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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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Day 6
Valletta, Malta

Valletta is the capital of Malta and is home to a plethora of 16th century architecture. It was one of the first sites to gain UNESCO World Heritage status and visitors are greeted to a wonderful collection of cathedrals, palaces, museums and a glistening harbour. This is all blended with a more contemporary attitude, with a wide selection of shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and much more.

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Day 10
Suez Canal, Egypt

The Suez Canal is one of the greatest man-made achievements of all time, enabling seafarers to bypass the Cape of Good Hope and providing an easily navigable link between the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Officially opened in 1869, this 120-mile passage flows through Egypt, from Port Said to Suez and vice versa, reducing the previous journey length by approximately 7,000 kilometres.

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Day 11
Sharm el Sheik, Egypt

Sharm el Sheik is a popular resort town situated in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula – offering a multitude of beaches and diving locations. With warm temperatures all-year-round, this is the perfect location for a spot of beach relaxation. Those looking for more adventurous options, however, will not be disappointed. The nearby Sinai Desert opens up a wealth of opportunities including safaris, quad biking and camel trekking.

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Day 12
Aqaba, Jordan

Aqaba is the only point of access from the sea into the Middle Eastern nation of Jordan. Located in the southern region of the country, it sits beside the Red Sea and is an ideal spot for beach relaxation or for trying your hand at scuba diving. Many significant destinations can be visited on a day trip from Aqaba including Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea.

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Day 13
Luxor, Egypt

The major tourist town of Luxor, in Upper Egypt, is regarded as a starting point for cruises along the River Nile. Here, you will find the southern half of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes and is home to the Temple of Luxor – which was originally built by Pharaoh Amenophis III and contains colossal statues left by Ramses II. Across the river, on the west bank, you will find the Valley of the Kings – which was the burial place of pharaohs including Tutankhamun.

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Day 15
Walvis Bay, Namibia

Situated on the west coast of Namibia is the commercial port of Walvis Bay – which plays a large role in the nation’s economy. Many fishing companies operate in Walvis Bay and it is also a safe haven for sea vessels, due to the natural deep water harbour. One of the most appealing areas for visitors are the wetlands, which provide an important habitat for flamingos and a range of migratory birds.

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Day 17
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is overlooked by the impressive Table Mountain which, as the name suggests, gets its name for having a flat summit. A cable car ride to the top will enable you to explore this magnificent landmark, while also being able to enjoy fantastic views of the city below and out to sea. The city is home to many monuments, museums and galleries which collectively paint a picture of the history and culture of this amazing city.

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Day 18
Salalah, Oman

The Oman city of Salalah is considered to be the second city of the sultanate, due to it being the birthplace of Sultan Qaboos. As well as the fabulous Al Haffa Beach, this city offers a window into Omani culture, with many landmarks of significance. The Haffa Souq is the main marketplace of Salalah, and visitors can find an eclectic range of souvenirs on sale here. The nearby Land of Frankincense is a UNESCO World Heritage site which illustrates the trade which once flourished in this region.  

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Day 20
Muscat, Oman

Muscat is the largest city and capital of Oman and has developed following the formation of the three smaller towns of Muscat, Matrah, and Ruwi. Muscat itself is known as the walled part of the city and is the site of many beautiful royal palaces and mosques. Landmarks of particular note include the Al Jalali and Al Mirani forts, which were built in the 16th century during Portuguese occupation. The highlight of your visit will undoubtedly be the stunning Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – which is the third largest in the world and is simply stunning both inside and out.

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Day 21
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates and, in recent years, has grown into a bustling new tourist destination. There are many theme parks and resorts being built across the city, while the metropolitan centre is home to some of the largest skyscrapers and shopping centres in the world. However, much of Dubai’s traditional heritage has also been kept intact, with landmarks including a wind tower, mosque and a variety of souks all worth visiting.

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Day 25
Mumbai (Bombay), India

A visit to Mumbai is one that will open your eyes. This bustling metropolitan city never sleeps, with a constant flow of traffic all hours of the day and a warm and inviting culture. There are some fine examples of colonial architecture within Mumbai, with many buildings built in Gothic revival, Neo-classical, and Indo-Saracenic styles. You will also notice a number of religious landmarks during your time in Mumbai, with temples, mosques, churches and even synagogues reflecting the cultural diversity. No journey to Mumbai would be complete, however, without trying some of the local cuisine at one of the street markets.

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Day 26
Port Louis, Mauritius

Port Louis is the capital city of Mauritius and provides a gateway from which to explore everything this island has to offer. A must-see landmark in Port Louis is Aapravasi Ghat – a World Heritage Site which was the landing point for indentured labourers during the 19th century. Alternatively, the Caudan Waterfront is perfect for those seeking a spot of retail therapy.

