5. Captain Phillips (nominated for Best Picture and Best Supporting actor for newcomer Barkhad Abdi)

Based on a true story of piracy and villainy – off the coast of Somalia a shipping vessel is captured by pirates while Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) and the crew of the Maersk Alabama are taken hostage.

Holland America offers a 48-night Africa Explorer cruise that departs Southampton on 27 September 2014 and sails through the Red Sea, around the tip of Saudi Arabia before stopping in Salalah (Oman) and then continuing down through the Indian Ocean to stop in the idyllic Seychelles before finally arriving in Cape Town (South Africa). Starts from £4,798.10pp cruise only. Click here to find out more about Holland America Line.


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