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Lauderdale, Florida -- 5:00 pmSun, Dec 24, 2023 Scenic Cruising: Gulf of Mexico -- --Mon, Dec 25, 2023 Cozumel 8:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Dec 26, 2023 Cruise the Caribbean Sea -- --Wed, Dec 27, 2023 Cruise the Caribbean Sea -- --Thu, Dec 28, 2023 Cartagena 6:00 am 2:00 pmFri, Dec 29, 2023 Colon 8:30 am 11:59 pmSat, Dec 30, 2023 Scenic Cruising: Panama Canal -- --Sun, Dec 31, 2023 Cruise the Pacific Ocean -- --Mon, Jan 01, 2024 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) 8:00 am 5:00 pmTue, Jan 02, 2024 Leon (Corinto) 11:00 am 6:00 pmWed, Jan 03, 2024 Cruise the Pacific Ocean -- --Thu, Jan 04, 2024 Cruise the Pacific Ocean -- --Fri, Jan 05, 2024 Cruise the Pacific Ocean -- --Sat, Jan 06, 2024 Cabo San Lucas 9:00 am 6:00 pmSun, Jan 07, 2024 Cruise the Pacific Ocean -- --Mon, Jan 08, 2024 Cruise the Pacific Ocean -- --Tue, Jan 09, 2024 Los Angeles, California 5:00 am 11:59 pmWed, Jan 10, 2024 Santa Barbara, California 8:00 am 5:00 pmThu, Jan 11, 2024 Cruise the Pacific Ocean -- --Fri, Jan 12, 2024 Cruise the Pacific Ocean -- --Sat, Jan 13, 2024 Cruise the Pacific Ocean -- --Sun, Jan 14, 2024 Cruise the Pacific Ocean -- --Mon, Jan 15, 2024 Cruise the Pacific Ocean -- --Tue, Jan 16, 2024 Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii 8:00 am 11:00 pmWed, Jan 17, 2024 Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii 7:00 am 2:00 pmThu, Jan 18, 2024 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean -- --Fri, Jan 19, 2024 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean -- --Sat, Jan 20, 2024 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean -- --Sun, Jan 21, 2024 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean -- --Mon, Jan 22, 2024 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean -- --Tue, Jan 23, 2024 Bora Bora (Vaitape) 11:00 am 6:30 pmWed, Jan 24, 2024 Moorea (Opunoha Bay) 7:00 am 11:00 pmThu, Jan 25, 2024 Tahiti (Papeete) 7:00 am 8:00 pmFri, Jan 26, 2024 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean -- --Sat, Jan 27, 2024 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean -- --Sun, Jan 28, 2024 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean -- --Tue, Jan 30, 2024 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean -- --Wed, Jan 31, 2024 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean -- --Thu, Feb 01, 2024 Bay of Islands (Waitangi) 8:00 am 6:00 pmFri, Feb 02, 2024 Auckland 8:00 am --Sat, Feb 03, 2024 Auckland 12:01 am --Sun, Feb 04, 2024 Auckland -- 6:00 pmMon, Feb 05, 2024 Rotorua (Tauranga) 7:00 am 4:30 pmTue, Feb 06, 2024 Napier -- 6:00 pmWed, Feb 07, 2024 Wellington 9:00 am 6:00 pmThu, Feb 08, 2024 Cruise the Pacific Ocean -- --Fri, Feb 09, 2024 Cruise the Milford & Doubtful Sounds -- --Sat, Feb 10, 2024 Cruise the Tasman Sea -- --Sun, Feb 11, 2024 Cruise the Tasman Sea -- --Mon, Feb 12, 2024 Tasmania (Hobart) 8:00 am 4:00 pmTue, Feb 13, 2024 Phillip Island 6:00 pm 11:59 pmWed, Feb 14, 2024 Melbourne 7:00 am 6:00 pmThu, Feb 15, 2024 Cruise the Tasman Sea -- --Fri, Feb 16, 2024 Eden 8:00 am 4:00 pmSat, Feb 17, 2024 Sydney 7:00 am --Sun, Feb 18, 2024 Sydney -- 6:00 pmMon, Feb 19, 2024 Cruise the Australian Coast -- --Tue, Feb 20, 2024 Brisbane 8:00 am 5:00 pmWed, Feb 21, 2024 Cruise the Coral Sea -- --Thu, Feb 22, 2024 Whitsunday Island (Airlie