This is a one of a kind and our best Southern Caribbean cruise vacation leaving from Florida for 14 days and visiting 9 unique ports with great excursions.
Caribbean Princess just finished a multimillion dollar refurbishment, getting a lovely makeover that included a new paint job and several spaces added or redesigned giving the ship a noticeably fresh, modern feel.
The World Fresh Marketplace, for instance, replaced the old one-line-for-everything buffet, with a series of standalone stations practically eliminating a long wait for food.
- 25 Suites with private balconies
- 7 Window Suites
- 2 Family suites
- 178 Mini-suites with private balconies
- 669 Balcony cabins
- 230 Ocean view cabins
- 445 Inside cabins
Southern Caribbean Cruise Itinerary & Excursions
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
According to the popular 1960 beach movie, Fort Lauderdale is where the boys are. The city’s reputation as America’s Spring Break capital, however, has been replaced with the more favorable image of a prime family tourist destination, attracting more than 10 million visitors annually.
Fort Lauderdale boasts world-class theaters, museums, sightseeing, and shopping. The city sits 24 miles north of Miami and is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the second Seminole War.
The Florida Everglades are home to many endangered species, so airboat rides through the ‘River of Grass’ are the perfect way to view the wildlife.
Flamingo Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary
This ecologically-friendly estate, home to over a dozen flamingos, is set on 60 acres and showcases rare native and exotic plants. It also offers tram rides around their fun free-flight aviary.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
The City of Fort Lauderdale boasts more than seven miles of white sandy beaches, offering every kind of water sport, as well as many delightful shops and cafés.
With more than 300 miles of inland waterways that pass by five-star hotels and million-dollar estates, this unique stretch of water has become known as the “Venice of America.”
Las Olas Boulevard
The trendy Riverwalk district in downtown Fort Lauderdale features a host of fabulous art galleries, eclectic boutiques and busy sidewalk cafés – perfect for a stroll.
One of the largest shopping centers in South Florida, Sawgrass Mills features more than 350 retail outlet and brand-name stores.
Twenty miles from the port is the international attraction known as South Beach, a trendy colorful part of Miami Beach, just across the causeway from downtown Miami.
Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
Go for a swim with the dolphins, take to the high seas on a luxury catamaran, explore the 450-year-old San Felipe Fortress, ride on a cable car 2,500 feet to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres for a look at its massive statue of Christ, swing through the trees on a zip line or relax with a quiet picnic on the beach.
Famed for its sun-swept beaches, the 16th-century Spanish fortress Fortaleza San Felipe and the Amber Museum, where you can view specimens of the jewel.
Admire the Caribbean Spanish architecture, photograph the Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration and visit the Centro Leon Cultural Center which features the island’s art, history, and biodiversity.
Explore the world’s oldest cigar factory, visit a rum distillery, learn how to make chocolate during a hands-on chocolate experience at a women’s cooperative or volunteer at RePapel.
Suited to snorkelers of all ages, this swim among colorful marine life allows you to snap incredible underwater photos.
Tucked on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Amber Cove Cruise Center offers visitors various shopping and dining opportunities. Guests can unwind by the pool or enhance their relaxation experience in the various private cabanas on the property which offer upgraded amenities.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands are America’s paradise, offering an easygoing blend of island ways and American practicality.
St. Thomas, the capital of the island group, offers every imaginable sport: snorkeling, golfing, hiking, and sailing. Just a few miles away lay St. John and Virgin Islands National Park. Stunning mountain scenery, crystalline waters, and white-sand beaches.
The harbor is easily one of the Caribbean’s most scenic.
One of the world’s best beaches as selected by “National Geographic” magazine.
Blackbeard’s Castle, a center for popular lore, can be reached by either walking up the “99 Steps” or via ship’s tour.
This 4.5-acre marine park offers an underwater observatory with 360-degree views of fish and other sea creatures, and the opportunity to pet sharks and hand feed stingrays.
