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Tropical Caribbean Beach in Martinique

Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Bridgetown

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Silver Whisper
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The Caribbean of your dreams comes alive over the next sensational 10 days. Starting with two restful days at sea, get ready to be transported by desert islands crammed with old-world elegance and hilltop views. Travel from Fort Lauderdale to Puerto Rico's capital with the colonial streets of Old San Juan. Stopp in Spanish Town, Antigua's capital St. John's, Fort-de-France, the small island of Mayreau, St. George's Harbour, and Bridgetown along the way. With blue skies and calm seas, adrenaline packed tours on the water, colonial historic charm and superlative fish gazing, weave your own tapestry of the Caribbean’s rich offerings.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Embark
Days 2-3 : Day At Sea
Day 4 : San Juan, Puerto Rico
Day 5 : Spanish Town, British Virgin Islands
Day 6 : St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
Day 7 : Fort-De-France, Martinique
Day 8 : Mayreau Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Day 9 : St George's, Grenada
Day 10 : Bridgetown, Barbados | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit St. George's Harbor, one of the most picturesque harbors in the Caribbean
  • Admire Martinique's landscape covered with tropical flowers
  • See the beauty of Antigua's capital, St. John's
  • Relax on the small island of Mayreau

Ship

Silver Whisper

Places Visited

  • Atlantic Coast
  • Caribbean
  • North America
  • United States
  • Barbados
  • Bridgetown
  • Florida
  • Fort de France
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Greater Antilles
  • Grenada
  • Grenadines
  • Leeward Islands
  • Lesser Antilles
  • Martinique
  • Mayreau
  • Puerto Rico
  • San Juan
  • St. Georges
  • St. Vincent des Grenadines
  • Virgin Islands
  • Windward Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Admire the locals on your Virgin Islands cruise Relax on the sunny beaches of the Bahamas San Juan, Puerto Rico Bustling port of Fort de France, Martinique Tropical Caribbean Beach in Martinique

Day 1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Embark

Like many southeast Florida neighbors, Fort Lauderdale has long been revitalizing. In a state where gaudy tourist zones often stand aloof from workaday downtowns, Fort Lauderdale exhibits consistency at both ends of the 2-mile Las Olas corridor. The sparkling look results from upgrades both downtown and on the beachfront. Matching the downtown's innovative arts district, cafés, and boutiques is an equally inventive beach area, with hotels, cafés, and shops facing an undeveloped shoreline, and new resort-style hotels replacing faded icons of yesteryear. Despite wariness of pretentious overdevelopment, city leaders have allowed a striking number of glittering high-rises. Nostalgic locals and frequent visitors fret over the diminishing vision of sailboats bobbing in waters near downtown; however, Fort Lauderdale remains the yachting capital of the world, and the water toys don’t seem to be going anywhere.

Day 2-3 Day At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 4 San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If you associate Puerto Rico's capital with the colonial streets of Old San Juan, then you know only part of the picture. San Juan is a major metropolis, radiating out from the bay on the Atlantic Ocean that was discovered by Juan Ponce de León. More than a third of the island's nearly 4 million citizens proudly call themselves sanjuaneros. The city may be rooted in the past, but it has its eye on the future. Locals go about their business surrounded by colonial architecture and towering modern structures. By 1508 the explorer Juan Ponce de León had established a colony in an area now known as Caparra, southeast of present-day San Juan. He later moved the settlement north to a more hospitable peninsular location. In 1521, after he became the first colonial governor, Ponce de León switched the name of the island—which was then called San Juan Bautista in honor of St.John the Baptist—with that of the settlement of Puerto Rico ("rich port"). Defended by the imposing Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro) and Castillo San Cristóbal, Puerto Rico's administrative and population center remained firmly in Spain's hands until 1898, when it came under U.S. control after the Spanish-American War. Centuries of Spanish rule left an indelible imprint on the city, particularly in the walled area now known as Old San Juan. The area is filled with cobblestone streets and brightly painted, colonial-era structures, and its fortifications have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old San Juan is a monument to the past, but most of the rest of the city is planted firmly in the 21st century and draws migrants island-wide and from farther afield to jobs in its businesses and industries. The city captivates residents and visitors alike with its vibrant lifestyle as well as its balmy beaches, pulsing nightclubs, globe-spanning restaurants, and world-class museums. Once you set foot in this city, you may never want to leave.

Day 5 Spanish Town, British Virgin Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Virgin Gorda, or "Fat Virgin," received its name from Christopher Columbus. The explorer envisioned the island as a pregnant woman in a languid recline, with Gorda Peak being her belly and the boulders of the Baths as her toes. Different in topography from Tortola, with an arid landscape covered with scrub brush and cactus, the pace of life is slower here, too. Goats and cattle own the right of way, and the unpretentious friendliness of the people is winning. The top sight (and beach for that matter) is the Baths, which draws scores of cruise-ship passengers and day-trippers to its giant boulders and grottoes that form a perfect snorkeling environment.