Beach) 7:30 am 2:00 pmFri, Feb 23, 2024 Cairns 8:30 am 11:00 pmSat, Feb 24, 2024 Cruise the Coral Sea -- --Sun, Feb 25, 2024 Thursday Island 8:00 am 6:00 pmMon, Feb 26, 2024 Cruise the Arafura Sea -- --Tue, Feb 27, 2024 Cruise the Arafura Sea -- --Wed, Feb 28, 2024 Cruise the Timor Sea -- --Thu, Feb 29, 2024 Komodo 8:00 am 4:00 pmFri, Mar 01, 2024 Bali (Benoa) -- --Sat, Mar 02, 2024 Bali (Benoa) -- --Sun, Mar 03, 2024 Bali (Benoa) -- 10:00 pmMon, Mar 04, 2024 Cruise the Java Sea -- --Tue, Mar 05, 2024 Semarang, Java 7:00 am 6:00 pmWed, Mar 06, 2024 Cruise the Java Sea -- --Thu, Mar 07, 2024 Cruise the South China Sea -- --Fri, Mar 08, 2024 Cruise the South China Sea -- --Sat, Mar 09, 2024 Ho Chi Minh City 8:00 am --Sun, Mar 10, 2024 Ho Chi Minh City -- --Mon, Mar 11, 2024 Ho Chi Minh City -- 6:00 pmTue, Mar 12, 2024 Cruise the South China Sea -- --Wed, Mar 13, 2024 Koh Samui (Nathon) 8:00 am 4:00 pmThu, Mar 14, 2024 Scenic Cruising: Gulf of Thailand -- --Fri, Mar 15, 2024 Singapore -- --Sat, Mar 16, 2024 Singapore -- 8:00 pmSun, Mar 17, 2024 Scenic Cruising: Strait of Malacca -- --Mon, Mar 18, 2024 Phuket 8:00 am 6:00 pmTue, Mar 19, 2024 Cruise the Andaman Sea -- --Wed, Mar 20, 2024 Yangon 8:00 am --Thu, Mar 21, 2024 Yangon -- --Fri, Mar 22, 2024 Yangon -- 6:00 pmSat, Mar 23, 2024 Scenic Cruising: Bay of Bengal -- --Sun, Mar 24, 2024 Scenic Cruising: Bay of Bengal -- --Mon, Mar 25, 2024 Scenic Cruising: Bay of Bengal -- --Tue, Mar 26, 2024 Colombo 8:00 am --Wed, Mar 27, 2024 Colombo -- 6:00 pmThu, Mar 28, 2024 Cruise the Laccadive Sea -- --Fri, Mar 29, 2024 Cochin 7:00 am 6:00 pmSat, Mar 30, 2024 Cruise the Arabian Sea -- --Sun, Mar 31, 2024 Goa (Mormugao) 7:00 am 6:00 pmMon, Apr 01, 2024 Mumbai -- --Tue, Apr 02, 2024 Mumbai -- --Wed, Apr 03, 2024 Mumbai -- 2:00 pmThu, Apr 04, 2024 Cruise the Arabian Sea -- --Fri, Apr 05, 2024 Cruise the Arabian Sea -- --Sat, Apr 06, 2024 Salalah 8:00 am 2:00 pmSun, Apr 07, 2024 Cruise the Red Sea -- --Mon, Apr 08, 2024 Cruise the Red Sea -- --Tue, Apr 09, 2024 Cruise the Red Sea -- --Wed, Apr 10, 2024 Cruise the Red Sea -- --Thu, Apr 11, 2024 Aqaba 8:00 am 6:00 pmFri, Apr 12, 2024 Luxor (Safaga) 8:00 am 10:00 pmSat, Apr 13, 2024 Cruise the Gulf of Suez -- --Sun, Apr 14, 2024 Scenic Cruising: Suez Canal -- --Mon, Apr 15, 2024 Haifa 7:00 am --Tue, Apr 16, 2024 Haifa -- 6:00 pmWed, Apr 17, 2024 Cruise the Mediterranean Sea -- --Thu, Apr 18, 2024 Rhodes 8:00 am 6:00 pmFri, Apr 19, 2024 Ephesus (Kusadasi) 8:00 am 6:00 pmSat, Apr 20, 2024 Istanbul 6:00 pm --Sun, Apr 21, 2024 Istanbul -- 10:00 pmMon, Apr 22, 2024 Cruise the Aegean Sea -- --Tue, Apr 23, 2024 Athens (Piraeus) 8:00 am 6:00 pmWed, Apr 24, 2024 Cruise the Mediterranean Sea -- --Thu, Apr 25, 2024 Sicily (Messina) 8:00 am 6:00 pmFri, Apr 26, 2024 Naples 8:00 am 6:00 pmSat, Apr 27, 2024 Rome (Civitavecchia) 8:00 am 6:00 pmSun, Apr 28, 2024 Monte Carlo 10:00 am 11:00 pmMon, Apr 29, 2024 Cruise the Balearic Sea -- --Tue, Apr 30, 2024 Barcelona 7:00 am 5:30 pmWed, May 01, 2024 Murcia (Cartagena) -- 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Ocean Cruise Destinations Experience the world in depth, and at a relaxed pace. The small size of our elegant, 930-passenger ships gives you access to fascinating ports that larger ships simply cannot reach. Our ocean and world cruises traverse six continents and offer enriching cultural experiences.
