Visit Madrid before or after your cruise

Madrid is a three-hour, high-speed train ride from the popular cruise port of Barcelona and well worth a pre- or post-cruise stay.  The city is so elegant, stylish and clean, with wide, tree-shaded boulevards, that walking around it is a pleasure even if you don’t step into a single museum, gallery, palace or cathedral – of which […]

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Italy’s Cinque Terre charms with irresistible beauty

It’s impressive that Portofino in Italy maintains its rugged, romantic charm despite being such a popular haunt of celebrities. Dolce & Gabbana have a magnificent cliffside villa here – which is where Madonna celebrated her 51st birthday. Actor Liam Hemsworth visited Portofino last summer after filming the Hunger Games. Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger honeymooned […]

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Cruising the Greek Isles on the Seabourn Cruises Odyssey is a sweet treat

REVIEW: One of the sweetest sights in the world is of Santorini, Greece – especially since the whitewashed houses and shops are shaped like sugar cubes. Surprisingly, the structures stick to the sheer dramatic cliffs as if a magical, sugary mix holds them in place, or perhaps gravity just doesn’t live here.

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Monte Carlo Monaco

Monte Carlo is a town teeming with the toys of the rich and famous – Lamborghinis and Ferraris slink along the streets and multi-million dollar yachts bob in the harbour. With stores such as Chanel and Dior, window-shopping has wow-factor with $100,000 watches and designer clothing. The casino is a major highlight for its stunning […]

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