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Day 1
Southampton, UK, England

Southampton’s location, at the foot of the United Kingdom, offers an ideal point from which to embark on a cruise out of the UK. With a total of four terminals, the city can accommodate some of the largest cruise vessels in the industry. With fantastic shopping opportunities and a large number of museums and art galleries, Southampton is a cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer visitors as well as those arriving in the area prior to embarking on a cruise.

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Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton is the largest city on the island of Bermuda. A visit to this Caribbean island will provide an insight into the Royal Naval heritage, with many forts and subsequent fortifications located throughout the city. Elsewhere in the city, you will be able to enjoy a range of markets, gardens, stalls, squares, pleasant walkways and fabulous golden beaches.

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Day 11
Ft Lauderdale, USA, Florida

The coastal city of Fort Lauderdale is located in Florida and its position on the Atlantic coast has helped give it the title of “Venice of America”. Known widely for its beaches and boats, this city is visited throughout the year by those seeking a sense of tranquil relaxation. Fort Lauderdale is also home to a number of high-end shopping districts and superb restaurants – making it the perfect location for a spot of retail therapy.

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Day 15
St Maarten, Leeward Islands

St Maarten is the name of the Dutch half of the Leeward Island of St Martin. Confusingly, the island of St Martin is the smallest territory on earth to be divided between two countries. The northern half of St Martin – Saint-Martin – is a French territory, while the southern half – Sint Maarten – is a Dutch territory. Docking in the Dutch half of the island, guests will be able to enjoy a range of spectacular beaches, each of which is ideal for sun bathing, swimming, and snorkelling.

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Day 16
Roseau, Dominica

Capital of Dominica, the city of Roseau offers an eclectic mix of cultural landmarks, natural sights of interest and relaxing beaches. The French Quarter of the city reflects the heritage of the island and is lined with many historic wooden buildings, while the Gothic-style Roseau Cathedral is also well worth visiting. Champagne Beach offers waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling, with plenty of coral life to admire, while the Emerald Pool offers an unparalleled sense of relaxation.

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Day 17
Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados, as well as being the Caribbean nation’s only city. Many visitors come to the island in search of duty-free shopping opportunities, while others will come to soak up the sun on one of the many spectacular and heavenly beaches. The Mount Gay Rum Distillery offers tours, which provide a fascinating insight into the local production of rum, while the Kensington Oval provides a chance to watch a West Indies cricket match.

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Day 21
Fortaleza, Brazil

Situated on the northeast coast, in the state of Ceara, is the city of Fortaleza – one of the largest and most vibrant cities in Brazil. While many cities in Brazil offer a relaxed culture and an array of beautiful beaches, Fortaleza has gone to great lengths to also blend in a wealth of historical colonial architecture – much of which has been restored in recent years. Examples of this include the fully operational Theatre of Jose de Alencar, the cathedral and an array of museums. Round off the day by admiring the stunning sunset from Ponte Metalica or Praia Iracema.

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Day 23
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

The city of Salvador is the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia and is widely renowned for its charming architecture and vibrant music scene. It is such a bustling hub of culture that is even considered by some to be the birthplace of Brazilian culture as we know it today. The colourful architecture dates back to the 16th century and forms the UNESCO World Heritage site that is the city’s Old Town.

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Buzios, Brazil

Often shortened from Armação dos Búzios, the coastal city of Buzios, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, is a beach-lover’s paradise. There are more than 20 beaches situated throughout the city, many of which are popular with water sports enthusiasts. This region was popularised by the famous French actress, Brigette Bardot, who visited during the 1960’s.

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Day 26
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Although Rio de Janeiro may not hold the status as the Brazilian capital, it is both naturally and culturally significant. Surrounded by the forests of the Tijuca, this tranquil paradise is home to some of the finest beaches in the world including the Copacabana and the Ipanema – both of which offer a relaxing tropical atmosphere. Everywhere you go in Rio de Janeiro, you will be able to see the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer – one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World. This almighty statue was completed in 1931 and a journey to the top of the Corcovado Mountain will enable you to see this landmark up close, while also providing a spectacular view over the city.

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Day 30
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and is situated on the east bank of the Rio de la Plata. The city itself is rather compact, which means most of the sights are easily accessible and it is possible to visit a few of them during your time here. Museums, cathedrals, monuments and parks collectively paint a picture of the culture of Montevideo, while the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) provides an historical insight – with many ornate palaces and religious buildings.

