Hop aboard Chumleys spring BearCruise, May 12 – 19, 2018 aboard Royal Caribbean International’s FREEDOM of the SEAS departing San Juan Puerto Rico for St. Maarten, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados.
Sat May 12: San Juan, Puerto Rico (depart 8:30pm)
Sun May 13: Philipsburg, St. Maarten (8am – 5pm)
Mon May 14: Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis (8am – 5pm)
Tues May 15: St. Johns, Antigua (8am – 5pm)
Weds May 16: Castries, St. Lucia (9am – 6pm)
Thurs May 17: Bridgetown, Barbados (8am – 5pm)
Fri May 18: At Sea
Sat May 19: San Juan, Puerto Rico (arrive 6am)
While we are all aware of the recent devastation in Puerto Rico and St Maarten, Royal Caribbean has already began sailing departures from San Juan, and plans to have both Puerto Rico and St Maarten back on full port-of-call status by the end of this year. Although it will take years for the people of both islands to fully recover, it is imperative that their tourism-driven economies are up and running as quickly as possible, and we look forward to this absolutely amazing itinerary.
The Stunning Islands of the Southern Caribbean
Departing from San Juan allows us to reach islands usually out of the range of a US-based 7-day departure, and this amazing itinerary brings us to ports of call we have never visited in all of our prior years, including quite a few European-influenced locations. Our first small group Spring cruise to the Caribbean will give us full day visits to six stunning Caribbean islands on a ship that offers more options than you can possibly imagine… but you may just want to grab a spot to relax and watch it all glide by.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital and largest city, sits on the island’s Atlantic coast. Its widest beach fronts the Isla Verde resort strip, known for its bars, nightclubs and casinos. Cobblestoned Old San Juan features colorful Spanish colonial buildings and 16th-century landmarks including El Morro and La Fortaleza, massive fortresses with sweeping ocean views, as well as the Paseo de la Princesa bayside promenade.
St. Maarten, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is a country on the southern part of a Caribbean island shared with Saint Martin, a French overseas collectivity. Its natural features span lagoons, beaches and salt pans. The capital, Philipsburg, has cobblestone streets and colorful, colonial-style buildings lining its Front Street shopping area.
St. Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It’s known for cloud-shrouded mountains and beaches. Many of its former sugar plantations now operates as inns or atmospheric ruins. The larger of the 2 islands, Saint Kitts, is dominated by the dormant Mount Liamuiga volcano, home to a crater lake, green vervet monkeys and a lush rainforest crisscrossed with hiking trails.
Antigua, also known as Waladli or Wadadli by the native population, is an island in the West Indies. It is one of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean region and the main island of the country of Antigua and Barbuda. The island has warm, steady winds, a complex coastline of safe harbors, and a protective, nearly unbroken wall of coral reef. In 1784 the legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua and established Great Britain’s most important Caribbean base. Little did he know that over 200 years later the same unique characteristics that attracted the Royal Navy would transform Antigua and Barbuda into one of the Caribbean’s premier tourist destinations.
Saint Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean island nation with a pair of dramatically tapered mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast. Its coast is home to volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and fishing villages. Trails in the interior rainforest lead to waterfalls like the 15m-high Toraille, which pours over a cliff into a garden.
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