We very rarely see Med cruises for under £350, which is why we did a double take when we saw this deal from Cruise Club UK: £329 per person for a 5-night full-board cruise, return flights with 20kg baggage and airport transfers. All for £170 less than usual.
Flights depart from London Gatwick on 15 November.
Fly from Manchester, Dublin, Leeds, Glasgow or Bristol from £60 more per person. Click here for more information.
The cruise is aboard Costa Mediterranea and begins in Savona, in northern Italy. From Savona, the ship sails to the Spanish city of Barcelona and then to Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, described by Rough Guides as a "bustling, historic place whose grand mansions and magnificent Gothic cathedral defy the expectations of many visitors".
Guests will then head to Ajaccio -- a city that "everyone from solo travellers to romance-seeking couples and families will love", says Lonely Planet -- before visiting Marseilles. The cruise ends back in Savona.
The price is based on two sharing an Inside Cabin on a full-board basis.
The lively Costa Mediterranea has an "upbeat Italian décor and style", according to the 2013 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. The ship has four restaurants, including the Argentieri Restaurant and the reservation-only Club Medusa (extra charges apply), and 12 bars. Other entertainment facilities include a 3-tiered theatre, which hosts cabarets and cocktail parties, a disco and a large Vegas-style casino. There is also four swimming pools, the Ischia Spa and a multi-purpose sports court on-board.
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