Sunset over Malta landscape Fought over by invaders ranging from the Carthaginians to Napoleon, Malta’s strategic role in the Mediterranean has been a meeting point and melting pot for the three continents that surround it. As you sail into the sandstone-hewn Grand Harbour in the capital Valletta, its magnificence and significance unfolds – little wonder this became the headquarters...

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Molokaii island in Hawaii The magical isles that arc across 1,500 miles of the Pacific Ocean are sensuous and surreal. Each Hawaiian island is unique, but all are stirred by trade winds and scented by frangipani, illuminated by flaming sunsets and caressed by silvery moonrises. Nature has bestowed a romantic bounty; but it is the charismatic islanders who have...

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Spread across hundreds of islands, stretching thousands of miles – the Caribbean is paradise. With year-round sunshine and palm-fringed pathways, it’s the ultimate getaway for holidaymakers. The region is a popular destination for cruise ships, often sailing across the Atlantic or flying into Miami. With so many ports to add to your itinerary, it can...

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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 Metropol Parasol installation in Seville on the Costa del Sol The Costa del Sol, Spain’s sunniest corner, stretches out along the southern coastline of Andalucia. For centuries, the whole region was under Moorish occupation, the legacy of which remains today in glorious mosques, palaces, gardens and fortresses. As such, some of Spain’s biggest attractions are accessed from ports along the Costa del Sol. The Alhambra...

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The twin crater lakes of Caldeira das Sete Cidades in Sao Miguel Several cruise ships feature calls at the Azores during their repositioning cruises between the Caribbean and Europe in the spring and in the other direction in the autumn. This remote archipelago west of Portugal is a legendary staging post for sailing ships attempting to cross the Atlantic. White-washed houses plus 17th and 18th century convents...

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