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Scott Avera Takes on Role as President for Alexander+Roberts

WHY IT RATES: Robert Drumm and Scott Avera have worked together for the past 25 years, and Avera has held many different roles with the company throughout the years. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer

Alexander+Roberts announced the appointment of company veteran Scott Avera to the role of president, effective immediately.

At the same time, Robert Drumm will assume the role of chairman and CEO, continuing to work closely with Avera, a relationship they have built and maintained over the past 25 years.

“I’ve always respected Scott for his dedication to our mission, our guests and the principles that have long guided us,” said Drumm. “As he’s been promoted through so many different areas of our company, most recently as vice president of product development, Scott has always earned the respect of his peers and colleagues–from hotels, cruise lines and national tourist offices to the media, trade associations and our preferred travel agency partners.”

Avera is an active representative of Alexander+Roberts in the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), of which A+R is a founding member. Most recently, he chaired the USTOA Conference Committee, solidifying his relationships within the broader travel and tourism industry.

Avera began his travel career in A+R’s Call Center and has also managed both the Operations and Tour Planning departments.

“From the start, I’ve always admired the philosophy upon which Alex Harris founded this company in 1947,” Avera noted. “And over the past 25, it’s been so rewarding to work with Bob as we’ve continued A+R’s mission and expanded our luxury tours to new and emerging destinations; the idea of travel as a way to break down borders and build bridges of cultural understanding is integral to everything we do.”

Asked about how he will build upon this important legacy, Avera segues to the challenges facing our world today.

“Genuine and personal cultural connections will always be a part of A+R’s DNA,” he noted. “But among the goals going forward will be reinforcing our own sustainable business practices and forging local community partnerships that will protect our world and its resources for future generations of travelers.”

SOURCE: Alexander+Roberts press release.

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Millions of Americans Still Aren't Ready for New Real ID

New data from a travel organization shows as many as 182 million Americans still do not meet Real ID requirements as the October 1 deadline looms.

According to CBSNews.com, U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President Tori Barnes revealed that 57 percent of citizens in the United States are not aware of the upcoming deadline and what it means to their travel plans.

For travelers, the new Real IDs will be needed when boarding a flight, entering a federal building or visiting a military base. To ease the stress, airports will also accept passports, military IDs and Global Entry cards.

The U.S. Travel Association said while nearly 100 million U.S. citizens already have the Real ID cards, only 34 percent of Americans have received their updated license, which will cause havoc for travelers at airports in October.

“The potential is catastrophic. We’re absolutely not Real ID ready at all,” Barnes told CBS News. “We know 99 million Americans don’t have a Real ID. It’s going to be Thanksgiving 2020 where Grandma goes to get on a plane and she can’t go see her grandkids.”

“Eighty-thousand people on the first day could be turned away,” Barnes continued. “About half a million in the first week. And $300 million is what that could cost in economic loss.”

To help meet the October 1 deadline, the U.S. government has granted permission to individual states to start allowing travelers to submit the required Real ID application documents electronically.

In addition, the Department of Homeland Security is looking to the public, individual states and private companies to develop ideas to speed up the process and make it easier to understand.

The Airports Council International-North America said the deadline is a “crisis waiting to happen” and called on the federal government to push the deadline back in hopes of buying more time for travelers to acquire the identification.

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Riviera Travel Appoints Phil Hullah Chief Executive

WHY IT RATES: Hullah replaces David Clemson who continues to be a shareholder in the company. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer

Riviera Travel, the parent company of Riviera River Cruises, is pleased to announce Phil Hullah has been appointed its new chief executive.

Effective March 2, Hullah will replace David Clemson, who will stay with Riviera Travel as a shareholder and non-executive director.

Hullah joined Riviera Travel in October 2019 as chief operating officer, bringing with him a wealth of senior leadership experience in consumer-facing businesses in the United Kingdom.

“I am honored and delighted to be taking over as CEO. It’s a pleasure to be working with Riviera’s fantastic team of passionate staff,” Hullah said. “It’s a very exciting time for the business as we expand across all our product lines and continue to improve the customer experience. I look forward to working with the team to build on everything that has been achieved in recent years.”

