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11 Jun 2012
European Horizons Cruise
Regatta - 14 nights ex Miami, USA
Take a break on board the Regatta experiencing 14 relaxing nights on this European Horizons Cruise to . Your ship embarks from Miami with an itinerary that includes 7 ports in 4 countries before finishing at Barcelona. Your 4.5 star voyage from Oceania Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.
|Day||Date||Port of call||Arrival||Departure|
|1||Mon 11 Jun 2012||Miami, USA||6.00pm|
| Miami, located on the Atlantic coast at the southern tip of Florida, where outdoor sports are open all seasons and dress is casual, is a melting pot of cultures. Miami and Miami Beach are in effect two distinctly different cities, as Miami Beach is almost exclusively tourist orientated, while Miami is a cosmopolitan city with a distinctly Latin American flavour. Certainly the beaches have an international flair and attract tourists from around the world. This warm and friendly city is certainly one of the most beautiful locations in the world.
Also famous for its great architecture such as the dozens of restored buildings of the early 20th century in the Art Deco district of Miami Beach, visitors often find their way around by picking up an audiocassette from the Miami Design Preservation League's Welcome Centre for a self-guided introduction to the Art Deco Historic District. Don’t miss the South Beach section where fashion designer Gianni Versace lived and died that is one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in the world.
Interestingly, many signs are in both English and Spanish, especially those near the Latin district known locally as "Little Havana". Delight in the colourful murals, monuments to heroes past and present, and absorb the backdrop of Little Havana’s pulsating music, vibrant storefronts, unique art galleries and quaint restaurants. Be sure to use a good sunscreen as it truly is essential throughout the year. While stated earlier ‘dress is always casual’, be aware that a few higher-class restaurants require jackets and ties, but most do not.
|2||Tue 12 Jun 2012||At Sea|
|3||Wed 13 Jun 2012||At Sea|
|4||Thu 14 Jun 2012||St George Island, Bermuda||8.00am||6.00pm|
| Saint George is the second town and former capital of Bermuda. St. George is described as the oldest, continually inhabited English settlement in the new world. It was founded in 1612 and served as the capital of Bermuda until eclipsed by Hamilton in 1815. Because of a shift of business and government to Hamilton, St. George did not have its streets and buildings demolished and rebuilt as in Hamilton and therefore looks very much like it did 250 years ago. In fact, because of its many heritage buildings, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 1990s. The best thing to do upon arrival is head for the main King's Square.
|5||Fri 15 Jun 2012||At Sea|
|6||Sat 16 Jun 2012||At Sea|
|7||Sun 17 Jun 2012||At Sea|
|8||Mon 18 Jun 2012||At Sea|
|9||Tue 19 Jun 2012||Horta Azores, Portugal||10.00am||6.00pm|
| Horta, with a population of about 7,000, is a city on the island of Faial, which is a tourist island with a rich collection of historical, natural and modern attractions, situated in the western part of the Portuguese Archipelago of the Azores. The city contains the Horta Regional Museum which has a permanent exhibit - Exhibition of Capelinhos Volcano - that details in photographs the 1957 volcanic eruption in the Azores. The museum also contains a large collection of scale models of buildings, ships, and people carved from fig kernels. Visitors seeking sun will likely travel to the black sand beaches of Praia de Almoxarife, Conceicao and Porto Pim, as well as the rock pools scattered along the coast. The thermal spa of Varadouro is most popular.
The marina is a primary stop for yachts crossing the Atlantic, and its walls and walkways are covered in paintings created by visitors who noted the names of their vessels, crews, and the years they visited. Peter Cafe Sport across from the marina houses the island's Scrimshaw Museum; a collection of hundreds of pieces of scrimshaw work made of whale teeth and jawbone that is a traditional craft of the Azores. Other points of interest are the Capelinhos lighthouse and the School of handicrafts, as well as numerous religious buildings that include the Church of the Divino Espírito Santo - one of the oldest churches on the island.
The caldera is a beautiful crater of the now extinct volcano that can be visited by car or bus, and it offers fantastic views. Also on offer are boat trips enabling visitors to do some whale watching and even swim with dolphins. The Azores are actually the tops of some of the tallest mountains on the planet, as measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean. The islands are home to a rich maritime fauna, being like a swimming pool in the middle of the ocean, on which also grow exotic species such as the black coral. Sea life includes jamantas, sharks, sea turtles, as well as numerous other creatures.
|10||Wed 20 Jun 2012||Ponta Delgada, Portugal||8.00am||2.00pm|
| The largest place in the Portuguese Azores Islands and capital of the island São Miguel, Ponta Delgada is a town built on gently rising ground between green hills, and with its many churches, its trim white houses and the lush gardens on its outskirts presents an attractive spectacle to visitors arriving by sea. Boasting many impressive churches and convents, visitors are constantly reminded of its wealthy and illustrious past, when the port was a crucial staging post between Europe and the New World during the15th and 16th centuries.
