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New horizons

19/05/2017

Our 2018 cruise programme features several enticing maiden ports of call across Europe and Canada. Here, we pick out the highlights of seven of these stunning new stops

Boats in the harbour surround the colourful city of Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj, Croatia

Find inspiration for new adventures with these seven maiden ports of call, part of our 2018 cruise programme.

 

Mediterranean maidens

Our Mediterranean itineraries now include even more ports of call packed with local charm and character.

 

Rovinj on Croatia’s Istrian coast is a true gem. The old town boasts atmospheric cobbled streets that are famed for their arts and crafts ateliers. At the top of the hill is the Baroque church of St Euphemia; at the bottom are charming piazzas with a choice of excellent cafés and eateries to people-watch. Feast on freshly caught seafood (the daily seafood market is next to the local produce market) and sip Istrian wines – the malvasia is excellent. Cycle or walk down the coast to pretty beaches, take boat trips to magical islands or go local and swim off the rocks.

 

Since its 1950s heyday, the island of Capri in the Bay of Naples has epitomised holiday glamour, Italian style. However, there is more to this idyllic ‘Island of Dreams’ than its glitzy reputation, designer boutiques and swanky bars and restaurants. It is a truly beautiful spot with a rugged coastline dotted with hidden coves and grottos, and lush landscapes to explore if you want to get off the beaten track. Little wonder Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius decided to call it home.

 

For authentic Italian Riviera charm, the port of Rapallo, near Genoa, hits the spot. The seaside resort is popular with Italians who know a thing or two about beautiful locations with fine food and wine. The atmosphere is lively but with a slightly nostalgic, old-fashioned allure: think promenades lined with palm trees, cafés and restaurants with pristine table service, and seafront concerts for all the family. And, of course, there are the clear Mediterranean waters and stunning views across the bay to the peninsula of Portofino.

 

Scandinavian beauty

Explore the beauty of Norway’s fjords with a captivating new port.

 

Laid out across four islands connected by bridges and ferries, Kristiansund sits in a beautiful setting on Norway’s fjord coast. From here, the surrounding mountains and fjords invite you to explore the lush, dramatic, flower-decked scenery. Kristiansund itself is a colourful place, with brightly painted houses surrounding the natural harbour. While there, you must try klipfish (dried and salted cod). It was exported from here to southern Europe for centuries and is on the menu at most restaurants and cafés in town.

Rock formations jutting out into the sea in Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec, Canada

Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec, Canada

Canadian stunners

The province of Quebec boasts a wealth of culture, history and rugged natural beauty, as these three new ports prove.

 

The Gaspe Peninsula, or Gaspésie, in Quebec is a place to celebrate nature. The salty waters of the St Lawrence and Gaspe Bay are some of the best places in the world to see whales. From the city of Gaspe itself, explore the trails and seascapes of Forillon National Park, located northeast of the city. Or head south to Percé Rock, a spectacular rock formation and huge natural arch that is linked to the mainland only at low tide. Add mountains, lakes and clear, salmon-rich rivers and you have a wealth of natural beauty. Remember to sample the local seafood at a fish market or smokehouse – perfect with the regional flavours that inspire the beers and berry wines from Gaspésie’s award-winning microbreweries.

 

In the middle of the Gulf of St Lawrence, the teased-out archipelago of Iles de la Madeleine in Quebec is edged by white sandy beaches and red cliffs, and casts a gentle spell on visitors. Shaped by the wind and water, each of the seven inhabited islands of the Iles de la Madeleine has a distinct character – even down to the subtly different accents of the islanders. Forests, lagoons and dunes create a rich landscape – one that has been cultivated to produce wonderful regional flavours that can be enjoyed from the restaurants, microbreweries and farms around the archipelago.

 

Named after the seven islands that protect its round bay, Sept-Iles in Quebec has many treasures to discover. Around town, you can trace the art and culture of the First Nations Innu people and learn about the area’s 8,000 years of human habitation. Keen to explore the great outdoors? Then the surrounding forests, lakes and rivers are a must-do experience. Or simply grab your favourite book and head for the miles of sandy beaches that edge the coastline.

 

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