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Miami , Florida | Perfect Day at CocoCay , Bahamas | San Juan , Puerto Rico | Tortola , British Virgin Islands | Charlotte Amalie , St. Thomas | Miami , Florida

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Miami, Florida

DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

BEAUTIFUL BISCAYNE

Jump-start your morning in true Miami style with a Cuban cafecito from a ventanita (a streetside shop window). Then climb the historic lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on quiet Key Biscayne before lounging on its secluded sands below. Explore Wynwood’s vibrant art scene. Cruise from Miami to step inside the Renaissance-style Vizcaya estate for a look into Miami’s dazzling past.

Aerial shot of Oleta River state park in Miami, Florida
Bill Bags Cape Florida State Park Lighthouse in Miami, tourist spot

Jump-start your morning in true Miami style with a Cuban cafecito from a ventanita (a streetside shop window). Then climb the historic lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on quiet Key Biscayne before lounging on its secluded sands below. Explore Wynwood’s vibrant art scene. Cruise from Miami to step inside the Renaissance-style Vizcaya estate for a look into Miami’s dazzling past.

Aerial shot of Oleta River state park in Miami, Florida
Bill Bags Cape Florida State Park Lighthouse in Miami, tourist spot
Things To Do

in Miami

Art Deco architecture of Collins Avenue in Miami, Florida

Sobe It

South Beach is a bright hot spot no matter what time of day. Soak up the sun along the shore and admire the Art Deco gems along lively Ocean Drive. Stroll busy Collins Avenue, sip mojitos in beach bars, dance in ultra-hip nightclubs, and enjoy the best people watching in the city.

Close up of men smoking Cuban cigars in Miami, Florida

Called Culture

Experience Miami’s Cuban traditions along Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Here you can wander streets filled with fiery salsa sounds and meet locals smoking cigars over a game of dominoes. From its colorfully painted rooster statues to its hand-rolled cigar shops and open-air fruit markets, this is as authentic as it gets.

Artistic painted mural in Wynwood, Miami

Blank Canvas

Unleash your creative side with a jaunt through the Wynwood Art District during your Miami cruise. Every façade in this art-centric neighborhood comes decked out in vibrant life-size murals by globally recognized talents. And don’t miss Wynwood Walls, a collection of old warehouses adorned with abstract paintings, graffiti quotes and unique sculptures.

Plate of Ropa Vieja, traditional Cuban food in Miami

Local Cuisine

Miami is an international culinary powerhouse. Michelin-starred chefs fill many kitchens and Latin American flavors highlight many menus. You can’t miss the city’s signature Cuban food: Enjoy pastelitos (pastries) for breakfast, lunch on a famous frita (spicy burger), then savor ropa vieja (beef stew) for dinner. If seafood is your thing, crack into succulent stone crab claws, a true South Florida delicacy.

Waterfront view of Bayside Mall in Miami, Florida

Shopping

Bayside Marketplace, across from the port, is a popular waterfront shopping spot for visitors. Locals love the quirky boutiques in Coconut Grove. Lincoln Road Mall spans 10 blocks of shops— and Miracle Mile is a long string of specialty stores. Cruise to Miami and head to Calle Ocho for hand-stitched guayabera shirts and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
2:00 PM
PERFECT DAY AT COCOCAY

NOW OPEN FOR ADVENTURE

THIS IS YOUR

PERFECT DAY

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 overwater cabana.

DAY 3 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

THINGS TO DO

DAY 4 - DOCKED

San Juan, Puerto Rico

ARRIVES:
3:00 PM
DEPARTS:
11:59 PM
FORTIFIED

FOR ADVENTURE

Puerto Rico’s vibrant capital, San Juan, offers 500 years of history and culture to explore. Roam ancient fortresses and colorful colonial-era buildings. Or dig into flavorful criolla cuisine and reggaeton beats— the city is a kaleidoscope of new experiences waiting to be discovered.

