Prepare for adventure, pristine beaches and tropical sunshine during a 7 night Caribbean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s spectacular Independence of the Seas. Hike through ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico, snorkel and swim with gentle stingrays in Grand Cayman, relax to the reggae rhythms in Jamaica and take flight on a massive zip line over Labadee’s shimmering coastlines in Haiti. This enticing cruise & stay holiday also includes pre and post nights in Fort Lauderdale.
Duration: 10 nights cruise & stay tour
Price from: £1499pp
Fort Lauderdale 2 nights
Independence of the Seas 7 nights
Fort Lauderdale 1 night
Day 1: Fly to Fort Lauderdale on the east coast of Florida. On arrival make your way to your hotel.
Day 2 Fort Lauderdale: Hang out on the beautiful beaches, take a stroll along the seafront promenade and don’t miss the shops and restaurants in trendy Las Olas Boulevard, a great place for people watching.
Day 3 Fort Lauderdale/Cruise: Morning at leisure to relax or perhaps take a stroll along the beach before making your way to Port Everglades cruise terminal to board Independence of the Seas. The ship sets sail at 4.30pm for the enchanting Caribbean islands.
Day 4 At sea: A chance to sit back, put your feet up and soak up the sunshine as you laze poolside. If you’re feeling energetic, it’s a great opportunity to explore some of the amazing activities on offer. Try out the rock climbing wall, the FlowRider, try out the Perfect Storm waterslide or strap in and put on your virtual reality headset for gravity defying fun at SkyPadSM.
Day 5 Cozumel, Mexico: Drive your own mini submarine, snorkel on world famous reefs or see the colourful underwater world by glass bottomed boat in lovely Cozumel, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. There are fascinating Mayan ruins to explore too and abundant wildlife, including brightly-hued tropical birds. Look out for dolphins, manatees and sea turtles in the lovely lagoon and underwater caverns of the Chankanaab eco-park.
Day 6 George Town, Grand Cayman: Snorkel among tropical fish and colourful coral at Coral Gardens Reef or get up close to amazing stingrays. Parasail above the clear blue waters and glistening sands or see shipwrecks and spectacular marine life from a glass bottomed boat. Encounter endangered Green Sea Turtles at the Cayman Turtle Farm or send a postcard home from Hell, a striking outcrop of black limestone in West Bay.
Day 7 Falmouth, Jamaica: Relax to the reggae rhythms in laid back Jamaica, with its stunning mix of lush mountains, tropical rainforests and idyllic, reef-fringed beaches. Take a guided walk round Falmouth – once an important port for the sugar and rum trade - or plunge into the cool cascades of the Dunn’s River Falls. Horse ride on the beach, hike in the Blue Mountains or sip a Red Stripe on the sand – it’s what dream holidays are all about.
Day 8 Labadee, Haiti: Ride the exhilarating Dragon’s Tail coaster through the jungle or rise to the challenge of the longest zip line over water in the private paradise resort of Labadee, in mountainous and beautiful Haiti. There are thrills aplenty here with jet boating, snorkelling, kayaking and parasailing or the sensuous pleasures of lazing on sun-kissed sands, sipping a cocktail and gazing at sparkling seas.
Day 9 At sea: Treat yourself to some TLC at the Vitality Fitness Centre & Spa, where blissful treatments and relaxing massages await you. Make time to take a spin around the fantastic ice rink or work up a sweat with a game of basketball on the sports court.
Day 10 Cruise/Fort Lauderdale: Disembark and make your way to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or perhaps take trip along the Intracoastal Waterway to ogle at the yachts and smart houses in Millionaire’s Row.
Day 11 Fort Lauderdale: At leisure before you make your way to the airport for your onward journey. Alternatively why not extend your holiday in Fort Lauderdale. Miami or in the Florida Keys?
Departures: 07 Nov 19.
Accommodation: 2 nights before your cruise and 1 night after your cruise at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale; 7nights in an inside stateroom onboard Independence of the Seas.
Meals: Room only in Fort Lauderdale. Full board on cruise.
Cruise & stay price: Includes international flights and accommodation as shown above.