Where Are We Going?
Monday, March 6 - BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS
Bridgetown, the captivating capital of Barbados, combines faded colonial history, captivating tradition, and vivid white beaches plucked directly from your richest imagination of Caribbean perfection. Recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its beautifully preserved colonial architecture, Bridgetown's mas of modernity covers a core of complex history and fascinating culture. Sherbet-colored buildings line up to overlook the waterfront of the Constitution River at the "the Careenage' - where gleaming ships bob on the blue water, and peaceful strolls along a wooden boardwalk await. Stop for a covering moment at the commemorative plaque honoring the people traded at this spot, when Bridgetown was the British Empire's most important harbor and the first stop on the Transatlantic Slave Trade crossing. Just a five-minute stroll from here is Carlisle Bay - a postcard-perfect place where you'll find crystal-clear, turquoise seawater glowing in the Caribbean sun and a smile of soft white powder sand. A treasure trove for divers, the shipwrecks scattered below the shallow water's waves are inhabited by turtles and swirling, rainbow-colored tropical fish. Head to the backstreets, where street food vendors serve spicy chicken soup, barbecued pigtails, and thirst-quenching coconut water. There are bargains aplenty to be had on Broad Street, where duty-free malls and souvenir stalls cram together, vying for your attention. Roebuck Street is the spot where one of the Caribbean's favorite drinks, rum, was discovered - having been created here from the by-products of the island's booming sugarcane trade. Nowadays, it's lined with bars splashing every variety of the deliciously spicy dark libation imaginable into glasses. For a touch more culture, visit one of the oldest synagogues in The Americas - Nidhe Israel Synagogue, which was built in 1654. The adjoining museum tells the story of Barbados' Jewish immigrants, who were instrumental in the island's development.
Tuesday, March 7 - CASTRIES (ST. LUCIA)
Explore a land of vibrant color, from the tranquil turquoise water surrounding it to the verdant green peaks of its famous soaring volcanic plugs - The Pitons, which give this mesmerizing island its form. Waterfalls thunder in the jungle interior should you successfully drag yourself from St. Lucia's gleaming beaches and dive spots - where a patchwork of the colorful fish dance below the waves. Offering the picturesque island and luxury of your wildest dreams, St. Lucia is a cinematic, thrilling Caribbean idyl. Marigot Bay served as the tropical backdrop for 1967's Doctor Dolittle film, and the island's amiable animal life is never too far away - spot flashes of bright red as parrots zip between palm trees before catching sight of dolphins splashing playfully offshore. Vigie beach is a charming spot to lie back and recline in the sun's glow, watching as overlapping layers of mesmerizing blue hues intertwine. St. Lucia's iconic Pitons mountains deliver the perfect backdrop to any envy-generating photograph - rising exponentially from the calm waters like sharp shark fins. Castries is this heavenly iland's capital; while the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception may seem a little humble from the outside, the soft sounds of soulful hymns emanating from within are sure to draw you in. The astonishing interior glows with bright frescoes, lit up by the sunlight that spills inside, and atmospheric rows of flickering candles. There's the rich Caribbean color to behold at the ramshackle Castries Market, where you can take handfuls of fragrant spices, like nutmeg and cinnamon, and enjoy the singsong ritual of bartering as you move between tables heaving under bounties of green bananas and rosy mangos.
11 Included Shore Excursions:
St Lucia Highlights (Wheelchair Accessible)
Island Sights & Rhythms
Sailing the West Coast by Catamaran and Snorkeling
Experience the Rainforest: Aerial Tram Adventure
Cruising St Lucian Coasts at Sunset
St Lucia Highlights
Jeep Safari and Beach Break
Hiking the Private Nature Reserve to Mt Pimard
Let's Make Chocolate!
Saint Lucia's Ruins & Relics
Safari Jeep, Biking, and Waterfall Adventure
Wednesday, March 8 - BEQUIA, SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
An almost mythical utopia of virgin beaches, rustic rum shacks, and bays so scenic you feel like you're intruding - Bequia Island is an island mirage of Caribbean perfection. This is the real unspoiled experience - and with just 6,000 locals living here, you quickly start to recognize the same smiling faces welcoming you with outstretched arms. Offering glorious, often deserted, beaches of pure golden sand; and hillside sweeps of forest and almond trees, Bequia Island is an extraordinary feast for the senses. Unlike some of the flashier Caribbean islands, Bequia - a part of the Grenadines - is a rustic, unassuming, and off-the-beaten-path choice. The staggeringly picturesque natural harbor, Admiralty Bay, greets you on arrival and is peppered with day-tripping yachts bobbing on the gentle waves. The island's tiny capital, Port Elizabeth, sits behind; with its bustling fruit and vegetable market, turtle sanctuary, and stalls selling hand-crafted model ships. This little island is ridged along the center, and you can earn your beachside bliss with a gentle hike to the top of Mount Peggy, looking out over views of Grenada and St. Vincent. At just seven miles long, you can discover the whole island in a few hours - but that would be to miss the point somewhat. Bequia Island coaxes you in to slow the pace and soothe your soul on blissful beaches, where you can revel in the uncomplicated joys of sitting, reading, and swimming in heavenly shallow waters. The royally approved Princess Margaret Beach is one of the finest - an arching band of soft sand and cobalt-blue waters. As evening sets in, you may find you're beckoned to share when communal barbecues of the day's fresh catch with the locals or to indulge in rum-heavy cocktails at beachside bars, lashed together from sea-blanched wooden limbs.
