Sunway Celebrates 50th Anniversary Onboard Celebrity Silhouette

Sunway Celebrates 50th Anniversary Onboard Celebrity Silhouette

It was a great idea for Sunway to celebrate 50 years in business on board luxury cruise ship Celebrity Silhouette with their trade supporters in Dublin Port.The business was established in Blackrock in 1956,and is very much a family operation and is fully Irish  owned.

Drew Bolton, Strategic Account Manager – Scotland, Ireland & Northern England, Celebrity Cruises

Tanya Airey, Managing Director, Sunway, greeted the guests with a warm welcome speech, noting: “It is with great pride that we can celebrate our 50th year in business as Ireland’s largest 100% Irish-owned tour operator. From our beginnings in 1966 as a family-owned travel agency specialising in corporate and leisure travel to this present day, Sunway has become a multi-award-winning leader in tourism selling holidays to over 70 destinations worldwide.

“We would like to thank all of the travel agents and travel media throughout Ireland for the continued support we have received throughout the past 50 years and look forward to the next 50 years as we continue to provide our loyal customers with exceptional holidays at competitive prices.

“Sunway will operate a programme to Morocco, commencing for Christmas 2016.”

Michael Bowe, Bowe Travel; Clodagh Whelan, Falcon; and John Barrett, Magic Vacations, were on Celebrity Silhouette

Andrew Bolton, Strategic Account Manager for Scotland, Ireland & Northern England, Celebrity Cruises, said: “We are pleased to host the team at Sunway onboard Celebrity Silhouette to celebrate the company’s 50th birthday in style. As one of our most valued trade partners in Ireland, the team’s in-depth product knowledge and commitment to working closely with our modern luxury brand is hugely valued by Celebrity Cruises. Here’s to another 50 years!”

Richard Cullen, Killiney Travel; Deirdre Sweeny, Sunway; and Tom O’Donohue, Strand Travel, were at the 50th celebrations

The guests were then spoiled for choice when taken on a culinary adventure in the Tuscan Grille, an Italian steakhouse with a nouveau twist, where they enjoyed the flavourful joys of a four-course menu with a selection from each of the restaurants onboard. Following lunch, Sunway were delighted to invite their guests to the Sky Observation Lounge, which had views gazing out over Dublin City.

Des Abbott, Des Abbott Travel; Jeanette Taylor, Sunway; and Pat Dawson, ITAA, enjoying the celebrations

After some delicious birthday cake and some chilled wine, Sunway’s guests enjoyed the afternoon being entertained and dancing to music from one of Celebrity’s resident jazz bands. The afternoon onboard ended with guided tours of this spectacular ship with highlights such as the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Lawn Club Grill, Qsine Restaurant, The Alcoves, Murano Restaurant, and, of course, the shopping onboard with luxurious new Bulgari and Michael Kors boutiques.

David O’Hagan, Donabate Travel; Susan Kiernan, Ask Susan; and Ken Masterson, Skytours, were onboard

Celebrity Cruises created an extraordinary 50th birthday experience for Sunway, who are specialists in the cruising market with an experienced sales team who offer holidays on the world’s leading cruise lines. Sunway also offer the holiday maker a choice of over 70 destinations worldwide, including Summer and Winter Sun, Worldwide, USA & Canada, Cruise, River Cruise, Sunsail, Neilson, Mark Warner Beach Clubs, Club Med, Escorted Tours, Adventure Tours, Weddings & Honeymoons, and Santa Visits in Lapland.

Kathy Cush, Sunway, meets Muriel Bolger at the Sunway celebrations

Marie Grenham, Grenham Travel; Frances Grogan, Grogan Travel; and Karen Fegan, Centre Travel

Tanya Airey, Sunway, greets Darach Culligan, Travelworld


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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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