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LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA CHECK IN STARTS AT 1230P Check in begins at 12:30 -- 4:00 pmFri, Jan 06, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Jan 07, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sun, Jan 08, 2023 CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA 7:00 am 3:00 pmMon, Jan 09, 2023 PANAMA CANAL FULL TRANSIT HISTORIC SCENIC CRUISING 6:00 am 4:30 pmTue, Jan 10, 2023 AT SEA -- --Wed, Jan 11, 2023 PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA 7:00 am 7:00 pmThu, Jan 12, 2023 SAN JUAN DEL SUR, NICARAGUA WATER SHUTTLE REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 7:00 am 6:00 pmFri, Jan 13, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Jan 14, 2023 HUATULCO, MEXICO 8:00 am 5:00 pmSun, Jan 15, 2023 AT SEA -- --Mon, Jan 16, 2023 PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO 8:00 am 5:00 pmTue, Jan 17, 2023 AT SEA -- --Wed, Jan 18, 2023 AT SEA -- --Thu, Jan 19, 2023 LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA SHIP @ PORT OF SAN PEDRO Check in begins at 12:30 7:00 am 4:00 pmFri, Jan 20, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Jan 21, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sun, Jan 22, 2023 AT SEA -- --Mon, Jan 23, 2023 AT SEA -- --Tue, Jan 24, 2023 HONOLULU, HAWAII 9:00 am 11:00 pmWed, Jan 25, 2023 KAUAI (NAWILIWILI), HAWAII 8:00 am 5:00 pmThu, Jan 26, 2023 AT SEA -- --Fri, Jan 27, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Jan 28, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sun, Jan 29, 2023 AT SEA -- --Mon, Jan 30, 2023 AT SEA -- --Tue, Jan 31, 2023 TAHITI (PAPEETE), FRENCH POLYNESIA 7:00 am 10:00 pmWed, Feb 01, 2023 BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA WATER SHUTTLE REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 5:00 pmThu, Feb 02, 2023 AT SEA -- --Fri, Feb 03, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Feb 04, 2023 PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA 8:00 am 5:00 pmSun, Feb 05, 2023 AT SEA -- --Mon, Feb 06, 2023 CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE CROSS INT'L DATELINE 12:00 pm 1:00 pmTue, Feb 07, 2023 AT SEA -- --Wed, Feb 08, 2023 AT SEA -- --Thu, Feb 09, 2023 BAY OF ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND WATER SHUTTLE REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 6:00 pmFri, Feb 10, 2023 AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND 7:00 am 6:00 pmSat, Feb 11, 2023 TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND 6:15 am 7:45 pmSun, Feb 12, 2023 AT SEA -- --Mon, Feb 13, 2023 PICTON, NEW ZEALAND 7:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Feb 14, 2023 WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND 7:00 am 5:00 pmWed, Feb 15, 2023 NEW PLYMOUTH, NEW ZEALAND 7:00 am 5:00 pmThu, Feb 16, 2023 AT SEA -- --Fri, Feb 17, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Feb 18, 2023 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA CHECK IN STARTS AT 12:00PM 7:00 am 9:00 pmSun, Feb 19, 2023 AT SEA -- --Mon, Feb 20, 2023 MORETON ISLAND, AUSTRALIA WATER SHUTTLE REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 7:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Feb 21, 2023 AT SEA -- --Wed, Feb 22, 2023 AIRLIE BEACH, AUSTRALIA WATER SHUTTLE REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 7:00 am 4:00 pmThu, Feb 23, 2023 CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA 10:00 am 8:00 pmFri, Feb 24, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Feb 25, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sun, Feb 26, 2023 AT SEA -- --Mon, Feb 27, 2023 DARWIN, AUSTRALIA 8:00 am 10:00 pmTue, Feb 28, 