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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Ornate pillars and bright white exterior of the Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi
Buildings across the Middle East are rich in local heritage and religious culture, boasting elaborate designs and beautiful structures. From the modern styles of contemporary designers to the ancient designs featuring stained-glass windows, the Middle East is home to some of the world’s finest architecture. Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar Ralf Steinberger / Flickr.com, CC...

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A panoramic, aerial shot of Jelsa in Croatia and the surrounding bright blue sea
In recent years, the Adriatic has emerged from the Mediterranean’s shadow as the must-see region to explore by cruise ship. Once you sail along the intricate coastline of Croatia and Montenegro – the dramatic rocky cliffs and deep inlets punctuated by striking terracotta-tiled merchants’ houses in the distinctive Venetian style that dominates this region –...

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