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15-Day Transatlantic Spring

 
 
15-Day Transatlantic Spring
Starting from $4,999*

Miami, Florida, US to Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Ship: Seabourn Quest


Departure Date :

Apr 25 2021

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Miami, Florida, US
Departs 05:00 PM
Miami is the busiest cruise port in the world, hosting a myriad of ships year-round from all over the globe. Although it is technically not on the Caribbean Sea, no other American city exudes more of the diverse tropical appeal of the Caribbean. The city is home to a large and vibrant immigrant population that blends snowbird refugees from more northern climes with emigres from all Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as sizable groups from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. From the hot-blooded Art Deco haunts of South Beach to the natural wonders of the UNESCO-inscribed Everglades and the laid-back charms of the Keys, South Florida offers a bounty of appealing attractions that make an extended stay in the region nearly mandatory for those either embarking or disembarking here.
Miami, Florida, US
 
 
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Day Horta, Azores, Portugal
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
Even though the Azores were discovered by 15th-century Portuguese sailors on a quest to find the lost continent of Atlantis, it was Flemish nobleman Josse van Huerter who settled the island of Faial. He found a small bay that provided excellent shelter against the unpredictable winds and currents of the North Atlantic and called it Horta—a Portuguese phonetic version of his last name. Today the town of Horta still serves its original purpose as a port of call for every brave sailor who dares to cross the Atlantic Ocean, making its marina the fourth most visited in the world. Sailors from around the globe arrive here every day, filling the cosmopolitan spot with a seagoing spirit, a panoply of foreign languages and plenty of maritime legends. Overlooking the white architecture of Horta Bay is the volcanic cone of Caldeira, which is flanked by lush green slopes occasionally dotted with hydrangeas, the official flower of the Azores. The island's surrounding waters are the natural habitat of sperm whales, dolphins and an immense array of sea life, which you can see and even swim with, if you are brave enough.
Horta, Azores, Portugal
 
 
Day Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
"More than the archipelago’s capital and administrative hub, Ponta Delgada is an ambassador of the Azores to the world. Embellished with lacy iron balconies, the 17th-century architecture of whitewashed walls is framed by the local volcanic basalt. Hydrangeas and grazing cows add splashes of color to the evergreen background. Ponta Delgada presents itself as a gateway to discovering the Big Island of São Miguel and the best of the Azores on one island. One of the top places to see is Furnas, where you can find natural hot springs that will cook your lunch, as well as Gorreana Tea Factory, the only tea plantation in Europe. Another popular destination is Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lagoon) with its impressive volcanic landscapes, and Ribeira Grande, a picturesque fishing village where time seems to stand still. São Miguel is also known for pineapples, so trying this fresh fruit, either from a local market or from a roadside vendor, is a must."
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal
 
 
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Day Cherbourg (Normandy), France
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
"In the 20th century, Cherbourg’s biggest claim to fame was perhaps that it had been a vital port during the Allied forces’ D-Day invasion, which landed to the southeast and traveled overland to capture the well-defended city from the Germans. However, in recent years, Cherbourg has undergone a revitalization that makes it a great place to sample local delicacies in the Place de Gaulle Market and calvados (apple brandy) from nearby orchards, plus visit the historic sites in and near town. Can’t-miss attractions include the wonderful Cité de la Mer maritime museum, as well as the Roule Fort where the Americans ousted the Germans, now home to the Museum of the Liberation. Cherbourg is also a perfect jumping off point for exploring the sights of Normandy, like the D-Day landing locations on Utah and Omaha Beaches, the historic town of Bayeux—the base of William the Conqueror before he invaded England—and the stunning scenery and sea cliffs of the Cape of La Hague. "
Cherbourg (Normandy), France
 
 
Day Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium
Arrives 10:00 AM Departs 08:00 PM
"With its picturesque canals, cobblestone streets and fairy-tale gabled houses, Bruges might have been custom built just to charm visitors. But this small and pleasingly quiet capital of West Flanders, 11 kilometers from the North Sea port of Zeebrugge, was actually once a mercantile center that dominated all of Western Europe under the powerful Dukes of Burgundy—which explains the profusion of priceless art and medieval architecture tightly packed within the city's moatlike ring of waterways. Easily managed in a day, Bruges is a city for strolling: A walk in any direction from the handsome Market Square leads to immaculately preserved 13th-century churches and turreted merchants' houses. Former hostels for the sick and poor were long ago converted into museums containing works by local Old Masters like Jan Van Eyck. Bruges is famous for its sweet tooth, with numerous chocolate shops and sidewalk vendors selling hot-off-the-iron waffles topped with whipped cream. Its pubs serve Belgium's famously quaffable beers in an atmosphere of warmth and coziness that the Flemish call gezellig. You'll be charmed. "
Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium
 
 
Day Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Arrives 07:00 AM
The Netherlands' second-largest city and Europe's busiest port is home to some of the 20th and 21st centuries' most important architectural feats, which is particularly impressive when you consider that nearly all of Rotterdam was razed to the ground during World War II. Sometimes referred to as “Manhattan-on-the-Maas,” the city lives up to its reputation as a forward-looking metropolis with fascinating design and some of the Netherlands' finest museums and most trendy shops.

Marvel at buildings by starchitects Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster or get lost in the maze of gabled homes in historic Delfshaven, the point from which the Pilgrims set sail for the New World aboard the Speedwell in 1620. In the postwar years, Rotterdam has also become one of the most diverse cities on the continent as waves of migrants from elsewhere in Europe, North Africa and Turkey have come to work in the shipping industry, concentrated here thanks to the city's location on the deltas of the Rhine and Maas rivers. With its sweeping harbor and massive Europoort, the city has quickly grown to become the largest port in all of Europe.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands