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If you only make one journey on a Cunard cruise liner, then it should probably be a transatlantic trip. The classic route is to cruise to New York, which gives you 25-hour-long days as you cross the time zones. However our hint is to fly out to New York, then cruise home. You won't have your return luggage restricted so you can shop all you like in the Big Apple!

Cunard cruise the whole world, with offerings in the USA including Hawaii and Alaska, the Caribbean, Australasia, the Mediterranean and Scandinavia at different times of the year. A good variety depart from Southampton, and Cunard also offer some shorter cruises from here so you can dip your toe in the water and give a luxurious Cunard cruise a trial run.

Once a year, leaving in January, Cunard ships offer a round-the-world extravaganza, usually taking around three months to navigate the globe. Embarking for the whole duration would definitely be an exciting way to see all the world's top ports - but if you can't quite swing a holiday that long, don't worry, you can also book on for a sector or two.

Treating yourself to a voyage on one of Cunard's luxury liners is never going to be the cheapest way to enjoy a cruise, but that's not to say they aren't good value, and you can still find a great deal and generous discounts on a Cunard cruise if you know where to look.

Firstly look out for deals which include extras. Make sure that your flights are included (or check flight prices when you are booking your cruise) If you can get a couple of free nights included at the start or end of your cruise that's great too, it gives you the chance to explore New York a little further. And some cruise brokers offer free parking for UK sailings, it sounds like a small saving, but they all add up.

Unlike other cruise lines, your cabin choice will also affect your dining reservations - as the Queen's Grill and Princess Grill as well as some outside dining areas are reserved for passengers staying in suites. Consider what you're happy to pay for ? you can save money by opting for other cabin types and there are more than enough dining options to go round!

Our best tip of all is to keep checking our Real Deals newsletter, as if we find a great deal on a Cunard sailing, you can bet we're going to let you know about it. If you have your heart set on a special sailing it's best to book nice and early, by which we mean at least a year in advance, rather than taking a chance on last minute offers. If you're feeling spontaneous though world cruise sectors are often available last-minute as the ships look to fill up each sector separately. Look out for late deals with specialist cruise agents such as Iglu and Imagine Cruising. These agents will also be able to packages a holiday around a Cunard Cruise.