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Cruise ship worker admits abusing children

A former Cunard cruise ship worker has admitted carrying out sex attacks on 13 boys while working as a supervisor for a children's activity area.

A crew member on the MS Balmoral throws a wreath overboard during a memorial service, marking the 100th year anniversary of the Titanic disaster, in the North Atlantic Ocean

Prayers and wreaths for Titanic's dead

With prayers, a hymn and a moment of silence broken by a ship's deep whistle, passengers and crew on a memorial trip marked 100 years to the moment since the Titanic took 1,514 people to a watery grave.

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Medical emergency delays Titanic memorial cruise 

A cruise ship retracing the route of the Titanic has been delayed at sea because of a medical emergency on board.

What Doesn’t Kill Us, Stephen Joseph shares evidence collected over decades to show that, far from ruining lives, traumatic episodes – from divorce to natural disaster – can indeed make us stronger

What doesn't kill us...

Traumatic experiences change us for ever. But for some survivors they bring an unexpected relish for life. Simon Usborne reports

After the storm: Survivors of even the most horrifying events often say they’ve changed for the better

What doesn’t kill us: We shall overcome

Traumatic experiences change us for ever. But for some survivors they also bring strength – and an unexpected relish for life

Beirut: Lebanon was torn apart by civil war between 1975 and 1990, but its capital has emerged as a destination city, famed for its mix of history and modern café culture

Wish you were here...? Cruise firm sets sail for world's trouble spots

Sedate ports of call such as Gibraltar and Valletta are being displaced on Europe's navigation charts by a trio of strife-torn cities: Algiers, Beirut and Belfast. Britain's biggest holiday company, TUI, has set a course for conflict zones for its Thomson Cruises brand for next year.

A band plays the tune 'Viceroy Tea' as passengers queue to check in for the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise in Southampton

Titanic memorial cruise set to retrace ill-fated maiden voyage

Food served on the ship will be from the menus of the Titanic and organisers have also arranged a five piece band...

The ship's steamer chairs recall a bygone age

Disney Fantasy: Happily ever after on the high seas

Disney's latest cruise ship harks back to the glamour of the 1930s, with a dash of 21st-century magic

DVD: Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked (U)

Average life expectancy for women is 82 and 78 for men in the UK. Don't waste 87 mins of your precious life on this dismal children's caper.

The Costa Concordia lies stricken after hitting a rock

100 Britons caught in yet another cruise ship drama

Passengers endure hours of anxiety as boat drifts without power after fire breaks out on board

Cruise ship repaired after fire

A cruise ship with reportedly 60 Britons on board which was drifting after a fire in the seas south of the Philippines has been repaired and is now sailing towards Malaysia.

Drifting cruise ship heading for port after fire

A cruise ship with reportedly up to 60 Britons on board was drifting in seas south of the Philippines today after a fire in one of the ship's engine rooms.

Two US men arrested on gay cruise in Caribbean

Two American men pleaded guilty to indecent exposure in Dominica after they were arrested during a stop on a gay cruise of the Caribbean.

Liverpool city council approves redevelopment plan

A £5.5bn redevelopment plan which threatens to see Liverpool's historic waterfront stripped of its world heritage status has been awarded planning permission by the city council.

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