Ocean cruises

Welcome to your one-stop-shop for all things cruises. Explore top cruise companies, the different types of cruises available, and even some of the most popular cruises destinations to whet your travel appetite.

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Last minute cruises: late deals for 2023

A last minute cruise can be one of the most exhilarating bookings to make, as you haven't had too much time to ponder and plan, but the excitement is there from the word go.

If you are looking for lat deals on cruises, check out the current offers below, which may include anything from sale prices and money off to a percentage discount or little extras such as a free cabin upgrade.

  • Browse online deals & top offers for cruises in 2023/2024
  • Explore the best offers & online discounts available
  • Compare months with the TUI Cruise Calendar
  • Check out last minute offers & late deals from Fred Olsen
  • Book cruises deparing from regional ports across the UK
  • Filter cruise deals by destination, duration, ship & more

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Best cruise lines - leading cruise companies

The difficulty with booking a cruise starts when deciding which company to travel with. There are some exceptional cruise companies sailing all over the world, and you need to find the one that best suits your personality, expectations, and budget.

Allure of the Seas at port in Nassua, Bahamas © Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Allure of the Seas at port in Nassua, Bahamas © Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Marella Cruises

Take the great service you know and love from TUI holidays, wrap it in one of the cruise line's seven modern ships, and you have Marella's signature offer. We're talking expertly curated itineraries onboard modern ships with all the trimmings. Each booking includes extras such as tips and services charges, and, from summer 2019, every Marella cruise break will be fully all inclusive.

Marella Discovery 2 cruise ship operated by TUI - photo courtesy of Marella Cruises
Marella Discovery 2 cruise ship operated by TUI - photo courtesy of Marella Cruises

Whether you're after a summer escape or a lengthy winter sun voyage, when you consider the wonderful array of destinations - from the Caribbean and Middle East to Asia with everything in between - you'll see you're spoilt for choice with Marella Cruises by TUI

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Fred Olsen

Fred Olsen channels something of the traditional, with smaller, more intimate cruise ships offering style and comfort reminiscent of the golden age of ocean liners, perhaps even a boutique hotel or country estate.

Ship arriving in Flåm, Norway - photo courtesy of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Ship arriving in Flåm, Norway - photo courtesy of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

When you book with Fred Olsen it's all about the experience; making sure your time both on and off the ship is memorable and enjoyable, with cosy cabins, expert-led excursions, fine dining, and so much more.

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Princess Cruises

Founded in 1965, Princess Cruises is one of the world's leading cruise lines, not to mention a multi-award winner when it comes to the range of itineraries and routes available. You can book cruises all over the world, some departing from Southampton, whether you fancy exploring the Alaska or Australia.

Regal Princess cruise ship underway © Princess Cruises
Regal Princess cruise ship underway © Princess Cruises

With 18 modern and comfortable ships, and an impressive selection of shore excursions, you're guaranteed to kept fully busy and entertained on a Princess Cruises trip. Check out the latest cruise deals for 2023/2024 to see if you could book an unforgettable Princess Cruises voyage today.

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Other cruise companies

There are many cruise lines and cruise travel agents offering fantastic and all encompassing cruise experiences from coastal, river and mini cruises, to lengthy ocean voyages around the globe. Some of the other top names in the world of cruising that frequently have great online cruise deals, include:

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Types of cruises

There is a perception that often attaches itself to cruises - a sort of one size fits all approach, yet in reality there is an immense selection of cruises to choose from, arguably more than ever before.

An Adelie penguin in Duse Bay, Antarctica © Oscar Farrera / Hurtigruten Expeditions
An Adelie penguin in Duse Bay, Antarctica © Oscar Farrera / Hurtigruten Expeditions

Cruises from the UK

Cruises from Southampton, you'll be pleased to hear, are thick on the ground with all of the major cruise companies operating a selection of itineraries departing from the go-to port in the UK.

There's a real mixture on offer from short cruises around the Norwegian fjords with P&O, to luxurious cruises to the Canary Islands and Caribbean with three ships from Royal Caribbean's fleet.

