Ship review: Travelmarvel Vega 
Cruise International Magazine
by Kelly Ranson
6M ago
Travelmarvel Vega The modern ship from APT Travelmarvel is made for enjoying life at its most relaxed pace on Europe’s rivers, and Travelmarvel Vega even comes with its own pub Australian river cruise and touring company APT Travelmarvel has launched three brand-new ships –Capella, Polaris and Vega – bringing in a contemporary vibe for fans of river cruising. Designed with picturesque European river views in mind, Travelmarvel Vega has an abundance of outside space and has been cleverly built so the sun deck is easy to reach no matter where you are on the ship.&nb ..read more
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City guide to Southampton 
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by Katie McGonagle
6M ago
Tudor House, SouthamptonIf you’re planning to set sail from Southampton, find out what to see and do there before you depart  Standing in the open air on the ramparts of God’s House Tower, the port spread out on one side and the sprawl of the city centre to the other, it’s clear just how many key moments of world history Southampton has borne witness to. For cruise fans, it’s best known as Britain’s busiest port, but over the centuries this south coast city has seen ships depart for the Spanish Armada, the Mayflower set sail for America, the fateful maiden voyage of the Tit ..read more
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Life in the slow lane on a barge cruise in the south of France
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by Katie McGonagle
6M ago
Aigues-Mortes, France, founded in 1240 by Louis IX. Picture: Getty Images/ iStock Photo/Flavio Vallenari Enjoy a relaxed pace and plenty of space on a barge cruise through the south of France   There’s some bad news, says the ship’s purser, Hans, as he comes over with a worried look on his face to where we sit happily ensconced in the hot tub. The lock is closed and it’s a public holiday, so there’s no one to open it for us. We’ll have to moor up here for the night. He braces himself for our disappointment, but with the grassy wildflower-covered banks of the Petit Rhône rising to either ..read more
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Princess Cruises stars in Channel 5 TV show
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by Katie McGonagle
6M ago
New cruisers and best friends from Leeds, Andy and Rachel, feature in The Cruise: Fun Loving Brits at Sea, Channel 5. Picture: Title RolePrincess Cruises takes centre stage in new Channel 5 travel documentary The Cruise: Fun Loving Brits at Sea A new Channel 5 travel series showcases the joys of life at sea, featuring real-life holidaymakers travelling in the Mediterranean. The Cruise: Fun Loving Brits at Sea began on Channel 5 on August 14, with a 20-episode series filmed on board a Southampton-based ship. The first episode featured best friends from Leeds, Andy and Rachel, who had never been ..read more
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Behind the scenes with yacht-style cruising
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by Rebecca Barnes
7M ago
Yacht-style sailings are on the rise, with everyone from established cruise lines to big-name hotel brands getting in on the act. We find out what all the fuss is about Firopotamos beach, Milos. Picture: ShuttershockYacht Cruising on the islands of the Mediterranean with Unforgettable Greece According to Muno Mandizha, senior cruise specialist at Unforgettable Greece; more and more travellers are discovering the benefits of yacht cruising, with smaller vessels perfect for escaping the crowds to explore tiny, charming Greek islands such as Milos, Koufonisia and Serifos. Koufonisia is so unexpec ..read more
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Cruise review: River Douro
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by Jeannine Williamson
7M ago
Port wine, picture-postcard views and plenty more surprises await on Portugal’s most scenic waterway Douro Valley. Picture: Getty Images Settling into a chair out on deck, my book lies unopened. I can’t take my eyes off the passing scenery, where the morning sun picks out a colour chart of different shades of green on the verdant vineyard slopes stretching to the water’s edge.  Silvery schist, the slate-like stone that lines the hills, glints in the light and the vista is dotted with remote farmhouses perched on hillsides and signs for port houses. Most instantly recognisable is Sand ..read more
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10 of the best family cruises for 2023 and 2024
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by Cruise & Travel
7M ago
Perfect Day at CocoCay, BahamasTake the whole brood on board with our pick of top family holidays near and far, writes Kerry Spencer There are few family holidays as hassle-free as a cruise – combine comfortable accommodation, a choice of restaurants, entertainment, kids’ clubs and fun-packed family facilities that range from water parks and surf simulators to climbing walls and high-ropes courses – and you’ve got all the ingredients for a harmonious escape (famous last words…). Some lines even throw in dedicated kids’ entertainment, character meet-and-greets (we’re looking at you, Disney), fa ..read more
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A spa excursion to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon
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by Laura French
7M ago
Ever wondered what to do on a cruise ship excursion from Reykjavik in Iceland? The country’s iconic Blue Lagoon – often included on Golden Circle tours – is the perfect way to destress   It’s silent and still as I lie back, floating on the water, mist rising around me as volcanic rocks jut up from a blanket of milky blue. Goosebumps prickle my exposed skin, but beneath the water it’s hot and soothing, with temperatures of around 40C and a high concentration of silica turning my skin silky smooth. I’m at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, set between lava landscapes and mountain silhouettes and a hot ..read more
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Cruise ship review: A-Rosa Sena
Cruise International Magazine
by Sara Macefield
7M ago
A-Rosa Sena, the new low-emission ship sailing on Europe’s waterwaysEmission-free sailing, family-friendly facilities and a contemporary decor overhaul have set A-Rosa Cruises’ latest river ship apart from its predecessors You could say that German river cruise specialist A-Rosa Cruises has really pushed the boat out with its newest next-generation ship, A-Rosa Sena.  Gone are the bright and breezy shades and slightly budget feel of A-Rosa’s other ships, replaced with a sophisticated aura of muted tones and contemporary styling. Pavilion on A-Rosa Sena. Picture: A-ROSA Flussschiff Gm ..read more
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An active cruise in the Caribbean
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by Sara Macefield
7M ago
Kayaking on Carambola Beach, St Kitts. Picture: S MartinFind action and adventure in the sun-drenched Caribbean isles of St Kitts and the British Virgin Islands on an expedition ship sailing with a difference  “Keep a straight line, otherwise you’ll end up on the rocks,” barks the guide as we carefully line up our two-person kayak between buffeting waves, before paddling determinedly through the centre of the narrow channel.   On either side of us, dark forbidding hulks of limestone protrude from the water like grisly gnarled teeth ready to crunch down mercilessly if we make the ..read more
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