Highlights of a Viking Ocean Cruise On a Viking ocean cruise, you will sail into the heart of your destination. From our prime, central berths in the worlds great cities such as Venice, London, Hong Kong and Sydney, and in seldom-visited ports like Kotor, Montenegro and Scotlands Shetland Islands, enriching cultural discoveries are just a short walk from your ship. Further, you will spend more time in port, with overnight stays in virtually all ports of embarkation and disembarkation.
Expand your horizons on this comfortable, award-winning ship design, intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced nautical architects and designers to enrich your interaction with your destination in every way.
The Chef's Table
The sommeliers and culinary masters at The Chef's Table create the perfect pairing of food and wine. During a multicourse tasting, they pour select vintages and serve thoughtfully prepared dishes made for each other.
The Kitchen Table
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine on an optional interactive culinary journey. At our onboard cooking school, experience firsthand how our ships world-class chef's bring distinct, local flavors from market to table.
Manfredi's Italian Restaurant
Manfredi's offers the best of Italian cuisine, whether the farm-inspired heartiness of Tuscany or the famed flavors from Rome. Subdued lighting creates a warm, welcoming air in this traditional restaurant recalling Italy's beloved trattorias.
Indulge in a wide choice of culinary offerings, featuring a daily-changing menu highlighting local cuisine with locally sourced ingredients.
Featuring American classics, European fare, Chinese cuisine, Japanese sushi and more, savor a range of cuisine from around the world. Relax in a casual atmosphere and enjoy al fresco dining.
Enjoy a cocktail in the Viking Bar, which is located on the ground floor of the atrium.
A lively music venue reminiscent of romantic jazz lounges of 1940s Hollywood, Torshaven is ideal for pre-dinner drinks and after-dinner entertainment.
Enjoy a classic martini, stirred to perfection; savor the finest quality Armagnac; take in the melodic tunes of jazz singers or piano players. All in an intimate setting that invites music lovers to linger.
This hidden gem is designed to deliver delightful surprises, great conversation and impromptu crooning.
The Viking Room
The ideal setting for relaxation and conversation, The Viking Living Room draws guests together. Spacious seating, melodic piano tunes, live entertainment and planned activities foster rich camaraderie. And its well-curated Viking Library informs even the best-read traveler. Adorned with nautical touches from Viking days, including the clinker-built bar inspired by ancient longships, it is the most inspired living room at sea.
When you yearn for serenity, there is no better place on ship than a visit to the Wintergarden. This charming, airy space around the main pool is perfect for relaxing in clean, uncluttered Scandinavian-designed environment. Even here, our focus is on enrichment, as this is the place to witness a tea ceremony, or indulge in an afternoon tea service, complete with hand-selected teas, finger sandwiches and pastries.
Inspired by the trade routes of Vikings, the Explorers’ Lounge is the ideal place for guests to share their discoveries over an aquavit or a craft beer while sampling fine Scandinavian fare. Central to the Explorers’ Lounge is Mamsen’s, a casual gourmet deli inspired by Norwegian cuisine, from smoked salmon to open-faced sandwiches and locally sourced charcuterie and cheeses. The daily “Waffle Hour” provides mouth-watering samples of the beloved treat.
We also reinvented the spa experience; drawing upon the holistic wellness philosophy of Nordic culture. To stimulate your circulatory system visit our snow grotto where snowflakes gently descend from the ceiling through chilled air, then invigorate yourself in the sauna, following a centuries-old Nordic tradition.
