10 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Vision of the Seas from Fort Lauderdale, Florida Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, Magens Bay
The 10 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida visits Labadee, Haiti; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; St. John's, Antigua; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 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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10 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Vision of the Seas
Day 1 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Labadee, Haiti
Day 4 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Day 5 - Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Day 6 - Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis
Day 7 - St. John's, Antigua
Day 8 - Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Day 9 - 10 - Cruising
Day 11 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, Magens Bay
View of Magens Bay from a cliff in Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
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Leaving from
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Onboard
Vision of the Seas
Day Port
1
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Departs at 4:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Labadee, Haiti
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
4
San Juan, Puerto Rico
From 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6
Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7
St. John's, Antigua
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9 - 10
Cruising
Day at sea
11
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Arrives at 7:00 AM
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Your ship Vision of the Seas

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Vision of the Seas
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Vision of the Seas, Side View, Caribbean Cruise Destinations
Side View of Vision of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Puerto Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico
Get to know
Vision of the Seas
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.

ALL-AROUND AMAZING

Spend your sea days catching a movie on the poolside screen or learning how to flambé with a seasoned chef in a culinary class. Or get top-notch views on the Rock Climbing Wall, then visit Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. With so much to do onboard, adventure is always in sight.

TASTEBUD TRAILBLAZING

Grab a classic cocktail at the retro-inspired R Bar then chow down on select steakhouse faves at Chop's Grille℠. For a Far East feast, head to Izumi. And get ready for an elevated epicurean experience at Chef's Table.

CASTING CALL

Magic happens when the curtain goes up onboard Vision of the Seas®. We're talking peace, love and disco beats in Boogie Wonderland, show tunes galore in Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme, and guest entertainers that know how to rock your vacation with stellar performances.

Day 1: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Day 1
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Waterway
Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Things to do in
Fort Lauderdale
Departs at 4:00 PM
Fort Lauderdale delivers the best of both worlds— beach basking and glitzy cosmopolitan appeal. From serene Hugh Taylor Birch State Park to the buzzing Boardwalk of Hollywood (that’s Florida, not California), there’s a stretch of sand for every style of beachgoer. And jumbo yachts roam more than 300 miles of waterways in this “Venice of America.” Hitch a ride on the free Water Taxi or cruise on the Jungle Queen Riverboat before or after your Fort Lauderdale cruise. Head to the historic Stranahan House for a glimpse into Fort Lauderdale’s history and be sure to hit its modern-day backyard: the people-watching mecca of Las Olas Boulevard.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Riverwalk High Rise
High rise building on Riverwalk, Fort Lauderdale

STREET SCENE

Las Olas Boulevard, nestled next door to downtown, is the entertainment core of Fort Lauderdale. It has a mile of upscale shops and al fresco dining that runs past high-rises and into the RiverWalk, where you can catch the free water trolley for a cruise across mega-mansion-lined canals.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, A1A aerial
Bird's eye view of A1A and adjacent beach

VITAMIN SEA

Soak up the sun, sand and seaside fun along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Walk along the palm-lined “Strip” on State Road A1A to get your fill of beach bars, souvenir shops and outdoor restaurants. Fort Lauderdale cruises allow you to go full throttle on a Jet Ski®— or go parasailing high above the ocean.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Everglades Bird Close Up
Close up of bird at the Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

GLADES OF GLORY

Head west and explore the Florida Everglades, an untamed river of grass spanning 2,200 acres of picturesque wetlands. Whether you take a wild ride in an airboat or splash around in a swamp buggy, you’ll encounter wild alligators and native birds thriving among Florida’s finest natural landscapes.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Fresh Seafood Platter
Family style fresh seafood platter in Fort Lauderdale

LOCAL CUISINE

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic Fort Lauderdale dining experience than eating fresh-off-the-boat seafood in a waterfront eatery. Local “Floribbean” cuisine melds Caribbean and Latin-influenced flavors with locally caught fish, shrimp and crab. Surf-and-turf joints line every inch of A1A along the beach, while white tablecloths drape the majority of Las Olas sidewalk restaurants.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Beachwear hats shop
Tourist shop with hats and beachwear in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

SHOPPING

Pick up beachwear at The Gallery at Beach Place, or find rare books and handmade hats on Hollywood Boulevard. Dania’s Antique Row is home to some 100 dealers, while art galleries and unusual boutiques line Las Olas Boulevard. For serious bargains, head to the Sawgrass Mills outlet sprawl.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time

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.
Couple with their Kids in the Pool
Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool

Pools

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: Labadee, Haiti

Day 3
Labadee
Haiti
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Labadee, Haiti, Girl Dragon's Breath Flight Line Island View
Girl zip lining down Dragon's Breath Flight Line, Labadee, Haiti
Things to do in
Labadee
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
There’s nowhere quite like Labadee®— where you can chase an adrenaline rush on an alpine coaster one minute, and do some sun soaking the next. All right in the middle of rolling jungles and sparkling beaches. Cruise to Labadee and trek to the mountaintop to catch serious air on the world's longest zip line over water— the Dragon's Breath Flight LineSM. Or climb the only icebergs in the Caribbean at Arawak Aqua Park. If you just want to kick back and relax, grab our signature drink— the Labadoozie— and your own beach bungalow overlooking Nellie’s Beach. Or take a boat ride off Haiti’s shore for Caribbean hues and ocean views.
Labadee, Haiti Zipline
Woman Gliding Through the Coast of Labadee

HIGH FLYING THRILLS

Soar along the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line℠, the world’s longest zip line over water, and see Labadee from 500 feet above ground.
Labadee, Haiti, Girl Dragon's Tail Coaster
Girl riding Dragon's Tail Coaster with view of the beach, Labadee, Haiti

CARIBBEAN COASTING

Catch some of the best views of Labadee while coasting down a mountainside at 30 miles per hour on the Dragon’s Tail Coaster℠.
Labadee, Haiti, Private bungalow Nellie's Beach
Private Bungalow at Nellie's Beach, Labadee, Haiti

CABANA BREAK

Relax and recharge in the shade of a private bungalow at Nellie’s beach during your Labadee cruise. When you’re ready to catch some rays, drift over gentle waves on a floating beach mat.
Labadee, Haiti, Cuisine from Dragon's Cafe
A plate of rice, salad, chicken and fish from Dragons Cafe in Labadee, Haiti

LOCAL CUISINE

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll find all kinds of food served complimentary at Dragon’s Café, Labadee Café, and Columbus café. And be sure to try a Labodoozie— Labadee’s signature frozen drink.
Labadee, Haiti, Locally Made Crafts
An assortment of locally made crafts and souvenirs in Labadee, Haiti

SHOPPING

You can find lots of locally made souvenirs, crafts and paintings in the Artisan’s Village. You might want to practice your bargaining skills before you go, because prices are often open to negotiation.

Day 4: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Day 4
San Juan
Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico Fort
San Juan, Puerto Rico historic Fort San Felipe Del Morro.
Things to do in
San Juan
From 2:00 PM - 10:00 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.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, El Morro night sunset
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.
Insider tip
The free, open-air trolleys in Old San Juan are a great way to see the city’s top sites.
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.
Insider tip
Wear comfortable walking shoes. The cobblestoned streets in Old San Juan can be steep and uneven.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Food mojito
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.
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.

Day 5: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Day 5
Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas
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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Beach Boats
Boats gathered in St. Thomas Bay on a sunny day
Things to do in
Charlotte Amalie
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Charlotte Amalie is one of the world’s most beautiful harbors; blue waters peppered with sailboats and green hills dotted with quaint little cottages make for post-card perfect brags. Just outside the lively port town, you’ll find ribbons of powdery sand beaches dotted with hammocks. Cruise to St. Thomas and explore colonial landmarks like Blackbeard’s Castle or raise a pint of the local lager at quaint microbreweries. And when it’s time to fuel up, you’ll find plenty of beachside bars serving conch fritters, johnnycakes, and coconut patties. St. Thomas may technically be part of the U.S., but with its colorful markets, unspoiled beaches, and the ever-present sound of steel drums, you’ll feel a world away.
Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, Magens Bay Beach
Palm trees and white sand, Magens Bay beach, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Beach Hop ‘Till You Drop

St. Thomas is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Ditch the crowds for some prime snorkeling at Sapphire Beach. And of course, no visit is complete without a stop at Magen’s Bay, named one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by National Geographic.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Cable Cars
Cables cars in St. Thomas, USVI

Panoramic Views of Paradise

St. Thomas’s central mountain range offers endless opportunities to snag the ultimate panoramic selfie. Head to Government Hill, Drake’s Seat on Skyline Drive, and Mountain Top, which rises over 1,500 feet above sea level for the most bragworthy views.
Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, Old Lutheran Church
Front of the Old Lutheran Church during a clear sky sunny day in Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Journey Into the Past

Just off Main Street, visit the St. Thomas Synagogue and Frederick Lutheran Church, each the second oldest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Stop by Blackbeard’s Castle, built in 1679, and see the world’s largest collection of life-sized pirate statues. Or climb the legendary 99 Steps built by 18th century Danes, using bricks that once served as ship ballast.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Cod with sides of Callaloo and Johnny Cakes
Cod fish with sides of Callaloo and Johnny Cakes

Local Cuisine

St. Thomas is a foodie’s haven, and you’ll find no shortage of bars and pubs serving up local favorites like St. John Brewers Virgin Islands beer and Blackbeard Ale™. West Indian fare, like callaloo (sautéed leafy greens) and Johnnycakes (cornmeal flatbreads), is a staple. And you absolutely can’t leave without trying some chocolate dipped coconut patties. In restaurants and bars, you may wish to add a gratuity of 15-20% to your bill if service was especially good.

