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Around South America With Antarctica - L2301 Balmoral departing 5 Jan 2023

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Balmoral
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  • Hand-crafted itineraries
Ship
Cruise Line
Embark
5 Jan 2023
Duration
78 Nights
From / To
Southampton / Southampton
Ports of call
Southampton - Ponta Delgada - Horta - Hamilton - Havana
Rating

Inside from £8,774pp

Outside from £10,724pp

Balcony from Call for fares

Suite from £21,449pp

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Itinerary

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Date Date
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Date 05/01/2023
Location Southampton
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Southampton offers fast and efficient check-in areas, spacious departure lounges with seating areas, café-bars and smart washrooms. If you wish to travel by car and park for the duration of your cruise, you can pay for and reserve parking in advance directly with the relevant company. Alternatively, if being dropped off or collected by taxi or private car, they can drive right up alongside the terminal building.

Date 06/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 07/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 08/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 09/01/2023
Location Ponta Delgada
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Since their discovery in the early 15th century, the Portuguese Azores have played an important part in oceanic navigation. They were a logistical point for the discovery of new worlds; a port of call for ships engaged in trade between Europe, America and India; and a place to lay anchor for the galleons bringing the wealth of the Americas back to the old world.

Date 10/01/2023
Location Horta
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The little port of Horta has long played host to transatlantic yachtsmen. It stands on pretty Faial Island, one of the nine emerald-green Azores – discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century, and whose volcanic origins have created a beautiful and unspoilt environment of craters, lakes, sheer cliffs and lush valleys, to which man has seemingly added only picturesque whitewashed houses and stately little Baroque churches!

Date 11/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 12/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 13/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 14/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 15/01/2023
Location Hamilton
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The pretty waterfront capital of Hamilton has an effortless elegance that epitomises the gracious mood of Bermuda itself. Britain’s oldest colony, formed by seven Gulf Stream-warmed Atlantic islands linked by bridge and causeway, forms a picture-book setting of pink sand beaches, pastel-coloured colonial-style houses, sparkling inlets and waterways – and a maximum speed of 20mph.

Date 16/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 17/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 18/01/2023
Location Havana
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Havana, the capital city, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba, is famed for its colonial history and vibrant culture.The city is home to exquisite Spanish colonial architecture, classic American cars, irresistible rhythms of mambo and a confusing jigsaw of grand avenues and cobbled streets.

A stroll around Habana Vieja, Old Havana, quickly reveals the audacious Latin atmosphere within the imposing coastal fortifications and intimate, traffic-free squares. At its centre, the buildings reflect the city’s vivacious architectural mix: the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the iconic National Capitol Building, the Baroque Catedral de San Cristóbal, and the Plaza Vieja are all worth the effort to uncover.

The art culture is one of the city’s biggest revelations, and Cuban creativity is accessible through the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Fusterlandia public art project and the Fábrica de Arte Cubano, which champions the movement of Havana’s more contemporary art scene. Show lessThe city is awash with experimentation, exemplified by the explosion of uber cool cafes and Bohemian bars.Columbus believed this was the most beautiful land he’d ever seen, and it’s hard not to agree given Cuba’s 2,000 miles of tropical coastline, lush mountains and some 300 beaches that melt into azure seas.

Date 19/01/2023
Location Havana
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Havana, the capital city, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba, is famed for its colonial history and vibrant culture.The city is home to exquisite Spanish colonial architecture, classic American cars, irresistible rhythms of mambo and a confusing jigsaw of grand avenues and cobbled streets.

A stroll around Habana Vieja, Old Havana, quickly reveals the audacious Latin atmosphere within the imposing coastal fortifications and intimate, traffic-free squares. At its centre, the buildings reflect the city’s vivacious architectural mix: the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the iconic National Capitol Building, the Baroque Catedral de San Cristóbal, and the Plaza Vieja are all worth the effort to uncover.

