3 Caribbean Cruises To Invigorate Your Soul
Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas has thrill and chill, from 13 waterslides to tranquil beaches, overwater cabanas and more. CREDIT: ROYAL CARIBBEAN
Escape with the Perfect Weekend Getaway
“You can easily change up your weekend routine with a quick getaway to The Bahamas. Jump on a three-night cruise from Florida to Royal Caribbean’s private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas, and Nassau, its capital.
At Perfect Day, you’ll find the ideal mix of thrill and chill. There are 13 waterslides that make up Thrill Waterpark, including the tallest one in North America. You can also soar on the 1,600-foot-long zip line and Up, Up & Away, a helium balloon experience that goes as high as 450 feet in the air. Kids can play at spots like Splashaway Bay aqua park or Adventure Pool while adults enjoy everything from a swim-up bar to beaches and even the first overwater cabanas in The Bahamas at Coco Beach Club.
Nassau is where you can dive into swashbuckling history across cobblestone streets, fortresses and landmarks like Parliament Square and Government House. Also head out on a food tour (the island’s cuisine reflects its Spanish, West African and British influences) and grab a local snack, like rum cake, between adventures.
Cruises to choose from: Find three-night weekend cruises that set sail from Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Freedom, Independence and Mariner of the Seas and more.
Pro tip: You can spend another day at sea with a four-night Bahamas and Perfect Day cruise. That means even more time to enjoy the adventures on board, from the FlowRider surf simulator to a rock climbing wall, to Italian trattorias like Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen and Asian-inspired spot Izumi.”
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, is a lively Caribbean gem with a beautiful azure harbor that’s dotted with sailboats. CREDIT: ROYAL CARIBBEAN
Have the Ultimate Family Vacation on an Oasis Class Ship
“You can pack more family adventures into one trip on Oasis Class ships Allure, Harmony, Oasis, Symphony and Wonder of the Seas than on other vacations. Seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises, for example, will take you to places like Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
Get a bird’s-eye view of Puerto Plata’s rolling hills, cacao farms and beaches on a cable car to the top of the 2,600-foot-tall Mount Isabel de Torres, where you’ll find a Christ the Redeemer statue, botanical gardens and caves to explore.
Then there are picturesque towns like Charlotte Amalie, with a beautiful harbor full of sailboats and that’s surrounded by charming cottages and verdant hills. You can also kick back at the most beautiful beaches, such as Sapphire Beach and Magen’s Bay, and fuel up with island bites like chocolate-dipped coconut patties.
Hike up the famous twin Pitons of St. Lucia for incredible views that stretch for miles. CREDIT: ROYAL CARIBBEAN
Exchange the Snow for Sun from the Northeast
“A Caribbean cruise from cities like New York and Baltimore, Maryland, will have you forgetting all about the cold as you explore the tropics. See places like like St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis, among many others.
In St. Croix, visits to the Captain Morgan and Cruzan Rum distilleries are must-dos. If you’re about underwater adventures, go diving at Salt River Canyon, an underwater canyon formed by the remains of a bygone river and waterfall.
Over in charming Barbados, look out for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, where there’s architecture from the 17th to the 19th centuries to see, like the Parliament Buildings. And when it comes to unique beaches, look no further than Crane Beach, where there’s rare pink sand.
(Information credit: Royal Caribbean)