Why is everyone taking to the seas?

Despite a recession enforced period of austerity, it seems like everyone’s cruising, and that’s because there are some great deals around. Over the past few years cruise companies have spared no expense, investing billions in modern super liners that are not only floating five star hotels but also a miracle of engineering. However with a general slowdown in travel, almost too many cruises on offer and huge building and operating costs involved, today’s luxury ships need to sail with as few empty cabins as possible, resulting in an advantageous price fall for the likes of you and me.

For example the Telegraph Travel Shop (www. travelshop.telegraph.co.uk) is offering a one-week cruise to the Norwegian fjords with P&O Ventura, departing on the 13th of August from Southampton, for just £749, reduced from £1,132. This price includes meals and taxes and on-board entertainment and is a real bargain.

Arguably an even better deal is a two-week luxury cruise on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, departing from Southampton on the 1st of July and calling at fabulous cities Stockholm, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Copenhagen. This cruise was £2,321 but now starts at £1,299.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little warmer, a 10-night voyage on MS Eurodam, departing from Barcelona on the 12th of May and calling at Cadiz, Vigo and Brussels, costs just £599, including flights. These prices are subject to availability and based on two people sharing a double cabin.

But don’t delay in booking. People are realizing that a cruise vacation is now one of the great values in travel, and it’s possible to book a once-in-a-lifetime cruise at very reasonable prices!

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