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

Puerto Rico’s vibrant capital, San Juan, offers 500 years of history and culture to explore. Roam ancient fortresses and colorful colonial-era buildings. Or dig into flavorful criolla cuisine and reggaeton beats— the city is a kaleidoscope of new experiences waiting to be discovered.

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
Things To Do

in San Juan

Early morning sunlight on the lush vegetation of El Yunque National Rain Forest in San Juan, Puerto Rico

EXPLORE EL YUNQUE

El Yunque National Forest offers 29,000 acres of mountain terrain exploding with overgrown jungle, fast flowing waterfalls, and towering bamboo stands. Hike along 23 miles of nature trails, or summit El Toro— nearly 3500 feet above sea level— for sensational views.

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.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

ARRIVES:
8:30 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

Explore the British Virgin Islands

Tortola blends British roots, West Indies flair and a colorful history built upon pirate lore. Explore the capital city of Road Town. Charter a boat for a scenic sail. Or take a ferry to the neighboring islands of Virgin Gorda, Anegada or Jost Van Dyke.

Where the beach meets the sand in Tortola, British Virgin Island
Small boat washed up on shore of the beach in Tortola, British Virgin Island
Fish swims through the coral underwater in Tortola, British Virgin Island

Tortola blends British roots, West Indies flair and a colorful history built upon pirate lore. Explore the capital city of Road Town. Charter a boat for a scenic sail. Or take a ferry to the neighboring islands of Virgin Gorda, Anegada or Jost Van Dyke.

Where the beach meets the sand in Tortola, British Virgin Island
Small boat washed up on shore of the beach in Tortola, British Virgin Island
Fish swims through the coral underwater in Tortola, British Virgin Island
Things To Do

in Tortola

Girl snorkeling underwater through the rocks in Tortola, British Virgin Island

Nature Isle

Venture to Anegada, the BVI’s only coral island, to explore its secluded beaches, wildlife, and underwater coral gardens. Snorkel past swimming stingrays and tropical fish. Marvel at ancient Arawak conch mounds. Glimpse native flowers and rare rock iguanas. Or bask in the calm and undisturbed seaside scenery.

An aerial view of islands and mountains in Tortola, British Virgin Island

Island Hopper

Take a ferry or water taxi ride across calm Caribbean waters to any one of the nearby islands. Explore the tucked-away alcoves of Virgin Gorda. Go shopping in the duty-free mecca of St. Thomas. Or relish the rugged scenery and intriguing folklore of Jost Van Dyke, the BVI’s smallest island.

Take The Helm

Cast away on a sailboat, catamaran, bareboat or yacht in the charter-boat capital of the Caribbean. Your Virgin Island cruise might take you to hidden coves and pristine cays— or cross Drake Channel past the sea caves of Norman Island, believed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island.

Plate of grilled lobster in Tortola, British Virgin Island

Local Cuisine

Tortola is known for a delicious blend of Caribbean, West Indian and British-inspired flavors. Try local delicacies like fresh Anegada lobster, conch fritters and Johnnycakes (cornmeal flatbread). Eat shepherd’s pie or fish and chips— and don’t miss rotis (Indian-style turnovers filled with curried goat). “Fish and fungi” is the official dish of the BVI, while the rum-based Painkiller from Pusser’s is world-famous.

Bracelets found shopping in Tortola, British Virgin Island

Shopping

For authentic Tortolan souvenirs, pick up Caribbean spices, jams, or gemstones, especially black coral and jasper. Stop in Serendipity Bookshop for works by West Indian and BVI authors. Pusser’s Company Store, with locations in both Road Town and the West End, sells nautical accessories, artwork and their super-popular rum.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Explore the harbor

St. Thomas offers all the action of a lively city and the allure of a secluded island getaway. Stroll through the colorful markets of Charlotte Amalie, or unwind on the sugary sand beach at Magen’s Bay. Whether you’re looking to turn up or tune out, you’ll feel a world away in this unique slice of paradise.

