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Panama Canal cruises for one – the holiday guru provides options

A cruise to the Panama Canal without company, a visit to Cornwall without a car or a trip to Oslo without flying? The holiday guru caters to traveller quirks

  • Trailfinders and Tui come up trumps with cruises to the Panama Canal for one
  • Redruth station is 20 miles from Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula and taxis cost £45 
  • To get to Oslo without flying entails overnight stops in Brussels and Copenhagen

Q. Can you recommend a Panama Canal cruise for a single traveller?

Angela, Leeds

Trailfinders has a 16-night full-board cruise with Holland America Line from Fort Lauderdale in Florida to San Diego in California, passing through the canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific. It costs from £3,149 for one traveller, flights included (020 7084 6500, trailfinders.com).

Or try Tui, which offers a seven-night cruise that begins and ends in Montego Bay, Jamaica, calling at Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama with a ferry day-trip along the canal. From £1,637 with Manchester flights included (tui.co.uk).

A man, a plan, a canal: Panama for those travelling solo is an option with Holland America Line from Fort Lauderdale. The trip costs £3,149 for one traveller including flights from Trailfinders

Q. My partner and I are pensioners and would love to visit Cornwall, but the thought of driving is daunting. Could a train take us near Mullion Cove Hotel on the Lizard Peninsula?

Gil Brown, Wirral, Cheshire

Redruth station is closest to Mullion Cove Hotel, about 20 miles away. The taxi fare is £45 each way from Kernow Cabs (kernowcabs.co.uk, 01326 464646), based in Helston.

Lounge lizards: A view of the Lizard Peninsula near the Mullion Cove Hotel. Taxis to the hotel cost £45 each way from Redruth station, which is 20 miles away, for those that aren't driving

Lounge lizards: A view of the Lizard Peninsula near the Mullion Cove Hotel. Taxis to the hotel cost £45 each way from Redruth station, which is 20 miles away, for those that aren’t driving 

Q. I want to visit Oslo, but I can’t fly. Can you suggest a way by rail or ferry?

John Sharp, Southsea 

This is tricky — and could turn into quite an adventure. To get to Oslo take a train to Brussels (eurostar.com, £66, 2h 31m), another to Copenhagen (en.oui.sncf, £216, 14h), then a ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo (dfdsseaways.co.uk, £71, 17h). You will need to spend nights in Brussels and Copenhagen as well as on the ship.

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