THE big festive flyaway is nearly here – as more than four million people prepare to jet away and spend Christmas abroad. There is still time to be among them, whether you fancy a bite of the Big Apple, fun in the theme parks of Orlando and Tenerife or dream of a Caribbean cruise. Trisha Harbord has ten ideas for a fabulous overseas holiday. Tenerife THE capital of the Canary Islands has a turkey and tinsel break just over four hours away. All the family will love Loro Parque, voted World’s Best Zoo by TripAdvisor customers. Many hotels are decked out with trees, baubles and lights and serve traditional food and drink. It’s a warmer home from home. GO: Seven nights’ B&B at the 4H El Tope Hotel, Puerto de la Cruz, flying from Stansted on December 20, costs from £587pp. From Birmingham on December 23 it is priced from £599. See loveholidays.com. New York THE glittering city is magical during Christmas, made even brighter with its festive concerts, … [Read more...] about With millions set to jet off for Christmas, these are our top ten spots for a festive getaway
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Maybe it’s our changing lifestyles. Maybe it’s just a fad. But when I read research by Viking Cruises claiming almost 20pc of over-65s are taking regular holidays with their adult kids and grandchildren, I wasn’t surprised. To me, ‘3G’ holidays are a no-brainer. You can split costs, share childcare and get priceless bonding time — as a group, and one-on-one. Of course, there’s plenty of potential for dysfunction, too (Christmas, anyone?). That’s why you need to spend time finding the right space, discuss everyone’s expectations before you go, and book well in advance. I hope these tips help you make a start. — Pól Ó Conghaile 1. Parknasilla Where: Sneem, Co Kerry Why: With two-bedroom lodges, three-bedroom villas and seaview rooms in the main hotel, Parknasilla offers great choice to family groups of all ages and budgets, complete with access to the resort’s excellent facilities for drinks receptions and … [Read more...] about 20 best multi-generational holidays for parents, grandparents and kids
Next up? A kick-around on the soccer and basketball court. As we play, Selena Gomez comes blasting from the PA. Dammit, is there anything this ship can't do? "It can't fly," Rosa (12) deadpans. Touché. Maybe next year, Royal Caribbean will crack that. But for now, we'll have to content ourselves with the the floating theme park that is Symphony of the Seas - a spanking, Oasis-class behemoth fresh from the shipyard. At 362m, Symphony is the largest cruise ship on the planet, and she's spending her first summer on the Med before setting sail for the Caribbean. It's the perfect opportunity to try out a cutting-edge family cruise... without long-haul flights. The kids are first-timers, so I'm letting them lead the discovery. Beforehand, questions ranged from 'How much taller is it than our house?' to 'What if we hit an iceberg?' It's only when we catch sight of the beast outside Barcelona, however, that its scale fully hits home. 18 decks tower above us. The ship is over twice … [Read more...] about Symphony of the Seas: What’s it really like on the world’s biggest cruise ship?