Latin Gems

Cruise itinerary - Latin Gems

What's included...

  • Gratuities - no need to tip!
  • Top class onboard activities/entertainment
  • Port taxes

Sailing Dates

15 Mar 15

Cities, sights and sensational scenery...

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Sunday, Bridgetown - BARBADOS 

  • A hypnotic calypso isle, Barbados is the ultimate Caribbean dream. And at just 21 miles by 14 miles, the island really is your oyster. Of course, it’s most famous for its palm-fringed beaches, but there’s more than talcum powder sands here. We’re talking a duty-free shopping scene and sights that are second to none. In a coconut shell, it’s the small island with a big fan base.

  • Take a tram ride through a labyrinth of underground caverns at Harrison’s Cave in St Thomas. A natural phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed, it’s all sparkling streams, playful waterfalls and stalactites and stalagmites that shimmer in shady tunnels.
  • Go snorkelling in search of hawksbill and green turtles. Once endangered because of over-fishing, these creatures are now protected and monitored throughout the island.
  • Take it easy on Carlisle Beach, one of the island’s best stretches of sand. Or, if you’re feeling energetic, slip on a pair of flippers and propel your way past the underwater shipwrecks just off the shore.
  • The Atlantis Submarine lets you scuba dive without getting wet. As this underwater ship descends into the ocean, you can look out the portholes for tropical fish and sea turtles.

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Monday, St George's - GRENADA  08:00 - 12:00

  • Grenada can’t fail to spice things up. It’s known as the ‘Spice Island’ after all. Wherever you head, the fragrant scent of ginger, almond, nutmeg and vanilla follows you. Plus you can see cinnamon, cocoa beans and every tropical fruit imaginable growing here. Alongside its basket of goodies, this lush landscape hides Bounty-like beaches, mountain ranges and thick rainforests. And don’t miss a wander around St George's, one of the Caribbean’s prettiest harbours, with its pastel-coloured buildings, cobbled streets and even the odd lipstick-red London phone box.

  • Don your walking boots and set off on a highland hike in the Grand Etang National Park. Taking pride of place in Grenada’s mountains, the star of the show is Grand Etang Lake, which fills a volcanic crater. And there’s plenty more to see along the walking trails that criss-cross through the rainforest.
  • Cool down with a refreshing swim at Annadale Falls. Incredibly pretty, it cascades nine metres to a grotto surrounded by lush plantlife.
  • Take a break from sightseeing and kick back on the island’s Grand Anse Beach. Not only does it have wow-factor white sands that melt into turquoise waters, but the watersports are first class and it’s got some great bars and restaurants, too.

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Tuesday, Kralendijk - BONAIRE  13:00 - 19:00

  • If you’re in any doubt concerning what Bonaire’s all about, just look at an island number plate – above every registration number you’ll find the words ‘Divers’ Paradise’. This island in the Leeward Antilles is consistently rated as one of the best dive and snorkelling destinations in the world. Shipwrecks, tropical fish and seahorses are ripe in the waters that surround the island. Above the waterline, meanwhile, there are wild flamingo herds to see and craggy national parks to explore.

  • The island is known for its underwater scene, but stay on land and you can take a tuk tuk tour around its historical sites. Highlights include a 17th-century fort and a prisoner of war camp.
  • Bonaire coaxes out visitors’ adventurous sides. You can hop into a kayak and explore the mangroves, National Geographic-style.
  • The shipwrecked feeling is on offer on Klein Bonaire. This dinky island, just off the coast of Bonaire, is uninhabited and the beaches are footprint-free.

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Wednesday, Willemstad - CURACAO  08:00 - 20:00

  • This little Dutch island is slowly beginning to creep onto the tourist radar, and for good reason. It offers up an unbeatable mix of footprint-free beaches and pretty colonial towns. The storybook port of Willemstad leads the pack, with its candy-coloured, red-roofed houses that gild the downtown area. It’s such an impressive sight, UNESCO have even granted the town a place on its World Heritage list.

