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£249 -- Summer Bank Holiday: 5-Night France & Ireland Cruise*

Sold out - This deal was published 12 June, 2013 and sold out 24 June, 2013
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By Felicity Pont

Get away to France and Ireland over the August bank holiday for the bargain price of £249 per person. Regularly £549, this offer from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines includes a 5-night sailing on the Balmoral with all meals, snacks and onboard entertainment, and works out at £50 per person, per night.

Balmoral sets sail from Southampton on 23 August, the Friday before the summer bank holiday. The ship visits the walled city of St Malo in Brittany, described as "beautiful" by Lonely Planet, and the pretty harbour town of Cobh in County Cork, Ireland, before returning to dock in Southampton.

The price is based on two sharing an Inside Cabin. Upgrade to a Outside Lower Cabin for extra £50 per person or a Outside Higher Cabin for an extra £100 per person. Single Inside Cabins are available for £399.

Refurbished in 2008, Balmoral has a "European quality, style and character", says the 2013 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. The ship has four eateries, including the Ballindalloch Restaurant (the main dining room), Spey and Avon restaurants, and the more casual Palms Café. Other onboard facilities include a saltwater swimming pool, a library, a fitness centre and the Neptune Lounge, which hosts cabaret shows and lectures.

Prices are per person based on two adults sharing a twin cabin unless otherwise stated. Offer price is subject to availability and can be withdrawn or amended at any time. Savings are based against Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Worldwide 2012/13 2nd edition brochure prices. Some ports may be at anchor. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines terms and conditions apply as per their website and available upon request. Prices featured are based on Anchor fare deals, T&C’s apply. Anchor Fare featured is full payment at the time of booking. 100% cancellation charges apply and guests cannot transfer their booking to an alternative cruise. Additional discounts, including Oceans Loyalty Discounts do not apply. Dining time cannot be chosen and will be allocated automatically. Cabin number and grade will be confirmed at check in. Lower and higher relates to grade and not deck.