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The Scenic Eclipse (0808 231 2861/, the World’s First Dis­cov­ery Yacht will be launch­ing a 12-day Ul­ti­mate Arc­tic voy­age in June 2019.

This slick yacht is not only su­per six-star lux­ury, it will offer unique ex­pe­ri­ences, ac­cess­ing places never ex­plored be­fore.

You’ll fly to and from Oslo where you’ll board the Scenic and head up to the Sval­bard ar­chi­pel­ago. You’ll see po­lar bears, the Arc­tic fox and the pro­tected wal­rus. The crew will steer their way around glaciers and through the fjords.

Next comes the Arc­tic Cir­cle where you’ll head un­der the sea on a sub­ma­rine, kayak and ex­plore on zo­di­acs. You can go snow­shoe­ing and take a he­li­copter flight. It re­ally is a once-in-a-life­time tour.

The Scenic holds only 228 guests and the 144 pri­vate ve­ran­dah suites are su­per-stylish and spa­cious with floor to ceil­ing win­dows, king size beds and but­ler ser­vice. From £8,895, full board, two ex­cur­sions daily, com­pli­men­tary ex­pe­di­tion kit and re­turn flights from var­i­ous UK air­ports to Oslo.


The AA has just an­nounced the pres­ti­gious win­ners of the UK’s best ho­tels and restau­rants. The best of Bri­tish hos­pi­tal­ity awards in­cludes Bath’s fab­u­lous Gains­bor­ough Spa Hotel (01225 358 888/ the­gains­bor­ough with its beau­ti­ful Ro­man spa set un­der a glass atrium which won Eng­land’s Hotel of the Year; dou­bles from £285, room only.

In Wales, the bou­tique Twr Y Felin, (01437 725 555/ twryfe­lin­ho­ in St Davids won the top gong. It’s mod­ern Blas res­tau­rant is a des­ti­na­tion in it­self for its ex­tra­or­di­nary con­tem­po­rary culi­nary of­fer­ings and su­perb staff. Dou­bles from £160, B&B.


This week low-cost air­line Nor­we­gian (nor­we­ launched yet an­other route – di­rect flights from Gatwick to Sin­ga­pore. From £149 one way.


This hand­made pass­port cover from Aspinal (01428 648 180/as­pinalof will not only keep your pass­port and board­ing card safe, it will make you feel like a VIP.

Made from mid­night blue leather, lined in cream suede with a con­trast Vir­gin At­lantic (0344 874 7747/vir­ginat­ are hav­ing a mon­ster sale in Manch­ester. There are 40,000 flights up for grabs, from £399 re­turn, for flights dur­ing 2018 from Manch­ester to the US, in­clud­ing new di­rect routes to San Fran­cisco, Bos­ton and New York.

COOL AND CALM: Gains­bor­ough Spa Hotel TAKE FLIGHT: En­joy a 12-day voy­age of ad­ven­ture on board the Scenic Eclipse

TOP AWARD: Din­ing at Blas

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