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Howard Donald net worth: Singer has impressive fortune from Take That career

HOWARD DONALD is an English singer and songwriter best known for being a member of iconic British pop band Take That. The 53-year-old sings in the band alongside Gary Barlow and Mark Owen. How much money as he made over the years from his successful career?

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MSC Virtuosa is cruising around the UK for the summer – see inside the impressive ship

MSC Cruises is the world’s third largest cruise line, with a fleet of 18 ships and plans for 23 by 2025 and options to order six more up to 2030. Founded in 1988 and owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, its ambitious plans have won it the reputation of being the fastest-growing cruise brand in the world. The Swiss-based company originally focused on affordable European cruises, aimed at Europeans, but now also operates from South Africa, South America, the Gulf and is making inroads into the North American market.

It is also increasingly well represented in the UK and usually has a ship based at Southampton every summer season, with Virtuosa there until the end of August 2021.


Like sister ship MSC Grandiosa, MSC Virtuosa is a whopping 331 metres long – a fifth of a mile – and packed with virtually non-stop entertainment.

Guests can take part in 210 activities each week, with up to 17 hours of entertainment for adults – from poolside games and sports to dance classes – while children have their own kids clubs.

But what marks Virtuosa out from the crowd is Rob, the first-ever humanoid robotic bartender at sea, working away in the MSC Starship Club.

Rob can speak eight languages and serve personalised cocktails prepared from more than 40 ingredients and has 16 signature cosmic cocktails – including non-alcoholic drinks.

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MSC ships are family-friendly as well as entertainment-heavy and Virtuosa is no exception.

It has one of the most exciting aquaparks at sea, with two racing tube waterslides and a champagne bowl slide, while the Aquaplay spray area is for younger children.

There’s also a Himalayan Bridge, where children and adults can attach themselves to a rope course and cross the ship – 80 metres above the water.

Less hair-raising is the two-lane indoor bowling alley and immersive XD cinema in the indoor entertainment area that includes F1 racing simulators and arcade games.

Then there’s the MSG Gym by Technogym and the Sportplex arena, with activities and tournaments arranged throughout the day.

MSC Aurea Spa has two thelasso therapy treatment rooms and a solarium plus saunas and steam rooms, while the theatre is equipped for full-scale theatrical productions every night.

Virtuosa also has 21 bars and lounges, both indoor and outdoor, from the Champagne Bar and piano lounge atmosphere of the Sky Lounge to the British pub experience of The Masters Of The Sea, serving 40 different beers.


Like all cruise ships, Virtuosa has a variety of cabins and suites, with 12 different cabin types, from studio cabins for solo travelers to interconnecting family cabins.

Most of the cabins have balconies, although inside cabins are also available, and the lavish MSC Yacht Club cabins – the “ship within a ship” area – has 103 suites over three upper decks linked by a Swarovski crystal staircase.

Yacht Club cabins have a 24-hour personal butler service and private amenities such as a gourmet restaurant and its own pool area.

There are 190 Family Cabins with interconnecting doors so that up to 10 family members can cruise together as well as Super Family Plus accommodation for up to 12 people.

There are also 32 balcony cabins and 27 interior cabins for guests with reduced mobility or disabilities, which feature larger cabin doors and door clearance than usual plus adapted bathrooms.


Virtuosa’s five main restaurants have been designed around a theme of music, hence their names: Blue Danube, La Sinfonia, Minuetto, Rondo Restaurant and Il Campo.

All are complimentary, with mostly Mediterranean dishes, while the 1,336-seat Marketplace Buffet – also free – offers international specialities as well as Mediterranean choices.

There are four paid-for speciality restaurants, including the new Indochine, serving Vietnamese classics with a French twist, and Hola! Tacos & Cantina, for Latin-flavoured dining.

Butcher’s Cut is the American-style steakhouse found on most MSC ships and Kaito Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar is a fun place to watch specialist chefs at work while you eat.


