Crystal Serenity’s New Caribbean Itineraries are the Escape You’re Craving
Hiking through the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park in the “Emerald of the Caribbean,” snorkeling the colorful reefs along Antigua’s coastline, soaring over Grand Cayman’s sprawling beaches by helicopter, learning the art of regatta sailing in St. Maarten, and exploring the rainforest of Jamaica by bobsled (yes, bobsled). All of these experiences share some enticing common up sides: they are all outdoor explorations of breathtakingly beautiful island locales, and they are all possible during the just-announced Simply the Best Caribbean itineraries aboard Crystal Serenity.
Sailing between Miami and San Juan this October, November and December, the seven-night options are the answer to any pent-up wanderlust you may have been feeling over the past several months. They are an opportunity to extend delayed summer travel daydreams into the fall and winter, diving into the colorful cultures and warm tropical waters with abandon – while indulging in all of the Crystal luxuries you’ve missed most. Combined, the two alternating itineraries present an extraordinary 14-night escape that doesn’t repeat ports and allows for convenient round-trip air travel to Miami.
Whichever option suits your travel schedule, the featured destinations on Crystal Serenity’s new Caribbean itineraries will certainly speak to your inner beach-and-nature-loving-adventurer with a penchant for island paradises.
St. John/Cruz Bay – With two-thirds of the island declared protected national parkland, Cruz Bay is your gateway to virtually any outdoor endeavor you fancy, from lush, verdant hilltop forests to underwater worlds beneath the deep turquoise waters.
St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda – Similarly named to its aforementioned U.S. Virgin Islands neighbor, the call of Mother Nature here is similarly strong, with pristine Antigua beaches perfect for horseback outings, the coral reefs beckoning snorkelers and rainforest zip-lining ideal for adrenaline seekers.
Gustavia, St. Barts – An overnight here means more time for all the seaside activities your heart desires. The beaches here – there are 22 of them! – are the place to be. Photography buffs can head to Anse de Flamanes for frame-worthy settings, foodies and people watchers will enjoy the scene along Baie de St-Jean and water sports enthusiasts will find all they need at Anse de Grand Cul-de-Sac.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten – The Dutch portion of an island shared with its French counterpart, this lovely port town is a wonderful exploration of the two cultures, their amicable cohabitation on the island and the authentic Dutch craftsmanship and cuisine that gives St. Maarten its character.
San Juan, Puerto Rico – Meaning “rich port,” Puerto Rico is indeed rich in storied history, proud culture and warm spirit of hospitality. Just a short stroll from the pier is Old San Juan, where 16th century structures overlook cobbled avenues that are lined with bistros, galleries and boutiques.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica – Surrounded by lush jungles dotted with some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the islands, Ocho Rios – affectionately called “Ochi” – is a former fishing village that has come into its own as a haven for travelers in search of tropical getaways.
George Town, Grand Cayman – “Grand” is an appropriate description of the island’s coast, lined with incredible coral reefs that teem with marine life, boasting natural delights like blowholes and botanical gardens, and featuring sprawling beaches, including the massive Seven-Mile Beach.
Costa Maya, Mexico – Here, you’ll enter a decidedly modern and quaint port town to access the wonders of the past, as Costa Maya is your gateway to fascinating archaeological sites and ruins. Explore the temples and learn the stories of the ancient civilizations of the region, or opt for an adventurous day in the water, where the world’s second-largest coral reef awaits.
Belize City, Belize – Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef after Australia’s, Belize is heaven for snorkelers and scuba divers. Beyond the sea, other natural havens lie in lush rainforests, Mayan ruins hold plenty of mystique for history buffs, as there are more than 900 Mayan temples in the country.
Castries, St. Lucia – This city is part Creole charm, part vibrantly colored historical buildings and part perfect-day-at-the-beach. All of it set against stunningly blue waters.
Bridgetown, Barbados – Mixed with the decidedly Caribbean flair of Barbados (blue-green waters, lush gardens, enticing beaches) is prominent evidence of the UNESCO-listed town’s British heritage. From cricket fields to Trafalgar Square and Broad Street’s luxury shopping, the history here creates a fascinating backdrop.
Pointe-à-Pitre, Grande-Terre, Guadeloupe – Situated in the French West Indies near one of the most beautiful bays in the world, Guadeloupe is a postcard in itself. Explore the narrow lanes and waterfront markets in this town along the island’s limestone plateau.
Charlotte, Amalie, St. Thomas – It’s all about glimmering bays, glittering seas and great shopping here, including Danish, French and Swiss imports set against the exotic historical background of the island.
St. Kitts-Basseterre, St. Kitts/Nevis – Here you’ll find the domed Treasury Building, the Circus, which was modeled after Piccadilly in London, and the St. George’s Anglican Church. Explore the traditional white-sand beaches or admire breathtaking views of verdant mountains.
Miami, Florida – Famously fabulous, Miami’s multicultural scene, glamourous beaches, art deco motif and creative cuisine makes it a hopping highlight of itineraries balanced with the tranquility of island life.
The new Simply the Best Crystal Serenity Caribbean voyages offer the acclaimed, all-inclusive luxury of the Crystal Experience with compelling savings and value. Enjoy fares from just $1,399 per guest; best available stateroom or suite available at the time of booking; up to $250 “As You Wish” shipboard credit per stateroom; reduced deposit of $100 per guest; relaxed final payment schedule; Solo Fares from only 125 percent; 10 percent combo savings for the 14-night voyage; and fares of just $199 for children under 18.