Take a leaf from the book of travelers past, when getting there was half the fun, and an ocean liner was, in the words of shipping historian John Maxtone Graham, "the only way to cross". There is an aura of romance and nostalgia on an ocean voyage, harking back to the days when passenger ships vied for the coveted Blue Riband, granted to the fastest vessel to cross the North Atlantic. It's perfect for blue water sailors who value their time at sea, and for all those who want to savor unscheduled hours, with no need to rush.
Port Combination (change selection): Lisbon, Portugal to San Juan, Puerto Rico
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world. Its magnificent harbor made it a logical trading port as far back as the Phoenicians, as well as a departure point for 15th century voyages sponsored by Prince Henry the Navigator, patron of Portuguese explorers. The city is rich in architecture, from Romanesque and Gothic to Post Modern, and criss-crossed by monument-studded grand boulevards. Today it is seeking a place on the world stage by hosting, in addition to its own active cultural calendar, film festivals, art, fashion, and design shows, book fairs, marathons, and rock concerts.
Ponce de Leon never did find the Fountain of Youth, but he did find stumble upon this lovely island, which had to be a close second. Just move to the rhythm of the ever-present salsa beat and you’ll be in the spirit in no time (secret – it’s all in the hips). Old Town San Juan is still partially enclosed by the original fortress walls dating back to the early 1500s. Attractively restored buildings with filigree cast iron balconies line its narrow cobbled streets, and cafés in shaded squares provide an ideal spot to linger. Outside the city the island offers an appealing array of golf courses, rainforests, and beaches galore.
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