Any vessel ready to take you to sunnier climes this winter is worthy of an award, but October’s Cruise of the Month accolade goes to Royal Caribbean International’s seven-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary. With some great offers on staterooms, Freedom of the Seas® will call in at CocoCay, Charlotte Amalie and Philipsburg this December. Let’s take a look at what to expect from this tantalising getaway.
Passengers booking before Friday 31st October can save up to £600 per stateroom on sailings departing between 1st January and 31st December 2015. This applies to both UK and ROI residents on all ships excluding Quantum of the Seas® and Anthem of the Seas®.
If you’re flying from Manchester, you’ll only pay £979pp for the Interior Stateroom and £1039pp for the Ocean View Stateroom. Flying from London? Each room is just an extra £10. Gratuities are also covered, so you won’t have any tipping dilemmas.
Ports of call
Freedom of the Seas® departs from Port Canaveral — which sits on Florida’s east coast — on 30thNovember. The first stop is CocoCay in the crystal clear Caribbean Sea. This private island is exclusively accessed by Royal Caribbean International guests, who can enjoy scuba diving, splashing in the aqua park and taking a glass bottom boat out in the waters.After another day at sea the ship calls at Charlotte Amalie. Here, you can explore the history and culture of the island that echoes the Dutch colonial era. Go on a Blackbeard’s Castle Walking Tour, visit Fort Christian or take some time out at the Lutheran Church.
Philipsburg on St Maarten Island is the last port of call before heading back to Port Canaveral on 7th December. The town has French and Dutch influences, giving it a pleasing blend of sophistication and fun. Visit St Maarten Zoo or Fort Louis, then stroll along the seafront where you’ll find restaurants, casinos and duty-free shops.
More winter sun cruises
Royal Caribbean International has plenty of winter sun itineraries to choose from if you don’t fancy a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. The South Caribbean Adventure is a nine-night cruise that sets off in February and sees the Explorer of the Seas® call in at Willemstad, Kralendijk, Oranjestad and Labadee. Meanwhile Adventure of the Seas® takes guests to San Juan, Bridgetown, Castries, St John’s, Philipsburg and St. Croix. The seven-night voyage starts on 30th November, making it the perfect winter warmer.
It doesn’t take much convincing to book a cruise in the winter months, especially with Royal Caribbean’s tempting offers. Whichever itinerary you choose, the Caribbean boasts high temperatures and lots of sunlight, so it will feel like summer never left.
Have you got a winter cruise booked? What are you most looking forward to? Share your plans with us in the comments box below.
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