Cruise news: Cuba to welcome even more tourists as it triples Havana cruise ship capacity | Cruise | Travel

Cuba has made a deal with the world’s largest cruise port operator, Global Ports Holding, to triple its cruise ship berths from two to six by 2024. The cruising industry is enormous in the Caribbean but Cuba has yet to fully capitalise on this. The number of cruise passengers visit the island is set to increase exponentially following the extra berths. Cruise tourism has been on the up for the last three years after Barack Obama eased US trade-embargo rules on travel to Cuba for US citizens in May 2016. Previously, the…

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Cruise news: Free food to avoid onboard the ship and drinks packages to order before | Cruise | Travel

Cruises are on the up as more people than ever take to the seas for their next holiday. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) confirmed that passenger growth in 2017 surpassed estimates to reach 26.7 million people. With onboard entertainment, three-course meals and exciting excursions on land, it comes as no surprise that a cruise is the best choice for a luxury holiday. One of the downsides of a holiday at sea is how easy it is to fall ill, due to the contained space and high volume of people. Passengers…

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Sky is clear for take-off: Sail on a ship that feels more like a fun factory than cruise | Cruise | Travel

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE Cycle your way over the decks of the Carnival Horizon on the exciting SkyRide The views are sublime, but I can’t help shrieking as my aerial bike, which is hanging from an 800ft-long metal track, suddenly picks up speed and whizzes me along the edge of the deck. All I can see is the ocean far below and it feels as though I’m about to cycle off the side into oblivion. The SkyRide, known as the “bike ride in the sky” is one of the more unusual…

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Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas returns to the UK after multi-million upgrade | Cruise | Travel

SWB Royal Caribbean International’s Independence of the Seas sails into Southampton, UK When Independence of the Seas launched in 2008 cruise fans were astonished by its contemporary style, its floor-to-ceiling windows in the buffet lounge, massive theatre – and even an ice rink. Since then bigger Royal Caribbean ships have eclipsed Indy’s onboard entertainment with attractions such as bumper cars, amazing acrobatics in the Aquatheatre and the longest slides at sea. But now Independence of the Seas is back with new top-of-the-range facilities, new Panoramic Staterooms and several more dining…

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The summer sails | Cruise | Travel

ALAMY The stunning Geirangerfjord in Norway HELI-FLIGHTS IN THE FJORDS Let nature do the talking on this Princess Cruises (0344 338 8663/princess.com) voyage to Norway where granite cliffs and towering mountains form a dramatic backdrop to the rugged fjords that cut into the Norwegian coastline. Geirangerfjord is the pearl of them all and hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful, where visitors can go on adrenaline-busting speedboat rides or paddle across the peaceful waters on a kayak. In Stavanger, take to the skies on an exciting helicopter ride, or…

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Royal Princess cruise ship review | Cruise | Travel

Mark Katzman The WOW factor – The Royal Princess Cruise Atrium Now with a full complement of three staircases and lift stations – just like its sister ships – Princess Royal is probably still the most glamorous of the cruise line’s 17 ships. To add to the glitz is an onboard collection of Kate Middleton memorabilia, including the dress she wore for the naming and scissors she used to cut loose the champagne – plus a letter to the captain and crew signed simply Catherine. And fittingly, for 2018, Royal…

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