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Ports of Call
Liverpool, England (Overnight) - Roll over Beethoven! Liverpool is the birthplace of the Beatles! And it won't take long to discover the amazing legacy of art, music and sport that influence this charming city. A short walk from your ship you'll find Albert Dock a bustling, converted maritime business center that now houses all sorts of entertainments (shopping, food, "The Beatles Story" and wonderful modern art at the Tate Liverpool. A bit further afield (but still quite walkable, if you're hearty), you'll find the Cavern Club, where the Beatles got their start. Or head to the Lime Street area, where the wonderful Walker Art Gallery resides next to beautiful St. George's Hall.

Since you're overnighting here, you'll have a chance to sample the bustling nightlife of Liverpool (Bold Street might be the place to start). You can find a bar or club that suits your taste, be it for Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop or anything else you can imagine.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Embark and Debark) - Amsterdam is a great city in which to discover the charms of northern Europe. The graceful canals of its central district are lined with beautiful gabled houses. It's many, grand art museums display masterpieces of Rembrandt and Vermeer and the largest collection of Van Gogh's work is found here. Fine food is also easy to find along with ample opportunities for shopping (including excellent vintage finds). This great city is well worth a day or two's stay before or after your cruise.
Barcelona, Spain (Embark and Debark) - Barcelona is a one of a kind, world-class city. While away the day exploring the beautiful, tree-shaded Las Ramblas. Or, marvel at its fantastic Art Nouveau architecture, with dozens of buildings that seem to have been sculpted from the stuff of dreams, like the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. For the more worldly, shop for exquisite Lladro ceramics, chic spanish fashions or enjoy a cuisine that many say has rival's the French for the title of world's best.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (Embark and Debark) - Ah, the Eternal City: Romance, culture, food, history and fashion. You'll have to plan your time carefully as the sights of Rome are captivating and seemingly endless: the Colosseum and Forum, the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain and, of course the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.You can't fit it all in one day (or even a week, to be honest). Be sure to spend at least a couple days enjoying the many pleasures Rome has to offer before and/or after your cruise conference.
Copenhagen, Denmark (Embark and Debark) - Denmark's capital is sophisticated, saucy and friendly. Stroll the fairytale world of Tivoli Gardens to take in bright lights, castles that out-Disney Disney. See the city's 200- year-old Royal Palace, the lively Old Harbor - Hans Christian Andersen lived here. Salute the Little Mermaid, symbol of this light-hearted city.
Pre and Post-Cruise Hotel Packages in Copenhagen
Dover (London), England (Embark and Debark) - "Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Samuel Johnson's famous words are as true today as when he spoke them. A visitor to London could fill a month with fascinating people, art, music, late-night dancing, fabulous shopping, an endless array of pubs and first rate meals. Tourists should take in Victoria Station, the beauty of Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and the pomp of Buckingham Palace. And then there are the "Elgin Marbles" at the British Museum and the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. Or visit Sherlock Holmes' HQ on Baker Street (you know the address). After all that, make what might be the most important stop of all: grab a pint at one of the many corner pubs that's been hosting revelers since before America was a nation. Definitely a place to "take in," not just "pass through."

From London, you'll transfer to Dover to board your ship and start your cruise conference.
Pre and Post-Cruise Hotel Packages in London
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (Embark and Debark) - There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.
Harwich (London), England - Embark and Debark - "Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Samuel Johnson's famous words are as true today as when he spoke them. A visitor to London could fill a month with fascinating people, art, music, late-night dancing, fabulous shopping, an endless array of pubs and first rate meals. Tourists should take in Victoria Station, the beauty of Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and the pomp of Buckingham Palace. And then there are the "Elgin Marbles" at the British Museum and the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. Or visit Sherlock Holmes' HQ on Baker Street (you know the address). After all that, make what might be the most important stop of all: grab a pint at one of the many corner pubs that's been hosting revelers since before America was a nation. Definitely a place to "take in," not just "pass through."
Before and after your cruise conference you'll transfer between London and the port in Harwich.
Pre and Post-Cruise Hotel Packages in London Port tips from our blog
San Juan, Puerto Rico (Embark and Debark) - In days of yore, the waters near Puerto Rico teemed with pirate ships commanded by the likes of Sir Francis Drake. Aye, they are long gone, but in their wake they have left an island of national treasures: La Casa Blanca, built in 1501 for the island's first governor, Ponce de Leon; the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan; the tropical rain forests of El Yunque. Port tips from our blog
Southampton (London), England (Embark and Debark) - "Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Samuel Johnson's famous words are as true today as when he spoke them. A visitor to London could fill a month with fascinating people, art, music, late-night dancing, fabulous shopping, an endless array of pubs and first rate meals. Tourists should take in Victoria Station, the beauty of Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and the pomp of Buckingham Palace. And then there are the "Elgin Marbles" at the British Museum and the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. Or visit Sherlock Holmes' HQ on Baker Street (you know the address). After all that, make what might be the most important stop of all: grab a pint at one of the many corner pubs that's been hosting revelers since before America was a nation. Definitely a place to "take in," not just "pass through."

From London, you'll transfer to Southampton to board your ship and start your cruise conference.
Pre and Post-Cruise Hotel Packages in London Port tips from our blog
Venice, Italy (Embark and Debark) - Venice is possibly the most romantic place you'll ever visit. It seems almost redundant to describe the charms of Venice. The cafes of St. Mark's Square, Palazzo-lined canals plied by gondolas, the elegant Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore: Venice is one impossibly beautiful sight after next. A great collection of Renaissance era art is housed at Gallerie dell'Accademia. Or, if you prefer modern art, Venice is home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. And, if you want to enjoy a truly special meal while here, visit one of the excellent restaurants of the Associazione dei Ristoranti della Buona Accoglienza.

Still not sure how you'll entertain yourself? Here's the New York Times' take on how to get the most out of your time in Venice (published June 12, 2014) 36 Hours in Venice
Pre and Post-Cruise Hotel Packages in Venice Port tips from our blog
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Embark) - Amsterdam is a great city to discover the charms of northern Europe. The graceful canals of its central district are lined with beautiful gabled houses. It's many, grand art museums display masterpieces of Rembrandt and Vermeer and the largest collection of Van Gogh's work is found here. Fine food is also easy to find along with ample opportunities for shopping (including excellent vintage finds). This great city is well worth a day or two's stay before your cruise.
Athens, (Piraeus), Greece (Embark) - You'll climb the Acropolis, the site of ancient Athens, crowned by the immortal Parthenon. Its chiseled columns were raised by Pericles, Athens's great general. Rest your running shoes in the temple of Nike. A little shopping and souvlaki in the Plaka and you're practically an (ancient) Athenian!

There is more than enough to do in Athens to fill a couple of days here before your cruise. Ask one of our cruise consultants to help you find a hotel in a great location to enjoy this fascinating city.
Barcelona, Spain (Embark) - Barcelona is a one of a kind, world-class city. While away the day exploring the beautiful, tree-shaded Las Ramblas. Or, marvel at its fantastic Art Nouveau architecture, with dozens of buildings that seem to have been sculpted from the stuff of dreams, like the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. For the more worldly, shop for exquisite Lladro ceramics, chic spanish fashions or enjoy a cuisine that many say has rival's the French for the title of world's best.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (Embark) - Ah, the Eternal City: Romance, culture, food, history and fashion. You'll have to plan your time carefully as the sights of Rome are captivating and seemingly endless: the Colosseum and Forum, the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain and, of course the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.You can't fit it all in one day (or even a week, to be honest). Be sure to spend at least a couple days enjoying the many pleasures Rome has to offer before you embark on your cruise conference.
Harwich (London), England - Embark - "Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Samuel Johnson's famous words are as true today as when he spoke them. A visitor to London could fill a month with fascinating people, art, music, late-night dancing, fabulous shopping, an endless array of pubs and first rate meals. Tourists should take in Victoria Station, the beauty of Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and the pomp of Buckingham Palace. And then there are the "Elgin Marbles" at the British Museum and the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. Or visit Sherlock Holmes' HQ on Baker Street (you know the address). After all that, make what might be the most important stop of all: grab a pint at one of the many corner pubs that's been hosting revelers since before America was a nation. Definitely a place to "take in," not just "pass through."
From London, you'll transfer to Harwich to board your ship and start your cruise conference.
Pre and Post-Cruise Hotel Packages in London Port tips from our blog
Southampton (London), England (Embark) - "Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Samuel Johnson's famous words are as true today as when he spoke them. A visitor to London could fill a month with fascinating people, art, music, late-night dancing, fabulous shopping, an endless array of pubs and first rate meals. Tourists should take in Victoria Station, the beauty of Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and the pomp of Buckingham Palace. And then there are the "Elgin Marbles" at the British Museum and the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. Or visit Sherlock Holmes' HQ on Baker Street (you know the address). After all that, make what might be the most important stop of all: grab a pint at one of the many corner pubs that's been hosting revelers since before America was a nation. Definitely a place to "take in," not just "pass through."

From London you'll transfer from Southampton after your cruise conference.
Post-Cruise Hotel Packages in London Port tips from our blog
Venice, Italy (Embark) - Venice is possibly the most romantic place you'll ever visit. It seems almost redundant to describe the charms of Venice. The cafes of St. Mark's Square, Palazzo-lined canals plied by gondolas, the elegant Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore: Venice is one impossibly beautiful sight after next. A great collection of Renaissance era art is housed at Gallerie dell'Accademia. Or, if you prefer modern art, Venice is home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. And, if you want to enjoy a truly special meal while here, visit one of the excellent restaurants of the Associazione dei Ristoranti della Buona Accoglienza.

Still not sure how you'll entertain yourself? Here's the New York Times' take on how to get the most out of your time in Venice (published June 12, 2014) 36 Hours in Venice
Pre-Cruise Hotel Packages in Venice Port tips from our blog
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam's largest and most famous city and is surrounded by rivers and canals. During the 14th century this city was known as Prey Nokor and was nothing more than a trading post. Slowly it grew into a small town, similar to the nearby traditional Cambodian villages. By the 18th century, the Lords of Hue, under the Nguyens, had established control of the trade in Prey Nokor and renamed the city Saigon. From 1833 until 1836, the tight control of the Nguyen leadership provoked a strong uprising, leading to great destruction and massacre until the intervention of the French in 1859. During the Vietnam War, Saigon's population nearly tripled and the city grew uncontrollably. In 1975, at the end of the war, North Vietnam had defeated South Vietnam after 30 years of battle. The new communist regime changed the official name of the city of Saigon to Ho Chi Minh and began to rebuild its economic and social structure.
Acapulco, Mexico - An enduring image that's been repeated countless times on television and in movies is the brave Mexican cliff diver. These fearless souls often plunge over 100 feet into rock-infested waters; definitely a "don't try this at home (or here)" endeavor. If that's too much exhilaration, pull up a hammock, soak up the sun and surf on Acapulco's world-famous beaches.
Adelaide, Australia - The capital city of South Australia is simply enchanting, a treasure trove of shopping, fine arts, gastronomy and outdoor activity. Adelaide is the heart of the world's opal industry, selling gorgeous stones from South Australian mines. Be sure to hike the aptly named Mt. Lofty Ranges and catch a wave off the Fleurieu Peninsula. Indulge your adventurous palate and traipse into nearby wine regions like the famed Barossa Valley to pick up a deliciously drinkable souvenir.
Airlie Beach, Australia - The town of Airlie Beach, often referred to as the "Gateway To The Whitsundays", radiates a certain bohemian charm, with a blend of cosmopolitan and contemporary Australian style. Facing north on the eastern coast of Australia, Airlie Beach is blessed with late afternoon sun in the winter and cool, refreshing breezes in the summer. The coastal village of Airlie Beach serves as the ideal launching pad to explore the majestic Whitsunday islands, vast areas of untouched natural forests and the idyllic Great Barrier Reef.
Ajaccio, Corsica, France - Corsica is an island of rocky outcroppings and sandy beaches, with secret trails that lead inland over fields and through lazy villages. In Ajaccio, visit Napoleon Bonaparte's house, birthplace of Corsica's famous son. Buy a wedge of tangy cheese at the market, and in the mountains, delight in the scent of sun-warmed thyme.
Alana, Turkey - On a rocky promontory above the harbor lies the impressive13th-century Alanya fortress. Stoic Roman structures and Byzantine churches fill the city below. But the intricate sea caves that surround this enchanting port may be the most popular attractions of all.
Alexandria, Egypt - Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C., Alexandria became the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt. Its status as a beacon of culture symbolized by Pharos, the legendary lighthouse, that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The setting for the stormy relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony (Marcus Antonius), Alexandria was also the center of learning in the ancient world. Visit the old Roman theater, the Greco-Roman Museum, the magnificent new Library, Zoological Gardens and more.
Alicante, Spain - This bright city on the Costa del Sol was founded by the ancient Greeks in 325 B.C, who called it Akra Leuka ("White Summer") for its impressive headlands. The Moors ruled here for over five centuries, and reminders of their passing can be dicovered in the winding alleyways of the Old Quarter. The views from the 1,000 foot Balcon del Mediterraneo are superb.
Almeria, Spain - The city of Almeria, once an Arab stronghold, has seen ancient civilizations come and go over the many centuries of its existence. Your tour of this interesting city will be on foot, as motor coaches are not permitted in the Old Town. Visit the Alcazaba Palace of the Moorish Kings (Caliphs) and stop at the cathedral, which is a Gothic building with Renaissance facades
Amalfi, Italy - The Amalfi coast has been called the greatest meeting of land and sea on earth. Situated in the Campania region between Sorrento and Salerno, Amalfi is one of the main towns, the other being Positano, on the world famous Amalfi Drive - known as the most romantic drive in Italy. The road is gouged from the side of rocky cliffs plunging into the sea. Erosion has contorted the rocks into mythological shapes and hollowed out fairy grottoes where the air is turquoise and the water an icy blue. During the Middle Ages, Amalfi was an independent maritime state with a population of 50,000. The ship compass was invented here in 1302. Approximately 10 miles away from Amalfi is the village of Ravello. An enchanting village with wonderful views and quiet lanes, Ravello boasts romantic gardens that showcase medieval ruins, and afford magnificent views of the entire Bay of Salerno.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Here in Amsterdam, you can decide whether the real masterpieces are the gabled houses that flank graceful canals, or the van Goghs, Rembrandts and Vermeers that cover the walls of the city's grand museums.
Argostoli, Greece - Situated on the largest of the Ionion Islands on Kefalonia, Argostoli is perfect for nature and history lovers. Tour the ruins of St. George Castle, see loggerhead turtles feeding and take in sweeping views atop its cliffs.
Arhus, Denmark - Step back to the Middle Ages in Old Town with its cobbled streets and faultless renditions of half-timbered houses. Shop for unique Danish handcrafts. Explore the ruggedly beautiful Jutland Peninsula and its heathery hills.
Ashdod, Israel - Ashdod, located in the South District of Israel on the Mediterranean Sea coast, is Israel's largest port. Ashdod was first settled during the Canaanite era in the 17th century BC, making the city one of the most ancient in the world. Ashdod is mentioned thirteen times in the Bible. Now a well-planned modern city, Ashdod is a welcoming combination of ancient history and cosmopolitan port life, as well as a starting point for a day-trip to Jerusalem.
Astoria, Oregon - Located on the Columbia River and only miles from the Pacific Ocean, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. Surrounded by water and trees, Astoria is filled with endless scenic beauty and miles of long sandy beaches. Spend your day discovering unique shops, the bridge of a World War II warship, or the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece - You'll climb the Acropolis, the site of ancient Athens, crowned by the immortal Parthenon. Its chiseled columns were raised by Pericles, Athens's great general. Rest your running shoes in the temple of Nike. A little shopping and souvlaki in the Plaka and you're practically an (ancient) Athenian!
Auckland, New Zealand - Shop along the picturesque waterfront of this ever-expanding city, home to one-third of the country's population. From museums housing Maori artifacts to extinct volcanic peaks, this pedestrian-friendly city is the perfect combination of nature and commerce.
Baltimore, MD - With a world-class aquarium, major sporting events and fantastic food, Baltimore is filled with things to do and see. The prime spot for activity is the Inner Harbor, where you'll find the Harborside Shopping Pavilion, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the National Aquarium, Port Discovery and much, much more. Plus, there are a number of historical sites nearby, including Mount Vernon and Federal Hill.
Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand - Once a small Khmer trading center, Bangkok has grown into one of the world's most populous and cosmopolitan cities. Bustling streets and markets stand side by side with serene golden temples and glitzy nightclubs. Explore the architectural marvel of the Grand Palace. Discover Bangkok's largest Buddha at Wat Pho and shop the spectacular Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
Bar Harbor, Maine - Once the summer-society rival of Newport, today Bar Harbor is rich in the legacy of the 19th century millionaires, including Acadia National Park, most of which was donated by the Rockefeller family. Clip clop along tranquil trails in a horse-drawn carriage.
Barbados - Barbados is the most eastern island in the Caribbean, and is a tiny dot on most world maps with an area of 430 square kilometres. Barbados has a population of about 260,000 - which is quite high considering its size. With 97 kilometres of coastline, Barbados has much to offer its visitors in terms of water sports and beach activities.
Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona is a one of a kind, world-class city. While away the day exploring the beautiful, tree-shaded Las Ramblas. Or, marvel at its fantastic Art Nouveau architecture, with dozens of buildings that seem to have been sculpted from the stuff of dreams, like the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. For the more worldly, shop for exquisite Lladro ceramics, chic spanish fashions or enjoy a cuisine that many say has rival's the French for the title of world's best.
Bari, Italy - Fairy-tale houses that look like chanterelle mushrooms. Alberobello's little round houses with the cone-topped roofs are called trulli -- and they are truly unique. Their origins are ancient -- some date from 3000 B.C. And they are only found here.
Basseterre, St. Kitts - The island England zealously defended from Brimstone Hill, the "Gibraltar of the West Indies." In Basseterre, a mini-London, there's Piccadilly Circus to shop and a gingerbread version of Big Ben by which to check the hour.
Bay of Islands, New Zealand - With its warm azure waters, golden beaches and some of the bluest skies on the planet, Bay of Islands is a magnet for the vacationally deprived. Some 150 isles, many still secluded, and a handful of coastal towns make up New Zealand's favorite holiday haven. Waitangi is your historic hotbed imbued in Maori myth and legends. Then there's Russell, the tranquil fishing town, Kerikeri with its wineries and orchards, and pretty Paihia, with its semi-central location - the perfect jumping-off point to everything the beautiful Bay of Islands has to offer.
Belfast, Northern Ireland - So much of Ireland's political history is tied up in Belfast that many visitors are surprised to find that it is also a modern city, blending old and new effortlessly as the troubles of its pass fade into history. A day trip away are the Giants' Causeway (a series of stone pillars that extends to Scotland) and the spectacular Antrim coast.
Belize City, Belize - From the thriving, pulsating Caribbean capital of Belize, paradise calls. The longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere (175 miles long and second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef) is dotted with cayes teeming with a dazzling array of colorful fish and tropical plants. Inland, find dense virgin jungles, tumbling jade-green rivers and verdant valleys. An eco-tourist's paradise.
Bergen, Norway - A key member of the medieval Hanseatic League of Merchants, Bergen has had plenty of practice combining commerce with community. In this delightful city, you will find pleasure in the Bryggen waterfront district and marketplace, or travel out of town for some great backcountry hikes. On the shores of Nordnes Lake is Troldhaugen—the historic home of composer Edvard Grieg.

