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Never cruised before? Or, thinking of trying a different ship? Cruise lines step up their game in the new year, tempting us with new vessels and satisfaction guarantees.

James Moore: Another man overboard as Centrica battles stormy sea

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Cruise ship passenger missing after jumping overboard near Puerto Rico

The US Coast Guard was searching for a Canadian passenger who jumped off a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship as it motored off a remote Puerto Rican island toward the US territory's mainland.

Tom Cruise has settled a $50million defamation lawsuit against a German media company that claimed he had “abandoned” his daughter Suri after his divorce from actress Katie Holmes.

Tom Cruise settles $50million defamation case over claims he abandoned daughter Suri

Attorneys for Cruise and Bauer Publishing Company made the mutual decision to drop the case

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What's in a number? You've chosen your itinerary and ship, and booked your cruise, so does it really matter where your cabin is? The answer depends on your priorities.

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Tom Cruise lawyer says words were 'distorted' over comparison between career and soldier at war

Tom Cruise's lawyer has defended his client over allegations that the film star considers aspects of his career as gruelling as fighting in Afghanistan.

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It's still October. The clocks haven't even gone back yet and probably the last thing you want to think about is Christmas shopping. However, forward planning will reward with enjoyable alternatives away from the high street.

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New Homeland star Nazanin Boniadi 'vetted by Scientologists to become Tom Cruise's wife'

Homeland’s newest recruit has already undergone a secret mission of her own, having reportedly been vetted by Tom Cruise to become his Scientologist wife.

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Costa Concordia: Divers discover human remains in shipwreck

Bodies 'absolutely consistent' with descriptions of two missing people but are yet to be officially identified

Market Report: Disaster damages Carnival's outlook

Investors ditched Carnival as its boss said its cruise brand Costa would take "two to three years" to fully recover after the fatal Costa Concordia accident off the coast of Italy last year.

Get me out of here - Puglia, northern India, Norway

Now... In two weeks' time, Citalia has the chance to spend a seven nights in Puglia, the gorgeous heel of Italy, for £599pp. Departing on 10 October with easyJet flights from Gatwick, the package includes half-board at the four-star Hotel Del Levante. Citalia.com

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