2023 AT SEA -- --Wed, Mar 01, 2023 AT SEA -- --Thu, Mar 02, 2023 KOMODO ISLAND, INDONESIA WATER SHUTTLE REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 7:00 am 5:00 pmFri, Mar 03, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Mar 04, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sun, Mar 05, 2023 SINGAPORE 9:00 am 10:00 pmMon, Mar 06, 2023 AT SEA -- --Tue, Mar 07, 2023 LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA 7:00 am 6:00 pmWed, Mar 08, 2023 PHUKET, THAILAND WATER SHUTTLE REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 7:00 am 5:00 pmThu, Mar 09, 2023 AT SEA -- --Fri, Mar 10, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Mar 11, 2023 COLOMBO, SRI LANKA 7:00 am 7:00 pmSun, Mar 12, 2023 AT SEA -- --Mon, Mar 13, 2023 AT SEA -- --Tue, Mar 14, 2023 AT SEA -- --Wed, Mar 15, 2023 AT SEA -- --Thu, Mar 16, 2023 DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES OVERNIGHT CHECK-IN BEGINS AT 1:00PM 7:00 am --Fri, Mar 17, 2023 DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -- 2:00 pmSat, Mar 18, 2023 MUSCAT (MINA QABOOS), OMAN 9:00 am 6:00 pmSun, Mar 19, 2023 AT SEA -- --Mon, Mar 20, 2023 AT SEA -- --Tue, Mar 21, 2023 AT SEA -- --Wed, Mar 22, 2023 AT SEA -- --Thu, Mar 23, 2023 AT SEA -- --Fri, Mar 24, 2023 AQABA (PETRA), JORDAN 7:00 am 11:00 pmSat, Mar 25, 2023 TRANSIT THE SUEZ CANAL, EGYPT SCENIC CRUISING OVERNIGHT 5:00 pm --Sun, Mar 26, 2023 TRANSIT THE SUEZ CANAL, EGYPT SCENIC CRUISING -- 5:00 pmMon, Mar 27, 2023 JERUSALEM/BETHLEHEM (ASHDOD), ISRAE 7:00 am 8:00 pmTue, Mar 28, 2023 AT SEA -- --Wed, Mar 29, 2023 KUSADASI, TURKEY (FOR EPHESUS) 8:00 am 5:00 pmThu, Mar 30, 2023 GYTHION (FOR SPARTA), GREECE WATER SHUTTLE REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 9:00 am 5:00 pmFri, Mar 31, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Apr 01, 2023 VENICE, ITALY OVERNIGHT 12:00 pm --Sun, Apr 02, 2023 VENICE, ITALY CHECK-IN BEGINS AT 1:00PM -- 10:00 pmMon, Apr 03, 2023 LJUBLJANA (KOPER), SLOVENIA 8:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Apr 04, 2023 SPLIT, CROATIA 8:00 am 6:00 pmWed, Apr 05, 2023 KOTOR, MONTENEGRO WATER SHUTTLE REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 7:00 am 5:00 pmThu, Apr 06, 2023 AT SEA -- --Fri, Apr 07, 2023 VALLETTA, MALTA 7:00 am 9:00 pmSat, Apr 08, 2023 SICILY (CATANIA), ITALY 7:00 am 5:00 pmSun, Apr 09, 2023 SORRENTO, ITALY (FOR CAPRI & POMPEI WATER SHUTTLE REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 7:00 am 8:00 pmMon, Apr 10, 2023 ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY 7:00 am 7:00 pmTue, Apr 11, 2023 VILLEFRANCHE, FRANCE WATER SHUTTLE REQUIRED WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED 8:00 am 7:00 pmWed, Apr 12, 2023 MARSEILLE (PROVENCE), FRANCE 8:00 am 6:00 pmThu, Apr 13, 2023 BARCELONA, SPAIN 8:00 am 10:00 pmFri, Apr 14, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Apr 15, 2023 MALAGA, SPAIN 7:00 am 6:00 pmSun, Apr 16, 2023 CASABLANCA, MOROCCO (FOR MARRAKECH) 8:00 am 10:00 pmMon, Apr 17, 2023 AT SEA -- --Tue, Apr 18, 2023 LANZAROTE (ARRECIFE), CANARY ISLAND 7:00 am 5:00 pmWed, Apr 19, 2023 LA PALMA, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN 7:00 am 5:00 pmThu, Apr 20, 2023 AT SEA -- --Fri, Apr 21, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sat, Apr 22, 2023 AT SEA -- --Sun, Apr 23, 2023 AT SEA -- --Mon, Apr 24, 2023 AT SEA -- --Tue, Apr 25, 2023 AT SEA -- --Wed, Apr 26, 2023 AT SEA -- --Thu, Apr 27, 2023 FT. 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One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.7 million guests each year to destinations around the globe ranging in length from three to 114 days, allowing them to see the world and come back new.
Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when one of its ships, Pacific Princess, was cast in a starring role on a new television show called "The Love Boat." The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its "seawitch" logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since. The show, which can still seen around the world, has been widely credited with fueling the dramatic expansion of the industry.
Island Princess is an oasis at sea. Whether you crave relaxation or exhilaration, you'll find it all with the Lotus Spa, live entertainment and gourmet dining on the menu. For a special treat, sample New Orleans-inspired cuisine at the Bayou Cafe and Steakhouse. And don't miss a drink crafted by award-winning mixologist Rob Floyd, the perfect toast to your blissful experience.
Take a break and indulge in a private getaway at The Sanctuary, our exclusive adults-only retreat offering a relaxing alternative to the myriad outdoor activities and entertainment available elsewhere on the ship. With signature beverages, light meals, and al fresco massages, Serenity Stewards attend to your every need, whether it's to be on hand to provide chilled face towels or Evian water atomizers.
Named "Best Spa on a Cruise Ship" by Spafinder Wellness 365, the Lotus Spa offers a variety of relaxing treatments, such as facials, aroma stone therapy massages, detoxifying ocean wraps and an aromatherapy thermal suite. Or get ready for a night on the town at the salon which features women's styling color, men's haircuts and shaves, manicure and pedicure choices and teeth whitening.
Lotus Spa Fitness Center
The Lotus Spa Fitness Center offers fitness programs designed to help you maximize your wellness with Tour de Cycle, personal training and classes such as Pilates, Yoga, Body Sculpt Boot Camp, Results Based Training and TRX suspension training. The Lotus Spa Fitness Center also features state-of-the-art equipment so you can tone on your own.
Feel the court under your feet and the thrill of victory as you sink the ball in for two points. No matter your athletic ability, there's nothing like shooting a few hoops out in the middle of the ocean as you watch the sun set and the stars come out. Our Sports Court is not only set up for basketball but also for volleyball. Pick up a game, compete against fellow passengers for bragging rights, or start your own dream team.
Art Gallery & Auctions
Great art, like the destinations we visit, can be awe-inspiring. Peruse our extensive art gallery, or attend an art history lecture highlighting some of the world's greatest masters. And don't miss our exciting Champagne Art Auctions, which give you the chance to view and bid on a wide range of fine art, including pieces by famous artists like Thomas Kinkade, Peter Max, and Michael Godard. There is no charge to attend these lively events.
The inviting piazza-style grand Atrium shines as the stunning centerpiece of each ship, the epicenter of luxury, excitement and fun. Stop by anytime, day or night, to find musicians, jugglers, acrobats, food carvers and a variety of other performers. Soaring multi-stories with a circular marble floor, stained-glass dome and magnificent floating staircase, the Italian-inspired Atrium is an ideal setting for relaxation, people-watching or simply having a cocktail or coffee with a friend.
The Shops of Princess
It's no surprise The Shops are awarded "Best Onboard Shopping" from Porthole magazine year after year. On board, you'll find a fabulous range of fine merchandise from brands like Swarovski, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, Calvin Klein, Citizen and Tissot, plus local crafts, keepsakes and souvenirs. And everyday tax- and duty-free savings can add up to as much as 30% off suggested U.S. retail prices.
