11 Night Full Board Transatlantic Cruise from Marseille to Martinique (Caribbean) (All return UK flights included) £562 @ Ryanair
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11 Night Full Board Transatlantic Cruise from Marseille to Martinique (Caribbean) (All return UK flights included) £562 @ Ryanair

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Posted 12th Sep
I thought this was an excellent price for a 11 night Full Board cruise with all flights (and return Eurostar included). There are multiple steps for this itinerary, please refer to these below.

1) Book your flight from London Stansted to Marseille (30th November 2019). £54.35p/p including checked bag. You will need to book a hotel in Marseille seperately. This just needs to be for one night as your cruise departs the following day. Of course feel free to depart a few days earlier if you would like to spend more time in the Marseille area!
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2) Book your cruise. £266p/p (the website may be in French, if this is the case I suggest you use the Google Translate plugin to easily translate the site). The price is for an inside cabin although you can upgrade. The cruise is full board and includes stops at Barcelona, Tenerife and Barbados before arriving at the final destination of Martinique. (1st - 13th Dec).

3) Book your flight from Martinique to Paris (18th Dec) at Level. Ensure you choose the Plus option (shown in blue in the image below) to ensure hold luggage is included. £194.7p/p.

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4) Book Eurostar from Paris to London. Example time 19th Dec 21:13 - £49p/p (please note your flight arrives at 11:55am the same day). Of course, again, feel free to extend your stay in Paris, although as it is the christmas season, prices vary significantly from day to day

Credit to Fly4free for some of this info
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Reindeer v Chanchi.....competing to see who is the new sunshine Stacey! Voted hot btw great price!
Edited by: "jona77" 12th Sep
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Reindeer v Chanchi.....competing to see who is the new sunshine Stacey! Voted hot btw great price!
Edited by: "jona77" 12th Sep
jona7712/09/2019 14:05

Reindeer v Chanchi.....competing to see who is the new sunshine Stacey! …Reindeer v Chanchi.....competing to see who is the new sunshine Stacey! Voted hot btw great price!


Haha, I'm much more interested in flights to be honest, although if I see a decent trip like this one then I will post

Thanks @jona77
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Is it really all inclusive (drinks included) or full board (all meals but not drinks)?
fabsaver12/09/2019 14:23

Hot Is it really all inclusive (drinks included) or full board (all …Hot Is it really all inclusive (drinks included) or full board (all meals but not drinks)?


Sorry yes you are correct, after double checking it is full board. Apologies
I wish ...not with a 7 year old in school ..I missed my old life lol
Marseille is a dump. This is a nice deal though.
Bargain! Although I imagine they sting you with the drinks onboard.
Bargain price, but a transatlantic cruise in december.......don't forget you seasick tablets!
jona7712/09/2019 14:05

Reindeer v Chanchi.....competing to see who is the new sunshine Stacey! …Reindeer v Chanchi.....competing to see who is the new sunshine Stacey! Voted hot btw great price!


Where has Sunshine Stacey gone?
I really wish Reindeer would check the Trustpilot reviews for Fly Levelvel. 70% rate it as bad. There are a couple of recent reviews that rate excellent but read back to May, Jun, Jul. What is the point of going for the cheapest when flights are cancelled - some without notice- and others with long delays. It seems almost impossible to obtain compensation from the company. Their customer service is simply appalling
8 sea days, N Atlantic in December plus one stop is Barbados (sorry) and it's with Ryanair and Costa. Other than that it could be good?
Go on the the site and comes up flights no area to find this offer?
el_cheapo12/09/2019 17:42

I really wish Reindeer would check the Trustpilot reviews for Fly …I really wish Reindeer would check the Trustpilot reviews for Fly Levelvel. 70% rate it as bad. There are a couple of recent reviews that rate excellent but read back to May, Jun, Jul. What is the point of going for the cheapest when flights are cancelled - some without notice- and others with long delays. It seems almost impossible to obtain compensation from the company. Their customer service is simply appalling


A lot of companies have terrible ratings on Trust Pilot as it seems to attract principally negative reviews, due to the "silent majority",most of which have decent experiences with the company in question, not leaving reviews.
Besford12/09/2019 17:54

8 sea days, N Atlantic in December plus one stop is Barbados (sorry) and …8 sea days, N Atlantic in December plus one stop is Barbados (sorry) and it's with Ryanair and Costa. Other than that it could be good?



