7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Explorer of the Seas from San Juan, Puerto Rico Willemstad, Curacao, Colorful Buildings
The 7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico visits Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Kralendijk, Bonaire; San Juan, Puerto Rico. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Explorer of the Seas
Day 1 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Day 2 - Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Day 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 5 - Willemstad, Curacao
Day 6 - Kralendijk, Bonaire
Day 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Willemstad, Curacao, Colorful Buildings
Colorful buildings along the coast of Willemstad, Curacao
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7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise

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Leaving from
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Onboard
Explorer of the Seas
Day Port
1
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Departs at 8:30 PM
2
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
Oranjestad, Aruba
From 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5
Willemstad, Curacao
From 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6
Kralendijk, Bonaire
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7
Cruising
Day at sea
8
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Arrives at 6:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Explorer of the Seas

Your ship
Explorer of the Seas
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Explorer of the Seas, Aerial
An aerial view of Explorer of the Seas
Get to know
Explorer of the Seas
This is not your average vacation. This is adventure in a bold new light — on the fleet-favorite Explorer of the Seas®. Soak up the sunshine and chill vibes at the adults-only Solarium. Indulge in authentic Tuscan cuisine at Giovanni’s Table. Then catch a jaw-dropping original production in the Main Theater, or dance the night away at Club Twenty. On this ship, there’s no wrong way to vacay.

ADVENTURE ON EVERY DECK

When you're not exploring unforgettable ports, you'll find plenty of thrills on deck. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall and try not to wipe out on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Or engage in a little friendly competition on the mini-golf course, before taking your adventure onto the ice skating rink.

FLAVORFUL FAVES

Say "Konnichiwa" to fresh-rolled sushi at Izumi, or "Buongiorno" to authentic Italian eats at Giovanni's Table. If it's prime meat you're craving, head to Chops Grille℠ for steakhouse offerings that are a cut above the rest. And for the ultimate sweet treat, order up a classic milkshake at Johnny Rockets®.

FLASHBACK FUN & DARING DANCE MOVES

Cap off each date night with an incredible show at the Main Theater, followed by a round of your favorite ice-cold brews, moonlight and island vibes poolside, and late-night dancing.

Day 1: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

PASSPORT TO THE PAST

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

SHORES GALORE

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

SHOP ‘TILL YOU DROP

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

Day 2: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

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

LOTERIE FARM

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

SIMPSON BAY LAGOON

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

MOUNT CONCORDIA

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

Local Cuisine

This gourmet capital of the Caribbean serves a mix of French, East Indian and island flavors. 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 cafe. Be sure to try some guavaberry liqueur, made exclusively on the island.
St Maarten Shopping Stores
St Maarten Shopping Stores

Shopping

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

Day 3: Cruising

Day 3
Cruising
At Sea
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Man Doing Air Trick
Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Best Friends Skating
Friends Helping Each Other Ice Skate

Ice Skating

Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve got moves like the Great One, you’ll have a great time every time at the ice skating rink.
Scuba Certification Padi Diving a Class On Board
Padi Scuba Certification Diving Class

Scuba Certification

Gear up and get certified at sea during an underwater adventure lead by certified PADI® instructors.
Navigator of the Seas Adventure Ocean
Girl Playing with Dolls at Adventure Ocean

Adventure Ocean®

“Are we there yet?” is a thing of the past. We keep every kid entertained with games, events, age-appropriate activities and more in our award-winning youth program.
Spa Couples Massage
Couples Getting Massage at Vitality Spa

Spa & Fitness Center

A luxurious sanctuary offering signature treatments, medi-spa services, and a full-service salon to make you glow from the inside out. Browse our spa menu for pricing.

Day 4: Oranjestad, Aruba

Day 4
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 8:00 AM - 11:00 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 5: Willemstad, Curacao

Day 5
Willemstad
Curacao
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Willemstad, Curacao Nature Ocean Mountain Island
Where the land divides along the sea forming a nice beach below the town of Willemstad, Curacao
Things to do in
Willemstad
From 8:00 AM - 9:00 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.
Willemstad, Curacao Waves Crashing Shete Boka Park
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.
Insider tip
Be sure to catch the swinging Queen Emma Bridge in action from the deck during sailaway.
Willemstad, Curacao Christoffel National Park Hiking
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.
Insider tip
The tap water is safe to drink and refreshingly good thanks to the seawater distillery.
Willemstad, Curacao Hato Caves Underground Nature
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.
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 6: Kralendijk, Bonaire

Day 6
Kralendijk
Bonaire
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Kralendijk, Bonaire, Flamingos Flying Over Vegetation
Flamingos flying over vegetation in Kralendijk, Bonaire
Things to do in
Kralendijk
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 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.
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Sorobon Beach Deck
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.
Insider tip
Official dive sites accessible from the shore are marked by yellow stones on the coastal road.
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Bananaquit Bird Zoom
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.
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Goat Stew Closeup
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.
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 7: Cruising

Day 7
Cruising
At Sea
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Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Chefs Table - Dining Room
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

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.
Main Dining Room Mother and Daughter Soup

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.
Oasis of the Seas Windjammer Olives Cheese and Salads
Windjammer Olives Cheese and Salads

Windjammer

Forget everything you think you know about cruise buffets. The Windjammer is your go-to restaurant for tantalizing global flavors served complimentary at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Like just-pressed paninis packed with all your favorite meats and cheeses. Flaky pastries fresh from the oven and omelets any way you like them. And hearty mains that run the gamut from crispy buttermilk fried chicken to Vietnamese braised Ho Chi Minh pork.
Room Service Breakfast
Room Service Bottle Glass in Bed

Room Service

Want to savor a meal in the comfort of your stateroom? Order delicious in-room dining any time — day or night. Tuck into breakfast in bed with a fresh omelet or a steaming stack of pancakes. Or enjoy an intimate date night in after a long day of adventure onboard and ashore. Room service makes it easy to treat your taste buds without having to set foot outside your door.

Day 8: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Day 8
San Juan
Puerto Rico
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Puerto Rico San Juan Colorful Historic Homes
Puerto Rico San Juan Colorful Historic Homes
Things to do in
San Juan
Arrives at 6:00 AM
Puerto Rico’s 500-year-old capital is a history buff’s dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbor as a New World home base, and that influence is still evident, from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town and nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungled mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep to the foothills on a riverside horseback ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with codfish fritter and rum drink in hand. San Juan cruises give you the perfect outpost to dial up or dial down your vacation.

CASTILLO DE SAN FELIPE DEL MORRO

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

CATEDRAL DE SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

Founded in 1521, this can’t-miss landmark is one of the oldest churches in the Americas. It houses the tomb of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon and the mummified remains of religious martyr St. Pio.
Puerto Rico Mofongo Shrimp
Puerto Rico Mofongo Shrimp

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.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Colorful architecture road
Woman walking through streets of Old San Juan surrounded by colorful architecture

Shopping

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

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