2020 Caribbean Pearls

Oceania Christmas


I’ll do this in place of the Holiday Sojourn, Dec, 2020, which is a SW Carib cruise. I don’t have any Oceania cruises scheduled that do much of this area. Now if only they do offer it in 2020!!

To some extent, this covers much of that awful Star Crapper cruise in the Windward Islands many years ago.

TIME TO TREASURE
Like pearls on a string, each of the islands on this voyage is uniquely beautiful; together they will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
* Frolic in the warm ocean waters of St. Barts on a catamaran adventure from Gustavia
* Test your balance on the rope bridges overlooking the beautiful gardens of the Jardin de Balata in Fort-de-France
* Discover Champagne Beach in Roseau, where the volcanic seabed releases gases that create air bubbles in the water
* In St. John's, meet two visual artists and visit their galleries on a guided art tour


Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day are tucked in here somewhere.

Day 1, Wed – Miami (1PM, 7PM)
Fly to Miami and board the RIVIERA. I would be in a category C kennel.

Day 2, Thu – Great Stirrup Cay, BAH-hamas (7AM – 3PM) tender
At this 250-acre paradise in the Berry Islands chain, you can dance to a local band in front of the bandstand or relax in a private beachfront cabana. Hike along a trail to the old lighthouse or splash around the Aqua Park. Go swimming, snorkeling or kayaking. Play a rousing game of volleyball with your shipmates.

Day 3, Fri – Cruising the Atlantic Ocean #1 of 3

Day 4, Sat – San Juan, Puerto Rico (10AM – 7PM)
Maybe by now (3 years), there is a decent recovery from the Hurricane. At this 250-acre paradise in the Berry Islands chain, you can dance to a local band in front of the bandstand or relax in a private beachfront cabana. Hike along a trail to the old lighthouse or splash around the Aqua Park. Go swimming, snorkeling or kayaking. Play a rousing game of volleyball with your shipmates.

Day 5, Sun – Gustavia, St. Barts (8AM – 6PM) tender
Tour this beautiful island and marvel at the rugged coastline and its unspoiled, upscale atmosphere, unique in the Caribbean for its Swedish and French heritage. Enjoy the spectacular beaches and resorts, snorkel or dive in the crystalline waters, or see underwater wonders from a semi-submersible marine vessel.

Day 6, Mon – Fort de France, Martinique (8AM – 7PM)
Tucked along the island's western shore, Fort-de-France is a Francophile's tropical dream city. French architecture such as the Cathιdral St-Louis graces the downtown, the beaches exude a joie de vivre, and several French-built forts perch atop the promontories. All roads lead to La Savane, a serene central park overseen by a statue of Empress Josephine.

Day 7, Tue – Bridgetown, Barbados (8AM – 11PM)
Discover the many beautiful aspects of this island, from its rugged Atlantic coastline to its beautiful Great Houses, cane fields, exquisite gardens and glorious beaches. See the island's spectacular underwater treasures on your own snorkeling expedition.

Day 8, Wed – Kingstown, St. Vincent (8AM – 6PM) tender
Known as the "City of Arches," this town is filled with old world charm and accented with rich, rolling green hills. Kingstown's cenotaph is a beautiful monument atop a granite pedestal that honors soldiers who died in the first and second world wars. Built in 1820, St. George's Cathedral houses exquisite galleries, and the city's botanical garden is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere.

Day 9, Thu – Roseau, Dominica (8AM – 11PM)
Experience the natural wonders of this lush, unspoiled island, from the beautiful Emerald Pool and dense rainforest to spectacular vistas and rare plants and birds. Spend some time snorkeling or try ocean kayaking. Take an aerial tram through the tree canopy near Boiling Lake. Or go on a search for whales and dolphins.

Day 10, Fri – Castries, St. Lucia (8AM – 6PM)
Explore this lush, beautiful island and its bustling capital. Visit the historic La Toc Battery, see banana plantations, and watch silk screening at Bagshaws. Venture south to Soufriere at the base of the Piton peaks and see the unique gingerbread architecture of the marketplace. Take a bike ride through the rain forest to a lovely waterfall, kayak in the deep blue Caribbean, snorkel or dive to spectacular reefs.

Day 11, Sat – St. John’s, Antigua (8AM – 11PM)
Take a scenic drive, enjoy panoramic island views and visit famed Nelson’s Dockyard. Go deep-sea fishing or off road to interesting seaside villages and see the fragile mangrove ecosystem. Play golf, enjoy snorkeling and sea kayaking, or just spend the day relaxing on a fabulous white sand beach.

Day 12, Sun – Philipsburg, St. Maarten (7AM – 6PM)
Snorkel amidst the exotic fish and majestic coral reefs in the undersea world of Shipwreck Cove. Egrets, plovers, pelicans and herons are among the wildlife found via kayak tours of the beautiful saltwater lagoons. Discover the dazzling colors of hundreds of butterflies on the ever-popular Butterfly Farm. With a little training from local sailing professionals, you can even navigate a race on an America's Cup course onboard the world-renowned sailboat, Stars and Stripes.

Day 13, Mon – Cruising the Atlantic Ocean #2 of 3

Day 14, Tue – Cruising the Atlantic Ocean #3 of 3

Day 15, Wed – Miami (8AM)
Get kicked off the barge and make a run for the airport. Heavy air travel day. Horrors!