Caribbean Cruise

Caribbean Cruise

via Lisbon and Madeira

With the busy Christmas period fast approaching and British winter quickly taking hold, there’s no better way to escape!  Enjoy some relaxation and soothing sunshine on a voyage to – and exploration of – gorgeous Caribbean islands.

Leaving the UK’s shores behind, you’ll soon forget about the cold weather back home as you head across the Atlantic for the sun-kissed Caribbean.

En-route, you will visit Lisbon, with its rich maritime heritage and enchanting architecture.  The ship will also call in on the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira, where sweet-scented gardens and leafy levada trails await.

Upon arrival in the Caribbean, stunning St Maarten provides an unforgettable welcome to the region. Glorious golden beaches, historic landmarks such as Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem, and spectacular scenery await discovery from Philipsburg.

Then there’s St Kitts, where a ride on the island’s scenic railway – taking in vistas of the ocean, mighty cliffs and lush-green landscapes – makes for an unmissable and unforgettable experience.

This is followed by a visit to Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe. Your ship will be the only one in port during your time in Basse-Terre.  This means you’re in for a less-crowded discovery of the island’s charming capital, its thick rainforest and volcanic peaks.

Vibrant Bridgetown, gateway to exploring Barbados, is where you disembark. Before flying home, perhaps take a dip in the azure waters and swim with Sea Turtles; visit the Mount Gay Rum Factory; or simply make the most of the glorious Caribbean sunshine and inviting beaches one last time.

If you’d like to spend more time in Barbados at the end of the cruise, we can arrange this, subject to availability.

  • 16 night cruise from Southampton
  • All meals and snacks
  • Unlimited self-service tea and coffee
  • Complimentary afternoon tea
  • Full programme of evening entertainment
  • Full use of on-board leisure facilities
  • A wide choice of engaging and on-board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • Return flights from Barbados to UK and connecting transfers to/from ship
  • Formal welcome and/or Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
  • Luggage porterage between your room and drop-off/pick-up point
Tue 07 Dec - Southampton, United Kingdom

Departure day. [Wed 8 - Thur 9 Dec: at sea]

Fri 10 Dec - Lisbon, Portugal

Stretched across seven hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon is a collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. The city was decimated by an earthquake in 1755, and modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe. [Sat 11 Dec: at sea]

Sun 12 Dec - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Funchal, the capital of Portugal's Madeiran archipelago, has a timeless olde-worlde charm. Enhanced by a subtropical climate that fills this 'floating garden' with the year-round colours and perfumes of flowers and fruit, Funchal was a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. [Mon 13 - Sat 18 Dec: at sea]

Sun 19 Dec - Philipsburg, St Maarten, Netherlands Antilles

Philipsburg is the capital of the Dutch half of St. Maarten, amicably shared between Holland and France for centuries. Front Street, Philipsburg’s long main street, is festooned with shops but the alleys and courtyards down to Back Street are also worth exploring. There are some stylish restaurants, but the Lo-Lo huts, which sell grilled chicken, fish and cakes from home-made barbecues, are great for a cheap snack of authentic Caribbean food. The charming sandy beach, studded with colourful clapboard restaurants and outdoor cafés, is accessible via water taxi.

Mon 20 Dec - Basseterre, St Kitts

With some of the oldest colonial buildings in the Caribbean, the elegant St. Kitts & Nevis capital of Basseterre is a beautiful town bursting with history. Established by the French in the 17th century, and claimed by the British following the Napoleonic War, much of Basseterre’s original Georgian architecture still stands. Worth a visit are: the domed Old Treasury Building on the waterfront (now the National Museum), the Victorian Berkeley Memorial Clock and St George’s Anglican church.

Tue 21 Dec - Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe

Basse-Terre, the main city on the island of the same name, is the administrative capital of French overseas region Guadeloupe. It is the ideal place from which to explore all of the natural beauty that the island has to offer. Separated from Grand-Terre by a narrow river, the island of Basse-Terre is an ecological paradise, with the sprawling Parc National de la Guadeloupe in the centre of the island and one of the country’s most glorious beaches in the north.

Wed 22 Dec - Bridgetown, Barbados

With its balmy climate, buzzing atmosphere, glorious azure waters and incredible beaches, Bridgetown is a tropical city that epitomises paradise. This very British Caribbean island is a favourite with tourists. The city’s streets are lined with shops, boutiques, street vendors, bars and places to eat. End of cruise and return to UK.

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