Photo & Video Gallery
Our staff of digital photographers and videographers helps capture the highlights of your cruise including onboard events, ports and scenery for lasting memories of your trip. Our studio locations are set up in the Atrium each evening and all formal and casual portraits are on display in the gallery the following day. Please ask our staff about portrait packages, reprints and canvas reproductions of your favorite photos!
Freshwater Pools & Hot Tubs
Take a dip in our sparkling freshwater pools and leave your everyday world behind. Unwind on a padded lounger and soak up the sun, catch up on reading, listen to music or dream of your next adventure on board or ashore. And what better way to relax and revitalize after a day exploring the world than a long soak in one of our whirling hot tubs. And don't forget, there is always a server nearby to bring you a refreshing cocktail or favorite beverage.More Choices
- Discovery at SEA Programs
- Vegas Style Casino
- Sports Court
- MedallionNet Wi-Fi
Food & Dining
Dine My Way
Dine When, How and Where you like: With this new offering, you can customize every aspect of mealtime. Make reservations for the main dining room or specialty restaurants at your preferred time each day. Fit in a formal dinner before a show, or order food and drinks to your poolside perch with OceanNow®. The choice really is up to you.
Crafted by Curtis Stone
In the Main Dining Room, savor fresh new cuisine designed by award-winning Chef Curtis Stone during every voyage. Personal reflections on the menu by Chef Stone elaborate on each "Crafted" selection, prepared with the most authentic ingredients. Be enticed by dishes featuring delicious meats and seafood, fresh produce and vibrant, bold flavors.
The Bar & Grill
Follow your nose to the Deck Barbecue where the burgers are flipping and the hot dogs roasting, served with a variety of fixin's and crisp fries. Veggie burgers, bratwurst and grilled chicken breast are also served and all are sure to hit the spot when you are relaxing out on deck.
There are few foods that inspire as much passion as chocolate, and master chocolatier Norman Love has designed some of the most decadent, hand-crafted treats exclusively for Princess' Chocolate JourneysSM program. Trained in France, and named the Inaugural Inductee into the Chocolatier Hall of Fame by Dessert Professional Magazine, Chef Love combined premium quality chocolate with unique flavors and artful designs to mastermind his exclusive creations found in the main dining room and at Horizon Court.
The Princess Pizzeria is conveniently located poolside for a casual bite while relaxing on deck or while watching Movies Under the Stars. Serving the "Best Pizza at Sea" by USA TODAY, you'll delight in the classic favorites like pepperoni and margherita, as well daily specialty pizzas.More Choice
- La Patisserie
- Horizon Court
- 24-hr Room Service
Our Italian specialty restaurant has been voted one of the "Best Cruise Ship Specialty Restaurants" at sea by USA TODAY. Savor Sabatini's authentic offerings featuring signature pastas, Italian wines and an irresistible selection of delectable desserts, all celebrating our Italian culinary heritage.
Bayou Cafe & Steakhouse
Chef's Table Experience
Taking dining to a new level, the Chef's Table Experience includes pre-dinner cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the galley for you and a limited number of fellow guests. After your executive chef describes the specially designed menu for the night, participants are escorted to an intimate table for the main course, including pairing suggestions. Each couple receives a personalized autographed copy of Princess' best-selling cookbook, a handwritten copy of the special menu and a complimentary photo.
Seafood lovers won't want to miss this full crab shack experience. An intriguing bistro option housed within the Horizon Court buffet, Crab Shack diners can savor Bayou-style boiled crawfish and spicy sausage, popcorn shrimp, steaming clam chowder and a tantalizing mixed steamer pot filled with snow crab, jumbo shrimp, clams and mussels.
Ultimate Balcony Dining
Choose a luxurious breakfast or experience the "ultimate" romantic dinner at sea: a sumptuous multi-course meal, including succulent lobster tail and juicy steak, your beverage of choice, hors d'oeuvres, all served right on the privacy of your own balcony by our dedicated waitstaff. Treat yourself to this unparalleled indulgence and savor food, views and memories that will never be forgotten.
