Ultra Luxury Caribbean

A short hop, skip and jump around the Caribbean and you are all set for a fantastic festive season. Treat yourself – and why not your loved ones – to a pre-Christmas treat and set sail for the cornucopia of colour that is everyone’s favourite archipelago. Seven islands in as many days will have you star-spotting in Anguilla, river-tubing in Falmouth and keeping the pace nice and gentle in Road Town.

This stunning Ultra Luxury cruise departs from San Juan in Puerto Rico and travels to the British Virgin Islands and St. Kitts before visiting Martinique. Next up is Antigua before you reach Nevis and on to Guadalupe. Your cruise ends as you sail back to San Juan.

DESTINATION Caribbean
FROM Dublin / Puerto Rico
DATE 30 November 2019
DURATION 8 Nights (7 night cruise + 1 night hotel)
PRICE From €3,240 pp
A short hop, skip and jump around the Caribbean and you are all set for a fantastic festive season. Treat yourself – and why not your loved ones – to a pre-Christmas treat and set sail for the cornucopia of colour that is everyone’s favourite archipelago. Seven islands in as many days will have you star-spotting in Anguilla, river-tubing in Falmouth and keeping the pace nice and gentle in Road Town.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1-2: San Juan, Puerto Rico: Depart 18:00

After your flight to Puerto Rico, you will be transferred to your hotel for your one night stay. In the morning you will be transferred to the port to board the 6* Silversea Silver Wind.

If you associate Puerto Rico’s capital with the colonial streets of Old San Juan, then you know only part of the picture. San Juan is a major metropolis, radiating out from the bay on the Atlantic Ocean that was discovered by Juan Ponce de León. More than a third of the island’s nearly 4 million citizens proudly call themselves sanjuaneros. The city may be rooted in the past, but it has its eye on the future. Locals go about their business surrounded by colonial architecture and towering modern structures. By 1508 the explorer Juan Ponce de León had established a colony in an area now known as Caparra, southeast of present-day San Juan. He later moved the settlement north to a more hospitable peninsular location. In 1521, after he became the first colonial governor, Ponce de León switched the name of the island—which was then called San Juan Bautista in honor of St. John the Baptist—with that of the settlement of Puerto Rico (“rich port”). Defended by the imposing Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro) and Castillo San Cristóbal, Puerto Rico’s administrative and population center remained firmly in Spain’s hands until 1898, when it came under U.S. control after the Spanish-American War. Centuries of Spanish rule left an indelible imprint on the city, particularly in the walled area now known as Old San Juan. The area is filled with cobblestone streets and brightly painted, colonial-era structures, and its fortifications have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old San Juan is a monument to the past, but most of the rest of the city is planted firmly in the 21st century and draws migrants island-wide and from farther afield to jobs in its businesses and industries. The city captivates residents and visitors alike with its vibrant lifestyle as well as its balmy beaches, pulsing nightclubs, globe-spanning restaurants, and world-class museums. Once you set foot in this city, you may never want to leave.

Day 3: Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands: Arrive 08:00 Depart 20:00

Jost Van Dyke, four miles long, is truly known as the ‘barefoot island’. The smallest of the British Virgin Islands, it is known as a popular destination for yachts and is celebrated for its casual lifestyle, protected anchorages, fine beaches and beachfront restaurants and bars. The island has fewer than 200 inhabitants and they are widely known as a welcoming people. The island’s name conjures up its rich, colorful past. Jost Van Dyke is said to have been named for an early Dutch settler, a former pirate. At Great Harbour, Little Harbour, and White Bay there are safe, protected bays and pristine beaches shaded with coconut palms and seagrape trees. Discover inviting shops selling local treasures, restaurants, and bars. ‘The Painkiller’, one of the Caribbean’s most popular drinks, originated at the Soggy Dollar Bar. Foxy’s and Gertrude’s in White Bay are renowned for drinks made with the island’s famous rum, frosty beers, and tales of pirates and sunken treasure. Explore Jost Van Dyke’s history in the vegetation-covered ruins of centuries-old sugar mills, or on the old trails that crisscross the island. Revel in the natural beauty of the pristine, untouched beaches. Hike up to the highest spot on the island, Majohnny Point, and take in a stunning 360 degree view of the Caribbean. Relax in the natural ‘bubble pool’, a popular tourist attraction. Jost Van Dyke conjures up images of what the British Virgin Islands may have looked like many years ago.

Day 4: Basseterre (St. Kitts), Saint Kitts and Nevis: Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Mountainous St. Kitts, the first English settlement in the Leeward Islands, crams some stunning scenery into its 65 square miles (168 square km). Vast, brilliant green fields of sugarcane (the former cash crop, now slowly being replanted) run to the shore. The fertile, lush island has some fascinating natural and historical attractions: a rain forest replete with waterfalls, thick vines, and secret trails; a central mountain range dominated by the 3,792-foot Mt. Liamuiga, whose crater has long been dormant; and Brimstone Hill, known in the 18th century as the Gibraltar of the West Indies. St. Kitts and Nevis, along with Anguilla, achieved self-government as an associated state of Great Britain in 1967. In 1983 St. Kitts and Nevis became an independent nation. English with a strong West Indian lilt is spoken here. People are friendly but shy; always ask before you take photographs. Also, be sure to wear wraps or shorts over beach attire when you’re in public places.