Even our theaters connect you to the destinations.
Our main venue, The Theater, features live performances that bring you closer to the culture of our destinations. Sometimes, the destination we connect you to exists solely in the realm of an otherworldly theatrical journey, as is the case with beautifully themed shows.
We will also pull back the curtains of our destinations with cinema in our two movie theaters, which show first-run films you have not yet seen as well as destination-driven cinema such as "Room with A View," "Roman Holiday," or "Skyfall." And because the intellect also needs to be stimulated, our theaters will always be buzzing with fresh, new insights from our port talks and onboard lectures that feature the history, art, and culture of our destinations. And since we have always promised you will explore the world in comfort, we have banished uncomfortable theater seating in favor of soft and spacious sofa seating.
- Year Built: 2022
- Guest Capacity: 930
- Length: 745 ft
- Beam: 94.5 ft
- Class: Small Ships
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.
Sitting just off the gorgeous Yucatan coast, Cozumel revels in its mythic white-sand beaches and world-class coral reefs. Yet Cozumel is also the last stronghold of the Mayas, who settled the island in 300 A.D. Residents still speak Maya, and sometimes wear traditional Mayan clothing. Nearby stand the great pyramids and temples of their ancestors.
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.
Sail past Los Arcos, the soaring rock archway at the extreme southern tip of Baja California that guards Cabo's perfect harbor. This idyllic bay once sheltered treasure ships from the Orient, and pirate brigs bent on those treasures. Now Cabo caters to an international vacation set, and has a strong artistic tradition famous for its black-coral jewelry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
...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...
Located on the island of Tasmania and Australia's second-oldest city, Hobart is famous for its Georgian buildings, picturesque harbor, and fine galleries and gardens. Nearby are the ghostly ruins of Port Arthur, the infamous penal colony, with its Isle of the Dead cemetery. Or, visit one of the perfectly preserved colonial villages nearby.
Australia's "Garden City" rejoices in its greenery, from the Fitzroy Gardens to the magnificent Royal Botanical Gardens. Hiding behind the sky-scrapers along the Yarra River are the graceful 19th-century mansions of the city's Gold Rush years. Sample one of the sixty different international cuisines, which make Melbourne the food capital of Australia.
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.
Nestled between the Gold Coast to the south and the Sunshine Coast to the north, laid-back Brisbane makes the most of its magnificent beaches, offering an ideal blend of Aussie ease and urban energy. Wander in the lush Botanical Gardens, shop in the Queen Street Mall, or enjoy the countless cafes and restaurants along the banks of the Brisbane River.
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.
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.
From Semarang, travel through the lush jungles of Java to the astounding temples of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument on earth built in the 8th century. Here view a complex of dramatic carved towers that were forgotten for almost 800 years! Topped by graceful stupas, the winding pathways display carved panels depicting the life of Buddha.
After 20 years of isolation, this history-laden Vietnamese capital will charm and fascinate you with her vibrant sights. Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a blend of magnificent French colonial architecture set against spacious boulevards thronged with trishaws, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Leave time to shop in the Ben Thanh Market or wander in the landmark Reunification Hall. The more adventurous may opt for an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong in hiding from Allied troops.
The quiet beaches of Lamai, on the island's southeastern coast, are sure to afford you the perfect opportunity to relax. If you would prefer to be a little more active while on Ko Samui, there are plenty of beautiful underwater sights at Coral Cove or Angthong Marine National Park. Dive shops are a dime a dozen on Ko Samui, so you will have plenty of opportunities to explore some of the world's prettiest coral reefs.
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.
The lush Kerala region is the proverbial land of incense and myrrh, from which the world has sought its exotic spices since ancient times. The aromas of ginger, cloves, cardamom, cumin and other key ingredients of Indian curries fill the air. Not far from Mattancheri Palace, with its mythological murals, is a Jewish colony dating back to 1000 A.D. Don't miss the 16th century synagogue with hand-painted floor tiles from China. A visit to the St. Francis church reveals the tomb of the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. Guests may also tour the "Mattancheri" or Dutch Palace, which houses some of India's finest Hindu frescoes and ceremonial costumes.
A fascinating blend of India and the West, the mythical kingdom of Goa was conquered in 1510 by the Portuguese, who held it until it joined India in 1962. The Portuguese influence is still clear in the names and Christian faith of the locals, and in Renaissance monuments like the Cathedral, the Basilica Bom Jesu, and the convent of St. Francis, a converted mosque.