MSC Virtuosa’s first season focuses on short UK cruises from Southampton, Liverpool and Greenock for three, four and seven nights calling at British ports until the end of August.

But in September the ship sails to the Mediterranean and will stay there until November – offering 1 to 14-night itineraries – before leaving Marseille and sailing through the Suez Canal to Dubai and winter in the Persian Gulf. In summer 2022 it will be based in the Mediterranean.

Seven-night Northern Europe cruises are available as round trips from Southampton, Liverpool and Greenock, near Glasgow, calling at those three ports as well as Belfast and Portland in Dorset.

Prices start from £899pp, two sharing, with service charges and some drinks included, departing various dates in June, July and August 2021 (020 8038 9149; msccruises.co.uk).

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Inside Line of Duty star Martin Compstons impressive Las Vegas mansion

Author: Joanne Kavanagh
This post originally appeared on Showbiz – latest celebrity news, gossip, photos, TV and film reviews | The Sun

LINE of Duty TV star Martin Compston is living it up in his £300,000 mansion in Las Vegas.

The Scottish actor, 36, and his American wife Tianna, 33 snapped up the luxury four-bed home in 2019 and share it with their son and adorable pitbull King.

Martin Compston has bought a luxury Las Vegas mansion with his wife TiannaCredit: Instagram

The impressive pile boasts a heated swimming pool, spa, and has a trampoline set into the ground.

Visitors to the home on a cul-de-sac in an exclusive gated development are met by a grand hallway and sweeping staircase.

The couple, who married in 2016 at Mar Hall, Renfrewshire, can also enjoy mountain views and are within driving distance of the Grand Canyon.
Martin, who has played DS Steve Arnott in the hit BBC crime thriller since 2012, previously told how he has put the work in so that he can afford a luxury home.


The luxury home boasts a solar-heated pool


Sweeping stairs give the hallway a wow factor

He said: “I’ve never really spent my money or liked fancy cars, so we saved to hopefully get a bit of a dream home.

“It’s an incredible feeling when you’re from Greenock and you can get your family over to stay and you’ve got a pool out your back.

“The most therapeutic thing in the world is cleaning your pool — walking about mopping up leaves.

“I love it. The weather is great, obviously, and compared to Los Angeles and London you get so much more for your money.


Bathroom boasts a raised standalone tub


A massive garage has room for a fleet of cars
Martin shares the home with his wife Tianna and their cute dogCredit: Instagram
Martin has a table tennis court set upCredit: Martin
The actor’s cute dog soaks up the raysCredit: Instagram
The Line Of Duty star is loving the Las Vegas lifestyleCredit: Instagram


The pair love to share snaps of King on their social media


The pair love to take snaps together in their amazing pad

“It’s been 15 years of saving and hard graft to get to that stage, but I’m under no illusion about how privileged I am to be at this point.”

The ex-Morton footballer and his wife met in a hotel when Tianna was working as nightclub manager in Las Vegas.

They endured a long distance relationship before the actor then decided to move abroad to be with her.

He also told how his move was brought on by wanting to start a family with his wife.


The couple have some amazing art work on the wall


Tianna and King relaxing in the pool together

10 Compston recently had a Tennent’s tap installed in his home

10 The couple wed back in 2016 after meeting in Vegas

He previously said: “When you’re married and are getting older your priorities change.

“We’re getting to the point of maybe starting a family and your wife needs her family around her.

We’ve moved to Vegas and are two streets away from my mother-in-law.”

After Tianna pictured with a bump back in the Henley Festival in 2019, the pair became parents for the first time.

The couple are extremely private and keep their son out of the limelight.

Brochure pictures marketing the property before they purchased the pad also show that it came with a huge garage.

One of the three luxury bathrooms comes with a raised standalone tub.

Martin has even installed a Tennent’s lager tap in their home bar.

Martin Compston starts Gerry Cinnamon chant in street ahead of Barrowlands gig.

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