Top deals on no-fly cruises to the sun

//Top deals on no-fly cruises to the sun

The nights are drawing in and there’s a chill in the morning air, but there are still plenty of opportunities to sail away from the UK on a cruise to the sun – with none of the hassle involved in flying.
Departing from Dover on October 12 on a 14-night cruise to the Mediterranean, Fred Olsen’s Balmoral visits Gibraltar, Mahon (Ibiza), Marseille, Barcelona, Alicante and Malaga before returning to Dover. Fares from £839. Go to or call 0800 280 2614.
Or travel to the Canary Islands on board Marco Polo, leaving Tilbury on October 16. The 14-night cruise calls at Vigo in Spain, Agadir in Morocco, the islands of Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Gomera and Madeira, and then on to Leixoes in Portugal. Fares from £599 pp for two sharing an inside cabin. Go to or call 0845 6582323.
Alternatively, join the Ocean Countess on a 12 night Canaries cruise departing from Plymouth on October 19 and visiting Vigo, Agadir, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Gomera , Madeira and Leixoes. Prices start from £599pp for an inside stateroom. Go to or call 0845 6582323.
Another Canaries itinerary is available on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas, sailing from Southampton on November 8. The cruise includes Madeira, Tenerife, Las Palmas, Lanzarote and Vigo. If the scenery palls, the ship has plenty of activities – from a surf simulator and rock climbing wall, to an ice rink and children’s water park. Go to or call 0844 493 2061.
A no-fly Christmas cruise to the Caribbean is an unusual opportunity, but you can do it on Marco Polo. Sailing from Tilbury on December 6, the 35-night voyage visits the Azores, Antigua, St Kitts, St Lucia, Aruba, Grenada, Jamaica, Barbados, Funchal and Lisbon. Inside cabins from £2,189 pp, outside from £2,569, or take a suite for £4,799. Go to or call 020 8544 6447.
If it’s shopping you’re after rather than sunshine, then sail on a Christmas markets cruise aboard Fred Olsen’s Balmoral, leaving Southampton on November 29 and visiting Gothenburg in Sweden, Copenhagen in Denmark, Hamburg in Germany and Amsterdam in the Netherlands – and including a transit through the Kiel Canal. Fares for the eight-night voyage from £749. Go to or call 0845 6582323.

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