Currently, there are no shore excursions available in Bergen, Norway
Bilbao, Spain - Bilbao, Spain's sixth-largest city, is being revitalized with the help of astounding strides in art and architecture. New life arrived in this commercial/industrial hub via the astonishing Bilbao Guggenheim Museum; the new, sleek glass and steel tube metro system; and the stunning glass-decked parabolic arch footbridge above the Nervion River. Bilbao also provides an excellent home base from which to explore the diverse Basque country, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pyrenees.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia - Bora Bora lies 150 miles (240 km) northwest of Tahiti in the leeward Society Islands. The main island, home to 4,225 inhabitants, is in the center of a multicolored lagoon, surrounded by offshore "motu" islets inside a protective coral necklace.
Boston, Massachusetts - The cradle of American history, Boston rests on its glorious cultural laurels-Trinity Church, Old Ironsides, the Freedom Trail; yet thrusts into the next millennium as a high-tech hub of the computer industry.
Bridgetown, Barbados - An island some say is more British than Britain. Here, cricket is the national sport and afternoon tea goes without saying. But Barbados is true blue Caribbean as well, with classic sand beaches, and wild monkeys in the jungle.
Brisbane, Australia - The cool and casual capital of Queensland offers all the glitz and glam of a big city without the big city airs. Located on the banks of the Brisbane River and surrounded by rolling hills, this urban oasis sure is easy on the eyes. Whether you're headed uptown, downtown or out of town, you'll be sure to encounter your fair share of first-ever experiences. Scale the legendary Story Bridge, take a sandboarding tour on North Stradbroke Island. Or if you'd like to connect with your inner Aussie, try your hand at sheep shearing at the Australian Woolshed.
Bruges,(Zeebrugge),Belgium - Bordering the delta of the Scheldt, and the Maas and Rhine rivers, Zeebrugge could be one of the most unique seaports you visit in this lifetime. Zeebrugge is blessed with a picturesque network of canals and fields peppered with graceful windmills. Zeebrugge serves as a gateway port to the historic city of Brussels.
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Seductive and profoundly nostalgic, only Buenos Aires could have given birth to the tango. An overnight stay gives you time to savor the city's fading, beloved European heritage, its creative intensity, the elegance of its citizens, and its famous night-owl social life.
Burgas, Bulgaria - Burgas, Bulgaria Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you've really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. During summer months, plays and concerts attract locals armed with picnic provisions to this park overlooking the Black Sea. You'll also find striking sculptures, beautifully designed flower gardens, and the occasional cafe. Stairs from the park lead directly down to the beach.
Cabo San Lucas - Championship golf courses, world-class deep sea fishing and incredible diving opportunities have transformed Cabo San Lucas, a once sleepy fishing town located on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, into one of the most popular resort destinations in Mexico. Rolling sand dunes and hidden coves dot a countryside ringed by some of the most famous and often-photographed rock formations in the world.
Cabrits, Dominica - Step ashore for a naturalist-guided tour of one of the most ruggedly beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Look: a Sisserou parrot!
Cadiz, Spain - This 3,000-year-old town is your portal to Seville, home of flamenco and the exquisite Alcazar Palace; and Jerez, sherry capital at vine-covered bodegas; From Cadiz you can taste the sherries of Jerez and visit an Andalusian equestrian school, or drive through cork plantations to see the marvelous city of Seville with its Alcazar Royal Palace. Cadiz itself boasts a 13th-century cathedral and ancient castle walls.
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy - Traces of ancient settlements are found all over the island of Sardinia: neolithic ruins at Nora; Phoenician, Cathaginian and Roman relics near Cagliari; and Arab, Genoese and Iberian heritage evident in architecture dating back to the Middle Ages. Cagliari, the capital, climbs a hillside overlooking the aptly named Gulf of Angels. In the old Castello Quarter, the streets are narrow and shaded and the buildings are old, but the beaches of Sardinia are wide and expansive, basking in the Mediterranean sun.
Cairns, Australia - When you're in the city of Cairns, the islands, rainforest and reef of tropical North Queensland are never too far away. Take the opportunity and snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef, a remarkable diving site filled with vibrant coral islands and marine life. Enjoy the oceanfront energy of the Cairns Esplanade and browse the restaurants, shops and bars. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you white-water raft down the nearby rivers and take in the natural beauty as you travel to the butterfly-fringed village of Kuranda. Don't miss a day trip to the magical Daintree Rainforest, considered the planet's oldest surviving tropical rainforest.
Calvi, Corsica, France - Rumored to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Calvi is a small and stunningly beautiful beach resort town on the Island of Corsica (known to be the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte). Visit Notre Dame de la Serra Chapel and take in 360° views of the bay and surrounding mountains; explore the centuries-old fortress Citadel of Calvi, a remarkable example of Genoese architecture; and relish time relaxing on one of Corsica's secluded white sand beaches.
Cannes, France - When Lord Brougham, Chancellor of Britain was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Cannes on his journey to Italy, he was captivated by the natural setting of the village. Each winter he returned to Cannes which began a tourism industry as England's wealthy flocked to spend their holidays here. Today the rich and famous come from all over the world to participate in the elite Cannes Festival, which honors filmmakers from the world over.
Cape Liberty (Bayonne), NJ - Cape Liberty Cruise Port is located on the New York Harbor in Bayonne, New Jersey, and is just seven miles from New York City and three miles from Newark Liberty International Airport. Its waterfront location and convenience to the Big Apple allows visitors easy access to everything New York City has to offer along with providing visitors access to the historic roots of Northern New Jersey. Convenient guest parking is located adjacent to the cruise terminal.
Cartagena, Colombia - The oldest city in the New World, founded in 1533. Through its portals once poured the wealth of the Spanish Main... Mother lodes of gold, silver and emeralds bound for Madrid. See San Felipe, the fortress that guarded it all, then plunder the dazzling Bocagrande, where emeralds still gleam.
Cartagena, Spain - In the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea, you'll find a natural harbor surrounded by five hills - welcome to the seaport known as Cartagena. Cartagena was originally settled in 223 BC. The city has flourished under Roman, Muslim and Arab rule, and today offers a vast cultural legacy. Cartagena was the main city of the Spanish Carthaginians, who named it after their own capital. The port is rich in ancient and maritime history. The town is walled, the harbor defended by forts, and Roman ruins are scattered throughout.
Casa de Campo - On the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, La Romana was once a sleepy sugarcane town that specialized in cattle raising. Visitors didn't come near the place until Gulf + Western Industries opened a luxurious tropical paradise resort, the Casa de Campo, about 2km (1 mile) east of town. It's the finest resort in the Dominican Republic, and especially popular among golfers.
Casablanca, Morocco - Travel from Casablanca, the city of Bergman and Bogart, and tour to Rabat, Morocco's serene capital. In the south, on the edge of the Western Sahara, Marrakech is the city of souks, storytellers, snake charmers and the famed Koutoubia Minaret.
Castries, St. Lucia - Watch natives fashion boats from gum trees, write postcards in a Creole cafe. Shop for black coral carvings and exquisite silk-screened fabrics.
Catalina Island - Known to divers for its spectacular wall diving, this deserted island is ringed by gorgeous beaches and crystal clear water.
Catania, Sicily, Italy - Catania is one of the major cities in Sicily and is located on the island's eastern coast between Taormina and Syracuse (see Sicily map). Catania is on a major rail line and has an airport with flights to and from mainland Italy and other European cities. Catania Top Sights: Greek and Roman Archeological Park with remains of an amphitheater, Odeon, Greek acropolis, Roman forum, catacombs, and baths.
Ceuta, Spanish Morocco - Just across the Strait of Gibraltar, Ceuta is your portal to the Spanish community of Tetouan. Part Andalusian, part Moroccan, totally enchanting. Its medina is alluring mayhem.
Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece - Chania is the second largest city of Crete, and one of the most beautiful. It lies along the north coast of the island at the east end of the Gulf of Chania. Chania is the site of the ancient Minoan settlement the Greeks called Cydonia (Kydonia), which was mentioned in Virgil's Aeneid. The site has been continuously inhabited from Neolithic times-at least 5000 years. The city's rich history can be traced through historic buildings and monuments with Venetian, Turkish and Greek architecture.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - Named after a Danish Queen, Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking deepwater harbors in the world. The key sights of Charlotte Amalie are located within the town centre, making it easy to combine sightseeing with St. Thomas’ fantastic shopping opportunities. Eighteenth century architecture provides the perfect backdrop for walking tours and shopping here in the "Duty Free Capital of the World." For a dose of history, visit Emancipation Park, the American-Caribbean History Museum, or Bluebeard the pirate's castle at Magen’s Bay. If tropical bliss is what you're after, head to any of Charlotte Amalie’s pristine beaches, where the warm water, white sands and palm trees will lull you into deep relaxation!
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - A provincial capital with a distinctly English feel. Where red double-decker buses motor along streets lined with gingerbread-trimmed Victorian houses; and tea is served promptly at three.
Cherbourg, France - Cherbourg offers everything you could want from a seaside town in France - beautiful gardens, cute little shops, appetizing restaurants. As a port, however, Cherbourg is a maritime institution, playing major roles in early transatlantic travel, submarine building and nautical pastimes. One look at its massive man-made sea wall or its bustling piers and any seafaring adventurer will feel right at home here.
Christchurch (Lyttelton), New Zealand - Christchurch has a rich history of adventurers who used Christchurch as a gateway for Antarctic explorations. Famed explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton used the port of Lyttelton as a departure point for their expeditions.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Plan your time here carefully, as the Eternal City's sights are endless: the Colosseum, the Forum, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican and so much more.
Cobh (Cork), Ireland - Cobh is just a short train ride to charming Cork, Ireland, whose hilly streets echo with the music of what is renowned to be Ireland's most talkative citizenry. Visit local artisans and witness their skills in the arts of weaving and cutting crystal. The charming English Market is a great place to get a taste of the local flavors (including the chance for an excellent meal at the Farmgate Cafe located within). Also, Cork's lovely art museum has many fine works by lesser known artists from the last few centuries.
Coco Cay, Bahamas - Located in the middle of the Caribbean's bright blue water lies the secluded island of CocoCay. With its white-sand beaches and spectacular surroundings, CocoCay is a wonderland of adventure. Reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, this tropical paradise has recently been updated with new aquatic facilities, nature trails and a ton of great places to just sit back, relax and enjoy a tropical drink.
Colon, Panama - Set at the Caribbean end of the Canal, Colon is your portal to the massive Gatun Locks; and a visit to the Gatun Yacht Club for a rare experience - swim in the Canal.
Constanta, Romania - It is the principal seaport of Romania. Chief exports of the city are oil and cereals; imports include coal and coke, machinery, and textiles. Industries in Constanta include fishing, shipbuilding, and the production of wine. The city has an archaeology museum, founded in 1879. In ancient times, the city was known as Tomi, and it was the town where the Roman poet Ovid spent his exile. In the 4th century AD it was rechristened Constantiana in honor of the sister of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. Under Ottoman domination (1413-1878) the city was called Küstenja. The name was changed to Constanta in 1878, when Romania acquired the territory from Bulgaria.
Copenhagen, Denmark - Denmark's capital is sophisticated, saucy and friendly. Stroll the fairytale world of Tivoli Gardens to take in bright lights, castles that out-Disney Disney. See the city's 200- year-old Royal Palace, the lively Old Harbor - Hans Christian Andersen lived here. Salute the Little Mermaid, symbol of this light-hearted city.
Corfu, Greece - Corfu greets you with sunny beaches, miles of cypress groves and the opulent villas of 19th century European royalty.
Costa Maya, Mexico - Exploring the dense tropical vegetation and wide sandy bays of the Costa Maya, it's easy to imagine the days when sacrifice and slavery, rite and ritual were rampant in the Mayan culture. Even today, the countless ruins of temple walls, stairs and secret pathways exude magic and mystery. And when your archaeology lesson is complete, glorious stretches of coral sand may inspire you to build your own empire-of sand castles, of course!
Cozumel, Mexico - The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.
Da Nang, Vietnam - Located on the South China Sea, Da Nang is a major port city and your gateway to the natural and ancient wonders of Vietnam. Gaze upon the five peaks of the Marble Mountains - long a source of inspiration for Vietnamese artisans; visit the palace and pavilions of Hue, the Imperial City of the Nguyen emperors; and explore the charming merchant town of Hoi An and nearby China Beach.
Dalian, China People's Republic of China - This seaport city is small by Chinese standards, only about five million people; but it's big on beaches, seafood and exquisite hand-blown glass.
Devil's Island, French Guiana - The most notorious of the three Salvation Islands, Devil's Island functioned for generations as a French penal colony. Once known as the "Dry Guillotine" because so many prisoners died there, the island today seems haunted by the spirits of former prisoners. Henri Charriere, better known as "Papillon," claimed to be the only prisoner ever to escape the Island.
Dikili (Pergamum), Turkey - The popular summer resort town of Dikili, tucked away on the Northwest side of Turkey's Aegean region, is relatively untouched by tourism, but with its historic and natural charms, it may not be able to hold on to its quiet reputation for long. Dikili's picturesque coastal area dates back 5,000 BC, and it's easy to see the remnants of ancient times. Choose from therapeutic hot springs and thermal mud baths, or surround yourself with the rich and diverse history of the ruins of Atarneus, the stunning Acropolis theatre at the city of Pergamon, or the wooden Merkez Mosque, built in 1789 and without the use of nails. Explore the dormant volcanic crater Lake Kargol, the Nebiler waterfall and caves, and the Denizkoy and Bademli beaches, or sit in the shadow of the hillside at one of the many harborside restaurants for seafood, Turkish specialties and beautiful landscapes.
Douglas, Isle of Man - Since 1863, Douglas has been the capital of the Isle of Man and its Viking heritage is manifest in the harbor. Gabled buildings with arched windows face wooden boats and tall-masted sailing vessels, and the promenade stretches a full two miles. As you travel, do two things—first, bear in mind that this is the home of the world-famous TT motorcycle race and some of the locals always drive as if in training; and second, stop to pet the island's indigenous tailless cat.
Dover (London), England - After seeing her fomous "white cliffs" as you arrive, you can take a quick trip to nearby Canterbury to see its medieval cathedral, where Thomas Becket met his tragic end. Or carry on to London for a day filled with whatever your heart desires. This is London, after all, of which Samuel Johnson famously said "Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Whether its history, fashion, shopping, art, culture or food you're looking for, London's got it.
Dublin, Ireland - Dublin, the fair city, invites you to wander the streets trod by Joyce, Yeats and Oscar Wilde. Drop in at pubs with mahogany bars and stained glass. In the Trinity College Library, feast your eyes on the illuminated 9th-century Book of Kells. Sample the world's most famous stout at the original Guinness Brewery. And, of course, there are plenty of shopping opportunities — from a souvenir shillelagh to Waterford crystal.
Dubrovnik, Croatia - This ancient city is set on a peninsula and surrounded by a 1,000 year old protective wall. Said to be one of the prettiest spots in the world, it is as if you stepped back in time.
Dun Laoghaire (Dublin), Ireland - Dún Laoghaire, with it's splendid harbour and spectacular rolling hills, is only seven miles (12km) south of Dublin, Ireland's capital. In Dublin, you'll wander the streets trod by Joyce, Yeats and Oscar Wilde, drop in at pubs with mahogany bars and stained glass, and visit Trinity College Library, where you can see the amazing "illuminations" in the 9th-century Book of Kells. You can also tour the original Guinness Brewery to sample the freshest possible pint of world's most famous stout. And, of course, there are plenty of shopping opportunities — from a souvenir shillelagh to great vintage shops in the university district to Waterford crystal.
Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand - Dunedin is the old Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Uncover this "kiwi" city's Scottish heritage roots as you meander its octagon-shaped streets and quaint Victorian buildings.
Dunmore East (Waterford), Ireland - In this city, founded in 853 by the Vikings, the attraction is clearly the crystal factory. Follow all stages of production, observing how sand, lead and potash are transformed by fire into sparkling crystal.
Edinburgh, Scotland - The capital of Scotland and seventh most populous city in the United Kingdom, Edinburgh is incredibly rich in both history and modern pleasures. Get the lay of the land with a bird's eye panorama after climbing the 287 steps of the Scott Monument. Then experience history at Edinburgh Castle while art lovers get a "fix" at the Scottish National Museum. Follow either with a meal at the Doric where you can get a fine meal upstairs and fine scotch downstairs. All of the above are within easy walking distance of each other. Follow this with a walk along the Royal Mile and be sure to explore some of the side alleys (called "closes") along the way; that's where the real fun is.