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Day 31
Buenos Aires, Argentina

The vibrant, Argentinian city of Buenos Aires lays just a stone’s throw from the mighty Amazon River and is the perfect place to stop on a cruise south to experience the untouched, diverse wildlife of Antarctica. The city itself is built along the coast of the Rio de la Plata, the world’s widest river, and so boasts a vast population of loggerhead sea turtle, green sea turtle, leatherback sea turtle, the rare La Plata dolphin, and many species of fish.

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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

The city of Puerto Madryn is located in Argentine Patagonia, and is an important centre for tourists visiting the natural attractions of the Peninsula Valdés. During the summer months the waters surrounding the city come alive with migrating whales, and can be viewed along the beaches and piers.

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Day 37
Beagle Channel, Chile

The Beagle Channel sits at the extreme southern tip of South America partly in Chile and partly in Argentina. Named for the ship Charles Darwin sailed on during his world voyage, the Beagle Channel is one of the most beautiful water passageways on the planet. Due to the sheltered and calm waters that are found here, the channel is a favourite route for voyages to the Antarctic gateway.

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Day 38
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arguably the southernmost city in the world, the Argentine city of Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, is a perfect base from which to embark on journeys to the Falklands and the Antarctic Peninsula. This colourful and picturesque town is best viewed from the Martial Glacier, where visitors will be able to look out over Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. It's position on the channel makes it a fantastic starting point to any Antarctic cruise. Wildlife is abundant in and around the city with attractions including local birds, penguins, seals, and orcas living in the Beagle Channel. 

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Day 39
Cape Horn, Chile

Named after the Dutch city of Hoorn, Cape Horn represents the southernmost point of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in southern Chile. This area has been renowned for being one of the hazardous areas in the world for sailors and was, historically, the only way in which to complete a circumnavigation sailing. The Panama Canal is more commonly used as a passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in the 21st century, but Cape Horn maintains its historical and geographical value. The opening of the Panama Canal rendered this route obsolete, but it is still a popular recreational route and is a main stay for Chilean Fjord and Antarctic cruises. 

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Day 40
Punta Arenas, Chile

Situated in the extreme southern regions of Chile is the Chilean city of Punta Arenas – the largest settlement on the Strait of Magellan. The city is often used as a base for Antarctic expeditions, due to its close location to the northern tip of Antarctica and James Ross Island. This city itself provides many wonderful walking opportunities and is also home to the world’s southernmost brewery, while a short journey outside of the city will provide plenty of penguin viewing opportunities at the “Seno Otway”.

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Day 41
Amalia Glacier, Chile

Also known as Skua Glacier, this tidewater glacier is located in Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins National Park and originates from the Patagonian Ice Field. It is one of Chile’s most impressive sights and a scenic cruise-by will enable you to admire it in all its beauty.

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Day 42
PIO X Glacier, Chile

PIO X Glacier, also known as the Brüggen Glacier, is located in southern Chile and is the largest outflow from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Unlike most glaciers, the PIO X has advanced significantly throughout the years, and now at 41 miles long it is the longest glacier outside the Antarctic. The PIO X Glacier offers a unique view of the landscape, whether you chose to see it from a boat or standing on it. 

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Day 44
Puerto Montt, Chile

The port city of Puerto Montt is situated in southern Chile and offers a unique blend of German and Chilean cultures. It offers fantastic views of the surrounding ocean and the surrounding peaks of the Andes. One of the best places to admire these views is from the city’s beach – which offers fantastic views, of the ominous volcanoes, celestial glacial lakes and mountainous national parks. Puerto Montt offers several opportunists for active pursuits including hiking the Osorno Volcano, whitewater rafting, waterskiing on Lake Llanquihue and kayaking.

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Day 46
Valparaiso, Chile

The Chilean city of Valparaiso is situated on the Pacific Coast of Central Chile and is renowned for its array of brightly-coloured houses and wonderful sea views. This 19th century colonial city has gained UNESCO World Heritage status for its wonderful collection of buildings, plazas and ascensores (inclines) – which will take you to the higher parts of the city. A variety of seabirds including the stunning Inca tern and humboldt penguins can be seen in the surrounding coastal areas.

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Day 47
Coquimbo, Chile

The port city of Coquimbo is located in northern Chile. It was popular throughout the 19th century for its copper and gold industry, which attracted many travellers from Europe. Although the gold industry may have dried up slightly, there remains plenty more to see in this charming city. The white sand beaches offer the perfect place to relax, while those seeking a higher sense of adventure may enjoy climbing the El Vigia hill to the Third Millennium Cross monument.

