9 Night Galveston To Miami Cruise on Explorer of the Seas from Galveston, Texas George Town, Grand Cayman, Stingray City
The 9 Night Galveston To Miami Cruise from Galveston, Texas visits Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; 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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9 Night Galveston To Miami Cruise
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Explore Explorer of the Seas
Day 1 - Galveston, Texas
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4 - George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 7 - Willemstad, Curacao
Day 8 - 9 - Cruising
Day 10 - Miami, Florida
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George Town, Grand Cayman, Stingray City
Stingrays in Stingray City, Grand Cayman
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Leaving from
Galveston, Texas
Onboard
Explorer of the Seas
Day Port
1
Galveston, Texas
Departs at 3:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Cozumel, Mexico
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
4
George Town, Grand Cayman
Tendered from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Oranjestad, Aruba
From 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7
Willemstad, Curacao
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8 - 9
Cruising
Day at sea
10
Miami, Florida
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Your ship Explorer of the Seas

Your ship
Explorer of the Seas
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Explorer of the Seas, Aerial
An aerial view of Explorer of the Seas
Get to know
Explorer of the Seas
Your bucket list expedition is about to get a whole lot wilder. Welcome to a ship that offers as many thrills as the destinations it takes you to. Think laid-back lounging on an Amplified resort-style pool deck. Glow-in-the-dark laser tag battles with your partner in adventure. Twists and turns on The Perfect Storm℠ waterslides. And hang ten sessions on the fan-favourite FlowRider®. Only on the newly Amplified Explorer of the Seas®.

ALL-NEW AMPED-UP ADVENTURES

Surf sessions? Check. A round of glow-in-the-dark laser tag? Double check. And an all-new resort style pool deck that’s perfect for lounging the day away? Triple check. Hope you’re up for a true romantic adventure, because you’re in for new and exciting thrills everywhere you turn.

ALL-NEW AMPED-UP ADVENTURES DIALLED-UP DINING

No matter what flavours you’re craving – from Tuscan-inspired eats and Far East flavours, to classic American finger foods and milkshakes – indulging is easy onboard Explorer of the Seas®.

ALL-NEW AMPED-UP ADVENTURES DIALLED-UP DINING DATE NIGHT DONE PROPERLY

Cap off each date night with an incredible show at the Main Theatre, followed by a round of your favourite ice-cold brews, moonlight and island vibes poolside, and late-night dancing.

Day 1: Galveston, Texas

Day 1
Galveston
Texas
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Galveston, Texas, Pleasure Pier Sunrise
Sunrise at low tide on Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas
Things to do in
Galveston
Departs at 3:00 PM
A quaint seaside city toting a Texas-sized personality, Galveston offers both action-packed adventure and an easygoing beach vibe. Dangling on a barrier island fringing the Gulf of Mexico, the sea meets the South here in spectacular fashion. Over 60 National Register of Historic Places play backdrop to the Pleasure Pier’s waterfront amusements. Jump onboard a Galveston cruise to experience the lively seawall scene on two wheels, or relive the port’s glory days at the Texas Seaport Museum. Head to the island’s west end for kayaking and fishing— or brave the world’s tallest water coaster at Schlitterbahn Water Park.
Galveston, Texas, Gulf Beach
An aerial view of the a beach in Galveston, Texas

SALTWATER STALWARTS

Unwind along Galveston’s 50 kilometres of sun-drenched shoreline at one of the many county beach parks lining the Gulf of Mexico. Galveston Island State Park offers quiet seclusion and Stewart Beach is a great family-friendly option, while East Beach is a popular gathering space for livelier beach crowds.
Galveston, Texas, Pleasure Pier
The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas

HEAD TO THE PIER

Say hello to the thrills and excitement of the massive amusement park at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Galveston cruises give the opportunity to experience all that the pier has to offer. Enjoy the rides before playing all of the classic carnival games — there's even a roller coaster on Pleasure Pier!
Galveston, Texas, Old Strand District
Architecture in Old Strand District in Galveston, Texas

BUILDING BLOCKS

Stroll past well-preserved Victorian-era buildings in the old Strand District during your Galveston cruise. Once called the “Wall Street of the South”, this charming commercial hub, along with the neighboring East End Historic District, is home to mansions-turned-museums, the Grand 1894 Opera House, plus loads of unique shops and cozy cafés.
Galveston, Texas, Gulf Shrimp Plate
Plate of shrimp and lime at gulf in Galveston, Texas

