Viking World Cruise 2021

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Western shores to Eastern horizons

Embark on an epic journey across the globe. Explore 6 continents and visit 75 of the worlds preeminent cities, including Los Angeles, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Rome and Barcelona. Engage with local cultures during overnight stays in unique ports of call. With stops in the Caribbean, the Americas, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, the breadth of this voyage is beyond compare.

Day 1 Miami, United States

Arrive in Miami today, Floridas sun-kissed city of glimmering high-rises and vibrant culture on scenic Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Settle in to your veranda stateroom and take time to explore your ship amid Miamis coastal beauty.

Day 2-3 Cruise the Caribbean Sea

As you sail the sapphire blue waters of the Caribbean, take advantage of the many amenities of your ship. You might take in an enrichment lecture on board, or sip a cocktail and enjoy the view through the two-story panoramic windows of the Explorers Lounge.

Day 4 Port Royal, Jamaica

Located on the southern coast of Jamaica at the mouth of Kingston Harbour, Port Royal is a small fishing village with a grand past. After an earthquake buried much of the city underwater in 1692, leaving many buildings intact and undisturbed, historians have compared it to Pompeii, Italy for its archaeological wonders. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site today, and perhaps discover the towns most coveted commodity: the carefree spirit that has come to embody the entire Caribbean.

Day 5 Cruise the Caribbean Sea

As you cruise these legendary waters, the distinct light of the Caribbean sun dances on the sea like dazzling diamonds. Once a busy route for ships from the Old World ferrying supplies and people to the New World, today the Caribbean exudes tranquility and calm. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you sail. Tonight, perhaps savor an authentic Italian meal at Manfredis or sample international fare in the World Caf.

Day 6 Oranjestad, Aruba

Visit the welcoming Dutch island of Aruba and its colorful capital, Oranjestad. Once strictly a horse-breeding farm, the city grew up around Fort Zoutman and became the capital in the 1820s, when the discovery of gold brought settlers to its shores. Venture away from the islands hot spots and you will discover rugged, unspoiled vistas and miles of unexplored beachesperfect for walking, relaxing or exploring Arubas surrounding crystal clear waters.

Day 7 Cruise the Caribbean Sea

Once European explorers stumbled upon the Caribbeans emerald islands and white-sand shores kissed by turquoise waters, the paradisiacal setting became the backdrop for armadas and expedition ships. Soon, rich legends of marauding pirates, swashbucklers and cannon skirmishes at sea were born, and these waters became synonymous with adventure and hidden treasures of glittering sixpence. But it was trade that provided the real profits on these shores, as those same ships returned to the New World laden with sugar. Today, international divers travel here to explore some of the worlds finest coral reefs. And deep underwater in the seabed, a rich oil field makes this one of the largest oil-producing regions in the world. As you sail these historic waters today, perhaps take in an enrichment lecture that explores one of these topics, or relax in your own waters in the Infinity Pool or The Spa.

Day 8 Cartagena, Colombia

Explore the stunningly picturesque port of Cartagena today, a cultural treasure with its scenic setting on the Caribbean Sea and intact colonial city. On a panoramic drive, you will see its extensive San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, boasting the longest walls in South America. Or, you may choose to explore the spectacular Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of picturesque, tree-shaded plazas and beautifully preserved colorful buildings. You may also visit the stunning church of San Pedro Claver, named for the patron saint of missionary work.

Day 9 Coln, Panama

More than a gateway to the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal, Coln also introduces you to the unique native traditions of an ancient people. Witness centuries-old tribal life firsthand during a visit to Chagres National Park and an Ember village, where people live in thatched-roof huts, travel by dugout canoe and keep the craft of basket weaving alive. Experience the majesty of the Panama Canal, an engineering marvel of the 20th century.

Day 10 Scenic Cruising: Panama Canal

Enjoy a fascinating transit of the Path Between the Seas today as you traverse the famed Panama Canal. When it opened in 1914, it was hailed as one of the worlds great engineering feats. Forty-eight miles long, it links the Atlantic to the Pacific at the narrowest stretch of the Isthmus of Panama, cutting thousands of miles off shipping routes that once stretched all the way around Cape Horn at the tip of South America. Your ship will enter the canal and continue its course sailing the Pacific Ocean, the gateway to Los Angeles.

Day 11-12 Cruise the Pacific Ocean

Relax on board as you sail the Pacific Ocean and enjoy a Scandinavian-style Christmas. Feast on fine food prepared by our Executive Chef as you celebrate the festive season with your fellow guests.

Day 13 Len (Corinto), Nicaragua

Visit Nicaragua today, a visually arresting country of tropical jungle and dramatic mountain peaks. Nearly 20 percent of this nature-loving nation is protected as parks and reserves and its farming culture has thrived for centuries. Absorb its magnificent beauty and gain insight into its unique agriculture when you travel to a banana plantation, or finca, for insight into Nicaraguas largest export.

Day 14 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Cruise into Puerto Quetzal this morning, a pair of towering volcanoes overseeing your arrival in the distance. You will journey into the central highlands to the stunningly preserved city of Antigua, the capital of Spains Central American colonies for more than 200 years and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore its stunning streets lined with Spanish Renaissance and baroque churches, monasteries and homes.

Day 15-17 Cruise the Pacific Ocean

Enjoy the range of amenities on board as you spend four days at sea, cruising the Pacific Ocean. Sign up for a variety of activities on our Sports Deck, or join a cooking class and enhance your culinary repertoire. You may visit Mamsens, our casual gourmet deli, any time from early morning to late night for a taste of traditional Norwegian fare. Or, perhaps renew your body and spirit in our Scandinavian-inspired Spa, a Nordic sanctuary of holistic wellness, today while at sea. Indulge in a soothing massage, facial or body treatment.

Day 18 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Anchor near the tip of the Baja Peninsula today for your visit to Cabo San Lucas, Cabo to its more frequent visitors. One of Mexicos top destinations for its long beaches, resorts, scuba diving and picturesque rocky coast, it boasts one of the regions most scenic harbors. Get acquainted with a panoramic tour of the resort city, San Jos del Cabo, sister to Cabo San Lucas and the oldest Spanish mission on the Baja Peninsula.

Day 19-20 Cruise the Pacific Ocean

Sail around the Baja Peninsula. Early explorers ventured into these once-unknown waters for many years in search of California, then a mythical El Dorado that seemed just out of reach. One Spanish author called it very close to the side of the Terrestrial Paradise. Today, the Baja Peninsula is among the worlds most picturesque coasts. As you approach California, perhaps you will visit the onboard cinema to view a movie produced in a Los Angeles studio.

