded. Buffet area was bigger than we expected and food was good enough, offering a selection of hot food, salads, breads, fruits and desserts. Waiting staff were very attentive and although it is a self-serve buffet there are any number of staff clearing tables and ready to assist you if needs be.

After relaxing for an hour or so and a few beverages later, we decided to check see if our cabin was ready yet even though we were told it could be few hours same as the baggage. Luckily for us when we found it, it was ready for us. We were pleasantly surprised by the room, bathroom was not near as small as we had heard, spotless clean and plenty of storage. We even had a couch and coffee table, a vanity area and chair and adequate storage wardrobes. Better yet we had a balcony room; the views from here were deadly, though we may not have used it as much as we may have planned. All in all the room was a lot better than places I have laid my head over the years. A short time later our bags arrived, we unpacked before going off to explore our new digs for the next week.

Now one thing, one unavoidable pain in the head but necessary thing, Mandatory Safety drill. You will be told what muster station to be at and the time, you cannot miss this, your name is on a list. A safety instructor goes through all the emergency plans with you, bit annoying standing in line when it’s so hot but what can you do!

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Muster drill time!!!!

 

Each day, there is a thing called compass, it’s basically the ships newsletter. It details every show , all entertainment , shop sales etc. so that you can make a plan of all the things you want to visit around the ship as well as giving you information about the port you may be visiting that day, weather temperature and other general information.

We took in a theatre show, a game show quiz, dinner, daquaris and casino, my favourite before retiring for the night, might I add at this stage you would have no idea that you were even on a ship, it was so smooth you’d forget you were at sea.

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Strawberry Daquaris…so nice!!!

Roll on tomorrow, our first port day where we will be visiting Khasab, Oman.

 

To be continued……..

 

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Pre Holiday Hiccups!!

 

To say panic stations had well and truly set in would be an understatement, with just less than two weeks to my most recent holiday I found myself without a valid passport. Me who had researched every aspect of our trip, me who had booked excursions months in advance, me who had even pre-booked and paid toll bridge and airport parking two months early, how did I get to this point?

Well turns out that when visiting Dubai, UAE  you do in fact need 6 months validity from date of travel on your passport when in fact I only had 5 months and 25 days, a mere few days short. Luckily it was discovered as Amy tried to collect the tickets from the travel agents and so began the annoying unexpected task of trying to get a new passport in time.

There was no time to apply by post, a trip to the passport office, a first for me was on the cards. Dublin were booked up for at least four days which would have been cutting it fine, cork had a free slot for the next day and so after my boss kindly allowed me take the day off, I set of to the Cork passport office with my sister in toe for company, well I think she really came for the shopping !!

The office was quiet and I was thinking this be great I’ll pay for the emergency passport and hopefully it be out in three days, turns out I could not apply for emergency one as my travel date was not within three days, so just had to apply for normal passport which comes in roughly 6 days. Annoying but I had no choice, then my bloody photos which I had taken at a local pharmacy were not suitable and up to the standards they set out so I had to leave office and go and have them redone in Cork, seriously was beginning to get annoyed at this stage. The lady was very friendly and helpful and ensured me not to be worried that it should arrive at least two days before I departed. Thankfully it did arrive and even quicker than I Expected. At last I could actually look forward to my trip after the tears and tantrums of the week that led me to this point.

Tatties Tip– Research the passport validity rules and regulations for country you are planning to visit, they are not all the same, some are three months and some are more.

Also if you are in Ireland and find yourself in bother with passport check out the Cork office for appointments online as well as Dublin as there could be a difference of a few days in the earliest appointment.

Click here for passport appointments website

 

To be continued……Next Stop….Port Rashid Cruise Terminal, Dubai, UAE

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Carnesore Fest 2017

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Bank Holiday Sunday , 4th June 2017 will see Carne Holiday Centre come alive with only the second ever Carnesore Fest, the first of which was held back in 1978 to protest the proposed building of a nuclear plant. With several musicians lined up such as Divine Intervention, Borderline, Point Blank, Donna Marie Sludds, Lee & Fitz, Kinda Hush , Gary Lambert & Jaxson, Carnesore Fest 2017 promises to be highly entertaining for all, with its eclectic array of music.