If you're in the mood for a deeper look into Scottish history, visit the National Museum of Scotland where you can get immersed in the earlier lives of the Scots and even see a T. Rex skeleton. Interested in a more botanical experience? How about a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden? A romantic meal at a fine restaurant (even a michelin star restaurant, if you'd like) can be found at Leith, an industrial area near the port that has been given new life as a dining and drinking destination.

Are you a golfer? Ever hear of St. Andrews? You know, the place where they invented Golf. It's here (and yes, you can rent clubs).
Edinburgh, Scotland (Overnight) - The capital of Scotland and seventh most populous city in the United Kingdom, Edinburgh is incredibly rich in both history and modern pleasures. Get the lay of the land with a bird's eye panorama after climbing the 287 steps of the Scott Monument. Then experience history at Edinburgh Castle while art lovers get a "fix" at the Scottish National Museum. Follow either with a meal at the Doric where you can get a fine meal upstairs and fine scotch downstairs. All of the above are within easy walking distance of each other. Follow this with a walk along the Royal Mile and be sure to explore some of the side alleys (called "closes") along the way; that's where the real fun is.

If you're in the mood for a deeper look into Scottish history, visit the National Museum of Scotland where you can get immersed in the earlier lives of the Scots and even see a T. Rex skeleton. Interested in a more botanical experience? How about a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden?

Since you're staying overnight, you'll have a chance to experience Edinburgh's nightlife. A romantic dinner at a fine restaurant (even a michelin star restaurant, if you'd like) can be found at Leith, an industrial area near the port that has been given new life as a dining and drinking destination. And then, of course, like any self-respecting big city, Edinburgh is loaded with many hip nightclubs to satisfy your inner "party animal."
Ensenada, Mexico - South of the border, alongside mountains, desert and sea, Ensenada offers a warm and wonderful introduction to Mexico. The oldest community on the Baja Peninsula, it was first visited by Spanish missionaries in the 17th century. Today it's a thriving seaport. Ensenada's breezy climate invites exploration, shopping for colorful handicrafts, dining on delectable seafood, viewing the wonderful Gold Coast, and sipping cervezas in lively cantinas.
Esbjerg, Denmark - Travel over the heathery hills of the ruggedly beautiful Jutland Peninsula to Ribe, Denmark's oldest town. Explore its medieval town center; shop for unique Danish handicrafts.

Currently, there are no shore excursions available in Esbjerg, Denmark.
Falmouth, Jamaica - Step off the ship and step back in time. You might not think so at first glance but little Falmouth was an economic and shipping powerhouse and center for dramatic social change during the English Colonial Period. Founded and named Martha Brae Point in 1769 by local English planter, Thomas Reid, Falmouth became the transshipment hub for the sugar plantations covering the hills of the North Coast of Jamaica. Edward Barrett, a wealthy English planter, strongly influenced the early development of Falmouth. From the wharfs of Falmouth, sugar, molasses, rum and coffee were sent to England while ships carrying African slaves and all the necessities of 18th century colonial life dropped anchor in the bustling port town. You'll return with sun kissed skin, timeless memories as well as interesting historical tidbits to share with friends, like this one: Falmouth received piped water before New York City.
Fanning Island, Republic of Kiribati - Once you've spent a day of leisure on Fanning Island in the Republic of Kiribati, you may never want to leave. NCL's Pacific hideaway is awash with bright white beaches and clear azure lagoons. The natives are warm, friendly people who smile often and easily and are unspoiled to the outside world.
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand (Scenic Cruising) - Fifteen thousand years ago, glaciers carved out Fiordland National Park. Witness what nature perfected over time — its snowcapped mountains, roaring rivers filled with ice, and the lush green grasslands that blanket this famed wilderness landscape in southwest New Zealand.
Flam, Norway - Cruise Sognefjord, King of the Fjords, and take a thrilling, cliff-hanger train ride from sea level to the lofty mountain heights above. Villages and terraced farms perch on the slopes above dramatic waterways.

Currently, there are no shore excursions available in Flam, Norway.
Fort-de-France, Martinique - An intoxicating blend of French perfume and creole spices surround this island paradise. Chase butterflies in the lush tropical foliage or follow the promise of haute shopping for the latest couture.
Fredericia, Denmark - Right on the Jutland peninsula is the striking town of Fredericia, a historic Danish military stronghold founded by Frederick III in 1650. Fortified city walls, historic monuments, and military remnants abound throughout the town, and it still serves as a major barracks for Telegrafregimentet, the Royal Danish Army's Signals Regiment. But its most current claim to fame is its laidback, seaside vibe with the best in Danish history and culture to take in.
Freeport, Bahamas - Footloose and duty-free, the capital of the Bahamas is a shopper's paradise. Among your choices: the ten-acre International Bazaar and a lively straw market. If shopping's not your bag, stroll the lush Garden of the Groves or snorkel lovely Lucaya waters, where over a million dollars worth of pieces-of-eight were discovered in 1964.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.
Funchal (Madeira), Portugal - The island of Madeira is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 370 miles off the coast of Morocco. For over 100 years tourists have enjoyed its rugged volcanic peaks, beautiful tropical coastline and a climate that's never too hot or cold. Madeira lace and Madeira wine are both still produced here in the Old World tradition. Many hidden valleys, peaks and botanical gardens are just waiting to be explored.
Gagliari, Italy - Grasses woven with rosemary and thyme cover this island, along with pre-historic temples.
Galveston, TX - Galveston is famous for its seafood, tropical scenery and breathtaking Victorian architecture. This magnificent island also boasts of 32 miles of beautiful beaches and great sportfishing.
Gatun Lake - Formed by an earthen dam, one of the largest artificial lakes in the world at 23.5 miles long.
Genoa, Italy - A commercial port, genteel seaside resort, fine 16th century palaces in a town proud of its history and legend which was the native place of Christopher Columbus
Georgetown, Grand Cayman - The premier attraction here is Seven Mile Beach...white as snow, soft as talc. Name your game and you'll find it here: Snorkeling, swimming, sailing, windsurfing over rippling waves, or gliding under them in a passenger submarine. Or perhaps shopping is your game. Duty-free bargains abound: crystal, perfume, jewelry fashioned of silver and prized pink coral.
Gibraltar - As long as the Barbary Apes remain, the British will rule Gibraltar‐this is the tradition that has held for 350 years. These pesky primates are a favorite with visitors despite their incessant chatter and light-fingered ways. Ride to the top of the Rock for great views over the Strait of Gibraltar‐on a clear day you'll see Africa.
Gijon, Spain - Beautiful green landscapes meet rural countrysides in this historic fishing village known as Gijon. This famed region of Asturian is perfect for an adventure or simply a great place to get lost amid the winding streets.
Glacier Bay - If you didn't know any better, you'd think Glacier Bay ostentatious for the way it flaunts its ice.When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. You hold your breath as you catch the moment on film. Then you wait for it all to happen again. And it does: Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world.
Grand Cayman - Grand Cayman, kissed by sparkling, turquoise waters, is a dream come true for water sports enthusiasts. You can snorkel with stingrays, go scuba diving, sail a catamaran, take in some sport fishing, or just mellow out along the powder-soft sand of the magnificent Seven Mile Beach. While you're there, don't forget to visit Hell, which is devilishly popular with senders of postcards.
Grand Turk - Grand Turk is a picturesque island with a relaxed pace and a warm, friendly atmosphere. There are no fast food chains and no sprawling resorts.In addition to the amazing year around diving, with Oasis Divers you have seasonal attractions such as the North Atlantic humpback whales during the winter and manta rays in the summer, you're sure to be amazed.
Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas - Enjoy the expanded white sandy beaches and the many activities we have to offer. Play in the water, go snorkel and see underwater delights, or get revved up on a waverunner adventure.
Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland - Scotland's largest city, Glasgow's skyline is a kaleidoscope of architectural gems, encompassing the magnificent 12th century cathedral, the stunning Victorian cityscape and revolutionary Art Nouveau. Against this backdrop, the famed art galleries and museums of Glasgow have ensured that its cultural heritage stands alongside that of other major European cities. See works by some of the worlds greatest artists at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum housing a superb collection of paintings by, among others, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso.
Guernsey, Channel Islands - - Floating just off the Normandy coast, this bucolic isle is famous throughout the world for its Guernsey cattle. Be easy here: stroll fields of bluebells, watch fishing boats bob in St. Peter Port harbor.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam - The great Vietnamese poet and statesman Nguyen Trai called it the "rock wonder in the sky." In designating it a World Heritage Site, UNESCO describes it as "spectacular seascape of limestone pillars." It's name translates as "Descending Dragon Bay." Geologists call it karst topography, and say it's what happens when soluble bedrock wears away over millions of years. Halong Bay, located on Vietnam's northeast coast, is otherworldly no matter what words you choose. About 2,000 limestone islands stipple the vast bay, most of them rising hundreds of feet sheer from the sea. If, as you cruise along, you find words fail to capture the beauty of the place, be at ease. They never do.
Haifa, Israel - Considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the Middle East, Haifa offers sweeping views of the sea with the Carmel Mountains as a glorious backdrop. Be sure to visit the Tikotin Japanese Museum, Stella Maris Monastery and the stunning gold-domed Bahai Shrine.
Haines - Tucked in the forests at the tip of the Inside Passage, Haines sits on the shores of America's longest fjord. Spectacular peaks, glaciers, rivers and lakes, home to abundant birds and wildlife, surround this pristine spot.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - When was the last time you whiled away the day on a private Caribbean island? Here's your chance. The island is ours; the day is yours to sun, swim, and sail. Enjoy!
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Ocean scenery at its best: granite boulders pounded by crashing surf, lighthouses standing sentinel on rocky ledges, a delectable lobster lunch caught fresh from the waters off Peggy's Cove. Back in Halifax, the ramparts of the Citadel await your inspection.
Hamburg, Germany - Even though Hamburg is quite well known for its Reeperbahn red light district, Germany's second-largest city is more appropriately recognized for its pivotal role in Europe's economy. Its huge port facility handles a vast amount of traffic and cargo, and the city's meticulously maintained parks, soaring steeples and vibrant art scene attract a healthy tourist trade.

Currently, there are no shore excursions available in Hamburg, Germany.
Hamilton, Bermuda - The City of Hamilton, a port city, is the capital and administrative, commercial, entertainment and shopping center of Bermuda. It is named after Henry Hamilton. He was British Lieutenant Governor and then full Governor here from 1788 to 1794 and got this municipality started.

It hosts the Bermuda Government, with its many buildings, army of civil servants, large number of elected and appointed politicians, cruise and cargo ships. It is one of the two local container ports and the hub of Bermuda's international business administration.
Harwich (London), England - "Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Samuel Johnson's famous words are as true today as when he spoke them. A visitor to London could fill a month with fascinating people, art, music, late-night dancing, fabulous shopping, an endless array of pubs and first rate meals. Tourists should take in Victoria Station, the beauty of Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and the pomp of Buckingham Palace. And then there are the "Elgin Marbles" at the British Museum and the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. Or visit Sherlock Holmes' HQ on Baker Street (you know the address). After all that, make what might be the most important stop of all: grab a pint at one of the many corner pubs that's been hosting revelers since before America was a nation. Port tips from our blog
Havana, Cuba - Part of the US authorization for Fathom to travel from an U.S. port to Cuba, is that while in Cuban waters or land all travelers are required to do at least eight hours of cultural exchange activities. Regardless of nationality every traveler must adhere to the schedule of activities at each port while in Cuba and there cannot be any deviations.

