There are simply too many places to mention when it comes to the Big Apple but highlights have to be: the Statue of liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, the Natural History Museum and the Met art museum- not to mention all the cool sights of downtown Brooklyn, swanky Manhattan and the classic skyline from Rhode Island. New York is a bucket-list destination that just cannot be missed.
Things to do in New York:
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is an essential part of any trip to New York, providing fascinating insights into the history of this vibrant city. Given to the US from France in 1886, Lady Liberty is situated on Liberty Island, a short and scenic ferry ride from Battery Park, New York.
Located in Manhattan, New York, Central Park is a classic part of the city’s history after first being approved in 1853. There’s no shortage of sightseeing and events to do all the family will love, from Central Park Zoo to the Alice in Wonderland sculpture.
Rockefeller Center has a plethora of attractions and events to discover that will suit all ages. Explore NBC Studios where entertainment and news come together and soak up the fantastic performances of The Music Hall featuring The Radio City Rockettes.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
As the third most visited art museum in the world, the Met is a must for lovers of art, history and culture. Featuring works from early Europe, ancient Egypt and modern art, this museum also contains vast collections of clothing and weaponry.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is a quintessential landmark of New York City and provides an immersive insight into the history of this stunning building. Visitors can marvel at the views from the observation deck, before enjoying exhibits, shopping and dining.
Renovated in 2016, what began as a small square in the 1880s has flourished into an iconic tourist destination filled with fantastic eateries, dazzling musical theatre and designer shopping, not to mention the famous advertising board.
As the world’s first steel-wire suspension bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge is a fantastic feat of the hard-work carried out in the late 1880s. A walk along this bridge takes approximately 25 minutes and is particularly stunning at sunset and sunrise.
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
After first opening its doors in 1879, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral sees over five million visitors each year. The classic Gothic architecture is truly magnificent and features an organ with 9,000 pipes, over 4,000 stained-glass panels and beautiful sculptures.
Located in Manhattan, Fifth Avenue boasts Museum Mile where visitors find the African Art Museum, Guggenheim Museum, the Met and more, while other landmarks include the Empire State building, the Rockefeller Observation Deck and Flatiron Building.
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
Located at the World Trade Centre site, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum commemorates the lives lost during the terrorist attacks in 1993 and 2001. The memorial consists of two reflecting pools, while the museum offers tours, exhibitions and multimedia displays.
New York Public Library
With nearly 6 million items (including books, e-books, audiobooks, music and films), the New York Public Library has no shortage of fascinating materials to discover. The main branch itself in Manhattan is a stunning New York landmark and a perfect photo opportunity.
The Finger Lakes are an area of tranquil natural beauty famous for its vineyards and being the home of prestigious Cornell University. The eleven lakes which bear this region’s name present fantastic hiking locations in pleasant weather regularly throughout the year.
DAY 529 Apr 2025
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 4 PM
As Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax has a great balance between trendy, urban city adventures and a plethora of water-sports, hiking and mountain-biking. Visitors can easily explore the highlights of the city on foot, admiring the Halifax waterfront and tasting a range of craft beers at multiple breweries before enjoying the exhilarating atmosphere of live ice-hockey. Many free performances are frequently held on the harbour, such as acrobatics, dancers and magicians.
Things to do in Halifax:
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Sitting atop Citadel Hill overlooking the town, the four forts of St George have dominated the landscape around Halifax since 1749. Built to secure Great Britains’ foothold on the region, the modern museum is a gateway to British Colonialism’s mark on the town and wider region.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Located in lively downtown Halifax, this museum dedicated to all things seagoing is a fascinating journey into the town’s relationship with the ocean, boasting 30,000 pieces on display including no less than 70 vessels, such as the famous SS Acadia steamship.
Halifax Public Gardens
In 1867, the year of Canadian Confederation, the Halifax Public Gardens were created. They are public gardens from the Victorian era and are situated across from Victoria Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next to Spring Garden Road, a well-known retail area. Full of beautiful plants, including fragrant flowers, it's a lovely place to wander around when stopping off in Halifax.