This is a day for all who love live bands as well as a day for the whole family to get out and enjoy together. There will be a children’s play area, bouncy castles, face painting along with other children’s games and activities to keep them entertained. There will also be food stalls on site for the day as well as a full bar.

Carnesore Fest is a fundraising event on behalf of Second Wexford Scout Group & Summerhill Guides. Money raised will have varied uses such as upkeep of their clubhouses, supplies and equipment as well as some of the funds going towards an activity on a future trip to Switzerland.

Groups like Scouts & Guides play an important role in our local community as well as nationally, providing support and encouragement to young people in their physical mental and spiritual development. It’s great when possible to be able support these types of fundraisers, so make sure and  get a ticket!!

Gates open at 12 midday with kick off at 1pm until 7pm. Entry fee is €20 and tickets are available from Byrne’s Shop in Bishopswater and Distillery Barbers, Wexford . For more information you can contact Carnesore Fest directly on Facebook , just click here!

“Oklahoma”by Rathangan Variety Group

The countdown is now on for us to be highly entertained by another production from the talented Rathangan Variety Group. This year sees “Oklahoma” brought to the stage for a four night run from Feb 22nd to Feb 25th.

“Oklahoma” tells the story of two pairs of lovers in the early 1900s,set in the Oklahoma territory. Curly is a cowboy who has trouble admitting his feelings to Laurey because of his stubbornness , as does she.The hired hand at Laurey’s farm, Judd tries to come between Curly and Laurey, while Ado Annie is torn between a peddler who’s a ladies man who doesn’t want to marry her, and Will a cowboy, who does have very strong feelings for her.

The Rathangan Variety Group was formed back in 1999 and have put on several productions over the years including classics such as Oliver, Annie, Bugsy Malone, The sound of music and just last year we had Calamity Jane.

With a cast and crew of 45 dedicated guys and gals, and under the watchful eyes of Rose Walsh Chairperson, South East Radio’s very own Alan Corcoran as Director,Wexford’s Light Opera Society Musical Director Fintan Cleary and Emma Molloy  from Wexford School of ballet and performing arts as Choreographer, this promises to be an unmissable show with love fun and music aplenty!

“IT’S A SCANDAL, IT’S AN OUTRAGE”….to miss this show so make sure and get a ticket!!

Show runs from Wednesday 22nd Feb to Saturday 25th Feb at Rathangan Hall, Wexford  at 8pm sharp.Tickets can be obtained by contacting Angela at box office 087 0909541.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Blink of an eye!!

Just recently my sister Lorraine and I had the pleasure of presenting a cheque to the Wexford Clubhouse of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. The amount of €1395 had been raised earlier in the year when we organised a Ladies Fashion Exchange for this worthy cause.

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Cheque presentation to Wexford Clubhouse….

The Event

Ladies were invited to bring along some unwanted clothing in exchange for tokens which they used to acquire new items, a win win situation.So many people gave up time and their services free of charge,  : Martina Monaghan at Rathangan Temple Bar, Johnny G Whizz, Diane Goff at Centra, Lisa Marie Goff at Odlums in baldwinstown, Jackie Murphy and Ger Walsh alongside all the people who contributed some lovely prizes and vouchers for our raffle and the businesses who provided items for the goody bags, all whose help made the night a great success.People enjoyed a sweet cart and a cheese and wine reception as they perused the many aisles of clothing. Leftover clothing was split and was donated to Womens Refuge Wexford and Reach Suicide Prevention shop Wexford so there was no waste and a few charities benefited from one event.

 

Our Story

As some of the readers of this post are aware, sadly Lorraine and I lost our Mother last year from a Cerebral Brain haemorrhage, at only 55 years young.

In the Blink of an eye...life is turned upside down everything changes. So much is lost.. A wife, a nanny, a sister, an aunt , a great aunt, a cousin, a friend , a carer and most importantly a Mother. Not just any mother, but my Mother. My Mother who carried me for 9 months, who played with me as a child, tought me important lessons, reared my sister and I into the good people I believe we are, the same Mother that we fought with as kids as most do, the same Mother who became a good friend to us as we grew older and wiser, the same Mother who was absolutely crap at playing charades, but was brilliant at being a nanny, the same Mother who’s biggest passions in life were her grandchildren Brooke and Ethan, and cleaning of course lol..Dad Lorraine and I hardly got a look in !!!. That was our Mother, and she was gone…In the Blink of an eye. 

