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San Juan , Puerto Rico | Philipsburg , St. Maarten | Willemstad , Curacao | Oranjestad , Aruba | Kralendijk , Bonaire | San Juan , Puerto Rico

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Freedom of the Seas® sails way beyond the typical getaway with the best experiences at sea. Like tide-taming on the FlowRider® surf simulator, diner delights at Johnny Rockets®, and ice skating shows that offer thrills and chills galore.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

San Juan, Puerto Rico

DEPARTS:
8:30 PM

TAKE IT SLOW

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
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
Woman leaning on fort El Morro to enjoy the view in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Things To Do

in San Juan

Early morning sunlight on the lush vegetation of El Yunque National Rain Forest in San Juan, Puerto Rico

EXPLORE EL YUNQUE

El Yunque National Forest offers 29,000 acres of mountain terrain exploding with overgrown jungle, fast flowing waterfalls and towering bamboo stands. Hike along 37 kilometres of nature trails, or summit El Toro – about 1,000 metres above sea level – for sensational views.

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.

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

Discover 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

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 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

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 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 40-foot-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 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Willemstad, Curacao

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

Colorful City

Discover the colonial-era fortresses and other landmarks of Willemstad on a tram journey before exploring more on your own. Go on a distillery tour to sample the island’s signature spirit, Blue Curaçao, or make some new marine friends at the Sea Aquarium. Enjoy the island’s stunning turquoise seas on a boat, snorkelling or just relaxing on the sands.

Where the land divides along the sea forming a nice beach below the town of Willemstad, Curacao
Giant waves crashing on the coast of Willemstad, Curacao in Shete Boka Park
Cacti among nature in Christoffel National Park during a scenic hike in Willemstad, Curacao

Discover the colonial-era fortresses and other landmarks of Willemstad on a tram journey before exploring more on your own. Go on a distillery tour to sample the island’s signature spirit, Blue Curaçao, or make some new marine friends at the Sea Aquarium. Enjoy the island’s stunning turquoise seas on a boat, snorkelling or just relaxing on the sands.

Where the land divides along the sea forming a nice beach below the town of Willemstad, Curacao
Giant waves crashing on the coast of Willemstad, Curacao in Shete Boka Park
Cacti among nature in Christoffel National Park during a scenic hike in Willemstad, Curacao
Things To Do

in Willemstad

Waves crashing on the coast of the Shete Boka Park in Willemstad, Curacao

STOP FOR A PHOTO OP

Take a scenic ride through Shete Boka Park for three incredible sites – the Boka Tabla, where waves break so high against a rocky inlet they look like a geyser; the Boka Pistol, where giant waves make a thunderous sound as they crash into an underground cavern; and the natural bridge, which the ocean has carved out of the rock.

Hiking through the Christoffel National Park with a view of a nature landscape with the ocean in the distance

TAKE A HIKE

Head to the 4,450-acre wildlife preserve, Christoffel Park National Curaçao, to spend the day immersed in unspoiled nature. Hike or bike any of eight trails and get to know the indigenous flora and fauna – like white-tailed deer, barn owls, blue iguanas and rare wild orchids.

An underground cave known as Hato Caves in Willemstad, Curacao

HISTORY AND MYSTERY

Discover stalagmites, stalactites, unique species and local lore inside the Hato Caves. These ancient limestone caverns are filled with pools, waterfalls and 1,500-year-old cave paintings. Cruise to Curaçao and cross the mystical underground lake before entering two large caverns lined with ancient Arawak petroglyphs.

Two bowls of peanut soup

Local Cuisine

For a taste of the real Curacao, explore the capital and stop at local eateries like Plaza Bieu, Trio Penotti or La Boheme. At spots like these, you'll find a storm of local flavors reflective of the cultural mix. Try kabritu, curried goat stew, or ayaka, meat-filled tamales wrapped in banana leaves. Or savor African peanut soup with bananas.

An assortment of dresses for sale at a market

Shopping

Walk by multicolored storefronts filled with local arts and crafts in the Punda and Otrobanda districts. Or venture into the New Market, a place to find handicrafts from Curacao, like the quintessential Dutch clogs, and souvenirs like hammocks from neighboring islands.

INSIDER TIP

Be sure to catch the swinging Queen Emma Bridge in action from the deck during sailaway.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Oranjestad, Aruba

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
9:00 PM

Many Adventures

Oranjestad is best known for its colourful Dutch Colonial 'gingerbread' houses painted in bright Caribbean hues, powdery white beaches and crystal-clear aquamarine water. Explore Aruba’s unique geological formations amid desert-like landscapes. Or discover aquatic wonders under the waves on a snorkelling excursion or a thrilling submarine ride. Sun-seekers can choose the beach that best suits their style, from the activity-filled De Palm Island to resort-studded Palm Beach, one of the island’s most glorious stretches of sand.

Divi-divi tree at sunset on Eagle Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Natural Bridge at Blackstone Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Rocky landscape with cactus, Arikok National Park, Oranjestad, Aruba

Oranjestad is best known for its colourful Dutch Colonial 'gingerbread' houses painted in bright Caribbean hues, powdery white beaches and crystal-clear aquamarine water. Explore Aruba’s unique geological formations amid desert-like landscapes. Or discover aquatic wonders under the waves on a snorkelling excursion or a thrilling submarine ride. Sun-seekers can choose the beach that best suits their style, from the activity-filled De Palm Island to resort-studded Palm Beach, one of the island’s most glorious stretches of sand.

