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November 2 - 16, 2013
November 2 - New York City, NY
November 3 - Cruising
November 4 -Baltimore, MD/Washington D.C.
November 5 - Cruising
November 6 - Charleston, South Carolina
November 7 - Savannah, Georgia
November 8 - Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida
November 9 - Cruising
November 10 - Turks & Caicos, UK
November 11 - Cruising
November 12 - Curaçao
November 13 - Aruba
November 14 - Cruising
November 15 - Cruising
November 16 - Miami, Florida
New York City: Welcome to one of the world's most famous and exciting cities. Broadway, Times Square, the Empire State Building and Central Park are just some of the celebrated spectacles this bustling city has to offer. Giovanni da Verrazano was the first European to glimpse Manhattan Island in 1542, but the area was not explored until Henry Hudson arrived in 1609. It is said that Peter Minuit bought the entire island from Native Americans for $24 worth of beads and trinkets in 1629 - the biggest real estate bargain in history. In 1664 the Dutch surrendered to a British Fleet, and the town was renamed New York in honor of the Duke of York. George Washington was inaugurated here in 1789, and for a time, New York served as the country's capital. Since then, the city has grown spectacularly and has become one of the most exciting and electrifying cities in the country - not to mention one of the most rewarding to visit and explore.
Baltimore/Washington D.C.: The largest U.S. seaport in the Mid-Atlantic, Baltimore may be famous for its Maryland crabs and seafood, but it offers more to see and do than dining on crab cakes. From the breathtaking views of the skyline atop the Baltimore World Trade Center, to the rare wonders at the National Aquarium, to the delightful street performers along the waterfront, Baltimore boasts civic pride and offers both a modern, hip vibe and a good dose of history. No wonder it’s affectionately nicknamed “Charm City.” And attention shoppers: Forbes named Baltimore the 3rd Best Place to Shop in the U.S. in 2010. Less than 1 hour away is our nation's capital, Washington, D.C.
Charleston, South Carolina: As America's most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, Charleston is steeped in a 300-year past. Hundreds of significant and lovingly preserved structures from the colonial and antebellum periods grace the Historic District's narrow streets and is best appreciated in the company of a knowledgeable local guide. Discover some of the old-time bustling plantations from the period of the Revolution and absorb the haunting character which still lingers in this southern city.
Savannah, Georgia: Steeped in Southern charm, this sleepy city enjoys a unique blend of history and unrivaled hospitality that makes it a jewel nestled along the South Atlantic coast. Dubbed the “Hostess City of the South,” Savannah offers a warm welcome to its visitors, and graciously extends an invitation for you to visit her historic squares, azalea-laden parks, 18th-century cemeteries, beaches and quaint shops.
Jacksonville/St. Augustine, FL (The Nation's Oldest City): Stroll St. Augustine's delightful historic district, with its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, bars and unique shops. A visitor to St. Augustine may delve into the city’s history by visiting one of many museums depicting the way of life of early Spanish colonists, or may choose to simply enjoy the feel of history by strolling the narrow old world streets. Even if history is not a center of interest, visitors cannot help but appreciate the rich heritage that makes St. Augustine a unique getaway.
Turks and Caicos: Although there are numerous spots on land that invite relaxation and exploration, the Turks and Caicos are really all about the water. More specifically, they're all about what's beneath the water. These islands have some of the best diving and snorkeling anywhere, courtesy of one of the world's largest network of coral reefs, easily accessible off the islands' shores. One reef, aptly called the Wall, is particularly spectacular; it drops 7,000 feet-straight down. Between the shore and the reef, the water is only waist deep, providing a perfect place for beginning snorkelers to get their feet wet. And right off the dock visit Margaritaville, a sensational place with a beautiful beach and an inviting swimming pool.
Curaçao: Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao, is characterized by story-book Dutch architecture, waterfront promenades, fine shopping and a colorful floating market. Located in the southern Caribbean, just 38 miles north of Venezuela, a harmonious blend of Dutch, Caribbean, African and South American cultures makes Willemstad unique among the Caribbean ports of call.
Aruba: Aruba is a long, narrow island, located just 15 miles from Venezuela's coast, with a dry and sunny climate year-round. Its distinctive beauty lies in the stark contrast between the sea and its countryside. Next to arid deserts, which host an array of wild rock formations, curiously bent divi-divi trees and cactus jungles, are magnificent beaches that shelve into transparent blue waters. Combining Dutch efficiency and Caribbean charm, Aruba has become one of the most popular playgrounds in the Caribbean, boasting sophisticated resorts and casinos.
Miami: It has the largest city population in Florida, is the third most visited American city among international travelers and showcases an Art Deco Historic District encompassing one of the largest neighborhoods entered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Miami certainly boasts its share of impressive characteristics, even before adding to the list its gorgeous beaches, spirited Cuban population and ritzy enclaves of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. Also outside mainland Miami are the acres of rare tropical plants nurtured to their fragrant and beautiful best in Fairchild Tropical Gardens. The aforementioned slice of heaven known as Coral Gables lies to the southwest. A gem of 1920s city planning, the city unfurls impressive boulevards and features the alluring Venetian Pool, where waterfalls and underwater caves offer the chance for a uniquely refreshing dip. Spend a few days in this glorious city after your cruise!
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