8 Night Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise on Empress of the Seas from Miami, Florida San Juan, Puerto Rico, del Morro Citadel
The 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise from Miami, Florida visits Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas; St Croix, US Virgin Islands; Miami, 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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8 Night Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise
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Explore Empress of the Seas
Day 1 - Miami, Florida
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Day 4 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Day 5 - Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas
Day 6 - St Croix, US Virgin Islands
Day 7 - 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - Miami, Florida
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San Juan, Puerto Rico, del Morro Citadel
View of the 16th century citadel, El Morro, from the ocean
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8 Night Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise

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Leaving from
Miami, Florida
Onboard
Empress of the Seas
Day Port
1
Miami, Florida
Departs at 4:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
From 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
4
San Juan, Puerto Rico
From 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5
Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
6
St Croix, US Virgin Islands
From 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7 - 8
Cruising
Day at sea
9
Miami, Florida
Arrives at 7:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Empress of the Seas

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Empress of the Seas
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Empress of the Seas, Aerial View, Bahamas and Caribbean Cruise Ship
Aerial View of Empress of the Seas Cruise Ship With Destinations in Nassau, Havana, and Cozumel
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Empress of the Seas

ADVENTURE MAXING MEETS ULTIMATE RELAXING

Stay active while soaking up views from the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. Or unwind with a poolside film or a visit to Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Centre. Empress of the Seas℠ is the perfect place to find adventure and your Caribbean chill.

RISE & DINE

All that exploring is bound to work up an appetite. Thankfully, the options for next level noshing are endless. Five courses of gourmet goodness await at Chef's Table, while steakhouse favourites raise the bar at Chop's Grille℠. At Windjammer, you'll find a global array of options, all complimentary. And when the day winds down, the night heats up at Boleros.

BALLROOM STEPS & BOLD SETS

Get ready for some real scene stealers like Three, a grand multi-sensory production celebrating the golden days of show business, and Bailamos, a vibrant showcase of vocal ensembles and dynamic ballroom dancing styles.

Day 1: Miami, Florida

Day 1
Miami
Florida
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Miami, Florida, Oleta River State Park Aerial
Aerial shot of Oleta River state park in Miami, Florida
Things to do in
Miami
Departs at 4:00 PM
Miami moves to a rhythm all its own – from the sun-drenched beaches to a diverse blend of cultures. Indulge in the glitzy chic of Miami Beach and explore Little Havana’s deep-rooted Cuban heritage. Unwind on Key Biscayne’s serene shorelines, pedal along Ocean Drive or paddle a kayak through Oleta River State Park’s winding mangrove channels. Head to Coconut Grove to take in the bohemian vibe. Tour the Vizcaya estate’s Renaissance-inspired gardens. Miami cruises give guests the opportunity to check out the Perez Art Museum’s contemporary collections. Whether it’s deep-sea fishing, Art Deco architecture, world-class cuisine or endless nightlife, adventure shines bright in The Magic City.
Miami, Florida, Art Deco Hotels Collins Avenue
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.
Miami, Florida, Older Men Close Up Smoking Cuban Cigars
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 colourfully painted rooster statues to its hand-rolled cigar shops and open-air fruit markets, this is as authentic as it gets.
Miami, Florida, Wynwood Mural
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 neighbourhood comes decked out in vibrant life-size murals by globally recognised talents. And don’t miss Wynwood Walls, a collection of old warehouses adorned with abstract paintings, graffiti quotes and unique sculptures.
Miami, Florida, Ropa Vieja Plate
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 flavours 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 savour ropa vieja (beef stew) for dinner. If seafood is your thing, crack into succulent stone crab claws, a true South Florida delicacy.
Miami, Florida, Bayside Marketplace Waterfront Mall
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 speciality stores. Cruise to Miami and head to Calle Ocho for hand-stitched guayabera shirts and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Latin Fiesta Dancing Salsa Cuba Cruise
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
Latin Fiesta Dancing Salsa Cuba Cruise
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

