14 Night Ultimate Caribbean Cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas from Bridgetown, Barbados Aruba Manchebo Beach Coast Sunny Day
The 14 Night Ultimate Caribbean Cruise from Bridgetown, Barbados visits St. George's, Grenada; Willemstad, Curacao; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Colón, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Bridgetown, Barbados. 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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14 Night Ultimate Caribbean Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Rhapsody of the Seas
Day 1 - Bridgetown, Barbados
Day 2 - St. George's, Grenada
Day 3 - 4 - Willemstad, Curacao
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Day 7 - Colón, Panama
Day 8 - Cartagena, Colombia
Day 9 - Cruising
Day 10 - Kralendijk, Bonaire
Day 11 - 12 - Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 13 - Cruising
Day 14 - Port of Spain, Trinidad
Day 15 - Bridgetown, Barbados
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Aruba Manchebo Beach Coast Sunny Day
Aruba Manchebo Beach Coast Sunny Day
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14 Night Ultimate Caribbean Cruise

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Leaving from
Bridgetown, Barbados
Onboard
Rhapsody of the Seas
Day Port
1
Bridgetown, Barbados
Departs at 10:00 PM
2
St. George's, Grenada
From 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3 - 4
Willemstad, Curacao
From Day 3, 4:00 PM - Day 4, 2:00 PM
5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7
Colón, Panama
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8
Cartagena, Colombia
From 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
9
Cruising
Day at sea
10
Kralendijk, Bonaire
From 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11 - 12
Oranjestad, Aruba
From Day 11, 8:00 AM - Day 12, 9:00 PM
13
Cruising
Day at sea
14
Port of Spain, Trinidad
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
15
Bridgetown, Barbados
Arrives at 7:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Rhapsody of the Seas

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Rhapsody of the Seas
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Rhapsody of the Seas, Aerial View
Aerial View of Rhapsody of the Seas
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Rhapsody of the Seas
Soak up new views from the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. Learn skills from a seasoned chef in a culinary class. Or discover a new favorite red or white at Vintages. All on your most thrilling adventure yet.

SAY YES TO ADVENTURE

Seize adventure at the Rock Climbing Wall. Catch a movie under the stars. Rock the kitchen in a culinary class or break a sweat at Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. It's all here on Rhapsody of the Seas®.

HIGH FLYING FLAVOR TRYING

From exotic Asian flavors at Izumi and reimagined steakhouse classics at Chops Grille℠, to traditional Tuscan dishes at Giovanni's Table, this is one flavor fest you definitely want to try.

SENSATIONAL SHOWS

Ready to be dazzled? Piano Man revisits memory lane with classics on the keys. And throughout the ship, you'll find performances by onboard guest entertainers, like piano sing-alongs at the Schooner Bar.

Day 1: Bridgetown, Barbados

Day 1
Bridgetown
Barbados
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Bottom Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Bottom Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Things to do in
Bridgetown
Departs at 10:00 PM
You’ll find Bridgetown strikes a fine mix of island warmth and English heritage. Stately colonial buildings intermingle with colorful wooden homes, open-air markets, and catch-of-the-day cafes. Outside of the bustle of “Town,” as the locals call it, Barbados is a new kind of paradise in any direction. Cruise to Barbados and head towards the shore for pink-and-white-sand beaches that stretch on endlessly and crystal clear turquoise waters. Or stick to the center of the island, you’ll find rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields and historic plantations. You can even travel underground to discover limestone caves with their own waterfalls.
Harrison Cave Colorful, Bridgetown Barbados
Harrison Cave Colorful, Bridgetown Barbados

BENEATH THE SURFACE

Take a solar-powered tram journey 170 feet 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.
Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating, Bridgetown Barbados
Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating, 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, colorful birds, reptiles and other native animals roaming freely. Try to visit around 2 p.m. for feeding time to see the green monkeys close-up.
Carlise Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Carlise Bay Beach, 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.
Bajan Fish Cake, Bridgetown, Barbados
Bajan Fish Cake, Bridgetown, Barbados

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.
Souvenir Market, Bridgetown, Barbados
Souvenir Market, 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 stores along Broad Street, the main 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.

