Enjoy a 10 Night cruise to the lesser visited gems of the Caribbean including Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada and Dominica on the 5* Crown Princess. Departing Fort Lauderdale in Florida this cruise also visits St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and Princess Cruises own private island Princess Cay in the Bahamas.
|DATE||27th October 2019|
|DURATION||11 Nights (10 night cruise + 1 night hotel)|
|PRICE||From €1,639 pp|
Enjoy a 7 Night cruise to the lesser visited gems of the Caribbean including Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada and Dominica on the 5* Crown Princess. Departing Fort Lauderdale in Florida this cruise also visits St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and Princess Cruises own private island Princess Cay in the Bahamas.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Miami, Florida, USA:
Following your flight from Dublin, you will be transferred to a hotel in Miami for your one night stay giving you a chance to relax on the famous beaches or explore this lively city.
Adjectives such as glitzy and glamorous and fun and funky only hint at the reason Miami’s a world-renowned international destination. In the 500 years since Ponce de León arrived in search of the elusive fountain of youth, people have flocked here to capture the city’s energy, vitality and alluring charms. While the city’s noted for its towering palm trees, glittering blue ocean vistas and pristine beaches, beautiful weather, beautiful places and beautiful people it’s also home to an intriguing history, lively culture and postcard-perfect architecture. From the “walking trees” and ‘gator spotting in the Everglades to celebrity spotting in South Beach, Miami’s sure to impress.
Day 2: Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Depart 16.00
Following your overnight in Miami, you will be transferred to the port in Ft. Lauderdale to board the magnificent 5* Crown Princess.
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. The most popular beach resort in Florida is even more rightly famed as the “Yachting Capital of the World,” with more than 40,000 registered crafts calling its waters home. The city also prides itself on being the “Venice of America” with more than 300 miles of navigable waterways. 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 forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale, who was the commander of the detachment of soldiers who built the first fort. Look hard and you might find remnants of three of them today. More people seem to be interested in taking a water tour aboard the “Carrie B.”
Day 3-4: At Sea:
Day 5: Aruba: Arrive 08.00 Depart 19.00
Dutch influence still lingers on this balmy Caribbean island, part of the former Netherlands Antilles until its independence in 1986. Aruba is a contrast: the island’s arid interior is dotted with cactus and windswept divi-divi trees while secluded coves and sandy beaches make up its coast. Aruba’s long and colourful heritage is reflected in its dialect. Called Papiamento, it is a tongue that combines elements of Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, African and English.
Day 6: Bonaire: Arrive 07.00 Depart 14.00
Bonaire is without a doubt a “diver’s paradise.” Its license plates even state the same. But there is much more to this small Dutch country of 17,500 residents. “Bon Bini,” as you will hear the friendly locals say, means “welcome to the island of Bonaire.” Bonaire is located off the coast of Venezuela and has for years been known as a world-class diving and snorkeling destination. Diving and snorkeling are still the predominant activities, but today there is also a variety of other activities to enjoy such as kayaking, bird watching, and other eco-tours. Because of the hot and arid weather, Bonaire has been a major producer of sea salt. Do not miss the “white mountains” waiting to be shipped out and the salt flats where the salt is evaporated from the Caribbean Sea, which also happens to be home to another icon of Bonaire-the pink flamingo. Explore the Dutch architecture of the capital Kralendijk, enjoy the pristine coral reefs, or tour the scenic countryside. Whatever you decide to do in Bonaire, you are sure to have a fantastic time.
Day 7: Grenada: Arrive 13.00 Depart 19.00
Grenada is the Caribbean’s “Isle of Spice” — one of the world’s major producers of nutmeg, mace, clove, cinnamon, and cocoa. Indeed, the fragrant aroma of spice seems to envelop the island’s emerald hillsides, tropical forests, and sun-drenched beaches. Grenada is truly a feast for the senses. Americans, of course, may remember the island from the 1983 U.S. military intervention. Over two decades later, Grenada is again an ideal vacation spot. No building here may be built higher than a coconut palm. The majority of hotels are small and family owned. St. George’s Harbor is a picture-perfect postcard of an idyllic Caribbean anchorage.
Day 8: Dominica: Arrive 07.00 Depart 16.00
Lying between Guadeloupe and Martinique is the island of Dominica–an unspoiled Caribbean paradise. The vibrant, rich rainforest is home to rare birds, including Sisserou and Jacquot parrots. Streams tumble down mountain slopes and thread fertile valleys on their short route to the sea. Dominica is also home to the last Carib Indians. When Columbus made landfall on his second voyage of discovery, this fierce tribe managed to keep the explorer at bay. And while the island proved a lure for both British and French planters, Dominica somehow managed to escape the trammels of civilization. This former British possession, independent since 1978, today lures visitors from around the world with its unspoiled beauty. As the islanders fondly say, “Apres Bondi, c’est la terre” (After God, it is the land). Tours may travel narrow, winding roads.
Day 9: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands: Arrive 08.00 Depart 17.00
The US Virgin Islands are America’s paradise, offering an easygoing blend of island ways and American practicality. St. Thomas, 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 with palms swaying in the breeze – the US Virgin Islands are truly a slice of paradise. The harbor is easily one of the Caribbean’s most scenic. The United States purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million in gold. St. Thomas has a reputation as a duty free-mecca for shopping.