Only the flight from Stansted to Marseille is with Ryanair
joeymcjoe12/09/2019 16:34

Marseille is a dump. This is a nice deal though.



Usual rubbish whenever Marseille comes up. European City of Culture 2013. When was the last time you were there?
Bogart12/09/2019 18:05

Usual rubbish whenever Marseille comes up. European City of Culture 2013. …Usual rubbish whenever Marseille comes up. European City of Culture 2013. When was the last time you were there?


2016. What about you? Port area dump. Area around where we got the subway in one of the roughest places I’ve been anywhere.
Besford12/09/2019 17:54

8 sea days, N Atlantic in December plus one stop is Barbados (sorry) and …8 sea days, N Atlantic in December plus one stop is Barbados (sorry) and it's with Ryanair and Costa. Other than that it could be good?


Did a similar cruise in December 2 years ago. Hardly realised we were in the Atlantic.
Martinique is an absolute dive. Good price though
reindeer33312/09/2019 18:08

A lot of companies have terrible ratings on Trust Pilot as it seems to …A lot of companies have terrible ratings on Trust Pilot as it seems to attract principally negative reviews, due to the "silent majority",most of which have decent experiences with the company in question, not leaving reviews. Only the flight from Stansted to Marseille is with Ryanair


Its true that a lot of the review sites attract complaints but with 70% of reviewers rating their experience as bad why take the risk. Being stranded in Martinique would have its attractions if the airline was reimbursing the costs but based on so many adverse comments its highly unlikely they would reimburse anything.
Whilst on the subject of flights linked to cruises when we did the last transatlantic cruise the cruise line arranged flights with BA from Gatwick to Genoa and Barbados back to Gatwick for 400 pounds. Might well be worth checking for similar deals.
Bbqforce1012/09/2019 17:07

Bargain price, but a transatlantic cruise in december.......don't forget …Bargain price, but a transatlantic cruise in december.......don't forget you seasick tablets!


When I have cruised the lower part of the North Atlantic it has always been pancake flat. Remember you are going through the doldrums area before hitting the tropical seas. It is not like you have 12 days crossing the Bay if Biscay.
joeymcjoe12/09/2019 16:34

Marseille is a dump. This is a nice deal though.



Marseille is an amazingly diverse, interesting city. Off there in two months, again because I love the place.
Reindeer would like to request a deal .... lol ..... flights for 3 people from London Heathrow or Gatwick to LA stay few days there with Disney /universal then another 10days Hawaii (14 days in total ) many thanks if you see good deal would appreciate it
what about gratitudes at cruise ships?
Just bear in mind the crossing over to Barbados is really rough at times and most people get badly sea sick which is why they offer it so cheap.
Edited by: "cmdr_elito" 12th Sep
MrsRule1312/09/2019 18:25

Martinique is an absolute dive. Good price though


What you mean the french Caribbean island with stunning beaches. Great food. Are you sure you don't mean Marseille?
I have never been on a cruise. What has put me off is these 8 hour stops on islands and you are dropped off in a tourist port trying to sell you souvenir tat and you get not one ounce of local 'real' life.

Or have I been misinformed and there are cruises that let you stay in each island for a few days or so and head inland?!
Costa? No thanks. You'll be surrounded by French and Italians, every announcement will be in four languages. Shows, lectures etc. could be in any one of them. And so on. And that's before you consider flying Ryanair.
Ryanair toilet facilities and Norovirus?

Discuss...
el_cheapo12/09/2019 18:56

Its true that a lot of the review sites attract complaints but with 70% of …Its true that a lot of the review sites attract complaints but with 70% of reviewers rating their experience as bad why take the risk. Being stranded in Martinique would have its attractions if the airline was reimbursing the costs but based on so many adverse comments its highly unlikely they would reimburse anything.


Your point is definitely valid. The airline will have to provide an alternative arrangement if they cancel the flight etc... which may mean you are delayed coming back to the UK for a few days, which may not be ideal for a lot of people
jinkssick13/09/2019 00:03

I have never been on a cruise. What has put me off is these 8 hour stops …I have never been on a cruise. What has put me off is these 8 hour stops on islands and you are dropped off in a tourist port trying to sell you souvenir tat and you get not one ounce of local 'real' life. Or have I been misinformed and there are cruises that let you stay in each island for a few days or so and head inland?!


You only get one day normally but that actually works OK for s lot of the Caribbean island. For example Barbados as a regular bus service so you will have plenty of time to wander to the bus station and catch a bus to wherever you want on the island, have a few hours there and then return.

