Mexico named most popular cruise destination in 2017

Los Angeles Times

Mexico has had highs and lows as a tourist destination in the past decade. Still, it won the popularity contest in an end-of-year cruise trends report by

Stunning timelapse shows 450m cruise ship being built like LEGO over 5 years in Japan

Daily Mail - Science & tech

This astonishing timelapse shows the construction, piece by piece, of the 124,000 ton, 985ft long Aidaprima cruise ship. Incredibly, the video was filmed over the course of five years, with the building work having started back in 2011 at the Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan. The ocean liner, that can cater for 3,300 passengers, is the new flagship of German cruise operator Aida Cruises, and was christened on the River Elbe on May 7 this year. The shape of the building works give an early clue as to what is being constructed, but it's hard to predict the end point at this stage It is currently operating seven night cruises out of Hamburg in Germany. The timelapse starts with the foundations being set for the mammoth construction, and ends with the vessel sailing out into the water, complete with innovative paint design.

Sail with actor Alan Cumming aboard Queen Mary 2 next year

Los Angeles Times

He'll leave that persona behind -- along with his many other film and TV roles -- in January when he sets sail on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 on a weeklong transatlantic crossing from New York City to Southampton, England.