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Day 27
Cochin, India

The cosmopolitan city of Cochin – also known as Kochi – is a bustling commercial centre and is the financial capital of Kerala. This city has certainly played a significant role throughout history and much of this is reflected in the palaces, museums, and temples. Three faiths are represented in Cochin – Hindu, Christianity, and Islam – each of which is depicted through some of India’s most spectacular glistening landmarks.

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Day 29
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka and its year-round tropical climate makes it an ideal place to visit regardless of season. A stroll along the promenade will provide an opportunity to soak up the weather and the local culture, with many people of all ages flocking to this area. In the Zoological gardens, you can admire animals, birds, and reptiles from around the world including elephants.

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Day 33
Penang, Malaysia

Situated off of the north-western coast of mainland Malaysia, the island-state of Penang contrasts beautiful and historical temples with golden relaxing beaches. There are many untouched beaches on the island of Penang – many of which also provide an ideal location for which to partake in water sports and snorkelling. The Kek Lok Si-Temple of Supreme Bliss is highly regarded to be the largest Buddhist temple in South-East Asia – which is home to many images of Buddha and Ban Po Thar (Ten Thousand Buddhas Tower). Another landmark well worth visiting is the old historical area of Georgetown – which has gained UNESCO World Heritage status.

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Day 34
Fremantle - WA, Australia

Fremantle is a port city situated in Western Australia – located a short distance away from Perth. It was settled by aboriginals until 1829, when European settlers arrived in the area. One of the most interesting sights in the area is Fremantle Prison – a maximum security prison which was closed in 1991. A world heritage listed building – it is used today for a multitude of purposes including as an art gallery, museum and a conference centre. Other landmarks of interest include a number of beautiful beaches, Whalers’ Tunnel and the Shipwreck Galleries – which features the Batavia, an original wreck from 1629.

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Day 35
Singapore, Singapore

Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore has developed into a bustling metropolis with Chinese, Malay and Indian influences. Walking between the rows and rows of towering skyscrapers, you will discover a world of exotic culture, with fantastic food, large shopping complexes and the famous Singapore Sling cocktail. If, however, you find yourself seeking an opportunity to escape this busy metropolis, you will be glad to know that Singapore is also home to a wonderful collection of colourful and peaceful gardens.

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Day 38
Semarang, Indonesia

Semarang is the capital of the Central Java region of Indonesia. The culture and history of the city both shine through in the local landmarks and monuments. The vibrant red Sam Po Kong Temple was built in honour of the Muslim Chinese commander, Cheng Ho of the Ming Dynasty, who visited the area during the 15th century. Elsewhere in Semarang, visitors can visit a range of Dutch colonial buildings including Lawang Sewu, which features an impressive stained glass window.

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Day 40
Bali, Indonesia

The Indonesian island of Bali is known as the ‘Island of the Gods’ and is highly regarded for its ranging landscape which is made up of hills, mountains, sandy beaches, and a rugged coastline. The main religion of Bali is Hinduism, which is a contrast to the other islands of Indonesia. There are many temples situated across the island which reflect this culture including the iconic Ulun Danu Temple, located at Lake Bratan.

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Day 44
Fremantle - WA, Australia

Fremantle is a port city situated in Western Australia – located a short distance away from Perth. It was settled by aboriginals until 1829, when European settlers arrived in the area. One of the most interesting sights in the area is Fremantle Prison – a maximum security prison which was closed in 1991. A world heritage listed building – it is used today for a multitude of purposes including as an art gallery, museum and a conference centre. Other landmarks of interest include a number of beautiful beaches, Whalers’ Tunnel and the Shipwreck Galleries – which features the Batavia, an original wreck from 1629.

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Day 48
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and is situated on the Torres River. After docking in the Port Adelaide Outer Harbour – 12 miles north of the city centre – you will be able board a shuttle bus to the city centre. This gorgeous sun-kissed city offers plenty of choice for visitors, with an array of elegant colonial buildings, interesting sculptures, fine architecture and shopping malls.

From the city centre, you can either choose to stroll and admire the city at your own pace, or take a short tram journey to Glenelg – home to one of the area’s most popular beaches. Travel slightly further afield and you can visit koala bears at the Cleveland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills.

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Day 49
Kangaroo Island - SA, Australia

Situated off the coast of southern Australia is Kangaroo Island – home to an abundance of wildlife, stunning scenery, wineries, beaches and much more. As the name suggests, the island is home to an untouched habitat that accommodates kangaroos and wallabies, as well as koalas, echidnas, platypuses, penguins and seals. A visit to this unique island will provide an unparalleled insight that you will never forget.

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Day 51
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is Australia’s second-largest city and is the capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria. This huge city is home to many landmarks and venues of interest including many museums, galleries, theatres, gardens and restaurants. This commercial centre is a bustling metropolis, home to a population of 4.25 million people.