Chef serving a whole fish to diners in a restaurant on a Princess Cruises ship Princess Cruises is every inch the American sophisticate, priding itself on showcasing the good things in life in a more tasteful fashion than its brasher Stateside counterparts. In fact, this cruise line is something of a quiet revolutionary; debuting innovative features that inevitably flow out across the cruise industry to become the norm. Pacific Princess -...

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Humpback whale feeding in front of a cruise ship during an excursion We have all been there; on dreary coach trips accompanied by tedious guides who lead the way to rug or ceramic factories complete with overpriced showrooms where pushy sales staff wait to pounce. It is enough to make you jump overboard, but thankfully now you don’t need to. Cruise lines have begun phasing out such...

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Princess Cruises - Group on-board Unveiled in June 2013, Royal Princess was the first of a new class of ship for Princess Cruises and enjoyed a high-profile launch in Southampton when it was christened by a heavily pregnant Duchess of Cambridge on her last solo outing before giving birth to Prince George. Royal Princess arrived with an enhanced range of...

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Remote, rugged and starkly beautiful, Iceland is a country where nature unashamedly calls the shots, and a cruise is one of the best ways to see it. Visitors can taste true wilderness at its most unadulterated in a tempestuous landscape that beats to the island’s volcanic pulse with steaming hot springs, vast smouldering lava fields,...

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The main pool area on-board MSC Meraviglia in the sunshine Like its legendary godmother Sophia Loren, MSC Meraviglia is full of show-stopping style that gives more than a nod to her Italian heritage. Christened in a firework-filled celebration in May at the Channel port of Le Havre, which was celebrating its 500th anniversary, MSC’s new flagship is no shrinking violet. I loved the bold, blingy designs...

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A guest whizzing down a waterslide on-board Disney Dream Disney Dream is more floating wonderland than cruise ship; a sea-going version of Disney’s famous theme parks filled to the funnels with enchanting touches. But while pixie dust has been liberally sprinkled throughout, Disney must be applauded for not going overboard. The nautical decor is surprisingly tasteful, and while this is the ultimate family-friendly cruise...

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Captain Mickey Mouse high-fiving a family on a Disney Cruise Line ship Disney Cruise Line doesn’t just tick all the right boxes when it comes to family cruises, it sprinkles them with fairy dust and adds a treasure chest of magical touches too. And while several cruise lines claim to be child-friendly, Disney stands out as the one that is truly family-centric, where youngsters and their parents...

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Woman using the Flowrider surf simulator on-board Independence of the Seas Of all Royal Caribbean International’s ships, Independence of the Seas is the one that has the strongest links with the UK. After all, this mega-ship was named in Southampton in April 2008 in a suitably British-style celebration, with a godmother who hailed from Derbyshire and UK pop-rock band Scouting for Girls leading the on-board party. Independence...

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