SINGLEMINDED

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Sin­gle cab­ins on cruise ships are thin on the ground and you need to be quick off the block to book them. P&O has a few that are specif­i­cally de­signed for so­los on seven of its eight ships. Of th­ese, the newly re­fur­bished Ar­ca­dia, a mid-size, adult-only ship, has a small num­ber of in­side and bal­cony sin­gle cab­ins on its sun­deck and you need to act now to get one.

From £4,478 in a sin­gle bal­cony cabin on a 28-night Madeira, Caribbean and Azores cruise, call­ing at Bar­ba­dos, Gre­nada and St Kitts, de­part­ing Southamp­ton on Oct 29 (pocruises.com). Novem­ber and De­cem­ber are gen­er­ally quiet months for book­ings, so this is the time when river and ocean cruise op­er­a­tors pro­mote their best-value early-book­ing deals. Th­ese typ­i­cally in­clude money-off sav­ings or “value added” el­e­ments, such as com­pli­men­tary air­line and cabin up­grades, ho­tel stays or ex­cur­sions, with deals run­ning on a time-lim­ited ba­sis.

From £3,095 for a 13-day As­sam & the Mighty Brahma­pu­tra rail and cruise tour in In­dia de­part­ing Sept 26. In­cludes a dis­count of £200 for book­ings made be­fore Dec 26 (use code IBRNEW). Ex­cludes flights and trans­fers

(greatrail.com). De­mand for high-qual­ity, de­cent­sized houses, vil­las, and chateaux in ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tions at peak times is ex­traor­di­nar­ily strong, es­pe­cially those big enough to sleep more than one fam­ily. Nearly all will be gone by Jan­uary, and in some cases you need to for­get about 2019 and look to 2020. Prices quoted are for one week, rental-only, un­less stated oth­er­wise.

LIE IN RU­INSAst­ley Cas­tle in War­wick­shire now has mod­ern fur­nish­ings

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