Escape the January Blues with a Caribbean Cruise
Whilst the snow continues to fall across the UK and the cold weather shows no sign of disappearing, it’s okay to dream of relaxing on pure white sand beaches whilst listening to the sounds of swaying palm trees and gentle turquoise waters brushing the shoreline. Although, it doesn’t have to be a dream…
Pullmantur Cruises offer a range of exciting itineraries that will enable you to enjoy everything the Caribbean has to offer. Whether you want to explore culturally significant cities such as Cartagena, Colombia; or relax on beautiful beaches in Fort de France – there’s an itinerary to suit all desires. This week, we take a closer look at two of the seven-night itineraries available and the destinations visited on each of them.
Antilles and South Caribbean
25th January 2016 – Seven Nights
Willemstad - La Guaira - Oranjestad - Colon - Cartagena – Willemstad
On the Dutch Caribbean island of Curucao, a short distance north of the coast of Venezuela, you will see a wonderful range of colourful houses. It is in this beautiful city that you will board Monarch before embarking on a journey around a range of stunning destinations in the south Caribbean and South America mainland. After departing from Willemstad you will reach La Guaira, Venezuela, which provides a great point of access for the nation’s capital, Caracas.
After departing La Guaira, you will reach Oranjestad, on the island of Aruba, before sailing to Colon where you can admire the structural brilliance of the Panama Canal. Following your visit to Colon, you will then sail to Cartagena, Colombia, where colonial streets will take you on a cultural and historical insight. Alternatively, there are many golden beaches on which to relax. Whatever you decide to do, the Antilles and South Caribbean itinerary is perfect for those looking to experience the Caribbean and South America.
Tropical Caribbean Cruise
25th January 2016 – Seven Nights
Philipsburg – Pointe a Pitre – Fort de France – Isla Margarita – Santo Domingo – La Romana – Philipsburg
Philipsburg is certainly a unique city, due to the fact it is located on the island of Saint-Martin – an island which is shared by two nations. Confusingly, the north is known as Saint Martin and is owned by France, whilst the south is known as Sint Maarten and is owned by the Netherlands. It is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations. Your cruise starts in the Dutch (south) on board Horizon and, after sailing out of Philipsburg, you will reach Pointe a Pitre in Guadeloupe.
Both Pointe a Pitre and the next destination, Fort de France (Martinique), blend Caribbean culture with French history. The locals are very friendly and the beaches are peaceful oases in which to relax and unwind. From the French culture of Fort de France, you will then travel to Isla Margarita, which is owned by Venezuela and is one of the southernmost islands of the Caribbean.
After departing Isla Margarita, you will spend a day a full day at sea before reaching the renowned Dominican Republic. You will visit Santo Domingo – the oldest European city of the Americas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The next day provides another opportunity to appreciate everything the Dominican Republic has to offer by docking in the city of La Romana. The recently renovated tourist infrastructure here has made the glorious beaches all the more accessible and all the more enjoyable.
During the European winter, the Caribbean is undoubtedly one of the best regions in the world to embark on a cruise. However, if you would rather embark on a cruise that the whole family can enjoy, you may prefer to wait until the school holidays and embark on a cruise closer to home in either Northern Europe or the Mediterranean.Tweet