Day 1 - Southampton
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Southampton, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral (3T+) in preparation for an evening sailing.
Day 2 - 4 - At sea
Day 5 - Funchal, Madeira
A full day on the ‘floating garden’ of Madeira invites you to experience its subtropical charms for yourself. Explore the parks and gardens of the attractive capital, Funchal, many of which are conveniently located near the waterfront, or head out on an optional excursion, ascending by cable car to enjoy breathtaking views or savouring classic afternoon tea at the famous Reid’s Hotel.
Day 6 - 11 - At sea
Day 12 - 13 - Bridgetown, Barbados (overnight)
Our first Caribbean island stop is Barbados, a verdant idyll fringed with sugar-soft beaches, yet with a very British character. Find your perfect balance of relaxation and sightseeing during our two full days here - a selection of shore excursions present the chance to sail the sparkling Caribbean waters aboard a catamaran, swim with Hawksbill turtles and admire the extraordinary stalagmites and stalactites of Harrison’s Cave.
Day 14 - St George’s, Grenada
Every Caribbean island holds its own particular allure for the traveller, and Grenada is no different. This is the ‘spice island’, and aromatic notes of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla hang in the air. Strike out to learn more about the history of the spice trade, and marvel at Grenada’s pristine beaches, secluded coves, lush rainforests and volcanic crater lakes.
Day 15 - Castries, St Lucia
St Lucia is, in many ways, the ‘perfect’ Caribbean island. In common with its neighbours, it offers soft white sand beaches and fascinating colonial culture, but it also entrances with unique native flora and fauna, iconic views such as the twin ‘Piton’ mountains and natural wonders from postcard-perfect Marigot Bay to a drive-in volcano!
Day 16 - Basseterre, St Kitts
There is a rich French and British colonial history to discover in Basseterre, the elegant capital of St Kitts, which changed rule after the Napoleonic War. That this gem of an island was worth fighting for becomes immediately apparent upon visiting, not least if you head out on the 30-mile, three-hour St Kitts Scenic Railway.
Day 17 - Road Town, Tortola (British Virgin Islands)
Tortola beguiles with Old World Caribbean charm. Sample some traditional rum, shop for souvenirs among the many excellent textile stalls or join an open safari bus excursion around an island whose captivating natural beauty seems at odds with its former notoriety as a pirate haunt.
Day 18 - Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas (US Virgin Islands)
Charlotte Amalie is the beautifully named capital of St Thomas, the most cosmopolitan of the US Virgin Islands. This lovely island packs a tremendous range of attractions into its 32 square miles - take the Skyride gondola to appreciate majestic Caribbean views, for example, visit the childhood home of the Impressionist artist Pissarro, head out on historic walks or hunt for duty free bargains.
Day 19 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
The locals call Puerto Rico the ‘island of enchantment’, and with good reason. San Juan is the second oldest European founded settlement in the Americas, now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the old town handsomely rewards a few hours’ exploration. And, of course, there are wonderful beaches and vibrant resorts in which to unwind, most likely to the accompaniment of salsa rhythms, a proud reminder of the island’s Spanish heritage.
Day 20 - St John’s, Antigua
Legend has it that Antigua boasts a beach for every day of the year, and here the sands are as soft and as dazzlingly white as you wish. Yet, if you can bear to leave their warm embrace, there are peerless sites of British colonial history on this island to enthral, from stunning English Harbour, which gives its name to a mouthwatering brand of Antiguan rum, to Nelson’s Dockyard, our West Indian base in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the British Navy ruled the waves.
Day 21 - Philipsburg, St Maarten
Further colonial interest comes courtesy of St Maarten, the Dutch half of an island amicably shared between Holland and France for centuries. Philipsburg, its capital, is a shopper’s paradise, selling everything from handcrafted jewellery to authentic Caribbean street food. Alternatively, visit the remnants of two great forts, which now present superb views of the island and ocean.
Day 22 - 27 - At sea
Enjoy life on board Balmoral as she crosses the Atlantic from the Caribbean to the Azores.
Day 28 - 29 - Ponta Delgada, Azores (overnight)
The volcanic archipelago of the Azores is the perfect stepping stone between the Americas and Europe, and we make a stop at Ponta Delgada, the largest city, on Säo Miguel, the largest island. Two days here is time enough for independent exploration of the city, soaking up five centuries of history and wandering the fine parks and delightful cobbled streets, as well as the opportunity to see more of the island, from botanical gardens to serene crater lakes.
Day 30 - 32 - At sea
Our adventure almost at an end, Balmoral returns serenely to Southampton.
Day 33 - Southampton
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.