Day 2: St. George's, Grenada

Day 2
St. George's
Grenada
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Things to do in
St. George's
From 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
If variety is the spice of life, then Grenada is the taste of the tropics. The intoxicating aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves fill the air wherever you go. Take your pick of 45 sun-kissed beaches to lounge on, or hit the jungle-covered mountain range for more rugged adventures. Stroll through the 125-year-old Sendall Tunnel to reach the Carenage waterfront promenade. Cruise to Grenada and grab a seat at an open-air café and admire the steep streets lined with colonial buildings and colorful 18th-century warehouses. And holding true to its nickname of Spice Island, you’ll find several spice plantations and estates here too.

SEE YOU CRATER

Hike through the island’s lush, mountainous interior to the beauty of Grand Etang Lake— a 30-acre extinct volcano crater filled with natural cobalt blue water, rumored to be inhabited by a mermaid. Bonus: you’ll see waterfalls, tropical birds and rare flowers along the trail.
Insider tip
Spices make a great souvenir, but only factory-sealed packages can be brought through US Customs.

SUNKEN SIGHTS

Grab your snorkel mask for the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park— a collection of contemporary ecological art beneath the ocean’s surface, and a vibrant habitat complete with colorful coral formations, tropical fish and other marine life.
Insider tip
Hop on the Grenada Discovery Train from the terminal for a narrated and scenic ride around St. George’s.

HAVE A SPICE DAY

Discover the origins of the spice trade at the historic Dougaldston Estate, a village nutmeg cooperative. During your Grenada cruise, see how nutmeg is harvested, processed and exported at the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station and tour the island’s oldest working distillery at the River Antoine Rum Distillery.
St. George's, Grenada, Cuisine Goat Curry Sauce Bowl Plate Food
Mid close up shot of a bowl of Goat Curry

Local Cuisine

Native dishes are based on local produce, fresh seafood and— of course— aromatic spices. Traditional dishes include the “oil down” (meat and veggies simmered in spices and coconut milk), stuffed crabs, and callaloo soup. For hamburgers and other casual eats, check out the food vendors along the Carenage harborfront.
St. Georges, Grenada, Spices
An assortment of spices including Nutmeg

Shopping

You’ll find your standard guaranteed items like designer goods, jewelry and perfume here. But what you really want to take home are signature island spices, nutmeg jams, and spice-scented soaps. Your best bet is the Esplanade Mall at the cruise terminal, but many other options are within walking distance.

Day 3 - 4: Willemstad, Curacao

Day 3 - 4
Willemstad
Curacao
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Things to do in
Willemstad
From Day 3, 4:00 PM - Day 4, 2:00 PM
Curaçao is a treasure trove of cultural attractions, rich history, and natural scenery — from desert landscapes and rugged cliffs to 38 spectacular, and mostly secluded, beaches. Sint Anna Bay separates the two sides of the capital of Willemstad. Punda, the original settlement, is a tidy grid filled with shops and unique markets, restaurants and open-air cafes. Not to mention the famous tropicalized Dutch architecture in vibrant hues. Otrobanda (literally, “the other side”) is a maze of narrow streets and even narrower alleyways. And at only 40 miles long, a wide variety of island adventures are within easy reach during your Curaçao cruise.

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

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.
Insider tip
The tap water is safe to drink and refreshingly good thanks to the seawater distillery.

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.
Willemstad, Curacao, Peanut Soup
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.
Willemstad, Curacao, Dresses at market
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.