Throughout your cruise, whether you love activity or crave tranquility, Princess offers everything you could need for a relaxing, rejuvenating retreat, including a wide variety of freshly prepared cuisine and innovative experiences all designed to help you escape completely.
Just For Kids 3-7
Even the littlest guests will delight in this whimsical, forest-themed world that inspires playtime and invites exploration. Kids, ages 3 to 7, can dance, enjoy pajama movie nights, create art projects like Animal Planet puppets and masks or compete in a Lego boat-building contest.
Just For Kids 8-12
Inspired by the great outdoors, this cozy center keeps kids busy with games, dancing and kid-sized Olympic competitions. Their minds stay busy, too, with California Science Center programs like rocket building, or they can explore outer space with Stargazing and learning how to build a model roller coaster. Exciting events like talent shows, theme nights, and treasure hunts encourage new friendships and family togetherness.
Just For Teens 13-17
This contemporary lounge is "the place" for teens - perfect for hanging out and socializing with late-night movie viewing, hip hop dance classes, video game tournaments and sports competitions like dodgeball and basketball. But that's just the beginning. They'll dazzle on the red carpet with our Rock the Boat teens-only party, complete with awards and "mocktails."
Princess makes it easy to sail together in comfort. There is a wide selection of staterooms accommodating up to four guests, and you'll enjoy substantial savings on your third and fourth guests. There are also connecting stateroom options, as well as Two Bedroom Family Suites, with room for up to eight guests, which offer more living space, a balcony and two bathrooms, including a full bath tub.
Discovery at SEA Programs
Our exclusive partnership with Discovery lets you come back captivated with Stargazing on our top deck; activities featuring Discovery hit shows such as Shark Week and Finding Bigfoot; plus our new Encounters with Discovery at SEA speaker series. Get more out of your travels with shore excursions recommended by two of the most trusted names in world travel-Discovery and Animal Planet.
Movies Under the Stars
Throughout the day and night, our exclusive open-air poolside amphitheater is the go-to destination for feature films, thrilling concerts and exciting sporting events such as live football games. Cozy up under a fleece blanket in the comfortable lounger and feast on complimentary fresh-popped popcorn in the evening or delicious cookies and milk during the day, and enjoy that exciting car chase or mystery thriller on the giant screen.
Original Musical Production
Crafted by some of the world's top directors and choreographers, our remarkable and dynamic Princess productions transport you to realms as exotic as the destinations we visit. Imaginative shows created in-house feature dazzling stage sets, Broadway classics, popular hits and original numbers performed by some of the largest and most talented casts at sea.
Festivals of the World
There's nothing like a Princess party to bring people together. Our Festivals of the World hosts onboard events that celebrate timeless traditions from nearly every corner of the globe.* Parties and dancing, lively music and folkloric performances, enriching activities, themed movies and specialty shopping are just some of the ways our Festivals of the World come to life! From Oktoberfest to Rio's Carnival, Festivals of the World is a gala event you won't want to miss.
Featured Guest Entertainers
Grab a seat, order a cocktail and be prepared to be entertained by our lineup of world class entertainers. From magic to comedy, singers to instrumentalists, jugglers to balancing acts and much, much more, we search the globe for top talent to be featured on our ships. So get ready to be amazed, entertained, mesmerized or just laugh the night away!
The Voice of the Ocean
Have you got The Voice of the Ocean? Princess Cruises brings the excitement and spectacle of TV's most popular singing competition to the high seas, live and on-stage, with The Voice of the Ocean. The show comes to life throughout the cruise with blind auditions, mentor sessions, the iconic "I Want You" chairs, three charismatic coaches and ultimately a finale performance where guests vote to choose the winner.More Choices
- Music & Dancing
- Princess Theater
- Explorers Lounge
- Guests: 2,200
- Crew: 900
- Refurbished: Dec 2017
- Inaugural Cruise: Jul 2003
- Tonnage: 92,822
- Length: 964 feet
- Height: 204 feet
Please note: Stateroom images and features are samples only. Actual furniture, fixtures, colors, configurations and window/porthole views may vary.