Day 6: Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis

Day 6
Basseterre
St. Kitts & Nevis
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Basseterre, St. Kitts Mount Liamuiga Volcano Hike Couple
Couple resting from volcano hike on Mount Liamuiga, Basseterre
Things to do in
Basseterre
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Greens in every shade spring from the rolling hills of St. Kitts— an island ripe with eco-tourism adventures. In the port city of Basseterre, you’ll find centuries of history to explore in impressive estates and photo-worthy monuments like the Brimstone Hill Fortress, one of the best preserved military structures in the Americas. Cruise to St. Kitts & Nevis and venture beyond the port and gear up for a unique climb up the 3,792-foot Mount Liamuiga volcano for views well worth the hike. Or hop in a kayak to get up close with a rainbow of tropical reef fish. Looking for something a little more laidback? Escape to the tiny unhurried sister island, Nevis, for smooth golden beaches and clear-water snorkeling— it’s just a thirty minute ferry ride away.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Forest Volcano Hike Couple
Couple hiking on a volcano trail in Basseterre rainforest

TAKE A HIKE

Hit the Mount Liamuiga trail and trek through towering trees, tangled vines, and tropical flowers to the crater of the 3,792-foot dormant volcano. At the peak of your 6-mile ascent, you’ll be rewarded with a view that goes so far, you can see neighboring islands.
Insider tip
Tipping taxi drivers isn’t necessary. In restaurants, 10-15% gratuity is standard.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Nevis Traditional Architecture
Boardwalk with traditional red houses in Nevis, Basseterre

HIT THE STRIP

For a taste of nightlife while the sun is still shining, head to The Strip on South Frigate Bay. This hot spot along the beach is lined with resorts, restaurants and bars with open-air dance floors. Most places open at 10 a.m. and keep the island party vibes going until late night.
Insider tip
Six ferries are available to take you on the 45-minute trip between the islands.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Sugarcane plantation ruins
Sunny day at old sugarcane plantation ruins, Basseterre

ALL ABOARD

Hop on the West Indies’ last railway— double-decker railcars that travel along a line built a century ago to transport sugarcane across the island. You’ll pass historical estates and countryside filled with tall wild sugarcane.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Nevis Grilled Spiny Lobster
Four spiny lobster tails on a grill

Local Cuisine

Casual beach spots with super-fresh seafood are your best bet for lunch. Order some spiny lobster or conch grilled over an open fire. More adventurous eaters should try West Indian specialties like pepper pot, Arawak chicken and goat water stew. For a quick snack, vendors sell sugarcane stalks to chew on.
Basseterre, St. Kitts Nevis Assorted Colorful Souvenirs
An assortment of colorful souvenirs

Shopping

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

Day 7: St. John's, Antigua

Day 7
St. John's
Antigua
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St. John's, Antigua, Shirley Heights dusk
Sunrise at Shirley Heights, The Lookout, with views of the Falmouth and English Harbors, St. John's, Antigua
Things to do in
St. John's
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Antigua has a beach for every day of the year— literally. But the island experience goes beyond 365 distinct ribbons of white sand and clear waters. In the capital city of St. John's, you’ll discover charming candy-colored architecture, lively markets, and a beautiful baroque cathedral. And smiling locals greet you everywhere you go. On the southern coast, you can explore Nelson’s Dockyard, a centuries-old British naval base built by Admiral Horatio Nelson. Past Antigua’s yacht-studded coastline, you’ll find upscale boutiques, wild forest trails, hidden coves, and coral reefs bustling with tropical fish. But the best way to really see the island is from up above, so cruise to Antigua and hop into a helicopter for a panoramic look at lush jungles, golden beaches, and the nearby volcanic island, Montserrat.
St. John's, Antigua, Betty's Hope
Stone windmill tower at Betty's Hope, St. John's, Antigua

HUNT FOR HISTORY

Explore Betty’s Hope, two restored stone windmill towers that were once part of Antigua’s first major sugar plantation. The site dates back to the mid-1600s.
Insider tip
Antigua is the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean islands, so don’t forget your sunscreen. Do not wear camouflage clothing— it’s against the law  in Antigua— and leave your beach attire for the beach.  
St. John's, Antigua, Nelson's Dockyard
Restored historic building at Nelson's Dockyard, St. John's, Antigua

