oClass-PoolOne of my friends has just booked a late summer cruise holiday – they’ll be cruising on the Baltic in the first week of September, the schools will have gone back so the ship won’t be too crowded, the weather will still be very pleasant, they’ll be able to eat some extraordinarily good food AND they’ll get to explore cities including St. Petersburg, Copenhagen and Helsinki. Sounds absolutely blissful, doesn’t it? I’m very tempted to book on the same cruise (although I’m not sure her husband would be too thrilled).

If you’re looking for a great cruise deal then luxury line Oceania, which has been shortlisted in several categories in this year’s Cruise International Awards, including Best Cruise Line and Best Luxury Cruise Line, has some fab offers right now. Oceania cruises include free airfare on every voyage, subject to availability, free and unlimited soft drinks and bottled water, free cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices, and free room service 24 hours a day. Select sailings also have free internet, so you can stay in touch with friends and family (or the office) while you sail.

Oceania also have some really exciting winter long haul itineraries on offer  –  for example, their Italian Escapade cruise on Marina, departing on 19 October and sailing from Rome to Venice is £1289pp. Ports of call include Livorno for Florence,  Pisa and Tuscany; Sorento and Capri; Dubrovnik; and one of my favourite destinations, Taormina in Sicily.

Offers include up to $300 onboard credit per stateroom and are valid until 30 September.  For more information click here to visit the Oceania website.