From one end of this great earth to the other, you''ll travel via the luxury of a cruise ship. Be pampered on board as your home-at-sea makes its way through international waters to far away places.
Originally a fort built by the U.S. Army in 1838 during the Second Seminole War, Fort Lauderdale welcomes visitors with broad, palm-fringed beaches and an easy pace of life. Stroll along fashionable Las Olas Boulevard with its stylish shops or enjoy a sightseeing cruise through the city''s canals, boasting more waterways than Venice. Or, venture out and explore the cosmopolitan city of Palm Beach, or the wildlife sanctuary of the Everglades.
Charming Cartagena is one of the most fascinating towns in South America. The old city, almost completely surrounded by lagoons, bays and the Caribbean Sea, is still girded by its 17th-century fortifications. Once these guarded the gold and treasures of the New World, bound for Spain; now they shelter ornate churches and convents, the dramatic Palace of the Inquisition, and other historic gems.
Spend an unforgettable day cruising the Panama Canal, a fifty-one-mile waterway through the rainforest that is one of the world's engineering masterpieces. The ship glides down the canal with inches to spare, through locks that raise and lower it like a toy. Along the way it crosses enormous Gatun Lake, and the amazing Gaillard Cut, blasted out of a solid mountainside.
Hollywood discovered this little fishing village back in the 1960's, and since then luxury resorts and bougainvillea-covered villas have flourished in the delightful seaside climate. Yet hints of past tranquility remain: cobbled courtyards where the locals hold their markets, and superb sport-fishing just offshore.
Sprawling between the mountains and the beaches, Los Angeles is quintessential California. Whether your taste runs to fashionable Beverly Hills, the mega-entertainment of the movie studios, or the sizzle of homestyle Mexican food on Olvera Street, the city of angels is worth exploring.
Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor - these names evoke feeling of magic, mystery, drama and history, and they are all located in Honolulu. The capital of Hawaii, this city not only offers some of the best beaches along side big-city skyscrapers, there are also parks, fabulous shopping, the only royal palace in America, the Arizona Memorial in the harbor at Pearl City, the Polynesian Cultural Center and more.
The largest of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, Tahiti held a magical attraction for artist Paul Gauguin and writer Robert Louis Stevenson. To understand why, simply listen to the winds whistling through casuarina trees on a secluded black-sand beach, or stroll through beautiful botanical gardens and marvel at island flora.
James Michener called it the most beautiful island in the South Pacific. You may confirm his opinion, either by the local "Le Truck" transport, 4-wheel-drive van, or in a helicopter overhead. And the offshore beauty is accessible by a glass-bottomed boat or by snorkeling.
Pago Pago is the capital of American Samoa, a verdant chain of seven South Pacific isles 2600 miles south of Hawaii. Populated for over 2,500 years, many experts believe this is the birthplace of Polynesian culture. The people of American Samoa are gracious and hospitable and value their traditional ways. You'll witness village life first-hand as you tour this lush, mountainous island.
New Zealand's largest city is draped over seven volcanoes and wrapped around Waitemata Harbour (meaning "sea of sparkling waters" in Maori). Despite its British feel, it is the world's largest Polynesian city. Shop for Polynesian crafts on Queen Street, the main drag. Or from atop Mt. Eden, overlook the "City of Sails," which will host the America's Cup races in 2000.
...It is no wonder why the region has become so popular, as it is safe, exciting, diverse, and warm.From touring in a four-wheel drive vehicle through the hills to swimming with the dolphins, Tauranga has it all.The hot springs are glorious, and you could spend an entire day and night lounging in the bubbling saltwater pools.They are truly magnificent, as are the restaurants and accommodations in Tauranga...
...exquisite architecture, great museums, and fabulous dining establishments.The accommodations and amenities in Wellington are superb, and during the summer there are many hot beach spots...
