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Los Angeles , California | Cabo San Lucas , Mexico | Puerto Vallarta , Mexico | Puerto Quetzal , Guatemala | Puntarenas , Costa Rica | Panama Canal (Cruising) , Panama | Cartagena , Colombia | Kralendijk , Bonaire | San Juan , Puerto Rico

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You'll gain a new perspective of adventure onboard Vision of the Seas®, and we don't just mean the views at the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. From classic sips at R Bar to disco dancing in Boogie Wonderland, this ship is a spectacle to behold.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Los Angeles, California

DEPARTS:
4:00 PM
HOLIDAY

IN HOLLYWOOD

Discover Los Angeles' multicultural history by walking through its diverse selection of neighborhoods: See the ornate Twin Towers Dragon Gateway in Chinatown and the traditional Mexican shopping stalls and vendors of Olvera Street. Then, chill by the beach at Santa Monica Pier, or take the iconic drive down Sunset Boulevard, one of the most often-filmed thoroughfares in the country.

Aerial view of a beach in Santa Monica, California
Tall palm trees on a street in Beverly Hills, California
View of the ferris wheel and roller coaster on the Santa Monica pier in California

Discover Los Angeles' multicultural history by walking through its diverse selection of neighborhoods: See the ornate Twin Towers Dragon Gateway in Chinatown and the traditional Mexican shopping stalls and vendors of Olvera Street. Then, chill by the beach at Santa Monica Pier, or take the iconic drive down Sunset Boulevard, one of the most often-filmed thoroughfares in the country.

Aerial view of a beach in Santa Monica, California
Tall palm trees on a street in Beverly Hills, California
View of the ferris wheel and roller coaster on the Santa Monica pier in California
Things To Do

in Los Angeles

View of Point Dume in Malibu, California

Explore the Outer Beach Towns

Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu and Long Beach are four of Los Angeles' most popular beach destinations. Of the four, Malibu is the most remote and least urban — head here for surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. Depending on traffic, you can get to Long Beach in 40 minutes, while the others take around an hour.

The famous Hollywood sign in California

Star-Studded Trails

Snap a pic of the Hollywood sign, stroll down the Sunset Strip and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or visit Paramount Studios. You can see all of these and more on the Grand City Tour by StarLine Tours which operates two times a day, seven days a week.

The view of Los Angeles, California from Runyon Canyon Park

Hit the Hills

LA isn't only about urban adventure — the locals love the outdoors, too. Hike the hills at Runyon Canyon Park, where they also offer free outdoor yoga classes. Or hit the Griffith Park trails: Here, you can hike to Bronson Canyon, the entrance of which appears as the mouth of the Batcave in the 1960s version of "Batman."

Chorizo tacos on a white plate with a sliced lime

Local Cuisine

As international and unique as its residents, the cuisine in Los Angeles is an experience all of its own. Indulge your sweet tooth with unique ice cream flavors like chocolate caramel potato chip cupcake at Salt and Straw. Stop by one of the many food trucks for carne asada tacos. Or head to high-end Nobu for classic sushi or new-school tuna sashimi tacos — it doesn't get more LA than that.

View of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California

Shopping

LA is known for its shopping, and the city's most iconic spot for retail is Rodeo Drive. Browse through high-end fashions, and maybe spot a few celebrities while you're there. Head to the Grove for more budget-friendly designer offerings, and stroll down Melrose Avenue if you're looking for boutiques and vintage items. For bargains on clothes, shoes and textiles, check out the Los Angeles Fashion District.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool

THINGS TO DO

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.

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

DAY 3 - TENDERED

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
OCEAN EXPLORATION

ON THE SEA OF CORTEZ

Explore Baja's quintessential seaside town — check out Iglesia de San Lucas, a Spanish missionary church dating back to 1730. Then, see the majestic, photo-ready rock arches on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula. Take in views of clear ocean waters and desert-like landscapes on the coastline of the Sea of Cortez, or relax on the sands of Playa Medano before popping in for a margarita at an oceanside watering hole.

Boats docked at a marina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Aerial view of the famous arch in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
A sandy beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Explore Baja's quintessential seaside town — check out Iglesia de San Lucas, a Spanish missionary church dating back to 1730. Then, see the majestic, photo-ready rock arches on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula. Take in views of clear ocean waters and desert-like landscapes on the coastline of the Sea of Cortez, or relax on the sands of Playa Medano before popping in for a margarita at an oceanside watering hole.

