16 Night Cruise sailing from Miami to Athens aboard Azamara Journey.
Forgo the crowds and experience a voyage tailor-made for today’s discerning traveler aboard Journey. In addition to butler service in each suite, Journey affords her guests more verandas than most cruise ships, so you can watch the world melt away into the
Journey also features two specialty restaurants, concierge amenities, our Spa and Wellness Center, a coffee café, a piano bar and a wine bar, live entertainment, daily enrichment programs (like wine and champagne tasting), and this is only her short list.
Highlights of this cruise:
Propelled by Latin rhythms, with a bold style all its own, Miami is a spicy melting pot of cultures. Immerse yourself in the colorful Art Deco district, vibrant nightlife, and beaches for sun-worshipers and water sport enthusiasts alike. Put some money on the horses at Hialeah Park, one of racings oldest and most prominent tracks, right next to a lake full of pink flamingos. Go adventuring in the Everglades, looking for ‘gators and manatees, canoeing through mangrove tunnels, or paddling a sea kayak through the “10,000 islands”. Flashy and full of life, it’s a great place to play.
Ponta Delgada, Azores
Situated 800 miles off the coast of Portugal, the Azores are a group of nine Portuguese islands, with Ponta Delgada as its largest city and located on the island of Sao Miguel. Ponta Delgada is home to a number of eco-attractions like Furnas with its natural hot springs, the nature reserve of Lagoa do Fogo-where volcanic landscapes and beautiful beaches vie for attention-and the crater lakes of Sete Cidades National Park. Explore the city center for shops, cafés and the historical landmark Church of Sao Jose, go to the marina for big game fishing and speedboat racing, or explore the old Portuguese town of Riberia Grande. If you don’t make it to a pineapple plantation, be sure to try the “king of fruits” at a local market, as Ponta Delgada is renowned for its pineapple, as well as fresh seafood and local wines and liquers.
Gibraltar, United Kingdom
The towering Rock of Gibraltar is a sight to behold. Overlooking the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea from a height of 1,400 ft, it is a natural fortress, in a strategic position to control all naval traffic between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Only three miles long and a mile wide, this peninsula attached to the Spanish mainland juts out into the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates continental Europe from North Africa, a distance of only 14 miles. One feature most unusual for Europe is the troupes of semi-wild and curiously tailless Barbary macaques that have taken up residence on The Rock’s upper reaches.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Athens has quite a reputation to live up to. Named for Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, the city is credited with being the cradle of European civilization and birthplace of democracy. Ruins and relics of its glory days are scattered throughout the modern city, popping up where you least expect them. Its crowning glory is the Acropolis, perched atop a hillside, and covered in carved and columned temples of varying degrees of antiquity. Not quite so old is the Plaka, an appealing neighborhood for a stroll down cobblestone streets, past old mansions and a plethora of outdoor tavernas ideal for watching the world go by, while munching tasty Greek snacks.