HARBOUR A DREAM: Tortola within the British Virgin Islands is only one of many lovely stop-off factors (Picture: Robert Ingelhart/ Getty Photographs)




ACTION AND ADVENTURE IN THE CARIBBEAN


Catch the tropical commerce winds as you sail residence from the Caribbean to the UK on a transatlantic crossing with Marella Cruises (020 3451 2682/ tui.co.uk/cruise). In St Lucia, take a catamaran cruise to distinctive twin mountains the Pitons or journey by way of the treetops in an aerial tram throughout tropical rainforest. Admire the spectacular views whereas being serenaded by an area choir on the scenic railway on St Kitts whereas sitting on one of many trains that used to move sugar cane from the fields and swing by way of Antigua’s rainforest slopes on a cover tour.




Take to 2 wheels to discover the Dutch/French island of St Maarten/St Martin on a biking tour and calm down on the gorgeous seashores of the British Virgin Islands throughout a cease at Tortola.


After 5 days at sea, the subsequent stops are the Azores islands of Faial and São Miguel the place whale and dolphin journeys are among the many highlights, whereas the charming metropolis of Bruges is a brief jaunt from the penultimate cease Zeebrugge, earlier than the cruise ends in Southampton.


Not solely is Marella Explorer the biggest within the fleet, taking 1,924 passengers, it is also good for pampering because it has the primary Champneys Spa at sea along with 10 eating places, together with speciality Asian and the upmarket Eating Membership.


19 nights from £1,653pp (two sharing) full board, together with outbound flight from Birmingham. Cruise departs Barbados April 28, 2019.





View of the harbour from a cruise on the Marella Explorer (Picture: Cezare White Images)



BABY ELEPHANTS IN SRI LANKA


Sail from one cultural melting pot to a different on a voyage from Arabia to Asia with Princess Cruises (0344 338 8663/ princess.com).


Haggle for gold in Dubai souks and admire views from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest constructing.


Trip the dunes from Muscat in Oman on a desert safari and sail alongside the coast in an attention grabbing dhow. On the serendipitous isle of Sri Lanka, do not miss child elephants as they bathe within the river and get fed with big bottles of milk on the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.


With Sri Lanka being well-known for tea, get a first-hand style at a picturesque plantation, or go to the highland city of Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth, stated to include a tooth from Buddha.





TRUNK CALL: Don’t miss Sri Lanka’s elephants (Picture: Getty Photographs/WIN-Initiative RM)



Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur presents a mixture of outdated and new with distinctive colonial buildings courting again to British rule and the Petronas Towers rising greater than 1,400ft.


As the ultimate vacation spot, Singapore mixes colonial icons like its Raffles Resort with the fashionable vibe of the hanging Marina Bay space.


Sapphire Princess guarantees its 2,670 passengers a full home of sights with a collection of speciality eating choices that embrace a luxurious dinner served course by course within the privateness of your individual balcony, watching movies on the deck’s big Motion pictures Below the Stars display and being pampered within the Lotus Spa.


11 nights from £919pp (two sharing) full board. Flights additional. Departs Dubai November 26, 2019.





ANDALUCIAN CHARM: Alhambra Palace is a must-see with its fairly backdrop (Picture: Chris Hepburn/ Getty Photographs)



FORT LAUDERDALE AND FLAMENCO 


Swap continents on this voyage with Holland America Line (0344 338 8605/ hollandamerica.com) that sails from stylish Fort Lauderdale, Florida, into centuries of historical past in Rome.


Following six days at sea, the primary cease is São Miguel within the Azores the place an off-road journey uncovers its lush, mountainous terrain.


Andalucian metropolis Malaga is a perfect jumping-off level for lovely Granada and its gorgeous Alhambra Palace or the picturesque village of Mijas, recognized for white-washed homes, or swanky Marbella, the playground of the wealthy and flashy.




