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Discount Cruises for the budget conscious

While cruises are often associated with refined luxury and vast expense, many cruise operators these days are frequently offering discount cruises. Often it is simply a case of knowing where, and when, to look for the best offers. Here is a sample of some of the best value for money discount cruises currently on the market for those working to a budget.

MSC Cruises are renowned for luxury, comfort and the quality of their hand-picked destinations. Yet until recently their cruises had been the exclusive preserve of the jet-set. Now, however, MSC regularly offer online discounts and free upgrades for their cruises.

For instance, the Italy, Greece and Croatia cruise, exploring the delights of the Dalmatian coast, historic Italian cities and idyllic Greek islands, is usually priced at £1299. However, MSC's online discount means that you can book direct for only £899, a whopping saving of £400. MSC also do deals for free upgrades, 10% of your next cruise as well as children travelling for free when sharing with two adults, so make sure you research the best deal for you before booking.

Elsewhere, P&O currently have a massive savings roll-out on their full range of cruises. This is to commemorate 2012, their 175th year in business. Example discounts include 10% off all early bookings, free car-parking when embarking from Southampton, and savings of up to £1068 per couple on a 35-night holiday.

At the budget end of the cruise market, Celebration are well known for their short and cheap cruises. Bargain two night cruises from Palm Beach, Florida to the Bahamas cost from as little as £61 per person and are great for the first time cruiser.

Taster cruises around the British Isles are another to sample cruising at a budget, and deals booked through Ideal Cruising from Southampton to Cork start from as little as £332 for four nights.

Whether you are looking for budget cruises or luxury ocean voyages, there are a multitude of deals out there. Remember to keep checking cruise line websites for the best and newest discount cruises.

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