The living area of a Mariner Suite on-board Seven Seas Mariner
When the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship was launched in 2001 it was a masterpiece. Seven Seas Mariner immediately became the darling of cruise mavens who revelled in being wrapped in a silken sheath of indulgence. An extensive makeover in 2018 will raise the bar even further and give the ship a more relaxed vibe....

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Contemporary glass architecture on the waterfront in Copenhagen

Port in focus: Copenhagen

Founded by the warrior-bishop Absalon in 1167, Copenhagen is a city of bridge-spanned canals, copper-roofed buildings and manicured parks that many ships visit on Baltic cruise routes. Nyhaven The maritime heritage of this former Hanseatic port is omnipresent. Indeed the city’s name means ‘Merchants’ Harbour’. In the 1630s, when King Christian IV decided to look...

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Alexander Palace seen from across a lake in St Petersburg
Baltic cities fuse antiquity and modernity with style and verve. A cruise here during the luminous ‘White Nights’ of the summer solstice – when the late evening sun shimmers as brightly as noon – offers a scene of such photogenic prettiness you would not dare to invent it. At other times, Baltic cruises offer enchanting...

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Guests on a Zodiac excursion through the Central American rainforest
Prehistoric jungle canopies; mighty rivers, mountains and caves; pristine white sand beaches and vibrant corals; Central America has it all. Its culture is just as eclectic, offering a unique blend of colonial architecture and contemporary cities, ancient civilisations and Spanish flair. Central America is a captivating cruise destination, home to a number of distinctive, culturally-rich...

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A portion of the Panama Canal in Central America
With the opening of the Panama Canal in August 1914, the arduous 8,000-mile voyage around Cape Horn that previously took several weeks was reduced to a mere eight hours. The creation of the Panama Canal was far more than an unprecedented feat of engineering; it was a profoundly important historic event. It represented the largest,...

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A couple dancing in front of the grand staircase on-board Oceania Riviera
Oceania Cruises’ Riviera combines a civilized atmosphere, unique itineraries, and incomparable cuisine worthy of many prestigious shore-side restaurants. Oceania Cruises launched Riviera in a rousing ceremony in Barcelona in 2012. This 1,258-passenger ship is a benchmark in design for this dynamic company that is at the forefront of upper premium cruising. To achieve this bellwether...

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Silversea passengers holding glasses of wine as they look out over the side of their cruise ship
Not that long ago only the idle rich and lottery winners could afford to indulge in all-inclusive six-star luxury at sea, but increasingly luxe is worth the bucks. When many devotees of holidays afloat compare the value of an all-inclusive cruise with one where they pay for extras, it’s a no-brainer. The first ever all-inclusive...

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Singapore's Gardens by the Bay at night

Port in focus: Singapore

Trading ships from as far back as the 12th century have plied Oriental waters but today cruise ships are appearing with increasing regularity on the eastern horizon. Revelling in their cultural diversity, Far East nations share a history of commerce, due to their geographical proximity. Herein lies the magic - for the seas that separate...

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