LOCAL CUISINE

Seafood is king on Galveston Island – Gulf shrimp, blue crabs, snapper and grouper come fresh off the boat. But the signature Tex-Mex cuisine equally impresses with sizzling fajitas and tequila-laced margaritas. Old Strand Emporium scoops out ice-cream parlour charm, while La King’s Confectionary is where local sweet-makers craft saltwater toffee in-house. Don’t miss a drive-through daiquiri stand for a frozen cocktail on-the-go.
Galveston, Texas, Antique Storefront Model Ship
Window display of storefront with a model ship and other antiques in Galveston, Texas

SHOPPING

The Strand Historical District is the town’s prime shopping spot, where 19th-century storefronts now house a quirky collection of locally owned gift shops and antique shops. Here you can pick up beachwear, whimsical gifts, model ships, second-hand books, Southwestern turquoise jewellery, and Texas-inspired home décor.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Oasis of the Seas Clash for the Crystal City Brother Competition
Oasis of the Seas Clash for the Crystal City Brother Competition
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
Mariner of the Seas The Perfect Storm Water Slide
Man Sliding on the side of Mariner on The Perfect Storm

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.
Allure of the Seas Adventure Ocean Workshop
Kids Enjoying an Art Workshop in Adventure Ocean

Adventure Ocean®

It’s time to play outside the lines — the award-winning Adventure Ocean® is being totally reimagined. With wide open play places and dedicated spaces for all types of interactive activities, including head-to-head challenges, techy crafts and more, kids can choose their own immersive adventure.
Odyssey of the Seas Teen Space Outdoor Chess
Odyssey of the Seas Teen Space Outdoor Chess

Teen Spaces

Let’s face it, teens want the freedom to choose how they spend their time onboard. Now, 13 to 17-year-olds get an exclusive new lounge to call their own with music, movies, gaming — and even an outdoor patio hangout.
Girl Body Surfing
Young Girl Body Surfing 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 3: Cozumel, Mexico

Day 3
Cozumel
Mexico
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Cozumel, Mexico, Punta Sur National Park
Clear Water of Punta Sur National Park, Cozumel, Mexico
Things to do in
Cozumel
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
With its lively tropical reefs, crystal-clear waters and ancient ruins, Cozumel is ripe for one-of-a-kind adventures. Cruise to Cozumel and head to Chankanaab National Park, where you can snorkel amongst the colourful reefs and schools of tropical fish that give this island its premier diving status. Or travel back in time on an adventure through the towering Maya ruins of Tulum. When you’ve finished exploring, unwind with a beachside massage at Playa Mia. From culture-savouring to soaking up sunshine, you’ll find a world of adventure waiting for you in Cozumel.
Cozumel, Mexico, San Gervasio Ruins
San Gervasio, the largest ancient Maya site on Cozumel

Temple Trekking

Get up close and personal with Mayan history at San Gervasio, the largest ancient Mayan site on Cozumel, which dates back to as early as AD 300.
Insider tip
Remember to tip between 10% and 15%.
Cozumel, Mexico, Dolphin Swim
Swim with dolphins at Chankanaab National Park, Cozumel

Dive into Adventure

At Chankanaab National Park, you’ll find everything from snorkelling and scuba diving to swimming with dolphins.
Insider tip
If you’re planning on taking a snorkelling excursion, make sure to bring organic sunscreen – it’s a federal regulation.
Cozumel, Mexico, Punta Sur National Ecological Park Aerial Beach
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 during your Cozumel cruise.
Insider tip
Most of the vendors only barter with cash, so be sure to bring some.
Cozumel, Mexico, Michelada Mexican Drink
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.
Mexico Cozumel Local Shopping Luchador Wrestling Mask
Local Shopping Luchador Wrestling Mask

Shopping

For great deals and guaranteed shops, walk along the waterfront on Avenue Rafael E. Melgar, a mile-long strip in San Miguel. And be sure to check out the Chile Tequila Factory for a sampling of Mexico’s favourite spirit.

Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman

Day 4
George Town
Grand Cayman
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George Town, Grand Cayman, Aerial View
Aerial view of Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman
Things to do in
George Town
Tendered from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Grand Cayman is where the high life meets island life. This international banking haven is as much known for award-winning beaches as for the flocks of celebrities and high rollers that frequent them. You can sip Cayman Mama’s while rubbing shoulders with the global glitterati. During your Grand Cayman cruise, you can snorkel with stingrays in Stingray City. Treat your inner foodie at eateries established by acclaimed top chefs like Michael Schwartz, or chow down on conch fritters by the seashore. You can even soak up some rays at one of the beaches voted best in the world, Seven Mile Beach. And do it all in the same day.
George Town, Grand Cayman, Hawksbill turtle close-up
Close-up of a Hawksbill turtle in George Town, Grand Cayman

