Day 1: Southampton
Embark your ship – Queen Mary 2
Day 2 – 3: At Sea
Day 4: Lisbon
Lisbon is a stately city of Neoclassical buildings and wide plazas. Eternally linked to the sea, Lisbon’s magnificent harbour is spanned by the longest suspension bridge in Europe. Other landmarks include the World Heritage Sites of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both built in Lisbon’s native Manueline architectural style.
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7: Naples
Under the shadow of Vesuvius, Naples is best known for its cache of medieval and Baroque architecture, and as the birthplace of the pizza. With Pompeii on its doorstep, a labyrinthine World Heritage-listed historic centre, and as many churches as Rome, there’s a lot to see in this city on the Bay of Naples. Sip a glass of Lacryma Christi wine from the slopes of Vesuvius or shop for a handcrafted nativity scene on Via San Gregorio Armeno. Visit the Archaeological Museum, Museo di Capodimonte, Cathedral, Posillipo Terrace or simply order an authentic Margherita pizza at a piazza café.
Day 8 – 9: At Sea
Day 10 – 11: Haifa
Haifa city is lined with sandy beaches, crystal waters and is overlooked by the stunning Mount Carmel. Haifa is a city of six faiths living side by side and offers visitors a different face of Israel. Visit the beautiful Baha’I Gardens and walk around luscious greenery cascading down the hillside. At the base of the garden is the German Templar Colony, where you will wander through 19th century mansions, shops and restaurants leading down to the waters.
Day 12 – 13: Port Said
Port Said is an industrial city that acts as the gateway to the Suez Canal, allowing your passage between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The city is set right on the Mediterranean and is mainly constructed from golden-hued stone. Keep an eye out for the soaring twin minarets of the mosque and the elegant Italianate architecture, like arches and balconies, as you sail past. In particular, the buildings of the Suez Canal Authority are particular striking and seem to rise from the sea like a Venetian palazzo.
Day 14: Aqaba
Aqaba is a vibrant, historical city with dusty, sandy hills and stunning white beaches. Aqaba is full of history and natural beauty and is home to Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This city is 2,200 years old and carved out of the surrounding cliffs. Visit Wadi Rum, an extraordinary desert and mountain region taking you past endless mountains and dunes.
Day 15 – 20: At Sea
Day 21 – 22: Dubai
Dublin overflows with a rich historical past and current, lively cultural scene. Beautiful architecture and stunning scenery and a wealth of charm. Spend a day at one of the several of the city’s large shopping districts, explore the variety of museums, or relax at one of the many thriving pubs and restaurants.
Day 23: Muscat
Muscat is one of the Middle East’s oldest cities and is filled with fascinating history, charm and natural beauty. Wandering through Muscat you can enjoy rare glimpses of the rich and opulent cultural heritage of the land. For tourists that come from all over the world, Muscat holds a special charm with its grand forts, parks and museums all of which help to understand the history of Oman.
Day 24 – 26: At Sea
Day 27: Colombo
Sri Lanka conjures up the exotic and the mysterious, and here you could choose from a diverse range of activities, from exploring the temples of the Sinhalese Kingdom or taking a guided tour of an Elephant orphanage. You could also take look at the Pettah Bazaar where you can buy almost anything and everything!
Day 28 – 30: At Sea
Day 31: Phuket
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and offers a huge range of tours to help you discover the region. Go trekking in Khao Sok National Park, explore Phang Nga Bay’s dazzling limestone scenery by canoe, try snorkelling, or visit Phuket’s rubber and coconut plantations.
Day 32: Penang
Although the miles of golden sandy beaches lure visitors to Penang, take time to ride a trishaw to George Town where you can shop for exquisite batiks and visit the Khoo Wall, with its pillars and roof elaborately decorated with intricate carvings by master craftsmen from China. Visit Kek Lok Si, reputed to be the largest and most beautiful Buddhist temple complex in Southeast Asia.
Day 33: Port Klang
Port Klang is close to the tall skyscrapers and large shopping malls of Kuala Lumpur. This sprawling city is the cultural capital of Malaysia, and mixes many diverse cultures. Go rock climbing at the Batu Caves, see the amazing Petronas twin towers, and marvel at the grand colonial architecture before picking up some great food in the Chinatown district.
Day 34 – 35: Singapore
Singapore to see the real Singapore, veer off the beaten path to Tiong Bahru. Start with local breakfast of mee pok (flat egg noodles) at Hua Bee a 70-year-old stall. Then, on to Tiong Bahru market to see how Singaporeans do their morning grocery shopping. Break for coffee at 40 Hands, pop into the hipster bookstore, “Books Actually”, and if feeling a little peckish, head back to the market for wallet-friendly hawker fare. If you’re in this area in the evening and want to splash on a good meal, head back to Hua Bee. By night, the coffee shop morphs into Bincho, a modern yakitori joint.
Day 36: At Sea
Day 37: Phu My
Phu My is the gateway to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, one of the most bustling and spirited cities in Vietnam. The city offers an abundance of history and culture with museums, palaces and temples. The Ben Thanh Market is a market offering everything from souvenirs to local delicacies and is a day trip in itself.
Day 38: Nha Trang
The Vietnamese seaside resort of Nha Trang is now well on its way to becoming a sophisticated modern town, but you will still find plenty of old fashioned charm. The region surrounding the city is rich in history with one of their most important sacred sites – the Towers of Po Nagar, which dates from the 7th century – lying close to the city.
Day 39: At Sea
Day 40: Hong Kong
Diverse and delicious with an insatiable appetite, Hong Kong – also called the ‘City of Life’ – is bursting with energy. Visit the dynamic Stanley Market where shoppers will find an unparalleled selection of bargains and hidden treasures, Victoria Park for spectacular views of the harbour or one of the 9,000 bars, pubs and restaurants Kowloon has to offer
Day 41: Hong Kong
Day 42 – 44: At Sea
Day 45: Bitung
Day 46 – 47: At Sea
Day 48: Darwin
This small but cosmopolitan city has a thriving art scene with eccentric festivals throughout the year. Explore the busy markets for food, music and culture, or get active with rugby, cricket, basketball and Aussie-rules football. Relax in the restaurants and pubs, or sunbathe at the beautiful Casuarina Beach.
Day 49 – 51: At Sea
Day 52: Airlie Beach (Whitsunday Islands)
Perched on a lush peninsula at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach is a popular starting point for trips to the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands. Swim in the man-made lagoon, visit one of the many local pubs or restaurants or for those looking for a little more adventure, why not try the Whitsunday Crocodile Safari.
Day 53: At Sea
Day 54: Brisbane
Brisbane is a lively, cosmopolitan city with beautiful riverside parks, a busy cultural calendar and a vibrant café culture. The river is lined with busy malls, riverfront plazas, outdoor man-made beaches, water parks, botanical gardens and wildlife parks. The vibe here is relaxed with nearby Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise being a top location for watersports and some of Australia’s best beaches.
Day 55: At Sea
Day 56 – 57: Sydney
Sydney, with its iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and of course Bondi beach must rank as one of the worlds most stunning city’s. Enjoy Sydney’s natural beauty, from unspoilt beaches to public gardens and, of course, the sparkling harbour, before discovering its thriving restaurants and markets. Top it off with a trip to the Blue Mountains, a popular excursion among locals.
Day 58: At Sea
Day 59: Melbourne
Make sure you take a stroll down the stunning tree-lined Lygon Street for the best restaurants and cafes, or visit the famous Yarra Valley for the best in Australian wines. If you’re a sports fan you could also enjoy a tour of the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Day 60: At Sea
Day 61: Adelaide
The capital of South Australia, Adelaide is a cosmopolitan city of wide boulevards, fertile gardens and diverse architecture. Discover the Anglican Holy Trinity Church and the Parliament House. Explore the collection of Aboriginal, colonial, and Melanesian art at the South Australian Museum. Stroll the historic Adelaide Central Market, or simply relax beneath a fig tree canopy in the Botanic Gardens.