Day 10: At Sea:
Day 11: Princess Cay, Bahamas: Arrive 07.00 Depart 16.00
Join us at our exclusive port of call, Princess Cays, where you’ll enjoy a private beach party on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. One hundred miles long and only two miles wide, Eleuthera offers unspoiled beaches. Our private resort at Princess Cays is situated on more than 40 acres and features over a half-mile of white-sand shoreline, all at the southern tip of the island. The resort boasts outstanding amenities while carefully preserving this natural paradise. Take in the views from the observation tower. Enjoy a complimentary beach barbecue. Sip a cool drink or browse the shops and the local craft market. All of Princess Cays’ facilities are linked by walkways. Recreational activities abound. Enjoy volleyball and a full range of water sports, or simply relax on the beach.
Note: Snorkel equipment, sea boards, floats, kayaks, paddle wheelers, the banana boat rides, aqua chairs, beach clamshells, bungalows, etc. can be pre-reserved. Please be advised that all tours and activities at Princess Cays, including equipment rentals and water sports, are sold on a NO-REFUND basis after closing time for cancellation. Please see the posted time on the Tour Order Forms onboard.
Day 12: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA: Arrive 07.00
Following your departure from the Crown Princess, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.
1 Night in a Miami hotel before your cruise.
10 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Star Crown Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on Crown Princess)
Enjoy sweeping views of the world while sailing on Crown Princess. From her nearly 900 balconies to the breathtaking three-story Atrium, you’ll discover a relaxing atmosphere filled with an array of world class entertainment and dining options that will greet you each day when you return from making fascinating discoveries ashore.
- Last Refurbished: November 2011
- Guest Capacity: 3,080 lower berths
- Number of Crew: 1,200
- Tonnage: 113,561
Passionate about our culinary craft, we’re committed to serving you mouthwatering, handcrafted dishes made from scratch throughout your voyage. Be sure to join us at one of our award-winning specialty restaurants to celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or milestone and enjoy tantalizing specialties.
- The Salty Dog Gastropub^
- Chocolate Journeys℠
- Crafted by Curtis Stone (dining room dishes)
- Chef’s Table Experience^
- Sabatini’s℠ (Italian specialty restaurant)^
- Crown Grill℠ (steakhouse specialty restaurant)^
- Vines (wine bar)^
- International Café
- Horizon Court (buffet)
- Trident Grill (burgers & hot dogs)
^Nominal charges may apply.
Each day, a world of exciting activities awaits, from cooking demonstrations to dance classes, trivia contests and a range of enrichment programs, including our Encounters with Discovery at SEA™ speaker series from experts who offer insights into the places you’ll visit.
- Discovery at SEA™ Programs
- Festivals of the World
- The Atrium
- Shops of Princess
- Art Gallery & Auctions
- Photo & Video Gallery
- Platinum Photography Studio
- Freshwater Pools & Hot Tubs
- Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
- Princess Links (putting course)
There’s always something happening on board — from heading to the Princess Theater for a lavish original musical production to enjoying a blockbuster movie poolside under the stars or simply relaxing in a lounge sipping a cocktail where a live band is playing your song.
- Movies Under the Stars®
- The Voice of the Ocean (live show)
- Original Musical Productions
- Music & Dancing
- Vegas-style Casino
- Featured Guest Entertainers
- Princess Theater
- Club Fusion (dance club)
- Skywalkers Nightclub
- Crooners Bar
Everything you need to refresh body and mind is right on board. Indulge in a manicure, pedicure or a makeover in the salon, or a soothing massage in the Lotus Spa®. Or maybe it’s a brisk workout in the fitness center, followed by a little “me time” in The Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat reserved just for adults.
- The Princess Luxury Bed (on board in Apr. 2018)
- SLEEP by Princess
- The Sanctuary (retreat for adults)^
- Lotus Spa®^
- Lotus Spa® Fitness Center
- Fitness Classes^
^Nominal charges may apply.
Cruising is the ideal way for families to reconnect, from grandparents to grandkids and everyone in between. Share the joy of discovery on fascinating excursions, delight in entertaining group activities on board and, best of all, stay in a family suite or book adjoining rooms that keep family members close by.
- Movies Under the Stars®
- Discovery at SEA™ programs
- Festivals of the World
- Shore Excursions
- Discovery Family Fun Fair^
- Pools & Hot Tubs
- Sports Court
- Enrichment Courses
- Karaoke & Trivia Games
- Holiday Activities^
KIDS & TEENS
Staffed by experienced counselors, our younger cruisers are sure to stay happy all day long. Through our Discovery at SEA™ program, as well as the California Science Center partnership, we deliver exciting interactive activities for kids ages 3-12, while teens can sip mocktails and make new friends.
Dates & Prices
|27 October 2019||€1,639||Inside Stateroom||Book Now|
|27 October 2019||€2,069||Oceanview Stateroom||Book Now|
|27 October 2019||€2,249||Balcony Stateroom||Book Now|
- Flight from Dublin to Miami
- All transfers from airport – hotel – port
- 1 night in a Miami hotel before the cruise, room only
- 10 nights onboard the 5* Crown Princess based on 2 sharing
- Superb dining on a full board basis while on board
- Entertainment onboard
- Return transfer from port to airport
- Flight from Miami to Dublin
- Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
- Optional Insurance available (call for details)
- Child and family prices available on request
- These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.