Couple kayaking in the sea around Antigua Adding an action-packed stay in Florida to a laidback sailing through the Caribbean creates a classic yin and yang experience. One day, you are screaming yourself hoarse on the scariest of white-knuckle rides in America’s theme park capital, Orlando; the next you are sipping a sweet rum punch while gliding serenely through the tropical isles...

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Bright blue sea lapping onto a lush shoreline in the Western Mediterranean The Mediterranean could be said to be the ‘cradle of civilisation’. Enclosed by three continents, the world’s largest inland sea stretches more than 2,200 miles from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Black Sea. It’s not surprising, then, that the history of the Mediterranean is sea-based. The transfer of goods, languages, religion, rituals, fashions and...

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Close-up of a sloth hanging from a tree in the Costa Rican jungle Untamed tropical jungle, vibrant wildlife and evocative colonial cities set against that backdrop of a heady Latin beat make Central America an intoxicating destination for cruisers. This narrow strip of nations that connects North and South America is conveniently close to Florida’s main cruise ports, yet has a suitably exotic spiciness that makes these countries...

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Moose wading into the middle of a river in Alaska Post updated: 07/03/2019 Seeing Africa’s Big Five is on virtually every traveller’s bucket list, but this exciting continent isn’t the only place home to a group of iconic animals. From frozen wildernesses to unlikely European wildlife hot spots, here are the best places to see a ‘Big Five’ beyond Africa. Antarctica Big Five: Orca, wandering...

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Northern lights shining above mountains and water in Tromso Few voyages offer such enchantment as cruises to the Norwegian fjords. While Norway’s rugged western coastline and Arctic latitudes offer a magnificent mix of natural splendour, it is the serene fjords that are Instagram hotspots. Created during a succession of ice ages, when glaciers carved out deep chasms, these most spectacular geological formations are long, narrow inlets that...

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