Sydney is Australia''s showcase: the oldest settlement, the largest and most thriving city, the cultural melting pot. It curves around idyllic Port Jackson, where sandstone cliffs and bright islands complement the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Wander the cobbled colonial streets of the historic Rocks quarter, or tour the mansions of Watson''s Bay.
The Great Barrier Reef city of Cairns is the northernmost city of Queensland and is located amidst endless stretches of white sandy beach, attracting visitors from around the world. Although Cairns is the scuba-diving capital of the Great Barrier Reef, you can also wander along the Esplanade, with its remarkable views over Trinity Bay, or explore the Heritage Walk with its fascinating insights into the city's history.
Named after evolutionist Charles Darwin, this tropical city on the top end of Australia is a former frontier town with a rough-and-tumble past. Darwin's growth was achieved back in 1871 with the discovery of gold at Pine Creek, and today a number of historic buildings from that era remain. Darwin is also the center of the aboriginal community, the world's oldest culture. From here, you can visit Kakadu National Park, a World Heritage Site renowned not only for its Australian wildlife but Aboriginal rock art.
A rare discovery awaits the traveler who ventures onto this remote island of Komodo. Walking through the dense vegetation, hearing and seeing a variety of bird and animal life, you may feel you've landed in another epoch. Indeed, the last vestiges of long-gone dinosaurs survive here, in the form of the legendary, giant lizards called Komodo Dragons.
One of Asia's great success stories, this island republic has merged diverse cultures into a dynamic and thriving nation. Clean, modern and full of green gardens, its neighborhoods reflect the Chinese, Malay, Indian, Arab and European backgrounds of its past. After sampling the legendary shopping, retire to Raffles Hotel's famous bar and toast Maugham, Kipling and Noel Coward with a Singapore Sling.
Set like a jewel in the Andaman Sea, Thailand's largest island has great expanses of sandy beaches that lure sun-seekers to their shores, and a unique culture combining influences from China and Portugal. Visit the fabled monastery of Wat Chalong, the Orchard Garden and the Thai Village, where examples of the country's culture are presented in a tranquil lakeside setting.
Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka means "Resplendent Land," an apt description for this beautiful island. Sri Lanka lies fifty-five miles north of the equator, just off the southern tip of India. With its unique beauty, warm climate and near-perfect beaches, Sri Lanka is one of Asia's most adored destinations. Since the sixteenth century, the Portuguese, Dutch and British have all left their architectural and cultural marks in Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo. Yet despite its colonial architecture, Sri Lanka has always remained Oriental in spirit, with colorful bazaars, dancing elephants, graceful women in saris, and many Buddhist shrines and temples.
Despite the primeval desert that surrounds it, spirited Dubai has spent its oil income on modern architecture based on soaring Islamic spires. Explore the souk bazaars for gold and silks, Persian and Afghani rugs and more. And be sure to visit the Juneira Mosque.
The town has changed in recent times, but a glimpse of Muscat's past shows in the old houses lining the Mutrah corniche above the harbor, and in the traditional market souks. See the Sultan's Palace, the National Museum and perhaps indulge in Amonage or Ubar perfumes produced here-the world's most expensive.
One of modern engineering's most celebrated achievements, the 110-mile Suez Canal links the Mediterranean with the Red Sea. The first attempt to excavate a canal was recorded in 2100 B.C., and over the years Egyptians, Persians, Romans, Arabs, French and British all have tried their hand, the latter two succeeding in the late 19th century in a joint effort.
Perched on sand dunes, Ashdod is a gateway to the Holy Land. From here, you can journey to Jerusalem and Bethlehem and walk the Via Dolorosa and see the stations of the cross. Among the many other sites of interest are the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and, in Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity.
This charming, picturesque resort where Antony and Cleopatra used to vacation is best known as the port for the ancients ruins of Ephesus - one of the world's most wondrous archaeological sites. Explorations should include such masterpieces as the Great Amphitheatre, where St. Paul addressed the Ephesians, the Library of Celsus, and the temples of Athena and Apollo - all connected by marble streets rutted by the wheels of countless chariots.
