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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 8
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 10
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
Ft Lauderdale, USA, Florida

The coastal city of Fort Lauderdale is located in Florida and its position on the Atlantic coast has helped give it the title of “Venice of America”. Known widely for its beaches and boats, this city is visited throughout the year by those seeking a sense of tranquil relaxation. Fort Lauderdale is also home to a number of high-end shopping districts and superb restaurants – making it the perfect location for a spot of retail therapy.

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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
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The popular resort destination of Ocho Rios is located on the north-eastern shore of Jamaica and offers the perfect place for beach relaxation. As well as a number of spectacular golden beaches, the area is home to a number of botanical gardens, waterfalls and Dolphin Cove, where visitors have the chance to swim with dolphins.

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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
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 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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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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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 29
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 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 40
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 41
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 42
Moorea, French Polynesia

Situated just a few miles off the northwest coast of Tahiti is the island of Moorea, which offers less of a tourist atmosphere than its larger neighbour. Much of the island is rural and this presents a number of opportunities including a plethora of hiking and cycling opportunities. There are many beaches upon which to relax on the island and, due to the island being less affected by tourism, it is easy to find a sense of peace and tranquillity.

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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 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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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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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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Brisbane, Australia

Situated in eastern Australia, the Queensland city of Brisbane emits a dynamic and vibrant culture – which has helped it to develop into a modern-world settlement. Towering skyscrapers blend with botanic gardens and animal sanctuaries holding koalas and kangaroos create a unique city that will leave many long-lasting memories. Those seeking retail therapy will be glad to know that there are plenty of shopping areas, while the city’s distinctive culture will present itself in many forms including art, music and theatre.

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Day 53
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 54
Newcastle - NSW, Australia

Newcastle, in New South Wales, is Australia’s seventh largest city and is diversely made up of golden beaches, towering mountains and distinctive wineries. It is also home to Australia’s oldest seaport and the city has a strong maritime tradition. The sandy beaches offer the perfect place to soak up the sun and are popular with people from all over Australia and beyond.  Also in the city is the Blackbutt Reserve – a 182-hectare bushland area which offers a chance to admire the region’s wildlife.

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Day 55
Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Situated just off of the Pacific coast of Australia’s Queensland region, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral formation in the world. This spectacular natural environment is home to a colourful collection of marine life, much of which can be explored through by scuba diving in and around the area.

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Yorkeys Knob - Qld, Australia

Situated in Queensland, Australia, Yorkeys Knob is a beach suburb of Cairns and is renowned for its range of facilities, restaurants and visitor information centre. From here, it is possible to partake in activities including fishing and rafting, or travel to the nearby Cairns Tropical Zoo and Hartleys Crocodile Farm.

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Day 56
Brisbane, Australia

Situated in eastern Australia, the Queensland city of Brisbane emits a dynamic and vibrant culture – which has helped it to develop into a modern-world settlement. Towering skyscrapers blend with botanic gardens and animal sanctuaries holding koalas and kangaroos create a unique city that will leave many long-lasting memories. Those seeking retail therapy will be glad to know that there are plenty of shopping areas, while the city’s distinctive culture will present itself in many forms including art, music and theatre.

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Day 57
Alotau, Papua New Guinea

The relaxed and laid-back town of Alotau, in Papua New Guinea, is situated on the edge of Milne Bay. This largely untouched and beautiful area has resisted the construction of large roads that connect it with the busy capital to maintain the unique landscape and lifestyle of the area. Alotau also provides a gateway from which to travel to a range of some of the world’s most mesmerising and unspoilt islands.

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Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Rabaul, in the province of East New Britain, is popular among tourists for its splendid harbour and snorkelling opportunities. A volcanic eruption in 1994 nearly destroyed Rabaul and forced the population to evacuate the island, but today, it remains a popular spot for those seeking a spot of beach relaxation. It is also known for its war-related history, with a number of landmarks worth visiting including the Bitapaka War Cemetery and the Japanese Tunnels.

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Okinawa, Japan

The term ‘Okinawa’ directly means “rope in the open sea”, which accurately describes the long stretch of more than 150 small islands that sit between Japan’s four main islands. Many people visit Okinawa to escape the hustle and bustle of Japan’s major cities and to enjoy a sense of beach relaxation. The area is also home to a plethora of cultural and historical relics including the recently rebuilt Shuri Castle.

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Osaka, Japan

Osaka is Japan’s third largest city and is home to a population of just over 2.5 million. This huge city can be broken down into many districts including Kita, which is home to the modern city centre, and the contrasting Osaka Castle area – which provides an insight into the history of the area. As well as the bright lights of the city centre, Osaka is also home to a plethora of cultural landmarks and a range of museums.

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Okinawa, Japan

The term ‘Okinawa’ directly means “rope in the open sea”, which accurately describes the long stretch of more than 150 small islands that sit between Japan’s four main islands. Many people visit Okinawa to escape the hustle and bustle of Japan’s major cities and to enjoy a sense of beach relaxation. The area is also home to a plethora of cultural and historical relics including the recently rebuilt Shuri Castle.

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Osaka, Japan

Osaka is Japan’s third largest city and is home to a population of just over 2.5 million. This huge city can be broken down into many districts including Kita, which is home to the modern city centre, and the contrasting Osaka Castle area – which provides an insight into the history of the area. As well as the bright lights of the city centre, Osaka is also home to a plethora of cultural landmarks and a range of museums.

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