The three major ports we intend on visiting will be Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos.

Cienfuegos is the only port where there are less than eight hours at the port, since the ship is scheduled to arrive at 7:00 am and depart at 1:00pm.

Santiago de Cuba will have a full eight hours of scheduled cultural immersion activities; however, there will not be any free time after the scheduled activities.

While in Havana, once the daily cultural immersion activities are complete, you are free to spend your free time as you please as long it is a "cultural exchange" with the Cuban people. "Cultural Exchange" it is a very broad term; it can be as simple as going to dinner at the Tropicana Club and catching a show. Cuba's person to person experiences include engaging in cultural, artistic, religious, and humanitarian exchanges between American and Cuba people. Some things that will have the potential to be available are community meetings to learn about and encourage the preservation of Cuban artist and musician communities. Connect with entrepreneurs to support after school community development programs. Attend meetings with local journalist to learn about the past, present and future of Cuba. Learn about the role of literature in Cuba from booksellers that define social trends as well as the impact of Cuba on Hemingway and vice versa.
Helsingborg, Sweden - Helsingborg- Near the southern tip of Sweden, and a mere ferry trip away from Copenhagen, Helsingborg has something for everyone. You can explore the streets and alleyways, discover interesting architecture, enticing shops, and restaurants. You can absorb the atmosphere of a city with a continental feel, where for hundreds of years the most important influence has been the sea. Entertainment or outdoor activities, culture or education - Helsingborg is a city of opportunity, offering excellent conference facilities and a thriving commercial community. It is also a center of transport and trade, and a true international crossroads.
Helsinki, Finland - Shaped by its bays and isles, it's one of Europe's most scenic capitals. Hear a Sibelius concert, tour across the Arctic Circle to Lapland, land of Santa Claus, reindeer and the Midnight Sun. Buy a birchbark basket.
Hilo, Hawaii - Gaze up from this charming town and see snow-capped Mauna Kea volcano. It's just one of the scenic marvels in this exotic greenhouse of lush tropical plants, towering banyan trees, thundering falls and enough flowers to fill a rainbow. Arid deserts, steaming fissures and volcanoes that blow their tops are just as impressive.
Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Hobart is Australia's second oldest city and state capital of Tasmania. Home to more than 90 National Trust buildings, Hobart combines colonial character with a metropolitan lifestyle. It is the gateway to Tasmania's other scenic attractions and a range of shore activities lets you experience the best of both worlds.
Holyhead, Wales - Holyhead, the largest town on the island of Anglesey, is known for its excellent fishing, golfing and sailing opportunities. It's charming downtown is home to some of the nicest folks you could ever hope to meet. It's also surrounded by wonderful scenery, charming walking paths, and beaches; you can easily lose yourself happily here for a day. If you are feeling fit or want to walk off lunch, 'stroll' down to South Stack Lighthouse. It is well worth a visit but be prepared to face the challenge of 400 steps down, and the same number on the return journey. South Stack offers a wealth of bird life from the RSPB's Ellin's Tower. Every summer 4000 birds visit the area, a variety of species, including puffins, and you could be lucky to see the odd seal or dolphin meandering through the Irish Sea.
Hong Kong, China - From Victoria Peak, the Hong Kong metropolis is all primary colors and neon, commerce and capitalism. Yet just beyond the highrises are the Fragrant Harbour, Stanley Market, and mainland old China, complete with rice paddies and coolie hats.
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii - Combine the languid allure of the tropics with big-city sophistication, then add the spirit of aloha, and you've got Honolulu. This Pacific crossroads features museums, dazzling beaches, historic Pearl Harbor and spectacular sunrises over Diamond Head. Gardenias and jasmine blanket the air with a heady fragrance, and pink sunsets cast a magical glow over fabled Waikiki Beach.
Houston, Texas - Rising from the banks of the Buffalo Bayou, the capital of the new Republic of Texas in 1836, Houston holds many surprises for visitors. The city became known for opportunity and self-made fortunes made in cotton, lumber, cattle and of course, oil. Houston is the largest and most vibrant city in Texas. Houstonians created this city known for its education, arts, medicine, energy, shipping and space exploration. Visit the Space Center, home of astronaut training and Mission Contro
Huahine, Society Islands - The Garden Island
The island equivalent to the Garden of Eden, Huahine is an immense tropical jungle thriving with coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Beyond its lush landscapes and bright blooms, Huahine is also a culturally preserved sanctuary with sacred temples hidden throughout dense vegetation. Undoubtedly, this island will leave you spellbound.
Hubbard Glacier - Marching to the beat of a different drum, Hubbard Glacier is advancing while the rest of Alaska's ice rivers are receding rapidly. In 1986, Hubbard galloped forward, closing off Russell Fjord to create an entirely new lake. The phenomenon quickly passed and was followed by a short retreat, but the glacier is once again on the move and Russell Fjord is headed for another spell as an inland body of water.
Ibiza, Spain - Ibiza, the third largest of the Balearics, began to grow from a quiet, little-known island into a playground for the rich and an enclave for artists in the 1950s and 1960s. The island's brilliant, whitewashed houses reflect not only the summer sun, but 300 years of Moorish rule, earning it the nickname of 'Isla Blanca' or White Island. The town of Ibiza, also known as Eivissa, is a delightful combination of Medieval and 19th-century architecture. Visit the picturesque upper town (Dalt Vila), far removed from the sometimes hectic pace of the rest of the island. The ancient cathedral, enclosed by 16th-century walls which are a national monument in their own right, provides a stunning view of the Mediterranean below.
Icy Strait Point, Alaska - Immerse yourself in secluded beaches, old-growth forests and Alaskan adventure - the best of Southeast Alaska is yours, including some of the best whale-watching and bear viewing opportunities anywhere.
Ilha Grande, Brazil - Brazil's third largest island, famed for its tropical scenery and gorgeous beaches, has an unusual history. It was once a leper colony and later a prison. Today the entire island is a protected area and is home to a tiny beachfront town, Vila do Abraao, where cars are banned. With fine-grain sand and clear turquoise waters, the two-mile-long Lopes Mendes Beach is virtually a postcard. Another picture-album sight is Abraao Cove, considered the most beautiful bay on the island.
Inside Passage - This is one of the most famously beautiful passages in all the world. It features virtually everything you came to Alaska hoping to see, including rain forests, glaciers, fjords and white-capped peaks. All of which create a setting that's perfect for viewing whales and sea lions.
Invergordon, Scotland - The skirl of Highland bagpipes calls you ashore. Go in search of your clan tartan, and "Nessie," the spurious monster often sighted in Loch Ness.
Inverness/Loch Ness, Scotland - Inverness, aptly called the capital of the Highlands is a Gaelic word meaning "mouth of the River Ness", which flows out of Loch Ness, famous for its Monster!, into the Moray Firth, famous for its dolphins. Holidaymakers and locals alike, from all over the northern Highlands, take advantage of the excellent shopping, clubs and restaurants which have opened up in recent years, since Inverness city centre has modernised and blossomed.
Iraklion, Greece - Crete's Palace of Knossos opens a window on the Minoan world of 3,000 years ago. The dread Minotaur, conquered by Theseus, dwelt below the palace. Also on Crete: lovely mountain scenery, gorgeous beaches.
Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul, the only city in the world built on two continents, stands on the shores of the Istanbul Bogazi (Bosphorus) where the waters of the Black Sea mingle with those of the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn. Here on this splendid site Istanbul guards the precious relics of the three empires of which she has been capital; a unique link between East and West, past and present.
Ixtapa (Zihuatanejo), Mexico - Pronounced iks-tap-ah and zee-hwa-tan-eh-ho, respectively, these lovely Mexican towns are separated by only four miles. The cobblestone streets of Zihuatanejo, formerly a fishing village, take you past a plethora of interesting shops and art galleries. Ixtapa, in contrast to the slightly more commercial nature of Zihuatanejo, is home to what the ancient Nahuatl Indians referred to as "the white place": a beautiful stretch of white-sand beaches.
Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville - Florida's largest city has a newly redeveloped and revitalized downtown, full of upbeat shopping and lively restaurants,
and bisected by the scenic St. Johns River. Stroll the Jacksonville Riverwalk for views of the St. Johns.
See 100-year-old gardens at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.
Juneau, Alaska - In Alaska's capital, taste salmon baked over an alderwood fire, pan for gold, flightsee the Juneau Ice Field, and walk right up to the Mendenhall Glacier.
Kahului, Maui - A surplus of natural splendor and the genuine hospitality of its people have helped to make Maui Hawaii's second most popular island. Explore the fascinating history of the town of Lahaina. Plant yourself on a pristine beach, or play one of the world's most beautiful golf courses.
Kaohsiung, Taiwan - Colonization by the Dutch in the 17th century has left an ample architectural legacy, as did Taiwan's rule by Japan from 1895-1945. Grab a coffee at the former British Consulate, a landmark overlooking the bay. Art lovers can enjoy the outdoors and contemporary sculptures at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts' Sculpture Park, and for a spiritual experience, a visit to the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Centre, with the world's largest sitting Buddha, is highly recommended.
Katakolon, Greece - Explore the site of the very first Olympic Games! Ancient Olympia is a short drive from Katakolon to see where the sacred flame is still lit every Olympic year. Wonder at the ruins of the awesome Temple of Zeus.
Kavala (Philippi), Greece - Clinging to the foothills of Mt. Symvolo, the city of Kavala rises like an amphitheater out of the sea. Known as the "heart of Eastern Macedonia", with historical monuments and buildings almost too plentiful to list, there is no shortage of deep history in this vital port. Perched atop the town, the Castle of Kavala sits like the crown jewel, with traces of Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish influence. Don't miss the impressive 60 arches of Kamares, the old medieval aqueduct, built to bring water from the mountains to the Old Town of Panagia. Take in the classic Islamic architecture of Imaret, built by the founder of the last Egyptian dynasty, Mehmet Ali, and now home to a luxury boutique hotel. Get up close to the city's character on its many cobblestone streets, buzzing cafes, fine beaches and views of the crystal blue waters of the Aegean.
Keil, Germany - Keil (Hamburg), Germany When most people think of cities, they picture bustling streets, vibrant markets and endless entertainment. And as Germany's second-largest city, Hamburg features all these urban essentials. But with some 1,400 parks and gardens and over 2,300 bridges (more than Amsterdam and Venice combined) Hamburg mixes rural rejuvenation with metropolitan flair.
Ketchikan, Alaska - Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world's largest collection of totem poles; kayak the colorful waterfront. Port tips from our blog
Key West, Florida - A distinctly American town with the look and feel of the Caribbean, Key West unlocks myriad attractions. Ride the Conch Train to the famous sights: Ernest Hemingway's home, the Audubon House, and the "Little White House", where President Truman spent many a working vacation. Hop a catamaran to America's only living coral reef to snorkel with dolphins. Or climb into the open cockpit of a World War II biplane for an unforgettable aerial tour of the Keys.
King's Wharf, Bermuda - King's Wharf has something for everyone. Sample typical island food and stroll through the shops and museums of the Royal Naval Dockyard, an impressive military fortress built in 1815. Sail the clear waters of Hamilton Sound. Find quaint gems at the Bermuda Arts Center and Craft Market. If that's not enough, a snorkel park and watersport facility offer hours of activities to the adventuresome.
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands - Nestled among the 70 Orkney islands at the northern tip of Scotland lies Kirkwall. Once owned by Norway, the Orkney Islands were given to Scotland as part of a princess's dowry! Norwegian influence can still be found throughout this seaside town, in its names, history, and a unique accent.
Klaipeda, Lithuania - Klaip?da is Lithuania's third largest city, located in the north-western corner of the country. It is a seaport, stopover point for cruise ships, and the gateway to the Curonian Spit.
Klaip?da is known for its main icons: sculpture Annchen von Tarau, located in theater square, old sailing ship Meridianas (there wes a restaurant inside) and Fachwerk (German for half timbered) architecture in the Old Town.
Koh Samui, Thailand - Looking at the water, the palms, and the plants, you might think the color green was invented on Koh Samui, and then reinvented. Everywhere you look are shades of celadon, smaragdine, and viridian. Located in the Gulf of Thailand about 400 miles south of Bangkok, Koh Samui is an island of towering coconut trees, generous sun, and powdery white beaches. Cruise visitors will enjoy the Big Buddha, an important symbol for the locals, the Na Muang waterfall, and the beaches. Chaweng is the island's high-energy beach. Lamai is less busy. Maenam is quiet, and closest to port.
Kona, Hawaii - The sun-blessed Kona coast stretches 80 miles along macadamia nut orchards, famous coffee plantations and some of the most important sites in Hawaiian history. Captain Cook came ashore here and died at the hands of angry natives. The coast is also famous for water sports, and the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is a world-renowned annual event.
Koper, Slovenia - Koper, the Old Town at least, is one big sight. From carved grey Istrian limestone to narrow intertwining streets leading to the main square, everything in Koper narrates a story of past and present moments. Be sure to see the hacienda-like Praetorian Palace, the seat of the city's governor during the Venetian Republic.
Korčula, Croatia - Forts and fishing villages, beaches and bazaars, sailing harbors and seashores- When Marco Polo set out to explore the East in 1271, these are the treasures he left behind in his hometown. Some elements have changed little in red-roofed, sun-drenched Korčula.
Korcula, Croatia - Korcula is an island of impressive landmarks, quaint villages and lush vineyards. You'll discover numerous maritime villages built around inviting coves and along steep hillsides, with exotic names like Smokvica, Pupnat and Blato. The largest settlement on the island, Blato, is located virtually in the middle, uphill and inland from Kor?ula Town
Kotor, Montenegro - Though small, this city is vibrant and shining and its people are happy to share their city with all who come.
Kotor, Serbia - Rich in cultural tradition and one of the most preserved mediaeval settlements, Kotor is one of the most beautiful bays on the Mediterranean.
Kralendijk (Bonaire), Antilles - Kralendijk is the sleepy capital of Bonaire, an island in the Dutch Antilles. Kralendijk is lined with delightfully pastel stucco houses, in pinks, oranges and lime greens. Famous for its diving - the island is surrounded by a Marine Park - Bonaire also offers such treats as flamingos, hiking and the only barefoot casino in the Caribbean.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey - Ephesus, one of the world's finest archeological sites, awaits. Here you will walk the Arcadian Way, view the facade of the Library of Celsus and visit the Amphitheatre.
La Coruna, Spain - La Coruna has tons to offer the curious traveler. You can explore the delightful region of Spain known as Galacia, see a Roman lighthouse built in the second century which is still in use today, and glimpse La Coruna'a ancient past in the celtic stone monoliths. Appreciaters of nature can look out over the verdant countryside, small coves, and magnificent coastlines.
La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia - Stroll Tunis' spirited medina where close-packed souks offer silver, perfumes, spices, carpets and other treasures at fire sale prices. Sharpen your haggling skills here—it's anticipated! At the edge of the Sahara, the Phoenician city at Carthage now lies in windswept ruins, but once was the glorious rival of Rome.
La Romana, Dominican Republic - Cruise to La Romana to play on some of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches and lush terrain. La Romana, Dominican Republic, is a captivating slice of the tropics on the island's southeast coast. On your Carnival® Dominican Republic cruise, you can comb the cobblestoned streets of a re-created medieval village, hunt for craft treasures, and thrill to the pampered luxury of Casa de Campo, the 7,000-acre resort next door. Relax on the tropical hideaway of Saona Island. Wander the streets of a re-created 16th-century Spanish village. Take to the turquoise Caribbean Sea by snorkel, sail, or kayak. See cigars being rolled by hand with cruises to La Romana. Buy handmade pottery from the artists themselves at Altos de Chavon.
La Spezia, Italy - In Florence view the timeless treasures: the lofty Duomo, Giotto's bell tower, Michelangelo's David, the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio over the Arno. In Pisa, see the famous Tower, still standing, if crookedly, after 650 years.

