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The latest cruise news, as well as Wales' new pop-up boutique hotel and chocolate with a twist


Princess Cruises has announced a multi-million pound renovation, including new family features, on its ship Caribbean Princess, sailing out of Southampton from May to September.

The refit will include a new look and names for the three kids’ and teen clubs, for ages three to 17, as well as planned activities including science experiments and Lego boat-building.

The ships will also get the line’s Ocean Medallion technology from summer 2018, allowing guests to order food and drink from anywhere on the ship, as well as letting parents locate their children on board.

And Celebrity Cruises is also revealing its own new look ship, Celebrity Edge, featuring designs from big names such as Kelly Hoppen, larger staterooms designed to help you feel closer to the ocean, more luxurious suites, and a mid-air speciality restaurant which moves around the ship.

The first sailing will be on December 16, 2018 with bookings open now for the ship’s planned Caribbean itineraries.

Sleep like a Welsh legend

The first pop-up boutique hotel in Wales is coming to three of the country’s most beautiful locations this summer.

Eight unique cabins inspired by Welsh legends and history, are popping up from June 5 until September 11 on sites across the Llyn Peninsula, southern Snowdonia and West Wales with space for fewer than 200 bookings before they vanish again.

Visitors will also get to experience locations which wouldn’t normally be available to stay in, including a private beach looking out to Snowdonia, as well as some with links to those legends which have inspired the accommodation, including King Arthur and the Welsh dragon itself.

Visit Epic Retreats to book and for more details on the different cabins.

Opium and chocolate oranges

York’s Chocolate Story is celebrating the 250th anniversary of Terry’s this year, with an exhibition tracing its history from apothecaries producing opium-based throat sweets to makers of the iconic chocolate orange.

A string of other products will also be on display, including old favourites such as Neapolitan, Spartan and Waifa, plus curiosities like the poison cards contained in early Terry’s confectionery warning of some less palatable contents, not least mercury.

The exhibition is open now and will run to 31 December. Entry includes the main three floors of chocolate exhibits, as well as a guided tour and the chance to sample along the way or buy unusual flavours in the shop.

Tickets cost £11.50 for adults.

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