THE PHILIPPINES: HOME TO THE BEST ISLAND IN THE WORLD; KATE WEBSTER; Travel Weekly

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Philippines – Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park

PHILIPPINES’ PALAWAN ISLAND, WHICH WAS OFFICIALLY NAMED THE ‘BEST ISLAND IN THE WORLD’ BY CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER’S READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2015*, IS THE GEM IN THE CROWN OF 7,500 ISLANDS.

Teeming with exotic wildlife, quaint fishing villages and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Palawan is one of the Philippines’ most sparsely populated regions and is part of a group of islands that stretches 650km from Mindoro in the northeast, to Borneo in the southwest.

Two additional islands from the Philippines also featured in Condé Nast’s highly acclaimed list (Boracay ranking at 15th and Cebu coming in at 19th), which goes a long way in describing the beauty that this extraordinary country has to offer.

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Silversea announces cruises to 130 countries and 1,000 destinations in 2018; Deborah Stone; Sunday Express

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Philippines – Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park

SILVERSEA Cruises has announced its 2018 itineraries will focus on dozens of Unesco sites.

These will range from Italy’s Amalfi Coast to Vietnam’s Halong Bay and all in a fleet of ships recently upgraded in Silversea’s largest refurbishment programme ever.

“At Silversea, we don’t believe that ‘bigger is better’, in fact we believe and deliver the complete opposite,” said Roberto Martinoli, CEO at Silversea Cruises.

“A belief perfectly illustrated by our commitment to smaller, more intimate ships that clearly respond to the desires of our guests that tend to favour a refined and understated elegance.”

The nine Silversea Classic and Expedition ships will visit 130 countries in 2018, with the 1,000 destinations across the world split between almost 600 via the Expedition fleet and more than 400 with the Classic fleet.

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