Latin Fiesta

First, we’ll kick off a Latin fiesta with a quick crash course on basic dance moves. Then, go head-to-head – or cheek to cheek – with your fellow steppers to the sounds of a live Latin band. 
Kids Climbing up the Rock Wall
Kids Climbing on the Rock Wall Staring at the Ultimate Abyss

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 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 3: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Day 3
Puerto Plata
Dominican Republic
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Dominican Republic Puerta Plata Marina Aerial
Dominican Republic Puerta Plata Marina Aerial
Things to do in
Puerto Plata
From 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Puerto Plata is the Dominican Republic's oldest city in the north and a tourism pioneer. Nestled by the ocean with a mountainous backdrop, the city offers a lively pier, which is known as the Malecon, colourful shops and opulent homes from the 1800s. The city is famous for Parque Independencia (also known as Parque Central), a park fringed by royal palms and Victorian architecture. In Puerto Plata, you can hop on a cable car for sky-high views, take a tour of the local cacao farms and buy some of the clearest amber in the world.

View from the Top

Monte Isabel de Torres is about 792 metres above sea level and is crowned by a statue of Christ. Head to the stunning botanical gardens or enjoy the hiking trails. Feel like a ride? Take a cable car to the very top of the mountain for panoramic views.
Insider tip
Visit Cabarete, known as the kitesurfing capital, to give this water sport a try.
Dominican Republic Sosua Beach Sunny Day
Dominican Republic Sosua Beach Sunny Day

Sosua Beach

One of the most popular beaches in Puerto Plata, Sosua is a stretch of fluffy sand with gorgeous transparent waters ideal for swimming and snorkelling. There are also several busy restaurants and bars nearby to enjoy after your time on the beach.
Insider tip
You can explore Monte Isabel de Torres on your own.

Casa de Cultura

La Casa de la Cultura is a three-storey Victorian house and home to the local arts – don't miss out on all of the events and exhibits that take place here. It has a contemporary art gallery, a library and a shop that sells local art and books.
Insider tip
See Charcos de Damajagua, which is composed of 27 waterfalls with canyons.
Dominican Republic Fish Coconut Milk
Dominican Republic Fish Coconut Milk

Cuisine

Order a nice plate of la Bandera, a meat stew with rice, beans and fried plantains. And if you're looking for fruits of the sea, try a saucy Pescado con coco (fish in coconut sauce).
Dominican Republic Amber Balls Local Shopping
Dominican Republic Amber Balls Local Shopping

Shopping

Puerto Plata is famous for the production of the oldest, most translucent amber in the world and you can set those amber stones in any type of jewellery, taking a piece of Puerto Plata with you. There's also plenty of shopping in Playa Dorada, which is a complex stocking bottles of mamajuana (a local drink), beachwear and local fruits.

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 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Puerto Rico’s 500-year-old capital is a history buff’s dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbour 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 horse ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with a cod fritter and rum drink in hand. San Juan cruises give you the perfect outpost to dial up or dial down your holiday.
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 trams 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 flavoured by Spanish and African influences. Try some mofongo, mashed fried green plantains often stuffed with meat, or snack on some cod 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 - 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 6: St Croix, US Virgin Islands

Day 6
St Croix
US Virgin Islands
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St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Frederiksted beach wave crashing
Wave crashing against rocks on a sunny day in Frederiksted Beach, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Things to do in
St Croix
From 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The largest of the US Virgin Islands, St Croix has it all – gorgeous natural scenery begging to be explored, and quaint colonial towns perfect for wandering. It used to be nicknamed the 'Garden of the Antilles' because of its lush fields of sugarcane – and its sugar mills dating back to the 18th century are still popular spots. But these days, it’s world-class dive sites like Salt River Canyon, powdery beaches like Cane Bay, and rainforests teeming with tropical wildlife that keep people coming back. Plus, award-winning rum of course. Cruise to St Croix and discover plenty of Victorian Dutch architecture and charming colonial churches in Frederiksted and Christiansted.
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Rum distillery
Cruzam rum distillery, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