Thursday, March 9 - DESHAIES, GUADELOUPE
Deshaies's natural, sheltered harbor, the deepest in the Caribbean, has always attracted seafarers. Long ago, it was a haven for buccaneers, and it's said; that there's still hidden treasure on the island. Postcard pretty with painted wooden creole houses gathered around a little church; it won't take long to discover Deshaies's hidden gem.
While rightly associating Guadeloupe with transparent seas, lapping pristine beaches of colored sands, the island of Basse-Terre boasts much more.
Benefitting from farsighted ecological measures, both land and sea; have been protected, resulting in rich biodiversity waiting for discovery. Whatever your energy levels, from the very active to those who merely want to recharge their batteries, there's a landscape just for you.
Trek through tropical forests, passing hot springs and spectacular waterfalls to reach the smoldering crater of a volcano, bringing out the adventurer in you.
Stroll around the manicured botanical gardens amongst jeweled colored, exotic birds.
Cool off while exploring a massive choice of unspoiled beaches, including the famous expansive Grande Anse, with its red sands and palm trees. Dive deep in the water, and swim with turtles. Revel in the panoramic beauty over a drink at sunset, accompanied by delicious traditional Antilles cuisine.
If any of this piece of paradise looks familiar, it could be because, since 2011, it's been the setting of the much enjoyed BCC television series Death in Paradise. Get in on the act!
Friday, March 10 - ST. JOHN'S, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Lush and lively, Antigua is a bedazzling Caribbean destination gorged; with sunshine and crisp white sand beaches. Historic forts, sparkling coastline, and dense rainforest all contribute to Antigua's land of thrilling natural beauty. With its bright blue to turquoise sea gradients - the beaches are vibrant and plentiful, and the island has no shortage to choose from, with a rumored 365 options. Experience the beauty on horseback as you ride pounds across the sands and the wind whips through your hair. Choose to loll in a catamaran offshore or lie back on a bed of the softest sand to soak it all in. Beach shacks cook fresh seafood and spicy goat meat curries if you're feeling hungry. St. John's glows in the sunshine, with flamingo pink and baby blue paints boldly coating vivid Georgian buildings. Lively markets offer an authentic slice of Antiguan life, while museums celebrate the island's revered cricketers like Viv Richards and the story of independence. The whacks and whoops of makeshift cricket games hint at the island's British history, and you can see more of this heritage at Falmouth Harbour - which was the center of the British presence in the Caribbean. The area is still filled; with sailers and dallying yachts, as well as the only working Georgian dockyard in the world. Built-in 1725, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nelson's Dockyard, led by the admiral Horatio Nelson himself, is a fascinating time warp. Hike up to viewpoints here, which reward; with glorious views of the forest-clad inlets, craggy cliffs, and pointed hills. The stone towers of sugar mills dot the island and hint at the tragic history of slavery amid the island's sugar trade past.
Saturday, March 11 - GUSTAVIA, SAINT BARTHELEMY
Cherry red roofs, yacht-sprinkled bays and a sophisticated French flavour all add to the gorgeous Caribbean allure of Gustavia. The island's capital rolls around a horseshoe-shaped harbour, where gleaming yachts hover, and fancy boutiques, bars, and restaurants fizz with life and clinking cutlery. Head up to the red and white Gustavia Lighthouse to look down over the revered waters, which attract many a celebrity guest and diving enthusiast to these shores. Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover this volcanic island in 1493, giving it the name St. Barthelemy in honour of his younger brother. The island has a unique history as a Swedish colony, following a deal with the French King Louis XVI to exchange the island with Sweden for better trading rights. It was returned to French control in 1878 and is now a French Overseas Collectivity. Learn more of the Swedish legacy at Fort Karl - which sits on a 29-metre-high hill above Shell Beach. The fort now lies in ruins, but you'll meet wandering iguanas, and the views down of the sweeping sea and emerald coastline are some of the island's finest. Down below, a delightful spread of tiny pebbles and shell fragments are scattered like confetti and lapped by crystal-clear water. A little exploration uncovers countless other glorious beaches and natural wonders. Colombier Beach is a little out of the way but cradles silky-smooth sands and typically turquoise waters. If you have a chance, find somewhere to settle and sip fruity rum cocktails as the sunset flares across the wave.