Ponta Delgada is a good base from which to make day tours of the volcanic crater lakes and thermal springs in the centre of the island. A short drive north-west of the city is the spectacular setting of Caldeira das Sete Cidades, an extinct volcano that holds two adjoining lakes, one emerald-green and the other sapphire-blue.Another option, within easy driving distance from the capital is the spa resort of Furnas. Alive with steam vents, thermal pools, hot springs and boiling mud, it is the best place to witness the geothermal activity taking place beneath the surface of the Azores.
Many visitors enjoy the opportunity to rent quadricycles or motorcycles to explore the countryside on their own. However, it is possibly the variety of options on offer of dolphin and Whale Watching boat tours that are the most attractive to many, as the Azores Archipelago has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best Whale Watching destinations in the world. However if looking for a quiet and pleasant place simply to hang out, then ask about Bom Bom bilhares.
|11||Thu 21 Jun 2012||At Sea|
|12||Fri 22 Jun 2012||At Sea|
|13||Sat 23 Jun 2012||Malaga, Spain||8.00am||5.00pm|
| Malaga is a lively, prosperous city on Spain's fabled Costa del Sol of the Mediterranean Sea, just 100 km east of the Strait of Gibraltar. The city’s warm winter temperatures (average daytime of 17 degrees) make it an ideal place to visit any time of year. The archaeological remains and monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabian and Christian eras convert the historic centre into an "Open Museum" displaying its rich history of more than 3,000 years.
The oldest architectural remains in the city are of the Quecha theatre that dates from the 1st century BC, and rediscovered in 1951. The Moors left the dominating castle on mount Gibralfaro that is connected to the Alcazaba an amazingly complex and extensive series of fascinating buildings with more than 100 towers and three palaces as well as several gardens. Also of great interest is the famed artist Picasso’s Home, now declared as a historic-artistic monument and a museum. Add to this the Cathedral with its unusual collection of different architectural styles and we’ve only just started.
Fun for the whole family is provided at the popular Tivoli World, There are many palaces to be visited such as the Palace Marques de Valdeflores that provides an impression of life of the aristocracy of the late 18th century, the many historical churches (one was built on an old mosque), the Town Hall and the House of the Consulate both of historical importance, and last but not least the Bullfighting Ring that has a capacity for 14,000 people. Indeed all visitors are sure to appreciate Malaga’s important cultural infrastructure and rich artistic heritage.
|14||Sun 24 Jun 2012||Valencia, Spain||12.00pm||7.00pm|
| Valencia city, the administrative capital of the Valencian community and the centre of the region of L’Horta, is situated in the centre of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline. With the Gothic building of La Lonja declared by UNESCO as a universal heritage monument, and the contrasting wide pavements, broad landscaped thoroughfares and countless instances of modernist architecture outside the ancient city wall with its 15th century Serrano and Quart towers, tourists are assured of a memorable visit.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the silk exchange market (La Lonja de la Seda) erected in early Valencian gothic style, and the Cathedral of Valencia, with its amazing Apostles Door that is situated in the centre of the ancient Roman city where some believe the temple of Diana stood, are well worth visiting. The Hospital, built in 1409 with its fascinating history, as well as numerous medieval churches such as Saints John (Baptist and Evangelist) that contains some amazing frescos, and El Tempo ‘the Temple’ with its large pillars imitating palm trees deserve special mention.
Then there is a range of Squares, the largest being the Plaça de l'Ajuntament that contains the town hall, and delightful gardens such the relaxing Turia Gardens, as well as many museums housed in memorable modernistic buildings, including the avant-garde and futuristic ‘City of Arts and Science’ buildings that appear to be floating on water and contain the largest aquarium in Europe. So apart from its main festival, the Falles, that is known worldwide, as is the traditional dish paella that originated here, there is a great deal more to this amazing city.
|15||Mon 25 Jun 2012||Barcelona, Spain||6.00am|
| Barcelona located in Catalonia Spain, is Europe's largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast, and one of the world’s major global cities. Today, Barcelona balances itself on the cutting edge of architecture, intellectual life, and style. Indeed Barcelona won the 1999 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for its architecture, the first time that the winner has been a city, and not an individual architect.
The ‘Gothic Quarter’ is the centre of the old city of Barcelona, where many of the buildings date as far back as the Roman settlement of the Romans. The Art Nouveau architectural style has also left an important legacy in Barcelona with a great number of these buildings listed as World Heritage Sites. An outstanding example of this is the immense, remarkable, but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882, with completion planned for 2026.
