This offer from Cruise Nation couples a 2-night stay by Lake Garda with a week-long cruise around the Eastern Med for £599 per person. The package saves £400 on the usual price and includes:
The price is based on two people sharing an Inside Stateroom. Upgrade to an Oceanview Stateroom for £39 more per person.
Flights depart from London Gatwick on 9 May. Travel on 30 May; 13 June; 29 August; 19 September; and 3 October for £30 more per person.
After landing in Venice, guests will spend two nights at the Primavera Hotel on the promenade in Desenzano del Garda (known as the gateway to the lakes), by Lake Garda. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and one of northern Italy's most popular holiday spots.
Following the hotel stay, guests will board the Norwegian Jade for a week-long cruise to Dubrovnik (Croatia), Piraeus for Athens (Greece), Izmir (Turkey) and Split (Croatia) before returning to Venice, where the cruise ends. Temperatures in the Eastern Med can reach up to 30°C in early May.
A similar sailing from Venice to Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Katakolon is available for the same price on 16 May; 28 September and 12 October. Click here for more information.
The 2012 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships calls the Norwegian Jade a ship with "ample facilities for enjoyment". Entertainment options include a 3-tiered theatre, which hosts shows and cabaret, a casino and a good mix of bars and lounges, many of which feature dancing and live music. The ship also has Freestyle Dining, meaning that guests can choose when and where they eat, and with whom. Options include Alizar and Grand Pacific, the two main restaurants, Cagney's Steak House and the French-inspired Le Bistro (extra charges apply).
Baggage is not included and costs an extra £34 per person for a 20kg piece. Transfers to the hotel, port and airport are also not included -- for a full breakdown of public transport options and prices, please click here.