Or, you could stay closer to port and visit Cinque Terre ("The Five Cities") coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Italy's greatest jewels. These five small villages dotting the coast are free of car traffic and are reached only by a railway, hiking trails, or a pedestrian ferry. Small, winding paths connect many of the villages, and a light amount of hiking will afford you some spectacular views of cliffs, coastline, and stone terraces.
Labadee, Haiti - This tropical paradise, reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, features pristine beaches, walking trails and breathtaking vistas. Labadee is the perfect setting for parasailing, wave runners and the kayak tour, all available on your own private island.
Lahaina, Maui - Step ashore to white sandy beaches, swaying palms, and Hawaii's turbulent history: a saga of Maui chiefs, covetous whalers and self-righteous missionaries. Once the seat of power for the Hawaiian monarchy, Lahaina became a drowsy sugar town and missionary stronghold after the capital was moved to Honolulu in 1845.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands - With its landscapes filled with beaches and more than 300 volcanoes, plus perfect weather all year round, you'll quickly see why Lanzarote is an award-winning tourist destination. The island's dedication to the environment and tourism has even resulted in recognition from the World Tourism Organization as a universal model of sustainable development. In addition, the island has gone to considerable lengths to preserve its own history, culture and heritage.
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria - Gran Canaria is one of the seven Canary Islands, located off the northwest corner of Africa. As the most populated island of the archipelago, you'll find the local culture is a unique blend of Spanish, African, Latin American and Northern European communities. But the diversity doesn't end there. Gran Canaria also has three distinct climates and landscapes, including snow-capped mountains, gorgeous beaches and tropical forests with lush vegetation.
Le Havre (Paris), France - Le Havre offers you a chance to tour to the beaches of Normandy where the D-Day landings took place. Or take a train for a day in Paris and survey the city of lights from the Eiffel Tower or from a cruise of the Seine. And there is the food (oh, the food). Wander through the beautiful architecture of St. Germain or the Latin Quarter and find a bistro to settle into with a bottle of wine and experience the culinary delights that only the French seem able to offer. And, then there are the absolutely stunning museums (Musee du Louvre, Musee de l'Orangerie, Musee d'Orsay, and the Musee d'Art Moderne). And, if shopping is for you, Paris has it: from souvenirs and t-shirts to high fashion and fine art, you can find something that'll catch your eye.
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Limassol, Cyprus - A strategic garrison for Richard the Lionhearted during the Third Crusade, Limassol provides many archaeological sites, as well as an array of contemporary designer shops for exploring. The island of Cyprus is also home to two ancient kingdoms - Kourion and Amathus.
Lisbon, Portugal - Make your own discoveries in the city that launched the Age of Discovery. Cross the River Tagus on its soaring suspension bridge. Wander the maze of streets in the Alfama, the old Moorish quarter, dominated by the medieval Castle of St. George where peacocks strut and shriek. Stroll the Baixa, shop for elegant shoes.
Liverpool, England - Roll over Beethoven! Liverpool is the birthplace of the Beatles! And it won't take long to discover the amazing legacy of art, music and sport that influence this charming city. A short walk from your ship you'll find Albert Dock a bustling, converted maritime business center that now houses all sorts of entertainments (shopping, food, "The Beatles Story" and wonderful modern art at the Tate Liverpool. A bit further afield (but still quite walkable, if you're hearty), you'll find the Cavern Club, where the Beatles got their start.
Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy - In Florence view the timeless treasures: the lofty Duomo, Giotto's bell tower, Michelangelo's David, the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio over the Arno. In Pisa, see the famous Tower, still standing, if crookedly, after 650 years.
London, England - In one of the world's great cities, take in bustling Victoria Station, the beauty of Westminster Abbey, the history of Parliament, and the pomp of Buckingham Palace. Oh, and then there are the "Elgin Marbles" at the British Museum and the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. Or see Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes is said to have lived. After all (or at least some) of that make what might be the most important stop of all for last, grab a pint at a corner pub. Port tips from our blog
Loreto, Mexico - As the first capital of the Californias, Loreto is home to a proud culture rich in history. Now this envied vacation port capitalizes on its unparalleled land and seascapes, perfect for biking, fishing, horseback riding, diving, and other water sports.
Los Angeles - Los Angeles is a relatively young city, barely over a century old. This 467-square-mile desert basin is not only the center of the world's film industry; it also plays a major role in television, fashion, music and art. No wonder some of the world's most famous individuals choose L.A. as their home. The sunsets over the Pacific are nothing less than spectacular, and there are 72 miles of incredible oceanfront beaches from which to enjoy them.
Málaga, Spain - Málaga is the gateway to the Andalusian countryside and the Costa del Sol, where you can dig your toes in to the sand of some of the most impressive beaches. But this bustling town has more to offer than surf and sun. Málaga also boasts a number of impressive palaces, including the Moorish Alcabaza and Gibralfaro, as well as the majestic Alhambra Palace.
Mahogany Bay, Honduras - Located just 40 miles northeast of mainland Honduras, Roatan Island is a Western Caribbean paradise. Enjoy the ease of Mahogany Bay's new state of the art cruise ship terminal; relax on a soft sand beach; and explore the Carambola Botanical Gardens and nature trails in search of iguana, parrot, and archaeological sites dating back to Mayan times.
Manaus, Brazil - This 1.5 million city lies along the north bank of the Negro River, 11 miles (18 km) above its confluence with the Amazon (Solimoes). It is located 900 miles (1,450 km) inland from the Atlantic coast in the heart of the Amazon rain forest. As a major inland port (reached by oceangoing vessels from the Atlantic) it is a collecting and distribution center for the river areas of the upper Amazon. Principal exports include rubber, Brazil nuts, rosewood oil, jute, and a host of minor forest products; cordage and coffee sacks are made from jute. Manaus' industries include brewing, shipbuilding, soap manufacturing, the production of chemicals, the manufacture of electronics equipment, and petroleum refining (the oil being brought by barge down the Amazon from Peru).
Marseille, France - Marseille offers an unexpected view of a mosaic of buildings and National Heritage Sites from the terraces of Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica that towers above and watches over the city.

Alongside the port the towers of Saint Victor Abbey house crypts that already existed when Christianity was introduced into Provence. The columns of the Palais de la Bourse, the noble facades of the Prefecture and the fountains of the Palais Longchamp are part of the triumphant architecture from the 19th Century that is scattered throughout the city and that gave Marseille renewed splendour.

In the old quarter the houses are built on the sunny slopes ; the clock in the Accoules Bell tower, which was the old Sauveterre tower, still marks the hours of life around the Town Hall, while beyond the dome of the Vieille Charite hospice, Pierre Puget's masterpiece, stands out against the sky. The small streets of the Panier quarter lie a little further on.
Maui, Hawaii - Once the center of the notorious Yankee Pacific whaling fleet, today Lahaina's historic grog shops and ship chandleries have been transformed into fashionable boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Other popular optional shore excursions: a humpback whale search; Haleakala Crater, so vast it could swallow Manhattan, skyscrapers and all; the heavenly road to Hana and the seven sacred pools.
Mazatlan, Mexico - If you're ready to experience some of the finest sailing and sport fishing available, then you're ready for Mazatlan. This is an exquisite seaside resort by anyone's standards. Of course, you don't have to partake in world-class water sports to enjoy Mazatlan. You can relax on one of its soft-sand beaches caressed by trade winds that are even softer. Or shop for silver jewelry and Mexican crafts in the shops of "The Golden Zone", where you can also celebrate your purchases at one of the area's lively cantinas.
Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne is a huge, sprawling city with something for everyone ‐ culture, art, fashion, and friendly Australians. It is also Australia's financial and commercial center. Easy to explore, at the heart of the city is the Golden Mile, the city's governmental and business corridor, home to hotels, shops, restaurants and theaters.

Melbourne also offers one of the world's finest parks - the Royal Botanic Gardens. Tour this city's charming Victorian-era architecture and visit the countryside via a vintage steam train.
Messina, Sicily - A beautiful sheltered harbor is your gateway to Taormina, a small town at heart despite its major tourist attraction: the sublime Teatro Greco, offering panoramic views of the coastline and snow-capped Mt. Etna.
Miami, Florida - South Florida's exciting, international city is much more than the gateway to Latin America, it's one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Before departing from Miami, enjoy a tour that will highlight this "Magic City." Board an airboat and explore the wild Everglades‐be ready to see gators. Experience the one-of-a-kind art deco district in South Beach. Discover a cuisine and culture that fits perfectly with your South American adventure.
Milford Haven, Wales - The staging post for the Plantagenet Dynasty's 1170 conquest of Ireland was right here in Milford Haven, Wales. This extraordinary distinction has placed this port firmly on England's historical map for almost a millennium. Milford Haven enjoys the most sheltered harbor in all of Britain, thanks to its unique position on a landlocked inlet that penetrates 17 miles inland, bisecting the county of Pembrokeshire.
Monte Carlo, Monaco - The Casino, of course--if only to venture into the enchanting Salon Rose, with its nymphs on the ceiling. A drive along the scenic Corniche which takes you to Nice, undisputed capital of the Riviera.
Montego Bay, Jamaica - Jamaica is for lovers and lovers of nature. Here you may drift lazily down the Martha Brae on a gondola made of bamboo. Stroll gardens studded with koi ponds. Sip a Planter's Punch on the porch of a working plantation's great house. Whatever you do, don't miss Dunn's River Falls, where the cool water from the rain forest cascades over natural stone steps to the sea.
Monterey, CA - Monterey, California This is one of the truly magical places in California. Aside from its magnificent golf courses and proximity to Fisherman's Wharf and Big Sur, Monterey boasts an eclectic mix of shops, art galleries and restaurants, not to mention one of the world's premier aquariums.
Montevideo, Uruguay - Resting on the southernmost point of the Rio de la Plata, Uruguay's capital is a charming city. Tour the Establecimiento Juanico winery with buildings dating back to 1849. Wander the Plaza Independencia or take in the scenery at Estancia La Rabida.
Montreal, Quebec - Part French, part English, totally intriguing. Explore the cobblestone streets of lamp-lit Old Montreal; visit the tranquil Botanical Gardens; try your luck at the high-energy Casino de Montreal.
Moorea, French Polynesia - Moorea, which has often been likened to James Michener"s mythical island of Bali Hai, is only 11 miles (17 km) from Tahiti. Many visitors say it is worth the visit just to see Moorea"s spectacular bays. The volcanic peaks, reflected
Mykonos, Greece - For pure Mediterranean pizzazz, Mykonos can't be beat. Designer boutiques and beautifully bronzed Greek gods and goddesses lie on Mykonos' beaches. And Mykonos' famous five white churches look down on it all in oblivious serenity.
Nafplion, Greece - Nafplio (or Nafplion) was the first capital of Greece after independence. Today Nafplion is a lovely seaside town about a 2.5 hour drive southwest of Athens on the Peloponnese Peninsula. Many visitors to Greece use Nafplion as a base for visiting the many ancient archeological sites nearby. Cruise ships love Nafplion because of its picturesque harbor, which is dominated by three citadels -- the vast Palamidi Fortress, the Akronafplia Fortress, and the Bourtzi Fortress. Cruise ships anchor in this wonderful harbor and passengers take a tender ashore.
Nagasaki, Japan - City of melancholy memories, Nagasaki offers the chance to visit Glover House, where Puccini's Madame Butterfly reputedly awaited her errant Lieutenant Pinkerton. The city's focal point is surely Peace Memorial Park, honoring lives lost to World War II's second atomic bomb.
Napier, New Zealand - Napier, a port city in the Hawke Bay region of New Zealand, is the art deco capital of the world. After a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, and subsequent fires, destroyed most of its commercial center in 1931, the city was rebuilt in the flamboyant art deco style prevalent at the time. The clean geometric lines, neon clocks and brightly lit fountains lend Napier a movie-set feel. Napier also boasts the highest number of sunshine hours of any town in the country, a feature that has made this region one of New Zealand's most important wine-producing areas.
Naples, Italy - Capital of Southern Italy, the largest city of Campania, Naples is the third most populated city in Italy (after Rome and Milan), with over a million inhabitants, and is the most important industrial center and trading port for the South. Naples itself can provide a day's fun and entertainment, if its somewhat rundown appearance doesn't dissuade you. Or, join a tour of incredible Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when Mt. Vesuvius brought an end to that then-thriving city. Or, take a quick ferry across the bay to the flowery Isle of Capri. Or, (yes, there's more) visit fabulous Sorrento, vacation spot for the well to do.
Nassau, Bahamas - The captivating capital of the 700 Bahamian islands. Attractions include forts to explore, coral reefs to snorkel and a fascinating straw market to shop
Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii - The Garden Isle, Kauai receives the most rainfall of all the Hawaiian Islands, which leads to lush vegetation and elegant hibiscus blossoms, as well as a huge canyon carved by wind and water erosion. Marvel at the narrow paths worn by the ancient Menehunes into the cliffsides of the steep Na Pali Coast, unmarred by roads and unapproachable except by foot trail or helicopter.
Naxos, Sicily - Naxos is gateway to the island of Sicily's strategically significant northeastern region. The first inhabitants of Sicily were the Sciani and Siculi, who were believed to have come from the mainland. During the eighth century, the Greeks discovered that these two groups had divided the island. After settling here, the Greeks were rivaled by the Carthaginians and later by the Romans who conquered part of the island to make use of its fertile soil. Following the first Punic War, the Romans gained complete control over the island. But before the island officially became part of Italy, the Byzantines, Tunisians, Saracens, and Normans all ruled for a time, each leaving part of their cultural and architectural influences behind.
Nessebur, Bulgaria - From one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans, tour to the hinterlands to visit a typical Bulgarian village family. Enjoy a folklore show at famed Sunny Beach Resort.
New Orleans, LA - New Orleans is a city that knows how to have fun. Whether you take time to savor authentic Creole cuisine, browse through quaint antique shops in the French Quarter, or take a tour through historic mansions that date back over a century, you're sure to find dozens of other things to delight you in this happy, high-spirited city that pulses with the beat of Dixieland jazz. And don't forget to take a ride on one of the city's picturesque trolley cars.
New York, New York - What can be said about America's greatest city? Whatever it is that interests you, you can find the best of it here. Food, shopping, nightlife and culture are everywhere you look. Even the buildings are works of art from American architecture's golden age.
Newport, Rhode Island - Witness the lavish excesses of Newport's "gilded age" as you visit the summer cottages of the Vanderbilts, Astors and Morgans; relive the fairy-tale wedding reception of Jacqueline Bouvier at her childhood summer home, Hammersmith Farm.
Nha Trang, Vietnam - White sand beaches, turquoise waters, beachfront cafes. Nha Trang's days as an underappreciated treasure are over. Still very much intact since the 7th century are the venerated towers of the Cham Ponagar Temple complex. Sample shore excursions: Nha Trang City Tour; Nha Trang Countryside.
Nice, France - Cosmopolitan and chic, sun-drenched and spicy, Nice sparkles as the unofficial capital of the Riviera. Its bustling nightlife, top-notch museums, vibrant arts, and beaches enhance the charm of this Riviera town. Excellent local and regional transportation and a populace accustomed to tourists make Nice a rite of passage travelers young or old.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica - Jamaica is for lovers and lovers of nature. Here you may drift lazily down the Martha Brae on a gondola made of bamboo. Stroll gardens studded with koi ponds. Sip a Planter's Punch on the porch of a working plantation's great house. Whatever you do, don't miss Dunn's River Falls, where the cool water from the rain forest cascades over natural stone steps to the sea.
Odessa, Ukraine - Odessa is one of the major ports and an important centre of industry, science and culture. Odessa's mild climate, warm waters and sunlit beaches attract thousands of people year around. Its shady lanes, beautiful buildings and cosy squares impart to the city a certain air of intimacy. Odessa is simply enchanting with its marvellous architecture. The city proved itself fertile ground for varios architectural styles. Some buildings display a carious mixture of different styles, and some are built in the Art Nouveau Style which was in vogue at the turn of the century. A number of other buildings were done in Renaissance or Classicist styles which again returned to favour early this century.
Olbia, Sardinia, Italy - Gateway to the beautiful white beaches of the northeast coast and the glittering Costa Smeralda, Olbia is where jetsetters and the 'glitterati' go to indulge in la dolce vita Sardinian-style. History is alive here, from its Phoenician origins through its days as a Roman trading post. Initially a small fishing village, it has grown to become Sardinia's busiest ferry port, with lovely countryside awash in aromatic wild herbs – the macchia – and perpetually sparkling blue seas.
Oranjestad, Aruba - A Dutch jewel with a tropical touch. In Oranjestad, Aruba's capital, explore the colorful floating market and Nassaustraat, brimming with quaint shops. Head for the beach where water sports abound: snorkeling, rides on glass bottom boats and submarines. Or venture into the countryside to see the haunts of the huge green parakeet, the unique rock gardens of Casi Bari, the curious divi divi tree, forever bending in the tradewind breezes
Osaka, Japan - Burned and rebuilt time and again, the grandiose Osaka Castle is lasting testament to Japanese determination and distinctive pitched-roof design. In nearby Kyoto, ingenuity reigns in the careful construction of the "nightingale floors" in Nijo Castle, designed to squeak a warning of intruders long before the guards could make out their sihouettes in the dark.
Oslo, Norway - At the head of Oslofjord, Norway's handsome capital awaits. Inspect Thor Heyerdahl's raft Kon Tiki. Watch the changing of the palace guard. Ferry to the open-air Folke Museum with its 12th-century stave church.
Palamos, Spain - Located at the foot of the mountains on Spain's rugged Costa Brava, Palamos boasts seven superb beaches, Iberian archeological remains from the year 6 BC, and the Church of Sant Esteve on the beach. Highlighting the town center is its 16th-century cathedral.
Palermo (Sicily), Italy - Palermo is the capital of Sicily in the province of the same name, and is located on the northwestern coast of the island in a marvelous inlet by Monte Pellegrino, described by Goethe as "The most beautiful promontory in the world."