DISCOVER THE DOCKYARD

Once the base of the British Royal Navy, Nelson’s Dockyard is now the only working Georgian dockyard in the world. It’s home to several sailing and yachting events, and close to the historic Clarence House.
Insider tip
A service charge is often included in the check at restaurants, but you may wish to add a standard 5% gratuity.
St. John's, Antigua, Shirley Heights
Yachts on the coastline of St. Johns, Antigua

SOAK UP THE HEIGHTS

For some of the best views on the island, head to Shirley Heights— a restored military lookout nicknamed ‘The Lookout.’ It offers the best views of the Falmouth and English Harbors.
St. John's, Antigua, Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips on a white tray

LOCAL CUISINE

In Antigua, British, Creole, and West Indian flavors come together to spice up local ingredients and fresh seafood. Must-try dishes include fungi— a cooked cornmeal paste similar to Italian polenta— and ducana dumplings made of sweet potato. If you wander the harbor front, you’ll find traditional English fish and chips paired with locally brewed Wadadli beer.

Day 8: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Day 8
Philipsburg
St. Maarten
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Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Marigot sunset
Sunset at Marigot, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Things to do in
Philipsburg
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 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.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Great Salt Pond aerial
Aerial view of the Great Salt Pond, Philipsburg, St. Maarten

LOTERIE FARM

Loterie Farm is a nature sanctuary with 135 acres of hiking trails, a zip line adventure course, and a spring fed multi-level pool with cascading waterfalls..
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.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Front Street Sign
A sign at Front Street in St. Maarten

Shopping

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

Day 9 - 10: Cruising

Day 9 - 10
Cruising
At Sea
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Focaccia della Casa - Giovanni's Table
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.
FOR FOODIES
Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio Izumi
Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.

Izumi

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.
Giovanni's table Grilled Octopus
Oasis of the Seas Giovanni's Table Dish

Giovanni's Table

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

Day 11: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Day 11
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
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Things to do in
Fort Lauderdale
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Fort Lauderdale delivers the best of both worlds— beach basking and glitzy cosmopolitan appeal. From serene Hugh Taylor Birch State Park to the buzzing Boardwalk of Hollywood (that’s Florida, not California), there’s a stretch of sand for every style of beachgoer. And jumbo yachts roam more than 300 miles of waterways in this “Venice of America.” Hitch a ride on the free Water Taxi or cruise on the Jungle Queen Riverboat before or after your Fort Lauderdale cruise. Head to the historic Stranahan House for a glimpse into Fort Lauderdale’s history and be sure to hit its modern-day backyard: the people-watching mecca of Las Olas Boulevard.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Riverwalk High Rise
High rise building on Riverwalk, Fort Lauderdale

STREET SCENE

Las Olas Boulevard, nestled next door to downtown, is the entertainment core of Fort Lauderdale. It has a mile of upscale shops and al fresco dining that runs past high-rises and into the RiverWalk, where you can catch the free water trolley for a cruise across mega-mansion-lined canals.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, A1A aerial
Bird's eye view of A1A and adjacent beach

VITAMIN SEA

Soak up the sun, sand and seaside fun along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Walk along the palm-lined “Strip” on State Road A1A to get your fill of beach bars, souvenir shops and outdoor restaurants. Fort Lauderdale cruises allow you to go full throttle on a Jet Ski®— or go parasailing high above the ocean.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Everglades Bird Close Up
Close up of bird at the Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

GLADES OF GLORY

Head west and explore the Florida Everglades, an untamed river of grass spanning 2,200 acres of picturesque wetlands. Whether you take a wild ride in an airboat or splash around in a swamp buggy, you’ll encounter wild alligators and native birds thriving among Florida’s finest natural landscapes.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Fresh Seafood Platter
Family style fresh seafood platter in Fort Lauderdale

LOCAL CUISINE

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic Fort Lauderdale dining experience than eating fresh-off-the-boat seafood in a waterfront eatery. Local “Floribbean” cuisine melds Caribbean and Latin-influenced flavors with locally caught fish, shrimp and crab. Surf-and-turf joints line every inch of A1A along the beach, while white tablecloths drape the majority of Las Olas sidewalk restaurants.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Beachwear hats shop
Tourist shop with hats and beachwear in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

SHOPPING

Pick up beachwear at The Gallery at Beach Place, or find rare books and handmade hats on Hollywood Boulevard. Dania’s Antique Row is home to some 100 dealers, while art galleries and unusual boutiques line Las Olas Boulevard. For serious bargains, head to the Sawgrass Mills outlet sprawl.

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