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Ft. Lauderdale, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Devil's Island / FR. GUIANA, Macapa / BRAZIL, Santarem / BRAZIL, Boca Da Valeria / BRAZIL, Manaus / BRAZIL (Overnight), Parintins / BRAZIL, Alter Do Chao / BRAZIL, Belem / BRAZIL, Barbados, Aruba, Falmouth / JAMAICA, Half Moon Cay, Ft. Lauderdale
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Ft. Lauderdale

-- - 5:00 pm

Originally a fort built by the U.S. Army in 1838 during the Second Seminole War, Fort Lauderdale welcomes visitors with broad, palm-fringed beaches and an easy pace of life. Stroll along fashionable Las Olas Boulevard with its stylish shops or enjoy a sightseeing cruise through the city''s canals, boasting more waterways than Venice. Or, venture out and explore the cosmopolitan city of Palm Beach, or the wildlife sanctuary of the Everglades.

Day 2 : At Sea

Day 3 : At Sea

Day 4 : St. Maarten

7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dutch St. Maarten is a great place to stop just to shop. Its capital is Philipsburg and fills a narrow stretch of land between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond. It is a bustling center of international trade with lively shopping streets, cafes, and hotels. Strangely enough it has two main streets called Front Street and Back Street.

On Front Street, which is the main thoroughfare, duty-free shops line the road as far as the eye can see. These duty-free shops offer everything from Italian leather goods and Japanese cameras to native crafts. Don't be afraid to venture the alleyways that will lead you to arcades and courtyards filled with flowers.

The Courthouse is the most prominent landmark on Front Street. It is a grand white wooden structure topped with a cupola built in 1793. Front Street also includes the Simartin Museum so that visitors can get and excellent introduction to local St. Maartin history. There are also historical forts that are monuments to Philipsburg's strategic importance in St. Maarten's history.

Philipsburg has not been left behind in the time, however. It has combined its historical legacy with 20th century excitement. Since its waterfront has become a popular stop for cruise ships, the shore of this town is covered with restaurants, cafes and nightclubs that offer entertainment well into the night.

Day 5 : St. Lucia

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Just recently, St. Lucia, and Castries in particular, has become one of the most popular regions for tourists. The accommodations and facilities are top of the line, and the restaurants and activities fabulous. The majority of travelers reside between Castries, which is the capital of St. Lucia, and the northern end of the island. The entire north side of the island is comprised of white-sand beaches to dazzle even the most seasoned and experienced traveler.

Day 6 : At Sea

Day 7 : Devil's Island / FR. GUIANA

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The most notorious of the three Salvation Islands, Devil's Island functioned for generations as a French penal colony. Once known as the "Dry Guillotine" because so many prisoners died there, the island today seems haunted by the spirits of former prisoners. Henri Charriere, better known as "Papillon," claimed to be the only prisoner ever to escape the Island.

Day 8 : At Sea

Day 8 : At Sea

Day 8 : At Sea

Day 8 : At Sea

Day 9 : Macapa / BRAZIL

4:00 am - 10:00 am

Day 9 : At Sea

Day 9 : At Sea

Day 10 : Santarem / BRAZIL

12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Day 11 : Boca Da Valeria / BRAZIL

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Day 12 : Manaus / BRAZIL

10:00 am - --

A cultural outpost in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Manaus was famous for the extravagant lifestyle and architecture of the 19th century rubber barons who made their fortunes here. The renovated opera house stands as an opulent testament to their vast wealth.

Day 13 : Manaus / BRAZIL

-- - 4:00 pm

A cultural outpost in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Manaus was famous for the extravagant lifestyle and architecture of the 19th century rubber barons who made their fortunes here. The renovated opera house stands as an opulent testament to their vast wealth.

Day 14 : Parintins / BRAZIL

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Day 15 : Alter Do Chao / BRAZIL

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Turning out of the muddy Amazon, you will cruise into the blue Rio Tapajos, to anchor off the village of Alter do Chao. Here you can tour the Center for Preservation of Indigenous Arts, with displays on the lifestyles of local tribes. Or cross to a white sand beach for a refreshing swim in the clear river waters.

Day 16 : At Sea

Day 16 : At Sea

Day 16 : At Sea

Day 16 : At Sea

Day 17 : At Sea

Day 17 : At Sea

Day 18 : Belem / BRAZIL

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Gateway to the mysterious world of the Amazon, the 371-year-old city of Our Lady of Bethlehem (now shortened to Belem) bears all the gifts of the jungle. Vendors in dug-out canoes bring tropical fish, fruit, Amazonian handicrafts and religious artifacts to Ver-O-Peso, Brazil's largest outdoor market. See the 18th century Baroque Merces Church, one of Belem's many beautiful churches.

Day 19 : At Sea

Day 20 : At Sea

Day 21 : At Sea

Day 22 : Barbados

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Bajan British accent is very distinctive, reflecting both the Scepter'd Isle and the lovely one they live on. Barbados still has lovely parish churches, great manor houses and a proper Trafalgar Square along with white-sugar beaches and waving fields of cane.

Day 23 : At Sea

Day 24 : Aruba

7:00 am - 8:00 pm

The tiny island of Aruba is the smallest of the ABC Islands, which include Barbados and Curacao. Aruba lies about 15 miles north of Venezuela and has limited vegetation. The landscape consists of cacti and the curiously wind-bent divi divi trees. You may also be interested in climbing atop some of the huge boulders and exploring some of its caves. Of course, the main attractions to this island are its magnificent beaches against the turquoise waters full of spectacular marine life, which lure scores of sunbathers, snorkelers, and divers each year to the island.

Though small, Aruba has room for some luxury as well. If you travel along Palm Beach, you will find the several miles of this white sand lined with a string of hotels with glitzy casinos, restaurants and exotic boutiques. The crystal-clear waters of this beach are ideal for swimming and all kinds of watersports. However, if you prefer to stay dry, you are more than welcome to enjoy Aruba''s exotic underwater world from the glass bottom boats or on a submarine excursion.

Day 25 : At Sea

Day 26 : Falmouth / JAMAICA

7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Day 27 : At Sea

Day 28 : Half Moon Cay

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Half Moon Cay has the attraction of other private islands plus some! This 2500 acre island, prides itself in maintaining the natural ecology; it protects 2400 of its acres by keeping them wholly unspoiled. Located one hundred miles SE of Nassau, its large protected bay used to be a famous refuge for pirates (or as famous as a pirate refuge can get). Enjoy nature activities, beach fun, or just swing in the hammock to the island steel band. Make sure to take at least one dip in the beach which is only chest deep 60 ft out!

Day 29 : Ft. Lauderdale

7:00 am - --

Originally a fort built by the U.S. Army in 1838 during the Second Seminole War, Fort Lauderdale welcomes visitors with broad, palm-fringed beaches and an easy pace of life. Stroll along fashionable Las Olas Boulevard with its stylish shops or enjoy a sightseeing cruise through the city''s canals, boasting more waterways than Venice. Or, venture out and explore the cosmopolitan city of Palm Beach, or the wildlife sanctuary of the Everglades.

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