The art culture is one of the city’s biggest revelations, and Cuban creativity is accessible through the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Fusterlandia public art project and the Fábrica de Arte Cubano, which champions the movement of Havana’s more contemporary art scene. Show lessThe city is awash with experimentation, exemplified by the explosion of uber cool cafes and Bohemian bars.Columbus believed this was the most beautiful land he’d ever seen, and it’s hard not to agree given Cuba’s 2,000 miles of tropical coastline, lush mountains and some 300 beaches that melt into azure seas.

Date 20/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 21/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 22/01/2023
Location Colon
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At the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal on the Caribbean Sea, lies the country’s second city, Colón. Initially established as the terminus of the Panama Railroad, the town was originally called Aspinwall, after Railroad’s promoter, William Aspinwall. It was built to provide a fast overland route to California and the gold rush, but the local Hispanic population soon renamed it in honour of Christopher Columbus.

Outside the city port are several reminders of Panama’s rich history, including the Canal’s impressive Gatún Locks and Gatún Dam. Fort San Lorenzo, built by the Spanish to guard the strategically important Chagres River, is a well-preserved colonial military structure.The vast Colón Free Trade Zone offers tax-free shopping.

Date 23/01/2023
Location Panama Canal
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Linking the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Panama Canal provides one of cruising’s most unforgettable experiences. Over 10 years were needed to complete the canal’s 51.2 miles in 1914 – so avoiding the lengthy and often dangerous voyage around Cape Horn. ‘The Big Ditch’ lifts our vessel by a fascinating feat of mechanics – aided by on-shore ‘mule’ locomotives – through three great locks, traversing man-made lakes, channels blasted through rock, and the dense jungle of the Tropics. Most transits of the Panama Canal last around eight hours; not so with the Black Watch. Uniquely, you will take twice as long, giving you the chance to enjoy the Gatun Yacht Club.

Date 24/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 25/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 26/01/2023
Location Guayaquil
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Though founded in 1547 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Orellana, historic Guayaquil’s name immortalises Guayas (the last Indian chief) and Quil (his wife), who committed suicide rather than submit to Madrid! On the Guayas River, where it nears the Gulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and port boasts several colonial landmarks (especially the 16th century Santo Domingo church) – but renewal projects like the Malecon collection of restaurants, theatres and parks symbolise the indomitable spirit of a city that has defied pirates, fires and earthquakes.

Date 27/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 28/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 29/01/2023
Location Lima (Callao)
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Callao is the port for Lima, the ancient capital of Peru, the illustrious ‘City of Kings’ founded by the conquistadors over 450 years ago and once almost a second Royal Court of Spain. Today, though very much a busy modern city, it guards a priceless treasure-chest of Spanish colonial art and architecture. Our stay also allows time to travel deeper into this mysterious El Dorado, to visit the Incas’ ancient capital at Cuzco, high in the Andean foothills.

Date 30/01/2023
Location Lima (Callao)
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Callao is the port for Lima, the ancient capital of Peru, the illustrious ‘City of Kings’ founded by the conquistadors over 450 years ago and once almost a second Royal Court of Spain. Today, though very much a busy modern city, it guards a priceless treasure-chest of Spanish colonial art and architecture. Our stay also allows time to travel deeper into this mysterious El Dorado, to visit the Incas’ ancient capital at Cuzco, high in the Andean foothills.

Date 31/01/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 01/02/2023
Location Matarani
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Date 02/02/2023
Location Arica
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Near the Peruvian frontier, Chile’s northernmost port lies below the Morro headland, backed by desert sand dunes. Look out for the iron cathedral built by Eiffel of Paris fame! In nearby Azapa Valley is San Migeul Archaeological Museum, with its famous mummies from the ancient Chinchorro culture. Lauca National Park’s stunning lake and mountain scenery high on the altiplano, habitat of vicuna, llama and alcapa, can be reached on a shore visit.

Date 03/02/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 04/02/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 05/02/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 06/02/2023
Location Valpraiso (Santiago)
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Vivacious Valparaiso, main port and second city of Chile, was once the centre of 19th century British naval and commercial activity on South America’s Pacific coast. Its setting is dramatic – beside the sweeping curve of a great bay screened by a circle of hills (‘cerros’), with the modern lower city and rambling upper section linked by steep zig-zag roads and ancient funiculars. Close by is attractive Vina del Mar, among South America’s most popular and vibrant beach resorts.

