Voyager of the Seas
December 11, 2022
Sunday, December 11 - SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico's 500-year-old capital is a history buff's dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbor as a New World home base, and that influence is still evident from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town as nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungle mountains of El Yunque Forest or keep to the foothills and riverside horseback ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach, recline with codfish fritter, and a rum drink in hand.
Monday, December 12 - CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST. THOMAS
Charlotte Amalie is one of the world's most beautiful harbors; blue waters peppered with sailboats and green hills dotted with quaint little cottages make for post-card perfect brags. Just outside the lively port town, you'll find ribbons of powdery sand beaches dotted with hammocks. Cruise to St. Thomas and explore colonial landmarks like Blackbeard's Castle or raise a pint of the local lager at quaint microbreweries. And when it's time to fuel up, you'll find plenty of beachside bars serving conch fritters, johnnycakes, and coconut patties. St. Thomas may technically be part of the U.S., but with its colorful markets, unspoiled beaches, and the ever-present sound of steel drums, you'll feel a wold away.
Tuesday, December 13 - BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS & NEVIS
Greens in every shade spring from the rolling hills of St. Kitts - an island ripe with eco-tourism adventures. In the port city of Bassetter, you'll find centuries of history to explore in impressive estates and photo-worthy monuments like the Brimstone Hill Fortress, one of the best-preserved military structures in the Americas. Cruise to St. Kitts & Nevis, venture beyond the port, and gear up for a unique climb up the 3,792-foot Mount Liamuiga volcano for views well worth the hike. Or hop in a kayak to get up close with a rainbow of tropical reef fish. Looking for something a little more laidback? Escape to the tiny unhurried sister island, Nevis, for smooth golden beaches and clear-water snorkeling - it's just a thirty-minute ferry ride away.
Wednesday, December 14 - ST. JOHN'S, ANTIGUA
Antigua has a beach for every day of the year - literally. But the island experience goes beyond 365 distinct ribbons of white sand and clear waters. In the capital city of St. Joh's, you'll discover charming candy-colored architecture, lively markets, and a beautiful baroque cathedral. And smiling locals greet you everywhere you go. On the southern coast, you can explore Nelson's Dockyard, a centuries-old British naval base built by Admiral Horatio Nelson. Past Antigua's yacht-studded coastline, you'll find upscale boutiques, wild forest trails, hidden coves, and coral reefs bustling with tropical fish But the best way to really see the island is from up above, so cruise to Antigua and hop into a helicopter for a panoramic look at lush jungles, golden beaches, and the nearby volcanic island, Montserrat.
Thursday, December 15 - BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS
You'll find Bridgetown strikes a fine mix of island warmth and English heritage. Stately colonial buildings intermingle with colorful wooden homes, open-air markets, and catch-of-the-day cafes. Outside of the bustle of "Town," as the locals call it, Barbados is a new kind of paradise in any direction. Cruise to Barbados and head towards the shore for pink-and-white-sand beaches that stretch on endlessly and crystal clear turquoise waters. Or stick to the center of the island, you'll find rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields, and historic plantations. You can even travel underground to discover limestone caves with their own waterfalls.
Friday, December 16 - CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA
From dramatic landscapes molded by ancient volcanoes to sparkling palm-fringed beaches, St. Lucia is some amazing Caribbean eye candy. Luxury resorts nestle up to the natural beauty, giving this island just the right touch of exclusivity. Cruise to St. Lucia and explore the coast by catamaran, hike to the peaks of the soaring twin Pitons, tour rainforests, and explore the fishing villages of Anse-La-Raye. In the capital of Castries, you'll find touches of French and British heritage, from the architecture to the cuisine.
Saturday, December 17 - PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN
What makes St. Maarten so unique is its blend of cultures. The island is home to 120 different nationalities speaking over 80 languages and is governed by two countries: the Netherlands and France. In fact, it's the smallest landmass in the world to be shared by two different nations. While it may be less than 40 square miles, there's plenty to do on this little island: you can travel back in time while exploring centuries-old ruins and get your adrenaline fix ziplining through lush tropical forests. If you're after a little rest and relaxation during your cruise to St. Maarten, you'll find plenty of secluded beaches where you can work on your suntan before treating your taste buds to some of the best cuisines in the Caribbean.
Sunday, December 18 - SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico's 500-year-old capital is a history buff's dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbor as a New World home base, and that influence is still an event, from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town as nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungle mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep the foothills on a riverside horseback ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with codfish fritter, and a rum drink in hand.