Barbados review for foodies: Caribbean Island’s new all-inclusive cooking retreat | Beach Holidays | Travel

Barbados is a destination loved by celebrities and jet setters the world over – with the likes of Simon Cowell and Coleen and Wayne Rooney owning property on the Island. Yet, for all its infamous glamour and prestige, Rihanna’s hometown is a rather simple place, filled with people with a passionate love for their country and its local traditions. The air is filled with the faint sounds of tropical music and the lapping of waves, while the streets are habited with smiling locals and inspired tourists. And while it may…

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Cruise news: Royal Caribbean and Norwegian entertainment update | Cruise | Travel

GETTY Cruise ships not only take you to explore new countries, but also keep guests entertained Cruising is big business, with almost two million Britons setting sail on a cruise in 2017. But, when cruise goers are enjoying some down time between exploring new destinations, they like to be kept entertained with onboard activities. In fact, entertainment is such an important part of cruise ship life that 58 per cent said they value on-board entertainment options when going on a cruise, according to the Association of British Travel Agents. Some…

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Cruise: Royal Caribbean reveal this trick to make you spend more money | Cruise | Travel

A cruise boss has revealed how he has doubled the company’s earnings in the past three years, simply by getting customers to spend more money. The chief executive of Royal Caribbean, Michael Bayley, has revealed how he gets passengers to splurge more cash than they might have originally intended. The psychological trick is based on ‘reference points’, which influences customer’s spending behaviours by making them reframe how they think about prices. This simple trick was revealed by Business Insider, who explained that the cruise operator allows customers to pre-purchase more…

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Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas: Entertainment, dining & prices | Cruise | Travel

ROYAL CARIBBEAN The Symphony of the Seas at sea Harmony previously held the title of world’s largest cruise ship, with her 5,497-passenger capacity, but has been knocked off the pedestal by Symphony’s additional 21 passengers. “This ship is the perfect blend of our greatest hits we know guests love and a line-up of vibrant new restaurants, activities and unparalleled entertainment – all purposefully designed around vacationers’ preferences,” said RCI’s president and CEO Michael Bayley at the shipyard exchange ceremony before Symphony’s inaugural season sailing the Mediterranean. STATEROOMS New for Symphony…

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Cruise island hopping: Exploring the Caribbean from air, land & sea | Cruise | Travel

GETTY Caribbean, St. Lucia, Choc Bay, aerial photo of Calabash Cove Resort From here it was a bird’s eye view of paradise: blush-coloured beaches, dancing palm trees, topaz waters and houses painted pink, blue, jade and sunshine yellow. My husband Teorin and I were on day five of a 14-night P&O eastern Caribbean cruise trip flying into St Lucia and visiting 10 different ports, celebrating 25 years together. Most travel guides mention Antigua’s 365 beaches. We didn’t count them but skimming the coast, soaking up the diverse natural beauty with…

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Caribbean is hot to trot | Beach Holidays | Travel

GETTY The Bahamas is now famous for its swimming pigs, which you can find on Rose Island THE BAHAMAS Head for Nassau and New Providence, where Atlantis Resort’s Dolphin Cay is offering new snorkelling, paddleboard and kayaking with dolphin experiences in their 11-acre lagoon with beaches and connected pools. But the most famous Bahamian animals nowadays are the swimming pigs. You can now wallow in the shallows with these friendly porkers on Rose Island (sandytoesbahamas.com), just 25 minutes from Nassau by boat. Travelbag (0203 139 7030/travelbag.co.uk) offers seven nights at…

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