Divi-divi tree at sunset on Eagle Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Natural Bridge at Blackstone Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Rocky landscape with cactus, Arikok National Park, Oranjestad, Aruba
Things To Do

in Oranjestad

Rocky and volcanic stone circles of the Natural Pool, "Conchi,", Oranjestad, Aruba

ROADS LESS TRAVELLED

Buckle up for an off-road 4X4 ride through the rough and rugged Aruba Arikok National Park. Along the way, you’ll spot the local plants and wildlife of the craggy but beautiful coastline on your way to Conchi, a natural pool created by the ocean’s relentless crashing waves.

Sunny day at the California Lighthouse in Hudishibana, Oranjestad, Aruba

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

Perched on the northwestern tip of the island, you can climb to the top of the recently renovated California Lighthouse for panoramic views of the crashing waves of the windward coast. From 30 metres up, you can even see the tranquil waters of the leeward shore.

Rocky shore at Boca Prins Beach, Arikok National Park, Oranjestad, Aruba

SEA FLOOR EXPLORING

The water off Aruba is teeming with marine life and you can see it all up close by riding in a high-tech submarine 45 metres below the sea. As you explore in comfort during your Aruba cruise, you'll pass schools of tropical fish, huge sponge gardens, colourful coral reefs, wreck sites and even scuba divers.

A bowl of pumpkin soup

LOCAL CUISINE

Taste your way through the multi-cultural heritage of the island. Sample Argentine meat dishes, Venezuelan empanadas and arepas, and nutty Dutch cheeses. Or for something a little more Caribbean, try a hearty pumpkin soup or gumbo with some pan bati – a pancake made from wheat and corn flour.

Closeup of colorful Dutch architecture, Oranjestad, Aruba

SHOPPING

The three-storey Royal Plaza Mall and Renaissance Mall offer incredible duty-free deals, all within easy walking distance of the port. Here you can snag luxury designer jewellery and watches, but also pick up traditional Dutch items like Delft (blue and white) pottery and locally made aloe products.

INSIDER TIP

Free trams run in a loop from the port to the central area.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Kralendijk, Bonaire

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

Nonstop adventure

It’s always sunny in Bonaire, where the days last nearly twelve hours and the adventure never ends. The countless coral reefs surrounding its shores are home to more than 400 species of marine life, earning it the nickname 'Diver’s Paradise'. But for some of the best snorkelling, head to the islet of Klein Bonaire. Or hop on a glass-bottomed gondola for prime undersea view – no swimming required. Cruise to Bonaire and do some onshore exploring at Washington Slagbaii National Park, which covers a fifth of the island. With its dramatic desert landscape, mangrove lagoons, famous pink flamingos and unrivalled diving spots, Bonaire offers endless outdoor adventures – along with a healthy dose of colonial charm.

Flamingos flying over vegetation in Kralendijk, Bonaire
Cactus growing on the shore of Washington Slagbaai National Park in Bonaire

It’s always sunny in Bonaire, where the days last nearly twelve hours and the adventure never ends. The countless coral reefs surrounding its shores are home to more than 400 species of marine life, earning it the nickname 'Diver’s Paradise'. But for some of the best snorkelling, head to the islet of Klein Bonaire. Or hop on a glass-bottomed gondola for prime undersea view – no swimming required. Cruise to Bonaire and do some onshore exploring at Washington Slagbaii National Park, which covers a fifth of the island. With its dramatic desert landscape, mangrove lagoons, famous pink flamingos and unrivalled diving spots, Bonaire offers endless outdoor adventures – along with a healthy dose of colonial charm.

Flamingos flying over vegetation in Kralendijk, Bonaire
Cactus growing on the shore of Washington Slagbaai National Park in Bonaire
Things To Do

in Kralendijk

School of fish swimming by the corals in Bonaire's National Marine Park

Chief of the Reef

Explore 86 unique dive sites at Bonaire Marine Park and discover why they call the island 'Diver’s Paradise'.

Seaside deck on Sorobon Beach in Kralendijk, Bonaire

Beaching It

Unwind onshore or go windsurfing in the warm, shallow waters of Sorobon Beach, a favourite spot for locals and visitors alike.

Close up of Bananaquit Bird, birdwatching in Kralendijk, Bonaire

For the Birds

Hike through Bonair’s historic plantations while mingling with parrots, parakeets and pink flamingos in Washington Slagbaai National Park.

Closeup of goat stew, specialty of Kralendijk

Local Cuisine

You’ll find lots of traditional Creole fare, like keshi yena (cheese-stuffed meat) and kabritu stoba (goat stew), blended with Dutch specialities on menus across the island. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the conch stew – it’s a local delicacy. And be sure to cap off your meal with a cone from Kralendijk’s Lovers’ Ice Cream.

Flamingo shaped souvenirs

Shopping

For your fix of duty-free deals, head to Harborside Mall, located just steps from the port in Kralendijk. You’ll find plenty of luxury jewellery, flamingo-themed souvenirs and knick-knacks for diving and snorkelling.

INSIDER TIP

Restaurants may include a standard 10-15% service charge on the bill. If not, a tip of 10-20% is appropriate.

DAY 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.
Hamburgers on the Boardwalk

Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.
Hamburgers on the Boardwalk

THINGS TO DO

Hot Lasagna
Giovanni's Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.

Delicious Burger and Hot Dogs with a Soda Pop
Johnny Rockets®

MEET YOU AT THE DINER, DADDY-O

With a family-friendly uncomplicated menu that offers all-American good eats and is reminiscent of simpler days, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time to an era of sock hops, soda fountains and drive-in theaters.

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.

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

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.

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
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.

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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