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From Europe to the Caribbean – 5 cruise deals to explore the world

Can’t decide on just one destination to travel to? A cruise booked with Ponteland Travel saves you stress, time and money.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 29.07.2023

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When it comes to deciding on a holiday destination with so many places out there it can be hard to choose just one, right?

Well, you don’t have to with a cruise. Whether you’ve always dreamt of sailing the seas on a Mediterranean cruise or want to explore exotic islands on a Caribbean cruise, sit back, relax and travel as you sleep, and you’ll wake up in some of the world’s most extraordinary places – travel goals.

But when looking for all-inclusive cruise deals, it’s about finding the finest packages available. And we know just the travel experts to help us. Introducing… Ponteland Travel.

After booking memorable holidays for over 10 years, this local independent travel agent offers a team of knowledgeable, personal travel agents who offer high-end customer service and go the extra mile by even providing holiday extras and recommendations.

The best part? Ponteland Travel price matches holidays*, charge no fees if you need to change/cancel your holiday and all packages are ATOL-protected and ABTA-registered.

We’ve rounded up the best deals for cruise deals that Ponteland Travel has to offer right now…

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 14 nights | from £1,936pp | 30th November 2023

Departs from:  Barbados > Antigua > British Virgin Islands > St Maarten > St Kitts > Guadeloupe > Puerto Rico > US Virgin Islands > Dominica > St Vincent (Flights from Newcastle included)

This TUI cruise to the Caribbean boasts mind-blowing scenery. Sail across the Caribbean Sea, all the way from the Florida Keys to Venezuela with flawless white beaches lining the region’s 7,000 islands. When you drop anchor in Aruba, St Lucia or Guadeloupe, you’ll be greeted with icing sugar sands lapped by sparkling blue waves – paradise.

And with this comes a world-class diving scene. You can explore an ancient shipwreck off Grand Turk’s shores, come face-to-face with turtles in Barbados, or swim with stingrays in the Cayman Islands. Plus, tick off swimming with the pigs in the Bahamas, too. And cruise holidays to Dominica are perfect for snapping sperm whales – it’s the only place in the world where they live all year round.


65 nights | from £5,179pp | 3rd January 2024

Departs from: Southampton (Parking can be arranged)

Start 2024 in style and set sail for sunshine with this P&O Cruise to America and the Caribbean. If you’re after a long break away from it all then look no further. Setting sail from Southampton you’ll embark on your adventure by visiting Madeira in Portugal with breathtaking natural scenery that merges with crystal clear waters where you can get lost in the culture and of course try their famous Madeira wine.

Before embarking on your journey visit a host of tropical islands and beachside cities including Barbados, Saint Lucia and Dominica. And the highlight of two full days in New Orleans, where you can really get to the heart of the local culture.


24 nights | from £4,219pp | 22nd February 2024

Departs from: Sydney (Flights from UK included) > Brisbane > Airlie Beach > Cairns > Bitung > Manila > Hong Kong > Nha Trang > Singapore

There’s time to relax and explore to your heart’s content as you visit a mix of iconic destinations. Escape on this ultimate long beak and embark on a journey of discovery with a P&O cruise from Australia to Southeast Asia paired with two-night hotel stays in the scintillating cities of Sydney and Singapore.

Your adventure begins with a two-night hotel stay in Australia’s most cosmopolitan, Sydney where you will discover iconic landmarks like the Opera House and stroll along Bondi Beach.  Before visiting the exotic Asian islands and disembarking in Singapore, where the explore futuristic Marina Bay Sands area with its luxury shopping mall.


9 nights | from £1,399pp | 1st March 2024

Departs from: Newcastle

In just nine nights, you’ll have the chance to spot the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights from the comfort of your Fred. Olsen cruise ship. Get the taste of life in the Arctic wilderness with immersive winter activities, from dog sledging (during which you can even mush your own team of huskies through the snowy landscapes) to ice fishing with a Tromsø local.

With a jam-packed itinerary make the most of your holiday with several scenic cruising highlights, with Balmoral passing sights such as the Seven Sisters Mountain range and Torghatten – the mountain with a hole through its centre. Your ship is also small enough to take a scenic shortcut through the Tjeldsundet Strait.


15 nights | from £1,999pp | 2nd April 2024

Departs from: Newcastle

Sail into spring on this Fred. Olsen cruise to the Canary Islands, with their balmy climate and links to the Olsen family. Explore the captivating volcanic landscapes, from the mountainous vistas of La Palma and Tenerife’s Mount Teide to Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park.

After exploring soak up the rays of sunshine on a range of sandy beaches or learn how to make traditional Mojo sauce with a local family. Meanwhile, a full day in Funchal will allow time to wander Madeira’s botanical gardens – perhaps with an orchid enthusiast who can share their knowledge of the island’s flora – and capture views from the Cabo Girão sea cliff.

*Disclaimer: Terms and conditions apply when price-matching holidays

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