With snow falling across the UK, this offer from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is a great excuse to disappear to the Canary Islands and Lisbon, where even in winter, temperatures often hit the 20s. For £579 per person, this deal includes a flight to Tenerife and an 8-night cruise on the Braemar, with all meals and a complimentary all-inclusive drinks package -- a trip that would usually cost £769 per person.
Departures are from London Gatwick or Manchester on 17 March. The cruise returns to Dover. Transfers to the airport are not included and cost £45 per person to London and £75 per person to Manchester.
The price is based on two sharing an Inside Cabin. Upgrade to an Outside Cabin for £80 more per person, or to a Superior Outside Cabin for £200 more per person.
After a night in Tenerife, the cruise will visit Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lisbon, the Portuguese city described by Frommer's as "one of Europe's most visually striking capitals". We recommend a visit to the hilltop St George's Castle and the 12th-century cathedral.
Braemar joined the Fred. Olsen fleet in 2001 and received a complete facelift in 2008, including the addition of the Observatory Lounge, the Grampian Restaurant, a new swimming pool and a Scottish-themed pub. The ship has a traditional feel with formal dinner at the two restaurants, the Thistle and the Grampian. Facilities include gaming tables, two Jacuzzis, a fitness centre, a beauty salon and a library.