A selection of healthy acai bowls on a table on a Celebrity Cruises ship I will never forget my first visit to a cruise ship late-night chocoholic buffet. I had never seen anything like it – and I’m not talking about the food. The place was mobbed with excitable passengers juggling plates piled high with calorie-filled creations while grabbing whatever they could from the mouth-watering display. For me, this...

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A local farmer walking through a rice field on Java in Indonesia Throughout the world there are groups of islands caressed by gentle winds, ringed by white sandy beaches and glistening iridescent waters. But nowhere in the world is there a group of islands quite like the Spice Islands - 632 islands to the north east of Indonesia. Straddling one of the world’s most volatile volcanic belts...

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The Jade Wellness Centre on-board Cruise and Maritime Voyages' Maro Polo Cruise & Maritime Voyages is proud of its particular British style of cruising that is perfectly attuned to the tastes of its customer base. Marco Polo - Columbus lounge Entertainment, drinks and food are British through and through as part of the line’s determination to provide a good, solid product that ticks the right boxes...

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A rocky inlet in Ibiza in the Balearic Islands Packed with history, culture, superb food and gorgeous scenery, the Balearic Islands are made for cruising. Picturesque Palma Mallorca Palma, the elegant capital of Mallorca, takes the lion’s share of cruise calls. It is one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean, visited by lines ranging from MSC Cruises, NCL, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruises...

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Panorama of Barcelona beach and skyscrapers sitting under a blue sky Barcelona is a pulsating, passionate hub which revels in the colourful Catalan culture that gives this city such a distinctive flavour. Regarded as Spain’s capital of avant-garde, this Mediterranean metropolis enjoys an enviable reputation for sassy style and good looks underpinned by an unmistakably flamboyant spirit. Overflowing with art and aesthetic glories, Barcelona’s mix of...

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A Viking Ocean cruise ship sailing into Venice When river cruise giant Viking Cruises turned its attention to wider horizons by launching its first sea-going ships, charismatic owner Torstein Hagen promised to restore elegance to the world of ocean cruising. Penthouse Junior Suite Even though it was virtually unheard of for cruise lines to cross the divide from rivers to oceans, Viking was...

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