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The Apples of our Mothers Eye…..

 

The Organisation 

 

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABI Ireland) is Ireland’s leading provider of community based neuro-rehabilitation services for people who have acquired a brain injury in Ireland. Founded in 2000 as the Peter Bradley foundation, ABI Ireland enables people between the ages of 18 and 65 with an acquired brain injury to maximise their abilities to live an independent life.

Lives are shattered by the trauma of brain injury. Approximately 13,000 people acquire a brain injury in Ireland each year. Individuals can acquire a brain injury from a variety of reasons including road traffic accidents, strokes, falls or assaults among others. ABI  believe that with the correct assistance in the appropriate environment, people with an acquired brain injury can live a full life.

ABI help rebuild lives after a brain injury through the provision of a range of neuro-rehabilitation services specific to the needs of the person with a brain injury. Their services include community, clinical, day resource and residential services. They support those with acquired brain injuries and their families though training, advocacy and practical help. They provide information on acquired brain injury to those living with an acquired brain injury, their carers and healthcare professionals.

 

Wexford Clubhouse

 

In the Wexford services ABI provide residential rehabilitation to 4 clients, community rehabilitation support to 10 clients and the Wexford day service (the clubhouse) supports a varying numbers of clients (between 26-33) and their carers per month.

The Wexford clubhouse day service provides support to between 26-33 clients each month. The Wexford Clubhouse receives no financial support from the HSE and is reliant on an annual grant from BNY Mellon and Fundraising donations in order to operate. They also receive grants from organisations, such as the WWETB which fund the artists and they continually apply for various grant schemes in order to support the running of various individual groups. 

Had our mother have survived she may very well have needed the services that ABI offer, and that was one of the deciding factors in doing the fundraiser. My sister currently volunteers in the Wexford clubhouse and she loves it and the interaction with the women who avail of the service. I was lucky enough to sit in on a recent pottery making session with the group and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Fundraisers?

 

Money raised from donations and fundraising events go directly to support the running of groups in the clubhouse and other vital services in the Wexford region. From the money they receive they purchase materials and equipment necessary to ensure the groups run; this includes but is not limited to cooking supplies, art supplies, craft supplies, exercise equipment, gardening supplies and sewing materials. At times they use the money to pay for external activities for the members; such as aqua aerobics, pitch and putt etc. The money may also contribute towards specialised groups run by external facilitators which the members are interested in getting involved with – for example neruophysio and yoga. Money raised may also support the clubhouse to bring the clubhouse members away on day trips. 

Understandably these days, there are constant charity events fundraisers etc and the sad fact is there is no such thing as a bad cause, but I would really like to stress the need for to keep funds being raised for ABI as you never know the minute you or a loved one may need to avail of their services.

If anybody reading may be interested in making donation, organising a fundraiser, or would like any info they can contact Louise or Marie Louise in the Wexford clubhouse, they are very approachable ladies and would be glad to hear from you.

 

Natasha

St.Clomaun’s Way…our village gem!!

Although it’s opened since 2014 I’m ashamed to say that it’s only recently that I managed to visit this local village gem. St.Clomaun’s way is a walkway situated in the historic village of Duncormick Co.Wexford.

With the River Muck on your left there is a beautiful 1.5km walk ahead of you.There are lovely viewing areas aswell as benches along the way , ideal for a picnic when the weather permits.

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As you walk along you there is a little hut that would be ideal for bird watching right on the river’s edge . The view of the river from up on a height is truly beautiful as you make your way along. 

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On this walk you can expect to see some evidence of belief in trolls and fairies in the form of beautifully painted signs and rocks which I assume some children may have created and left as a focal point for us to enjoy.As you approach the end of the walkway there are a set of steps down to an ancient holy well which dates back to the 1600’s. If you trace your finger along the stone a date of 1696 becomes clear.

 

This beauty on our doorstep is all thanks to the Duncormick Area Action group and members of the community aswell as residents who worked so hard to get the achieved end result.

It is very scenic, peaceful and photographic. If you live locally or are passing through the village of duncormcik sometime it is definitely worth a visit. 