Boats docked at a marina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Aerial view of the famous arch in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
A sandy beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Things To Do

in Cabo San Lucas

The fanous arch in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Natural Monument

Reachable by water taxi, El Arco ("The Arch") will enchant you. Here, impressive arches naturally formed from rock frame white-sand beaches and crystal-blue waters. Snap a pic of the arch, and catch a glimpse of the sea lions that often pop up to get some sun on the rock formations.

View of Lovers beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from the sea

Submerge in Love

This same water taxi can also drop you off at romantic Playa del Amor — Lover's Beach. Watch the clear waters of the Sea of Cortez crash against the massive eroded granite rocks that rest on the shore.

Colorful houses in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Creativity Walk

Take a break from the sun and stroll through the old town of San Jose del Cabo, a quick 30 minutes away from Cabo San Lucas. The town's Gallery District is full of small studios where local artists sell their work. Bring your camera to capture the enchanting Spanish colonial architecture of this historic town.

Three shrimp tacos with coleslaw and salsa on a wooden board

Local Cuisine

Cabo San Lucas' cuisine is as exotic and mesmerizing as its vistas. Cruise to Cabo San Lucas to savor delicious chocolate clams, tamales fajados (chicken tamales), tamales guemes (pork, raisin and olive tamales), spicy shrimp tacos and their famous comida de pobres (seafood stew). Then wash it all down with clamato, a sweet tomato and clam drink.

Various decorative Mexican bowls for sale

Shopping

Head to San Jose del Cabo for beautiful and varied local handicrafts in places like Silver Moon Gallery, Indian Hands and Curios Carmela. Another great stop during your Cabo San Lucas cruise is La Coyota, an hacienda-turned-shop where you can find embroideries, toys, hand-painted bowls and other types of pottery.

INSIDER TIP

Drive the coast that connects both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo for gorgeous seascapes and delicious cuisine by the sea.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

ARRIVES:
11:30 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM
WATERFRONT MEXICAN

MAGNETISM

Puerto Vallarta is paradise and romance defined. Relax on pristine beaches such as Yelapa, admire the the terracotta roofs of the old town and take in the impressive views of the bay from its charming promenade. From there, walk down to Los Arcos, the Roman-style arches overlooking the water that are Vallarta's most iconic symbol. Then, head to El Malecon, a beachside walkway with contemporary sculptures, as well as bars, lounges and nightclubs.

Houses along the coastline of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Las Animas beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Waterfront malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is paradise and romance defined. Relax on pristine beaches such as Yelapa, admire the the terracotta roofs of the old town and take in the impressive views of the bay from its charming promenade. From there, walk down to Los Arcos, the Roman-style arches overlooking the water that are Vallarta's most iconic symbol. Then, head to El Malecon, a beachside walkway with contemporary sculptures, as well as bars, lounges and nightclubs.

Houses along the coastline of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Las Animas beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Waterfront malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Things To Do

in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Coastal Town Yelapa

Laze in the Sun

Kick back and enjoy the crystalline waters of Yelapa Beach, a seemingly undiscovered stretch of sand in Puerto Vallarta's Bahia de Banderas, only accessible by boat. Don't leave without heading to a street vendor for freshly baked beach pies (coconut is quite popular), which go for just $2 per slice.

Ancient relief art on pyramid in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Afternoon With the Ancients

Just outside the village La Chloe is the Xihuacan Museum and Archeological Site, a 3,000-year-old site is believed to have been a cultural ceremonial center used by different tribes, including the Aztecs, Toltecs, Zapotecas and Olmecs. Here, you can see a wealth of ancient artifacts, including vases, figurines and jewelry.

Fragment of street view in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Romance in the Air

Visit Vallarta's Zona Romantica, also known as Old Vallarta, famous for ancient streets dotted with beautiful, candle-lit restaurants, bars and cafes like Cafe de Artistes, all under colorful garlands hanging from colonial balconies. Cruise to Puerto Vallarta and shop the local markets, bookstores and galleries in the zone, and take a piece of romance with you.

