Celebrity Cruises Southern Caribbean Cruise
5 Island Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan
9 Days | January - April, 2023
Starting At $CUSTOM
Just off the coast of South America, this Southern Caribbean cruise visits the islands of St Thomas, St Kitts, Antigua, St Lucia, and Barbados. You’ll find charming cafés, galleries, and more beaches than you can count.
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Day 1: Arrive San Juan
Today your flight arrives in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Board the Celebrity Summit
Today you will have time to explore San Juan, Puerto Rico: Spend time snorkeling, discover the beautiful marine life of the Caribbean Sea while swimming among the fish, coral communities, mangrove forests, and seagrass beds.
Old San Juan is one of the first cities to be established in the New World. You will explore the historical forts that were built to protect the island during Spanish occupation, and uncover various UNESCO sites, museums, historic churches, restaurants and much more along the way.
Later today the group will be transferred to the pier where you will board the beautiful Celebrity Summit. This evening at 8:30pm set sail on your 7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise.
Day 3: Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas
Charlotte Amalie is the enchanting capital of St. Thomas that has attracted pirates and sailors the world over for centuries. The island enjoys a fascinating fusion of Danish, French, Spaniard, West African and Carib influences. There’s so much to discover on a cruise to St. Thomas. For a nice overview of the island’s history head to Fort Christian Museum. Built as a military fort by the Dutch in 1680, this historic landmark features exhibits chronicling the history of the Virgin Islands from the Stone Age to the present, as well as natural history collections, and an art gallery. Experience the beauty of St. Thomas beaches with a wonderful picnic on Magens Bay beach or snorkel in the turquoise Caribbean Sea where you’ll come up close to corals, sponges, and schools of colorful tropical fish. Authentic island dishes like savory curries with roti, the freshest seafood, and delicious drinks made with the finest local rums are readily available on restaurant menus. And, while the beaches and ocean are beautiful, there is one thing that really sets St. Thomas apart – shopping. This island is the most commercial of all the U.S. Virgin Islands. Browse through the shop-lined streets of the capital city and shop for duty-free trinkets and bargains on everything from liquor to imported china and crystal.
Day 4: Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis
Explore French and English colonial architecture, breathtaking beaches, and lush landscapes beneath soaring mountain peaks. Walking distance from the St. Kitts cruise port, find the Circus and Independence Square. The Circus is a roundabout lined by local shops with artisanal batik clothing, leatherwork, and weaving. Stroll another couple blocks to Independence Square, site of the stately courthouse and cathedral.
West of Basseterre, visit 350-year-old Romney Manor estate, once owned by a British earl. The grounds include magnificent gardens with exotic plants and an amazing saman tree—as old as the estate—that covers half an acre. Tour Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, 750 feet above the Caribbean. Ride a narrow-gauge train through breathtaking scenery on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway tour. All round the island, take in magnificent views of Mount Liamuiga, a 3,792-foot-high dormant volcano. Of course, pristine beaches and turquoise waters are everywhere.
For lunch, seek out rustic plantation homes that serve hearty West Indian fare like fresh seafood, local rotis, mango ginger chicken, and goat water stew, blending the islands’ staple protein with local papaya and breadfruit. You’ll have so much to discover before returning to the St. Kitts cruise port.
Day 5: St John’s, Antigua
Colorful St. John’s will be your stop on a cruise to Antigua, welcoming you to paradise. St. John’s is home to 365 white sandy beaches, historic testaments to British colonial occupation, and kitschy beachy bars around every corner. Like any tropical destination, St. John’s is perfect for lounging beachside, snorkeling and diving, or hiking to see Fort Barrington’s watchful eye overlooking the city. Historic sites like Fort James and St. John’s Cathedral make for nice tours during your Antigua cruise, leaving plenty of time in your day for tasty Caribbean cuisine and seafood, where the fresh catches of the day rule the local menus.
Day 6: Castries, St Lucia
St. Lucia offers a different side of the Caribbean than you’ve ever seen before. Castries itself is the capital of St. Lucia, and a walkable, bustling town. Head to Derek Walcott Square to relax after exploring the town, and don’t miss the historic cathedrals in the heart of the city. Of course, you have to try traditional St. Lucian food, including saltfish and green banana, the region’s signature dish. St. Lucia itself is sprawling and mountainous, protected yet easily explorable. Downtown Castries can certainly take up your day in port, but you could also venture further inland for thrills and outdoor adventures, like hiking one of the volcanic Pitons, a spire-like mountain promising incredible views of St. Lucia from the summit. Take a mud bath at Sulphur Spring Park, or simply swim and snorkel at Pigeon Island National Park or the beautiful Reduit Beach.
Day 7: Bridgetown, Barbados
On your Barbados cruise, you’ll dock in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados and an important port city in the Caribbean. What’s not to love about Barbados? Miles of sandy beaches, turquoise island waters, and an abundance of plantations and historic sites to tour mean you’ll find plenty to occupy you during your time here. Be sure to try traditional Barbadian dishes like cou cou and macaroni pie, and make time to enjoy a rum tasting or distillery tour.
Children and families will be captivated by protected species like the West African green monkey at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. You can head east to Bathsheba for plentiful chances to snorkel, surf, and dive. If your cruise ship docks in Bridgetown, be sure to stop in the numerous shops and boutiques in the historic downtown and visit sites memorializing British rule over the island. It’s colorful, historic, and laid back, and the rest of Barbados is easily accessible by car or taxi.
Day 8: Day at Sea
Today is a luxurious day at sea.
Day 9: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Today arrive back into San Juan. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.