Crystal Cruises’ first-ever round trip Eastern Caribbean cruise from Charleston, South Carolina, is wrapped in all the warmth and sunshine of the islands.
With a capacity of serving 1,070 guests, Crystal Serenity while the larger of Crystal’s two ships, it still maintains one of the highest space per guest ratios at sea, so you’ll never feel crowded.
Eastern Caribbean Cruise Itinerary
Charleston, SC take a tour this 300 year old city
December 20th, 2017
As America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, Charleston is steeped in a 300-year past.
Hundreds of significant and lovingly preserved structures from the colonial and antebellum periods grace the Historic District’s narrow streets and are best appreciated in the company of a knowledgeable local guide.
Discover some of the old-time bustling plantations from the period of the Revolution and absorb the haunting character which still lingers in this southern city.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
December 21, Thursday
Originally a fort built by the U.S. Army in 1838, during the Second Seminole War, Ft. Lauderdale has little left of its warlike past.
Instead, the city welcomes visitors with broad beaches and an easy pace of life, plus convenient air and water connections that make the city a perfect place to begin or end a cruise.
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean (Overnight)
December 22 & 23
Spa, Fitness Center & Classes at Sea.
Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360-degree Promenade Deck;
learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute
Learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions Enrichment Program
Sneak away to watch newly released movies in the Theater, shop our luxury boutiques, simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every wish.
From Pilates & yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, simply enjoy.
As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino.
Antigua/St. John’s, Caribbean
December 24, Sunday
Antigua’s sunny climate and easy-going Caribbean style are alluring attractions for everyone.
It boasts 365 superb white beaches and is home to a National Park that stretches for ten miles. You’ll find the famous English Harbor and Nelson’s Dockyard.
Horatio Nelson was posted here early in his career and the harbor was the headquarters for the British fleet during the 18th century.
Although Antigua achieved its independence in 1981, it continues to bear the unmistakable imprint of centuries of British rule.
Cruising the Caribbean Sea
December 25, Monday
Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago
December 26, Tuesday
Just off the coast of Venezuela, you will find the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, the birthplace of steelpan and calypso music, chutney, and limbo.
This island is raising the bar for what it means to venture to a tropical destination, offering what seems to be just the right combination of things to do and opportunities to do nothing at all.
If the doing part of that equation is your speed, then take the ferry that runs between Tobago’s Scarborough and Trinidad’s Port of Spain to see the larger island’s Emperor Valley Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Asa Wright Nature Center and impressive colonial houses, known as the Magnificent Seven.
Off the shores of Tobago lies Buccoo Reef, a natural wonder viewable by glass-bottom boat, and upon a hill with magnificent, coastal views is Fort King George, a vestige of the islands’ colonial past.
St. Lucia ~ Castries
December 27, Wednesday
Lush landscapes and delightful strains of the Creole language are part of the magic that emanates from St. Lucia.
From a volatile settlement that endured numerous changes of ownership, this idyllic Windward Island has developed into a land rich with life and culture.
Birthplace of Josephine, the Empress of France and wife of Napoleon, French heritage is evident throughout the island.
However, now that it is an independent country within the British Commonwealth, St. Lucia also has an English charisma.
Look for its charming buildings and vehicles, driven on the left-hand side of the road in true British style!
Martinique & Fort-de-France
December 28, Thursday
Martinique’s well-deserved nickname is Ile des Fleurs. The French name is so pleasing, but it was actually the native Arawak Indians who first knew the island for its lovely flowers.
Here, towering mountains and verdant rainforests meet banana and pineapple fields. At first sight, Christopher Columbus praised the island as the best, most fertile and most charming land in the world.
However, verdant mountains do not come without a price. The former capital, St-Pierre, was destroyed by a violent eruption of the infamous Mount Pelée in 1902. Ironically, the only survivor was a prisoner who was being held in a subterranean jail cell.
Ceded to France in 1815, Martinique has remained French under the status of an Overseas Department.
A small part of France in the Caribbean, Martinique provides a plentitude of charm and ambiance as well as a high standard of living.
St. Barts & Gustavia, French Caribbean
December 29, Friday
St. Barts forms part of the French Overseas Region of Guadeloupe. Descendants of settlers from Brittany and Normandy operate the inns, shops, and restaurants.
This charming, slow-paced island attracts tourists year round to its beaches.
The graceful meadows surrounded by low stone fences, spectacular beaches, the small volcanic mountains and the quaint Creole-style villages are just several of the alluring aspects of this tranquil island.
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
December 30, Saturday
Like grains of sand that collect to make a blissful stretch of beach, Virgin Gorda has an assortment of gems that make it a top vacation destination.
First is its relative non-commercial. Though located amid popular saints such as St. Thomas, St. Martin and St. Barts, Virgin Gorda has managed to keep a low profile, with its eight miles home to only a smattering of villas and a few resorts.
Second are its ties to two famous people, Christopher Columbus, who named the island for its resemblance to a reclining woman with an ample belly, and business mogul Richard Branson, who owns his own private island offshore.
Third, and most obvious, is Virgin Gorda’s Caribbean setting. Turquoise waters ideal for snorkeling and swimming are of course, plentiful.
More unusual are the Baths, an area of enormous boulders and rock formations that create remarkable scenery and wonderful grottoes for clambering and investigating.
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean (Overnight)
December 31 – Jan 01
Charleston, South Carolina (overnight)
January 02, Tuesday & 03, Wednesday
As the South’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, Charleston is steeped in a 300-year past.
Hundreds of preserved structures from the colonial and antebellum periods grace the Historic District’s narrow streets and is best appreciated in the company of a knowledgeable local guide.
Discover some of the old-time busy plantations from the period of the Revolution and absorb the haunting character which still lingers in this southern city.
Enjoy this luxury Eastern Caribbean cruise from Charleston South Carolina during the Christmas Holiday.The itinerary includes Ft Lauderdale, British Virgin Islands, and Martinique. Talk with a cruise expert in Charleston to make sure your vacation is memorable.