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Island Vibes: New Itineraries and Ports of Name

Whereas luxurious cruise strains haven’t but restarted cruising from U.S. ports, many can be again in Caribbean waters by winter 2021-2022 and in 2023. Right here’s a sampling of latest itineraries, new ports of name and new house ports.    

Small-ship Windstar Cruises lately introduced that its updated-and-stretched 312-passenger Star Breeze is not going to function the beforehand introduced 2021 voyages centered on Alaska and Mexico. The excellent news is that the all-suite yacht will spend this summer season within the Caribbean. The road mentioned Star Breeze will return to cruising on Might 15, 2021, with a brand new “Seashore Enjoyable & Solar — A Distant Caribbean Getaway” itinerary, departing from St. Martin. 

The ship will name at Norman Island, Prickly Pear Seashore on Virgin Gorda, and Soper’s Gap on Tortola, all within the British Virgin Islands. Three departures of that Caribbean itinerary will characteristic adventurous actions, secluded seashores and water sports activities. The ship’s watersports platform opens immediately into the ocean for snorkeling and kayaking, whereas the watersports crew may even help with water snowboarding and exploration by small boats to distant seashores.

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Star Breeze will stay within the Caribbean and function varied itineraries by means of August 14, it would then name at Colombia and transit the Panama Canal and head to Tahiti. Search for the up to date ship to discipline two new eating ideas, new suites and a spacious spa/health heart.

Working a brand new circuit from the Higher Antilles to Lesser Antilles in 2022 is Ponant’s 184-passenger Le Dumont-d’Urville. A brand new 12-night “Santo Domingo and Caribbean Treasures” itinerary departs January 4, 2022 from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Luxurious vacationers will go ashore on calls at Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda within the British Virgin Islands and St. Barthelemy. 

Highlights through the Ponant voyage for eco-adventurers embody the probabilities of navigating mangroves and sizzling springs on Dominica, snorkeling at Pompierre Seashore and scuba diving in St. Kitts and Guadeloupe’s Deshaies.

Paradise Seashore at Soufriere Bay in Saint Lucia. Seabourn and Oceania Cruises have itineraries that can take visitors to the island nation in winter 2021-2022. // Photograph: Getty Photographs

In winter 2021-2022, three new Caribbean ports of name — Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe and each Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata within the Dominican Republic — are on faucet for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Based by Bartholomew Columbus, Christopher Columbus’ brother, Santo Domingo is the oldest capital of the New World. Its Zona Colonial, the previous metropolis heart, is an attractive UNESCO World Heritage Web site with 16th-century ruins in addition to restored colonial-era buildings. 

Santo Domingo is one name on the 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator’s seven-night “Islands in Bloom” voyage from Miami to San Juan. Departing on January 6, 2022, the ship will name at George City, Grand Cayman; Port Antonio, Jamaica (in a single day); and Santo Domingo.

On January 3, 2022, Silversea Cruises’ 608-passenger Silver Spirit will sail on an 11-day roundtrip voyage from Port Everglades (Higher Fort Lauderdale), FL. Port calls embody Key West, FL; Santo Tomas, Guatemala; Roatan Island, Honduras; Belize Metropolis; and Progreso (in a single day) and Cozumel, Mexico.  

In Cozumel, Luxurious Journey Advisor suggests lively vacationers dive into Cozumel’s eco-beauty in an athletic approach by heading out on Silversea’s half-day “Triathlon of Enjoyable: Bike, Snorkel & Kayak” shore tour. Friends will depart the pier through bike for a 30-minute guided journey to Playa Uvas. 

Upon arrival on the Uvas Seashore Membership, they’ll then embark a two-seat kayak and start a 30-minute guided kayak journey and search for coral beds, tropical fish and marine life. Subsequent up, cruisers will don a masks, snorkel and fins to start a guided snorkeling session at one in every of Cozumel’s reefs contained in the underwater nationwide park. Lastly, the tour ends with free time for swimming and sunning on the seashore membership. 

A giant plus for all 2022-2023 itineraries? For the primary time in its historical past, Silversea’s visitors on all 10 ships will take pleasure in a minimum of one complimentary shore tour, from a variety of experiences in each port of name, plus cruise fares will embody roundtrip air and transfers.

With a fleet of “tall ships,” Sea Cloud Cruises will return to the Caribbean in winter 2022-2023 with three ships — the stunning Sea Cloud, in-built 1931 and as soon as owned by Marjorie Merriweather Submit, in addition to the newer Sea Cloud II and the brand new Sea Cloud Spirit, launching this yr. 

A 3-masted, totally rigged crusing ship, the 136-passenger Sea Cloud Spirit can have greater than two dozen sails masking 44,100 sq. toes of canvas, along with its two diesel-electric drives. Cruisers who so want can take part within the supervised onboard journey of serving to hoist the sails — a throwback to the previous. It’s enjoyable bonding expertise for visitors and crew. 

Friends on Sea Cloud Spirit will uncover a full-service spa, onboard train room, health studio with sea views, tremendous eating restaurant and informal bistro. That is the road’s first new construct with balcony lodging. 

Beginning in November 2021, Seabourn’s 458-passenger Seabourn Odyssey is scheduled to sail on combinable seven-day, winter season voyages both roundtrip from Bridgetown, Barbados (a brand new itinerary for the ultra-luxury line) or between Bridgetown and Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, which has been in style with visitors up to now. 

