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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Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece Not only is Santorini one of the most popular of the Greek isles, it is also one of the most romantic destinations in the world. With a stable climate of warm and unbroken sunshine during the day, Santorini provides the perfect weather for exploring every c­­­­­­­orner of the island. Santorini is part of the Cyclades Islands...

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Waterfalls cascading down lush cliffs in the Azores Volcanic rock The Azores are often referred to as the ‘Hawaii of the Atlantic’ - and it is easy to see why as this archipelago of nine volcanic islands appears to rise up from the sea like mountaintops of a drowned continent. Lying 812 miles west of Portugal, the Azores are the farthest flung outpost...

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A blue-footed booby bird standing on a rock on a beach in the Galapagos The remote, volcanic Galapagos has to be the ultimate bucket list destination. Scattered across the equator, two hours’ flight from Quito, this is a place like nowhere else on earth, teeming with birds, reptiles and mammals that have absolutely no fear of humans, all somehow coexisting on a string of stark volcanoes and jagged shorelines....

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