Day 5: Cruising

Day 5
Cruising
At Sea
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Oasis Pool Girl Diving Under Water
Oasis Pool Girl Diving Under Water
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Man Arrive on the top of the Rock Wall
Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall

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 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Brilliance of the Seas Solarium Entrance
Sunny Day at the Solarium

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.
Boardwalk Arcade Skee Ball
Close-Up the Skee Ball on the Boardwalk Arcade

Arcade

Blips, bleeps, clangs and cheers. Play to win in a classic arcade atmosphere with timeless games, plus the latest at the Royal Caribban Arcade.
Whirlpool at Night
Beautiful Night on the Pool Deck

Whirlpools

It’s easy to let every thought melt away while relaxing in a whirlpool, especially when you’re soaking up ocean views, too.

Day 6: Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Day 6
Puerto Limon
Costa Rica
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Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Two Islands
Two islands in front of the port of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Things to do in
Puerto Limon
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Come to Puerto Limon ready to meet a raw and beautiful side unlike any other in Costa Rica. Go off-road and through prehistoric forests in places like the famous Veragua Rainforest Park. Jump onboard a Costa Rica cruise and glide on a canoe over the Tortuguero Canal, meet wild creatures at the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, or get in some of the region's best surfing at the Salsa Brava reef break, just an hour's drive south of the port.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Three Toed Sloth
Three-toed sloth animal climbing plant in the jungle of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Swept Away

Fly over trees on an aerial tram, zip-line through the tropical forest or spot three-toed sloths as you hike at the Veragua Rainforest Park, a 3,212-acre nature reserve with views of the remote Talamanca Range. Then head to the biological exhibit for a glimpse of the wildlife researchers as they study the creatures and vegetation that inhabit this land.
Insider tip
Visit the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about the entity's efforts to protect local wild animals.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Manzanillo Beach
Wild Caribbean beach of Manzanillo near Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Get Salty

Costa Rica's beaches are known for their unspoiled beauty, and the ones in the province of Limon are especially popular for their Caribbean vibe. Relax in the white sand and warm waters at Playa Bonita, Playa Blanca or Puerto Viejo. Pick up souvenirs at the stalls set up by the water, sip on a fresh coconut, stroll by the shore as you take in the palm-fringed coast.
Insider tip
Stop by the Ethno Historic Museum for a look into the region's past.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Tortuguero National Park
Plants of the rainforest, as seen from a boat in the canals of Tortuguero National Park in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Into the Wild

Limon is home to several outdoor attractions, including nature thrills like river rafting and zip-lining. If you're a nature fan looking for a more contemplative outing, then head to the Tortuguero Canal, where you can paddle among water lilies, orchids and sea turtles. Have your camera ready to catch the sloths dangling from the trees, the iguanas jumping into the water and the tropical birds overhead.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Tostones
Tostones or patacones, fried green plantain slices, typical in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Local Cuisine

Taste your way through Puerto Limon and enjoy the mealnge of Spanish and Afro-Caribbean flavors. Cruise to Puerto Limon and try the distinctive dish rondon, a hearty, ginger-spiced stew of coconut milk, yams and seafood, typically fresh white fish and crab. Or sip on an agua de sapo (ginger lemonade) and snack on patacones (fried plantains) and chicharrones, slices of deep-fried pork belly brightened up with a pinch of lime.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Clay Vase
Artisan earthware clay vase, pottery for sale in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Shopping

Puerto Limon's shopping experience is as laidback as its beachy mood. Stop by casual Mercado Municipal for leatherware, ceramics, pottery and wood carvings, or go to shoreside shops in beaches like Playa Bonita for ocean-inspired souvenirs during your Costa Rica cruise.