Day 21 San Diego, United States

Discover Californias coastal gem as you explore its white-sand beaches and parks. Visit the historic Gaslamp Quarter on a panoramic tour, or soar over the citys skyline on a thrilling helicopter ride. Head to the world-famous San Diego Safari Park to see animals in their natural habitat and explore walk-through exhibits. With renowned attractions and near perfect weather, San Diego calls itself Americas Finest City.

Day 22 Los Angeles, United States

Welcome to Los Angelesthe City of Angels scenically set between the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a panoramic drive around America’s most glamorous city, home to leading film stars and Hollywood legends. Or, cycle along the iconic Santa Monica beach and among the colorful canals of quirky Venice on an electric bike.

Day 23 Santa Barbara, United States

Visit Santa Barbara todayalso known as the American Riviera. Famed for its pristine beaches, world-class vineyards and scenic vistas, this jewel of the California coast is yours to explore. Discover Santa Barbaras Spanish heritage on a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, one of the towns most recognized and prized landmarks. Wander through its lush gardens as you gaze at the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains. Or, follow the Urban Wine Trail and sample some of Californias critically acclaimed vintages that celebrate Santa Barbaras passion for producing fine wine.

Day 24-28 Cruise the Pacific Ocean

When Ferdinand Magellan crossed the Pacific Ocean almost 500 years ago, he dubbed it Mar Pacfico, meaning peaceful sea. Cruise the Pacific Ocean as we depart Californias West Coast for the Hawaiian islands. Perhaps attend a regional cooking class at The Kitchen Table, or take in an onboard lecture.

Day 29 Kauai (Nawiliwili), United States

Call today on Hawaiis Garden Island. The fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauais landscape is lush, green and stunningly beautiful. You can explore on foot or by motor vehicle, or take to the skies for a birds-eye view of this idyllic island paradise. You may discover the Na ina Kai Botanical Gardens & Sculpture Parkan infusion of beautiful flora and art. The gardens are home to one of the largest collections of bronze sculptures in the US. Or, follow in the footsteps of Captain James Cook, who arrived on these shores in 1778.

Day 30 Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii

Arrive today in the cosmopolitan capital of Hawaii. You will find everything from historic landmarks to world-class shopping on the island of Oahu. Downtown is brimming with fine eateries to suit every palate entwined with fabulous boutiques offering everything from upscale chic to beachside glamour. Or, head to Waikiki Beach, where you can soak up the sun along shores blessed with pristine sands. Visit historic Pearl Harbor and see where the tragic events of December 7, 1941 unfolded, when Japan launched a surprise attack on the US Pacific fleets battleship base. Or, immerse yourself in nature as you discover the islands endemic flora and fauna.

Day 31-35 Cruise the Pacific Ocean

Spend five days at sea as you sail toward the islands of French Polynesia. Enjoy a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from casual caf fare at the World Caf, poolside cuisine cooked fresh to order at the Pool Grill, or fine dining and regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Day 36 Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Arrive in Vaitape on the island of Bora Bora today, whose landscape is dominated by an extinct volcano in the shape of two moss-green peaks surrounded by an aquamarine lagoon. Bora Bora is the quintessential Polynesian paradise, as is exhibited by its lovely beaches and clear blue seas, through its cuisine or during its crimson sunsets. Embark by open air bus on a scenic tour of the natural and historic sites, including Faanui Bay and Bora Boras biggest Polynesian temple. Or, explore the waters off Bora Bora and swim among colorful tropical fish, stingrays and sharks.

Day 37 Moorea (Opunoha Bay), French Polynesia

Arrive at a tropical island paradise as you call on Moorea today. Famed for its unprecedented beauty, Charles Darwin described the surrounding barrier reef as a picture in a frame. As you explore, you will certainly see why. Serene turquoise waters lap the shores of bays which enjoy a backdrop of dramatic volcanic peaks. Its cuisine is as colorful as its landscapes, with influences from European and Chinese settlers. During your time here, you may take in this idyllic paradise from the water as you relax on board a catamaran, or immerse yourself in Polynesian traditions and customs as you engage with locals.

Day 38 Tahiti (Papeete), French Polynesia

Tahiti is the largest of the islands of French Polynesia and Papeete is its principal city. It breathes the same easygoing atmosphere as the rest of the archipelago, an earthly paradise with its turquoise waters, tranquil beaches and stunning underwater world. The islands French and Polynesian cultures can be seen in the towns covered market, whose colorful displays are a delight for the senses. Admire the Catholic cathedral and the grand colonial design of the Papeete Town Hall, or Mairie de Papeete.

Day 39-42 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean

Cruise the South Pacific today as we sail toward New Zealand. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you cruise. Tonight, perhaps savor an authentic Italian meal at Manfredis or sample international fare in the World Caf.

Day 43 Cross the International Date Line

As you cross the International Date Line today, you will cruise into yesterday, gaining a day. Crossing this meridian is a time-honored travel milestone long marked by ceremony. Raise a glass to the event, whether you are celebrating in the Explorers Lounge or on the Aquavit Terrace.

Day 44 Cruise the South Pacific Ocean

Vessels have been sailing the indigo waters of the South Pacific since prehistoric times. Spend a day at sea on these beautiful waters as you cruise into New Zealand, just prior to visiting the Bay of Islands.

Day 45 Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Today, call into Waitangi, located in the far north of New Zealands North Island. Its name means weeping waters in Mori and it was here, at this stunning seaside location, that the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on February 6, 1840. Captain William Hobson and 52 Mori chiefs signed the treaty, an act that was considered the founding of New Zealand as a nation. Today, it is celebrated annually with a public holiday and spirited bicultural ceremony on the grounds of Treaty House.

Day 46 Auckland, New Zealand

Arrive in Auckland, the cultural capital of New Zealands North Island. Known as the City of Sails, Auckland enjoys a stunning setting between two harbors. This seafaring city has hosted two Americas Cup challenges; its marinas are brimming with world-class yachts. During an overnight stay here, you will have ample time to take in this Kiwi citys beauty and history, touring the tree-lined Albert Park and the neoclassical Auckland War Memorial Museum. Cross the Harbour Bridge to enjoy sweeping views from Bastion Point and pass through Parnell Village, lined with upscale shops and cafs.

Day 47 Auckland, New Zealand

Enjoy a second day in Auckland, known as the City of Sails and set between two harbors. This seafaring city has hosted two Americas Cup challenges, and its marinas are brimming with world-class yachts. You may choose to glide through the waters of Auckland Harbor and the Hauraki Gulf in an Americas Cup yacht. Or, get a taste of Auckland on a tour through some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

Day 48 Auckland, New Zealand

With more time in port, you can visit more of Auckland and its splendid beauty. Head in the the heart of New Zealand’s wine country and sample some of its world acclaimed wines. Or, explore North Island’s west coast and admire its unspoiled beauty. Visit a local farm and experience local life in the farming community.

