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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.

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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 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 6
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands and is home to a number of fabulous golden beaches and fascinating natural landmarks. Due to its location, just off of the western coast of Africa, the year-round temperature rarely drops below the high teens, creating perfect conditions for a spot of sun-kissed relaxation. One of the most instantly recognisable landmarks of the island is El Teide, which is the third highest volcano in the world when measured from its base on the ocean floor. A cable car ride to the top of this UNESCO World Heritage Site will give you a deeper understanding of the volcano, while also offering fabulous views over the island.

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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 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
Havana, Cuba

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.

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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
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 20
Port Elizabeth (SA), South Africa

Port Elizabeth is the fifth largest city in South Africa and is located on the Indian Ocean coast between Cape Town and Durban. As well as a number of spectacular beaches, Port Elizabeth is also the perfect spot in which to enjoy game viewing – with a range of elephants, birds and animals residing in the Addo Elephant National Park. The city is a great location for shopping, with the Boardwalk offering a highly pleasurable experience. Port Elizabeth is also part of the picturesque Garden Route and offers incredible whale watching opportunities, with regular sightings of humpback and southern right whales. 

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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 25
Reunion Island, Reunion

Reunion Island is a French overseas territory, situated off the eastern coast of Madagascar. The unique and remote location is largely untouched and rewards visitors with some of the most amazing beaches and scenery in the world. The mountainous scenery and the gentle turquoise waters are never far away and will leave you feeling totally amazed.

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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
Paracas, Peru

The Paracas National Reserve is a popular area on the southern coast of Peru, known for its impressive golden beach. It is also home to an extensive range of flora and fauna, with one of the richest and most diverse desert ecosystems on earth. The Paracas Peninsula is also home to a mysterious geoglyph known as the Paracas Candelabra – believed to date back to the Paracas culture, which thrived around the time of 200 BCE.

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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 33
Easter Island, Chile

The overseas Chilean territory of Easter Island sits in the Pacific Ocean – approximately half-way between the Chilean mainland and Tahiti. Otherwise known as Rapa Nui, this intriguing island is known for the iconic giant stone statues which gaze into the sky. Many of these statues were crafted from the island’s volcanic craters, and it is possible to see many incomplete figures scattered around the area.

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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
Busselton, Australia

Situated on Geographe Bay, in the south-western region of Western Australia is the town of Busselton, which offers a plethora of opportunities via its golden beach. The most famous feature of the town is the pier, which is traditionally built from wood and extends far out to sea. At the end, it also features an underwater observatory and a museum.

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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
Nuku Alofa, Tonga

Situated on the Tongan island of Tongatapu is the nation’s capital city of Nuku’alofa, which is located on the north coast of the island. There is a relaxed atmosphere and culture which is present throughout the city and the beaches will help you to fully appreciate this for yourself. Elsewhere in the city, you can visit the wooden Royal Palace, which was built in 1867 and is the official residence of the King of Tonga.

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Day 40
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.

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Day 41
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 42
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 43
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.

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Day 44
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.

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Day 45
Napier, New Zealand

The New Zealand city of Napier is situated on the east coast of the North Island and is renowned for its Art Deco style of architecture, which will become apparent as you wander the city streets. Napier is also well-renowned for its wine, which is produced at a series of wineries across Hawke’s Bay and has helped establish the city as the country’s second-largest wine-producing region.

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Day 46
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and the nation’s second largest city. Situated at the south-western tip of the North Island, the city is surrounded by hills, each of which will reward walkers with excellent views over the city. Alternatively, you can take a ride in a traditional cable car and soak in the views as you travel from Lambton Quay and the Botanic Garden. There is much to see and do in Wellington, including many museums, statues, sculptures, and a charming city centre, while a walk to the Red Rocks will provide the opportunity to admire a seal colony.

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Day 47
Sydney, Australia

Often mistaken for the Australian capital, Sydney is the largest, oldest and, arguably, most cosmopolitan city in Australia. With an eclectic mix of historical, natural, cultural, artistic, and culinary components, this beautiful city is the vibrant centre of fun and prosperity. Despite being a large sprawling city, its centre is relatively compact and is where you will find many iconic landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are also many zoos and wildlife sanctuaries located across the city, with the Koala Park Sanctuary and the Australian Reptile Park being of particular interest. You may also be glad to know that Sydney enjoys, on average, 300 sunny days per year – and the perfect venue to fully appreciate this is, undoubtedly, Bondi Beach, which is situated in the Eastern Suburbs.

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Day 50
Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Situated in the vicinity of the North Island of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is home to an area renowned for fishing and sailing. Each of the main towns offer a beautiful array of beaches, each of which offer the chance for a spot of relaxation, while other extreme opportunities such as sky diving and parasailing are also available. The Bay of Islands is also home to Waitangi, which is where the Maori and Europeans signed the Treaty of Waitangi, in 1840.

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Day 54
Sydney, Australia

Often mistaken for the Australian capital, Sydney is the largest, oldest and, arguably, most cosmopolitan city in Australia. With an eclectic mix of historical, natural, cultural, artistic, and culinary components, this beautiful city is the vibrant centre of fun and prosperity. Despite being a large sprawling city, its centre is relatively compact and is where you will find many iconic landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are also many zoos and wildlife sanctuaries located across the city, with the Koala Park Sanctuary and the Australian Reptile Park being of particular interest. You may also be glad to know that Sydney enjoys, on average, 300 sunny days per year – and the perfect venue to fully appreciate this is, undoubtedly, Bondi Beach, which is situated in the Eastern Suburbs.