Day 7: Colón, Panama

Day 7
Colón
Panama
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Colon, Panama Sloth Hanging On Tree
Wild two-toed sloth hanging on tree in Colon Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Things to do in
Colón
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Home to the Panama Canal's Atlantic Ocean entryway, Colón is the second-largest city in Panama. Start your adventure at the Gatun locks, where you can watch ships being raised by water lifts to the higher elevation of the canal. Then, visit the Portobelo Natural Park and take in the beauty of its 16th century forts. Or head to the beach at Playa Maria Chiquita for clear Caribbean Sea waters and white sands. Cruise to Colón, Panama and check out Portobelo National Park, where you can see 17th-century Fort San Lorenzo or go bird-watching along the Achiote Trail in San Lorenzo Protected Forest. Or take the one-hour trek to Panama City, the Caribbean's urban heartbeat.
Colon, Panama Canal
The second lock of the Panama canal from the Pacific ocean

Lock in the Wonder

Experience the Panama Canal in all its engineered glory as you witness ships being lifted in the Gatun locks to enter Gatun Lake. Ships then traverse through the lake and exit the canal on the Pacific Ocean side, going down again in the Miraflores locks.
Insider tip
Take a road trip on the Caribbean coast and find hidden beach villages, like Costa Arriba, along the way.
Colon, Panama, San Lorenzo Fort
The San Lorenzo fortifications in Portobelo National Park in Colon, Panama

Naturally Fortified

Head to the Portobelo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and find yourself surrounded by historic fortifications like the ruins of San Lorenzo Castle and Fort. Don't miss San Lorenzo Protected Forest, which houses many hiking trails and marine flora and fauna, like mangroves and sea turtles.
Insider tip
If you have the time, head to the Embera communities by canoe for a look into the lives of the indigenous peoples still living there.
Colon, Panama Cathedral
The Panama Cathedral in Colon

The Beat of the City

Drive for just an hour and find arguably the most visually appealing city in Central America: metropolitan Panama City. Cruise to Colón and walk by impressive skyscrapers like the Vitri Tower, feed your artistic side with a visit to BioMuseo museum, and shop for souvenirs in the historic streets of Panama Viejo.
Colon, Panama Empanadas
Young woman holding in hands wicker basket with freshly baked empanadas

Local Cuisine

Seafood in its many forms is the staple cuisine of Colón. Sample shrimp and coconut rice or white fish ceviche marinated in lime and habanero. Not feeling like fish? Seek out golden-brown empanadas stuffed with meat and cheese or sancocho, a hearty chicken stew with corn, squash and herbs. Finish your meal with raspados, the local dessert of grated ice sweetened with condensed milk.
Colon, Panama Hats
Panama Hats sold in Colon, Panama

Shopping

The Colón Free Zone is one of the biggest duty-free markets in the world. Head here to find wholesale stores selling everything from clothes to shoes and jewelry during your Colón cruise. If you're heading to Panama City, don't miss out on the shopping there. Shops like Karavan, Beermarkt and Papiro y Yo selling indigenous art, local beer and the ever-popular Panama hats.

Day 8: Cartagena, Colombia

Day 8
Cartagena
Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia, Playa Blanca
Beautiful turquoise water at Playa Blanca near Cartagena, Colombia
Things to do in
Cartagena
From 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Cartagena de Indias boasts romantic colonial architecture and a Caribbean coast glittering in shades of bright white and aquamarine. Saunter through the leafy Plaza de Bolivar, photographing multicolored streets like Calle Segunda de Badillo. Cruise to Cartagena to dance to the beat of merengue, salsa and Colombia's very own cumbia at places like Bazurto Social Club. Discover Proclamation Square, where the town people gathered in 1811 in support of the declaration of independence from Spain, and walk the 16th-century fortifications of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Enjoy Cartagena's natural grandeur on its many beaches, like Bocagrande, Playa Blanca and placid Rosario Islands National Park, just 45 minutes away from the city.
Cartagena, Colombia, Street view
Buildings with balconies lining a street in Cartagena, Colombia

Walk This Way

Get to know Cartagena by foot with any of the many walking tours available and learn about the city's history and charm while discovering every colonial nook. Visit the Palace of the Inquisition, the San Felipe de Barajas Castle and the chocolate or emerald museums. Only a walk will allow you the time and space to see them.
Insider tip
Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote extensively about Cartagena. Bring with you some of his quotes and try to find the spots he wrote so passionately about.
Cartagena, Colombia, Isla de Rosario
Small boats anchored close to shore at Islas de Roasario, Colombia