Swim with Sea Turtles

The whole family can swim alongside turtles and tropical fish at the Cayman Turtle Centre. Or wander around the Caribbean Aviary and spot exotic birds up close, including Grand Cayman’s national bird, the Cayman parrot.
Insider tip
Everyone drives on the left here, so look both ways before crossing the street.
George Town, Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach Palm Trees
Palm trees swaying on the Seven Mile Beach, George Town, Grand Cayman

Stroll the Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach is actually five-and-a-half miles of coral sands and crystal-clear shoreline. But it’s peppered with restaurants, bars, and upmarket resorts – and it was named one of the world’s Ultimate Beaches by Caribbean Travel + Life.
George Town, Grand Cayman, North Sound Golf Club
Palm trees in the North Sound Golf Club, George Town, Grand Cayman

Tee Off in Paradise

Hit the green at the North Sound Club, the only 18-hole championship golf course on the Cayman Islands.
George Town, Grand Cayman, Swimming with Stingrays
Two women swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman

Get to Know the Locals

Take your adventure underwater and mingle with southern stingrays in Stingray City’s calm waters.
George Town, Grand Cayman, Grouper Sandwich
A grouper sandwich on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Locally caught fish is the main attraction in Grand Cayman cuisine. And you’ll find plenty of shellfish served marinated, in fritters or in hearty chowders. Rum is the drink of choice, so make sure you try the 'Cayman Mama', a local signature cocktail made with light and coconut rums, banana liqueur, Triple Sec, pineapple juice and a dash of Grenadine or strawberry syrup. Cheers!

Day 5: Cruising

Day 5
Cruising
At Sea
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Chefs Table Crab Wine Tasting
Chefs Table Crab Wine Tasting
FOR FOODIES
Freedom of the Seas Giovannis Table Interior Render
Friends Enjoying Wine at Giovannis Table

Giovanni’s℠ Italian Kitchen

Enjoy Tuscan flavours as authentic as on land at the reimagined Giovanni’s℠ Italian Kitchen – complete with oven-baked pizza and wines from Italy’s most renowned regions.
Salad - Chops Grille
Salad served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. Best cruise vacation restaurant dining served table side.

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.
Navigator of the Seas Johnny Rockets Express by the Pool
Hamburger, Fries and Milkshake by the Pool

Johnny Rockets® Express

All your favourite American diner classics are just a skip and a sock hop away from the pool deck at Johnny Rockets® Express. Burgers, fries – even spiked shakes for those who want something a bit more spirited.
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food

Izumi

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

Day 6: Oranjestad, Aruba

Day 6
Oranjestad
Aruba
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Oranjestad, Aruba, Divi divi tree caesalpinia coriaria sunset
Divi-divi tree at sunset on Eagle Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Things to do in
Oranjestad
From 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Welcome to Aruba – or as the locals say, Bon bini. Here Dutch traditions mix with island charm. The capital and port town of Oranjestad, is best known for its colourful Dutch Colonial ‘gingerbread’ houses painted in bright Caribbean hues. While Aruba is only 20 miles from tip to tip, it is packed with incredible contrasts. Cruise to Aruba and go from relaxing in a tropical paradise to trekking rugged desert in no time. The southern coast is one giant photo op – a bustling port town surrounded by powdery white beaches and crystal-clear aquamarine waters. To the north, waves crash onto a rocky coast, scattered with cliffs, cacti and divi-divi trees. Best of all, you don’t have to choose which spots to hit – just which to hit first.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Arikok National Park conchi natural pool rock wall
Rocky and volcanic stone circles of the Natural Pool, "Conchi,", Oranjestad, Aruba

ROADS LESS TRAVELLED

Buckle up for an off-road 4X4 ride through the rough and rugged Aruba Arikok National Park. Along the way, you’ll spot the local plants and wildlife of the craggy but beautiful coastline on your way to Conchi, a natural pool created by the ocean’s relentless crashing waves.
Insider tip
Free trams run in a loop from the port to the central area.
Oranjestad, Aruba, California lighthouse
Sunny day at the California Lighthouse in Hudishibana, Oranjestad, Aruba

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

Perched on the northwestern tip of the island, you can climb to the top of the recently renovated California Lighthouse for panoramic views of the crashing waves of the windward coast. From 30 metres up, you can even see the tranquil waters of the leeward shore.
Insider tip
Locals love lunch, so this is when you’ll find great specials.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Arikok National Park Beach
Rocky shore at Boca Prins Beach, Arikok National Park, Oranjestad, Aruba

SEA FLOOR EXPLORING

The water off Aruba is teeming with marine life and you can see it all up close by riding in a high-tech submarine 45 metres below the sea. As you explore in comfort during your Aruba cruise, you'll pass schools of tropical fish, huge sponge gardens, colourful coral reefs, wreck sites and even scuba divers.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Pumpkin Soup
A bowl of pumpkin soup

LOCAL CUISINE

Taste your way through the multi-cultural heritage of the island. Sample Argentine meat dishes, Venezuelan empanadas and arepas, and nutty Dutch cheeses. Or for something a little more Caribbean, try a hearty pumpkin soup or gumbo with some pan bati – a pancake made from wheat and corn flour.
Oranjestad, Aruba, Colorful Shops
Closeup of colorful Dutch architecture, Oranjestad, Aruba

SHOPPING

The three-storey Royal Plaza Mall and Renaissance Mall offer incredible duty-free deals, all within easy walking distance of the port. Here you can snag luxury designer jewellery and watches, but also pick up traditional Dutch items like Delft (blue and white) pottery and locally made aloe products.