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Day 49
Arica, Chile

Situated in Northern Chile is the seaside resort town of Arica – which is home to a wealth of beaches and, thanks to year-round sunny conditions, offers a perfect place to relax and unwind. Contrastingly, if you are seeking a taste of local culture and tradition, the Cathedral of San Marcos was designed by Gustave Eiffel whom - as you may have guessed – also designed the Eiffel Tower of Paris.

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Day 51
Lima, Peru

Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru. Facing out towards the Pacific Ocean, this huge city provides a gateway to the Modern Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon River. The Maranon and Ucayali both flow towards the northern regions of the nation before merging to form the Amazon River. It is worth spending at least one pre or post-cruise day in the Peruvian capital and enjoying everything fabulous city has to offer. Some of Lima’s many impressive sites of interest include: The Aliaga House, a 16th century structure that is the oldest house in South America; the Cathedral of Lima, which houses a collection of religious art; and the baroque-style 17th century Church of San Francisco. No journey to Lima would be complete, however, without trying local some of the delicious local cuisine, particularly Cerviche (raw fish marinated in lemon or lime juice).

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Day 53
Manta, Ecuador

The Ecuadorean coastal city of Manta is located in the Coastal Lowlands and is a major resort and commerce area. The main draw to the area is the plethora of beaches, with particular mention of El Murcielago – which offers plenty of areas to relax as well recreational activities and restaurants.

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Day 55
Panama Canal, Panama

Providing an easily-navigable route between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, the Panama Canal is one of the most impressive man-made structures in history. Having first opened in 1914, it was significant for removing the need to traverse the dreaded Drake Passage in order to travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific or vice versa. It took 33 years to complete the project and it remains, to this day, one of the greatest engineering feats in history.

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Day 57
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay is the second largest city in Jamaica and is situated in St. James Parish. Christopher Columbus arrived here in 1494 and named it “Fair Weather Bay”. This soon becomes clear upon arrival, with many fine beaches to enjoy and each offering fantastic opportunities for relaxation, swimming and snorkelling.

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Day 59
Belize City, Belize

Although it may not be the capital, Belize City is the largest city on the Caribbean island of Belize. Unlike other Caribbean islands, Belize offers a tropical paradise of nature, with an Eco-museum that showcases many of the island’s treasures. With a warm climate all-year-round, Belize City also offers an ideal place to soak up the sun.

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Day 60
Costa Maya, Mexico

Situated in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Costa Maya forms an integral part of the Mexican Caribbean coast. This stunning area offers a variety of different settings including lush green jungles, white-sand beaches brushed by the Caribbean Sea and fascinating Mayan landmarks including the ruins of Chacchoben, Kohunlich, Dzibanche and Kinichna.

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Day 62
Ft Lauderdale, USA, Florida

The coastal city of Fort Lauderdale is located in Florida and its position on the Atlantic coast has helped give it the title of “Venice of America”. Known widely for its beaches and boats, this city is visited throughout the year by those seeking a sense of tranquil relaxation. Fort Lauderdale is also home to a number of high-end shopping districts and superb restaurants – making it the perfect location for a spot of retail therapy.

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Day 63
Port Canaveral, USA, Florida

Situated in Florida, Port Canaveral is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world – with more than 3.9 million cruise passengers passing through in 2014. While the beaches provide an ideal place to relax and soak up the sun, this Port Canaveral also provides the opportunity to watch a rocket launch from the nearby Kennedy Space Centre.

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Day 64
Charleston (SC), USA, South Carolina

The seaport city of Charleston is situated in the state of South Carolina. It features a historic downtown, which is located on the peninsula formed by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Although Charleston was captured during the Civil War, many of the city’s buildings have remained standing for hundreds of years. There are many historic buildings worth visiting here including many historic town buildings and places of worship.

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Day 72
Praia di Vitoria, Azores, Portugal

Praia di Vitoria is situated on the north and east coast of Terceira – an island of the Azores archipelago. This is one of the most modern towns of the Azores, offering a large bay and an extensive sandy beach. Its enticing shopping district contrasts the historical architecture, which is epitomised by the impressive 15th-century Igreja Matriz de Santa Cruz church – which features two bell-towers and a large façade.

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Southampton, UK, England

Southampton’s location, at the foot of the United Kingdom, offers an ideal point from which to embark on a cruise out of the UK. With a total of four terminals, the city can accommodate some of the largest cruise vessels in the industry. With fantastic shopping opportunities and a large number of museums and art galleries, Southampton is a cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer visitors as well as those arriving in the area prior to embarking on a cruise.