Painting of the Russian domovoi monster looming over the bed of a villager
From the bogeyman to the monsters under your bed, we have all encountered some form of nightmarish entity that instils fear and suspense. With Halloween around the corner, read about these legends and mythical creatures from across the globe to really send shivers up your spine. The Kraken Pink Rhino / Flickr.com, CC BY 2.0...

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Pair of resting Asiatic lions in India
Post updated: 07/03/2019 From the deep forests of Chhattisgarh to the salt plains of Gujarat, India is an ever-changing landscape. Its wildlife is equally as varied: here is a selection of India’s most remarkable residents and where best to see them. Sloth bear Found across multiple regions, the sloth bear is the most common bear...

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Cruising is sublime at any time of year, but there are certain periods during the contrasting seasons when corners of Mother Earth become particularly magical. Autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, when nature’s fireworks display is at its most magnificent, is the main reason cruises head to New England and the Canadian Maritimes...

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Greek ruins on a hillside overlooking the ocean in Athens
From the Ionian to the Dodecanese, Greece is abundant with rich landscapes, everlasting horizons and historical adventure – making it a cruise destination everyone will love. With thousands of islands scattered across the Aegean Sea and beyond, see our top picks below for some of the highlights and landmarks to visit when cruising the Grecian...

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Classic cars lining a street of colonial buildings in Havana

Port in focus: Havana

Despite the fact that it must be one of the most photographed places in the Caribbean, nothing can prepare you for the sheer beauty of Havana. Crumbling old buildings in sherbet yellow, burnt orange and brilliant turquoise. A glorious mish-mash of architectural styles, from Moorish to Spanish colonial, baroque and art deco. Those amazing vintage...

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Two grizzly bears climbing up a grassy hill in Alaska
Africa’s Big Five – the lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, black rhino and African elephant – is a bucket list group of animals that virtually every traveller on a cruise to South Africa is desperate to see. But this isn’t the only destination with must-see wildlife. From the frozen north to unlikely European wildlife hotspots, here...

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Stunning panorama of Hong Kong's skyline of skyscrapers and mountains

Port in focus: Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a unique meeting place for East and West, blending Chinese heritage, British colonial influences, high-tech modernity and Cantonese gusto. ‘Fragrant Harbour’ - the Chinese translation of Hong Kong - couldn’t be more appropriate for cruise passengers getting their first glimpse of such a frenetic, romantic, almost absurdly beautiful port. Indeed, life centres...

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Lush rainforest canopy stretching out over Malaysia
Trading ships from as far back as the 12th century have plied Oriental waters, but today, floating pleasure palaces 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 latter-day visitors - for...

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