Grilled fish and tortillas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Local Cuisine

Puerto Vallarta's cuisine is deeply rooted in the traditions of Jalisco, the state where Vallarta is located. Try pescado embarazado, charcoal-grilled fish marinated in lemon and slathered with salsa huichol, a distinctive sauce made with cascabel chili peppers, cumin, salt and vinegar. Or fill up on birria, a traditional stew of tender, slow-cooked goat meat spiced with guajillo chiles. And don't forget to sip some Jalisco tequila or mezcal.

Mexican pottery in bold earthy colors and patterns at artisan market in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Shopping

Puerto Vallarta is renowned for its hand-blown glass, earthy pottery and chunky silver jewelry. Head to the town's markets of Mercado Municipal Rio Cuale or Pueblo Viejo Mercado de Artesanias, where you'll find shops brimming with the famous pottery and jewelry. Pick up your own handmade serape (shawl) or some traditional toys and masks before going back to the ship.

INSIDER TIP

Stroll down the old town and take in the hustling and bustling of the lively streets.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

THINGS TO DO

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

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.

DAY 6 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Women performing on stage for the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show, Vision of the Seas
Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas

Women performing on stage for the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show, Vision of the Seas
Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas

THINGS TO DO

The performance crew of the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show on stage in Majesty of the Seas
Boogie Wonderland

PEACE, LOVE & DISCO BEATS

Throw it back to the era that started it all with the best disco music and dancing that will leave you boogie woogie-ing all night long.

Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas
Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme

ENTER STAGE RIGHT

Sing along with your favorite show tunes as the rhythm, rhyme, words and music of Broadway transport you to NYC.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
COLOSSAL AND

COLORFUL

Feel Guatemala's true pulse in the colonial capital of Antigua or the charming villages of San Antonio Aguascalientes. Then, discover its natural wonders, like the majestic Lake Atitlan in the town of Panajachel. Lake Atitlan isn't merely a single destination, but rather a collection of quaint villages and towns. They pepper the crater's cliffs and hide in majestic fjord like valleys.

Antigua Central Park near Port Quetzal, Guatemala
View of Agua volcano from lake Atlitlan near Port Quetzal, Guatemala
Old ruins in Antigua near Port Quetzal, Guatemala

Feel Guatemala's true pulse in the colonial capital of Antigua or the charming villages of San Antonio Aguascalientes. Then, discover its natural wonders, like the majestic Lake Atitlan in the town of Panajachel. Lake Atitlan isn't merely a single destination, but rather a collection of quaint villages and towns. They pepper the crater's cliffs and hide in majestic fjord like valleys.

Antigua Central Park near Port Quetzal, Guatemala
View of Agua volcano from lake Atlitlan near Port Quetzal, Guatemala
Old ruins in Antigua near Port Quetzal, Guatemala
Things To Do

in Puerto Quetzal

Santa Catalina Arch and Agua Volcano by Port Quetzal, Guatemala

Colonial Relics

Travel back in time as you saunter the streets of this Spanish Colonial town that lies 4,500 feet above sea level. Antigua is clad in pastel-colored buildings, balconies dripping bougainvilleas and house museums like Casa Santo Domingo and Casa de los Suenos, which depict the country's storied past.

Traditional Mayan textiles on a market in Port Quetzal, Guatemala

Weave Your Way

Find the artist within with a tour of San Antonio Aguascalientes, and let your inner creative have some fun while learning how to weave intricate patterns from the local Maya women. Then shop for their high-quality huipiles (woven blouses) at the local textile market.

Two giraffes at a safari park in Port Quetzal, Guatemala

Animal Kingdom

Head to Auto Safari Chapin for close and safe encounters with rare animals from Guatemala and Africa, like zebras, lions and giraffes — all from the comfort of your air-conditioned drive-through coach. Then, get on your feet and explore the nature park for sightings of exotic birds and endangered species like water buffalos, dwarf goats and ostriches.

Traditional street food in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Local Cuisine

Guatemala's cuisine is made of hearty dishes like empanadas — savory pastries stuffed with potato and meat and topped with guacamole, cilantro and onion — pollo asado (spiced roasted chicken) and mashed plantains. For a taste of these local delicacies, head to Las Antorchas, Rincon Tipico or La Casa de las Sopas in the old town of Antigua.

