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Barbados to Miami on Crystal Serenity
DATES : April 5 - 15, 2017 (10 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $3,765 Per Person

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Celebrate the arrival of spring on a Caribbean cruise boasting overnight stays in both Barbados and St. Barts.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Apr 5, Wednesday
Barbados/Bridgetown, British West Indies (overnight) »   Embark pm
Barbados offers sun-drenched beaches, clear blue-green waters and cool trade winds. Inland are lovingly preserved plantation houses, lush sugar cane fields and fragrant gardens. This charming former British colony is one of the most stable independent Caribbean nations. Reminders of British rule abound, from cricket fields to Lord Nelson's statue and the original Trafalgar Square. Don't miss Bridgetown's bustling Careenage and the shops on Broad Street, which offer exceptional deals on luxury imports from Britain.
Apr 6, Thursday
Barbados/Bridgetown, British West Indies »   5 pm
Barbados offers sun-drenched beaches, clear blue-green waters and cool trade winds. Inland are lovingly preserved plantation houses, lush sugar cane fields and fragrant gardens. This charming former British colony is one of the most stable independent Caribbean nations. Reminders of British rule abound, from cricket fields to Lord Nelson's statue and the original Trafalgar Square. Don't miss Bridgetown's bustling Careenage and the shops on Broad Street, which offer exceptional deals on luxury imports from Britain.
Apr 7, Friday
St. Lucia/Castries, West Indies » 8 am 7 pm
Quaint bays, lush landscapes and delightful strains of the Creole language are part of the magic that emanates from St. Lucia. From a volatile settlement that endured numerous changes of ownership, this idyllic Windward Island has developed into a land rich with life and culture. Birthplace of Josephine, the Empress of France and wife of Napoleon, French heritage is evident throughout the island. However, now that it is an independent country within the British Commonwealth, St. Lucia also possesses an English charisma. Look for its charming buildings and vehicles, driven on the left-hand side of the road in true British style!
Apr 8, Saturday
Martinique/Fort-de-France, French West Indies » 8 am 6 pm
Martinique's well-deserved nickname is "Ile des Fleurs." The French name is so pleasing, but it was actually the native Arawak Indians who first knew the island for its lovely flowers. Here, towering mountains and verdant rainforests meet banana plantations and pineapple fields. At first sight, Christopher Columbus praised the island as the "best, most fertile and most charming land in the world." However, verdant mountains do not come without a price. The former capital, Saint Pierre, was destroyed by a violent eruption of the infamous Mount Pelée in 1902. Ironically, the only survivor was a prisoner who was being held in a subterranean jail cell. Ceded to France in 1815, Martinique has remained French under the status of an Overseas Department. A miniature part of France in the Caribbean, Martinique provides a plentitude of charm and ambiance as well as a high standard of living.
Apr 9, Sunday
St. Barts/Gustavia, French West Indies (overnight) » 9 am  
St. Barts forms part of the French Overseas Region of Guadeloupe. Descendants of settlers from Brittany and Normandy operate its tiny inns, shops and restaurants. This charming, slow-paced island attracts tourists year-round to its shores. The graceful meadows surrounded by low stone fences, spectacular beaches, the small volcanic mountains and the quaint Creole-style villages are just several of the alluring aspects of this tranquil island.
Apr 10, Monday
St. Barts/Gustavia, French West Indies »   5 am
St. Barts forms part of the French Overseas Region of Guadeloupe. Descendants of settlers from Brittany and Normandy operate its tiny inns, shops and restaurants. This charming, slow-paced island attracts tourists year-round to its shores. The graceful meadows surrounded by low stone fences, spectacular beaches, the small volcanic mountains and the quaint Creole-style villages are just several of the alluring aspects of this tranquil island.
Apr 11, Tuesday
Samaná, Dominican Republic » 8 am 6 pm

The name of a peninsula, a city and the picturesque bay on which it sits, Samaná has all the picture-postcard qualities you expect of a Caribbean locale: white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, swaying palm trees, lush mountains, tumbling waterfalls, chatty parrots, and colorful colonial buildings. Founded by Spanish governor Francisco Rubio y Peñaranda in 1756, Samaná (more formally known as Santa Bárbara de Samaná) has a distinctly Spanish feel to it, peppered with a broader European flair, including French and Italian influences. It is said that Samaná is the real Caribbean, at least the one of 40 years ago, a time when things were a little quieter, a little simpler. The main draw to the area, at least mid-January through mid-March, is simple enough—it is the North Atlantic humpback whale, which annually migrate to these warm waters to the great delight of bipedal observers. Year round, visitors enjoy lolling in hammocks and walking along the seaside promenade, called the Malecón.

 

Apr 12, Wednesday
Turks & Caicos/Grand Turk, UK » 8 am 5 pm
Although there are numerous spots on land that invite relaxation and exploration, the Turks and Caicos are really all about the water. More specifically, they're all about what's beneath the water. These islands have some of the best diving and snorkeling anywhere, courtesy of one of the world's largest network of coral reefs, easily accessible off the islands' shores. One reef, aptly called the Wall, is particularly spectacular; it drops 7,000 feet-straight down. Between the shore and the reef, the water is only waist deep, providing a perfect place for beginning snorkelers to get their feet wet.
Apr 13, Thursday
Cruising the Old Bahama Channel  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

Apr 14, Friday
Key West, Florida, USA » 10 am 5 pm
In the past, Key West was the winter home of Ernest Hemingway, John James Audubon and President Truman. Today it is a stylish retreat for writers and artists. Its atmosphere is reminiscent of the Caribbean, yet it is the southernmost town of the continental United States. Take a stroll along Duval Street, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, or explore its interesting art galleries and boutiques.
Apr 15, Saturday
Miami, Florida, USA » 6 am  

It has the largest city population in Florida, is the third most visited American city among international travelers and showcases an Art Deco Historic District encompassing one of the largest neighborhoods entered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Miami certainly boasts its share of impressive characteristics, even before adding to the list its gorgeous beaches, spirited Cuban population and ritzy enclaves of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.

Miami wasn't always the glamorous and energetic city you see today. Until the late 1800s, it was mostly swamp, disconnected from the rest of the country thanks to its position on the edge of the continent and lack of the essential link of the day: a railroad. All that changed in 1896, when the railroad in northern Florida was extended to the latent tropical paradise of the south.

The rest, as they say, is history, as Miami has since seen recurrent booms fueled by surges of immigration, perennially good weather and an insouciant refusal to do anything halfway. Admire the full glory of Miami Beach with a stroll along South Beach's famous Ocean Boulevard, where splendidly restored art deco buildings compete with fashion models and sun worshipers for attention. For a taste of Cuban cuisine and culture, visit Little Havana on the mainland (Miami Beach is separate both in its municipality and its geography: it sits on a barrier island four miles off the coast, and is reached by a causeway). Also outside mainland Miami are the acres of rare tropical plants nurtured to their fragrant and beautiful best in Fairchild Tropical Gardens. The aforementioned slice of heaven known as Coral Gables lies to the southwest. A gem of 1920s city planning, the city unfurls impressive boulevards and features the alluring Venetian Pool, where waterfalls and underwater caves offer the chance for a uniquely refreshing dip.

All itineraries and times are subject to change. Click on ports for detailed information.
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