Day 6 St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Antigua's capital, with some 45,000 inhabitants (approximately half the island's population), lies at sea level at the inland end of a sheltered northwestern bay. Although it has seen better days, a couple of notable historic sights and some good waterfront shopping areas make it worth a visit. At the far south end of town, where Market Street forks into Valley and All Saints roads, haggling goes on every Friday and Saturday when locals jam the Public Market to buy and sell fruits, vegetables, fish, and spices. Ask before you aim a camera; your subject may expect a tip. This is old-time Caribbean shopping, a jambalaya of sights, sounds, and smells.

Day 7 Fort-De-France, Martinique

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The largest of the Windward Islands, Martinique is 4,261 mi (6,817 km) from Paris, but its spirit and language are decidedly French, with more than a soupçon of West Indian spice. Tangible, edible evidence of the fact is the island's cuisine, a superb blend of French and Creole. Martinique is lushly landscaped with tropical flowers. Trees bend under the weight of fruits such as mangoes, papayas, lemons, limes, and bright-red West Indian cherries. Acres of banana plantations, pineapple fields, and waving sugarcane stretch to the horizon. The towering mountains and verdant rain forest in the north lure hikers, while underwater sights and sunken treasures attract snorkelers and scuba divers. Martinique is also wonderful if your idea of exercise is turning over every 10 minutes to get an even tan and your taste in adventure runs to duty-free shopping. A popular cruise-ship excursion goes to St-Pierre, which was buried by ash when Mont Pelée erupted in 1902.

Day 8 Mayreau Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The small island of Mayreau, just one and 1/2 square miles in area (3.9 square kilometers) is the smallest inhabited island of The Grenadines and is part of the independent state of St.Vincent in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Two of the best-known islands in The Grenadines are Mustique and Bequia, the second largest island in this group. The Grenadine Islands are strung out in a gentle sweep between St.Vincent and Grenada. Most visitors to Mayreau arrive from cruise ships, on the regular ferry, or by yacht. There are no proper roads on the island, only a few vehicles, no airport, and only a single unnamed village. Mayreau and the neighboring Tobago Cays are very popular for divers and snorkellers. Saline Bay, on the west coast of the island, has a wonderful broad beach and a few local vendors selling T-shirts and local craft.

A climb up the road to the hilltop village on the island provides breathtaking views across Mayreau, Canouan, the Tobago Cays, and Carriacou.

Day 9 St George's, Grenada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, cocoa those heady aromas fill the air in Grenada (pronounced gruh-nay-da). Only 21 miles (33½ km) long and 12 miles (19½ km) wide, the Isle of Spice is a tropical gem of lush rain forests, white-sand beaches, secluded coves, exotic flowers, and enough locally grown spices to fill anyone's kitchen cabinet. St. George's is one of the most picturesque capital cities in the Caribbean, St. George's Harbour is one of the most picturesque harbors, and Grenada's Grand Anse Beach is one of the region's finest beaches. The island has friendly, hospitable people and enough good shopping, restaurants, historic sites, and natural wonders to make it a popular port of call. About one-third of Grenada's visitors arrive by cruise ship, and that number continues to grow each year. Grenada's capital is a bustling West Indian city, much of which remains unchanged from colonial days.

Day 10 Bridgetown, Barbados | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This bustling capital city is a major duty-free port with a compact shopping area. The principal thoroughfare is Broad Street, which leads west from National Heroes Square. Amongst top attractions here, the Pelican Village cluster of workshops located halfway between the cruise-ship terminal and downtown Bridgetown where craftspeople create and sell locally made leather goods, batik, basketry, carvings, jewelry, glass art, paintings, pottery, and other items. It's open weekdays 9 to 5 and Saturday 9 to 2; things here are most active when cruise ships are in port. Alternatively, sightseers will want to go to the Nidhe Israel Synagogue, which has been providing for the spiritual needs of one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the Western Hemisphere. This synagogue was formed by Jews who left Brazil in the 1620s and introduced sugarcane to Barbados. The adjoining cemetery has tombstones dating from the 1630s.

Disembark this morning after breakfast.

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Notes

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Included in cruise fare:
  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalized service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI* throughout the ship
  • Onboard Gratuities
  • Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society.
Not included in cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Transfers and luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Meals ashore
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations whilst ashore
  • Casino gaming, laundry, or valet services
  • Purchases from the ship boutiques or any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare and may not be available at all times.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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