Few cities evoke such a wealth of sensations as Bombay. Entering the city under the Gateway of India, which commemorates the visit of King George and Queen Mary in 1911, the sounds and aromas are exotic and the level of activity from the bazaars to the street vendors is non-stop. Remnants of British rule along oceanfront Marine Drive stand alongside the thought-provoking former home of Mahatma Gandhi, and the cave temple at Elephanta with its second-century Hindu gods. Bombay also serves as the gateway for land tours to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and Delhi, the historical center of India.
Like a magic carpet spread before the sea, Oman's coastal plain is one of the most fertile areas of Arabia. Famous since antiquity as the source of frankincense, Salalah was already a prosperous town when Marco Polo visited it in the 13th century! Inland rise the forbidding Al-Quar... Mountains, and the desolate "Empty Quarter" of central Saudi Arabia.
Situated on the Red Sea along the East Coast of Egypt, Safaga serves as a gateway to the magnificent antiquities of Luxor and Karnak. Site of the ancient metropolis of Thebes, Luxor has a history which goes back to 2000 B.C. Like Babylon and Nineveh, it was considered one of the great cities of the ancient world, but of the three it is only here that the splendor survives. Marvel at the massive columns and statues. Stroll down the Avenue of the Sphinxes to the grand ceremonial gateway of the Temple of Amun-Ra. Sail across the Nile to the Valley of the Kings, sacred burial ground of the Pharaohs.
A lovely seaport in its own right, Haifa is a departure point for Tel Aviv and Holy Land sightseeing. Jerusalem beckons with the Mount of Olives and the Western Wall. Jericho, Nazareth, Bethlehem, and the crusader city of Acre are also within reach.
Legend has it that Apollo blessed this isle with sunshine and beauty. True to the myths, the "Island of Roses" is rich in magnificent scenery and umbrella-lined beaches. Take an excursion to Lindos, where high on a hill rises an ancient acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena. You will also want to see the medieval Old Town, once home to the Crusading Knights of St. John, and tour the Grand Master's Palace, an Italian restoration famed for its superb mosaic floors.
Romer Fjord, Greenland
Once called Constantinople, the former capital of the Byzantine Empire is the only city in the world to straddle two continents: Europe and Asia. This is the Golden Horn, the door between East and West, and your first vision of its domes and minarets is unforgetable. Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Sultan treasures in Topkapi Palace await - as does the Grand Bazaar, laden with carpets, beaten brass and spices from afar.
Piraeus is the seaport for Athens, the capital of western civilization, which boasts a fantastic mix of classical ruins and vivacious modern life. In a single day, you can climb the hill of the Acropolis to wonder at the Parthenon, join the lively Athenians in Constitution Square, and then find a welcoming taverna for some spirited bizouki music, plenty of ouzo to drink, and with luck, energetic Greek dancing.
The setting for Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Messina has much to offer in the way of history. Its dramatic, boulder-filled harbor has challenged navigators since the days of Ulysses. Try to visit the city's Bell Tower at the stroke of noon--the hour when one of the world's largest and most fanciful mechanical clocks springs into action. Messina's museum is also noteworthy for its Renaissance masterworks.
One of the most spectacular bays in the world lies in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. Visit the San Carlo Opera House and the cathedral of San Janarious, or tour the ancient ruins in the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
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.
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 weather almost never becomes too hot or uncomfortable, and the sights and smells of the land are marvelous...It is also Spain's main naval base...The landscaped squares of Cartagena are so magnificent that you can spend hours just sitting and looking...The buildings and religious structures of the city add to its wonderful culture, and a walking tour of Cartagena is great fun.
Lisbon is many cities, from the cobbled alleys of the Alfama district to the broad Parisian style avenues at its heart. View it all from the heights of St. George's Castle. Belem's Monument to the Discoveries recalls the seafaring past, while nearby Sintra's storybook palaces, and the seaside resort of Caiscais, have different tales to tell.
Le Havre is the gateway for optional tours to Paris, the "City of Light." See the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Champs Elysees. In Le Havre itself, cruise visitors can explore at leisure and learn something of the French "art de vivre." Visit fish and vegetable markets, public parks, modern architecture, a long seaside promenade and a vast beach.
The white cliffs of Dover are famous in song and story. From Dover you can visit nearby Canterbury or take a full-day excursion to see the sights of London, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and more.