Wednesday, March 17 - FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Miles of sandy beaches, lively outdoor events, and a charming web of waterways help to make Fort Lauderdale a relaxed, vacation capital of Florida. The excitement is palpable, as cruise ships and gleaming yachts gather in the harbor ahead of adventures and luxury journeys across the waves. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere in the canal-laced 'Venice of America,' as you enjoy big label shopping on Las Olas Boulevard - or visit fancy restaurants and bustling art galleries. For an older experience, the swampy wetlands of the Everglades sprawl away nearby. Fort Lauderdale Beach is a lively stretch of sand, bordered by palm trees, and sprinkled with crowds enjoying get e Sunshine State's generous weather. The charming promenade of red-brick tiles extends right along the beach's length and rumbles with passing rollerblades and cyclists. Flick across the waves while paragliding, or relax with a coffee or a margarita in a beachfront bar, as volleyball games play out in front of you. For a quieter beach option, Olas Beach lies a little down the coast towards Port Everglades and has extra space to spread out and tan on acres of smooth white sand. Spot the backs of alligators waiting patiently, and the toothy grins of crocodiles patrolling the murky waters of the Everglades - the USA's biggest optical wetlands. A haven of extraordinary wildlife, birds wade through its swamps. and black bears and Panthers roam its wilds. Take to a plane to appreciate the full scale of the national park or purr along exploring its waterways in a fan powered boat.
Thursday, March 18 - DAY AT SEA
Friday, March 19 - DAY AT SEA
Saturday, March 20 - HAMILTON, BERMUDA (OVERNIGHT)
A charming stack of pastel-coloured buildings clamours over the waterfront of Bermuda's pretty capital, Hamilton. Light paints bathe the island's buildings in bright floral colors, and whether you want to swing your shoulders on lush green fairways, or your hips during lively street parties - Hamilton has a rhythm for everyone. The decorative hues of Front Street's buildings ooze colonial charm, and a stroll along the seafront promenade is the perfect way to acquaint yourself. There's a more gorgeous colour at the island's legendary beaches, where pink sands slip into turquoise waves. Dive offshore into teeming reefs, take glass-bottom boats, or stroll on the powder as dazzling sunset displays unfurl. Take in the palatial mansions of Billionaire's Row, or whack goofballs into the crisp blue sky, as the sea washes beside you. While Bermuda is best known for its silky soft sands, there's one beach where you won't want to go barefoot. Sea Glass Beach is covered by sea-rounded glass pieces, which dhime and tinkle as the waves roll in over them. Historic forts like Fort Hamilton offer perfectly manicured swathes of lawn, palm trees, and lashings of military pomp - along with sweeping views of the sparkling sea and harbour. See stern-faced sea turtles, tropical fish, and seals splashing around in the waters - as well as vibrant flamingos and cheeky lemurs - at Bermuda's aquarium and zoo. Or the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute offers a deep dive into the area's history - exploring everything from mankind's environmental impact. to the Bermuda Triangle's legendary, ship-swallowing mythology.
Sunday, March 21 - HAMILTON, BERMUDA
Monday, March 22 - Thursday, March 25 - DAYS AT SEA
Friday, March 26 - HORTA (AZORES), PORTUGAL
Far adrift, in the Atlantic's vast sweep, Horta serves as a welcoming island respite for some truly epic clean voyages. One of the most westerly parts of Europe, these Portuguese islands lie a full 1,100 miles from the coast of the mainland. The bustling marina here serves as the perfect stopover and a welcome respite for tired sailors and yachts embarking on transatlantic crossings. The colorful harbor is decorated with a multicolored patchwork of their stories and flags, and adding to this massive, evergrowing mural is said to offer sailors protection while out on the seas. While Horta's clientele may come and go with the waves, there's nothing transient about the stunning volcanic cones and soaring wildflower-splashed hills that mei up this beautiful Atlantic island pit-stop. Horta is the main city, and a charming welcome to dry land, as you step onto the pentagon-shaped island of Faial. On the frontier of continents, the violent meeting of the European and North American tectonic plates forged this beautiful archipelago - and the rich volcanic scenery here is ripe for exploration and adventure. The busy harbor lies before the dramatic backdrop of the neighboring Pico Island's cloud-wisped peak - head up to Espalamaca Lookout for the best view of Horta's busy harbor and islands emerging nearby. Horta has a grand volcanic caldera of its own, and you can journey up through threads of cloud, to look down into the island's immense, bowl-shaped crater. The Lighthouse of Ponta dos Capelinhos is an island icon, having survived 4957's dramatic eruption. It now occupies a scenic location on a headland, surrounded by vast swathes of charred land, which were churned out from the depths.
