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The Caribbean

The Caribbean is one of the world’s most popular cruising destinations and 2015 is a great year to explore it with Thomson. You can visit such popular destinations as Barbados’ famous capital Bridgetown, which, as well as boasting the picture-postcard beaches you would expect, offers a wealth of duty-free shopping opportunities. St Barts is another extremely popular beach retreat, while St Maarten is a beautiful and contrasting island which shares a dual French and Dutch heritage and boasts two ‘capitals’, Dutch Philipsburg and French Marigot. The former is very much the island’s shopping capital and perfect for picking up both designer items and bargains, while Marigot is the perfect place to unwind in continental style.

If you’re in search of a real-life island paradise, Basseterre on St Kitts more than fits the bill, boasting a wealth of fabulous sandy escapes and a number of interesting colonial sites too, such as the former British garrison Brimstone Hill Fortress. When it comes to a pure beach escape however, Antigua is the place to be. It’s said that this beautiful destination boasts one for for every day of the year but that’s not to say that the lush countryside to be found inland isn’t worth exploring too.

The Mediterranean

When it comes to a holiday offering the perfect blend of sun, culture and cuisine, the Mediterranean is the perfect destination and with Thomson Cruises, you’ll have an incredible choice of  to itineraries. One of the most popular ports in the region is Civitavecchia, which acts as your gateway to one the world’s most legendary cities, Rome. Here you’ll be able to soak up the distinctive Italian atmosphere and see for yourself such legendary landmarks as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and St Peter’s Basilica.

Another of the Mediterranean’s most popular destinations is Barcelona. Spain’s most culturally-rewarding city, it offers you the opportunity to experience many of the works of Antoni Gaudi first-hand, such as the world-famous Cathedral of the Sacred Family. The pedestrian-only Las Ramblas is the place to go if you want soak up the atmosphere and perhaps pick up a gift or two, while there’s no shortage of sandy escapes either, if soaking up the rays is a priority for you.

On the subject of sunshine, another popular Mediterranean destination is Palma on Majorca, which offers sun and sophistication in equal measure, with stunning architecture, tree-lined boulevards and tucked-away tapas bars all part of the experience. French Riviera towns such as legendary film mecca Cannes and St Tropez also feature on a number of Thomson itineraries. Few destinations can rival the Greek isles when it comes to sun and culture, so it should come as no surprise that they feature on a number of Thomson itineraries, with calls at such beautiful ports as Mykonos, Kusadasi and Marmaris.

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