Soothing Shores

Get to Bocagrande and see a Colombian version of a Miami strip, clad with trendy shops and stylish sky-rises. Or head to Playa Blanca or Rosario Islands for clear waters and blinding bright sand and be lulled by the gentle waves.
Insider tip
Take a short cooking class and learn some Colombian recipes you can take home with you.
Cartagena, Colombia, Market
An outdoor market under a covered walkway in Cartagena, Colombia

Market Finds

To get a real local experience head to the bustling Mercado de Bazurto, where you can find fresh local fruits like Mamey, Cherimoya and Lulo or have a plate full of seafood — try the popular crab rice — for less than $5.
Cartagena, Colombia, Arepas rellenas
Two arepas rellenas filled with shredded beef

Local Cuisine

Cartagena proudly serves some of the best seafood in the country. Caribbean and Latin American flavors blend in dishes like ceviche, arepas rellenas (corn pancakes filled with meat) and pandebono (cheese bread). Don't miss Mila Pasteleria and Gelateria Paradiso for local sweets like coconut cake layered with dulce de leche and gelato made with mamey, a local fruit with a creamy texture and sweet pumpkin-like flavor.
Cartagena, Colombia, Traditional hats for sale
Traditional hats for sale in Cartagena, Colombia

Shopping

Walk to Casa Chiqui, This is Cartagena or Abaco Libreria and Cafe for local books, crafts and coffee. Cruise to Cartagena and stroll the Mercado for trinkets like traditional Colombian hats. If you're looking for jewelry, Cartagena is one of the world's largest producers of emeralds. Go to Lucy Jewelry to find your very own precious stone.

Day 9: Cruising

Day 9
Cruising
At Sea
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Park Cafe A Woman Holding a Sandwich
A Woman Holding a Sandwich at Park Cafe on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter - Izumi, Restaurant
Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.

Izumi Sushi & Hot Rocks

From expertly rolled sushi, fresh sashimi, and delicate nigiri, to izakaya-style appetizers and flavorful meats cooked perfectly on ishiyaki grilling stones — this hard-rocking spin on the fleet favorite Izumi is one specialty dining experience you don’t want to miss out on.
Main Dining Room Breaded Shrimp Dish
A plate of three breaded shrimp with a salad overtop in the Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavors that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.
Chef's Table Appetizer
An appetizer at Chef's Table on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee Close Up

Café Latte-tudes

When you find yourself craving a steaming hot cuppa, Café Latte-tudes has just what you need. From a nice breakfast blend to get you going to an after-dinner cappuccino or macchiato, you’ll find all your favorite sweets and specialty coffee beverages at this cozy cafe.

Day 10: Kralendijk, Bonaire

Day 10
Kralendijk
Bonaire
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Things to do in
Kralendijk
From 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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 snorkeling, head to the islet of Klein Bonaire. Or hop on a glass-bottomed gondola for prime undersea views— 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 unrivaled dive spots, Bonaire offers endless outdoor adventures— along with a healthy dose of colonial charm.
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Marine Park Coral School
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.’
Insider tip
Restaurants may include a standard 10-15% service charge on the bill. If not, a gratuity of 10-20% is appropriate.

Beaching It

Unwind onshore or go windsurfing in the warm, shallow waters of Sorobon Beach, a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike.
Insider tip
Official dive sites accessible from the shore are marked by yellow stones on the coastal road.

For the Birds

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

Local Cuisine

You’ll find lots of traditional Creole fare, like keshi yena (cheese stuffed meat) and kabritu stoba (goat stew), blended with Dutch specialties 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.
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Flamingo Shaped Souvenirs
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 jewelry, flamingo-themed souvenirs, and knick-knacks for diving and snorkeling.

