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European Explorer

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Date: 25 September 2017
Duration: 11 nights
Ports of call: Dover | Le Havre | La Coruna | Gibraltar | Barcelona | Sete | Monte Carlo | Livorno | Rome (Civitavecchia)
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Atrium Atrium
Boutiques Boutiques
Cabaret Lounge Cabaret Lounge
Casino Casino
Club Restaurant Club Restaurant
Fitness Centre Fitness Centre
Library Library
Lotus Spa Lotus Spa
Pool Pool
Sabbatini's Sabbatini's
Sterling Steakhouse Sterling Steakhouse
Pacific Princess Pacific Princess
 
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 London (Dover)
Visible for miles from sea, the White Cliffs of Dover are an instantly recognizable symbol of England. Modern highways make Dover the doorstep to London - Britain's ever-fascinating capital. Visitors to this great city have a wealth of pleasures to choose from. Explore the notorious Tower of London and view the Crown Jewels. Visit Windsor Castle or see Westminster Abbey. The choices are fascinating and endless. Dover is also your gateway to Kent's green countryside, dotted with old medieval towns and castles.

Dover has played a major role in world history since the days of the Norman invasion. Today 13th century Dover Castle dominates a harbour filled with cross-channel ferries and merchant and passenger shipping.
Mon 25 Sep 2017 Mon 25 Sep 2017 17:00
2 Paris/Normandy (Le Havre)
Perhaps no other place in France holds more associations for English-speaking visitors than Normandy. The historic Allied landings on D-Day - 6 June, 1944 - live on in the memories of British and Americans alike. Nor has Le Havre forgotten the dark days of the war. The port was nearly completely destroyed during the Normandy campaign. Today, Le Havre is France's second largest port and the gateway to Paris, "City of Light," the Norman countryside, and the historic landing beaches.

Travelers usually head for the historic landing sites or to Paris. Yet Le Havre was designated a World Heritage Site in 2005. The Musee des Beaux Arts Andre Malraux boasts one of the finest collections of Impressionist painting in the world.
Tue 26 Sep 2017 07:00 Tue 26 Sep 2017 20:00
3 At Sea
Wed 27 Sep 2017 Wed 27 Sep 2017
4 La Coruna
The port of La Coruña is Spain's second largest seaport and boasts one of the longest promenades in Europe. Rich in historic significance, this Galician city is a destination in its own right, as well as a pilgrimage point for Santiago de Compostela.
Thu 28 Sep 2017 07:00 Thu 28 Sep 2017 17:00
5 At Sea
Fri 29 Sep 2017 Fri 29 Sep 2017
6 Gibraltar
The Rock crouches over the sea like an ancient stone beast, looking Sphinx-like to Africa. Beneath the white cliffs of this natural fortress grows a profusion of palm, pine, and cypress. No fewer than 600 varieties of flowers thrive here, some not found anywhere else on Earth. Gibraltar's stunning setting is matched by its history - five countries have battled for 13 centuries to control the passage between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The result made for a cultural melting pot. Veiled Moroccan women in caftans and vacationing Englishmen and Spaniards stroll along the narrow, steep lanes. The locals revert to a liquid Spanish when talking among themselves. And visitors to a 15th-century cathedral pass through a blue-tiled courtyard, once part of a 13th-century mosque.
Sat 30 Sep 2017 09:00 Sat 30 Sep 2017 18:00
7 At Sea
Sun 01 Oct 2017 Sun 01 Oct 2017
8 Barcelona
The 1992 Summer Olympics revealed to the world what Europeans and seasoned travelers already knew - Barcelona is one of the world's greatest treasures. Vibrant and earthy, commercial and cultural, this city of two million residents is the capital of Spain's autonomous region of Catalonia. Stroll along the wide, tree-lined promenades of Las Ramblas and marvel at the spires of Gaudi's Basilica La Sagrada Familia. Or visit the former Olympic Ring on the hill of Montjuic - also home to world-class parks, fountains and museums. Barcelona, which nurtured such artistic giants as Picasso, Dali, Miro and Casals, is definitely a traveler's paradise.
Mon 02 Oct 2017 09:00 Mon 02 Oct 2017 20:00
9 Sete (for Carcassonne)
Referred to by locals as the "Venice of Languedoc," Sète is a small artists' commune in southern France known for its romantic canals and charming atmosphere.

Archaeological evidence points to human presence in the region as far back as the Bronze Age, although Sète did not experience major growth until the second half of the 17th century, when King Louis XIV urged on the construction of the sea port. The digging of the Canal du Midi was to follow, an immense undertaking that would eventually enhance the region's economy.

Although Sète was attacked by the British in the early 18th century and was nearly demolished as the Allies defended it at the conclusion of World War II, the city prevailed and serves today as a beautiful Mediterranean resort, as well as your gateway to the medieval city of Montpellier and the awe-inspiring, fairy tale castle of Carcassonne.
Tue 03 Oct 2017 08:00 Tue 03 Oct 2017 18:00
10 Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo is the playground of the rich and famous. Sleek yachts grace the harbor. Boutiques offer the latest fashions from the most prestigious couturiers in Europe. Cafés, cabarets and the elegant Casino throb with nightlife. Monte Carlo is also the modern district of the principality of Monaco. This Xanadu sits on a promontory above the old port of Monaco and its dazzling harbor. Monte Carlo sprang to life with the opening of the Casino, designed by Charles Garnier, whose credits include the Paris Opera.

Monte Carlo lies at the heart of the Riviera. Stunning scenery and charming seaside resorts are to be found in either direction along the Golden Corniche.
Wed 04 Oct 2017 07:00 Wed 04 Oct 2017 17:00
11 Florence/Pisa (Livorno)
Livorno is the gateway to glorious Tuscany. Visit Florence - the cradle of the Renaissance - home to the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. Here the Medici fostered a city-state whose cultural legacy is as great as classical Athens. Giants like Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo infused the West with a new creative spirit. Then there is Pisa, Florence's rival for political power. Pisa, a brash, commercial seafaring town rivaled the great maritime powers of Venice and Genoa. The city was a leader in art and architecture second only to Florence.
Thu 05 Oct 2017 07:00 Thu 05 Oct 2017 19:00
12 Rome (Civitavecchia)
Your gateway to the Eternal City, Civitavecchia has served as Rome's seaport since the 13th century. The port has a long and venerable history. The emperor Trajan built a pleasure villa near the modern city, while Bernini and Michelangelo designed the harbor fortifications.

Yet the Eternal City eternally beckons. The ancient capital of the Western World and the center of Christianity for nearly 2,000 years, Rome provides an inexhaustible feast. Visit the ruins of the Forum, view the splendors of the Sistine Chapel, or climb the Spanish Steps, once the heart of Rome's Bohemian Quarter.

Rome has been a magnet luring the world's greatest artists, architects, and philosophers since the days of the Caesars.
Fri 06 Oct 2017 05:00 Fri 06 Oct 2017 19:00
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