“It’s been a huge privilege to lead Riviera. I am deeply grateful to Riviera’s fantastic team, its founder Michael Wright and the Board for their tireless commitment to the business,” Clemson said. “I would like to thank our loyal customers and partners for continuing to put their trust in us year after year. Having worked with Phil over the last few months, I am confident that the business will thrive under his leadership.”

“We’re thrilled to have Phil leading our company and look forward to working with him as we continue to expand and improve Riviera River Cruises’ product,” said Marilyn Conroy, Riviera River Cruises’ executive vice president sales and marketing North America. “We’d also like to thank David for his efforts in building the Riviera brand and bringing it to the North American market.”

Prior to joining Riviera Travel, Hullah served as Deputy Chairman of AVADO, an international digital education business that he led as Chief Executive from 2010 to 2018. He has also served as managing director of Laithwaites Wine and commercial director of John Lewis.

Clemson joined Riviera Travel in 2008 and has been instrumental in transforming the company, including leader the expansion of Riviera River Cruises to the North American market and others. During his time with the company, Riviera Travel increased revenues seven-fold and maintained a track record of 35 years of unbroken revenue growth.

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Cruise: Beating the dreaded seasickness bug – are special cabins the key?

Cruise holidays are growing in popularity, with the number of Britons opting for a cruise holiday up to two percent year-on-year. However, while the cruise promises the luxury of a five-star hotel with the adventure of global exploration, there are some downsides too. One of the worst is seasickness, an unfortunate ailment that may of travellers are predisposed to when the choppy tides roll in.

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While seasickness if most common for first-time passengers, it can happen to anyone.

According to Marine Insight, seasickness if a form of motion sickness, akin to that some people experience in cars.

Marine Insight explains: “Seasickness is a condition wherein the motion sense of the vestibular system and the motion perceived visually do not concur, causing nausea, fatigue and dizziness etc.

Seasickness is very common in first-time passengers of any ships or boats or even ferries. This problem has roots in the signals to the brain and therefore should be dealt with a great sense of care and interest.”

Meanwhile, cruise expert Kerry Spencer of Cruise Critic explains that mal de mer, as it’s known by seafarers, is caused by “a conflict of senses.”

“In a nutshell, it’s the reaction of your body’s inner ear balance system to the unfamiliar motion of the ship,” she says.

“Some people are unfortunately just more sensitive to the seasickness than others.”

What’s more, there is a growing body of work which suggests that seasickness actually runs in families and is more prevalent in both children and women. Strangely, elderly people are also less susceptible.

That could leave some passengers feeling like they simply can’t step foot on a cruise, but according to Kerry, that’s not the case.

As an industry insider, Kerry knows a few special tips and tricks that could banish a queasy stomach in an instant.

Surprisingly, it seems some cabins are actually better for remaining stabilised it strong waves than others.

“If you tend to get seasick, cabin location is important. It’s really a question of engineering,” she explains.

“The lower and more central you are in a ship, the less roll and sway you will feel.

“Even if you choose a balconied cabin, choose the lowest level and the most midship one you can find.

“Aim for an outside cabin in the middle of the ship – the natural balance point.

“Having a window will also give you a consistent view of the horizon to help you maintain your equilibrium.”

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For the most part, its cabins situated on higher decks, at the very front or very back of the ship that will feel the hit of the waves the most.

“Avoid these if you can,” urges Kerry.

“A balcony cabin or deluxe suite might seem enticing for the fresh air and for fixing on the horizon, but a location on the outer edges of the ship makes it more susceptible to movement, so avoid these if you are prone to seasickness,” she adds.

Meanwhile, the route and time of year you choose to set sail could also cause problems for those prone to nausea.

“Rough waters can be anticipated by itinerary and the time of year you are sailing,” explains Kerry.

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“August through to October is Hurricane Season in the Caribbean and the winter months see choppy seas in the Med and the Bay of Biscay.

“North Atlantic crossings can also be rough as well as the polar regions – especially, Drake Passage – the body of water between South America’s Cape Horn, Chile and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica.”

The best thing to do is research in advance of securing any holiday plans. Switching the routes or dates could be a blessing in disguise once you take to the ocean.

“If you are prone to seasickness, another good option is to pick the largest, modern ships which have highly effective stabilisers to provide the smoothest sailings possible,” Kerry continues.

“It’s also not a bad idea to choose port-intensive cruises if you can – so you spend fewer days at sea.”

