Along the Côte d’Azur in the summer months, ‘Riviera Society’ steps from yacht to villa, while bohemians blend with billionaires and rock stars mingle with royals. However, there are some sequestered villages that are far removed from the paparazzi, and they are all the more enchanting for it. Dating back to 1295, the village of…

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The Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship sailing through the sea around Miami

In the past few years cruise ship design has veered away from being a triumph of style over substance. Architects have had it with overzealous décor and overly self-conscious interiors, reflecting passengers’ desire for something more approachable though no less stylish. No ship has encapsulated this new ethos better than Celebrity Eclipse since her launch…

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The Celebrity Millennium cruise ship sailing past the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska

Founded in 1989, Celebrity Cruises has a long-held and well-earned reputation for punching above its weight when it comes to sassy ship design. The company was created by the Greek family-owned Chandris Line, who had operated cargo and passenger ships since 1915. In a visionary move, they wanted to establish a high-quality, premium cruise product…

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The Caribbean, is the world’s hottest cruise destination, and with its enticing collection of exotic isles scattered like jewels across cobalt blue seas, it’s easy to see why. With 7,000 islands stretching from the tip of Florida southwards to the coast of Venezuela, and a year-round warm climate, this tropical archipelago was simply made for…

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A sun-soaked beach in Bridgetown, the Barbados cruise port

Barbados is your archetypal Caribbean retreat that has long been a winter escape for sun-starved Brits looking for winter sunshine, so it is no surprise that it has become a popular cruise spot. While this island, nicknamed Little England, may be famous for its beaches, there is more to it than that. The pretty countryside…

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Guest receiving a massage on a private deck on-board Seabourn Encore

The newest addition to Seabourn’s fleet, the sumptuous, 600-passenger Seabourn Encore is also the luxury line’s biggest, although still petite in cruising terms, at 40,340 tons. The all-inclusive ship has the feel of a luxurious private yacht, all curves, rich blues, gleaming mahogany and polished stainless steel. She is stylish and contemporary, effortlessly classy but…

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Friends drinking wine on their balcony on a Seabourn cruise

Seabourn is the most upscale brand coming under the umbrella of the vast Carnival Corporation, operating four (soon to be five) sleek, yacht-like ships. Three of them – Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest – carry 458 passengers each in unfettered luxury, while in 2017, the slightly larger Seabourn Encore (carrying 600) joined the…

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