Something To Declare: Club class Caribbean; England's most beautiful railway; mobiles when mobile
Saturday 21 August 2004
Hurricane season in the Caribbean is a tough time to sell seats - especially in the premium cabin.
Bargain of the week: Club class Caribbean
Hurricane season in the Caribbean is a tough time to sell seats - especially in the premium cabin. British Airways (0870 850 9850; www.ba.com), the biggest operator between the UK and the Caribbean, has dramatically cut fares for flights from Monday 23 August to the end of November. Flights from Gatwick to the Jamaican capital, Kingston, are available for £1,314 return. Fares to Antigua, Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia are around £1,390, give or take a few pounds. From Heathrow, you can fly to Grand Cayman, Nassau or Providenciales for around £1,350 return.
Travellers to post-hurricane Florida get their chance for cheap frills from 1 November to 16 December, when a £1,222 return fare applies from Gatwick to Orlando or Tampa.
For all these fares, you must book three weeks in advance and stay at least one Saturday night. One crucial point to remember is that BA's celebrated flat beds in business class have yet to be installed in the aircraft serving most Caribbean destinations. On all but the route to Barbados, the old-style "cradle seat" is still installed in the premium cabin.
Destination of the week: England's most beautiful railway
The Settle-Carlisle line across the Pennines has a range of deals for unlimited travel, allowing you to appreciate fully this engineering masterpiece and the superb scenery it passes through. Between Leeds or Bradford and Carlisle, three days of travel in a week costs £35 for adults, half price for children; railcard discounts are available. For only £6 more you could get the Freedom of the North West, which extends as far south as Chester, Manchester and Liverpool, and across to Blackpool and Southport. Travel on morning rush-hour trains from Monday to Friday is not allowed. More details from National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50, or the line's own website: www.settle-carlisle.co.uk.
Warning of the week: mobiles when mobile
Don't reach for your mobile telephone while you're at the wheel in Europe. The authorities in Britain's three favourite holiday nations do not look kindly on motorists who use a mobile phone while driving. In Spain and Italy, it is illegal to use a hand-held mobile, though hands-free versions are permitted. In France, you are not allowed to use a mobile phone at all when driving, even if it is hands-free. "Anyone caught using a phone faces a heavy fine," says the tourist office.
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