Victor’s Way, Indian Sculpture Park

Nestled in a beautiful area in Roundwood , Co. Wicklow lies this amazing place. This beautiful garden known as Victor’s Way  is home to 37 minor and 7 major black granite sculptures. The sculptures were all hand cut in a dedicated workshop in South India after all being designed in Roundwood, and took 25 years to complete.

It was originally designed for adults in search of time out rest and relaxation and spiritual orientation. The garden spreads out over 2o acres and there is a 2km contemplation path taking you through the forest which is really beautiful, accompanied by forest sounds and scents.

The sculptures are all named and there is a plaque beside each one informing you of the history of it. There are also many benches along the way where they encourage you to sit relax and enjoy the surroundings.

As this is an area of rest and relaxation they do not encourage use of mobile phones or loud visitors. Now this is not to say you have to be silent and not speak but just courteous to other visitors and basically not to be throwing a mad party in the middle of the forest. Also as there are unsecured ponds and waterways around they advise that if you must bring children to make sure keep them close at all times.

There is also an option for Forest Bathing . This is where you immerse yourself in the holistic ambience of the forest. It is meant to regenerate your mind and body and spirit. In this part of forest you will see the Forest Recliner. It is a wooden bench with head and footrest which you are invited to try out.With your back flat, lying still, and feet up it is said that due to the calves and feet resting higher up that the body is placed as if it were in foetal position. This then relaxes the stomach muscles which in turn induces mental and physical relaxation. However the bench is quiet hard so not sure how long one could stay lying in that position.

As we visited in September , and with our typical Irish weather the grass was a bit damp and it would not have been suitable to sit of at the end of it and relax with a picnic.The park closes in September, but it would be definitely be worth your time checking it out when the new season opens again next year.

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Tattie’s Top Travel/Holiday Apps..

Whilst being a huge fan of the old-fashioned pen and paper and making lists about lists about lists, modern technology also can be of huge help to us when organising trips and the being on the actual holiday. We are all so consumed by our smartphones these days, with higher percentages of people chosing the technology over carrying travel guides,brochures, maps, paper, books etc. So with that in mind I thought I would share some of my favourite free apps that you can download to your smartphone. ( Dependent on phone type)

 

Skyscanner

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Skyscanner is a great app that enables us to find comparisons for flights, hotels and car hire. The service is free to users and directs you to the airline, hotel, car hire provider or travel agency to complete the booking process.The site is multilingual, offering flight searches in over 30 languages.

Skyscanner does not sell flights directly; instead, the site can be used to find the cheapest deal for a desired route after which users are automatically transferred to the airline or travel supplier’s website to make their booking directly.

Aswell as all this  Skyscanner also shares travel tips and advice regularly.

 

XE Currency Convertor

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This app can make shopping in foreign cities a lot easier. This app works offline and is free, making it an absolute necessity for international travellers.

Hostelworld

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This app can be used to search and book more than 33,000 properties in over 170 countries from anywhere. 

Uber

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For us the consumer  Uber is a convenient, inexpensive and safe taxi service. You can hire a private driver to pick you up and take you to your destination with the tap of a button on your phone – and they’ll be there in minutes. Not only is it an on-demand car service, but you can see exactly where the driver is when they’re coming to pick you up. You will need to download app on phone and then register details and set up account.

 

 

Viber

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Viber is a mobile application that allows you to make phone calls and send text messages to all other Viber users for free! Viber is available over WiFi or 3G.  Once you and your friends install Viber, you can use it to talk and message as much as you want.This saves on expensive unwelcome phone bills after a holiday abroad.

 

 

 

Google Translate

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This app is a free multilingual service provided by Google. It  translates text, speech, images, sites, or real-time video from one language into another. As of September 2016 it was supporting 103 languages , and serving over 200 million people daily. Now like everything it obviously has some limitations and some businesses may be wary of its ability, but in general I think its pretty good and could definitely do the basics if in a country where you may struggle with the language..Check it out…

These are just a few of the apps that I think are ideal and helpful, from the stage of researching and booking the trip, to getting around on holiday while being able to keep in touch with loved ones. There are constantly new apps being launched ,not all are to everyone’s taste, best option is install the app and check it out. If you are not going use it its best delete it as all these things take space on our phones and we all know how precious that space is….. 

