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A world waiting to be discovered

24/03/2017

Sail off to lesser-frequented shores on an inspiring Discovery cruise holiday

La Gomera in the Canary Islands

If the first thing you pack for a holiday is your sense of adventure, you’ll love our Discovery cruises.

 

Combining classic ports of call with some intriguing lesser-known destinations, our smaller ship Adonia and mid-sized ships Arcadia, Aurora and Oriana will take you on an exciting journey full of new experiences, leaving you with plenty of stories to tell.

 

It’s a chance to go off the beaten track and enjoy a real change of scenery as you immerse yourself in new sights, local specialities and some unique experiences.

 

Atlantic island wonders

As you cruise into Horta, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, look out for fancy yachts in the marina and the open-air gallery of murals on the walls and walkways, painted by the visiting crews. In La Gomera, the second smallest of the seven Canary Islands, you’ll be met by soaring rock walls, forests ready for hiking through and a calm, bohemian atmosphere.

Join an Atlantic island cruise on Oriana: X709, X805, X807 and X817.

 

The corners of the Central Med

Discover Sarande, part of the Albanian Riviera, tucked between the mountains and the Ionian Sea. Here, as well as a charismatic seaside promenade, you can see the remains of Butrint, an ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in a peaceful national park just 20 minutes by bus from the city. There’s also the chance to witness Zadar’s Sea Organ, a huge pipe organ built into marble steps that’s played by the motion of the sea, and the charming Port Mahon, Menorca’s capital.

Discover the Central Mediterranean on Oriana: X710, X718, X721, X808, X811, X816 and X819.

Houses and palm trees on the shore of Santa Margherita in Liguria, Italy

Sleepy Santa Margherita in Liguria, Italy

Deeper into the Western Med

Lesser-known stops in Italy include the sleepy fishing village of Santa Margherita, with its inviting eateries and fine sandy beaches, and Sorrento, where you can pick up some unusual ceramic, lacework and marquetry souvenirs. You can also visit Ceuta, a pocket of Spanish culture on the north coast of Africa, next to Morocco, which is full of lively plazas and tapas bars. Sardinia’s stunning capital, Cagliari, is another highlight, boasting Roman ruins, museums, churches and galleries, as well as outstanding fish and seafood.

Sail to the Western Mediterranean shores on Arcadia: J704, J712, J805, J809, J814; Aurora R708, R811; and Oriana: X712, X719, X723, X806, X818, X820.

 

Baltic beauties

The fairy-tale-like town of Visby is a lesser-known Swedish call on the Baltic Discovery cruise, poetically described as the ‘town of roses and ruins’. You can also take in Lithuania’s only port for cruise ships, Klaipeda – a former Prussian capital noted for its abundance of German and Scandinavian architecture, particularly in the heavily cobbled Old Town. And don’t miss Denmark’s most northerly town, the photogenic Skagen. Here the Skagerrak and Kattegat seas collide at Grenen Beach causing unique wave and sand interactions.

Explore the Baltic coast on Aurora R807.

 

Oriana will take guests on an epic adventure around scenic Greenland and Iceland (X814), which includes Reykjavik’s Blue Lagoon and other natural wonders.

 

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