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Monday, 17 September 2012

Sail away with a Caribbean cruise bargain

The islands of the Caribbean were made for cruising
Caribbean dream: The Azura calls at Antigua
Caribbean dream: The Azura calls at Antigua
Tropical temperatures and the chance to drop anchor at a series of idyllic islands make for a relaxed getaway for thousands of us 
each year.

There are cruises to suit all pockets and tastes. We’ve searched out some of the best bargains and itineraries around. Anchors aweigh!



If you’ve got plenty of time on your hands and are looking for a last-minute bargain, this 24-night Caribbean cruise is just the ticket. It departs and returns to Southampton too, so is perfect for those who don’t like to fly. Ports of call include Antigua, St Maarten, St Lucia and Barbados. The Azura has great facilities, including four swimming pools and 12 hot tubs, as well as fine dining and a dance floor.
The Caribbean Transatlantic cruise on October 12 to November 5 starts at £1,299ppincluding all main meals, entertainment and most facilities. Call: 0843 374 0111.

Carnival Sensation

If you’re dipping your toes into the waters of cruises, try this seven-night break which has three nights in a hotel in Orlando and four nights aboard a short Caribbean hop. From £699pp full-board, including Gatwick flights on December 6 (call: 0844 573 4398).


Save £1,227pp on a 10-night trip on the luxury Riviera from Miami to the Virgin Islands, Barbados, St Lucia and St Barts.
Departing February 2, the £1,502pp price includes flights, all meals and soft drinks and a $500 on board credit per room (call: 0845 505 1920).

MS Eurodam


Explore the Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale on the Eurodam, calling at Grand Turk, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Seven nights full-board departing on December 2 from £1,386pp (saving £250 including flights (Call: 0843 374 2300).

Source: Daily Mirror, London, UK.

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