Coronation Street Studio Tour…

Facebook kindly reminded me earlier today ,that it was this day two years ago that my mother and I had visited the Coronation Street studio tour. So I taught I would share our experience that we had , having booked through Celtic Horizons Tour. Sadly my mother passed away unexpectedly not long after this tour, so it makes the memories even fonder for me.

Having been huge fans of Corrie for years you can imagine the excitement when we came across an advertisement for the tour which included the studio tour for Coronation Street and location tour of Emmerdale as well as Cheshire Oaks Shopping outlet.Needless to say it was booked with speed and we patiently awaited the date.

We were collected in Wexford by coach and transferred to Dublin where we sailed with Irish Ferries. It was well organised and you didn’t have to worry about anything from the moment you were collected, and our bus driver was lovely and helpful and kept us entertained. 

While we arrived on the other side we had a short drive to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlets where we were given a few hours to do a bit of retail therapy and given a departure time and place.

At Cheshire Oaks, you will find up to 50% off top designer labels. The retail outlet has 120 shops, many of which sell designer label clothing. Cheshire Oaks also has ten great places to eat; two McDonalds, Garfunkels, La Brioche Doree, FT5K, Villa Pizza, Singapore Sam, Spud U Like, Madisons and BBs. 

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A short drive from here we reached our hotel, formerly known as bewleys but now under Clayton Hotel. This hotel was perfect ,clean and spacious rooms and I would highly recommend a stay here if you are visiting Manchester or surrounding areas. Our driver checked the whole coach load of guests in which was great and saved us any hassle. We had free time to do as we pleased and my mother and I decided to hop on a train into Manchester City and have a browse around.

The following morning we had an early start to fit in the Corrie Studio tour and Emmerdale location tour. It was absolutely amazing from the minute we arrived at the studio. Our guide was so well-informed and took us in groups around the large studio and set. It so unreal when you are standing looking at Gail Platt’s sitting room, Carla Connors apartment, Underworld and so on. They are so much smaller than they appear on tv. After the actual studio tour there is a museum part where you can see lots of articles such as Deirdre Barlow’s glasses, Hayley Croppers Coffin and much more before going out onto the cobbles. Here you can see Roys Rolls, Websters Garage, Victoria Court apartments, Audrey’s hair salon , Kabin and most importantly the famous Rovers Return. There is a photo opportunity in the studio to be snapped pulling a pint in one of the most iconic public houses on our screens. This prized procession now takes pride of place on my mantlepiece.

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Entrance to studio tour

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Mother daughter selfie at the Kabin

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Roys Rolls

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The Salon

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Our fave onscreen pub…

 

Departing the studios to our next destination, the Emmerdale Location tour. Now while I am a lover of Emmerdale this part of tour was not as brilliant as the Coronation Street part. That is not to say it was not good just it was kind of looking out the bus window and being told that field was one time used on Emmerdale, or that laneway leads to a farm that is used on the soap, it didn’t really mean a whole lot it just looked like where I live. When we got to the village that holds the Woolpack pub, apart from pub front the rest of the village doesn’t really look like Emmerdale. At the time there was no studio tour available for Emmerdale but it has since then become a tour in itself. I Hope to do this part in the future, if and when I do I will keep yee posted…..

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Sadly since we done the tour, the Coronation Street studio doors have been closed to the public. However after speaking to Celtic Horizon Tours they now offer another tour where you get to have dinner with four of the Coronation Street current stars Details here 

They also offer other packages such as Emmerdale Tour and various sports breaks..

All in all I would definitely recommend Celtic Horizon tours and look forward to dealing with them again in the future, they certainly made our trip a treasured and memorable one that I will never forget.

City Break ..Belfast..

Getting There

With only roughly an hours drive from our nights stay glamping in Cushendall we found ourselves in Belfast city centre, for a two night stay.

Accomodation

The hotel that we booked was Etap Hotel . This hotel is right in the heart of Belfast city centre near the central train station.It offers modest prices and friendly reception staff. A bright spacious foyer greets you as the enter the hotel, I particularly liked the vibrant green colours as they were fresh and bright.There is free WiFi throughout the hotel and the front desk is manned 24/7. There is also snacks and drinks for sale in this area which is very handy. They do offer a buffet breakfast which is good value but having not eaten breakfast there I can’t comment on how good.

