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Date Published: April 1, 2010
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Get Away on a U.K. Bank Holiday Cruise!
Spring is finally here, which means well-deserved rest for Brits is just around the corner, on upcoming bank holidays. If you didn't manage to plan a trip for the four-day Easter weekend, fear not, as there are still three long weekends left this year -- Monday, 3 May; Monday, 31 May; and the final holiday, this summer, on Monday, 30 August.

Whether you use just the "free" Monday or request a couple of extra days for an even longer long weekend, a cruise is a great getaway choice -- especially one that sets sail from close to home. Many cruise lines are also offering short mini-cruises (from two to four nights) from U.K. ports around the bank holiday period, making it even easier to get away.

Take a look at the port of Southampton, for example. On (or around) the first May bank holiday, there are eight ex-U.K. departures. And, around the August bank holiday, there are four big ships -- including Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas, Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and P&O's' s family-focused Ventura and Oceana -- leaving the south-coast port.

Below, we've rounded up holiday weekend cruises -- some short, some not (in case you decide to turn your long weekend into a true holiday!) -- departing from the U.K. Be sure to check out our U.K. Cruise Deals section often for the latest offers.



May Bank Holiday: Monday, 3 May

Southampton departures:
Thursday, 29 April
Cunard's Queen Victoria: 4-night Western Europe cruise from £399 per person
Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Eclipse: 4-night Cork short cruise from £358 per person

Saturday, 1 May
P&O's Oceana: 14-night Mediterranean cruise from £1,034 per person
Fred. Olsen's Black Watch: 4-night Western Europe mini-cruise from £369 per person
P&O's Aurora: 2-night Western Europe taster cruise from £322 per person

Monday, 3 May
Cunard's Queen Victoria: 11-night Mediterranean cruise from £1,260 per person
Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Eclipse: 4-night Cork short cruise from £345 per person
P&O's Aurora: 16-night Mediterranean cruise from £1,385 per person

Dover departures:
Monday, 3 May
Fred. Olsen's Balmoral: 12-night Canary Islands cruise from £829 per person

Liverpool Departures:
Thursday, 29 April
Fred. Olsen's Boudicca: 14-Night Mediterranean cruise from £989



May Bank Holiday: Monday, 31 May

Southampton departures:
Friday, 28 May
Cunard's Queen Mary 2: 4-night Western Europe cruise from £399 per person

Saturday, 29 May
Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas: 4-night Cork short cruise from £433 per person
P&O's Oceana: 14-night Mediterranean cruise from £1,155 per person
Princess Cruises' Grand Princess: 7-night Mediterranean Cruise from £664 per person

Sunday, 30 May
P&O's Arcadia: 3-night Western Europe taster cruise from £369 per person
P&O's Artemis: 14-night Northern Europe cruise from £1,571 per person

Monday, 31 May
Cunard's Queen Victoria: 14-night Northern Europe cruise from £1,299 per person

Dover departures:
Saturday, 29 May
Holland America's Eurodam: 10-night Baltic cruise from £1,131 per person
Fred. Olsen's Braemar: 13-night Northern Europe cruise from £1,189 per person

Saga's Saga Pearl II: 7-Night Western Europe cruise from £1,139

Harwich departures:
Monday, 31 May
Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas: 12-night Scandinavia and Russia cruise from £1,257 per person
Voyages of Discovery's Discovery: 12-night Baltic cruise from £1,499 per person




Summer Bank Holiday: Monday, 30 August

Southampton departures:
Saturday, 28 August
Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas: 4-night Cork short cruise from £501 per person
P&O Cruises' Oceana: 7-night Western Europe cruise from £600 per person
Cunard's Queen Mary 2: 22-night Transatlantic and US cruise. Prices on
P&O's Ventura: 7-Night Norwegian Fjords cruise from £762 per person

Dover departures:
Saturday, 28 August
Fred. Olsen's Balmoral: 12-night Norwegian Fjords cruise from £1,309 per person

Monday, 30 August
Fred. Olsen's Braemar: 12-night Norwegian Fjords cruise from £1,309 per person
MSC Cruises' MSC Opera: 11-night Northern Europe cruise from £1,480 per person

Harwich departures:
Monday, 30 August
Voyages of Discovery's Discovery: 7-night Norwegian Fjords cruise from £749 per person

Liverpool departures:
Friday, 27 August
Cruise and Maritime Voyages' Ocean Countess: 8-night Norwegian Fjords cruise from £599 per person


--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor

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