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Future cruise ship to ferry record-breaking 6,600 passengers

The newest ocean liner from Costa Cruises will be able to host the population of a small town and, when complete, will nab the title of largest guest capacity ship, capable of ferrying 6,600 passengers.

Riviera beach to reopen to public after Saudi king leaves France

King Salman of Saudi Arabia unexpectedly left the French Riviera on Sunday, local officials said, adding that a beach that had been controversially closed for the royal's holiday would now reopen to the public.

World's largest cruise ship takes to the water in France

The hulking shell of the world's largest cruise ship slid into the waters off western France on Friday, with workers aiming to have it ready for a 2016 inaugural trip.

The locals of a railway slum in Ploenchit district, Bangkok. On her way out for the night, a girl clad in a dress embossed with the Chanel logo makes her way past mothers feeding their babies. Winner: April's Sunday Times Travel Photographer of the Month.

April's top 10 travel photos shot by Sunday Times' readers

Here are the winning shots and other top contenders from the April entries in the Sunday Times Travel Photographer of the Year Competition

Travel News

'Madiba's Journey' phone app for tourists in South Africa

A phone app tracing the footsteps of Nelson Mandela was launched in South Africa to encourage tourists to explore his life story, 25 years after his release from prison.

Milan leads top list of trending destinations 2015

The 2015 World Expo has helped boost online searches for Milan, which has emerged the top trending destination for travelers in the US and Canada.

Joburg named Rough Guides' top city of 2015

After Lonely Planet and Afar magazine made their prognostications for 2015, it’s Rough Guides’ turn to weigh in on the top travel destinations that will be making waves next year. And when it comes to top cities, their verdict is Johannesburg, South Africa.

22 ways to make travel more enjoyable in 2015

From an end to the 100ml airport liquids rule to a ban on excessive cushions in hotel rooms, Oliver Smith looks at some changes that would make our travels in 2015 far less stressful

Portugal named world's best destination for golfing

Putters looking to plan a golfing holiday may want to consider booking a trip to Portugal, which was named the world’s best golf destination at the inaugural edition of the World Golf Awards over the weekend.

Travel Stories

Paddling downriver through the Nama Canyon section of the Orange River as it winds through the Richtersveld National Park

6 offbeat ideas for holidaying in SA

If you only do one great local trip or adventure this year, make sure it's something you've never done before, writes Paul Ash

From Soweto to Africa with love - I see a different you: gallery

A trio of young South African photographers have set up a tumblr account to show a different view on Africa, under the title "I see a different you". Read all about it here

Georgia: Wandering the old Silk Road

Scenes from a wonderful little country between the Black Sea and the Caucasus mountains that deserves to be better known