7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day on Independence of the Seas from Fort Lauderdale, Florida Arrivals Plaza Perfect Day at Coco Cay Aerial
The 7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day from Fort Lauderdale, Florida visits Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas; 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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7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day
Itinerary Overview
Explore Independence of the Seas
Day 1 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Day 2 - Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas
Day 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas
Day 5 - Philipsburg, St Maarten
Day 6 - 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Arrivals Plaza Perfect Day at Coco Cay Aerial
Arrivals Plaza Perfect Day at Coco Cay Aerial
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7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day

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Leaving from
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Onboard
Independence of the Seas
Day Port
1
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Departs at 4:30 PM
2
Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas
From 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas
From 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
5
Philipsburg, St Maarten
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6 - 7
Cruising
Day at sea
8
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Arrives at 7:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Independence of the Seas

Your ship
Independence of the Seas
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Independence of the Seas, Exterior Aerial
Aerial view of the new features on Independence of the Seas
Get to know
Independence of the Seas
This is a firm “no” to FOMO. Independence of the Seas® is giving the Caribbean an injection of new adventures on short getaways from Fort Lauderdale. Launch yourself into a virtual world on the Sky Pad℠ bungee trampoline experience. Go head to head in a glow-in-the-dark laser tag clash in Battle for Planet Z℠. And score an awesome time and game-changing grub at Playmakers℠ Sports Bar & Arcade.

MAX OUT ON THRILLS

Gear up for an intergalactic glow-in-the-dark laser tag faceoff in Battle for Planet Z℠. Hop into the Sky Pad℠ for an out-of-this-world bungee trampoline experience. Slide into action on The Perfect Storm℠ dueling waterslides. And soak up the good times at Splashaway Bay℠ water park. The new Independence of the Seas® is overflowing with activities.

BOLD FLAVORS ABOUND

Order up all your favorites from across the pond at Fish & Ships℠, or feast on made-to-order rolls at Izumi. It's game-on all day at Playmakers℠ Sports Bar & Arcade, and if you're craving a candy fix, head to Sugar Beach for a sweet surprise.

SURPRISES ON STAGE

Get ready for some summer lovin' at sea in Broadway's hit musical Grease. Or put on your dancing shoes and RSVP to the beat in Invitation To Dance. A storybook spectacular awaits in Once Upon a Time. And you can get your fill of glitter, glam and g-force spins at a spectacular ice-skating show in Studio B.

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 4:30 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 the central area, is the entertainment core of Fort Lauderdale. It has a mile of upmarket shops and al fresco dining that runs past high-rises and into the RiverWalk, where you can catch the free water tram 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 amongst 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 flavours with locally caught fish, prawns and crab. Surf-and-turf joints line every inch of the A1A along the beach, while white tablecloths drape the majority of Las Olas pavement 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: Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas

Day 2
Perfect Day at CocoCay
Bahamas
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Perfect Day Coco Cay Family Entering Coco Cay
Perfect Day Coco Cay Family Entering Coco Cay
Things to do in
Perfect Day at CocoCay
From 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
This isn’t vacation days spent. This is bragging rights earned. Conquer the tallest waterslide in North America and snap a shot from up to 450 feet up in a helium balloon. Grab a drink at the swim-up bar and soak up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in The Bahamas. Or get a taste of Bora Bora with your own Floating Cabana.
Perfect Day Coco Cay Slide Aerial
Perfect Day Coco Cay Slide Aerial with Navigator of the Seas in Background

Thrill Waterpark

This is a drench a minute thrill-a-thon for every adventurer. From giggle-worthy tides to shriek-inducing slides towering high into the clouds. Bounce, climb and swing your way through the obstacles in Adventure Pool. Get swept up by the biggest Wave Pool in the Caribbean. Or if you’re up for a true rush, take on the tallest waterslide in North America — Daredevil’s Peak℠. Whatever your thrill threshold, you’ll find firsts to test your bravery at Thrill Waterpark®.
Insider tip
All features are subject to change without notice. Images and messaging for Perfect Day at CocoCay may include artistic renderings. Perfect Day and CocoCay are registered trademarks of Royal Caribbean.
Perfect Day Coco Cay Oasis Lagoon Aerial
Perfect Day Coco Cay Oasis Lagoon Overhead View of the Pool

Oasis Lagoon

This is no mirage, you’ve found it — the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean. Make your way through the different coves of Oasis Lagoon®, each with a vibe all its own. Splash right in at the kid-friendly sloping entry. Take your first sip of a cold Coco Loco at the swim-up bar before lounging on one of three swim-up islands. Or treat yourself to total relaxation in the privacy of your own cabana, complete with attendant service.
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Perfect Day Coco Beach Floating Cabanas Aerial
Perfect Day Coco Beach Floating Cabanas Aerial

