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There is plenty of choice when it comes to destinations for Princess Cruises, and there are even a couple of unique itineraries, not available anywhere else. The firm is based in the USA, which is where many of their cruises depart from. You could dip your toe in the cruising water with getaway trips, which are short three- or six-day mini cruises, or alternatively, enjoy a longer cruise down the Pacific coast of America. Many of their Caribbean cruises include a stop on Princess Cays, which is the cruise line's own private island in the Bahamas.

Other destinations include Australasia, Canada and New England, Europe and the Mediterranean, Mexico, the Panama Canal and South America. For something a little different, they also cruise to Alaska, Asia and countries in Africa as well as the Indian Ocean, and Hawaii, Tahiti and the South Pacific.

If you just can't choose, how about wrangling three months off and enjoying a world cruise? The itinerary includes over 40 ports on six continents, as well as overnight stops in vibrant centres like Hong Kong and Dubai. If you haven't got that sort of time, you can also journey with them for just one sector of the cruise!

Princess Cruises aren't a budget cruise line - but it's worth paying a little more for all the onboard innovations, great food, and attentive service. You can still make savings on a Princess Cruise though; using our cruise finder and looking at the right times will help you get the best deal possible.

Look to book your holiday at least six months in advance, or maybe even a year, if you've got a specific ship or itinerary in mind. This way you can pick up the best rates, and best cabins, on the advanced bookings. If you're not all that fussed and just want to enjoy a Princess cruise, then hold onto your hats and wait for a last-minute deal to come along. These are usually available a month or two before departure.

Save money by checking that your flights are included, and look out for added extras like a free hotel stay at the start or end of your cruise. Also think about purchasing a drinks package before you sail to be able to budget ahead!

If you can book yourself on a repositioning cruise, or a world cruise sector, you will often find these are the best value ways of enjoying a longer holiday - but be aware that you will generally call at fewer ports.