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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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Day 5
Madeira, Madeira, Portugal

Situated just north of the Canary Islands is the Portuguese island of Madeira – a sub-tropical island known for its lush green and mountainous landscapes. This unique island is a nature-lover’s paradise, with volcanic caves, lava tubes, botanical gardens, and one of the world’s highest ocean cliffs all to be explored and admired. The island is also perfect for anyone looking to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife including a range of birds and a plethora of marine life in the surrounding waters.

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Day 9
New York, USA, NY

Epicentre of the arts, dining, shopping and international diplomacy, New York City lies in the heart of the East Coast of America and on the banks of the Hudson River. New York boasts a dizzying list of artistic and cultural icons from the Museum of Modern Art to the Statue of Liberty herself. The history of this iconic city unfolds in a trail of monuments, document the passage of millions of migrants on Ellis Island or visit the humbling reconstructed World Trade Centre site. A stroll around the many neighbourhoods of New York is the best way to truly immerse yourself in this culturally diverse city. There’s Greenwich Village, China Town, Little Italy and Harlem to name a few. No matter how many times you visit, there's always something new to see.

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Day 11
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 13
Curacao, Dutch Antilles

The island of Curacao is one of the southernmost located of the Caribbean islands, situated just north of Venezuela. It is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and, thus, the culture and heritage is representative of this fact, with many brightly coloured houses located across the island. Curacao is also home to a plethora of beaches, many of which present fantastic scuba diving opportunities.

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Day 14
Bonaire, Dutch Antilles

The Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers a tropical escape, filled with calm beaches and surrounded by waters that are ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling. Bonaire is also a haven for wildlife, with lucky visitors able to catch a glimpse of native iguanas and pink flamingos.

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Day 15
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 16
Curacao, Dutch Antilles

The island of Curacao is one of the southernmost located of the Caribbean islands, situated just north of Venezuela. It is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and, thus, the culture and heritage is representative of this fact, with many brightly coloured houses located across the island. Curacao is also home to a plethora of beaches, many of which present fantastic scuba diving opportunities.

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Day 17
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 18
Huatulco, Mexico

The Mexican resort destination of Huatulco sits on the Pacific coast of the country, in the southern state of Oaxaca. With a total of nine bays and 36 beaches, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a spot to soak up the sun. Additionally, many of these beaches have seen little to no development, enabling you to appreciate a true sense of peace and tranquillity. With plenty of coral reefs filled with an abundance of tropical fish, these beaches also create a perfect location for snorkelling and scuba diving.

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Day 19
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 21
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The city of Cabo San Lucas is situated at the southern end of Baja California Sur in Mexico and is renowned for its collection of natural landmarks and monuments. There are many points of interest situated around the city’s coastline including Land’s End, which, as well as providing fantastic views – is home to a number of fascinating rock formations. Walking along Lover’s Beach will provide the chance to see the eroded Arch of Poseidon, as well as two nearby rock islets which provide a habitat for sea lions.

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Day 22
San Diego, USA, California

Situated on the Pacific coast of Southern California is the city of San Diego – which is well known for its fabulous beaches, climate, culture and ethnic diversity. As well as its beaches, San Diego is also home to a collection of vibrantly coloured parks, zoos, aquariums, museums and much more. San Diego is also a fantastic city for beer lovers, with more than 100 breweries situated across the city.

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Day 23
Los Angeles, USA, California

The Californian city of Los Angeles is famed around the world for its eclectic mix of theme parks, beaches, restaurants and much more. Surrounded by desert, mountain ranges, valleys and forests, Los Angeles has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations on earth. Many visitors to the city will be keen to visit sites such as Disneyland, Hollywood, Universal Studios and Venice Beach. Whatever you decide to see and do during your time in Los Angeles, you will be sure to get a taste of one of America’s largest melting pots of culture.

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Day 24
San Francisco, USA, California

San Francisco is one of the major cities of California and is well known for its cultural and historical diversity. One of the most instantly recognisable landmarks of the city is the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, which opened in 1937 and spans a total distance of 1.7 miles. There is plenty to see in this mesmerising city, with many of the city’s most impressive landmarks situated in the regions of Fisherman’s Wharf and Pacific Heights.

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Day 30
Honolulu, USA, Hawaii

Honolulu is the largest city and capital of Hawaii. Situated on the island of Oahu, this laid-back city offers a sense of charm of a culture that is present across all of the islands. It is home to many relaxing beaches, all of which provide an ideal place in which to soak up the sun. However, Honolulu is also a short distance away from Pearl Harbour – which is today home to a number of memorials remembering the 2,000 personnel lost in 1941.

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Day 35
Lahaina, USA, Hawaii

Situated on the western end of the Hawaiian island of Maui is the town of Lahaina, providing a point of access from which to travel to spectacular nearby beaches such as Kaanapali. The iconic Banyan Tree, in the centre of the town, is thought to be 400 years old and covers an entire block.

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Day 36
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Often regarded as the closest thing to ‘paradise on earth’, Bora Bora’s calm beaches filled with white-powder beaches, crystal-clear waters and lush green palms are truly magnificent. Its remote location in the South Pacific Ocean – as part of the French Polynesia archipelago – provides a tropical climate, with temperatures rarely dipping below 25C. Seeing is believing, and a visit to this sumptuous island will truly take your breath away.

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Day 37
Papeete, Tahiti

The Tahitian city and capital of Papeete emits a fine blend of French and Polynesian charm. There are many historical elements to the city including Louis Antoine de Bougainville (the first French explorer to complete a circumnavigation of the globe), the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Papeete, and the Presidential Palace. With average temperatures rarely dropping below 25C, you can simply soak up the sun and watch the world go by at a more relaxing pace.

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Day 38
International Date Line,

Although it may be invisible, the International Date Line holds considerable significance for marking the point where the date changes by one day. Situated 180 degrees east or west from the Greenwich meridian, the line extends to the east of New Zealand, through Polynesia and between Russia and Alaska. The name may suggest it is a line, but it has been altered accordingly to ensure no nation is divided in two. Crossing the line in an eastward direction will take you back in time by one day, whereas, if you are travelling in a westward direction, you will add one day to the previous date.

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Day 39
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Rarotonga is the most populated island of the Cook Islands and is home to a combination of lush natural features and calm white-sand beaches. The surrounding waters are perfect for snorkelling, with many beaches providing a home to a variety of tropical fish and a range of corals. There are also many hiking trails, which provide a chance to view the local wildlife and the lush green landscapes.

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Day 41
Apia, Western Samoa

Situated on the island of Upolu, the city of Apia is the capital of Samoa. This beautiful Polynesian island provides a plethora of beautiful beaches upon which to relax, but it is also worth noting that Robert Louis Stevenson lived in the city during the final years of his life. His house is open as a museum, while his grave can also be visited at the top of Mt. Vaea.

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Day 42
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland is home to the largest metropolitan area in New Zealand, with a population of 1.45 million people – one third of the country’s entire population. With a wide range of museums, shopping districts, restaurants and natural features, Auckland is a rewarding delight for all visitors. Whale watching, strolling along the beach, exploring volcanic cones, and sky jumping are just some of the amazing opportunities this city presents, making a visit to Auckland one that you will never forget.