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Big Ben to Botany Bay explores Scandinavia, Baltic, Caribbean and the Americas over two months

September 3, 2013 Cruise No Comments Email Email

From the Baltic and Scandinavia to the Caribbean and South America, ‘Big Ben to Botany Bay’ packs a lot into 66 days.

The latest holiday offering from Worldwide Cruise Centres, ‘Big Ben To Botany Bay’ is built around two cruises on top Princess Cruises ships. The first is a 14-night Scandinavia and Baltic cruise aboard Emerald Princess (a round trip from Southampton) and the second is a 49-night world emerald_princesscruise sector aboard Dawn Princess from Southampton to Sydney.

The Emerald Princess and Dawn Princess cruises include all shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants) and the holiday includes flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to London, and a night’s accommodation in the British capital.

‘Big Ben To Botany Bay’ costs from A$14,159 per person, twin share.

The holiday departs Australia on 27 June 2014, flying you from Australian winter to summery London.

After a night’s pre-cruise London accommodation, head to Southampton to board Emerald Princess for a two-week Scandinavia and Baltic cruise. One of the largest ships in the Princess fleet, Emerald Princess offers nearly 900 balcony staterooms for great views of ocean and port. Plus fitness centre, Movies Under the Stars, and outlets serving everything from fine wines to toasted paninis and hand rolled sushi.

The first city you’ll visit on the cruise is neither in Scandinavia nor the Baltic. It’s Brussels – a classic European gem that impresses everyone who visits. Then Oslo, Norway’s capital and most populous Dawn_Princesscity, founded in 1048 by King Harald III. Two other gracious Scandinavian capitals follow, Sweden’s Stockholm and Finland’s Helsinki, before magnificent St Petersburg, Russia’s great imperial city and repository of art, where you’ll overnight aboard ship and stay for two days.

The Estonian capital of Tallinn, a fairytale city with preserved medieval walls, cobbled squares and towers, comes next, followed by the Polish port city of Gdansk, also known by its German and Latin names Danzig and Gedania.

Returning to Southampton, it’s time to transfer from one Princess ship to another as you board Dawn Princess. Smaller than Emerald Princess, this spectacular ship has a wrap-around promenade deck and about 400 balcony staterooms. Attractions aboard include two show lounges with nightly entertainment and plenty of elegant and casual dining options from gourmet pizza to grilled steaks.

Your Dawn Princess journey spends a full day in Ireland’s Dublin as first port of call. Then the Irish port of Cork, followed on the other side of the Atlantic by Boston, Massachusetts, an American city with strong Irish links. Your next stop is New York, with a full day to explore the Big Apple.

Then the Connecticut port of New London and the bountiful Caribbean, where tropical delights include Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia and dreamy Bonaire in the Caribbean Netherlands. Transit the Panama Canal and spend a day in Quito, Ecuador, before sailing south of the equator to Lima, Peru, a fascinating city with great restaurants, parks and Spanish colonial history.

You’ll visit Easter Island, Chilean territory and one of the world’s remotest landfalls, famed for its great stone moai faces. Now to Tahiti for an overnight in the capital, Papeete, before visiting serenely beautiful Moorea. Other highlights:

Pago Pago in American Samoa and Auckland, New Zealand, before cruising across the Tasman on the final leg of your voyage to dock in Sydney.

After voyaging for over two months, you’ll sail back into Sydney, acknowledged to be one of the world’s most beautiful ports to enter in the morning – which is when you arrive. Well worth greeting sunrise!

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