Colorful wooden maracas at street shop in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Shopping

Antigua's bustling local market, found on Calle Poniente, displays a colorful collection of local arts and crafts like masks, wood carvings, huipiles (woven blouses), maracas and kites. Another unmissable location with your cruise to Puerto Quetzal is Nim Po't, a hall with a massive array of Maya clothing.

INSIDER TIP

Take Spanish-speaking lessons in Antigua, a hub of international exchange with dozens of language schools.

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

LB, Liberty of the Seas, young couple, man, woman, smiling, laughing, at R-Bar, R Bar, bartender serving mixed drinks, enjoy, enjoyment, fun,
Friends Enjoying Tropical Dreams in the Solarium

LB, Liberty of the Seas, young couple, man, woman, smiling, laughing, at R-Bar, R Bar, bartender serving mixed drinks, enjoy, enjoyment, fun,
Friends Enjoying Tropical Dreams in the Solarium

THINGS TO DO

LB, Liberty of the Seas, young couple, man, woman, smiling, laughing, at R-Bar, R Bar, bartender serving mixed drinks, enjoy, enjoyment, fun,
R Bar

SHAKING UP THE CLASSICS

Vintage glamor comes alive at R Bar — serving classic cocktails, like gin martinis and Old Fashioneds, in a distinctly sophisticated setting.

Solarium Bar and cafe on the OA, Oasis of the Seas
Solarium Bar

SUN, SERENITY & SIPS

Does sitting in the whirlpool make you thirsty? Grab a drink at the nearby Solarium Bar.

DAY 9 - DOCKED

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
WELCOME TO

THE JUNGLE

Puntarenas introduces you to the ever-beautiful beach attractions of Costa Rica. Drive out to the Nicoya Peninsula and relax on one of its diverse beaches. Journey to the top of active Poas Volcano for incredible views of the turquoise lake that fills its steaming crater. Observe rescued wildlife like jaguars, spider monkeys and electric-colored frogs at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a private eco-tourism reserve.

Beach on Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Public square in Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Pier and Palms in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Puntarenas introduces you to the ever-beautiful beach attractions of Costa Rica. Drive out to the Nicoya Peninsula and relax on one of its diverse beaches. Journey to the top of active Poas Volcano for incredible views of the turquoise lake that fills its steaming crater. Observe rescued wildlife like jaguars, spider monkeys and electric-colored frogs at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a private eco-tourism reserve.

Beach on Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Public square in Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Pier and Palms in Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Things To Do

in Puntarenas

Suspension bridge in a rainforest in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

High in the Clouds

Walk across four suspended bridges and along the treetops and the forest fog of San Luis Park. A local guide will take you through the dense tropical jungle and into a hummingbird garden to witness the beautiful birds as they fly rapidly among the trees.

Bag of coffee beans from Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Coffee Culture

Tour the 640-acre Arabica coffee plantation of Espiritu Santo in the charming mountain town of Naranjo. Learn how beans are prepared for roasting while sipping on the delicious brew. The coffee produced here lands in Starbucks stores across the globe.

Traditional decorated ox cart in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Folkloric Allure

After the coffee sampling, head to the nearby artisan town of Sarchi, famous for its arts and crafts and for making the colorful oxcarts, famous folkloric carriages and symbols of Costa Rican culture. Wooden rocking chairs and painted ceramics are also available and locally made.

Ethnic tropical cuisine, gallo pinto with rice and beans in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Local Cuisine

Fill up for the day with a traditional Costa Rican breakfast of gallo pinto, a hearty combo of rice beans flavored with spices, cilantro and onions. Later on, order up casado, a plate-style combo of rice, beans, tortillas, fried plaintains and your protein of choice — celebrate the ocean and opt for grilled fish. During your Puntarenas cruise, stop by a street vendor for a tamal, the Costa Rican classic of cornmeal and garlic wrapped in a banana leaf.

Colorful souvenir batiks in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Shopping

For close-by shopping options, head straight to Paseo de los Turistas, a promenade with many craft shops selling everything from locally grown coffee to leather goods. If driving is not an issue, head to the village of Sarchi and pick your favorite oxcart as a souvenir. Cruise to Costa Rica to stop by a beachside vendor and pick up a batik, a colorful dyed cloth traditional to the area.

