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.
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