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Winter wanderlust

21/08/2013

Wave goodbye to grey skies and dark days. On a winter cruise, sunnier climes and special times are just a short sail away

Funchal, Madeira Island

Funchal, Madeira Island

We all get weary towards the end of the year. So imagine the relief as you watch the British weather fade out of view and sail away towards sunshine, fun times and breathtaking vistas. From majestic Baltic cities to the sun-soaked Canary Islands, there’s something to suit all tastes. And all without the hassle of flying: your holiday starts as soon as you board, giving you more time at sea to get to know your fellow guests and make the most of the ship.

 

Canary Islands

With year-round sunshine and temperatures often hitting 22°C in the winter months, the Canary Islands provide a welcome lift. From the Portuguese archipelago Madeira and its lively capital Funchal – the ‘floating garden of the Atlantic’ – be swept along by the balmy trade winds to the Canaries, where highlights include the pretty harbour at La Palma and the charming architecture in Gran Canaria.

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Western Mediterranean

Experience the Moorish magic of Valencia, while bustling Barcelona satisfies sightseers and sun-worshippers alike. Soak up the glittering sophistication of Monte Carlo and take a tour to historic Rome from your stop at Civitavecchia. In Ajaccio, Corsica, you’ll find gorgeous French-style pâtisseries and boutiques, while La Coruña in northern Spain boasts a spectacular seafront to stroll along.

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Iberia

Fancy some culture with your sunshine? After basking on La Coruña’s sands, take in the passion and romance in Seville, and the heady sights and sounds of Morocco’s Casablanca. From Málaga, take a half-day tour to Marbella and Puerto Banús. And after a stop in Gibraltar, it’s on to Lisbon for a spot of shopping.

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Central Mediterranean

On this wonderfully diverse itinerary, you’ll be swept away by romantic Venice and the historical charm of cities such as Dubrovnik, with its cobbled streets and city walls. Go boutique shopping in Palma’s maze of lanes, and relax at one of Valencia’s beachfront restaurants before completing your cruise in Gibraltar and Lisbon.

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Eastern Mediterranean

Soak up the café culture of Lisbon, take a trip to fiesta-loving Seville and then it’s off to Greece and the ancient sites of Athens, which you can reach from the port of Piraeus. Relax on the sands of Limassol in Cyprus, before taking an unforgettable tour to Galilee and Nazareth from Haifa.

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Baltic

They may not be warm, but the Scandinavian capitals offer bright and vibrant culture. Hop on a bike in Amsterdam to explore its maze of lanes, canals and bridges. Waterways, parks and cycle lanes feature in Copenhagen too, which you can visit from the port in Elsinore, while Gothenburg boasts many green spaces and Oslo offers city chic, plus access to the Oslofjord region – 100km of islands with beaches, hiking trails and heritage sites.

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‘Tis the season...

Go on a pre-Christmas shopping tour of Europe’s best festive markets, or take the stress out of the big day entirely by spending it on board with a sumptuous meal and sparkling entertainment.

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