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DESTINATIONS MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE These breaks are also a good


starting point for new-to-cruise clients, who can hedge their bets by pairing the trip with a few nights on land. Chances are once they see what they get for their money on the cruise, they will be back for a longer one. Even that won’t break the bank with Celestyal, with a week’s island-hopping around Greece from €809 per person in May, a fare that includes three specified excursions on land. Marella Cruises has itineraries in


the Western and Eastern Med from Majorca, Malaga, Dubrovnik and Corfu. A week’s cruising starts at less than £800 per person next March, including flights and gratuities. Steer clients towards Marella’s


Discovery or Explorer-class ships and prices rise, but alcoholic and soft drinks will also be included. A six-night repositioning cruise from Palma to Corfu on Marella Discovery 2 in April, for instance, costs from £883 per person. For just a couple of hundred pounds more, clients can enjoy Norwegian


SPLASH CULTURE


OUT ON


Choosing a cruise line is about more than just cost. Discovering ancient


civilisations with Voyages to Antiquity doesn’t come cheap, but this niche line packs a lot into the price. Clients choosing a 13-day trip from Piraeus to Venice that dips into Greek and Roman


history will enjoy flights, transfers, excursions, drinks with dinner and tips. Prices start at £2,395 per person, departing May 6.


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A short break is good for new-to-cruise clients, who can hedge their bets by pairing it with a few nights on land


Cruise Line’s premium all-inclusive fares that include drinks, gratuities, speciality coffee and bottled water. A one-week cruise round-trip from Barcelona starts at £969 per person in April, excluding flights.


◗ SPEND: CHECK THE EXTRAS On the face of it, MSC Cruises offers dream fares for clients on a budget, as the prices are not just low – a week in the Med in March on MSC Meraviglia starts at £649 per person, and seven nights on the yet-to-launch MSC Seaview in June at £869 per person – but on shiny new ships. However, clients need to look


carefully at the small print, not just with MSC but for all cruise lines in this category, as it’s not just about the headline fare, which is based on an inside cabin, but also what costs extra once onboard. Whether they choose MSC Cruises,


Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises or Holland America Line, they will have to fork out for flights, drinks, gratuities, fitness classes and speciality dining onboard, all of which could add £600 per person or more to the price. Those cruising on MSC Meraviglia also have to pay to watch the Cirque du Soleil shows (about £12). Princess Cruises’ prices start at


£839 per person for a seven-night cruise from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Rome) in June, while Holland America Line has cruise-only prices from £1,199 per person for a 10-night round-trip from Civitavecchia on Koningsdam, departing April 11. Celebrity Cruises also has cruise- only prices that exclude drinks, gratuities and speciality dining, but the line often throws in free drinks


MSC Meraviglia


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