Wandering through the streets of Palermo is taking part in a giant parade of witnesses to several different civilizations intimately fused together. Individual centuries and periods in history can be seen in the existing buildings and areas; admiring these masterpieces is similar to losing yourself in something timeless and unchanging, the current inhabitants disappear, and are replaced by perpetual memories, traditions and legends.
Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain - Floating gemlike off Spain's Mediterranean Riviera, these islands offer you pearls, pottery and perfectly sublime sandy beaches. Visit Valldemosa, where George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent a romantic winter in 1838.
Papeete, French Polynesia - The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic islands and atolls strewn lazily across the grand Pacific Ocean. The island of Tahiti proper, often called the "Island of Love," is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls
Parintins, Brazil - This small village on Tupinambarana Island is situated in the largest river archipelago of the mid-Amazon. This two-century old village is rich in Indian culture, as celebrated with an annual "Boi Bumba" festival.
Patmos, Greece - There is no missing the Monastery of St. John, a massive dark fortress atop a hill, standing out against the traditional white houses of the village of Hora that surround it. It was constructed in the late 11th century to honor St. John the Divine, who is said to have had his apocalyptic vision while in Patmos, leading him to write the Book of Revelation. The monastery is a warren of interconnecting courtyards, arcades, galleries, and roof terraces. There are lovely chapels, some with 12th century frescoes; the treasury exhibits an impressive array of art; and the library contains a wealth of historic texts.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - An island under two flags. Sample the Dutch treats of Philipsburg: chocolate, cheese, delftware. On the French side linger over bouillabaisse, shop for Parisian perfumes.
Phu My, Vietnam - Whether you are on a wide boulevard admiring the French Colonial architectural influence, or in a bustling market haggling with a street vendor, you cannot escape the culture and history of this bustling city. Ho Chi Minh City is home to many colorful pagodas, cathedrals and palaces-including one of the city's oldest, Giac Lam Pagoda, dating from 1744. Sample shore excursions: Cambodia & Angkor Overland Adventure or Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City.
Pichilingue/La Paz, Mexico - Known as one of the world's finest fishing locations, La Paz offers outdoor adventure ranging from snorkeling and diving to kayaking and windsurfing. Nested on the coast of the Sea of Cortez is a secluded, yet modern city on the dry, desert-like Baja California Peninsula.
Picton, New Zealand - Imagine a scene of regal sailboats floating atop blue waters, hugged by a picturesque landscape of rolling green mountains and cloud sprinkled skies. This is Picton, New Zealand, a charming seaside town at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound. Settled by early 19th century whalers, Picton is now a bustling seaport surrounded by award winning restaurants, delightful local art galleries, water sports' activities plus beautiful yet challenging nature trails.
Port Canaveral, Florida - Port Canaveral lies just 35 miles east of Orlando, along the 72 miles of pristine beaches known as Florida's Space Coast. Besides its close proximity to Orlando's theme parks, you'll find space-age attractions of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Port Douglas, Australia - Fishing village charm meets aquatic amusement and jungle intrigue in Port Douglas. And if you think this sounds like the perfect setting for your Australian adventure, wait 'til you experience it firsthand. Take a dip in the warm tropical waters. Sip a fruity drink at one of the many seaside cafes. Or relish the heart-pumping thrill of reef, river and rain-forest exploration.
Port Said, Egypt - Founded in 1859 for men working on the Suez Canal, Port Said retains much of its Colonial charm to this day. Something also to keep in mind - the many tempting shops on Sharia Palestine become even more enticing when you consider that Port Said offers duty-free bargains.
Portimao , Portugal - With a population of almost 40,000, Portimao in Portugal's Algarve region, is one of the country's largest coastal towns. Its perennially sunny climate, beautiful beaches and historic buildings make it a tourist destination in its own right. The Bio-park Monchique is famous for its abundance of flora and spectacular views. Off shore, fishing and dolphin spotting make for exciting pastimes.
Portland, England - Your visit to Portland and the English countryside of County Dorset will be rich in scenic beauty and centuries-old history. Visit the ancient village of Cerne Abbas and admire its beautiful 14th-century church and 16th-century houses; explore Sherbourne Castle, commissioned by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594; and marvel at prehistoric Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Portland, ME - Portland is Maine's business, financial and retail capital and the largest city in the state. Seascapes and cityscapes blend harmoniously in Portland, perched on a peninsula, jutting out into island-studded Casco Bay.

The metropolitan hub of Maine's south coast region, Portland is a progressive, lively city incorporating the character of yesteryear into a modern urban environment. Historic architecture blends gracefully with the new as you stroll along her working waterfront or the cobblestone streets of the restored Old Port section of the city.
Positano, Italy - Positano is one of Italy's most romantic and luxurious vacation spots. Built vertically on the face of a cliff, it started out as a fishing village and became popular with writers and artists in the 1950's. Today it's a fashionable resort yet still retains its charm. Positano is a pedestrian town (with many stairs) and its pretty pastel colored houses and flowers make it very picturesque.
Prince Rupert, BC - Prince Rupert, located on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada is a growing northern City, with a Port and beautiful surroundings. It is also a tourism center, located on traditional Tsimshian First Nations Territory with shopping, dining, museums, amazing wildlife on it's doorstep, and much more. For business. For pleasure. It's time to discover Prince Rupert and the North Coast region.
Princess Cays, Bahamas - Join us at our exclusive port of call, Princess Cays, where you'll enjoy a private beach party on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. One hundred miles long and only two miles wide, Eleuthera offers unspoiled beaches. Our private resort at Princess Cays is situated on more than 40 acres and features over a half-mile of white-sand shoreline, all at the southern tip of the island.
Progreso, Yucatan - A seaside retreat located just 40 kilometers north of Merida along the Gulf Coast of Mexico, Progreso is quickly becoming an important gateway for cruise ship guests. Founded in 1872 by Juan Miguel Castro and heavily influenced by the Mayan culture, Progreso enjoys a very simple and relaxed lifestyle. Its white-sand beaches, emerald green waters and cooling gulf breezes are a natural draw for vacationers from all over the world.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica - Surrounded by nearly half of all the animal species on earth and 8,000 species of plants, marvel as you tour tropical flower farms or ride a Mawamba boat through the jungle canals. Or choose to stroll through the markets bursting with color in San Jose
Puerto Montt, Chile - Puerto Montt, in the style of its Bavarian settlers, features homes with steeply pitched roofs and elaborate balconies. A trip inland through the Lake District, former stronghold of the Auraucanian Indians, leads to fragrant eucalyptus and pine forests, pristine lakes and snow-capped volcanoes
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Puerto Vallarta has all the amenities of a classic beach resort ‐ surf, sand and sun‐ but it also offers so much more. Perfect for honeymooners, families and seniors alike, Puerto Vallarta offers sport fishing, golfing, horseback riding, hiking and whale watching. Boasting mountains, jungles, beaches, rivers, and waterfalls, this port is completely different from any other destination in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is a modern destination that remains loyal to its traditional Mexican roots. And that's just scratching the surface.
Puget Sound - The Puget Sound region is a coastal area of the Pacific Northwest in the U.S. state of Washington, including Puget Sound, the Puget Sound lowlands, and the surrounding region roughly west of the Cascade Range and east of the Olympic Mountains. It is characterised by a complex array of saltwater bays, islands, and peninsulas carved out by prehistoric glaciers.
Punta Arenas, Chile - Punta Arenas, set on rolling, wind-scoured hills, is Chilean big sky country. It's also the takeoff point for Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park and a flightseeing tour over Antarctica. From here, we follow in Darwin's wake, sailing the Cockburn and Beagle channels past several mighty glaciers.
Punta del Este, Uruguay - The Saint-Tropez of Latin America is a favorite summer playground of southernmost South America. Sail the calmer waters or lounge on the beach along a 20-mile shoreline. And witness the big waves breaking at la Brava.
Pusan, South Korea - Find stillness at some of the largest Korean Buddhist temples, including Beomeo-sa, first constructed in the year 678 and home to over one thousand monks-it also contains seven different registered national and cultural treasures. Near the port, explore the famous Jagalchi fish market or the city's renowned beach resorts. Journey to the Dongnae area to soak in the city's healing hot springs.
Quebec City, Quebec - Holland America gives you two full days to explore this noble walled city with a French accent. Stroll Old Quebec's maze of cobbled streets, happening upon quaint sidewalk cafes, boutiques and antique shops; tour to Montmorency Falls, higher than Niagara.
Raiatea, French Polynesia - Raiatea Raiatea and Taha"a are two separate islands sharing the same lagoon. Located 120 miles northwest of Tahiti, between Huahine and Bora Bora among the leeward Society Islands, Raiatea is the second largest island of French Polynesia after Tahiti.
Ravenna, Italy - Located on the Adriatic coast in North-East Italy, Ravenna was briefly the capital of the Roman Empire and later the Italian capital of the Byzantine Empire. During this time, incredible mosaics were constructed throughout the city. Described as a symphony of color in Dante's Divine Comedy, Ravenna's well-preserved mosaics are some of the finest remaining in the Western world.
Rethymnon, Crete, Greece - A beautiful Venetian harbor guarded by a lighthouse welcomes you to this well-preserved medieval town.Located between Heraklion and Chania on Crete's northern coast, it contains a wealth of sites worth visiting. Notable locations include a graceful 16th century Venetian loggia, two Ottoman mosques, a pair of museums displaying folkloric and historic items, and archaeological discoveries from the area. There are beaches, as well, and a 16th century Venetian castle dominating the high ground.
Rhodes, Greece - The crusader Knights of St. John made Rhodes their headquarters. Explore the massive fortress of the Palace of Grand Masters, and peer into tiny rooms of the Inns which once housed the knights. See where the towering Colossus of Rhodes once stood -- it could be seen for miles at sea!
Riga, Latvia - Riga is the capital of the rolling green land of Latvia. The city's well-preserved Old Town includes sections of Riga Castle built in 1330 for the Knights of the Sword. Nearby, a picturesque row of houses known as the Three Brothers features the oldest house in Latvia.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Christ the Redeemer, one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World, stands atop the Corcovado peak. Survey the city from a platform below the 125-foot statue or hop on a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and get a different perspective of Rio and the Christ. Feel a rush to your senses from the awesome activity on world-famous beaches Ipanema and Copacabana. If the quiet side of Rio is what you seek, a visit to the lush botanical garden – home to some 8,000 species – will delight you
Road Town, Tortola - Tortola is an island you'll want to explore in a bathing suit and a sarong. The beaches are numerous, but if you must choose only one, make it Cane Garden Bay, snow-white and lapped by azure seas. Be sure to snorkel at "the Baths" on Virgin Gorda—a collection of boulders that nest in white sand and create an underwater labyrinth.
Roatan, Honduras - Roatan Island, Honduras is an adventure traveler's vacation paradise with its blue skies, clear turquoise water and year-round moderate climate. Go scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins or, ashore, take a canopy tour, ride horses, explore tropical scenery, shop for island crafts, walk the beach and view butterfly and floral gardens.
Roseau, Dominica - Ecotourists love Dominica's waterfalls, lakes, freshwater swamps and hiking trails. Roseau's brightly painted buildings recall an earlier time in the Caribbean. The 40-acre botanical gardens were founded in 1891 as an annex to London's famous Kew Gardens.
Rotterdam, Holland - From Rotterdam, Manhattan on the Maas, take off for Amsterdam, where gabled houses flank the canals and Dutch masterpieces hang in grand museums. Or visit Holland's royal city, The Hague
Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda - Located at the tip of Bermuda's West End, Royal Naval Dockyard is home to exceptional shopping and pristine beaches. The beautifully restored Royal Navy Dockyards provide quaint boutique, a crafts market and fascinating maritime museum. Don't miss the chance to try out one of the many water sports offered in and around this gorgeous harbor. View Shopping Guide (Current shopping maps available onboard.)
Sète (for Carcassonne) - Along the southwestern coast of France near the dramatic range of Pyrenees Mountains is France's region of Languedoc and the port of Sète. This fishing village is gateway to Montpellier to the north. This historic city was the 12th century site of Europe's first medical school, established after years of growing and trading medicinal plants. The school became a university in 1289. Under the reign of Louis XIV, Montpellier was the capital of lower Languedoc, and the city rapidly expanded.
Saint John, New Brunswick - Founded by Loyalists escaping the Revolutionary War in 1785, Saint John has emerged as a thriving port city. Its restored historic waterfront and surrounding natural beauty have made Saint John a wonderful destination.
Saint Johns, Antigua - An enterprising man, Codrington had come to Antigua to find out if the island would support the sort of large-scale sugar cultivation that already flourished elsewhere in the Caribbean. His initial efforts proved to be quite successful, and over the next fifty years sugar cultivation on Antigua exploded. By the middle of the 18th century the island was dotted with more than 150 cane-processing windmills--each the focal point of a sizeable plantation.

