Check out the Best Cruise Deals This Winter

Dec 11, 2012, 04:30 ET from Thomas Cook

LONDON, December 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

• Cruise operators offer plenty of great options for winter travellers

• More than 90% of customers feel cruises offer value for money

Thomas Cook offers an exceptional range of  cruises  for all budgets

At a recent travel industry conference, delegates confirmed that 92% of customers felt that they received 'a lot of bang for their buck,' from cruises, making them a great option for winter holidays this year.*

With Christmas fast approaching there are still many last minute cruises for customers to select. The destinations on offer are varied, as are the lengths and types of journey.

An increasing number of travellers look forward to their annual winter cruise in a bid to escape the drab and dreary weather back home. With a constant diet of rain, flood and storms featuring nightly on the news at home, dreams of exotic destinations become more popular and Thomas Cook offer a range of fantastic deals.

The Sunny South  

Fantasies of sun and sea will all be fulfilled with a Mediterranean cruise and travellers will be pleasantly surprised by the many deals available. Thomas Cook can transport you on board P&O Azura for an 11 night Mediterranean trip in December, stopping off at many ports including, Lisbon, Gibraltar and romantic Casablanca, before returning passengers to Southampton.

Christmas Overseas

The cost of a UK family Christmas is rising rapidly, with the average family spending around £700 on the basics.** Taking a cruise at this time of year is therefore a great alternative to a traditional, and somewhat expensive, celebration at home - and just think - no slaving over a hot stove or washing up after the family.

For those who want an alternative Christmas and also wish to enjoy a little pampering on their trip, a Caribbean cruise for 14 nights departing the UK on 21 December is a perfect getaway. Take this opportunity to bask in the sun of St Kitts, Barbados, St Lucia and more, while enjoying cooking from Marco Pierre White's restaurant while making your way to these wonderful islands.

Royal Caribbean is offering some mouth-watering deals to take travellers on a cruise to Florida and Grand Cayman. If you've always dreamt of visiting a European Christmas market, then try a P&O cruise departing Southampton on 4 December in time to take you to the ancient medieval city of Bruges and then onto Copenhagen where you will enjoy their renowned Christmas markets.

Alternatively, sail off to Egypt with the eminently affordable Thomson Spirit and enjoy a splendid 7-day pre-Christmas treat.

Notes to editors:

*Source: Travel Weekly, 'Value for money' message is key to overcoming cruise customers' concerns

**Source: BBC News Education & Family, The cost of Christmas: Your views

SOURCE Thomas Cook