Date 07/02/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 08/02/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 09/02/2023
Location Castro
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Castro is a city on Chiloé Island in Chile’s Lake District. Colorful wooden stilt houses line the waterfront. On Plaza de Armas, the yellow, early-20th-century San Francisco Church has 2 steeples and a distinctive wooden interior.

Date 10/02/2023
Location Puerto Chacabuco
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Date 11/02/2023
Location Chilean Fjords
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Date 12/02/2023
Location Chilean Fjords
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Date 13/02/2023
Location Punta Arenas
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Strategically positioned almost midway between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, on a peninsular at the southern end of mainland Chile, Punta Arenas commands panoramic views over the Magellan Straits.
A port that evolved from what was originally a penal colony and whose heyday was eclipsed by the opening of the Panama Canal, Punta Arenas is today a peaceful place with some attractive turn-of-the-century architecture – and the nearest brewery to the South Pole!

Date 13/02/2023
Location Cruising Magdalena & Cockburn Channel
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Date 14/02/2023
Location Cruising by Cape Horn, Chile
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Date 14/02/2023
Location Puerto Williams
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Puerto Williams is a town on Navarino Island in the Beagle Channel in Chile’s far south. Part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, it’s known as a starting point for trips around Cape Horn.

Date 15/02/2023
Location Ushuaia
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Separated from mainland South America by the Straits of Magellan, Patagonia’s Tierra del Fuego (‘Land of Fire’) is an island of ancient legend and austere grandeur. Its location is matched by few and it takes full advantage of its end of world status.

Date 16/02/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 17/02/2023
Location Antarctica
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Date 18/02/2023
Location Antarctica
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Date 19/02/2023
Location Antarctica
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Date 20/02/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 21/02/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 22/02/2023
Location Falkland Islands
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Clustered 300 miles out in the South Atlantic, the 200 little Falkland Islands – their unspoilt shores, rolling moorland and low hills oddly reminiscent of the Hebrides – are home to over half a million sheep and much fascinating wildlife, inlcuding seals, penguins and shorebirds.
Port Stanley, the waterfront capital on East Falkland, is the only sizeable community, and comes complete with welcoming ‘pubs’ and innumerable other delightfully incongruous reminders of home!

Date 23/02/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 24/02/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 25/02/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 26/02/2023
Location Montevideo
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Founded by the Spaniards in 1726, Uruguay’s attractive capital overlooks the River Plate, jsut 60 miles from Argentina across the estuary, setting of the famous naval battle in 1939. Successive waves of Spanish and Italian immigration has given the city a fascinatingly European feeling – which, with its Mediterranean climate, shady squares, parks and gardens, broad boulevards and stately 19th century buildings all give Montevido a uniquely appealing character. A local landmark is the Cerro (hill) from which the city’s name (meaning ‘I see a hill’) derives!

Date 27/02/2023
Location Buenos Aires
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The Argentine capital – called ‘Santa Maria del Buen Ayre’ by early sailors thanks to its favourable winds – is more simply ‘B.A.’ to today’s visitors. Its warm, cosmopolitan vitality, more European than South American, carries appealing echoes of Spain and Italy; and our leisurely stay offers ample opportunity to stroll and shop in fashionable Calle Florida and Avenida Santa Fe, to test the famous tea-rooms and nightspots, and to explore further afield amid this intriguing scenario of ‘Evita’, the hypnotic tango and the gauchos of the Pampas.

Date 28/02/2023
Location Buenos Aires
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The Argentine capital – called ‘Santa Maria del Buen Ayre’ by early sailors thanks to its favourable winds – is more simply ‘B.A.’ to today’s visitors. Its warm, cosmopolitan vitality, more European than South American, carries appealing echoes of Spain and Italy; and our leisurely stay offers ample opportunity to stroll and shop in fashionable Calle Florida and Avenida Santa Fe, to test the famous tea-rooms and nightspots, and to explore further afield amid this intriguing scenario of ‘Evita’, the hypnotic tango and the gauchos of the Pampas.

