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San Juan , Puerto Rico | Philipsburg , St Maarten | Basseterre , St Kitts & Nevis | St. John's , Antigua | Castries , St Lucia | Bridgetown , Barbados | San Juan , Puerto Rico

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

San Juan, Puerto Rico

DEPARTS:
8:30 PM

TAKE IT DESPACITO

Your journey begins in San Juan, Puerto Rico’s vibrant capital. You’ll find 500 years of history to delve into here, from ancient fortresses to colourful colonial-era buildings. If you’re travelling to San Juan by plane, arrive at least a day earlier to explore this beautiful city. If you’re arriving the same day, the airport is just a twenty-minute taxi ride to the port.

San Juan, Puerto Rico historic Fort San Felipe Del Morro.
Man standing in a waterfall in El Yunque National Rainforest, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Man walking through lush vegetation near a waterfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, shore excursion, Old And New San Juan ?City Tour, white building, architecture
Woman leaning on fort El Morro to enjoy the view in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Your journey begins in San Juan, Puerto Rico’s vibrant capital. You’ll find 500 years of history to delve into here, from ancient fortresses to colourful colonial-era buildings. If you’re travelling to San Juan by plane, arrive at least a day earlier to explore this beautiful city. If you’re arriving the same day, the airport is just a twenty-minute taxi ride to the port.

San Juan, Puerto Rico historic Fort San Felipe Del Morro.
Man standing in a waterfall in El Yunque National Rainforest, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Man walking through lush vegetation near a waterfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, shore excursion, Old And New San Juan ?City Tour, white building, architecture
Woman leaning on fort El Morro to enjoy the view in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Things To Do

in San Juan

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.

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.

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.

INSIDER TIP

The free, open-air trams in Old San Juan are a great way to see the city’s top sites.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Philipsburg, St Maarten

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
CROSSROADS

OF THE CARIBBEAN

St Maarten sits at the crossroads of the Caribbean and the Atlantic. It’s also a place where over 120 cultures meet. You can taste it in the island’s cuisine, which is rated amongst the best in the Caribbean. And you can feel it whether you stay in the upbeat, party-centric Dutch side where the port is located, or cross into the laid-back, local-driven French side of the island.

Sunset at Marigot, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Cliffs and rock formations lining the white sands of Cupecoy Beach, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Sailboats racing in the Regatta through the crystal clear waters of Philipsburg, St. Maarten

St Maarten sits at the crossroads of the Caribbean and the Atlantic. It’s also a place where over 120 cultures meet. You can taste it in the island’s cuisine, which is rated amongst the best in the Caribbean. And you can feel it whether you stay in the upbeat, party-centric Dutch side where the port is located, or cross into the laid-back, local-driven French side of the island.

Sunset at Marigot, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Cliffs and rock formations lining the white sands of Cupecoy Beach, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Sailboats racing in the Regatta through the crystal clear waters of Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Things To Do

in Philipsburg

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
MINIMISE IMPACT,

MAXIMISE ADVENTURE

Welcome to an island nation teeming with history and eco-tourism adventures. Explore colonial estates, monuments and fortresses in Basseterre. Gear up and climb Mount Liamuiga volcano or hop in a kayak to get up close to tropical reef fish. Or slow things down with a more laid-back escape to the tiny sister island of Nevis for a relaxing beach day.

Couple resting from volcano hike on Mount Liamuiga, Basseterre
Brimstone Hill Fortress in St. Kitts
Hiking trail in a Basseterre rainforest

Welcome to an island nation teeming with history and eco-tourism adventures. Explore colonial estates, monuments and fortresses in Basseterre. Gear up and climb Mount Liamuiga volcano or hop in a kayak to get up close to tropical reef fish. Or slow things down with a more laid-back escape to the tiny sister island of Nevis for a relaxing beach day.

Couple resting from volcano hike on Mount Liamuiga, Basseterre
Brimstone Hill Fortress in St. Kitts
Hiking trail in a Basseterre rainforest
Things To Do

in Basseterre

Couple hiking on a volcano trail in Basseterre rainforest

TAKE A HIKE

Hit the Mount Liamuiga trail and trek through towering trees, tangled vines and tropical flowers to the crater of the 1,155-metre dormant volcano. At the peak of your 6-mile ascent, you’ll be rewarded with a view that goes so far, you can see the neighbouring islands.

