Sail with TV’s Saturday Kitchen chef James Martin on Ocean Village this summer as he launches a new menu in the cruise ship’s Bistro restaurant. Watch him demonstrate spicy crab and saffron linguini with chilli oil, or rack of lamb with Provençal vegetables.
Fly from Gatwick to the ship in Palma, Majorca, for a seven-day cruise to Tunis, Naples, Livorno (for Florence and Pisa), Monte Carlo and Ajaccio, returning to Palma for a flight home. August 18 departure from £749 per person, or September 15 from £745, including flights, transfers, buffet dining, entertainment and a nursery. Bistro dining is extra.
www.oceanvillageholidays.co.uk/ 0845 075 0032.
Set off for 14 nights on Thomson Spirit to the Baltic capitals for just £1,049 per person, visiting historical, cultural and beautiful cities in northern Europe.
Sailing from Harwich, the ship continues to Kalundborg (for Copenhagen), Riga, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Stockholm, Warnemünde and Aalborg. Departs August 14.
www.thomson.co.uk/cruise or call 0871 231 3253.
If you prefer to mix beaches and history, the Thomson Celebration is sailing out of Corfu on seven-night itineraries around the Aegean, Adriatic and the Black Sea.
Ports include Aghios Nikolaos in Crete, Pireaus which takes you to Athens, and Kusadasi in Turkey. This Pearls of the Aegean cruise starts from £834 per person. Details as before.
There is still time to book a cruise on the much-loved Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ship Black Prince, on her last-but-one departure from Liverpool before she retires in October.
The Celts and Capitals cruise departs on September 9 for a 10-night voyage around the UK. First port of call is Belfast, followed by Scrabster on the north coast of Scotland, Chatham in Kent, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Falmouth in Cornwall, and Dublin.
Entertainment comes from 60s stars The Merseybeats. Fares from £699pp, and no worries about exchange rates.
www.fredolsencruises.co.uk or call 0147 374 2424.