Today, a cruise deals special to mark National Cruise Week, which runs until 29 September, and the Cruise Show, taking place at Birmingham NEC on Sunday (discovercruises.co.uk).
Virgin Cruises has a 10-night twin-centre that combines New York and the Caribbean. Departing on 3 February with Virgin flights from Heathrow to JFK, it starts with two nights’ room-only at the Beacon Hotel, before boarding the Carnival Splendor for eight days, stopping at Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau for £999pp (virginholidayscruises.co.uk).
If you’re after something more intimate, World Expeditions offers small cruises of 20 passengers. The expert guides should come in handy when you’re hunting for the Northern Lights. The “West Spitsbergen – Aurora Borealis” trip departs from Longyearbyen, capital of Norway’s remote Svalbard archipelago, on 13 and 18 October, taking in frozen fjords and Arctic wildlife over six days, for US$1,800pp (£1,200), flights extra (worldexpeditions.com).
Trade the autumn chill for the benign climes of the Canary Islands. P&O Cruiseshas a 13-night trip from Southampton aboard the Oriana on 7 October, for £799pp. Ports include Lisbon, Seville, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, and Madeira (pocruises.co.uk).
For a taste of the exotic, depart from Singapore on 9 December aboard Holland America Line’s MS Voledam for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam before ending in Hong Kong. The price is £949pp in an ocean-view cabin, flights excluded (hollandamerica.com).