This totally rebuilt mecca on top of a mountain features souvenir shopping and excellent views of St. Thomas and its neighboring islands. It is considered to be the birthplace of the banana daiquiri.
St. Peter Great House
Nestled high in the peaks of St. Thomas, this scenic location was originally part of the 150-acre Plantation St. Peter. Today the Great House boasts classic West Indian architecture and 150 species of Caribbean plants and fruits.
The smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands is only a 30-minute ferry ride away. Two-thirds of the island is a national park. Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins and Trunk Bay are two favorite sights.
Snorkeling & Diving
The island’s underwater world is beautifully unveiled to both snorkelers and divers, exhibiting sunken boat wrecks, breathtaking coral reefs and a colorful spectrum of marine life.
British Virgin Islands
Virgin Gorda and Tortola are just two of several islands under British rule. Both are laid back and scenic with attractions like The Baths and swimming with the dolphins.
Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda
The largest of the British Leeward Islands, Antigua (pronounced an-tee-ga) boasts one of the Caribbean’s most spectacular coastlines with secluded coves and sun-drenched beaches.
The island’s rolling hills are dotted with stone sugar mills, relics from the bygone era when sugar was king. Historic Nelson’s Dockyard, where Admiral Horatio Nelson quartered his fleet in 1784, attests to Antigua’s long and colorful nautical history during colonial times.
St. John’s, the island’s bustling capital, offers visitors a wealth of boutiques, restaurants, and pubs.
Explore the finest example of a British naval yard in the Caribbean. Visit the museum, boutiques, and restored buildings that are part of the area’s designated national park.
Commanding views of English Harbor and Nelson’s Dockyard can be found at this breathtaking photo stop and historical site, originally built as a signal station to alert troops of approaching ships.
Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre
A multimedia presentation celebrates Antigua’s colorful history from prehistoric days to the present. The grounds also contain historic ruins and a display of 18th-century artifacts collected from the island.
Fig Tree Drive
This picturesque road winds through lush vegetation, rainforest foliage, and fruit groves. You’ll see sugar mills and quaint churches, but don’t expect to see figs: in Antiguan, the word means “bananas.”
Swim with the “Brightest Rays in the Caribbean” in a safe, aquatic adventure that is fun for the whole family. Calm, clear waters, knowledgeable instructors, and a pristine coral reef enhance your experience.
With 365 pristine white-sand beaches, Antigua boasts a beach for every day of the year. Tranquil turquoise waters beckon you to swim and snorkel while the sparkling shores invite you to relax in the sunshine.
This islet three kilometers northeast of Antigua is smaller than most city parks. Early sailors were amazed by the number of birds nesting there.
Canopy Zipline Adventure
The thrill of a zip line tour gives visitors a unique perspective of the amazing Antiguan rainforest as they climb across bridges and soar high above the rich flora that grows within.
St. Kitts, St. Kitts & Nevis
Jagged volcanoes soaring above azure and turquoise seas, dense rainforests in myriad shades of green, rolling fields of sugar cane–welcome to St. Kitts.
British and French heritage is evident on both islands. Basseterre, the capital of St. Kitts, boasts fine, restored colonial buildings. Impressive Brimstone Hill Fortress, called the “Gibraltar of the West Indies,” is one of the most impressive fortresses in the Caribbean.
Brimstone Hill Fortress
The Gibraltar of the West Indies boasts expansive views overlooking St. Kitts and Nevis.
The oldest sugar plantation on St. Kitts was once owned by Sam Jefferson II, an ancestor of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.
The artisans of Caribelle Batik transform Sea Island cotton into beautiful garments that are sold in the shop at Romney Manor.
St. Kitts Scenic Railway
The St. Kitts Scenic Railway is a vintage double-decker sightseeing train that showcases a historic sugar cane route.
Plantations & Great Houses
Wealthy landowners during the early estate days of St. Kitts have left behind grand homes which have been restored and filled with antiques.
