Our departure port of Miami has an amazing medley of cultures and flashy urban settings, which make it a scene to be seen. Before we set sail, there is much to explore with the trendy Art Deco district of South Beach, Calle Ocho in Little Havana, the super-upscale neighborhoods of Coconut Grove and Coral Gables. Take a trip on the unique ecosystem of the Everglades and the airboat adventure, where prehistoric creatures like alligators and crocodiles lurk along ‘The River Of Grass’… the perfect start before stepping aboard.
Just a few hundred miles from Florida lie the magical islands of the Bahamas, with its 100,000 miles of the most gorgeous crystal blue waters on the planet, and whose capital city Nassau teems with a cultural mix of lively Caribbean flavor and proud British tradition. Christened in 1695, Nassau over the centuries has been home to everyone from pirates to fugitive slaves, from rum smugglers to runaway lovers over the centuries. Now it is the home of the world famous Atlantis resort, marching flamingos, incredible shopping, dining and sightseeing, and miles of spectacular beaches.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
There is no place quite like Puerto Rico, the Caribbean capital of nightlife and entertainment. From museums to monuments, historic forts to flamenco shows, there are tours and adventures that will entice you ashore the moment the ship docks. From exploring El Yunque Rain Forest (with what was once believed to be the Fountain of Youth), to Old San Juan, the second-oldest European settlement in the New World, it is an island teeming with beauty and vitality. Spanish, Indian and African elements all blend together into a culture that is like nowhere else.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
The romantic past of the West Indies converge with its present in the island of Tortola, the British Virgin Island’s largest island. It is famous for lush green mountains, yacht-filled harbours, luxurious resorts that draw visitor from around the world, and secluded, palm-shaded white sand beaches such as Smuggler’s Cove. Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands, is known as a yachting club and has a harbor full of sailing boats that you can gaze out on as you sip a “Painkiller,” one of the laid-back local specialty drinks. Discover Tortola’s history with a visit to Callwood’s Rum Distillery or the 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum. If watersports and fishing are more your style, lounge on a beach at Brandywine Bay, head for the North and South Drops for excellent game fishing, or watch the surfers at Cane Garden Bay.