Sunday, March 12 - ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
The steep, spectacular hills surrounding St. Thomas's majestic harbor provide an entry point for this island of overwhelming natural splendor. The jungled mountains reach up above tempting beaches and scuba diving sites, while Charlotte Amalie - the island's capital - sprawls down towards the water, bedecked with shops and tasty restaurants. Part of the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands - together with St. John and St. Croix - these lands were purchased by the US in 1917. Nowadays, St. Thomas is a patchwork of cultures, and a cheerful welcome to the islands, serving as a gracious host to the many visitors who linger - as well as those who jump on ferries, yachts, and catamarans to explore the heavenly beaches of the Caribbean's other retreats. A stunning island of dramatic jungled scenery, keep your camera close to hand as you swing up the Skyride to Paradise Point to look down over the natural amphitheater of the dock and city below. Snap some more postcard-perfect shots oat Drake's Seat - said to be Sir Francis Drake's lookout point, where he could survey for approaching enemy ships. Nowadays, the views over Magens Bay and the infinite sea are always peaceful, and this is a great spot to catch a fiery Caribbean sunset spilling across the sky. Take catamaran cruises to explore the shining coastline, or seek out the glorious coves and caves hidden along the island's perimeter. Land on the secluded shores of tiny islands before scuba diving and snorkeling along the twisted boughs of lost ships, reclaimed by the waters and inhabited by curious tropical fish life. Kayak over still lagoon waters, or take the chance to lay back on soft beaches strewn with tiny shells as St. Thomas's beauty washes over you.
Monday, March 13 - SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sitting on the north coast of this lush, tropical island, San Juan is the second settlement founded by European settlers in the Caribbean and the oldest city under US jurisdiction. The stocky walls and watchtowers here; have stood the test of time, repelling notable invaders - such as Sir Francis Drake - and the pirates who historically looted these islands. With massive fortresses, airy plazas, and sheer Caribbean beauty, San Juan is a beach-blessed star; of these turquoise waters. With more than 500 years of European history, Old San Juan gleams in Puerto Rico's sunshine, with sugar-almond painted facades and ankle-testing cobbled lanes. Decorative balconies and varnished wooden doors add everyday artistry to streets, dripping with history. Soak up the culture at rum-fuelled parties and salsa dances on this Spanish-culture-infused island, or recline into afternoon relaxation sessions on sensational slivers of gleaming sand. Kick back on the beach, or satisfy a lust for adventure by exploring mangrove forests. The magic of sea kayaking after dark here is an experience you won't forget. Break the waves with your oar and watch as the waters illuminate with neon color, as bioluminescence creates a mystical, peaceful spectacle. Pocked limestone cliffs and karst landscapes add rugged contrast to the serenity of the beaches, and you can walk into folds of the earth in sea-carved caves or across cliffs to hidden views of the Caribbean's expanse. Enjoy a taste of the island's cuisine by sampling Mofongo - a local concoction of green plantains and chicken. Why not indulge and wash it down; with an iced mojito made from crushed mint and locally distilled rum?
Tuesday, March 14 - DAY AT SEA
Wednesday, March 15 - DAY AT SEA
Thursday, March 16 - FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Miles of sandy beaches, lively outdoor events, and a charming web of waterways help to make Fort Lauderdale a relaxed vacation capital of Florida. The excitement is palpable as cruise ships, and gleaming yachts gather in the harbor ahead of adventures and luxury journeys across the waves. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere in the canal-laced 'Venice of America' as you enjoy big-label shopping on Las Olas Boulevard - or visit fancy restaurants and bustling art galleries. For a wilder experience, the swampy wetlands of the Everglades sprawl away nearby. Fort Lauderdale Beach is a lively stretch of sand, bordered by palm trees and sprinkled with crowds enjoying the Sunshine State's generous weather. The charming promenade of red-brick tiles extends right along the beach's length and rumbles with passing rollerblades and cyclists. Flick across the waves while paragliding, or relax with a coffee or a margarita in a beachfront bar as volleyball games play in front of you. For a quieter beach option - Olas Beach lies a little down the coast towards Port Everglades and has extra space to spread out and tan on acres of smooth white sand. Spot the backs of alligators waiting patiently and the toothy grins of crocodiles patrolling the murky waters of the Everglades - the USA's largest tropical wetlands. A haven of extraordinary wildlife, birds wade through its swamps, and black bears and panthers roam its wilds. Take to a plane to appreciate the full scale of the national park or purr along exploring its waterways in a fan-powered boat.