Pinney’s Beach is three miles long stretching from just outside of Charlestown to Cades Bay on Nevis. It is considered to be one of the loveliest beaches on this charming sister island of St. Kitts.
Once sprawling with sugar plantations, this reef-laden Caribbean gem boasts rainforests and tropical gardens that have enticed the likes of many a suitor, including the late Princess Diana.
Sailing, kayaking and rainforest walks are popular diversions for those seeking adventure.
To the Arawak, Martinique was their treasured isle of flowers. Lying in the Lesser Antilles between Dominica and St. Lucia, the island is a tropical paradise of the dense rain forest, rolling savanna, and stunning beaches.
Martinique’s cultural heritage is as rich and bountiful as its soil. The island has been governed by France for over three centuries.
Today an overseas department of France, the island boasts a culture that is a unique and zesty blend of French, Caribbean, African and Middle Eastern influences, resulting in that spicy combination called Créole. Créole culture is reflected in Martinique’s architecture, cuisine, language, and music.
Church of Balata
The impressive model of Paris’ Sacré-Coeur Basilica is a beautiful vision rising above the lush green hills of the suburb of Balata.
This French municipality was destroyed by Mt. Pelée’s eruption in 1902. Today, it is a tourist destination in the north district of Martinique, and has been designated the “city of art and history.”
Taste some of the best rums in the world on the island of Martinique. Many have been bestowed with the Appellation d’-Origine Contrôlée (AOC) award.
Located on the west coast of the island, this capital city has one of the largest populations in the Caribbean and remains a part of France as an overseas department.
Martinique’s soil is rich and fertile. This combined with the tropical climate makes for excellent fruit-growing conditions, the banana being one of the island’s most important crops.
Balata Botanical Garden
Stroll through lush, tropical landscapes surrounded by exotic flora, such as anthurium, bird of paradise, heliconia, hibiscus, orchids and more.
Enjoy the brilliant sea gardens, coral reefs, and colorful marine life while snorkeling.
Barbados is one of the few Caribbean islands solely colonized by one nation. It’s no wonder Bajans describe their country as being “more English than England herself,” surnames like Worthing and Hastings abound.
The potent brew which results in flavors every aspect of island life, from music, dance, and art, to religion, language and food.
One of the wonders of Barbados, this massive cave system features 50-foot high caverns, rushing streams, glassy pools and a thunderous 40-foot waterfall that cascades into an emerald lake.
Andromeda Botanical Gardens
This six-acre botanical garden is renowned for its excellent collection of tropical flora including many varieties of ferns, orchids, and one of the world’s largest palm trees.
Mount Gay Rum
For 300 years Mount Gay Rum has produced one of the world’s finest and most celebrated spirits in the world.
Swim with amazing sea turtles in their natural habitat.
Gun Hill Signal
Built in 1818 to warn the island about approaching ships, this restored signal station features sweeping 360-degree views of the island as well as a fascinating collection of military memorabilia.
Built in 1650, this beautifully renovated and maintained sugar estate house is a superb example of plantation life of a bygone era and features an amazing collection of antique carriages and memorabilia.
The luscious beaches of Barbados are a paradise of sparkling aquamarine waters, rolling waves, beautiful coral formations and velvety sands that perfectly cushion those who bask in the sun.
The clear waters of Barbados offer exciting submarine tours and snorkeling encounters with gentle sea turtles, dainty seahorses and a brilliant array of colorful fish.
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad, the birthplace of steel pan and calypso music, is one of the Caribbean’s most vibrant and interesting destinations.
The island and its capital city, Port of Spain, are both industrial and cosmopolitan. In fact, Trinidad and Tobago are the largest oil exporter in the Western Hemisphere and one of the most industrialized nations in the West Indies.
Port of Spain
The capital of Trinidad, Port of Spain is the hub of Trinidad’s booming economy and the center of Trinidad’s rich cultural life, with art galleries, panyards, theaters, and endless clubs and bars.