You obviously don't get many days there but you do get to see a lot still and of course on many boats you stop somewhere everyday.
Arold13/09/2019 00:08

Costa? No thanks. You'll be surrounded by French and Italians, every …Costa? No thanks. You'll be surrounded by French and Italians, every announcement will be in four languages. Shows, lectures etc. could be in any one of them. And so on. And that's before you consider flying Ryanair.


Costa are really good, (a bit Butlins on see at times, but you can avoid that.)

The worst cruise line is definitely P&O as you are surrounded by Brits who moan about absolutely everything. Italians are generally very courteous and nice when you chat to them on cruise ships. The entertainment staff on Costa ships genuinely seem to enjoy doing their jobs too.

You do get to do a trivia quiz in 6 or 7 languages too.
Arold13/09/2019 00:08

Costa? No thanks. You'll be surrounded by French and Italians, every …Costa? No thanks. You'll be surrounded by French and Italians, every announcement will be in four languages. Shows, lectures etc. could be in any one of them. And so on. And that's before you consider flying Ryanair.


Most people will be like Arold on P&O.
jinkssick13/09/2019 00:03

I have never been on a cruise. What has put me off is these 8 hour stops …I have never been on a cruise. What has put me off is these 8 hour stops on islands and you are dropped off in a tourist port trying to sell you souvenir tat and you get not one ounce of local 'real' life. Or have I been misinformed and there are cruises that let you stay in each island for a few days or so and head inland?!


You've never been on a cruise but know you wouldn't like it? I spent half my life feeling the same way, and then was persuaded to try one and now love cruising. On smaller ships. We avoid ships' excursions and often rent cars, escaping the other passengers. It's surprising how much of an island you can see in a day. And then you know whether you want to go back for a longer holiday. One of the best aspects is that you see many places without having to keep packing/unpacking. Your 'hotel' takes you there, all the while providing far more than a hotel, when it comes to entertainment etc.
Bogart12/09/2019 18:05

Usual rubbish whenever Marseille comes up. European City of Culture 2013. …Usual rubbish whenever Marseille comes up. European City of Culture 2013. When was the last time you were there?


I agree. We did a cruise stop in Marseille and did an ebike tour. We loved it. Amazing old harbour, cathedral on the hill and little cove beaches.
Arold13/09/2019 00:08

Costa? No thanks. You'll be surrounded by French and Italians, every …Costa? No thanks. You'll be surrounded by French and Italians, every announcement will be in four languages. Shows, lectures etc. could be in any one of them. And so on. And that's before you consider flying Ryanair.


I wouldn’t sail with them. Lots of reviews mention Italians who don’t know how to queue and travel in very loud family groups. Cruise critic reviews come in at 2.5 out of 5 overall. That’s pretty low.
Arold13/09/2019 07:56

You've never been on a cruise but know you wouldn't like it? I spent half …You've never been on a cruise but know you wouldn't like it? I spent half my life feeling the same way, and then was persuaded to try one and now love cruising. On smaller ships. We avoid ships' excursions and often rent cars, escaping the other passengers. It's surprising how much of an island you can see in a day. And then you know whether you want to go back for a longer holiday. One of the best aspects is that you see many places without having to keep packing/unpacking. Your 'hotel' takes you there, all the while providing far more than a hotel, when it comes to entertainment etc.


The escape sounds very good tip/interesting as I could not think of anything worse. The moving hotel aspect is a plus. I have slight reservations though on being confined and feel like Im being held over a barrel. With that level of control its customers I wonder what ship profit margins are like?
peakbear13/09/2019 07:12

Costa are really good, (a bit Butlins on see at times, but you can avoid …Costa are really good, (a bit Butlins on see at times, but you can avoid that.)The worst cruise line is definitely P&O as you are surrounded by Brits who moan about absolutely everything. Italians are generally very courteous and nice when you chat to them on cruise ships. The entertainment staff on Costa ships genuinely seem to enjoy doing their jobs too.You do get to do a trivia quiz in 6 or 7 languages too.


"Absolutely everything" made me laugh out loud. Thanks
joeymcjoe12/09/2019 16:34

Marseille is a dump. This is a nice deal though.


I disagree. I spent 2 weeks there in May. I thought it was an amazing place. The views, the food, it was incredible. Granted it would have been better without the rude French locals but still I loved it
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