West Indies Explorer Cruise
Departing by Air
Duration 11 Days
Available Until February 2021

Set sail on a round-trip voyage from San Juan to discover the colorful Caribbean on board Viking’s West Indies Explorer cruise. Start deep in the heart of the Caribbean and avoid the long sea days associated with most Caribbean cruises—allowing you to visit more ports and spend more time discovering rich island cultures. Immerse yourself in the British, French and Dutch cultures of the Lesser Antilles as you cruise azure waters from Tortola and St. Lucia to Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Thomas.

Price Includes

  • Return flights from regional airports throughout the UK; including Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, Manchester or Newcastle
  • Private veranda stateroom with King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linens & pillows
  • All delicious on board meals in a choice of multiple dining venues
  • Quality wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Free 24-hour room service
  • Free tea, coffee and snacks any time on board
  • 9 Guided Tours
  • Evening entertainment, lectures and port talks
  • Free WiFi on board
  • Free use of spa facilities
  • Prepaid on board gratuities
  • SAVINGS OF £500pp – MUST BOOK BY 31 DECEMBER 2018

Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.

To speak to an adviser regarding more information for this cruise or to book this cruise, please call 0800 1707 233 and quote *DC THOMSON TRAVEL*

Last chance to save £500pp on your 2019 ocean cruise – MUST BOOK BY 31 December 2018.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Puerto Rico (San Juan), USA

Departing from San Juan means you will arrive deep in the heart of the Caribbean, allowing you to avoid the long sea days associated with most Caribbean cruises. Arrive in San Juan today and enjoy time to explore Puerto Rico’s capital in depth. You might take a stroll around El Viejo San Juan, or Old San Juan, with its colonial charms, easy island tempo and authentic culture. Wander its narrow lanes, literally paved with history, laid with blue adoquín stone once used to ballast Spanish galleons. As we are docked here overnight, you will have ample time to explore the city. This evening, stroll the Old Town’s azure byways romantically illuminated by street lamps.

Day 2 – Puerto Rico (San Juan), USA

With our destination-focused itinerary, you will call on a new port daily, with not a single day spent at sea. Today, you have another day to take in the history and architectural beauty of San Juan, from its fanciful Condado district to the magnificent 16th-century Fort San Felipe del Morro, set on a promontory at the entrance to San Juan Bay. Or visit the lush woodland of El Yunque national rainforest. Later today, you will sail away into the Caribbean’s blue waters.

Day 3 – Tortola (Road Town), British Virgin Islands

Witness the lush beauty that once lured the pirates Blackbeard and Captain Kidd to Tortola, part of the British Virgin Islands. You will traverse Tortola, ascending to its greatest heights to admire spectacular Caribbean vistas. Experience some of its British flavor, pass through charming fishing villages and cast your eyes on magnificent blue-green seascapes. Alternately, take to the waters to explore the grottoes of Virgin Gorda.

Day 4 – St. John’s, Antigua

Visit Antigua today, once Britain’s “Gateway to the Caribbean.” On an island tour from our berth in St. John’s, you will admire lush green beauty all around and visit English Harbor. Its restored Georgian dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is named for Admiral Horatio Nelson, who commanded the Crown’s fleet here in the 18th century. Today, yachts line the quays. But the island’s beautiful scenery has not changed since Nelson’s day, blanketed with tropical forests and punctuated by sheer cliffs dropping into blue waters.

Day 5 – St. Lucia (Castries)

Call on the lush and mountainous island of St. Lucia, with its sheltered harbors, quiet byways and Creole-inspired cuisine. A short drive from our berth in Castries, admire breathtaking views of azure waters and hillsides shrouded in tropical green. Witness the art of batik making here and glimpse prolific banana plantations. Or, venture across the island to view the spectacular Pitons, towering twin peaks draped in forests.

Day 6 – Bridgetown, Barbados

Relish the intense Caribbean beauty of Barbados today when you call on its capital, Bridgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will discover ample evidence of British rule here, from cricket matches and afternoon tea to the Commonwealth’s third oldest Parliament. Marvel at spectacular vistas from the heights of the Highland Adventure Center, descending to sea level for a tour of Bridgetown. Or, head underground to explore the stalactites and stalagmites of Harrison’s Cave.

Day 7 – Roseau, Dominica

Immerse in the vibrancy of this colorful West Indian Capital among its streets lined with old-stone and wooden buildings, with reggae music spilling onto every corner. Roseau is the most important port for foreign trade on the island, yet once you leave its bustling center, you will be surrounded by beautiful countryside. Visit “The Nature Island” of the Caribbean as you explore its waterfalls, rainforests and beneath the ocean on a trip out to sea. Take a hike through its UNESCO listed National Park, and hear more about the island’s volcanic activity. Or discover its Kalinago Indian culture as you meet island natives and learn more about their traditions and rituals.

Day 8 – St. Kitts (Basseterre), St. Kitts & Nevis

Call on St. Kitts today, Britain’s first Caribbean settlement that grew into a sugar-producing powerhouse; 68 plantations operated at the height of the boom. You will learn about this lucrative colonial era at St. Kitts’s Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden, a fascinating repository of relics and beautifully preserved rooms that provide a glimpse of the lives of sugar barons. Or, visit the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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