Queen’s Park Savannah
This park covers an area of 400 acres and was formerly a large sugar estate. Today, it’s home to many of the country’s most exciting events, including Carnival, as well as cultural and international concerts.
Caroni Bird Sanctuary
Just south of Port of Spain lies the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, a series of mangrove-lined waterways and lakes, the nesting location of the stunning Scarlet Ibis, the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago.
Asa Wright Nature Center
Formerly a cocoa and coffee plantation, its 193 acres is now Trinidad’s most renowned bird sanctuary and eco center.
The rolling waves of the Caribbean Sea, coconut trees and the famous local delicacy, fried ‘Bake, and Shark,’ make Maracas Bay Trinidad’s most popular beach.
Mt. St. Benedict’s Monastery
Perched 800 feet up, the oldest Benedictine monastery in the Caribbean promises breathtaking views of the Caroni plains and 600 acres of nature trails, as well as an art gallery, studio, and café.
Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens is home to several varieties of tropical and sub-tropical trees, along with trees from India, Burma, and South America.
Standing nearly 300 feet tall, a short walk will bring you to a cascade of mini waterfalls with two large pools suitable for bathing, but it’s more spectacular during the rainy season.
Some historians claim the honor for Alonzo de Ojeda; other historians champion Amerigo Vespucci. Little does it matter; today’s travelers are content to bask beneath sunny skies cooled by the trade winds.
Boasting a rich and diverse history and culture, its traditional Dutch architecture has been infused with the color and spirit of the Caribbean.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important of the island’s eight forts, it is now home to the Governor’s Palace.
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
Constructed in 1888, and nicknamed the “Swinging Old Lady,” this bridge swings open to allow ships to access the bay. Recently restored, it connects the Punda and Otrobanda districts.
Curaçao’s parks are unforgettable, from the diverse flora and fauna of Christoffel National Park to the caverns and majestic sea cliffs of Boka Tabla.
Once a hiding place for escaped slaves, these historic caves formed out of limestone cliffs are still evolving. Tour the underground caverns and view massive stalactites and ancient cave drawings.
Experience a unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with these fascinating birds. A safari truck takes you through the corrals where you can touch and feed these feathered friends.
Descend into the tranquil Caribbean waters of Caracas Bay where the nearly 50-year-old Sunken Tugboat, a popular underwater treasure, and a variety of unusual crustaceans and colorful fish await.
Dutch influence still lingers on this balmy Caribbean island, part of the former Netherlands Antilles until its independence in 1986.
Aruba’s long and colorful heritage is reflected in its dialect. Called Papiamento, it is a tongue that combines elements of Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, African and English.
This lighthouse was built in 1910 and offers stunning views of the island and coastline.
Aruba’s largest port is the island’s capital and offers the best shopping experience on its main street. It is also known for its impressive Dutch Colonial architecture.
The The Antilla Shipwreck
The 400-foot Antilla is one of the Caribbean’s largest shipwrecks and also one of its most popular attractions.
Baby Natural Bridge
Baby Natural Bridge is a stunning rock and coral formation.
Ayo or Casibari Rock Formations
These dramatic formations are shaped by boulders, some the size of small houses and weighing several tons. Arawak Indians would visit in order to hear incoming thunderstorms and draw on the rocks.
Dozens of extroverted ostriches and emus live at this unusual farm, where you can get an up-close look at the gawky creatures’ life cycle and even try hand feeding them!
Aruba is famous for gorgeous, palm-tree lined white sandy beaches which are home to calm clear waters, making them perfect locations for swimming, and sunbathing.
Aruba’s Butterfly Farm is home to hundreds of exotic butterflies who fly freely within large meshed enclosures. Witness all stages of their life cycle and with guidance, handle these tiny creatures.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Southern Caribbean Cruise Vacation from Florida
Dates for our best Southern Caribbean cruise vacation includes June 23rd and July 3rd, 2018.
There are many cruises leaving from Florida, but only a few go to the Southern Caribbean, let our cruise experts find the right vacation for you.