Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.
Day San Juan, Puerto RicoDepart 09:00 PM "Back in the 1500s, Puerto Rico was one of the first Caribbean islands to be settled, and its capital, today's San Juan, became a vital hub of Spains New World colonies. The historic part of the city, known as Old San Juan, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it's also a National Historic Site within the U.S. National Park Service.
Strolling the narrow cobblestoned streets of Old San Juan, you'll discover a historic treasure surrounded by massive city walls. You can climb the ramparts of imposing fortresses like El Morro, at the entrance to the bay, and visit the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, one of the oldest churches in the Americas and the final resting place of the citys founder, Ponce de León.
Modern San Juan extends well beyond the historic district and offers diversions of its own. Condado, a lively beachfront neighborhood, has high-rise resorts and trendy waterfront bars. Visitors may sample one of Puerto Ricos best-known products at Casa Bacardí, the rum distillery across the bay. And stunning natural wonders await just outside the city, including the rain forest and waterfalls of El Yunque National Forest and the otherworldly lights of Fajardos bioluminescent bay.
Day Vieques, Puerto RicoArrive 08:00 AM Depart 10:00 PM Just six miles east of mainland Puerto Rico lies the island of Vieques --Though it measures just 55 square miles, Vieques brims with
natural flora, exotic animals, secluded beaches, and gracious people. Its allure is that it is rustic and elegant at the same time.
Vieques boasts more than 20 breathtaking and diverse beaches, each with its own character and appeal. Horses roam freely across the
island, often flanked by elegant white egrets and brightly colored flamboyant trees dot the hillsides. There are no stoplights, fast-
food chains, nightclubs, or shopping malls the attractions are Mother Natures creations. You will find a delightful selection of
restaurants with a variety of foods, a few stores and the interesting Vieques Conservation & Historical Trust Museum. It is also home
to Hacienda Casa del Frances, a sugar plantation house built in 1910 and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Day Philipsburg, Sint MaartenArrive 12:00 PM Depart 10:00 PM "This Leeward island has been famously bisected into French and Dutch territories since 1648, and is referred to both as Saint Martin and Sint Maarten. In their respective capitalsMarigot and Philipsburgthere are ancient stone forts and candy-colored buildings lining winding streets. The Dutch side has a slightly larger population but is a bit smaller, at 34 square kilometers (13 square miles), versus the 53-square-kilometer (20-square-mile) Saint Martin.
Named for its founder John Philips, Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side, has some excellent international art galleries, thumping discos and popular casinos. Farther afield are beautiful beaches and a seemingly endless array of nature conservancies. With them come extensive opportunities for adventurehiking, biking and zip liningand amazing wildlife sightings in the sea, on land and in the sky."
Day Little Bay, Montserrat, BWIArrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM Today we visit Pompeii of the Caribbeanan island that is half lush and green, half gray and covered in ash by a volcano in 1995. And if a half-buried city isnt intriguing enough, there are black-sand beaches and a perplexing Irish heritage to explore.
Day Roseau, DominicaArrive 08:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM "Dominica, an Anglophone island between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, may well be the most unspoiled of the larger Caribbean islands. With few hotels and no mass tourism to speak of, Dominica is called ""the nature island for good reason. One of the most dramatic natural wonders in the West Indies sits at the bottom third of the isle. The Boiling Lake is a flooded fumarole (volcanic fissure) whose water emits sulfurous vapors as it bubbles and boils at around 92 degrees Celsius (nearly 200 degrees Fahrenheit). Surrounding the lake is the lush rain forest of Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vital habitat is teeming with birds, tiny tree frogs and vibrant bromeliads.
Getting around mountainous Dominica means negotiating winding, twisty roads. The offshore waters are known for some fine diving and whale-watching. With little room to grow, the small capital of Roseau never exploded in size; it still retains many of its colorful colonial-era wooden houses. Street vendors sell everything from fresh fruits and barbecued meats to medicinal herbs and elixirs.
Day Pigeon Island, St. LuciaArrive 08:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM The UNESCO site Pitons with their two majestic volcanic peaks and 24 miles of vibrant coral reef welcome you to St. Lucia. Nearby Pigeon Island National Park features impressive ruins of English forts, archaeological relics of Arawak Indians, and splendid beaches.
Day St. George's, GrenadaArrive 08:00 AM Depart 01:00 PM Inhale the intoxicating aroma of the Isle of Spice as your eyes feast on what is widely claimed to be the most beautiful city in the Caribbean. Spend the day on 2-mile-long Grand Anse beach, and before you go, a taste of nutmeg ice cream is a must.
Day Bridgetown, BarbadosArrive 05:00 AM "Barbadians, or Bajans in local parlance, consider their island nation the most British of the Caribbean: Queen Elizabeth II is still head of state, and English products are stocked in many of its stores and restaurants. Barbados is known as the birthplace of international pop star Rihanna, but it has also produced some of the biggest Caribbean calypso and soca music stars. The summer Crop Over festival is a huge carnival event. With live music and crafts for sale, the popular Friday fish fry at Oistins Bay is a fun place to mingle with the locals.
Centered around a waterway called the Careenage and its handsome Chamberlain Bridge, the historic center of Bridgetown, the country's capital, was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011 for its wealth of British colonial architecture dating from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Among the famous figures who visited Bridgetown when it was at its peak was none other than George Washington, who spent two months in 1751 in a house that still stands today, on his only trip abroad."