Southampton to Alaska
For the first time in 40 years P&O Cruises is offering a round-trip voyage from Southampton to Alaska, on its adults-only ship Arcadia. The complete voyage will take 72 days – although of course you can opt to do just a part of the trip.
Arcadia will cross the Atlantic via Madeira, spend a few days in the Caribbean before traversing the Panama Canal to the Pacific, then make its way up the west coast of America, arriving in Alaska in mid-May and spending nine days there, before retracing its route.
Details: From £7,099 pp for 72 days including full-board accommodation and £250 onboard spending money.
Departs 12 April.
Tel: 0845 678 001; pocruises.com.
Southampton to Scandinavia and Russia
Celebrity Cruises’ 14-night Scandinavia and Russia Cruise on board Celebrity Eclipse also departs from Southampton, calling at Bruges and Berlin before moving on to St Petersburg, Tallinn and the Scandinavian capitals.
The itinerary promises some exciting and unusual excursions, including an Archipelago Speed Boat Adventure in Helsinki and a Historic Rooftop Tour (buckled into a safety harness!) in Stockholm.
Details: From £1,799 pp for 14 nights including full-board accommodation, onboard entertainment and cruise taxes/ fees.
Departs 21 May and 18 June.
Tel: 0845 456 0523; celebritycruises.co.uk.
Southampton to Spain (Via France)
If fine food and architecture make you happy, then MSC Cruises’ first foray to Northern Spain from Britain is the cruise for you. The classy Italian cruise line (Sophia Loren is godmother to eight of the ships) has an eight-night cruise to Bilbao, where you can visit the Guggenheim Museum and La Coruna.
This part of Northern Spain is famous for its Michelin-starred restaurants and tiny tapas bars. The Opera is one of the line’s mid-sized vessels, holding 2,055 passengers.
Details: From £709 pp for 8 nights including free parking in Southampton
Departs July, August & September
Tel: 0844 561 1955; msccruises.co.uk
Southampton and around the British Isles
Dressing up The Queen Elizabeth is a throwback to the glory days of cruising — all art deco lines, sumptuous dining and designated restaurants and decks depending on which grade of cabin you’re in.
Launched by the Queen, its maiden voyage around Britain takes place in September, calling in at a number of UK ports including what is historically Cunard’s home city of Liverpool. There are plans to commemorate the visit with a concert in Liverpool Cathedral that will feature the and of the Welsh Guards, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Lesley Garrett.
Details: From £1,549pp for the Round Britain Cruise on Queen Elizabeth
Departs September 2
Tel: 0845 678 0013, cunard.co.uk.
Southampton to Copenhagen
Best for: Well-heeled couples Many cruise l ines go to the Baltic (in fact it’s one of the biggest cruise destinations in the world), but few do it in such style as Seabourn.
The ultra-luxury cruise line departs Southampton on its newest vessel, the 450-passenger Sojourn, on May 15, for a 19-day Grand V oyage to the Baltic and Norwegian Fjords. It stops at unusual ports such as Warnemunde in Germany, St Petersburg and Tallin. It gets up close and personal among the Norwegian fjords — something larger vessels just cannot do. This includes stops in Flaam, Aalesund, Olden, Bergen, Stavanger and Oslo.
Details: From £6,499pp for 19 days
Departs May 15
Tel: 0845 070 0500, seabourn.com.
Southampton to the Canary Islands
Best for: Gardeners and sun seekers. Join Chris Beardshaw of BBC Gardeners’ World on a 14-night Saga cruise to the Canary Islands. Chris will be on hand to answer questions about the endemic flora of both the Canaries, Madeira and Morocco.
The recently-refurbished Saga Pearl 2 (which now has more of a contemporary feel to it) will be island-hopping between the lush volcanic islands of La Palma, Tenerife, La Gomera and Gran Canaria.
Details: From £1,569pp for 14 nights
Departs November 23
Tel: 0800 50 50 30, saga.co.uk/cruises.
Southampton to Continental Europe
Best for: Wine lovers. This Princess Cruises trip visits many of Europe’s great wine regions and passengers are actively encouraged to create their own wine-tasting cruise.
Many of the shore excursions feature vineyard tours and wine tasting, and the ship’s cellar has a wide range of wines local to the regions – which you can match up as you sail round. Passengers can also taste some of the more exclusive wines at two special events on board., Grapevines and The Maitre d’ Wine Club.
Details: From £1,399pp for 14 nights
Departs July 23, August 20, September 3
Tel: 0845 3555 800, princess.com
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