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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cuban capital of Havana was historically one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean prior to the Communist revolution. Commencing in 1965, the communist era of Cuba led to the nation being frozen in time until only a few years ago, when diplomatic relations improved and tourists began returning to this naturally beautiful and culturally-rich nation. Vintage cars which have been used since the 1960’s continue to roam the streets, while many of the city’s buildings have seen little to no change. The locals emit a sense of vibrant passion, which really shows itself in the evenings in the form of music and Salsa dancing.
The Mexican island of Cozumel is a popular Caribbean resort destination, situated just off of the Yucatan Peninsula. While the beaches offer the perfect place for a spot of soaking up the sun and relaxing, the surrounding waters are even more impressive – with many vibrant and colourful offshore reefs. There are also many Mayan sites located on the island including “El Caracol” temple, which is believed to have once been used as a lighthouse.
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.
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.
Callao provides an ideal point of access from which to visit the Peruvian capital of Lima and is part of the city’s wider metropolitan area. Here, you will find an abundance of wonderfully charming churches and monasteries. Lima is also one of the best places to try Peruvian cuisine, with particular emphasis on the seafood and a certain dish known as cerviche.