St. Pierre and Miquelon
DAY 630 Apr 2025
Time at Port: from 12:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a self-governing territory of France, and a unique island experience that visitors won’t find anywhere else. Located near to Newfoundland, this quiet destination was once taken by the British numerous times before finally being back in French possession in 1816. Now, it has plenty of history and culture to be discovered including Saint-Pierre Cathedral, Ile Aux Marins, L’Arche Museum and authentic French eateries.
Things to do in St. Pierre and Miquelon:
L’Arche Museum is where visitors to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon will find the Archives and history of the island. Many events are often held here, such as exclusive exhibitions, workshops and shows, and visitors can also take tours of the museum.
Built in the early 20th century, St Pierre Cathedral is situated on the scenic harbour front of Jacques Cartier. It contains a combination of traditional and modern stained glass windows, depicting saints of France and maritime themes.
St. John's, Newfoundland
DAY 701 May 2025
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 12 PM
A truly magnificent city, St. Johns is the capital of the Newfoundland and Labrador provinces. Situated just off Canada’s Atlantic coast, it’s beloved for its vibrant and colourful houses, fascinating 500 year history and warm and welcoming residents. A perfect combination of small town charm, and all the contemporary amenities you require for a wonderful visit, St John’s is a picturesque gem.
Things to do in St. John's, Newfoundland:
Cape Spear Lighthouse
Cape Spear Lighthouse, built in 1836, is a spectacular illustration of the distinctive lighthouse design of the time. The oldest surviving lighthouse in the province, a National Historic Site, and an iconic representation of Newfoundland and Labrador's maritime heritage, it is perched on a craggy cliff at the most easterly point of the continent.
Located on Signal Hill, Cabot Tower was built in 1898. Commemorating the 400th year anniversary of the discovery of Newfoundland by John Cabot, it’s a small fortress that dominates the skyline and overlooks the ocean.
Quidi Vidi Brewery
A must visit for any beer enthusiast, Quidi Vidi Brewery offers craft beers within a former fish plant. A popular tourist destination, it was founded in 1196 and is the third largest brewery in Newfoundland. With a variety of unique beers on offer (including one that uses water from an iceberg), it’s a vibrant brewery within the city.
Reykjavik - Overnight onboard
DAY 10-1104 May 2025
Time at Port: from 2 PM to 6 AM
Home to some of the most striking buildings you'll ever see, Reykjavik is a small city that packs a powerful punch. Take a dip in one of the many geothermal pools to truly relax, or enjoy a refreshing hike in the great outdoors. A visit to the iconic Hallgrímskirkja Church is a must for architecture enthusiasts, though a simple walking tour around the city will see you discovering stunning designs and street art. Don't forget to leave room for the outstanding local cuisine, from fresh seafood to grilled meats.
Things to do in Reykjavik - Overnight onboard:
National Museum of Iceland
Step back in time in this fascinating museum located in the heart of the city. Built in 1863, it’s home to a variety of exhibitions showcasing the enthralling history of Iceland, from its maritime past to artefacts capturing the life of original settlers within the country.
Situated in the centre of the city, Harpa is an extraordinary concert hall that features a distinct design with coloured glass surrounding its exterior. Host to a range of concerts, conferences, plays, opera performances and more, it’s a must-see when in the city.
Arguably one of the most beloved attractions in Iceland is the Blue Lagoon. Located less than 45 minutes from the city, it has a geothermal spa that’s bright blue. Onsite there is also a cafe, a massage room, restaurants and more to enjoy throughout your time there.
DAY 1307 May 2025
Time at Port: from 11 AM to 8 PM
With its turbulent Troubles in the past, Belfast has flourished into a thriving hub of arts, cuisine, architecture and history, with the cruise port being a short drive from the city. The most notable attraction is the Titanic Belfast Museum, which pays tribute to the tragic voyage through immersive exhibitions and galleries. Also popular with all visitors to Belfast is the fully restored and fascinating HMS Caroline, where you can learn about the Battle of Jutland.
Things to do in Belfast:
Any visitor to Belfast must see the Titanic exhibition, the largest of its kind in the world. The Titanic Slipways, the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices, and the Hamilton Graving Dock are nearby Titanic Belfast; this is the exact location where Titanic was conceived, constructed, and launched in 1911. From the Titanic's conception in Belfast in the early 1900s through its building and launch, through its maiden voyage and subsequent position in history, Titanic Belfast narrates the tale of the world-famous ship.
Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall, one of the city's recognisable attractions, was constructed in August 1906 and serves as the city's municipal centre. Self-guided tours are also offered around it, showing the stained glass window collection, artwork, and antiquities.
A free attraction in Belfast, the Dome offers unparalleled 360’ views of the city. A must-visit attraction, this unique structure is located within easy walking distance of the city centre.
DAY 1408 May 2025
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
Nestled in the north of England, Liverpool is home to an extensive maritime history, having been one of the country's most vital maritime centres since the 18th century. As well as the museums and docks, music enthusiasts will love the Beatles Story Museum and the world-famous Cavern Club. A walking tour of this vibrant city will allow you to truly soak up its cultural highlights, as well as Hope Street, a must-visit for delectable cuisine and classic pubs.
Things to do in Liverpool:
Royal Albert Dock
A vibrant waterfront with a wide selection of cafes, restaurants, shops and other attractions, the Royal Albert Dock is situated in the heart of the city. The ultimate destination to visit when in Liverpool, it’s also host to an array of events throughout the year that’s suitable for all the family.
A beautiful 235 acre, Grade 1 historic nature park with breathtaking scenery, Sefton Park is a popular, award-winning attraction that features statues, caves, a bandstand, and a large greenhouse amongst other attractions.
An art gallery and museum, the Tate Liverpool has a large collection of artworks and events throughout the year. Located in the Royal Albert Dock, this attraction is well worth a visit for those that love art; from contemporary to classic pieces.
Le Havre (Paris)
DAY 1610 May 2025
Time at Port: from 6 AM to 8 PM
This charming port town in Normandy is the gateway to France's chic capital, but is also a destination in its own right. Stick around the coast to explore the Musée des Beaux Arts and the D-Day beaches, or go on an optional shore excursion to Mont St Michel, the medieval town of Rouen, or into Paris.
Things to do in Le Havre (Paris):
St. Joseph’s Church
One of the most beautiful landmarks in Le Havre, St. Joseph’s Church was built 50 years ago and has a unique post-war design, with a 107m high ceiling, and a combination of concrete and stained glass. Situated in the centre of the city, this marvel of architecture is worth a visit when in Le Havre for a stop over.
The 19th-century Hanging Gardens provide an outstanding view of the sea, the Seine estuary, and the rebuilt city. They are housed in an ancient fort. From the top of these gardens, the World Heritage Site of Le Havre comes into view.
If you love history, or the grandeur of French architecture, the Maison de l’Armateur is a must see. Situated within a stately 18th century mansion, it features beautiful and historic artwork, furnishings dating back to the era of Louis XVI and an impressive octagonal atrium.
DAY 1711 May 2025
Time at Port: from 6 AM to 5 PM
The UK’s largest cruise port and where many will begin their cruise holiday, Southampton has no shortage of maritime and historical attractions. Discover local landmarks on a walking tour including 30 ancient monuments, learn about the tragic story of the Titanic and escape to the great outdoors at the New Forest National Park. With numerous options for seafood dining and even a free art gallery, Southampton is an undoubtedly great destination for a pre- or post cruise stay.
Things to do in Southampton:
Dedicated to the tragedy of the Titanic, SeaCity Museum excellently portrays the aftermath through interactive exhibits. Featuring a 1:25 scale model of the ship, visitors learn about life onboard as well as the disaster that deeply affected Southampton in 1912.
Solent Sky Museum
Home to over 20 aircraft that were integral to the war effort, Solent Sky Museum is dedicated to the history of the RAF. Southampton itself played a large role in producing Supermarine Spitfires, which you’ll learn all about here.
The New Forest
If you’re looking to escape the busy port city, the New Forest National Park is just a short distance away with native New Forest ponies and lush heathland. Visitors can also catch events, activities and workshops throughout the year.
Tudor House and Garden
As Southampton’s most important historic building, this restored home holds over 800 years of history after having numerous owners. Now a museum, it showcases many artefacts once belonging to past residents of Southampton, as well as a Tudor House Café.
Southampton City Art Gallery
Since opening in 1939, this free art gallery has showcased exhibitions of sculptures, photography and traditional paintings. Thanks to an ever-changing programme of activities, you’ll find something here that the whole family will enjoy.
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