* HERE’S an unusual opportunity, to sail from the UK with Costa.
The Italian line has Europe’s largest fleet of cruise ships, but they rarely visit these shores.
On September 12 the Costa Magica leaves Dover for Cherbourg and then heads to Vigo and Lisbon in Portugal before visiting Cadiz and Malaga in Spain.
The cruise ends in Savona, Italy. Fares for the eight-night voyage start at £579pp, cruise-only, for two sharing an inside cabin.
Log on to www.costacruises.co.uk or call 0845 351 0552.
* SEVEN nights on a Mediterranean cruise aboard the Thomson Destiny available from Cruise118.com from £699.
Departing Palma de Mallorca on September 3, calling at Villefranche in France, La Spezia and Civitavecchia in Italy,
Ajaccio, Corsica and Palamos in Spain before returning to Palma. See www.cruise118.com or call 0800 280 2614.
* NO flights needed for a nine-night cruise on Fred Olsen’s Balmoral, leaving Dover September 5.
The round-Britain voyage includes Invergordon, Kirkwall in the Orkneys, Tobermory, on the isle of Mull, Falmouth, andGuernsey.
Fares from £749. See www.sailfromuk.com or call 0808 202 6104.
* P&O’s biggest ship, the Ventura, leaves from Southampton on October 9 for the western Mediterranean, with all-inclusive fares working out at less than £83 a night.
The itinerary includes Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Livorno, Cartagena and Gibraltar, before returning to Southampton on October 23. From £1,151 pp, based on two people sharing a balcony cabin, www.pocruises.co.uk or call 0845 3 555 333.
* FOR something really different, there’s an opportunity to swim with dolphins and get close to penguins in the Galapagos Islands, sailing on a 63-metre yacht carrying 48 passengers, 24 crew and four resident wildlife experts.
The boat visits nine islands during each of two 11-night cruises with departures from the UK on November 18 and November 25.
Fare for two sharing a cabin is £3,795 (brochure price £4,395) or £4,895 for single occupancy. Log on to the website www.noble-caledonia.co.uk or call 020 7752 0000, quoting reference number ‘NC090817’.