Day 7: Willemstad, Curacao

Day 7
Willemstad
Curacao
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Willemstad, Curacao Nature Ocean Mountain Island
Where the land divides along the sea forming a nice beach below the town of Willemstad, Curacao
Things to do in
Willemstad
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Curaçao is a treasure trove of cultural attractions, rich history and natural scenery – from desert landscapes and rugged cliffs to 38 spectacular, and mostly secluded, beaches. Sint Anna Bay separates the two sides of the capital of Willemstad. Punda, the original settlement, is a tidy grid filled with shops and unique markets, restaurants and open-air cafes. Not to mention the famous tropicalised Dutch architecture in vibrant hues. Otrobanda (literally, 'the other side') is a maze of narrow streets and even narrower alleyways. And at only 40 miles long, a wide variety of island adventures are within easy reach during your Curaçao cruise.
Willemstad, Curacao Waves Crashing Shete Boka Park
Waves crashing on the coast of the Shete Boka Park in Willemstad, Curacao

STOP FOR A PHOTO OP

Take a scenic ride through Shete Boka Park for three incredible sites – the Boka Tabla, where waves break so high against a rocky inlet they look like a geyser; the Boka Pistol, where giant waves make a thunderous sound as they crash into an underground cavern; and the natural bridge, which the ocean has carved out of the rock.
Insider tip
Be sure to catch the swinging Queen Emma Bridge in action from the deck during sailaway.
Willemstad, Curacao Christoffel National Park Hiking
Hiking through the Christoffel National Park with a view of a nature landscape with the ocean in the distance

TAKE A HIKE

Head to the 4,450-acre wildlife preserve, Christoffel Park National Curaçao, to spend the day immersed in unspoiled nature. Hike or bike any of eight trails and get to know the indigenous flora and fauna – like white-tailed deer, barn owls, blue iguanas and rare wild orchids.
Insider tip
The tap water is safe to drink and refreshingly good thanks to the seawater distillery.
Willemstad, Curacao Hato Caves Underground Nature
An underground cave known as Hato Caves in Willemstad, Curacao

HISTORY AND MYSTERY

Discover stalagmites, stalactites, unique species and local lore inside the Hato Caves. These ancient limestone caverns are filled with pools, waterfalls and 1,500-year-old cave paintings. Cruise to Curaçao and cross the mystical underground lake before entering two large caverns lined with ancient Arawak petroglyphs.
Willemstad, Curacao, Peanut Soup
Two bowls of peanut soup

Local Cuisine

For a taste of the real Curacao, explore the capital and stop at local eateries like Plaza Bieu, Trio Penotti or La Boheme. At spots like these, you'll find a storm of local flavors reflective of the cultural mix. Try kabritu, curried goat stew, or ayaka, meat-filled tamales wrapped in banana leaves. Or savor African peanut soup with bananas.
Willemstad, Curacao, Dresses at market
An assortment of dresses for sale at a market

Shopping

Walk by multicolored storefronts filled with local arts and crafts in the Punda and Otrobanda districts. Or venture into the New Market, a place to find handicrafts from Curacao, like the quintessential Dutch clogs, and souvenirs like hammocks from neighboring islands.

Day 8 - 9: Cruising

Day 8 - 9
Cruising
At Sea
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Invitation to Dance Cruise Show, Dancers on Stage, Explorer of the Seas
Dancers on stage during Invitation to Dance Cruise Show in Explorer of the Seas
SHOW-STOPPERS
Invitation to Dance Cruise Show, Performers Dancing, Independence of the Seas
Performers dancing on stage during Invitation to Dance Cruise Show on Independence of the Seas

Invitation to Dance

Live out your primetime dreams of dancing with the stars as a select few guests are invited to learn ballroom and Latin dance for a high-energy final production.
Fast Forward Original Production, Logo, Royal Caribbean
The logo of the Fast Forward original production by Royal Caribbean

Fast Forward

Get ready for a blast from the past as Fast Forward brings you the best movies and musicals of the 1980s.

Day 10: Miami, Florida

Day 10
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 6:00 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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