Day 11 - 12: Oranjestad, Aruba

Day 11 - 12
Oranjestad
Aruba
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Divi-divi Tree at Sunset on Eagle Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Divi-divi Tree at Sunset on Eagle Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Things to do in
Oranjestad
From Day 11, 8:00 AM - Day 12, 9:00 PM
Welcome to Aruba— or as the locals say, Bon bini. Here Dutch traditions mix with island charm. The capital and port town of Oranjestad, is best known for its colorful Dutch Colonial ‘gingerbread’ houses painted in bright Caribbean hues. While Aruba is only 20 miles from tip to tip, it is packed with incredible contrasts. Cruise to Aruba and go from relaxing in a tropical paradise to trekking rugged desert in no time. The southern coast is one giant photo op— a bustling port town surrounded by powdery white beaches and crystal-clear aquamarine waters. To the north, waves crash onto a rocky coast, scattered with cliffs, cacti and divi-divi trees. Best of all, you don’t have to choose which spots to hit— just which to hit first.

ROADS LESS TRAVELED

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.
Insider tip
Free trolleys run in a loop from the port to the downtown area.
Oranjestad, Aruba, California lighthouse
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 100 feet up, you can even see the tranquil waters of the leeward shore.
Insider tip
Locals love lunch, so this is when you’ll find great specials.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Arikok National Park Beach
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 150 feet below the sea. As you explore in comfort during your Aruba cruise, you'll pass schools of tropical fish, huge sponge gardens, colorful coral reefs, wreck sites and even scuba divers.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Pumpkin Soup
A bowl of pumpkin soup

LOCAL CUISINE

Taste your way through the multicultural 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.

SHOPPING

The three-story 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 jewelry and watches, but also pick up traditional Dutch items like Delft (blue and white) pottery and locally made aloe products.

Day 13: Cruising

Day 13
Cruising
At Sea
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Ballroom Fever Cruise Show, Performers on Green Stage, Navigator of the Seas
Performers in brightly lit green stage during the Ballroom Fever Cruise Show.
NIGHTS YOU'LL NEVER FORGET
Solarium Bar
Solarium Bar and cafe on the OA, Oasis of the Seas

Solarium Bar

Relaxation can be thirsty work. While you're soaking up the vibe at the adults-only Solarium, grab a refreshment from the Solarium Bar, where friendly bartenders serve wine, beer, cocktails and chilled tropical drinks perfect for sipping beneath your poolside umbrella.
Explorer of the Seas Pool Deck Night Time Outdoor Movie
Explorer of the Seas Pool Deck Night Time Outdoor Movie

Outdoor Movie Nights

Watch first-run movies and big time sporting events the way they were meant to be seen - on a 220 square foot outdoor movie screen above the main pool area. On select ships.
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Schooner Bar

Wrap up your night at Schooner Bar, where perfectly mixed cocktails and live entertainment come together in a warm-lit nautical-themed lounge. Cozy up in a seat under the mast, by the portholes, or right by the gleaming grand piano. The sing-along's about to being.
Pure Country Original Production, Logo, Royal Caribbean
The logo of the Pure Country original production of Royal Caribbean

Pure Country

Take a hand clappin' crash-course in Pure Country! covering everything from classics to new country hits.

Day 14: Port of Spain, Trinidad

Day 14
Port of Spain
Trinidad
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Maracas Bay, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Maracas Bay, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Things to do in
Port of Spain
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Nestled along the calm, blue-green waters of the Gulf of Paria, Port of Spain is a popular starting point for those looking to explore the best of Trinidad. The city has its fair share of marvels, too — it’s home to a centuries-old fortress, gorgeous botanical gardens, and a good number of picturesque churches. And nearby you’ll find plenty of outdoor adventures, from the shaded mangroves and winding silver rivers of the Caroni Wetlands, to the postcard-pretty sweep of shore known as Maracas Beach.
Views around Fort George down to Port of Spain
Views around Fort George down to Port of Spain

