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.