Take a look at this week’s cruise deals, from an exhilarating Alaskan holiday to a glamorous trip on Queen Mary 2 to Cape Town, here’s my pick of the best…

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Visit Finland on a cruise to the Baltic

Cruise to Cape Town on Queen Mary 2

18-night fly-cruise | from £2,149pp

This Cunard cruise provides lots of time at sea (13 days in total) to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful Queen Mary 2 as it sails from Southampton to Cape Town. Along the way you will visit Funchal, on the “Garden Island” of Madeira followed by Santa Cruz (Tenerife). Two days before you arrive in Cape Town you’ll call at Walvis Bay, found between the sand dunes of the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean.

The 18-night Southampton to Cape Town cruise on board Queen Mary 2 departs on 10 January 2014 (flights included). For more information on this cruise deal click here.

Cruise to Alaska

Seven-night fly-cruise | from £1,830pp

Fly to Seattle and explore the independent book shops, art galleries and coffee houses of this city of culture before you embark on your cruise to Alaska with Norwegian Cruise Line. Your first call is the capital of Alaska, Juneau, where you can take a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier, join a whale watching excursion or take a helicopter ride over the Juneau ice field. Next you’ll visit Skagway, which has its roots in the 19th century Gold Rush and Ketchikan – its Tlingit Indian name is Kach Khanna meaning “spread wing of the eagle” – with its magnificent bird life. A call in Victoria (British Colombia) concludes the cruise.

The seven-night Alaska Seas and Glacier cruise on board Norwegian Pearl departs on 18 May 2014 (flights included). For more information on this cruise deal click here.

Western Caribbean cruise

Seven-night cruise only | from £419pp

Escape to the Caribbean next autumn with MSC Cruises calling at Miami, for its cool South Beach, art deco seafront and Coconut Grove. You’ll also visit the historic Falmouth in Jamaica, Grand Cayman for diving and snorkelling, Mexico’s Cozumel, and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas, returning to Miami.

The seven-night Western Caribbean cruise on board MSC Divina departs on 11 October 2014. For more information on this cruise deal click here.

Scandinavia and Russia Cruise

14-night cruise only | from £2,665pp

This round-trip Princess Cruises voyage from Dover takes you to Amsterdam, then journeys from the North Sea to the Baltic via the Kiel Canal to explore the capitals of Stockholm and Helsinki before arriving in St Petersburg for an overnight stay for the Hermitage Musuem and glittering palaces. Calls also include Estonia’s medieval Tallin, the cobbled streets of Riga in Latvia, Klaipeda in Lithuania – a centre for amber jewellery – and Denmark’s Copenhagen.

The 14-night Scandinavian and Russian cruise on board Ocean Princess departs 20 July 2014. For more information on this cruise deal click here.

Cruise to the Bahamas

Three-night cruise only | from £189pp

This great cruise-only deal from Carnival Cruise Lines leaves from Port Canaveral and calls at Nassau in the Bahamas, which blends a cosmopolitan mood with colonial charm, with a day at sea to follow. This would be the perfect opportunity to do a pre- or post-cruise stay in Port Canaveral on Florida’s Space Coast, just an hour away from Orlando and its fabulous theme parks.

The three-night cruise to the Bahamas on board Carnival Sensation departs 30 January 2014. For more information on this cruise deal click here.

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