Boats gathered in St. Thomas Bay on a sunny day
Statue of Blackbeard fighting with a sword, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Harbor Sunset from mountain, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

St. Thomas offers all the action of a lively city and the allure of a secluded island getaway. Stroll through the colorful markets of Charlotte Amalie, or unwind on the sugary sand beach at Magen’s Bay. Whether you’re looking to turn up or tune out, you’ll feel a world away in this unique slice of paradise.

Boats gathered in St. Thomas Bay on a sunny day
Statue of Blackbeard fighting with a sword, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Harbor Sunset from mountain, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Things To Do

in Charlotte Amalie

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.

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.

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.

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 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

THINGS TO DO

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

QN, Quantum of the Seas, Boleros Lounge, bar, lounge
AN, Anthem of the Seas, Schooner Bar, lounge, piano, ship rigging decor, screens in back,

QN, Quantum of the Seas, Boleros Lounge, bar, lounge
AN, Anthem of the Seas, Schooner Bar, lounge, piano, ship rigging decor, screens in back,

DAY 9 - Arrival Day

Miami, Florida

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM

Blazing With Adventure

Head west of the city for a bike ride past alligators on the Everglades’ Shark Valley route. Take the kids to the Miami Children’s Museum, or paddle a kayak through Biscayne Bay. Come evening, indulge in haute cuisine at a swanky beachside restaurant— all before cocktails and dancing amid The Magic City’s trendy nightlife scene.

Entrance pathway to beach in Miami, Florida
Sunny Day at South Beach in Miami, Florida

Head west of the city for a bike ride past alligators on the Everglades’ Shark Valley route. Take the kids to the Miami Children’s Museum, or paddle a kayak through Biscayne Bay. Come evening, indulge in haute cuisine at a swanky beachside restaurant— all before cocktails and dancing amid The Magic City’s trendy nightlife scene.

Entrance pathway to beach in Miami, Florida
Sunny Day at South Beach in Miami, Florida
Things To Do

in Miami

Art Deco architecture of Collins Avenue in Miami, Florida

Sobe It

South Beach is a bright hot spot no matter what time of day. Soak up the sun along the shore and admire the Art Deco gems along lively Ocean Drive. Stroll busy Collins Avenue, sip mojitos in beach bars, dance in ultra-hip nightclubs, and enjoy the best people watching in the city.

Close up of men smoking Cuban cigars in Miami, Florida

Called Culture

Experience Miami’s Cuban traditions along Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Here you can wander streets filled with fiery salsa sounds and meet locals smoking cigars over a game of dominoes. From its colorfully painted rooster statues to its hand-rolled cigar shops and open-air fruit markets, this is as authentic as it gets.

Artistic painted mural in Wynwood, Miami

Blank Canvas

Unleash your creative side with a jaunt through the Wynwood Art District during your Miami cruise. Every façade in this art-centric neighborhood comes decked out in vibrant life-size murals by globally recognized talents. And don’t miss Wynwood Walls, a collection of old warehouses adorned with abstract paintings, graffiti quotes and unique sculptures.

Plate of Ropa Vieja, traditional Cuban food in Miami

Local Cuisine

Miami is an international culinary powerhouse. Michelin-starred chefs fill many kitchens and Latin American flavors highlight many menus. You can’t miss the city’s signature Cuban food: Enjoy pastelitos (pastries) for breakfast, lunch on a famous frita (spicy burger), then savor ropa vieja (beef stew) for dinner. If seafood is your thing, crack into succulent stone crab claws, a true South Florida delicacy.

Waterfront view of Bayside Mall in Miami, Florida

Shopping

Bayside Marketplace, across from the port, is a popular waterfront shopping spot for visitors. Locals love the quirky boutiques in Coconut Grove. Lincoln Road Mall spans 10 blocks of shops— and Miracle Mile is a long string of specialty stores. Cruise to Miami and head to Calle Ocho for hand-stitched guayabera shirts and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.

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