5 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Freedom of the Seas from San Juan, Puerto Rico Castries, St. Lucia Forest Piton Peaks
The 5 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico visits Philipsburg, St Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; Castries, St Lucia; San Juan, Puerto Rico. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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5 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise
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Explore Freedom of the Seas
Day 1 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Day 2 - Philipsburg, St Maarten
Day 3 - St. John's, Antigua
Day 4 - Castries, St Lucia
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Castries, St. Lucia Forest Piton Peaks
View of the Pitons from vegetation in Castries, St. Lucia
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Leaving from
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Onboard
Freedom of the Seas
Day Port
1
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Departs at 8:30 PM
2
Philipsburg, St Maarten
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
3
St. John's, Antigua
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
4
Castries, St Lucia
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Arrives at 7:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Freedom of the Seas

Your ship
Freedom of the Seas
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Freedom of the Seas Stern Aerial
Freedom of the Seas Stern Aerial
Get to know
Freedom of the Seas
Top-rated coasts. Bow-to-stern boasts. The best of both worlds combine for an all-in-one adventure on the newly Amplified Freedom of the Seas® – sailing spring 2020. Discover the postcard-perfect Southern Caribbean between unparalleled thrills onboard. Like adrenaline pumping slides and rides right on deck. A new pool scene that gets down after dark. And fresh, authentic flavours that will satisfy any craving. This is miles from ordinary – you’ll experience seven isles in seven days on select week-long sailings. With stops in Barbados, St Lucia and Antigua, this is a non-stop island hop that is worth boasting about.

GO FOR THE BOLD

Get your fill of thrills in the Southern Caribbean on the Amplified Freedom of the Seas®. Take on three storeys of wet and wild turns on the newly added waterslide duo, The Perfect Storm℠. Face off in the latest glow-in-the-dark laser tag battle – Clash for the Crystal City℠. And catch a wave high above the ocean on the fan-favourite FlowRider® surf simulator. Best of all, adventurers of all ages will have a blast in completely reimagined spaces for kids at Adventure Ocean® and hangouts exclusively for teens.

SOAK UP A NEW SCENE

Now there are even more ways to have fun under the sun on the newly Amplified Freedom of the Seas®. With a totally redesigned resort-style pool and snackable faves from El Loco Fresh℠ just steps away, the top deck is the place to be. The Lime and Coconut℠ bar brings three levels of Caribbean cool to keep the island vibe going from day ’til night. Plus more chairs, hammocks, day beds and shady casitas mean you’ll always have prime seating with a view. Escape to the adults-only Solarium, an onboard oasis of serenity and sun, for a little downtime between adventure time. Or make a splash with the little ones at the bigger, better Splashaway Bay℠ aqua park.

REFUELLING REIMAGINED

After a long day of adventure, there’s something to please every palate onboard the newly Amplified Freedom of the Seas®. Feast on craveable Italian classics from hand-tossed pizzas to piping hot pastas at Giovanni’s℠ Italian Kitchen. Indulge in hand-rolled sushi and tableside teppanyaki at Izumi Hibachi & Sushi. And cap off a day’s worth of discoveries with a friendly faceoff at Playmakers℠ Sports Bar & Arcade.

REFUELLING REIMAGINED

REFUELLING REIMAGINED

REFUELLING REIMAGINED

Day 1: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Day 1
San Juan
Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico Fort
San Juan, Puerto Rico historic Fort San Felipe Del Morro.
Things to do in
San Juan
Departs at 8:30 PM
Puerto Rico’s 500-year-old capital is a history buff’s dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbour as a New World home base, and that influence is still evident, from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town and nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungled mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep to the foothills on a riverside horse ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with a cod fritter and rum drink in hand. San Juan cruises give you the perfect outpost to dial up or dial down your holiday.
Puerto Rico, San Juan Old City
Couple Sitting on Top of Historical Fort

PASSPORT TO THE PAST

From the moment you arrive, you’ll find that San Juan, Puerto Rico is bursting at the seams with unforgettable cultural discoveries. Every alleyway in Old San Juan offers a glimpse into a vibrant past that stretches back centuries, while monuments like the UNESCO World Heritage site Castillo San Felipe del Morro will make you feel as though you’ve wandered back in time. Dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, the beloved Paseo de La Princesa in the city’s historic center is a great place to experience Puerto Rico’s rich cultural heritage up close.
Insider tip
The free, open-air trams in Old San Juan are a great way to see the city’s top sites.
Puerto Rico Isla Verde
Puerto Rico Isla Verde Shores

SHORES GALORE

Puerto Rico is the third largest island in the United States, so it should come as no surprise that there’s a beach here for every kind of adventurer. You’ll find world-class surfing and plenty of water sports in Rincon on the island’s west side. Secluded shores with crystal clear waters and colourful coral reefs on Flamenco Beach in Culebra. Family-friendly beaches with plenty of cafes and shopping along star-studded El Condado – nicknamed ‘The Rivera of the Caribbean’. And an Instagrammer’s paradise in Vieques Playa Negra, which draws beachgoers from around the world with its unique black sand.
Insider tip
Wear comfortable walking shoes. The cobblestoned streets in Old San Juan can be steep and uneven.
Puerto Rico Local Crafts
Puerto Rico Local Shopping