If you are really worried about experiencing choppy waters European river cruise instead could be a safe haven, boasting largely calm waters free of torrential currents. They are also great for multiple port days and stunning views.

Along with the specific elements of a cruise itself, Kerry also discusses some more simple methods for tackling an uneasy tummy.

“One of the most widely recommended remedies is a scopolamine patch that is applied behind the ear at least eight hours before you sail,” says Kerry.

Though the treatment is manufactured in the US, it can be easily purchased online for UK residents and is effective for up to three days.

Other over-the-counter medicines include Dramamine, and Benadryl – which are also dispensed on ships.

Kerry also mentioned herbal remedies for those who want to avoid medicines.

“Ginger is a very popular remedy, which studies have found can greatly alleviate nausea associated with motion sickness,” she says.

“The root can be taken as sweets, powder, tea and pills. Another favourite is eating green apples.

“And indeed, some ships even offer plates of green apples and crackers as part of their room service menus, to help people overcome any motion-induced nausea.”

Similarly, a Sea-band wristband can be worn on embarkation. These nifty bands are inspired by acupressure and reported to work wonders for those prone to seasickness.

While the fear of nausea can put many potential cruisers off the holiday of a lifetime, there are plenty of options and trick that can banish sea sick woes for good.

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COMO Hotels and Resorts announces Tuscan Photography Retreat ·

COMO Hotels and Resorts announces Tuscan Photography Retreat

 

COMO Hotels and Resorts which forms part of the COMO Group has announced a new collection of experiences for 2020, focused on the discovery of destinations and the development of guests’ creative identity through the lens of a camera.

COMO Photography Retreats have been designed as the ideal environments where participants are taught how to convey a sense of place and storytelling through photography. The retreats, going beyond equipping participants with the tools they need to capture striking images, will inspire guests to slow down and engage in the present moment to observe the world more mindfully. By slowing down, they will enjoy a deeper and more thoughtful observation of nature and discover a deeper level of engagement with their surroundings, ensuring more intimate visual illustrations of their experience.

In May 2020, COMO Photography Retreats will continue in the rolling hills of Tuscany at COMO Castello Del Nero, the latest addition to the COMO portfolio and the company’s first property in continental Europe. The five-day retreat, available to just eight participants, will offer daily photography workshops that capture the people, Renaissance architecture and verdant vineyards of Chianti that make the destination so unique. Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the cities of Florence and San Gimingo with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide, as well as relax at the twelfth-century castle hotel, sampling wine from the property’s cellars, strolling through the vineyards, or dining on Michelin-starred cuisine.

Guests will learn how to optimise photos through ISO, aperture, shutter speed and post-production techniques as well as head out on assignments to hone their originality and creative eye, all under the mentorship of award-winning photographer Martin Morrell. Morrell, COMO’s key contributing photographer for over 20 years, has shot for many of the world’s leading magazines including Vogue, the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Condé Nast Traveler.

Martin Morrell’s presence in Tuscany will see guests learn the key skills needed to excel in both the creative and technical elements of photography. “Today, it has never been easier to take a photograph – but it has also never been more difficult to get an original shot,” says Morrell. “Our workshops will encompass the end-to-end process of a travel photographer: from proper set up and technical mastery, to colour grading and post-production. Most importantly, I will show our guests how to find their own unique angle so they can go on to tell their own stories through photographs”.

The COMO Photography Retreat with Martin Morrell is followed by the COMO Photography Retreat in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan in October 2020. The latter will be led by award-winning photographer and Kodak ambassador Michael Turek, offering guests the opportunity to capture the gravity-defying monasteries, orange-robed monks and verdant rice fields on film by travelling through one of the most photogenic countries in the world.

To book, visit www.comohotels.com/en/castellodelnero/offers/travel-photography-retreat

About the COMO Group and COMO Hotels and Resorts

The COMO Group, headquartered in Singapore, represents Christina Ong’s unique vision of contemporary living. The Group encompasses the hospitality collection, COMO Hotels and Resorts, which offers personalised luxury travel experiences through individualised service, a commitment to holistic wellness, and award-winning cuisine. Each hotel is developed in response to the destination it inhabits. The Group also includes the international luxury fashion retailer Club 21, the award-winning wellness concept COMO Shambhala, and the philanthropic COMO Foundation.

