Ever since I drew up my bucket list I have been wanting to visit the Caribbean. So when I saw the itinerary for this 14 night cruise I was hooked! I knew I was going to love the ship – the Celebrity Eclipse – as we had sailed on her sister ship, the Silhouette, the previous year. Celebrity do cruising so well!
Consequently,in for a penny, in for a pound – we disembarked from the Celebrity Constellation in Fort Lauderdale, having just done a five day cruise, and after a short excursion to the Florida Everglades to fill in time, we headed right back to port and embarked upon the next cruiseI
After leaving port we spent the next two days at sea without calling in to any islands as we were heading straight south to Aruba. Oranjestad was different to what we expected. The number of jewellery stores was an eye opener. And the main shopping arcade and hotel complex looked like they belonged in a carnival. The next port, Willemstad, Curaçao, was beautiful and very European – again different to what we expected. Where was all the tropical rainforest? These two island don’t get the same amount of rain as the other Caribbean islands, or the hurricanes, thankfully.
After another sea day we reached St George’s Grenada and saw our well anticipated first Caribbean rainforest. Then on to Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St Lucia; St John’s Antigua; Philipsburg, St Maarten and Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas. Two more sea days and we were back to Fort Lauderdale. It was very sad to leave the ship and say goodbye to our new-found friends. But we had more adventures in store ahead of us, travelling up through Florida to Orlando and the Disney Parks!
|Aruba Shore Excursion: Island Tour of Aruba – $44.99 Aruba is an island defined by clear blue skies and the warmth of consistent trade winds – lucky you to be in port there. It attracts everyone from sport enthusiasts to the most enthusiastic sun worshipers. On this island tour shore excursion, see the Natural Bridge, the second largest city in Aruba and Baby Beach, among other sights.|
|St Thomas Shore Excursion: Snuba Adventure at Coral World Ocean Park – $72.99 If you’re arriving via cruise ship want to explore the waters of St. Thomas but you’re not a certified diver, you must try out the snuba adventure shore excursion at Coral World Ocean Park! Discover the tropical marine life and spectacular coral reef on this underwater tour which combines snorkeling with scuba diving. Located at beautiful Coki Beach, Coral World Ocean Park offers various interactive exhibits and attractions which will have the entire family mesmerized for the day!|
|Grenada Shore Excursion: Self-Drive Boat and Snorkel Tour – $68.99 When your cruise ship arrives in Grenada, spend some time on the water on this self-drive boat tour from St George’s! On this 2.5-hour guided tour, be the captain of your very own dinghy as you cruise along the gorgeous Caribbean coast. Snorkel in the pristine waters of a secluded bay and admire colorful marine life. Then, enjoy free time to relax on one of the island’s many white-sand beaches!|
|Antigua Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Tour Including Beach and Bar – $74.99 While you’re in port in Antigua, discover the island’s highlights on this sightseeing shore excursion with an informative guide. Journey back in time while exploring Betty’s Hope, the island’s first sugar plantation, and visit Nelson’s Dockyard, a former British military complex. Capture spectacular vistas at Shirley Heights and learn the island’s history at Dow’s Hills Interpretation Centre. Drive through a rainforest and along the coast, and relax on the white sands of a laid-back beach before returning to your ship.|
|Barbados Shore Excursion: Barbados in a Day Tour – $137.99 Get the best of Barbados while you’re in port! You’ll see the island’s top sights on this Barbados day tour shore excursion. You’ll visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, where you can look for the famous Green Monkeys, see the beautiful east coast, visit Carlisle Bay and snorkel in the calm Caribbean waters of the west coast.|
|St Lucia Shore Excursion: Aerial Tram and Rainforest Tour – $82.99 When you get off your cruise ship in St Lucia, head out on an aerial tram and rainforest shore excursion. You’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the St Lucia rainforest and its wildlife on this exciting aerial tram tour. Safe and fun for the whole family, the guided aerial tram tour offers you a view of St Lucia’s rainforest from a unique perspective.|
- 10 best things to do in a Caribbean port (usatoday.com)
- Want to Avoid Hurricanes Yet Want to Travel During Hurricane Season? Check Out These Caribbean Islands (dominica-weekly.com)
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