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  • Working up a thirst on the Viking battlefield

    Working up a thirst on the Viking battlefield

    We touched horns and dedicated our deaths to St Olaf. It is good to get well and truly slaughtered now and then. Heroic, virile and unsoftened by luxurious living, the Norsemen pointed their storm-tossed sea ploughs down the great rivers of Russia...

  • Island hopping

    Island hopping

    What do you get when you mix a bit of France with exotic ingredients? A ticket to the fantasy islands of Guadeloupe, French Polynesia and Reunion Island. Mention the name of a place and our mental projector start whirring with images. It’s like a...

  • Cunard liners return to Liverpool

    Cunard liners return to Liverpool

    Thousands of people are expected to line the shores of the Mersey today as Cunard’s three flagship liners sail down the river framed by the magnificent Liverpool skyline. The Three Queens spectacle celebrates the famous shipping line’s formation...

  • Passing 48 hours in Madrid

    Passing 48 hours in Madrid

    Madrid welcomes me with an evening fiesta, the streets packed with singalong students as I land in the capital. It’s holiday time – not that the locals ever need an excuse to stay up late – and old men slumber on cafe terraces, their empty red...

  • Cruise ship hits Bermudian reef

    Cruise ship hits Bermudian reef

    A Norwegian Cruise Line ship ran aground on a reef last week after leaving Bermuda but no one was injured and the vessel was later floated off at high tide, the company said. The Norwegian Dawn was on a week-long Boston to Bermuda cruise with...

  • Ash study aims to avoid air chaos

    New discoveries about ash clouds could help predict where planes can safely fly following volcanic eruptions, researchers have said. Scientists have studied ash grains recovered from recent and previous Icelandic eruptions to compare...

  • Legoland Florida throws grand opening for hotel

    Legoland Florida throws grand opening for hotel

    Legoland Hotel at Legoland Florida Resort has opened, marking the expansion of the resort to become an immersive, multi-day experience for families. The grand opening featured thousands of colourful Lego minifigures blasting out of cannons on top...

  • Airbnb’s setback scare on rules over length of guest stay

    San Francisco may become the second California city in a month to limit length of stays arranged by accommodation services such as Airbnb, which matches people wishing to rent out all or part of their homes to temporary guests. A city committee...

  • Historic homes at risk as Nepal begins demolition

    Historic homes at risk as Nepal begins demolition

    Thousands of centuries-old homes could be demolished in Nepal’s historic cities as its government begins the long process of tearing down buildings rendered unsafe by last month’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake. More than 600 temples, statues and...

  • Think twice about best way to give a helping hand

    Think twice about best way to give a helping hand

    Volunteer Melanie Vella, who worked in Nepal before last month’s quake, explores the benefits and challenges of do-gooders entering disaster-struck areas. Devastation ripped through a country. Thousands of people lost their lives. Many more were...

  • Living history

    Living history

    Warwick Castle brings together the best of ancient and modern, marrying the history of one of England’s most famous landmarks with the best of up-to-date entertainment. Originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068, Warwick was developed in...

  • Eurovision can make the tourists go round...

    Eurovision can make the tourists go round...

    It has induced thousands of Maltese to throw Twistees at the TV when the colossal talent of our national contender is not recognised, so here’s the high notes for travellers to the five most recent song contest hosts... Vienna, Austria (2015...

  • House boat

    House boat

    Accommodation website Airbnb has set a fully-functioning floating house travelling up the river Thames. Weighing in at 70 tonnes, the home has two bedrooms, a living room, working bathroom and even a garden complete with real grass, a doghouse and...

  • Getting out of fast lane to put on the cruise control

    Getting out of fast lane to put on the cruise control

    No one reacted as the sound of a mighty horn ripped through the air:  not the swimmers, the sunbathers and certainly not the two young boys jumping into the same jacuzzi in which I was trying to relax. Lifting my sunglasses, I realised the blare...

  • TUI prepares 50-year-old travel firm for retirement

    TUI prepares 50-year-old travel firm for retirement

    The world’s largest tourism and leisure group is going to retire one of Britain’s best-known travel brands to use a single name to promote its holidays. The Thomson name, which dates back to 1965, will be ditched along with First Choice as part of...

  • Nintendo theme parks

    Mario, Donkey Kong and Link from the Zelda universe could all jump off the screen and have their own rides after Nintendo and Universal announced a collaboration. The Japanese video game maker’s popular characters and worlds will inspire future...

  • Lufthansa’s watch app

    Lufthansa travellers can have their boarding card and essential flight information displayed on their wrists through an Apple Watch app. The new dedicated app connects to the conventional Lufthansa app on iPhones and iPads via Bluetooth. Just ...

  • Cruisers take legal action over sickness

    Cruisers take legal action over sickness

    Passengers aboard a cruise liner hit by an illness that forced it to return to port a day early have instructed lawyers seeking compensation. The eight-day voyage by Fred.Olsen’s Balmoral cruise ship to the Norwegian fjords from Southampton,...

  • Blast of the past with 117 vintage inspired chalets

    Blast of the past with 117 vintage inspired chalets

    British holiday company Butlin’s has unveiled old-style chalets but with plenty of mod cons in a £16 million development. Based on the design by company founder Sir Billy Butlin, the 117 lakeside chalets are set in 8.8 acres of landscaped gardens...

  • Double-decker planes fly from Dubai to Perth

    Double-decker planes fly from Dubai to Perth

    Dubai-based airline Emirates has expanded its double-decker luxury A380 aircraft network with a service into Perth, Australia. Perth is the fourth Australian city to welcome a regular Emirates Airbus A380 service. The revolutionary aircraft will...

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