Day 49 Cruise the Pacific Ocean

While at sea, start your day with a walk around our quarter-mile Promenade Deck. Join one of our yoga classes and find your inner calm or sign up for one of our optional cooking classes at The Kitchen Table. Tonight, enjoy an elegant meal in The Restaurant.

Day 50 Napier, New Zealand

Cruise into Hawkes Bay today, New Zealands second largest wine-growing region. Disembark to explore Napiers art deco architecture, built after much of the city was destroyed during a 1931 earthquake. Its eclectic mix of Main Street design and art deco flair combine to create a city unlike any other in the world. Take it all in during a city tour, or venture farther afield to sample some of the regions beloved wines at its vineyards or to seek out some of the bay areas abundant birdlife, including the iconic gannet on nearby Cape Kidnappers.

Day 51 Wellington, New Zealand

Visit Wellington today, hailed by many as the coolest little capital in the world, brimming with cultural institutions such as the Museum of New Zealand and the National Art Gallery. The political capital of New Zealand enjoys a splendid setting among mountains and the sea. Enjoy a tour of its main sites, including the summit of Mt. Victoria, the Wellington Cathedral and the New Zealand Parliaments four buildingsincluding Parliament House, a dramatic neoclassical wonder, and the Executive Wing, known as the Beehive for its shape. You will also see the renowned Wellington Botanic Garden, home to the award-winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Perhaps join our Privileged Access visit to the Museum of New Zealand, or join a city tour fashioned for fans of theLord of the Ringsfilm trilogy.

Day 52 Christchurch, New Zealand

Explore the English-flavored city of Christchurch, spread at the feet of the Southern Alps on New Zealands South Island. Today it is a stunning blend of British charm and natural beauty, with so many green parks that it has been nicknamed the Garden City. See firsthand how the city is creatively preserving its iconic heritage. Visit the Container Mall, a series of stores set up in giant shipping containers, and the Cardboard Cathedral, welcoming worshippers until the Christchurch Cathedral is repaired. You will also visit the lush Christchurch Botanic Gardens, one of the worlds most important of its kind. If you wish, explore the International Antarctic Center, where you can experience life in the continents harsh climate and meet some resident penguins.

Day 53 Cruise the Pacific Ocean

As you sail today, share a cappuccino in the Viking Bar with new friends, enjoy a visit to The Spa or relax on the Sun Deck. Finish the day with a drink in Torshavn.

Day 54 Cruise the Doubtful Sound

Spend your day cruising through the tranquility of the Doubtful Sound. The deepest and second-longest of the South Island fjords was originally named Doubtful Harbor by explorer Captain James Cook, then later renamed by whalers and sealers. The fjords imposing peaks rise up to more than 5,000 feet, transitioning from verdant forest to rugged rock along the way. The areas mixture of both freshwater and saltwater makes it home to a diverse ecosystem, including one of the southernmost pods of bottlenose dolphins. Keep watch for fur seals and penguins sunning themselves near the entrance to the fjord.

Day 55-56 Cruise the Tasman Sea

Cruise the the Tasman Sea. Just as many refer to an Atlantic journey as hopping the Pond, Kiwis and Aussies refer to this voyage as crossing the Ditch. Your two days at sea provide the ideal opportunity to read about your upcoming ports in the Library and to perhaps make an appointment at The Salon for a hair treatment, manicure or shave.

Day 57 Tasmania (Hobart), Australia

Explore the fabled island of Tasmania, Australias smallest state, named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. The capital, Hobart, was founded as a penal colony for some 300 inmates. Today, it is a charming city with a mild climate and a picturesque natural setting on the banks of the Derwent River. Its historic neighborhoods and traditional pubs are best explored on foot. As we are docked here overnight, you will have plenty of time to explore.

Day 58 Tasmania (Hobart), Australia

Enjoy a second day in Hobart today. You might wish to tour the former penal colony of Port Arthur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an open air museum chronicling the relocation of convicts here by the British Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Day 59 Melbourne, Australia

Discover Melbourne, capital of the Australian state of Victoria. During its heyday, it was one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world. Today, you can uncover the cultural and historic treasures of, by some accounts, the most livable city in the world during a tour of its highlights. View the citys stately Victorian-era buildings and visit Fitzroy Gardens, where Cooks Cottage graces the landscape. Constructed in England by the parents of famed explorer Captain Cook, it was deconstructed brick by brick and reassembled here to celebrate the centenary of the citys founding. If you wish, join a visit to see some of Australias iconic wildlife, such as the koala, wombat, kangaroo and wallaby.

Day 60 Cruise the Tasman Sea

Trace Australias renowned Gold Coast, lined with resorts and picturesque beaches. As you cruise today, mingle with newfound friends in The Living Room, browse the Scandinavian-inspired artwork throughout your ship and attend a talk about your upcoming ports.

Day 61 Sydney, Australia

Arrive in Sydney, the capital of Australian New South Wales celebrated for its magnificent natural harbor, the worlds largest. Nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains on the edge of the blue Pacific, Sydney is blessed with a natural setting few cities in the world can rival. Explore the charming crooked streets of Sydneys historic district of The Rocks, where some houses date back to the early days of European settlement. Or, raise a glass in one of Sydneys oldest pubs.

Day 62 Sydney, Australia

Enjoy a second day in Sydney. You may pull back the curtain and enjoy an insiders view of Australias world-class opera house. Or, join a professional photographer for a walking tour in the harbor area and an opportunity to snap fantastic images of vivid street art, historic houses and more. Alternately, you might choose to explore the natural wonders of the nearby Blue Mountains.

Day 63 Cruise the Australian Coast

Continue following the east coast of Australia today, often called the Sunshine Coast. Linger on the Sun Deck or on your veranda for vistas of azure and turquoise as you sail through some of the worlds most beautiful waters. Perhaps take a dip in the Infinity Pool or stroll the Promenade Deck. This evening, enjoy the jazz strains of live music at Torshavn.

Day 64 Brisbane, Australia

Call on the capital of Queensland, Australia, today, situated on the Brisbane River and spread over hills rising from Moreton Bay. This picturesque city is known for its Queenslander architecture, a distinct style characterized by terraces and raised living spaces. Brisbane itself enjoys a flourishing culinary scene amid a sophisticated collection of art galleries. Head out to explore the surrounding areas and you will find yourself enveloped in beautiful vineyards, stunning seascapes and wonderful nature.

Day 65 Cruise the Australian Coast

Continue following the east coast of Australia today, often called the Sunshine Coast. Linger on the Sun Deck or on your veranda for vistas of azure and turquoise as you sail through some of the worlds most beautiful waters. Perhaps take a dip in the Infinity Pool or stroll the Promenade Deck. This evening, enjoy the jazz strains of live music at Torshavn.

