Happy Boxing Day to all those who have friends and family who spent yesterday at sea on a cruise ship. Today they could be recovering from too much turkey by toasting their toes in Tortola, or maybe they are stocking up on Port and Madeira in Oporto and, er, Madeira.
Want to follow in their wake? The January sales start here, with some great deals for cruises next month.
Fly out to Orlando on January 7 for a three-night stay at Universal Studios before setting off from Port Canaveral on a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas. Ports of call include the private resort of Labadee in the Dominican Republic; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town in the Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico. Fares start at £1,159 per person (two sharing) for an inside cabin, and £1,359 for a balcony cabin, including all flights, transfers, and hotel accommodation in Orlando. Other dates available. Go to www.iglucruise.com or call 020 8544 6447.
Sail on the casual Thomson Destiny leaving La Romana in the Dominican Republic on January 17 for a seven-night cruise to Bridgetown, Barbados; Roseau in Dominica, Basseterre on St Kitts, and Road Town in Tortola. Fares start from £929, including flights. Go to www.cruise118.com or call 0800 280 2614.
Closer to home, the Island Escape sails from Funchal, Madeira on January 18, heading for Agadir, Morocco; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, and Palma, before returning to Funchal. Fares for the seven-night cruise start at £489, including flights. Go to www.cruise118.com or call 0800 280 2614.
Or embark on a 12-night Mediterranean cruise on board the glittering Norwegian Jade, departing from Barcelona on January 24 and calling at Civitavecchia (for Rome), Piraeus (for Athens), Izmir in Turkey, Alexandria in Egypt, and Valetta in Malta. Fares from £879, including flights. Go to www.cruise118.com or call 0800 280 2614.
Planning further ahead, but ready to make your booking in January? Then take advantage of P&O’s January Sail and grab double discounts of up to £1,000 per couple on deluxe balcony cabins on Ventura and Azura; Double on-board spending money of up to £150 per person on selected departures between April and June, and an extra 2.5 per cent discount for on-line bookings.
Go to www.pocruises.com or call 0845 678 00 14.