Four of the best cruises

From a five-star gastro-cruise around the Med, to luxury yachting in the Galapagos, Giselle Garcia and Chris Carter picks four of the best cruises.

Gorge on an "exclusive five-star feast" aboard the Celebrity Equinox

One for foodies

The cruise takes in Toulon in southern France, Genoa, Civitavecchia and Salerno in Italy, and Crete. At Salerno, you will gorge on an "exclusive five-star feast", says Deborah Stone in the Daily Express. Chef Gennaro Esposito's two Michelin-starred restaurant Torre del Saracino overlooks the Amalfi Coast's "stunning scenery".

But the fare is no less spectacular back on the ship. A partnership with has brought Michelin-starred Josh Eggleton onboard.

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The Jet Set Sail package costs from £1,338. See for more details.

Around the world in 107 nights


If you are planning a "seriously long" break, why not explore the whole world from Southampton to Sydney and back again?

The 107-night Around the World Voyage with Fred Olsen is departing on 3 January 2017. The trip is on board Black Watch, which has just 423 cabins and a quintessentially British atmosphere, says Gemma Bowes in The Guardian. That explains the "traditional" pub, but there are also restaurants and bars, cinema, sports facilities and a spa on board.

Along the way, you'll stop in the Caribbean, South America, French Polynesia, theCook Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, the Maldives and Egypt. If 107 nights is too much, there is a 43-night option from Southampton to Auckland, or the 63-night trip back.

Cabins are available from £12,250. See for more details.

A Viking river saga


If raiding the inland waterways is more your thing, hop aboard one of Viking River Cruises' popular Longships, says Jane Archer in The Daily Telegraph. The river boats can accommodate up to 190 passengers and the classiest suites enjoy wraparound balconies and 180-degree views. You can cruise the Danube, the Rhine, the Seine or Portugal's river Douro.

See for details.

Indulgence for nature lovers

The ship is small and can take only a few passengers, which reduces the environmental impact on this important but fragile ecosystem, says Emma Thompson in the Evening Standard. You also stand a better chance of seeing the unique wildlife up close. "Occasionally, travelling posh can also protect the places you're visiting" and that's the case with this tour. It's a small price to pay "to keep Eden intact".

Prices from £4,860. See for details.

The leviathan of the Med

Once you've regained your sea legs, go for a drink served by a robot bartender before heading "out" for dinner at one of two "concept" restaurants, Izumi Hibachi & Sushi and the Sabor Modern Mexican. This summer, Harmony of the Seas will be relocating to Barcelona to cruise the Mediterranean.



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