Get a glimpse of our beautiful destinations and follow our exciting adventures on Instagram @comohotels

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DOT proposes to clarify rule on airline deceptive practices

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed a rule
that would clarify the legal meaning of “unfair and deceptive practices” in the
airline industry.  

The clarification would apply to potential punitive action
against both airlines and ticket agents, including travel advisors. 

The rule, says the DOT, would benefit consumers, airlines
and ticket agents alike by providing more certainty as to what constitutes an
unfair or deceptive practice. 

ASTA and the lobbying group Airlines for America (A4A)
support the measure. Consumer advocates, however, are dismissing the proposal
as an effort by the Trump administration to make it more difficult to create
new regulations or to enforce existing ones.

Under the proposal, the DOT would define a practice as
unfair to consumers “if it causes or is likely to cause substantial injury,
which is not reasonably avoidable, and the harm is not outweighed by benefits
to consumers or competition.”

A deceptive practice would be defined as one that “is likely
to mislead a consumer, acting reasonably under the circumstances, with respect
to a material matter.”

The rule would also require the DOT in future enforcement
orders to state the basis for determining that a practice is unfair or
deceptive. In addition, it would codify the DOT’s standing practice of offering
airlines and ticket agents the opportunity for an informal hearing before any
enforcement action is taken.

Finally, it would require that formal hearings be held by
the DOT as it develops future airline consumer-protection regulations that
haven’t been mandated by Congress.

In a regulatory filing, the DOT said that it initiated the
rulemaking at the suggestion of A4A.

DOT rules on tarmac delays, post-purchase price increases
and airline overbooking are examples of airline consumer-protection regulations
issued under the federal code governing fair and deceptive practices, the
department said. 

In a statement, A4A praised the proposed rule and DOT secretary
Elaine Chao.

“This proposal will provide greater transparency for both
the U.S. airline industry and the flying public,” A4A CEO Nick Calio said. “We
commend Secretary Chao for her leadership in reforming the department’s
regulation of our industry. That effort continues to deliver tremendous
benefits to the 2.4 million passengers who travel aboard U.S. airlines every
day.”

ASTA executive vice president of advocacy Eben Peck said the
organization is still reviewing the proposal, but its initial reaction is
favorable. 

“We spend a great deal of time helping our members — ‘ticket
agents’ in the eyes of DOT — comply with the department’s rules and
regulations and avoid fines for noncompliance,” Peck said.  “As such, anything that provides additional
clarity to our members in terms of how the DOT intends to police the industry —
as this proposal appears intended to do — is welcome.”

Peck said that the proposal makes no change to existing
regulations on the books that ASTA supports, including the full-price
advertising rule and the tarmac delay rules. 

Consumer advocates are far more circumspect.

“The Trump administration has followed the airlines’ wishes
to make any enforcement of rules almost impossible,” said Charlie Leocha, CEO
of Travelers United.

The DOT, he said, is proposing this detailed approach to
enforcement of rules for airline protection. In the meantime, airline
passengers have no state judicial rights and the DOT has “never provided any
roadmap about how to get grievances handled by airlines other than through
federal courts,” Leocha said.

Leocha said he’d like the DOT to instead comply with various
overdue mandates from Congress, such as establishing minimum seat sizes and
finishing a rulemaking on lavatory access in single-aisle planes.

Consumer advocates are planning an initial meeting to
discuss the rulemaking next week, he said.

The public can comment on the proposed rule through April 20
by going to regulations.gov, docket number DOT-OST — 2019-0182.

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A Spring day trip to Kawagoe ·

A Spring day trip to Kawagoe

Located just 30-minutes north of Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture, you can find Kawagoe – a small town overflowing with historic charm. Alternatively known as ‘Ko-Edo’, meaning little Edo, times seems to have stopped in the Edo Era for this district (1603-1867) – a time of Samurai. Kawagoe has countless heritage buildings, seasonal activities and traditional shops for visitors to enjoy as a day trip from Tokyo.

How do I get there?
Travellers can easily get to Kawagoe on the Tobu Tojo Line in just 30 minutes from Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo.

Start the day with Cherry Blossoms
One benefit of travelling to Kawagoe is the overflowing cherry blossoms in late March to early April. Visitors can take a leisurely boat tour down the Shingashi-gawa River that flows through the town to see more than 100 Cherry trees blooming on the banks.

