Bag a bargain as cruising goes global

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Nearly two million Britons are expected to cruise the oceans and rivers of the world in 2014, and many of these will be tempted by Princess Cruises’s latest bargains.

The company has slashed deposits on early bookings for its grand 17-ship fleet to £99, and will also offer free balcony upgrades and shore excursion credit.

They also offer additional benefits for third and fourth passengers, travelling from £99 each (sharing a stateroom). Package fares include flights, overnight pre-cruise hotel (if required) and transfers to/from the ship.

Princess’s prices start at £549 per person for a seven-night Spain and France cruise ex-Southampton on May 3, and from £1,099 for a 12-night British Isles cruise ex-Southampton on May 23.

Royal Princess, launched by the Duchess of Cambridge last June, sails a first season in Northern Europe on the popular 11-night Scandinavia and Russia itinerary, with two full days in St Petersburg.

Fore more inspiration and ideas about these, and many other, cruise holidays, why not visit the inaugural Telegraph Cruise Show at ExCel in London’s Docklands next week(January 10-12).

The show will host more than 30 adventure, family and ocean cruise lines, a river cruise pavilion, and endless experts on-hand for advice.

Entertainment, food and wine stages at the event will let visitors sample the cruise experience with live shows, chef-hosted cooking demonstrations and wine tasting master-classes.

A family zone featuring examples of innovative on-board activities should keep children entertained, with the champagne bar a great place to unwind.

The Telegraph Cruise Show is alongside the London Boat Show, with Cruise Show tickets valid for both events.

Telegraph Cruise Show (01666 511 532 and telegraph.co.uk/cruiseshow). Advance tickets from £13, with under-15s free. Princess Cruises (0843 373 0333 and www.princess.com).