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Don't be deceived by the name - Royal Caribbean offer itineraries to many destinations, as well as the Caribbean! Their ships sail to all parts of the globe, from no-fly UK cruises as far as Australia and New Zealand, as well as ocean crossings.

Something to look out for if you've not been on a cruise before are Royal Caribbean's mini cruises. Available destinations change throughout the year, but typical lengths are three or four nights - just enough time to get to know the ship and decide whether to take the plunge on another, longer, trip.

If you're after a no-fly cruise then the most common are to the Norwegian Fjords, the Baltics, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. You can also take one-way cruises to the Caribbean or across the Atlantic, but you'll have to fly home. Alternatively, fly out and cruise home to take advantage of no luggage allowances, meaning you can shop until you drop!

It's very rare to find a discounted cruise on the Royal Caribbean website. However, many cruise agents will offer them at reduced rates, so make sure you use our cruise finder to get a great deal. Do look out for Royal Caribbean International?s "getaway fares". These discounted fares are great value, however you will need to book and pay in advance, and they are less flexible than their normal rates.

Save money and dip your toe in the water with a mini-cruise. It's a great way to get to know a cruise ship, get away for less, and decide whether cruising is for you. Even better, you could add one of these into your holiday as a unique way to make a multi-centre trip!

Repositioning cruises are another great way to save. Cruise ships often have a summer home and a winter home, and when they travel between the two there may not be that many ports of call, but given the lower prices we're sure you won't mind!