Day 66 Whitsunday Islands (Airlie Beach), Australia

Stumbled upon in 1770 by Captain James Cook 49 days after Easter (Whitsunday), the Whitsunday archipelago emerges from the Coral Sea amid the Great Barrier Reef. The seafaring Ngaro people called this paradise home until 1870 and hunted these waters in bark canoes. Natures brushstrokes are astonishing here: pure-white sands meet cerulean waters, swirling together at sandbars to merge into a palette of turquoise, cream and emerald-green hills. Witness these islands and Airlie Beach firsthand; glassy, invigorating and impossibly blue, the waters provide the ideal oasis for relaxation and idling away a few hours on the beach.

Day 67 Cairns, Australia

Call on Cairns today, built on the shoulders of gold prospectors. Today, it is a major sugarcane and fishing port, and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. See the city’s major sights, including its historic Royal Australian Navy base, Cairns Botanic Gardens and Palm Cove, a quaint, beach-loving community. Or perhaps board a catamaran for an exciting sail to the magnificent reef, the largest continuous system of its kind on Earth.

Day 68 Cruise the Coral Sea

Sail the waters of the Coral Sea today, home to the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. Your day at sea provides the ideal opportunity to read about your upcoming ports in The Library and to perhaps make an appointment at The Salon for a hair treatment, manicure, shave or Nordic scalp massage.

Day 69 Thursday Island, Australia

Explore Thursday Island today, home to a thriving artistic community. You will have time to explore on your own, or perhaps join an optional excursion to discover the history of the islands defense during a visit to Green Hill Fort. Alternately, learn about the indigenous people of Torres Strait during an optional excursion that includes a traditional outdoor dance performance.

Day 70-71 Cruise the Arafura Sea

Sail the shallow tropical waters of the Arafura Sea. As you cruise today, enjoy coffee or a drink in the Explorers Lounge or stroll the wraparound Promenade Deck.

Day 72 Darwin, Australia

Arrive today in Darwin, Australia, capital of the continents Northern Territory. Take in the citys highlights on an included panoramic tour, passing Christ Church Cathedral, the seven-gabled Government House and the Old Admiralty House. A stop at the East Point lookout reveals the coastal beauty of the Top End. If you would like, you can set out along the Adelaide River to view the areas famed jumping crocodiles, or travel by seaplane, boat and airboat through the forest and wetlands of Sweets Lagoon.

Day 73 Cruise the Timor Sea

As you sail the Timor Sea today, you might enjoy some yoga on the Sports Deck and indulge in a soak in the Thermal Pool of The Spa.

Day 74 Komodo, Indonesia

Anchor among the stunning vistas of Indonesias Komodo Island. Go ashore to visit Komodo National Park and the Tamarind Woods, a magnificent menagerie of wildlife including the famed Komodo dragon. If you wish, don a snorkel and mask and explore the vibrant underwater world at Pink Beach, so called for the rose-hued coral washed ashore and crushed to a fine powder by crashing waves.

Day 75 Bali, Indonesia

Today, you can explore the colorful markets and rich culture of arts, crafts and traditional dance on the island of Bali. You will tour its bustling provincial capital of Denpasar. Take in the colors, flavors and fragrances of the local market and explore the Bali Museum and the sublime temple of Jagatnatha. Or, see how the traditional Balinese once lived and witness the creativity of talented artisans.

Day 76 Cruise the Java Sea

Sail the Java Sea today. As you cruise, you will have a chance to sample some cuisine of the islands such asrijsttafel, a rice dish adopted by the Dutch and still enjoyed throughout The Netherlands.

Day 77 Semarang, Java, Indonesia

Call in Semarang today on the island of Java. Stop for photos of the oldest church in Central Java, visit a historic Chinese Muslim temple and walk through the stunning Rainbow Village on an included tour. Alternately, you may choose to board a vintage railcar for a ride through the Javanese countryside before visiting a coffee plantation.

Day 78 Cruise the Java Sea

Spend the day relaxing on board as you cruise the Java Sea. Evidence points to the sea bottom being above water before water levels rose following the last ice age. This shallow body of water was also the sight of a disastrous naval battle during World War II, when Allied Forces were defeated by the Japanese on Feb. 27, 1942.

Day 79-80 Cruise the South China Sea

As you cruise the South China Sea, attend an illuminating enrichment lecture on board. Take in the sea views from the Explorers Lounge. Tonight, dine at your choice of venues, perhaps pairing sommelier-selected wines with a carefully prepared tasting menu at The Chefs Table.

Day 81 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Gain insight into the lives of indigenous Malaysian tribes during a visit to the colorful Mari Mari Cultural Village. Enjoy swimming or snorkeling among 12,000 acres of protected coral reefs and other marine life during an island getaway off the coast of Sabah. Or, experience a walk through Kinabalu Parks montane oak and chestnut rainforest in the shadow of majestic Mt. Kinabalu.

Day 82 Cruise the South China Sea

Continue to sail the South China Sea today, once called the Sea of Cham after the maritime kingdom of Champa that ruled Southeast Asia before the 16th century. Today these waters are the second-most used sea lane in the world. As you sail, relax in the Explorers Lounge and enjoy the spectacular vistas from the ship.

Day 83 Manila, Philippines

Call on the bustling metropolis of Manila today. See the highlights of this former Spanish colonial city during a wide-ranging panoramic tour, including the old downtown and Old Intramuros, which was home to the elite during the colonial era. You can embark a wooden canoe for an exhilarating river ride to Pagsanjan Falls.

Day 84 Manila, Philippines

Spend your second day in Manila absorbing its storied history. You can visit Corregidor Island, where General Douglas MacArthur commanded US forces in the Pacific during the early days of World War II. Or, explore the citys finest art, archaeology and natural history museumsall located in the vicinity of Rizal Park, named for national hero Dr. Jos Rizal, whose writings ultimately led to Philippine independence.

Day 85 Cruise the South China Sea

As you sail the South China Sea today, relax in the Explorers Lounge and enjoy the spectacular vistas from the ship. As you cruise, mingle with newfound friends in The Living Room, and attend a port talk about your upcoming destinations.

Day 86 Hong Kong, China

Cruise into dazzling Hong Kong this morning and admire the glittering forest of skyscrapers standing between soaring mountains, a bustling harbor and offshore islands. See where deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a panoramic city tour that takes you up Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. An overnight stay in Hong Kong lets you explore further on your own or with one of our shore excursions.

Day 87 Hong Kong, China

See where Hong Kongs deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a panoramic city tour that takes you up Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. Alternately, you may explore further on your own or with one of our shore excursions.

Day 88 Hong Kong, China

Explore more of Hong Kong with a visit to a local institution. Witness the sights, sounds and aromas of a wet marketan outdoor market made up of various stands selling meat, seafood and fresh produce. After your tour, enjoy a dim sum and tea breakfast.

