Miami, FloridaOur departure port of Miami has an amazing medley of cultures and flashy urban settings, which make it a scene to be seen. Before we set sail, there is much to explore with the trendy Art Deco district of South Beach, Calle Ocho in Little Havana, the super-upscale neighborhoods of Coconut Grove and Coral Gables. Take a trip on the unique ecosystem of the Everglades and the airboat adventure, where prehistoric creatures like alligators and crocodiles lurk along ‘The River Of Grass’… the perfect start before stepping aboard.
Just a few hundred miles from Florida lie the magical islands of the Bahamas, with its 100,000 miles of the most gorgeous crystal blue waters on the planet, and whose capital city Nassau teems with a cultural mix of lively Caribbean flavor and proud British tradition. Christened in 1695, Nassau over the centuries has been home to everyone from pirates to fugitive slaves, from rum smugglers to runaway lovers over the centuries. Now it is the home of the world famous Atlantis resort, marching flamingos, incredible shopping, dining and sightseeing, and miles of spectacular beaches.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
St. Thomas is the gateway isle of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, known for its beaches and snorkeling spots. Its territorial capital Charlotte Amalie has been the heart of St. Thomas’ activities from its Danish colonial times in the 1600’s. Historic buildings like the 1679 Watchtower Blackbeard’s Castle remind visitors of the area’s rich and turbulent pirate history, and on the harbor, 17th-century Fort Christian is now a fascinating museum. Get out of downtown and you can find a picture-perfect beach for relaxing or snorkeling, enjoy the island’s world-renowned golf course, or take the Skyride 700 feet above the city.
The romantic past of the West Indies converge with its present in the island of Tortola, the British Virgin Island’s largest island. It is famous for lush green mountains, yacht-filled harbours, luxurious resorts that draw visitor from around the world, and secluded, palm-shaded white sand beaches such as Smuggler’s Cove. Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands, is known as a yachting club and has a harbor full of sailing boats that you can gaze out on as you sip a “Painkiller,” one of the laid-back local specialty drinks. Discover Tortola’s history with a visit to Callwood’s Rum Distillery or the 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum. If watersports and fishing are more your style, lounge on a beach at Brandywine Bay, head for the North and South Drops for excellent game fishing, or watch the surfers at Cane Garden Bay.