SHOP ‘TILL YOU DROP

Craving a bit of retail therapy? Puerto Rico has plenty of options. The boho-chic neighbourhood of Santurce is your go-to for shops selling some of Puerto Rico’s leading local designers. If international designers and top-end boutiques are more your style, you can spend hours window shopping in glitzy El Condado. And on Cristo and Fortaleza Streets in Old San Juan you’ll find some of the best souvenirs and artisanal souvenirs on the island – think finely-crafted lace and jewellery, hand-rolled cigars, colourful guayaberas and Puerto Rico’s brightly coloured papier-mâché vejigante masks.

Day 2: Philipsburg, St Maarten

Day 2
Philipsburg
St Maarten
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Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Marigot sunset
Sunset at Marigot, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Things to do in
Philipsburg
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
What makes St Maarten so unique is its blend of cultures. The island is home to 120 different nationalities speaking over 80 languages, and is governed by two countries: the Netherlands and France. In fact, it’s the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. While it may be less than 40 square miles, there’s plenty to do on this little island: you can travel back in time while exploring centuries-old ruins and get your adrenaline fix zip lining through lush tropical forests. If you’re after a little rest and relaxation during your cruise to St Maarten, you’ll find plenty of secluded beaches where you can work on your suntan before treating your taste buds to some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Great Salt Pond aerial
Aerial view of the Great Salt Pond, Philipsburg, St. Maarten

LOTERIE FARM

Loterie Farm is a nature sanctuary with 135 acres of hiking trails, a zip line adventure course, and a spring fed multi-level pool with cascading waterfalls.
Insider tip
A service charge is sometimes included at Dutch-side restaurants, but you may wish to add 15% if the service was especially good.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Great Sald Pond vantage zoom
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, cityscape at the Great Salt Pond.

SIMPSON BAY LAGOON

The largest saltwater lagoon in the Caribbean, Simpson Bay is a great spot for lounging and watching the boats and yachts that dot its picturesque harbour.
Insider tip
In restaurants on the French side, it is customary to leave a cash tip of 5-10%.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Girl horseback riding
Girl horseback riding with a view of the ocean in Philipsburg, St. Maarten

MOUNT CONCORDIA

Hike to the top of Mount Concordia, which marks the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island, for the best views of both sides
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Seaside lobster lunch
Enjoying a relaxing, seaside lobster lunch in Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Local Cuisine

This gourmet capital of the Caribbean serves a mix of French, East Indian and island flavours. Cruise to St Maarten and stop by a roadside barbecue stand (called a lolo) and enjoy lobster grilled on split-metal drums. Or dine on stuffed crab and cod fritters at any local café. Be sure to try some guavaberry liqueur, made exclusively on the island.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Front Street Sign
A sign at Front Street in St. Maarten

Shopping

Head to Front Street in Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St Maarten, and shop your way down a mile of duty-free shops. Before you go, pick up some famous guavaberry liqueur at the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Company.

Day 3: St. John's, Antigua

Day 3
St. John's
Antigua
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St. John's, Antigua, Shirley Heights dusk
Sunrise at Shirley Heights, The Lookout, with views of the Falmouth and English Harbors, St. John's, Antigua
Things to do in
St. John's
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Antigua has a beach for every day of the year – literally. But the island experience goes beyond 365 distinct ribbons of white sand and clear waters. In the capital city of St John's, you’ll discover charming candy-coloured architecture, lively markets and a beautiful baroque cathedral. And smiling locals greet you everywhere you go. On the southern coast, you can explore Nelson’s Dockyard, a centuries-old British naval base built by Admiral Horatio Nelson. Past Antigua’s yacht-studded coastline, you’ll find upmarket boutiques, wild forest trails, hidden coves and coral reefs bustling with tropical fish. But the best way to really see the island is from up above, so cruise to Antigua and hop into a helicopter for a panoramic look at lush jungles, golden beaches and the nearby volcanic island, Montserrat.
St. John's, Antigua, Betty's Hope
Stone windmill tower at Betty's Hope, St. John's, Antigua

HUNT FOR HISTORY

Explore Betty’s Hope, two restored stone windmill towers that were once part of Antigua’s first major sugar plantation. The site dates back to the mid-1600s.
Insider tip
Antigua is the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean islands, so don’t forget your sunscreen. Do not wear camouflage clothing – it’s against the law in Antigua – and leave your beach attire for the beach.  
St. John's, Antigua, Nelson's Dockyard
Restored historic building at Nelson's Dockyard, St. John's, Antigua

DISCOVER THE DOCKYARD

Once the base of the British Royal Navy, Nelson’s Dockyard is now the only working Georgian dockyard in the world. It’s home to several sailing and yachting events, and close to the historic Clarence House.
Insider tip
A service charge is often included in the bill in restaurants, but you may wish to add a standard 5% tip.
St. John's, Antigua, Shirley Heights
Yachts on the coastline of St. Johns, Antigua

SOAK UP THE HEIGHTS

For some of the best views on the island, head to Shirley Heights – a restored military lookout nicknamed 'The Lookout'. It offers the best views of the Falmouth and English Harbours.
St. John's, Antigua, Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips on a white tray

LOCAL CUISINE

In Antigua, British, Creole and West Indian flavours come together to spice up local ingredients and fresh seafood. Must-try dishes include fungi – a cooked cornmeal paste similar to Italian polenta – and ducana dumplings made of sweet potato. If you wander the harbour front, you’ll find traditional English fish and chips paired with locally brewed Wadadli beer.