Day 89 Cruise the South China Sea

Tucked among mainland China, Vietnam and the Philippines, the South China Sea is one of the worlds most important waterways; the beauty of these waters and the enriching destinations to which they lead are noteworthy. Begin your day with coffee and a real Norwegian waffle at Mamsens gourmet deli. Later, perhaps you will swim in the Infinity Pool or mingle with newfound friends over tea in the Wintergarden. This evening, enjoy soft piano music in The Living Room or lively jazz in Torshavn.

Day 90 Hue (Chan May), Vietnam

From your port in Chan May, discover the ancient Imperial City of Hue, seat of the Nguyen Dynasty until 1945. The crumbling stone walls of the citadel hold stories of long-fought battles and are a delight to explore. Despite being bombed during the 1960s and 1970s, much of the structure remains and is well preserved. You may also experience locals morning trading activities on a visit to a traditional food market, where you will have the opportunity to take in the tantalizing smells and flavors and browse the colorful stalls.

Day 91 Cruise the South China Sea

Relax on board your ship as you cruise the South China Sea. Unwind in The Spa, where you can enjoy the Snow Grotto and Sauna, or by taking a dip in the Infinity Pool.

Day 92 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Call on Ho Chi Minh City today, formerly known as Saigon. Explore a heady mix of French and Vietnamese cultures here, where baguettes and croissants are sold alongside pho, Vietnams beloved noodle soup. Or, view the Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office and Chinatown, and meet artisans at a lacquer workshop.

Day 93 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Enjoy another day exploring the cultural treasures of Ho Chi Minh City, absorbing its French colonial accents and bustling markets. Stop by its oldest and largest, Ben Thnh Market, to experience Old Saigon at its most authentic. If you wish, you can visit the legendary tunnels of Cu Chi, a vast network of subterranean passageways used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

Day 94 Scenic Cruising: Gulf of Thailand

Enter the Gulf of Thailand, the former Gulf of Siam. Long an important waterway for traders and merchants, it has helped shape the economies of Southeast Asia and the Malay Peninsula for centuries. As you cruise, you might enjoy the views from your staterooms veranda or from the Infinity Pool. This evening, attend a port talk about your upcoming destinations and enjoy a star-filled night sky.

Day 95 Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Call on Cambodias coastal town of Sihanoukville, surrounded by stunning sand beaches and turquoise waters. Here, New Khmer architecture overlooks the comings and goings of moderntuk-tuks, carriages drawn by motorcycles. Visit Wat Krom with its colorful murals and Buddha sculptures, stroll Independence Beach, and explore a local market and fishing village. Or, enjoy the serene tranqulity of Cambodias Ream National Park, a beautiful nature preserve.

Day 96 Bangkok, Thailand

Experience another day amid the splendor of Bangkok and explore more of this magnificent capital on your own. Perhaps head out to marvel at the temples and elegant buildings of the renowned Grand Palace, or take a ride in a tuk-tuk to view the citys main sights. Your ship remains docked overnight.

Day 97 Bangkok, Thailand

Explore more of Thailands cultural and political capital, Bangkok. Sample the famous Thai cuisine for lunch and take in the citys canals, bustling with traditional longboats. If you wish, visit the Dusit Palace complex and the Jim Thompson House, former home of the citys renowned silk merchant.

Day 98 Koh Samui, Thailand

Explore the Thai island of Koh Samui, a paradise of sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees. Thailands second-largest island after Phuket, this self-sufficient community had no roadways until the early 1970s. Today, it is a favored spot for sun-loving beachcombers from Thailand and beyond. Visit the islands revered temples and witness some of the scampering monkeys that have been trained to harvest coconuts from the treetops.

Day 99 Scenic Cruising: Gulf of Thailand

Cruise through the Gulf of Thailand today. As you do so, perhaps soothe your body with a hot sauna and a few minutes amid the gently falling snow of the Snow Grotto. This evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers Lounge and a dinner of authentic Thai dishes at The Restaurant.

Day 100 Singapore, Singapore

Arrive in Singapore today. This diverse city is a melting pot of varied influences, as you can see during visits to the Colonial District, Little India, Arab Street and Chinatown on an included tour. If you like, join an optional excursion to visit Gardens by the Bay, with its futuristic Supertree Grove, and take in sweeping views of the city from atop the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark.

Day 101 Singapore, Singapore

Spend another day in Singapore as you further explore this Asian gem. Witness its remarkable diversity where traditions endure in one of Asias most cosmopolitan cities. Stroll one of Singapore’s plentiful green spaces, such as the stunning National Orchid Garden. Or, take a ride in a trishaw as you explore one of the city’s charming districts.

Day 102 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Take in the beautiful cityscapes of Kuala Lumpur, the lively capital of Malaysia. From your berth in Port Klang, you will journey to the city for a panoramic tour with many photo opportunities. Pass the National Museum, the huge bronze National Monument and the National Mosque of Malaysia. Stop in scenic Merdeka Square (Independence Square), the most photographed spot in the city, and view the impressive Petronas Towers, the worlds tallest building from 1998 until 2004.

Day 103 George Town, Malaysia

Visit Malaysias Penang Island and its capital of George Town. The island is an incredibly diverse mix of cultural influences from all across Asia, the result of centuries of trade and immigration, complemented by generations of colonialism under the British East India Company. Recognized for its eclectic blend of architecture and culture, George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire some of its stately neoclassical buildings, colorful Hindu temples, elegant minarets and cheerfully painted row houses.

Day 104 Cruise the Andaman Sea

Cruise through the Strait of Malacca today. This narrow passage between Malaysia and Indonesia was long a major trade route for the earliest traders shipping glassware, precious stones, camphor, ivory and sandalwood. As you cross its historic waters, you might attend a lecture to learn about your upcoming ports. This evening, sample some regional cuisine at the World Caf or at The Restaurant.

Day 105-106 Scenic Cruising: Bay of Bengal

Sail the history-rich waters of the Bay of Bengal, the largest bay in the world. Ancient Hindu calls it Mahodadhi, meaning great water receptacle. The bay is fed by the waters of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Irrawaddy Rivers. Devout Hindus consider its waters sacred and each day perform anaarti, a religious ritual in which they place fire offerings into the surf and let the tides carry them away. Attend an enlightening talk about Southeast Asia and enjoy an evening of light music in one of our elegant venues.

Day 107 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Arrive in Colombo for an overnight stay, giving you time to experience its capital and its famed lush countryside in depth. The island was first colonized by the Portuguese, who took control of the cinnamon trade. The Dutch followed, then the English ruled it as Ceylon until it became independent in 1972. Visit the British fort and Old Parliament Building, the affluent Cinnamon Gardens district, the Colombo National Museumwith its more than 4,000 palm leaf manuscriptsand the citys largest temple, Gangaramaya.

