The best cruise deals for 2016 to book now

The best cruise deals for 2016 to book now
Cruise holiday offers to book now for 2016, including last-minute deals for
ocean and river cruises, free flight sales, UK cruises and fly-cruises, P&O
cruises, all-inclusive deals

to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia

Free flights from UK airports

Set sail on a wine-themed Rhone & Provence cruise on March 25, 2016 on board AmaDagio and fly for free from London, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow. The price includes flights, non-UK transfers, wine, beer and soft drinks with meals, excursions, Wi-Fi and use of bicycles in port and port taxes. The cruise visits Lyon, Belleville, Vienne, Tournon, Viviers and Arles. From £1,599 flying from Manchester. (0808 256 8422; AmaWaterways.co.uk).

Family-friendly prices

P&O Cruises is offering a 14-night Iberia cruise on family friendly Ventura from £799 per person. Departing on March 6, 2016, the price includes round-the-clock children’s clubs and entertainment on board. Departing round-trip from Southampton ports of call include Lisbon, Cadiz, Gibraltar, Cartagena, Malaga, Casablanca and Madeira. Set sail in January on a 15-night Caribbean cruise on Azura from £1,599 per person. Departs January 23, 2016, including flights from selected UK airports. Departs round-trip from Barbados and visits Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, Amber Cove, Tortola, St Maarten, Antigua and Grenada (0843 373 0111; pocruises.com)

All-inclusive deals

MSC Cruises is offering all-inclusive drinks on summer and winter 2016/17 sailings booked before February 29, 2016. The Allegrissimo package includes unlimited drinks including cocktails; a dedicated selection of wines by the glass; draught beer; soft drinks and milkshakes and smoothies. It also includes drinks from Italian coffee selection and gelato. The offer is valid on both fly-cruise and cruise-only holidays. Allegrissimo normally costs £22 per person per night (children £10 per night) which means a saving of £448 for a family of four on a seven-night sailing. (020 3426 3010; msccruises.co.uk)

Three cruises for two

Three cruises for the price of two; free tips and up to £100 cashback per person are available on Fred Olsen cruise lines for some itineraries booked before March 2, 2016. To benefit from ‘three for two’ passengers can book three cruises at the same time, with the same lead name on all 2016/17 itineraries and get the cheapest cruise free of charge (excludes Black Watch’s Arctic Explorer cruise). “Free Tips & Tipples” is available on cruises with durations of between five and 35 nights and includes selected house wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks on board. £100 per person cashback is available on 20 cruises in 2016 but must be booked by January 31, 2016. The cashback is given as an onboard account credit for use during the cruise. (0800 0355 242; fredolsencruises.com).

Book by December 31, 2015

Save up to £1,000 and pay a low deposit of £250 on Emerald Waterways’ new Rhine Main Discover itinerary when you book before the end of the month. Reduced from £1,995 to £1,495 the eight-day cruise departs from Nuremberg and finishes in Amsterdam with a ride on a glass-roofed canal boat. Port calls inlcude Bamberg, one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres and Cologne, Germany’s oldest city. The fare includes flights; eight shore excursions, complimentary tea, coffee and water, local guides, free Wi-Fi, transfers and tips (saving up to £235 per couple). Departure dates from May to August 2016 (0808 115 6269; emeraldwaterways.co.uk).

Welcome in 2016 in Koblenz

Last-minute bookers can see the fireworks at Koblenz as part of Saga’s

A New Year’s Eve party and spectacular fireworks await Saga passengers on The Rhine and her Tributaries cruise which sails from Cologne on December 27, 2015.

This all-inclusive cruise with wine, beer and soft drinks served at lunch and dinner, will feature 154- passenger Regina Rheni II which has been chartered especially for Saga guests to explore the pretty villages and ancient castles of the Rhine Gorge.

Regina Rheni II is a spacious, well-appointed ship and has been rated a Top Ship by previous Saga passengers, plus the excellent cuisine has received Saga’s two-rosette Good Food award.

The journey to Cologne will be by coach, via Eurotunnel, and the cruise will start with a sailing along the majestic Moselle to Cochem.

Here guests will be able to tour Cochem Castle where tolls from passing ships were once collected. A visit to this imposing fortress will be rewarded with wonderful views across the valley and there will also be time for some local wine tasting.

Bingen, in the UNESCO World Heritage Middle Rhine Valley, will be the next riverside call to enable guests to visit the historic Rhine crane and the fabled Mouse Tower.

Regina Rheni II will sail on to Oberwesel, one of the largest vineyard communities of the Middle Rhine and best known for the production of Riesling wine.

Next will be a stop at Boppard, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval towns. Here passengers will be able to stroll through cobbled streets to admire a wealth of historic buildings including the Electoral Castle. Another option will be to indulge in more wine tasting!

An overnight mooring at Koblenz will be the next on the itinerary. This delightful old city enjoys picturesque scenery on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Here guests will bid farewell to 2015 during an on-board New Year’s Eve party which will be topped by a spectacular firework display lighting up the banks of the Rhine and Moselle.

On the first day of 2016, Regina Rheni II will make a return sailing to Cologne where guests will mark New Year’s Day with a visit to the magnificent cathedral and take in the sights of this glorious city.

To book please call 0800 300 400 or visit saga.co.uk/rivers

Six nights from £949, departing from Folkestone to Cologne on December 27. Price includes UK travel service, return coach, Eurotunnel travel and cross channel ferry crossing, all meals, welcome cocktail party, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, New Year’s Eve party with mulled wine, porterage, on-board gratuities, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights or a discount if passenger has own insurance.

From £6,300 per person – SAVE £2,310 per couple (Free Flights and Stateroom Upgrades)

Hidden Treasures of the Mediterranean

The Luxury Cruise Company is offering a 35-day day Hidden Treasures of the Mediterranean Cruise from £6,300 per person. The cruise embarks from Nice in France and has 29 ports of call in nine countries including stops in France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Slovenia and Croatia. The trip concludes with an overnight stay in Venice.

The Luxury Cruise Company (020 7838 5991 / theluxurycruisecompany.com) is offering an exclusive 35-day cruise on-board Azamara Journey, Azamara Club Cruises, from £6,300 per person based on two sharing a Club Interior Stateroom on a full-board basis. This cruise includes 29 ports of call (including five overnight port stays), return airport transfers, free return flights from London, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Valid for travel on 20 April 2016. Subject to availability

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