Date 01/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Out
Date 02/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 03/03/2023
Location Itajal. Brazil
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Date 04/03/2023
Location Ilhabela
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Ilhabela is one of the last untouched areas of the Atlantic Rainforest, with around 85% of it classed as a Brazilian National Park. A true paradise, Ilhabela has more than 40 incredible beaches, over 350 tumbling waterfalls and large forests, providing the perfect habitat for 300 bird species.

A mountainous island, Ilhabela is perfect for those who love an adventure, with vast areas of dense forest and tall peaks of up to 1400 metres to explore. Hiking trails are clearly signposted and are designed to guide you to the most picturesque beauty spots on the island.

Date 05/03/2023
Location Rio de Janeiro
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Surely the world’s most evocative place-name! The city of Carnival and Samba, Copacabana and Ipanema, more than fulfills its romantic promise.
Beneath the protective arms of the Corcovado – the great statue of Christ the Redeemer that soars above the Tijuca jungle – and the majestic silhouette of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, the sweeping boulevards and confusion of skyscrapers and old colonial buildings that are Rio de Janeiro wind themselves around the beach-lined shores of Guanabara Bay.

Date 06/03/2023
Location Rio de Janeiro
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Surely the world’s most evocative place-name! The city of Carnival and Samba, Copacabana and Ipanema, more than fulfills its romantic promise.
Beneath the protective arms of the Corcovado – the great statue of Christ the Redeemer that soars above the Tijuca jungle – and the majestic silhouette of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, the sweeping boulevards and confusion of skyscrapers and old colonial buildings that are Rio de Janeiro wind themselves around the beach-lined shores of Guanabara Bay.

Date 07/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 08/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 09/03/2023
Location Salvador
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Ornate churches and imposing public buildings in the clifftop Cidade Alta (Upper City) are monuments to the wealth once generated by sugar-cane and tobacco. The city’s vibrant culture is an exotic cocktail of past Portuguese influences and pulsating African traditions. There are some superb ocean beaches nearby too.

Date 10/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 11/03/2023
Location Recife
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Boa Viagem is one of the most famous urban beaches in Brazil, offering enchanting sandy beaches with warm green waters and fine restaurants. The old city can also be explored, take a visit to the impressive, 19th-century Teatro Santa Isabel and the Catedral de Sao Pedro dos Clerigos. This area is also rich in folk arts and crafts including music, dance, sculpture.

Date 12/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 13/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 14/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 15/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 16/03/2023
Location Mindelo
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This mountainous volcanic archipelago of ten islands and five islets – a Portuguese territory until independence in 1975 – is as unique and unspoilt as its remote location, 400 miles off the west coast of Senegal, would suggest. Once a staging post on the old sailing route to South Africa, Mindelo, on Sao Vicente, is the largest port, with attractive old Portuguese colonial buildings that betray the island’s intriguing pedigree.

Date 17/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 18/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 19/03/2023
Location Tenerife
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Sophisticated Santa Cruz – Tenerife’s capital – is built around boulevards and wide avenues that link elegant squares and parks.

Well-preserved buildings feature in the old town, including the colonial Church of the Immaculate Conception and the 18th century Palacio de Carta, which has impressive Baroque and neoclassical features. Recently redesigned by the architects Herzog & de Meuron, the city’s largest square, Plaza de España, is a pleasant spot to lose a few hours. Lively beaches such as Playa de Las Americas are within easy reach of Santa Cruz too.

Away from the capital, many of Tenerife’s highlights await on tours, including the exotic Botanical Gardens or the mystical lava stone Pyramids of Guimar. Exploring the volcanic El Teide National Park to marvel at majestic Mount Teide, or even climb Spain’s highest peak, is an unmissable experience.

Date 20/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 21/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 22/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 23/03/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 24/03/2023
Location Southampton
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Southampton offers fast and efficient check-in areas, spacious departure lounges with seating areas, café-bars and smart washrooms. If you wish to travel by car and park for the duration of your cruise, you can pay for and reserve parking in advance directly with the relevant company. Alternatively, if being dropped off or collected by taxi or private car, they can drive right up alongside the terminal building.

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