Day 108 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Enjoy a full day in Colombo to venture beyond the city into the Sri Lankan countryside, or explore Colombo by tuk-tuk, the iconic tricycle taxis. You might also visit Pinnawala, where orphaned elephants are rehabilitated and cared for. Or visit Galle, the largest remaining fortress in South East Asia.

Day 109 Cruise the Laccadive Sea

Cruise into the Laccadive Sea today, passing by the Gulf of Mannar as you cruise toward India. The area is one of the richest marine environments in the world, harboring 3,600 species of flora and fauna. Pearl-diving is a rich tradition in these waters, and it is still practiced today.

Day 110 Cochin, India

Explore the rich cultural tapestry and grand history of Cochin. This town bordering the Laccadive Sea has been a major port since 1341, when a flood created its harbor. Take a scenic guided tour around this former spice capital and see landmarks such as the fascinating Mattancherry Palace, originally built by the Portuguese as a gift to the king in 1555. Or, discover the ancient doorway to India in Paravur, a trading port on the Arabian Sea where Greeks, Romans, Jews, Chinese and Arab traders sought treasure and glory.

Day 111 Cruise the Arabian Sea

Enjoy a leisurely day as your ship makes its way along the Arabian Coast. Share a cappuccino in the Viking Bar with new friends, enjoy a visit to The Spa or relax on the Sun Deck. Finish the day with a drink in Torshavn.

Day 112 Goa, India

Arrive in the state of Goa this morning, one of the richest in India. Until 1961, this was the colony of Portuguese India, which had existed for more than four centuries. Its influence remains in the citys grand colonial architecture, some of the most impressive in all of India. See the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Panaji, where mass is still conducted in English, Portuguese and the local Konkani dialect. In Old Goa, admire the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the S Cathedral and numerous Portuguese-style colonial houses.

Day 113 Mumbai, India

Arrive in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. Constructed over seven islands, today the city straddles a flat peninsula jutting into the sea. Beyond the modern skyline, discover a great diversity of neighborhoods, making any exploration of Mumbai full of surprises. As we remain in port overnight, you will have time to enjoy dinner in town if you wish.

Day 114 Mumbai, India

Witness the cultural splendor of Old Bombay today. Constructed across seven islands, today the city straddles a flat peninsula jutting into the sea. The citys Portuguese and British influences come to light as you view the Library of the Asiatic Society, the Hanging Gardens, Kamla Nehru Park and Dhobi Ghat, where locals still do laundry. You will also visit the National Gandhi Museum, housed in a mansion known as Mani Bhavan that the Indian hero used as his headquarters from 1917 to 1934, and see major monuments built during the British era.

Day 115 Mumbai, India

Enjoy a full day to explore Mumbai and delve deeper as you explore life in this lively city. Take a tour of Mumbai’s most memorable markets as you immerse yourself in a cavalcade of colors, sounds, tastes and smells. Or, experience a slice of everyday Mumbai life as you explore its historic train stations and ride the rails.

Day 116-117 Cruise the Arabian Sea

Follow in the wake of traders, seafarers and adventurers who crossed the Arabian Sea over millennia. The first vessels traced the coastline some 5,000 years ago. In the days of the ancient Greeks, the Indian city of Bharuch to the north of Mumbai was already an established sea port. As you sail, relax by the Main Pool or enjoy the sea breeze from your stateroom veranda.

Day 118 Muscat, Oman

Call on the Arabian Peninsula today for a fascinating visit to Muscat, capital of Oman. Enjoy a city tour among its whitewashed buildings, featuring a photo stop at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, able to accommodate 20,000 worshippers, and explore the low-lying structures of the Old Town, huddled around a small bay. Visit the private House of al Zubair museum with its remarkably preserved items of Omani heritage, and take in local life in the citys traditional souk. This sleepy historic enclave serves as the home of the ruling sultan.

Day 119 Cruise the Omani Coast

The starkly beautiful coast of Oman is kissed by emerald-green waters, dotted with low-lying whitewashed villages and draped in sands and rock whose colors shift in the warm desert glow from coffee-colored hues to vibrant golds. In medieval days, these waters were teeming with ships trading incense, spices, precious stones and countless other valuable goods. Take in the best that the regional flavors of the coast have to offer in a cooking class at The Kitchen Table.

Day 120 Sallah, Oman

Explore the Omani city of Sallah today on the southeastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. For centuries, Sallah was a major port for frankincense, a trade which extended far beyond the region. This fascinating cultural history was supported by several sites around the city, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. Take in the major landmarks when you stop for photos at the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, rich in Islamic architecture, and visit the Al-Baleed archaeological site, where you will learn more about the frankincense route.

Day 121-124 Cruise the Red Sea

Ancient Egyptians sailed the waters of the Red Sea as long ago as 2500 BC. More famously, Moses is said to have parted its waters. And it was a favored route among ancient Romans as they traded with India. History and legend are rich here, and you can learn more about them during an enrichment lecture about the Middle East. This evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers Lounge or perhaps an authentic Italian meal at Manfredis trattoria-style restaurant.

Day 125 Aqaba, Jordan

Call on Aqaba, Jordans only coastal city, set amid bleached-out desert hills. History here stretches back centuries, but it is best known as the site where, in 1917, T. E. Lawrence (known as Lawrence of Arabia) led troops in the Battle of Aqaba. Stop to explore Mamluk Fortwon by the Arabs from the Turks during a 1916 camel chargethe opulent house of Sharif Hussein bin Ali and the lively waterfront. You might also journey to the regions must-see archaeological treasure of Petra, an astonishing city of red sandstone carved from the earth millennia ago.

Day 126 Luxor, Egypt

Call on Safaga today, an ancient Red Sea port that has been in use since the 3rd century. It is also the gateway to the magnificent temples of ancient Thebestodays city of Luxor. Traverse the desert sands to the shores of the Nile River, where you will visit the spectacular Temple of Karnak, long buried beneath desert sands. Walk through its monumental peristyles and examine the hieroglyphics illustrating how ancient Egyptians lived.

Day 127 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Visit the seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh (called Sharm by the locals) on the southern tip of the Sinai Desert. This major Egyptian center of tourism on the Red Sea, renowned for its unrivaled scuba diving among vibrant coral, is surrounded by starkly beautiful desert. Today you may choose to leave the city and explore the sands up close during a Desert Jeep Tour into a world shrouded in legend.

Day 128 Scenic Cruising: Suez Canal

Transit the Suez Canal today, a travel milestone. This engineering marvel, opened in 1869, connected the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, changing the regions geographic and commercial landscape forever. The sea-level, one-way waterway requires ships to travel in convoys; two lakes, Ballah Bypass and Great Bitter Lake, allow north- and southbound ships to pass each other.