You can also see the delicate pastel pink blossoms blooming abundantly on the grounds of Kita-In Temple which is over 1000 years old. Here you can also see 540 stone statues of Buddha each carved by different artists between 1782 and 1825.

Enjoy a traditional lunch
Lunch is a time you can enjoy another unique aspect of Kawagoe’s history. In the Edo area, sweet potatoes were a snack for common people, and Kawagoe to this day is known for its sweet potato dishes! From roasted sweet potatoes, sweet potato noodles, to Sweet Kaiseki course meals and even sweet potato desserts, there are plenty of options to satisfy your needs.

Beer lovers MUST try a beer from one of Kawagoe’s world-renowned and multiple award-winning COEDOBREWERY. They have a variety of beers that have been recognised globally, and even an Imperial Sweet Potato Amber, which is Brewed with roasted Kintoki Sweet Potatoes! This imperial Amber is rich with a smooth body that is perfectly balanced with earthy hop bitterness and a caramel aroma – a perfect drink to refresh you for your afternoon travels!

Wanter the historic streets in a Kimono
After lunch, visit one of Kawagoe’s many Kimono rental stores to finish your day in traditional style. Once changed into a Kimono, you can walk the streets in one of the liveliest parts of town, the ‘Kurazukuri’ Warehouse District. This area is filled with old distinct wooden warehouses, giving you a glimpse of the time Kawagoe was a major transportation and commerce hub. The centrepiece of the Warehouse District is the ‘Toki no Kane’, a bell tower has marked the time with the ringing of bells for centuries.

A sweet afternoon snack
As you walk through this atmospheric part of town, tame your sweet tooth with dessert shop Kashou Umon’s purple sweet potato ice cream topped with a heart-shaped crispy monaka pastry filled with red bean paste. If ice cream isn’t enough, be sure to visit the ‘Kashiya Yokocho’, aka Penny Candy Lane where you can find 22 traditional Japanese candy stores selling nostalgic sweets that also make a wonderful souvenir for you to bring home.

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About Tobu Railway/Group
The Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. is one of Japan’s largest commuter railway networks which operates in Tokyo as well as in large portions of the surrounding prefectures of Chiba, Saitama, Gunma, and Tochigi. It opened in 1899 and was the first railway in the Kanto region to adopt the use of quadruple tracks, and to this day is Kanto’s largest private railway. Tobu Railways is part of the Tobu Group, which is engaged in other transportation sectors such as bus and taxis, they also operate Department stores, hotels, health clubs, golf courses and theme parks, as real-estate. They are the largest investor in the Tokyo Skytree – the tallest structure in Japan, which is the centrepiece of the large commercial development.
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Google Maps Street View: Man caught in mysterious predicament in Bangladesh

Google Maps emerged onto the internet in 2005 offering users an opportunity to digitally map their way across the globe. It was soon followed by Street View in 2007, opening up a whole new way for users to explore locations as though they were there.

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However, along with the practicalities, the app also reveals some bizarre images across the planet that you might not anticipate.

One such happening was spotted by a Google Maps user in Bangladesh.

Titillated and confused, the user posted the image to Reddit.

The scene appears to unfold in a residential area, perhaps in the back yard of a family home.

The 360-degree image shows a man in a yellow t-shirt holding a small child in his arms.

The child, dressed in pink, wraps her arms around his neck and clings onto him.

Nothing is so out of the ordinary about the scene, that is until you scan down.

Shockingly, the man appears to be floating, his lower half completely invisible.

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Dubbed “the floating man” by Reddit users, many flocked to the comments to share their take on what could have happened.

“I spent a good 2 minutes trying to find his legs,” said one viewer.

Another joked: “Must be wearing camo.” (sic)

While imagining he is a mystical entity is fun, there seems to be a logical explanation.

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As is often the case with Google Maps, this optical illusion is likely the result of a glitch.

“I don’t think that’s from Google street view, someone probably uploaded a panorama to Google maps, one user pointed out.

Google allows users to upload their own 360-degree images to certain locations provided they have an account and a 3D camera.

Occasionally this amateur software can glitch.

Google Street View works by taking multiple snapshots of a scene and then stitching them together to create the final result which users can click their way around.