Boardwalk with traditional red houses in Nevis, Basseterre

HIT THE STRIP

For a taste of nightlife while the sun is still shining, head to The Strip on South Frigate Bay. This hot spot along the beach is lined with resorts, restaurants and bars with open-air dance floors. Most places open at 10 a.m. and keep the island party vibes going until late at night.

Sunny day at old sugarcane plantation ruins, Basseterre

ALL ABOARD

Hop on the West Indies’ last railway – double-decker trains that travel along a line built a century ago to transport sugarcane across the island. You’ll pass historical estates and countryside filled with tall, wild sugarcane.

Four spiny lobster tails on a grill

Local Cuisine

Casual beach spots with super-fresh seafood are your best bet for lunch. Order some spiny lobster or conch grilled over an open fire. More adventurous eaters should try West Indian specialities like pepper pot, Arawak chicken and goat-water stew. For a quick snack, vendors sell sugarcane stalks to chew on.

An assortment of colorful souvenirs

Shopping

Port Zante has over 60 shops where you can find deals on watches, jewellery, diamonds and gemstones. Or you can head to the nearby Pelican Shopping Mall, a collection of souvenir shops designed to look like a traditional Caribbean street.

INSIDER TIP

Tipping taxi drivers isn’t necessary. In restaurants, a 10-15% tip is standard.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

St. John's, Antigua

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

SANDY SHORES GALORE

In the capital of St John, you can peek into local craft shops or explore a centuries-old British naval base in Nelson’s Dockyard. If beachcombing is more your speed, choose from any of Antigua’s 365 beaches. The island offers the best of both worlds, from bustling markets and candy-coloured colonial buildings to winding rainforest trails and hidden coves.

Sunrise at Shirley Heights, The Lookout, with views of the Falmouth and English Harbors, St. John's, Antigua
Catamarans docked near colorful architecture with Baroque Cathedral in the distance, St. John's, Antigua
The devil's bridge in St. John's, Antigua is a beautiful natural bridge created from rock right on the beach letting waves crash under.

In the capital of St John, you can peek into local craft shops or explore a centuries-old British naval base in Nelson’s Dockyard. If beachcombing is more your speed, choose from any of Antigua’s 365 beaches. The island offers the best of both worlds, from bustling markets and candy-coloured colonial buildings to winding rainforest trails and hidden coves.

Sunrise at Shirley Heights, The Lookout, with views of the Falmouth and English Harbors, St. John's, Antigua
Catamarans docked near colorful architecture with Baroque Cathedral in the distance, St. John's, Antigua
The devil's bridge in St. John's, Antigua is a beautiful natural bridge created from rock right on the beach letting waves crash under.
Things To Do

in St John's

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Castries, St Lucia

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

PEAK ADVENTURE

Get to know St. Lucia— an eco-tourist’s utopia. You can trek the enormous rainforest to visit the towering, green-mantled twin peaks known as the Pitons. And be sure to soak in the natural wonders at the hot mineral pools.

Fishing boats on the bay of Anse La Raye, Castries, St. Lucia
Beautiful lush vegetation in Diamond Falls Botanical Garden
Girl on red canoe, sailing to the Pitons on Castries, St. Lucia

Get to know St. Lucia— an eco-tourist’s utopia. You can trek the enormous rainforest to visit the towering, green-mantled twin peaks known as the Pitons. And be sure to soak in the natural wonders at the hot mineral pools.

Fishing boats on the bay of Anse La Raye, Castries, St. Lucia
Beautiful lush vegetation in Diamond Falls Botanical Garden
Girl on red canoe, sailing to the Pitons on Castries, St. Lucia
Things To Do

in Castries

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.

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.

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.

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.

INSIDER TIP

Don’t forget insect repellent if you plan to visit the rainforest.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Bridgetown, Barbados

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
9:00 PM
BRITISH ROOTS,

BAJAN FLAVOUR

As soon as you get into 'Town', make a stop at one of the island’s 1,500 rum shops. Then spend your day on the seemingly endless pink-and-white-sand beaches. For inland adventures, explore the rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields and historic plantations. Or take a dive into the crystal clear turquoise waters filled with captivating coral reefs.

