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Join us on Queen Elizabeth and immerse yourself in her evocative art deco elegance. This stunning Queen exudes style and has an especially refined feel. Prepare yourself for a truly remarkable voyage.
Bermuda’s famous pink sands and the UNESCO fortifications of St. George await exploration on this Fort Lauderdale-to-Barcelona voyage that also calls in Cadiz and the Portuguese island of Madeira.
Day 1 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Embark
Your gateway to the warming charm of South Florida’s Gold Coast, this stretch of fort-laden land is home to a wonderfully eclectic mix of metropolitan neighborhoods, lavish mansions, and the expansive and untamed Everglades.
Fort Lauderdale is world famous for its magnificent beaches, watersports, retail, and its canals and marina. Relaxing on the golden sands is a popular pastime, but there’s no shortage of alternatives.
Day 2 – 3 At Sea
Enjoy the many activities onboard you the Queen Elizabeth.
Day 4 Hamilton, Bermuda
The 180 or so islands that make up Bermuda create a welcoming stepping-stone in the Atlantic. Its capital, Hamilton, is a vision of pastel houses to match the famous pink beaches.
Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory that was first settled by the English in the early 1600s.
The islands, shaped like a fishhook, became a key strategic outpost for two centuries. At the tip of their “barb,” the Royal Naval Dockyard was a powerful symbol of seafaring might. This huge complex officially closed as a military institution in 1951, and the restored Commissioner’s House is now filled with various nautical exhibits, while many of the old barracks and warehouse buildings now house local potters and ceramicists. It’s well worth a look around.
At the very opposite end of the “fishhook,” St. George waits to transport you back in time. The original capital of the islands is a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed for being the “earliest English urban settlement in the New World.” At its heart lies King’s Square, with the polished wooden 17th century stocks and the dusky pink town hall. Yet perhaps the real joy of the town is to wander the narrow alleys and cobbled lanes that have such evocative names as Silk Alley, Barber’s Lane Alley and Printer’s Alley, where the islands’ first newspaper hit the press.
While there’s much history to ponder, you may simply decide to wander the waterfront and browse the boutiques of Hamilton.
Saying that, many of the attractions in Bermuda are natural. You’ll no doubt want to see the famous pink sands for yourself, and perhaps even bask on wonderfully named beaches like Elbow Bay and Horseshoe Bay. The Bermuda Railway Trail is an invitation to explore on two wheels along a route looking out onto the Atlantic as you pass through exotic plants and flowers. It’s even beautiful underground, at least in the Crystal Caves, a beautiful subterranean world of lakes, stalactites and stalagmites.
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, one of the oldest cast iron lighthouses in the world, both challenges you with 185 steps then rewards you are sweeping views over the ocean. Although you may prefer being out on the water. In which case, boarding a glass-bottomed boat offers a glimpse into the brightly hued marine world that thrives around the coral. How about relaxing on a catamaran as you sightsee your way to a secluded swimming spot? Or paddle your way around the rocky shoreline by kayak, keeping an eye out for the birds and marine life.
Day 5 – 9 At Sea
Enjoy ship activities.
Day 10 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Step off your cruise ship and into a little piece of Portuguese paradise in the archipelago of Madeira, in the Atlantic Ocean.
Enchanting towns and villages, breathtaking landscapes, a spectacular array of unique flora, and delicious local wines are awaiting your discovery on a cruise to the Portuguese islands of Madeira.
You’ll dock in the capital city of Funchal, an area bustling with bars and restaurants that radiate local charm. From here, you can explore further into the unique Madeira countryside, where imposing mountainous slopes give way to luscious rainforests and vast moorlands.
Day 11 At sea
Relax or enjoy the ship activities.
Day 12 Cadiz, Spain
Historic, mysterious and romantic, the Spanish city of Cadiz is unlike any other. Founded in about 1100 BC, it is generally accepted as the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in today’s Europe.
But for the thin strip connecting it to the mainland to its south, Cadiz is an island of history and architecture that impresses at every turn through the streets of this charming ancient port.
You will find a complex warren of streets, bustling bars and pretty beaches; it is difficult to know what to do or where to go first. Packed with historic sites, monuments and an excellent museum of art and archaeology, Cadiz is a draw for history buffs and those attracted by the arts.
To begin with, consider a visit to the Catedral de Cadiz, an elegant, baroque-neoclassical, yellow-domed cathedral. Admire the view from the Campo del Sur as the sun goes down to see a breathtaking array of colors. Outside the cathedral, you will find the sizeable Casa del Obispo museum. It is on the site of 1,640 square yards of excavated ruins, and helps to bring to life the colorful history of Cadiz.
Cadiz is home to one of Spain’s most famous carnivals – Los Carnavales. Roaring on for two weeks, this carnival is distinctive due to its celebration of the clever, the witty and the irreverent. Rehearsals and contests are held throughout the year, meaning that in Cadiz, the carnival feels omnipresent.
When you are ready to relax after all that heat, head to one of Cadiz’s many beautiful beaches. Try Playa de la Victoria, a spacious beach with a happy and relaxed vibe and easy transport links. It is just over half a mile south of the Puerta de Tierra and stretches 2.5 miles along the peninsula. Whether you want to sit back and enjoy the weather or try your hand at some water sports, you can do it all here.
You may also want to visit La Caleta- this pretty beach is sandwiched between two castles; Castillo de Santa Catalina and Castillo de San Sebastian. It is not difficult to see why this beach is one of the most photographed in the city, and the picturesque cove also attracts many small fishing boats at sunset. Make sure to pick up some seafood by the beach, as it is some of the best in Spain.
The history of this Spanish city is fascinating and complex. La Pepa, Spain’s first liberal constitution was signed here in 1812. It went through plenty of turbulent times, too: in 1587, England’s Sir Francis Drake raided the harbor and “singed the King of Spain’s beard,” delaying the Spanish Armada. The city came under siege again in 1596, when Anglo-Dutch attackers burnt the city to the ground.
Fortunately, Cadiz’s fortunes changed in the 18th century, when it saw 75% of Spanish trade with the Americas. Because of this, Cadiz grew into one of the richest and most cosmopolitan and diverse cities in Spain, producing the country’s first progressive and liberal middle class.
Day 13 At sea
Enjoy your day at sea.
Day 14 Barcelona, Spain – Disembark
With its unforgettable charm, breathtaking architecture, rich history, warm Mediterranean waters and colorful landscapes, Barcelona is an extraordinary place to visit. Allowing you to soak up the sights, sounds and flavors of different cultures, it’s a must-see destination that offers class, charm and excitement in equal measures.