  • Take in Willemstad’s best bits on the trolley train tour. You’ll get to see the Pietermaai Cathedral, Queen Wilhelmina Park, and a building known as the wedding cake house due to its quirky design.
  • Check out the island’s largest feathered friends at the Ostrich Park. This is one of the largest ostrich farms outside Africa, and you’ll get to feed and touch the birds while you’re here.
  • Inject a little adrenalin into your time here by seeing the sights on a guided jet-ski trip.

5

Thursday, Oranjestad - ARUBA  08:00 - 17:00

  • Nowhere showcases Aruba’s Dutch roots quite like Oranjestad. With its gable-topped houses and colonial clock towers, the island’s capital is like a little slice of Amsterdam. It’s got some typically Caribbean credentials, too – expect cushiony sands that stretch on for miles, and underwater spots that are great for snorkelling. Plus, all along the coast, you’ll find ramshackle beach bars serving up fresh seafood and rum cocktails.

  • Check out the Casibari Rock, a natural formation that’s a result of strong trade winds. Climb to the top and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the island.
  • Head to De Palm Island to explore the underwater depths. Set just off the Aruban coastline, this private reef is home to a huge variety of exotic sea life.
  • Pay a visit to the iconic California Lighthouse, which stands guard over the northwestern tip of the island. It dates back to 1910, and offers up sea views that are second-to-none.
  • Explore the castle-like ruins of the Bushiribana Gold Mill. This place was at the centre of Aruba’s 19th-century gold rush, and is well worth a chunk of your time for its Medieval looks alone.

6

Friday, At Sea 

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Saturday, Castries - ST LUCIA  08:00 - 18:00

  • St Lucia’s skyline is high rise. But it’s not the hotels that make this island look serrated against the sky, it’s the mountains. The Pitons are 2 of the biggest. Both their summits tower at least 2,000 feet above sea level and their slopes are coiffured with a mane of dense green rainforest. At their feet, meanwhile, banana plantations give way to syrup-coloured beaches and some of the best coral reefs in the Caribbean.

  • If you can’t choose between snorkelling and scuba diving, get the best of both worlds on a snuba experience. You’ll wear a mask and fins and you’ll also have access to an air supply so you can explore deeper for longer.
  • Pick up a bargain in the Castries market, an amazing swirl of crafts, fruits and the hum of Creole conversation. For a more upmarket, but still good value, shopping experience, try Pointe Seraphine, a duty-free shopping centre next to the harbour.
  • Get a bird’s eye view of St Lucia’s rainforests at the Treetop Adventure Park in Dennery. You’ll whiz your way through the canopy using a series of zip lines, and look down on the giant ferns and wild orchids that grow here.

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Sunday, Bridgetown - BARBADOS 

  • A hypnotic calypso isle, Barbados is the ultimate Caribbean dream. And at just 21 miles by 14 miles, the island really is your oyster. Of course, it’s most famous for its palm-fringed beaches, but there’s more than talcum powder sands here. We’re talking a duty-free shopping scene and sights that are second to none. In a coconut shell, it’s the small island with a big fan base.

  • Take a tram ride through a labyrinth of underground caverns at Harrison’s Cave in St Thomas. A natural phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed, it’s all sparkling streams, playful waterfalls and stalactites and stalagmites that shimmer in shady tunnels.
  • Go snorkelling in search of hawksbill and green turtles. Once endangered because of over-fishing, these creatures are now protected and monitored throughout the island.
  • Take it easy on Carlisle Beach, one of the island’s best stretches of sand. Or, if you’re feeling energetic, slip on a pair of flippers and propel your way past the underwater shipwrecks just off the shore.
  • The Atlantis Submarine lets you scuba dive without getting wet. As this underwater ship descends into the ocean, you can look out the portholes for tropical fish and sea turtles.

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