However, this can also create some unexpected results, particularly if an object moves in front of the lens or a part of the image is missing.

This is likely the case for the floating man, who in reality probably isn’t quite as supernatural as the software makes him seem.

Elsewhere in the world, this kind of glitch has caused people to seemingly vanish and streets to warp into new dimensions. 

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First pictures of brand new blue British passport revealed – major design differences

The new blue British passport has been revealed in new pictures published by the government on Twitter. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has posed with the new travel document in press images.

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What is new about the post-Brexit era passport?

Of course, the dark blue colour is one aspect of the passport.

However, the text at the top of the front page has been revamped.

Where it once read “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” it now simply reads “British Passport.”

“United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” is now below the crest. The golden crest appears larger, also.

The British passport has swapped from burgundy, the colour of EU passports, to the colour it was originally in 1921.

Blue passports will begin to be issue by the end of March. However, the government are going through the last of the burgundy supplies first, so Britons cannot guarantee they will get their hands on one even after March.

Burgundy passports should be entirely phased out by the end of 2020. The Home Office confirmed those issued from mid-2020 onwards will be blue.

How do you renew your passport? How much does it cost? 

You can apply for a new passport if yours is lost, stolen or damaged, or is out of date.

Renewing an adult passport online will cost £75.50, and £85 if you apply by paper form.

Your application will be processed and it will usually take three weeks for the new document to arrive.

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Inside the world’s biggest cruise ship where guests are served drinks by robots

You don’t have to step on board the world’s biggest cruise ship to take a look around.

Eye-popping pictures show what it's like inside Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas ship.

The luxury vessel boasts 19 swimming pools, a water park and its own ice rink.

A golf course, bionic bar, zip line and surf simulators also promise to keep guests entertained.

Take a look at photos of the jaw-dropping vessel below – but you have been warned, they’re bound to give you serious holiday envy.

The Symphony of the Seas measures 362 metres in length, making it the biggest cruise ship in the world.

A whopping 6,680 guests can fit on the 222,081 tonne vessel for each voyage.

From $970 (around £750), guests depart from Miami before sailing across western and eastern Caribbean.

Destinations include Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Other popular pit stops include Mexico and Roatán, Honduras.

While many choose cruises because it allows them to visit lots of places in a short stint, some may be tempted to stay on board instead of exploring the destinations.

The Symphony of the Seas is as spectacular as it is vast.

Foodies will be pleased to know that they can dine in more than 20 eateries.

This includes an oyster bar, Mexican canteen and sugar-filled sweet shop.

And when they’re not enjoying the different cuisines, they can kick back in one of the ship’s many drinking spots.

At the “bionic” bar, guests are served drinks by robots instead of humans.

Meanwhile, the sports bar boasts its own arcade, darts board and huge screens to stream all the best matches.

When it comes to entertainment, cruise-goers are spoilt for choice.

Kids flock to the laser-tag arena, surf simulator and disco.

And when they’re not busting some moves or getting sporty, they're whizzing down slides at the waterpark.

Adrenaline junkies have the option to try out the tallest slide at sea.

Alternatively, they can get their hearts pumping on the vessel’s nine-deck high zip line.

While their children are busy enjoying all the activities the boat has to offer, adults can let their hair down in the casino.

Guests are promised a James Bond experience as they’re handed martinis as they place bets on various card games.

When they’re done with Lady Luck, they can wind down with live music in the Jazz on Four lounge.

Or for those who want to party the night away, Dazzles is a great spot to head to.

The dance lounge spans across three decks and boasts stunning views from its floor-to-length windows.

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The Symphony of the Seas cruises have racked up hundreds of glowing reviews on Tripadvisor.

One happy customer described the huge vessel as their “dream ship”.

They added: “We enjoyed this beautiful enormous ship for seven nights in the eastern Caribbean.

“Service was exceptionally perfect, food was excellent, drinks, rooms, all in such a perfect level.

“We felt like we didn't want to get off the ship.”

Another gushed: “If you want to go on the best cruise ship that you have ever been on, the Symphony of the Seas is it.

“This was my 15th cruise and my 4th Oasis Class ship.

“I can't tell you all of the amazing things that you can do on this ship because there was so much to do, that I couldn't do it all.

“Royal Caribbean has out done themselves with Symphony of the Seas.

“I love it, and can not wait to go back on her!”

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