The rooms are small enough but sufficient and more importantly were clean. The shower and toilet are separate but when you step out of shower you are actually in the bedroom, I did not personally like this feature but nor was it a problem. Rooms can cater for three as there is a double bed with single bunk above it, however if three adults it may be a bit of a squash, probably more ideal for two adults and a child. Our room looked out on to the beer garden of Filthy Mcnastys a very busy spot, was not a problem for us as we were staying midweek and noise level was ok, it may differ of a weekend night.

All in all I would definitely recommend staying at this hotel, great location , clean and bright, and friendly staff which always helps. There are several eatires just steps away from hotel such as pizza joints, chinese, nandos and Wetherspoons.However, there is no on site car parking facilities at hotel , but directly across the street is the cinema car park and they do you a discounted rate if you mention to them you are staying at hotel, works out about £9.50 a day.

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Etap Hotel Foyer….

 

What to do…

So with just two days to explore the city we pretty much knew what we wanted to do. As always my most favorite thing to start with is the city sightseeing hop on hop off bus. Our hotel was kind enough to ring the tour for us who collected us in a smaller bus to bring us to stop number 1 so as not to miss anything.The bus has about 20 stops , covering Titanic Experience, Crumlin Road Jail, Odyssey Pavilion, City hall, Falls Road, Shankill Memorial Garden and many more. The bus does stop at Parliament Buildings , which is absolutely beautiful as I had seen on a previous bus tour, however it does not make this stop before 10 or after 15.30 so if it is something you would like to see try work your bus stops around this. The bus ticket costs £12,50 and valid for two days so realistically you could spread it out if you wanted. Stop no 4 was Titanic so that’s where we decided to depart the bus. It stops just across the street from the entrance, you would need to allow at least a few hours as you will need it to get around and see all that is on offer..

 

Titanic Experience

Titanic experience offers a self guided tour where you can delve deeper into the Titanic Story. There are 9 interactive galleries for you to experience the tale of one of the worlds most famous ships. At the beginning of the tour you learn all about why the Titanic was built-in this city and about the industries that were booming back then.As you move onto the shipyard, there is an interactive floor and you can view different blueprints of the ship and also stand at the top of a gantry. Shipyard ride is worth taking , there may be a few minutes wait but line moves quick enough. You can not imagine the heat these people worked in until you have taken the ride. Moving along there is a 3D tour from the boiler room up to the deck of ship. I loved this feature stood on it twice , I felt like I walked up those amazing stairs and like I was in the dining room of Titanic. There are so many artefacts to view from menus used on board to the type of curtains and carpets that it was fitted with, to the story’s of survivors. I found it to be interesting, overwhelming and sad all at same time. I would advice at least three hours to go around at a minimum as there is a lot to see and read.If you took the sightseeing bus they will give you a discount of £3.oo of the entry price.

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Escape Room – Belfast 

Escape Room Major Plott’s Revenge is  spy escape game , where you must enter the office of an evil spymaster and escape with his secret dossier. You are locked in the office and against the clock for 60 minutes. My god it is the quickest 60 minutes ever. There are several units and boxes all locked some with padlocks needing keys and some which need 3 or 4 digit codes, and its up to you to use your intelligence and with to try open these which in turn lead to another clue or item.It is a bit harder than you would think, I don’t want to give too much away, but it is so much fun and it went way to fast. There is a monitor from which you will be given clues if needed as there is loads of cctv in the room and they can see how you are progressing through out the game .Communication is the key lol…. I highly recommend this game and can’t wait to play it again.

 

Shopping

If you are a fan of splashing the cash there is no shortage of shops here.There are high street stores,  designer boutiques, markets and the incredible Victoria Square and CastleCourt shopping centres – they are all within close walking distance of each other. 

Most shops are open  Monday – Wednesday 9am – 6pm, Thursday 9am – 9pm, Friday and Saturday 9am – 6pm and Sunday 1pm – 6pm. 

Belfast is an amazing city to visit and there is so much more to do than the few things I mentioned such as musuems and cultural experiences, pubs clubs and much more. Definitely worth a visit if your looking for a city break that has it all.