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Miami , Florida | Key West , Florida | Roatan , Honduras | Puerto Costa Maya , Mexico | Belize City , Belize | Cozumel , Mexico | Miami , Florida

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Miami, Florida

DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

Biscayne Beauty

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. Or 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. Or 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

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.

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.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Key West, Florida

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
THE KEY

TO ADVENTURE

Key West is the very definition of laid-back living. Closer to Havana than to Miami, this colorful island at the end of the Florida peninsula marches to the beat of its own steel drum. Pedal past charming pastel-colored porches, paddleboard through thick mangroves, or join a sunset block party in Mallory Square. And if the locals don’t charm you, the key lime pie will.

Sunset at beach by pier in Key West, FLorida
Pelicans hanging out on dock in Key West, FLorida

Key West is the very definition of laid-back living. Closer to Havana than to Miami, this colorful island at the end of the Florida peninsula marches to the beat of its own steel drum. Pedal past charming pastel-colored porches, paddleboard through thick mangroves, or join a sunset block party in Mallory Square. And if the locals don’t charm you, the key lime pie will.

Sunset at beach by pier in Key West, FLorida
Pelicans hanging out on dock in Key West, FLorida

THINGS TO DO

Garden Party Parrot Jungle, Key West

Garden Party

Meet macaws and play with parrots at Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden, a haven for rescued exotic birds.

Aerial view of street, in Key West, FLorida

CONCH CABOOSE

Hop on the world-famous Conch Train to get a lesson in Key West history and hear local legends while touring Old Town and some of the island’s most iconic landmarks.

Shops at a Square in Key West, FLorida

SQUARE DANCING

In the hours leading up to dusk, head to Mallory Square and watch as it comes to life with acrobats, dancers and performers. The grand finale is a sunset you must see to believe.

DAY 3 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

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

Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba
Latin Fiesta

TURN UP THE TEMPO

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. 

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

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 4 - DOCKED

Roatan, Honduras

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

WANDERERS WELCOME

Roatán is a swath of volcanic coastline, dense rainforest, and sandy shores. You could snorkel for days through the second largest barrier reef in the world. Or wander endlessly over pine-forested hills and jungle trails. Its secluded beaches and lively West End villages offer the perfect mix of peace and pizazz.

Young boy swinging over water from palm tree on beach, Roatan, Honduras
Colorful fish swimming in a reef,  Roatan, Honduras
Colorful parrot on a tree branch at the Gumbalimba Park Nature Reserve, Roatan, Honduras

Roatán is a swath of volcanic coastline, dense rainforest, and sandy shores. You could snorkel for days through the second largest barrier reef in the world. Or wander endlessly over pine-forested hills and jungle trails. Its secluded beaches and lively West End villages offer the perfect mix of peace and pizazz.

Young boy swinging over water from palm tree on beach, Roatan, Honduras
Colorful fish swimming in a reef,  Roatan, Honduras
Colorful parrot on a tree branch at the Gumbalimba Park Nature Reserve, Roatan, Honduras
THINGS TO DO

Capuchin Monkey on tree limb at the Gumbalimba Park Nature Reserve, Roatan, Honduras

MONKEY BUSINESS

At the Gumbalimba Park nature reserve you can hang with monkeys and parrots, snorkel alongside exotic fish and rays, chill in a beach hammock, and zipline through the rainforest canopy.

Pier with water taxis at the West End Village,  Roatan, Honduras

CULTURE TRIP

Wander the West End Village to get a real taste of Roatán life. At this bohemian island enclave, you’ll find lots of restaurants, bars, craft shops, and piers lined with water taxis waiting to ferry you to popular spots along the coast.

Man snorkeling with fish in a marine reserve, Roatan, Honduras

DIVE IN

Head to the Sandy Bay-West End Marine Reserve for some of the best diving in the world. Encompassing 8 miles of coastline, the reserve is home to 38 unique dive sites, all within a 15-minute boat ride from the coast.

LOCAL CUISINE

If you like seafood, get ready to feast like royalty in Roatán. Try the conch soup or the tapado— a hearty seafood stew made with plantains and tropical root vegetables. Rum is the go-to spirit, but Honduran beers like Port Royal and Salva Vida are local favorites.

INSIDER TIP

The best way to travel between Roatán's West End and West Bay Beach is by water taxi.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

MY OH MAYA

Past meets present in Costa Maya. Venture into the jungle for a glimpse of Maya history at the Chacchoben and Kohunlich ruins. Or kick back in the village of Mahahual, where you can hit the beach and sip micheladas— a spicy beer cocktail. The best of both worlds awaits.

Corals and marine life of the Great Mayan Reef
Cenote Azul, pit of broken limestone in Costa Maya, Mexico
Chacchoben Mayan pyramid with tree in Costa Maya, Mexico

Past meets present in Costa Maya. Venture into the jungle for a glimpse of Maya history at the Chacchoben and Kohunlich ruins. Or kick back in the village of Mahahual, where you can hit the beach and sip micheladas— a spicy beer cocktail. The best of both worlds awaits.