Day 4: Castries, St Lucia

Day 4
Castries
St Lucia
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Castries, St Lucia, Anse La Raye Fishing Boats
Fishing boats on the bay of Anse La Raye, Castries, St. Lucia
Things to do in
Castries
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
From dramatic landscapes molded by ancient volcanoes to sparkling palm-fringed beaches, St. Lucia is some amazing Caribbean eye candy. Luxury resorts nestle up to the natural beauty, giving this island just the right touch of exclusivity. Cruise to St. Lucia and explore the coast by catamaran. Hike to the peaks of the soaring twin Pitons. Tour rainforests and explore the fishing villages of Anse-La-Raye. In the capital of Castries, you’ll find touches of French and British heritage, from the architecture to the cuisine.
Castries, St. Lucia Girl Boat Mountains Piton Peaks
Girl on red canoe, sailing to the Pitons on Castries, St. Lucia

Coastal Cruising

See the famous Pitons and island vistas from the sea as you glide down the coast of St. Lucia on a coastal cruise. See the lush vegetation and fishing villages as you make your way to the Pitons.
Insider tip
Don’t forget insect repellent if you plan to visit the rainforest.
Castries, St. Lucia Marigot Bay Sailboats
Sunny day with sailboats at Marigot Bay, Castries, St. Lucia

Serene Scene

Make your way to Marigot Bay – a gorgeous natural harbour straight out of a film, dotted with restaurants, bars and shops. You can stroll the yacht marina, shop at boutiques, visit a French bakery or relax at the secluded beach, accessible by ferry.
Insider tip
Drive on the left side of the road on this island.
Castries, St. Lucia, Creole Seafood Dish
A fried filet of fish with a Creole sauce and vegetables

Local Cuisine

The Creole cuisine shows off the local fish, fruits and vegetables. Traditional flavours are a unique blend of West African, British, French and East Indian influences. Don’t miss 'coal pot', a local staple where dishes are cooked in a clay basin over coals.
Castries, St. Lucia, Souvenir Shop Storefront
The storefront of a souvenir shop in St. Lucia

Shopping

The best duty-free shops are at Pointe Seraphine cruise terminal and across the harbour at La Place Carenage. Cruise to St Lucia and find duty-free jewellery, watches, perfume, crystal, rum and local crafts. An artisanal favourite to bring home from here is the traditional pottery, made from the clay of the Pitons.

Day 5: Cruising

Day 5
Cruising
At Sea
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Man Doing Air Trick
Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
Woman Surfing on Flowrider
Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider

FlowRider®

Grab your board and get ready for 100,000 litres of rushing amazingness headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 12-metre-long FlowRider® surf simulator.
Kids Climbing up the Rock Wall
Kids Climbing on the Rock Wall Staring at the Ultimate Abyss

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 6: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Day 6
San Juan
Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico, Waterfalls nature
Man walking through lush vegetation near a waterfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Things to do in
San Juan
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Puerto Rico’s 500-year-old capital is a history buff’s dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbour as a New World home base, and that influence is still evident, from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town and nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungled mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep to the foothills on a riverside horse ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with a cod fritter and rum drink in hand. San Juan cruises give you the perfect outpost to dial up or dial down your holiday.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, El Morro night sunset
Sunset view from atop El Morro fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico

CASTILLO DE SAN FELIPE DEL MORRO

Strong and beautiful, this fort has helped guard the shore for nearly five centuries while overlooking some of the island’s best scenery. Explore it via spiral staircases between levels, and grab a photo at one of the iconic garita sentry boxes that line the outer walls.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Bautista Cathedral closeup
Closeup of the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Saint John the Baptist, in San Juan, Puerto Rico

CATEDRAL DE SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

Founded in 1521, this can’t-miss landmark is one of the oldest churches in the Americas. It houses the tomb of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon and the mummified remains of religious martyr St Pio.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Food mojito
Traditional Puerto Rican dish with a glass of mojito

Local Cuisine

In Old San Juan, you’ll find plenty of island fare and criolla cuisine – home cooking flavoured by Spanish and African influences. Try some mofongo, mashed fried green plantains often stuffed with meat, or snack on some cod fritters, called bacalaitos.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Colorful architecture road
Woman walking through streets of Old San Juan surrounded by colorful architecture

Shopping

During your San Juan cruise, head to the blue-hued cobblestone streets of Old San Juan for your pick of boutiques offering handmade lace and hand-rolled cigars, plus duty-free luxury items like diamonds, gemstones and watches.

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