Amazon, West Indies & Azores
FOT-246538/169105 Caribbean
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Itinerary
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Day 1
London Tilbury, UK, England

Tilbury’s position on the east coast of England and its proximity to London makes it a great location from which to embark on a cruise. This is made possible by the town’s deep-water port, which also handles a considerable number of container ships. Located in the Essex borough of Thurrock, Tilbury has a long history as a defensive town - which is epitomised by its 16th century fort.

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Day 2
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Regarded as the Venice of the north, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is made up of a series of 90 islands, which are connected by almost 1,200 bridges. Today, Amsterdam is a city of contrasts, with many people being attracted to this vibrant destination for its range of bars and night clubs. On the other hand, Amsterdam is home many renowned architectural structures, insightful museums and beautiful gardens.

The Royal Palace was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a town hall, but is now one of three palaces in the Netherlands to be under disposal of the monarchy. In the springtime, be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million flower bulbs create a beautiful display of bold and bright colours.

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Day 5
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon shares a similar status to the Italian city of Rome and the Turkish city of Istanbul. This vibrant and cultural city has much to offer to the discerning visitor, with many beautiful gardens, stunning architectural wonders, and cultural relics such as the traditional trams which have operated in Lisbon since the 1930’s. Head to Cine Theatro Gymnasium if you get the chance, as this is where you will be able to experience a daily performance of Fado – a distinctive Portuguese style of music that has gained UNESCO World Heritage status.

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Day 7
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Funchal is the capital city of the Portuguese island of Madeira, situated just north of the Canary Islands. This lush green island is a natural paradise and provides a peaceful and tranquil environment for anyone looking for a real sense of escape. Funchal does not disappoint in this respect, with many wonderful gardens to explore, as well as a number of beautifully ornate cathedrals and palaces.

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Day 10
St Vincent (CVE), Cape Verde Islands

St Vincent, otherwise known as Sao Vicente, offers visitors a gorgeous natural setting that is unparalleled to the other islands that make up this archipelago. A range of rugged mountains and sandy beaches can be discovered during a visit to the island, along with the charming city of Mindelo, which is home to many charming buildings including the old abandoned fort of Fortim d’el Rei and Belem Tower.

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Day 16
Santarem, Brazil

Situated in northern Brazil, the city of Santarém is situated between Manaus and Belem. It is located at the point where the Tapajos and Amazon rivers meet and provides an ideal point of access from which to travel on to the Amazon rainforest. Santarém is home to a calm river beach and a number of cultural landmarks including a history museum of the local area and a bustling city market.

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Day 17
Boca da Valerio, Brazil

Situated between the Brazilian states of Santarem and Manaus, Boca de Valerio guards the entrance to the Valerio Channel, which marks the border between the states of Amazonas and Para.

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Day 18
Manaus, Brazil

The Brazilian city of Manaus is situated on the Rio Negro and offers an ideal point of access from which to travel into the Amazon Rainforest. It is also a few miles away from the point at which the Rio Negro meets the Rio Solimoes to form the “Meeting of the Waters”. Two bodies of water – one light brown in colour, while the other is much darker – come together but, strangely, never mix – creating a unique natural wonder that has to be seen to be believed.

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Day 20
Parintins, Brazil

Situated in the Brazilian state of Amazonas is the city of Parintins, which is particularly known for its world-famous Boi Bumba festival which celebrates the culture of the Amazon. The festival unfolds with a colourful depiction of a local legend involving a resurrected ox. The display involves two groups of people, each representing a different bull from the Parintins folklore.

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Day 21
Alter do Chao, Brazil

Alter do Chao is one of the hidden gems of Brazil, opening up a gateway to a number of pristine beaches and glistening lagoons filled with marine life. The area is perhaps best known for the Ilha do Amor, otherwise known as the Island of Love. This picturesque destination is ringed by beautifully inviting beaches as well as a number of beach restaurants.

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Day 22
Amazon Central River, Brazil

The central part of the Amazon River begins in the city of Manaus, which is situated 1,000 miles from the coast. From here, it continues upstream a further 1,000 miles to the Colombian border city of Leticia. As the river narrows, the dense forests get closer to the decks of your ship, enabling you to get closer to the exotic range of flora and fauna.  Delve deeper into the rainforest and you will find traditional Indian settlements, unique species of tree and much more.

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Day 23
Belem, Brazil

Belem is situated in northern Brazil and guards the entrance to the Amazon River. This city benefited handsomely from the rubber boom and this becomes apparently upon seeing the range of colonial buildings. This friendly city is home to a range of cathedrals, fortresses, theatres and much more.

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Day 25
Isles Du Salut (Devil's Island), French Guiana

Devil’s Island, of French Guiana, is home to the former penal colony of Cayenne – a famous prison which was in operation throughout the 19th and 20th centuries before being closed down in 1953. It gained a notorious reputation for being used as an exile for French political prisoners during this time. Today, you can see this brutal site for yourself and learn about the history associated with it.

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Day 27
Tobago, Tobago

The smaller of the two islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago; Tobago is widely regarded for its pristine beaches, each of which specialise in different factors. Mt. Irvine Beach is popular among surfers, while Turtle Beach is named for its role as a spot for nesting turtles between February and August. Elsewhere on the island, visitors will find an unspoilt rainforest, filled with an exotic range of flora and fauna.

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Day 28
Grenada, Grenada
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Day 29
Barbados, Barbados
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Day 30
Castries, St Lucia

The sun-kissed city of Castries was founded by the French in 1650 and is the capital of St. Lucia. Castries is home to a population of little more than 11,000 and a stroll through one of the local markets will give you a flavour of the vibrant local culture. Soak in your surroundings on the gorgeous Vigie Beach, which is located just outside the city.

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Day 31
Antigua, Leeward Islands

Antigua is the larger of the two islands that make up Antigua and Barbuda. This beautiful island offers peace and tranquillity to all who visit, with many beautiful beach areas. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in water sports during your time in Antigua, with scuba diving and sailing both proving to be very popular.

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Day 37
Horta, Azores, Portugal

Horta is a significant city on the island of Faial – which is part of the Azores archipelago. It has historically been a stop for vessels crossing the Atlantic. The walls and paths are decorated with paintings by those who have visited the city over the years. It is surrounded by a plethora of lush green features, all of which can be explored during a short walk and will offer a flavour of the island.

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Day 38
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal

The city of Ponta Delgada is the largest settlement of the Azores archipelago. Situated on the island of Sao Miguel, towards the centre of the Atlantic Ocean, the city is home to a number of beautiful natural landmarks and a collection of fascinating historical relics including the artistic Main Square which contains a statue and a series of arches. Some of the most impressive sights to see during a visit to Ponta Delgada include Lagoa das Sete Cidades Furnas Villa do Nordeste – home to a series of stunning volcanic landscapes; and Furnas, where you will find natural hot springs.

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Day 43
London Tilbury, UK, England

Tilbury’s position on the east coast of England and its proximity to London makes it a great location from which to embark on a cruise. This is made possible by the town’s deep-water port, which also handles a considerable number of container ships. Located in the Essex borough of Thurrock, Tilbury has a long history as a defensive town - which is epitomised by its 16th century fort.