Corals and marine life of the Great Mayan Reef
Cenote Azul, pit of broken limestone in Costa Maya, Mexico
Chacchoben Mayan pyramid with tree in Costa Maya, Mexico
THINGS TO DO

Scuba diver deep in Costa Maya's Cenote Azul

Cenote Scouting

Take a dip in the sparkling blue waters of Cenote Azul, an open freshwater cenote known for prime snorkeling and swimming.

Man atop the steps of Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya, Mexico

Rockin' Ruins

Venture into the jungle for a taste of ancient Maya history at the Kohunlich and Chacchoben ruins— each well over a thousand years old.

remains of the 19th century Ginger soul shipwreck at Chinchorro bank on the Caribben sea, Mexico

Coral Conquest

Grab some snorkeling gear and explore the colorful underwater world of Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral atoll in the northern hemisphere.

INSIDER TIP

Don’t be afraid to drink the water in Costa Maya— it’s completely purified.

DAY 6 - TENDERED

Belize City, Belize

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:30 PM
SMALL COUNTRY

BIG ADVENTURES

Tucked between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize packs in a ton of adventure in a tiny space— with diverse people, extraordinary wildlife and delicate ecosystems. Spend the day hiking jungle paths or mountain trails, go tubing through caves and rivers, or explore ancient cities of the Maya and the modern-day villages of their descendants.

Natural Crystal Caves with limestone stalactites in Belize
Caracol Mayan Ruins with Face Carving in Belize
Turtle swimming in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize City

Tucked between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize packs in a ton of adventure in a tiny space— with diverse people, extraordinary wildlife and delicate ecosystems. Spend the day hiking jungle paths or mountain trails, go tubing through caves and rivers, or explore ancient cities of the Maya and the modern-day villages of their descendants.

Natural Crystal Caves with limestone stalactites in Belize
Caracol Mayan Ruins with Face Carving in Belize
Turtle swimming in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize City
THINGS TO DO

Scuba divers in Belize's Great Blue Hole

DIVE-DREAM COME TRUE

Snorkel or dive the Great Blue Hole. About 1000 feet wide and nearly 400 feet deep, this undersea sinkhole is visible from space. The revered dive site is part of the Belize Barrier Reef, a protected underwater wonderland that spans 185 miles of the coastline.

Engraving on Mayan Caracol ruins, Belize City

SKY-HIGH SIGHTS

Trek to the tallest building in the nation— an ancient temple built by the Maya. Standing 137-feet tall, the pyramid ruins of the Sky Palace, El Caana, preside over Caracol, one of the country’s 900 pre-Colombian archaeological sites.

Stingray swimming on the ocean floor in Shark Ray Alley, Hol Chan

MEET THE LOCALS

Set sail to Shark Ray Alley, a shallow part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and snorkel alongside nurse sharks, southern stingrays, and colorful coral. The resident sea creatures are eager to meet you and will swim right up to the boat when you arrive.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Cozumel, Mexico

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM
MEXICAN HEART AND

CARIBBEAN SOUL

Cozumel blends Mexican culture with Caribbean vibes. You can explore its Maya roots in Tulum, or discover a secret world of sea life as you snorkel beneath the waves in Chankanaab. And there’s no better way to close out a day of adventure than with an ice cold michelada and a beachside massage at Playa Mia.

Clear Water of Punta Sur National Park, Cozumel, Mexico
Girl snorkeling with fins in Cozumel, Mexico
Panoramic view of the God of Wind Temple Ruins in Tulum close to Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel blends Mexican culture with Caribbean vibes. You can explore its Maya roots in Tulum, or discover a secret world of sea life as you snorkel beneath the waves in Chankanaab. And there’s no better way to close out a day of adventure than with an ice cold michelada and a beachside massage at Playa Mia.

Clear Water of Punta Sur National Park, Cozumel, Mexico
Girl snorkeling with fins in Cozumel, Mexico
Panoramic view of the God of Wind Temple Ruins in Tulum close to Cozumel, Mexico
THINGS TO DO

San Gervasio, the largest ancient Maya site on Cozumel

Temple Trekking

Get up close and personal with Maya history at San Gervasio, the largest ancient Maya site on Cozumel, which dates back to as early as A.D. 300.

Swim with dolphins at Chankanaab National Park, Cozumel

Dive Into Adventure

At Chankanaab National Park, you’ll find everything from snorkeling and scuba to swimming with dolphins.

Aerial View of Punta Sur National Ecological Park, and its adjacent beach.

Natural Thrills

Reconnect with nature while wandering the endless mangroves, beaches and reefs in Punta Sur National Park.

Michelada, Mexican drink made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.

Local Cuisine

Cozumel’s cuisine is dominated by Mexican, American and international cuisine. Fresh seafood is always a good choice, and so is the cochinita pibil— a slow-roasted, highly seasoned pork dish. Cool off with a michelada, made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Or keep it traditional with Mexico’s signature spirit, tequila.

INSIDER TIP

Remember to tip between 10% and 15%.

DAY 8 - 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

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining
Chef's Table

AS VIP AS CAN BE

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 - 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.

Shark Valley observation tower at Everglades National Park 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.

Shark Valley observation tower at Everglades National Park in Miami, Florida

THINGS TO DO

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. 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.

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. Head to Calle Ocho for hand-stitched guayabera shirts and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.

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