  • Book Fred Olsen Cruises departing from ports across the UK
  • Depart from Southampton, Dover, London & Liverpool
  • Plus Harwich, Newcastle, Greenock, Rosyth, Belfast & Falmouth

To find the right cruise from Southampton or the UK for you, check out the individual cruises companies or use our bespoke search to find the latest cruise deals for 2023/2024 departing from the UK.

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Fly cruise

There may be plenty to choose from when it comes to cruises departing from the UK, however aren't necessarily convenient or exactly what you're looking for - ste forward fly cruises.

These are deals offered by many of the cruise companies which include your flight(s) to and/or from your port of departure/return.

  • Book online & save 7% on winter 2023/2024 cruises
  • Discount based on basic adult cost including most extras
  • Travel before 30th April 2024 (inclusive)

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Some cruises companies are quite flexible, letting you cruise one way and fly back the other. This is especially popular with Caribbean and US cruises. If a fly cruise sounds like your kind of cruise deal, check the latest offers online for 2023/2024 now.

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All inclusive cruises

Finding the right cruise package takes time, research, and careful reading of the small print. In general, most cruise companies offer a level of half to full board when it comes to drinking and eating on their ships.

However, extras can sneak in with exclusions at certain times or certain types of food or drink. Then there are some specific onboard activities that you may have to pay a little extra for.

  • Book online & save 6% on summer 2024 cruises
  • Book early with low deposits & online discounts
  • Travel between 1st May & 31st Oct 2024 (inclusive)

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  • Save on all inclusive cruises to worldwide destinations
  • Visit destinations in the Med, Europe, USA, Caribbean & Asia
  • Plus destinations across the Caribbean

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Fred Olsen is a good example of a truly all inclusive cruise company, while Marella Cruises* by TUI will be fully all inclusive from summer 2019 (all ships, itineraries, transfers and tips too).

There are many online cruise deals for 2023/2024 out there, so it's a case of finding one that's right for you, and ensuring that it includes all of the extras that matter the most.

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Family cruises

A family cruise is a memorable experience, especially if you book onboard a ship that has entertainment, activities and dining options for all ages.

While there are adult only options out there, all of the cruise companies cater to the needs of families with plenty of ships geared towards looking after children and adults together.

You can expect to find anything from creche services and kids' clubs to play areas, swimming pools, game rooms, and children's buffets and menus.

Kids enjoying Splashaway Bay onboard Liberty of the Seas © Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Kids enjoying Splashaway Bay onboard Liberty of the Seas © Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Many ships also offer family friendly cabins, with a little extra room or a connecting door. Disney is, of course, the extreme end of family friendly cruising fun, with absolutely everything created with children and families in mind.

Check out the latest cruise deals and sale prices to see if you could book your tribe onboard a family cruise in 2023/2024.

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Mini cruises

A mini cruise does exactly what it says on the tin, offering short escapes direct from the UK. Celebrity Cruises has a brief getaway around the British Isles while DFDS Seaways has long delighted customers with its fabulous Newcastle to Amsterdam route.

In some cases, mini cruises can be tailored to a theme or even include one night staying in a hotel. There are plenty of deals on mini cruises for 2023/2024, so start planning your mini cruise by checking out our cruise deals.

  • Book self-catering holidays to France & Spain
  • Packages include return ferry travel with your car
  • Accommodation includes hotels, cottages & villas

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Cruise destinations: Caribbean, Mediterranean & more

Cruising comes in all shapes and sizes, from the type of ship to the type of holiday, and the same applies when it comes to deciding where it is you want to go.

If your time away is limited, there are plenty of options in Europe and the Mediterranean which still include numerous tops and new experiences. However, if time is not of the essence, then there so many incredible cruise itineraries to choose from that take in destinations all over the globe.

Read on to find out more about some of the most popular cruise destinations, and remember to see what the latest cruise deal for 2023/2024 are before you seal the deal and book that cabin.

Do see what cruise deals and last minute offers are running currently as you may be able to save or get some perks such as a cabin upgrade or onboard spending money, depending on which cruise company you book with for 2023, 2024 and 2025.

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