Day 5: Fort-De-France, Martinique: Arrive 08:00 Depart 19:00

The largest of the Windward Islands, Martinique is 4,261 mi (6,817 km) from Paris, but its spirit and language are decidedly French, with more than a soupçon of West Indian spice. Tangible, edible evidence of the fact is the island’s cuisine, a superb blend of French and creole. Martinique is lushly landscaped with tropical flowers. Trees bend under the weight of fruits such as mangoes, papayas, lemons, limes, and bright-red West Indian cherries. Acres of banana plantations, pineapple fields, and waving sugarcane stretch to the horizon. The towering mountains and verdant rain forest in the north lure hikers, while underwater sights and sunken treasures attract snorkelers and scuba divers. Martinique is also wonderful if your idea of exercise is turning over every 10 minutes to get an even tan and your taste in adventure runs to duty-free shopping. A popular cruise-ship excursion goes to St-Pierre, which was buried by ash when Mont Pelée erupted in 1902.

Day 6: St. John’s (Antigua), Antigua and Barbuda: Arrive 08:00 Depart 19:00

Antigua’s capital, with some 45,000 inhabitants (approximately half the island’s population), lies at sea level at the inland end of a sheltered northwestern bay. Although it has seen better days, a couple of notable historic sights and some good waterfront shopping areas make it worth a visit. At the far south end of town, where Market Street forks into Valley and All Saints roads, haggling goes on every Friday and Saturday, when locals jam the Public Market to buy and sell fruits, vegetables, fish, and spices. Ask before you aim a camera; your subject may expect a tip. This is old-time Caribbean shopping, a jambalaya of sights, sounds, and smells.

Day 7: Charlestown (Nevis), Saint Kitts and Nevis: Arrive 08:00 Depart 22:00

The written history of Nevis begins with the account recorded by Columbus when he sailed by Nevis in 1493. The name Nevis is derived from “Nuestra Senora de Las Nieves” which means “Our Lady of the Snows”, because of the cloud-capped mountain reminding Columbus of snow. Prior to the Columbus saga, Nevis was named Dulcina “Sweet Island” by the Arawaks and later Oualie “land of beautiful waters” by the Caribs. Later in the 18th century, Nevis became known as “Queen of the Caribees.” Evidence of pre-ceramic people abounds with finely crafted stone tools and intricately colored pottery found. Over the years Nevis has made a number of significant contributions to the Caribbean and the world. Two men who played part in international history were Alexander Hamilton and Lord Horatio Nelson. On September 19, 1983, Nevis became part of an independent nation and form part of the sovereign democratic state of St. Christopher and Nevis. It has the unique constitutional arrangement of being part of the Federal Parliament while having a separate parliament of its own Nevis Island Administration headed by a Premier. The island is covered with ruins of the sugar plantation era, which declined in the late 1800s after slavery was abolished and the sugar beet created competition for sugar cane. Nevis is a paradise for nature lovers. There is excellent snorkeling just offshore and scuba diving around wrecks and natural reefs. There are rainforests, reefs and ruins, a fascinating destination for people who enjoy the natural side of the tropics.

Day 8: Gustavia (St. Barthelemy), Guadeloupe: Arrive 08:00 Depart 19:00

You can easily explore all of Gustavia during a two-hour stroll. Some shops close from noon to 3 or 4, so plan lunch accordingly, but stores stay open past 7 in the evening. Parking in Gustavia is a challenge, especially during vacation times. A good spot to park is rue de la République, alongside the catamarans, yachts, and sailboats.

Day 9: San Juan, Puerto Rico: Arrive 08:00

Following breakfast on your final day, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home to Ireland.

1 Night in a San Juan hotel before your cruise.

7-nights on board the Ultra Luxury Silver Wind.

 

Silver Wind

Silver Wind is a perfect illustration of how complete a small-sized ship can be. With just 296-guests, luxury suites and spacious public areas, Silver Wind is one of the cosiest and most intimate ships afloat today. Warm welcomes and gracious personalized service inspire our guests to call Silver Wind their “home away from home”.

A major upgrade in December 2018 will see Silver Wind looking better than ever. A second refurbishment in summer 2020 will see her benefitting from a strengthened to ice-class hull and will make her one of the most adaptable ships in our fleet. Still timelessly elegant, still luxuriously relaxed, her improved cruising versatility means she is able to whizz from the Polar Regions at the ends of the earth to the iconic ports of the Mediterranean with fluid ease. So whether you want to get up close and personal to penguins in Antarctica or laze on the golden sands of the Caribbean, get ready for a wealth of diverse destination experiences, in traditional Silversea comfort.

  • Guests capacity: 298
  • Crew capacity: 222
  • Last refurbishment: 2018
  • Tonnage: 17 400 Tons

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Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE STATEROOM
30 November 2019 €3,240 Vista Suite Book Now
30 November 2019 €3,690 Veranda Suite Book Now

Special Offer: Free Flights, Free airport-hotel-port Transfers, Free Hotel
PLUS One Free Shore Excursion in each port

Price Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Puerto Rico
  • All transfers from airport to hotel to port
  • 1 night in a hotel before your cruise
  • 7 nights on board 6-star Silver Wind based on two sharing
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, speciality coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • One FREE shore excursion in each port
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests
  • All onboard entertainment
  • Flight from Rome to Dublin
  • One check-in bag of 20kg per person
  • Taxes and gratuities

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of 25%
  • Optional Insurance from €31 (conditions apply)
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, speciality coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • Gratuities always included in your fare with Silversea
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
  • Silversea Terms and Conditions apply