Today almost 100 of these picturesque stone towers remain, although they now serve as houses, bars, restaurants and shops. At Betty's Hope, Codrington's original sugar estate, visitors can see a fully-restored sugar mill.
Saint Raphael, France - Between the red lava peaks of the Massif de l'Esterel and the densely forested hills of the Massif des Maures, St-Raphael was first popular during Roman times, when rich families came to the resort here. Not until 1799, when Napoleon landed at the small harbor beach on his return from Egypt, did the city once again draw attention. In the second half of the nineteenth century the township came under the influence of Mayor Felix Martin and writer Alphonse Karr, and owing to their efforts and the Mediterranean climate the city developed into a popular seaside resort with artists, sportsmen and politicians.
Salerno, Italy (Amalfi Coast) - Framed by Mount Vesuvius along a dramatic skyline, the 2,800 year-old port city of Naples is chock full of historical sites, churches, and museums that make it an incredible place for you to explore. And in the region where pizza was first invented, you know the food is going to be incredible. Just 35 miles down the coast, Salerno offers you a rich history but also boasts a marvelous collection of parks, natural wonders, and unique vantage points to take in the beauty of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Two cities. One incredible stretch of Italian coastline.
Samana, Dominican Republic - Samana is the Caribbean of 40 years ago. A region that has seemingly shielded itself from the stress and pressures of modern day life. Samana awakens memories of a bygone era with white-sand beaches, coconut-covered mountains, lush tropical rainforests and vibrant coral reefs.
San Diego, California - Sunshine and fun are business as usual in San Diego. Walk on Coronado Island's sandy beach, take in the elegant streetscapes of the historic district, have a wild time at the famous San Diego Zoo or a whale of a good time at Sea World.
San Francisco, California - Much has been written about the Bay Area. From its seafood and sourdough breads to Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is the ideal city for visitors. Trolleys and prominent landmarks make getting around this eclectic metropolis easy. One of the best views in town can be had from the Coit Tower, one of the most prominent landmarks in the city and a fine example of Art Deco architecture.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - In days of yore, the waters near Puerto Rico teemed with pirate ships commanded by the likes of Sir Francis Drake. Aye, they are long gone, but in their wake they have left an island of national treasures: La Casa Blanca, built in 1501 for the island's first governor, Ponce de Leon; the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan; the tropical rain forests of El Yunque. Port tips from our blog
Santa Barbara, California - Founded in the 18th century as the 10th Franciscan mission in California, Santa Barbara's heritage is one of its biggest draws. Zoning laws keep the city preserved in time as the adobe look in its architecture is maintained – even as new constructions spring up around town. There's also a wonderfully welcoming fragrance in the city, a mixture of oranges, jasmine and blossoming flowers.
Santa Margherita (Portofino), Italy - Portofino, picturesquely situated in a narrow cove at the southeastern tip of a promontory might be the most beautiful place you'll ever see. A tiny port on Italy's northern coast, enchanting Portofino has long been popular with artists, actors and important people thanks to its beautiful setting. Abundantly blessed with agreeable climate and luxuriant vegetation, this "Pearl of the Mediterranean" should have a place on everyone's "bucket list." Fortunately for we in the know, it still remains unspoiled.
Santarem, Brazil - Santarem is one of the Amazon's most important trading centers, and is rich in legend and nature. The town is situated at the point where the Tapajos and the Amazon waters meet. This is called the "Wedding of the waters" and is one of Santarem's major attractions. The lakes and forests of this area are home to numerous species of birds, particularly the white egret.
Santo Domingo - Located on the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti, the Dominican Republic is a lively and festive nation blessed with great natural beauty and glorious white sand beaches. Its friendly and flamboyant people celebrate life and enjoy sharing their rich history and culture with visitors.
Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala - Your portal to the fabulous Mayan ruins in Guatemala and Honduras. Not to be missed: Quirigua National Park, where intricately carved stellae and zoomorphisms conceal the mysteries of a lost world; Tikal, where a secretive jungle plaza is flanked by seven great stone temples; and Copan, "Paris of the Mayan world."
Santorini, Greece - The view from the top of Santorini is breathtaking. The harbor below is said to be the site of the lost city of Atlantis! Visit the ruins of Akrotiri and discover a recently unearthed Minoan town which was extinguished by a volcanic cataclysm in 1500 B.C.
Sanya, China - Sanya boasts splendid beaches stretching for miles and offers water sports from snorkeling to jet skiing. Asian Dragon Bay is one of the most famously scenic spots on Hainan, a tropical Chinese island that has been called ?China?s Hawai`i.? Other popular attractions include Nanwan Monkey Island, home to more than 1,800 endangered macaque monkeys, and the 354-feet-tall statue of the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Guanyin of the South Sea of Sanya, erected on its own island just off the coast.
Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil - Hop on a tour of Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, about 50 miles away. The Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Ibirapuera Park, site of a number of architecturally significant buildings, are popular stops, while the Jardins District is a mecca for shopping. Santos offers a relaxed environment. Gonzaga Beach resembles a resort on the French Riviera. Also lovely is Enseada Beach, in Guaruja, just across the estuary from Santos. Coffee lovers will enjoy a visit to Santos' Museu do Cafe (Coffee Museum), housed in a former palace
Scenic Cruising Glacier Bay National Park - Witness a world still emerging from the Ice Age--16 tidewater glaciers in action.
Seattle, Washington - The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest. In Seattle, stroll the bustling waterfront, visit the Space Needle, sample a local microbrew, a glass of Washington wine and world-famous coffee.
Sevastopol, Ukraine - Sevastopol is both young and ancient. Sevastopol as it is was founded on the 14th of June 1783, but Chersonese, an ancient city, the magnificent ruins of which are located in the territory of modern Sevastopol, is much older. It was founded in the 5th century B.C. Some scholars have thought that Homer's description of the Laestrygonians' harbour in the "Odyssey" was based on Balaklava, also a part of modern Sevastopol. The historians suppose that there was a settlement on this site 30 centuries ago.
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska - Ice free the year round, Seward was a natural choice as the ocean terminal and supply center during the construction of the Alaska Railroad (1903-1920). Today, it is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and home of the Annual Silver Salmon Derby, the biggest fishing event in Alaska. Port tips from our blog
Shanghai, China - Once a quaint fishing village, Shanghai has netted over 11 million people. Join the masses for morning tai chi on The Bund, or stroll through the Yu Yuan Gardens, inspiration for the famous " willow pattern" chinaware.
Sihanoukville, Cambodia - Known for its white sand beaches, warm Gulf of Thailand waters, and laid back atmosphere, Sihanoukville is a premiere beach lovers' destination. Built in the late 1950s, the town is much newer and more cosmopolitan than most Cambodian provincial cities. Spend the day exploring miles of unspoiled beaches or chose one and swim, snorkel or simply relax under a beach umbrella.
Singapore - It's an island city-state, a World War II battleground, a global economic superstar, and a crossroads of the world. Cruise to Singapore with Holland America Line and in the space of a few hours you can relax in a Chinese teahouse, purchase a colorful sari in Little India and visit the gold-domed Sultan Mosque.
Sinop, Turkey - is one of the finest harbors on the Black Sea coast, and has been a welcome haven for mariners for millennia. Diogenes was born here, and in legend met Alexander the Great here as well.
Sitka, Alaska - Step back to the days of Russian Alaska as you watch lively performances of the New Archangel Dancers and view holy paintings of the Czarists' days.
Skagen, Denmark - Skagen is home to clear waters and beautiful white sand beaches. Home to Denmark's main fishing port and also thriving tourist industry, the town attracts 2 million people annually. The town offers a variety of quaint villages, churches, monuments and nature, so Skagen has something for everybody.
Skagway, Alaska - A frontier town perfectly preserved as the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. Gateway to the Trail of '98, which you may explore by helicopter or vintage railcar. Port tips from our blog
Skiathos, Greece - A small island surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea, Skiathos is part of the Sporades archipelago along the east coast of Greece. Explore the island's many inlets, capes and peninsulas by boat, or enjoy the endless stretches of picture-perfect beaches. Wander the pedestrian streets, with its bustling marina and many villas, hotels and tavernas. The distinctive clusters of white-washed buildings and red rooftops contrast against the backdrop of the island's lush, pine forest. Built into the hillside, the remarkable 18th century Byzantine Evangelistrias monastery now houses a wonderful museum. Absorb the natural beauty of the ruins of the 16th century medieval town at Kastro. For stunning views of the archipelago, venture to Boúrtzi, a small peninsula that divides the port, to explore the ruins of the Venetian fortress established in 1207.
Sorrento, Italy - The Sorrento Peninsula forms the southern edge of the Bay of Naple. The history of this region extends as far back as the 11th century BC, earlier than Rome. During the Roman era, it became used by the wealthy for their country homes. Renowned for its serene way of life, this romantic port exudes a special magic, overflowing with charm and character. Sorrento today attracts visitors from the world over escaping here to enjoy the fabulous scenery, its wonderful climate and its endless shopping opportunities. From here, visitors often visit the sensational Amalfi Coast and the hauntingly well-preserved "ruins" at Pompeii.
Southampton (London), England - One of the world's most famed ports, Southampton served as the launching point of the Mayflower and the Titanic. Today, it's one of the busiest passenger ports. Visit the Southampton Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of Southampton and its significant role as a port for ocean liners, the most famous being the Titanic. Not to be missed is the exhibit "Titanic Voices", where visitors can hear the story of the tragic voyage in the words of survivors and those touched by the tragedy. Port tips from our blog
Split, Croatia - The second largest city in Croatia, Split has many attractions but is best known for the many historical landmarks found within and around the walls of Diocletian's Palace and the 1700-year old harbour beneath it. The Old Town which comprises the palace is in a remarkable state of preservation. In addition, the Split-Dalmatia County has numerous museums, old churches and other archeological sites which make it an important cultural attraction. History, culture, scenic countryside and the sunny weather make Split a sought after destination for vacationers and water sports lovers.
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands - St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a tropical dreamland complete with stunning beaches, clear aqua-blue ocean water, a small rain forest and rolling green hillsides. The Danes purchased St. Croix in the 1700s at which time the slave trade and sugar cane fields thrived. Today, the Danish influence is still apparent in the island's architecture and language. Most of the sugar mills lie in ruins. Yet you can still get a taste of the island's history in freshly squeezed sugar cane juice or Cruzan Rum.
St. George Island, Bermuda - St. George Island, Bermuda. Bermuda's East End is home to the picturesque town of St. George, with its cobblestone streets bearing names like Petticoat Lane and Featherbed Alley. Stop in a pub for a cool pint of ale and sample the local fish chowder spiced with dark rum and cherry peppers. Visit historic King's Square on the waterfront and take a photograph in front of the stocks and pillories that punished colonists who gossiped, cursed, played cards or missed church over 300 years ago.

Some of Bermuda's most breathtaking beaches lie just outside St. George, including scenic Tobacco Bay. You can even opt for a candlelight walking tour of town, or a kayak safari through pristine lagoons and magnificent coral reefs
St. George's, Grenada - St. George's is the capital of Grenada. The city is surrounded by a hillside of an old volcano crater and is on a horseshoe-shaped harbor. The city has significantly developed in recent years, while preserving its history, culture, and natural beauty. It has a moderate tropical climate that ensures the success of spice production. Nutmegs are the most plentiful crop, followed by an array of such spices as cocoa, mace, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger.
St. John, U.S. V.I - Snorkel the famous underwater trail at Trunk Bay. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Caribbean; almost the entire island has been designated an ecological preserve.
St. Kitts - Welcome to the exotically beautiful island of St. Kitts. Like no other island in the Caribbean, St. Kitts seems to embody a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific. The atmosphere here is palpably luxuriant. It is an intoxicating blend of sunlight, sea, air and fantastically abundant vegetation.
St. Lucia - St. Lucia is the sort of island that travellers to the Caribbean dream about--a small, lush tropical gem that is still relatively unknown. One of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, it is located midway down the Eastern Caribbean chain, between Martinique and St. Vincent, and north of Barbados.

St. Lucia is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, with a shape that is said to resemble either a mango or an avocado (depending on your taste). The Atlantic Ocean kisses its eastern shore, while the beaches of the west coast owe their beauty to the calm Caribbean Sea.
St. Maarten - The smallest island in the world ever to have been partitioned between two different nations, St. Martin/St. Maarten has been shared by the French and the Dutch in a spirit of neighborly cooperation and mutual friendship for almost 350 years.

All the same, each side has managed to retain much of the distinctiveness of its own national culture. The French tend to emphasize comfort and elegance. The beaches are secluded, the luxury resorts provide lavish accommodations, and the restaurants offer some of the finest dining experiences anywhere in the Caribbean.

The latest French fashions can be found in many of the shops, and the smell of fresh croissants and pastries mixes everywhere with the spicy aromas of West Indian cooking. Small cafes and charming bistros add a decidedly Gaelic and cosmopolitan flair to the place. On the whole the atmosphere remains very relaxed.
St. Peter Port - Guernsey's capital has been a busy entrepot since Roman times. Georgian and Regency style homes were enriched by an influx of French emigres, including Victor Hugo. Today the town is a framed by a tumble of terraces and tiered gardens and criss-crossed by worn steps and hidden alleys.

If you prefer to relax, take time to just look around you, soak up the atmosphere, sit and have a coffee or snack and watch the world go by in the Channel Islands' most beautiful town.
St. Petersburg/Moscow - In Peter the Great's "Window on Europe", head for the fabulous Hermitage, with its renowned art collection from Raphael to Rembrandt, Titian to Tintoretto. Take in a concert--folkloric or grandly operatic. Make a flying trip to Moscow to view monuments from Soviet and pre-Soviet days: Red Square, the Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Tomb.
St. Thomas, U.S. V.I. - Arguably the island with the best shopping and the best beaches. Shop duty-free Charlotte Amalie 'til you drop. Or dive into the beach scene at beautiful Magens Bay, Coki Point, or Turtle Cove, nesting ground of the endangered hawksbill sea turtle.
St. Tropez, France - The fashionable French Riviera resort of St. Tropez enchants visitors from the world over. The beauty was noted by writer Guy de Maupassant at the end of the 19th century and by painter Paul Signac, who shared his knowledge of St. Tropez's inspiring landscapes with his other artist friends, including Matisse. Its real claim to fame came after Brigitte Bardot stared in the film "And God Created Woman" in 1956. The port is named after a Roman soldier from Pisa who was killed after declaring his Christian faith. His well-preserved body floated ashore and many pilgrims came to pay homage to his burial site, which was given the name of St. Tropez.
Stanley, Falkland Islands - Wide moorlands and metal-clad houses with brightly painted roofs welcome you at Stanley, population 2,000. The fragrance of peat smoke from home fireplaces scents the air and life is simpler by far—no television and no daily newspaper. Put on your hiking boots and visit a peguin colony that distincly resembles organized chaos. After, raise a pint in a British-style pub.
Stavanger, Norway - Stroll cobbled lanes in the Old Quarter, restored thanks to North Sea oil money. Feeling fearless? Cruise Lysefjord to sail under Prekestolen (Pulpit Rock), a huge cube that looms 1500 feet above your boat.

