Described as paradise, with its white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and distinctive music, people and food, the Caribbean is a permanent fixture among the most popular cruise destinations in the world
With every stateroom on board exclusively of the luxury Suite variety, you will return from your day's exploration of the local port to your own opulent space complete with a butler service.
- Fort Lauderdale - Bridgetown
- Caribbean,Central America,North America
You'll never be bored with the magnificent Empress of the Seas, so spend your cruising day during this itinerary exploring this action packed ship. Enjoy salsa dancing or a Broadway show, or simply relax by the pool if you'Re looking to unwind.
- Miami - Miami
- Caribbean,North America,Central America
The city of Fort Lauderdale in the U.S. state of Florida and makes an ideal holiday destination. Due to the many canals in the city, Fort Lauderdale is also known as the American Venice. In the 1970's, the area was very popular with students celebrating Spring Break but these were replaced by cruise vacationers in recent years. Fort Lauderdale offers beautiful beaches, museums, the world's biggest everyday flea market and also the world's largest drive-in cinema, which has 13 screens.
Miami, situated on the Atlantic coast in Southeast Florida, is the world's busiest cruise port. An array of world-famous beaches such as South Beach, which is known for its vibrant nightlife scene, continue to put the city on the map for cruise vacationers. Miami is home to many beautiful and lush national parks and botanical gardens, such as Biscayne National Park and the divine Pinecrest Gardens.
San Juan is the capital and largest city of Puerto Rico. As a cruising hot spot in the Caribbean, San Juan offers all of the amenities and attractions of a modern city. The city is divided into Old and New San Juan. Old San Juan dates back five centuries and is known for its colourful buildings and old forts, which once protected the island. El Morro is a well-known fort that now houses a small military museum. At the city walls that surround San Juan is The Paseo de la Princesca, a beautiful promenade with shops, restaurants, and gorgeous views.
Bridgetown is the island's largest city and is a vibrant and historic cultural gem. The city was founded by the British, meaning there is a terrific mix of old and new on the island with historic British colonial buildings alongside modern structures such as shopping centres and financial institutions. Always a lively city, there is a large amount of shopping, dining and cultural experiences to discover. Street vendors provide colour and character to the streets and the local bars and restaurants are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the Caribbean culture.
Philipsburg is the capital of the overseas Dutch colony of St. Maarten. Boasting beautiful views of the Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond, it is an ideal location for a Caribbean holiday. On St. Maarten, there is adventure to be found throughout the beautiful island with snorkeling, swimming and horseback riding available. Philipsburg is also a hotspot for bargain hunters, with a mile-long commercial district with a range of duty-free shops. The white sandy beaches of Philipsburg are the perfect location to enjoy some relaxation.
The Mexican island of Cozumel, located in the Caribbean off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula, has a rich ancient history. Even today, visitors from all over the world flock to the island to observe the religious centre and temples that the Maya peoples built on the island centuries ago. Cozumel is also famous for its diving opportunities: Visitors can dive around beautiful coral reefs or to the Underwater Museum of Art.
In the capital of St. Lucia, you will find one of the finest harbors in the West Indies. A large part of the islands exports of bananas, sugar cane, rum and syrup pass through Castries. The city was founded by the French, whose influence is felt today. The backdrop to the town is the mountain of Morne Fortune, which is an ever-present reminder of the natural beauty to be found all over the island if you venture away from the colourful buildings, markets and stores.
The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans together. Since the canals opening in 1914, this channel has become one of the most important waterways in the world, earning itself the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Over 815,000 ships have traveled this canal in the last 100 years. Not only does the Panama Canal allow for passage between two of most immense oceans but it also provides great access to some of the most culture rich and vibrant destinations in Panama.
The old town of Oranjestad will impress all visitors with its many colorful and ornate buildings, giving the Island a distinctly Caribbean feel, while also hinting at the Dutch influence through colonial architecture. Oranjestad's streets are lined with luxury retailers, diverse boutiques and jewelry stores. A scenic park lines the coastline of Ornajestad meaning you can enjoy the beautiful scenery. With a typical Caribbean feel, Oranjestad is a nightlife hotspot filled with restaurants, cafes, clubs, bars and casinos.
In the colourful city of Willemstad, experience the hospitality of the inhabitants. After the discovery by the Spaniards in the 16th Century, the island was conquered by the Dutch. There is a distinctly Dutch feel about Willemstad, complete with waterways and charming street cafes. In the old town, you will find picturesque colonial-style buildings as well as historic fortifications which all add to the design which has won Willemstad UNESCO Heritage Site designation.
Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, is the largest city of the island nation. Nassau is the grounds of the House of Assembly and numerous judicial departments and is considered historically a bastion area of pirates. The charming city boasts a colonial charm with its pink painted government buildings and other pastel-colored houses. Places of interest include the pirate museum, several forts and markets.
Cartagena was founded in 1533 and is located on the Caribbean coast in northern Colombia. The walled Old Town boasts some of the most beautiful colonial architecture in South America with cobblestones and colourful facades. It also happens to be one of the safest places in Columbia making it great for cruisers. Make sure not to miss the San Felipe de Barajas Castle and the Palace of the Inquisition.
Key West is located on Key West Island at the western end of the Florida Keys. Visitors especially enjoy the azure blue sea and white sand beaches. For divers and snorkelers, the underwater snorkeling park is a must. At Mallory Square and Duval Street you will find many shops and restaurants - try the Key Lime Pie, a cake with the unique taste of Key lime.
Basseterre offers visitors a blend of beautiful beaches, landscapes and architectural reminders of the colonial history of the island. While the island of St. Kitts and Nevis offers a massive variety of opportunities to relax, there is also plenty of chances to explore the island by snorkelling, windsurfing, diving and golfing. A wide variety of bars, restaurants and clubs give you the chance to enjoy some authentic Caribbean food and nightlife.
St. John's is the capital of the island nation Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean. Sights worth seeing include the St. John's Harbor, the St. John's Cathedral and the colonial court House.Saint. John's is among the most developed communitys in the Lesser Antilles, with a population of 22,193, St.John is the chief port of the island Antigua. The city became famous for numerous shopping centres and a variety of boutiques throughout the city.
Caribbean Cruises – Popular destinations.The many islands of the Caribbean offer cruise passengers variety in terms of scenery, culture, onshore excursions and more. Some of the most well-known islands are perhaps Aruba or Antigua which lie in the south of the region and are celebrated for their spectacular coastlines and warm natives. These islands with their maritime backdrop are perfectly suited to those cruise passengers with an affinity or a love for water sports. If this sounds like you then head over to Curacao for some snorkelling. Here you’ll experience an ethereal world of impossibly colourful fish and vibrant coral reefs. For a more organic experience, head over to Guadeloupe or St. Lucia where the dense rainforests conceal a vast and biologically diverse assortment of wildlife and flora. Other popular Caribbean cruise destinations include Grand Cayman, where the impressive Seven Mile Beach is located and Jamaica, which is home to the cascading Dunns River Falls. There are too many fabulous destinations to visit. They must be experienced to be believed!
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