Venice enchants you from your first glimpse as your ship glides through the Grand Canal. A world power in the middle ages, its affluence lives on in its beautiful old buildings like those surrounding Piazza San Marco. Be sure not to leave without a romantic ride along the canals in a gondola.
This typical Mediterranean town is located at the end of Kotor Bay, which sits on the Montenegrin coast in the southern Adriatic. Due to the history of Kotor, it is the oldest town in Montenegro and is now a historical monument protected by the state. This town of Kotor has belong to many countries, around 3 B.C. the town was colonized by the Greeks, and later was an affiliate of Roman and Byzantine empires. In 1797, this town became a vital naval base under Austria's possession. In 1918, after World War II, this town became the property of Yugoslavia and is now included in the constituent republic of Montenegro. Kotor has been a 16th century cathedral, town walls, and a medieval fort.
The Knights of St. John made this their base in the Mediterranean Sea. The castles, cathedrals and fortresses they built still are their remaining legacy. But Phoenicians, Romans, Carthaginians and Arabs preceded them and left their marks as well. Take a drive to M''dina, the former capital, and wonder at Europe''s third-largest dome in Mostra.
Steep, rugged Sicily had bred a race of fierce, funny and passionate people. From this important port, drive up the coast to visit Taormina. First Greeks, then Romans used this as a place of worship and reward. View the temples and the theater, Mt. Etna in the distance, or take a stroll and shop in the little village before you leave.
Some of Italy's most romantic villages cling to the dramatic slopes of the ruggedly beautiful Amalfi Coast. Sorrento's one so beautiful it inspired a song. Take a drive along the scenic coastal road. Or venture further, to the amazing ruins of Pompeii, uncovered from the ashes of Vesuvius, or to Capri, known as the "Island of Love."
The port of Civitavecchia is the gateway to The Eternal City, where all roads lead. Mad traffic careens past monuments of the great civilizations of the past. You will want to see it all: the soaring inspiration of St. Peter's, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel; the flow of life along the Spanish Steps, the Coliseum, the Via Veneto and Trevi Fountain. Be sure to leave time for la dolce vita in one of the piazzas.
This village of 7,000 inhabitants is hidden among wooded slopes, above the crystalline waters of the Cote d'Azure. The town itself is delightful, with medieval chapels and an impressive hilltop fortress built by the Duke of Savoy in 1560. And, just up the coast are the luxuries of Nice and the extravagance of Monte Carlo.
Marseille is France's second largest city, but it often goes unnoticed and unvisited by travelers... They are missing out on one of France's most diverse cities, both in terms of people and activities... Today, Marseille faces the same problems as any growing city. Crime is an issue, as is racial tension between the native French population and the arriving North African immigrants. Twenty-five percent of the population in Marseille is of North African descent, and that number is growing. But the city has come to embrace its newfound diversity, and is eager to put its best foot forward to attract a piece of the ever-growing tourism industry.
Barcelona is the cultural heartland of Spain, yet its first language is Catalan, the native tongue of the proudly independent Catalonia region. Stroll down the shady, tree-lined Ramblas between street musicians and elegant bistros. Then perhaps visit the venerable Gothic cathedral, Picasso Museum or enjoy the architectural genius of Antonio Gaudi's Church of the Holy Family.
The Plaza de Merced, cathedrals, and museums of Malaga make it a remarkable site for studying the history and culture of Spain.The coastline that borders the city is magnificent, and it creates a wonderful backdrop to the ancient land.
The economic capital of Morocco and the second largest city in Africa, Casablanca is an exotic blend of African, Arabian and European cultures. White-washed houses and peaceful mosques line the narrow streets of ancient Medina, the original Arab Section. Nearby, souks hum with the activity of contented shoppers bargaining for fine leather and handicrafts. The Ain Daib quarter in the southern part of the city boasts a strand of oceanfront resorts and restaurants set along the beach. Visit the mysterious "pink" city of Marrakech with its famed market and snake-charmers.