BY GEORGE

This centuries-old fort offers beautiful views of the Gulf of Paria. It’s home to original cannons and dungeons, as well as objects dating back to the 1800s, when the fort was build. Though the fort never saw military action, it’s a great place to visit for a feel of the island’s British history.
Insider tip
Make sure to pack bug repellant, as mosquitos are common in Trinidad.
Birds in the Caroni Swamp in Trinidad & Tobago
Birds in the Caroni Swamp in Trinidad & Tobago

CAPTIVATING CARONI

On the west coast of Trinidad, you’ll find the Caroni Wetlands. It’s the second largest mangrove wetland in Trinidad and Tobago, and it offers endless adventures for outdoor enthusiasts. The best way to experience this natural wonder is on a boat tour through the swamp’s winding waterways and open lagoons.
Insider tip
If you like beer, don’t miss out on the two local brews — Carib and Stag.
Ocean and Palm Trees at Maracas Beach in Trinidad and Tobago
Ocean and Palm Trees at Maracas Beach in Trinidad and Tobago

BEACH BREAK

Maracas Beach is one of the prettiest beaches in Trinidad. It’s located on the north coast of the island, about half an hour from Port of Spain. Protected by a deep bay, its waters are calm and sparkling, its shore lined with gently swaying coconut trees. Make sure to pass by the Maracas Lookout for stunning views.
Insider tip
Trinidadians do not typically tip, but small tips are always appreciated even if they’re not expected.
Fried shark and bake fast food by the beach at Maracas Bay
Fried shark and bake fast food by the beach at Maracas Bay

LOCAL CUISINE

Traditional Trinidadian cuisine is a fusion of different flavors — from West African and Creole to Latin American, Indian, and south Asian. One of the most popular street food dishes you’ll find here is Bake and Shark, a meal of fried flatbread, shark meat, condiments and coleslaw, all tucked into a tasty sandwich. You can also sub the shark for any other local fish.
Bright beaded necklace red Trinidad Local Craft
Bright beaded necklace red Trinidad Local Craft

SHOPPING

Trinidad is home to lots of talented local craftsmen. Some of the best cocoa in the world comes from Trinidad, making artisan chocolates a popular gifts. Handcrafted jewelry made from forest seeds and beads also makes for a great souvenir. And if you love music, pick up a mini version of a steel pan — the island’s national instrument.

Day 15: Bridgetown, Barbados

Day 15
Bridgetown
Barbados
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Bottom Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Bottom Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Things to do in
Bridgetown
Arrives at 7:00 AM
You’ll find Bridgetown strikes a fine mix of island warmth and English heritage. Stately colonial buildings intermingle with colorful wooden homes, open-air markets, and catch-of-the-day cafes. Outside of the bustle of “Town,” as the locals call it, Barbados is a new kind of paradise in any direction. Cruise to Barbados and head towards the shore for pink-and-white-sand beaches that stretch on endlessly and crystal clear turquoise waters. Or stick to the center of the island, you’ll find rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields and historic plantations. You can even travel underground to discover limestone caves with their own waterfalls.
Harrison Cave Colorful, Bridgetown Barbados
Harrison Cave Colorful, Bridgetown Barbados

BENEATH THE SURFACE

Take a solar-powered tram journey 170 feet 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.
Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating, Bridgetown Barbados
Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating, 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, colorful birds, reptiles and other native animals roaming freely. Try to visit around 2 p.m. for feeding time to see the green monkeys close-up.
Carlise Bay Beach, Bridgetown Barbados
Carlise Bay Beach, 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.
Bajan Fish Cake, Bridgetown, Barbados
Bajan Fish Cake, Bridgetown, Barbados

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.
Souvenir Market, Bridgetown, Barbados
Souvenir Market, 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 stores along Broad Street, the main 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.

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