Sunny day with palm trees on Bottom Bay Beach in Bridgetown, Barbados
A couple of Sea Turtles Diving in clear ocean of Bridgetown, Barbados
Crystal clear running water in Harrison Cave, Bridgetown, Barbados

As soon as you get into 'Town', make a stop at one of the island’s 1,500 rum shops. Then spend your day on the seemingly endless pink-and-white-sand beaches. For inland adventures, explore the rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields and historic plantations. Or take a dive into the crystal clear turquoise waters filled with captivating coral reefs.

Sunny day with palm trees on Bottom Bay Beach in Bridgetown, Barbados
A couple of Sea Turtles Diving in clear ocean of Bridgetown, Barbados
Crystal clear running water in Harrison Cave, Bridgetown, Barbados
Things To Do

in Bridgetown

Colorful lights in Harrison Cave, Bridgetown, Barbados

BENEATH THE SURFACE

Take a solar-powered tram journey 52 metres below ground into Harrison’s Cave, an intricate limestone cave system. Here, you’ll find flowing streams, waterfalls, emerald-hued pools, unusual stalactite formations and towering columns that formed over thousands of years.

Monkey eating at a wildlife reserve in Bridgetown, Barbados

GO GREEN

Hop into a rugged 4X4 and make your way through the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Deep in the island’s interior, you’ll find playful green monkeys, colourful birds, reptiles and other native animals roaming freely. Try to visit at around 2 p.m. for feeding time to see the green monkeys close-up.

Clear sunny beach on Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, Barbados

BEST BEACH DAY EVER

Sit back and relax on the powdery white sands of Harbour Lights on Carlisle Bay Beach. If kicking back with a rum punch in hand is a little too laid-back, you can snorkel around shipwrecks, rent a jet ski or even visit Tortuga to swim with turtles.

Three Bajan fish cakes on a green plate with white rice

Local Cuisine

This island is a seafood lover’s dream come true. Bajan (or Barbadian) cuisine blends African, Indian and British influences. For a truly authentic experience, don’t shy away from the street food – try the fried fish cakes, macaroni pie, tamarind balls and the national dish, cou-cou with flying fish.

Assorted bags at an open souvenir market in Bridgetown, Barbados

Shopping

For the best deals on duty-free luxury items and authentic souvenirs from the island, check out the shops in the cruise terminal and the shops along Broad Street, the high street in Bridgetown. Cruise to Barbados and bring home a taste of the island with a rum cake, which is called ‘great cake’ for a reason.

INSIDER TIP

Ships dock at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal, about a mile from town.

DAY 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

THINGS TO DO

Girl Surfing Flowrider at Daytime with a Smile
FlowRider®

NOW BOARDING FOR ADVENTURE

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.

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

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 8 - Arrival Day

San Juan, Puerto Rico

ARRIVES:
6:00 AM
FORTIFIED

FOR ADVENTURE

The adventure doesn’t have to end once you get back to San Juan. Before you go, be sure to enjoy some homemade criolla cuisine in one of the many cafes you’ll find in Old San Juan. Then pick up some local crafts or duty-free luxury items in the nearby boutiques – there are plenty to choose from in the old city.

San Juan, Puerto Rico historic Fort San Felipe Del Morro.
Man standing in a waterfall in El Yunque National Rainforest, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Man walking through lush vegetation near a waterfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, shore excursion, Old And New San Juan ?City Tour, white building, architecture
Woman leaning on fort El Morro to enjoy the view in San Juan, Puerto Rico

The adventure doesn’t have to end once you get back to San Juan. Before you go, be sure to enjoy some homemade criolla cuisine in one of the many cafes you’ll find in Old San Juan. Then pick up some local crafts or duty-free luxury items in the nearby boutiques – there are plenty to choose from in the old city.

San Juan, Puerto Rico historic Fort San Felipe Del Morro.
Man standing in a waterfall in El Yunque National Rainforest, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Man walking through lush vegetation near a waterfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, shore excursion, Old And New San Juan ?City Tour, white building, architecture
Woman leaning on fort El Morro to enjoy the view in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Things To Do

in San Juan

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.

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.

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.

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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