Crystal Symphony’s Caribbean Escapes Showcase Colorful Hues and Magnificent Views
Though caressed by the same tropical waters and balmy breezes, each Caribbean isle has a beauty all its own from St. Lucia’s mountainous Pitons and stunning waterfalls to Tortola’s famed Cane Garden Bay encircled by verdant hillsides and immortalized by the Jimmy Buffet song Mañana. Crystal Symphony will explore the chic harbors and UNESCO-rich history of the Southern Caribbean from August to December 2021, with its 10-day Luxury Caribbean Escapes, offering 15 voyages departing roundtrip from St. Maarten beginning August 2nd, and 15 voyages sailing roundtrip from Antigua, beginning August 5th.
Like pirates in search of buried treasure, we have sifted through the most intriguing sights in the Southern Caribbean to bring you a list of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities and can’t miss experiences aboard these voyages. Some are legendary beauty spots, and some are off the beaten path, but all are truly breathtaking and just the beginning of the Caribbean splendor yet to come.
Shirley Heights for views of English Harbor on Antigua – The panoramic views from atop Shirley Heights are dazzling by any standard. A restored military lookout and gun battery, Shirley Heights offers 360-degree panoramas and the chance to stroll along the historic military fortifications. At nearly 500 feet high there is no better place for spectacular views of the iconic yacht- and sailboat-spangled harbor.
Animal Flower Cave on Barbados – Water, waves and time have worked their magic to carve Animal Flower Cave into the magnificent rocky cliffs of Barbados’ north shore. Named for the sea anemones who inhabit its clear pools, the cave lends itself to dramatic views of sea and sky through rugged openings which create windows to the ocean beyond. From the clifftops above the caves, you may even capture photos of breaching whales known to frequent these waters.
The Baths on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands – A mere 30-minute ferry ride from Tortola are the spectacular Baths at Virgin Gorda. Giant boulders called batholiths, brought to the surface by a powerful volcanic eruption, now serve as a spectacular playground of tide pools, stunning grottos, arches and tunnels. The batholiths spill across the shoreline onto the white sand beaches and warm crystalline waters creating the experience of a lifetime and a photographer’s paradise.
Englishman’s Bay on Tobago, Trinidad and Tabago – Trinidad’s gorgeous little sister, the island of Tobago is a natural beauty boasting reefs, rainforests and sugar sand beaches. The island is believed to be the shipwrecked home of Robinson Crusoe and at Englishman’s Bay, encircled by hills of tropical foliage that ring a sparkling sea, you can certainly see why. Somehow this wonderfully secluded spot remains unspoiled, a hidden gem waiting for you to discover and photograph.
The Diamond Waterfall on St. Lucia – Located in a botanical garden on the grounds of a historic estate granted to three brothers by King Louis XIV in 1713, Diamond Waterfall cascades down into the pool below amidst a veritable hanging garden of lush tropical greenery. The gardens sit in the caldera of a collapsed volcano and springs that feed the waterfall are full of minerals that paint the rocks with colorful deposits. After capturing your fill of photos at the waterfall, explore the gardens or snap a selfie in one of the healing mineral baths fed by volcanic springs.
Red Phone Booth at Dickenson Bay on Antigua – We could not resist a “photo op” at the Red Telephone Booth on the beach at Dickenson Bay. Antigua has 365 gorgeous beaches, one for each day of the year, and you really cannot go wrong on this stunning isle. The bright red telephone booth contrasting with the aqua sea and azure sky creates a colorful photo composition and touch of whimsy that is irresistible. Capture a memorable snap, then feast on views at one of the beachfront bars and restaurants.
Tet Paul Nature Trail at the Pitons on St. Lucia – Do not let the simple words “nature trail” fool you, the Tet Paul Nature Trail is more than a just a stroll through the trees. Though rated as easy to moderate as far as intensity, Tet Paul completely overdelivers, rewarding trail goers with heavenly views of the towering Pitons and surrounding sea views for miles. Have your camera ready for lookouts along the trail. For a more majestic vantage point you would need a helicopter!
Pinel Island off the coast of St. Maarten – As if the beauty of the Dutch/French isle of St. Maarten were not enough, an extra slice of paradise waits just off the mainland. The pristine beauty of Pinel Island takes bliss to the next level. Swim in crystal clear waters or take an easy hike around the island for beautiful views in every direction.
Cane Garden Bay on Tortola – There are treasures to be found on paths less traveled, but sometimes things are popular because, well, they are fantastic! Legendary Cane Garden Bay, a stunning gem of impossibly blue waters rimmed by green hillsides is always a go-to spot in Tortola. Every angle offers gorgeous postcard views coupled with an upbeat Caribbean vibe. Oh, and it’s in a Jimmy Buffett song so there’s that too.
@CrystalCruises’ Crystal Symphony – A sophisticated beauty and the most fashionable address in any port of call, Crystal Symphony is always camera-ready for cherished memories. Capture sunsets and sail always from the Southern Caribbean’s most picturesque ports and keep your cameral close for the next wonder on the horizon.
Throughout your Luxury Caribbean Escapes journey, post you pics and use the hashtag #CrystalFamily to share the memories.