Day 129 Cairo, Egypt

Call on Port Said today, founded about 150 years ago as a working base for the construction of the Suez Canal. Port Said is also a gateway to the Great Pyramids and Great Sphinx on the outskirts of Cairo. Join an included tour to uncover their mysteries.

Day 130 Jerusalem, Israel

Call on the port of Ashdod today, just one hour from Jerusalem. You can explore the holy city on an included excursion that takes you into the heart of the Jewish Quarter to view the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock. Or, delve deeper on an optional excursion as you visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Day 131 Haifa, Israel

Arrive in Haifa today, an ideal port from which to explore the north of Israel. Ascend Mt. Carmel, where it is said that the prophet Elijah set fire to a sacrifice and ended a drought. On the mountains slope overlooking the city, enjoy commanding views of the magnificent terraced Hanging Gardens of Haifa, center of the Bah faith. Explore the fascinating Old City of Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. Alternatively, you can choose to explore ancient Caesarea, built by King Herod as an early center of Christianity, go up Mt. Carmel for a closer look, and enjoy stunning views of Haifa and the countryside.

Day 132 Cruise the Mediterranean Sea

Enjoy a day on board as you cruise the Mediterranean Sea. Take in the sea views from the Explorers Lounge or reserve a soothing massage at The Spa. Linger over tea and scones in the Wintergarden or soak up the sun on deck.

Day 133 Ephesus (Kuadasi), Turkey

Journey into the ancient world today with a visit to Ephesus, one of the best-preserved cities of antiquity in the world. Stroll the uneven streets of this once-powerful metropolis and pass sights such as the massive Great Theater and the magnificent Library of Celsus. Visit the remains of the Byzantine Basilica of St. John and see the modest home where legend states that the Virgin Mary lived out her final days. Or, take a scenic drive to the Oracle of Didyma and the Temple of Apollo, part of a once-elaborate Hellenic sanctuary.

Day 134 Istanbul, Turkey

Discover where East meets West as you arrive today in Istanbul. Take time to admire this city that straddles two continents across the Bosphorus Strait, with its Old Quarter skyline of domes and minarets and the twinkling lights of modern Istanbul across the water. Sample delicious cuisine for a taste of this fusion, combining fresh Mediterranean fare with spices from the Far East and Asia. Enjoy a wealth of religious sites, such as the spectacular Blue Mosque and the legendary Hagia Sophia.

Day 135 Istanbul, Turkey

Spend a second day in Istanbul as you immerse yourself in local life and Turkish traditions. Visit a hamman and partake in a centuries-old wellness ritual. Or, you can relax and take in the sights as you cruise the Bosphorus Strait, where old-world ships once sailed as they delivered spices to Istanbuls lively bazaars.

Day 136 Cruise the Aegean Sea

Cross the Aegean Sea today; a cradle of two great ancient civilazations that have shaped the western world as we know it today. Take this relaxing day at sea to unwind and admire the vistas from your stateroom veranda.

Day 137 Athens, Greece

Today, you will have the entire day to journey into ancient Athens via a panoramic drive, passing the promenade at Mikrolimano Marina as you enter the citys heart. There, you will see the Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma (Constitution) Square, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus and the iconic Acropolis. Explore the bustling Plaka District at the base of the Acropolis. Or, as an option, explore the interior of this UNESCO Site; climb 80 steps to the entrance for an unforgettable view of the Parthenon at its peak.

Day 138-139 Cruise the Adriatic Sea

Enjoy the amenities on your ship today as we sail the Adriatic Sea, passing the Balkan States and toward the Italian Peninsula. Share a cappuccino in the Viking Bar with new friends, enjoy a visit to The Spa or relax on the Sun Deck. Finish the day with a drink in Torshavn.

Day 140 Venice, Italy

Welcome to Venice, where the magical city renowned for its art, architecture and culture is the ultimate destination on your epic voyage. Watch the sunlight dapple on the water as we ease our way into the lagoon. You can enjoy a panoramic boat ride toward the magnificent St. Marks Square on your included tour, and with your guide, you will admire the glorious facade of the Doges Palace and St. Marks Basilica. As we will remain in port overnight, enjoy a fine restaurant, the vibrant nightlife and perhaps even a romantic evening gondola ride along the Grand Canal.

Day 141 Venice, Italy

Awake and further explore central Venice on your own this morning, as you investigate the out-of-the-way passages that reveal beautiful, hidden piazzas, or cross the lagoon to Murano and Burano to view the world-renowned glassblowing craftsmen. Or opt for one of the many optional tours. As your ship sets sail, enjoy a spectacular view of the lagoon as we head out to the Adriatic Sea.

Day 142 Split, Croatia

Experience the age of antiquity as you wander through the center of the city that is built around Diocletian’s Palace, walking through the well-preserved cellars before continuing to the Ethnographic Museum. In this historic quarter, you will notice the results of over 17 centuries of construction, passing pre-Romanesque churches and Gothic chapels. You may also choose to journey through the Croatian hinterland to the famous waterfalls of the Krka National Park. Or spend the entire day discovering the small, more intimate destinations along the Dalmatian Coast.

Day 143 Dubrovnik, Croatia

Where city meets coastline, you will sail to this beautiful 12th-century walled city in Croatia. The playwright George Bernard Shaw once declared, Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik. Enjoy an entire day here to take an inclusive tour and take in magnificent views of the city and countryside. Then enter the city on foot through the historic Pile Gate, passing by the Sponza Palace, the 15th-century Onofrios Fountain and stop inside the Dominican Monastery to see Renaissance paintings. You may also wish to consider exploring the famed Dubrovnik Riviera with a cruise along the Lapad peninsula.

Day 144 Corfu, Greece

Spend the entire day on the romantic island of Corfu, resplendent with charming pastel town houses and pristine white beaches. Our included tour takes us on a drive to Kanoni, where we will make a photo stop to view tiny Mouse Island and the Vlacherna Monastery. Following the coastline through Garitsa Bay, you will reach the UNESCO Site of the Old Town. See the fabled Esplanade, one of Europes largest public squares, and the Liston Promenade, once exclusively reserved for the local aristocracy.

Day 145 Cruise the Strait of Messina

According to the ancient Greeks that lives by these waters more than 2,500 years ago, the legends of Scylla and Chardybdis lay hidden beneath the turquoise surface in the depths of the Strait of Messina. Tonight, dine on freshly prepared cuisine that connects you to the flavors of Italy as we sail toward Rome.