Saturday, March 27 - PONTA DELGADO, PORTUGAL
Providing a gorgeous green welcome to sailors venturing on the long journey across the Atlantic, Ponta Delgada's shoreline is a reassuring sight, as it emerges into view. Sat on Sao Miguel Island, the largest of Portugal's Azores islands - which wait on an outpost of western Europe, some 1,100miles from the mainland. Ponta Delgada is the island's largest city, and a place of spectacular volcanic vistas, steaming hot springs and impressive landscaped gardens. The city's signature trio of arches welcomes you to Ponta Delgada and its island of verdant volcanic contrasts. Wander between monochrome churches like the Gothic Church of St. Sebastian, and up to the Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope - which houses the revered icon of Christ that is paraded through the streets annually, and believed to have miraculous powers by locals. Or, head for beaches offering sanctuary on charcoal-colored sands, or the tropical Antonio Borges Botanical Gardens, where tropical plants add extra shades to the Green Island's scenery. Now extinct, the mighty Caldeira das Sete Cidades is a truly awe-0inspiring sight - and the colossal collapsed volcanic caldera blooms with lush greenery and scattered wildflowers. The vast crater has been taken over by a glowing, picturesque lake, which reflects the blue sky above. A full three miles wide - and with a circumference of eight miles - it's a vast panorama to take in. The Lagoa de Fogo - or Lake of Fire - is another of the island's calderas - rise up to see the crumpled scenery encasing a beautiful lake. Sao Miguel Island's geothermal activity has practical uses too, and you can harness the powers to unwind any tired muscles after a long day, by sinking into the hot springs of Poca Da Dona.
Sunday, March 28 - DAY AT SEA
Monday, March 29 - DAY AT SEA
Tuesday, March 30 - MALAGA, SPAIN
Bathing in the sunshine coast's stunning subtropical climate, and laying out endless spectacular beaches, it's no surprise that Malaga is one of Spain's most popular cities. The already impressive cultural appeal of this holiday city has skyrocketed over recent years, and with a storied old town and Moorish fortifications, Malaga has a lot to offer. Nearby, you can recline on the renowned beaches of the Costa del Sol, or venture inland to discover the Moorish treasures of Granada and Cordoba. La Malagueta beach is Malagna's spacious urban beach, perfect for a sunbathe and a dip in the warm water, before enjoying seaside cocktails or seafood tapas in the restaurants nearby. Malaga and the Costa del Sol may be best known for glorious weather and beaches, but Malaga can now stake a genuine claim as an artistic powerhouse too Visit the renowned Picasso museum - housed in the artist's birthplace - before exploring the freshly opened outpost of the Pompidou Centre. The art also spills out onto the streets in the colorful Soho district - splashed with vibrant street paintings. Known as La Manquita - or the one-armed woman - the city's cathedral rises over the historic old town. Its huge bell tower stands tall, but an accompanying second tower was never completed - hence the nickname. The Alcazaba fortress palace looms over the waterfront and forms a spectacularly preserved remnant from the era when the Moors controlled the Andalucia region. Discover more of the Arabic influence by visiting Granada's Alhambra palace, or Cordoba's La Mezquita mosque. Together with Seville's converted cathedral, the cities form Andalucia's Golden Triangle of Moorish wonders.
Wednesday, March 31 - DAY AT SEA
Thursday, April 1 - BARCELONA SPAIN
The infinite variety of street life, the nooks and crannies of the medieval Barri Gotic, the ceramic tile and stained glass of Art Nouveau facades, the art and music, the throb of street life, the food (ah, the food!) - one way or another, Barcelona will find a way to get your full attention. The capital of Catalonia is a banquet for the senses, with its beguiling mix of ancient and modern architecture, tempting cafes and markets, and sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches. A stroll along La Rambla and through waterfront Barceloneta, as well as a tour of Gaud's majestic Sagrada Familia and his other unique creations, ar part of a visit to Sapin's second-largest city. Modern art museums and chic shops call for attention, too. Barcelona's vibe stays lively well into the night when you can linger over regional wine and cuisine at buzzing tapas bars.