Coco Beach Club

Welcome to Coco Beach Club®, where every moment is elevated. It’s just you and endless blue, lounging in the first Floating Cabanas in The Bahamas. Savor new Mediterranean flavors, then drift along the finest line between poolside and seaside, in an infinity edge pool overlooking the ocean.
Perfect Day Coco Cay Splashaway Bay Slides Brother and Sister Competing
Splashaway Bay Slides Brother and Sister Competing

Splashaway Bay

The coolest aqua park at sea is breaking out beyond the deck and coming ashore at our largest Splashaway Bay℠ yet. Now kids can enjoy bigger buckets of fun than ever before with more fountains and pools — plus five waterslides, and two massive drench buckets.

Beach Day Vibes

If you just want to unwind, head to Chill Island on the east side of CocoCay, where you’ll find plenty of ways to relax and recharge. Access to Chill Island is complimentary, as are beach chairs and hammocks, but for an additional cost you can up your relaxation game by reserving your own private cabana, clamshell or daybed. Or head to South Beach where you’ll find plenty of beachside activities and water sports, plus lounge chairs for those who want to take a break from all the thrills.
Perfect Day Coco Cay  Family Walking Towards up and Away
Family Walking Towards the Up, Up and Away Hot Air Balloon

Up, Up and Away

Take your adventure to the skies aboard a helium balloon and see the islands like never before from the highest vantage point in The Bahamas — Up, Up and Away℠. Feel your heart race while soaring up to 450 feet above land and sea, then let the wonder wash over you as you coast on the breeze.
Perfect Day Coco Cay Snack Shack Exterior Guest Eating
Perfect Day Coco Cay Snack Shack Exterior Guest Eating

Island Dining

Perfect Day at CocoCay offers loads of options to fuel up in between adventures. Like harborside views, chicken wings and fries with signature dipping sauces at Captain Jack’s®. Freshly grilled burgers and barbecued chicken at Skipper’s Grill. And a full menu of Caribbean-style bites at Chill Grill. Looking to savor the suite life onshore? Access to the exclusive Coco Beach Club® includes elevated Mediterranean flavors paired with breathtaking ocean views.

Day 3: Cruising

Day 3
Cruising
At Sea
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Mariner of the Seas The Perfect Storm Water Slide
Man Sliding on the side of Mariner on The Perfect Storm
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
Symphony of the Seas Perfect Storm Boy Entering Slide
Perfect Storm Boy Entering Slide

The Perfect Storm℠

Up for adventure? Put on your brave face and get ready to race through twists, turns and next-level thrills on the boldest slides at sea. No matter which ship you sail on, The Perfect Storm℠ waterslides take excitement off the charts.
Instructor Jumping on Flowrider
Man Jumping Mid Air on Flowrider

FlowRider®

Grab your board and get ready for 100,000 litres of rushing amazingness headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 12-metre-long FlowRider® surf simulator.

Day 4: Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

Day 4
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 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Charlotte Amalie is one of the world’s most beautiful harbours; blue waters peppered with sailing boats and green hills dotted with quaint little cottages make for picture 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 US, but with its colourful 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 ‘Til You Drop

St Thomas is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Ditch the crowds for some prime snorkelling 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 457 metres above sea level for the most boast-worthy 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. Visit 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 favourites 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 tip of 15-20% to your bill if service was especially good.

Day 5: Philipsburg, St Maarten

Day 5
Philipsburg
St Maarten
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Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Marigot sunset
Sunset at Marigot, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
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 zip lining 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 harbour.
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 flavours. Cruise to St Maarten and stop by a roadside barbecue stand (called a lolo) and enjoy lobster grilled on split-metal drums. Or dine on stuffed crab and cod fritters at any local café. Be sure to try some guavaberry liqueur, made exclusively on the island.
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 shops. Before you go, pick up some famous guavaberry liqueur at the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Company.

Day 6 - 7: Cruising

Day 6 - 7
Cruising
At Sea
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Izumi Sushi Rolls on a plate
Two plates with sushi at Izumi on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
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.
Sugar Beach Candy Store Pouring Candy
Kid pouring candy options into his candy bag at Sugar Beach

Sugar Beach℠

Treat your sweet tooth to every type of sweet under the sun – plus a few sugar-coated surprises. Sugar Beach℠ is stocked to maximum candy capacity with all your favourite confections.

Day 8: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Day 8
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 the central area, is the entertainment core of Fort Lauderdale. It has a mile of upmarket shops and al fresco dining that runs past high-rises and into the RiverWalk, where you can catch the free water tram 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 amongst 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 flavours with locally caught fish, prawns and crab. Surf-and-turf joints line every inch of the A1A along the beach, while white tablecloths drape the majority of Las Olas pavement 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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