Day 62 – 63: At Sea
Day 64: Margaret River (Busselton)
Day 65: Fremantle
Fremantle is the lively port city 30 minutes southwest of Perth in Western Australia, where the Swan River meets the Indian Ocean. Fremantle has something to offer visitors of all ages at any time of the year, it’s always a wonderful backdrop to unforgettable memories, and a truly magical destination! This pedestrian-friendly city with unique winding streets offers you a glimpse of a colonial and Gold Rush past in balance with a modern and vibrant present!
Day 66- 72: At Sea
Day 73: Mauritius
Mark Twain once said, “You gather the idea that Mauritius was first made and then heaven was copied after Mauritius” This tropical island, once the home of some celebrated pirates is now best known for its luxury hotels and incredible beaches. Explore the Indian temples, colonial houses, botanical gardens. Walk with Lions or swim with Dolphins. The British colonial era left its mark as the Gymkhana Club, tea plantations and driving on the left have all survived. The beaches on Mauritius are without doubt some of the finest in the world, with bright blue seas and smooth white sand which continue for miles. The island is full of history and cultural diversity. There is the opportunity to try Chinese, Indian, French and African cuisine, all full of different spices and flavours. The markets are a great place to find unique crafts, jewellery and souvenirs.
Day 74: Reunion
Réunion is a mixture of French, Indian, African and Chinese influences, all of which have created diversity in food, music and culture. It has a varied landscape of waterfalls, immense volcanoes, and deep canyons. Explore the island’s exceptional natural beauty by diving off the cliffs if you dare! Surfing the waves, flying over the volcanoes and trekking up its majestic mountains.
Day 75: 77: At Sea
Day 78: Durban
Durban, a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Refurbished for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, the seafront promenade runs from uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium, to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Durban Botanical Gardens showcases African plant species.
Day 79: At Sea
Day 80: Port Elizabeth
Where the 1820’s settlers from the UK first landed in Algoa Bay. Known as both the windy and the friendly city PE as it is known locally is in the province of the Eastern Cape. There are good Game and Safari lodges close by including the Addo Elephant Park and Lalibela.
Day 81: At Sea
Day 82 – 84: Cape Town
A visit to Cape Town should be at the top of everyone’s must do list. Table Mountain with its revolving cable car and stunning views of the city. The beaches and restaurants of Camps Bay, the amazing waterfront with its shops, restaurants and Hotels. This is also where you can book your trip over to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Cape Town is really the most amazing and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Day 85: At Sea
Day 86: Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay is some 30km south of the more architecturally glamorous Swakopmund thanks to its past German influences. However, The natural harbour at Walvis Bay is the result of the sand spit “Pelican Point” which forms a natural breakwater and shelters the city from the strong ocean surges. Walvis Bay has many open spaces and scenic beauty along with its unique marine life and boasts sports such as sand boarding, kiting and surfing.
Day 87 -94: Tenerife
Tenerife. The largest and certainly the most popular of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is home to Mount Teide, the tallest peak in Spain. The volcanic rock formations and tropical forest, beautiful beaches and dramatic landscape are all worth a visit, with a varied selection of nightlife to suit all tastes.
Day 95: Madeira
Madeira. lies within an Atlantic archipelago to the west of Morocco. The Gulf Stream gives the island its warm year-round weather and flowers that bloom in riotous colour along its mountainous terrain. Madeira offers mountain walks with breathtaking views, trails on horseback, bird watching, big game fishing, boat trips, surfing, canyoning, scuba diving and whale and dolphin watching. Visit Monte Palace Tropical Garden, or Santa Clara Monastery, or just relax and enjoy the islands fabulous nature.
Day 96 – 98: At Sea
Day 99: Southampton UK
Disembark Queen Mary 2