The ultimate cease, Cartagena, is bursting with historical past and residential to the second-largest Roman amphitheatre on the Iberian Peninsula, together with hanging Artwork Nouveau buildings, neoclassical church buildings and trendy buildings.


Take a strolling tour of the primary highlights or go underground on the Agrupa Vicenta Mines on a trolley prepare that follows the tunnels to depths of 263ft and watch a Flamenco dance in caverns famous for his or her wonderful acoustics.


The two,650-passenger Koningsdam combines a mixture of trendy magnificence and nautical traditions together with a blinding array of leisure and musical venues that vary from its BB King’s Blues Membership to classical recitals on its Lincoln Middle Stage.


13 nights from £1,809pp (two sharing) full board, together with flights from Heathrow on April 6 and in a single day resort keep pre-cruise. Cruise departs Fort Lauderdale April 7, 2019.





Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, Morrocco (Picture: Bruno Morandi
/ Getty Photographs)



AFRICAN SAFARIS AND SEGWAY TOURS


Sail out of Africa on a voyage with Viking Cruises (0800 298 9700/ vikingcruises.co.uk/oceans) that follows the continent’s numerous shoreline from Durban into the center of London at Greenwich.


Begin in South Africa with a sizzling air balloon journey above a sport reserve close to Durban or take a safari drive to view spectacular wildlife.


At East London, observe within the footsteps of Nelson Mandela’s childhood residence of Qunu, then uncover the scenic riches of Cape City on a bike tour or from Desk Mountain.


At Walvis Bay in Namibia, bounce aboard a scenic flight over the Namib Desert to absorb views of the majestic landscapes and at Dakar in Senegal immerse your self in native folklore on a go to to a tribal village.





Viking Solar’s trendy inside (Picture: Eric Laignel/ Viking)



A name at Tenerife’s capital Santa Cruz brings the possibility to go to Mount Teide or go whalewatching whereas Moroccan gem Casablanca injects a heady mixture of Gallic-infused Moorish majesty.


Do not miss the possibility to go to the pilgrimage web site of Santiago de Compostela from the Spanish metropolis of Vigo, or just absorb the Galician tradition as you glide by way of the port metropolis’s streets on a segway tour.


The 930-passenger Viking Solar is glossy with mild wooden interiors. Savour high-quality eating in its clutch of unique eating places, together with afternoon tea served within the refined Wintergarden.


28 nights from £5,990pp (two sharing) full board, together with flights from Heathrow. Cruise departs Durban April 13, 2019.





HOLY SEE: Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janerio (Picture: Jeremy Walker/ Getty Photographs)



SIZZLE IN SOUTH AMERICA 


Swap the Catalan chutzpah of Barcelona for the samba spirit of Rio de Janeiro on this transatlantic voyage from the outdated world to the brand new with Oceania Cruises (0345 505 1920/oceaniacruises.com).


At Tenerife friends can immerse themselves in Canarian delicacies by lunching with locals in their very own residence or take a tapas tasting tour to the historic capital Santa Cruz.


On the Cape Verde isle of São Vicente, discover Portuguese and African influences in the primary metropolis of Mindelo on the markets earlier than driving to Monte Verde, the island’s highest peak with its sweeping views.




After three days at sea, the Brazilian metropolis of Recife beckons with extra Portuguese heritage.


Get together metropolis Rio de Janeiro is the ultimate cease and an in a single day keep permits you to strut alongside well-known Copacabana Seaside, take a cable automobile as much as Sugar Loaf Mountain and admire the implausible views from the highest of Corcovado with its iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.


Internet hosting 1,250 friends, Marina is one in every of Oceania’s bigger ships with six gourmand eating places and a Culinary Middle cookery college.


14 nights from £2,999pp (two sharing) full board. Worth consists of return flights from Heathrow, eight shore excursions, beverage bundle or $800 shipboard credit score, per stateroom. Departs Barcelona November 23, 2019.




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