Looking for some sunshine? Who isn’t, with the weather in the UK so miserable we have just the medicine to cure your blues – a fabulous Fly/Cruise from our Travel Partner, Celebrity Cruises.
Why not experience a cruise to the Caribbean onboard the Celebrity Eclipse where your journey becomes a destination in itself but with many benefits. Cruising allows you to explore the Caribbean in comfort and luxury and is one, if not the, most relaxing way to travel.
Your home for the duration of the cruise could be in a Balcony Stateroom, your private sanctuary at sea, as luxurious as any modern hotel room. The smart design is matched with stylish décor and what’s more you will have a dedicated 24-hour Stateroom Attendant.
Whether you choose to treat yourself to an indulgent treatment at the world-renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClub, or get competitive with some games at the Lawn Club (with their very own half acre of real grass), there’s luxury on every level onboard Celebrity Eclipse.
As night falls the range of bars and lounges provide the perfect places to relax and enjoy a pre-dinner drink and as food is one of life’s greatest pleasures so delicious gourmet dining comes as standard on your Celebrity cruise.
After dinner enjoy the entertainment options onboard with unique and diverse shows, so whatever you’re in the mood for, grab a drink, take a seat and let them entertain you, or, simply sit back and admire the night sky from the Sunset Bar on the top deck.
The Choice is all yours, so relax and enjoy your days at sea before arriving at your first port of call Philipsburg, on St. Maarten.
The island of St. Maarten was first settled on by the Arawaks and discovered by Christopher Columbus on behalf of Spain on the 11th November 1493. For the next 150 years the island was passed between Holland, England, France and Spain and the old stone forts that guard many of the island’s inlets are proof of the island’s turbulent past. In 1648 St. Maarten was peacefully divided between Holland and France, and today is the smallest landmass (37 square miles) in the world to be shared by two sovereign nations.
The island’s capital, Philipsburg, is situated on a narrow stretch of land between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond and is a melting pot of cultures and old world charm with its cobblestone streets and colourful, colonial-style buildings lining its Front Street shopping area.
The following day you will arrive at St. John’s, Antigua, one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean, with 365 white sand beaches – one for every day of the year – and with its spectacular scenery Antigua rarely fails to impress. It is where West Indian flavour meets British colonial charm, as in 1784 the legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua and established Great Britain’s most important Caribbean base. He could never have imagined that over 200 years later that this island and in particular the picturesque and historic district of English Harbour, would become a premier tourist destination as today Nelson’s Dockyard has been completely restored and is now the only Georgian dockyard in the world.
Spend the day exploring this idyllic island before returning to your ship.
Next day your ship docks in Castries on the beautiful island of Saint Lucia. Impossibly picturesque, the sun-drenched shores and the dramatic backdrop of jagged, jungle-clad peaks rising from the sea like dragon’s teeth, stunning St. Lucia is rightly feted as the Caribbean’s most romantic island.
Its romantic vibes emanate from the picturesque landscape of lush rainforests and beautiful unspoiled beaches. There are stunning views from every angle with the most recognisable being the two towering extinct volcanoes on its west coast known as the Pitons. Rising to 2,619 feet above sea level these ancient, volcanic, forest clad cones have UNESCO World Heritage Status, and top the list as Saint Lucia’s most arresting attraction.
On to your next port of call Bridgetown, Barbados.
One of the best, bar none, and most popular of the Caribbean islands must be Barbados, it is the first place that springs to mind when you think of a Caribbean island and it doesn’t disappoint. From the Lord Nelson Statue to the National Heroes Square in Bridgetown – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Barbados is steeped in history with old colonial buildings standing proud along the streets of this distinctly British-feeling island.
Barbados is an island of contrasts, sleek and modern in lots of ways but it still maintains the customs, traditions and religious influences of England. But let’s not forget the beaches – this island boasts an awe-inspiring coastline with glorious stretches of white and pink sandy beaches and secluded bays backed by swaying palm trees. So go ashore and explore, with its beautiful scenery and the fantastically vibrant laid-back atmosphere not least due to the infectious rhythms of calypso music plus you can be sure of a warm welcome from the local Bajan people.
After these days exploring you will be ready for a day at sea to enjoy some relaxation and sample the luxuries your ship has to offer.
So, hopefully, you will now be refreshed ready for your visit to the next destination, Kralendijk, the capital city and main port of the Dutch island of Bonaire.
In 1499 Bonaire was claimed by the Spaniards but by 1636 the Dutch had taken possession of the island then during the period of 1799 – 1816, the island was occupied off and on by various countries and individuals. The change in European politics affected the Caribbean Islands and in 1816, Bonaire returned back to the Dutch.
Kralendijk is a lively and colorful Caribbean town centre but the Dutch colonial times have marked a distinctive stamp on the architecture with low-rise buildings and most houses painted in happy pastel tones. You can stroll the streets enjoying the Caribbean architecture while shopping in the main street Kaya Grandi and the area around it with a market on the Wilhelmina square selling island-made products.
Your next port of call is Willemstad, situated on another Dutch Caribbean Island, Curaçao.
Here again you will find colourful town houses lined up on the shore reminding you of the Dutch heritage complete with waterways and street cafes but you soon realize the sun is shining and it is about 28 degrees C and you are probably on the way to the beach.
In the area of Punda the streets are full of galleries and shops, while nearby Pietermaai is alive with restaurants, bars and clubs. Dutch colonial planning and diverse building styles throughout the old town together with examples of 17th and 18th century fortifications have earned this city its Unesco-protected status.
Then on to your final port, Oranjestad, on the Dutch Island of Aruba, where you will spend two days to enjoy the unique blend of old and new that gives a distinctive charm to Aruba’s capital. A bustling harbor city with fascinating restored landmark buildings, Oranjestad’s streets and malls are dotted with international luxury retailers, diverse boutiques, and dazzling jewellery stores. You will not have any problems getting around as there is a tram which connects the cruise ship terminal with the centre of the town passing through Main Street and making stops at monuments and museums along the way as well as the main shopping areas.
Should you wish to take advantage of the over night stay then Oranjestad is also a jumping nightlife mecca, filled with restaurants, cafes, clubs, lounges, bars and casinos for you to explore and enjoy.
Saying farewell to Oranjestad and the Caribbean you will spend two days at sea taking advantage of all the activities and amenities on offer on the Celebrity Eclipse before disembarking in Miami for your return flight home.
This is an excellent itinerary as you can experience the unique differences of the Caribbean Islands in their culture, heritage and architecture whilst all enjoying the same stunning scenery, beaches etc., that meet your expectations. And if you have not cruised before then Cruises not only bridge the generation gap, they can also be a great leveller so keep an open mind and you never know whom you’ll meet!
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Itinerary based on a typical Caribbean Cruise but some cruises vary with different ports of call.
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