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Insider guide to Macao

20/07/2020 by .
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Mike Pickup takes us on an exploration of Macao’s stunning mix of old Portugal and new China

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Symphony of the Seas, The world’s largest cruise ship

01/05/2018 by .
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From TV ads you might believe that cruises were for middle-aged and older couples, happy to pack evening wear so they can dress for dinner; hardly the sort of holiday to take a wandering one-year-old, naughty nine-year-old or troublesome teenager. Step up Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas where, as I discover on a special pre-launch cruise, kids of all ages, parents and grandparents, can holiday together but not stick together, a truly multi-generational destination.

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The two capitals of Kazakhstan

11/07/2017 by .
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Mike Pickup travels to the two capitals of Kazakhstan and visits its two quite different cities and finds out that everything is not quite what he expected.

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