There are far too many famous attractions, for all to be listed, however a few of the most popular include the Barcelona Aquarium, with the IMAX cinema right next door, the Spanish Village that is home to replicate styles of houses from different parts of Spain as well as fascinating traditionally made Spanish goods, and for football fanatics the Barcelona FC football museum cannot be missed. Add to this the Picasso Museum with his paintings displayed in alphabetical order, the Zoo, the National Museum of Art of Catalunya, and the Magic fountain on Montjuic and one realises that this city with its old world attraction, will not disappoint.
Regatta explores the coasts of North and South America, following the sun. Think of Alaskan fjords, Panama crossings, Caribbean islands, New England in Autumn, and all of South America including the Amazon River. No itineraries could be considered ordinary or repeated. This particular vessel is very appealing to its guests, who refer the atmosphere of a smaller vessel. Cruises range from one to twelve weeks, and usually visit a port a day. In ports that hold special interest the ship stays for two or three nights, to allow for serious on-shore excursions.
Most cabins have an outside view, and two-thirds have a private balcony. The standard interior and outside cabins are smallish but comfortable, with twin/queen-size bed and ‘best beds at sea’, bathrobes, plenty of built-in cabinets, flat-screen TV, DVD player, writing desk, satellite phone, wireless Internet, and personal safe. Décor is attractive with dark wood accents. Maid service is twice daily. Cabins with balcony have a fridge mini-bar, lounge area with breakfast table, and balcony with teak chairs and table. Speedy room service is available from a separate in-room dining menu.
Food and Dining
All dining is open-seated and dining is when you choose. There are four different restaurants. The Grand Dining Room features 'American-inspired continental cuisine' in an elegant atmosphere with fine table settings and top service. The Toscana Italian Restaurant offers genuine Tuscan cuisine and wines, with unique touches. The Polo Grill features steakhouse and seafood in a leather-chair club setting. (Reservations, but no extra charge for these last two venues.) The lido Terrace Cafe - indoors and outdoors - is the ship's self-service buffet, that transforms in the evenings to Tapas on the Terrace, servicing an eclectic mix of dishes.
On-shore itineraries are the main daytime fare. However, on the ship, day classes include small-group Microsoft software instruction, use of the Internet, and digital photography - that is, if you are not absorbed in the Library, wine tasting, or relaxing in a top-deck Jacuzzi. In the evening the ship is filled with music in several bars and lounges. The Regatta Lounge is the centre for lectures, some social events, and a mix of comedians, magicians, classical recitals, and staff entertainers.
What's onboard? ▼
- Balconies to 85% of staterooms
- Port stays late, often overnight
- Casual dress
- Dining venues open seating (5)
- Chaîne des Rôtisseurs member
- Specialty coffee
- Afternoon tea English-style
- Pizzeria, ice cream, sundae bar
- Gourmet canapés nightly
- Dietary requests (pre-cruise)
- Cabaret and musical venues
- Eight-piece orchestra, string quartet
- Jazz, disco, dancing
- Dance hosts
- REST & RELAXATION
- Swimming pool
- Whirlpools (2)
- Sun deck, fitness track
- Spa, beauty, fitness centre
- Thalassotherapy pool
- Culinary, Art instruction
- Enrichment speakers
- Internet centre, Wi-Fi (pay)
- Laptop in suite
- iPad in some suites
- Boutique shops
- Shore programs, packages (pay)
- Laundry service (pay)
- Medical centre
- Wheelchair accessibility good
- Cabin power 110/220 V
What's included? ▼
- Accommodation as booked
- All main meals on-board
- Gourmet dining for all meals
- Specialty coffee, tea, bottled water, juices & snacks 24 hrs
- Afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes & pastries daily
- Open/anytime seating & multi-venue dining
- Specialty restaurants no extra charge
- Captain’s welcome cocktail party (Previous guests)
- Welcome bottle of champagne (Suites)
- In-cabin dining at no charge
- Stocked in-suite mini-bar at no charge (non-alcoholic)
- Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
- Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
- Activities - organised & individual
- Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
- Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
- Butler service (Suites)
- Concierge service
- Port maps and/or guide books
- Destination seminars and/or lectures
- Ship-shore-ship transfers
- Shuttle service port-to-CBD (many ports)
What's excluded? ▼
- Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
- Casino gaming, bar expenses
- Passport & visa fees
- Insurances of all kinds
- Increases in third party charges or taxes
- Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
- Gratuities: Staterooms USD 15, Suites with butler service USD 22 pp/night. See Purser to adjust at your discretion.
- Service charge: beverages, spa, La Reserve dinner 18%
- Items & services of a personal nature
- Medical services, vaccination costs
- Laundry and/or valet charges
- Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
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