The best cruises to book are now revealed

  • There’s a no-fly cruise to the Canary Islands with chef Marco Pierre White 
  • You can also do your Christmas shopping in New York before sailing back 
  • Cruise to Cuba, Mexico and the Caribbean and make the most of the sun

An ocean cruise is a great way to explore and relax, whether you are looking for autumn or winter sun, a spring holiday or a summer expedition. 

Here is Mail on Sunday’s pick of cruises you can book now. 

Canary Islands with Marco Pierre White

Tasty breaks: Join Marco Pierre White, above, in the Canaries on a no-fly cruise from Southampton departing in October

Tasty breaks: Join Marco Pierre White, above, in the Canaries on a no-fly cruise from Southampton departing in October

Join Marco Pierre White in the Canary Islands. 

On a no-fly cruise departing Southampton on October 16, the chef will be interviewed about his career and share his culinary tips. 

Sign up for his masterclass and tasting session for just 14 participants (£75). 

The 11-night voyage aboard Ventura calling at Vigo, Madeira, La Palma, Tenerife and Lisbon starts at £999pp (pocruises.com, 0843 373 0111).

Christmas shopping in New York 

Head to New York and shop until you drop before returning  in style aboard the Queen Mary 2

Head to New York and shop until you drop before returning  in style aboard the Queen Mary 2

Do your Christmas shopping in New York with no worries about the weight of your suitcases when you sail home on Queen Mary 2. 

Leave New York on December 8 and spend seven days relaxing aboard the ocean liner, fresh from a £90 million makeover. 

The cost is from £1,299pp sharing a balcony cabin and including flight to New York. (cunard.co.uk, 0843 374 2224).

A mystery cruise from Southampton 

If you love surprises, Captain Ren-tell’s Final Mystery Cruise is for you. 

For 24 days, the Saga captain will keep you guessing where you’ll dock next. 

Departing Southampton on November 7, the round-trip cruise costs from £4,929pp (saga.co.uk/cruises, 0800 505030).

Classic cruise to Cuba, Mexico and the Caribbean 

Get the flavour of Old Havana and enjoy the nightlife on a seven-week to Cuba

Get the flavour of Old Havana and enjoy the nightlife on a seven-week to Cuba, departing from Bristol in February

Classic ship Marco Polo sets off from Bristol on February 28 for a seven-week Cuba, Mexico and Caribbean cruise. 

Highlights include an overnight stay in Havana to enjoy the nightlife, island hopping and calls into the Azores. 

Fares start at £3,029pp for the first person and £1,519 for the second, sharing a cabin (cruiseandmaritime.com, 0844 998 3877).

Adult-only cruise to Italy 

Enjoy a child-free cruise to Italy, with a day’s scenic cruising along the Amalfi Coast and around Capri with time ashore in Amalfi and Sorrento. 

The no-fly cruise aboard Boudicca starts and ends in Falmouth. 

Other ports of call on the 16-night voyage, departing on April 13, include Cartagena, Palermo and Olbia. 

Fares start at £1,899pp. (fredolsen cruises.com, 0800 035 5242).

ADVICE FROM THE SPECIALISTS 

There are so many cruise lines to choose from, it often pays to go to a specialist agent such as Jetline Cruise (jetlinecruise.com, 0808 102 0031) or Infinity Cruises (infinitycruises.co.uk, 0800 246 1234) for expert advice and the best deals.  

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