Travel: check out
Saturday 28 March 1998
Warning for intending transatlantic travellers who haven't yet booked for flights to the US before Easter: it could be too late. For the first three months of this year, airlines have been offering lower fares than ever before. As a result, flights between now and Tuesday (the last day of March) are fully booked even for those prepared to pay full fares. And once April begins, the pre-Easter rush means space is still at a premium. Flight specialists say that the only significant spaces are on indirect routes (eg Air France via Paris) or less fashionable airlines, such as Kuwait Airways and Air India.A train
Anglia Railways (01473 693469) is offering a "London Evening Out" ticket for two people travelling together, costing pounds 12 from Ipswich and pounds 18 from Norwich. You can travel south on the 4.05pm from Norwich or later, and return on one of the last two trains of the evening or on the first one the following morning. Book by 2pm the day before.
Britain's biggest holiday company, Thomson, should be undergoing flotation in May; in any event, it can send you floating around the Caribbean. The company (0990 502562) has taken an allocation on a Norwegian Cruise Line vessel, Norwegian Sea, and is offering a Jewels of the Caribbean cruise over the summer, beginning at Santo Domingo and calling in at St Lucia, Antigua, St Maarten, St Thomas and San Juan. Prices range from pounds 859 to pounds 1,505.
Think twice before taking duty-free booze on that cruise. The Thomson brochure warns that the vessel "prohibits passengers from bringing their own alcoholic beverages aboard; any duty-free purchases will be held by the purser's office and returned to guests at the end of their cruise".
"A genuine desert-island setting with the sand between your toes and makuti (palm-thatch) above your head. The traditional meal comprises marinated fish and coconut, fabulous-tasting whole crabs steamed in ginger, followed by barbecued fish with Swahili sauce, accompanied by coconut rice and chapatis". This review of the Wasini Island Restaurant, at the far south of the Kenyan coast, is taken from Essential Kenya, out this week from AA Publishing. Other titles in the new series cover Prague, California and Bali & Lombok, each priced at pounds 4.99.
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