Enjoy a 10 Night cruise to some of the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean on the 5* Crown Princess. Departing Fort Lauderdale in Florida this cruise also visits Antigua, Martinique, Barbados, St Kitts, St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and Grand Turk in Turks & Caicos. Price includes 1 night in a 4* hotel in Miami before your cruise.
|DATE||16th March 2019|
|DURATION||11 Nights (10 night cruise + 1 night hotel)|
|PRICE||Was €1909 now €1339 pp|
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: St. Kitts: Arrive 09.00 Depart 16.00
Jagged volcanoes soaring above azure and turquoise seas, dense rainforests in myriad shades of green, rolling fields of sugarcane–welcome to St. Kitts. Along with its neighbor, Nevis, St. Kitts presents an exotic landscape more common to Polynesia than the Caribbean. The islands’ terrain, rich soil, and climate made them ideal locations for raising sugarcane. In fact, St. Kitts and Nevis were once the crown jewels of the Caribbean. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Spain, France and England vied for control of the islands, with the English finally winning out in 1787. Today, British and French heritage is evident on both islands. Basseterre, the capital of St. Kitts, boasts fine, restored colonial buildings. Impressive Brimstone Hill Fortress, called the “Gibraltar of the West Indies,” is one of the most impressive fortresses in the Caribbean.
Day 6: Martinique: Arrive 08.00 Depart 17.00
To the Arawak, Martinique was their treasured “isle of flowers.” Lying in the Lesser Antilles between Dominica and St. Lucia, the island is a tropical paradise of dense rain forest, rolling savanna and stunning beaches. The rich volcanic soil nourishes banana plantations and pineapple fields as well as mangoes, papayas, lemons, limes, and West Indian cherries. Little wonder that Columbus praised Martinique as the “best, most fertile, most delightful, and most charming land in the world.” Martinique’s cultural heritage is as rich and bountiful as its soil. The island has been governed by France for over three centuries. Today an overseas department of France, the island boasts a culture that is a unique and zesty blend of French, Caribbean, African and Middle Eastern influences, resulting in that spicy combination called Créole. Créole culture is reflected in Martinique’s architecture, cuisine, language, and music. For years the mayor of Fort-de-France was the internationally acclaimed Créole poet Aimé Césaire. Five centuries after Columbus made his landfall, Martinique remains a rare flower in the Caribbean.
Day 7: Barbados: Arrive 07.00 Depart 16.00
Barbados is one of the few Caribbean islands solely colonized by one nation. It’s no wonder Bajans describe their country as being “more English than England sheself,” surnames like Worthing and Hastings abound. But look around and you know you’re not in England: rich and fertile tropical fields meet a glistening, azure sea. The soft pastels of old chattel houses blend with the vibrant reds, oranges, and greens of roadside fruit stands. In short, Barbados exudes a charm all its own. Perhaps it is due to Bajan culture, that celebrated blend of English tradition and the African heritage brought to the island by slaves imported to work the sugar plantations. The potent brew which results flavors every aspect of island life, from music, dance and art, to religion, language and food.
Day 8: Antigua: Arrive 09.00 Depart 18.00
The largest of the British Leeward Islands, Antigua (pronounced an-tee-ga) boasts one of the Caribbean’s most spectacular coastlines with secluded coves and sun-drenched beaches. The island’s rolling hills are dotted with stone sugar mills, relics from the bygone era when sugar was king. Historic Nelson’s Dockyard, where Admiral Horatio Nelson quartered his fleet in 1784, attests to Antigua’s long and colorful nautical history during colonial times. And St. John’s, the island’s bustling capital, offers visitors a wealth of boutiques, restaurants and pubs.
Day 9: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands: Arrive 07.00 Depart 16.00
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: Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos: Arrive 13.00 Depart 19.00
Grand Turk, the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, is a small island bursting with turn-of-the-century Caribbean charm, retaining the look and feel of the Caribbean 40 years ago. Grand Turk was founded by Bermudan salt rakers some three centuries ago and its Bermudan-British-colonial architecture surrounded by colorful local dwellings make the island a treasure to visit. It is recognized as being one of the first places in the New World where Christopher Columbus landed and also gained worldwide attention when John Glenn splashed down near Grand Turk on his historic first mission to space. Grand Turk is six miles long and just over a mile wide with a population of only 6,000. It is blessed with miles of uncrowded, beautiful beaches and is close to several uninhabited cays such as Gibb’s Cay, home of the stingray encounter. While there are many landside attractions to explore such as the Old Prison, Lighthouse Park, and the re-created salt salina, the real beauty of the island lies underwater. Grand Turk is world-famous for its healthy and beautiful coral reefs that surround the island, stretching almost from the coastline to the 7,000-foot vertical wall just offshore.
Day 11: At Sea:
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. Port Arrival and Departure times subject to change
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
DINING 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. ACTIVITIES 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)
ENTERTAINMENT 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
JOYFUL REJUVENATION 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. FAMILIES 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
|16 March 2019||Was €1909 now €1339||Inside Stateroom||Book Now|
|16 March 2019||Was €2589 now €2019||Oceanview Stateroom||Book Now|
|16 March 2019||Was €2859 now €2289||Balcony Stateroom||Book Now|
- Flight from Dublin to Miami
- All transfers from airport – hotel – port
- 1 night in a Miami hotel before the cruise
- 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
- Balance due 14 weeks prior to departure
- 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.