Day 146 Naples, Italy

In Naples, your choice of excursions abounds. Take in magnificent examples of Greek and Roman architecture and the Piazza del Plebiscito, the grandest public square in the city, facing the former Royal Palace of the King of Naples. Optionally, also explore Herculaneum, Italys other Pompeii, drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast, or take a trip to the summit of Vesuvius. In your spare time, sample a hot espresso, a slice of pizza (the worlds first pizzeria opened here in 1830) or a locally madelimoncello.

Day 147 Rome, Italy

Uncover more ancient treasures of Rome and its surroundings today. Join an excursion that features the citys major highlights, plus St. Peters Basilica, the Colosseum, or Piazza Navona. Discover the hidden gems of the city along the Tiber River. Alternately, visit Tarquinias Etruscan necropolis or the excavated town of Ostia.

Day 148 Florence/Pisa, Italy

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Tuscany with an included, well-curated tour of Pisa. Alternatively, enjoy a full-day tour that combines Pisa and Florence. Begin with a scenic drive through the countryside to Florence, where you will stroll by the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. Then on to the medieval Ponte Vecchio, and the attractive Basilica di Santa Croce, resting place of Michelangelo. In Pisa, you will have time to explore the Square of Miracles, including the famous Leaning Tower, the Cathedral and Baptistery.

Day 149 Monte Carlo, Monaco

Enjoy a full day in Monaco, the playground for the rich and famous, as well as the gateway to the beautiful South of France. Visit medieval Monaco, stopping at the Princes Palace and St. Nicholas Cathedral, the burial site of the royal family, including American actress Grace Kelly. You will have time to step inside the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the most prestigious and celebrated gambling mecca on Earth. As an option, venture out of town to the legendary perfumeries in Grasse, or stroll along the English promenade in glamorous Nice.

Day 150 Marseille, France

Visit Marseille, Frances oldest city, rich in timeless treasures. Discover its atmospheric Old Port, overseen by two 17th-century fortresses. The picturesque quay was built on the order of Louis XII and Louis XIII and is one of the worlds most romantic walks. As you explore, take in the beauty of its natural harbor, dotted with elegant yachts. Marvel at the church of Notre Dame de la Garde and Palais Longchamp, or venture to Aix-en-Provence with its tree-shaded squares and wide boulevards.

Day 151 Barcelona, Spain

Soak up the charm of sunny Barcelona, the Catalonian capital of culture. Stroll along Las Ramblas, take in the architectural masterpieces of Antoni Gaud or explore the myriad side streets of the ancient Gothic Quarter. Take an included tour today, or opt for one of the many optional shore excursions we offer.

Day 152 Barcelona, Spain

Discover the best of Barcelona as you visit the Columbus Monument, Port Vell and the Arc de Triomf, among the many monumental sights you will see. Other scenic highlights include the Olympic Port, built for the 1992 Olympic Games, and the Passeig de Grcia, a gracious boulevard renowned for its architecture, including stunning works by Gaud.

Day 153 Murcia (Cartagena), Spain

Uncover the rich history of Cartagena today, brimming with remarkable architecture spanning the agesfrom the days of Rome to art nouveau. Outside the city, marvel at the beauty of the sanctuary of the Virgin of Fuensanta, Murcias patron saint, and the baroque- and Gothic-style cathedral. Alternately, explore Cartagenas impressive Roman Theater and Roman Forum.

Day 154 Granada, Spain

Today you can experience firsthand the stuff of Andalusian dreams. Birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Mlaga is the gateway to Andalusia, the seductive province of rolling hills and endless olive groves. An included tour features the 11th-century Alcazaba Palace, residence of Arabian caliphs, the ancient Moorish Gibralfaro Castle, the Renaissance Cathedral and Picassos birthplace. Or, choose to explore the mighty Alhambra palace in Granada, one of Spains most treasured sites.

Day 155 Scenic Cruising: Strait of Gibraltar

Sail through the famed Strait of Gibraltar today into the Alboran Sea, the westernmost portion of the Mediterranean. According to legend, the Rock of Gibraltar, an enormous geological wonder, is one of the Pillars of Herculesthe other being Monte Hacho, a low mountain in Ceuta, a Spanish province in North Africa. As you cruise, perhaps soothe your body with a hot sauna and a few minutes amid the gently falling snow of the Snow Grotto. This evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers Lounge and an authentic Italian meal at Manfredis Italian Restaurant.

Day 156 Vigo, Spain

Vigo lies on the western edge of Europe and is home to the continents largest fishing fleet, which sets sail each day and returns with its catch at sunset. But this Gateway to the Atlantic is more than just a fishing port. The old city, Casco Vello, is brimming with charming houses set amid winding lanes and steep alleys that are delightful to explore. Take a trip farther inland to magnificent Santiago de Compostela. Visit the cathedral and meander through the Old Town of this important place of pilgrimage. Or journey to the Galicia region, famed for its superb Albario wines and delicious tapas dishes.

Day 157 Scenic Cruising: English Channel

About 350 miles long, the English Channel separates southern England from northern France. William the Conqueror crossed these waters to become King of England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The most triumphant crossing unfolded on D-Day, when Allied troops landed on Normandys shores. The channels narrowest point stretches about 20 miles between Dover and Calais. Here, you may glimpse Dovers famed cliffs, seen from a distance as a long white strip resting on the horizon. As you traverse this historic waterway, you might also see Cherbourg, perched on the end of Frances Cotentin Peninsula, whose southern shores lead to the historic walled city of Saint-Malo and the monastic island of Mont Saint-Michel.

Day 158 Portland, England

Today, call on the Isle of Portland; despite its name, the island is actually a narrow limestone peninsula that juts out into the English Channel from Dorsets coastline. The famous Portland Stone is quarried here. It has been used to construct many of Londons buildings as well as those found further afieldthe United Nations Building in New York, for example, was built from Portland stone. Explore the scenic Jurassic Coast and the beautiful Dorset countryside as you learn about the involvement of Portands residents in the Normandy beach landings. Or you can enjoy a tour of Bovingtons Tank Museum and discover the towns leading role in the development of military technology.

Day 159 Dover, England

Call today on the city of Dover, its importance as a port dating back to the Bronze Age. You can journey to the medieval city of Canterbury, made famous through Geoffrey ChaucersCanterbury Tales, to visit the shrine of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. Or, immerse yourself in natural beauty at Sissinghurst Castle and Garden, an Elizabethan-era mansion which showcases a classic English country garden.

Day 160 London (Greenwich), England

Discover the celebrated Royal Borough of Greenwichpart of which, Maritime Greenwich, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. London is just a short drive away, so you can take in the regal city and all its splendor. See the Tower of London, Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St. Pauls Cathedral. Or step off the ship in Greenwich, where you may visit its excellent National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory from where the worlds clocks are set.

Day 161 London (Greenwich), England

Disembark your ship this morning as your journey comes to a close.

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