Royal Mail Ship St Helena makes only two voyages a year between the UK and the remote Atlantic island from which she takes her name.
Here’s a rare opportunity to travel on this unique vessel – part liner, part cargo ship – from the Canary Islands to Portland in Dorset. The £589 fare includes a flight from Gatwick on September 21, a night in a Tenerife hotel, and five nights on the ship. Log on to www.rms-st-helena.com/tenerife-short-cruise.html or call 020 7575 6480.
Party animals might prefer to fly to Miami for a seven-night cruise to Grand Cayman, Isla Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. Fares start at £869 pp for two and a pre-cruise hotel night in Miami. The ship carries almost 3,000 passengers and there’s plenty of entertainment. Departs September 26, and every Saturday all year. www.carnivalcruise.co.uk or call 0845 351 0556.
Norwegian Jewel completes her European season next month and will be heading to the other side of the Pond. The 11-night crossing leaves Dover on September 19 and sails via Lerwick in the Shetland Isles, Reykjavik, Iceland; Saint John’s, Newfoundland; and Halifax, Nova Scotia before arriving in New York. Fares from £660.50. www.cruise118.com or call 0800 280 2614.
For a no-fly cruise, Sailfrom-Uk.com is offering an 11-night voyage on board Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas from £959. Leaving Southampton on October 21, the ship calls at Madeira (Portugal), Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote (Canary Islands), Lisbon (Portugal) and Vigo (Spain) before returning. www.sailfromuk.com or call 0808 202 6104.
Fly to Crete on August 27 for a seven-night Myths and Minarets voyage to Istanbul, Ephesus, Athens and Rhodes. Fares from £899. www.oceanvillageholidays.co.uk or call 0845 358 5000.
New to cruising? The Discover Cruises website is packed with information on ships, destinations, and everything else you need to know. www.discover-cruises.co.uk