13-Night Western Europe Transatlantic Cruise
Day 1 Tuesday, Oct 20 ~ ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY ~ Departs 5:00pm ~ Only a few cities in the world can boast such a well-preserved level of architecture, art, and religious oconography. There's an enormous wealth of culture and history to discover... Visit the ancient halls of the 50,000-seat Colosseum, gaze upon the ceilings of Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, and stroll the Capitoline Museum. Roman culinary prowess is well respected and beloved the world over. Experience authentic pizza, hearty bowls of fresh pasta, excellent cheeses, wines, seafood, and delightful desserts like tiramisu and gelato at family-run trattorias that have been preparing these traditional dishes for centuries. Walk the cobblestoned piazzas making your way to narrow side streets where you're sure to find craftsman shops and beautiful boutiques filled with gorgeous handmade accessories and homewares for keepsakes and souvenirs.
Day 2 Wednesday, Oct 21 ~ At Sea ~ Cruising ~ While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues onboard, until we arrive at the next amazing destination.
Day 3 Thursday, Oct 22 ~ BARCELONA, SPAIN ~ Docked: 7:00am to 5:00pm ~ Formerly a sleepy Spanish city, Barcelona has recently been reborn as an eclectic fusion of the modern and medieval. It's a major destination with must-see architectural gems that date back some 2,000 years. You'll encounter fascinating examples from the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages, the Modern masters like Gaudi, and many Catalunian greats. Outstanding art museums can be found throughout the city, proudly displaying the works of world-renowned arstists and countrymen, including Goya, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Joan Miro. For a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city center, venture to the awaiting Mediterranean Sea and all the seaside has to offer. Maybe a brisk hike in the nearby forest covered Collserola Hills or the hilltop in Montjuic with its botanical gardens is the perfect recharge for a rollicking evening in one of the premier party capitals of the world. Round out your cruise to Barcelona dining at a tapas bar and savor a variety of delicious small dishes to share--from traditional Spanish to the more innovative.
Day 4 Friday, Oct 23 ~ CARTAGENA, SPAIN ~ Docked: 10:00am to 6:00pm ~ Cartagena is one of the world's great natural harbors and over the ages has known its fair share of conflict, conquest, and riches. Brimming with a fascinating history, this is the wharf where Phoenician traders unloaded exotic treasures and where Roman citizens crowded into a grand theatre. Explore the archeological ruins, castle battlements, artillery, museums, historic churches, and architectural wonders. For a casual stroll complete with a little sightseeing and a coffee, put on those comfortable shoes and head on a guided tour through the heart of the city. Or, visit a family-owned wine cellar that produces traditional wine. Cartagena is a cosmopolitan city filled with tapas bars, art galleries, fine restaurants and world-renowned shopping. It's a charming coastal city that utterly captivates all visitors.
Day 5 Saturday, Oct 24 ~ MALAGA, SPAIN ~ Docked 7:00am to 5:00pm ~ Malaga is the gateway to the Andalusian countryside and the Costa del Sol, some of the region's most impressive beaches. It is also home to a number of magnificent palaces, including the Moorish Alcabaza and Gibralfaro.
Day 6 Sunday, Oct 25 ~ At Sea ~ Cruising
Day 7 Monday, Oct 26 ~ At Sea ~ Cruising
Day 8 Tuesday, Oct 27 ~ At Sea ~ Cruising
Day 9 Wednesday, Oct 28 ~ At Sea ~ Cruising
Day 10 Thursday, Oct 29 ~ At Sea ~ Cruising
Day 11 Friday, Oct 30 ~ At Sea ~ Cruising
Day 12 Saturday, Oct 31 ~ At Sea ~ Cruising
Day 13 Sunday Nov 1 ~ At Sea ~ Cruising
Day 14 Monday Nov 2 ~ FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA ~ Arrival 5:00am ~ In the 1800's, William Lauderdale built a fort. Today, 16 million visitors come each year for miles of broad white sandy beaches, dozens of lush green golf courses, and Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale. Stroll the famous beachfront promenade, just 15 minutes from the port, and plunge into the warm Atlantic. Head downtown to Las Olas Boulevard, paralleling New River, to sip lattes in outdoor cafes, shop chic boutiques, and catch concerts at the performing arts center. Stop at Stranahan House, the city's oldest structure, built in 1901 as a trading post and preserved as a museum, or explore a whole village of historic buildings at History Fort Lauderdale. Join a Segway tour along the river or a waterborne cruise of Millionaire's Row.