CRUISE ships are now attracting Brits in their droves and more than two million will holiday on the ocean this year.
Life on board has never been more exciting, whether you want to zipline across the water, play golf, shop with your favourite chef or just chill out on your own private balcony.
Here, TRISHA HARBORD discovers the Top 10 adventures at sea for 2017 with five new ships and the five best cruises.
FOLLOW in the footsteps of stars Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel and see where their new movie Lion was filmed.
Youll fly from the UK to Kolkata in India for three nights in the Lalit Great Eastern Hotel before taking a river cruise, A Passage Through Assam, on MV Mahabaahu on the Brahmaputra River.
Whats special? Exploring Old Calcutta including Howrah train station, right, the largest in the world, where Lion scenes were shot.
You will also visit Victoria Memorial, St Pauls Cathedral and Mother Teresas House to learn about her humanitarian work.
Cost? Various departure dates, 11 nights from October 12 from 2,349. See saga.co.uk
THE sixth Royal ship from Princess Cruises. Majestic has an amazing over-the-ocean, glass-floor walkway 128ft above the waves.
Whats special? There are two new speciality restaurants, Chinese and French. The private karaoke rooms, right, are pretty cool, too.
Sailing where? Around the Med in April and May before moving to Shanghai. Seven nights cruise-only from 499. See princess.com/go.
Tui Discovery 2
THIS fun and friendly ship is great for couples. She will be sailing from Malaga to popular destinations such as Ibiza and Barcelona.
Whats special? Theres a rock-climbing wall, outdoor cinema and mini-golf course.
Sailing where? Around the Med. Seven nights from Malaga (with Gatwick flights) is from 728. See thomson.co.uk/cruise.
THE third ship for Viking carrying 930 guests launches next month. A fourth, Viking Sun, is due this year. Every room has a balcony and 42in flatscreen TV. Laundry services are free.
Whats special? A two-deck observation area, Nordic-style spa.
Sailing where? Around the Med, Baltic and Northern Europe. Seven nights cruise-only from 1,990. See vikingcruises.co.uk.
THE 600-passenger ship is Seabourns largest and was christened this month by West End star Sarah Brightman.
Whats special? Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller has signature restaurant The Grill. The Observation Bar with its panoramic views is the place to watch the world go by.
Sailing where? Australia, New Zealand and Asia before heading to the Med this summer. Prices from 350 a night. See seabourn.com.
ITS one of the worlds largest cruise ships, with an Italian name meaning wonder.
She can carry 5,700 passengers and is great for families, as three cabins can be interconnecting, accommodating up to ten.
Hi-tech wristbands mean you can also track where your kids are. Genius.
Whats special? A huge waterpark with four waterslides connected to a two-deck amusement park.
Thrill-seekers will love ziplining across the ship, 200ft above the water. Theres a bowling alley with a glass wall giving sea views.
Entertainment includes two Cirque du Soleil dinner shows in The Carousel Lounge six nights a week. There are also 12 restaurants.
Sailing where? Around the Med and Northern Europe from June. Five nights cruise-only from 499. See msccruises.co.uk.
FRED OLSEN is bringing back its no-fly Tulips and Chocolates voyage to Holland and Belgium on Boudicca. The cruise departs from Southampton.
Whats special? The tulip displays at Amsterdams Keukenhof Gardens and Belgian chocolate shops in Antwerp. Onboard talks from a chocolate expert.
How much? Departs Southampton March 26. Five nights from 599 per person, fredolsencruises.com.
Rum & Reggae
CELEBRITY is sailing in the Caribbean again after a five-year absence. Equinox has a real grass lawn and observation lounge.
Whats special? Food demos, wine tasting and rum and reggae parties. The Summer Camp at Sea is packed with activities for kids.
How much? A nine-night Eastern Caribbean fly/cruise from Miami on June 3 is from 2,000. See celebritycruises.co.uk.
CELEBRITY chefs James Martin, Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar, Eric Lanlard and wine expert Olly Smith will be joining selected P&O European sailings to share their talents.
Whats special? Getting to meet your favourite chef while he cooks for you. The heroes also offer lessons, signings and Q&As.
How much? Seven nights with James Martin from March 26 is 499. See pocruises.co.uk.
SAIL to Iceland, the Faroes and the Shetlands on Aegean Odysseys maiden voyage. Shes due to depart from Tilbury on June 29.
Whats special? Seeing glaciers, volcanoes and geysers on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Glaciologist Professor David Drewry will be one of the expert speakers on board.
How much? Fifteen days is from 2,495. See voyagestoantiquity.com.
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