Currently, there are no shore excursions available in Stavanger, Norway
Stephens Passage - Stephens Passage is a channel in the Alexander Archipelago in the southeastern region of the U.S. state of Alaska. It runs between Admiralty Island to the west and the Alaska mainland and Douglas Island to the east, and is about 170 km (105 mi) long. Juneau, the capital of Alaska, is near the north end, on Gastineau Channel.
Stockholm, Sweden - So much to see in this charming city, sprawled on 18 islands, often called the "Venice of the North." Cruise the sparkling waterways. Navigate narrow medieval streets. Watch the snappy changing of the guard at the Baroque Royal Palace. Shop for elegant gifts--glassware, stainless steel. Work up an appetite so you can do justice to the lavish smorgasbords
Stornoway, Hebrides - At the western edge of Britain, see mysterious standing stones dating from the Bronze Age; and the hardy highland sheep that yield the wool that crofters spin into Harris tweed—a tactile delight and a practical enhancement for your wardrobe. You'll be told that, like wine, it's best when aged.
Sydney, Australia - The whole world's in love with Sydney. It's stylish, it's sophisticated, it's home to some of the friendliest people on the planet. And yes, a few koalas, if you know where to look. What's not to love? This gateway to the Outback has it all: endless outdoor adventure around the harbor or in spots like the Blue Mountains. Golden sandy beaches named Bondi, Bilgola and Coogee (which are not only beautiful, but also fun to say). A bustling art and entertainment scene. Countless museums, galleries and world-class restaurants where the dishes go way beyond the local Vegemite.
Sydney, Nova Scotia - So green and Gaelic is Cape Breton Island that Scotsman Alexander Graham Bell called it home for the last 37 years of his life. See why as you follow the scenic 184-mile-long Cabot Trail. Or tour to the Fortress of Louisbourg, meticulously restored to its 1744 mint condition.
Tahaa, French Polynesia - Taha'a (Sometimes spelled as "Tahaa") is an island located among the Society Islands, in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The islands of Taha'a and neighboring Raiatea are enclosed by the same coral reef, and may once have been a single island.
Tallinn, Estonia - Medieval walls and towers still stand tall in Old Town. Stroll and shop along cobblestone streets, walk up to the Baroque palace, drop in at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to find inspiration in the gleaming mosaics and icons.
Tampa, Florida - A myriad of attractions awaits you during your stay in the Tampa area: the active nightlife of Tampa's Ybor City, it's Aquarium, and Busch Gardens for those with kids (even Walt Disney World is within striking distance). Magnificent beaches are a short ride away (Ft. DeSoto being a rare jewel of a beach without hotels and "McMansions" crowding out nature), then there's the Dali museum in St. Petersburg's hip, food-and-art-centric Downtown. To the south, in quieter Sarasota, you can visit the palatial mansion and art museum of the king of the circus: John Ringling. It's a great vacation destination, in itself. Be sure to plan a couple days before or after your cruise to soak it in.
Taormina, Italy - Taormina has long enchanted visitors with the beauty of its mountain and sea views. Be sure to discover the Teatro Greco, one of Sicily's most celebrated sights, beautifully preserved and boasting perfect acoustics - it's frequently used for operatic and theatrical concerts. Wander the twisting medieval streets of the town that inspired D.H. Lawrence and Truman Capote. Then take time out at a cafe on a sunny piazza, soaking up views of Mt. Etna in the distance
Tauranga, New Zealand - The "Bay of Plenty" was named by Captain Cook after the prosperous Maori villages of the region generously replenished his supplies. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber center and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is the gateway to Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture and New Zealand's primary tourist attraction.

Tauranga, meaning "sheltered waters" in Maori, is rich with native culture and tradition. Waterskiing, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing abound in Tauranga Harbour. Rotorua with its healing, natural mineral springs is an ideal place to unwind in a therapeutic bath.
Tenerife, Canary Islands - The largest of the Canary Archipelago, the island of Tenerife consists of many different regions - each with its own characteristics. There are mountains, lush valleys, a gigantic crater (which is now a national park) and, of course, fabulous beaches. If the beautiful landscapes don't bring a smile to your face, the weather certainly will.
Tortola - An island you'll want to explore in a bathing suit and a cover-up. The beaches are many, but if you must choose only one, make it Cane Garden Bay, snow-white and lapped by azure seas.
Toulon, France - One of the Mediterranean's best ports and largest harbors welcomes you to the home of the French Mediterranean Fleet. Located in the Var prefecture of the Provence, Toulon has a long history that is revealed in various districts of the city. The Old Town is along the harbor, with narrow streets and small squares, most boasting a nicely decorated fountain. The Upper Town is mostly 19th century grandeur. You can take a cable car to Mont Faron, bypassing the road that is a notorious stretch for bicycle racers. The waterfront neighborhood of Le Mourillon is a family-friendly beach area for Toulonais. There are wonderful museums of history, art from various periods and naval history to explore as well.
Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska - Amidst the pure silence, you'll sail past translucent blue icebergs silhouetted against a most dramatic backdrop of waterfall-laced rock walls ascending thousands of feet into the sky. This classic fjord, Tracy Arm extends over 30 miles and once seen, it is never to be forgotten.
Triluke Bay, Croatia - Seabourn has discovered a secluded cove where, conditions permitting, your captain can anchor and deploy the ship's watersports Marina for a day of playing in the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Water-skiing, kayaking, pedal boats, sailboards and many more aquatic toys are available, plus swimming right from your ship! This is the life!
Tripoli, Libya - More than 1,700 years ago, Tripoli was formed by the union of three cities-Sabrata, Ouia and Liptes. Before that, it was one of the four most powerful Phoenician cities in the Mediterranean.

Today, it is a capital of absolutely beautiful architecture, with a dash of Ottoman and Spanish influences subtly evident in the streets and faces. Tripoli is full of warm, welcoming people, who are as curious about westerners as you will be about their lives and families.
Tunis, Tunisia - What is Tunis, Tunisia's capital? Is it the reminiscents of the French protectorate, which is still expanding as the modern city. Or is it the suq, the old town, one of the Arab worlds best (as long as you don´t want to shop handicrafts)?

The truth is somewhere in between, Tunis is neither very Arab, nor African. It is not European either, even though Tunisians might tell you so. Tunis is highly functional, effective, clean and is mixing the old and the new, all at the same time, all over
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina - Dramatic Ushuaia is the southernmost town in the world. Domineering peaks loom on three sides; the fourth opens to the Beagle Channel, where sea lions bellow and mountains drop straight into the sea. From here it's on to Cape Horn, and new respect for ancient mariners.
Valencia, Spain - World-famous architect Santiago Calatrava has made his mark on Valencia with the impressive City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències). This beautiful complex consists of a cinema, garden, theater, planetarium, science museum and more!
Valletta, Malta - Tiny Malta abounds in forts and temples. In Valletta, wander through the ornate Grand Master's Palace of the Knights of St. John. Within the thick walls of Medina, the Silent City (no cars), visit the serene Baroque cathedral.
Valparaiso, Chile - An inviting maze of cobblestone streets and 17 tram-equiped hills make Valparaiso a joy to wander. From here, fly to lively Santiago or to Easter Island, where the massive, enigmatic stone moai stand guard.
Vancouver, British Columbia - Sophisticated. Culturally diverse, this beautiful port city brims with attractions. From Vancouver's cosmopolitan downtown to the historically renovated Gastown district and exotic Chinatown, Vancouver displays varied urban scenes. Nestled near the city center is Stanley Park, resplendent with its deep forest, totem poles, and scenic promenades.
Varna, Bulgaria - Bulgaria's principal seaport, Varna is known as a shipbuilding and naval center. The town was founded in the 6th century B.C., and came under the authority of the Turks in 1391. It was the site of a major battle in 1444, when the Turks defeated the Hungarians and killed the King of Poland and Hungary, thereby retaining their control of the area. Varna was ceded to Bulgaria by the Treaty of Berlin in 1878. Today it is a major resort and cultural center, with international, cultural and sporting events.
Venice, Italy - Venice is possibly the most romantic place you'll ever visit. It seems almost redundant to describe the charms of Venice. The cafes of St. Mark's Square, Palazzo-lined canals plied by gondolas, the elegant Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore: Venice is one impossibly beautiful sight after next. A great collection of Renaissance era art is housed at Gallerie dell'Accademia. Or, if you prefer modern art, Venice is home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. And, if you want to enjoy a truly special meal while here, visit one of the excellent restaurants of the Associazione dei Ristoranti della Buona Accoglienza.

Still not sure how you'll entertain yourself? Here's the New York Times' take on how to get the most out of your time in Venice (published June 12, 2014) 36 Hours in Venice Port tips from our blog
Victoria, British Columbia - Stroll through the charming downtown of this very British city, with its double-decker buses, turreted castles, fine British woolens, tea and china. Or, just outside the city, visit the lush flora and fauna of Butchart Gardens.
Vigo, Spain - Catholic pilgrims flock to the nearby sacred cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, built over the burial spot of St. James. In Vigo, Galicia province's most populated city, El Sireno, a gilded sculpture depicting a half-man-half-sea-creature, towers over your head and the city's lovely gardens and well-preserved historical buildings.
Villefranche (Nice), France - Villefranche is your gateway to the one-of-a-kind French Riviera, home to Monte Carlo, Cannes and Nice. Shaded by jagged mountains touching deep blue shores, Villefranche offers sunny beaches, sophisticated resort cities, quaint red-roofed villages and spectacular views.
Villefranche/Monte Carlo - From your luxury motorcoach, see the famous beaches, quaint red-roofed villages and jet-set cities of the French Riviera. You'll travel along an actual section of the Grand Prix Motor Race circuit to the legendary Grand Casino in Monte Carlo. tour the Old Quarter of Monaco and visit the Palace Square.
Visby, Sweden - In this delightful island town, stroll wide sandy beaches and cobbled streets lined with fairytale cottages. Walk the medieval city walls. Visit Bronze Age burial sites. Weary? Revive yourself with an icy aquavit.
Volos, Greece - Volos is gateway to Thessaly and one of the most bizarre sights you will ever see. The meteora rise in giant spiky, pillars from the plain. Amazingly, the rocky crags are populated by a monastic order who make their homes in caves in the cliffs.
Warnemunde/Berlin, Germany - In Berlin history awaits: Checkpoint Charlie, Unter den Linden, Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag. Browse lively Kurfurstendamm for delicate hand-painted porcelain, a snack of beer and bratwurst.
Wellington, New Zealand - The fact that Wellington has become New Zealand's fastest-growing weekend destination tells you something about the city. Once merely its political capital, the city's calendar is packed with celebrations, festivals and some of the country's best theater and dance. Sandwiched between steep hills on one side and the ocean on the other, New Zealand's second-largest city is a walker's paradise. Because so much of the city is within walking distance, you'll never feel the need to hire a cab. And considering the number of cafes, bars and nightclubs that line the streets, you'll probably never feel the need to go to bed, either.
Willemstad, Curacao - An isle of Dutch treats: gabled storybook houses, duty-free Delftware, the famous Curacao orange flavored liqueur
Willis Island, Australia (Cruising) - Willis Island, located east of Australia just beyond the Great Barrier Reef, is the only permanently inhabited island in Australia's Coral Sea Islands Territory. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has a weather monitoring station on the island, staffed by three people, who make up the island's human population. Thousands of masked, brown and red footed boobies - a seabird that looks like a dressed up seagull - keep them company.
Wollongong, Australia - Wollongong is noted for its heavy industry, its port activity and the quality of its physical setting, occupying a narrow coastal plain between an almost continuous chain of surf beaches and the cliffline of the rainforest-covered Illawarra escarpment.
Xingang (Beijing),China - Linger for two full days at the busy port city of Xingang, giving you time to tour to Beijing, rich in the legacies of 19 dynasties: the Forbidden City, the Ming Tombs, the serpentine Great Wall. In Xian, inspect an army of 6,000 terra cotta soldiers that guard an emperor's tomb.
Yalta - With its glorious mountain backdrop, golden beaches and the brilliant blue of the Black Sea, Yalta is one of the most spectacular spots on the Crimean Coast. Czars built Yalta, selecting the location with the same painstaking care that Faberge
Zadar, Croatia - Zadar is blessed with beautiful natural surroundings. The city faces an Adriatic archipelago that is one of the best sailing areas in the world. With its mild winters and warm summer, Zadar offers inhabitants and visitors an excellent environment for work and leisure.

Zadar is bordered by four national parks: the untouched Kornati Islands, the breathtaking Velebit mountains, the winding Krka River and the peaceful Plitvice Lakes. Other natural sites include the canyon of the river Zrmanja and the caves at Cerovac. These places are ideal for swimming, diving, boating, surfing, tracking, climbing and even skiing.
Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium - Zeebrugge is a port in northwestern Belgium, 10 miles north of Brugge and 60 miles from Brussels. Interestingly, it is actually an "artificial port," built because the existing marine channel to Brugge at the time had become clogged with silt. Because of its strategic location, Belgium has often been targeted by opposing military forces, which has contributed to Zeebrugge's rich history. In 1918, during World War I, British naval forces sank block ships in Zeebrugge's harbor to block the entry of German submarines. In 1944, the entire port was destroyed by the retreating Germans.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Debark) - Amsterdam is a great city to discover the charms of northern Europe. The graceful canals of its central district are lined with beautiful gabled houses. It's many, grand art museums display masterpieces of Rembrandt and Vermeer and the largest collection of Van Gogh's work is found here. Fine food is also easy to find along with ample opportunities for shopping (including excellent vintage finds). This great city is well worth a day or two's stay after your cruise.
Barcelona, Spain (Debark) - Barcelona is a one of a kind, world-class city. While away the day exploring the beautiful, tree-shaded Las Ramblas. Or, marvel at its fantastic Art Nouveau architecture, with dozens of buildings that seem to have been sculpted from the stuff of dreams, like the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. For the more worldly, shop for exquisite Lladro ceramics, chic spanish fashions or enjoy a cuisine that many say has rival's the French for the title of world's best.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (Debark) - Ah, the Eternal City: Romance, culture, food, history and fashion. You'll have to plan your time carefully as the sights of Rome are captivating and seemingly endless: the Colosseum and Forum, the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain and, of course the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.You can't fit it all in one day (or even a week, to be honest). Be sure to spend at least a couple days enjoying the many pleasures Rome has to offer before returning home from your cruise conference.
Copenhagen, Denmark (Debark) - Denmark's capital is sophisticated, saucy and friendly. Stroll the fairytale world of Tivoli Gardens to take in bright lights, castles that out-Disney Disney. See the city's 200- year-old Royal Palace, the lively Old Harbor - Hans Christian Andersen lived here. Salute the Little Mermaid, symbol of this light-hearted city.
Post-Cruise Hotel Packages in Copenhagen
Harwich (London), England - Debark - "Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Samuel Johnson's famous words are as true today as when he spoke them. A visitor to London could fill a month with fascinating people, art, music, late-night dancing, fabulous shopping, an endless array of pubs and first rate meals. Tourists should take in Victoria Station, the beauty of Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and the pomp of Buckingham Palace. And then there are the "Elgin Marbles" at the British Museum and the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. Or visit Sherlock Holmes' HQ on Baker Street (you know the address). After all that, make what might be the most important stop of all: grab a pint at one of the many corner pubs that's been hosting revelers since before America was a nation. Definitely a place to "take in," not just "pass through."
At the conclusion of your cruise conference you'll transfer from Harwich to London
Pre and Post-Cruise Hotel Packages in London Port tips from our blog
Istanbul, Turkey (Debark) - Istanbul, the only city in the world built on two continents, stands on the shores of the Istanbul Bogazi (Bosphorus) where the waters of the Black Sea mingle with those of the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn. Here on this splendid site Istanbul guards the precious relics of the three empires of which she has been capital; a unique link between East and West, past and present.
Venice, Italy (Debark) - Venice is possibly the most romantic place you'll ever visit. It seems almost redundant to describe the charms of Venice. The cafes of St. Mark's Square, Palazzo-lined canals plied by gondolas, the elegant Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore: Venice is one impossibly beautiful sight after next. A great collection of Renaissance era art is housed at Gallerie dell'Accademia. Or, if you prefer modern art, Venice is home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. And, if you want to enjoy a truly special meal while here, visit one of the excellent restaurants of the Associazione dei Ristoranti della Buona Accoglienza.

Still not sure how you'll entertain yourself? Here's the New York Times' take on how to get the most out of your time in Venice (published June 12, 2014) 36 Hours in Venice
Post-Cruise Hotel Packages in Venice Port tips from our blog

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