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Christmas is just over six weeks away. And if the prospect of turkey followed by more turkey, darkness before teatime, and all those sitcom specials on television makes your heart sink, then it isn't too late to plan your escape. Book a cruise now and, rather than peeling sprouts on Christmas morning, you could have a leisurely breakfast in the sunshine and then do only what you want to all day long.

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The man accused of causing the Costa Concordia disaster earlier this year, in which 32 people lost their lives, has come face to face with survivors at a hearing that may see him stand trial for manslaughter.

Francesco Schettino leaves court yesterday after his hearing

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