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Around 130 people have caught a sickness and diarrhoea bug during a 12-night luxury cruise.

Deals of the week - Paris, Essaouira, Norwegian coast

Less than £200... Cresta has a trip to Paris, just before Christmas, when the city will be at its festive best. The price of £165pp includes Eurostar from London St Pancras on 13 December with three nights' B&B accommodation at the Ambassade Hotel. Crestaholidays.co.uk

The Costa Concordia, which hit rocks off the shore of Giglio in January 2012

Costa Concordia: Italy prepares to salvage a maritime disaster

The fraught international operation to right the capsized ‘Costa Concordia’ begins tomorrow, and tensions are high

Icing on the cake: Antarctica is the trip of a lifetime

Cruise Report: Follow Shackleton to the great White Continent

Antarctica’s monumental icebergs, history of heroic exploration and fearless wildlife give it an allure that is enhanced by its remoteness. The only realistic way for tourists to visit the vast White Continent is by ship. For most, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so it is important to choose carefully.

Album: London Grammar, If You Wait (Metal & Dust)

London Grammar have spent  18 months preparing to be an overnight success, which care and attention pays dividends on If You Wait.

Murray defeated the 31-year-old Frenchman 6-2 6-2

Cincinnati Masters: Andy Murray through to last eight with victory over Julien Benneteau

World No 2 will now face Tommy Robredo or fifth seed Tomas Berdych

Sale away: Cruise bargains are still available this summer

Cruise Report: Plenty of ships to fill, so grab a last-minute European deal

If you are among the cautious thousands who have waited until now to book a summer holiday, there is a far better choice of last-minute cruises than the cruise lines – with their "book now to avoid disappointment" warnings – would have us believe.

If your name is Gary or Deborah chances are you live in a house and drive a Citroen Picasso

What's in a name? How our lives are influenced by what we are called

If your name is Gary or Deborah chances are you live in a house, drive a Citroen Picasso and are in the 45 to 54 age group

The city’s environment councilor Gianfranco Bettin, said the 100,000-tonne Carnival Sunshine vessel, passed within 20 metres of the water front at Riva Dei Sette Martiri, 800 yards past the famous piazza

Cruise ship has alleged close call in Venice

The row over the presence of giant cruise ships in Venice’s lagoon was reignited this weekend after claims that a huge vessel belonging to the same company as the wrecked Costa Concordia sailed dangerously close to St Mark’s Square.

Deals of the week - Barcelona, cruising Venice to Athens, El Hierro

Less than £200... For £189pp, Teletext Holidays has a break in Barcelona. Spend mornings admiring Gaudi's creations, afternoons on the beach, then crash out at the Tryp Apolo where two nights' room-only is included with easyJet flights from Liverpool on 13 August. Teletextholidays.co.uk

Ship’s captain Francesco Schettino awaits his fate

Costa Concordia staff found guilty over sinking of cruise liner

Captain Francesco Schettino only person still on trial

Francesco Schettino with his lawyer

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino launches last-ditch plea bargain

Schettino says he saved many lives on Concordia as he faces 20 years in jail at manslaughter trial

Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten hopes to attract more British passengers with its Europa 2

Germans launch ‘you’ boat to lure English speakers on luxury cruise

Every cabin on the ship has a mini-bar dispensing unlimited Konig Pilsener, free of charge

The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship, Francesco Schettino seated for his trial in Grosseto, Tuscany. He is charged with multiple manslaughter over the 32 people who lost their lives and is accused of abandoning the ship while terrified passengers were still inside in the 13 January 2012 disaster

Strike halts 700-witness trial of Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino

He faces charges of multiple manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing shipwreck off Giglio island

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