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Imagine waking up to a brilliant sunrise as it casts a warm pink glow over the glistening waters of the tropics. From sunup to sundown, you'll find exotic ports of call with lush landscapes, beautiful white-sand beaches, friendly locals, open-air markets and the world's clearest waters.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale was originally built to protect the vital railway and the coastal area from pirates. The modern city of Fort Lauderdale is a wealthy metropolis of approximately 1 million people whose fortune rests mainly on tourism. The city has invested some 30 million dollars in developing the city to make it more attractive to potential tourists.
The Riverwalk, a promenade along the bay, lined with boutiques, restaurants, shops and museums is a focal point of the city. Fort Lauderdale is also home to the International Swimming Hall of Fame, dedicated to famous swimming champions such as the original "Tarzan", Johnny Weismuller, along with the more recent Olympians Greg Louganis and Mark Spitz. The complex also houses the Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex, one of the most advanced sports venues in the world. Another major attraction is the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is the largest and most populated of an archipelago of several islands. Puerto Rico possesses fertile coastlands and a rugged, fairly mountainous interior with lush rainforest. Puerto Rico was discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. It remained a Spanish possession until the Spanish-American War in 1898 when it was lost to the US. In 1917, citizens of Puerto Rico were granted U.S. citizenship.
San Juan is divided into two distinct areas. The walled old town is home to Spanish colonial buildings, cobbled streets and ancient churches. The more modern area houses modern hotels, restaurants and casinos.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Thomas is one of the three principal islands of the United States Virgin Islands; along with St. Croix and St. John. The island lies at the crossroads between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Charlotte Amalie is the capital of the US Virgin Islands and one of the most popular cruise ports in the Caribbean. To protect the island and preserve its beautiful coastline and beaches, the government has enacted environmental laws. There are many protected areas including the beautiful Virgin Islands National Park that covers over half of the island of St. John. The park was donated to the American Government in 1956 by magnate Lawrence Rockefeller.
Catalina Island, Dominican Republic
Catalina Island is Costa's exclusive island off the coast of the Dominican Republic and offers an unparalleled beach experience. When you add an excursion to the Dominican Republic, visitors can anticipate a bonanza of culture and relaxation.
The Dominican Republic lies on the eastern side of Hispaniola Island, with Haiti on the opposite side, in the centre of the Greater Antilles. The Dominican territory is characterised by mountain peaks and sprawling plains. The island was discovered by Columbus in 1492, after being shipwrecked.
Casa de Campo & La Romana, Dominican Republic
Near to La Romana lie some of the most stunning beaches on the American continent, including Bayahibe and Dominicus. A short hop from La Romana and the coast, the Saona and Catalina islands have also become enormously popular tourist destinations in recent years. Situated on the coast, not far from Catalina Island, is the tourist resort of Casa de Campo, designed by celebrated architect Oscar dela Renta. The resort features top hotels and highly regarded golf courses. Altos de Chavon is found here, modeled on a 15th Century Mediterranean-style village. The work of Italian Roberto Coppa, the village features houses in golden-colored stone and a river running through jungle landscape. The village was a location for several scenes in the Francis-Ford Coppola film "Apocalypse Now".
A number of gardens and fountains punctuate the busy city streets, lined with a host of restaurants, bars and duty-free shops. The port is the busiest in the Bahamas, with a constant stream of yachts and passenger ships arriving and leaving. And there are a number of glorious sandy beaches nearby, both on New Providence Island and its sister Paradise Island, connected by bridge from Nassau. Nassau is also known for shopping at the famous Straw Market and gambling at world class casinos.
Choose from a variety of optional shore excursions in Nassau, including several snorkeling expeditions, sailing aboard a catamaran or a glass-bottom boat, a trip to the Blue Lagoon, a guided tour of the island of New Providence, and much more, ranging from $27 - $55/person (not included). Shore excursions must be reserved and purchased aboard ship.
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For stunning views of the Caribbean, the Costa Mediterranea has 845 outside cabins with private verandas or picture windows.The Mediterranea also offers its guests the best in fitness and recreation. Treat yourself to a sauna, Turkish bath or shiatsu massage and be sure to visit the gym's whirlpools, steam rooms, and saunas.
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