As well as, the ship will function two 10-day and 11-day vacation voyages roundtrip from Barbados and a seven-day voyage from Bridgetown to Aruba. We’d counsel testing the 12-day voyage from Aruba to Miami, because it ends within the U.S. and alongside the best way options such ports as Curaçao, Bonaire, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. 

Between October and December 2021, Crystal will function a wide range of Caribbean voyages on the 980-passenger Crystal Serenity. Amongst these is a December 22, 2021 vacation voyage. Highlights of which might be overnights in each St. Maarten and Barbados. In January 2022 and 2023, Crystal Serenity will sail one roundtrip Miami Caribbean voyage after which kick off its World Cruise from Miami as in previous years. 

The Proprietor’s Suite on Silversea Cruises’ 608-passenger Silver Spirit. // Photograph: Silversea

Launching later this yr, Crystal’s new expedition ship, the 200-passenger Crystal Endeavor, will sail a nine-night “Boutique Caribbean and Panama Canal” itinerary from West Palm Seashore, FL, to Panama Metropolis, Panama on September 30, 2022. Calls embody Harbor Island, Cockburn City (San Salvador) and Nice Inagua Island within the Bahamas; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Cartagena, Colombia; and San Blas, Panama. 

In response to robust demand for its World Cruise itineraries, Viking has launched a brand new 2022-2023 Viking World Cruise, which is able to span 138 days, name at 28 nations and 58 ports, and provide 11 in a single day stays. The 930-passenger Viking Neptune will depart December 22, 2022 from Port Everglades and can name within the Caribbean at Cozumel, Mexico; Cartagena, Colombia; and Colon, Panama, earlier than heading by means of the Panama Canal. Then Viking Neptune will proceed to the West Coast of North America, Asia, the Indian Ocean, Center East and Europe, earlier than the voyage concludes in London.

In winter 2021-2022, Oceania Cruises will function a 10-day “Atlantic & Amber Gems” itinerary on a number of dates. Its 1,250-passenger Riviera will sail from Miami to Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy; Fort de France, Martinique; Castries, St. Lucia; St. John, U.S.V.I.;  San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. 

We’d go for Oceania’s full-day “Better of Martinique” shore tour at Fort de France. Friends go to the Volcano Museum in Saint-Pierre, Martinique’s former capital, destroyed in a volcano in 1902. They’ll additionally pattern flavored rums made with sugarcane juice relatively than molasses and meander by means of a botanical backyard alongside winding paths lined with blooming crops. Lastly, they see Balata Church, a miniature model of Paris’ Sacré-Coeur Basilica. 

In winter 2021-2022, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Assortment’s new 298-passenger Evrima will function Caribbean sailings. Amongst these are sailings between Philipsburg, St. Maarten and Bridgetown, Barbados and between Bridgetown and San Juan, Puerto Rico, plus a 10-night roundtrip San Juan voyage. Onboard, the road plans luxurious suites, Ritz-Carlton’s high-level of service and connoisseur eating.  

Small-ship SeaDream Yacht Membership presents Caribbean itineraries to some much less visited locations. With a yacht-like aura, SeaDream I’s six-day roundtrip Bridgetown departure on January 3, 2022 will name at Man-O-Warfare Bay, Trinidad and Tobago; St. George’s, Grenada; Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Union Island and Port Elizabeth on Bequia, all in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

Different Caribbean choices embody ships merely passing by means of the area and instantly repositioning elsewhere. For instance, small-ship, luxe journey line Atlas Ocean Voyages presents a 25-night voyage on October 4, 2021 from Lisbon, Portugal to Barbados. Friends embark the brand new 196-passenger World Navigator in Lisbon and sail to Madeira, the Canary Islands and St. Lucia, earlier than arriving in Barbados. 

El Moro, a Spanish fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. // Photograph: Susan J. Younger

At Bridgetown, visitors who ebook this cruise and the following departure on October 19 to Recife, Brazil, will take pleasure in an included complimentary two-night keep at one of many island’s luxurious resorts for a tropical island escape break. That’s a part of the brand new Max Shore program, through which Atlas consists of complimentary land excursions when vacationers ebook choose consecutive itineraries.

We just like the interesting line-up of much less visited ports of name on Scenic’s 12-night “Caribbean Delight” voyage on the intimate Scenic Eclipse, departing October 5, 2021 from Nassau, the Bahamas to Cartagena, Colombia. These embody Nice Inagua Island, the Bahamas; Port Antonio and Port Royal, Jamaica; Isla de Providencia, Colombia; Puerto Limón, Costa Rica; Bocas del Toro, Colon and the San Blas Archipelago in Panama. 

For these searching for a roundtrip New York voyage with Caribbean ports and several other days at sea, Cunard Line’s flagship the two,691-passenger Queen Mary 2 will sail a 13-night “Jap Caribbean” itinerary on November 20, 2022. Calls will embody Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Roseau, Dominica; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Many premium strains additionally sail to the Caribbean, together with the brand new Virgin Voyages in winter 2021-2022. Voyages will characteristic a classy “Bimini Seashore Membership” expertise. Virgin guarantees an expertise that rivals the seashore golf equipment in Ibiza, Spain or St. Tropez, France. A number of kinds of cabana leases can be found.  

On many voyages, visitors can go ashore within the early morning and keep late into the evening, to allow them to take pleasure in a sundown ashore and a enjoyable vibe that features dance events and a bonfire.

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