GET YOUR RUM ON

Taste your way through the history of rum on St Croix as you tour the Captain Morgan and Cruzan Rum distilleries, where you’ll learn about the process of making the Caribbean’s favourite spirit.
Insider tip
If you’re planning to go swimming, make sure you bring something to cover up with. Walking around town and entering shops wearing only a swimsuit is frowned upon.
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, canon Fort Frederik
Canon perched atop the red walls of Fort Frederik, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

FORTIFIED FINDS

Check out the hard-to-miss yellow brick Fort Christiansvaern in Christiansted for a vivid history lesson – it’s the best preserved Danish-built fort in the Virgin Islands. You can also visit an art gallery and several historical exhibits in Frederiksted’s Fort Frederik.
Insider tip
In most restaurants and cafes, a 10 to 15% service charge is automatically included, but you may wish to leave an additional tip if service was especially good.
St. Croix, U.S. Virigin Islands, Point Udall
A view of buck island from Point Udall, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

A BETTER POINT OF VIEW

Point Udall is the easternmost point in the United States. It’s about a half-hour drive from Christiansted, but well worth the journey – once you arrive at the rocky bluff, you can wander up a paved road to the overlook for the best views on the island.
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Conch Fritters
Seven conch fritters on a white plate with a lime wedge and aioli

LOCAL CUISINE

St Croix’s culinary scene is as diverse as its landscape. Pop in at any small local eatery and you’ll find fresh seafood dishes, like Cruzan Style Gundy (balls of ground herring and spices), that nod to French, Thai and Dutch cuisine – with plenty of West Indian spice, and favourites like conch fritters. You’ll also find boardwalk bars serving traditional American fare, like hamburgers with rum punch.
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Tropical Shirts
Tropical shirts for sale in the U.S. Virgin Islands

SHOPPING

There’s no shortage of interesting dive shops in either Christiansted or Frederiksted. But the best places to shop in St Croix are the duty-free shops offering jewellery, spirits, clothing and souvenirs.

Day 7 - 8: Cruising

Day 7 - 8
Cruising
At Sea
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Grilled NY-Strip Steak -  Chops Grille
12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.
FOR FOODIES
Chops Grille Dinner Table Dishes
A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Chops Grille

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.
Chef's Table Dessert
A dessert at Chef's Table on Royal Caribbean cruises

Chef's Table

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course menu and wine tasting.

Day 9: Miami, Florida

Day 9
Miami
Florida
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Miami, Florida, Beach Walking Entrance
Entrance pathway to beach in Miami, Florida
Things to do in
Miami
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Miami moves to a rhythm all its own – from the sun-drenched beaches to a diverse blend of cultures. Indulge in the glitzy chic of Miami Beach and explore Little Havana’s deep-rooted Cuban heritage. Unwind on Key Biscayne’s serene shorelines, pedal along Ocean Drive or paddle a kayak through Oleta River State Park’s winding mangrove channels. Head to Coconut Grove to take in the bohemian vibe. Tour the Vizcaya estate’s Renaissance-inspired gardens. Miami cruises give guests the opportunity to check out the Perez Art Museum’s contemporary collections. Whether it’s deep-sea fishing, Art Deco architecture, world-class cuisine or endless nightlife, adventure shines bright in The Magic City.
Miami, Florida, Art Deco Hotels Collins Avenue
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.
Miami, Florida, Older Men Close Up Smoking Cuban Cigars
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 colourfully painted rooster statues to its hand-rolled cigar shops and open-air fruit markets, this is as authentic as it gets.
Miami, Florida, Wynwood Mural
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 neighbourhood comes decked out in vibrant life-size murals by globally recognised talents. And don’t miss Wynwood Walls, a collection of old warehouses adorned with abstract paintings, graffiti quotes and unique sculptures.
Miami, Florida, Ropa Vieja Plate
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 flavours 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 savour ropa vieja (beef stew) for dinner. If seafood is your thing, crack into succulent stone crab claws, a true South Florida delicacy.
Miami, Florida, Bayside Marketplace Waterfront Mall
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 speciality stores. Cruise to Miami and head to Calle Ocho for hand-stitched guayabera shirts and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.

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