Caribbean 2018
FOT-295158/250629 Caribbean
51 Nights
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Itinerary
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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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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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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 13
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 14
Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Tortola is the capital island of the British Virgin Islands and is particularly renowned for its British culture and heritage and its range of extensive white-sand beaches. As well as beaches, the island is also home to natural areas such as the Sage Mountain Park – which presents a number of hiking opportunities as well as the tallest mountain of both the British and US Virgin Islands. There are also a couple of historical landmarks including a Spanish fort dating back to the 18th century and the African Church – which was used by slaves which were freed by the Royal Navy.

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Day 16
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 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 18
St George's (Grenada), Grenada

St George’s is the capital city of Grenada and is surrounded by the hillside of an old volcanic crater. The moderate climate here ensures the continuous production of spices including nutmeg, cocoa, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon and much more. In recent years, the city has also become a popular tourist destination, while ensuring the culture, history and heritage are maintained.

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Day 20
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 21
Aruba, Dutch Antilles

Situated 15 miles north of the coast of Venezuela, Aruba is one of the southernmost located islands of the Caribbean. It is also one of the four countries that make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Dutch influence is clear to see across the island. Brightly coloured houses may be perhaps the most iconic symbol of this island, but there are many more landmarks situated across the island including the ruins of a gold smelting station, a 400-foot German cargo shipwreck and, of course, an array of beautiful beaches.

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Day 23
Cartagena (Col), Colombia

Cartagena was the location of the first Spanish colony in South America and is also the location of one of the first sanctuaries of freed African slaves across the Americas. Brightly coloured houses dominate the old town, which is surrounded by a city wall. Here, you will be able to discover a number of landmarks including the Clock Tower building and a number of 500 year-old coral stone forts.

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Day 24
Colon, Panama

The Panamanian city of Colon guards the Atlantic Ocean entrance to the Panama Canal. This impressive man-made structure is one of the most significant in modern history, providing an easy route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The nearby Gatun Locks provide an opportunity to see ships passing through the canal.

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Day 26
Roatan Bay Island, Honduras

Roatan is the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands, offering visitors a blissful range of beaches which are filled with power-sand beaches and brushed by crystal-clear waters. Resting on an exposed ancient coral reef in the Caribbean, this tropical paradise offers the perfect location for a spot of relaxation, while the surrounding waters provide a home to an abundance of exotic marine life.

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Day 27
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 28
Cozumel, Mexico

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.

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Day 29
Progreso, Mexico

Situated in the Mexican state of Yucatan is the city of Progreso, which is renowned for its long relaxing beaches and calm tropical weather. It is also known for being home to the longest pier in Mexico, which extends a total distance of 6.5km out to sea from the land.

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Day 31
New Orleans, USA, Louisiana

New Orleans is the cultural centre of Louisiana, straddling the great Mississippi River in the heart of the River Valley. Laid back and eclectic, this city offers a unique blend of French, Spanish, and American culture, leisure, and cuisine. Music is at the very heart of everything you see in New Orleans, from exhibitions and bars playing legendary blues and jazz to the infamous Mardi Gras celebration. The French Quarter retains its historic charms, buildings, and gardens and is the place to be to sample the famous Creole cuisine. To immerse yourself in the irresistible beat of New Orleans, take a stroll down Bourbon Street and hear pianos, blues guitars, and zydeco music.

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Day 32
New Orleans, USA, Louisiana

New Orleans is the cultural centre of Louisiana, straddling the great Mississippi River in the heart of the River Valley. Laid back and eclectic, this city offers a unique blend of French, Spanish, and American culture, leisure, and cuisine. Music is at the very heart of everything you see in New Orleans, from exhibitions and bars playing legendary blues and jazz to the infamous Mardi Gras celebration. The French Quarter retains its historic charms, buildings, and gardens and is the place to be to sample the famous Creole cuisine. To immerse yourself in the irresistible beat of New Orleans, take a stroll down Bourbon Street and hear pianos, blues guitars, and zydeco music.

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Day 34
Key West, USA, Florida

The Florida city of Key West is situated on an island of the same name and is considered to be the southernmost city of the US. This area is popular for water sports and there are even opportunities available to swim with dolphins. The surrounding area also offers a plethora of sights including the Key West Nature Reserve, which houses a vibrant range of wildlife. If you are looking to simply soak in the gorgeous surroundings, head to Key West Lighthouse, where visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the island.

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Day 35
Miami, USA, Florida

The south-eastern US city of Miami is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Florida. Many visitors come to Miami every year to relax and unwind on one of the finest beaches in the world, while many more come in search of the fine New World cuisine, which was created in the 1990’s and is highly acclaimed.

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Day 36
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 37
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 38
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 41
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 42
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 47
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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Day 51
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.