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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Art deco apartments rising above palm trees at a beach in Miami
It’s not surprising that Florida is regarded as America’s playground with its buzzing hub, Orlando, leading the way as the theme park capital of the world. Few other destinations can match the range of experiences this tourist trap offers, made all the more enticing by its virtual year-round balmy climate that has seen it nicknamed...

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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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Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman bathed in pink light at sunset
The Caribbean is possibly one of the most diverse destinations in the world, from the shores of Jamaica to the volcanoes of St Kitts, each island presents its own microcosm of wildlife and wonder. Be it adventurous or amorous, foodie or adrenalin-fuelled, here are our recommended islands for every holiday mood. For the diving Phil...

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The Venetian skyline bathed in orange light as the sun sets

Port in Focus: Venice

Irrepressibly romantic and impossibly evocative, Venice stands alone as one of those rare destinations that casts a mesmerising spell over all who visit. Centuries of history roll down the maze of canals that flow between the stately squares and grand palazzos that bear testament to a colourful and turbulent history, when this city commanded the...

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