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Aurora's 2022 No-Fly Grand World Cruise

  • 03 Jan 2022
  • 99 nights
  • Ship: Aurora
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton - Santa Cruz, Tenerife - Bridgetown, Barbados - Willemstad, Curacao - ★ Full Daytime Transit of the Panama Canal ★ - Huatulco (from Santa Cruz), Mexico - Cabo San...

Includes: Free on board spend*, Limited availability, Exclusive free private uk chauffeur service for all bookings*, No tips required on board*

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The 2022 No-Fly Queen Victoria Western Circumnavigation

  • 10 Jan 2022
  • 108 nights
  • Ship: Queen Victoria
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton - Bermuda - Port Canaveral, Florida - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Oranjestad, Aruba - ★Full daytime transit of the Panama Canal★ - Puntarenas, Costa Rica - Cabo San...

Includes: Exclusive complimentary private UK chauffeur service*, Exclusive Complimentary National Trust Season Ticket*, Complimentary on board spend of up to £3,300 & Gratuities Included*

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Grand World Cruise

  • 06 Jan 2021
  • 120 nights
  • Ship: Columbus
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: London Tilbury - Rotterdam - Leixoes, Oporto - Ponta Delgada, Azores - Bridgetown, Barbados - St. George's, Grenada - Cartagena, Colombia - Colón (Panama) - Nuku Hiva, Marquesas...

Includes: Comfortable cabin accommodation , Full board cruising plus afternoon teas and late night snacks , Welcome and farewell Captain’s cocktail , Stylish entertainment, cabarets and...


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Excitement in the Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka's naturally wonderful landscape has been shaped by Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and European influences for a fascinating multicultural heritage.

Hikkaduwa Beach, Sri Lanka

Hikkaduwa Beach, Sri Lanka

Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka

Outdoor market, Sri Lanka

Outdoor market, Sri Lanka

ROL Cruise recommends…


1. Sightseeing Fort Colombo 

The capital centre of Colombo is found on Sri Lanka's west coast. Originally colonised by the Portuguese as a trading post, the city is now a hub for trade and tourism. The town centre, Fort Colombo, is easy to explore on foot, by rickshaw, or by a slightly more nail-biting Tuk-Tuk ride. Marvel at the eclectic architecture as historic buildings, such as the Buddhist Gangaramaya Temple, sit beside towering skyscrapers. Relax at the Royal Botanic Gardens or visit Galle Face Green, a palm tree-lined promenade bordering the Indian Ocean. Here, cricket and local concerts are commonplace, while small food stalls feed the small stretch of beach.


2. Enjoying the hustle and bustle 

Just inland from centre is Pettah bazaar; a brilliantly chaotic experience from start to finish. Traffic jams surround the area as the streets and pavements fill with people buying all manner of wares. Market stall vendors hawk everything from fresh food and drink to textiles, herbs and second-hand electricals. If you're looking for sparkling gold and jewellery, head to the mile-long Sea Street.


3. Cooling off at the beach 

Escape the heat at one of Sri Lanka's sun-kissed beaches. Take a trip to Hikkaduwa, a stretch of golden sand ideal for sunbathing, watersports and scrumptious seafood dishes. The calmer coastal waters of Bentota beach are a hub for snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking, while Unawatuna beach has a lively party atmosphere. If time isn't limited, visit the picture-perfect bay of Passekudah on the east coast, or take a seasonal whale and dolphin watching tour.


4. Visiting an elephant orphanage:

Udawalawe National Park offers a sanctuary to many wild animals including deer, wild boar and water buffalo. It is renowned, however, for the abundance of elephants which roam its picturesque grasslands. Look out for wildlife as you enjoy a Jeep safari, then visit the Elephant Transit Home where orphan elephants are rescued and rehabilitated before being returned to the wild.


5. Going back in time:

Sri Lanka's history dates back more than 34,000 years and ancient relics are scattered across the central area. Trips inland take a few hours, but are certainly worth the effort. The road from Colombo to Kandy takes you through rubber plantations and rice paddies before revealing palaces, parks and the century-old Temple of the Tooth, built to house a single tooth said to belong to Buddha. Try to also make time for the sacred Kingdom of Anuradhapura and the towering Sigiriya rock fortress, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.