INSIDER TIP

Take a historic train or a river cruise and witness the lesser-known side of Costa Rica's wildlife.

DAY 10 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool

THINGS TO DO

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.

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

DAY 11 - CRUISING

Panama Canal (Cruising), Panama

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

SIGHTS BETWEEN SEAS

Cross from one ocean to another while taking in the unparalleled mountain and water views of the engineering marble known as the Panama Canal. The best way for visitors to see the canal is to literally get in the middle of it. See the man-made marvel of the canal while you take in the natural wonders around it, including the rainforest of Soberania National Park and the bright green hilltops of Barro Colorado Island.

The second lock of the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean
A bridge spanning over the Panama Canal
Jungle on the shoreline of a small island in Lake Gatun, in the Panama Canal, Panama

Cross from one ocean to another while taking in the unparalleled mountain and water views of the engineering marble known as the Panama Canal. The best way for visitors to see the canal is to literally get in the middle of it. See the man-made marvel of the canal while you take in the natural wonders around it, including the rainforest of Soberania National Park and the bright green hilltops of Barro Colorado Island.

The second lock of the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean
A bridge spanning over the Panama Canal
Jungle on the shoreline of a small island in Lake Gatun, in the Panama Canal, Panama
Things To Do

in Panama Canal (Cruising)

The first lock of the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean with a view from a ship

Get Swept Up

The man-made system of locks are where the Panama Canal works its magic by lifting passing ships up to the canal's main elevation, then letting them down again. You'll see three lock systems as you make your way through the canal: Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun.

A yellow-backed bird found in the Soberania National Park that can be seen from the Panama Canal

Exotic Views

From the ship, you'll get great views of Soberania National Park, a 55,000-acre area of protected rainforest that's home countless species of birds, mammals and reptiles. See if you can catch a glimpse of an orange-chinned parakeet or a white-faced capuchin monkey.

Caupchin monkeys on Monkey Island in Lake Gatun on the Panama Canal

Lake Gatun

Be sure to look for the islands that surround Lake Gatun during your Panama Canal cruise. See the lush forests and colorful birds, and get to know the impressive body of water itself — at the time it was created, it was the largest man-made lake in the world.

INSIDER TIP

Record the Panama Canal crossing during the ship's elevation, an unforgettable experience to keep for years to come.

DAY 12 - DOCKED

Cartagena, Colombia

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM
STORYBOOK CHARM

WITH A TROPICAL TWIST

Cartagena feels like a fairy tale town with colorful streets like Calle del Tablon, where balconies overflow with bright pink bougainvillea. Beautiful historic buildings like the San Pedro Claver Church showcase the city's heritage, while flawless beaches like Playa Blanca remind you this is also a Caribbean paradise.

Beautiful turquoise water at Playa Blanca near Cartagena, Colombia
San Felipe de Barahas castle in Cartagena, Colombia
Church of St. Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena feels like a fairy tale town with colorful streets like Calle del Tablon, where balconies overflow with bright pink bougainvillea. Beautiful historic buildings like the San Pedro Claver Church showcase the city's heritage, while flawless beaches like Playa Blanca remind you this is also a Caribbean paradise.

Beautiful turquoise water at Playa Blanca near Cartagena, Colombia
San Felipe de Barahas castle in Cartagena, Colombia
Church of St. Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia
Things To Do

in Cartagena

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DAY 13 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

THINGS TO DO

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

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.

DAY 14 - DOCKED

Kralendijk, Bonaire

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM
DEEP DIVE INTO

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 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.

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 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.

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 favorite 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 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.

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.

INSIDER TIP

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

DAY 15 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Women performing on stage for the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show, Vision of the Seas
Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas

Women performing on stage for the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show, Vision of the Seas
Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas

THINGS TO DO

The performance crew of the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show on stage in Majesty of the Seas
Boogie Wonderland

PEACE, LOVE & DISCO BEATS

Throw it back to the era that started it all with the best disco music and dancing that will leave you boogie woogie-ing all night long.

Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas
Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme

ENTER STAGE RIGHT

Sing along with your favorite show tunes as the rhythm, rhyme, words and music of Broadway transport you to NYC.

DAY 16 - 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 flavored by Spanish and African influences. Try some mofongo, mashed fried green plantains often stuffed with meat, or snack on some codfish 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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