TOP 10 CRUISES FROM THE UK; Setting Sail from UK Shores Has Never Been So Popular, with One Million Cruisers Expected to Depart This Year. They'll Be Spoilt for Choice. Sailings Include the Med, Norwegian Fjords, New York and Even the Amazon River
Byline: SARA MACEFIELD
1 SOUTHAMPTON TO NEW YORK
Arrive in the Big Apple in style on the ocean liner Queen Mary 2 with a seven-night sailing from Southampton. On board, throw yourself into the full programme of daily activities, which include RADA acting workshops, star-gazing in the planetarium (the only one at sea) and catching a film in the 3D cinema. Gala dinners and afternoon tea hark back to sea travel's golden age.
THE DEAL: One-week Westbound Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York with Cunard on October 8 from PS1,329pp with flight back to UK. www.mirror.co.uk/traveltop10
2 LEITH TO ST PETERS-BURG From PS2,549pp
Set sail from Scotland for the classical glories of Russian art and culture. St Petersburg is one of the highlights of a Baltic cruise on Saga Cruises' Quest for Adventure, to a region full of striking architecture and fascinating history. Stops include Tallinn, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
THE DEAL: 17-night Cities of the Inland Sea round trip from Leith with Saga Cruises on June 7 from PS2,549pp with gratuities, four excursions, travel to and from Dover, and travel insurance. www.mirror.co.uk/traveltop10
3 NEWCASTLE TO THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS
Experience the might and majesty of the Norwegian fjords aboard the Thomson Spirit, which follows a route that hugs the Norwegian coast, stopping at scenic points along the way, including Flam, Hellesylt and the old Viking port of Geiranger, where waterfalls tumble over its backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
THE DEAL: One-week Fjordland Splendours round-trip from Newcastle on July 13 with Thomson Cruises from PS690pp, with gratuities.
4 SOUTHAMPTON TO THE MED
Discover the treasures of Europe's ancient civilisations in Rome and Naples, climb the Rock of Gibraltar for views of the African coast and mingle with the chic and stylish on Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes. A Princess Cruises sailing on Crown Princess to the Mediterranean offers an engaging mix of continental charm and cultural contrasts.
THE DEAL: 14-night Mediterranean Medley round-trip voyage from Southampton with Princess Cruises on September 30 from PS999pp.
5 DOVER TO COPENHAGEN
Relax in opulent surroundings with attentive service and haute cuisine on a Crystal Cruises luxury sailing. The first stop is the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, followed by Amsterdam, where Crystal Serenity stays overnight giving ample time to enjoy the city's lively nightlife. Then see Copenhagen's attractions, such as the statue of the Little Mermaid and the Tivoli Gardens.
THE DEAL: Seven-night Castles & Kilts voyage from Dover to Copenhagen with Crystal Cruises on June 8 from PS1,918pp with flights, gratuities, drinks and meals. www.mirror.co.uk/traveltop10
6 SOUTHAMPTON TO THE ADRIATIC
Pack your sequins for a Strictly Come Dancing sailing on P&O Cruises' Azura. Strictly stars James Jordan and his wife Ola will put everyone through their paces while judge Craig Revel Horwood looks on. Ports of call include the Sicilian city of Messina, Corfu, Dubrovnik and Venice.
THE DEAL: 17-night Central Mediterranean round-trip voyage from Southampton with P&O Cruises on May 31 from PS1,669pp. …